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UT Students, Meet Professor McConaughey

Star will teach film class, though mostly by recorded video

(Newser) - Can we get an "all right, all right, all right" for the University of Texas at Austin's new film instructor? The college announced Thursday that Matthew McConaughey will team up with Gary Ross, the director of his new film, Free State of Jones, and a university instructor to... More »

SNL Silences Your Family Crazies at Thanksgiving

With Adele. Now give thanks and quietly eat some turkey

(Newser) - Adele unveiled a new album on Friday , then dropped a powerhouse performance on Saturday Night Live, and just for kicks can apparently stop your resident crazy relatives in their Thanksgiving-ruining tracks, reports the Washington Post . The British singer was the musical guest on Saturday's show, but she made a... More »

13 Celebs With Bizarre Phobias

Including porcelain dolls, indoor houseplants, and seagulls

(Newser) - Halloween has passed, but the 32 celebrities rounded up by Ranker still have to deal with some very strange phobias. A sampling of their fears:
  1. Channing Tatum: pediophobia, fear of porcelain dolls
  2. Jennifer Love Hewitt: selachophobia, fear of sharks; she also has a fear of elevators
  3. Matthew McConaughey: cleithrophobia, fear
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College Also Dropping $9.5K on Private Jet for McConaughey

And possibly a "VIP Presidential" hotel suite

(Newser) - The Matthew McConaughey/University of Houston brouhaha continues: McConaughey is giving the commencement speech at the school Friday, and it earlier emerged that UH is paying him $135,000 to do so. Now it turns out that on top of that, the school is paying $9,500 so that McConaughey can... More »

McConaughey's University Speech Creates Brouhaha

University finally reveals his paycheck, but who's mysterious booking agent?

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey will speak at the University of Houston's commencement ceremony next month, a fact that is more controversial than you might imagine. And not because McConaughey is, say, underqualified for the job, but because the university refused, for more than a month, to tell the Houston Chronicle how... More »

Coma Left Man Thinking He's Matthew McConaughey

Rory Curtis has it all sorted out now, however

(Newser) - One day you're a 25-year-old barber; the next, you're Matthew McConaughey. Or at least, you think you're Matthew McConaughey. That's what happened to Rory Curtis, a UK man who got in a bad car accident in England in August 2012 and came out of the six-day... More »

Critics Split on Nolan's Interstellar

Matthew McConaughey's latest is both 'remarkable' and a 'disaster'

(Newser) - Should we save Earth, or leave it? That's the question at the heart of Interstellar, which sees Matthew McConaughey suit up as an astronaut hoping to find other planets capable of hosting human life. Make sure to use the bathroom on your way in: This flick is a long... More »

5 Stars Who've Been Haunted

Happy (almost) Halloween!

(Newser) - With Halloween coming up, The Stir rounds up 10 celebrities who believe in ghosts:
  • Demi Lovato says her childhood home in Texas was haunted, and a ghost named Emily was her best friend. She claims she's had a medium and ghost hunters confirm the story.
  • When Halle Berry was
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McConaughey: Redskins' Logo Shouldn't Change

Plus, he says, he knows Native Americans who don't mind the name

(Newser) - In case you were waiting to choose a side in the battle over the Washington Redskins' name until Matthew McConaughey made his opinion known, well, he has. In a new interview with GQ , McConaughey—a Redskins fan from the age of 4, despite having grown up in Texas—notes, "... More »

11 Surprising Celebrity Couples

Yep, they really dated

(Newser) - "Wait... they were together?" That's the reaction you'll probably have to the long list of surprising celebrity couples rounded up by ETOnline , including:
  • Sofia Coppola and Keanu Reeves: Dated in 1992 after Coppola's famous director father worked with Reeves on Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Kathy Griffin
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7 Unusual Celebrity Workouts

These celebs have incorporated tree branches, housework, and sex into fitness

(Newser) - Celeb-watchers are already familiar with the bizarre beauty rituals and kooky diet plans of the stars, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that some A-listers also like to think outside the box when it comes to physical fitness. Below are seven unusual ways celebs stay in shape: More »

11 Celebs' Strange Pre-Fame Jobs

From birthday party clown to outhouse cleaner

(Newser) - Hey, you gotta start somewhere. Radar rounds up 25 celebrities who had strange—and sometimes a little embarrassing—jobs before they got their big breaks. A sampling:
  • Cindy Crawford: Shucked corn at a local fair for $4 an hour. (But note, that's how she ended up getting discovered.)
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10 Celeb Couples Who Had Babies Before Getting Hitched

And 6 more who just might do the same

(Newser) - Word on the street is that Mila Kunis is pregnant and engaged , and it remains to be seen whether she and Ashton Kutcher will tie the knot before they welcome their child. Christina Aguilera and Matt Rutler are in a similar situation , as are Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac , Olivia... More »

12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture

Here are all your Oscar winners

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres opened tonight's Academy Awards with a few mild shots at the attendees—among other things, she teased Jennifer Lawrence for falling on her way up to the stage last year and then again on the red carpet tonight ; she raised her voice so that 84-year-old nominee June... More »

10 Severe Cases of Celeb TMI

Some things we just did not need to know

(Newser) - Sometimes celebrities just don't know when to stop talking. The Huffington Post rounds up more than 300 examples of extreme celebrity TMI. A small sampling:
  • Cameron Diaz: Told Dr. Oz her tips for ... how to poop. (She drinks a liter of water every morning, for one thing.) They
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10 Celebs' Pre-Fame Career Plans

Danny DeVito ... hairdresser?

(Newser) - Not all celebrities wanted to be celebrities when they grew up. The Huffington Post rounds up the career plans 19 actors had before they got discovered. A sampling:
  • Jennifer Lawrence: Wanted to be a doctor.
  • Steve Buscemi: Actually was a firefighter in New York City.
  • Queen Latifah: Studied to be
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Actors Starving Themselves for Roles? 'Obscene'

Time for this disturbing trend to die: Lisa Schwarzbaum

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey is the latest in a long line of actors to lose a frightening amount of weight for a role, in his case to portray a man dying of AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club. But this trend is "neither impressive, nor proof of a serious commitment to art,... More »

McConaughey, Hustle Win at SAGs

Awards season is beginning to look sort of set

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey and American Hustle are beginning to make the Oscars look sort of inevitable, adding Screen Actors Guild Awards wins last night to their Golden Globes . McConaughey again took home the lead actor award for Dallas Buyers Club, which also earned Jared Leto a best supporting actor award, while... More »

Here Are Your Golden Globes Winners

Big winners: American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Breaking Bad

(Newser) - Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the Golden Globes tonight , and then it was on to the awards:
  • Best supporting actress in a motion picture: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Best supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries, or movie: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
  • Best TV miniseries or movie:
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15 Celebs Who Got Their Start in Horror Flicks

Some may surprise you

(Newser) - Gather up some vintage horror movies to watch this Halloween, and you may just be surprised by a familiar face. Wired rounds up 30 celebrities who got their start in horror movies. A sampling:
  • Jon Stewart: The Faculty, 1998
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1998
  • Renee Zellweger: Texas
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