Matthew McConaughey to teach filmmaking course at UT

Matthew McConaughey in “Free State of Jones”

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Some lucky University of Texas students will soon get a chance to learn filmmaking skills from Academy Award winner – and longtime Austin resident – Matthew McConaughey.

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The university said Thursday that the actor has signed on to teach a course in the Moody College of Communication this fall.

McConaughey, who graduated from UT in 1993 with a radio-television-film degree, has starred in dozens of movies over the years, including “Dazed and Confused,” “Bernie,” “Magic Mike” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

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UT did not immediately provide additional details on the exact course McConaughey will teach, but did say he will be joined by “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross.

‘The Son’ starts shooting in Austin this month, with new star — Pierce Brosnan


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Austin writer Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” is scheduled to start shooting this month in the Austin area, and Pierce Brosnan, the former James Bond, will be replacing Sam Neill as Eli, the patriarch of an oil and ranching family.

The new casting was first reported by, which said Neill dropped out of the project for personal reasons.

theson__140604221005The AMC series is based on the book by Meyer and written by Meyer and fellow Michener Center for Writers grads Lee Shipman and Brain McGreevy.

“The Son,” a 2013 Texas epic about the McCullough family, has been hailed as some of the best fiction to come out of the state in recent years.

It deals with Eli McCullough, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a child and goes on to found an empire. It also follows the fortunes of his children and their heirs.

Besides starring as Bond, Brosnan is also known for the 1980s NBC series “Remington Steele.”

New movies: ‘Popstar,’ ‘Me Before You,’ ‘Weiner’ and more reviews


A scene from "Popstar."
A scene from “Popstar.”

“Popstar, Never Stop Never Stopping,” tops the list of this week’s new movies.

Here’s a quick link to that review and others coming out on Friday.

For “Popstar,” go here.

For “Sunset Song,” go here.

For the documentary “Weiner” and his questionable sexting, go here.

For the surgary “Me Before You,” go here.

And for “Almost Holy,” go here.

On Friday, you’ll notice that no review of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” was printed in Austin360. That’s because we didn’t have a review in time. But if you’re interested, it gets a D+ from Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service.