An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof’s story of strength is told in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from an original screenplay by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack. Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life character, whose self-interest is galvanized into something much more.
Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor’s career in the cult classic Dazed and Confused. Since then, he has appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist – all the while sticking to his Texas roots and “jk livin’” [“just keep living”] philosophy.
2012 saw him spotlighted in four diverse performances. He won a Spirit Award for his portrayal of Dallas Rising in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, and was named the year’s Best Supporting Actor by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for his work in Magic Mike and Richard Linklater’s Bernie. Mr. McConaughey also received acclaim for his performance in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, and was a Spirit Award nominee for playing the title role in William Friedkin’s Killer Joe.
April 2013 saw the release of Jeff Nichols’ Mud, which received rave reviews and was a sleeper hit in the national box office top 10 for five weeks. He stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, opening in November 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, he will be seen starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the HBO dramatic series True Detective. Mr. McConaughey is currently at work filming Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, for release in November 2014.
His other films include Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Lawyer; Mark Waters’ Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, with Jennifer Garner of Dallas Buyers Club; Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder; Andy Tennant’s Fool’s Gold; McG’s We Are Marshall; Tom Dey’s Failure to Launch; Dan Gilroy’s Two for the Money; Donald Petrie’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; Rob Bowman’s Reign of Fire; Jill and Karen Sprecher’s Thirteen Conversations About One Thing; Bill Paxton’s Frailty; Adam Shankman’s The Wedding Planner; Jonathan Mostow’s U-571; Ron Howard’s EDtv; Richard Linklater’s The Newton Boys; Steven Spielberg’s Amistad; Robert Zemeckis’ Contact; Joel Schumacher’s A Time to Kill; and John Sayles’ Lone Star. He earned a People’s Choice Award for Sahara, directed by Breck Eisner, the first feature made by his production company j.k. livin productions.
In 2008, Mr. McConaughey started The just keep livin Foundation (www.jklivinfoundation.org), which is dedicated to helping boys and girls transform into men and women through programs that teach the importance of decision-making, health, education, and active living. The Foundation has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) – the nation’s largest, non-profit, dropout-prevention organization –in West Los Angeles to implement fitness and wellness programs in two large urban high schools. Through an afterschool program, they are able to give kids a healthy start in life and the promise of a healthy future.
Jared Leto is an actor, musician, and director.
His two decades of work as an actor have encompassed a host of intense and transformative performances. These have included his portrayals in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, alongside Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans; Steve James’ Prefontaine, as real-life athlete Steve Prefontaine; J.P. Schaefer’s Chapter 27, for which he was voted the Audience Award at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival; David Fincher’s Fight Club, with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, and Panic Room, with Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker; Mary Harron’s American Psycho, opposite Christian Bale; Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War, alongside Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke; Oliver Stone’s Alexander, opposite Colin Farrell; Todd Robinson’s Lonely Hearts, alongside Salma Hayek; James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted, with Winona Ryder and Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie; Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line; and Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody, opposite Sarah Polley, Rhys Ifans, and Diane Kruger.
He was recently honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award for his documentary feature Artifact, which he produced with Emma Ludbrook; Artifact was voted the Gothams’ Audience Award. The movie also won the People’s Choice award, for documentaries, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Leto directed Artifact under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Also under that name, he directs music videos for the multi-platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, which comprises Mr. Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic.
Thirty Seconds to Mars has released four studio records, including 2013’s Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Among their rock radio hits have been the songs “This Is War” and “Kings and Queens.” The band has circled the globe in sold-out shows, playing over 300 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to 3 million people, thereby breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever concert tour by a rock band. Thirty Seconds to Mars has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and their music videos have received more than 300 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards worldwide, including a dozen MTV Awards; a Billboard Music Award; and honors from NME, Kerrang!, and Fuse. They were most recently nominated for three 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Rock Video.
Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Jennifer Garner has enjoyed a successful career at the top of her field in both film and television, and has recently added the roles of producer and philanthropist.
Ms. Garner won a Golden Globe Award, a People’s Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and received four Emmy Award nominations, for her starring role as Sydney Bristow on the popular television series Alias, created by J.J. Abrams.
She notably starred opposite Academy Award nominee Ellen Page and Jason Bateman in Juno, directed by Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman from Diablo Cody’s Academy Award-winning original screenplay; with her fellow actors, Ms. Garner shared a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for their performances. Among her other movies have been Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry; Agnieszka Holland’s Washington Square; Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor; Danny Leiner’s Dude, Where’s My Car?; Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio; the Marvel Comics adaptations Daredevil, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, and Elektra, directed by Rob Bowman; Gary Winick’s hit comedy 13 Going on 30; Peter Berg’s The Kingdom; Mark Waters’ Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, with Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club; Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson’s The Invention of Lying; Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day; Jason Winer’s Arthur; and Peter Hedges’ The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
At the 2012 CinemaCon, Ms. Garner received the Female Star of the Year Award. Her 2014 movies include Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day, with Kevin Costner; Dan Fogelman’s Imagine, opposite Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale; and Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, alongside Steve Carell and Ed Oxenbould.
Her stage work includes the critically acclaimed 2007 Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, in which she starred as Roxane opposite Kevin Kline and Daniel Sunjata, under the direction of David Leveaux.
In 2005, Ms. Garner started her own production company with her personal assistant of many years, Juliana Janes. Their company, Vandalia Films, is named after the original appellation for the state of West Virginia. In June 2013, Vandalia signed an overall production deal with Warner Bros. Television. Vandalia is also developing feature films and telefilms; the company’s first feature was the comedy Butter, directed by Jim Field Smith and written by Jason Micallef, in which Ms. Garner starred. The company’s projects in development include Miss Marple, written by Mark Frost; Hannah’s Road, set in rural West Virginia; and the feature adaptation of Melanie Benjamin’s Aviator’s Wife, which tells the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her marriage to Charles Lindbergh.
Currently a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, whose national television and print campaigns she is featured in, for the past three years Ms. Garner has also held the position of Artist Ambassador with Save the Children’s U.S. programs. Her work with the organization focuses on advocating for the expansion of its early education programs. She was solely responsible for bringing the first-ever Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org) programs to her home state of West Virginia, and has also traveled on behalf of the organization to California’s Central Valley.
Denis O’Hare is one of today’s busiest actors in the movie, television, and stage worlds.
Among his many films are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G., based on the David Sedaris short story; Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and Changeling; Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton and Duplicity; Anne Fletcher’s The Proposal; Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart; Martin Campbell’s Edge of Darkness; Richard Laxton’s An Englishman in New York; John Erick Dowdle’s Quarantine; David Ross’ The Babysitters; Michael McCullers’ Baby Mama; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War; Jeffrey Blitz’ Rocket Science; Hilary Brougher’s Stephanie Daley; Ryan Fleck’s Half Nelson; Chris Terrio’s Heights; Zach Braff’s Garden State; Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh’s The Anniversary Party; Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown; and, also for Focus Features, Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, and Gus Van Sant’s Milk. For the latter, he shared with his fellow actors the nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture as well as the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble.
An Emmy Award nominee for his portrayal of Larry Harvey on American Horror Story, Mr. O’Hare is also well-known to television viewers for his work on True Blood, as Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Mississippi; in a June 2013 viewers’ poll, the latter character was voted the “Baddest Baddie” in the show’s history. He has also appeared several times on Brothers & Sisters, Law & Order, CSI: Miami, and The Good Wife, among other series. His telefilms include Marion Meyer’s Alexander Hamilton; Michael Pressman’s Saint Maybe; and Kathleen Marshall’s musical Once Upon a Mattress, with Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman. He recently completed work on Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, adapted by Larry Kramer from the latter’s landmark play of the same name, to air in 2014.
The Kansas City native got his BS from Northwestern University. He has since starred onstage in both the U.S. and the U.K. In both countries, he originated the role of Mason Marzac in Richard Greenberg’s play Take Me Out, under the direction of Joe Mantello. His portrayal brought Mr. O’Hare the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Obie Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Audience Award as voted through www.broadway.com, and the Clarence Derwent Award.
He was again a Tony Award nominee under Mr. Mantello’s direction for Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins. His other Broadway appearances include the recent revivals of Sweet Charity (which earned him a Drama Desk Award), Inherit the Wind, Major Barbara, and Cabaret. He has twice won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award, for his performances in Voice of the Prairie and Hauptmann. He starred in the latter, as Richard Hauptmann, in both the U.S. and the U.K.
Mr. O’Hare starred off-Broadway in the title role of the Classic Stage Company’s production of Uncle Vanya, under the direction of Austin Pendleton. In the fall of 2010, he returned to Broadway, starring opposite Brendan Fraser in Elling, adapted by Simon Bent and directed by Doug Hughes. In the summer of 2012, he was onstage in Central Park starring in the Public’s production of Into the Woods, directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel.
With Lisa Peterson, Mr. O’Hare wrote An Iliad, a one-man show adapted from Homer’s epic poem. Productions of the play have been staged around the U.S., and he has starred in several of these.
A native of Marshall, Minnesota, Steve Zahn was first introduced to improvisational theater in high school. After completing his freshman year at Gustavus-Adolphus College, he crashed the auditions for a local production of Biloxi Blues – and won the lead role in the play. Following the run of the show, he trained for two years at the prestigious American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts before moving to New York and being cast in the Tommy Tune-staged national tour of Bye Bye Birdie.
Following the latter tour, he originated the role of Buff in Eric Bogosian’s SubUrbia in its premiere staging at Lincoln Center and was then cast opposite Ethan Hawke in Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Sophistry in its premiere staging at Playwrights Horizons. His performance caught the eye of director Ben Stiller, who cast him in Reality Bites. His breakthrough movie role, in Tom Hanks’ feature directorial debut, That Thing You Do!, soon followed.
Among his other early movies were SubUrbia, in which Mr. Zahn starred in the role he had previously played on stage, directed by Richard Linklater; Nicholas Hytner’s The Object of My Affection; John Hamburg’s Safe Men; Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight; Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail; and Mark Illsley’s Happy, Texas. His performance in the latter brought him an Independent Spirit Award, as well as a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
His films have also included Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars with Boys; in voiceover, Rob Minkoff’s two Stuart Little movies; Dennis Dugan’s National Security and Saving Silverman; Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet; Ethan Hawke’s Chelsea Walls; Billy Ray’s Shattered Glass; Breck Eisner’s Sahara, with Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club; Jessica Sharzer’s Speak, alongside Kristen Stewart; Sean McGinly’s The Great Buck Howard; Christine Jeffs’ Sunshine Cleaning; Stephen Belber’s Management, opposite Jennifer Aniston; David Twohy’s A Perfect Getaway; and the three Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, directed respectively by Thor Freudenthal and David Bowers. Mr. Zahn’s performance opposite Christian Bale in Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
He recently completed filming a fourth and final season of the acclaimed television series Treme. Among his other notable television work are his guest appearances on Friends and Monk; a segment directed by Tom Hanks for the From the Earth to the Moon miniseries; and his starring role with Karl Urban in the Lonesome Dove prequel miniseries Comanche Moon, directed by Simon Wincer. Currently, he is starring in the new television series Mind Games, created by Kyle Killen, with Christian Slater.
Griffin Dunne was an Academy Award nominee as the director of the Oscar-nominated live-action short film Duke of Groove, which marked a breakout role for its lead actor Tobey Maguire and which also starred Kate Capshaw and Uma Thurman.
His feature credits as a director have included the hit Practical Magic, which teamed Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; Addicted to Love, starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick; Fierce People, starring Anton Yelchin and Diane Lane; The Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Colin Firth; and the acclaimed mockumentary [Lisa Picard is] Famous.
As an actor, Mr. Dunne is best known for his starring roles in two unforgettable dark comedies, John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London and Martin Scorsese’s After Hours. He was a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performance in the latter, and was an Independent Spirit Award nominee in his capacity as a producer of the film.
Among the other movies that he has produced are such acclaimed films as John Sayles’ Baby It’s You, starring Rosanna Arquette and Vincent Spano; Joan Micklin Silver’s Chilly Scenes of Winter, starring John Heard; Michael Hoffman’s Game 6, starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.; Luis Mandoki’s White Palace, starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader; Lasse Hallström’s Once Around, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter; and Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty, which was scripted by Academy Award nominee Naomi Foner and starred Academy Award nominee River Phoenix.
Mr. Dunne’s many other films as actor have included Robert Redford’s Quiz Show; James Foley’s Who’s That Girl, opposite Madonna; Luc Besson’s The Big Blue; Amy Heckerling’s Johnny Dangerously; and Guillaume Canet’s soon-to-be-released Blood Ties, with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, and Billy Crudup.
Television audiences have seen him in guest appearances on, among other shows, Frasier, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination; Girls; Damages; and, in a recurring role, House of Lies.