Matt Dillon
Actor
Matt Dillon
Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film director. He began acting in the late 1970s, gaining fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s.
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There’s A Reason Why Indie Bookstores Are Thriving
Huffington Post - about 2 months
At the tail end of last year, the New York book community was hit with unsettling news. BookCourt, the independently run store serving Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and readers willing to venture from their own neighborhoods for the sake of author events and stocked shelves, was closing. For avid readers, the loss of a bookstore leaves a mark. Bookstores ― the brick-and-mortar variety ― foster so many chance encounters and reflective moments; true love of the glue-and-paper sort blossoms among their shelves. And, a shuttered indie doesn’t bode so well for the looming Bezospocalypse, even if their sales are increasing at a steadier-than-average clip compared with non-indie vendors.  But, like magic, the closing of BookCourt coincided with the announcement of another store, to be opened by Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers, The Vacationers and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. A onetime BookCourt employee and longtime lover of literature, Straub hopes her stor ...
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From Burroughs to Uncle Howard: An Interview with Aaron Brookner
Huffington Post - 3 months
The new documentary Uncle Howard is an inspired compilation of recovered footage, interviews, a story of discovery by Aaron Brookner, a filmmaker who followed in his uncle's craft. A passing of a baton, you could say, Uncle Howard reflects Aaron Brookner's determination to ensure his uncle's legacy. Aaron was seven when Howard Brookner, died of AIDS in 1989. Some family films show them together, a handsome, charming young man with a cute little boy. In 1983, Howard Brookner's biopic Burroughs was featured in the New York Film Festival, and then lost. Aaron found the film at the Bunker, Burroughs' residence on the Bowery, and this year Criterion released the DVD thanks to Aaron Brookner's work on restoring his uncle's work. But more, Aaron found enough additional footage to create this homage, with producers Jim Jarmusch and Sara Driver who remembers this talented group including Howard as student filmmakers together excited by the chance to tell stories in new ways in film. Coming fu ...
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AFM: Matt Dillon to Star in Lars Von Trier's Serial Killer Drama 'The House That Jack Built'
Yahoo News - 4 months
Bruno Ganz has also joined the film, which was initially conceived as a television series.
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Rome Film Fest: Matt Dillon on Judging Films, His New Music Doc (Q&A)
Yahoo News - 5 months
The Oscar-nominated actor is heading to the Eternal City to head up the festival’s jury for its Alice in the City independent sidebar.
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Wayward Pines: M Night Shyamalan’s venture into the wilderness
Guardian (UK) - almost 2 years
A cult novel, a director who went from wunderkind to laughing stock and a timeless leading man: Fox’s new drama has the lot Related: Wayward Pines: first look review Matt Dillon slaps his hand into his fist. “What the FUCK is going on in this place?” he yells, his voice suddenly leaping from the civil tone he’s maintained throughout the interview to something more rasping. He’s dressed down, unshaven, almost monochromatic in a grey top. He has been discussing his first-ever foray into television, the new 10-part series Wayward Pines, based on the Blake Crouch novel Pines and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Dillon plays FBI agent Ethan Burke, injured in a mysterious car crash while in search of a missing colleague. When he wakes up in hospital, unaware of where he is or what’s happening, he’s stonewalled by everyone he meets. It’s Burke’s angry confusion Dillon is conveying in his outburst, as he recalls how he got to grips with playing the lead role. The way TV is set up now, it’s ...
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A Decade After 'Crash,' Paul Haggis Reflects On The Polarizing Racial 'Fable' That Stormed The Oscars
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
About 15 years ago, Paul Haggis was laughed out of one meeting after the next when he pitched "Crash" to television executives. He wrote it as a movie instead (with Bobby Moresco), but pre-production was shut down multiple times because the cast didn't include the right A-listers to justify financing. After it was finally made, Haggis tried, unsuccessfully, to talk Lionsgate out of a wide theatrical bow, thinking its box-office potential would wane without time to generate buzz in limited release. The movie grossed an impressive $98 million worldwide, but Haggis nonetheless tried to convince the studio that an attempted Oscar campaign would be mortifying. Then the movie won Best Picture. Ten years later, "Crash" is one of the most contentious releases of the past decade. Even though a few initial detractors saw the movie as "dramaturgical pixie dust" and characterized it as "at once tangled and threadbare," "Crash" received mostly glowing reviews and gained steady momentum as competi ...
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Looking Back on Misters Minghella and <em>Ripley</em>
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Director Anthony Minghella 1954-2008 I ran across Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley on HBO last night. It was late and had been a long day. I figured I'd watch a few minutes, wind down, then hit the sack. Of course, I couldn't take my eyes off it for the duration, and awakened the next morning sleep-deprived, but grateful for the chance to revisit a modern classic. It got me thinking back a few years... I first met Anthony Minghella in January of 2000 at the press junket for "Ripley." Moments after sitting down with him, I knew Minghella was a different breed from most of the filmmakers I'd interviewed in the past, particularly those from this side of the Pond. Minghella struck me as both a gentleman and a gentle man. He loved Bach as much as he revered the films of Hitchcock and the writing of Harold Pinter. He also listened as well as he conversed. I knew I would never forget my conversation with Anthony Minghella and, after a special American Film Institute screening ...
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Seattle Foodies Dish on Their Favorite Restaurants
Huffington Post - about 2 years
By Helen Anne Travis Come for the incredible natural beauty. Stay for the food. Located smack dab in the middle of the country's most stunning mountain ranges, you're never far from an incredible view in Seattle. You're also never far from an incredible meal. New restaurants pop up every day, bringing fresh flavors to the table and consistently raising the bar of the Emerald City food scene as a whole. "The chefs in Seattle are truly in it to create incredible food," said Ashley Rodriguez, a Seattle-based food writer, stylist and photographer. "It's not about the latest trends; it's about using the best of what Seattle and the surrounding area has to offer - seafood, fresh produce, wine, beer and coffee - and turning it into an incredible meal." Global Yodel sat down with some of Seattle's top food and lifestyle photographers to talk about the city's food scene and where to go when you're craving smoked trout roe and radishes. Best Breakfast In Seattle Serious Biscuit. "Order ' ...
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Celebrating UK's Entertainment Flavour
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Celebrating UK's Entertainment Flavour - 6 of the Best ! At a Q and A for 12 Years A Slave in London this week, Director Steve McQueen told the story of one of his first meetings in Hollywood, how an Irish person had been expected ...and about the shock when he showed up. It's extraordinary that in the 21st Century there are still elements of society that are surprised by the ethnicity of artistic, indeed creative genius and simple career expertise. I would like to take this small opportunity to celebrate some people who have brought some exquisite flavour to the UK, Vanity Fair Style. 1.THE MOVIE INSPIRATION : STEVE MCQUEEN Steve McQueen is the globally and critically acclaimed British artist &amp; filmmaker who has received multiple awards for his art exhibitions and film work. He broke through into the mainstream film industry with his 2008 film, Hunger. His 2011 film, Shame, earned many accolades. McQueen's 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, won the People's Choice Awar ...
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Michelle Obama and Thoughts on Turning 50
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In our teens, hormones are running a three-ring circus. In our 20s and 30s, we're consumed with what we'll be. In our 40s, we're consumed with what we are. Then comes 50. The half century mark. If we believe we're all going to live to be 100, we're half way there. If not, we're on life's downhill slide. It's a time for personal reflection. Where have I been? What have I done? Who am I? What do I do now? Here is a random list of personal thoughts in the measure and meaning of a half century on the planet. You're reading this list. Congratulations. Elvis didn't make it this far. You start to check out celebrities who are turning 50. Even factoring in personal trainers and plastic surgery, there is good news for 2013 and 2014 on what 50 looks like: Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Lisa Kudrow, John Stamos, Conan O'Brien, Michelle Obama, Matt Dillon; Rob Lowe, Edie Falco and Elle MacPherson, Mike Myers, You start to read more about the future of artificial body parts. The older you ...
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Sunlight Jr. and the Daily Dramas of the Working Poor
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I love movies, but they're usually about people I have nothing in common with. The new film Sunlight Jr. starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon so accurately portrays the difficult yet mundane lives of a working poor family in Florida that I was struck with a mix of discomfort and catharsis. I saw parts of my own life reflected on the screen. Sunlight Jr. follows a relationship between a weary convenience store clerk, Melissa, and her achingly flawed boyfriend Richie. Living in a weekly rate motel, they struggle to make do on his disability checks and her tenuous job. Having grown up in a working poor family on Florida's Gulf coast, I found the film chilling -- not because the poverty shown was overly dramatic, but because it was the subtle kind of poverty that permeated my childhood. It was never so bad; it was just bad enough that a living wage and job security would have made a difference. My mom raised two kids on her own on a secretary's salary, supplemented with intermittent g ...
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Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon and the risks, rewards of going small
LATimes - over 3 years
In watching Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon’s nuanced performances as working-class lovers in “Sunlight Jr.” this week, it struck me how often these actors test themselves with small roles in small films.
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'Sunlight Jr.' portrays the bleak and bankrupt brilliantly
LATimes - over 3 years
Review: Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon shine as a pair broken by fate and poverty in the dark drama 'Sunlight Jr.' Early on in the excellent new indie drama "Sunlight Jr.," a thunderstorm turns the Florida sky a low-hanging gray. A car runs out of gas. A couple on their last dime are stranded — on the roadside and in lives as empty of promise as that tank.
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We Can Outsmart the Smartphones
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We had dinner in a hip Soho restaurant the other night. There was a group of trendy young people at the table next to ours. I normally don't watch other people at restaurants but their unusual activity grabbed my attention: Whomever came to the table turned off their cellphone and put in the centerpiece. As it seemed like a game and included a cellphone, my kids and my husband were curious to see what was going on,too. We then started chatting and they told us that we were right. They were playing a game -- the "phone stack" game. Everyone puts their cellphone in the center and whoever checks it first loses. All of them were having trouble putting down their phones and started playing this game to create a cellphone-free zone for themselves for their sanity. What a pleasant way for friends to help each other manage a behavior they'd like to change. It was a great inspiration for all of us. My husband and I grumble a lot that our kids are addicted to their gadgets, but, needless to sa ...
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M. Night Shyamalan Says He Wants To Work In TV, Where Projects Can Serve 'Character As God' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
He's known for big-budget thrillers, but director M. Night Shyamalan says he would rather make small, character-driven work than $200 million epics. During a conversation about "I Got Schooled," his new book about the American education system, Shyamalan told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri that as the space for unique storytelling in movies shrinks, he feels more attracted to the nuanced dramatic work being done on television. "The things in TV that feel good to me -- not necessarily plot as the god, but character as god -- is my instinct. I'd rather do the dinner table scene than anything else," he said. Shyamalan got his chance to work in TV with "Wayward Pines," a new series that Fox has given the green light. The show will star Matt Dillon as a secret agent who journeys to the "bucolic town of Wayward Pines" in search of two federal agents who are missing. Catch the full interview with M. Night Shyamalan at HuffPost Live HERE.
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Girl Most Likely
On The Box - over 3 years
Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss and Matt Dillon headline in Girl Most Likely, a hilarious comedy about Imogene, once a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled, thanks to a crisis of confidence. Heavily in denial about being dumped by her high society boyfriend, Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate meltdown as an appeal for his sympathy. But her attempt backfires when she’s put into the custody of Zelda, her estranged gambling addict mother (Annette Bening), and must return home with her to the Jersey shore. Desperate to get back to her Manhattan circle of so-called friends, Imogene must finally deal with her family, including her unique brother (Christopher Fitzgerald), Zelda’s new boyfriend The Bousche (Matt Dillon), plus a cute young lodger (Darren Criss),who together help Imogene find her place in the world. Girl Most Likely is released in UK cinemas on September 27th
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James Ponsoldt: The 25 Best Coming-Of-Age Films Ever
Huffington Post - over 3 years
25. BIG WEDNESDAY: Good friends, giant Malibu waves, and Vietnam. Perfect movie combination. John Milius wrote and directed this beautiful 1978 film, and -- for whatever reason -- it doesn't seem to get nearly enough recognition (it's far more grounded and realistic than his '80s offerings, which include "Red Dawn"). The film is a real stunner, and Gary Busey gives one of his finest performances (for me, it's up there with "The Buddy Holly Story"). 24. APARAJITO: The second in Satyajit Ray's stunning "Apu Trilogy," which has always felt like a Bengali cousin to Truffaut's Antoine Doinel films. Made in 1956 (years before Truffaut's first film), "Aparajito" is one of the most timeless and pure coming-of-age films I know, and one of the most painful -- it deals unflinchingly with grief over the loss of a parent, and manages to gracefully depict a child's loss of innocence and awareness of mortality. Apu is a different person at the end of "Aparajito" -- alive, but scarred by l ...
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Juliette Lewis joins M. Night Shyamalan's Fox event series 'Wayward Pines'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jethro Nededog LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Matt Dillon's character, Secret Service agent Ethan Burke will find a likeminded townie on Fox's limited series "Wayward Pines." Juliette Lewis has been cast as Beverly, a local bartender who's also suspicious of "Wayward Pines," a Fox representative told TheWrap. Beverly is described as "warm and approachable," though she doesn't mince words. Lewis is best known for her many movie credits, including "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Natural Born Killers" and "From Dusk Till Dawn." But, she recently starred on the shortlived NBC series, "The Firm. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Dillon
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 51
    Early in 2015 he played the role of a Secret Service agent in the FOX 10-episode series Wayward Pines.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 43
    In 2007, the band Dinosaur Jr. hired Dillon to direct the video for their single "Been There All The Time" from the album Beyond.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he guest-starred on The Simpsons episode "Midnight Towboy".
  • 2006
    Age 42
    Dillon contributed his voice as the narrator, Sal Paradise, in an audiobook version of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road. In 2006, he narrated Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
    More Details Hide Details Dillon appeared in several music videos during his career. He made a cameo appearance as a detective in Madonna's Bad Girl music video which also stars Christopher Walken. Dillon appeared in 1987 in the music video for "Fairytale of New York" by the Irish folk-punk band The Pogues playing a cop who escorts lead singer Shane MacGowan into the "drunk tank".
    On September 29, 2006, Dillon was honored with the Premio Donostia prize in the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
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  • 2005
    Age 41
    In 2005, Dillon co-starred in Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded and on March 11, 2006 hosted Saturday Night Live, in which he impersonated Greg Anderson and Rod Serling in sketches.
    More Details Hide Details Dillon starred in the comedy You, Me and Dupree, opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. The film opened on July 14, 2006.
    In 2005, he starred in Factotum, a film adaptation of an autobiographical work by Charles Bukowski.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later he received critical praise and earned Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for his role in Crash, a film co-written and directed by Paul Haggis.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 38
    In 2002, he wrote and directed the film City of Ghosts, starring himself, James Caan and Gérard Depardieu.
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  • 1998
    Age 34
    Dillon had a three-year relationship with actress Cameron Diaz; they broke up in 1998.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 23
    Also in 1987, Dillon appeared as a policeman in the video to The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl video Fairytale of New York.
    More Details Hide Details Dillon continued to work in the early 1990s with roles in movies like Singles (1992). He had somewhat of a career resurgence when he played Nicole Kidman's husband in To Die For (1995), as well as starring roles in Wild Things (1998) and There's Something About Mary (1998), for which he received an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.
    Dillon did voiceover work in the 1987 documentary film Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, Dillon won critical acclaim for his performance as a drug addict in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy.
  • 1985
    Age 21
    He made his Broadway debut with the play The Boys of Winter in 1985.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 20
    He followed those up with The Flamingo Kid in 1984.
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  • 1980
    Age 16
    The films, released in March and July 1980, respectively, were box office successes and raised Dillon's profile among teenage audiences.
    More Details Hide Details Another of Dillon's early roles was in the Jean Shepherd PBS special The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters. The only available copies of this film are stored at UCLA, where a legal dispute makes it unavailable to the public. One of his next roles was in Liar's Moon, where he played Jack Duncan, a poor Texas boy madly in love with a rich banker's daughter. In the early 1980s, Dillon also had prominent roles in three adaptations of S. E. Hinton novels: Tex (1982), The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983). All three films were shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hinton's hometown. The Outsiders and Rumble Fish had Dillon working with Francis Ford Coppola and Diane Lane.
  • 1978
    Age 14
    In 1978, Jane Bernstein and a friend were helping director Jonathan Kaplan cast the violent teen drama Over the Edge when they found Dillon cutting class at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont.
    More Details Hide Details Dillon auditioned for a role and made his debut in the film. The film received a regional, limited theatrical release in May 1979, and grossed only slightly over $200,000. Dillon's performance was well-received, which led to his casting in two films released the following year; the teenage sex comedy Little Darlings, in which Kristy McNichol's character loses her virginity to a boy from the camp across the lake, played by Dillon, and the more serious teen dramedy My Bodyguard, where he played a high-school bully opposite Chris Makepeace.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 0
    Born on February 18, 1964.
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