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Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew David McConaughey (pronounced /məˈkɑnəˌheɪ/; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s (including his breakout role in Dazed and Confused (1993), director Richard Linklater's second feature film), he appeared in films such as A Time to Kill (1996), Contact (1997), U-571 (2000), Sahara (2005), and We Are Marshall (2007). He also played the leading man in several romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006), and Fool's Gold (2008).

McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, was born in Uvalde, Texas, the son of Mary Kathleen "Kay" (nee McCabe), and James Donald McConaughey, a gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business and once played football for the Green Bay Packers. McConaughey has Irish ancestry and had what he describes as a strict Baptist upbringing. McConaughey's mother and late father divorced and re-married each other several times.

McConaughey moved to Longview, Texas — located east of Dallas. He lived for a year in Gorokan, New South Wales, Australia as a Rotary exchange student.

McConaughey began his acting career in 1991, appearing in television commercials while attending College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin before being cast in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused (1993). Also, during this period he played the neglectful boyfriend in country singer Trisha Yearwood's video "Walkaway Joe". After appearing in some smaller roles in Angels in the Outfield, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Boys on the Side, and the television series Unsolved Mysteries, McConaughey's big break came as the lawyer "Jake Brigance" in the 1996 film A Time to Kill, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name.

McConaughey was cast in leading roles in many more movies: Contact, Amistad, The Newton Boys, Edtv, and U-571. By the early 2000s, he was frequently cast in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, both of which were successful at the box office. During this period, he appeared as a firefighter in the low-budget film Tiptoes, opposite Rene Russo, in Two For The Money as a protege to Al Pacino's gambling mogul, and in Frailty, cast against type as a serial killer, opposite Bill Paxton.

McConaughey starred in the feature film Sahara (budgeted at $13 million), along with Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz. Prior to the release of the movie, he promoted it by repeating some trips he took in the late 1990s, including sailing down the Amazon River and trekking to Mali. That same year, McConaughey was named People magazine's “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2005.

In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch, which was reasonably successful at the box office. McConaughey also provided voice work for an ad campaign of the Peace Corps in late 2006. Matthew's production company, j.k. livin, is currently in development on projects with Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment and can most recently be seen in the football drama We Are Marshall. He is supposedly in line to star as Thomas Magnum in the 2009 movie Magnum, P.I. McConaughey appeared in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder, replacing Owen Wilson for the role.

On January 21, 2008, McConaughey became the new spokesman for the national radio campaign, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner".

McConaughey's personal motto is "Just Keep Livin" and his foundation is called Just Keep Livin Foundation. JK Livin Foundation's main purpose is to help young people live "fuller" lives.

On October 24, 1999, McConaughey was arrested at his home in Austin, Texas on charges of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. The police were responding to a 2:30 a.m. noise disturbance call. According to police reports, McConaughey was dancing around naked and playing bongos with a friend, actor Cole Hauser, a co-actor in Dazed and Confused (1993). The drug charges were dropped, but McConaughey pled guilty for violating the city's noise ordinance and paid a USD $50 fine.

McConaughey rescued various pets, including cats, dogs and hamsters that were stranded after the flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, in Sherman Oaks, California, he rescued a cat from two youths who had doused the animal in hairspray and were attempting to set it on fire.

McConaughey's personal life is the subject of media attention. He has dated actresses Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Penelope Cruz and Salli Richardson.

In sports, McConaughey is a big Texas Longhorns fan and is also a huge Washington Redskins fan. He is also a big fan of the "Vermillion Vipers," a little league baseball team in Brownsville, TX.

McConaughey and his Brazilian girlfriend Camila Alves welcomed the birth of their son — named Levi Alves McConaughey — on July 7, 2008 in Los Angeles. He was born at 6:22 p.m. in a 60 hour labor, and weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (also known as The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre) is a 1994 sequel to Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. At first, its makers intended it as the "real sequel" to the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) film. They also intended to do a remake (or "reimagining") of the original, but ended up billing the result as a sequel to the third film. The film stars award-winning actors Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey, years before either of them became recognized as mainstream stars.

Kim Henkel, who had co-written the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, wrote and directed the film. Originally released theatrically in 1995, it was later edited and reissued in 1997. The edited version is the most commonly available, but there have been DVD releases of the original uncut film (although these appear to be out of print as of 2008). The film was rated R by the MPAA for "demented mayhem and torture, and for strong language".

The film, as a semi-remake of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, takes as its subjects four teenagers, Sean, Heather, Barry and Jenny (Renee Zellweger) on prom night who decide to leave early and end up getting into a car accident on a detour in the Texas woods. From there on, they come into contact with a family of psychopaths who inhabit a dilapidated farmhouse in the middle of the forest - among them are Vilmer (Matthew McConaughey), a trucker with an animatronic leg; W.E., a literature-quoting redneck; Darla, Vilmer's love interest who runs a real estate office nearby; and Leatherface, a cross-dressing murderer wielding a chainsaw.

Notable horror-film critic Joe Bob Briggs considered this movie "...so terrifying and brilliant that it makes the other two "Chainsaw" sequels seem like After-School Specials", and he called it "the best horror movie of the 90s". Another notable horror-film critic, John Fallon of Arrow in the Head, regarded it as one of the worst, stating: "Flatline. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as we know it is dead... This is a stupid movie filled with stupid people and for some reason nobody acts like a real human being... Leatherface has become a sad looking, full blown, yelping transvestite... This is filmmaking at its lowest. It has no respect for the series or its themes and its reprisal of several key scenes from the original comes as an insult..." Horror fans generally hold the film in low esteem, but it does have its fans (especially the uncut version).

In Sweden, Germany and Iceland, the authorities banned the movie outright, deeming it too violent. Many stores in Iceland do however carry the film, despite the ban. Intending viewers can find it in small video stores in Sweden.

The film was originally released as The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the South by Southwest Film and Media Conference in 1995, in a different cut than what was later released in 1997. The original cut of the film features a few differences, among them being: a subplot that involves Jenny being abused by her stepfather in the opening scene; more dialogue between Heather and Barry in the car; and a longer conversation between Jenny and Darla in the bathroom. In addition to this, there were also different musical effects, a handful of different transitional shots, as well as a few scenes being tinted different colors.

The cut of the film that is most widely available, titled Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, does not contain this footage. The Canadian DVD release of the film through Lions Gate home entertainment is the only known home video release that includes all of the cut footage from the original version of the movie. The version titled The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre was 104 minutes long, while the version titled Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is only 95 minutes long.

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Reign of Fire (film)

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Reign of Fire is a 2002 action/science fiction film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, and Gerard Butler. It takes place in the year 2020 in England, after dragons have reawakened. In Japan, the film was called Salamander. The film grossed about $82 million on a $60 million budget. Though the end left an opening for a sequel, there has been no news of one.

During Underground construction in London around the year 2008, a huge, hibernating dragon is discovered and springs to life, instantly incinerating all construction workers with its fiery breath. The only survivor is 12-year-old Quinn Abercromby, whose mother (Alice Krige) was chief of the construction crew that he was visiting after school. The dragon escapes, and soon thousands of them work their way across Europe and eventually the rest of the world, burning everything and multiplying at an exponential rate.

Brief newspaper and TV news accounts reveal that among other things, Paris was burned by the dragons but terrorists were initially suspected, an attack in Kenya kills dozens of people, paleontologists discover dragon fossils in Antarctica during Arctic heating, scientists prove the dragons are a separate species that coexisted with the dinosaurs, and who were responsible for the dinosaurs' extinction. Scientists infer that when the dragons began to starve, they went into hibernation until the Earth could replenish itself. The United Nations calls an emergency session after a large dragon nest is discovered in Pakistan. By late 2010 (as the news accounts also reveal), the world powers begin to use Nuclear weapons which only hastens the destruction of the planet, and soon all semblance of organized government and society falls apart, save for small communities of survivors.

Twelve years later, in 2020, the adult Quinn (played by Christian Bale) leads a small community of survivors living in a medieval stone castle in Northumberland. Their hope is to outlast the dragons, wait until they die out again (as they presumably did several times before) and go into hibernation. Unfortunately, the people are beginning to starve while waiting for their crops to ripen. Eddie Stax (David Kennedy) and his children attempt to leave the castle for food, but they actually lure a dragon to them. One of Eddie's children's friends, and one of his children, are killed by the dragon, and most of the crops are burned.

Days later, a team of American volunteers arrive, led by Denton Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey) and bringing an Abrams tank and an Agusta A109 helicopter, piloted by Alex (Izabella Scorupco). Van Zan and his heavily armed band of 200 soldiers have devised an elaborate tracking system to hunt and kill dragons. Mistrusting, but needing each other, Quinn and Van Zan work together and kill the dragon that destroyed the crop. The inhabitants of the castle celebrate the victory, only to be chastised by Van Zan, who is disgusted by their behaviour, having lost three of his men in the battle.

Afterwards Van Zan and Alex tell Quinn that all dragons his unit have encountered so far are female. Their theory is that there is only one male worldwide. Alex was said to have discovered this two years before, while working out how they breathe fire (Apparently, and provingly, the dragons secrete two separate chemicals in glands in their mouth, and then admit a flammable gas which sparks a giant explosion). Van Zan orders his soldiers to pick the best of Quinn's men at the castle, pressing them into service in Van Zan's band. This enrages Quinn and he engages Van Zan in a fight; however, Van Zan is a battle-tempered and hardened soldier and he begins to beat Quinn mercilessly until others run to pull him off of Quinn. Made to look weak in front of his community, Quinn becomes angry and shouts at everyone that are now willingly joining Van Zan that the dragon will follow them and then backtrack their trail to find out where they came from. He warns that the castle will be destroyed if this happens.

Van Zan and his unit go to London to find the single male dragon and discover a road block. Van Zan then sends Alex to find a new way around. The male dragon soon arrives and incinerates nearly the entire number of Van Zan's soldiers, save for Alex, Van Zan, and a wounded soldier. Van Zan realizes the mistake he made in trying to engage the dragon, as it had killed almost everyone in his unit within a few minutes then was gone. Quinn's warning is realized, as the male dragon follows their route back to the castle and destroys it. The castle inhabitants are however saved by hiding in an underground shelter that is designed to survive the intense heat, but Quinn's close friend, Creedy (Gerard Butler), is killed at the last moment as he tries to go save more people in the castle.

Defeated, Van Zan returns to the castle, rescuing Quinn and the surviving children from the castle's shelter. Quinn tells Van Zan that they and Alex will hunt the male dragon in London. They use the helicopter to follow the River Thames to the city, unnoticed, where they see that the dragons are beginning to starve and are resorting to cannibalism. Van Zan's plan is to fire an explosive charge, placed on a crossbow bolt, into the dragon's mouth during the brief moment it inhales, drawing air to produce fire. During the battle, Van Zan is unable to destroy the dragon using his crossbow and attacks the dragon with no more than his battle-axe in a head-on leap. He is killed when the dragon swallows him in mid-air. Quinn and Alex are able to lure the dragon to street level and Quinn destroys it with his own crossbow.

The dragons in this story are shown with back legs and wings only, thus making them closer to being wyverns than dragons, though they use their wings as front legs when on the ground as with pterosaurs. They are supposedly ancient and were responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs. They produce fire by spraying two separate chemicals from the glands located on each side of the mouth.

Reign of Fire was distributed to theaters by Buena Vista Pictures, and on DVD by Buena Vista Home Entertainment in America.

On 7 July 2005, ABC had scheduled a broadcast of Reign of Fire, but because of the terrorist attack on London that day, it was replaced with another movie, Big Fat Liar.

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Sahara (2005 film)

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Sahara is a 2005 action/adventure film directed by Breck Eisner and based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler.

Though it opened at number-one, grossing $18 million on its first weekend, Sahara is considered one of the biggest financial failures in Hollywood history. From a financial perspective, Sahara was unusual because it performed reasonably well, generating $122 million in gross box-office sales. However, the movie was beset by high costs, including $160 million in production costs and $81.1 million in distribution expenses. The film lost approximately $105 million according to a financial executive assigned to the movie; however Hollywood accounting methods assign losses at $78.3 million, taking into account projected revenue. According to Hollywood accounting, the film drew in revenue of $202.9 million against expenses of $281.2 million.

The Los Angeles Times presented an extensive special report on April 15, 2007 dissecting the budget of Sahara as an example of how Hollywood movies can cost so much to produce and fail; many of the often closely held documents had become public domain due to a lawsuit involving the film.

Dirk Pitt. Adventure has a new name.

Marine engineers, explorers and former officers and SEALs in the US Navy, LT Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) and LTJG Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) travel to Mali, to search for what the locals call "The Ship of Death", the lost Civil War ironclad warship CSS Texas that has a mysterious cargo. Pitt manages to thwart the assassination of Doctor Eva Rojas (Penélope Cruz), a doctor with the United Nations World Health Organization, who is investigating the source of a disease that is wreaking havoc in the area. The cause is a vast amount of industrial waste that is threatening to cause an environmental disaster. It is up to Pitt and his associates at the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) to locate the source of the pollution and shut it down, and explore the connection between the deaths and the missing ironclad.

To promote the film, actor Matthew McConaughey drove his own personal Airstream trailer (painted with a large Sahara movie poster on each side) across America, stopping at military bases and many events, such as the Daytona 500 (to Grand Marshal the race), premiering the movie to fans, signing autographs, and doing interviews at each stop. The trip's highlights were shown on an E! channel special to coincide with the film's release. McConaughey also kept a running blog of his trip on MTV's entertainment website. Both MTV and the film's distributor, Paramount Pictures, are owned by Viacom.

According to McConaughey, this film was intended to be the first in a franchise of films based on Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels (much like the James Bond film franchise), but the poor box office performance of the film has stalled any plans for a sequel or a franchise.

In February 2005, Cussler took legal action against Philip Anschutz, the producer, for failing to consult him on the script.

Anschutz prevailed. On May 15, 2007 the jury awarded him $5 million, leaving it to the judge to separately determine whether or not Anschutz should have to pay $8.5 million to Cussler for rights to a second book. In a decision on January 8, 2008, Judge John Shook denied Cussler's claim for the $8.5 million.

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Failure to Launch

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Failure to Launch is a 2006 American romantic comedy film. It is a loose remake of the French film Tanguy, being solely based on its premise, the overgrown thirty-something child who does not want to leave home.

Tripp (Matthew McConaughey), an attractive man in his thirties, is still living with his parents Al (Terry Bradshaw) and Sue (Kathy Bates). Tripp's best friends Demo (Bradley Cooper) and Ace (Justin Bartha) are also still living in their parents' homes and seem proud of it. Al and Sue are not happy, however, and are fascinated when friends whose adult son has recently moved away from home reveal that they hired an expert to arrange the matter and couldn't be happier with the result.

The expert is Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), who believes that men continue to live at home out of low self-esteem. Her approach is to establish a relationship with the man to build up his confidence and transfer his attachment from his parents to her. Her step-by-step process is deceitful; while avoiding physical intimacy she allows her subject to fall in love with her, pretending to like what he likes, allowing him to help her through a (false) crisis, obtaining the approval of his friends, and giving him the opportunity to teach her something: he then moves out to become more independent.

This vocation exasperates Paula's terminally-hip roommate, Kit (Zooey Deschanel), who believes that Paula's own breakup with a live-at-home man is the unhealthy motivation behind the job to which she has given over her whole life. Paula discounts this, however, setting up her inevitable comeuppance when she falls in love with Tripp.

Tripp, meanwhile, discusses his situation with Demo and Ace while enjoying various leisure activities such as biking, rock climbing, and surfing. Strangely Tripp is bitten by otherwise inoffensive animals: a chipmunk, a dolphin, and a lizard. Ace, who feels that Tripp suffers from a fear of intimacy, is convinced that Tripp's behaviour is unnatural and therefore the natural world is attacking him. Tripp discounts the idea, setting up his own inevitable comeuppance when he allows his fear and pride to reject Paula.

In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $24.6 million, ranking first in the United States box office results for that weekend. The film grossed a total of around $90 million in the United States box office, and € 539,007 in The Netherlands. The film made $128,406,887 worldwide.

The film was poorly received by critics, gaining only 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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EDtv

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EDtv is a comedy film directed by Ron Howard released in 1999. An adaptation of the French Canadian movie Louis 19, le roi des ondes (1994), it stars Matthew McConaughey, Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Sally Kirkland, Elizabeth Hurley, Clint Howard and Dennis Hopper.

Its plot has been called superficially similar to that of The Truman Show, especially since the two hit theatres nearly around the same time. The differences come from the fact that unlike Truman, Ed (McConaughey) has knowledge and has given consent that his life is a reality television show.

EDtv starts off with the television channel True TV commencing interviews for a TV show that shows a normal person's life 24/7. This idea was thought up by a TV producer named Cynthia (Ellen DeGeneres). They interview Ed (Matthew McConaughey) and his brother Ray (Woody Harrelson). When the producers see the interview Cynthia decides to use Ed and interviews only Ed. So now they start airing the show, which they call Ed TV. The show is a total failure at first, as only boring things happen and the main producers want to pull the plug, except for Cynthia.

However, Ed TV suddenly gets interesting on Day 3 when Ed visits his brother Ray. Ed (along with the cameramen) discovers that Ray is cheating on his girlfriend Shari (Jenna Elfman). Ed then visits Shari to apologize to her for Ray's actions. Shari is very drunk and starts insulting Ray, by talking to the camera. She makes everyone laugh or go "ohhh!!" by saying "Ray was a BAD lay." Ed tries to comfort Shari, and he reveals he has feelings for her. She then reveals she has feelings for Ed as well. They slowly move their faces closer and finally kiss each other. Ed then locks out the camera crew and proceeds to passionately kiss Shari for a while. Ed TV suddenly becomes extremely popular.

Ed then goes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and meets beautiful model/actress Jill (Elizabeth Hurley) who takes a liking to Ed. Ed then visits Shari and she tells Ed that she doesn't want to be with him until the Show stops airing. She then leaves town.

Ed goes to the park with Ray and some friends to play football when Jill comes to talk to him, because Cynthia brought her in to earn more ratings. She invites Ed to dinner at her house. When he arrives at Jill's house, there is a massive crowd. They have a small talk, and then they kiss on top of a table. They are about to have sex, but then Ed falls off the table and squishes Jill's cat. Ed never sees Jill again.

Ed's father (Dennis Hopper), who abandoned his family when Ed was 13, unexpectedly visits Ed and informs him that he left because Ed's mother was having an affair with Ed's current stepfather, Al. Ed is furious with his mother and argues with her.

Next, Ed gets a phone call telling him to come to the hospital. The doctor says that his father is dead and that he died making love to his wife. Ed thinks this means Al, but it actually is his real father and that Ed's mother was cheating on Al.

After the funeral, Ed becomes disheartened by the fact that the producers want him to stay on longer and that he can't do anything to change their minds or he would be in breach of his contract. Ed is depressed until he catches a glimpse of Shari (in disguise wearing a wig and sunglasses). He chases her for a long time until she stops in the women's bathroom in a movie theater. She says she is staying with her brother as it is his birthday and she just wanted to see Ed. But she doesn't want to be with him until the show stops. When Ed exits one camera man stays with Shari saying that it's the producers' new idea. The main camera man tells him that all his family are being filmed but they show the most interesting person.

Ed gets an idea on how to stop the main producer from showing the show: he says that he will give $10,000 to the person who can give him the best amount of "dirt" on the producers and that he will announce it live, with the desired result being they stop airing the show before he can make the announcement. As Cynthia feels sorry for Ed, she tells him a secret of the main producer. Ed announces the secret (that the man has to pump a liquid into his penis to get an erection) but before he can announce who it is they stop airing the show.

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Fool's Gold (2008 film)

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Fool's Gold is an 2008 adventure/romance film from Warner Bros. Pictures about a married couple who rekindle their romantic life while searching for a lost treasure. The film was directed by Andy Tennant and reunites the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days stars Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The MPAA rated the film PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language.

Benjamin "Finn" Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is a treasure hunter looking for a treasure from a Spanish galleon known as the Aurelia, that was lost at sea with the 1715 Treasure Fleet. In his search to find the treasure, his wife, Tess (Kate Hudson) divorces him. Tess has been working as a steward on a huge yacht owned by multi-millionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland). Finn finds a clue to the location of the treasure and manages to get on Honeycutt's yacht The Precious Gem and convince him, his daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena) and Tess to join him in searching for the treasure. A local gangster named Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) and Finn's mentor Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) are intent on finding the treasure first.

The Precious Gem and Moe's vessel compete to find the treasure in The Bahamas. As Finn attempts to secretly take down Moe's search grid, Finn discovers a sword which is a clue to finding the treasure. Finn and Tess follow the clues to an ancient church and discover a diary describing the location of the treasure. Bigg Bunny and his associates, who have been following Finn and Tess, take Tess hostage and assume (incorrectly) that Finn was killed. Bigg Bunny forces Tess to aid him in the search for the treasure in a blowhole, the location revealed in the diary. Tess finds the treasure in a cave beneath the blowhole. Meanwhile, Finn and the Honeycutts enlist the help of Moe in taking the treasure out of Bigg Bunny's hands. They arrive as Bigg Bunny sends one of his associates to bring him the treasure, and the other to take out Moe as he swims towards Bigg Bunny's seaplane. The blowhole kills Bigg Bunny's employee and traps Tess and Finn, while Moe tries to stop Bigg Bunny from taking off. Finn saves Tess only to have Bigg Bunny kidnap her from him again. Gemma gets Finn to Bigg Bunny's plane on her jet ski and Finn leaps on the plane's pontoon as the plane takes off. As Bigg Bunny attempts to shoot Finn, Tess kicks Bigg Bunny out of the plane and sends him into the ocean. The final Bigg Bunny employee, is taken prisoner by Moe (after he has shot Moe in the leg with a speargun).

Finn and Tess are reunited and save the treasure together. Finn, Tess, Nigel, Gemma, Moe and those who contributed in helping or finding the treasure open a museum displaying all of their finds.

Warner Bros. and director Andy Tennant planned to shoot the film in the Caribbean, but decided on Queensland, Australia because the hurricane season in the Caribbean was likely to stall production of the film. The Key West scenes were filmed in Port Douglas. Filming also took place in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Lizard Island, Airlie Beach, and Hervey Bay. Scenes were also filmed at Batt Reef, where Steve Irwin died from a stingray barb in 2006.

Two crew members were stung by Irukandji jellyfish during filming, so some of the water scenes were shot in the Caribbean because the actors were so frightened.

The Precious Gem luxury motor yacht in the movie is called the Keri Lee in real life. It was designed by yacht architect Ward Setzer of Setzer Design Group and originally named Status Quo. It is privately owned and operated by Lee Group Charters.

The yacht's tender was a 2007 Chris-Craft Launch 25.

The film received vastly negative reviews from critics. As of March 2, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 10% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 110 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 29 out of 100, based on 28 reviews.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film zero stars out of 4 and said "Paris Hilton's appalling" The Hottie and the Nottie is "marginally better." Travers wrote "I defy any 2008 comedy to be as stupid, slack and sexless" as Fool's Gold.

Lou Lumenick of the New York Post gave the film 1 star out of 4 and called it "excruciatingly lame." Lumenick said "It's all basically an excuse to show off the scenery", including McConaughey's abs.

Brian Lowry of Variety said "The lure of Matthew McConaughey shirtless for extended stretches doubtless has some marketing value, but after that, Fool's Gold offers small compensation." Lowry wrote "At times the pic feels like a comedic version of The Deep, only without the comedy." Lowry said the tropic scenery was well-shot but said "there's not much chemistry" between McConaughey and Hudson.

Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club gave the film a "C+" and called it "the kind of thing people watch because it's the in-flight movie." Rabin called the repeated mentions of Finn's sexual prowess "a delightfully unnecessary move." Rabin said the film "outstays its welcome by a good 20 minutes" and called it "extravagantly stupid", but that the film's strengths were the "photogenic locales, obscenely beautiful stars, a laid-back soundtrack" and an unwillingness to take itself seriously.

The film was released February 8, 2008 in the United States and Canada and grossed $21.5 million in 3,125 theaters its opening weekend, ranking #1 at the box office. As of September 14, 2008, the film has grossed over $110.5 million worldwide — $70.2 million in the United States and Canada and $40.3 million in other territories.

Fool's Gold was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 17, 2008. It was presented in anamorphic widescreen with an English-language 5.1 digital surround soundtrack. The extras for the DVD include Flirting with Adventure McConaughey-Hudson chemistry featurette, and a gag reel. Fool's Gold was released on R4 Australian DVD on June 5, 2008.

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