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Is Matthew McConaughey moving to Mulvane?

A screenshot of the site Headlinebrief.com.
A screenshot of the site Headlinebrief.com.

If Matthew McConaughey were moving to Mulvane, he’d no doubt enjoy cozy dinners at Luciano’s and occasional outings to catch Foreigner at the Kansas Star Casino.

“Alright, alright, alright.”

But despite a satirical news story flooding Facebook on Thursday morning, it’s unlikely that the Academy Award winner, known for his roles in “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Dazed and Confused,” and his earnest Lincoln commercials, is ditching his home state of Texas for Kansas.

The story, published on a site called headlinebrief.com, said that McConaughey, who lives in Austin, had “announced in an interview yesterday that he is actually moving to the small town of Mulvane, located 25 miles south of Wichita.”

McConaughey is fake-quoted as having said, “I like Kansas and I like the people there. The people there are real. They’re genuine and I don’t have to question their sincerity and I think it would be a hell of a great place to raise my family.”

But click on the “contact us” link on the Headline News site, and you’ll find this disclaimer: “Headline Brief is a fantasy news site. All news articles on headlinebrief.com are satire or pure fantasy.”

A similar site with an identical layout to Headline Brief also posted a story on Tuesday that said Tom Cruise planned to move to Indianola, Iowa, and to Maryville, Tenn. And to Beaver Falls, Penn. And to Marshfield, Mo.

Still, the McConaughey story was shared and re-shared all over Facebook on Thursday morning, and it seemed to have fooled many locals.

“Could this be true???” one local Facebook user posted. “I can't even express into words how amazing this would be!!!”

Another wrote, “This will be an interesting development if it is true. Especially if Mr. McConaughey gets into Kansas politics.”

Even Mulvane Downtown, a Facebook page promoting downtown Mulvane, shared the link, commenting, “As requested - here's the post that is creating a bit of buzz. Kansas does have great citizens.”

But several other posters recognized the story as false.

“Last night someone shared a post about how great it was that ‘our generation’ gets our news from the Internet instead of mainstream media,” one user wrote. “This morning, eight people on my feed have shared a blog story saying Matthew McConaughey is moving to Mulvane. No he isn't. Mainstream media > Internet blogs/.”

Still, McConaughey could do a lot worse than Mulvane. We sent an e-mail to his publicist just to make double, triple sure he’s not considering rural Kansas life.

“Ha. Love it. He isn't moving. But my family in Kansas would have loved it,” publicist Nicole Perez-Krueger wrote in an e-mail. Her husband grew up in Coffeyville.

But we’d be sure McConaughey would have enjoyed the Mulvane “Livin.”

Denise Neil: 316-268-6327, @deniseneil

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