Adam McKay and Paul Thomas Anderson Discuss The Big Short

The director of Step Brothers and the producer of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is now an Oscar nominee. Adam McKay‘s successful adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ novel, The Big Short, is up for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards. After earning some long-overdue awards love, the director is still out there discussing the project, and you can now hear him talk about the film with Paul Thomas Anderson.

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In 1982, an action comedy called 48 Hrs. took the world by storm. Not only did it finish seventh at the box office that year, but it also launched the film career of Eddie Murphy and spawned a slew of buddy cop imitations. Although a true sequel to 48 Hrs. wouldn’t come until 1990, a follow-up of sorts came out two years later: Streets of Fire.

To understand how Streets of Fire came to be (and its relationship to 48 Hrs.), I sat down with cowriter Larry Gross to discuss the film’s origins—and his as well.

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“I need the truck,” is the first line in the script for Mojave. It comes on page five, and not until page 17 does a real conversation emerge. There are a few lines here and there in the opening, but screenwriter William Monahan introduces Thomas (Garrett Hedlund) purely through action. The artist, struggling with success, drives out to the desert to reflect, which Monahan once did himself.

What if someone like Thomas or Mr. Monahan, but far worse, was also in the desert? That’s when Jack (Oscar Isaac) appears, a highly educated and highly dangerous drifter. Thomas and Jack’s war begins with a conversation about the politics, the human condition, and Ahab’s missing leg.

And we dive into the details of Mojave during our conversation with Monahan, which begins after the jump.

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Once recent shows like Arrested Development and 24 returned for limited series, networks started looking at older hit shows that could be revived for a few more episodes. Fox had a golden goose in their vaults with The X-Files, which last spawned the 2008 movie I Want To Believe. Now it’s back as a six-episode limited series crafted by Chris Carter with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning.

The series picks up with Dana Scully (Anderson) and Fox Mulder (Duchovny) separated again, but reconnecting over the conspiracy theory of internet talk show host Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale). We also see flashbacks to an alien crash landing that hints at the answers for which Mulder has been searching all along. We spoke with Carter about the new X-Files, which premieres Sunday, January 24 on Fox after football, at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association. Here’s what he had to say. Read More »

The 100

The 100 finally returns for its third season after nearly a year off the air. Loyal fans have been waiting to see what becomes of Clarke (Eliza Taylor)’s solo journey after leaving the camp, and what’s going on with that woman in the red dress. Well, you’ll see that three months have gone by and Clarke is a good hunter, but she can’t stay alone for long. Raven (Lindsey Morgan) can still barely use her leg but she’s on a scouting mission, with a modern soundtrack.

The CW presented a panel of The 100 cast for the Television Critics Association and we got to sit down with creator and show runner Jason Rothenberg while he was in Los Angeles. Some mild spoilers of the first two episodes of the new season are part of our discussion. The 100 returns Thursday, January 21 at 9 on The CW.  Read More »

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Legends of Tomorrow is the latest show from DC Comics. They have a good track record with Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, and producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg remain involved. Phil Klemmer is the showrunner for this one, and /Film got to sit down with him after a panel for the Television Critics Association.

Legends unites Arrowverse characters Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller), Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel), Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee), Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh). Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) comes from the future to enlist their help catching Vandal Savage (Casper Crump), and so begins a time-traveling adventure that begins Thursday, January 21 at 8PM on The CW.

Ahead of the premiere, I sat down with Klemmer to get the details on what’s ahead for our heroes in season one and beyond.  Read More »

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Midway through season one of HBO’s The Leftovers, the show found its footing, going on to deliver heartbreaking, romantic, strangely comedic, and honest stories about family. The show continued to improve, and by the time season two premiered, the show was on its way to delivering an ambitious, dense, and more surreal chapter in its three-part story.

Based on Tom Perrotta‘s book, The Leftovers allowed co-creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof to start almost from scratch in season two. When season one ended, that was the end of Perrotta’s book. This past season some of the key characters picked up and moved to Jarden, Texas, where they learned not even paradise is perfect.

After the jump, read part one of our Damon Lindelof interview. (Spoilers for Season 2 of The Leftovers ahead.)

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Colony premiered on USA January 14. The new show from Lost producer Carlon Cuse and showrunner Ryan Condal is about an alien occupation in Los Angeles. The aliens have walled off the city and some of the residents are cooperating with the occupiers. At the end of the pilot, we find out (spoiler alert!) that one of the main characters is working with the resistance.

We got a good, long interview with Cuse and Condal when they visited the Television Critics Association the day of the premiere. Cuse also addressed some questions about his other series Bates Motel, The Strain and even a lingering Lost question.  Read More »

neal Scanlan creature shop Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is filled with practical effects, costumed creatures and puppets. Some of the practical effects are so good that you probably believe they were created inside the computer. After the jump, you can read an excerpt from my conversation with Neal Scanlan — creature & droid effects creative supervisor, creature shop concept designer, creature shop head — and SFX supervisor Chris Corbould. (The full interview will be posted in February). In the excerpt, Scanlan and Corbould reveal some of the invisible practical effects of The Force Awakens and more.

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