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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The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in February 2016

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Unless Dirty Grandpa tickled you to tears this past weekend, you probably consider this another “dump month” January. While plenty of December releases are still killing it at the box office and there’s still time to catch up on the major Award nominees, it’s more likely that you’ve been stuck with your streaming options these past few weeks. There’s no shortage of quality movies on Netflix, and a few more notable titles are coming to the streaming service soon.

Find out the best movies coming to Netflix in February 2016 after the jump.

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If The Big Short wins Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, I will laugh and laugh and laugh.

No, not because it’s a bad movie. Not at all! In fact, it’s a very good movie (it made /Film’s top 15 of 2015). However, nothing would tickle me more than the knowledge that Adam McKay, the director of Anchorman and Step Brothers, made a movie that his peers named the number one accomplishment in cinema of the past year. The guy who filmed Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly rapping “Boats ‘n Hoes” may be the on the verge of Hollywood’s most prestigious honor. That’s amazing.

The latest gust of wind in The Big Short‘s sails is its victory at the 2016 Producers Guild of America Awards, where it took home top honors over The Revenant, Spotlight, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road and other strong competitors. Does this guarantee a big win at the Oscars? No, but it certainly gives it some momentum. Check out the complete winner list from the 2016 PGA Awards below.

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2016 DGA Awards

The Golden Globes have come and gone, but we’re still in the full swing of awards season. Last week brought the nominations for the Writers Guild Awards, the BAFTAs across the pond, and the Producers Guild Awards. Now it’s the Directors Guild of America Awards chiming in with their annual nominees, and while fans of Mad Max: Fury Road will be happy, those who enjoyed Carol will not. Hit the jump for the full list of 2016 DGA Awards nominees. Read More »

the big short scene

Over a month ago I suggested a world in which Adam McKay got nominated for an Academy Award. I would argue a nomination is long overdue for the co-writer/director of Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, but McKay won’t have to wait much longer. After seeing The Big Short, it’s a sure thing McKay and co-writer Charles Randolph will see some awards love for their dense, deeply funny and frightening adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ book.

After the jump, watch Adam McKay break down a scene from The Big Short.

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Adam McKay interview

At the AFI premiere of Adam McKay‘s newest film, The Big Short, the director joked that his past films — Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyStep Brothers, and more — were all his failed attempts at drama. The writer-director has explored sexism in the workplace, the 21st century manchild, and unrelenting ignorance throughout his body of work, to hilarious effect, but rarely a subject matter this serious.

With The Big Short, McKay has made his first drama, but even he resists putting that label on his film. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book, adapted by McKay and Charles Randolph, the film is a potent mix of laughs and misery, depicting the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The Big Short stars Steve CarellChristian BaleBrad Pitt, and more actors we all know.

We discussed the tricky tone of the film, why you can’t kill dogs in cinema, and more with Mr. McKay. Here’s our Adam McKay interview:

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Ant-Man is just as much a heist movie as it is a superhero movie. Peyton Reed‘s Marvel origin story didn’t feel like most comic book movies because of its crime caper tropes. The sequel, however, will not return to the heist genre.

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Christian Bale has played plenty of “real-life” characters throughout his career. From Melvin Purvis to Dickie Eklund to Irving Rosenfeld, he’s portrayed all walks of life. In Adam McKay‘s The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction novel, Bale plays Dr. Michael Burry, a brilliant hedge fund manager who spotted the impending doom in the housing market.

The Big Short is very much an ensemble piece, but Bale’s role is quite different from his co-stars. Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are almost always in the same room with another actor, sharing clever exchanges, while Bale is often alone in his office. Loneliness is a theme in The Big Short, and Burry best represents that theme.

Christian Bale was kind enough to discuss Dr. Michael Burry with us, as well as the other real-life characters he’s played and his love-hate relationship with acting. Read our Christian Bale Big Short interview after the jump.  Read More »

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Not enough modern comedies end with the demise of their characters. At least that’s what writer-director Adam McKay thinks. He’s been itching to kill off some of his characters for years now, including Baxter (Anchorman) and the horrific yet charming leads in Step Brothers, Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly). Another protagonist McKay would’ve enjoyed seeing perish in pure agony? Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller).

Read about the Zoolander death scene we never saw after the jump.

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