Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Two recent Oscar darlings are looking to join forces. Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in a new film directed by The Big Short‘s Adam McKay, about Theranos co-founder Elizabeth Holmes. Come to think of it, the project sounds a bit like a mash-up of Lawrence’s Joy and McKay’s The Big Short: Holmes skyrocketed to prominence as one of the youngest self-made billionaires ever, only to fall from grace after her biotech company came under investigation. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Game of Thrones may still be going strong, but not even Daenerys’ magical dragons can carry on forever. As the race for the Iron Throne nears an end, HBO is looking to shore up its drama slate with some fresh material. The premium cable network has just ordered two promising-sounding pilots from high-profile talents: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Succession, about a (fictional) global media dynasty; and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Mogadishu, Minnesota, about a Somalian family in Minneapolis. Read More »
Last year there were rumblings that Adam McKay might eventually end up directing a movie at Marvel Studios. While McKay is better known for comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers, he was also hired to rewrite the script for Ant-Man with actor Paul Rudd. Plus, his recent turn at drama with the financial crisis story The Big Short, which earned him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. So now McKay is getting his crack at a superhero movie… but it’s not with Marvel.
Adam McKay has been slated to direct Irredeemable, an adaptation of the Boom! Comics title which follows a superhero who takes a rather dark turn. Find out more about the Irredeemable movie after the jump. Read More »
Universal and 20th Century Fox both have Uber-themed movies in the works. The studios paid good money for the projects, both of which were announced this past week. Now, it’s a question of which movie will make it to theaters first.
Learn more about the competing Uber movies below.
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Sadly, last week brought news that iconic comedian Garry Shandling had passed away suddenly at 66 years old. The longtime stand-up comedian and creator/star of The Larry Sanders Show has influenced some of the top comedians working today, and he counts among his friends some of the best in the business.
As a way of saying goodbye, over three dozen of them gathered as Shandling’s house for one last game of pick-up basketball on the comedian’s home court, something he was very fond of doing while he was alive and well. See a photo of everyone gathered for the honorary Garry Shandling basketball game after the jump. Read More »
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This weekend brings the telecast for the 88th Academy Awards, and we’ll see who takes home Hollywood’s biggest prize. But before that, maybe you’d like to see some of the nominees chat for two and a half hours about their nominated work. Earlier this month, the Directors Guild of America rounded up the 2016 DGA nominees for an extensive chat, and it’s fascinating.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Ridley Scott, George Miller, Tom McCarthy, and Adam McKay all sit down to talk about ther respective careers, filmmaking advice, production on each of their nominated films and more. Watch the 2016 DGA Nominees panel below. Read More »
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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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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Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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