Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
In news that should come as no surprise the millions of people who went out of their way to avoid Mortdecai and Transcendence, Forbes has compiled its annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood and Johnny Depp is sitting not-so-pretty at number one. And when you look at the raw numbers, no one else is even close.
However, there’s a little more going on here than a great excuse to kick Johnny Depp and his collection of dumb hats while they’re down. The disparity between what “movie stars” are paid and what their movies end up grossing at the box office is shifting. The age of the movie star is effectively over and you can see this reflected in the full list below.
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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 Burgundy, Step 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 Carell, Christian Bale, Brad 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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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 »
Terrence Malick‘s films are often quite patient in their pacing. They aren’t exactly high-energy, unless you find excitement in staring off into the distance for long periods of time, caressing a lover’s hand or hair, or talking about what it all means to be alive. Malick’s movies are invigorating in their own way, as tone poems. However, his latest film, Knight of Cups, looks quite enthralling, in a more conventional sense.
Watch the Knight of Cups trailer after the jump.
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This winter, comedy director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers) takes the leap to a different genre by directing the financial crisis drama The Big Short. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book of the same name, the story follows Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four men who try to take on the banks before a major collapse in the global economy.
A new The Big Short trailer shows off the star-studded cast, including the impressive supporting players who are bound to make this a major awards contender at the Oscars this season. Watch the new trailer below! Read More »
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There is a real anger and sadness to The Big Short, and as wild and as funny as the movie is, the humor never makes light of or sugarcoats the 2008 financial crisis. The humor, if anything, heightens the drama and the pain we see in co-writer/director Adam McKay‘s (Step Brothers) uproarious dramedy.
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The Big Short is a slight change of pace for Adam McKay. The man behind Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is taking on a more serious subject matter with his adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction book. As serious as the housing crisis is, that doesn’t mean McKay isn’t bringing his outrageous sensibility to the film.
After the jump, watch a featurette for the director’s newest picture.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Star-studded ensemble prestige dramas might be to the fall season what superhero movies are to the summer one. Following Black Mass and ahead of The Martian comes the first trailer for The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling as four men who bet against the banks ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.
The Big Short is the first drama by Adam McKay, better known for comedies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. McKay and Charles Randolph (Love & Other Drugs) wrote the screenplay based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball). Watch The Big Short trailer after the jump. Read More »
Michael Mann has found his Enzo Ferrari. Christian Bale has signed to play the driver and businessman who founded the Ferrari car manufacturer in 1929. It’s a subject Mann has come back to via a couple different projects over many years. This version is the Ferrari film that Mann recently seemed to set as his next production, and with Bale lined up to star the rest of the cast should fall into place pretty quick. Read More »