Adam McKay and Paul Thomas Anderson Discuss The Big Short

Writer and director Adam McKay made an impressive jump from directing feature comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers to the real life The Big Short, even earning an Oscar nomination for Best Director and a win for Best Adapted Screenplay. Now the filmmaker who cut his teeth writing for Saturday Night Live will try his hand at the dramatic side of television too.

HBO has given a series order to Succession, a drama that is described as the saga of the Roys, a fictional American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. It will explore family loyalty, international business, and the perils of power in the 21st century. Knowing McKay’s predilection towards loosely adapting figures from real life politics and media, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is inspired real people behind the scenes of the most powerful media companies in the world.

Find out more about Adam McKay’s Succession TV series below. Read More »

Predestination trailer

When he’s not collaborating with Richard Linklater on beautifully understated indies about the passage of time, Ethan Hawke can often be found heading up thrillers. His recent genre successes include Sinister and The Purge, and now he’s reteaming with his Daybreakers directors Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig for Predestination.

The time-traveling pic is based on a 1959 short story by Robert Heinlein called “—All You Zombies—” but to our modern eyes it also seems to have shades of Looper and Source Code. Hawke plays a “temporal agent” who tries to stop crimes before they happen. Watch the new Predestination trailer after the jump.

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Predestination trailer

While the partnership between Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater has led to some of the most satisfying films in recent art-house release, Hawke is also indulging his genre interests in many other pictures. In the recent past he’s done films like Sinister, Total Recall, The Purge and Daybreakers. Now he has reunited with Daybreakers filmmakers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig for Predestination, a time-travel thriller that seems like it has the ambition to grab the audience that loved Looper.

Hawke plays a “temporal agent,” who has pursued one criminal throughout his entire career. This first Predestination trailer is an intriguing tease, as it shies away from specifying too much about the plot. Instead it assembles a set of character beats and hints at a twisting storyline. Check out the trailer and poster below. Read More »

wright-skarsgard

Robin Wright has an increasingly promising slate of films coming up: she’s in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator (in the title role) and is shooting a part in Moneyball, where she’ll play the ex-wife of Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt.

And now she’s in talks to work with David Fincher in his new version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which was recently confirmed to star Daniel Craig and may also feature Stellan Skarsgård. Read More »