There are currently three movies in the works about Billie Jean King. The one potential version that appears closer to first reaching theaters is the Fox Searchlight production called Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), which has Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs) attached as a producer. The project was sweetened by Emma Stone playing Billie Jean King until she was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts earlier this year. But now she’s back.
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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 »
Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following a breakout performance in Room at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, Brie Larson has booked another plum lead. She’s in talks to play tennis star Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes, from producer Danny Boyle and directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine). Steve Carell stars as Bobby Riggs.
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Film can be at the forefront of social movements with stories reflecting the changes and progress in society . This year is no different with the transgender drama About Ray starring Elle Fanning (which The Weinstein Company abruptly delayed this week) and the recently debuted gay rights drama Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.
Based on the documentary of the same name, the drama follows a New Jersey couple, Laurel and Stacie (Moore and Page) who are forced to fight for their legal rights. Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and has to battle county officials in order to make sure her pension will end up in the hands of her partner Stacie.
Hot on the heels of a debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, a new Freeheld trailer has arrived, driven by a new ballad by chart-topping singer Miley Cyrus. Read More »
We still don’t know exactly what happened on Woody Allen‘s latest film that led to the departure of Bruce Willis, but in the end the show will go on. Despite having shot some of his scenes, Willis is off the film, and his role will now be played by Steve Carell. Read More »
Jon Stewart hosted his final episode of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, a show that he’s been writing, producing and hosting for 16 years and nearly 2,600 episodes. To say farewell to Stewart, or #JonVoyage as Comedy Central has dubbed the goodbye on social media, a cavalcade of guest stars, from former correspondents to Martin Scorsese to Bill O’Reilly to Bruce Springsteen, all came to say goodbye. And yes, there’s a bunch of crying too.
Below we highlight the extended farewell episode of The Daily Show, which is available in its entirety online for those of you who missed it last night. Watch Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show episode after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
As people across the U.S. continue to celebrate the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage, the first Freeheld trailer has come to remind us of the tough battles that brought us here. Based on a true story, the drama stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as New Jersey couple Laurel and Stacie. After Laurel, a cop, is diagnosed with cancer, she fights to ensure that her pension goes to Stacie.
At their side are Laurel’s police partner Dane (Michael Shannon) and New York activist Steven (Steve Carell). Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) directed and Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, Soldier’s Girl) wrote the script. Watch the Freeheld trailer after the jump.
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