Adam McKay heart attack

Some filmmakers only metaphorically put their heart and soul into their work. When making Vice, Adam McKay did it literally. McKay recently revealed that after shooting the biopic based on the life of former Vice President and all-around monster Dick Cheney, he suffered a heart attack. Besides being potentially tragic, McKay’s heart attack was darkly ironic, due to the fact that Cheney’s many, many heart attacks are chronicled in the movie. But those very heart attacks may have helped save McKay’s life.

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‘Vice’ Trailer: Christian Bale is Dick Cheney

Vice trailer

Get ready to see Christian Bale like you’ve never seen him before: as the 46h Vice President of the United States. Bale plays controversial former VP Dick Cheney in Vice, a new biopic from director Adam McKay. Like he did with The Big Short, McKay has surrounded Bale with a murderers row of excellent actors and decked them out in wigs and other make-up appliances to have them assume the roles of real-life individuals. Watch the Vice trailer below.

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Dick Cheney Biopic

Adam McKay has been working on his Dick Cheney biopic since mid-2017, and before 2018 is over, we’ll get to see it. For the longest time, the film was known by its working title – Backseat. Now, the official title has been confirmed by McKay himself: Vice. Christian Bale gained a considerable amount of weight to the play the infamous former Vice President, and he leads a cast that includes Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell.

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Step Brothers 2

Next month, you can see John C. Reilly alongside Joaquin Phoenix in the western thriller The Sisters Brothers. But there’s a different pair of brothers that fans would like to see back on the big screen.

Step Brothers, starring John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell as forty-something step brothers still living at home with their recently married parents, became a comedy hit back in 2008 with just over $100 million at the box office, but it’s found even greater life in the years since. You can’t go anywhere without hearing quotes from the movie, whether it’s “Did we just become best friends?” or “It’s the fuckin’ Catalina Wine Mixer.” And because of that, fans have wanted a sequel.

John C. Reilly isn’t quite as enthusiastic as viewers when it comes to sequels in general, but he still hopes that he doesn’t age out of the chance to make it happen with his buddy Will Ferrell and the increasingly eclectic director Adam McKay. Read More »

succession trailer

You can’t always choose your family. But you can choose whether to wage a corporate war against your family members in a fight over control for the biggest media conglomerate in the world.

Adam McKay takes family dysfunction to another level in the new HBO drama series SuccessionThe Big Short director takes his brand of acerbic wit and excessive cursing to TV with the series about a power-hungry family vying for control of the corporation headed by the aging patriarch (Brian Cox).

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Four Transcendent Adam McKay Audio Commentaries

Adam McKay audio commentaries

If there’s one director who takes audio commentaries to a whole other level, it’s Adam McKay. The Academy Award-nominated director has a commentary that’s a musical scored by Jon Brion (Punch-Drunk Love), one set in the year 2031, and another with a series of arguments and feuds that end with Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate feeling slighted. Few directors bring this degree of imagination to their bonus features.

I can’t recommend enough doing what the director believes only .01% of the population does: listen to these tracks. At times they’re about as funny as the movies themselves, which often go almost completely undiscussed by everybody participating. Next to nothing is revealed, but you do get a crystal clear idea of the sensibility and mind behind the work. The nonstop jokes are as strange and inventive as the gags in AnchormanThe Other Guys, and the rest of the filmmaker’s work.

All four of the Adam McKay audio commentaries recommended below can’t be spoken of highly enough.

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succession trailer

The Big Short director Adam McKay looks to be transferring that former film’s general mood onto his new HBO series Succession. The new vulgarity-laced Succession trailer boasts a finely-tuned cast going head-to-head against a backdrop of greed and power grabs. In other words, it looks like fun for the whole family.

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Step Brothers 2 plot synopsis

Because we can’t have nice things, we’ve been given a Daddy’s Home sequel, but Step Brothers 2 is nowhere to be found. While we may someday be blessed with a Step Brothers sequel, the follow-up to the 2008 cult hit comedy is currently little more than an unrealized dream. To rub salt in the wound, Step Brothers co-star Will Ferrell recently revealed the potential Step Brothers 2 would have been about.

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No Activity trailer

When Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the guys who brought us Anchorman and Step Brothers, reteam to bring us a new TV show, it seems like a big deal. When that series – called No Activity – is a parody of cop shows, and stars people like Ferrell himself, Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Fargo), Jason Mantzoukas (The League), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live), and more? Count me in.

Watch the No Activity trailer below.
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Tyler Perry Colin Powell

Adam McKay is best known for directing comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, but he’s also proven to be one of the most politically-conscious mainstream filmmakers working today. His next project is a biopic about former Vice President Dick Cheney that stars Christian Bale in the lead role, but McKay has just hired a surprising choice to play one of the key cabinet members of the Bush administration: Tyler Perry (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween) will play former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Yes, seriously.

Read more about the Tyler Perry Colin Powell casting below.
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