Adam McKay has received plenty of acclaim for his HBO series Succession, and soon he’ll be delivering another project to HBO Max as part of his five-year overall television deal with the cable channel and Warner Media’s new streaming service launching later this year.
During the HBO Max Television Critics Association presentation yesterday, it was announced that Adam McKay would be adapting David Wallace-Wells’ global best-selling book and New York Magazine article The Uninhabitable Earth into an anthology series for the streaming service. The series will tell “stand-alone fictional stories covering a wide range of genres and possible futures that could result from the rapid warming of our planet.” That’s one way to show people how terrifying climate change can be if we let it get out of control. Read More »
Last week we were all caught off guard by the news that a Parasite series was headed to HBO. Despite the involvement of Parasite director Bong Joon-ho, many were skeptical about the project, with the addition of The Big Short director Adam McKay raising an eyebrow or two. The biggest question seemed to be: just what the hell is this? Is it going to be some sort of English-language remake of the movie, in series form? Is it a sequel? Now we have more info – from Bong Joon-ho himself.
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In my mind, Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite is the movie of 2019: it’s a twisty, subversive thriller about class and income inequality, told by a master at the peak of his powers. It appears that HBO also liked what they saw, because a new report says the premium channel is currently in negotiations for a Parasite limited series, which would team Bong Joon-ho with Succession‘s Adam McKay. Details are still scarce – so scarce, in fact, that most of my feelings about this limited series hinge on one huge, unanswered question.
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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
A lot can change in a lifetime, so said the meme-able tagline for The Irishman this year. But it doesn’t even take a full life to observe a radical change in the trajectory of a life, as shown by the many artists who changed the course of their careers during the 2010s. It’s one thing to stage a comeback when you’re down and out in the public eye – after all, who doesn’t love an underdog story? – and another to successfully execute a 180-degree shift when things are going fairly smoothly.
This list pays tribute to those in the industry who pulled off pivots that caught us off-guard but did their job of redefining an already established star image. You might notice a running theme in this list: it’s disproportionately male, white and straight, unfortunately. This indicates that there is still room for the industry to improve in the 2020s and allow more opportunities for women, people of color and LGBTQ+ artists to spread their wings and avoid becoming pigeonholed into a single identity. But given the breadth of artists reshaping a well-known persona in this decade, they have many great playbooks to run.
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John C. Reilly is being called to substitute for Michael Shannon. The Oscar-nominated actor will be leading the HBO Lakers series cast as team owner Jerry Buss in HBO’s drama pilot, replacing Shannon in the role. The casting reunites Reilly with frequent collaborator Adam McKay, who is directing the pilot and executive producing the series.
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After appearing on Boardwalk Empire, Waco, and The Little Drummer Girl, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon is heading back to television once again. He’ll play former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss in a new HBO pilot which chronicles the high-flying “Showtime” era of the team during the 1980s. Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Big Short) is executive producing the show and directing the pilot. Here’s what we know. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as Guillermo del Toro received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles earlier this week. Plus, check out a TV directors roundtable with Adam McKay, Patty Jenkins, Ava DuVernay and more, and watch as Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin ventures out to the 2019 CatCon with actress Kat Dennings. Read More »
Through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, writer/director Adam McKay and comedy multi-hyphenate Will Ferrell have produced an incredible number of hilarious comedies for 13 years. But now the two partners in comedy are going their separate ways to pursue their own individual creative efforts. Get the details on the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay partnership ending below. Read More »
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Adam McKay‘s Vice is a very off-the-wall biopic of Dick Cheney, but there was one moment apparently too wacky to include: a musical number. The number comes early in the film, where Christian Bale‘s Cheney is learning the ins and outs of politics from Steve Carell‘s Donald Rumsfeld. McKay talked about the scene previously, and verified it would be included on the Blu-ray release. Now, as the Blu-ray and digital release approaches, the scene is finally available for all to see. Watch the Vice musical number below.
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Kumail Nanjiani is teaming up with Adam McKay‘s Gary Sanchez Productions for No Glory, a spy action comedy based on a true story. Sam Bain, writer of the horror comedy Corporate Animals and the extremely dark (but funny!) comedy Four Lions, will adapt a still-unpublished manuscript from National Security Operative and author Scott Shephard. Specifics about the story are slim, but “Kumail Nanjiani in a spy comedy” should be enough to get your attention.
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