/Filmcast Ep. 481 – Crazy Rich Asians

David, Devindra, Jeff, and Hoai-Tran Bui discuss The Meg’s PG-13 rating, the pleasures of Castle Rock, and the brilliance of HBO’s Succession. Be sure to read Hoai-Tran’s pieces about what Crazy Rich Asians gets right about Asian-American identity, and why it’s good that the film doesn’t try to break stereotypes. Also, check out Jason Concepcion’s piece on the anti-capitalist message of Succession.
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succession trailer

Good news, Adam McKay fans. His new HBO drama series about a dysfunctional family who curses a lot will fill all your The Big Short needs. McKay seems to have found himself a niche with high-powered corporate drama, and he continues that with Succession, which follows a cutthroat, dysfunctional American family that happens to own the biggest media company in the world. And the latest Succession trailer has something even better than Brian Cox cursing a mile a minute: it has the premiere date.

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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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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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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.

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Kathryn Bigelow

Game of Thrones may still be going strong, but not even Daenerys’ magical dragons can carry on forever. As the race for the Iron Throne nears an end, HBO is looking to shore up its drama slate with some fresh material. The premium cable network has just ordered two promising-sounding pilots from high-profile talents: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Succession, about a (fictional) global media dynasty; and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Mogadishu, Minnesota, about a Somalian family in Minneapolis.  Read More »