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Adam McKay has never been particularly subtle about his political views, and it's been interesting watch the way he's worked things into big broad comedies. It's remarkable that a film featuring The Rock and Sam Jackson dying as cartoonishly as they do in "The Other Guys" can also feature a closing-credits sequence that was more savage and on-point than any documentary released that year about the financial malfeasance in the air. Now McKay has decided to finally tackle this head-on, and at the exact moment I got an e-mail announcing that "The Big Short" would be closing this year's AFI Fest, the first trailer for the movie also showed up, and I'm excited by what it promises. I like that Plan B is part of things as well, and obviously the match of material by Michael Lewis and a performance by Brad Pitt invites immediate comparisons to "Moneyball." McKay adapted the script with Charles Randolph, »
- Drew McWeeny
Terrible hair — it's not just for blockbuster season! The trailer for Adam McKay's star-studded The Big Short dropped today, and lo and behold, the movie's bevy of Oscar-nominated actors all turn out to share one thing: hair that can only be described as subprime. Paradoxically, the badness of the hair on display only increases the film's prestige points; If these guys weren't all so good at acting, the trailer seems to be telling us, there's no way they'd be able to pull off such terrible hair. (It's Too Bad to Fail.) Whose hair is merely unfortunate, and whose ascends to the very heights of lunacy? Let's take another look at the trailer below, and then we'll get to the rankings:5. Hamish Linklater (Role unknown)In the part of "The Other Guy in the Room With All the Famous People," all Hamish Linklater gets in this trailer is a handful »
- Nate Jones
Michael Lewis, writer of both The Blind Side and Moneyball, has quickly become of one Hollywood’s go-to authors when it comes to award-worthy pitches; after all, both of the scribe’s previous adaptations muscled their way into the Oscar race in their respective year of release. Now, Paramount has laid claim to Lewis’ financial drama, The Big Short, a star-studded, fast-talking picture that centers on the housing market crash of 2008.
Following four outsiders who each kept one eye trained on the status of the global economy, The Big Short is the name of an organization that the quartet – rounded out by Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt – form when they unearth a banking loophole that could gift them extraordinary wealth.
With director Adam McKay behind the lens, the film in many ways represents a dramatic departure for the filmmaker, who has established an audience in the »
- Michael Briers
The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises’ The Big Short will be the Closing Night Gala of AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi on Thursday, November 12 at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Directed by Adam McKay with screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, based on the Michael Lewis book, “The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine,” The Big Short stars Academy Award winners Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei; Academy Award nominees Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling; and Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock.
When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment »
- Michelle McCue
TV Land has tapped into the theater world for the cast of its comedy pilot I Shudder. Smash and Broadway alum Megan Hilty (9 to 5: The Musical, Wicked), John Behlmann (Significant Other, The 39 Steps), Geneva Carr (Hand To God) and Brooklyn Shuck (Matilda The Musical, Annie) are set to co-star opposite Hamish Linklater in the comedy written by Paul Rudnick. I Shudder revolves around Elyot Vionnet (Linklater), an advocate of manners, style and most importantly, common… »
Megan Hilty and several other Broadway alums have been added to the cast of TV Land dark comedy “I Shudder,” the network announced Wednesday. Hilty, known for playing Ivy Lynn on the NBC show “Smash” and for appearing in Broadway productions of “Wicked”, is joined by John Behlmann (“Significant Other,” “The 39 Steps”), Tony nominee Geneva Carr (“Hand To God”) and Brooklyn Shuck (“Matilda The Musical,” “Annie”) to co-star opposite previously announced lead actor Hamish Linklater (“Cymbeline,” “The Newsroom”). Hilty and Behlmann will play Sara and Drake Morelle, the demanding parents to 11-year-old Stella, played by Shuck. The Morelles are neighbors. »
- Joe Otterson
What would Lady Mary Crawley think of Michelle Dockery‘s new TV gig?
Based on a series of books by Blake Crouch, Good Behavior centers on Letty Dobesh (Dockery), a thief and con artist who is fresh out of prison. When she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man’s wife, Letty sets out to »
TV Land has given a pilot order to I Shudder, a dark comedy pilot starring Hamish Linklater and written by Paul Rudnick, about a meticulous but generous man who sees the world in very black and white terms: what is acceptable, and what is unacceptable. Dan Jinks and Rudnick will executive produce. Linklater plays Elyot Vionnet, an advocate of manners, style and most importantly, common decency. Observing people committing heinous crimes of etiquette, he tries to counsel… »
TV Land has ordered a pilot for “I Shudder,” a dark comedy set to star Hamish Linklater and written by Paul Rudnick. Linklater will play Elyot, a meticulous person who divides everything around him into one of two categories: acceptable or unacceptable. In the pilot, Elyot embarks with his 11-year-old neighbor on a mission to improve the world one classless person at a time. Also Read: 'Dukes of Hazzard' Pulled From TV Land Lineup Amid Confederate Flag Controversy “This pilot is a unique dark dramedy, and is truly outside the box for TV Land,” said Keith Cox, Executive Vice President of Development and. »
- Daniel Holloway
TV Land's reinvention is continuing in a big way. The Viacom-owned cable network has tapped Hamish Linklater to star in hot comedy pilot I Shudder, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera comedy, from writer Paul Rudnick (The Addams Family Values, In & Out), has been generating solid buzz around Hollywood for its originality, fresh concept and sharp biting humor. Oscar-winner Dan Jinks (American Beauty, Milk) is set to executive produce the CBS Television Studios comedy via his Dan Jinks Co. banner alongside Rudnick. I Shudder marks Rudnick's television writing debut. See more Broadcast TV's New Shows
- Lesley Goldberg
Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay is directing the film which stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy), Brad Pitt (Fury), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Ryan Gosling (Drive), as well as newly announced additions Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter).
McKay re-wrote the film from a previous script from Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs), which is based on bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. The book tells the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
- Scott J. Davis
New movie alert! Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment has announced that “The Big Short,” a movie written and directed by Adam McKay of “Anchorman” franchise and “The Other Guys” fame, will begin filming in New Orleans. Also announced were several big names associated with the film. Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt will star in the film as well as Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei. Also starring in the film are Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, Byron Mann, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock. McKay based the script for “The Big Short” on another script by Charles Randolph (“Love and Other Drugs”) [ Read More ]
We've already had a couple of 'another actor joins big ensemble movie' stories this morning, and this one will be no different. Apart from the names and the film, obviously. This time it's Adam McKay's financial drama The Big Short, and the actress in question is Marisa Tomei. She joins the already-aboard Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Melissa Leo, Anchorman director McKay has been developing this one for a while now, working up something very different from his usual comedy brand. It's based on Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ book, subtitled 'Inside The Doomsday Machine', and follows several key people who had roles in creative the toxic credit bubble that sent the financial markets into panic mode over the last decade. Also announced as having just signed up are Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock, although »
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for “The Big Short,” with Christian Bale (“American Hustle,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Brad Pitt (“Fury,” “World War Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “Anchorman” films, “The Other Guys”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”) and Marisa Tomei (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Wrestler”). The film’s screenplay is written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (“Love And Other Drugs”), based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. “The Big Short” is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, »
- Philip Sticco
Writer/director Adam McKay is not only funny, but he's passionate about the economic disparity that plagues this country. Aside from the fact that I love most of his movies, I love his political outrage, which I find to be well-honed and persistent but in a way that's not irritating and actually has a chance of reaching people beyond the converted. So while The Big Short looks like it will be markedly less humorous than his other films (on purpose, it's a drama), I'm betting he nails it. And he'll have a lot of great help too. We reported earlier that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale were onboard the film, and provided a more recent update that Steve Carell had joined the team. Now comes the news that The Big Short has started shooting and that Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei have joined the cast. McKay and Charles Randolph »
- Evan Dickson
Production is underway in New Orleans on the Plan B, Paramount and New Regency non-fiction adaptation about investors who ‘shorted’ the market at the time of the housing bubble prior to the 2008 financial collapse.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Deadline reported on Tuesday that Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt are set to join Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei in McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
This is McKay’s first dive into large-scale drama after making a name for himself with comedy hits such as Anchorman, The Other Guys, and Step Brothers. He most recently worked with Marvel and Paul Rudd on the script for Ant-Man, which just released its second trailer, and is rumored to be on the shortlist »
- Zach Dennis
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