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Streaming services are a crucial addition to modern civilization, but only in December do they become a truly indispensible survival tool. Whether curled around your laptop in order to keep warm or retreating to your favorites queue in a desperate attempt to hide from your loved ones, this is the season when having something good to watch can mean the difference between life and death.
Fortunately for us, Netflix, Hulu, and the other major hubs have busted out the big guns just in time. From indisputable classics to contemporary gems, »
Read Variety’s review here. Andrew Barker says, “Despite sturdy, energetic performances from all the actors mentioned above, only Carell’s Baum manages to register as a genuine, empathetic character; not coincidentally, he’s also the only one to express believable compunctions about getting rich off a looming fiscal catastrophe.”
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 leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. The film is based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, »
- Michelle McCue
"We can do everything straight and still go broke." Paramount has debuted another new full-length trailer for Adam McKay's The Big Short, which is earning buzz after premiering at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles earier this month (read Marco's review here). The movie is about a group of bankers who see the financial crash about to come and attempt to plan around it. The film stars quite a cast of major actors: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall and Brad Pitt. I still can't tell if this is a parody of a trailer for an actual drama about bankers in the financial crisis, or whether it's actually played this dry and melodramatic in the movie. I'm hoping there's more to laugh at. Here's the second trailer for Adam McKay's The Big Short, direct from Paramount's YouTube: You can still »
- Alex Billington
Just weeks after its world premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles earlier this month, Paramount Pictures has released the second trailer and a new poster for The Big Short, which could be a potential awards season contender. Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell lead an all-star cast in this drama based on the true story chronicled in the book of the same name by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Blind Side). 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 leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
In 2005, eccentric San Jose-based money manager and heavy-metal music enthusiast Michael Burry (Christian Bale) studies thousands of individual loans bundled into highly rated mortgage bonds and makes a startling discovery. The »
Adam McKay's financial crisis drama "The Big Short" premiered a few weeks back at Los Angeles' AFI Film Fest where it was hoped the film would generate enough buzz to push it into serious awards contention. That didn't happen.
Nevertheless the film, boasting one of the most impressive casts of any movie to open this year, was well received and will likely go for a more crowd pleasing angle in its story of four men who try to take on the banks before a major collapse in the global economy.
Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Marisa Tomei all star in the film with a new trailer for the project scoring a release today:
- Garth Franklin
Traditionally the International Emmys are a showcase for the rich pickings of British TV.
In 2014, conspiracy thriller “Utopia” won best drama series while documentary “Educating Yorkshire,” a look at modern schooling, scooped the non-scripted entertainment prize. Both shows were commissioned and broadcast by U.K. network, Channel 4, whose mission includes programming for a culturally diverse society.
This year the nominees contain no fewer than seven British shows, excluding kid shows. They include noms in the arts, drama and documentary categories, and potential awards for thesps Sheridan Smith (in ITV’s “Cilla”) and Rafe Spall (Channel 4 series “Black Mirror” holiday episode “White Christmas”).
These shows exhibit the kind of creativity for which British TV is internationally renowned. But with both the BBC and Channel 4 facing uncertain futures, can U.K. TV sustain its reputation for nurturing programs like the ones loved by juries at the Intl. Emmys?
In September, »
- Steve Clarke
Almost every year, we get a late breaking contender into the Oscar race that hopes to upend things and carve out a spot for itself across the board. Last year, that hopeful was American Sniper, and we all know how well that did (no sarcasm there, for once). This year, Paramount is hoping to copy the successful play of Warner Brothers and drop The Big Short into late Academy Award contention. Having seen the film last night, I can vouch for it potentially being able to make a dent in the Oscar lineup. It’s an angry, entertaining, and unique look at the financial collapse, with an A-list cast all doing strong work. The film is an adaptation of the best selling Michael Lewis book of the same name. It’s about the housing crisis and the chaos brought on by the banks. Essentially, some tried to take advantage of the looming calamity, »
- Joey Magidson
A “Downton” regular comes home for the finale, and “Once Upon a Time” has some Herculean casting. Plus, Oprah, Jennifer Lopez and more stars are being honored by “Entertainment Tonight,” in today’s TV news roundup. . .
“Once Upon a Time” has added newcomer Jonathan Whitesell as Hercules and “Hannibal” alum Kacey Rohl as Megara for the 13th episode of Season 5, according to TV Line. The mythological hero is described as a “a dashing, strapping young man” while Meg is reportedly “a plucky young adventurer with a sly sense of humor.” The news lends credence to fan speculation that the recently cast Greg Germann is playing “Hercules” villain Hades. Showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis recently hinted at the show’s upcoming “Hercules” twist in an interview with Variety.
Lily James, whose character Rose grew into a proper young wife and headed for America at the end of last season, »
- Whitney Friedlander and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Boasting a star-studded ensemble, an awards-friendly adaptation as a pitch, and a timely dissection of the banking crisis of 2008 in the vein of J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call, it’s little wonder why Adam McKay’s The Big Short has emerged as something of a dark horse going into this year’s awards circuit.
Taking from Michael Lewis’ (Moneyball, The Blind Side) book about the mortgage crisis, McKay’s financial drama brings together Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt as four of the smartest analysts in the business. Betting big on the inevitable fall of the housing market, their bold investment sees all morals stoop to a whole new low, dragging them into the dark underbelly of modern banking. Jeremy Strong, Rafe Spall, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, Hamish Linklater round out the ensemble.
- Michael Briers
With four heavyweights anchoring the cast of "The Big Short" — Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt — you might think it would be something of a challenge for director Adam McKay to wrangle all those egos, particularly when directing his first "serious film." But as he tells EW, quite the opposite happened. "There’s such a difference between people that are establishing themselves and people that are established. These guys are all so successful that they most of all just appreciate each other. So there was no real feeling of competition or territorialism going on, but there was a feeling of everyone’s got to be on their game because everyone respects everyone around them," he explained. "The other secret to this movie is beyond the sort of known actors that we have, the ensemble around them — Jeremy Strong, Rafe Spall, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, Hamish Linklater — these guys were incredible. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Of all the current century’s most cataclysmic world-historical events, the 2008 financial crisis is probably among the most poorly understood. Filmmakers looking to rectify this have already approached the story from a number of angles, from sober-minded documentary (“Inside Job”) to operatic boiler-room drama (“Margin Call”), but the route taken by “The Big Short” is by far the most radical, turning a dense economics lecture into a hyper-caffeinated postmodern farce, a spinach smoothie skillfully disguised as junk food. Taking style cues from hip-hop videos, Funny or Die clips and “The Office,” Adam McKay’s film hits its share of sour notes; some important plot points are nearly impossible for laypeople to decipher even with cheeky, fourth-wall-obliterating tutorials, and the combination of eye-crossing subject matter and nontraditional structure makes it a risky bet at the box office. But there’s an unmistakable, scathing sense of outrage behind the whole endeavor, and »
- Andrew Barker
"I think he has a great quality of being able to be outraged by something without losing his sense of humor about it." Paramount has unveiled a short new featurette for The Big Short, the out-of-nowhere banking comedy that features a helluva cast. Adam McKay (of Anchorman 1 & 2, Step Brothers) directs Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall and Brad Pitt in this comedy about a group of bankers that try to plan their way around the recession in 2008. The first trailer hit a few months ago and it looks promising, like there might be something to it. This new featurette mostly focuses on director Adam McKay and his vision for this movie, and his passion for comedy. Give it a watch. Here's the new featurette (+ poster) for Adam McKay's The Big Short, direct via Paramount's YouTube: You can watch the full theatrical »
- Alex Billington
It arrives in tandem with a new featurette for the picture, welcoming leading players such as Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling in front of the camera to discuss the finer details of The Big Short and how it represents a creative departure for McKay as a director. Indeed, it does – up until now, McKay has carved out a financially-sound niche in the comedy genre, what with hits such as Anchorman, Talladega Nights and the irreverent Step Brothers. But if there was ever any doubt that the director is out of his depth with The Big Short, today’s featurette ought to put any lingering doubt to bed.
In adapting Michael Lewis’ titular novel – the »
- Michael Briers
Drawing attention to the four leading cast members as much as it does the actual plot, McKay’s picture brings together Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four willing outsiders, who believe they’ve struck gold just as the housing market teeters on the edge of a crash in 2008. With the media fanning the flame of a banking crisis, the group whip the titular organization into shape in order to jump through the legal loopholes of the system, as they venture into the dark underbelly of modern banking unabated in search of a quick and easy profit.
Chips come down, morals are questioned and arguments ensue, but as the initial trailer revealed last month, it is »
- Michael Briers
Drama directed by Niall Johnson is based on a true story.
It centres on Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few days, she created a list: writing her thoughts and memories down, to help Singe create the best life possible for their two sons, after she was gone.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The first teaser trailer has arrived online for Roadies, the Showtime series from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), which stars the likes of Luke Wilson (Old School), Carla Gugino (San Andreas), Imogen Poots (She’s Funny That Way), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi). Check it out here…
Roadies chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage crew who get the show on the road while touring the United States for the mega stadium band Staton–House.
Roadies has been picked up for 10 episodes, and will premiere in 2016.
- Gary Collinson
After cinematic adventures such as We Bought A Zoo and the recent Aloha, Cameron Crowe is returning to his music-filled Almost Famous wheelhouse – albeit on the small screen – with the Showtime series Roadies, for which we now have the first teaser trailer. Characterized as a comedy show, Roadies has been picked up for 10 episodes, and centres on the backstage crew of a touring rock band.
The series brings together some impressive talent, both onscreen and off, with Winnie Holzman lined up as showrunner, and J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk set for executive producing duties. The cast will feature Carla Gugino, Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots and Rafe Spall, among many others, and expectations of excellence are high.
Check out the press release from Showtime below for more:
- Sarah Myles
Showtime has picked up Crowe's "Roadies," which "chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music's unsung heroes." It will follow the roadies and crew for the fictitious Staton-House Band as they tour the United States. Crowe released a teaser trailer on his website:
Showtime ordered a pilot last year, and Crowe teamed up with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company and "My So-Called Life" creator Winnie Holzman. After some recasting and refining, the network ordered a 10-episode first season, which will star Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, and others.
Crowe says to expect "10 stories about life, music, love and all points in between." After the disaster that was his movie "Aloha," it's nice to see Crowe getting back to what he was best at.
Want more stuff like this? »
- Kelly Woo
Per the official logline, Roadies is “an insider’s look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of ‘roadies’ who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way. The series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage »
The Cameron Crowe, J.J. Abrams-produced comedy series “Roadies” has been picked up at Showtime, TheWrap has learned. The series follows the lives of a rock and roll road crew and the bizarre family unit they have formed while working for a touring arena rock band. The pilot was shot last year with Christina Hendricks in the lead role of the band’s production manager, but she was recast with Carla Gugino. Luke Wilson will play the tour manager. Also Read: 'The Affair,' 'Homeland' Post Ratings Gains in Season Premieres The series will also star Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, »
- Joe Otterson
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