7 items from 2015
AFI Fest rounded out its weeklong celebration of cinema Thursday with the closing night gala premiere of Paramount’s “The Big Short,” Adam McKay‘s dramatic expose on the housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s.
Stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei walked the red carpet at Hollywood’s Tcl’s Chinese Theatre, along with Ryan Gosling, who happened to also be feting his 35th birthday. (Co-star and Plan B’s Brad Pitt was not in attendance, having walked the red carpet one week earlier for the fest’s opening night premiere of “By the Sea.”)
Gosling, who plays an outsider in the world of high-finance in the film, told press that he did a tremendous amount of research for the film, based on the book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis.
“Adam (McKay) kind of teamed us up with some specialists, we »
- Malina Saval
David Koechner has been a longtime favorite of mine—from his work on various television series like Saturday Night Live, The Office, American Dad, Reno 911!, The Goldbergs, and Another Period, to his roles in great films like Snakes on a Plane, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Waiting…, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and of course my personal favorite, Anchorman—I have always appreciated Koechner’s offbeat approach to comedy and his ability to connect with audiences in hilarious, but often understated, ways throughout the years.
Koechner co-stars in the upcoming zombie-infused comedy, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, as the wonderfully weird Scout Leader Rogers, who gets attacked by the undead (that’s no spoiler either, as the actor in his zombified state has been featured prominently in the marketing campaign thus far), and we continue to see him pop up throughout the story as it unfolds.
At the recent press day, »
- Heather Wixson
Of course Will Ferrell is getting his own bar. And of course fans are going to be pouring in from all over the country. Zach Neil and Brian Link have just opened Stay Classy New York on the lower east side of Manhattan. And it's a shrine not just to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy but everything the actor has ever done.
The best part about this new bar is that is offers plenty of cocktails named after some of Will Ferrell's biggest hit comedies. And the artisanal menu comes packed with plenty of inside jokes from Anchorman. Step Brothers has spawned the 'Did We Just Become Best Friends?' double shot for you and your best friend, whom can redeem his shot at a later date. Order a Dirty Mike and the Boys from The Other Guys, and you'll be handed two draft beers and a house shot. »
Funnyman Will Ferrell has had plenty of fun blending sports and comedy with feature films like Semi-Pro, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory. He’s even dabbled in sports on television with a role in the comedy series Eastbound & Down. Now Ferrell is returning to HBO to mess around with America’s […]
The post ‘Ferrell Takes the Field’ Teaser: Will Ferrell Plays Every Baseball Position in One Day appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
I don't mind admitting I'm a bit shocked at the $54 million for Dreamworks Animation's Home. Dreamworks Animation hasn't had a non-sequel perform this well since 2009's Monsters vs. Aliens and this is even better than the $49.4 million opening for last year's How to Train Your Dragon 2, which went on to make $618.9 million worldwide. Seems families were primed and ready for a new movie to take the kids to and this fit the bill and with an "A" CinemaScore it would seem they walked away impressed. The pic does carry a hefty $135 budget, but if these numbers are any indication that won't be too hard to overcome. Good news for Dreamworks. Then we come to Get Hard and it seems audiences can't get enough Kevin Hart and you cast him alongside Will Ferrell and you have box office magic to the tune of $34.6 million, which is still second to »
- Brad Brevet
A new report claims that Marvel and Disney are trying to lock-in Ant-Man co-writer Adam McKay to direct one of their upcoming Phase Three Movies. Latino Review has the scoop. Though, they aren't quite sure which movie he is best suited for. Could it be Inhumans or Captain Marvel? And is Black Panther completely off the table?
As you may know, Marvel furiously tried to get Adam McKay, best known for his Will Ferrell collaborations such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Other Guys and Anchorman, to direct Ant-Man when original director Edgar Wright walked away due to creative differences. While Peyton Reed took the job, Adam McKay did step in for a complete rewrite of the screenplay, which he did alongside star and frequent collaborator Paul Rudd. It seems that Marvel is quite pleased with the work Adam McKay brought to the table in helping the »
The news that Amy Pascal will step down as chairwoman of Sony Pictures is not shocking. In fact, it was expected.* This is how Hollywood works. You spend years running a studio or acting as president of production and then something goes wrong and you segue to a “producing” deal. That’s the way it’s been for almost 30 years and that’s the way it will be for the foreseeable future. Surviving any controversy, even one outside of your own control, is simply impossible. *Although forgive our surprise this wasn’t left to a late Friday afternoon announcement to quell reaction from the cable news talking heads. Pascal’s fate was sealed when numerous E-mail conversations she was a part of were leaked after a massive security breach credited to North Korean hackers took place on Nov. 24. Her E-mail exchange with producer Scott Rudin about the President of the »
- Gregory Ellwood
7 items from 2015
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