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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay were both hired for “Saturday Night Live” on the same day in 1995, but no one could have predicted the wildly successful partnership that would ensue. Though Ferrell has built an empire on playing over-the-top, out-there characters, his natural demeanor is, by his own admission, much more mild-mannered. “I’m not cracking jokes all the time. I like to gauge a temperature of a room,” the actor says.
In fact, McKay, who would stay with “SNL” for six years, including three seasons as head writer, initially thought Ferrell would take on more sober parts. “You always need a straight man, a decent-looking guy to play leads,” he says. “But we go into our first read-through, and this guy uncorks four of the funniest characters you’ve ever seen in your life. We all walked away going, ‘Where did that come from? He seemed so normal!’ We »
- Jenelle Riley
When Adam McKay hoisted his adapted screenplay Oscar back in February for “The Big Short,” his excoriating dissection of Wall Street’s deft and destructive thuggery, that sound you heard was the collective “Wtf” of dozens of top film critics and pundits who’d spent the entire awards season writing a variation of the “I never saw this coming” mea culpa/apologia.
To justify their myopia, the press generally cited “Step Brothers” (2008) as the ultimate Other Side of Paradise credit on McKay’s resume, neatly evading their own misreadings of McKay’s — and his co-conspirator in Gary Sanchez Prods., Will Ferrell’s — many other overtly and hilariously political ruminations on America’s cultural fissures, fixations and florid foibles.
They should be red-faced, especially since no less an authority than America’s preeminent docu-politico Michael Moore knew what they were up to a decade ago. “The day after ‘Talladega Nights’ opened, »
- Steven Gaydos
You’re an entrepreneur, but how did you come to be involved in filmmaking?
I am an entrepreneur, a leader of the people, a weapons expert and a trainer of big cats. In short, I look for the special and powerful things in life. When I saw “Talladega Nights,” my bodyguards, ladies and I laughed and laughed. At first I was uncomfortable that these strange doughy white men had taken control of my emotions the way they had and I put a hit on them. But then while hunting on my private game preserve that night I thought, “Why should I not buy what I am afraid of, rather than destroy it?” It was then that I knew I would own Adam and Will.
Is there »
- Jenelle Riley
Last year there were rumblings that Adam McKay might eventually end up directing a movie at Marvel Studios. While McKay is better known for comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers, he was also hired to rewrite the script for Ant-Man with actor Paul Rudd. Plus, his recent turn at drama […]
The post Adam McKay Bringing ‘Irredeemable’ Superhero Comic Book to the Big Screen appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
The comic-book, written by Mark Waid, was published between 2009 and 2012 for a total of 37 issues and centered on fallen superhero the Plutonian, who begins slaughtering the population of Earth. His former allies, the superhero group the Paradigm, attempt to find a way to stop his rampage but none of them are as powerful as the maniac holding the world hostage. The Paradigm then turns in desperation to a famous supervillain for help.
McKay’s directing »
- Dave McNary
I've always said that Guillermo del Toro's talents seem to be best-utilized in smaller films, with tighter budgets that force him to tap into his own ingenuity and creativity to really make them fly. His last two major studio outings, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, were both greeted by slightly-above-average reviews and box office receipts that didn't exactly blow anyone away. His next film, though, is being made over at Fox Searchlight- which is Fox's indie-minded shingle. It's called The Shape Of Water, and it sounds like a return to Pan's Labyrinth territory for the Mexican filmmaker.
The Shape Of Water centers on a mute janitor, played by Oscar-nominated actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), who falls in love with an amphibious man creature at the lab where she works. He's being held captive, and so she enlists the help of her neighbor to try to break the creature she loves out of the facility. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A new UK poster and trailer has debuted for Studio Ghibli’s animated mystery drama When Marnie was There. The film is being released as part of the Studio Ghibli Forever season which runs in cinemas across the country from April 29th through to July 22nd. Take a look below…
From the legendary and Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Arrietty, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), comes the haunting and touching tale When Marnie Was There. A beautiful story about ever-lasting friendship based on the beloved young adult novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. When Marnie Was There is another superb addition to Ghibli’s well-loved catalogue, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature this year.
- Amie Cranswick
Dear DC Entertainment,
I quit. I’m out. I’m done. This past week I’ve paid actual money I earned to view Batman v. Superman, as well as Justice League: War (on Netflix. And yes, I know that’s not new, but it’s still new enough to count). I freely admit my expectations were low. Lower than low in fact. I was hoping for some decent visual effects, maybe a few more jokes since the last time, and I prayed for some semblance of lessons learned from Marvel.
I got none of it.
Instead, you produced 2 ½ hours of angst, rain, punching, and death. And then you took your New52 Justice League comic series and ran it through the wringer in order to produce it as an animated adventure designed solely to appeal to 13-year old bitter tweens. You’ve sullied both mediums so egregiously that I’m honestly »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Deadline is reporting that casting has begun on writer/director Lake Bell’s sophomore effort What’s The Point?, with several actors signing on to the film.
Joining the project are Amber Heard (The Danish Girl), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), Mary Steenburgen (Step Brothers) and Ed Helms (Vacation), who will star opposite Bell in the film which “looks at the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.”
The new effort from Bell is her follow-up to her 2013 comedy hit In A World…, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and earned Bell several award nominations.
- Scott J. Davis
Step Brothers 2 will not be filming in Richmond in the fall despite reports to the contrary. ‘Step Brothers 2’ Not Filming In Richmond In The Fall On Monday morning, the website localnews33.com posted an article with the headline “Step Brothers 2 to Begin Filming in Richmond, Virginia this Fall.” Margaret Finucane, who works at the Virginia Film […]
The post ‘Step Brothers 2’ Is Not Filming In Fall, Fake Article Takes Internet By Storm appeared first on uInterview. »
- Crystal Smith
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Co-writer / director Adam McKay made a genuine Adam McKay film with The Big Short. The director of Step Brothers isn’t exactly known for drama, but his outrageous sense of humor serves this fierce, angry, high-stakes tale of outsiders. In exploring the recent financial crisis in a way that’s entertaining, funny, and shocking to watch unfold, The Big Short is the rare example of a film built entirely on exposition that can still work. »
- TFS Staff
Read More: Watch: Netflix's 'The Ranch' Trailer Pits Papa Sam Elliott Against Son Ashton Kutcher in Multi-Cam Comedy Imagine combining the comedic hatred of "Step Brothers" with the southern sensibilities of "Eastbound & Down" and you should be prepared to watch the first trailer for "Vice Principals." Created by McBride and Jody Hill — the team behind HBO's early aughts baseball comedy — the new series looks to be a frenetic and very funny take on the competition to become principal of a small town high school. McBride and Goggins star as rival administrators who have spent their fair share of time as vice principals. Now, both are aiming for the big chair, and the only thing stopping them is the other person. Featuring a delightful supporting cast including Busy Phillips ("Cougartown") and Georgia King ("The New Normal"), "Vice Principals" also offers David Gordon Green ("Joe," "Red Oaks") as...
- Ben Travers
Before Adam McKay won an Oscar for co-writing “The Big Short,” he was best known as the director of “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers,” so he knows funny as well as anyone. Who better than McKay to give Oscars host Chris Rock two thumbs up for his opening monologue? “I thought it was great,” McKay said upon arriving to the press room backstage after winning his first Oscar. “I thought it was jabbing at Hollywood yet at the same time evenhanded and kind of dealing with like a new era of sort of how we discuss diversity. I thought it was. »
- Jeff Sneider and Beatrice Verhoeven
“The Big Short,” a darkly comic look at the 2008 financial meltdown, won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Charles Randolph and Adam McKay — who blasted banks and big oil in his acceptance.
“The Big Short,” based on the Michael Lewis book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” won over scripts for “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “The Martian” and “Room.” The announcement was the second of the Oscar telecast following original screenplay.
“Thank you to Paramount for making a movie about financial esoterica,” said McKay, who then made a political pitch.
“Don’t vote for candidates who take money from big banks and big oil,” he added.
“Thank you so much to the Academy,” he said. “Also thank you to Michael Lewis for writing an amazing book. It inspired Charles and I so much. Thank you to my beautiful wife Shira Piven and my children, my two daughters Lili Rose and Pearl. »
- Dave McNary
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Tracing the early career of the prolific filmmaker, from his early collaborations with Elaine May to his first few adventures in Hollywood, Becoming Mike Nichols may very well become a required text in an introduction to narrative filmmaking course. Generous with his knowledge of the craft, text, performers, and the mistakes he made along the way, he opens up to fellow »
- TFS Staff
A year ago who would have thought that a fourth-wall breaking financial comedy packed to the brim with jargon and all the messy details of the housing bubble would wind up a Best Picture Oscar nominee? Especially one written and directed by “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers” mastermind Adam McKay? But alas, here we are, in the midsts of an awards race where “The Big Short” is up for five Academy Awards, and putting up a solid fight. Which is not at all to say the film is undeserving, but rather to highlight just how far out of left field this movie came from. And, to give McKay the credit he deserves for making a truly idiosyncratic, electric, and fascinating film that actually succeeds in explaining collateralized debt obligations. Read More: Watch: 37-Minute ‘The Big Short’ Talk With Adam McKay, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, And Christian Bale Recently McKay and ‘Big »
- Gary Garrison
Adam McKay, the writer-director of such classics as “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers” and co-founder of Funny or Die finds himself a dual Oscar nominee for co-writing and directing “The Big Short.” That film, about the housing collapse, combines high comedy with real-life tragedy that has made it one of the most talked-about movies of the season.
The last few weeks have been incredible between the Producers Guild of America win and the Oscar nominations.
It’s incredible. We’re in a constant state of thrilled. Thrilled. Tired. And thrilled. Those are our three states.
Have you been surprised by the response to the film?
It’s an interesting thing, the difference between making a movie – putting it together, being inside it – and what it becomes once you let it go. With a comedy you make it, you laugh, you work hard on it. You put it out and a year and a half later, »
- Jenelle Riley
When Will Ferrell goes all out for one of his ridiculous comedies, of which there are many, one has a certain expectation. They tend to be completely silly from beginning to end. When you add Ferrell.s occasional collaborator John C. Reilly to the mix you can be nearly certain that there will be absolutely nothing dark or serious in the finished product. However, it appears that there was an idea for the end of Step Brothers that would have made the movie very different. Speaking at the annual Oscar Luncheon, Adam McKay, who is nominated for his film The Big Short, was asked to reveal asecret tidbit of dirt that he had not previously divulged. A reporter for Variety asked him about the "real ending" of his comedy Step Brothers. As it turns out there was an alternate idea for the movie.s closing moments that would have ended »
Adam McKay will be getting dressed and headed to the Oscars to see how his "The Big Short" — nominated in five categories including Best Picture and Best Director — fares. And it's pretty incredible to think that the man responsible for fare like "Anchorman" and "The Other Guys," is now a bonafide awards season filmmaker. But as he showed with his financial world dramedy, his sense of humor hasn't been left behind. And chatting with Variety at the Oscar luncheon last week, he revealed one comic idea he had for the ending of "Step Brothers," that didn't make the grade at the time. Read More: Interview: Adam McKay Talks 'The Big Short,' Making a 'Bourne'- Style Financial Drama, Angering Judd Apatow & More "There actually was an idea for an alternate ending! [Will] Ferrell and I started laughing at one point about the ending and we thought we’d end with the two of them saying, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For months, writer/director Adam McKay has made it very clear that he’s more than interested in returning to work on Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to Marvel’s Ant-Man, a film that he helped write alongside star of the film Paul Rudd. While Marvel has yet to confirm that McKay will definitely be back, during an interview with Nerdist, the Anchorman director offered up some interesting news.
He said, “We’ve been talking to Marvel actually. We just talked to them the other day, and it looks like I will be involved. I don’t know if it’s gonna be right from page one. But it looks like I will definitely be involved. There you go. There’s a little headline for the fanboys!”
- Justin Cook
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