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December 16, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
I don't know how to put this - to paraphrase Ron Burgundy in Anchorman - but Adam McKay is kind of a big deal. I'm not sure if the guy behind the 2004 Will Ferrell numbskull classic has "many leather-bound books" and "an apartment that smells of rich mahogany," but McKay - 45, a graduate of Great Valley High in Malvern - does have a great comedy-world resumé: head writer at Saturday Night Live ; cofounder of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv...
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January 4, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
What do the knucklehead hits Step Brothers , Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby , and those two Anchorman pics have in common? All directed and co-written by Adam McKay. And what does The Big Short - a prestige year-end release, based on the nonfiction prize-winning book by Michael Lewis about the housing and credit bubble that triggered the Great Recession - have to do with any of that? McKay, written and directed by. "Look at me on paper and you see the guy who did Step Brothers , and this doesn't seem like a logical next project," McKay says.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015
The Big Short *** (Out of four stars) Directed by Adam McKay. With Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Christian Bale. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins. Parents guide: R (language) Playing at: area theaters
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2015
Directed by Adam McKay. With Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Christian Bale. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins. Parent's guide: R (language). Playing at: Area theaters.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
Here is the list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards. Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant Best Picture: Spotlight Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Actress: Brie Larson, Room Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short Original Screenplay: Josh...
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July 24, 2008 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
We've all experienced the horror of the guest who wouldn't leave. But what if that malingerer were your own child? We find out, in raunchy, raucous "Step Brothers," a movie about 40-year-old "boys" (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) forced to share a room when their parents (Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins) marry. On a superficial level, the movie is a one-joke comedy about arrested development - Will Ferrell squeezing into the same Pablo Cruise T-shirt he wore when he was 14, fighting with his new stepbrother about an off-limits drumset (infantalized man, of course, is right up Ferrell's alley)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Step Brothers begins with an epigram from our 43d president: "Families is where we find hope. - George W. Bush. " It's a line that got laughs and groans at the prerelease screening the other day, and the laughs and groans kept coming - sometimes so fast, and outrageously, that it began to hurt - as the latest happily imbecilic Will Ferrell comedy proceeded to its goofball finale. Directed and cowritten by Adam McKay, the Malvern-raised comedy mastermind who collaborated with Ferrell on Anchorman and Talladega Nights, the loose-limbed Step Brothers makes room for dual leads: Ferrell is Brennan Huff, a 39-year-old slacker who still lives at home with his mom, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen)
NEWS
August 21, 2010
More Brahms, please, and pass the popcorn From Peter Dobrin's ArtsWatch artswatch/ The Philadelphia Orchestra could end up in pictures. And sound. In a deal with SpectiCast and Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI), nine of the orchestra's 2010-11 concerts will be offered live starting this fall to North American movie houses with high-quality projection and audio systems. SpectiCast is already simulcasting Philadelphia Orchestra concerts to about 55 assisted-living and community centers in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, California, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and is utilizing BMFI's familiarity with theaters and film societies to expand the audience, said SpectiCast president Mark Rupp.
NEWS
August 2, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actress Amy Poehler ( Parks and Recreation ); actress Fran Drescher discusses her skin care line. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Oprah talks to guests who have overcome incredible obstacles. How I Met Your Mother (8 p.m., CBS3) - A freaked-out Lily (Alyson Hannigan) wants to get a gun after Marshall (Jason Segel) is mugged, a prospect so frightening that it motivates her hubby to come up with an increasingly complicated variation on the incident to calm her fears and keep her from following through.
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May 13, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
A FEW WEEKS ago, Tattle led with a story about Will Ferrell developing a comedy in which he would play President Ronald Reagan with Alzheimer's. The movie was listed as a comedy. A number of our readers, including close friends, thought the idea was in terrible taste and let us know in no uncertain terms. Turns out we weren't the only ones to get hate mail. A day or so later, Ferrell dropped out of the project. Ferrell's producing partner, Philadelphian Adam McKay ( The Big Short , Anchorman )
NEWS
March 1, 2016
Here is the list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards. Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant Best Picture: Spotlight Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Actress: Brie Larson, Room Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short Original Screenplay: Josh...
NEWS
February 29, 2016 | By Steven Rea, MOVIE CRITIC
#OscarsSoPhilly, anyone? The controversy over the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards nominations - and in the movie biz in general - continues to dominate Oscar discussions. But there's something folks in Philadelphia can gab about, and embrace with pride, as the golden figurines are handed out Sunday night on Hollywood's Dolby Theatre stage: Sylvester Stallone, the guy who planted that underdog pugilist Rocky Balboa deep in the Philly psyche, is just about a sure thing to win the supporting actor Oscar for his performance in the otherwise criminally ignored Creed , playing an aging South Philadelphia restaurateur who returns to the boxing world to train the son of Rock's onetime rival.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
What do the knucklehead hits Step Brothers , Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby , and those two Anchorman pics have in common? All directed and co-written by Adam McKay. And what does The Big Short - a prestige year-end release, based on the nonfiction prize-winning book by Michael Lewis about the housing and credit bubble that triggered the Great Recession - have to do with any of that? McKay, written and directed by. "Look at me on paper and you see the guy who did Step Brothers , and this doesn't seem like a logical next project," McKay says.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2015
Directed by Adam McKay. With Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Christian Bale. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins. Parent's guide: R (language). Playing at: Area theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015
The Big Short *** (Out of four stars) Directed by Adam McKay. With Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, Christian Bale. Distributed by Paramount Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 10 mins. Parents guide: R (language) Playing at: area theaters
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Staff Writer
A few minutes into "The Big Short" you can feel director Adam McKay wanting to scold the American public for gawking at celebrities instead of doing its homework on the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. Just as palpably, you can feel McKay ("Anchorman") recover his comedian's instincts, and instead find a way to turn our boobs-and-blondes priorities to his advantage. So he has a naked actress (Margot Robbie) in a bubble bath deliver a lesson on mortgage-backed securities. Later, Selena Gomez weighs in on cognitive bias and investment choices.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Movie Critic
Writer-director Adam McKay ("Anchorman") stopped in town recently to talk about his foray into serious filmmaking - "The Big Short," adapted from Michael Lewis' book about the housing bubble and the 2008 meltdown. He chatted with movie critic Gary Thompson about the movie, based on the true story of against-the-grain investors (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt) who saw the bubble forming, and found a way to profit when it popped. _______________________ The roots of the meltdown are notoriously complex, but your movie goes fearlessly, and cleverly, into the financial nitty-gritty.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2015 | Daily News
"Creed" star  Sylvester Stallone 's Oscar nomination odds got a bit shorter this week when he picked up support from a prominent critics group. On Sunday, he received a Critics Choice Best Supporting Actor nod, voted upon by the Broadcast Critics Association. Stallone has already received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Meanwhile, "Creed" keeps rolling along at the box office, bringing in another $10 million, dropping a slight 30 percent, and marching to $79 million on its way, perhaps, to $100 million.
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