January 4, 2016 |
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.
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.
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
December 24, 2015 |
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.
December 24, 2015 |
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.
December 16, 2015 |
"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.
July 17, 2015 |
SOONER or later, someone was going to make fun of the incredible hulking obesity of the "Avengers" franchise, so Marvel was smart to keep the jokes in-house. Its nimble, amusing new "Ant-Man" has fun deflating the run-on visual giganticism of other recent comic-book adaptations - here, the title character shrinks to the size of an insect. Smaller than a minion, less powerful than a Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive, unable to leap tall buildings in a single bound . . . He's played by Paul Rudd, well-suited to the role in his capacity as cinema's most engagingly self-effacing comedian.
December 16, 2013 |
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...
December 10, 2013 |
"ANCHORMAN" meets a Man in Black. Malvern-raised "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" director Adam McKay was in town recently to promote his latest collaboration with Will Ferrell /Ron Burgundy. McKay confirmed that his next project will hopefully be a remake of "Uptown Saturday Night" that would star Will Smith . "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" director Nicholas Stoller will update the original 1974 film starring another Philly icon, Bill Cosby , and Sidney Poitier , who also directed.
November 27, 2013 |
LAST YEAR, 6ABC weatherman Adam Joseph overextended himself a bit. After running around all morning as master of the Fan Cam at the 93rd annual 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, he went home and cooked a full dinner for his entire family. At least he didn't have to do the dishes. Joseph made it clear to me that he despises dishes. This year, Joseph is keeping it low-key post-parade, opting instead to dine at someone else's house, although he'll have his signature dessert, a play on an old recipe that he's deemed Adam's Apple Delight (check out the recipe if you're in need of a last-minute turkey day treat)