The Big Short

We Finally Know How ‘True’ ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Spotlight’ Are, Thanks to New Infographic

by Emma Stefansky November 28, 2016 @ 5:56 PM
One of the biggest questions a director or a screenwriter asks him or herself before starting work on any kind of “true story” movie is: how much of the truth do I keep, how much do I toss, and how much do I tweak a little bit? Real life, as you may know, isn’t like the movies, and sometimes stuff just… happens. While it may be full of good stories, life isn’t subject to neat plot arcs, which can be pretty irritating when you’re trying to fit it into a two-hour movie. Which is why, sometimes, moviemakers like to fudge things a little bit. Have you ever been to the movies and asked yourself, I wonder if it actually happened this way? Now, with a handy new infographic, we can know for sure.

Listen to Paul Thomas Anderson and Adam McKay Discuss ‘The Big Short’ for 30 Minutes

by Charles Bramesco February 2, 2016 @ 10:33 AM
God and Maya Rudolph are the only ones who know when Paul Thomas Anderson will get around to directing another feature, but it’s not all bad. Time...

‘The Big Short’ Wins Big at the Producer’s Guild Awards

by Charles Bramesco January 25, 2016 @ 9:46 AM
With reporters and pundits at Sundance now madly speculating on the frontrunners for the 2017 Oscars (despite the ceremony being thirteen months away, Casey Affleck appears to be a lock for Best Actor), we might have forgotten that this year’s awards season is not yet over. This year’s Oscar telecast is still a month away, but other Hollywood institutions continue to keep the finger-sandwich industry in the black by gradually rolling out their awards programs in January. Everybody’s got a guild — the Screen Actors Guild will name its recipients on Saturday, the Directors Guild of America has its big shindig the week after, and the Writers Guild of America has laid claim to the week after that.

DGA Nominations Include ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max,’ and ‘The Big Short’

by Erin Whitney January 12, 2016 @ 1:34 PM
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We’re in the middle of an Oscar season that’s more unpredictable than ever before, especially following Sunday’s particularly nutty Golden Globes. But in all the unknown, one possible indicator has appeared to (hopefully) make our Academy Awards forecasts a little easier.

‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Carol’ Clean Up at BAFTA Nominations

by Charles Bramesco January 8, 2016 @ 11:19 AM
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts polished their monocles, twiddled the ends of their impeccably-groomed mustaches, cleared the straggling bits of crumpet from their throats, and announced the nominees for the BAFTA Film Awards late last night. Though the awards program does have a highlight category specifically designating the year’s most Outstanding British Film, this English critical body still favored Hollywood productions in its slate of nominees. Many of the films that have emerged as this season’s usual suspects made their expected appearances — why hello, ‘Carol’ and ‘The Big Short’ and ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’ — but the unveiling of the BAFTA hopefuls was not without its surprises, both pleasant and un-pleasant.

‘The Big Short’ Trailer: Four Investment Bankers Walk Into a Global Economic Collapse

by Matt Singer September 22, 2015 @ 8:20 AM
Adam McKay’s best known as the director of Will Ferrell comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers. His films tend to be weird, bizarre, and silly. But his 2010 buddy cop comedy The Other Guys ended on a note that was more outraged than outrageous: Animated infographic closing credits that outlined the reasons and details of the 2008 economic collapse (which was the background of the case investigated in the film by Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s characters).

Steve Carell Joins Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale in Hunk-Fest ‘The Big Short’

by Britt Hayes January 14, 2015 @ 7:21 PM
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Just the other day we reported that Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Christian Bale are set to star in ‘The Big Short,’ aka the hunkiest movie ever made featuring a bunch of hunks. And it looks like Steve Carell really wants to be a hunk too, as he’s just joined the cast of the new film, which is being adapted by ‘Anchorman’ director Adam McKay from the bestselling book by Michael Lewis.