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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director Adam McKay Does Not Shortchange with <i>The Big Short</i>

Director Adam McKay Does Not Shortchange with The Big Short

The Big Short is about the circumstances that led to the subprime mortgage crisis that expedited the 2008 economic collapse—and surprisingly it's one of the most riveting, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides of 2015. According to director Adam McKay, striking the necessary…
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Film, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" : Will Ferrell's Alter Ego Brings His Mustache Into the '80s

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" : Will Ferrell's Alter Ego Brings His Mustache Into the '80s

It took nearly a decade for the legend to continue, but here it is, reuniting director Adam McKay, producer Judd Apatow, and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd, who this time shall all buffoonishly negotiate the…
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Film, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters": Po-Faced "Comedy"

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters": Po-Faced "Comedy"

Whatever else you can say about this movie, it has a thematic integrity other literary mashups lack. Jane Austen's characters never encountered zombies or sea monsters, and Lincoln never battled vampires (probably!), but Hansel and Gretel totally killed a witch.…
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Film, "The Other Guys": Will Ferrell and Adam McKay reteam

"The Other Guys": Will Ferrell and Adam McKay reteam

After obligatory helicopter views of New York's skyline open Adam McKay's The Other Guys, we're introduced to Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson), a duo of headline-grabbing, unflappable supercops who keep the city exciting, if not safe,…
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Film, Men Will Be Boys

Men Will Be Boys

I haven't seen much at the movies in the past two years that has given me as much unbridled comic pleasure as the sight of Will Ferrell as the win-at-any-cost NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, calling on Jesus, Tom Cruise, and…
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Film, Kick Ass

Kick Ass

The Foot Fist Way has been trying to break into theaters since clawing its way down film-fest row, beginning at Sundance in '06. It took Will Ferrell and his comedy life partner Adam McKay to get distributors interested; notes the…
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Film, Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds

Absolutely, unequivocally, 2007 was The Year of the Apatow. Judd got Knocked Up to the tune of $150 million (at the box office alone); the super-okay Superbad, which he produced, grossed another $120 million, "gross" being the operative word; and…
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Film, Crash Test Dummy

Crash Test Dummy

There is no modern-day antecedent to the movies Will Ferrell makes with writer-director Adam McKay, with whom Ferrell collaborated during their tenure at Saturday Night Live only a few years ago. To compare their offerings, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron…
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