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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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Music, All Shook Down The Most Jaw-Dropping Quotes of Monday's 'Roast of Justin Bieber'

The Most Jaw-Dropping Quotes of Monday's 'Roast of Justin Bieber'

Last night, Comedy Central finally aired the much-hyped Roast of Justin Bieber. As we all know by now, roasts are an excuse for people to get together and say a bunch of (super-offensive, fucked up) shit to each other…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lana Del Rey's Death Wish, Bieber's Baptism, and Psy and Snoop's Horror Show

This Week: Lana Del Rey's Death Wish, Bieber's Baptism, and Psy and Snoop's Horror Show

"As for any further drum-offs, I'm sure that with a bit of practice, I could give Chad a run for his money. But Will? That's a whole different story ... I mean, you're talking about a guy who's so next…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

Music Quotes of the Week: Yeezy Gets Humble, Odd Future Gets Rejected, Madonna Gets Sick

A summary of this week's news, via the mouths of musicians and media:"If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Modern Love

Modern Love

We remember a time not too long ago when “dating” was no more complicated than a Will Ferrell movie, provided you had enough Miller High Life and Twin Peaks epi-sodes. But now, dating involves hookup apps (Grindr), six-person blind dates…
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Film, "The Campaign": A Political Goof Full of Hijinks and F-Bombs

"The Campaign": A Political Goof Full of Hijinks and F-Bombs

The Campaign begins with an on-screen quote attributed to Ross Perot: "War has rules. Mud-wrestling has rules. Politics has no rules." The Texas billionaire/private-campaign-financing pioneer dropped this truism not during his historic third-party run for the presidency in 1992, but…
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Film, "Casa de Mi Padre": Tastefully Parodies Spanish Telenovelas

"Casa de Mi Padre": Tastefully Parodies Spanish Telenovelas

Rogue comic Will Ferrell recently turned up on an Old Milwaukee commercial exclusively for the Davenport, Iowa, local market; the obvious next career move, then, is Casa de Mi Padre, a modern-day tortilla western/telenovela spoof entirely in Spanish. Squinting into…
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"Casa de mi Padre": Making the Will Ferrell-in-Spanish Movie

Casa de Mi Padre is a Spanish-language comedy starring Will Ferrell as a simpleminded, asexual Mexican cowboy who welcomes the return of his prodigal brother Raul (Diego Luna) to the family ranch but eyes Raul's beautiful fiancée with suspicion. The…
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Film, "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie": Apocalypse of the Id

"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie": Apocalypse of the Id

The Turin Horse not excepted, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, a comedy, is the most startlingly apocalyptic film of the year. As in their Adult Swim Awesome Show, the abiding aesthetic is free-associative channel-surfing, owing something to the public-access…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Great Movies from <i>Saturday Night Live</i> Alumni

Five Great Movies from Saturday Night Live Alumni

When long-time comedians decide to move on from Saturday Night Live, it seems they must be contractually obligated to attempt a film career, in much the same way 22-year-old starlets on Gossip Girls seem obligated to sing prefab pop and/or…
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Calendar, Night&Day Live From Studio Z

Live From Studio Z

On any number of Saturdays over your entire life, watching TV past midnight, you might have thought, “Why does this suck so bad?” It sucks so bad because Saturday Night Live has only one week to write and rehearse every…
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Film, "Everything Must Go": Will Ferrell Stops Mugging for Down-and-Out Drama

"Everything Must Go": Will Ferrell Stops Mugging for Down-and-Out Drama

Greatly expanded from a four-page, single-situation story by Raymond Carver, Dan Rush's first feature, Everything Must Go, is an ambitious if enervated vehicle for Will Ferrell — playing it straight as Nick Halsey, a middle-class drunk fired from his job…
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News, The Snitch 'The Other Guys' Movie Poster -- With Guns -- on Muni Due to Snafu

'The Other Guys' Movie Poster -- With Guns -- on Muni Due to Snafu

Last week, SF Weekly noticed that the version of the movie poster for the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg cop satire The Other Guys appearing in Muni stations had been disarmed. While the version plastered all over town features the male leads…
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News, The Snitch 'The Other Guys' Movie Poster Disarmed By Muni

'The Other Guys' Movie Poster Disarmed By Muni

The forthcoming Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg flick The Other Guys may yet be riddled with pot shots from film critics. Poor Ferrell and Wahlberg -- on Muni, they can't shoot back.  While the official poster for the film features a maniacal…
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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, Schoolhouse Rock

Schoolhouse Rock

The Rocker bears the decidedly unmistakable odor of something made in 1983 and left on the shelf ever since. Which isn't to suggest that it's fetid product in need of tossing out: Parts of it are genuinely delightful, and Rainn…
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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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