Marvel’s ANT-MAN Wraps Filming

by     Posted 16 days ago

ant-man-movie-filming-wraps

Just yesterday, Warner Bros.’ massive DC Comics movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wrapped principal photography, but it appears that Marvel also had one of its own features complete filming the same day.  Director Peyton Reed announced on Twitter that principal photography on Marvel’s Ant-Man movie is now complete.  Considering the rocky road the film had towards production, it’s actually kind of impressive that it’s in the can.  The project lost its co-writer/director Edgar Wright back in March, but Marvel scrambled and reworked the film in time to start filming this past July.  More after the jump, including a full recap of the film’s somewhat bumpy road to fruition.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Confirmed to Reunite for DADDY’S HOME; Filming Starts This Year

by     Posted 47 days ago

will-ferrell-mark-wahlberg-daddys-home

The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are officially set to reunite.  We heard a few months ago that Wahlberg might be replacing Vince Vaughn in the comedy Daddy’s Home, and Paramount announced today that indeed Ferrell and Wahlberg will be toplining the film.  Ferrell will star as a mild-mannered radio executive who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father turns up.  Ferrell and Wahlberg subsequently compete for the affection of the kids.  That’s My Boy and Horrible Bosses 2 helmer Sean Anders will direct, and filming is expected to get underway later this year.  Ferrell and Wahlberg had great chemistry in The Other Guys, so I’m excited by the prospect of them playing off of one another once again.

Brian Burns (Entourage) wrote the initial screenplay, but Paramount notes that the script has revisions by Adam McKay, Anders and John Morris (Horrible Bosses 2), Chris Henchy (The Other Guys), and Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder).  Ferrell, McKay, and Henchy are producing through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, with Anders also onboard as a producer.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Adam McKay Talks WE THE ECONOMY, Tackling Income Inequality, His Outspoken Political Views, and More

by     Posted 52 days ago

 adam-mckay-The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas

Now available online and for free is We The Economy: 20 Films You Can’t Afford to Miss.  Produced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan, each of the short films is helmed by a filmmaker using their own creative vision to help explain the U.S. economy.  The shorts run 5-8 minutes each and they try to explain the role of government in the economy, what causes inequality, what is money and globalization, and a lot more.  It’s a great series that tries to tackle a very serious subject in an entertaining way.  Watch them here.

With director Adam McKay helming The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas (which tackles income inequality in a My Little Pony-inspired universe), I recently spoke to him about how he got involved in the project, his outspoken political views and how he uses social media to address them, how We the Economy gives unbiased economic information, why My Little Pony factors into his short, how Republicans and Democrats used to care about the welfare of America but now it’s about transnational corporations, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and make sure to watch his short here.

Adam McKay, Miao Wang, and Damon Smith Talk WE THE ECONOMY: 20 SHORT FILMS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS, the Genesis of the Project, and More

by     Posted 53 days ago

adam-mckay-miao-wang-damon-smith-we-the-economy-interview

We all know the economy crashed in 2008, but how many of us know why or how? Odds are, if you pulled a random stranger off the street they would struggle to properly define a recession, let alone explain the complex series of events that led to the economic crash – I certainly can’t. In a world where economic theories and practices have come to rule so much of our personal lives (looking at you, credit scores) and dominate the sphere of political discourse, it’s a bit unnerving when you realize just how little you actually know about what the economy is and how it works. Enter Morgan Spurlock and his production company Cinelan, who have partnered with numerous creative talents and economy experts to present the ambitious short film series We The Economy: 20 Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, which addresses complex issues like the struggle to define GDP, how human psychology causes recession, and the ins and outs of just what the hell the economy actually is without being a completely bore. Livened up through performances, animation, dance, and varied cinematic approaches, the filmmakers behind We The Economy have found a way to make these often dull and confusing subjects accessible and entertaining to a wide audience.

In anticipation of the film series’ release I recently joined a number of other journalists for an interview with Adam McKay, director of The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas, Miao Wang, director of Made by China in America, and producer Damon Smith. They talked about the genesis of the project, what inspired them about their subjects, what they hope audiences get out of the project, and a lot more. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Adam McKay Says He May Direct a Marvel Project

by     Posted 60 days ago

adam-mckay-slice

Adam McKay may not have been able to commit to directing Ant-Man this summer, but it seem as though his choice to come aboard as a screenwriter could land him in the director’s chair on another Marvel project at some point.

During a recent interview for the short film compilation We The Economy, McKay briefly discussed what he’s got coming up and it includes something that he’s in the early stages on over at Marvel.  Hit the jump for more on what McKay has in the works.

Check Out the WE THE ECONOMY Animated Shorts, Adam McKay’s “The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas” and Chris Henchy’s “GDP Smackdown”

by     Posted 62 days ago

we-the-economy-animated-short

Financial institutions have a leg-up on the American populace because economics are difficult to understand.  They’re also kind of boring, and Americans love to be entertained.  We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss is a series of short films that attempt to use entertainment as means of educating people about the economy.  Funny or Die has released two animated shorts from the anthology: “The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas” directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and “GDP Smackdown” by Chris Henchy (writer on The Campaign).

These are interesting shorts, but they unintentionally reveal another problem in America: confirmation bias.  For example, those who deny income inequality exists in America or that any solution is “socialism” won’t be swayed by McKay’s short. There’s no argument that can upset their worldview.  These shorts may use entertainment to convey economic facts, but in America, the only “facts” we want are the ones that don’t make us reconsider the world.  Hit the jump to check out the short films.  We the Economy is now available on multiple platforms.

Adam McKay Says UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT Isn’t Happening; THE BIG SHORT Is Next But STEP BROTHERS 2 Could Happen in a Few Years

by     Posted 63 days ago

step-brothers-2-update-adam-mckay-the-big-short

Adam McKay is certainly one of the most talented people working in the comedy genre today, with a career that goes back to his days as head writer on SNL and includes writing and directing evergreen comedies like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers.  Recently, though, McKay has shown an ambitiousness that sees him branching out into different avenues.  He tackled his first sequel with the absurdly funny Anchorman 2, he worked with collaborator Paul Rudd to rewrite Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero film Ant-Man, and his next film may seem him taking on dramatic material.

Steve recently sat down with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation he provided updates on a number of upcoming projects.  He revealed that his Uptown Saturday Night remake is not going forward, but said it’s looking like he will next tackle the housing/credit crisis film The Big Short, adapted from the Michael Lewis (Moneyball) book of the same name.  He also discussed other projects that are in the works, and said Step Brothers 2 is ready to go but he wants to tackle a few other kinds of films first before going back to another sequel.  Much more after the jump.

Adam McKay Talks Rewriting ANT-MAN with Paul Rudd; Reveals They Added “a Giant Action Sequence”, Made the Film Bigger and “a Little More Aggressive”

by     Posted 66 days ago

adam-mckay-ant-man-movie-script-changes

While Ant-Man was one of the first feature film projects that Marvel Studios began developing, it went through some rather dramatic changes just months before finally starting production this summer.  Filmmaker Edgar Wright had been developing the movie for years, writing the screenplay with Joe Cornish and even casting the majority of the roles, but he left the project a few months before production over creative differences with Marvel.  The studio worked quickly to keep the project together and eventually signed Peyton Reed to direct, but before that Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay briefly flirted with the director’s chair.  While McKay subsequently opted not to take the helm, he did agree to come onboard as a screenwriter, fine tuning the script in the months leading up to the start of filming.

Steve recently spoke with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation McKay talked a bit about his involvement with Ant-ManPaul Rudd told us at Comic-Con that he had been working with McKay “every day for six weeks” on the Ant-Man script, and McKay confirmed as much in this new interview, elaborating on how he got involved in the project and his initial apprehension.  McKay also discussed the nature of the rewrite, saying they added some action beats and made the script “a little bigger, a little more aggressive, and funnier in places.”  Much more after the jump.

Seth Rogen, Adam McKay, and Ben Schwartz Teaming Up on New Comedy

by     Posted 95 days ago

seth-rogen-adam-mckay-movie-ben-schwartz

A formidable comedy trifecta is taking shape for a new comedy film.  Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures, and Good Universe announced today that they have acquired an untitled comedy pitch from actor/writer Ben Schwartz (House of Lies, Parks and Recreation), with Seth Rogen attached to star and Anchorman and Step Brothers helmer Adam McKay onboard to direct.  Schwartz will also co-star in the film, with Rogen noting, “Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same.”  Rogen will also produce the film alongside McKay, Evan Goldberg, and Will Ferrell.

Schwartz recently worked with Rogen and Goldberg as an actor on the upcoming comedy The Interview, and he is a constant scene-stealer whenever he pops up on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Jean-Ralphio.  Throw in the impeccable comedic talents of McKay and Rogen, and this project looks incredibly promising.  Read the full, humorous press release after the jump.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to Executive Produce HENCHMEN Adaptation

by     Posted 131 days ago

henchman-movie-will-ferrell

A feature film adaptation of the short Henchmen: Ill Suited is moving ahead with some serious pedigree behind the scenes.  Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy have come aboard Henchmen as executive producers and creative collaborators through their Gary Sanchez Productions company.  Based on the short film by Adam Wood, the story revolves around a janitor working in the bad guy museum of Supervillain City who happens upon a super-powered suit, causing mayhem as a result.  The feature adaptation will also focus on a “fallen henchman named Hank overseeing a motley crew of blue-collar workers in the Union of Evil.”  The short is animated, but it’s unclear if the feature film will move into the live-action realm or remain animated.

Per Deadline, Dennis McNicholas (Saturday Night Live) is completing a script rewrite, and Wood will direct the feature-length adaptation.  Gary Sanchez will partner with Bron Studios on the production, which is eyeing a 2016 start.  Watch the teaser for the original short film after the jump.

Paul Rudd Talks ANT-MAN Script at Comic-Con; Reveals He’s Been Working with Adam McKay ‘Every Day for Six Weeks’

by     Posted 148 days ago

paul-rudd-ant-man-interview-comic-con

Over the past few months, Marvel’s production of Ant-Man has been in the news constantly, and not in a good way.  Fans were over the moon Edgar Wright was going to helm a Marvel movie that he co-wrote with Joe Cornish.  When Wright left the project over “creative differences,” most fans were angry with Marvel, and it’s the first time the company had to publicly deal with serious venom from the online community.  While Marvel has done their best by hiring Peyton Reed (a fellow geek who is dealing with the situation the best he can) and bringing in Adam McKay to help tweak the script, even if the movie is a home-run, fans are always going to wonder what might have been.

However, while I’ll always be upset we won’t see a Wright-helmed Ant-Man, I’m definitely curious what McKay is bringing to the script.  While many wondered if he just did a soft pass and tweaked some dialogue, Paul Rudd told me during a group interview at Comic-Con that he’s been working with McKay on the script “every day for six weeks and we’ve spent a lot of time on it.”  He went on to say “I love where we’re at.  It’s still the story that Edgar and Joe wrote and created and while we’re still polishing some things, I feel really good and excited about where we’re at.”  Hit the jump to watch the video interview with Rudd where he also talked about Michael Douglas, how they will shoot the Ant-Man sequences, what fans can expect with the dialogue, and more.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to Produce MANIMAL Adaptation for Sony Pictures Animation

by     Posted 153 days ago

adam-mckay-will-ferrell-manimal

When Hollywood sets their sights on an adaptation, you never quite know how it’s going to turn out.  Is the tone going to be similar to the original and recreate what made it endearing, or will it be a tongue-in-cheek contemporary take?  Either approach can fail spectacularly or succeed beyond all expectations.  Now when the property in question is the short-lived TV series Manimal, it’s easy to write it off.  Enter Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.  You know what you’re getting with Gary Sanchez Productions, who might just be the best team to tackle the oddity that will be the Sony Pictures Animation live-action/animation hybrid, Manimal.  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks Edgar Wright’s Departure From ANT-MAN; Teases the Tone of DOCTOR STRANGE

by     Posted 157 days ago

ant-man-kevin-feige-edgar-wright

It will probably be a long time before we get some truly candid quotes regarding director Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man.  Maybe in 20 years when Peter Biskind gets around to whatever book of his that will cover Hollywood from 2000-2020.  Today’s comments from Marvel head Kevin Feige on the matter are probably about as frank as things are going to get in the near future.  The fact of the matter is that this kind of stuff happens all the time, but the exceptions here are that Wright was on the project for eight years and was only months out from shooting.  For whatever reason, Disney and Marvel (with an emphasis on the former most likely) became unhappy with the script fashioned by Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish and brought on studio writers to take a crack at a polish.  When that polish wasn’t to Wright and Cornish’s liking, they exited the project.

Enter new director Peyton Reed (in my opinion a very talented filmmaker in his own right) and a new revision by Adam McKay (followed up by a production polish).  While Feige doesn’t give exact details of what went wrong, he does successfully paint a portrait of a flawed dynamic where everyone is being “too nice.”  Which can always lead to problems.  Hit the jump for more on the departure of Ant-Man director Edgar Wright as well as a few tidbits about Doctor Strange.

ANT-MAN: Marvel Confirms Peyton Reed as Director with Adam McKay Onboard as Screenwriter; First Official Synopsis Revealed

by     Posted 198 days ago

ant-man-peyton-reed-adam-mckay

The search is over for Ant-Man’s replacement director as Marvel confirms Peyton Reed as the new helmer.  In a bit of a surprising twist, Adam McKay will board the picture in a screenwriting capacity and will make contributions to the script.  Last night we reported that Reed had emerged as frontrunner for the position, though a rival story claimed that David Wain was also in contention.  Seems like the Reed story won out as the Yes Man director will now take over duties from Edgar Wright, who exited the film due to creative differences.  McKay was originally sought to replace Wright but turned down the offer fairly quickly, however, he must have shared a few notes with the studio to earn mention as a screenwriter.

Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick WilsonEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump for more, including the first look at the film’s official synopsis.

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

by     Posted 205 days ago

collider-top-5-slice

I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

Click Here