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New Indie Drama ‘Captain Fantastic’ Seeing Limited Theatrical Release This Weekend

A new independent drama starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, A History of Violence) is seeing a limited theatrical release this Friday. Written and directed by Matt Ross (The Aviator, Silicon Valley), Captain Fantastic tells the story of a man who raises and home schools his six children in the countryside. After his wife commits suicide, however, they are forced to move into the city, and he soon discovers the children are not prepared for the realities of life in the city. The film won Un Certain Regard Award for directing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and also took home the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival. Starring in the film are actors George McKay (Defiance, Pride), Samantha Isler (Sean Saves the World, Dig Two Graves), Annalise Besso (Standing Up, Oculus), Nicholas Hamilton (Long Shadows, Strangerland), Shree Crooks (Ray Donovan, American Horror Story), Charlie Shotwell (The Comedians, Shot Down), and comedic vets Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman, Sahara) and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Parks and Recreation). Continue reading

Check Your Local Listings For This Week’s Limited Releases In Theaters Near You

This week will see a whole collection of independent limited releases happening across the country. First on the list is The Big Short from director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, American Hustle), Steve Carell (The Office, Seeking A Friend for the End of the World), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines), and Brad Pitt (Babel, By The Sea). The film, based on the novel by Michael Lewis, follows four friends who predicted the housing market collapse in the mid 2000s and bet against the odds with the national banks, becoming nearly instant millionaires. The film was last seen at the AFI Film Festival in LA earlier this year, and a further nationwide expansion is still expected for 2016. Number 2 on the list is a big screen adaptation of the Alan Bennett‘s successful stage play The Lady in the Van. Oscar-winning stage and film actress Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) will be reprising her role of Miss Shepard from the acclaimed stage adaptation about a woman who lives in her van that’s parked in an unsuspecting playwright’s driveway, portrayed in the new film by Alex Jennings (The Wings of the Dove, The Queen). The film is director Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George, The Crucible). Next up is writer/director Jared Hess‘s (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) new comedy Don Verdean, starring Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Matchstick Men), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Will Forte (Nebraska, The Last Man on Earth), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down), and Jemaine Clement (Dinner For Schmucks, Men in Black 3). The film essentially pokes fun at the agents of organized religion, as the main character, a self-proclaimed religious archeologist, begins bending truths in order to keep his followers faithful to their belief system. Finally, director Ale Abreu‘s new animated family film The Boy and the World and director Diane Bell‘s dramatic thriller Bleeding Heart with Jessica Biel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist) will also be seeing limited releases this weekend. I can’t say definitively whether or not all of these selections will be good, but the first three definitely look like they’ll be worth checking out. Be sure to check your local theaters for showtimes, and as always, enjoy!

Director Adam McKay’s Next Film ‘The Big Short’ Set For December Release

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From left to right: actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will co-star in The Big Short.

Writer/director Adam McKay just released news that his upcoming project, The Big Short, has been given a release date for Christmas Day 2015. The release is expected to be held at the conclusion of the Los Angeles AFI Film Festival, but I’m pretty sure a nationwide release will be happening later on in 2016. The film is based on Michael Lewis’ novel of the same name, which focuses on a group of guys who made millions when they bet against the collateralized debt obligation bubble after predicting the economic crash of 2008. Making up the all-star cast are actors Brad Pitt (Inglorious Basterds, Fury), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Out of the Furnace), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines), Steve Carell (The 40-Year Old Virgin, Little Miss Sunshine), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Lincoln Lawyer), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Prisoners). Selena Gomez will also be appearing in the movie as one of the supporting characters. Director McKay co-wrote the script with screenwriter Charles Randolph (The Life of David Gale, The Interpreter). We’ll keep an eye out for a new trailer, which should be coming soon.

New Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart Comedy ‘Get Hard’ Opening March 27th


The new comedy with Will Ferrell (Superstar, Old School) and Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man, Ride Along) will be opening in theaters this March 27th. Comedy screenwriter Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Men In Black 3) is in the director’s chair for this project, working from a script by himself, Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, which was adapted from a story by Martel, Roberts, and comedy-writer/director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step-Brothers). The story follows millionaire James King (Ferrell), who turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to teach him how to survive in prison when he is convicted of fraud and sentenced to San Quentin Prison. Making up the supporting cast are actors Alison Brie (Community, The Five-Year Engagement), T.I. (Step Up, Fast and Furious 6), and Taryn Terrell (The Campaign, Now You See Me). You can see the full trailer here on MADE. The movie opens in theaters this March 27th. Enjoy!

Comedy Director Adam McKay Filling In Cast For Upcoming Drama ‘The Big Short’

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Director Adam McKay on the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Director Adam McKay is more popularly known for his work on films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step-Brothers, and fans will see more of his comedic approach in the upcoming comic-adaptation of Ant-Man with Paul Rudd in the title role, but the director has more on his upcoming schedule than just a couple of outlandish comedies. This week it was announced that actors Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Ides of March), Brad Pitt (Fight Club, Ocean’s Eleven), and McKay-movie regular Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine, Anchorman) will be taking roles in McKay’s upcoming financial drama The Big Short. The film comes from an adaptation of the book by author Michael Lewis, which follows the collapse of the financial industry in relation to the real-estate markets and unregulated stock and bond trades. Lewis is also the author of Moneyball, which was adapted for the big screen back in 2011 by director Bennett Miller (The Cruise, Capote) and also starred Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Robin Wright. Miller also just paired up with Steve Carell in 2014 for the biographical-drama Foxcatcher, which now has three Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo). Seeing as the remainder of the supporting cast for The Big Short has yet to be filled and the project has no official release date, it may be a while before we see it in theaters, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news.

New Teaser Trailer For ‘Ant-Man’ With Paul Rudd Now Available


Marvel’s upcoming film-adaptation of Ant-Man is scheduled to open in theaters this July 17th. Considering the subject matter I can’t honestly say I’m excited about this comic-movie, but fans of the series may enjoy the big-screen adventure from comedic-drama director Peyton Reed (The Break-Up, Yes Man) and comedy screenwriters Adam McKay (Step-Brothers, The Other Guys) and Paul Rudd (Anchorman, Knocked Up). Rudd also leads the cast as Scott Lang (Ant-Man), which also features Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Hayley Atwell (The Duchess, Captain America: The First Avenger), Judy Greer (Love & Other Drugs, Jurassic World), and Michael Douglas (Romancing The Stone, Wall Street). As I said before I’m not particularly thrilled about this one coming out, but at least McKay and Rudd play into the ridiculous title of this comic character. The plot follows con-man Scott Lang as he uses a specialized suit that can grow and shrink in size in order to pull off a heist that will save the world from self-destruction. Check out the new teaser trailer here on MADE; we should see a more full-length trailer come out closer to the summer-time, so stay tuned.

Producers Adam McKay And Will Ferrell Look To Bring ‘Manimal’ To The Big Screen

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Even though the show was canceled after only 8 episodes, the 1980s cult-hit Manimals, which followed a man who could change into animals to fight crime, is being picked up at Sony Pictures Animation for a live-action-animated film, and comedy duo Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are lending a hand with the production. Although neither will be directly involved in the filming process, the comedy team is already busy promoting the movie, which is expected to be an action-comedy with lots of visual effects and computer animation. McKay and Ferrell most recently reunited for the long-awaited sequel to their 2004 comedy hit, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy, and while Manimal is the latest on their list of projects to complete, the two already have a number of films that will be wrapping up production very soon, including Daddy’s Home and Sleeping With Other People. Stay tuned for more updates.

Roberto Orci Will Make Directing Debut With Star Trek 3 In Place Of J.J. Abrams

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Following the successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise from director J.J. Abrams with 2009’s Star Trek and last year’s Star Trek: Into Darkness, many fans of the series were extremely concerned when Abrams took up the opportunity to direct Star Wars: Episode 7 with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, fearing that he would not be able to return for a third Star Trek movie. Well their worst fears have officially been confirmed, as Paramount recently announced that Roberto Orci would be taking over directing duties for Star Trek 3. Although Orci is no stranger to the Star Trek series (he co-wrote the first two movies with Alex Kurtzman), Star Trek 3 will be his first major picture as a director, so the fans, and especially Paramount, may be a bit anxious to see how the third installment turns out. Orci is currently working on the script with screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Here’s wishing him the best of luck in his new endeavor!

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Reunite For New Comedy ‘Border Guards’

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Step Brothers and Talladega Nights comedy duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reuniting for another feature length comedy with director Adam McKay, who directed both Step Brothers and Talladega, as well as Anchorman 1 and 2. The new project is entitled Border Guards from a script by Oscar nominated screenwriter Jesse Armstrong (In The Loop, Four Lions). The story circles around two friends who decided to join the border patrol on the US/Mexico border who end up on the wrong side of the fence with no papers or documents and must sneak back across the border themselves. The project will be put out through Sony Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions.

Paramount To Release R-Rated Version of ‘Anchorman 2’

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Paramaount Pictures is preparing to release a new version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The original version hit theaters back in December and earned the studio over $125 million in the US alone. The cast reunited director Adam McKay with co-writer and lead Will Ferrell, as well as Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. Originally cut for a PG-13 release, the studio has an entirely different version of the film from director McKay, which pretty much re-writes the entire movie, cutting out all of the original jokes and adding new ones in their place. The new cut is over two hours long and will supposedly be given an R rating and will be released in the US and UK. A release date has not been announced yet.