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Adam McKay is the writer-director behind Will Ferrell hits including Anchorman and Step Brothers. He hardly expected to direct a film based on Michael Lewis’ book about the 2008 financial meltdown, but he couldn’t shake the idea, and now, his film The Big Short is up for Best Picture and McKay’s up for Best Director at the Oscars. He tells us how he defined genre to end up creating a “traumedy” -- a traumatic comedy. 

Photo: Jaap Buitendijk/ Paramount Pictures

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Scott Feinberg, awards analyst for the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

Following the outcry over the second year in a row of all white Oscar nominees in the acting categories, the Academy announced major changes in their structure and voting regulations. The board said their goal is to double the number of women and diverse members in the Academy by 2020. Several African American filmmakers and actors, including Spike Lee and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have said they will not attend this year’s ceremony.

Guests:
Scott Feinberg, Hollywood Reporter (@scottfeinberg)

Adam McKay: The Big Short 19 MIN, 47 SEC

Writer-director Adam McKay was known for making Will Ferrell comedies like Anchorman and Talladega Nights before he took on the The Big Short, the complicated story behind the 2008 financial meltdown, based on a book of the same title by Michael Lewis.

McKay’s decision to go in a pretty different direction has paid off in the form of five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

He tells us how he intentionally broke movie-making rules to create a film that defies genre, or possibly creates a new one: “traumedy.”

McKay also explains how the star-studded cast of the The Big Short came together quickly and how the film ended up coming in under budget and with an earlier release date than originally planned. He says it was actually his idea to release it at the end of 2015, rather than 2016, which ended up putting the movie in awards contention.

Guests:
Adam McKay, filmmaker (@GhostPanther)

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