FROM Adam McKay
Adam McKay: The Big Short 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.
How Filmmakers View Sony's Decision to Pull "The Interview" The government now says it's "99% certain" that the vast and sophisticated cyber attack against Sony Pictures was the work of North Korea. A subsequent threat to movie theaters led Sony to cancel tonight's premiere and the Christmas Day general release of The Interview . That's the dark comedy about the assassination of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. Now Paramount has cancelled scheduled screenings of Team America: World Police, which lampoons a North Korean dictator -- even though it's been playing since 2004. The question we pose to filmmaker Adam McKay is, "what's next?"
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.