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?"
The Art of Manufacturing, Apple's new headquarters What's one mile around, has a four-story glass door, and looks like a spaceship? DnA gets a tour of Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino. And we learn about Los Angeles' creative economy, and why LA is a hotbed for manufacturing.
Who is winning the fight to control LA’s public schools? Twenty-two people were killed by a suicide bomber last night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Who was the terrorist and what does the attack mean for Manchester’s immigrant community? Also, we talk to newly elected LAUSD school board member Kelly Gonez and Alex Caputo-Pearl, head of the LA teachers union, about the most expensive school board race in the country’s history, the conflict between the union and charter school supporters, and the future of LA’s public schools.