Adam McKay Is Going to Direct a Drama

The non–Will Ferrell half of Gary Sanchez Productions is about to swerve from Anchorman 2 to The Big Short, a — wait for it — financial drama. McKay wrote the script, and Brad Pitt’s Plan B will produce. The film is based on a 2011 nonfiction book about “the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower — and middle — class Americans who can’t pay their debts.” Variety reminds us that McKay’s The Other Guys touched on financial corruption back in 2010, but this is still a huuuge departure for the dude who directed Ferrell putting his balls on John C. Reilly’s drum set.

A man named Joe Sabia spent a year and a half building The Office Time Machine, which catalogs 1,300 of the show’s pop culture references by year and gives each year a YouTube montage. AND it’s all searchable. Ginormous round of applause, everyone. (And here’s an example video.)

Gwar frontman Dave Brockie/Oderus Urungus found dead at age 50.

Alfre Woodard will play the president of the United States in Katherine Heigl’s NBC drama pilot State of Affairs.

Wolfmother, supposedly defunct, showed up with a surprise album today. It’s called New Crown, and it’s streaming.

MORE ROCKING ROLL: Here’s some new Black Keys. It’s off Turn Blue, the band’s first record since 2011’s El Camino, coming in May.

Kathryn Hahn is the star of M. Night Shyamalan’s tiny, tiny movie, Sundowning.

Sounds like a new Cheech & Chong movie is on the horHIGGGHHHHzon.

Kimye’s Vogue photos birthed a great new Kanye meme.

Kelis’s “Rumble” video is very outdoorsy. [via]

Jay Z heard Drake’s art-rap dis in Rolling Stone (“It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references! I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny”) and responded to it on a remix of Drake’s own “We Made It.” (Alongside Jay Electronica, which, sweet.) Hov also drops rap’s first known Lupita Nyong’o reference. [via]

Mila Kunis/Ashton Kutcher bebé on the way.

Season 4 of American Horror Story, the carnival one, will be subtitled Freak Show.

Ellen Page is in talks to play John Belushi’s wife in the Emile Hirsch–starring biopic.

And these are supposedly the final teasers for Game of Thrones Season 4.

Filed Under: Afternoon Links, adam mckay, the big short, The office, gwar, alfre woodard, state of affairs, wolfmother, black keys, Kathryn Hahn, sundowning, cheech & chong, Kanye West, kelis, Jay-Z, jay electronica, Drake, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, American Horror Story, ellen page, Game of Thrones

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Zach Dionne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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