Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling Take on Wall Street in 'The Big Short'

A last minute entry into this year's Oscar race has just been given a cushy December release date and a premiere at the AFI Film Festival in November, and the oddest thing about it is that it's from Adam McKay of all people. A group of key financial players including Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt (the movie's bound to get attention based on the cast alone) decide to bet against the banks and profit from the oncoming financial crisis in 2006- a true story based on the non-fiction book by Michael Lewis, who wrote Moneyball and The Blind Side. Does the director of Anchorman and Talladega Nights have what it takes to make a serious drama (even if this does look like there's some comedy sprinkled throughout)? I guess we'll find out this year.