Actor/comedian Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay: easily two of the funniest humans on earth. While promoting the release of their upcoming movie Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the duo stopped by the 92nd Street Y in New York City for a conversation with journalist Lynn Hirschberg. Our Photo Director Sarah Kuszelewicz and myself were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to meet these handsome men and sit in on this event. They talked about everything from the pitch of Anchorman 2 ("We originally wanted to make it a musical and then take it to film."), to their favorite scene in Step Brothers (the bunk bed and sleep walking scenes, of course), to making Talladega Nights (whose aim was to piss off NASCAR... which didn’t work because they were thanked by the organization for creating a movie about the sport – oops).
The pair's friendship all started back on Saturday Night Live in 1995. Will and Adam were hired on the same day but didn’t quite hit it off. It wasn’t until they wrote their first skit together, "Neil Diamond: Storytellers," that this comedic duo was created. After the first Anchorman movie, Adam and Will completely avoided all the requests to make a sequel and began creating other projects. Eventually, they decided to humor the masses and came up with a brilliant plan: make Anchorman 2 into a six to eight month musical, then bring it to theaters. Obviously, this would’ve been a huge hit, but unfortunately, Paramount said that was a no go. Thankfully, after 10 long Ron Burgundy-deprived years, the sequel finally got approved.
The Landlord from Will Ferrell
After one of the funniest hours of our lives, the audience was able to ask questions to the duo. Being huge Funny or Die fans, we asked about the making of "The Landlord," the inaugural video on Funny or Die that features Adam's adorable daughter Pearl as a drunk, demanding landlord. “That was all one take,” said Will, “It only took about 30 minutes. Pearl was about to turn 2, and we were trying to launch the site so we just came up with it at my sons third birthday party.” For those who miss this little munchkin, worry not — Pearl and Will's sons are actually in Anchorman 2 during a scene at Sea World (not that you need more incentive to go see it).
The two closed out the night with advice they have for aspiring writers, “Create short films, put them on the Internet,” Adam said, “Do table reads. Just do it, no matter what outlet.” Will added on, “Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t sit on your hands, just keep doing it. Know that it’s all about the process.”
Hollywood.com Press Pass is an ongoing gallery, inviting our readers into different entertainment events around (and beyond!) New York City, courtesy of our Photo Director Sarah Kuszelewicz and Photo Editor Cyndi Cappello.
On December 3rd, UNICEF held its 9th Annual Snowflake Ball in New York City to honor those whose philanthropic commitments support its mission to save children's lives, and to celebrate the lighting of the iconic New York UNICEF snowflake. The event was emceed by Bryant Gumbel and included a performance by Katy Perry. Actor Danny Glover, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was honored with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Check out our pics from the event, and shoot over to the gallery to see even more festive images.
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When directors set out to make a film, chances are they have a production designer in mind. The look is what brings a film to life, and it's why we plunk down our cash. The Hunger Games franchise has a super-high coolness quotient when it comes to that: the demented hair, the gowns made of flame, and its mash-up of sartorial styles.
Now imagine you've been asked to do the costumes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. What films do you watch for a little inspiration? Here are two scenes that run the gamut from Hogarth to Post Apocalypse, and could easily pass in Panem.
Blade Runner visualized a future awash in nostalgia, the actual storyline of the film. It was high-tech pulp fiction. So when Sean Young sidled onscreen in a shimmering futuristic 1940s day suit and V for Victory hairdo, production designers all over the world slid to the front of their seats.
Hollywood has been guessing at what 18th century fashion looked like in motion since the advent of cinematography. Stanley Kubrick's 1975 masterwork Barry Lyndon is considered an apt interpretation. He even filmed it in candlelight. There are traces of Effie Trinket in there, for sure.
If you have ever been recruited for a Panem death match, you know how important it is to look your best.
And at times like that it's good to have CoverGirl on your side. Not only have they mapped out step-by-steps so you can beat your face in District style, they have looks for each and every journeyman.
You might be happy to hear that if you're in the Luxury District, you can get away with simple claret lips and a brushed up eyebrow. But if you deal in Livestock, you'll be drawing those eyebrows on with a ruler. If you're in Fishing, it may take you a while to glue all those beads to your temples. And if Masonry is your trade, you're kind of screwed. Pretty, but not so easy-breezy.
Although CoverGirl kind of has your back on that one. For the cosmetically challenged there are video tutorials, tips and split-screen images of the before and after shots.
And in case you're pressed for time — you know, being hunted down by bow and arrow — there are time-lapse videos of how to get each look in a flash.
When NBC announced that they would only air two more episodes of Parks and Recreation in 2013, fans of the show immediately blamed Jerry. Because he’s the worst. The network is making room for specialty programming to promote the ratings-challenged new show Sean Saves the World. By shifting the schedule around, the Halloween and Election Day episodes were pushed back and will air weeks after the events with which they coincide. Then Parks and Rec won’t return until 2014, so we’ll have to watch our favorite episodes on DVD and streaming to fill the void left by Leslie Knope and her plucky, determined crew.
Gather your favorite guys and gals and have your own Galentine’s Day party to celebrate Parks and Rec — who cares that it’s October? Don’t forget the super thoughtful gifts or you’ll disappoint Leslie!
As Tom and Donna would say: “Treat yo' self!” Relax while you watch Ron and Leslie battle it out to see who has the better Pawnee scout troop. Pawnee Goddesses, duh!
Everything about “Greg Pikitis” is flawless: first Halloween episode of the series, Leslie becomes crazy-obsessed with catching a teenaged vandal, Louis C.K. guest stars, and Andy’s FBI agent alter ego Burt Macklin is born.
“Win, Lose, or Draw”
The episode where Leslie was elected councilwoman of Pawnee is heartwarming and hilarious. It’s Parks and Rec at its finest.
You know that viral video clip of Ron Swanson drunkenly dancing like a lunatic with a silly tiny hat on his head? Yeah, that’s from this episode. (Also: April yelling in Spanish, Ben saying “Bababooie,” and Leslie ranting about her fight with Ann.)
TCL Chinese Theater
We may be living in the "golden age of television," but even the most sumptuous of armchairs cannot compete with the experience of watching great cinema in classic movie theater. Most of these cinemas old and new have added some additional bells and whistles to enhance the movie-watching experience but all of them deliver their goods when it comes to screening films they way they were meant to be seen on the big screen.
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Lady Gaga has called on music fans and critics alike to "lighten up" following the storm of controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus' raunchy performance at the recent MTV Video Music Awards. The former Hannah Montana actress/singer hit headlines for all the wrong reasons last weekend (25Aug13) when she stripped down to nude-coloured PVC underwear and donned a giant, foam finger on her hand as she sang and danced provocatively with Robin Thicke and made inappropriate gestures to the live audience at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The sexually-charged performance upset officials at America's Parents Television Council and prompted stars such as Cyrus' former TV mum, Brooke Shields, and singer Cyndi Lauper to express their distaste at the 20 year old's onstage antics, but Gaga insists the youngster's detractors need to back off - because it's all in the name of fun.
The Paparazzi hitmaker has declined to share her own opinions about Cyrus' racy set, but tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I don't like to pass judgement on Miley. Generally, people need to lighten up about pop music, it's about entertainment. It is here to make people feel happy. Especially in America there is an excessive dragging of female artists and I don't want to contribute to that."