Nobody would have put money on John C. Reilly not appearing in the upcoming Anchorman sequel. Since his inception into the Frat Pack community by way of Talladega Nights, Reilly has been the constant Costello to Will Ferrell's... other, slightly taller Costello, a pattern that all but promises to continue come the revival of Ron Burgundy: Bleeding Cool has apprehended a casting call from CL Casting, seeking a John C. Reilly stand-in for an in-production Atlanta, Ga.-based film (the sequel is presently shooting in said location):
Do you look like John C. Reilly? We’re seeking a caucasian male, 6’2″, any age. THIS SHOOTS TOMORROW, FEB 28th. Please submit your stats and 3 photos to TeachMan2ATL@gmail.com with the subject line JOHNNY DOUBLE.
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Although reps for Reilly and Anchorman 2 were unavailable for confirmation, the inclusion of the actor in this movie is a no-brainer. The original anchorman — since which we've seen Reilly/Ferrell pairings in the aforementioned NASCAR comedy, Step Brothers, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, and some Internet projects like Fight for Your Right Revisited and this nonsense — feels kind of empty without Reilly... especially with the hordes of Ferrell friends making up the supporting team: Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Kathryn Hahn, Chris Parnell, Jack Black, Fred Armisen, and Seth Rogen among the backup players.
So what role might Reilly, if he is in fact on board, take for the sequel: a rival newsman in the vein of Wes Mantooth and Tim Robbins' villainous public-access anchor? A station manager with a distaste for Burgundy's free-wheelin' attitude? An internet journalist who looks to discredit the entire media of television news broadcast with his Julian Assange-like passion for free information?
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And more importantly, who do we know that looks enough like John C. Reilly to nab the gig? Craft services' doggy bags. That's really livin'.
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A billionaire TV producer (Robert Mammone) has a great idea for a reality show that he wants to put on the Internet and his goal is to beat the 40 million Super Bowl audience. He has compiled a crack team of young hip and immoral tech geeks directed by Goldman (Rick Hoffman) and puts cameras throughout a remote island where former prisoners are going to kill each other while audiences watch after shelling out the pay-per-view fee. The location is done on a remote secret island and the death row prisoners are bought from prisons around the world with the promise that the survivor gets to walk free. Among the contestants are a rogue Aussie named McStarley (Vinnie Jones) a martial arts expert (Masa Yamaguchi) a husband-and-wife team (Manu Bennett and Dasi Ruz) a monstrous killer who doesn't do much more than grunt (Nathan Jones) and others known only as The Italian The German and other monikers quickly forgotten. Enter the sole American Jack Conrad (Steve Austin) who's in a South American prison for some obscure reason and is recognized on TV by his wife (Madeleine West) who tries to save him. However it looks like Conrad is pretty good at helping himself. Don't expect the acting to be much more evolved than what could be seen among the World Wrestling Entertainment superstars especially since many of them were plucked from the ring to star in this morality tale. But Austin (who had in a strong cameo in Adam Sandler's Longest Yard) proves he has a sense of humor as well as strength. Vinnie Jones is ridiculously over-the-top as the Aussie who's the hand-picked winner of this game shown setting up alliances Survivor style only to turn on them later. The supporting cast are refreshingly entertaining but one-note caricatures both in the contest and running the contest. It's obvious that they aren't going to be around long but the actors do milk their tiny roles for every bit of attention they can get. Rick Hoffman as the brilliant camera mastermind of the project is both whiny sniveling and mean-spirited so when he joins some of the rest of the crew and suddenly develops a backbone and a conscience he ends up stealing the movie with his acerbic humor. But it's the understated American hero Conrad who holds a mirror up to the people who like to watch this stuff. Director Scott Wiper who co-wrote this story has also acted in similar movies like this (A Better Way to Die). It’s obvious he knows what he’s doing with The Condemned and develops a sense of voyeuristic angst like those of us who can't keep our eyes off a train wreck. Like the darkly subversive Belgian film Man Bites Dog the camera crew remains safely distant and remote until the reality directly involves them. Then the crew wonders "What the hell are we doing?" while the audience might be thinking "What the hell are we watching?" Much like Series 7: The Contenders Rollerball and other movies which show a dark and bloody near future this kind of reality doesn't seem too far away and maybe proves that movies which provide this type of gladiator spectacle target a certain segment of the human population who need to blow off steam.
Despite a SARS scare and last week's power blackout, the Toronto Int'l Film Festival seems to be gearing up for one of its best film forays ever. The festival, which announced the lineup Tuesday, have gathered an eclectic mix of high-end product, as well as attracted some major Hollywood players to attend, Variety reports.
Among the films being showcased: Carl Franklin's thriller Out of Time, starring Denzel Washington; Richard Linklater's comedy School of Rock, with Jack Black and Joan Cusack; Ridley Scott's con-man dramedy Matchstick Men, starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell; and Joel Schumacher's IRA flick Veronica Guerin, with Cate Blanchett. Director Jane Campion's erotic thriller In the Cut which stars Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo, will premiere in Toronto, bucking the New Zealand director's trend of premiering her films at the Venice Films Festival.
Variety reports other prominent festival fare include the period drama The Girl With a Pearl Earring, which is an adaptation of the Tracy Chevalier bestseller novel of the same name and stars Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson; Robert Altman's backstage ballet opus The Company; Miramax's Philip Roth adaptation The Human Stain directed by Robert Benton and starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman; and Michael Winterbottom-directed sci-fi drama Code 46, with Samantha Morton and Tim Robbins.
According to Variety, the Toronto organizers have also confirmed a long list of A-list attendees including Blanchett, Kidman, Altman, Washington and Hopkins. Having to overcome some significant obstacles such as SARS and blackouts, the festival organizers feel very confident about this year's event.
"Barring a rain of frogs or a plague of locusts, I think we're good to go," fest managing director Michele Maheux told Variety. Fest director Piers Handling also admitted that the SARS threat worried organizers, but said the show would plow on. "We went through 9/11--it was in the middle of the festival. We will roll with the punches."
The festival runs Sept. 4-13.