For the past nine years, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has enjoyed lasting celebration for its collection of all-purpose one liners. You'd be amazed at how frequently people manage to shout "Milk was a bad choice!" in regular conversation. But they do. Because they love it. And for my money, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has its own plump share of moments just as funny.
Admittedly, I've never found the original Anchorman to be all that uproarious. Some were hooked straight away, others grew fond of the wacky comedy over the years. But it never rang more than occasionally amusing for me. In Anchorman 2, the laughter is even more occasional. But when it hits, it's arguably more amusing. I'm thinking, foremost, of throwaway gags like the news team cackling over their mutual distaste for workdays, or plunging headfirst into an copy of Garfield at Large. Bits and pieces like these throughout the movie showcase some terrific humor, with a few of the larger conceits — like Ron Burgundy's mid-movie relationship with a beached baby shark — also landing, and hard. Unfortunately, they are separated by long, slow, dry spells. But to be honest, even this movie's dry spells rarely lose watchability.
The biggest shortcoming of Anchorman 2 can be pegged to the transformation of Steve Carell's weatherman character Brick Tamland. When we first meet Brick in the original film, he’s no more than a dimwitted weirdo, exhibiting anxiety and obliviousness in his few choice moments center stage. But such is not the case when we reunite with Brick in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. He's shouting hysterically, can't put a sentence together, and has no understanding of what is going on around him at any given time. And this doesn't work. It's not funny when Brick parades around the office like Godzilla, or takes full multi-minute scenes to wrap his mind around the simplest of concepts. Instead, it's grating. So it's quite the problem that this new Brick gets double the screentime and material of his old counterpart. Paired with an equally empty-headed Kristen Wiig, Brick enjoys his own romantic journey. There is no conflict keeping the two apart; their story just functions as a collection of interwoven scenes of two adults acting like moronic aliens — so it is played entirely for laughs. And, unfortunately, it deserves not a one.
The outstanding negatives end there. It's not always hilarious when Ron Burgundy struggles with the racial divide between himself and his new boss/ladyfriend Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), but it's consistently affable. The rivalry between Ron and ex-wife Veronica's new beau Gary (Greg Kinnear, playing a psychologist with a ponytail — and how) churns out some hearty chuckles. And kudos to the script for handing more material to David Koechner's lovably rancid Champ Kind, although I wouldn't turn my nose up at an Anchorman 2 that had more for Paul Rudd to do.
But the biggest victory of Anchorman 2 is that it actually has something to say about the news. Anchorman (likewise Will Ferrell's follow-up features Talladega Nights and the non-Adam McKay venture Blades of Glory) was primarily about gender roles and America's obsessive definition of masculinity. But Anchorman 2 looks specifically at the media, castigating the news industry for what it has devolved into. The film's message is broad, not especially constructive of a moral or solution, and not at all something we haven't seen before. But hey, it's been a while since Network, so this'll do just fine for the time being.
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The cultural phenomenon that was born from Anchorman is a rarity, reserved for special kinds of comedies that are just weird enough at just the right time. Anchorman 2 has all that weirdness in stock — hell, its climactic scene (the very best part of the movie, hands down) has more insanity in a three-minute span than the first movie does entirely. And in truth, it's worth seeing just for that. But leading up to it, you'll get big laughs, some duller (but not quite dull!) stretches, and some unexpected commentary on how America takes its news. All in all, a good time. Just ignore the Brick parts.
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Even Anchorman 2 can't contain its excitement for Anchorman 2. According to Deadline, Paramount has decided to push up the release date of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues from Dec. 20 to Dec. 18.
The decision to move up the release date is most likely another way for the film to increase the amount of hype it's garnering from media attention. In recent months, Anchorman 2 and Ron Burgundy himself have been plastered everywhere. From the newsman attempting to sell Dodge cars, to a new flavor of Anchorman-inspired Ben and Jerry's ice cream, to an upcoming rumored look at Ron Burgandy taking over ESPN's flagship show Sportscenter, Paramount has successfully drowned us all in Anchorman advertisements and promotional spots. And most recently, the news team got together at the Australian premiere of the film and skillfully reprised their rendition of "Afternoon Delight," which you can watch in the below clip:
The Adam McKay-directed sequel to the 2004 film reunites the ultimate news team made up of Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner. The cast also includes the likes of Christina Applegate, Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Vince Vaughn, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey.
After weeks of our hearts and funny bones being toyed with a "meh" teaser trailer and an awkward car commercial starring Will Ferrell, we were starting to worry that we'd never see another actual Anchorman: The Legend Continues trailer and that the whole thing was a gigantic hoax to try and get us to buy a new Dodge. Thankfully, director Adam McKay knew he couldn't hold his loyal Anchorman fans at bay for much longer, and this morning two full trailers for the much anticipated sequel were released. And the best news? The two trailers share hardly any of the same footage.
Trailer #1: Well, in expected Anchorman fashion, Brick thinks he's dead, Ron doesn't understand how cruise control on an RV works, the gang interacts with what seems to be its first gay man and black woman, everyone dances, and Ron gets beat up... oh, and Brick freaks out when he thinks his legs have gone missing while using a green screen.
Trailer #2:In the international trailer, there are only two repeat scenes (the green screen and the gay jokes), and it's packed with even more classically (raunchy) Anchorman jokes than its U.S. counterpart has. We're talking smoking crack on camera, Harrison Ford calling out Ron for being an awful anchor, and a cabinet full of ineffective condoms. Yup, Anchorman is back in full force.
Let's all cross our fingers and hope that we haven't just seen all of funny bits of the movie in these two trailers.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters Dec. 20.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, and Christina Applegate will star in Book of Life, an animated feature from the twisted mind of Guillermo del Toro.
Jorge Gutierrez is directing Book of Life, which centers around Manolo, a young man who embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must brave his biggest fears.
The cast also includes Ice Cube, Kate del Castillo, Ron Perlman (duh!), and a bevy of actors including Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, and Ana de la Reguera. Given the cast and the information released about the film, it seems that the feature is going to have a rich Latin flair. It is also being reported that the film will offer a fresh take on current pop songs.
Del Toro is known for his ability to create impressive and imaginative visuals with gothic undertones. We’re excited to see what a visionary director can do with a full-length animated movie, especially after watching his creepy Simpsons opener that still has us checking under the couch for monsters. Even though del Toro is only producing, we're positive that his vision and influence will spill into all aspects of production.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the highly-anticipated sequel to Will Ferrell's 2004 film of the nearly-identical name (Anchorman) has the Internet wrapped around its little finger. Seriously: it seems as though every day there is a new photo released, a cameo uncovered, a secret spilled, or — as is the case of today — a trailer turned out. Well, OK, so this is the first trailer for the film in about a year, but still: Anchorman obsessives are on high alert. And if you forgot why, this new teaser should remind you.
Star Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell, the trailer below falls in the same vein as the last one: playing out much the same way, with similar success. Personally, I'm hoping some of the 8 billion other stars involved in this project (including Christina Applegate, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kanye West, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, John C. Reilly, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Nicole Kidman... just to name a few) get their own moment in the trailer sun.
Now, do the classy thing and watch the new trailer:
Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 20, 2013.
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Add another name to the cameo-filled cast of the long-in-the-works Anchorman sequel: Kanye West. Hollywood.com has learned that the rapper is currently filming a cameo in the film, officially titled Anchorman: The Legend Continues, set for release in December.
West was spotted filming scenes on a downtown Atlanta rooftop with returning stars Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd, a source on site tells Hollywood.com. Says our witness, "he was quite afraid of heights and required an umbrella for shade most of the time he was on the roof."
The Anchorman 2 production has set up shop in Atlanta in the past few weeks, filming scenes in Woodruff Park and the surrounding areas — plenty of which have been captured on film by prying paparazzi eyes.
West is a longtime Will Ferrell fan, having included dialogue from Blades of Glory in his song "N***s in Paris" (with Jay-Z). Following his Taylor Swift/MTV VMA controversy, he even compared himself to Ferrell's Ron Burgundy in a Twitter rant.
Let the speculation begin: What kind of character do you think Kanye's playing in the film?
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This news put me in a glass case of emotion. James Marsden has joined the cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the sequel to Will Ferrell’s comedy classic. While plot details have been mainly kept secret, Deadline reports that Marsden will play a rival anchor and nemesis to Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy.
Unlike milk, this is a great choice. We know Marsden can bring the funny, thanks to his arc on 30 Rock’s final season as Criss Chros, Liz Lemon’s husband, as well as last year’s Bachelorette.
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Not much else has been leaked in regards to the highly anticipated sequel which shoots in March, but Christina Applegate did slip news of Kristen Wiig’s casting on Twitter earlier this month. Wiig will be playing the love interest to Steve Carell's idiotic Brick Tamland (to rival his love for lamp). Wiig and Marsden will join most of the original Anchorman cast: Ferrell, Applegate, and Carell, as well as Paul Rudd and David Koechner. Adam McKay is directing for the December 20, 2013 release.
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of Feb. 4 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
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Everyone hates Anne Hathaway apparently. When did that happen? Doesn't anyone remember how hard she worked to become a princess back when she first met Julie Andrews?
I'm sorry, but since when would anyone want to compare her body shape to a cocktail ring? You may as well shout, "I'm shapeless, but sort of round!" from the rooftops.
It's not looking great for Up All Night. The final blow to a series that's already lost many of its charming elements (its single cam format, working mom plotline, and strong female showrunner) is the loss of Christina Applegate. We still love Will Arnett, but this news makes things look pretty grim.
Dear, Weather Channel, "Storm Nemo" ain't all that threatening. Then again, it did get us all to cancel our Friday night plans. Nemo'd!
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Beyonce, you are a lady hero. Why the hell is your tour named after your husband? Jay-Z isn't the one who ruled the biggest sporting event of the year with his sheer talent. That was you, remember?
This political ad wants you to know: Ashley Judd is the worst! Funny thing about that... she's not actually running for office.
Hai. Ima grl. Wut R Souper Heerows? Ohhhh, a lady Hulk? With green lipstick? On the cover of a romance novel? Now I get it! And scene. Sorry, Marvel. These super hero romance novels are absurd.
Lena Dunham shamed us into voting, but didn't actually make it to the polls herself. Go ahead, Girls detractors. Hang up ol' "NEPOTISM!" and bring out trusty "HYPOCRITE!" That'll make her show less culturally relevant. Definitely.
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Screw it. Break Out the Scotch.
Grammys, let us get this straight. Guys showing off their nipples in mesh shirts: totally okay. Rihanna showing us the curvature of her bottom, or the side of her breast is cause for alarm? Good luck getting RiRi to follow your super strick new dress code.
For godsakes, let the Newtown kids be kids. Using them during a broadcast has gone from sweet to exploitative really quickly.
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Ladies and gentleman, can I please have your attention? I've just been handed an urgent news story. And I need all of you to stop what you're doing and listen: Kristen Wiig, who has beautiful eyes and smells like cinnamon, will definitely be staring in Anchorman: The Legend Continues!
The announcement was made by the sequel's director and co-writer Adam McKay on his Facebook page ("Kristen Wiig is officially on board for Anchorman 2. Couldn't be more excited," he wrote) and Veronica Corningstone herself, Christina Applegate on her Twitter, where she told followers, "So excited Kristen Wiig has joined our cast for anchorman2. Going 2 b best movie ever made. Besides the best movies ever made."
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Wiig, whose name became attached to the long-anticipated project back in December, will reportedly play the love interest to the lovably idiotic Brick Tamland (her Despicable Me co-star Steve Carell). Is this the lucky lady that Brick goes on to marry and have 11 children with? One can only hope. Still, does the announcement of Wiig's addition to the cast spoil a little bit of the fun? In the 2004 original, some of the biggest laughs came with those surprise cameos from Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, Luke Wilson, and Jack Black showed up to take part in the madness. Or, is it to Anchorman 2's benefit to not fall into the trap that The Hangover 2 fell in of making the exact same movie. We'll find out when the eagerly anticipated comedy hits theaters on December 20.
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Of course, if Wiig re-teaming with her fellow SNL alum Will Ferrell is even half as funny as their appearance together at the Golden Globes, it will be, as Applegate put it, the "best movie ever made." Just remember Kristen, it's anchorman, not anchorlady!
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Thieves broke into a warehouse where director Adam McKay is shooting Anchorman: The Legend Continues and stripped the building of wiring and computers, costing $300,000 (£187,500).
The crime is one of several similar incidents in the area, which cops are currently investigating.
The upcoming comedy, a follow up to 2004's hit film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, will feature Will Ferrell reprising his role as bumbling newscaster Ron Burgundy, alongside returning co-stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate.
It is due for release in December (13).