I’ve come to the conclusion that MacGruber 2 is the new Anchorman 2. It’s the sequel we’ll want for years and years, but the studio will keep waiting to see if the cult fanbase is big enough to warrant a greenlight (or if there’s an empty spot in their calendar). It’s also worth noting that Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy made waaaaaay more money than MacGruber. But Will Forte can look forward to being asked about MacGruber 2 every time he does an interview, and he still seems fairly optimistic about the possibility. In April, he said “there will be some form” of the sequel, and now he tells Rolling Stone, “June 10th my writing partners John Solomon, Jorma Taccone, and I are locking ourselves in a room and writing it.” Forte also told Rolling Stone there have been discussions about bringing back Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe. Of course, last June, Forte said he would be writing the script in the next six months, so he could just be messing with us.
Even if we hold out hope for a MacGruber 2, we shouldn’t expect it for years unless Forte rockets to the A-list. If he receives enough critical acclaim and attention for his performance in Alexander Payne‘s new drama, Nebraska, that might not be out of the realm of possibility. In the meantime, just keep chanting “KFBR392″.
Paramount Pictures has released a new teaser trailer for director Adam McKay’s sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Much like the initial teaser trailer that was unveiled before the film even began production, this trailer doesn’t show any actual footage. In fact, it actually looks like it may have been shot at the same time as that initial teaser, but it’s no less hilarious. We get individual greetings from Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell all in character, but unsurprisingly it’s Carell’s Brick who steals the show. This movie cannot get here fast enough.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have released the first trailer for Girl Most Likely (previously titled Imogene). Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a girl who wrote a hit play when she was a child but is now a total loser. After faking a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, Imogene is forced to move back in with her kooky mother (Annette Bening), her mom’s kooky boyfriend (Matt Dillon), and her kooky brother (Christopher Fitzgerald). While the beginning of the trailer is heavy on the “zany antics” aspect of the story, the rest teases a potentially cute mother/daughter story.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF 2012. Girl Most Likely also stars Darren Criss and opens on July 19th.
Your favorite stars have signed on to two exciting television projects:
- Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire will star opposite Will Ferrell in the six-episode IFC miniseries The Spoils of Babylon, produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay.
- John Krasinski will guest star on season four of Arrested Development. The impressive guest roster also boasts Wiig (hey), Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, Andy Richter, John Slattery, and Terry Crews.
More after the jump.
Saturday Night Live is closing out their 2012-2013 season strong, bringing back three SNL veterans to host. Previously announced for the May 4th show was Zach Galifianakis, who has The Hangover Part III coming out next month as well. Galifianakis has hosted SNL before, and I can only hope he brings out his chops singing Annie again. SNL has had plenty of opening monologues that involved singing this year, but I can’t help but think that Galifianakis is going to have a stand out one regardless. The musical guest will be Of Monsters and Men. Hit the jump for more on the episodes hosted by Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck.
A few days ago at CinemaCon, Ben Stiller premiered the first footage from his upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the film, Stiller stars as the eponymous LIFE Magazine proofreader who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. On his quests, he seeks to find a missing image taken by a photographer played by Sean Penn. The movie stars Kristen Wiig as his love interest, and Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, and Kathryn Hahn. While Stiller is known for his great work behind the camera on Tropic Thunder and Zoolander, Walter Mitty is definitely his most adult work to date and the footage I viewed show heart, humor and restraint. Look for this to be an Awards contender at the end of the year.
Shortly after premiering the footage, I participated in a small press conference with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig. They talked about balancing fantasy and reality, Steve Conrad‘s script, comparisons to the original, the tone, filming in Iceland, David Bowie (the song Major Tom plays a role in the film), how the script changed when actors signed on, and more. Hit the jump to either listen to or read what they had to say.
Here’s the latest casting news:
- Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will join Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in Brett Ratner’s fantasy epic, Hercules.
- Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) is in talks to star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) in the raunchy road trip movie, Tammy, along with Kathy Bates (Misery).
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) will reteam with Anchorman 2 filmmakers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the indie comedy, Welcome to Me.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
A new trailer, poster, and images are now online for Despicable Me 2. The new trailer shows Gru (Steve Carell) being kidnapped by the “Anti-Villain League”, and being recruited in order to defeat a new super villain. Gru seems to have softened considerably since becoming the father of Margo, Agnes, and Edith. Unsurprisingly, the best jokes belong to the minions, and although Despicable Me 2 looks okay, I’m still more excited to see the minions’ spinoff.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film also features the voices of Kristen Wiig, Al Pacino, Miranda Cosgrove and Russell Brand. Despicable Me 2 opens in 3D on July 3rd.
The new season of Arrested Development has already lined up some great guest stars such as Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, John Slattery, Terry Crews, Isla Fisher, and fan-favorites Henry Winkler and Carl Weathers. Today, THR is adding two more names to the list: Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen. Accoring to Vulture, Wiig is set to play a young Lucille (Jessica Walter), and the idea of that is amazing beyond all reason. Each episode will be center on an individual character (the season kicks off with Michael (Jason Bateman), and he’ll also appear in every episode), so I’m wondering how much of Wiig we’ll see when the fourth season comes around to Lucille. As for Rogen, his character is still a mystery, but I’m sure creator Mitch Hurwitz has come up with a great role for the actor.
13 to 14 episodes will all be released at once on Netflix this spring.
Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner are all set to return for Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Kristen Wiig was rumored to join the cast as Carell’s love interest, an item that just became fact as director Adam McKay confirmed the casting on Twitter:
Anchorman: The Legend Continues, set for release on December 20, 2013, picks up with the San Diego news crew at the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle.
Hit the jump for a casting update for the adaptation of The Book Thief.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have re-titled the indie comedy Imogene. The film will now be called “Girl Most Likely“. The title refers to formerly-eponymous character (played by Kristen Wiig) who wrote a hit play when she was a child but is now a total loser. After faking a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, Imogene is forced to move back in with her kooky mother (Annette Bening), her mom’s kooky boyfriend (Matt Dillon), and her kooky brother (Christopher Fitzgerald). It’s not a good movie, and I’m surprised Lionsgate is giving it a nationwide release.
Hit the jump to check out the press release. Girl Most Likely will open on July 19, 2013.
As the Anchorman sequel gears up to start production early next year, director Adam McKay is looking to fill out the rest of his cast. We already know that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate are set to reprise their roles from the 2004 comedy, and now The Wrap reports that Kristen Wiig may be joining the cast. The actress is apparently being eyed for the role of Carell’s love interest, making for a fantastically promising comedy pairing.
McKay and Ferrell aren’t entirely done with the script just yet, and the report cautions that no cast beyond the principals has been firmed up. Interestingly, though, The Wrap adds that Anchorman: The Legend Continues is set for release in October 2013. We previously knew that Paramount was eyeing an unspecified date in 2013 for the film’s release, but this is the first time we’ve heard the mention of a solid month. As the start date looms closer, expect more Anchorman 2 news soon.
Cameron Diaz is looking to tackle another comedy. The actress is now attached to star in Fox’s revenge comedy The Other Woman, which is apparently in the vein of a younger-skewing The First Wives Club. The story centers on a woman who finds out she’s “the other woman” in a love triangle and meets up with the wife in order to conspire against the husband. The Wrap reports that Kristen Wiig is under consideration for a role in the film, presumably that of the man’s wife. No director is currently attached, but the pic has a script by Black List scribe Melissa Stack and the pairing of Diaz and Wiig could make for some fine comedy.
Diaz most recently filmed a role in director Ridley Scott’s drama The Counselor and will be seen opposite Colin Firth in the comedy caper remake Gambit in early 2013. She’s next set to star in the action-comedy Agent: Century 21 alongside Benicio Del Toro.
Saturday Night Live alumni Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Bill Hader (Superbad) are set to reunite in The Skeleton Twins. The indie comedy, produced in part by Jay and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions, will co-star Luke Wilson (Old School); Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) will direct from a script he co-wrote with BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, Mark Heyman (Black Swan). The Skeleton Twins will team up the Adventureland duo as two estranged twins who reunite after cheating death and are forced to confront their pasts. Hit the jump for more.
Quite the cast has been assembled for Return writer/director Liza Johnson’s indie dramedy, Hateship, Friendship, one that includes Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Nick Nolte (Warrior). The picture is an adaptation of Alice Munro’s 2002 novel, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.” Written for the screen by Mark Poirier (Goats), Hateship, Friendship centers on a woman (Wiig) hired to care for a wild teenage girl (Steinfeld), who then sets up a romance between the nanny and her own estranged father (Pearce), a recovering addict living in another town. Nolte will play the grandfather who blames Pearce’s character for the death of the girl’s mother. Hit the jump for more.