Paramount made the surprising choice to release an alternate cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theaters with “763 new jokes” shortly after the December premiere of the long awaited sequel. Now Paramount is making the even more surprising choice to release Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: No Joke Cut with exactly zero jokes. Director Adam McKay explained:
“People know that Will Ferrell and I do many joke options for our movies, but I think what gets lost is the fact that underneath the laughs there’s a very powerful drama at work. I’m just glad, with the no joke cut, audiences can finally appreciate the rawness and drama of Anchorman 2.”
Check out a clip from the No Joke Cut after the jump.
I thought Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was hilarious, and it was no surprise that there was an alternate cut featuring different jokes. There was plenty of riffing on set, and director Adam McKay had a wealth of choices when trying to find the right jokes. Even at two hours, the original breezed by, and while I didn’t like it quite as much on a second viewing, it was still quite enjoyable. Now a “Super-Sized R-Rated” version has been released, and in many ways it improves the original by showing that McKay made the right call on which jokes to use and which ones to leave on the cutting room floor. Although there are some additions in the new version that are superior to the original, the new cut is plenty of bloat to the point where some of the jokes don’t even make sense. The comic timing is completely off as it seems like the goal of the new version was to add more and make it slightly different, but not better or even as good as the original.
If you’re a fan of the Anchorman series, you might want to take a few days off starting April 1st. That’s because Paramount has just announced the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray and it’s loaded with awesome extras. While I knew we’d get some cool stuff based on what director Adam McKay included with the first Anchorman Blu-ray, the sequel lifts the bar to another level. Here’s a few of the highlights:
- Three versions of the film—the original Theatrical Version, the Unrated Version and the Super-Sized R-Rated Version with 763 new jokes (the super-sized edition plays in theaters for one-week starting February 28th. More details here)
- More than 90 minutes of deleted, extended and alternate scenes
- Commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner
- Line-O-Rama, Parts 1 & 2—Non-stop alternate lines from the film
- Welcome to the Dolphin Show—Ron Burgundy takes on the crowd
- Kench-O-Rama—Mashup of Kench Allenby’s most Australian moments
- Cast Table Read
- Anchorman 2: The Musical—A look at the musical sequel that almost was
- Auditions—Featuring Meagan Good, Dylan Baker and Amy Poehler
And this isn’t everything, as the Blu-ray includes 4 hours of bonus content. While Paramount has screwed the fans over a number of different ways with their recent home video releases (look at what they did for Star Trek: Into Darkness), I’m happy they’re including all these extras in the same place. Hit the jump for the full list on the press release and click here to get it for $19.99 (which is 50% off on Amazon).
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the jokes in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues are so flexible that they could be swapped out with other jokes. So much of the film is ad-libbed, and now Paramount and director Adam McKay are taking advantage of the heavy improv by theatrically releasing an R-rated cut of the movie featuring “763 new jokes”. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super-Sized R-Rated Version will be released in theaters on February 28th for one week only. Paramount has released a trailer for the new version along with a clip, and surprisingly, neither one did much for me. It doesn’t really matter since I’m definitely going to see this film, especially since we’re sitting in the middle of the February-March doldrums.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and clip.
This week on The Collision, we discuss Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which leads us to talking about the scourge of 24-hour news networks, the prevalence of infotainment, the double-edged sword the Internet plays in the dissemination of information, and the public’s culpability in these results. It’s surprisingly substantive conversation resulting from a movie where the protagonist bottle-feeds a shark. And as always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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Last night I had the opportunity to catch Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and I have to say that I walked away with mixed feelings. For the most part, the laughs were there (especially the scenes with Greg Kinnear and the “getting the team back together” sequence early on). I also thought the decision to place the Channel 4 News Team at the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle was great in that it gave Ron and Co. the chance to be pioneers of the trade and provided the pic solid footing from which to deliver its well-placed jabs at the current state of the broadcast news industry. On the other hand, some of the film’s gags and multiple cameos landed with a huge thud for me and I’m still a little surprised at how ridiculously over the top it becomes in the final 20 minutes or so (even for an Anchorman sequel). All in all, if you enjoyed the original then I think there’s enough magic left in the tank that you’ll have fun with The Legend Continues. Just don’t be surprised if you leave the theater less than thrilled to experience the next installment in Ron Burgundy’s story.
My notes aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, interviews with Will Ferrell and more for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, American Hustle interviews with Christian Bale and more, and Matt’s editorial on why “Worst Of” lists are, for the lack of a better word, the worst. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, beloved, and—dare I say—legendary, comedies of the last 10 years. And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for—Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here. This is a movie that needs no introduction; the characters are so well known that they can make appearances on actual local news stations in tiny towns across the country. There is a new Ben and Jerry’s flavor dedicated to Ron Burgundy- Scotchy Scotch Scotch (butterscotch, not the alcohol)- and it is delicious. There is even a new phone game created by Funny Or Die, “Scotchy Scotch Toss” has players toss ice cubes into Ron Burgundy’s glass to win points and hang out with San Diego’s legendary anchorman.
At the press day for the film in New York, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with two of the creative forces behind the film, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow. McKay directed and co-wrote the script with Will Ferrell, and Apatow produced. The two answered questions about coming up with the storyline, avoiding direct callbacks to the first film, some of their comedic influences, the cameos in the gang fight, and more. Hit the jump to read on.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedy classic. It’s infinitely quotable, gets better with every viewing, and had the staying power to go from being a moderate summer hit to a film where a growling legion of fans were constantly demanding a sequel. Sadly, these cases usually end with a “Be careful what you wish for.” But Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is “Sometimes, dreams do come true.” Burdened with almost a decade of expectations compounded by an unrelenting marketing campaign, not to mention the fact that comedy sequels are almost always inferior to the original, Adam McKay‘s film was inevitably at a disadvantage despite fans begging for its existence. The compromise is a shaggy beast of a sequel that maintains the silly and strange soul of the original. Even with its glaring flaws, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues still manages to be 2013′s funniest film.
Here’s a look at the latest posters for the following films:
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Adam McKay’s comedy sequel starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner opens December 18th.
- Winter’s Tale – Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Russell Crowe, and opens February 14th.
- Cuban Fury - James Griffiths’ dance comedy starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Chris O’Dowd opens February 14th in the U.K.
- 300: Rise of an Empire – Noam Murro’s Spartan sequel starring Lena Headey, Jack O’Connell, Rodrigo Santoro, Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green opens March 7th.
- Earth to Echo – Dave Green’s family-friendly sci-fi adventure film stars Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig, and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt and opens April 25th.
Hit the jump to check out all the posters and synopses.
Thirty new images from writer-director Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues are now online for you to enjoy. The bulk of them feature the reunited news team of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell, but there are plenty of other returning cast members and cameos to be found as well. There are even a few behind-the-scenes shots of McKay and two special friends, one of whom is rather furry and cute.
Also starring Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 18th. Hit the jump to view the images.
Paramount Pictures has released a new clip from director Adam McKay’s comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The film finds the news team of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Champion Kind (David Koechner) struggling to cope with the multitude of changes that come with the dawn of the 24-hour news era, particularly the evolving social norms. This new clip highlights Ron’s first encounter with the idea of a 24-hour news network, and his reaction is in no way disappointing.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed Steve’s recap of visiting McKay in the editing room, click here. The film also stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 18th.
Just last week we reported that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues would be opening on Wednesday, December 18th, two days earlier than planned. Now, you can watch the comedy sequel two days earlier than that with the purchase of a SuperTicket Premiere pack for participating AMC theaters. In addition to the early screening on Monday, December 16th, SuperTicket purchasers will also receive a digital copy of the movie before it comes out on Blu-ray/DVD, an instant digital copy of Anchorman: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy – The Lost Movie, and more!
Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Hit the jump for more on how to purchase a SuperTicket.
Your first holiday wish has been granted! Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will now open wide two days earlier on Wednesday, December 18th. The comedy sequel should own the week leading up to Christmas unless previously released films The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Saving Mr. Banks or Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas make strong second showings.
Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.
Will Ferrell is always game to appear as Ron Burgundy beyond the Anchorman universe. So when The Big Lead reports that Ferrell will guest host a December 5 episode of SportsCenter, I first assumed he would do so in character as everyone’s favorite movie anchorman. However, the source is only able to reveal “there will be some sort of Ron Burgundy element to telecast.” I do expect David Koechner‘s sportscaster character Champ to be involved, and at that point, you ought to bring in Steve Carell and Paul Rudd if they are available.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. An ESPN spokesman declined to comment on the story, so we will have to wait for an official announcement for more details. Either way, Will Ferrell and/or Ron Burgundy guest hosting SportsCenter is a cool prospect. Anchorman: The Legend Continues opens December 20.
A few weeks ago, I got to visit the editing room of director Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with a few other reporters. While we only got to see a few selected scenes from the beginning of the film, I’m happy to report they looked fantastic and everyone was laughing non-stop. Shortly after watching the footage, McKay and his editor, Brent White, answered questions for about thirty minutes and revealed a lot of cool information. Here are a few highlights:
- The first assembly cut was over four hours. The first test screening was two and a half hours and, according to McKay, it played extremely well. However, the final release will be around two hours.
- McKay and White are developing an alternate version of Anchorman 2 that has a completely different set of jokes (around 240). They’re going to test screen the alternate cut and hope to release it on either movie screens (after the original’s release) or VOD/DVD/Blu-ray.
- The film has a couple of musical numbers and one big love song at the end of the movie.
- Will Ferrell and McKay originally intended the ending to the sequel to be a ridiculous bit about an underwater glass hotel that failed, with water coming through the windows and sharks coming at people. They changed their minds.
Hit the jump for more highlights from the interview followed by the full transcript. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.