Cheap Thrills wouldn’t have half of its impact before the 2008 crash. At the very least, it would be far less resonant and more confusing. Sure, not everyone was living it up before 2008, but there was the sense of being able to get a job, and it was less obvious that 99% of the country was being ruled by the remaining 1%. We’re now in desperate times demanding desperate measures and the dark comedy of Cheap Thrills perfectly plays into our despair. Although it keeps hitting the same thematic notes, those notes becomes louder as director E.L. Katz and screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga implicate the audience’s desire for not only more money, but more disturbing entertainment.
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).
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.
Ron Burgundy is back. Not only does he have a new movie, but he is curling in Canada and reading the news in Bismarck, North Dakota. 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. Safe to say, Ron Burgundy is a class act.
At the New York City press day for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with the man behind that man, Will Ferrell, and co-star David Koechner (Champ Kind). They answered questions about Ron’s multiple news and public appearances, the history between the writing team that is the magic behind the movies, the reason they never feel like they’re going “too far” on set, and the absurd unpredictability of catchphrases like “I love lamp” and “Milk was a bad choice.” Hit the jump for what they had to say.
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.
Along with the news that Drafthouse Films has acquired E.L. Katz’s directorial debut Cheap Thrills for a theatrical release, we also have the green and red-band trailers for the film to share with you, along with the first poster. Cheap Thrills stars Pat Healey (Compliance) as a man who attempts to drink his financial troubles away with an old friend (Ethan Embry), until the pair encounters a mysterious and wealthy husband and wife (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) who challenge them to increasingly dangerous dares in exchange for money.
Cheap Thrills opens in limited release starting March 21, 2014. Hit the jump for both trailers, the poster and more.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly:
- Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
- Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac.
- I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi.
- Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th.
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.
The first two clips from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues have been released along with a couple spots of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) shilling for Canada’s The Sports Network (TSN) and having a “Who’s on First” conversation about Doctor Who. The clips are about as silly as you’d expect. One clip has Ron being unable to understand an Australian accent and the other has him commenting on the scent of a rival anchor’s poop.
Hit the jump to check out the clips and TV spots. The film also stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Meagan Good, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.
We here at Collider are pleased to keep things classy by debuting an exclusive new TV spot for director Adam McKay’s highly anticipated comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The long-awaited follow-up 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 TV spot shows off some great new footage that highlights said challenges, and it’s unsurprisingly hilarious.
Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot, and if you’d like to sign the petition to spread Anchorman classiness all the way to Mount Rushmore, click here. The film also stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is calling out for the News Team to assemble, and you have a chance to join them. Burgundy sent out a new video today listing the Top 10 reasons you should join him, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champion Kind (David Koechner), Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), and the biker Ron hit with his burrito (Jack Black) for a live-reading of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Producer Judd Apatow and director Adam McKay will host the event, and it only costs a donation of $10 to enter. In addition to being on stage with the cast, the winner will also receive flight and 4-star hotel accommodations for them and their guest. Proceeds will go to 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. So you can enter to win a great prize and give money to charity? Now that’s classy.
Hit the jump to check out the video and find out how you can donate. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.
A couple days ago, we got two painfully funny trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. In the upcoming sequel, the Channel 4 News Team, Ron (Will Ferrell), Brian (Paul Rudd), Champ (David Kochner), and Brick (Steve Carell) have moved from a whale’s vagina to New York to work at GNN, a 24-hour news network. This new poster has the gang towering over their new city, and they could probably fight off some kaiju if need be. Sure, Gypsy Danger has a sword, but Ron Burgundy has Jack Johnson and Tom O’Leary.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.
Paramount has released the new trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The Channel 4 News Team, Ron (Will Ferrell), Brian (Paul Rudd), Champ (David Kochner), and Brick (Steve Carell) have moved from a whale’s vagina to New York to work at GNN, a 24-hour news network. While there does seem to be a little of a retread with Ron having friction with a co-worker (Meagan Good) who’s not only a woman but also black, this trailer still had me laughing non-stop. This looks like the Anchorman sequel I was hoping we’d get.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Paramount has gone heavy on promoting the movie with a museum exhibit, Ron Burgundy’s autobiography, Dodge Durango commercials, and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. As for the film, it also stars Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th. [Update: We've now added the also-hilarious international trailer.]
New images have been released from the upcoming films:
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images. The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell. The sequel opens December 20th.
- Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
- Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger. The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.
Hit the jump to check out the images.