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.
Paramount has released three new posters for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The previously released character posters have focused on familiar faces Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champion Kind (David Koechner), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). The latest posters feature newcomers Chani (Kristen Wiig); Linda (Meagan Good), Ron’s new boss; and Jack (James Marsden), Ron’s handsome rival. I’m sure Wiig will be a big part of the comedy, but I’ll be curious to see how Good and Marsden hold their own against their ad-libbing co-stars.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film also stars Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th. Click on the respective links for the first clips, an exclusive TV spot, and Dave’s set visit.
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.
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.]
A couple more names have been added to the cast of Starbuck director Ken Scott’s new comedy Business Trip. The film stars Vince Vaughn as an American business man whose trip to Europe “is upended and devolves into amusing madness,” with Dave Franco already onboard to co-star. Now The Wrap reports that Nick Frost and James Marsden are in talks to sign on in supporting roles. Scott and Vaughn most recently collaborated on the comedy Delivery Man, which opens in theaters this November. Further details regarding Frost and Marsden’s roles are unknown at this time.
Frost will next be seen opposite Simon Pegg in director Edgar Wright’s fantastic sci-fi comedy The World’s End, opening in the U.S. on August 23rd. He also stars in the upcoming comedy Cuban Fury alongside Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd. As for Marsden, he was most recently seen playing President John F. Kennedy in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and also stars in this December’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Lee Daniels has no place for subtlety in his movies, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It can translate to earnestness. It can also translate to bugfuck insanity that makes the audience uncomfortable in a way that feels incredibly exploitative. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (formerly titled “The Butler” but forced to change due to a petty dispute between The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros.) disconcertingly hints towards the latter before thankfully settling into the former. Daniels takes his passion towards race relations, and brings a fresh perspective to the civil rights movement by providing not only the unique viewpoint of a White House butler, but also from the butler’s son, who was fighting on the ground while those in government wrestled with the increased racial tension of the 1960s and 70s. The film could stand to lose 15 minutes of unnecessary material regarding Oprah Winfrey‘s character, but it’s a solid story of a father and son pulled apart by the tides of history.
The Weinstein Company has released a new clip and poster from director Lee Daniels’ star-studded historical drama The Butler. Based on a true story, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. This clip focuses on a meeting between James Marsden’s John F. Kennedy and Whitaker’s titular character, as the two discuss the issue of the Freedom Riders. The tone veers heavily towards schmaltz, and I’m hoping that the full film isn’t just a revolving door of familiar faces that each “touch the Butler’s life” in a saccharine way. Nevertheless, Whitaker is a phenomenal actor and I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing what he does with the lead role.
Hit the jump to watch the clip and to check out a new poster. The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, Alan Rickman, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin Williams. The Butler opens on August 16th.
There are two kinds of machismo. The first is authentic. It comes from guys who are confident, tough, and perhaps a little cocky. The other is posturing. It’s a puffed-up chest and a general over-compensation for a variety of obvious weaknesses. 2 Guns has both, but far more of the latter than the former. The chemistry between leads Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide all the spark, verve, and excitement the rest of the picture lacks. Outside of its two leads, Baltasar Kormakur‘s action movie is a lumbering, convoluted mess of various players shuffling around the protagonists through a series of limp set pieces.
Universal Pictures has released six clips from the upcoming action film, 2 Guns. Denzel Washington plays a DEA agent who reluctantly teams up with a U.S. naval intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) to infiltrate and bring down a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions of dollars. Speaking to Steve at CinemaCon, director Baltasar Kormakur said it’s a “pulpy comic adaptation that’s ‘probably closer to 48 Hrs. than Bad Boys.‘” Kormakur also says that there’s less action than in his previous film, Contraband, but “hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions.” I’m not watching these clips since I’m seeing the movie tomorrow, but I liked what I saw from the trailer.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.
A new trailer has been released for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Things have certainly changed for the news crew since Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Baxter’s still hanging around and Brick is as clueless as ever, but even though Veronica Corningstone makes an appearance, Ron seems to be pretty heavily into dating someone new. More challenges await the team as the network enters into a twenty-four hour news cycle and new youthful anchors threaten their place atop the pyramid. It’s not exactly what I expected for the first look at the sequel, but that’s not a bad thing. Bring on the scotch!
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens on December 20th.
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Lee Daniels’ (Precious, The Paperboy) historical drama The Butler. Based on a true story, the film stars Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986. The trailer plays up the film’s awards prospects as we see a flash of famous faces playing the many notable persons who walked the halls of the White House throughout this period (Alan Rickman is particularly striking as President Reagan), and that’s balanced with an overview of Gaines’ life in a racially tense America. While the film certainly looks like it has the potential to be powerful, cautious optimism is key whenever Lee Daniels is involved.
Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer. The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin Williams. The Butler opens on October 18th.
Universal has released the first trailer, poster, and a few new images for director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (Contraband) actioner 2 Guns. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong. I’m happy to see that the pic doesn’t take itself too seriously, as there’s a nice sense of humor blended in with the more action-geared aspects of the story. Washington and Wahlberg have some very promising chemistry, and 2 Guns looks like it could be a nice breath of fresh air in a sea of gritty, dark, and unrelenting action films that populate the marketplace. Also, Bill Paxton as the villain? Yes please.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and some new images. The film also stars Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening. Briefly:
- As production gears up to begin next month, James Marsden has joined the cast of Anchorman 2 as a rival anchor and nemesis to Ron Burgundy.
- Michael Biehn has been tapped to topline the Canadian MMA horror thriller Severed Connection.
- Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Joyful Noise) is set to star opposite Anna Kendrick in writer/director Richard LaGravenese’s musical The Last Five Years.
Hit the jump for more information on the aforementioned casting stories.
James Marsden has signed on to star opposite Elizabeth Banks in the comedy Walk of Shame. The story follows “a high-strung news anchor (Banks) who, after a wild night out, finds herself locked out on the street with no phone, money, ID or car, and embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way to the most important job interview of her life.” Steven Brill (Mr. Deeds) wrote and will direct. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Sidney Kimmel are producing. Banks and Marsden ought to be a nice comedic pairing, so while the logline doesn’t hook me, the casting does.
Hit the jump for details on Gregg Sulkin‘s starring role in 1990.
The upcoming sequel to last year’s excellent X-Men: First Class is shaping up to be one hell of a superhero movie. X-Men and X2 director Bryan Singer recently signed on to replace Matthew Vaughn in the director’s chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past after Vaughn abruptly opted to step back to producer role, and we recently learned that a few actors from Singer’s X-Men films will be reprising their roles in the sequel. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan are poised to return as Professor X and Magneto, respectively, and late last week Hugh Jackman entered talks to reprise his role as Wolverine.
It’s not exactly a surprise, then, as word now comes that Singer plans to bring back even more original trilogy castmembers for Days of Future Past. Hit the jump for more, including how all these characters will fit into the story.