ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Blu-ray Will Have 3 Versions of the Film and 90 Minutes of Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes

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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).

Judd Apatow’s Next Film TRAINWRECK Set for July 24, 2015 Release

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Universal Pictures has set a release date for Judd Apatow’s next directorial effort Trainwreck.  The pic, which was written by and will star Amy Schumer, will open in theaters on July 24, 2015, just one week after the release of Batman vs. Superman and one week before Edgar Wright’s Marvel film Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd.  We learned a couple of months ago that Apatow had settled on Trainwreck as his follow-up to This Is 40, and the film marks Apatow’s first directorial feature that he did not write himself, though he did develop the project with Schumer before she wrote the script.  Schumer will star as “a basket case who tries to rebuild her life, but still to be found are her boyfriend, a best friend/co-worker and a parent.”

Schumer is a stand up comedian who is best known for writing and starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, which will air its second season this coming March.  Casting on Trainwreck is underway, so expect to hear more news about the project in the coming months.

TOP 5: INTERSTELLAR Trailer, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, First Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET, AMERICAN HUSTLE, “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst

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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.

Adam McKay and Judd Apatow Talk ANCHORMAN 2, Avoiding Direct Callbacks to the Original, the Marketing Campaign, Cameos, and More

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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.

Judd Apatow Will Direct TRAIN WRECK Starring Amy Schumer

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Back in late August, Universal picked up a script from comedian Amy Schumer, and Judd Apatow signed on to produce.  His producing duties included developing the story and shaping Schumer’s script, and now it looks like he’ll be stepping behind the camera as well.  According to THR, Apatow is currently casting Train Wreck, which will star Schumer “as a basket case who tries to rebuild her life, but still to be found are her boyfriend, a best friend/co-worker and a parent.”  It sounds somewhat in the vein of Bridesmaids (down-and-out woman comically gets her life together), which Apatow produced.  THR reports that the This Is 40 director  “met with actors in Los Angeles throughout November,” and Schumer and producer Barry Mendel (This Is 40) are taking meetings in New York this week.

Train Wreck could be a big breakthrough for Schumer, who wrote and starred in the Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, which was picked up for a second season to air in March 2014.  I wasn’t familiar with the show, but I saw her do standup when I was New York back in October, and she was great.  While Apatow’s last two movies have been over-indulgent, I hope his pairing with Schumer will create a welcome change of pace from his recent directorial efforts.

Judd Apatow Developing KEY & PEELE Movie

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The very popular sketch duo Key & Peele may be getting the feature film treatment in the near future thanks to the current comedy godfather Judd Apatow.  Former MADtv castmembers Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele first debuted their sketch comedy series Key & Peele on Comedy Central in January 2012, and since then have enjoyed wider success and notoriety as the show has taken off with audiences.  One of its fans appears to be Judd Apatow, as Deadline reports that he will produce an untitled feature comedy vehicle for the duo that will be written by Key and Peele for Universal Pictures.  Hit the jump for more. 

Join Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team for a Live On-Stage Reading of ANCHORMAN; Proceeds Will Go to Charity

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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.

ANCHORMAN Live-Read with Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and the Cast of ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY

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How much are you willing to plunk down for a live-read of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy by the film’s cast and crew?  If you said, “$500!” you’re in luck, because that’s exactly how much a VIP ticket to the benefit event will cost you.  Raising funds for 826LA’s free programs for children, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow will be joined by Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Jack Black and host Conan O’Brien for this event on November 21st.  Hit the jump for more, and remember that the sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues will open December 20th.

Watch Jay-Z’s Performance Art Film PICASSO BABY, Directed by Mark Romanek

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Never one to go the traditional route, Jay-Z has taken a rather fascinating approach to the video for his latest single, “Picasso Baby.”  The hip-hop artist collaborated with director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) to put together a piece of performance art for the track, and the result is a 10-minute short film called Picasso Baby that debuted on HBO Friday night.  Jay-Z and Romanek set the piece up at Pace Gallery in New York City with the intention of seeing what would happen if Jay-Z performed specifically to a single person instead of an arena full of fans.  The result is a highly entertaining piece of work with appearances by Judd Apatow, Michael K. Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, Jim Jarmusch, Jemima Kirke, and many more.

Of course, Romanek has plenty of experience crafting memorable music videos, as he’s the man responsible for Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal.”  He also worked with Jay-Z previously on the video for “99 Problems.”  Hit the jump to watch the performance art film Picasso Baby.

THIS IS 40 Blu-ray Review

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It’s weird to think we’re only four movies in to Judd Apatow’s directing career, because for the last ten years he’s become a brand.  Between working with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell on their comedies, to launching Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig (and more), he established that he was one of the biggest forces in comedy.  But his most recent film, This is 40, came out and it didn’t feel like event.  It’s a modest film that’s enjoyable enough, but feels like a B side.  Our review of This is 40 follows after the jump.

THIS IS 40 Bloopers Show Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox and More Cracking Up

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When you watch a Judd Apatow film like This Is 40, you expect a certain level of comedy to come from improv.  In the case of Apatow’s most recent comedy, the blooper reel happens to be funnier than most of the scenes in the movie itself.  Featuring outtakes from Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox and more, the nearly four-minute laugher track is presumably but a sampling of all the additional footage shot for This is 40. Hit the jump to check it out.

JOHN DIES AT THE END Might Kill You If You Pirate It; Billie Joe Armstrong Pitches “Death Metal Meets BELLE & SEBASTIAN” in THIS IS 40 Deleted Scene

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People may disagree on the legalities of internet piracy, but attempting to steal director Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End may actually result in your gruesome death.  That’s the premise of this new anti-piracy warning for the film, which stars Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes and Paul Giamatti.  The twisted horror comedy is now availabe on iTunes and VOD with a theatrical release slated for January 25th.

Already in theaters is Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, though the best parts of the movie might be the deleted scenes on the eventual Blu-ray.  One of those scenes features Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong pitching an odd combination of musical genres to Paul Rudd’s character.  Hit the jump to check out the videos from John Dies at the End and This Is 40. 

THE COLLISION: Episode 30 – Comedy, Judd Apatow, and THIS IS 40

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This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking about how film comedies have changed over the last several decades, the rise of the ensemble, ad-libbed comedy, Judd Apatow’s influence on the genre, and his new movie This Is 40.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“HFR 3D and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Stays Well Ahead of New Christmas Offerings

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hobbit-unexpected-journey-movie-image-martin-freeman-slice-01After coasting on holdovers for weeks, Hollywood studios have unleashed a feast of new features: just in time for Christmas. Even with all the competition, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had no trouble staying in first place with an estimated $36.7 million. Jack Reacher placed second, but with less than half The Hobbit’s total. And with Les Miserables and Django Unchained on deck for Christmas Day, it looks like more than one new title will have a hard time distinguishing itself from the holiday crowd.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit $36,705,000 $149.8
2.  Jack Reacher $15,600,000 $15.6
3.  This is 40 $12,030,000 $12
4.  Rise of the Guardians $5,900,000 $79.6
5.  Lincoln $5,633,000 $116.7
6.  The Guilt Trip $5,390,000 $7.4
7.  Monsters, Inc. 3D $5,040,000 $6.5
8.  Skyfall $4,700,000 $279.9
9.  Life of Pi $3,800,000 $76.1
10.  Breaking Dawn Part 2 $2,600,000 $281.6

Friday Box Office: THE HOBBIT Continues to Dominate; JACK REACHER Solid in Second; THIS IS 40 in Third

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‘Tis the season for lots of movies, fa la la la… oh, you know the rest. Always a crowded period, this holiday season saw Hollywood’s major releases packed into just a seven day span – leaving The Hobbit plenty of room to grow into a blockbuster. Part one of Peter Jackson’s trilogy ended its first week with $113.2 million in the US, and added another $10.1 million (estimated) to that total yesterday. Despite an onslaught of new titles – including Jack Reacher and This is 40 on Friday – An Unexpected Journey is expected to stay on top until Christmas Day, when Les Miserables has a chance to unseat it.

Here’s a look at Friday’s top five:

Title Friday Total
1.  The Hobbit $10,170,000 $123.3
2.  Jack Reacher $5,100,000 $5.1
3.  This is 40 $3,700,000 $3.7
4.  Rise of the Guardians 41,566,000 $75.3
5.  The Guilt Trip $1,493,000 $3.5

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