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).
Here’s the latest casting news from the world of television:
- New CW series The Flash will add Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) to star alongside Grant Gustin.
- Patrick J. Adams (Suits) and Jason Isaacs (Awake) will join NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby mini-series.
- Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) will topline Tribeca, a comedy pilot from Steve Carell set up at TBS.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
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.
The News Team has re-assembled! Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here, 9 years after the 4 buffoons of Channel 4 news first won us over. The whole gang is back- Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick are causing the usual ruckus, but this time in New York City. The film focuses on the start of the 24 hour news channel and the tabloidization of news, while tackling tough issues of racism, marital trouble and health.
At the press day for the film in NYC, I participated in a roundtable interview with Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. They talked about getting the old band back together, the nostalgic feeling of seeing themselves in costume, their admiration for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell [who co-wrote the script], how hard it was to keep a straight face on set, and a lot more. Hit the jump for more.
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.
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.
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.]
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first teaser trailer for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) upcoming drama Foxcatcher, and it’s kind of incredible. The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). This trailer is absolutely fantastic. I was a bit unsure about Carell stepping into such an intense dramatic role, but judging by this trailer he looks to knock it out of the park. Miller once again shows incredible talent behind the camera, this time bringing a heavy amount of intensity and, by way of Carell’s performance, terror to the screen. Miller’s previous two directorial efforts (Moneyball and Capote) were both big Oscar contenders, each landing in the Best Picture race, and Foxcatcher looks like it might have the goods to make it three for three. I’m really, really looking forward to this one.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall. Foxcatcher opens December 20th. [Update: Unfortunately someone jumped the gun and Sony has removed the trailer from the internets. Hopefully the official debut will be online soon.]
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.