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.
Hot on the heels of news that Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher will be making its world premiere at AFI Fest this November, two new stills from the feature have been released. They highlight not only the relationship between brothers and Olympic wrestling champions, Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), but also the make-up job on Steve Carell, who plays the eccentric and dangerous millionaire John du Pont. Also starring Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller, Foxcatcher opens theatrically on December 20th.
Hit the jump to view the images and film synopsis.
Production has commenced on Disney’s adaptation of the beloved childrens book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and a couple of new actors have joined the cast. Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) directs from a script by Rob Lieber, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner topline the pic as Alexander’s parents. In addition to the start of production announcement, Disney has revealed that Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) have signed on to the film in unspecified roles. The pic follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.
12-year-old Ed Oxenbould makes his big screen debut as Alexander, with Dylan Minnette (Lost) and Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball) set to play his brother and sister, respectively. Shawn Levy is producing the pic, which will hit theaters on October 10, 2014. Hit the jump to read the press release, which includes the official synopsis.
The first image from Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s upcoming real-life drama Foxcatcher has been released online. The film, which chronicles the complicated (and eventually murderous) relationship between eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), just recently secured a December 20th release date, ensuring that Foxcatcher will be a serious contender in the upcoming awards season. I’m a massive fan of Miller’s, so this one has been on my “must-see” list for a while; I’m really eager to see Carell’s take on what’s sure to be a meaty and difficult role. He sure looks different, as Carell has clearly undergone a complete physical transformation (including a prosthetic nose) to portray du Pont.
Hit the jump to get a look at the first image and to see what Miller had to say about Carell’s casting. A debut trailer should be landing in the coming weeks. Foxcatcher also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall and will open in theaters on December 20th.
Sony Pictures Classics has cast Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher into the awards race with a December 20th release date. Starring Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, the film explores their relationship with eccentric heir to the DuPont fortune, John du Pont (Steve Carell), an association which ultimately led to murder. Foxcatcher is based on Mark Schultz’s autobiography and also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. With that cast and Bennett Miller’s pedigree of Academy Award Best Picture-nominated features (Capote and Moneyball), Foxcatcher is definitely coming in with high expectations. Hit the jump to read the full details.
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.
With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.
All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Way, Way Back opens today in limited release.]
In their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash show they’re incredibly adept at humor. They know how to tell a good joke, push the envelope without being mean-spirited, and find the right actors to deliver the comedy. Unfortunately, a film has to put story and characters above all else, and the film fails where it matters most. Faxon and Rash put a painfully tedious character at the center of their movie, and then try to convince us that anyone would help their uninteresting protagonist. Filled with one-dimensional characters moving through a predictable plot, The Way, Way Back can tell a joke, but has difficulty doing anything else.