Hollywood movies shoot all over the world to take advantage of landscapes, architecture and tax credits, but Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace looks to tap into something more human: the authentic culture and community of a struggling former steel town just outside of Pittsburgh. I was lucky enough to land a set visit invite along with a group of journalists to take a look at the Crazy Heart writer/director’s new film, which explored a violent, yet vanishing culture in small-town America.
Starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Woody Harrelson. Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace opens December 6th. Hit the jump for my set visit recap and 15 things to know about the film.
They say a newscaster, much like a fine scotch, gains richness and complexity with age, (it’s science); such is the case with Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. During a recent set visit, I was one of a small group of journalists who joined a crowd of 3,000 spectators at SeaWorld San Diego’s dolphin exhibit. What does SeaWorld have to do with the city’s greatest newsman? Well, when we find Burgundy at the outset of the sequel, he’s fallen on some hard times and has resorted to hosting the Thursday afternoon dolphin show at the park. Luckily, Burgundy gets his act together and reunites with his newsteam comprised of weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) to tackle the 24-hour news cycle.
Also starring Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th. Hit the jump for my set visit recap and for 15 things to know about the sequel.
Just before Thanksgiving of last year, I took a little trip to Tijuana. Then things got a little fuzzy. I came to in a flophouse in the middle of nowhere and found myself with a front row seat to an out-of-control cock fight. Blanket-draped chicken crates were stacked all around the seedy hotel room, which was quiet until Alan crashed into them … then all Hell broke loose. Roosters took flight in the confined space and attacked anything they could get their talons on. Unfortunately, that happened to be Phil and Stu’s faces. Then, to make matters worse, Mr. Chow busted in and started firing a gun at the flying menaces, narrowly missing his friends. After his clip ran out, director Todd Phillips yelled, “Cut! Reset!” and the cast and crew broke into laughter.
Rather than take to the dangerous streets of Tijuana itself (where someone might kidnap poor Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper), this particular scene of The Hangover Part III was staged on a Warner Bros. studio set. The safety of the location certainly didn’t negatively impact the crazy performances of Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong at all. Roosters and bullets were definitely flying, though not all of them were real. The excitement on set from everyone involved in the trilogy’s concluding chapter was, however, quite genuine. The Hangover Part III opens on May 24th; you can watch the most recent trailer here. I’ll have set visit interviews with the cast, writer and director coming up, but hit the jump for 45 things to know about the upcoming film.