Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to Produce MANIMAL Adaptation for Sony Pictures Animation

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When Hollywood sets their sights on an adaptation, you never quite know how it’s going to turn out.  Is the tone going to be similar to the original and recreate what made it endearing, or will it be a tongue-in-cheek contemporary take?  Either approach can fail spectacularly or succeed beyond all expectations.  Now when the property in question is the short-lived TV series Manimal, it’s easy to write it off.  Enter Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.  You know what you’re getting with Gary Sanchez Productions, who might just be the best team to tackle the oddity that will be the Sony Pictures Animation live-action/animation hybrid, Manimal.  Hit the jump for more.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell May Reunite in DADDY’S HOME

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When last we spoke about the project titled Daddy’s Home, it had Will Ferrell set to star opposite Vince Vaughn with Etan Cohen directing.  A fair amount has changed in the last year, since now word has it that Ferrell will reunite with The Other Guys’ co-star Mark Wahlberg, and that Sean Anders and John Morris are in talks to direct.  The Gary Sanchez production was originally scripted by Brian Burns, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy with Cohen, and is scheduled to begin production this fall.  Hit the jump for more on the plot.

Richard Linklater to Direct Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in LARRY’S KIDNEY

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An exciting team is coming together to bring Larry’s Kidney to the screen.  The Wrap reports that Richard Linklater will direct The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose’s memoir Larry’s Kidney, which recounts Rose’s journey to China with his black sheep cousin Larry and his mail order bride in order to save Larry’s life by securing him a kidney transplant.  Ferrell will play Rose while Galifianakis will play Larry, and with Linklater at the helm we can probably expect something a tad more thoughtful than a simple outlandish comedy.

This looks to be Linklater’s most “commercial”-sounding film since 2005’s Bad News Bears and 2003’s excellent School of Rock, as he’s been bounding between genres as of late to fantastic results.  His last three films are all top-notch (Bernie, Before Midnight, and the upcoming Boyhood), so hopefully he can keep the streak alive with Larry’s Kidney.  No word on when production might begin.

THE FLINTSTONES in Development at Warner Bros. as Animated Feature with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as Executive Producers

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The Flintstones are headed back to the big screen!  Thankfully, the new project in development over at Warner Bros. is not slated to be a live-action reboot, but rather a feature-length animated film.  (The 1994 Brian Levant picture starring John Goodman, and it’s Vegas-centered follow-up, was more than enough Flintstones live action for many a lifetime.)  With Disney/Pixar currently owning the animated market (with all due respect to the fine folks over at DreamWorks Animation), perhaps WB wanted to get in on the action.  What better place to start than with the modern Stone Age family, whose rights the studio acquired from Turner Broadcasting back in 1996?  Word that the Gary Sanchez Productions team is on board, which sees Chris Henchy penning the script for executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is an encouraging bit of news.  Hit the jump for more.

Will Ferrell Is THE YANK; Johnny Knoxville Takes SICK DAY; Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godreche Join THE OVERNIGHT

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A few comedy casting reports to round up:

  • Will Ferrell is attached to star in The Yank, a fish-out-of-water comedy set in London.
  • Johnny Knoxville is attached to star in Sick Day, described as a “modern-day Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
  • Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godreche are set to star in the indie comedy The Overnight.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to Star in Sony Pictures Comedy, BORDER GUARDS; Adam McKay May Direct

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The stars of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights are back!  Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are set to reunite on screen in Border Guards, a new Sony Pictures comedy that Adam McKay is eyeing to direct.  The picture would see Ferrell and Reilly as two incompetent border guards who get stranded in Mexico and have to sneak back across the border.  While the the reunion of the comedic trio is cause for celebration in its own right, there’s also word that Sony has set British scribe and Peep Show creator Jesse Armstrong to pen the script.  Hit the jump for more.

Will Ferrell to Star in Tennis Comedy MATCH MAKER; Steve Conrad to Write the Script

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Will Ferrell‘s last two attempts at sports comedy—Semi-Pro and Blades of Glory—have been disappointing, but he’s giving games another shot with Match Maker.  According to THR, Ferrell will star in the tennis comedy, which is based on the ESPN Magazine article “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes”.  The true story “told of the infamous rivalry between Riggs, a tennis champ past his prime who came out of retirement to challenge women’s tennis player Billie Jean King in a 1973 game that became known as The Battle of the Sexes. Over 50 million Americans tuned in to watch King beat Riggs and win the $100,000 prize.”  It’s possible Riggs threw the match to pay off some gambling debts to the mob.

Yep. This definitely sounds like a Will Ferrell movie.  I’m curious to see what actress they’ll get for King, but I don’t expect we’ll hear about that casting until Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) finishes writing the screenplay.  Ferrell will next star in Get Hard opposite Kevin Hart.  Production on that film is set to begin this spring for a March 27, 2015 release.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (“Super-Sized R-Rated Version”) Review

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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.

Director Adam McKay Says There Won’t Be an ANCHORMAN 3; Sheds Doubt on STEP BROTHERS 2

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In a bit of an unprecedented move, Paramount Pictures is releasing Anchorman: The Legend Continues back into theaters this weekend with an entirely different, R-rated cut of the film.  This was always the hope of director/co-writer Adam McKay, as the sheer magnitude of footage gleaned from the improvisational-heavy cast made for plenty of alternate jokes and even a full musical number that didn’t make the initial theatrical cut.  It’s an exciting one-week engagement, but fans might want to savor the opportunity as McKay has now confirmed that it is highly unlikely that we’ll ever see an Anchorman 3.  Moreover, he seems over the idea of sequels entirely, putting the long-hoped-for Step Brothers 2 in doubt.  Hit the jump to read on.

Warner Bros. Sets 2015 Release Dates for Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart Comedy GET HARD and Liam Neeson Actioner RUN ALL NIGHT

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Warner Bros. has announced early 2015 release dates for a pair of upcoming films.  The studio will release the comedy Get Hard on March 27, 2015, where it will square off against Neill Blomkamp’s (Elysium) sci-fi comedy Chappie and the animated spinoff The Penguins of MadagascarGet Hard stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence. Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen makes his directorial debut on the pic, which starts production this spring.

Additionally, the studio will release director Jaume Collet-Serra’s (Unknown) actioner Run All Night on February 6, 2015 directly opposite the long-delayed fantasy film Seventh SonRun All Night stars Liam Neeson as an aging hitman who, in order to protect his wife and son, must take on his former boss in a single night.  The film also stars Joel Kinnaman and Ed Harris and marks the third collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra, who most recently teamed up on Non-Stop.

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).

THE LEGO MOVIE Review

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I loved LEGO when I was a kid.  I discovered a bag of LEGO bricks on a high shelf, and my collection expanded from there.  I was always an “instructions” kid, although I did try to combine sets from time to time.  But I always liked the minifigures the best.  I liked using them to come up with stories and adventures.  I mention all of this because The LEGO Movie is the best of all worlds.  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have shown their genius once again through their unique blend of wit, humor, and heart to go far beyond what others would have boiled down to a crass, exploitative toy commercial.  While the movie will undoubtedly sell toys, it manages to respect the “instructions” kids while encouraging them to go beyond the box, build their own worlds, and discover their own creativity and personality through these adorable little toys.  But rather than aim for cheap sentiment, The LEGO Movie earns every emotion in a story that’s unabashedly silly and constantly hilarious.

New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for THE LEGO MOVIE with Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson and Will Ferrell

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Due to open this weekend is directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie.  Now, we’ve posted quite a bit of LEGO content over the last few months (including an interview with Lord and Miller here), but now we’re getting our first look behind the scenes of the animated adventure film.  This new featurette shares glimpses at scenes from the movie, the animation process, and commentary from stars Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, and Will Ferrell.

Also featuring the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah Hill, and Alison Brie,  The LEGO Movie opens in 2D and 3D on February 7th.  Hit the jump to check out the new featurette.

Watch 9 Clips from Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s THE LEGO MOVIE Featuring the Voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman and More

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With directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller helming The Lego Movie, I was confident the animated film was going to be something special.  But I will fully admit, the film exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (Everything is Awesome) that you’ll be singing again and again, The Lego Movie is truly something special and I’m beyond confident both audiences and critics are going to fall in love with the film.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation, and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Alison Brie, and many others.

With the film hitting theaters on February 7th, Warner Bros. has provided us with nine clips.  Hit the jump to check them out.  You can also click here for all our previous Lego Movie coverage which includes posters, images, trailers, and more.

Morgan Freeman Literally Reads the Phonebook in Featurette for THE LEGO MOVIE; Listen to Tegan & Sara’s “Everything Is Awesome”

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Those unfamiliar with anything but the title may be automatically wary of The LEGO Movie, but this latest featurette for the film does its darndest to get across the very specific—and fantastic—sense of humor of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  Instead of having the actors sit and talk about voicing their characters, this nearly four-minute featurette is entirely animated and features each character talking a bit about the film and which “actors” are portraying them.  It’s wonderfully goofy, and if you’ve ever wanted to test out the hypothesis that Morgan Freeman could make even the phonebook sound interesting, this is your chance.  We also get a look at some of the colorful new LEGO worlds that the film explores, so it’s definitely worth a watch.  Additionally, the original song “Everything Is Awesome” by Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island has been released in its entirety, and it makes a swell earworm for the day.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette and to listen to “Everything Is Awesome”.  The film also features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, and Alison Brie.  The LEGO Movie opens in 2D and 3D on February 7th. 

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