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‘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.
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.
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. 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 Madagascar. Get 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 Son. Run 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.
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).
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.
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 Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Alison Brie, The LEGO Movie opens in 2D and 3D on February 7th. Hit the jump to check out the new featurette.
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.
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.
Warner Bros. has released a new TV spot for Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming animated film, The LEGO Movie. The plot focuses on Emmet (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). Every trailer and TV spot I’ve seen for the film has gotten at least one big laugh out of me, and this latest promo is no different.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014.
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.
Ron Burgundy is back. Not only does he have a new movie, but he is curling in Canada and reading the news in Bismarck, North Dakota. 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. Safe to say, Ron Burgundy is a class act.
At the New York City press day for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with the man behind that man, Will Ferrell, and co-star David Koechner (Champ Kind). They answered questions about Ron’s multiple news and public appearances, the history between the writing team that is the magic behind the movies, the reason they never feel like they’re going “too far” on set, and the absurd unpredictability of catchphrases like “I love lamp” and “Milk was a bad choice.” Hit the jump for what they had to say.
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.