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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, beloved, and—dare I say—legendary, comedies of the last 10 years. And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for—Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is finally here. This is a movie that needs no introduction; the characters are so well known that they can make appearances on actual local news stations in tiny towns across the country. 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.
At the press day for the film in New York, I got to participate in a roundtable interview with two of the creative forces behind the film, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow. McKay directed and co-wrote the script with Will Ferrell, and Apatow produced. The two answered questions about coming up with the storyline, avoiding direct callbacks to the first film, some of their comedic influences, the cameos in the gang fight, and more. Hit the jump to read on.
Question: In the first one the parody was local news and in this one it's all about CNN and the tabloidization of news. Was that something you knew you wanted to tackle?
ADAM MCKAY: We originally had the idea of going after 24-hour news and cable ...
The very popular sketch duo Key & Peele may be getting the feature film treatment in the near future thanks to the current comedy godfather Judd Apatow. Former MADtv castmembers Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele first debuted their sketch comedy series Key & Peele on Comedy Central in January 2012, and since then have enjoyed wider success and notoriety as the show has taken off with audiences. One of its fans appears to be Judd Apatow, as Deadline reports that he will produce an untitled feature comedy vehicle for the duo that will be written by Key and Peele for Universal Pictures. Hit the jump for more.
Though plot details for the untitled feature are under wraps, Apatow expressed his enthusiasm for the two’s brand of comedy when speaking with Deadline:
“I love these guys because they are riotously, make you sick because you can’t stop laughing, funny. I think Key and Peele are capable of making the movie that America desperately needs right now.”
I’m sadly late to the Key & Peele party as the show remains on my “to-watch” list, but their work seems to be all the rage at the moment. The series has already been picked up for a fourth season by Comedy Central and their recent East/West College Bowl sequel sketch went viral. Apatow has developed a number of projects in the past that have yet to come to fruition (remember the Randy movie starring Aziz Ansari’s character from Funny People?), but the deal for Key & Peele ...
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.
Click here to go donate and enter.
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.
Be sure to purchase your tickets here. Here are the details for the live-read:
Join Adam McKay and Judd Apatow on November 21, 2013 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica for a live reading of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy! This event features Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Jack Black, plus BIG DEAL MUSICAL GUESTS. It will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. All proceeds from this event benefit 826LA's free programs for children. VIP Tickets include:
- One event ticket with preferential seating;
- Admission to VIP reception with Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, and cast members;
- Hosted parking.
Tickets will not be mailed out. Please bring your confirmation number and photo identification.
Check out the poster for the live-read of Anchorman:
Never one to go the traditional route, Jay-Z has taken a rather fascinating approach to the video for his latest single, “Picasso Baby.” The hip-hop artist collaborated with director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) to put together a piece of performance art for the track, and the result is a 10-minute short film called Picasso Baby that debuted on HBO Friday night. Jay-Z and Romanek set the piece up at Pace Gallery in New York City with the intention of seeing what would happen if Jay-Z performed specifically to a single person instead of an arena full of fans. The result is a highly entertaining piece of work with appearances by Judd Apatow, Michael K. Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, Jim Jarmusch, Jemima Kirke, and many more.
Of course, Romanek has plenty of experience crafting memorable music videos, as he’s the man responsible for Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal.” He also worked with Jay-Z previously on the video for “99 Problems.” Hit the jump to watch the performance art film Picasso Baby.
‘Tis the season for lots of movies, fa la la la… oh, you know the rest. Always a crowded period, this holiday season saw Hollywood’s major releases packed into just a seven day span – leaving The Hobbit plenty of room to grow into a blockbuster. Part one of Peter Jackson’s trilogy ended its first week with $113.2 million in the US, and added another $10.1 million (estimated) to that total yesterday. Despite an onslaught of new titles - including Jack Reacher and This is 40 on Friday - An Unexpected Journey is expected to stay on top until Christmas Day, when Les Miserables has a chance to unseat it.
Here’s a look at Friday’s top five:
This is 40
Rise of the Guardians
The Guilt Trip
It’s no secret that the weeks surrounding Christmas are among the most lucrative in the film industry. They are also a time when normal box office laws are suspended: movies become big hits without a big opening gross (We Bought a Zoo) and Friday ceases to be the only day worth debuting on. In fact, two of this weekend’s new offerings opened on Wednesday: The Guilt Trip and Monsters, Inc. 3D. The Guilt Trip debuted in second place with around $1 million, followed by Pixar’s revamped classic with $779,000.
Sony Pictures’ limited run of Zero Dark Thirty also opened this past Wednesday in just five theatres. In its first two days alone the R-rated drama earned $229,000, or $45,800 per theatre. That’s not a record for a ...
The first trailer for the second season of HBO’s comedy series Girls has arrived, and it’s pretty great. The first season of the Judd Apatow-produced series was met with a surprisingly polarized response, but creator/writer/producer/star Lena Dunham took it all in stride and is back with a vengeance. Some of the season one criticisms were valid, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t find this season two trailer incredibly funny. The events of the season one finale look to be reverberating throughout the show’s second season, as we see Hannah (Dunham) taking advantage of her single life, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) getting to know her new husband (Chris O’Dowd), and the unendingly creepy/affable Adam (Adam Driver) going full stalker on Hannah. Oh yeah, and Jorma Taccone’s back.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Season two of Girls, which will also feature Donald Glover, Andrew Rannells, Rita Wilson, Patrick Wilson, and Colin Quinn, premieres on HBO on January 13th.
Judd Apatow is clearly targetting the middle aged adults with his new comedy which is being billed as ‘sort of a sequel to knocked up’. The trailer is far from ‘har har’ like Knocked Up was but it definitely has some endearing points to it.
Synopsis: Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit KNOCKED UP as we see firsthand how they are dealing with their current state of life.
The film hits theaters December 21st 2012. Checkout the trailer below and tell me what you think.
On the heels of the film’s first trailer being released, a new poster has popped up for This Is 40, writer-director Judd Apatow’s “sort-of sequel to Knocked Up.” After supporting roles in the first film, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann step into the spotlight this time around as Apatow explores the comically embattled couple’s aging relationship, and their attempts to escape the domestic hell illustrated on this poster. It features Mann looking on in exhausted disgust as an oblivious Rudd sits on the toilet not ten feet away, snuffing out any shred of mystique that was left in their relationship. A well-constructed visual gag that cannily expresses the film’s relatable premise.
Hit the jump to check it out. This Is 40 also stars Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Ryan Lee, Charlene Yi, and Wyatt Russell, with appearances by Jason Segel (reprising his role from Knocked Up) and Melissa McCarthy. It opens on December 21. [Update: We've been informed that the poster was not approved for release and have been asked by the studio to take it down. We'll have the official poster up once it's released]
This Is 40 marks Judd Apatow’s fourth turn in the director’s chair and his first since 2009’s Funny People. While he’s kept fairly busy on the producing end of things (helping craft hits like Get Him to the Greek and Bridesmaids) it’ll be a welcome return to the helm. No one does raunchy comedy with a heart quite like Apatow. Moreover, the Special Features ...