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Will Ferrell as Bobby Riggs: Tennis' best hope to serve some Hollywood love

“The best way to handle women is to keep them pregnant and barefoot.”

I don’t mind being called a male chauvinist pig as long as I’m the No. 1 male chauvinist pig.”

Sound like things Ron Burgundy might say? Close. Those were the choice quips of Bobby Riggs, the 1970s tennis hustler who baited top women pros into a series of lucrative “Battle of the Sexes” matches. In 1973, he famously lost to Billie Jean King in straight sets during a carnival-stunt spectacular that seems extremely ridiculous in hindsight but had enormous cultural implications at the time.

Riggs was undeniably a character, and the announcement that Will Ferrell is attached to star in a movie about the ballyhooed Riggs/King match is welcome news for Ferrell fans. Variety reported that the star, Adam McKay, and Peter Chermin Entertainment will produce a film, based on last year’s ESPN article, “The Match Maker,” which looked into Riggs’ underworld gambling connections and speculated on whether he purposely threw the big match. READ FULL STORY

'Anchorman 2' gets serious: No-joke cut might garner awards consideration -- VIDEO

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Underneath all the laughs and tomfoolery, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was a seriously wicked satire of the 24-hour news industry, political correctness in the age of feminism and vampires, the law of diminishing returns of celebrity cameos, and the modern-day global ramifications of the Boer Wars. (Open your eyes, people!)

So it’s only right that Paramount is finally releasing a No Joke Cut of the film, which lays out all the drama for serious cinephiles and NPR members.

“People know that Will [Ferrell] and I do many joke options for our movies, but I think what gets lost is the fact that underneath the laughs there’s a very powerful drama at work,” said writer/ director Adam McKay. “Movies like Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, and Breaking the Waves are the movies that inspire Will and me. I’m just glad, with the no-joke cut, audiences can finally appreciate the rawness and drama of Anchorman 2.”

The new version was announced today, the day before April 2. (Which can’t be a coincidence. UPDATE: It was not a coincidence.) Click below for the no-joke trailer: READ FULL STORY

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