Steve Carell’s supremely dim yet in other ways brightly burning weatherman Brick Tamland found his Lady Brick (Kristen Wiig) in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (see EW’s review here). He’d traveled 10 years into the future (claiming the news team would still be together and ride around on jetpacks), party-planned his own funeral, which surprisingly did not take place in his pants, and sputtered at least one profound complete sentence in the sequel. Brick had come — or perhaps time-traveled — a long way! But let’s never forget the infinite, imbecilic wisdom of Vintage Brick. Relive the lamp-loving candle muncher’s greatest Anchorman hits in our supercut below: READ FULL STORY
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SHRIEEEEK! OH. MY. GOD. You guys, it’s… One Direction! No, Paul Rudd! Wait, no, Kristen Wiig! Fred Armisen?! Will Ferrell! David Koechner! Steve Carell! … Bill Brasky?!?!?!
Deep breaths, dear SNL-watching, squee-happy readers, because even though last night’s show paraded out surprise guests like Captain von Trapp did his children in The Sound of Music Live & Condensed, the strong sketches that opened the evening quickly led to lackluster ones with diminishing returns that didn’t effectively showcase host Paul Rudd nor had any particularly inspired ideas (there are exceptions, of course — more on those below). READ FULL STORY
In this corner: Charming, charismatic, boyishly handsome Paul Rudd, a potential vampire who successfully made the transition from rom-coms to quirkier comedies long before tonight’s musical guests had anything approaching fame. In this corner: The charming, charismatic, boyishly handsome members of One Direction, a lad band with an army of tweenage fans and the power to make even curmudgeons admit that its songs sure are catchy.
Which of these two will rule the roost at Saturday Night Live tonight? The obvious answer is Rudd. He’s a veteran SNL host with two other stints under his belt already, a talented improviser who’s won membership into a number of exclusive comedic fraternities, and, oh yeah, a lead in one of winter’s biggest movies: Anchorman 2, of which you may be ignorant only if you’ve somehow stayed away from the Internet and television and movie theaters and well-traveled roads for the past few months. Given the film’s nonstop promotional campaign and the backgrounds of Rudd’s co-stars — one starred on an NBC sitcom for seven season, another was a cast member on SNL for just as long, and the third both played the first one’s best buddy on said sitcom and had a brief stint on SNL as well — it’s also almost inevitable that Rudd’s hosting gig will come complete with cameos from Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Dave Koechner. (In my dream world, Christina Applegate is there too.) A lineup like that would certainly push the night in Rudd’s favor.
But don’t discount Simon Cowell’s most successful pet project. The boys were the stealth stars of Rudd’s promos earlier this week, and they too have SNL experience. Last time they were on the show, they even threw on history’s worst wigs and fake mustaches to play a quintet of visitors to the Manuel Ortiz Show:
Sick of Anchorman 2‘s incessant marketing campaign? Too bad! The movie’s not out until Dec. 18, meaning we’ve got at least two more weeks of promos, ginormous advertisements, and in-character stunt appearances ahead of us.
But even if you’re growing weary of Ron Burgundy’s various shills, you may enjoy the following video — filmed Wednesday at Emerson College, which renamed its school of communication in Burgundy’s honor for one day. To celebrate the occasion, San Diego’s favorite newsman himself — a.k.a. Anchorman star Will Ferrell — participated in a lengthy Q&A session with Emerson students, as well as local Boston journalists. Video of the event is a testament to Ferrell’s top-notch improvising skills; he never gets thrown, even when one student straight-up calls out Burgundy for being a fictional character and a professional in a fake mustache does a clearly rehearsed Burgundy impression.
Check below for a 23-minute clip of Ferrell’s panel — as well as a few of his best in-character quotes from the event. (One of the queries comes from a student publication called Emertainment Monthly. Hee!)
The sixth lead of 200 Cigarettes is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend? Who cares — because the show’s musical guest is ONE DIRECTION! EEEEEE!
That’s the general gist of Paul Rudd and Vanessa Bayer’s delightful new SNL promos, which also feature Rudd polishing off his old, petulant Wet Hot American Summer schtick (always nice to see) and a surprising paucity of Anchorman 2 talk — which is kind of a breath of fresh air, considering that movie’s utterly relentless marketing campaign. (Kind of a big deal glass case of emotion 60 percent of the time stay classy etc.) Fade into American flag:
Even when he’s stripped of the polyester suit, bushy mustache, and ’70s news desk, it’s always hilarious to hear Will Ferrell shout, “Great Odin’s raven!” Ferrell and the rest of the Anchorman cast gathered at Santa Monica, California’s Broad Stage on Thursday night for a live reading of the 2004 comedy’s script, a benefit for the nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA.
Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy was joined by the rest of his Channel 4 News Team — Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) — along with lady love Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Jack Black, Chris Parnell, Danny Trejo, Fred Willard, and Fred Armisen even showed up for their minor roles, with Maya Rudolph voicing any non-Veronica ladies (including the role of the Mama Bear in her captioned conversation with Baxter the dog). Director/writer Adam McKay read all the stage cues aloud, while narrator Bill Kurtis lent his golden pipes to the event.
Conan O’Brien hosted the festivities and filled in for Vince Vaughn’s rival newsman during the live reading. “Only in L.A. do they do charity readings of screenplays,” O’Brien said, joking that the next benefit would be a script reading of Bio-Dome 2. As the night’s MC, he laid out some ground rules for the evening: “If you have hard candy, unwrap it now — and stick it up your ass.” When the crowd reacted to his profanity, O’Brien said, “There are no kids here. Who would bring children to a benefit for children?”
You’ll likely see a lot of drunk newsmen this Halloween — and it won’t just be the guy covering the local parade.
Fandango has released its list of the most popular movie-inspired Halloween costumes, and, if their data is any indication, the Anchorman crew will be visible at more than just a few San Diego bars. The movie site polled thousands about what film alter-ego they would be adapting this year, and while some popular costumes are expected — you’ll see plenty of arrows and side braids à la Katniss from Hunger Games — some are a little more, well, octogenarian than expected.
Check out the top five for men, women, and teams below. READ FULL STORY
Ben & Jerry have a new friend, and his name is Ron Burgundy.
The legendary ice cream maker has revealed its newest flavor, Scotchy Scotch Scotch, in honor of the Anchorman himself — and, of course, his favorite drink. The limited batch is a butterscotch-based ice cream with butterscotch swirl ribbons.
“Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch is a delicious ice cream and I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions,” “Burgundy” said in a press release. “Malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet.”
If you happened to laugh at those new Dodge Durango commercials on TV over the weekend or saw the spots circulating online, then you know that Ron Burgundy has been shilling cars in his own classy, inexplicably angry way. The supercilious anchorman and the Americana automobile brand don’t seem like a natural fit at first — but when Paramount Pictures, the Chrysler Group, ad agency Wieden + Kennedy, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die writing team banded together, the result is a hilariously big deal. “The iconic brand of Ron Burgundy, we just thought it would be a tremendous collaboration,” said Josh Greenstein, CMO of Paramount Pictures. “No one [else] does irreverent humor that’s kind of lasted this long,” he added, noting that the last time we saw Burgundy onscreen was nearly a decade ago. EW spoke with the creators of the ads about how they reinvented the Anchorman character as a car salesman, why they made an astounding 70 spots, and what Will Ferrell was like on set. READ FULL STORY
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn’t the sort of film that normally demands the deep dive treatment. Careful frame-by-frame analyses are generally reserved for big-name adaptations, franchise-extending summer blockbusters, and comic book-based extravaganzas — you know, action movies with rich mythologies and lots of things that go “boom.”
But even if this clip is devoid of space ships, costumed heroes, and fights to the death, it’s chock-full of intriguing new characters, tantalizing plot tidbits, and righteous mustaches — making it the perfect candidate for some good, old-fashioned obsessive scrutiny.
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