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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


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

Barack and Michelle Obama's greatest pop culture moments -- VIDEO

On Tuesday, Funny or Die premiered a video of Zach Galifianakis interviewing President Obama in a Between Two Ferns sketch where Obama plugged Healthcare.gov. On Wednesday, traffic to the healthcare site has increased 40 percent.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett went on CBS’ This Morning earlier to share the news of the video’s success. “The fact that the website traffic has gone up is really an indication that it’s working.” Look at that, viral videos changing lives!

Obama’s appearance on Galifianakis’ wacky series wasn’t the first time the president — or first lady Michelle — has used comedy as a way to reach Americans. He appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2012 to plug his student loans initiative, and Michelle frequently enlists celebrities to help promote her Let’s Move campaign. We’ve gathered some of their best appearances, including Michelle showing off her mom-moves for the sake of fitness and Barack opening SNL before he was POTUS: READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama has dance party with Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon -- VIDEO

Did teenagers Sasha and Malia Obama give their mom some acting tips?

The First Lady appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night  to discuss the fourth year of Let’s Move! and to encourage young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act — but the sit-down chat isn’t what has people buzzing. Much like she’s done in past appearances with Fallon, Mrs. Obama also appeared in a viral-ready skit.

In yet another holdover from Late Night, Fallon brought back Ew!, his Saturday Night Live-esque teen girl talk show, where he and another guest (this time, Will Ferrell) pretend to be 13-year-olds and discuss matters of great importance to teens: Harry Styles, kissing posters of Harry Styles, etc.

The First Lady was a great sport in the silly sketch, and managed to give great face to the cameras, plug healthy snacks (Kale chips!), and, of course, even participated in a requisite dance party.

Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'The Spoils of Babylon' premiere: Extrapolations

Ooh, now this is a weird show. IFC’s new well-stirred and visually striking vat of star soup has Will Ferrell as Eric Jonrosh, the “Author-Producer-Actor-Writer-Director-Raconteur-Bon Vivant-Legend-Fabulist” behind The Spoils of Babylon, an epic miniseries based on his own epic novel. Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play the kids of Tim Robbins’ oil tycoon. Eventually Maguire’s character Devon marries a mannequin… voiced by Carey Mulligan. Even the most successful fabulists have to cut costs sometimes.

I can already tell that one must really be in the right mood to enjoy this six-episode miniseries — but I was! The format was so unexpected and I love how they created an entire production within the show. (If you’re looking for a TV show that will remind you to revisit Boogie Nights, this is the one.) It’s so exaggeratedly dumb that it can seem brilliant — and if a scene or dialogue seems lame or dragged out beyond comprehension, well, that’s just raggedy old Eric Jonrosh for you. Blame him! These poor actors are just trying to do their jobs.

Read EW’s Spoils of Babylon review here, and check out some of my favorite absurd moments from tonight’s two-part premiere, below:


'Anchorman 2' gang breaks Jon Stewart's will to live -- VIDEO


We learned a lot of things when the Anchorman gang visited Jon Stewart. We learned that Paul Rudd’s non-aging magic — fueled by stored Nazi blood — enables one to become him if you kill him. We learned that Steve Carell craves Chilean hors d’oeuvres picked by abused migrant workers. And we learned that the Daily Show green room isn’t exactly the Taj Mahal.

When Carell returned to the Daily Show last night, flanked by his three tag-along co-stars, they presented Stewart with special gifts — drab gifts from the green-room walls and end-tables. Stewart clearly was expecting something grander in the holiday spirit — or at least something that he didn’t have to return to its rightful place, like the cup of straws.

Carell and Stewart bonded briefly over champagne and food, but things soon fell apart. One moment they were discussing David Koechner’s affinity for airline porn, the next, there were threats of cutting off Paul Rudd’s face.

Watch below: READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Third time the charm for Paul Rudd? -- VOTE

In Anchorman, Paul Rudd was part of the Channel 4 news team that rallied around Ron Burgundy at his moment of crisis. On Saturday, the gang returned the favor as Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time. He didn’t necessarily need it, but you don’t think Anchorman 2 was going to let this promotional opportunity pass by, did you? Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carell had Rudd’s back for a little “Afternoon Delight” sing-off against One Direction. Combined with a cold-open that featured Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, it quickly appeared as if Rudd might simply be an all-star emcee. But he did some heavy-lifting once things got rolling, notably as a 1D freak-fan and the Madea-like star in White Christmas — emphasis on the White.

Rudd joked about being upstaged by One Direction on Saturday night, but he also faces a similar challenge in this week’s best-host poll. Josh Hutcherson put in a decent showing last month, but his support — no doubt inflamed by the Catching Fire partisans — rocketed him to the top of the standings with 62 percent, the highest debut of the season. His big splash slashed into everyone’s numbers, with Lady Gaga diving the hardest, from first to third place. Kerry Washington saw her own popularity halved, but she actually moved up a place, in to second. Tina Fey, who hosted the season premiere, held relatively steady, but she now finds herself next on the plank, following Edward Norton‘s departure. READ FULL STORY

Ron Burgundy spills journalistic secrets at Emerson: 'It really is about hygiene' -- VIDEO

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!)


Watch Ron Burgundy anchor North Dakota newscast -- VIDEO


Continuing the promotional trail for Anchorman 2Will Ferrell  joined the KXMB evening newscast in Bismarck, North Dakota as guest anchor Ron Burgundy.

Alongside regular weekend anchor Amber Schatz,  Ferrell performed a full 30-minute broadcast, while keeping it classy.

“Amber, you look lovely tonight,” he said. “Are you married? Well, I am, so don’t get any ideas.”

Watch the full broadcast below: READ FULL STORY

Ten years later, what are the most beloved movies from 2003? -- VOTE

If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you spent a portion of your meal talking about movies. It’s Oscar season, after all, and every favorite aunt, distant cousin, and annoying neighbor has an opinion — a strong opinion — on the year’s best movies. It’s a conversation that will only grow louder in the coming weeks, as the race’s final contenders open in theaters, year-end Top-10 lists take shape, and studios begin to jockey in earnest for nominations. At stake is nothing less than cinematic immortality: To win an Oscar for Best Picture or Best Actress or another major category can be the pinnacle of a career, securing a royal Hollywood title that will forever be part of one’s introduction: “Oscar-winning.”

If only Oscar always got it right.

It’s not the Academy’s fault, mind you. To be fair, its batting average isn’t bad. But it’s impossible, really, to identify true lasting greatness and cultural significance when the movies are metaphorically just out of the oven. Some movies catch a wave and ride it all the way to the ceremony. Others are revered, critical darlings — but then five years later, you realize you haven’t seen them since and have no desire to watch them again.

Over the years, actors such as Matt Damon have suggested the Academy would be better served by handing out its trophies 10 years later, rather than in the midst of cutthroat campaigning. “Like the way they do the Hall of Fame in Baseball,” he said in 2010. “They do it in five years, but if you did 10 years later … I think it would be much more honest.”

But it’s not just the politics of Oscar that can adversely impact what the industry deems “great.” More than anything, time is the ultimate arbiter. It does our hard work for us. No one cares today that Mean Streets didn’t receive even one Oscar nomination, or that Paul Newman and Robert Redford were overlooked for their performances in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Is there a more beloved movie from 1998 than The Big Lebowski, which took home a grand total of zero Oscar nominations?

Those films are undeniably and almost universally beloved, which I think is the key word. Films can be great and admired and not necessarily be beloved. As magical as the current crop of Oscar hopefuls is, they aren’t beloved — not yet. That takes time. What will Gravity be in 10 years? Will 12 Years a Slave still have its awesome visceral impact after it’s been seen a dozen times, and might Oz: The Great and Powerful join its iconic predecessor as a film that became an essential touchstone only after it became a television event? (It’s possible.)

Time will tell, but we can look back 10 years at the films of 2003 to see what movies from that year still have a hold on us. That was the year of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Mystic River, and Seabiscuit. Oddly enough, when I surveyed the writers of Entertainment Weekly in an informal poll to determine what movies from that year they’d want with them if they were stuck on a desert island, none of those three made the top 12 (though each got significant support.) Instead, the only Best Picture nominee that seemed to maintain its place in our collective hearts was Lost in Translation. Joining Sofia Coppola’s movie were, in alphabetical order: Bend It Like Beckham, Big Fish, Elf, Finding Nemo, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Kill Bill — Vol. 1, Love Actually, A Mighty Wind, Old School, School of Rock, and Shattered Glass.

One interesting takeaway from that eclectic list: comedies might perennially lose the Oscar battle, but they win the war, long-term. Apparently, the way to the audience’s heart starts at the funny bone.

At this point, you’re either waxing nostalgic about our 12 picks or typing an angry comment with lots of capped words and punctuation marks BECAUSE HOW IN THE H-E-DOUBLE-HOCKEY-STICKS DID YOU PEOPLE NOT MENTION PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL!!!!

Which is fine. In fact, we want to know your picks, too. What movies from 2003 still mean something to you? Which ones, in your not-so-humble opinion, are truly, timelessly great 10 years later? Which 10 films do you want on your desert island? Here’s that year’s Oscar list and here’s a list of what people paid the most to see, courtesy of IMDb and Box Office Mojo, respectively. We’ve included a long ballot of that year’s most notable releases in the poll below. Vote for 10 and comment on what we overlooked, so we can determine which films have stood the test of time. READ FULL STORY

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