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Will Ferrell volunteers to 'bite every German player' on behalf of the U.S. World Cup team

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When the U.S. men’s soccer team squares off against Germany today in the World Cup, Will Ferrell will not be in uniform. Actually, to be more accurate, he might be in uniform, but he will not be playing for Team USA.

To that, you may say, “What in the name of Jozy Altidore’s shredded hamstring are you talking about, you bandwagon-jumping doofus?”

Last night in Recife, Brazil, the site of today’s match, Ferrell was introduced as a late-addition player for the U.S. side. “I’m so honored to be playing tomorrow,” he told an enthusiastic crowd. “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not in the best shape. … [But] if the game gets close, I will bite the opponent. I will bite every German player if I have to.”

Watch the clip below, which includes a special appearance by Teddy Goalsevelt: READ FULL STORY

Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell, Matt Bomer, and more to present at Tony Awards

The 2014 Tony Awards — honoring the best in Broadway theater for the 68th time – has found its line-up.

Stars taking the stage at Radio City Music Hall and presenting at Broadway’s biggest celebration, hosted by Tony winner Hugh Jackman, include Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria Estefan, Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Emilio Estefan, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.

Theater fans will notice that the list features a handful of folks who are currently performing on Broadway (Meester, Braff, Branagh, McDonald, Drescher), as well as some stars who made their debuts this past season (Levi, Quinto) and others who will hit the stage later this year (Gyllenhaal, Cooper, Clarkson, and Gunn, to name a few). And of course, there’s Gloria Estefan, whose bio-musical On Your Feet! comes to Broadway in the fall of 2015, and Clint Eastwood, who directed the movie adaptation of Jersey Boys due in theaters this June.

The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Will Ferrell rocks out with Red Hot Chili Peppers on 'Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith could have been separated at birth: They’re both A+ drummers, and they look identical. Brother, Brother?

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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

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:

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

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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.

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'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

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