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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

'Anchorman 2' stars bring some 'Afternoon Delight' to Australia -- VIDEO


Here’s something to make your afternoon delightful.

The KVWN Channel 4 News team — otherwise known as Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner — reprised their a cappella rendition of the Starland Vocal Band’s 1976 hit “Afternoon Delight” from the first Anchorman film for the Sydney Premiere of the upcoming sequel. And it is awesome. Luckily, it was all caught on film because, as Ferrell says in the beginning of the clip, they are only going to do it once. Those lucky Aussies. (Except for that one time they also re-created the number at last week’s live Anchorman script reading!)

Check out the performance below:

'Anchorman' live reading, on the scene: Ron Burgundy, philanthropist?


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?”


Emerson College to name school after Ron Burgundy for one day

It’s kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication.

The college in Boston will rename the school – for one day only – the Ron Burgundy School of Communication on Dec. 4 to honor the fictitious television anchorman. READ FULL STORY

Those Ron Burgundy Dodge Durango commercials actually sell cars -- don't act like you're not impressed

Who knew a roomy glove compartment could sell cars? Well, it probably has more to do with the car salesman, who in the case of some recent Dodge Durango commercials, is none other than Will Ferrell’s wonderfully quotable Anchorman character Ron Burgundy. EW spoke with the ad agency and the Funny or Die team about the creative process behind those silly ads (and the 70 or so additional filmed spots) last month. But aside from going viral and generating buzz for the Dec. 20 release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Ron Burgundy has also managed to actually sell a whole lot of Dodge Durangos.

Sales of the SUV for October increased by a staggering 59%, according to Chrysler Group data. (Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes first reported the news.) The Ron Burgundy spots debuted at the beginning of last month. Overall, Chrysler group is also reporting an 11% increase compared to Oct. 2012. Could the narcissistic man with the mustache have anything to do with it? “Durango sales have been very strong this year, and the Ron Burgundy Durango ads are absolutely building on that momentum as we launch into sales of the new 2014 model,” according to the Chrysler Group,”We’ve seen almost an 80 percent increase in Web traffic alone since the campaign launched.”

New Ben & Jerry's flavor is Ron Burgundy-approved

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.”

The dessert is just one of the many celebrity flavors from Ben & Jerry’s, following Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt and the infamous Schweddy Balls flavor, just to name a few.

Here's how those 70 Ron Burgundy Dodge Durango ads were made


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

Jimmy Fallon isn't the only one: Watch the 'SNL' cast break character -- VIDEO

Think Jimmy Fallon was the only Saturday Night Live cast member to break out into laughter during skits? Think again. Over the years, everyone from Will Ferrell to Adam Sandler to Kristen Wiig to Fred Armisen have cracked a smile or two. Does it ruin the illusion? Eh, for about a second. Frankly it’s just nice to see that comedians are humans too: Even they can’t always keep a straight face.

Check out this nifty little video which compiles some of the best scene corpsing from SNL‘s going-on-thirty-nine-years: READ FULL STORY

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