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Anchorman 2: Channel 4 News Team set to Reassmble

28 Mar

‘Ron Burgundy’ stops by Conan to play the jazz flute, and announce that the sought after Anchorman sequel is a go

Will Ferrell, er, ‘Ron Burgundy’ stopped by Conan tonight to insult the lanky, red-headed host, and dropped a breaking news bulletin that the very-much-sought-after sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is indeed a go. In the clip below, which was leaked hours before the talk show’s airing, the well-groomed newsman came out playing a little jazz flute, mocked Conan’s personal appearance, praised sidekick Andy Richter’s mojo, and dropped the sequel nugget that made fans and Facebook all aflutter.

While appearing solo and with no mention of the rest of the cast, Deadline.com announced earlier that the film was on, and will be returning stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner, to round out the supporting cast. No word on whether Christina Applegate will return as love interest ‘Veronica Corningstone’, but details are still few, and if proper sequel etiquette stays in tact, there will probably be a new leading lady to capture ‘Burgundy’s’ heart.

Now, what will the film be like? Again, no word yet, but a 2011 article quoted Ferrell as saying executives at Paramount were “being idiots” for passing on the idea of shooting a sequel, and if there’s any truth to the rumor that the new film was to be set on a moon base in space, I kinda don’t blame the studio. However, it begs the question, what movie sequel formula will the new ‘Anchorman’ follow? Here’s a suggested list:

-Take it where the last movie left off, and set it in the high-powered 80’s
-Set it in the NOW, and call it ‘Grumpy Old Anchormen’
-Pull an Austin Powers 2 and add a time-travel element
-Pull a Caddyshack 2 and have the news team open up a miniature golf course
-Pull a ‘Baywatch Nights’ and have the news team open up a paranormal detective agency
-Or, (sigh)….set the whole thing in space

Whatever they do, they probably shouldn’t mess with the formula too much. People loved the characters because of the element we found them in, and the whole movie was basically a rip on the gloriously gaudy decade of the 70’s (Ron Burgundy making ‘rich mahogany’ jokes in any other setting just wouldn’t feel as apropos). So, my suggestion, set it in the 80’s, push the sleeves up on your blazers, and have fresh take on a new decade that is just rife with comedy/parody. Only time will tell, but until then, stay classy Moon Base Number 4 (see, that just doesn’t sound right!….).

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In Theaters This Weekend: Holiday movie season FINALLY arrives!

17 Dec

We’ve been waiting patiently all November and December for the studios to start releasing their big holiday movie season blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls, and after what seems like an eternity of stringing us along with one big movie a week (or none at all), it’s finally here, and a hotly anticipated sequel is leading the pack.

TRON: Legacy, the follow-up to 1982’s underachiever-turned-cult-hit TRON, is blazing a light-bike trail into theaters, and the video game based movie is expected to rake it in this Christmas season. Riding high on nostalgia, when this sequel was announced, all the fan-boy sites lit up with excitement, and the finished product looks pretty sharp, looking like they actually got a budget for special effects this time, and rolling out in 3D, no less. Starring Garrett Hedlund and the stunning Olivia Wilde, with Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitnner reprising their roles, the only way this movie is going to suck is if they load up on CGI and nostalgia, and completely forget to write an interesting script, which surprisingly happens more often than you think…

The Fighter opens this weekend as well, and it’s making a strong case for Oscar contention. The true story of Boston boxer Micky Ward (played by Boston actor Mark Wahlberg), and his junkie brother and former boxer himself (played by Christian Bale), is the centerpiece here, and it’s the struggle between knowing when to fight for your family, and when to fight for yourself that’s going to carry this one into Oscar season. Now don’t get us wrong – if you think you’re going to see any acting better than Christian Bale this year, you’re wrong; he’s going to run away with this one. But the movie as a whole just doesn’t strike us as the same caliber as a Rocky or Raging Bull. Bale is a heavyweight here, but the rest of this movie should just throw in the towel.

Also opening up is something for the date-night set, and on paper, this looks great. Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson, in a James L. Brooks romantic comedy that deals with a couple sticky situations? Perfect, right? But then you actually take a look at the movie, How Do You Know, and ‘sticky’ becomes the best adjective you can find. Wilson, a professional baseball player, and Witherspoon, a former softball player, live together until she finally has it with his fear of commitment. Old friend Paul Rudd just so happens to be around when she walks out and tries to capitalize on her newly single status, but oh wait, didn’t you forget you were in the middle of a federal indictment that your dad Jack Nicholson keeps trying to tell you about but you keep running away so you don’t have to hear it? Doesn’t really make you seem like boyfriend material. This movie could be an easy way to kill a couple of hours and make your girlfriend happy, but all in all it can’t possibly stack up to the sum of its parts.

And last, and certainly most least, is Yogi Bear the movie, a mix of live action and 3D animation that is sure to provide the worst jokes and most groan-worthy moments of 2010. With Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi, an unrecognizable Justin Timberlake as the voice of Boo Boo, and Tom Cavanaugh as a completely neutered Ranger Smith, none of the talents are used to their best potential. Cavanaugh can’t display his edgy wit, Timberlake’s voice is so manipulated that he might as well not even be in the movie, and let’s face it, Aykroyd hasn’t been funny since the first Ghostbusters. If you have kids, I can’t fault you for going to see this if they’re begging you, but for God’s sake, if you actually check this out on your own, you need to get your head checked.

In limited release: Casino Jack, the Jack Abramoff story starring Kevin Spacey as the sleazeball lobbyist is hitting select markets this weekend, and so is Rabbit Hole, based off a play about a marriage turned upside down after the death of a child, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Whew, that’s a lot of movies. At least you know that now the studios are serious about the holiday season. Can’t wait to see what’s next…

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