The director of films such as Anchorman and Step Brothers is taking a step in a slightly new direction. Next up for Adam McKay: directing The Big Short, based on the book by Michael Lewis. (Lewis also wrote books such as Moneyball and The Blind Side.) McKay will also script. Brad Pitt’s company Plan B is producing and Paramount will release the film.
But this is not the same sort of comedy McKay is known for. The full title of the book is The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, and it covers “the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s.” Read More »
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Want an Anchorman 3? Don’t hold your breath. Friday, when the extended/alternate cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hits select screens, will be the last time Will Ferrell’s trademark Ron Burgundy’s mustache will grace movie theaters. Writer/director Adam McKay says there will never be an Anchorman 3. Read his full quote below. Read More »
Anchorman 2 hit theaters at the end of last year, and it will soon be back in cinemas in a completely different cut assembled from alternate takes. But that’s not the end of the Anchorman 2 variant offerings: the Blu-ray release will feature three versions of the film. In addition to the original theatrical release and the second cut coming soon, the disc features an unrated version of the film. There will also be hours of bonus footage, including a reported 90 minutes of additional alternate takes. So that’s nearly four versions of Anchorman 2, which means that at least one poor editor probably lost his mind trying to make sense of it all.
The blu specs are after the break. Read More »
Two of the biggest stars in the world are attached. A high-profile comedy director wants to make it his next film. There’s just one thing in the way – that pesky script. That seems to be the case with Uptown Saturday Night, a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier film starring Poitier and Bill Cosby. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) wants to make the film his next movie, and he’s got Will Smith and Denzel Washington set to play the lead roles. Now, in hopes to jump start the project to film next year, Warner Bros. has hired Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to rewrite the script. Read More »
There’s one major downside to the way Adam McKay and Will Ferrell make movies. Eventually, they have to go through the footage and pick out one joke for any given moment. When making a film like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the director and star shoot so much footage that, once they finally made it into the editing room, the difficult work finally began.
Back in October, a group of journalists visited the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood and met with McKay and his editor Brent White while they were still working on the film. During our discussion we learned how long the initial cut was, about that rumored second version of movie, the test screening process, and how Seth Rogen almost ruined the film in post-production. We heard of an alternate ending and musical numbers, and saw two hilarious scenes from the December 20 release.
Below, read about all that and more as I present 12 fun facts from a visit to the edit bay of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Read More »
While the mainstream is fetishizing the ’90s, a crew is still looking back at the forgotten corners of ’80s pop culture. IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon is from exec producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. (Steele and Piedmont wrote.) It is designed as a spoof of ’80s event television, and skewers stuff like The Thorn Birds; beach lit stories that, in their small-screen incarnations, are forgotten by most people who weren’t around to watch them the first time.
The series is about the Morehouse oil tycoon family, with Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig among the leads. (Jessica Alba, Jelly Howie, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, and Steve Tom also show up.) Below, watch a trailer in which Maguire narrates a brief history of the family, culminating with the ominous memory of the Morehouse son Winston. Read More »
Back in May, a group of journalists hopped in a van and were driven to Sea World in San Diego, CA to visit the final day of shooting Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It was a day for the ages, filled with some of the biggest laughs I’ve ever had, and you can read about it here. During the quieter moments, we spoke with co-writer and director Adam McKay as well as star and co-writer Will Ferrell.
Below, you can read the full transcript of the on-set discussion with McKay, which reads like a master class in staying cool under pressure when directing one of the biggest comedies of the year. Read More »
Ron Burgundy is back and this time he’s fighting a dolphin. At least that’s what happens at the beginning of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The film begins with Burgundy back on the bottom. He somehow lost the national anchor job he landed at the end of the first film, and is working at San Diego’s SeaWorld. Drunk, belligerent and confrontational, the former anchorman introduces the 3:20 dolphin show and things get so bad, he ends up jawing back and forth with a dolphin.
For Ron, the person, this is terrible. But for Ron, the character, it’s great. After nine years away, star Will Ferrell’s most iconic character is back on the big screen December 20. But on May 24, 2013, we were lucky enough to be on location at SeaWorld in San Diego, CA for the final day of filming Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Below, read about how this wacky scene develops including some of the most hilarious improvs you’ll ever read. Read More »
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