For his next trick, Ron Burgundy will go one and one with Cyclops. James Marsden, who played the X-Men leader in the first three films, and was once Liz Lemon’s love interest on 30 Rock, has just been cast as a rival anchor to the News Team in Adam McKay‘s Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

Scheduled for release December 20, the highly-anticipated sequel begins filming next month in Atlanta. It stars Will FerrellPaul RuddSteve CarellDavid Koechner, Kristen Wiig and Christina Applegate. Read More »

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Kristen Wiig Joins ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’

With Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate in the lead roles, plus a slew of their famous friends in supporting and cameo parts, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy certainly had no shortage of big comic talents. But in typical sequel fashion, Anchorman: The Legend Continues plans to go even bigger with a veritable “murderer’s row of day players,” according to co-writer/director Adam McKay. Now, he seems to be making good on that promise as Kristen Wiig becomes the cast’s first fresh face.

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Funny or Die is getting serious about its movie work. The humor website, which was launched by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy, forayed into the world of features last year with Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. Now it’s looking to stay there, teaming with producer Scott Steindorff and his Scott Pictures for a multi-year partnership. Under the agreement, Funny or Die will aim to put out two or three movies per year. More details after the jump.

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Even if only its principal actors returned, Anchorman: The Legend Continues has an incredibly star-studded cast. Three members of The News Team are legitimate above the title stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. The others, David Koechner and Christina Applegate, are no slouches themselves. But when co-writer and director Adam McKay promised a “murder’s row of day players” in the film, the mind began to race and now the first name may have been revealed.

Bridesmaids‘ star Kristen Wiig has reportedly been approached for a role in the late 2013 release and it sounds particularly fun. Read about it after the jump. Read More »

Anchorman fans know two things for certain. Ron Burgundy is coming back and he and his news team have lovely voices. Who could forget Ron, Brian, Champ and Brick’s rousing rendition of Afternoon Delight in the 2004 hit? Well, according to co-writer and director Adam McKay, there will be more of that in the sequel.

In a new interview, McKay confirmed that they’ve already written full musical numbers for Anchorman 2, which starts shooting in the Spring, and that they’re bringing in “a murderers’ row of day players” to rival the cameos in the first film.

He also discussed Step Brothers, which was rumored to have a sequel of its own, as well as related a rap album. McKay said the sequel was in the works and is still possible, but was put on hold due to Anchorman 2. The rap album, however, fell apart. Read details on all of this after the jump. Read More »

Some might find it hard to believe that five years ago, the phrase “Boats and Hoes” was not part of the popular vernacular. The 2008 comedy Step Brothers changed all that. Directed by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, Step Brothers became the definitive comedy of a generation. Okay, not really. For most of us, Step Brothers is simply a funny, enjoyable comedy. But for others, it has, in fact, become a wildly popular film that’s relentlessly quoted, turned into memes, gifs, soundboards, t-shirts and more.

To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the film, because why not, Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA is opening a massive exhibit of Step Brothers themed art August 31. It’ll be on dispaly thorugh September 22 but, after the jump, you can see a bunch of the work right now. Read More »

With his film The Other Guys, Anchorman and Talladega Nights director Adam McKay expanded his ability for staging physical comedy to staging all-out action. From there, he was interested in adapting The Boys, a comic series penned by Garth Ennis in which a super-powered CIA squad acts as a sort of enforcement unit overseeing the world’s reckless superheroes.

The film was moving forward at Columbia for a while, but the studio passed and it looked like The Boys was going to remain on the page. But McKay recently suggested otherwise, and that Paramount might end up making the film. Read More »

Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:

  • Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
  • Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
  • Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
  • Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
  • Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
  • Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
  • Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
  • Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters

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