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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are living in the past. The modern TV “event series” has its roots in, well, Roots, and other mini-series adaptations of popular epic fiction. The late ’70s and early ’80s saw a rash of highly-touted adaptations of historical novels and family sagas, with the runaway success of Roots followed by Jesus of Nazareth, Shogun, The Thorn Birds, The Winds of War, and many more.

The basic format has changed little today — you’ll still see mini-series novel adaptations with a high-profile cast and a budget that outstrips some television. but there’s a way of advertising these events that has changed a little bit.

For their IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon, Ferrell and McKay are taking aim at those TV events, and they’ve appropriated the old ’80s ad style to go along with it. Or a comic version of it, at least. I don’t know if this will work on people under 30, but anyone who was watching TV in the late ’70s and early ’80s will chuckle at this spot. (The series features Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment, but none of them show up in this teaser, just warning.) Read More »

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As Anchorman: The Legend Continues enters production in Atlanta, it’s been adding new cast members left and right. The newest arrivals today are Meagan Good and Dylan Baker, who join franchise newcomers Kristin Wiig and James Marsden. John C. Reilly is also rumored for a cameo, though the production is staying mum on that one.

But while the new characters might get to do new and exciting things, returning star Steve Carell says his hope for Brick is that nothing will have changed. “He will not evolve,” he told Jay Leno last night. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Stay classy, New York City? Director Adam McKay reveals that Anchorman: The Legend Continues will take the Channel 4 News Team to the Big Apple. Also after the jump:

  • Jason Clarke comments very briefly about his Apes character
  • Rooney Mara “definitely” wants to do the Dragon Tattoo sequel
  • Super Troopers 2 will “hopefully” shoot sometime this year
  • Looks like a second Star Trek Into Darkness trailer is coming soon
  • Producer Eli Roth is “very proud” of The Last Exorcism Part II
  • Speaking of, check out the film’s terrifying beauty shop prank
  • Paranormal Activity 5 might have special ghosts for 3D glasses

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The one downside to Paramount’s decision to move ahead with Anchorman: The Legend Continues was that it shut down progress on Step Brothers 2, but it looks like we’ll still get to see the dim duo reunite in the near future. John C. Reilly has boarded the cast of Anchorman, joining new actors Kristen Wiig and James Marsden. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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 »

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 »

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