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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Who’s up for another El Mariachi movie? Robert Rodriguez and Antonio Banderas definitely are. Also after the jump:

  • Could Channing Tatum or Emma Stone be in Dumb and Dumber To?
  • Steve Carell hasn’t seen a script yet for Anchorman 2
  • Jon M. Chu has things to say about G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Rob Zombie does not have plans for a Halloween 3
  • Robert Rodriguez is excited for Machete in Space
  • Check out the Into Darkness cover of Star Trek magazine
  • … and find out what old charater has resurfaced in Countdown to Darkness

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If we end up seeing a news report in Anchorman 2 about the damage done by metal thieves, this is the backstory.

Anyone who deals with slow-moving real estate or commercial property repairs knows that buildings can be big targets for thieves. Copper wire is very valuable, and since the economic downturn of ’08 empty homes, big commercial spaces and even civic infrastructure have frequently been targeted by thieves looking to grab wire or anything that could contain large quantities of the metal, such as air conditioning units. One organization estimates that annual damages from the crimes reach to $1 billion. In Atlanta, for example, phone, internet, and other services were knocked out to users in October of last year when a crew stole wire right off of utility poles.

The strangest victim of wire theft in recent days is the set of Anchorman 2. In late December what is believed to be a crew of several perpetrators broke into the Atlanta-area warehouse where the film is being prepped, and ripped away loads of wire — almost $300,000 worth.  Read More »

After the jump:

  • Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
  • Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
  • Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
  • Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
  • Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
  • Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
  • A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
  • Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you

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Briefly: Ron Burgundy is coming back in exactly one year from right now. Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the sequel to 2004’s cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, has just been given a prime holiday release date: December 20, 2013. That puts currently puts it up against the Tom Hanks Disney film Saving Mr. Banks, the star-studded, old-age Hangover film Last Vegas, the stage adaptation Walking with Dinosaurs and George Clooney’s drama, Monuments Men.

Tough competition for sure. But Ron Burgundy never backed down from a fight.

Directed by Adam McKay, Anchorman: The Legend Continues will start Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate. [Variety]

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 »

The sequel news today is partly theoretical, and partly oriented around 3D. After the break, find details on the following items:

  • Guillermo del Toro has toyed with a Pacific Rim sequel,
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation producer talks about that film’s late in the game 3D conversion,
  • It seems like Scream 5 isn’t happening any time soon, according to Wes Craven,
  • a Serenity cast member hopes for a sequel,
  • Anchorman 2 may shoot in March, says Judd Apatow,
  • and so could Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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This edition of Sequel Bits is all about the movie stars. After the jump:

  • Steve Carell thinks small for Brick in Anchorman 2
  • Hiccup and Toothless find a villain in Kit Harington
  • Andy Lau‘s kid makes him drop out of Iron Man 3
  • Jeff Daniels still wants to do Dumb and Dumber 2

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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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