For years, director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell had said Paramount wasn’t interested in making a sequel to their cult 2004 hit Anchorman and fans had all but given up hope. Then, a few weeks ago, Ron Burgundy showed up seemingly out of nowhere and announced Anchorman 2 was finally happening. After the initial shock and excitement subsided the questions turned to logistics. Who would return and what changed behind the scenes? The first question was quickly answered, the entire supporting cast (save for Christina Applegate, more on her later) had already committed and now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McKay explains what changed and why the sequel was so hard to push through. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

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‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ Trailer

Most days, I love my job. Other days, I’m forced to watch the trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Yep, the squeaky-voiced CGI hellions are back for a third installment of their regrettably successful film franchise. Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney return as the Chipmunks, along with Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, and Amy Poehler as the Chipettes and Jason Lee and David Cross as human beings. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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A lot of the reviews I’ve read of this fall’s new series seem to keep returning to the same theme: television comedy is making a comeback. That’s definitely the case in this edition of TV Bits, which includes news about the cancellation of NBC’s much-hyped drama The Playboy Club, and new sitcoms for AMC and Fox. Hit the jump for more.

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Movie Trailer: ‘Hall Pass’

Peter and Bobby Farrelly have returned with a new comedy, Hall Pass. The title refers to the pass that is given to characters played by Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis by their wives. They get one week of free play (with other women) with no consequences. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

Going The Distance Pushed Back to September

Warner Bros has informed us that Going The Distance has changed release dates to September 3rd 2010 from August 27th 2010. In making the announcement, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution stated, “Moving to the Labor Day weekend not only allows us to take advantage of the long holiday weekend, but gives us some distance from the other female-driven films releasing in August. Additionally, we have an opportunity to build more awareness and word-of-mouth for a movie we believe has strong appeal for a broad audience.”

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Going the Distance

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On The Ropes, American Teen) makes her narrative feature film debut with the romantic comedy Going the Distance. The raunchy screenplay placed highly on the Black List, but it appears to have been tamed into a generic mainstream romcom starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston and Charlie Day.

An Academy Award nominated director that we’ve championed on /Film in the past…

… a screenplay voted one of the best unproduced scripts by industry insiders…

… and this is the trailer?

Really? Lets hope the movie has something better to offer.

Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Christina Applegate (Anchorman), Alyssa Milano (“My Name is Earl”), Larry Campbell (Wedding Crashers) and Vanessa Angel (Kingpin) are the latest batch of actors and actresses to be announced for the Farrelly Brothers‘ comedy Hall Pass, which began shooting this week in Atlanta. (With Atlanta standing in for New England.) They join the already announced cast of Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Amanda Bynes, Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove.

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First Look: The Rocker

The Rocker PosterOur friends at FilmSchoolRejects has a first look at Rainn Wilson in the upcoming Fox Atomic film The Rocker. Too bad the movie is gonna suck. I recently came across two reader submitted test screening reviews of the film, and sadly, prospects don’t look good:

This review is from “Ralphie”:

“Not very good. Think of it this way, it was School of Rock with the story of Kickin’ it Old Skool’. The beginning of it seemed so promising and then turned into a horribly plot comeback movie. Rainn Wilson had the Dwight, from the office, comedy but it seemed to show up the wrong places. Christina Applegate is seen about 10 minutes in the whole movie, and of course she plays the love interest in the movie with Rain Wilson but the plot completely fails in showing any of the relationship growing in between them. Rainn Wilson has a few one liners and there were 1 or 2 funny scenes but that is all to be expected out of this movie. If you dont get to see this movie you are seriously not missing out on anything.”

This review is from “Old Blue”:

“It has a few funny moments, almost not enough to really call a comedy. This was basically a little kid movie. and the plot was like nearly straight out of school of rock, but minus the school. Will Arnett plays the singer of the 80s band and hes kick ass, but there arent too many high points about the film. through the movie there are like 2 love interest lines and none of them are developed, the movie almost lacks focus. while its definitely a come back story for rainn wilson there is little else that drives the plot and every bump in the road is a very minor one. Also the kid appears to be a metal fan but writes these lame post punk, pop/emo songs. I mean for that kind of stuff the music wasn’t really that bad. But the band opposes 80s hair metal and i dont know, seems very mis matched. A movie for like 13 year olds.”

Official Plot Synopsis: The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert “Fish” Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n’ roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew’s high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he’s always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives. Also staring Christina Applegate, Emma Stone, Teddy Geiger and Josh Gad.

The Rocker will hit theaters in 2008.

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