Adam McKay Anchorman

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 »

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When the first Anchorman hit theaters, we were smack in the middle of the ’00s. Lost and Veronica Mars had yet to hit the airwaves. The Janet Jackson Super Bowl controversy was still kind of a thing. John Kerry looked like a viable option for the presidency. It was a crazy time.

But times have changed for us since then, and so, too, have they for the Channel 4 news team. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues sees Ron (Will Ferrell), Brian (Paul Rudd), Champ (David Koechner) and Brick (Steve Carell) running headfirst into the ’80s and facing the new challenges that come it. Among those are diversity in the workplace (as represented by Meagan Good) and the 24-hour news cycle (as represented by Dylan Baker). Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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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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Fans of NBC’s Thursday night lineup will want to keep a close eye on TV news in the coming days, as the network is nearing a seventh season renewal for 30 Rock. As for geek favorites Community and Parks & Recreation, let’s just say the latter seems to have a better shot of coming back than the former. Also after the jump…

  • NBC picks up 1600 Penn and Animal Practice
  • USA’s Political Animals picks up Dylan Baker
  • A synopsis for Game of Thrones‘ Season 2 finale
  • TRON: Uprising and Once Upon a Time producers take fan questions

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Rhys Ifans Will Play the Lizard in ‘Spider-Man’

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Well, Dylan Baker got screwed. After patiently doing very little in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies as Dr. Curt Connors, a part which was slowly setting up Mr. Baker for a villainous (or dangerous) turn as The Lizard, the actor now has to watch someone else play the role he built. Read More »

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The Trick’r Treat special screenings continue, as do the Q&As with director Michael Dougherty. At last night’s presentation at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, the director was joined by Dylan Baker. Amidst the slew of reportedly dull and dumb questions, two things of note became clear. One: somebody in the audience was thinking that Baker looks like William H. Macy; and two: Baker is coming back for another go around in the Spider-Man film franchise.

You may recall that he appeared in the most recent two Spider-Man films as Dr. Curt Connors, the man who – as per the comics at least – is fated to turn into Spidey’s scaly foe, The Lizard.

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Update: Buzz continues to build as the film just won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.

I like how Todd Solondz talks. In the below featurette—ideal for a Saturday afternoon in both length and Puerto Rico palm casualness—the writer/director of Welcome to the Dollhouse discusses his new film, Life During Wartime. Yep, titled after the Talking Heads’ classic. You may or may not know that Wartime is being cited in early reviews as a return to form for Solondz, the rare American director who is unwaveringly committed to exploring the fringes and norms of society.

There was a time in the mid ’90s when I actually confused Solondz and Wes Anderson, due to their media-buzz indie predilection and similar disheveled nerd-artist appearances. Funny that in 2009, that seems like such an odd and off mix-up. Perhaps tellingly so. Wartime stars Paul Reubens, in sickly make-up, the swell Allison Janney, a dour-looking Ally Sheedy, and Little Boston’s Paul Dano, and finds Solondz revisiting and reimagining several characters from his controversial pedophile study Happiness, in addition to ones from Dollhouse. Variety has called it Solondz’s best.
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Trick ‘r Treat HD Movie Trailer

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It still blows my mind that Mike Dougherty‘s Trick ‘r Treat is not being given a major theatrical release this October. Instead the flick, possibly the most praised horror movie of the last decade, will hit DVD on October 6th, with a few limited engagements likely placed in the bags of lucky cities. A new trailer in HD is below. It’s a nicely edited fever pitch of crisp and creepy holiday atmospherics, and avoids spoiling the five interwoven tales that make up its anthology a la the Creepshow classics and Waxwork non-classics.

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