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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For high school seniors, college admissions board members can seem almost godlike in their power over the futures. From the time the kids send in their application to the time they hear back, the fate of the world seems to rest in the schools’ hands.* But as the new trailer for Admission shows, the process isn’t always a pleasant one for the folks on the other end, either.

In the new film by Paul Weitz, Tina Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer who takes a recruiting trip to an unusual school run by her former college classmate Paul Rudd. It turns into a potentially life-changing event when she crosses paths with a boy (Nat Wolff) who may or may not be the son she gave up long ago. Watch the video after the jump.

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With the likes of Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, and Melissa McCarthy in supporting roles, Judd Apatow‘s This is 40 is positively overflowing with hot comedic talents. But the film features some more established comic players as well, including Robert Smigel.

During what must’ve been a slow day on set, Smigel decided to bring along his old pal Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to mingle with the cast and crew, specifically Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, John Lithgow, and Megan Fox. The results are predictably entertaining and just a little bit painful. Watch the video after the jump.

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One can only guess how the horribly mismatched Ben and Alison from Knocked Up are faring these days, but in just a few weeks we’ll get to see how their pals Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are dealing with being on the cusp of middle age. Universal has just dropped a new red-band trailer for Judd Apatow‘s This is 40, which picks back up with the bickering marrieds five years after we last saw them.

A few things have changed: Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl are nowhere to be seen, Maude Apatow has grown from cute kid to angsty teen, and Albert Brooks, John LithgowMegan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, and Lena Dunham are joining in on the fun this time around. The winning blend of cozy sentiment and inappropriate humor, however, remains much the same. Watch the somewhat NSFW trailer after the jump. (And yes, smartasses, the “favorite movie blog” I’m referencing in the headline is /Film.)

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Let’s just cut to the chase: there’s a bit in this red-band featurette explaining Judd Apatow‘s new film This is 40 where Leslie Mann fondles Megan Fox. That happens at about the 2:45 mark. So just go watch that, and then get back to me. I’ll wait.

OK, so this is a good attempt by Apatow, Mann, and Paul Rudd to ground the film and both put it in the context of Knocked Up (Mann and Rudd reprise their roles from that film) and position the story as a coming of middle-age tale that has something for all of us. In that respect, it does a better job for me than either of the trailers have in the past. The trailers played up a “this is the story of everyone” angle while depicting something that doesn’t look like the lives of many people at all. This plays more like a means to explain specifically who these characters are rather than making them out to be representations of everyone. And in doing so, the actual broad appeal of the material comes across with more clarity.

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Tina Fey built her career on the fast-paced comedy of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, but with the latter almost at an end it’s time for her to move on to the next phase. If the trailer for Paul Weitz‘s Admission for any indication, that may just end up being movie stardom. Perhaps even as something of a dramatic actor.

Although Admission is billed as a dramatic comedy, it represents a more serious turn than anything we’ve seen from Fey before. Fey plays Portia, a Princeton admissions officer who’s forced to confront a painful secret during what initially appears to be a routine recruiting trip. Paul Rudd also stars, as a former classmate of Portia’s who harbors a crush on her, and Nat Wolff plays a teenager who may have ties to her past. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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When Judd Apatow announced that his fourth feature film, eventually called This Is 40, would star Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the same roles they played in Knocked Up, it created more questions than it answered. If this film is set in that universe, would Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl return? What about the rest of Apatow’s players, actors like Jason Segel, Martin Starr and Jay Baruchel? And if they didn’t, would those characters be referenced in the movie?

The answer to most of those questions is “no.” In This is 40, while Segel returns (along with Charlyne Yi), neither character acknowledges their previous relationships to Pete, Debbie and their daughters in Knocked Up. No one else from Knocked Up cameos and outside of one throwaway line of dialogue, the existance of that movie is largely ignored.

In a new interview, Apatow admitted he filmed more references to his previous film, but eventually cut them out. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

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