Sean Anders and John Morris, the writing team behind Hot Tub Time Machine, She’s Out Of My League and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, are in negotiations to rewrite and eventually direct Three Mississippi, a football comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Originally called Turkey Bowl, the film – which will be produced by Adam McKay – is about about rival families, lead by Ferrell and Wahlberg, who’ve played a very heated, neighborhood game of tackle football every year for 50 years. It’s also rumored to star Alec Baldwin, Rob Riggle and Jeremy Renner.
Anders and Morris are best known as a screenwriting duo but, Anders also directed Sex Drive (which the pair co-wrote) and the upcoming That’s My Boy with Adam Sandler. Read more about the film and the new team behind it after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:
- The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
- Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
- Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
- Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
- The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
- A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
- Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
- Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
- Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy
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Things escalated quickly Wednesday evening when Will Ferrell, I’m sorry, Ron Burgundy, took the stage on TBS’s Conan and announced that Paramount had greenlit Anchorman 2. Speculation ran rampant of who would return, what the story would entail and all that good stuff. We quickly found out Adam McKay will once again direct and also co-write with Ferrell, plus the male members (pun intended) of the news team had all signed to return: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. There is still no word, however, if the memorable characters played by Christina Applegate, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, and Vince Vaughn will reappear.
So far, that’s about it. And now Funny or Die has revealed this short video documenting Burgundy behind the scenes of the big announcement. It adds literally nothing to the discussion but would we have it any other way when the topic is Ron Burgundy? Read More »
After seemingly years of studio opposition, Anchorman 2 is finally becoming a reality. So said San Diego’s #1 news anchor, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), when he stopped by Conan Wednesday night to play some jazz flute and make the official announcement. Watch the video after the jump. Read More »
Reading the headline above you might think Will Ferrell and Todd Phillips finally came up with a movie to follow Old School. But this is something different. New Line has picked up the screen rights to Andrew Ferguson‘s book Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College, and will develop the Crazy U script as a potential star turn for Ferrell. Read More »
This weekend EW dropped a bunch of first-look official images from upcoming films. It’s a diverse crop, but three big debuts stood out: a shot of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the political campaign comedy The Campaign (once called Dog Fight), a space-suited Sharlto Copley in the indie The Europa Report, and the first official shot of Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat‘s Lawless, formerly known as The Wettest County in the World, and The Wettest County.
Check out all those pics below, along with an on-set snap of Russell Crowe costumed as Police Inspector Javert in Tom Hooper‘s new adaptation of Les Miserables. Read More »
We all have our favorite “so bad they’re good” movies. They’re films with poorly written scripts and terrible performances, but huge entertainment value due to, or in spite of, near-total incompetence. Casa de mi Padre, Will Ferrell‘s Spanish-language comedy, was conceived and executed to be one of those films. It’s filled with totally self-aware mistakes in editing and production design. It has wooden performances and crappy dialogue. The idea was those gags, coupled with the fact that everyone is speaking Spanish, should be funny.
What Ferrell, director Matt Piedmont and writer Andrew Steele neglected to realize, though, is the reason “so bad they’re good” films usually gain that moniker is that the filmmakers crafted every moment with the best intentions… they just failed miserably. The Casa de mi Padre team is making a bad movie on purpose so those “best intentions” aren’t there. That, in turn, sucks the heart out of the film. As a result, it just lays on the screen lingering in mediocrity. And there are no “so mediocre they’re good” movies. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Compared to that other comedy opening next weekend, Jonah Hill’s 21 Jump Street, Will Ferrell‘s telenovela-inspired Casa de mi Padre has gone pretty light on the marketing. All Casa de mi Padre has put out so far are a couple of brief teasers and a single full-length trailer released back in January. But what we have seen suggests a certain absurd tone, halfway between earnest homage and tongue-in-cheek parody, that looks very funny indeed. This new music video featuring Ferrell’s vocal stylings — en Español, por supuesto — is no exception. Watch the video after the jump.
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