Back in 2013, word broke of a film focused on the partnership of filmmaker Russ Meyer and film critic Roger Ebert. That film, Russ & Roger Go Beyond, later attracted Will Ferrell and Josh Gad in the lead roles, with Sing Street filmmaker John Carney hired to direct. The film was very close to beginning production, and then the plug was pulled. And now we know why.
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Netflix has just snagged one of the biggest names in comedy to star in one of the streaming service’s original films. Will Ferrell, the triple threat actor/writer/producer of Hollywood comedies like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, will co-write and star in a new movie called Eurovision, which is about an internationally popular music competition show. Read more about the upcoming Eurovision movie below. Read More »
In this round-up of TV Bits:
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will end with season four
- The Good Fight on CBS All Access will get a third season
- Tim Allen’s canceled Last Man Standing could get revived
- A Lost in Space featurette goes behind the scenes of the series
- Timeless is again close to being canceled
- AMC’s new series Dietland gets a new trailer
- Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon are back as Cord & Tish
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If there’s one director who takes audio commentaries to a whole other level, it’s Adam McKay. The Academy Award-nominated director has a commentary that’s a musical scored by Jon Brion (Punch-Drunk Love), one set in the year 2031, and another with a series of arguments and feuds that end with Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate feeling slighted. Few directors bring this degree of imagination to their bonus features.
I can’t recommend enough doing what the director believes only .01% of the population does: listen to these tracks. At times they’re about as funny as the movies themselves, which often go almost completely undiscussed by everybody participating. Next to nothing is revealed, but you do get a crystal clear idea of the sensibility and mind behind the work. The nonstop jokes are as strange and inventive as the gags in Anchorman, The Other Guys, and the rest of the filmmaker’s work.
All four of the Adam McKay audio commentaries recommended below can’t be spoken of highly enough.
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Even though Will Ferrell is one of the most popular Saturday Night Live cast members in recent memory, he’s only returned to host three times before. But this past weekend he came back to Studio 8H for his fourth time as host, and the Step Brothers and Anchorman star reminded us why he’s one of the best cast members to ever come out of Saturday Night Live.
Let’s run through the best and worst sketches from the Will Ferrell hosted Saturday Night Live below.
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Will Ferrell is easily one of the most revered and beloved Saturday Night Live cast members of all time. The improv comedian joined the cast of SNL back in 1995 at a time when the series was struggling to fill the void left by departed cast members in the early 1990s. Though he wasn’t an instant star, he was one of several new cast members who ushered in another favorite era of SNL, creating several now-classic characters and sketches. But there’s one incredible sketch that never made it to air featuring a hilarious Will Ferrell character that you need to watch immediately.
In October of 2001, Will Ferrell starred in a sketch that was cut from the live show as an Old Prospector who was inexplicably part of a modern military unit being deployed to Afghanistan, and it’s positively magnificent. You might have seen it on SNL‘s “Best of Will Ferrell” home video release, but this is the first time it’s been made officially available online. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch Will Ferrell‘s auditioning tape when he was just a comedian trying out for a spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Plus, learn about the art of production design from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and see how visual effects were employed to make multiple versions of Noomi Rapace in the sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?. Read More »
This weekend brings the first new Saturday Night Live of 2018 with Golden Globe winner Sam Rockwell making his hosting debut. The show must have known he would be raking in awards for his turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, because they booked him before he even started taking home trophies. Either that or they just realized that Sam Rockwell has needed to host for awhile.
Anyway, Sam Rockwell isn’t the only talent coming to Studio 8H to host one of the first episodes of 2018. NBC has announced that Molly’s Game star Jessica Chastain will be making her hosting debut, and a certain fan favorite cast member will be returning to host again.
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After counting down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions ring in the New Year by tuning into the Rose Parade. Established in 1890, the parade is held in Pasadena, California and features tons of flower-covered, floats, marching bands, horses, and sponsored hype for the Rose Bowl college football tournament game that follows. But this year, the Rose Parade will be spiced up a bit thanks to hosts Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan.
If you don’t know those names, you’re not alone. That’s because they’re fictional TV personalities who will be played by Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon in a collaboration between Amazon and Funny or Die that will cover the 2018 Rose Parade as it stream lives to Amazon Prime Video subscribers on New Year’s Day. Find out more about Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon hosting the 2018 Rose Parade below. Read More »
Because we can’t have nice things, we’ve been given a Daddy’s Home sequel, but Step Brothers 2 is nowhere to be found. While we may someday be blessed with a Step Brothers sequel, the follow-up to the 2008 cult hit comedy is currently little more than an unrealized dream. To rub salt in the wound, Step Brothers co-star Will Ferrell recently revealed the potential Step Brothers 2 would have been about.
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