Fans of Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy return in 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues' might still count themselves surprised a sequel finally got of the ground, but could the same brand of humor land on TV? NBC wants to put a man on the moon with a new 'Anchorman'-style comedy about the 1962 space race, direct from Ferrell and director Adam McKay themselves!
There are a handful of extremely funny, laugh-out-loud moments in 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.' One happens early – the reveal that David Koechner now runs a cut-rate fast-food joint that saves money by serving fried bats (or, as he calls it, “chicken of the cave"). Another is a retread from the first film – a battle royale of news teams from various networks, but this time even more extreme. There's also great humor in what I suppose passes for “the point” of this movie – that lowest common denominator attitudes like those of Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy are what inadvertently invented the cesspool of modern cable news.
Of course, what you will find funny is entirely dependent on your own taste, but these highlighted scenes (and several others, I must point out) really landed with me. It struck me later, as I was trying to piece together why the movie felt about six hours long, that these moments were all dependent on gags that could not have been ad-libbed. Ferrell, Koechner, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and the rest of the gang are deservedly respected for their quick-thinking comedy chops. When they get together and riff, few can top them. The problem is that 'Anchorman 2' relies on this far, far too much. It's like a a dessert plate where mounds of fluffy whipped cream obscures the fact that, underneath, there's only a tiny bite of pie.
Here's the weird thing about recurring 'SNL' characters and sketches: you may get tired or annoyed by them at the time, but ten years later, you'll just be longing for them. We didn't know how much we were missing the "Bill Brasky" sketches until last night, when the show brought the character back one more time. After all, when you have Will Ferrell in the house, you've got to revisit some of his classics.
Back in 2000, Will Ferrell was winding down as the star of 'Saturday Night Live' (he would leave after that season ended). He had a series of smaller, supporting roles in movies like 'Austin Powers' and 'Zoolander' but had yet to break through in a leading role. His search for the right project was jumpstarted one night when he was at home, watching an A&E 'Biography' special when he came upon a man who would spark inspiration and change both Ferrell's career and the modern state of comedy forever.
That man, that anchorman, was Mort Crim.
'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' took viral marketing to an entirely new level tonight when Will Ferrell dropped by a local newscast in North Dakota and helped anchor an entire show! That's right, Ron Burgundy himself co-anchored Bismarck's local CBS news affiliate's evening show -- all 30 minutes of it. It's not joke, either. Ferrell -- or Burgundy, rather -- took the whole thing pretty seriously, but that doesn't mean it's not pretty hilarious to watch!
Adam McKay is releasing a new film in December, and it’s kind of a big deal.
'Anchorman 2,' one of the few films that truly earns the description “highly anticipated,” arrives in theaters December 20, and the filmmaker is in the final days of editing the film down, paring out superfluous bits, rejiggering set pieces, and swapping out jokes to ensure that audiences thoroughly split their sides watching the overdue reunion of Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, Champ Kind, Brian Fantana and Brick Tamland.
McKay invited us inside the 'Anchorman 2' edit bay, where he showcased a couple of scenes from the film and offered a few details about what audiences might expect to see. In addition to elaborating on possible plans to release multiple versions of the film in the same way they did with the original 'Anchorman,' McKay explained their massively complicated process of arranging and assembling all of the footage they shoot, and offered perspective on the longevity and the legacy of Anchorman, as Burgundy and his news team prepare to return to the screen.
And, he's such a nice guy, he even gave us three new 'Anchorman 2' posters to share with you featuring James Marsden, Meagan Good and a hilarious Kristen Wiig.
For as much as we love 'Anchorman' and Ron Burgundy, we're very happy to be at the point where we can watch actual footage from the film instead of countless promotional spots for the various 'Anchorman 2' sponsors. Yes, the first 'Anchorman 2' clip is here and it'll get you laughing along with Ron Burgundy. Wait, did we see with Ron Burgundy? We meant you'll be laughing at Ron Burgundy.
It'll be at least a month before Ron Burgundy graces our lives with the long-awaited sequel 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,' but 'Conan' watchers needn't wait so long. The mustachioed one himself took over the show Wednesday night to preview his new book, give thoughts on ugly babies and spearhead the reelection campaign for infamous Toronto mayor Rob Ford!