- Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will be taking on roles in The Big Short, a film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book follows the story of the creation of the housing and credit bubble of the early 2000s, leading up to the financial crisis, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. Along with the casting news comes the announcement that screenwriter Adam McKay will be leaving his usual comedic wheelhouse (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) to pen the script and possibly direct. [Vanity Fair]
- Selena Gomez has been cast alongside Paul Rudd in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving, the story of Ben, a man who takes a job as the caregiver to Trevor, a young man with muscular dystrophy, after losing his family. Gomez will play a “sassy 17-year-old who hitches a ride with the pair during a road trip, and whose forwardness and lack of embarrassment about Trevor’s condition causes him to develop a crush on her.” Shooting will begin Jan. 22 in Atlanta [Deadline]
- Christopher Walken, Mark McGrath, Patrick Warburton, and David Spade were all cast in the “first ever made-for-digital sequel to a major motion picture,” Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. While Walken and Spade reprised their roles from the original film, McGrath and Warburton joined the cast as new characters. The sequel will be released in summer 2015 on the Sony Pictures Television streaming service, Crackle. [Broadway World]
- Sofia Black-D’Elia (Skins, Gossip Girl) and Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire) have been cast in the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, Ben-Hur. Black-D’Elia will be taking the role of Tirzah, the politically minded sister of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), and Santoro the role of Jesus, in the story of Ben-Hur’s feud with his once friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) during the age of the Roman Empire. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Homeland’s Nazanin Boniadi have also landed roles in the Mark Burnett-produced film, set to begin filming soon in Europe. [Deadline]
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The Weinstein Company has found some surprising new bedmates in Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The famously awards-focused company announced Thursday that they have acquired the rights to April Prosser’s Plus One, a female-driven comedy about a recently single lady whose go-to wing-women have all gotten married, forcing her to team up with a bawdy last resort. Gloria Sanchez Productions, the female-focused arm of Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, will produce under the supervision of executive Jessica Elbaum, who also produced Bachelorette.
“We’re thrilled to be on board with this hilarious and smart film by talented up-and-comer April Prosser. Her script drew one of the strongest responses from our team that I’ve seen in a while,” said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. “Female-driven comedies continue to be a tremendously exciting force in film these days and we couldn’t be more delighted to be behind one of this caliber alongside the amazing comedic minds at Gloria Sanchez.”
Funny guys Seth Rogen, Adam McKay, and Ben Schwartz are teaming up for a new comedy. McKay and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions, Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures, and Good Universe bought a pitch from Schwartz for Rogen to star in and McKay to direct. Schwartz, known for his work on television in Parks and Recreation and House of Lies, will also appear in the movie.
“Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them,” McKay said in a statement. “Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up… he did come up with a great idea.” READ FULL STORY
On a desperate network that aired shows about a talking car and a sarcastic, cat-craving alien, Manimal still holds a special place in the annals of programming infamy. Simon MacCorkindale starred as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy crime-fighter who could morph into all sorts of fierce animal creatures. Since it was still 1983, you can imagine how cheesy the special effects were, and the series was cancelled by NBC after only eight episodes, forever making Manimal a punchline.
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are now hoping to get some more fresh laughs out if it. Their Gary Sanchez Productions is partnering with Sony Pictures Animation, which acquired the rights two years ago, to make a live-action/animation hybrid action-comedy based on Manimal. “I think it’s right down our alley, it’s what we do—it’s tongue-in-cheek and has an action component, but overall it’s a comedy,” McKay told Deadline, which reported the news. “Like The Catcher in the Rye or The Sound and the Fury, Manimal has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen.”
No director has been announced, but Jay Martel and Ian Roberts (Key & Peele) are writing the script. READ FULL STORY
Numerous reports over the weekend said Adam McKay was in early talks to helm Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man adaptation, or was close to signing a deal, or was already in the director’s chair. So the Anchorman director took to Twitter on Saturday to clear up the rumors:
And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I’m committed to. Not sure it can work.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
The unconventional superhero tale starring Paul Rudd is in need of a director since Edgar Wright left the film last week. Wright — known for the Cornetto Trilogy and his adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — issued a joint statement with Marvel announcing his departure over creative differences. READ FULL STORY
What’s funnier: the Tooth Fairy’s awkward exposed breast or Mickey Mouse getting caught in a bear trap?
That’s the kind of comic dilemma that Adam McKay had to face every day during the making of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. For weeks in post-production, McKay and his editing team had to sift through multiple variations of every scene and gag and select the one that worked best for the movie. “Every day we improvised a lot and there was a lot of funny [stuff] that almost got in the movie or I actually liked it a little better,” says McKay. “But we would play it and it wouldn’t quite work, and the other version was still very funny.”
Rather than include some of the best bits in a conventional Blu-ray gag reel, McKay decided to piece together another whole movie, an alternative Super-Sized R-Rated version that traces the theatrical cut but substitutes new jokes. (764 new jokes, to be precise.) The packed Blu-ray arrives in stores Tuesday, April 1.
In the exclusive clip below, the alt-film begins with New Joke #14, Ron’s stream-of-consciousness non-sequitur vocal exercises. READ FULL STORY
Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and the rest of the Anchorman gang had so much fun making Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — and shot so much extra footage — that they were able to release an R-rated alternate version of the film that included 763 completely new jokes.
“Of all the movies we’ve done, Anchorman is sort of the closest to Zucker-Zucker-Abrahams as far as frequency of jokes, absurdity, that sort of style,” says McKay. “There were loads and loads of completely different ideas, jokes, runs, lines; every joke we did in the theatrical, we would shoot three or four alts to it, and in almost all of the cases there was another really good choice.”
McKay estimates that the theatrical cut had approximately 900 laughs — so of Anchorman 2‘s 1,600 plus gags, what was the director’s favorite? Well, I’ll give you a few hints: It takes “journalism” and its obsession with sideboob to an R-rated extreme, and it made Ferrell squeal. Watch the semi-NSFW clip below: READ FULL STORY
Remember that scene in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues where the news team ignorantly quizzes an openly gay co-worker, who they confuse for a vampire? “Do you sleep in a coffin?” asks a befuddled Champ, while his thick-headed pals struggle with the concept of being gay in 1980. The exchange got some of the best laughs in the sequel’s trailer, but if you’ve seen the movie, you know that the scene didn’t actually make the final cut. That will all change on Feb. 28 when Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super-Sized R-Rated Version begins a one-week run in theaters.
To no one’s surprise who saw Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie or the 70 or so Dodge Durango ads, the cast of the Anchorman sequel didn’t always stick to the script. “Every joke we did in the theatrical, we would shoot three or four alts to it,” says writer/director Adam McKay. “And in almost all of the cases, there was another really good choice.”
Not just really good, but “darker, odder, and stranger,” says McKay. The best of those alternative scenes have been resurrected for the Super-Sized version, which will also be included with the Anchorman 2 Blu-ray when it arrives on April 1. “It’s crazy long — about 2:20 — so for the real fans, this will be a treat,” says McKay. “We shot this musical [scene] that I really loved, and it just was off-story and long. It still got laughs but you could feel the drag of it a little bit. But on it’s own, it’s really funny and enjoyable.”
Click below for the entire gay-or-vampire sequence that was teased in the trailers, which then segues into the musical number, “Gay for a Day.” READ FULL STORY
Jacques Clouseau. Frank Drebin. Austin Powers.
Make way for Ron Burgundy on the Mount Rushmore of comic buffoonery.
With Anchorman 2, the legend really does continue. With Will Ferrell back as the bloviating male chauvinist behind the porn mustache, Paul Rudd on the prowl, Steve Carell courting a she-Brick, and David Koechner crossing every friendship boundary, the chemistry that made the 2004 comedy a frat-boy quote machine is intact. In the new film, Ron reunites the news team at GNN, the first 24-hour cable news station, after a very public fall from grace that cost him his job and marriage to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). But you can’t keep a good hair-do down who just wants to read the news.
Like the Austin Powers sequels, Anchorman 2 doubles down on what you giggled the longest at in the first film — for better and sometimes worse. As EW’s Chris Nashawaty writes, “If it has a 2 — or, classier yet, a II — in the title, the smart money says that it won’t be as funny as the original. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues doesn’t defy that axiom, but it’s still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way.”
Before you head to the theater, click below to see what the leading critics are saying — and which critics shoe-horn the best Anchorman references in their headlines.
Casting Net: Vince Vaughn to reunite with 'Old School' co-star Will Ferrell; Plus Laurence Fishburne, John Noble, and more
• It’s a Frat Pack reunion: Vince Vaughn is set to join Old School co-star Will Ferrell in the Paramount comedy Daddy’s Home. Ferrell is expected to star in the movie, which he’s producing with frequent collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys). Etan Cohen (yes, Etan, not Oscar-winning dark comedy filmmaker Ethan Cohen) will make his feature directorial debut with the project. Cohen’s screenwriting credits include Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. Ferrell will play a mild-mannered radio exec whose life gets turned upside down when his wife’s freeloading ex-husband (Vaughn) re-enters the picture and he must vie for his step-children’s affections. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
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