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'Anchorman 2' Blu-ray: Ron Burgundy lets loose in R-rated super-sized cut -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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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

'Anchorman 2': See the ultimate gag that made Will Ferrell break -- NSFW VIDEO

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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

'Anchorman 2': Super-size R-rated version to get theatrical release -- VIDEO

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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

Critical Mass: Will 'Anchorman 2' be tonight's top 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.

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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

Kristen Wiig joins 'Anchorman' sequel

At the recent Golden Globe Awards, Saturday Night Live alums Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig demonstrated they had magical comic chemistry. The two comedians are about to spend more time together. “Just found out Kristen Wiig officially on board for Anchorman 2,” tweeted director Adam McKay. “Cannonball!”

“Kristen Wiig is officially on board for Anchorman 2,” McKay added on his Facebook page. “Couldn’t be more excited.”

In December, The Wrap had reported that Wiig was in talks to play the wife of dim-witted weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) in the much-anticipated Ron Burgundy sequel.

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• Rooney Mara, who just yesterday signed on for Spike Jonze’s next film, is now also attached to star in the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s 2009 novel Brooklyn. Adapted by writer Nick Hornby, the story follows an Irish woman in the 1950s who falls for an American. [THR]

• In other Nick Hornby news, Emile Hirsch has joined Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette in the big screen adaptation of the author’s 2005 novel A Long Way Down, about a suicidal foursome who support each other after meeting on New Year’s Eve. [THR]

• Willem Dafoe has signed onto Out of the Furnace, a thriller about two brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck), one who goes to prison, one who ends up embroiled in crime. Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is currently shooting the film in Pennsylvania. [Deadline]

• And finally, a story from the Dept. of Projects We Really Hope Actually Happen: Anchorman director Adam McKay is in talks to develop a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby comedy Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Bros, with the studio reportedly keen on Denzel Washington and Will Smith to star. With no script even written yet, there will be a lot of hurdles to clear before Washington and Smith formally attach themselves to the project, let alone that it gets a greenlight. But here’s hoping. [Deadline]

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