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'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

Sundance 2014: Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler give rom coms an 'Airplane!' twist in 'They Came Together'

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If Airplane! and You’ve Got Mail went on a blind date, got liquored up, and had a baby…that baby would look like David Wain’s rom-com spoof They Came Together. Making its world premiere on Friday night at Sundance and adding some star power to the tail end of the festival, the silly send-up of formulaic Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks meet-cute movies and their ilk reunites the gang from Wet Hot American Summer – with some new faces sprinkled in.

Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer had its debut at Sundance 13 years ago. And it’s good to see that Wain hasn’t grown up much since then. They Came Together feels like a movie made by a guy who still thinks like a 13 year old and that rapid-fire Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker sight gags and “Don’t call me Shirley”-style puns are the height of comedy gold. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that some of his old pals have become really famous since his cult summer-camp flick came out in 2001.

The film kicks off in typical genre style with Paul Rudd’s Joel and Amy Poehler’s Molly on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper, recounting how they met. Rudd explains how if it were a corny movie he’d be the not overtly Jewish, handsome leading man. Molly adds that she’d be the adorable klutz leading woman. From there, it’s an 82-minute rat-a-tat riff-fest on every cliche you’ve ever seen Nora Ephron and company commit to celluloid.

Molly owns a small-business candy shop with a quirky, punny name (Upper Sweet Side); Joel works for a ruthless candy conglomerate that wants to put her out of business. Molly’s a single mom; Joel’s just been jilted by his icy girlfriend. But when they meet, it’s love-hate at first sight. How could it not be? They’re both dressed like Benjamin Franklin for a Halloween party…and they both like “fiction books”!

Some of Wain and cowriter Michael Showalter’s gags are real groaners. But most mildly land near the target, and a few hit the bullseye. It doesn’t hurt when you have folks like Rudd and Poehler selling them. Plus, when you’re throwing this much spaghetti at the wall, some of it’s gotta stick, right?

With a cast that includes Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni, Max Greenfield, and Michael Ian Black, They Came Together is never quite as laugh-out-loud funny as you want it to be. But if you’re a fan of Wain’s knowing brand of sophomoric slapstick silliness, his “When Joel Met Molly” satire will send you into “I’ll have what she’s having” fits of ecstasy.

'Ant-Man': Michael Douglas joins Paul Rudd in Marvel's 2015 action-adventure -- BREAKING

And now some big news about little guys …

Michael Douglas has joined Paul Rudd in the cast of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and with the announcement Marvel Studios revealed a glimpse at the identity of the incredible shrinking hero.

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Paul Rudd will star in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

The rumors that veteran comic actor and current Anchorman 2 star Paul Rudd was in talks for the lead in Marvel’s Ant-Man surfaced earlier this week, and Thursday the studio confirmed the casting news.

The Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015. It is directed by Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but even with the casting announcement, Marvel emphasized in a release that the plot of the film is still “under wraps.”

“When Edgar Wright came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star,” Marvel studio head Kevin Feige said in the release. “We knew early on that we had found the right person in Paul. When he not only agreed to do it but became as enthusiastic as any actor we’d ever met with about doing the work, we knew we’d found the right guy. We couldn’t be more excited for our audiences to see what he’s going to do to bring Ant-Man to life.”

Other Marvel films on the slate for the next two years include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out April 4, 2014; Guardians of the Galaxy set for Aug. 1, 2014; and Avengers: Age of Ultron with James Spader scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release.

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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REPORT: Paul Rudd in talks to star in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Paul Rudd may be best known for his high-profile supporting comedic roles, but the veteran actor might be going the superhero route. The Wrap reports that Rudd has been cast as biochemist Hank Pym in director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

The Kevin Feige-produced Marvel pic already has a release date of July 31, 2015 and centers around Pym’s discovery of a size-altering formula and his newfound ability to communicate with and control insects, but little else is known about Marvel’s newest addition to their big-screen superhero universe. For instance, there may be a second character — Scott Lang — who steals Pym’s discoveries and becomes Ant-Man.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt shoots down Ant-Man rumors

The superhero-industrial complex seems to want Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a cape, but the Don Jon star, who was left with the keys to the Batcave at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, apparently isn’t on the verge of donning a crime-fighting costume any time soon. Variety had reported on Monday that Gordon-Levitt was a frontrunner — along with Paul Rudd — for the role of Ant-Man in director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel hero that already has a July 31, 2015 release date. But the 32-year-old star tells the French edition of the Huffington Post that people shouldn’t believe everything they read. “You know I’m very transparent when there is news in my career,” he said. “I’m always the first to tell my fans if there’s really something happening, so if you don’t hear it from me, it’s just people spouting out rumors.”

He also told the French-language AlloCine outlet that reports that he’d passed some Ant-Man tests were false.

Technically, semantically, everything Gordon-Levitt reportedly said is not exactly a denial about his potential involvement in the project. But maybe Rudd now has a slight edge?

Casting Net: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd up for 'Ant-Man'; Plus, Bill Murray, more

With the Avengers largely assembled it’s easy to forget that there are still a few Marvel roles that remain un-cast, including director Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) and Paul Rudd (This Is 40) are reportedly in talks to take on the superhero role for the feature, which already has a July 31, 2015, release date set. Gordon-Levitt, 32, already has some comic book clout, having appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (a DC property). This would be a departure for Rudd, 44, who has tended toward mid-size comedies and smaller dramas for most of his career. [Variety]
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Paul Giamatti in 'All Is Bright': 'Season's greetings... from Canada!' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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No one plays flustered or irritated quite like Paul Giamatti. Whether it’s a character who refuses to drink one more glass of merlot, like in Sideways, or a man who’s happiest when he’s miserable, like his Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, Giamatti has a gift for capturing the precise moment when a man goes from simmering frustration to volcanic rage.

In All Is Bright, which opens in theaters tomorrow (and is currently available on VOD), Giamatti outdoes himself, playing a French-Canadian ex-con who pairs with Paul Rudd to sell Christmas trees in New York City. How sad is his latest sad-sack, Dennis? Well, Dennis’ ex-wife told their daughter he was dead while he was in prison. And when Dennis is released, he learns that his old pal, Rudd’s Rene, is now sleeping with said ex-wife. Also, there’s his amazing walrus facial hair, which Giamatti imagined and grew on his own. “That was all me,” he says. “There’s some creative facial hair in Canada and I just liked the look. I liked being kind of shaggy with this guy. He’s coming from the north woods, he’s like a bit of a bear.”

A bear, indeed. In a slightly NSFW clip below from the movie, a rival Christmas-tree seller makes the mistake of poking the bear.
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'All Is Bright' trailer: Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti try to sell some Christmas trees

Beware, Christmas movie trailers are upon us. There’s no going back now.

In the first trailer for All Is Bright from director Phil Morrison (Junebug), Paul Giamatti’s Dennis is paroled from prison only to find himself jobless and deceased — his ex-wife told their daughter that he’d died of cancer. Still, he’s determined to find some normalcy and redeem himself to his estranged family by partnering with Rene (Paul Rudd) to sell Christmas trees in New York.

Of course it’s not as simple as that. Check out the trailer below.

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