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Go behind the scenes of Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman 2″ announcement

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The world was rocked by Will Ferrell’s announcement last night that an “Anchorman” sequel is officially in the works. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but needless to say people were pretty thrilled.

Ferrell was quick to post a behind-the-scenes video of himself as Ron Burgundy from yesterday’s taping of “Conan” to Funny or Die. You know what they say: 60 percent of the time, it works every time in helping to promote a movie.

It turns out that maybe Burgundy wasn’t quite so sure that the deal would come together, but he went with his gut and made the announcement anyways.

“Here’s the thing. I just was speaking off the top of my head. I don’t know if we have the rights to my life story or not. We’ll figure it out. We’ll figure it out,” he said after the show. “And anyway, get ready, it’s coming. It’s coming. The further chronicling of my life. And I hope you can handle it. It will be up close.”

You’ve got a dirty, whorish mouth, Ron Burgundy. Fortunately, we know for sure that “Anchorman 2″ is happening. Adam McKay tweeted confirmation of the news, Variety ran an official trade story confirming the return of Ferrell, McKay, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, and there’s even a Ron Burgundy Twitter account. His first tweet was very true to form.

“Hey America & Hawaii. Looks like Paramount & my lawyer Gene Tigerworthy have agreed to terms on a sequel to Anchorman. Whiskey sours on me!” he tweeted.

We won’t have to wait that long for “Anchorman 2: Return to Pleasure Town” (or whatever it will eventually be called) to reach theaters. McKay said he and Ferrell are writing the script now, and filming is set to start in February with a release later in 2013.

Are you excited “Anchorman 2″ is actually happening? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself, what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Will Ferrell and cast explain their new Spanish-language comedy “Casa de mi Padre”

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It’s probably no surprise that celebrated Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was a little confused when he first saw the synopsis for “Casa de mi Padre,” a Spanish-language movie filmed in America and starring Will Ferrell as a Mexican rancher named Armando Alvarez.

“There was something I didn’t get at the beginning,” recalled Bernal. “I thought there was some mistake.”

Part homage to classic telenovela dramas and part parody of telenovelas and stylized spaghetti Westerns, “Casa de mi Padre” is a difficult film to lump into any specific category — and that’s the way Ferrell likes it.

“I love the fact that it raises that question: Why?” he laughed.

“Casa de mi Padre” is the brainchild of Ferrell and a pair of his former “SNL” cohorts, writer Andrew Steele and director Matt Piedmont, who makes his feature-length directorial debut with the new comedy.

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“It’s an idea I’ve had for the longest time,” Ferrell told IFC. “I heard someone was writing a telenovela script at one of studios, and I thought I should try to get this thing together. We went around town and found NALA Films, and they immediately got the idea, and got the financing. . . . We thought, let’s make this crazy little movie. If someone’s going to give us the money to do it, let’s do it.”

Once the decision had been made to do the film in Spanish, that meant the script would need to be translated — bizarre dialogue, awkward pauses, and all. According to Bernal, whose resume includes a number of critically praised Spanish-language dramas like “Y Tu Mamá También” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” this was the initial cause of his confusion, as the Spanish dialogue in the script wasn’t anything like other films he’d worked on in the past.

“They said it was going to be in Spanish, but the translation I read in Spanish was terrible,” he laughed. “I didn’t understand it. Then, talking with the director and the writer, I kind of got an idea of what they wanted to do. Then we just started to play around and build this character.”

In the film, Bernal plays a powerful drug lord who has his sights set on the Alvarez family’s ranch, as well as Armando’s love interest, Sonia — a role played by yet another native Spanish-speaking actress, Genesis Rodriguez.

Asked what her initial reaction was to the description of the film and its star, Rodriguez said her first thought was simply “Epic.”

A veteran of telenovela dramas, Rodriguez was no stranger to the intentional over-acting and style of storytelling that serves as the inspiration for “Casa de mi Padre.”

“It’s an homage,” she said of the film. “It’s definitely an homage to Latin cinema and telenovelas. And it’s a beautiful mixture of both, so I think this is the biggest compliment they can pay to us. It was done and shot in the most tasteful way, and we know telenovelas better than anyone so we’re allowed to laugh at it. It’s our territory.”

So, with “Casa de mi Padre” hitting theaters soon, the next question vlearly becomes: what genre will Will Ferrell take on next? Asked whether he has any other regional genres in mind — like a Japanese horror film or a Swedish crime drama, perhaps — Ferrell offered up another possibility.

“Swedish crime drama, that could be good,” he laughed. “But I keep saying there are a billion Chinese people, so maybe I should learn Chinese. That could be a good market.”

“Casa de mi Padre” hits theaters March 16. Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Five Tim Robbins Roles We Love

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As you may have heard, on the season finale of “Portlandia,” which is airing this Friday at 10/9 c, the Oscar-winning movie star Tim Robbins will be visiting Portlandia. While we already love everything about the wonderfully wacky world of Portlandia that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein created, the addition of Tim Robbins is the icing on the chocolate cake. No, better, it’s the beer back to the perfect shot of whiskey. Or like finding a $20 in the pocket of your favorite jeans. Or something even better like Tim Robbins coming to your favorite sketch comedy show! No matter how good something already is, Tim Robbins just makes everything better. Heck, he even made “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” a must-watch movie.

To celebrate the arrival of Tim Robbins on to Portlandia, we’re making a list of our favorite roles. Secretly we like his part in “Anchorman” best, but he was uncredited. We also liked him as Merlin in “Top Gun,” but we are professional (-ish) film people with a sacred duty to report on High Art or something. So…

Here are five of our favorite Tim Robbins roles (that aren’t in “Anchorman” or “Top Gun”):

1. Norville Barnes in “The Hudsucker Proxy”

2. Josh Tager in “Tapeheads”

3. Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption”

4. Dave Boyle in “Mystic River”

5. Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh in “Bull Durham”

While we love all the roles listed above, we’re pretty sure one of them will be getting bounced and we’ll be adding This Guy from “Portlandia” next time we do one of these lists:

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The season finale of “Portlandia” airs on IFC on Friday at 10/9c

Will Ferrell’s five funniest random media appearances

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Will Ferrell is, of course, a world class screen actor, but if you only pay attention to his movies, you’re missing some of his best work. When he’s not busy starring in surprisingly moving indie dramedies or all-Spanish soap operas, he’s usually off somewhere, doing something weird, with cameras in tow. In light of last night’s latest hilarious public escapade (see #1 below) we’ve compiled, annotated, and embedded some of our favorite Ferrell media appearances. Enjoy.


1. Will Ferrell: NBA Public Address Announcer

The New Orleans Hornets haven’t had a ton of star power since Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before the start of this season, but they got a big boost in visibility when Will Ferrell stopped by last night’s game against the Chicago Bulls to introduce both teams. Riffing on the opening scene from his basketball comedy “Semi-Pro,” Ferrell welcomed each player with their own tidbit of hilarious (and blatantly inaccurate) information; Bulls forward Luol Deng, for example, collects rare birds and has a pet dolphin named Chachi. Even with Ferrell’s help, the Hornets still played about as well as Jackie Moon’s Flint Tropics; they got spanked 90-67 en route to their 22nd loss in 26 games. At least Will Ferrell still loves them sexy.

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2. Will Ferrell: Local Television Beer Spokesman

Ferrell made headlines earlier this week for his beer commercial during the Super Bowl. There are plenty of beer commercials during the big game, of course, but Ferrell’s for Old Milwaukee was a bit different: his aired on just one station — KNOP, in the nation’s second-smallest market, North Platte, Nebraska. This isn’t Ferrell’s first stab at weirdly niche beer marketing; last year, he started promoting Old Milwaukee in an inspired series of spots that aired solely in the Davenport, Iowa area (he later followed them up with a series from Terre Haute, Indiana). He might be a professional buffoon, but Ferrell’s no dummy. As one of the co-founders of Funny or Die, he understands viral media about as well as anyone. His Nebraska and Davenport commercials got him all the attention of a national campaign at a fraction of the cost. They’re sort of the Old Milwaukee of commercials: cheap but effective.


3. Will Ferrell: Minor League Pitcher

Ferrell’s connection to pro sports was well-established long before his NBA debut in the Crescent City. He’s made movies about NASCAR drivers and Olympian figure skaters, and back in 2010 he made his minor league debut as a relief pitcher for the Triple-A ball club the Round Rock Express. Appearing as the beer-swilling, chain-wearing, fight-starting Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson, Ferrell threw one wild pitch and was promptly ejeected and chased off the field. Ferrell’s conspirators in this endeavor were the Express’ brodcast team, who provided the perfect deadpan play-by-play for his shenanigans. (“Rojo Johnson sure looks a lot like Will Ferrell to me.” “No, not at all! Will Ferrell doesn’t have a mustache.”) Johnson who, according to a press release, “served time for running a smuggling ring that imported rare and illegal species of reptiles into the United States from South America during the mid-to-late 1990s” hasn’t been seen since. Speaking to reporters for MLB.com after the game, Johnson said that “mentally, I feel like I have the strength of 10 men,” so maybe he tried to fight ten men and they murdered him.


4. Will Ferrell: Sexy Leprechaun

You can always count on Ferrell do something interesting when he pays a visit to Conan O’Brien. Ferrell’s appearances on Conan back when Ferrell was still a repertory player on “Saturday Night Live” were legendary; his funniest and most infamous recurring bit was a vaguely defined yet oddly compelling character called “Sexy Leprechaun.” Ferrell would appear in green top hat, puffy silk belly shirt, and tiny green panties, and make O’Brien as uncomfortable as possible, typically by grinding on his desk to “traditional Irish music” (and by “Irish,” he meant “strip club”). When Conan celebrated his 10th anniversary on late night with a special show from New York’s Beacon Theater, Ferrell came out to congratulate him, dressed sharply in a dark suit. Then he peeled off what was actually a breakway costume to reveal Sexy Leprechaun underneath. Begorrah.

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5. Will Ferrell: Talk Show Crasher

Note: when you invite Will Ferrell on a talk show, expect the unexpected. Actually, even if you don’t invite him on, you need to be careful. Back in 2004, Ferrell was scheduled to appear on the premiere of John McEnroe’s CNBC talk show to promote his film “Anchorman.” While he was in the studio, he figured, what the heck, let’s stop by the neighboring set of CNBC’s “Power Lunch” and mess with their stuff. He pops in unannounced in the middle of a live broadcast to tease hosts Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera with jokes and weird come ons. (“Ooh, are we gonna make hot Spanish love right now?”) Before the crew could kick him out, Ferrell wet himself, hugged Griffeth, made out with “Mexican Sue,” and dissed the show’s prop computers. This clip is not to be watched while eating your own power lunch or you may spit it out in the process.


What’s your favorite weird Will Ferrell appearance? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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