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Adam McKay reveals details about “Anchorman 2” plot and backstory

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If you hadn’t already heard, we’re pretty freaking excited about “Anchorman 2.” Fortunately, we aren’t alone in that. Director Adam McKay spoke about the long anticipated sequel with Salon and The Hollywood Reporter and had plenty to say about the film.

First off, he and Ferrell are going to likely start writing the script next week with a planned shooting start date of January or February and release anywhere between Christmas 2013 and May 2014. And even though Christina Applegate’s Veronica Corningstone is not going to be Ron Burgundy’s lady love this time around, McKay does believe there will be a role for her in the film.

“I don’t want to give away too much, but I’ll just give a couple pieces of ideas that we’ve kicked around. Keep in mind we’re still writing the story, but I’ll say one phrase for you: custody battle. I’ll give you that. I’ll give you one other one: bowling for dollars,” he told Salon.

He added to THR, “Kind of in the ‘Austin Powers’ tradition, they always flip out the lead lady. No, we haven’t written it yet, but we have an idea for [Applegate] that we think is pretty cool. So tentatively right now she’s in.”

McKay went on to explain how “Anchorman 2” finally, finally, finally got made (another movie at Paramount fell through) and dish what the budget for the film will be ($50 million). But one of the more interest aspects from the THR interview addresses what time period “Anchorman 2” will take place during.

“I’ll tell you we’re staying roughly period, and I would just say it’s the next stage in the development of American media and news. The fun of these characters is they confront change very poorly. [laughs] So they’ve got some more change coming their way. I can say that pretty safely,” he teased.

As eight years have passed since “Anchorman” was released, our guess is that a similar amount of time will have elapsed on screen as well. Does that mean we’ll get a chance to see our favorite Channel 4 news team living in the 1980s? Only time will tell.

Turns out that the cast is about as ecstatic about the green light as we are. McKay described their response as “overjoyed,” which is good considering they all agreed to come back on board for the sequel.

“I bumped into [David] Koechner, who was just beaming,” McKay tells THR. “[Paul] Rudd sent me an email, ‘I can’t believe it! Oh my God!’ When the announcement was coming on ‘Conan,’ I saw [Steve] Carell tweeted it. It’s one of those pure joy type projects, where we just had so much fun on the first one. We’re all still friends. It’s going to be fun as hell, man. We couldn’t be more excited.

What do you think of these new details about “Anchorman 2”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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