Luke Wilson talks “Anchorman 2″ and hopes for “Old School” sequel

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San Diego’s favorite scotch-drinking newsman is returning to the big screen for “Anchorman 2,” but what about his competition over at Channel 2?

IFC recently spoke with actor Luke Wilson about his new movie, “Meeting Evil,” in which he plays a downtrodden salesman who has a deadly encounter with a mysterious stranger played by Samuel L. Jackson. When asked what he thought of Will Ferrell’s announcement that a sequel to “Anchorman” was in the works, Wilson offered up some thoughts on the potential return of his character in the film, Channel 2 lead anchor Frank Vitchard, who was last seen getting his remaining arm ripped off by an angry bear.

“Somebody just told me [about the sequel] last week,” Wilson told IFC. “I didn’t know about it, but I’d love to do it. But then I remembered, ‘Oh yeah, I lost both my arms in the last one.'”

“So who knows? I hope they bring me back,” he laughed.

Asked why the prospect of another “Anchorman” outing was so appealing, Wilson recalled the day he filmed the memorable brawl between rival news teams in the 2004 comedy — a scene that featured him alongside Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Tim Robbins.

“That was a really funny day of work, just to look over and see Will, Vince, Ben Stiller Tim Robbins…” he said. “It was such a weird mix of people. You’re in a great mood all day, and you leave thinking that it will be really funny. I really love doing stuff like that, and it would be fun to do that again.”

As for what sort of role his character might play in a sequel, Wilson was at a loss.

“I have no idea,” he said. “That would just be really funny. Will and Adam [McKay] are so funny that hopefully they write me in there.”

“I might have to remind them,” he laughed.

Given all the talk of sequels, IFC asked Wilson which of his own films he’d most like to return to for another chapter. After all, with a long list of leading roles on his resume, there’s a lot to choose from.

“God, it would be really fun to do something with Will and Vince again like ‘Old School,'” he said. “I think that was what ‘The Hangover’ basically was, but they couldn’t really get ‘Old School 2′ going. But that would be really fun.”

“And I always like working with Owen [Wilson] and Wes Anderson,” he added. “There’s nothing we could do a sequel of, but it would be nice to put that whole gang back together.”

Keep an eye on IFC.com for more from our “Meeting Evil” interview with Luke Wilson. “Meeting Evil” is available now via On-Demand and will hit theaters May 4.

Would you like to see more “Old School” or another Wes Anderson movie with Luke and Owen Wilson? Chime in below or on Facebook or 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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Go behind the scenes of Will Ferrell’s “Anchorman 2″ announcement

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy from "Anchorman"

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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.

Five of our favorite Owen Wilson roles


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Today at 3:30 p.m. ET we’re showing Hampton Fancher’s creepy serial killer movie “The Minus Man.” While the movie is notable for being the first directorial effort from the Blade Runner co-scripter, what we love best about the film is the quirky casting of Owen Wilson. No spoilers, but his role in the movie is not what you normally think of when you meditate on the offbeat charms of Mr. Wilson. (Well, that’s what we meditate on anyway, don’t judge.) That got us to thinking about the other roles that Owen Wilson has played during his career and which were our favorites and which we just don’t ever want to talk about again. When we were finished meditating, we wrote a list.

Here are five of our favorite Owen Wilson roles:

1. Hansel in “Zoolander”

2. Gil in “Midnight in Paris”

3. Vann in “Minus Man”

4. Francis in “Darjeeling Limited”

5. Ned Plimpton in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”

“The Minus Man” airs today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” to open 2012 Cannes Film Festival


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Anyone concerned that this year’s Cannes film festival might not have the appropriate levels of candy-colored, symmetrical camera shots, Bill Murray or all-around quirk can now rest easily. The event will open with Wes Anderson’s new film “Moonrise Kingdom,” frontloading Cannes with all of the above, and if we had to bet on it, probably a Kinks song or two as well.

The newest film from the “Royal Tenenbaums” director will open the 65th Cannes festival on May 16 at the Grand théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals. The movie is filmed from a script by Anderson and Roman Coppola, the son of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, and features Anderson film vets Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, as well as Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

The Cannes press release describes “Moonrise Kingdom” as recounting “a tormented and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965,” and can be read in full over at Deadline. The first trailer for the movie, which can be seen below, hit last month and while it looks exactly like you might expect an Anderson film starring Norton, Murray, Willis et al., there’s actually not much wrong with that in our opinion.

Of perhaps more interest than even the trailer, however, is the film’s poster, which was just released yesterday. Though it has as its focal point the two child stars of the movie, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, the margins go a long way toward establishing an aesthetic and tone that will be familiar but nonetheless exciting to fans of Anderson’s work. The poster can be seen below, but for additional images from the film, make sure to check out Slash Film.

Are you looking forward to “Moonrise Kingdom”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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