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Dustin Hoffman May Attempt a Reverse Anchorman

Dustin Hoffman May Attempt a Reverse Anchorman (photo)

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This week’s Inventory list on The A.V. Club is about famous actors being cut out of movies, like Adam McKay removing an entire subplot from “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and completely excising Kevin Corrigan, Maya Rudolph and others from the film in the process (He cut out so much, in fact, that he was able to turn the deleted scenes into a straight-to-video bonus feature, “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy”).

An article on Vulture suggests opportunities for a companion piece in the near future. In short, the “Meet the Parents” sequel “Little Fockers” is so troubled that “Dustin Hoffman might consider a last-minute reprise of his role as Bernie Focker in an effort to funny-up the comedy, which has already wrapped production.” In other words, if Hoffman signs on to join the film, he’d be doing what we’re going to dub “The Reverse ‘Anchorman'”: instead of chopping entire characters out in the editing room, “Little Fockers” director Paul Weitz would potentially be adding an entire character in.

The Reverse Anchorman is a very rare and exotic occurrence; sort of the cinematic equivalent of a double rainbow. The best and most successful example is Raymond Burr inserted into the completed Japanese film “Gojira” to make it more appealing to American audiences as “Godzilla.” Columbia Pictures wasn’t happy with the vocal half of Doug Jones’ performance as Abe Sapien in Guillermo Del Toro’s “Hellboy,” so they brought in David Hyde Pierce to redub his lines.

A debate continues to this day over whether a similar decision was made regarding James Earl Jones’ dubbing work as Darth Vader in “Star Wars”: the actor inside the Vader suit, David Prowse, continues to insist in interviews that they choice to sub out his voice was made at the last minute while George Lucas maintains that he’d planned to find a more suitably menacing actor for Vader’s audio all along.

“Jewfro Tull,” one of the commenters on The A.V. Club‘s list, left a comment suggesting some good examples we’d forgotten: “Best Defense” starring Dudley Moore and “Strategic Guest Star” Eddie Murphy, who was paid a ton of movie to join the film after some disastrous early test screenings; and James Belushi, brought in to replace another actor in the role of the salesmen in “Little Shop of Horrors” after test audiences rejected the film’s original ending.

After that, we’re coming up dry. Who else are we forgetting that pulled a Reverse Anchorman?

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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