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12 Days of Judd Apatow: Day 6 “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

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We have reached the mid-point of our new festival the 12 Days of Judd Apatow. So far we’ve looked at the highlights (so far!) of his television career, including Freaks and Geeks (did we mention we’re having a Christmas day marathon?), Undeclared, The Larry Sanders Show (January 4th, y’all), The Ben Stiller Show, and The Critic. Today we begin our look at our Patron Saint Judd Apatow’s big screen productions. Today: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”.

Released in 2004, “Anchorman” is a pitch perfect look at the mustachioed macho culture of the 70s. The film is set in San Diego at the dawn of action news and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the anchorman with the mostest, who will read put in front of him on a teleprompter. Of course he has a crack news team to help bring the news to the masses: Lead field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sports reporter Champion “Champ” Kind (David Koechner), and meteorologist Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Their crack team is shaken up when their boss (Fred Willard) brings in a co-anchor who has the audacity to be a woman (Christina Applegate). “Anchorman” is the movie that spawned a thousand famous quotes, scenes, and moustaches. The movie was so funny that they were able to take all the outtakes and subplots that they couldn’t fit in the original and create a second straight-to-DVD release called “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie”. As a Judd Apatow production, many of members of usual cast made their appearances via cameos. Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, and even Fred Armisen all pop up during the film. The success of “Anchorman” established Judd Apatow as a cinematic force to be reckoned with.

Here are a few of our many, many favorite clips from “Anchorman”:

“I’m kind of a big deal.” Of course you are, Ron Burgundy:

Who doesn’t like San Diego? Especially once you know what it means in German:

We ALL love you, Ron:

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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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