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LAFF: Steve Carell hopes Brick is “exactly the same” in “Anchorman 2”


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Things are going to be changing for the KVWN Channel 4 Evening News team in “Anchorman 2,” and none of our favorite news anchors are going to like it. In fact, based on what we’ve heard of the upcoming comedy from writer/director Adam McKay, they’re all going to resist any potential change in their lives with their last fighting breaths.

But will the characters themselves change? Will Ron Burgundy realize that “diversity” isn’t actually an old wooden ship and will Brian Fantana finally stop wearing Sex Panther cologne? We hope not, and the teaser trailer for the flick makes us thing that our fears are unfounded. When we caught up with Steve Carell at the red carpet premiere for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” at the Los Angeles Film Festival, we couldn’t resist asking if he thinks Brick Tamland will be any different when we see him in “Anchorman 2.”

“I hope not,” Carell answered. “I hope he’s exactly the same and I hope he is still just that guy in the background saying weird things. He’s just a half-step behind.”

McKay has said that the teaser, released last month, is more a promise of things to come than an actual trailer for the flick. But in it, Brick Tamland is still the same old Brick we fell in love with for screaming, “I don’t know what we’re yelling about!” and killing a man with a trident. He can’t say more than the upcoming movie is “going to make you cream” — pretty much exactly what Paul Rudd’s Brian Fantana said before him. And despite all of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgdandy’s best efforts, Brick cannot come up with a single individual thought.

Thank goodness.

Back when “Anchorman 2” was first announced, McKay said that the film would likely take place during the shift to the 24-hour news cycle in 1978 and 1979.

“All of a sudden, local news stations diversified and had Latino anchors and African-American anchors, and any time you’re talking about diversity and the Action News team, that’s always fun to deal with,” he said. “We know these guys never deal well with change, and the good thing is that there’s a big blast of change coming, according to the regular timeline. We’re going to be throwing a lot of innovation at them, and they’re not going to handle it well.”

Would you want there to be any changes made to Brick as a character? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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