Will Ferrell and his "Anchorman" gang will stay classy for another sequel. The comedian confirmed the news when he stopped by Conan O'Brien's talk show. In full character! (See video below)
Ferrell admitted that Paramount Pictures has officially greenlit a sequel to the successful and super-funny 2004 comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
We've all known that a sequel is in the works. As the Huffington Post reported, Ferrell and director Adam Mckay first tinkered with a Broadway spectacle which would eventually migrate to the big screen. But Paramount nixed the idea. Why? The studio didn't like the outer space setting! That's right, our favorite characters will be catapulted to infinity and beyond for the sequel. But when "The Other Guys," directed by McKay and starring Ferrell, made $170 million at the box-office, Paramount reconsidered. So the big question -- will this sequel still be set in outer space?
Here's what we know right now, the original cast of Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner will be back to reprise their roles, Judd Apatow will once again produce, and McKay will be back on the director's chair.
See the video below of Ferrell playing a mean flute at Conan's talk show, and saying these words, "There will be a sequel to 'Anchorman."
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She has played an assassin and a vampire, and now, Chloe Grace Moretz can add telekinetic girl to her very impressive resume. According to Deadline, Moretz has been formally offered the role of "Carrie" by MGM, Screen Gems, and director Kimberly Pierce. This one is a remake of the Brian DePalma movie based on the first ever Stephen King bestseller.
Sissy Spacek carved a name for herself by playing the high school girl with dangerous powers in the original film, and I have no doubt Moretz will do justice to the role. We fell in love with the actress as Hit-Girl in "Kick-Ass" and we were mesmerized with her performance as a lovelorn vampire in the American remake of "Let the Right One In" called "Let Me In."
Moretz was also good in the Oscar-winning "Hugo" as the girl who helped unlock the secret. (Check out my fun interview with the actress right here)
"Carrie," the remake, is shaping up to be an exciting project. It has a strong narrative (thanks Stephen King), it serves as an allegory to bullying albeit I don't suggest bullying victims to burn their high school and kill all the students, heck, even destroying the town! In the book, Carrie White is supposed to be a bit obese, hence all the bullying, so I wonder if Pierce and company will stick to the character's description.
I also admire Pierce, the director who gave us "Boys Don't Cry," the film that catapulted Hilary Swank to winning an Oscar. Speaking of Oscars, Spacek received a nod with this role, will Moretz get one too?
Piper Laurie, who played the deranged, overzealous religious fanatic mommy of Carrie, also received an Oscar nod. Who should play the mommy in the remake? What about the role that John Travolta played in the original? The plan is to hire Moretz and then everything will fall into its right place. Once they have their Carrie, it's easier to put the puzzle together.
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This incense me! Many so-called "Hunger Games" fans are complaining that some of the beloved characters of the book are played by African-American actors. They were turned black, they said!
Amanda Stenberg, who plays the angelic Rue, and Dayo Okeniyi aka Thresh, have been under scrutiny for playing roles in the movie that were supposed to be played by white folks! Really?
Never mind that both Rue and Thresh are described as characters with "dark, brown skin" in the Suzanne Collins book. So, those characters could be played by anyone with dark, brown skin, yes, even African-American folks!
Now, even Lenny Kravitz who stars as the stylist Cinna could not escape the wrath of these bigoted fans. According to E!, "Another, who also questioned the casting of Kravitz as sympathetic stylist Cinna, tweeted, "cinna and rue werent suppose to be black," before adding, "why did the producer make all the good characters black."
Can you imagine the wrath of these fans if Katniss was cast with a black actress? The horror! And did these fans really learn the message of the book about all-encompassing love? I don't think so.
One crafty "Hunger Games" fan created a Tumblr page where these racists folks could vent their dismay. (Check it out here)
And I don't know about you but -- SPOILER ALERT -- when Rue died, it was a very sad moment of the movie, but one viewer tweeted, "call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad #ihatemyself."
Okay, YOU'RE A FREAKING RACIST!
In this day and age, I can't believe race of characters is still an issue. Did the inclusion of their race beneficial to the movie? Did it hinder the narrative of the film? Does it really matter?
In the end, it really does not matter, and these folks need to go back and read the book and learn from it!
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A simple Google search of the word bully yields 139 million results. It is indeed a worldwide problem that has everyone from President Obama to Lady Gaga taking action.
One action you can take is watching the new documentary “Bully” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. It’s a startling and humanistic portrait of five kids and their families dealing with bullying. Read More...
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Hold on! Before you start unleashing your swords and weapons, hear this -- "The Hunger Games" STILL has the third biggest opening weekend ever!
BUT, its final total, suggesting $155 million, was actually more like $152.5 million. Have no fear, it's still bigger than any of the "Twilight" movies! So there.
Based on the bestselling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, blame Lionsgate, the film's distributor, for the minor brouhaha.
According to E!, the projection for Sunday's box-office was the culprit. Lionsgate said the film made $36 million that day, but it actually ended up with $34.9 million. Whew, thank Capitol we cleared that one.
(To watch my "Hunger Games" review click here, and to win prizes for the film, click here)
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