Anchorman: The Legend Continues

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As their world keeps evolving, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his news team remain the same guys we met 10 years ago in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. They’re stuck in their adolescent and ignorant mindsets, which Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues challenges. For a man like Burgundy, real drama is having to accept a black woman as his boss. Heavy stuff. The old Channel 4 news team may not have changed, but their sequel has. Co-writer/director Adam McKay and his characters were barely bound by structural rules, giving Anchorman 2 some wild directions to go in. To no surprise, McKay took full advantage of those opportunities, and 60% of the time it worked every time. I spoke with McKay, who explained his improv method for the film in depth, described his minor battles with the MPAA and revealed the cameos he wanted but couldn’t get.

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Just in case you haven’t heard, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is storming into theaters this December and bringing the Channel 4 News Team back into our lives. With the announcement of the sequel to 2004’s beloved Anchorman came a slow but steady progession of trailers and fun marketing tactics that only amplified the excitement surrounding another round of Ron Burgundy. First came Will Ferrell visiting the set of Conan in character as Ron Burgundy in March to play a little jazz flute and announce the sequel. Clearly, it was delightful and people flipped their lids when they spotted that finely-crafted red suit hit the stage. In the months since March, the buzz grew with several trailers and the usual release of stills and one-sheets. But then came the constant in-character promotions and endorsements. Have we reached peak Burgundy saturation?

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Ron Burgundy

Okay, it’s probably paperback, but if the marketing team behind Anchorman: The Legend Continues is smart, they’ll make this vision happen. As part of the viral (written?) campaign for the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Anchorman, Random House’s Crown Archetype will be teaming up with the legendary broadcaster from the Action 4 News Team to release a memoir entitled Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings. The memoir promises never-before told details about Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) personal life, childhood, and meteoric rise to fame as one of the most successful and talented anchormen to ever sit behind a desk and bring you the damn news. And since it’s Burgundy doing the writing, it’s pretty much guaranteed that he won’t skip any of the juicy details when talking about the ladies, either. It’s a bit of a strange move to release a book to promote a films; it’s not something you see much these days outside of kids’ movies, but it’s almost weird enough to work. I’m at least a little curious to see what Burgundy’s childhood was like, or how he became a jazz flute master.

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Ron Burgundy has clearly blown into his mighty conch and summoned his trusty news team to assemble in the 1980’s, if these stills from Anchorman: The Legend Continues are to be believed. Will Ferrell is back as Burgundy, and it’s unclear whether he and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) will ever be married on top of that mountain with garlands of fresh herbs, but they certainly look happy traipsing down the streets of New York City together. When you survive a bear attack together, you can survive anything as a couple. The whole team, including Brick (Steve Carell), Brian (Paul Rudd), and Champ (David Koechner) have left their local station in San Diego for a revolutionary 24-hour news channel in the Big Apple called…GNN. This is the 80’s, so the overwhelming wall of news coverage that we’re used to isn’t a thing yet. And these are the brave men (and woman) who are being trusted to bring it to the world. From the second image, it’s clear that Burgundy is still their faithful leader. Also, take a moment to just soak in their early 80’s fashion. Good to know that Champ’s cowboy hat survived the 70’s. Take a look at the second still after the break.

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Anchorman 2 Poster

The world is about to meet Ron Burgundy. Again. Anchorman 2 hits theaters this Christmas, and even though there’s a second Anchorman movie already exists, this one still gets a “2” in its name.  This time, Ron, Brick, Champ and Brian are re-teaming to polyester their way through the 1980s with the prospect of a 24-hour news channel dangling overhead. They’ve teased with images and one-liners and appearances on late night talk shows, but now the first trailer reveals that — just as he evolved for a world where women were empowered — Ron is learning a lot about race relations as his legend continues:

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Brick Anchorman 2 Teaser

We’ve got another half year before our eyes, ears and funny bones get ahold of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. The highly anticipated sequel is not even finished filming — though it is close to wrapping up, with shooting moved from Atlanta to New York City this week. To further whet our appetites, and probably to give official supplement to all the set photos of cameo appearances being regularly leaked, Paramount has unveiled a new trailer for the movie. You still won’t find any footage from The Legend Continues, however. Like the teasers we got a whole year ago, this is a simple promo  featuring our four favorite newsmen saying “something fun about the movie.” Well, except for Brick, of course, who doesn’t understand what to do. Again. He gives us some advice on how to avoid being mistaken for a pedophile and wishes us a belated happy Easter. The holiday greeting is kind of fitting, though, we’ll give him that. Narrator “Bill Lawson” introduces the latest teaser talking about returned figures such as Jesus and Jay-Z. Easter pertains to the former, obviously. See, Brick isn’t dumb after all. But Ron Burgandy sure is mean. He calls us fat face. And he thinks we’re going to come see his movie after such an insult? Okay, we will. We can’t wait to hear him call us names and for Champ and Brian to intoxicate us with their alcohol breath and snake venom cologne, respectively.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting roundup that has news about Timothy Olyphant putting on cowboy boots again. Read on! Is Kristen Wiig going to be joining the cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues? Maybe. The Wrap has a report that she’s being looked at to play the love interest (presumably replacing lamp) of Steve Carell’s dimwitted Brick Tamland in Paramount’s upcoming sequel. Of course, this one is far from starting filming (the script isn’t even done yet), and Kristen Wiig is being looked at for essentially every comedy that calls for a female part right now, so it’s hard to say if everyone’s schedules are going to synch up or not when all is said and done. Wiig getting thrown into the mix of the Anchorman crew does sound pretty dang promising though, doesn’t it? We’ll be watching this one for new developments very closely.

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The teaser trailer for Anchorman 2 is in front of The Dictator, which means it should be swimming its way onto the internet any second now. Wait for it. Wait. For it. But while you’re waiting, scope out this new poster for the forthcoming film which seems to have taken forever to greenlight and yet no time at all to film. It’s nowhere near being done, but doesn’t it feel that way? With Will Ferrell announcing the project on Conan, a trailer that’s already ready to roll and now one sheet work, it almost seems like we should be seeing Ron Burgundy in theaters next week or something. Nevertheless, by great Odin’s raven, here’s the poster:

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