Ron. Burgundy. To his beloved “San-de-ahh-guns,” those words have always meant two things: big news and perfect hair. Now it’s time to take both to the big city. Seven years after capturing the heart of his co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered the chance of lifetime: to be in on the world’s first 24-hour global cable news network, GNN, in New York City. The newsman quickly rounds up his classic news team – sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) – and heads to The Big Apple. Upon arriving, he is quickly challenged by his strong female boss, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), Australian multi-millionaire network owner Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson) and a chiseled popular lead anchor, Jack Lime (James Marsden). It’s up to Ron and the team to find their own way to the top of news – and the top of the ratings. Look out for ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ in cinemas from December 18th.
The continued growth of the first film is pretty amazing. Everyone seems to have their favorite Anchorman character and line or scene….
Will Ferrell: It has kind of grown into cult status. The fan base for the movie is amazing, and I love that it has crossed generations. It keeps coming up in pop culture. You’ll see anchors on ESPN SportCenter refer to the San Diego Chargers as “the San-de-AH-go Chargers.” And we got e-mailed a photo of a troop transport carrier in the middle of Baghdad with a stencil of Ron Burgundy’s face that said, “Stay Classy Baghdad.” And you’d do a Google search and references to the movie would pop up all the time. It just keeps coming up in pop culture and the fan base keeps growing. People in news tell us all the time they know somebody like Burgundy. All of that definitely had a cumulative effect to kind of make us sit down and pause for a moment and go, “That would be fun to revisit those characters again.”
20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment send word that that the upcoming sequels to James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ will all be shot in New Zealand. The three sequels will be shot back-to-back with reportedly significant subsidies from the New Zealand government. The release of the first sequel will be in December 2016, with the second to follow in December 2017, and the third a year later. Production is expected to begin next year with Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang all returning in their respective roles.
Avatar 2, 3, and 4 will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Writers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planets of the Apes), and Shane Salerno (Savages) are all currently penning the individual sequels.
Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this first TV spot for writer-director Spike Jonze’s ‘Her.’ Starring the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson as “Samantha”, ‘Her’ opens from December 18th in the US and on January 24th in the UK.
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, ‘Her’ follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
VFX supervisor and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri of Weta Digital opened up to THR about the most challenging visual effects in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ - which are revealed when Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins enters the former kingdom of Erebor in the Lonely Mountain, and finally comes face to face with Smaug the Dragon. “He’s huge, twice as big as a 747,” said Letteri. “Peter wanted his physical size to dominate. Then we had to figure out how to build the environment around him, so he had the room to move. It was like the size of Monaco.”
Key to the scene is the performances, and Joe Letteri said they were approached in a similar way as the “Riddles in the Dark” scene from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ during which Bilbo plays a dangerous game of riddles with Gollum (Andy Serkis). “Bilbo engages with Smaug in the same way, to just keep himself alive and see how he can escape,” Letteri said, adding that it was treated as a dialog scene.
Teaser Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ – Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain….
Paramount Pictures has unveiled this first (typically cryptic) teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Memento) ‘Interstellar.’ Arriving on November 7th, 2014, the sci-fi film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.
‘Interstellar’ chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
The Wrap bring word that John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple Nine’ is lining up an all-star cast of this year’s awards contenders, with Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael B. Jordan in talks to star alongside Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett. Affleck is nearing a deal to replace Charlie Hunnam as the lead in the crime drama.
The ‘Triple Nine’ story follows a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance. Affleck will play the targeted officer, while Ejiofor is engaging with an offer to play a career criminal who masterminds the heist. Jordan is in talks to play a street-wise cop in Ejiofor’s gang who partners with Affleck and plans to set him up. Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless, The Proposition) is directing from a script by Matt Cook. The long-gestating project is expected to start production next year, and several other major stars are circling juicy supporting roles.