The funniest movies tend to burrow into our brains like no other form of popular entertainment. Through repeated viewings and earworm quotes, they create unconscious templates for life's milestones and stopovers — dating, road trips, the college experience, marriage, the working world — and remind us of moments in time as well as entire eras. They're comfort food and therapy, high art and cultural critique, nestled lovingly amid fart jokes and crotch punches.
The best comedy movies also enjoy a freedom that seems out of place in most other media, with run-times that allow them to develop complicated but self-contained worlds, the full buffet of acting, editing, and musical options, and [...]
No comedy in movie history has ever been promoted as hard as Anchorman 2. We're still a week away from the film's release, but we're two months into a massive publicity blast featuring Will Ferrell and his costars making a slew of appearances all over the TV and internet as their characters from the original, plus a ton of promotional tie-ins. There's an Anchorman Ben & Jerry's flavor, a Ron Burgundy "memoir," an exhibit at Washington D.C.'s "newseum," Emerson College renamed its communications school after Burgundy for a day, Ferrell filmed 70 spots for Dodge in character as Burgundy, he released an anti-piracy PSA, [...]
From 2003, here's Steve Carell's original audition for the movie Anchorman, back in his Daily Show correspondent days. A semi-improvised exchange between him and an off-camera Will Ferrell, it's no wonder this audition got him the job.
Here's a promo for Anchorman 2/PSA about the evils of movie piracy starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy. Hopefully, this promo itself doesn't end up on torrent sites.
Director Adam McKay tells Empire there was so much improvisation on the set of his upcoming movie, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, that he wants to release an alternate cut of the film in theaters with the whole thing comprised of entirely new jokes that weren't in the regular version.
Here's what McKay had to say:
We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor’s working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in [...]