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Paula Pell Looks Back on Writing 'SNL' Sketches with Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri

Here's a new web extra from Late Night in which longtime SNL writer Paula Pell recalls a memory from writing one of her many Spartan cheerleaders sketches with Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, and a very obscene drawing Pell made for educational purposes.

Will Ferrell Gave a Pep Talk to US Soccer Fans in Brazil, Offered to Join the Team

The US is set to take on Germany in the World Cup very shortly down in Brazil, and it looks like they have a secret weapon on their side: Will Ferrell. He showed up at the US fan HQ down in Brazil and gave a rousing speech in which he offered to join the team, despite not being in the best shape. He knows that you don't need to be all that athletic to play soccer as long as you're willing to bite your opponent without remorse. U-S-A! U-S-A!

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to Star in a Richard Linklater Film

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are teaming up to star in another movie together with Richard Linklater attached to direct. Vulture reports via Cannes that the duo have signed on to star in an adaptation of the wonderfully titled Daniel Asa Rose memoir Larry's Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant–and Save His Life. Ferrell will play Rose, the one who goes on the kidney hunt for his cousin Larry (Galifianakis). Galifianakis and Ferrell last starred together in the 2012 political comedy The Campaign. [...]

Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly to Re-Team for 'Border Guards'

After their successful collaborations on Step Brothers and Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are currently in talks to star in Border Guards, Deadline reports. The film will be written by Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop, Peep Show) and follows Ferrell and Reilly as "two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S." McKay has been reportedly eyeing to direct the film, but the trio's attachment has not yet been made official. McKay and Ferrell's Gary [...]

Support Funny or Die's Raise the River/Move the Ocean Campaigns

Here's a video where Robert Redford and William Ferrell go head-to-head in conflicting campaigns to raise the river and move the ocean so that Colorado gets the water it needs. The Raise the River project is a real campaign you can donate to online, while Move the Ocean — however wonderful it sounds — is not only fake but a scientific impossibility. In either case, movetheocean.org is an amazing website that even has a corner devoted to photos of surfer hunk Kelly Slater. Click through for some more videos from the campaign war.

Will Ferrell Might Play Softcore Porn Producer Russ Meyer in 'Russ & Roger Go Beyond'

Will Ferrell might have an interesting film role lined up. According to Deadline, Ferrell is currently in talks to play sexploitation film director Russ Meyer in Russ & Roger Go Beyond, which will tell the tale of Meyer teaming up with critic Roger Ebert to make the 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. While there are no leads attached to the role of Ebert yet (Deadline suggests Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen), several actors and directors are reportedly "intrigued" by the project including Edgar Wright. Former SCTV, SNL, and Simpsons writer Chris Cluess penned the script, and production on the film could begin as early as [...]

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg May Star in Another Buddy Comedy Together

Last year it was announced that Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn were teaming up to star in a Gary Sanchez-produced buddy comedy together called Daddy's Home about "a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids." Ferrell's costar has switched two times so far from Ed Helms originally attached in 2010 to last year's announcement that Vince Vaughn had joined the project with Tropic Thunder's Etan Cohen onboard to direct. While both incarnations of Daddy's Home fell apart, [...]

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Are Producing an Animated 'Flintstones' Movie

The Flintstones is getting rebooted again. THR reports that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing a full-length, animated Flintstones movie via their company Gary Sanchez. No director is attached, but the script is being written by Chris Henchy, who's a partner at Gary Sanchez and co-wrote the Ferrell vehicles The Other Guys, Land of the Lost, and The Campaign.

Seth MacFarlane was previously attached to resuscitate the Flintstones franchise. He was developing a primetime animated series reboot for Fox back in 2011, but the network shut the project down a year later after not liking the pilot script.

Will Ferrell to Star in a Drama About the 1973 Battle of the Sexes Tennis Match

Will Ferrell is going dramatic again, this time in a movie about the iconic 1973 tennis match known as "The Battle of the Sexes" between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Variety reports that the movie is called Match Maker, and it's a drama written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).

The film is based on a 2013 ESPN article about the match called The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia and The Battle of the Sexes, written by Don Van Natta Jr. Ferrell will play Riggs, a 55-year-old retired player, who went up against King, a 29-year-old tennis champ, [...]

Watch Will Ferrell's Appearance as Chad Softwick on '@midnight'

Here's the full appearance from Will Ferrell as Chad Softwick, new host of the positive and inspirational @midnight spin-off @middday, who leads a game of "Cute or Too Cute?" and reminds the contestants and audience that he thinks everyone's a hero "just for getting out of bed and taking the day on." Because it's Will Ferrell, though, you can count on Chad's super happy, easygoing vibes to turn into a trademark Ferrell yelling rage meltdown when Hardwick suggests that his show doesn't have enough edge to it.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Are Producing an Action-Comedy 'Manimal' Movie

If you're a huge fan of the shortly lived '80s television series Manimal, then today is your lucky day. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation is teaming up with Jimmy Miller (The Other Guys, Step Brothers) and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions to adapt the cult series into a live action/animation hybrid feature, with Key and Peele EPs Jay Martel and Ian Roberts onboard to write. A director is not yet attached.

The original Manimal ran on NBC in late 1983 and starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a man raised in Africa with the ability to morph into different animals. "Like The [...]

Watch Will Ferrell and Chad Smith's Epic 'Tonight Show' Drum-Off

Not only do Will Ferrell and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers look a lot alike, but they also both wanted to win the title of greatest drummer on the Tonight Show. Thankfully near the end of their "traditional" style drum-off last night, Ferrell ended up playing the percussion instrument he truly shines at most.

Will Ferrell to Star in Jewel Heist Comedy 'The Yank'

Will Ferrell is attached to star in a new comedy called The Yank, Deadline reports. The project was just sold as a pitch, meaning that it has yet to be written and is in the very early stages of being a thing, but it'll be written by Steve Pink, director of Hot Tub Time Machine and the recent About Last Night remake, and writing partner Jeff Morris. In The Yank, Ferrell, who is producing via his company Gary Sanchez, will play an American insurance courier who gets dragged into a conspiracy to steal the Crown Jewels in London.

Ferrell is currently filming Get Hard, a  comedy starring [...]

Here's a Trailer for Greg and Amy Poehler's 'Welcome to Sweden' Featuring Will Ferrell

Nearly a year ago it was announced that Amy Poehler and her brother Greg sold a show to the Swedish television network TV4 called Welcome to Sweden starring Greg as an American accountant who falls in love with a Swedish woman and follows her back to Stockholm. The series premiered in Sweden on Friday, and above is the trailer featuring special guest Will Ferrell speaking both English and Swedish. NBC bought the rights to Welcome to Sweden back in October, so if the series does well across the pond then hopefully we can watch Swedish Ferrell in the near future. Click through for a clip from the season [...]