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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's Finest Late Night Talk Show Appearances

As he proved yet again in his Tonight Show figure skating performance last night, Will Ferrell is never a boring talk show guest. Whether he's promoting a new project as himself or gussied up and disguised as an extravagant alter ego, Ferrell consistently brings a warm yet sarcastic approach to all of his late night interviews and knows how to fall into perfect bantering chemistry opposite everyone from David Letterman to his longtime Groundlings buddy Conan O'Brien. From the mid-nineties up through the end of last year, here's a look at some of Ferrell's best appearances on the late night talk show circuit over the years.

Steve Carell Says Paramount Shut Down the 'Anchorman' Broadway Musical Idea

During a recent interview on the podcast A.D.D. Comedy, Steve Carell revealed an interesting tidbit about Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's original intention to stage the Anchorman sequel as a Broadway musical before developing it into a film:

When they first talked about a second Anchorman, the original idea was to do it as a Broadway musical. They were legitimately considering this. So Adam McKay and Will Ferrell contacted us and said "What do you think about we go to Broadway, we do a Broadway musical Anchorman 2, and like the Marx Brothers we sorta work out all sorts of bits while we're doing the stage play, [...]

Will Ferrell's First Reddit AMA Was All Jokes

SNL legend and comedy film superstar Will Ferrell dropped by Reddit for his first AMA with fans this afternoon to support the charity Cancer for College. Ferrell's responses were predictably silly and hilarious, ranging from wisecracks about Pearl from "The Landlord" to Ferrell jumping over to random Reddit posts to comment on a photograph of Vladimir Putin cuddling with a leopard, how fiber optic cables work, and why red-handed people are more likely to commit crimes. While the AMA leans more toward the entertaining than the insightful, Ferrell still had a few things to say about his SNL days and whether or not [...]

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 [...]

Will Ferrell Is Appearing on '@midnight' Tonight as Chad Softwick, the Host of Its Daytime Spin-Off, '@midday'

Here's a quick tease at tonight's @midnight episode on Comedy Central, which Chris Hardwick is boasting as the show's first spin-off helmed by the even nicer and more positive host (Is that even possible?) than himself named Chad Softwick played by the great Will Ferrell, whose company Funny Or Die produces the show.

'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super-Sized R Rated Version' Is Coming February 28th

During his visit to Jimmy Fallon on last night's Tonight Show, Will Ferrell confirmed the news that on February 28th, an alternate R-rated version of Anchorman 2 will hit theaters for one week. The film will be notably longer than the 1 hour, 59 minute original and include a whopping additional 763 more jokes. Writer/director Adam McKay — who teased of the alternate Anchorman 2 idea back in October — released the following statement when the film was announced:

When my editor told me we had a whole different version of the movie that was more than two hours long with nearly 800 new jokes, I [...]

Taking a Closer Look at the Female-Centric Gloria Sanchez Productions with Founder Jessica Elbaum

Comedy's infamous lack of gender (and racial) diversity has remained a relentlessly discussed issue lately, especially since SNL made the bizarre decision to hire a batch of no less than five white male cast members in the fall, took the brunt of the internet backlash that followed, and worked to fix the problem by holding emergency black female auditions. On the other hand, just last week Jerry Seinfeld got touchy when asked why most of his Comedians in Cars guests are white males, which he punctuated with a damning question: "Who cares?" Those two words blew up the internet.

But now the kicker: Gloria [...]

NBC Orders 3 Pilots from Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Dan Mazer, and J.J. Philbin

NBC has ordered three more pilots including one from McKay and Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions, Deadline reports. The first pilot Love Is Relative is a multi-camera comedy written by Borat/Bruno co-writer Dan Mazer and co-produced by Tom Werner about "a wife and husband who begin to see their marriage in a whole new way after her newly divorced brother moves in."

The second pilot, titled Ellen More Or Less, is a single-camera show written by J.J. Philbin and produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) that follows "an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love." Loosely based on the [...]

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.

Adam McKay Says There Won't Be an 'Anchorman 3'

Adam McKay, who directed both Anchorman movies and co-wrote them with Will Ferrell, said in an interview with Empire that the Anchorman series is over. Here's what he said:

"It’s done. I think that’s it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy … No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."

When asked if he'd ever consider doing another Anchorman in 10 years, McKay [...]

Will Ferrell Gives a Riveting Figure Skating Performance on 'The Tonight Show'

Donning a classy tux-inspired costume, Will Ferrell delivered a flawless, inspiring, and ice-free figure skating routine set to the theme of Downton Abbey on The Tonight Show last night. Click through for the return of Fallon's old Late Night segment "Ew!" featuring Ferrell dressed as a Harry Styles-obsessed girl as well as Fallon's other guest First Lady Michelle Obama.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions Adds Female-Centric Label Gloria Sanchez

With the exception of 2012's Bachelorette, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's production company Gary Sanchez isn't exactly known for making female-driven movies, but according to Deadline, that's all about to change as the company has added a sister label aptly named Gloria Sanchez Productions. Longtime Gary Sanchez executive Jessica Elbaum — who has worked as producer on Step Brothers, The Other Guys, Casa de mi Padre, Bachelorette and most recently Anchorman 2 — will head the label and seek out female voices for Gloria Sanchez projects in the vein of Bachelorette and the upcoming movies Tammy starring Melissa McCarthy and Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig. No word [...]