Posts Tagged ‘Anchorman’

Top Three Will Ferrell Movies

June 4, 2009

With the new Will Ferrell movie, The Land of the Lost set to hit the big screens, we’re celebrating with a podium dedicated to the comedian. At his best, Will Ferrell is one of the funniest people alive. At his worst, well…you may have to watch something like Step Brothers. Can he return to form here? We’ll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, honorable mentions for the top three list include; Semi Pro and Blades of Glory, and I thought he stole the show in brief appearances during Zoolander and Wedding Crashers.

3. Talledaga Nights – The Legend of Ricky Bobby

Ferrell throws himself into the role of fast driving, win-obsessed Ricky Bobby – a star on the Nascar race circuit. Carries the film through a series of increasingly improbable scenarios through sheer force of personality. He was ably supported by a cast that includes Gary Cole, Michael Clark-Duncan, Jane Lynch and Sacha Baron Cohen, but the best scenes in the movie for mine are the interchanges between Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who is fantastic as his buddy Cal Naughton Jr.

2. Stranger Than Fiction

A departure from the absurd here, with Will Ferrell showing his serious acting chops in a film that is both warm-hearted and smart. There’s a hint of his comedy prowess underneath his strait laced portrayal of IRS accountant Harold Crick, and a believable, easy flowing chemistry between himself and co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal. This film also features good performances from Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah (surprised me too) and a smaller role for one of my personal favourites – Arrested Development’s Buster – Tony Hale. Ferrell opened a few eyes with this one, hinting perhaps at more serious roles in the future. Don’t rule it out – it worked for Tom Hanks and to a lesser degree, Jim Carrey.

...and this is what's happening in your world, tonight.

...and this is what's happening in your world, tonight.

1. Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy;

One of the all time great comedy characters in one of the best comedy’s of the last ten years. Ferrell plays Burgundy with such earnest sincerity that it’s almost impossible not to laugh along as he leads his all-star news-team through the ups and downs of ratings battles and gender politics. This movie helped kick start the careers of Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner. It also helped re-launch the career of Christina Applegate – not to mention some brilliant cameos from Vince Vaughan, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller and Seth Rogen. Just a cracking good film. You stay classy Mr Ferrell.

Previous Podium – Top Three Russell Crowe Performances

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The Round-Up

May 30, 2009

The pick of this week’s internet rumours, rumblings and total fabrications. Reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels – is Hollywood so out of fresh ideas that a $70 movie made from the perspective of a zombie is about to be picked up?

Alien re-make, or prequel?

Looks like the Alien franchise will be the latest to get an update, with Fox head honcho Tim Rothman announcing that they have been in talks with Ridley Scott. It’s not clear however whether the talks have been about a re-make of the cult classic, or whether the project they are discussing is a prequel.

Ferrell keen to make Anchorman 2

Sweet Lincoln’s mullet!!! Will Ferrell, in Australia to promote his upcoming feature, The Land Of The Lost, dropped a number of hints to reporters that preparations for a sequel to the comedy hit, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy may be in the works.

That’s it, Reboots for everyone….

With Vampires suddenly all the rage again, it looks like the Buffy franchise is in for a re-boot, although this time with no attachment to Joss Whedon or the cast from the successful TV series.

Battlestar Galactica actress Kate Sackhoff also got the internet buzzing when she purchased a large amount of Daredevil comics that feature one of the Marvel characters – Typhoid Mary. Is a Daredevil re-boot in the works? Or, is this character research for the recently green-lit Deadpool movie? Or, you know, does she just like comics?

Colin set to be picked up by Hollywood

My favourite story from Cannes – Colin, a movie made in the UK, told from a zombie’s perspective and shot with a budget of 45 pounds has picked up a distributor in Japan, and may be close to landing a deal with a major American distributor. I can just picture Hollywood execs crying into their soy mocaccino’s latte’s as they heard the news.