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Caryn James

Will Ferrell Creates Cable News in 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

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  • December 18, 2013 12:30 AM
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Cable news, and CNN in particular, is already such a compromised, pandering mess that it seems beyond parody. Still, there is something hilarious in the idea that a journalistic doofus like Ron Burgundy -- all hair and over-enunciation -- was the first to float the concept that shaped 24-hour news as we know it today. The scene in which Ron arrives at that brilliant idea is a perfect example of the goofy-smart humor of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Steve Carell in the Sweet, Endearing 'The Way Way Back'

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  • July 5, 2013 9:00 AM
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Just when it seemed that the days of overpaying for Sundance movies had ended, this year Fox Searchlight spent almost $10 million for the very conventional-sound coming-of-age movie The Way Way Back. That deal sent me into the screening room recently wondering if they'd lost their minds; I left thinking they're smarter than ever. The film is warm, engaging, and thoroughly charming even though we can predict every turn in the story of 14-year-old Duncan, who finds his inner, confident self over the summer.

Ricky Gervais Returns as David Brent in 'The Office Revisited' (Video)

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  • March 15, 2013 6:01 PM
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It has been a decade since Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's original version of The Office ended its brief but brilliant run. Now Gervais has brought David Brent back in The Office Revisited, a 10 minute video done for Red Nose Day, an All-Star BBC program that is part of the UK's Comic Relief fundraiser.

Steve Carell, Fake-Author of Many Books, Visits Jon Stewart

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  • June 21, 2012 12:25 PM
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What has Steve Carell been doing besides trying to avoid the apocalypse? Promoting his new film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (it’s a charming romance; you can check out my review here) he joined Jon Stewart to promote the many new books he has written, including a history of Egypt post-Mubarak and a biography of himself as written by Steve Jobs.

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley On The Run From The Apocalypse: 'Seeking a Friend ...'

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  • June 21, 2012 9:33 AM
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is something rare: a sunny, charming apocalypse film. Even the off-beat pairing of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley – what?! – works better than you’d imagine, evidence that Carell really can do anything, even play a romantic lead. Not the dashing sweep-you-off-your feet kind, but the best friend who makes you open your eyes one day and see how great he is. (Watch Carell here as he promotes the movie in a totally non-promotional way on The Daily Show, pretending to have written many serous books.)

Stay Classy, Anchorman: Watch Will Ferrell Announce The Sequel On Conan

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  • March 29, 2012 12:12 AM
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Ron Burgundy – aka Will Ferrell - stopped by Conan O’Brien’s show last night to officially announce that Anchorman 2 has a greenlight. The sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, was once intended for Broadway, but will appear on screen after all, reportedly with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, who played Burgundy’s partners in action-news.

Watch The Best Videos of 2011

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  • December 21, 2011 10:26 PM
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Like many of you, I’ll be taking some time off over Christmas weekend, but please come back to this post and spend an escapist minute or two with some of the funniest videos of the year, from Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon in a live-action “Ambiguously Gay Duo” to Ricky Gervais’ notorious, scathingly funny monologue at the Golden Globes. Remember when the world pretended that was a problem? Gervais, of course, has signed on to host again. (Yay!)

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