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Watch: New Clip That Isn’t A Promotion From ‘Anchorman 2’ Plus Extended Look At ‘Spoils Of Babylon’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 6, 2013 9:24 AM
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As we detailed yesterday with 15 examples, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” moves forward with its pervasive (or as one could say, “annoying”) marketing prowess, utilizing underwear, ice cream, and automobiles as venues on which to slap Ron Burgundy’s face. Paramount hasn’t blocked their usual routes for promoting a film though, so we’ve got a pair of new clips—one from the Adam McKay-directed sequel, one as a holiday exclusive message, and also a look at a Funny Or Die-produced mockumentary starring Will Ferrell, Tobey Maguire, and Kristen Wiig.

Watch: Wonderfully Weird Trailer For Will Ferrell's IFC Comedy Series 'The Spoils Of Babylon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 6:59 PM
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So, you know in "Rushmore" how Max Fisher puts on those ambitious, yet awesomely amateur plays, clearly based on '70s cinema? What if there was a whole comedy series that essentially took that approach and boosted it a few notches? That seems to be the only way to begin describing "The Spoils Of Babylon," Will Ferrell's outrageously over-the-top IFC series that riffs awesomely hard on the sweeping soap operas and dramas of the yore.

Watch: First Teaser For Will Ferrell's 'Spoils Of Babylon' Promises 93mm Breath-Take-O-Scope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 9:40 AM
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While the return of "Arrested Development" and the finale of "Breaking Bad" are among the big television events of 2013, one big contender for 2014 has to be "The Spoils Of Babylon." The comedy event series brings together a great cast -- Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment -- for a comedic take on sprawling family dramas like "The Thorn Birds" and "Winds Of War." And the first teaser is pretty spot on.

Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer & Tim Robbins Join Will Ferrell's Wild IFC Miniseries 'Spoils Of Babylon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 5:31 PM
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Yes, Will Ferrell is doing a miniseries but don't worry, he's not attempting to be a Serious Actor again (though, to be fair, he's pretty good at the more dramatic stuff.) Nope, he's going into the world of overwrought soap operas again (territory he covered with the more Mexican flavored "Case De Mi Padre.") Kristin Wiig and Tobey Maguire are already on board and IFC has announced the rest of the cast. It's promising. Very, very promising.

Casting: Neil LaBute Enlists Ethan Hawke, Vera Farmiga For New Thriller; Logan Lerman Joins Brad Pitt For ‘Fury’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 7:06 PM
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Logan Lerman might be known for the forgettable “Percy Jackson” films (a sequel arrives this summer), but he almost scored the coveted lead in “The Amazing Spider-Man” a few years ago and he impressed with his acting chops in “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” Casting directors and filmmakers have noticed. He’s getting called up into the big leagues and will join Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in the WWII tank thriller “Fury” that “End of Watch” filmmaker David Ayer is writing and directing for Sony Pictures. The movie is already set for a Fall 2014 release and it’s an interesting one because it will be Ayer’s first non police-centered movie. Let’s hope unlike the almost great “End Of Watch,” the visual material doesn’t stand in the way of a good story and strong dynamic.

Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig & Tobey Maguire To Star In IFC Miniseries 'The Spoils Of Babylon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2013 10:45 PM
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When "Casa De Mi Padre" dropped last spring, it more or less died on the vine, and was forgotten about. And that's a shame, because in my opinion, it was outrageously hilarious and go for broke, in the way that only a spoof of Mexican telenovelas could be. It was absurd, surreal and bonkers in the way that Will Ferrell does best (joined by game co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna), but perhaps the niche of its comedic target put people off. Well, whatever the reason, Ferrell is giving the parody soap opera concept another spin, with time with a more American flavored riff.

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