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Anchorman 2 cast heading to Sydney for premiere

The Global News Network team are heading down to Sydney for the premiere of the movie Anchorman 2.

Paramount have confirmed that stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Director Adam McKay will all be part of the traveling team to the Sydney premiere of the movie at the Hoyts in the Entertainment Quarter. We’re not sure if they’ll be in character or just doing their press thing, but expect the event, along with the movie, to be all kinds of Burgundy.

The event takes place Sunday, November 24th.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will open in Australia December 19th.

Check out the latest trailer below:

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Trailer watch: The Lego Movie

No childhood is safe.

Warner Bros is preparing the release of The Lego Movie, an animated version of everyone’s favorite building toys. Helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs), The Lego Movie features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell, Nick Offerman and Morgan Freeman.

The movie tells the story of Emmet (Pratt), an ordinary Lego man who is mistaken for a master builder chosen to save the Lego world. The movie’s development began back in 2008 before finally getting greenlit by Warner Bros in 2011. The Lego Movie is set to his cinemas February 2014.

 

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Megamind outsmarts Box Office competition

Megamind, the big-brained animated feature starring the voice of Will Ferrell, outsmarted its competition this past weekend to secure itself the top Box Office spot. The DreamWorks picture hauled in an estimated $48 million to beat out the Robert Downey Jr comedy Due Date which took in $33.5 million to nab the #2 spot.

The total weekend sum of roughly $160 million was an impressive mark, beating out the previous record for November openings previously held from 2003.

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls round off the top three from the weekend with previous winners Jackass 3D, Saw 3D, and Paranormal Activity 2 holding strong. Other weekend winners include small market openings for Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours ($226,000 in limited release) and the Sean Penn/Naomi Watts thriller Fair Game ($700,000).

Weekend charts:
01. Megamind (DreamWorks): $47.7 million
02. Due Date (Warner Bros.): $33.5 million
03. For Colored Girls (Lionsgate): $20.1 million
04. Red (Summit): $8.9 million
05. Saw 3D (Lionsgate): $8.2 million
06. Paranormal Activity 2 (Paramount): $7.3 million
07. Jackass 3D (Paramount): $5.1 million
08. Hereafter (Warner Bros.): $4.02 million
09. Secretariat (Disney): $4 million
10. The Social Network (Sony): $3.6 million

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Film Review: The Other Guys

Set to the backdrop of large-scale financial crime and scandal, the Adam McKay-directed The Other Guys is part buddy cop movie and part outrageous comedy sprinkled with dabs of absurdist action/drama. It is as unconventional as it sounds, and at times, proves to be a tough slog, but surprising results at its conclusion make this the surprise comedy hit of the year.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are an out-of-sorts detective pairing that has spent more time at a desk than out in the field. Ferrell’s character (Allen Gamble) is tied to his computer because he’s hiding a less-than-savory past while Wahlberg’s Terry Hoitz was demoted for hilariously shooting Derek Jeter in the leg and conceding the Yankees to a World Series loss (and for any real New Yorker, a big deal). They’re both offbeat but of a different nature, Gamble is smart, reserved, painfully dorky, while Hoitz is angry and disgruntled. Their characters provide much of the movie’s comedic friction between two diverging points of view. It’s unexpected too, with Wahlberg proving to be as good as an action star as he is a deadpan humorist. He doesn’t do much laughing in the movie, just lots of shouting, blank stares and pitch-perfect one-liners delivered with unexpectedly great comic timing. Ferrell on the other hand, juggles his over-the-top routine with more subdued but equally funny quips that is typical Ferrell, but just a little less Ron Burgundy.

The two find themselves thrust into the center of the scandal after New York’s most ridiculous and gung-ho detective duo (brief but welcome appearances from Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are put out of commission. These two were the supercops of the city, and much of the humor comes from Gamble and Hoitz trying to emulate their success with their own brand of police work as they attempt to overcome one obstacle after another. Steve Coogan plays white-collar criminal and investment guru David Ershon, whose bumbling but conniving character is good enough to propel the story, if not a little underused. Michael Keaton and Eva Mendes are good in their supporting roles with Keaton’s police chief by day and Bed Bath & Beyond employee by weekend as funny as Keaton’s been in years. Mendes’ turn as Gamble’s suprisingly beautiful wife is a good running gag- played off well by the dumbfounded and perplexed reaction we get from Wahlberg’s character during their initial meeting. There’s a lot to take in with the smorgasbord of characters on show weaving in and out of the story, and the movie does its best to try and maintain cohesion amongst the humor. Gamble and Hoitz are no Riggs and Murtaugh, but there is a far more genuine bond between the two than any two-cop pairing since the first Bad Boys.

Collectively, the strong cast is able to offset the unstable nature of the movie’s comedic premise. Those expecting the same kind of brainless humor in Talladega Nights or Step Brothers will probably be disappointed with The Other Guys and it’s more textured jokes. It’s a modern hybrid of the absurd with the conventional, all done with ample intelligence. Alongside Judd Apatow, McKay has been on the forefront of the recent drive of changing comedy. It’s smarter humor, one without a laugh track, and unfortunately it’s lost amongst some. But regardless of its reception, The Other Guys is genuinely one of the funniest movies of the year, succeeding by telling a good joke with smarts and cool confidence.

Directed by: Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johson
Released by: Gary Sanchez Productions / Columbia Pictures
Website: http://www.theotherguys-movie.com/

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Trailer watch: Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in another comedy? Yep- the cash cow keeps rollin’ on. This time the duo will feature in comedy Step Brothers; the story of two new step brothers who compete with one another when their single parents get hitched. Yes, I am sure it is much funnier than it sounds.

You can check out the trailer over at Slashfilm.

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