Wednesday, 30 October 2013

"Pull yourself together, man. You sound like a balloon."

Paramount Studios have just released their latest one sheet and two brand new trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, with Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his team of eccentric news types bringing their "salon-quality hair" roaring into the 80's.

Whether or not anything from these promos will actually end up in the film remains to be seen. Thanks to director Adam McKay's (Eastbound & Down) improvisational take on comedy, writing certain sections of the script with Will Ferrell but always leaving room for the performers to riff their hearts out on set, the film is always a little in flux. Remember, these are the guys who made an entire movie, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, purely from offcuts from the first film.

It's also reassuring to see certain gags from the original, such as Brian Fantana's (Paul Rudd) secret stash of gentleman's products, along with entirely new conceits, like Brick Lamland’s (Steve Carell) green screen meltdown.

This time around, which arrives more than nine years after the release of 2004's Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, sees Will Ferrell's mustachioed Lothario and the news team transferring to a new 24-hour news channel in the Big Apple.

Fans of the original will be pleased to note that joining birdbrained weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and fashion obsessed field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), are chauvinistic sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Christina Applegate back as fellow news presenter Veronica Corningstone. This time around, however, Burgundy seems to be more interested in "romancing" a new colleague, played by Meagan Good (Stomp The Yard, Californication). During a dinner at her home, it appears that his comprehension of racial politics is even more primitive than his understanding of feminism proved back in sunny San Diego.

As Adam McKay told Empire last year, there's plenty here on Burgundy and the boys butting heads with multi-cultural newscasters. "We know these guys never deal well with change," says McKay, "and the good thing is that there's a big blast of change coming, according to the regular time line. We're going to be throwing a lot of innovation at them, and they're not going to handle it well."

"It's right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in '78 or '79," McKay explains. "All of a sudden, local news stations diversified and had Latino anchors and African-American anchors, and any time you're talking about diversity and the Action News team, that's always fun to deal with."

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues also features the return of Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Greg Kinnear, while there are said to be cameos from Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jim Carrey, among others. The new trailer also features James Marsden (Enchanted, Robot & Frank), as a younger rival anchorman and a bubble permed Kristen Wiig (Paul, Bridesmaids), as potential love interest for Carell's Tamland.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will hit UK cinemas on 20 December.

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