Without spoiling too much, here’s what I can tell you about “Anchorman 2.” The movie takes place at least 5-10 years after the first film, in 1980, as Ron Burgundy in turmoil, gets the team news team back together for the launch of the first 24 hours news channel. So, what’s become of Ron and sports anchor Champ Kind? Both have hit rock bottom or, as David Koechner (who plays Champ) describes it, “it’s a dark night of the soul.” Things are especially rough for Ron, who you are probably not surprised to learn is still not the ideal family man. So, from Cliff Huxtable to Walter White, how does Ron rank as a husband and father? See what Will Ferrell told me when I sat down with him and Koechner to talk about this hysterical, long-anticipated sequel. [YouTube]
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My excitement over getting to interview the cast of “Anchorman 2″ — which opens in theaters today — was tempered by a few pestering thoughts in the back of my brain. What if they hate me? What if they don’t think I’m funny? Maybe I should be very serious. You know, not even try to make them laugh. Or, if it comes down to it, I’ll just ask them about the new Beyonce record, because who doesn’t want to talk about that. Obviously, I had a rare case of nerves. Which is probably how I ended up telling Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, who play Brian Fantana and Brick Tamland in the film, all about how I dirty-talk to my dog. Watch our interview above, and, in addition to seeing the “this chick is weird” look come over their faces, find out what Brian and Brick have been up to since the last time we saw the best news team in the world. Spoiler alert: Fantana is now the Terry Richardson of cat photographers and Brick is ready for romance!
The perfect way to promote the much anticipated sequel “Anchorman 2″? Send star Will Ferrell to read the news in Bismarck, North Dakota, of all places, as his character Ron Burgundy. Ron was joined by KXMB’s Amber Schatz, who was seriously having the best day at work ever. But HOW did Ron resist making a joke about her last name? A glorious opportunity MISSED. “Anchorman 2″ is in theaters December 20. See part of Burgundy’s newscast above, and more here. [TIME]
Great Odin’s raven, the man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn is back! Have you missed his musk? I sure have. Break out the scotchy scotch scotch, tune your jazz flutes, and get ready to be taken to Pleasure Town for the second time — Ron Burgundy (aka Will Ferrell) showed up on “Conan” last night and announced that “Anchorman 2″ is happening. Sweet son of a bee sting, I’m psyched. [Team Coco]