It seems Will Ferrell has his comic follow-up to Anchorman lined up as the actor will be reuniting with his Old School co-star Vince Vaughn in a comedy called Daddy’s Home. Etan Cohen, a writer on Tropic Thunder, will be directing for Paramount. Read on for the press release which includes some synopsis.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 9, 2013) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that Vince Vaughn has been cast in the comedy “DADDY’S HOME,” directed by Etan Cohen and starring Will Ferrell. The film is set to begin production in early fall 2013. The film, written by Brian Burns and Adam McKay & Chris Henchy and Cohen, is the story of a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father (Vaughn) arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids. Ferrell and McKay will produce through Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane through Good Universe, whose Matt Leonetti and Spencer Wong will co-produce. Gary Sanchez’s Henchy and Jessica Elbaum will executive produce. Vaughn is represented by CAA.
The same day we get to see Tobey Maguire flaunt his everlasting cinematic innocence in several clips from The Great Gatsby comes word of his follow-up. This is a doozy as it has the Seabiscuit star acting alongside Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell in an IFC mini-series…for real. The well-casted event series will be six episodes in length and comes in from Ferrell’s Funny or Die.
Titled The Spoils of Babylon, Deadline says the story will follow the lives of an oil-enterprising family known as the Morehouses. Elements of the plot are said to focus on illegal arms deals and international espionage with the Shah of Iran–a role that belongs to Ferrell. Wiig will play the daughter of the family with Maguire as her adopted sibling. Casa de mi Padre director Matt Piedmont is directing from an Andrew Steele script.
Jack Black and Will Ferrell appear to be combining talents. The two comic performers are at the heart of a New Line comedy called Tag that just got picked up after a high-flying bidding war. This is a project based on a Wall Street Journal article called Tag Brothers that followed former classmates from a prep school that play tag once a year. The catch? They are now in their forties.
No director has signed on just yet but the script will come from Mark Steilen, a second unit director on The Three Stooges and Hall Pass. Steilen is yet to write the film which indicates this is far away from becoming a reality. Nonetheless, we are entertained by yet another Black-Ferrell movie, the first being the original Anchorman via a Jack Black cameo as the motorcyclist who punted Ron Burgundy’s dog Baxter of a bridge.
On that end, Will Ferrell has only one starring vehicle coming to theaters anytime soon. He is currently filming the long-gestating sequel to Anchorman subtitled The Legend Continues which should play large during the holidays. Jack Black on the other hand is on the down low despite breaking out big last year in serious fare via Bernie. This should be a good project to supplement his continued voice-over efforts in DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda series. The franchise’s third installment is due out in 2015.
Ever want to see Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling tag team for a comedy bit? Done. It all started when Ferrell cameo’d on the program out of nowhere as part a gag where he hosts a QVC knife show in the studio at 11:30 on Wednesdays. Unaware of his lead-in, Kimmel forgot to check the sign-up sheet. Strangely enough, the night’s lead guest Ryan Gosling (who is promoting Gangster Squad) showed up as well as Ferrell’s assistant. Enjoy. Continue Reading
There is a new Funny or Die video making the rounds today as Will Ferrell took some time out to play a game show from Billy Eichner aka Billy on the Street. We have not heard of him before either, but the resulting segment was hilarious enough to crack a smile out from the usually straight-faced former Saturday Night Live cast member. The bit was called “Would Drew Barrymore Like That?” and had no association what so ever to the actress which made this even better. Continue Reading
And next December got even more crowded if that were even possible. At this rate, something will have to back-off next Christmas because now Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the much-anticipated ensemble comedy from Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, has just been parked on December 20, 2013. If the date sounds familiar, that is because it probably should as we are currently 366 days away from the release of Last Vegas aka The Hangover with old people starring Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline; Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks as Walt Disney; and the Fox animated film Walking with Dinosaurs. In other words, Anchorman 2 will be the fourth nationwide film releasing into theaters on that day. Continue Reading
A Will Ferrell-starrer definitely does not command the same attention that it used to, but the former SNL cast member is still widely recognized for bringing the laughs, leading some to believe that all he really needs is a good hit. Warner Bros. certainly feels that way as they are looking to capitalize on the inevitable success of Anchorman: The Legend Continues by acquiring one of the actor’s follow-ups, and that is exactly what the studio has planned.
Deadline is saying tonight that WB is currently in talks to acquire a comedy pitch called Get Hard that has Ferrell attached alongside Think Like a Man’s Kevin Hart. The premise is fairly unique as it has its lead (Ferrell) playing a super rich, soft-handed investment banker sentences to a max security prison. He is then forced to hire the streetwise man who washes his car (Hart) to prepare him for the slammer. Continue Reading
On the eve of the release of Will Ferrell’s latest comedy The Campaign, we already have another project lined up for the actor as some breaking news tonight says that he will be reuniting with his Anchorman co-star Steve Carell for a new film. The project is called Swear to God and it is a comedy that will be written and directed by Justin Theroux–a man who does it all.
The actor-writer-director most recently wrote Rock of Ages and Iron Man 2 as well as Tropic Thunder, giving us every bit of confidence in the world that he can make this work. The man is also assumed to be the director to Zoolander 2 which has been stuck in developmental hell as the script does not appear to be there just yet. Continue Reading
The reviews are in for Friday’s R-rated opener The Campaign. By and large, the reception has been favorable as the tandem of Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell has been called a good one. The two apparently have a lot of chemistry and it shows up on the big screen resulting in an insightful and hilarious effort from director Jay Roach.
Critics did not stop there with the love as they also found the movie to have a satirical spin that one would expect from the man behind the HBO films Game Change and Recount. Sometimes that gets lost in favor of humor, but for the most part it is there which is more than you can say about a whole lot of rival offerings in the genre who live or die with the laughs. Continue Reading
Here are five more television spots for The Campaign out to promote Friday’s new release. I am personally watching these under the assumption that Jay Roach will not recycle too many of the jokes in these promos thanks to the R-rating the film received, so I think it is safe if you plan on seeing this movie to go ahead and watch all these bits as the racier versions will be reserved for the big screen.
That said, the reviews are not out just yet so this picture could end up recycling the jokes after all and end up leaving a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Sure, audiences just saw Seth MacFarlane’s Ted which recently crossed the $200 million line, but it does not exactly solidify the R-rated comedy genre as a dominant force in the industry if three out of every four are complete duds despite its A-list backing. Continue Reading
The Internship just gained a whole lot more credibility as a legit Wedding Crashers reunion. It is being said that Will Ferrell (who had a cameo in the 2005 R-rated comedy) has been tapped for a like-sized gig in the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson-starrer due out next year.
Real Steel director Shawn Levy is helming the feature that centers on two unemployed salesmen who look to reinvent themselves in a changing world by taking internships at a major tech company. Ferrell’s character looks to be some sort of former co-worker as he will be playing a sexist home electronic salesman. Maybe he will be the stars’ mentor again, but details on their relationship remain under wraps. Continue Reading
Will Ferrell has been out promoting The Campaign and he had yet another hilarious appearance tonight, perhaps even better than the one he did with Zach Galifianakis on The Daily Show with that Jon Hamm cameo. This time around, the Anchorman star discussed his sadness following the news that Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson. Apparently, he has no idea what this means for the Twilight franchise and the actor no longer has faith that the two will get back together. According to Farrell, Kristen Stewart is a ‘Trampire.’ Continue Reading
A few more TV spots have been released to promote the Jay Roach-directed comedy The Campaign. There is not much new footage (if at all) to be seen, but it is nice to see Warner Bros. is firmly behind their newest R-rated comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell.
For those of you not in the know, the movie centers on two political candidates Cam Brady (Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) who are in the midst of a congressional election. They each have presidential aspirations, making this a bit bigger than your typical race. Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott play their respective campaign managers. Continue Reading
Less than two weeks from now, The Campaign will hit theaters and hopefully in the process redeem the R-rated comedy genre before the summer’s end. There are new ads to promote it, and really they are pretty cool because it is something a bit further than your typical TV spot for a movie. They are faux campaign ads hocking for Zach Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins and Will Ferrell’s Cam Brady. Both are hysterical, so hit the jump for the view. Continue Reading
Both stars of The Campaign showed up on The Daily Show last night to promote their new Jay Roach-directed movie. This is the first talk show appearance Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have done together, making this somewhat of a treat for fans of the comedy tandem. There is not a whole lot of talk about the film, but it ends up being pretty hilarious as the two gang up on Jon Stewart for his lame interview questions. If that was not enough, there is a Jon Hamm cameo for no apparent reason at all. Continue Reading