Ron Burgundy and company return December 20 in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. We’ve had two teaser trailers up to now featuring the main cast of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner. Here’s a fresh look that fleshes out what the fab four will be up to in the 80s and featuring new cast members Kristen Wiig and James Marsden. Check it out, it’s kind of a big deal:
The costumed Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl continue to protect the city while knocking the crap out of the bad guys in this follow-up to the 2010 pseudo-superhero flick. This year’s model sees our heroes inspiring a number of copycat do-gooders, including the masked Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). But the newbies are hunted down by a young man with an unprintable name who wants to be the world’s first real supervillain and puts together an army to help him. Kick-Ass 2 returns Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse but not director Matthew Vaughn. Jeff Wadlow takes over the chair for the Universal sequel. Here’s the trailer:
“In 2014, the world’s greatest heroes will join forces for the biggest movie ever.” A serious boast? Not if you’re the blockheads (and bodies) that are Lego folks. The first trailer is out for The Lego Movie — written and directed by the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs/21 Jump Street duo of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller — and there’s no shortage of big-name licensees to be seen including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even the 2002 NBA All-Stars, featuring Shaquille O’Neal in a period-correct No. 34 Lakers jersey. You might have heard of some of the folks in the voice cast of the Warner Bros-Village Roadshow toon: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman:
The first episode of Showtime‘s new series Ray Donovan has debuted on YouTube nearly two weeks ahead of its June 30 television premiere. The series stars Liev Schreiber as Ray, a “fixer” for LA’s rich and famous whose life gets turned upside down when his father Mickey (Jon Voight) is released from prison. You can catch the entire first hourlong episode below:
Fox announced today that the most popular drama on the WIGS slate, the Julia Stiles-starring Blue, is available on Hulu and its subscription service Hulu Plus beginning today in TV-length episodes. In the near future fellow WIGS series Lauren, starring Troian Bellisario and Jennifer Beals, and Jan, starring Caitlin Gerard, Stephen Moyer and Virgina Madsen, will become available. The expansion of the scripted drama series is part of Fox’s multi-year programming, marketing and distribution partnership with WIGS inked in February, with an eye toward building digital content that can be programmed on Fox and/or other channels. Blue, written and directed by WIGS co-founder Rodrigo Garcia, recently passed 20 million views on YouTube. It stars Stiles as a single mom trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret career as an upscale escort. Mark Consuelos, Sarah Paulson and Holly Robinson Peet co-star.
Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Oscar nominee John Travolta face off in Millennium Entertainment‘s Killing Season, the latest from helmer Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil, Ghost Rider). De Niro plays an military retiree hunted in the woods by Travolta, who sports a goatee and a doozy of an Eastern European accent as a Serbian killer masquerading as a tourist. The Appalachia-set actioner, scripted by Evan Dougherty (Snow White And The Huntsman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) opens July 12. Here’s the trailer:
Showtime has unveiled the first look at its new series Masters Of Sex, which premieres September 29. The adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as William Masters and Virginia Johnson and chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory as pioneers in the study of human sexuality.
EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: Signing an exclusive first look deal with The Weinstein Company, Cary Woods is making his way back. Back to the features game, back with Harvey Weinstein, and back from a near death experience that took almost two years of recovery. In the 1990s, Woods was a charming dealmaker with relentless optimism who was one of the producers on Godzilla (the disappointing 1998 version), and who launched a lot of new talent with Weinstein at Disney-owned Miramax. His films there included launching the Wes Craven-directed and Kevin Williamson-scripted Scream franchise, the Larry Clark-directed Harmony Korine-scripted Kids, Korine’s directing debut Gummo, Doug Liman’s Swingers, James Mangold’s Cop Land and Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth. They fell out over a deal extension that was as bruising as feuds with Weinstein tended to be back then. Woods calls that water under the bridge. It’s understandable he would be more zen about life; he considers himself lucky to be alive after getting hit by a truck and taking about two years to find his way back.
Woods suffered the trauma when he was in London for his son’s sixth birthday party in late 2010. The 60 broken bones and shattered face wasn’t the worst part; he lapsed into a coma and was given a 30% chance to survive, he told me. Murderball helmer Henry Alex Rubin, whom Woods hired as a 19-year old PA on Cop Land, was invited to the party because he was shooting a commercial nearby. “He called my best friend, who is my ex-wife, who flew there immediately,” Woods said. “They told her I had 30% chance to live and that I was going to be out of it for about two years. And it turned out to be close to that. My ex let me hole up in her home, where I slept 18 hours a day.”
Online video company Fullscreen has closed a round of Series A funding led by the Chernin Group, Comcast Ventures and WPP Digital, the company announced today. The size of the investment was not disclosed, but it’s believed to be in the “8-figure range”, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fullscreen said it will use the investment to support the company’s domestic and international expansion across technology, audience development and sales. The company will also use the cash infusion for financing new owned-and-operated content initiatives. “Fullscreen’s mission is to empower a new generation of video creators to reach online audiences on a global scale,” said Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos, who founded the company two years ago. Fullscreen is currently ranked as the number one independent YouTube partner network based on total unique viewers, according to comScore. The Fullscreen network has over 10,000 channels, more than 150 million subscribers and over 2.5 billion monthly views and lists NBCUniversal and Ryan Seacrest Productions among its clients.
Starz/BBC series The White Queen launched on BBC One on Sunday night with an average 5.33M viewers, according to overnight data. That was enough to win the night with a 22.83% share from 9PM-10PM, but was off about 600,000 viewers from the slot average, according to Broadcast. The 10-episode drama is based on the bestselling historical novels by Philippa Gregory and set against the backdrop of England’s Wars of the Roses. It stars Max Irons, Amanda Hale, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson, Faye Marsay and Janet McTeer. When the series kicks off on Starz on August 10, viewers will see a slightly different version than in the UK. Irons recently told Britain’s Metro, “You get a lot more arse in the Starz version – the cameras kept rolling after the BBC stopped the scene.” A spokeswoman for the series confirmed to The Telegraph that the an additional 30 seconds on “two or three” occasions had been filmed, but said there were no extra scenes written or shot for the Starz take. Colin Callender is executive producer for the series that’s produced by the UK’s Company Pictures. Here’s a trailer:
Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street, their biographical crime pic based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort, the hard partying “boiler room” stockbroker who scammed $200M from investors and was indicted for securities fraud in 1998. Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie and The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal co-star. Paramount is planning an award-season release November 15. Check out the first trailer, punctuated by the new Kanye:
Writer-director-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt debuted the first clip from his directorial debut Don Jon just in time for Father’s Day. Here’s Gordon-Levitt as the eponymous Jersey ladies man introducing gal pal Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) to dad Jon Sr. (Tony Danza). Relativity opens the pic on September 27. Check it out:
Rosemarie DeWitt reunites with writer-director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) in this Sundance 2013 dramedy about a massage therapist who suddenly develops an aversion to human touch. Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, and Ron Livingston co-star in the pic which Magnolia snapped up for release. Check out the trailer:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show and PBS‘s Sesame Street led the 40th Daytime Creative Arts Emmys with six wins apiece at the annual awards presented Friday night by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. CBS tied PBS as the most-awarded network as honors were doled out in over 55 categories, while Leeza Gibbons won in her first Emmy nomination in 15 years. Embattled Sesame Street fixture Kevin Clash won three Emmys for his work on the children’s show as co-exec producer, performer, and director. Here’s the full list of winners:
UPDATE: The latest Veronica Mars alum to join the Rob Thomas’ movie, Ryan Hansen, made the announcement with a choreographed video (watch below).
PREVIOUS: Krysten Ritter today made it official, announcing on Twitter that she also is coming back for Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars pic. G-G-G-Gia!!!! I’m thrilled to be reprising my role of Gia Goodman in the Veronica Mars movie!!! It’s gonna be very juicy. … This will truly be an awesome shoot, not only because we all get to be reunited (can’t WAIT!) but because of the revolutionary way this all was able to come to life!, she tweeted. Thomas confirmed the news in a note to fans who donated to the Kickstarter project. Ritter will join Kristen Bell, Tina Majorino, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell and Francis Capra who have all signed on for the film.
Days after landing a buddy comedy alongside Josh Gad — to go along with a recent renewal for Real Husbands Of Hollywood, the semi-scripted BET comedy he co-created and stars in — Kevin Hart has a stand-up movie hitting theaters just in time for Independence Day. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain follows the comic on tour, onstage and on a rant. (And it’s anyone’s guess what’s going on with the “deerbra” — half-deer and half-zebra.) Codeblack Films acquired the pic in January, and Summit will release it wide July 3. Check out the decidedly red-band trailer:
Zentropa Productions just released an atmospheric teaser for The Keeper Of Lost Causes, the first installment in its Department Q franchise. Based on the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen, the Danish-language films focus on a chief detective who’s banished to a basement office to run a cold case division. A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel adapted the books for the trilogy. Mikkel Nørgaard (Klown), who just signed with WME in Cannes, is director. Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty), Sonja Richter (The Homesman) and A Royal Affair‘s Mikkel Boe Folsgaard star. An October 3 release is set for Scandinavia with the pic likely to turn up on the fall festival circuit. Sales outfit TrustNordisk inked several deals off of a promo reel in Berlin and last month screened a rough cut for buyers in Cannes. Nørgaard directs the second picture in the series, The Absent One, in September:
Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut made a hot sale out of Cannes to Radius-TWC, which will release Man Of Tai Chi stateside later this year. Here’s the pic’s international trailer offering a peek at Reeves as the impresario of a Beijing underground fight club who taps a skilled tai chi practitioner (Tiger Hu Chen, Reeves’ Matrix stuntman and trainer) to battle on his deadly martial arts circuit: