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Ant-Man Paul RuddIs ‘Anchorman’s Paul Rudd Superhero Material? ‘Ant-Man’ In The Offing
By Mike Fleming Jr. – The long-rumored crowning of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is finally happening. He is Marvel’s choice to star as the title character in the Edgar Wright-directed film.

Warner Bros Sets ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As Star Feature Vehicle For Josh Gad
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: Remember Gilligan’s Island, the venerable 1960s TV series about seven castaways who wind up stranded on a tropical island after a torrential storm shipwrecks their yacht The S.S. Minnow? Warner Bros is charting a course for a feature film based on the series.

OSCARS: Nine Films On Foreign Language Shortlist; ‘The Past’, ‘Wadjda’ Miss Cut
By Nancy Tartaglione – Last weekend, I profiled 15 films that had a lot of heat ahead of the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist unveiling today. Of those 15 (plus a handful of wildcards), seven have ended up among the Academy’s nine selections that will move on to the second round of voting.

anchorman-2__131123195832-275x187BOX OFFICE: Paramount Stretching Estimates As ‘Hobbit’ No. 1, ‘Anchorman 2,’ Lead
By Anita Busch – Gotta take Paramount Pictures to task with their inflated estimates for the five-day estimated gross for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. There’s not a distributor in town who agrees that the five-day number will hit $40M. Read More »

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rebound With Paul Rudd

By | Sunday December 8, 2013 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

saturday-night-live-paul-rudd-one-directionAfter hitting a season low among adults 18-49 (2.0) in the people meter markets and posting the second lowest result of the season in the metered markets households with its most recent original hosted by Josh Hutcherson, Saturday Night Live rebounded last night. The show hosted by Paul Rudd, with musical guest One Direction and a ton of unannounced guest stars, averaged a 4.9/12 in metered market households, up 20% vs. the last original and matching SNL‘s season high logged by the shows hosted by Lady Gaga and Kerry Washington.

Related: Paul Rudd And ‘Anchorman 2′ Castmates Storm ‘SNL’

In 18-49, last night’s episode drew a 2.5 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, up 25% from the Josh Hutcherson show and two tenths below the season high posted by by the season premiere hosted by Tina Fey and the Miley Cyrus episode.

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Paul Rudd And ‘Anchorman 2′ Castmates Storm ‘SNL’: Video

SNL Paul Rudd Bill BraskyHost Paul Rudd and his Anchorman 2 cohorts Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and David Koechner kept the promo train chugging along for Ron Burgundy’s December 18 return to screens last night on Saturday Night Live. First Anchorman 2 cast mate and former SNL grand dame Kristen Wiig lampooned NBC’s universally panned The Sound Of Music Live in a cold open featuring Dooneese, then the Anchorman 2 gang backed Rudd in a monologue face-off against boy band One Direction. They closed the show with a Bill Brasky sketch penned by Anchorman director/co-writer Adam McKay, reviving the character first created by Ferrell and McKay. Check out the Channel 4 News team moonlighting on SNL and other highlights below (opening monologue video not available):

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‘Anchorman 2′ Adds Meagan Good And Dylan Baker

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 4:39pm PST

Meagan Good Anchorman 2EXCLUSIVE: With filming set to begin soon in Atlanta, Paramount’s Anchorman: The Legend Continues is still quietly adding thesps to its growing roster. Deception‘s Meagan Good is the latest to join Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, David Koechner, and new cast members Kristen Wiig and James Marsden in the comedy sequel. We hear the NBC primetime star is set to play Ron Burgundy’s boss in the pic, which hits theaters December 20. Good graced the big screen last year in the box office hit Think Like A Man and is repped by Gersh and Untitled.

Good’s not the only new face in the cast: Paradigm and Viking Entertainment client Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2 and 3) has also joined the pic, Paramount confirms. Adam McKay, who’s directing from a screenplay he wrote with Ferrell, revealed to Empire this week that the sequel will see Burgundy & Co. head to New York City. Meanwhile, speculation that Ferrell’s StepBrothers co-star John C. Reilly will also pop up in Anchorman 2 swirled this week following reports that the film was looking to hire Reilly lookalikes. (One explanation from the production, via a rep: “We were looking for a stand-in for lighting purposes who looks like John C. Reilly. We always demand that every stand-in looks like John C. Reilly”.)

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James Marsden Set For ‘Anchorman 2′

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 3:39pm PST

James Marsden Anchorman 2EXCLUSIVE: X-Men‘s James Marsden is the latest cast member to join Will Ferrell & Co. in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. While plot details have been kept largely under wraps, sources tell Deadline he’ll play a rival anchor and nemesis to Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy in the sequel. Secrecy has been high as production ramps up for a March shoot in Atlanta, although Christina Applegate slipped news of Kristen Wiig’s casting on Twitter earlier this month. Adam McKay is directing the December 20, 2013 Paramount release for Gary Sanchez Productions and Apatow Productions with much of the original Anchorman cast reprising their roles, including Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner.
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‘Anchorman 2′ Release Set Dec. 20, 2013

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 5:08pm PST

Paramount has announced the wide release date for the sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell-starring comedy: December 20, 2013. Anchorman: The Legend Continues brings back Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner and was announced in March. Paramount took over from DreamWorks, which did the first film, after DreamWorks departed the studio. Anchorman 2 will be produced under Judd Apatow’s banner with Ferrell’s and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions.

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