Bang Bang, Fox’s anticipated Indian remake of Knight And Day, has dropped a teaser in what is shaping up to be a hot week for Bollywood. The film stars Hrithik Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last year to remove a blood clot, causing a delay in production and moving the release date from May to October 2 this year — the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. It’s also the start of the four-day Dussehra Hindu festival weekend holiday. Siddharth Anand directs Bang Bang, which also stars Katrina Kaif. Roshan, who’s a bona fide star at home with a growing international profile (his wax likeness stands at Madame Tussaud’s in the UK), most recently starred in superhero pic Krrish 3. That film broke records in India in 2013. A special screening of the Bang Bang teaser was hosted in India this week and set social media abuzz. Here’s a look:
Will Ferrell is set for a tribute at the 40th annual Deauville American Film Festival in September. The Saturday Night Live veteran’s recent credits include The Lego Movie, Anchorman 2 and the upcoming Get Hard, and his Gary Sanchez Productions this week announced a film adaptation on the 1980s TV series Manimal. “The Deauville American Film Festival is, as its name suggests, the festival of all kinds of cinema, of every genre, and therefore considers nothing as off-limits,” fest director Bruno Barde … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Animation has set Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions on Manimal, the feature based on the cult 1980s TV show about a man who fights crime using his ability to morph into animals. Miller, Ferrell, and McKay will produce along with original series co-creator Glen A. Larson, and Key & Peele EPs Jay Martel and Ian Roberts already have been tapped to write.
The original 1983 series starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who was also “master of the secrets that divide man from animal.” It was cancelled after eight episodes, only to live on in the hearts of a devoted cult fandom (flash back with a clip from Manimal below). Sony Pictures Animation’s live-action/animation hybrid will reinvent that concept as an action-comedy with heavy visual effects and animated elements. SPA President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate and SVP Michael Lachance are overseeing for the studio. Read More »
TV critics seem to have reservations about NBC’s new comedy series Bad Judge. The single-camera comedy stars Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, a tough judge serving in the Los Angeles County courts, whose private life is pretty wild. In the comedy, co-created by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and Anne Heche, Wright meets an eight-year-old boy whose parents she’d put in the hoosegow.
Walsh said she loved the idea of playing a character who, in the first four pages of the script, wakes up with a hangover, gets a pregnancy test and is revealed to be a judge. “It was super appealing,” she said, describing her initial reaction to the role as the sensation of having her nose pressed up to a candy-store window.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is trying to move fast on Daddy’s Home, with talks heating for Mark Wahlberg to reteam with Will Ferrell in the Gary Sanchez-produced comedy. Horrible Bosses 2 helmer Sean Anders and John Morris are in that discussion to direct and production would begin this fall.
This is the movie that looked like it was going to happen last year with Vince Vaughn and Ferrell, and Etan Cohen directing. That version of the film fell apart, but it is fast coming back together with Wahlberg, who just did Transformers: Age Of Extinction for Paramount. He and Ferrell are an easy match; they starred together in the 2010 hit The Other Guys. Anders & Morris stepped up to direct Horrible Bosses 2 after they scripted the sleeper hit We’re The Millers. Read More »
It’s back to the Stone Age for Warner Bros. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are set to produce a new animated Flintstonesfilm for WB, with their Gary Sanchez Productions partner Chris Henchy scripting. Two decades have passed since Universal gave the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated sitcom its first live-action outing starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis, then followed with a 2000 prequel that notoriously bombed at the box office.
EXCLUSIVE: TriStar has pre-emptively bought The Yank, a pitch for a star vehicle for Will Ferrell to play a mild mannered insurance courier who gets caught up in a conspiracy to steal the Crown Jewels in London. The fish out of water comedy will be written by Steve Pink and his writing partner Jeff Morris, and Mosaic is producing with Gary Sanchez Productions.
It’s the second significant star-driven pitch material deal this month for Tom Rothman’s division, after beating out several suitors to close a deal to finance and distribute Ricki And The Flash, a hot package that has Meryl Streep playing a hard rocking mama, with Jonathan Demme directing a script by Juno‘s Diablo Cody, and Marc Platt and Mason Novick producing. TriStar is separately prepping for production on the Robert Zemeckis-directed 3-D experiential film To Walk The Clouds about the French aerialist Phillipe Petit who crossed between the Twin Towers on a wire in 1974. Charlotte Lebon, Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale just signed on to star with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Pink and Morris are repped by UTA, with Pink managed by Mosaic and Morris by Principato-Young. Ferrell is repped by CAA and Mosaic.
EXCLUSIVE: After cranking out two big hit comedies in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, Sony Pictures is back in business with Will Ferrell,Adam McKay and John C. Reilly. The studio has closed a deal with Oscar-nominated In The Loop writer Jesse Armstrong to pen Border Guards. It’s a comedy that McKay is eyeing to direct, with Ferrell and Reilly playing two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S. It’s only related to the previous films in that Ferrell and Reilly pair so well together.
Ferrell, McKay, and Kevin Messick are producing through Gary Sanchez Productions. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin will oversee for Sony. The scribe, who’s repped by CAA, is a British comedy writer who with writing partner Sam Bain created the Channel 4 sitcoms Peep Show and Fresh Meat, and the Danny Boyle-directed series Babylon. Armstrong, who earned an Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing In The Loop, also scripted a biopic on Republican strategist Lee Atwater for Gary Sanchez with McKay attached to direct. Ferrell is repped by CAA and Mosaic and John C. Reilly by WME and Framework.
Chernin Entertainment and Gary Sanchez Productions’ Match Maker is based on Don Van Matta Jr’s ESPN The Magazine article “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia And The Battle Of The Sexes,” centering on the 1973 exhibition tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that drew 50 million TV viewers. King, then 29 and at the height of her powers, beat Riggs, the a 55-year-old retired pro — though there’s always been speculation there’s more to the story. Will Ferrell is now attached to play Riggs, and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty scribe Steven Conrad has been hired to write the script. Variety had this break first.
Warner Bros has slotted the Etan Cohen-directed comedy Get Hard for March 27, 2015. Will Ferrell stars as a rich, soft-handed investment bank manager who is sentenced to a maximum security prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He hires the streetwise guy who normally washes his car to get him ready to do hard time in the 30 days before he has to report. Kevin Hart co-stars. Get Hard will go up against Fox’s animated pic The Penguins Of Madagascar and Sony/Columbia’s sci-fi actioner Chappie.
“When Jessica came to us with this idea, we thought it was fantastic,” said McKay and Ferrell. “She has worked with some of the great female voices in comedy and has proven herself as a gifted producer who has a keen eye for material.
Elbaum has been with Gary Sanchez since its formation in 2006 and she has been a producer on such films as Step Brothers, The Other Guys, Casa De Mi Padre and Bachelorette, the latter of which fits the template for the kind of fare Gloria Sanchez wants to make. She also guided Ferrell’s 2008 stage show You’re Welcome America, to Broadway for its limited run and was exec producer of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and is in post on the Shira Piven-helmed comedy Welcome To Me, which stars Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, James Marsden, and Tim Robbins.
Host 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):
The roadshow for Anchorman 2 rolled into North Dakota this weekend, where Will Ferrell, in Ron Burgundy garb, hosted a local newscast. Here’s the broadcast, if you’ve got half an hour. You’ve really got to give Ferrell credit for commitment to promoting this film. It doesn’t get much more grassroots than this.
Chances are roughly 100% that you’ve encountered the promotional blitz for the long-in-coming sequel. Now Paramount has moved the release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues up two days to Wednesday, December 18. The film, which reunites Will Ferrell and his gang from the 2004 original, faces only one other wide opener that weekend as Fox’s Walking With Dinosaurs bows Friday. Paramount also said tonight that its horror franchise that keeps on giving will attack again. The next installment of Friday The 13th will be unsheathed March 13, 2015. That’s a Friday, natch.
UPDATE: Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy will be calling a pro curling match during the Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings, December 1 in Manitoba. (Scroll to the bottom for the announcement vid.)
Paramount‘s marketing team must be working overtime brainstorming PR stunts for their Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues; now they’ve landed Ron Burgundy (AKA Will Ferrell) a gig on Canada’s The Sports Network. “Legendary broadcaster Ron Burgundy will join the network’s team of broadcasters beginning in December,” TSN announced Friday, with details of Burgundy’s new post to be revealed live during Sunday’s Grey Cup. Paramount’s got just under a month to pack in the promo gags before Anchorman 2‘s December 20 bow. Earlier this week Burgundy stopped by Conan to riff on Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s recent headline-making news. Today Paramount released a brief Burgundy video to capitalize on this weekend’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary mania: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: This is the dream of every public access show: New York’s cult weekly program The Chris Gethard Show will be making the leap from the local Manhattan Neighborhood Network to Comedy Central. The cable network has ordered a pilot for TCGS, a live, interactive call-in show with roots at the UCB Theater NY, which blends talk, variety and game elements. It will be produced by Funny Or Die, looking to repeat the success it’s had with another Comedy Central talk show, new late-night entry @midnight, which was just picked up for 40 weeks. Brillstein Entertainment Partners is co-producing, with Gethard and Zach Galifianakis exec producing alongside Funny Or Die’s Will Ferrell, Owen Burke, Adam McKay and Mike Farah as well as Brillstein’s Brian Stern. TCGS, whose episodes often are based on original bits, has featured such guests as Galifianakis, Sean Combs, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, John Mulaney, Bobby Moynihan and Andrew WK. The show also is known for championing the Brooklyn music scene and New York’s fringe artists and oddballs.
NBC has handed an early pilot order to Bad Judge, a single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by former Private Practice star Kate Walsh. The single-camera project, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and actress Anne Heche, was written by Chad Kultgen(The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Universal TV, where Gary Sanchez Prods. and Heche have deals, is producing. Heche and Jill Messick executive produce alongside Walsh, Kultgen, Ferrell and McKay. Bad Judge was a late pitch buy last development season, and emerged as a contender for an off-cycle pilot order in March when Walsh started circling the project. Read More »
IFC‘s miniseries parody The Spoils Of Babylon chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the complicated Morehouse family who made their fortune in the oil business. Tobey Maguire, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig lead the all-star cast which also includes Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, and Steve Tom. The six-part series is produced by Funny or Die for IFC and executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont created and wrote the series, and Piedmont directed. The Spoils Of Babylon premieres with two back-to-back half-hour episodes January 9 at 10 PM on IFC. Check out the new trailer:
Will Ferrell is pulling out all the stops as he brings back the boorish newscaster Ron Burgundy for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. He’s doing car commercials and endorsing Ben And Jerry’s ice cream flavors. Now, Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer. The film doesn’t come out until Christmas, and between this and the earlier trailer, you’re left hoping they haven’t given away all the good jokes, because this is pretty funny stuff.
Will Ferrell‘s ’70s-classy character seems to have a permanent case of brain freeze. Now he has a potential excuse. With Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues a couple of months away, Ben & Jerry’s is following such showbiz-themed stunt flavors as Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream and Late Night Snack with Ron Burgundy’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch. Named after the San Diego newsreader’s preferred adult beverage, the butterscotch-n-swirl treat is the latest cross-marketing ploy for the long-gestating sequel. The Newseum in Washington, D.C., is planning an Anchorman exhibit next month, and Dodge recently launched a TV campaign starring Ferrell as Burgundy hawking Durango trucks. (Maybe it got the idea from the Honda ad starring Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller a couple Super Bowls ago, though that one had no film to plug). You won’t get carded buying Scotchy Scotch Scotch; like rum raisin, it merely hints at booze. Let’s just hope it doesn’t have the smell of desire.