As if there aren’t quite enough reruns of Jon Favreau and Will Ferrell’s 2003 holiday hit Elf on television for fans this holiday season, NBC is debuting a new take on the modern Christmas classic.
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Serious news has bumped fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy off SportsCenter.
Actor Will Ferrell was scheduled to reprise his role on a Thursday evening edition of the highlights show on ESPN. The network announced Wednesday night that the appearance had been scrapped because of the “potential implications” of the news conference scheduled Thursday afternoon about the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
ESPN says Ferrell’s guest spot hasn’t been rescheduled. His character has been on a media blitz to promote Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which included covering Canada’s Olympic curling trials and hosting a local newscast in North Dakota.
Prepare your mustache combs and dust off the old jazz flute:
On Nov. 21, Ron Burgundy is coming back to Conan. Update: The Burgundy bit will now air on Conan‘s Nov. 20 episode.
As you may recall, Burgundy — a.k.a. Will Ferrell — last stopped by Conan O’Brien’s TBS show to break the news that Anchorman‘s long-anticipated sequel had finally been greenlit. This time around, Ferrell-as-Burgundy will apparently stick around for “a much longer conversation,” according to a release — one mainly about Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings, an Anchorman 2 tie-in book/Burgundy “autobiography” that hits shelves Nov. 18. Anchorman 2 debuts a month later, on Dec. 20.
“It’s thrilling to be on the Conan O’Brien show, a top flight show. I’m excited to hear he’s still on television,” “Burgundy” said in a statement.
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Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play sibling lovers in new IFC comedy 'The Spoils of Babylon' -- EXCLUSIVE
EW has the exclusive first look at the trailer for the new Funny or Die-produced comedy The Spoils of Babylon, premiering January 9 at 10 p.m. on IFC. Spoofing classic nighttime soaps like Dallas and The Thorn Birds, the six part series chronicles the TV adaptation of the novel of fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell). His best-seller The Spoils of Babylon chronicles the melodramatic escapades of the oil-rich Morehouse family, led by patriarch Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins). Wiig plays Jonas’ daughter Cynthia who burns with taboo passion for her adopted brother Devon (Tobey Maguire). “The whole show is ridiculous and I mean that in the best way,” she says. “The things this family goes through, the murder and the lies and the affairs, is so absurd and bizarre and written so well.”
While fighting her forbidden love, Cynthia must also contend with the exploits of her evil son, played by Haley Joel Osment (!). Later in the series, Cynthia and Devon grow estranged and he becomes an activist who goes to work in an underwater lab where falls for Jessica Alba’s scientist character. “People know Tobey from more serious roles,” says Wiig. “But he made me laugh so hard. I’m so excited for people to see him in this context.” Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY
Did the madness on last night’s Game of Thrones make you long for another epic in your life?
IFC to the rescue! The network has announced the rest of the cast for The Spoils of Babylon, an epic parody of television mini-series produced by Funny Or Die and starring Will Ferrell. Rounding out the cast will be Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Tim Robbins, and Kristen Wiig. The show, a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell), will have six half-hour episodes that will premiere in early 2014.
“The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business,” according to a press release. “The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms. Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two U.S. Army generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.”
“This amazingly talented cast will give this decadent genre its due respect,” said Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC in a press release. “Never before has a parody of a mini-series been more poised for showers of accolades.”
Emmy voters, consider this your official heads-up!
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Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza rushed the stage at last night’s MTV Movie Awards while Will Ferrell was accepting the Comic Genius Award and was later escorted out of the venue by the head of Viacom security.
Plaza attempted to take Ferrell’s award out of his hand, but he held tight to the Golden Popcorn. When he asked if she was okay, she said “yup” and awkwardly retreated to her seat. During the commercial break that followed, Plaza was escorted from her front-row seat by MTV executives and security and off the Sony Pictures Studios lot, where the awards were held.
MTV reports she was cooperative with security when they removed her from the venue.
The actress was well-behaved when she sat down with MTV on Wednesday for a Q&A session following a screening of her August film The To-Do List, the name of which was scrawled across her chest when she rushed the Movie Awards stage. Perhaps she was hoping for a bit of free viral marketing?
The incident certainly recalls Kanye West’s famous stage-rush of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Heck, early this morning, Plaza herself tweeted, “Thanks for the advice @kanyewest went better than planned! #mtvmovieawards #chrisbosh #thesecret.”
Check it out below.
The end of The Office is accelerating toward us faster than, well, something between a snake and a mongoose. To honor it properly, Office star John Krasinski has produced a 10-episode web series that NBC will roll out over the next few weeks.
In the first, which is available below exclusively on EW.com, we sit down for lunch with Will Ferrell, who pays tribute to his time on the show, when he played Deangelo Vickers. (The lunch part wasn’t exactly planned, as you’ll see.)
Upcoming installments will feature interviews with other memorable guest stars, as well as some longtime Dunder Mifflin favorites. Watch below, and for more scoop on the Office series finale, airing May 16 at 9 p.m., click here.
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The network that brings you Portlandia is about to get even funnier (and more absurd).
IFC has greenlit two comedies with A-list talent. First up is The Spoils of Babylon, “a television adaptation of a best-selling epic novel by author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), that will feature an ensemble cast to be announced later. The blowsy century-spanning saga chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of a family who made their fortune in the oil business.” That show, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, was given a six-episode order and will premiere later this year.
“This is a crazy and maybe even a stupid idea,” Ferrell said in a press release. “IFC is either really courageous or really stupid which makes them the perfect partner for us.” READ FULL STORY
You might to want to remove those earmuffs to hear this news: The cast of Old School will reunite for one night only. Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and director Todd Phillips are slated to be inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame at the June 2 filming of Spike TV’s Guys Choice event, EW has learned. (Fast Times at Ridgemont High was honored at last year’s ceremony, while the three previous inductees were GoodFellas, Fight Club, and Swingers.) READ FULL STORY
Will Ferrell will return to Saturday Night Live on May 12, hosting the second of three consecutive episodes to cap the show’s 37th season. The star, who was part of the cast for seven years before leaving in 2002, will host for the third time, with musical guest, Usher.
Eli Manning makes his hosting debut next Saturday, May 5, with Rihanna, and the season’s final show of the season will air May 19. A host for the finale has yet to be announced. But for those who like to speculate who might be the big name to host the season-ender, both The Dictator and What to Expect When You’re Expecting open in theaters that week…
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