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Back in March of 2012, Will Ferrell appeared as Ron Burgundy on "Conan" to announce Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was finally happening, and last night the legendary newsman returned to the TBS late night talk show to promote the upcoming comedy sequel from director Adam McKay. Never one to disappoint and put on a good show, Burgundy decided to pay tribute to Toronto mayor Rob Ford (currently being ridiculed for smoking crack, hanging out with hookers and other douchebaggery) by singing to his "dear, dear, dear friend." Ford is in hot water, but he had time to to post the video on Twitter saying, "I had to laugh at my friend Ron Burgundy & his take on my 2014 re-election campaign song." Watch now!
Briefly: It looks like we now have an actual release date. Its being reported by BoxOfficeMojo that Warner Bros has set a May 15th, 2015 summer release date for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, the return of Mad Max, starring Tom Hardy as the new Mad Max. We've been following this sequel for many years, as it was shot down in Africa back in 2012 but has been stuck in post-production hell ever since, with extensive reshoots and more over the last few years. 2015 is already becoming one of the most exciting years for movies in a while, with the new Star Wars, Avengers and Jurassic Park movies on the docket already. Hopefully this is finally confirmation that we may finally see this new Mad Max within two years anyway.
We got a glimpse of some of the explosive mayhem (or Bayhem) on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in a first look photo from earlier this year, but now an even better look behind the scenes has popped up. The airheads over at Entertainment Tonight were given access to the set in "Hong Kong" where they filmed some segments during production of a scene with plenty of action. Of course, since the Autobots and Decepticons will be added in post-production, we don't know what's going on besides explosions, vehicle destruction and chaos. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor were there too. Watch!
For anyone who ever thought that die-hard fans were crazy for recreating costumes, props, etc., here's a story to shut them up. Just recently, we featured the first behind the scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII featuring J.J. Abrams at the production workshop with Kathleen Kennedy, two other dudes, and everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2-D2. Many outlets took this as confirmation that the droid would return for the sequel, which wasn't a surprise, and now that fact has been confirmed along with some cool news about the team who will be working on the practical droid creation for the production now.
Don't worry, this isn't a guarantee of another sequel in the Machete franchise if that's not your deal. But for those who have come to enjoy the outlandish grindhouse inspired action comedy series, this is a bit of fun. For anyone who already saw Machete Kills in theaters, this is old news. But as has become custom with these films, there was a faux trailer for a sequel called Machete Kills Again...in Space! that played before the sequel starring Danny Trejo and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It's just as ridiculous as you'd expect, but since the silly sequel only pulled in $14 million at the worldwide box office so far, I don't think it'll become a reality like the other two films. Still, this is a bit of goofy action fun to enjoy. Watch it now!
Following rumors this morning that Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin were preparing for some sort of Monty Python reunion, BBC (via THR) has confirmed that the iconic comedy troupe is indeed coming together again. A press conference Thursday will divulge all the details, but Jones prematurely confirmed, "We're getting together and putting on a show. It's real." While it's not clear what kind of show, the reunion has many people saying that Monty Python might also be planning a return to the small screen with a TV show, or better yet, there's talk of a potential movie as well.
By now, it would be news if Christopher Nolan wasn't shooting part of his film using IMAX cameras. Since utilizing the large format film on The Dark Knight, the director has taken advantage of the beautiful tools from IMAX to deliver some amazing imagery to the big screen. Now he's at it again with the sci-fi flick Interstellar, which follows a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Now we have a first glimpse at something awesome Nolan is doing with the IMAX camera this time. Look!
In this day and age of e-mail, text messaging and Snapchatting, it's amazing that the United States Postal Service is still in business (though they struggle more every year). But at the end of the day, unless we get a teleporter, people still have packages to send, and I guess greeting cards are still nice. So the USPS still likes to dabble in cool collector's edition stamps, and this time they're bringing The Boy Who Lived to your mailbox. Beginning on November 19th, there will be a new 20-stamp set commemorating the world of Harry Potter, specifically utilizing images from Warner Bros. multi-billion dollar film franchise. Read on!
Just last month, we learned that Relativity Media had killed the big screen adaptation of Hasbro's elastic toy Stretch Armstrong. The project had been developing at Relativity after the property fell away from Universal, which once attached Taylor Lautner to lead it, but no one has been able to make it work (we wish the same thing happened with Battleship). We'll never see the story that might have been, but we do get to see one particular scene for Relativity's action adventure that would have been called Armstrong in the form of a five-minute animatic directed by James Rothwell, and there's cool, surprisingly violent, action.
Something strange arrived at Midtown Comics yesterday, and ComingSoon was keen enough to notice their confusion on Twitter. There have been some pieces of viral marketing and teaser posters that have just turned out to be fanmade, which is why the comic shop in New York was a little leery of a poster tube that arrived with an a teaser poster for Wonder Twins, the extraterrestrial cartoon superheroes created by Hanna-Barbera for the "Super Friends" TV series and later put in the DC Comics universe. With the obvious tagline "Activate" and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher as the leads, this seemed fake, but there's more.
In addition to preparing an alternate cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with completely different jokes that may play in theaters, director Adam McKay has an idea that might take the series in a whole new direction without Will Ferrell. Surely you're already rolling your eyes (and I'll stop calling you Shirley), but just hear the guy out. Rather than doing a spin-off on any of the other news team members or anything like that, McKay wants to go in a completely different family friendly direction. How would the director of mostly R-rated comedies do that? By following Ron Burgundy's son and his pet dog Baxter!
Look, we wish that we had some real behind the scenes photos from Star Wars: Episode VII like the set of the Millennium Falcon, or a new planet, even some lightsabers or weapons, basically anything from the forthcoming sequel which was recently dated for December 18th, 2015. But unfortunately, it's still early days, and the crew at Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot are still busy getting the script and other details together before production begins next spring. However, we have a photo of Abrams with an iconic Star Wars character as the Bad Robot Twitter feed has just posted a picture of the director with R2-D2. Look!
Following that amazing second trailer for The LEGO Movie, we probably couldn't be more excited for the February 2014 release from directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller. But adding to the hype machine are some new posters featuring some of the dozens of characters who will be appearing in the film. What's cool about these character posters is the detail to the LEGO minifigures themselves. You can see the textures and creases from the plastic molds on some of them, and a couple even have some scratches and broken parts. In addition, a new theatrical one-sheet puts them together with some characters and vehicles we haven't seen.
So far we've only seen one good picture of Russell Crowe and a look at the sets of Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah (though some stunning photos surfaced and was taken down), but a trailer is coming soon. We're not sure when, but Entertainment Tonight (via The Film Stage) has unveiled a quick tease of the trailer (thankfully, none of their airhead hosts are talking over it this time) showing us about 20 seconds of footage. There's some gorgeous photography here, but the tease doesn't give us a glimpse of any other cast members like Logan Lerman or Emma Watson just yet. You can now see the first two trailers here.