And right after the break, we’ll talk about some of the new holiday movies. … Wait – this just in! Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, one of the year’s biggest comedies, will hit theatres Dec. 20. That’s right folks: Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate returning as the “stay classy” Cable 4 news team. What’s that? My producer is telling me over my headset that this sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy includes some cast additions – Kristen Wiig, Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford, ready to “musk up” and join the team. Just to show what the phrase “produced by Judd Apatow” means, look too for possible cameos from Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Sacha Baron Cohen and God. I’m getting a correction here: That’s not God, just Kanye West.
Oh boy, that break’s just gonna have to wait, because we’ve got lots of film news to report here as regards to the home stretch of the Hollywood awards season. We all know the studios got out of the gate early this year with a bevy of Oscar bets, including Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Enough Said, Captain Phillips, All Is Lost and Nebraska. But I’m here to report there’s way more to come: new films from Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Joel and Ethan Coen, Jason Reitman and Peter Jackson, and potential prize-winning turns from the perennially honoured Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet and the lovely Emma Thompson.
And if you’ve got the kids underfoot this holiday season, worry not! There’s Ben Stiller’s adaptation of James Thurber’s short story about an everyman dreamer, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; and a pair of animated features, Frozen and Walking With Dinosaurs, both offering epic journeys and bad weather.
And men – can I talk to you on camera two? – we’ve also got plenty of brawny dudes pounding their own and each other’s chests. They include Robert De Niro going into the ring with Sly Stallone as senior rivals in Grudge Match, satisfying this reporter’s personal Christmas wish to see Raging Bull give Rocky one right in the kisser as payback for beating Taxi Driver as 1976’s best picture.
Please enjoy this sprightly rundown of the season’s cinematic stocking stuffers. We’ll return shortly to our regular programming.