Full ‘Anchorman 2’ Trailer Voids Any Hope For Funny Sequel

In the pantheon of somewhat amusing things run into the ground by an appalling fan base, the first Anchorman film certainly has a place of pride. Its admittedly enjoyable premise—satirizing the sexual mores of the 1970s with three-degrees less subtlety than Mad Men employs when mocking the 1960s—became something for fratty, Family Guy-watching bros to quote without the slightest sense of irony. Anchorman 2 should almost definitely make things worse.

Even for a sequel, the set-up here is drab: instead of the 1970s, it’s the 1980s, because times change and also they ran out of 1970s jokes in the first movie. The original news team—Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick, and maybe the newswoman played by Christina Applegate, if they remember—set out to create a 24-hour news channel, so expect lots of potshots at CNN. Thankfully, the network fully deserves them.

The flip side to this plot is Will Ferrell’s terminally-oblivious Ron Burgundy is dating a black woman, which gives him the opportunity to spout racist commentary at dinner with her extended family. Humor! What remains to be seen is which of the seemingly hundreds of cameos will be worst: the cast, according to IMDb, includes Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford, Kanye West, Greg Kinnear, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, none of whom exactly need to lend their name to trash like this. Okay, maybe Kanye. 

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The Future of ‘Up All Night’ Still Up in the Air, Will Arnett Attached to CBS Pilot

It’s Pilot Season! It’s Pilot Season! Now is the time when people who know a sliver about television report on all of the new projects being filmed for potential TV series, which means that everyone freaks out about the tiniest things. Up All Night, as we know, is in a weird spot. While the single-camera format has been tossed out after a season and a half and Christina Applegate has left the show, the future doesn’t look too bright. Naturally, Will Arnett is looking at other options, as any sane person would do in such a volatile situation, and is attached to star in a comedy pilot for CBS. 

Entertainment Weekly reports that the still-untitled pilot will be written by Greg Garcia, creator of Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl:

In the multi-camera show, Arnett will play a recent divorcé whose life grows more complicated as his parents experience problems in their marriage. (Arnett and wife/Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler separated last fall.)

Oh right, Will Arnett is also in a weird spot, marriage-wise. Thank you, EW, for reminding us that sometimes life imitates art. Now, if only this show was also about an actor fleeing a failing sitcom for another network show. And throw in a zeitgeisty subplot about his experience on a beloved-but-cancelled sitcom that has found a new home on a streaming video service! This could be big, everyone.

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‘Up All Night’ Is Basically Over

Up All Night was actually a decent show: Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett and Christina Applegate can’t not be funny and it’s hard not to like a show with a cute baby in every episode. But ever since Applegate announced she won’t be returning to the show, it has basically been falling apart.

At first there were rumors that Lisa Kurdrow would replace Applegate on the program. But now Arnett is supposedly being wooed by CBS to headline another sitcom.  

But now Rudolph is pregnant with her fourth child, which  may have required incorporation of her pregnancy into the show. But it seems as if it’s a fool’s errand: creator Emily Spivey also left the show within the past two month and  Kim Masters reports at The Hollywood Reporter that writers aren’t even sure the program will be kept alive and are seeking new work. 

Well, at least it is somewhat of a consolation that TV shows can be as fucked up work places as anywhere else. 

Too bad. It was a good show.

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Industry Insiders: Andrea Lawent, Hollywood Drill Sergeant

The hard-rocking owner and CEO of Made In LA Fitness dishes about dancing, cookie diets, and fellow badass Christina Applegate.

Where do you show off your Made In LA bod? 101 Coffee Shop is like my second home. It’s an old-school diner in Hollywood, with really good food and a great jukebox. I like the sushi and sitting on the roof at The Kress. There, my partner, Mike Viscuso, took the old Frederick’s of Hollywood and redid the whole thing into an entertainment mecca. I walked through the place with him as he was ripping it up, and now it’s beautiful. Finally, M Cafe De Chaya. I love the food there. They manage to create the most fantastic dishes, and all with no sugar or dairy.

How do you fill your days? At Made in LA Fitness, I own, operate, design our clothing line, hire, fire, schedule — everything. I am an ex-dancer and choreographer who has always taught. I started teaching spinning about 14 years ago and have developed a very large, loyal following, which eventually led to the opening of this establishment.

Who has inspired you? Jillian Michaels is someone I admire and respect. She has been my student for over a decade. I have watched her put her head down with no ego and work her ass off. She left The Biggest Loser, as they wouldn’t give her what she asked for and is worth. Obviously, they brought her back, as the show without her wasn’t a success. We hold bootcamps at Made In LA for members of Jillian’s website quarterly. They come from Australia, England, Canada, and all over the US. I also met Christina Applegate when I was what felt like 15 months pregnant with my first child. I was choreographing Don’t Tell Mom, the Babysitter’s Dead. And I actually thought I was gonna meet Kelly Bundy. I was wrong — she is the most down-to-earth person. She then was one of my first students and has been with me for 14 years.

Have there been any recent changes in your industry? Even though of course fitness is to look good, there also seems to be a movement towards how good you are on the inside — our mental and spiritual health. I always say, “I never heard the words ‘change’ and ‘comfortable’ in the same sentence.”

What’s something in your industry that you don’t support? The gimmicky “magic bullet” diet aids: “I lost 40 pounds in two weeks,” “Five-minute abs,” “The Cookie Diet.” There is no magic bullet — it’s commitment and tenacity and showing up consistently.

What is something that people might not know about you? Being all tatted up and loving my rock music, most people think I’m tough. I’m not. I cried when my kids were little and said the pledge of allegiance. My friends call me the Martha Stewart of Hollywood as I have very conservative tastes. I must own every Polo sweater in every color. I’m prone to changing the duvets and linens seasonally, and I like Ralph Lauren and Laura Ashley bedding.

Star Crossings: Matching Celebrity Hookups

Professional matchmaker Amy Laurent offers advice for Hollywood’s confirmed bachelors and those recently in the doghouse.

What’s in store for Guy Ritchie? Well, he was always Mr. Madonna, but he has in his own accomplishments. He needs to date someone less famous. He’s been seeing actress Kelly Riley, who is great because she’s not such a superstar. I really like him with Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef. She’s divorced from Salman Rushdie and definitely doesn’t need to be with another writer. And look, I hate to promote adultery, but I kind of like Madonna with A-Rod.

Yeah, it’s pretty hot. They are both huge, but in different industries. Plus physically I always pictured her with a darker guy.

Do you think David Duchovny and Tea Leoni will stay together? I don’t know. If they do, she’s gonna need to support him. Sex addiction is like alcoholism; it’s an everyday struggle. He’s so sexy though, it’s understandable, plus there’s that show he’s on.

Yeah, and apparently he’s got a huge one. If they don’t stay together, and after a while he’s ready to date seriously, I love him with Meg Ryan. He needs a natural beauty, and she’s been through her own stuff.

And she got down in that movie In the Cut. Speaking of getting down, Hugh Hefner is single again. He should just have fun. Holly moved out because he wouldn’t marry her. Now he has 19-year-old twins living at the mansion. I say go for the twins.

Sage advice. What about George Clooney? He says he never wants to marry. Humans are humans, and sometimes they need a partner. A guy like him doesn’t deserve to be 70 and alone. He’s recently gotten back with Krista Allen, and I think he craves that kind of close friendship. But I think he does best with non-celebs. He can have everything he wants and keep his privacy. Of course, I sort of like him with Anne Hathaway …

She could definitely use a good man. They’d be like the cool version of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

Jeremy Piven is in New York right now doing Speed-the-Plow on Broadway … should the girls in the Meatpacking District look out or what? He loves his fame. He worked hard for a long time, and now that he’s big, he wants to enjoy it. And he has enjoyed it. You see him on the circuit in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago with models, hot girls, yet he always brings his mom to the award show. I would like to see him with Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars. She’s hilarious and fun. I think there would be plenty of passion, but humor will keep him coming back.

What can a girl do to get Lance Armstrong coming back? I don’t know. He was great with Sheryl Crow. Obviously he needs someone beautiful but also active. She’s got to keep up with him.

Like Matthew McConaughey? No comment. I like him with Jennifer Aniston, but she is a friend of Sheryl’s, so that might be tough. I could see him with Shania Twain, who’s got that all-American look, or Christina Applegate, who is pretty, sweet, and also a cancer survivor. He should stay off Ashley Olsen. He needs to keep it over 30.

Should Bret Michaels keep it over 30? He’s not gonna find love on a TV show. Those girls are a little rough around the edges. I like him with Katy Perry. She’s sexy, she can hang with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, but could be more than just a groupie.

Plus she’s kissed a girl. She might be down for a three-way with Brandi C.