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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Anchorman 2′ Can’t Quite Catch ‘The Hobbit’

The return of Ron Burgundy and his news team has been positioned as a big, huge deal. 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' has been marketed more than any major release this month and everyone just assumed that the film would effortlessly snag massive box office numbers thanks purely to saturation (on top of the fact that the original is quite beloved). So it must sting a little for Paramount to see the film open in second place and it must sting even more once they compare the opening numbers to the opening of the first film from 2004.

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‘Anchorman 2′ Review

There are a handful of extremely funny, laugh-out-loud moments in 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.' One happens early – the reveal that David Koechner now runs a cut-rate fast-food joint that saves money by serving fried bats (or, as he calls it, “chicken of the cave"). Another is a retread from the first film – a battle royale of news teams from various networks, but this time even more extreme. There's also great humor in what I suppose passes for “the point” of this movie – that lowest common denominator attitudes like those of Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy are what inadvertently invented the cesspool of modern cable news.

Of course, what you will find funny is entirely dependent on your own taste, but these highlighted scenes (and several others, I must point out) really landed with me. It struck me later, as I was trying to piece together why the movie felt about six hours long, that these moments were all dependent on gags that could not have been ad-libbed. Ferrell, Koechner, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and the rest of the gang are deservedly respected for their quick-thinking comedy chops. When they get together and riff, few can top them. The problem is that 'Anchorman 2' relies on this far, far too much. It's like a a dessert plate where mounds of fluffy whipped cream obscures the fact that, underneath, there's only a tiny bite of pie.

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‘Anchorman 2′ Trailer: Ron Burgundy is Back and Dumber Than Ever!

UPDATE: Now with a bonus, international trailer below, with tons of new footage!

Why would a man have a bag of bowling balls and a scorpion terrarium in his car? Well, that's Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) for you. And if the first full trailer for 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' didn't hit as many high notes as one might hope, this latest trailer delivers and then some.

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‘Anchorman 2′: Let Ron Burgundy Sell You a Dodge

In an inspired bit of cross-promotion, Will Ferrell has gotten into character as Ron Burgundy to sell the new 2014 Dodge Durango. With his trademark absurd wit and charm, Burgundy promotes both the upcoming 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' and the shiny new Dodge vehicle in a series of commercials that make us wish that Ron Burgundy would star in every TV ad. 

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Will Ferrell is Now Working Security for the L.A. Lakers

We know that times are tough in this economy, but we never could have imagined things would get this bad - especially for a guy like Will Ferrell. The comedian appears to have fallen on a big old rough patch, as he was spotted last night working security for the L.A. Lakers.

Of course, it ended up being quite funny, because Will was at his stone-faced best.

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Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy Announces ‘Anchorman’ Sequel on ‘Conan’

Mustachioed anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) dropped by ‘Conan‘ on Wednesday night to make a surprise announcement regarding a sequel to the movie ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.’ And, true to form, Burgundy played a mean jazz flute while doing so.

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