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9 items from 2013


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – first look review

17 December 2013 2:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This belated sequel sags despite the gags but will still be the best news Ron Burgundy's fans have had for a decade

Nearly a decade on from the original Anchorman film, affection for Will Ferrell's hapless newscaster Ron Burgundy has reached thermonuclear levels; it's hardly surprising, therefore, that this belated sequel is arriving on a wave of Burgundy-mania, where every marketing opportunity (ice-cream, trailer release, talk-show appearance, book tie-in) is treated as a major news event. In this Burgundy has its equivalent in the UK in Alan Partridge – as well as, of course, using its mocking take on broadcast-industry second-raters as a vehicle for broader social satire.

Well, lovers of Ron Burgundy – and I don't mean the kind that revs his engines – will find a lot to enjoy here. The Legend Continues picks up several years later with Burgundy co-anchoring with wife Veronica (Christina Applegate); a vacancy on the »

- Andrew Pulver

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Film Review: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

16 December 2013 10:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Making a sequel to a cherished cultural totem is no easy business, but director Adam McKay and his muse Will Ferrell keep things very classy in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” a modestly less quotable but generously funny new adventure for scotch-and-mahogany-loving 1970s newsman Ron Burgundy, here catapulted into 1980 and the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle. Mindful that bigger isn’t often better, McKay and Ferrell have scaled up 2004’s “Anchorman” without compromising its core of freewheeling prankishness, while making a not-unserious movie about the devolution of TV news into pandering infotainment. (Imagine “Network” as directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder.) Sure to leave a smile on the faces of all but the overly botoxed, this early Paramount Christmas present should easily power past the original film’s $85 million domestic haul, and possibly even the $148 million earned by Ferrell-McKay’s 2006 “Talladega Nights.”

Probably the most willfully absurd, »

- Scott Foundas

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Brian Barr obituary

12 November 2013 8:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Journalist and documentary film-maker whose investigations brought him into conflict with police and government

The Scottish documentary film-maker Brian Barr, who has died aged 70 from cancer, was one of those journalists for whom integrity was more important than self-promotion or material reward. In 1986, Brian helped reveal one of Britain's greatest postwar security scandals, when he and the investigative journalist Duncan Campbell exposed the existence of a £500m spy satellite which the government had somehow omitted to mention to parliament – Project Zircon. Working on a tipoff, they confirmed the existence of the project by putting a surprise question, during a filmed interview, to a visibly shocked government scientist, Professor Sir Ronald Mason.

Afterwards, special branch officers raided the Glasgow headquarters of BBC Scotland in the middle of the night and seized all film related to the programme, which had been made for the Secret Society series. This ignited one of the »

- Iain Macwhirter

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Brian Barr obituary

12 November 2013 8:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Journalist and documentary film-maker whose investigations brought him into conflict with police and government

The Scottish documentary film-maker Brian Barr, who has died aged 70 from cancer, was one of those journalists for whom integrity was more important than self-promotion or material reward. In 1986, Brian helped reveal one of Britain's greatest postwar security scandals, when he and the investigative journalist Duncan Campbell exposed the existence of a £500m spy satellite which the government had somehow omitted to mention to parliament – Project Zircon. Working on a tipoff, they confirmed the existence of the project by putting a surprise question, during a filmed interview, to a visibly shocked government scientist, Professor Sir Ronald Mason.

Afterwards, special branch officers raided the Glasgow headquarters of BBC Scotland in the middle of the night and seized all film related to the programme, which had been made for the Secret Society series. This ignited one of the »

- Iain Macwhirter

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Two Alternate Versions of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues May Debut in Theaters

25 October 2013 1:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in June, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues director Adam McKay revealed to us exclusively that he wants to make two different versions of his sequel, one rated PG-13 and the other rated R. The director revealed once again that he is hoping to release two separate cuts, with the alternate release containing over 250 new jokes.

The quote comes from the director's Empire Magazine breakdown of the recent trailer that was released earlier this week. Take a look at key moments from the video, along with the filmmaker's comments. The information about two separate versions is found underneath the seventh photo.

Good Evening, I'm Richard Whtimore

The trailer begins with a clip from an actual news broadcast - but not just any news broadcast. This is Richard Whitmore, former BBC anchor. Why start with a nod to Auntie Beeb?

"It starts off legitimate and then falls apart. That's the idea. »

- MovieWeb

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Barbara Walters: 'She was bigger than life to me'

13 May 2013 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

So it's farewell to Barbara Walters, the inspirational doyenne of Us television, who is retiring aged 83. Here's hoping she can be a role model in the UK too, where only men age on TV

Tribute packages to Barbara Walters, the 83-year-old doyenne of American television who has confirmed her retirement, are like century-end potted histories of a nation. Since starting out reporting on the weather and "women's interest stories" in 1961, Walters has interviewed every president from Richard Nixon onwards and famous people from Yassir Arafat to Vladimir Putin and Justin Bieber. She was the first woman to co-host both America's biggest morning TV show and the evening news, and has won 12 Emmy awards.

Yet in an interview with the New York Times to confirm that she is going, she said that "she probably took most pride in the comments from other women in the television business who told her she inspired them". Connie Hung, »

- Jane Martinson

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Giulio Andreotti obituary

7 May 2013 4:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Controversial politician at the heart of power in Italy who was prime minister seven times

Giulio Andreotti, who has died aged 94, was the ultimate insider of Italian political life. For half a century he was at the heart of power. His tenure at the highest echelons of government was unequalled in Europe. From the early 1960s to the early 90s, he was – almost uninterruptedly – either prime minister or a senior minister. Andreotti was in all but six of the 45 governments that ran from May 1947 to April 1992, led seven of them and, at various times, was the minister of defence, foreign affairs (five times), finance, treasury, and interior. He held the post of prime minister for longer than any other postwar Italian politician except Silvio Berlusconi, yet he never led the Christian Democratic party.

His tenacity in remaining at the centre of affairs became a source of fascination in itself. Just »

- Donald Sassoon

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Robert Beers obituary

16 April 2013 4:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My friend and colleague Robert Beers, who has died aged 66, will be remembered for his work as an award-winning television correspondent, a documentary producer and latterly as a respected teacher.

Robert was born in Seattle and was undoubtedly influenced in his determination to become a reporter by his uncle William Calhoun Baggs, who edited the Miami News from 1957 to 1969. After a BA in international relations and an MSc in journalism and mass communication at Florida State University (where he eventually returned as a guest lecturer), Robert began his broadcasting career in the early 1970s with CBS. He was their youngest ever bureau chief in Miami, reporting on conflicts in Central and South America, and he was one of the first Us journalists to return to Cuba and report on how the country had progressed since the American embargo. His other assignments included three Us elections; travelling aboard the presidential plane »

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Geraldo Struggles To Defend Palestinian ‘George Washington,’ Yasser Arafat, To Baffled Fox Hosts

22 March 2013 5:41 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Fox News Channel host Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends on Friday where he struggled to defend the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, as well as the decision by President Barack Obama to stand beneath his portrait during a joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday. Rivera attempted to explain to the incredulous Fox hosts that Arafat, implicated in scores of terrorist acts, was the Palestinian equivalent of George Washington. »

- Noah Rothman

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