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Ricky Bobby: Look at the car on the left; it's from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring Will Ferrell. Now look at the car on the right; it's parked outside Ricky Bobby's Sports Saloon and Restaurant, located in Fort Worth, Texas. Notice any similarities? So did Columbia Pictures, which is now suing the restaurant operators, demanding that they stop profiting from the brand without paying a licensing fee. The restaurant owners claim names cannot be trademarked, and may be planning to expand their empire. [Dallas Observer] Fletch Won: Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers) is in talks to star in Fletch Won, described as a "gritty action comedy" that is intended to reboot I.M. Fletcher, an investigative reporter created by novelist Gregory...
- Peter Martin
With "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' arriving in theaters on a wave of hype, endless advertising, countless personal appearances by Ron Burgundy and much more, Paramount is likely satisfied that the long awaited sequel bested its predecessor at the box office, though it wasn't a knockout punch. "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" notched $95 million worldwide, and the sequel (to date), $169 million. Respectable, but even "Elf" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby" did better at the domestic box office. All this to say: Ron Burgundy is hanging up his jacket. Speaking with Empire, director Adam McKay revealed that the adventures of the Channel 4 news team are over. “It’s done,” he said. “I think that’s it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy.” “No, that’s the last sequel we’re gonna do, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay wear many hats in this industry. As writers, directors, and actors, they’ve leant their touch to countless comedies that have that distinct Ferrell-McKay edge: both Anchorman films, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, among others. That’s because they wear one of those hats together, as Gary Sanchez, Paraguayan financier, enterprenuer, and film producer at Gary Sanchez Productions. Ferrell and McKay have announced that Gary Sanchez’ next move is to launch a sister label that will focus on female-driven television and film projects. Gloria Sanchez Productions, named after Gary’s favorite step-grandaughter of course, will be headed by longtime Sanchez executive Jessica Elbaum. Elbaum worked with the duo on Step Brothers and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and served as the producer of their female-centric film Bachelorette in 2012, which starred Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson. Apparently the Gloria Sanchez venture was Elbaum’s idea »
- Samantha Wilson
While Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are better known for the male-centric comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (and last year's sequel), Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the producing duo and their Gary Sanchez Productions banner also delivered the indie comedy hit Bachelorette. That film's producer and Gary Sanchez executive Jessica Elbaum has come up with a new division at the company dedicated to female-driven projects in film and television. This new endeavor will appropriately be named Gloria Sanchez Productions, and it couldn't be a better time. With shows like "New Girl" and "Broad City" making a splash, and Paul Feig finding great success with comedies like The Heat and Bridesmaids. Even outside of the comedy realm, franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergent are proving the audiences are hungry for female leads. Ferrell says (via The Wrap), "When Jessica came to us with this idea, »
- Ethan Anderton
Will Ferrell To Play Astronaut On TV
Like Anchorman, the potential hit titled Mission Control will take place in the past, kicking off in 1962, reported The Hollywood Reporter. According to the official description, it will be, “A workplace ensemble in the tone of Anchorman [that] examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.”
Apparently the idea of Ferrell playing an astronaut has been floating around since 2006 when Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby hit theaters. Adam McKay, who directed Ferrell in both Anchorman and Talladega Nights, said that they were looking to do a third film about the “mediocre American man” who thinks he’s more important than he is.
“Will playing prideful, »
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