1. Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Paramount, 3,450 Theaters, 119 Minutes, Rated PG-13):I still can’t believe how hard a time this film had getting made. The original almost tripled its budget worldwide, it became a cult favorite on home video and its cast, which all went on to bigger and better things, expressed an interest in revisiting the concept and Paramount still shot it down in 2010. (The whole back and forth can be found here).
Luckily, they changed their minds. Supposedly, the problem was that they thought it wasn’t a good financial investment. That would explain whey we’ve seen the film promoted on everything from truck ads to ice cream containers to guest appearances on small-town newscasts. If this film isn’t a hit, it’s not for lack of trying.
This film chronicles Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell) and his news team (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner) as they enter the age of the 24-hour news channel. They switch coast and get jobs at a GNN, the world’s first all-day news network. This could be Burgundy’s chance to recapture to top spot after all these years, if only he doesn’t screw it all up.