"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"

Melodrama and slapstick at its finest. A frolicking good time for one and all. In theaters July 9th.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film! Like all films that end too quickly, the ones who's spell you don't want to have broken, this comedy flowed so smoothly you know that it must have been Kismet, with great talent in front of and behind the camera coming together to make lightning in a jar. One thing I am sure of is that it is provided me the most laughs this journalist can remember having, tears were literally running down my face and believe me, I was not alone. The entire audience laughed, rolling in the aisles, laughing from beginning to end. You leave the theater with an old fashioned feeling that all is good with the world. During the approx. hour and a half, you have completely forgotten about any problems you may have brought to the theater.

Ron Burgundy (WILL FERRELL) has no intention of sharing the anchor desk with anyone, let alone a woman like Veronica Corningstone (CHRISTINA APPLEGATE) - Photo: Darren Michaels

The Movie
Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the '70s.  When feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone - Christina Applegate. Ron is willing to play along at first, as long as Veronica stays in her place, covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female" interests. But when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons…it's war.

The Idea
The idea for a comedic take on a woman invading the all-male bastion of the news desk in the 1970s was inspired by a decidedly more serious documentary on the women who actually broke that glass ceiling.   

(WILL FERRELL) and his dog Baxter are like two peas in a pod - Photo: Frank Masi

Will Ferrell was watching the documentary, which featured interviews with several anchormen of the 1970s, and found some of the interviews with the newsmen to be unintentionally funny.

Ferrell immediately contacted his former "Saturday Night Live" colleague and writing partner Adam McKay with an idea for a new comedy about an old challenge.  "I called Adam with an idea to do a script about the petulant male-dominated world of the newsroom and how these men dealt with a woman for the first time, and he said 'great, let's do it,'" Ferrell recalls.

Director and co-screenwriter Adam McKay later watched the documentary and offers, "There were all these interviews with anchormen of the day who were talking about how upset they had been that a woman had come in to work with them.  We were laughing so hard at these guys with perfect ties admitting that they were completely freaked out by a woman coming into the news office."

(Left to right) Brian Fantana (PAUL RUDD), Champ Kind (DAVID KOECHNER), lead anchor Ron Burgundy (WILL FERRELL), Veronica Corningstone (CHRISTINA APPLEGATE) and Brick Tamland (STEVE CARELL) are San Diego's top-rated Channel 4 News Team - Photo: Frank Masi

The Result
The result of this collaboration is one of the funniest movies I've seen in years.  When I say funny I mean laugh till your belly hurts and tears roll down your face and you squirt cola out your nose and you can't breathe, funny.  The cast obviously had a great time working together and because of their strong improvisational and comedic skills, the director filmed up to six takes of each scene, with one take as written in the script. The entire cast was terrific. The acting was exceptional and the comic timing, genius. Steve Carell who plays Brick steals every scene he is in. Keep your eyes open for Baxter my favorite actor with the most hysterical moment of the film, watch for the scene with the bare or is it spelled b-e-a-r… whatever just look for it.

Even a woman as pretty as Veronica Corningstone (CHRISTINA APPLEGATE) can't come between Ron Burgundy (WILL FERRELL) and his beloved dog Baxter - Photo: Peter Iovino

The News Team
Will Ferrell ("Elf," "Old School")
Christina Applegate (TV's "Married With Children")
Paul Rudd ("The Cider House Rules"),
Steve Carell ("Bruce Almighty")
David Koechner ("A Guy Thing")
Fred Willard ("A Mighty Wind")
Chris Parnell (TV's "Saturday Night Live") 
And lots of surprise cameos from famous faces.
You gotta see this one!

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