Anchorman (film series)

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Anchorman
Directed by Adam McKay
Produced by Judd Apatow
Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Written by Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Starring
Music by Alex Wurman (1, 1½)
Andrew Feltenstein (2)
John Nau (2)
Production
company
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures (1-1½)
Paramount Pictures (2)
Release date
1: July 9, 2004
1½: December 28, 2004
2: December 18, 2013
Running time
1: 94 minutes
1½: 93 minutes
2: 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $76,000,000
Box office $264.2 million +

The Anchorman series is a series of three American comedy filmsAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). The films were written, produced and directed by Adam McKay. Starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy; and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Film series[edit]

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)[edit]

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the '70s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

The film grossed $85,288,303 in North America, and $5,285,885 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $90,574,188.[1] It received generally positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 66% based on 197 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The site's consensus reads: "Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails."[2] Another review aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 63 based on 38 reviews.[3]

Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004)[edit]

Set during Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie follows the KVWN Channel 4 News Team as they investigate the extremist bank-robbing organization "The Alarm Clock"."[4]

It was filmed alongside Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, composed of scenes cut from that film.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)[edit]

With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm with the help of his best friends.

The film grossed $127.4 million in North America, and $45.6 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $173.0 million.[5] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 75% approval rating with an average rating of 6.4/10 based on 183 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "It's just as uneven and loosely structured as the first Anchorman -- and while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may not be quite as quotable, it's nearly as funny as its predecessor."[6] On Metacritic, it holds a score of 61/100 indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on 40 critics.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Released films
Anchorman:
The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Anchorman:
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy:
The Lost Movie
Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues
2004 2013
Ron Burgundy Will Ferrell
Brian Fantana Paul Rudd
Brick Tamland Steve Carell
Champion "Champ" Kind David Koechner
Veronica Corningstone Christina Applegate
Edward "Ed" Harken Fred Willard
Garth Holliday Chris Parnell
Wes Mantooth Vince Vaughn
Tino Fred Armisen
Freddie Shapp Dylan Baker
Linda Jackson Meagan Good
Jack Lime James Marsden
Chani Lastnamé Kristen Wiig
Kench Allenby Josh Lawson
Gary Greg Kinnear
Walter Burgundy Judah Nelson
Mack Tannen Harrison Ford

Crew[edit]

Role Films
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
(2004)
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
(2004)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
(2013)
Director Adam McKay
Producer Judd Apatow Judd Apatow
Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Writer Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Composer Alex Wurman Andrew Feltenstein
John Nau
Cinematographer Thomas E. Ackerman Oliver Wood
Editor Brent White Brent White
Melissa Bretherton
Production
companies
Apatow Productions Apatow Productions
Gary Sanchez Productions
Distributor DreamWorks Pictures Paramount Pictures
Running time 94 minutes 93 minutes 119 minutes
Release date July 9, 2004 December 28, 2004 December 18, 2013

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
US & Canada Other Countries Worldwide All time US & Canada All time Worldwide
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy July 9, 2004 $85,288,303 $5,285,885 $90,574,188 #718 N/A $26,000,000 [1]
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues December 18, 2013 $127,352,707 $46,296,308 $173,649,015 #380 $50,000,000 [5]
Total $212,641,010 $51,582,193 $264,223,203 $76,000,000

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 66% (196 reviews)[8] 63 (38 reviews)[9]
Anchorman: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie 56% (1 review)[10] N/A
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 75% (186 reviews)[11] 61 (40 reviews)[12]

Future[edit]

On November 13, 2013, Will Ferrell spoke about the possibility of a third main Anchorman film stating: "I'm sure they would, But I don't know. We just want to see what happens with this one and we'll sit down and assess all of that. Right now, we're just enjoying this journey."[13] On December 9, 2013, Steve Carell said "We'll see how this one goes," and "If people like it, maybe 10 years from now we'll do a third."[14]

Director Adam McKay spoke to Empire in February 2014, and ruled out any further Anchorman movies saying "It's done. 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." and when asked if he would do sequels with any character he said "No, that's the last sequel we're gonna do. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we're releasing this alt version, we're totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."[15]

However, on April 2, 2014, Adam McKay stated that Anchorman 3 could still be a possibility, which went against his previous statement. In an interview with Time, he stated "I said about a month ago that we'd never do a third one, and I realized that was a little too harsh because the truth is, I really don’t know. With these movies, you really don't know how they've played until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing." He then also went on to state that "If Anchorman 2 gets that sort of second life, if three, four years from now people start asking us that question a lot and there's an idea, we would be open to that."[16]

Appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Anchorman – The Legend Of Ron Burgundy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Weiner, David (December 3, 2013). "Wake Up! Exclusive Anchorman 2 SuperTicket Details". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues". Metacritic. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Anchorman – The Legend Of Ron Burgundy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Anchorman – Wake Up, Ron Burgundy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues". Metacritic. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ Malkin, Marc (November 13, 2013). "Anchorman Sequel: Meryl Streep Really Did Want to Be in the Movie, But..." E!Online. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ © Press Association 2013 (December 9, 2013). "Ferrell vows to go skinny-dipping". Hereford Times. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ Germain Lussier (February 27, 2014). "'Anchorman 3' Won't Happen Says Adam McKay". Slashfilm.com. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ Eric Dodds (April 2, 2014). "'Anchorman 2' Writer-Director Adam McKay on Why 'Anchorman 3' Still Could Happen". Time. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (March 29, 2012). "Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman' sequel: Can it work?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  18. ^ "teamcoco.com/celebs/ron-burgundy". TeamCoco. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sochi 2014: Ron Burgundy aside, Olympic curling trials no laughing matter with players more committed than ever". National Post. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Watch Ron Burgundy And Christopher Cross Play Kimmel". Stereogum. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  21. ^ Marianne Zumberge (March 5, 2015). "Comedy Central's Justin Bieber Roasters to Include Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart". Variety. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 

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