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"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" : Will Ferrell's Alter Ego Brings His Mustache Into the '80s 

Wednesday, Dec 18 2013

It took nearly a decade for the legend to continue, but here it is, reuniting director Adam McKay, producer Judd Apatow, and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd, who this time shall all buffoonishly negotiate the burgeoning cable news scene of New York City in the 1980s. After an ego-bruising split with his partner (Christina Applegate) and subsequent bottoming out, Ferrell's Ron Burgundy relocates his mojo via a graveyard-shift broadcast of common-denominator-lowering infotainment. This brings new rivalries with a professional nemesis played by James Marsden and a domestic one played by Greg Kinnear, not to mention a pitifully failed attempt at "breaking down the barriers of race by assimilation" with his new producer (Meagan Good). Fittingly, it all climaxes with a cacophonous, cameo-filled brawl between anchor teams from increasingly esoteric cable-TV territories. Like its predecessor, the movie has its share of inspired lunacy and quotable quips, plus some retrospective leisure-suited satire of what 24-hour news hath wrought on America. (At the very least, it hath wrought a culture in which promotion for this film all but requires a string of surreal stunt appearances by an in-character Ferrell on real news broadcasts.) It's all tied together, of course, by the requisite narration from golden-throated veteran newsman Bill Kurtis.

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