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Will Ferrell: Nevermind on That Reagan Movie

Actor won't be playing former POTUS after all

(Newser) - Apparently Will Ferrell was listening: After news of his upcoming role in a comedy about Ronald Reagan's struggle with Alzheimer's disease caused an uproar , Ferrell has pulled out of the project. "The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will... More »

Reagan's Daughter Calls Will Ferrell Role 'Heartless'

Patti Davis slams upcoming 'comedy' focusing on her dad's dementia

(Newser) - News that actor Will Ferrell will be playing a dementia-stricken Ronald Reagan in an upcoming comedic film caused an "uproar" this week, per CNN , with critics denouncing the decision to treat Alzheimer's disease as the joke framing the movie. Among the detractors: Reagan's family, including his daughter,... More »

New Role for Will Ferrell: Playing Reagan, With Dementia

No director on board yet for Mike Rosolio-penned comedy

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live's George W. Bush has signed up to play Ronald Reagan in a movie that sounds like it could annoy many of the former president's fans. Sources tell Variety that Will Ferrell will star in and produce Reagan, a Mike Rosolio-penned comedy that appeared on the... More »

7 Stars Who Pilfered Props From Film Sets

Who wouldn't want a pair of prosthetic testicles for dinner parties?

(Newser) - Who hasn't been tempted to pilfer a pen or a handful of paperclips from the office (or maybe steal a little time browsing the Web)? Well, it's not just common folk who may commit acts of on-the-job theft. Here's a sampling of the 18 actors who, according... More »

Zoolander 2 'Gives Sequels a Bad Name'

Critics say it's 'terrible,' 'lame,' and unfunny

(Newser) - Derek Zoolander returns to the catwalk—15 years later—in Zoolander 2. Critics seem to wish he had slipped, broken his leg, and ended his career a decade ago. Despite cameos from a sea of stars, the sequel to the 2001 original is getting scathing reviews. Here's what critics... More »

Hollywood's 6 Most Overpaid Actors

Mordecai was maybe not such a great idea

(Newser) - Hollywood's leading men command huge paychecks to star in would-be blockbusters. But some are "established male leads who charge top dollar but don’t always deliver at the ticket booth," and Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors on Tuesday. It's based... More »

Get Hard 'Feels Like a Life Sentence'

Unfunny flick isn't quite the satire it aims to be: critics

(Newser) - Will Ferrell's latest comedy about a wealthy white guy who enlists a law-abiding black man to help him prepare for life in prison is proving more controversial than his usual work. With accusations that Get Hard is homophobic and racist, Ferrell defends the flick to the AP , noting he... More »

Will Ferrell Crashes Spring Training

Plays all 9 baseball positions, among other things

(Newser) - "Ruth, Musial, Mantle, Will Ferrell." The star of Anchorman, Elf, and several sports-related flicks played all nine positions and coached for 10 teams in five Arizona ballparks yesterday in a spring-training blitz chronicled for an HBO special. In addressing the crowd at his final stop in Peoria, the... More »

10 Celebs' Pre-Fame Career Plans

Danny DeVito ... hairdresser?

(Newser) - Not all celebrities wanted to be celebrities when they grew up. The Huffington Post rounds up the career plans 19 actors had before they got discovered. A sampling:
  • Jennifer Lawrence: Wanted to be a doctor.
  • Steve Buscemi: Actually was a firefighter in New York City.
  • Queen Latifah: Studied to be
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Anchorman 2 Stays Funny

Ron Burgundy heads to 24-hour news

(Newser) - Anchorman 2 brings the "legendary" Ron Burgundy into the 1980s and a new medium: 24-hour news. The sequel brings back the absurdity of the first and even takes a few swings at satire, and while it may not equal its predecessor, critics say it's worth a watch.
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Ferrell Co-Anchors Real Newscast ... as Ron Burgundy

Actor shows up on North Dakota's KXMB.

(Newser) - Television viewers in Bismarck, ND, were treated to some real class this weekend when none other than the great Ron Burgundy read them the news. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell reprised his Anchorman role for KXMB 's news broadcast last night, part of his promotion for Anchorman 2: The ... More »

Aubrey Plaza Kicked Out of MTV Movie Awards

After incredibly awkward moment with Will Ferrell

(Newser) - Staged or not staged? That seems to be the question surrounding Aubrey Plaza's stage-crashing moment last night at the MTV Movie Awards. The Parks & Rec star came onstage while Will Ferrell was accepting an award, and tried to grab the trophy without actually saying anything. An awkward tug... More »

Stars Come Out for Tomorrow's Election

Will Ferrell is willing to eat toenails to get you to vote

(Newser) - The stars are coming out in a big way as Election Day looms. The latest:
  • Will Ferrell really, really wants you to vote—and he'll do anything to make sure you do, he promises in a new video for President Obama. "Hungry? How about a home-cooked meal? Hope
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Ferrell's Dubya Returns to SNL

And 'SNL' hails 100th Digital Short

(Newser) - Will Ferrell returned to his old stomping grounds on Saturday Night Live last night, reports the Hollywood Reporter, in a retro-laden performance that made it seem like he was never gone. Ferrell trotted out his George W Bush to commiserate with Jason Sudeikis' Joe Biden, dejected after having been upstaged... More »

Coming Soon: Anchorman 2

Will Ferrell confirms sequel on 'Conan'

(Newser) - Ron Burgundy, aka Will Ferrell, stopped by Conan O'Brien's show last night to play a little jazz flute … and announce a little movie you might call Anchorman 2. "It is official, there will be a sequel to Anchorman," Ferrell stated—after first insulting O'Brien... More »

21 Jump Street Collars Box Office

Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum flick snags top spot from 'The Lorax'

(Newser) - 21 Jump Street busted the weekend box office with a healthy $35 million take, appealing to both genders and drawing in viewers of all ages, the LA Times reports. No other film debuted nationwide, but in smaller markets Will Ferrell's Casa de Mi Padre banked a solid $2.2... More »

Casa de Mi Padre Is a One-Trick Pony

And that one trick is in Spanish

(Newser) - Will Ferrell made a movie in Spanish? Yep. Ferrell's latest flick Casa de Mi Padre is an entirely subtitled affair, sending up low-budget telenovelas. Critics are lukewarm on the results—some appreciate its zaniness, but many liken it to an overlong sketch.
  • "As tickled as I was by
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Will Ferrell Awarded Twain Humor Prize

...before dropping it on the floor

(Newser) - Last year, it was Tina Fey ; this year, Will Ferrell rocked the Kennedy Center as he won the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night. The star-studded gala saw speeches from celebrities as diverse as Ben Stiller, Ed Asner, Molly Shannon, and Gwen Ifill, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Will Ferrell Heads to The Office

Guest arc to smooth over post-Carell period

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine The Office without Steve Carell , but the show is hiring a major talent (at least temporarily) to distract viewers from the departure of its iconic boss: Will Ferrell. Ferrell is to play another Dunder Mifflin/Sabre manager who gets involved with the office after Carell's character leaves—... More »

Will Ferrell: Once Again, Most Overpaid Actor

Comedians don't fare well on Forbes ' 2010 list

(Newser) - Will Ferrell is Hollywood’s most overpaid actor for the second year in a row, thanks mostly to his role in the flop Land of the Lost . From Forbes ’ annual top 10 (of which six are comedians), which looks at the year ending June 1:
  1. Will Ferrell: For every
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