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December 19, 2013

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A&E | SCREEN A BIT OF EXTRA BURGUNDY A quartet of classy recommendations from the anchorman's recent publicity blitz Ron Burgundy interviews Peyton Manning. We learned so much from this Q&A. For instance, who knew the mustachioed guy from Barney Miller was a quarterback? Or that Peyton has a 285pound sister named Gloria? > NEWS FIGHT Ferrell and Carell prepare for a very silly battle. FILM ONLY KIND OF A BIG DEAL Anchorman 2 is funny but flawed BY JOSH BELL The main focus is on Ron's job as one of the first In the years since Anchorman was released in 2004, the anchors of a brand-new 24-hour cable news station character of arrogant, boorish newsreader Ron Burgundy known as GNN, although he experiences so many trihas become a cult favorite and Will Ferrell's most popular umphs and reversals throughout the movie that it ends creation. It took nine years of memes, GIFs and near-conup with narrative whiplash. Ron recruits his old San stant quoting by an entire generation of fans before Ferrell Diego news team of womanizing reporter and co-writer/director Adam McKay were able Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), creepy sportsto get Paramount to green-light a sequel, and caster Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues arrives aaacc dim-witted weatherman Brick Tamland with a built-in fan base and years of pent-up ANCHORMAN (Steve Carell) to join him at GNN, and they expectations. 2: THE LEGEND vie for screentime with Ron's estranged The films that Ferrell and McKay have CONTINUES Will wife/rival Veronica Corningstone (Christina made together since Anchorman (Talladega Ferrell, Steve Carell, Applegate) and a variety of new characters. Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Paul Rudd, Christina As overstuffed and muddled as the story Brothers, The Other Guys) have often felt self- Applegate. Directed by may be, it's still consistently funny, and indulgent, and Anchorman 2, clearly a pas- Adam McKay. Rated Ron remains Ferrell's most inspired original sion project for the duo, is no different. At PG-13. Now playing. character. The second half of the movie two hours, it runs nearly half an hour longer grows increasingly nonsensical and over than the original, and the pacing is a mess, the top, and the stabs at satire (the movie takes place in with digressions and subplots that never pay off. Like the 1980, but its skewering of TV-news sensationalism aims first movie, Anchorman 2 is pretty much a nonstop joke at more current targets) fall flat. Yet the laughs keep machine, but McKay and Ferrell also came up with a simgoing all the way to the movie's abrupt non sequitur of ple, tight story to drive the humor the first time around, an ending. and the plotting in the sequel is much more inconsistent. Ron Burgundy re-creates classic sportscasting calls with Dan Patrick. Who can forget the Gibson home run off Eckersley? Or 1980's Miracle on Ice? Apparently, Ron has forgotten all of them, much to the feigned outrage of Patrick. "Staring Contest" Dodge Durango commercial. Will Ferrell goes a bit out of character, briefly channeling his Robert Goulet character from Saturday Night Live. In other words, the best of both worlds! CNN promo. Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer and Chris Cuomo spend three minutes saluting—and simultaneously trashing— Ron, who apparently caused as much news as he reported—including telling Mike Tyson to use his teeth in his next fight. –Ken Miller FILM Before becoming a feature film, Walking With Dinosaurs was first a BBC TV series, applying the style of nature documentaries to the depiction of prehistoric creatures, and then a book, a touring arena show, a video game and a whole range of merchandise. So the new movie is mainly a brand extension, using the same technique as the original series (putting CGI dinosaurs in live-action locations) but adding a kid-friendly narrative. The result is an awkward combination of nature documentary and kids' movie, with dubious educational value. This time around, the dinosaurs talk (although they don't move their mouths), but most of what they say involves lame jokes or romantic longing, probably not the top concerns of actual dinosaurs. Kids may inadvertently learn something along the way (there's even a live-action framing sequence with a sullen teenager coming to appreciate aaccc WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Voices of the awesomeness of dinosaurs), but they'd probably Justin Long, John Leguizamo, Tiya Sircar. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale. Rated PG. Opens Friday. get more out of going to a museum. –Josh Bell DINO DUD 48 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 48_Screen_1_20131219.indd 48 12/18/13 3:42 PM

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