Will Ferrell’s Wedding Crashers cameo wasn’t in original script

Will Ferrell agreed to make a cameo appearance in Wedding Crashers at the very last minute. Towards the end of the 2005 comedy, which starred Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as friends who crash weddings to pick up women, the funnyman makes a surprising …

Will Ferrell agreed to make a cameo appearance in Wedding Crashers at the very last minute.

Towards the end of the 2005 comedy, which starred Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as friends who crash weddings to pick up women, the funnyman makes a surprising and memorable cameo as the kimono-wearing Chazz Reinhold, their mentor who now crashes funerals.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the comedy, penned by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher, this week, director David Dobkin opened up about making the movie with Entertainment Weekly and revealed the unexpected scene wasn’t in the script.

“This scene wasn’t in the movie, and there was a moment when Owen was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we crashed funerals?'” he recalled. “It didn’t really fit in that opening montage, and then later when I was looking for an all is lost moment I said, ‘Owen, what if you go see Chazz? You mention this guy Chazz and we never see him in the movie. What if you wanted to go see this guy to get some advice and he was crashing funerals?’… And so Owen kind went and wrote that scene.”

They turned to Ferrell, who had worked with Wilson on Zoolander and Vaughn on Old School, but they still hadn’t nailed him down the night before the scene was to be shot. However, he arrived on set in the morning and they wrapped the scene after five takes, with Dobkin encouraging Ferrell to act “crazier” every time.

“I really believe that I directed him by just saying ‘more’ until he had that fifth take and that is the whole take that is in the movie. It was one of those things that you shoot and you’re like, ‘Is this really going to work?’ It’s a pretty weird sequence,” he added.

Dobkin recently teamed up with Ferrell and Rachel McAdams again for Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

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Will Ferrell loved looking like Marvel hero in new comedy

Will Ferrell loved that he looked like a Marvel character in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.The Step Brothers actor stars as Icelandic musician Lars, who is in band called Fire Saga with his childhood friend Sigrit, played by Rachel Mc…

Will Ferrell loved that he looked like a Marvel character in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

The Step Brothers actor stars as Icelandic musician Lars, who is in band called Fire Saga with his childhood friend Sigrit, played by Rachel McAdams, in the Netflix comedy.

Real-life Marvel costume designer Anna B. Sheppard, who’s behind the looks in Captain America: The First Avenger and Spider-Man: Far from Home, created the outfits for Ferrell’s new flick, which delighted the American funnyman.

“Will loved it,” Sheppard told Fashionista of the Thor-like costume Ferrell wears in a music video fantasy sequence. “So that was important, and we were joking because he said, ‘Oh, I look like somebody from a Marvel movie!’ And I said, ‘Because you have a Marvel costume designer, that’s why.'”

As for McAdams’ ice queen vibe, Sheppard drew inspiration from a little closer to home after rejecting two earlier designs.

“I asked my daughter to lend me her wedding dress,” she smiled. “It’s a £8,000 designer wedding dress and I really had to beg her – on my knees.”

She eventually agreed, but all hopes of seeing her gown immortalised on a billboard at the planned Rotterdam premiere, which would have coincided with the real Eurovision Song Contest, were dashed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The movie was instead released on Netflix in late June.

“We are watching it tomorrow (at home) so maybe she won’t be cross with me, hopefully,” Oscar nominee Sheppard said ahead of her home viewing.

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Pierce Brosnan to star in sci-fi thriller Youth

Pierce Brosnan is attached to star in sci-fi thriller Youth.The GoldenEye actor will front Brett Marty’s feature directorial debut, which is based on the short film he directed and co-wrote in 2016, bosses from Highland Film Group announced on Wednesda…

Pierce Brosnan is attached to star in sci-fi thriller Youth.

The GoldenEye actor will front Brett Marty’s feature directorial debut, which is based on the short film he directed and co-wrote in 2016, bosses from Highland Film Group announced on Wednesday.

Youth is set in the near future when “Renewal” – a procedure to rewind the body’s biological clock back to its prime – has become the world’s hottest and most expensive commodity. Brosnan will play Joel, an engineer who is set to retire at the age of 70 after a lengthy career. Not wanting him to leave, his company pays for him and his wife Alice to Renew. However, while Alice emerges from the operation in her 20s, the procedure goes tragically wrong for Joel. Rather than make him younger, his ageing begins accelerating rapidly, forcing him to undergo another, more dangerous procedure.

It is not yet known who will play Alice.

Marty co-wrote the screenplay for Youth with Josh Izenberg and Amelia Whitcomb and it will be produced by Jib Polhemus, Paul Schiff, and Martin Brennan, with Laura Bickford and Hannah Leader executive producing.

Later this month, the former James Bond star will next be seen in Netflix comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, alongside Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. His upcoming projects include the horror False Positive, action movie The Misfits, and fantasy adventure The King’s Daughter. He was filming movie musical Cinderella alongside Camila Cabello and Billy Porter when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski set to star in Imaginary Friends

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures. Reynol…

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures.

Reynolds is to have a starring role, while it was reported that Krasinski will write, direct, produce and act in the movie. Little is known about the plot, but it is expected to tell the story of a man who can see and communicate with people’s imaginary friends.

However, some of the imaginary friends who lack friendship turn to the dark side, with Reynolds’s character tasked with saving the world from those that are evil and threatening the world with their powers.

The project marks the 42-year-old’s second major casting in recent weeks. Reynolds is also attached to appear in a musical version of A Christmas Carol alongside Will Ferrell, with the movie to be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

He is now in the post-production phases of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy, and will soon begin filming Clue and Red Notice.

Meanwhile, Krasinski is currently working on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to his 2018 hit movie, with his wife Emily Blunt reprising her role as Evelyn Abbott, alongside Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Djimon Hounsou, and Cillian Murphy. The film is slated for release in March 2020. The 39-year-old was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Jack Ryan.

A potential release date for Imaginary Friends has not been announced.

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Ryan Reynolds & Will Ferrell set to star in musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are reportedly set to star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol.The novel, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, follows the story of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past…

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are reportedly set to star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol.

The novel, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, follows the story of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in an effort to curb his selfish ways.

Now, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, executives at multiple studios are currently bidding on Reynolds and Ferrell’s project, which will be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

The Anchorman star’s company Gloria Sanchez is producing, alongside Reynolds’ firm Maximum Effort.

Dickens’s novel has been adapted numerous times for cinema and TV, such as Bill Murray’s 1988 comedy Scrooged and 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Its most recent interpretation was back in 2009’s animation A Christmas Carol, which starred Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, with supporting characters voiced by Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright, and Cary Elwes.

Reynolds, 42, last appeared in the spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and will next feature in Netflix’s 6 Underground, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and Shawn Levy’s Free Guy.

Ferrell is set to star in Downhill, which is a remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure, alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The 52-year-old is currently featuring in Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie, with Zach Galifianakis, a spin-off of the successful web series of the same name.

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Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns movie gets release date

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway. Now, the movie – based o…

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.

The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway.

Now, the movie – based on the Funny or Die low-budget talk show series – will be released on 20 September.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the FYSEE Event for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman in Los Angeles, according to Deadline.

The movie will document Galifianakis and his crew as they take a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation, after the actor is humiliated by Will Ferrell.

Scott Aukerman, who has directed a number of episodes of Between Two Ferns, will helm the movie alongside Galifianakis.

However, it is not yet known whether the feature will follow the same format as the original, in which the host chats with stars while sitting between two potted ferns.

Galifianakis often trades barbs and insults with his A-list guests for the duration of the interview, and in keeping with the amateur aesthetic of the show, on-screen graphics contain deliberate comedic errors.

Casting is billed as “celebrities you’ve heard of,” but no one was confirmed in the latest announcement.

Yet, editors at The Hollywood Reporter indicated that the likes of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, TV host Letterman, and actor Keanu Reeves may appear. In addition, the 49-year-old’s co-stars from The Hangover franchise, such as Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, are likely to be involved.

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Laura Dern and Will Ferrell sign on for real-life embezzlement tale

Laura Dern is teaming up with Will Ferrell to play a real-life couple involved in an embezzlement scandal at a famous fruitcake company. The actors will play Kay and Sandy Jenkins, who used Sandy’s job as an accountant to steal nearly $17 million (£1…

Laura Dern is teaming up with Will Ferrell to play a real-life couple involved in an embezzlement scandal at a famous fruitcake company.

The actors will play Kay and Sandy Jenkins, who used Sandy’s job as an accountant to steal nearly $17 million (£13.2 million) from bosses at the family-owned Collin Street Bakery, based in Corsicana, Texas.

Their scheme was only discovered in 2013, eight years after Sandy began forging cheques on the company accounts to pay his own family bills and support a lavish lifestyle, which included taking trips on private jets, splurging on expensive jewellery, and buying a second home in New Mexico.

Sandy ended up receiving a 10-year sentence for money laundering and fraud charges in 2015, while his wife Kay was ordered to spend five years on probation.

The story has been adapted for the big screen by Trey Selman, whose work initially ended up on The Black List, an annual survey of top screenplays not yet picked up for production.

Titled Fruitcake, the project caught the attention of Dern and filmmaker Max Winkler, who is now attached to direct the movie.

“Trey’s writing is original and dynamic and unlike any I’ve read before,” Winkler shares in a statement to Deadline, “and I’m deeply excited to help tell this story along with two of my favourite actors working today.”

The Big Little Lies star will co-produce Fruitcake, while Collin Street Bakery president and CEO Bob McNutt has also signed on as an executive producer.

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Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo reuniting for new comedy

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. …

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.

The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

To be directed by Josh Greenbaum, the movie will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” said Greenbaum, known for directing episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, in a statement. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

In addition, Wiig and Mumolo will serve as producers, working alongside Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Productions, a female-focused production company.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group executive vice president of production and development Jim Miller and vice president of production and development Meredith Wieck will oversee Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with studio president Nathan Kahane thrilled by the premise of the upcoming flick.

“It is such an honour that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” he commented. “Barb and Star are true cultural icons in the making, and as they embark on this hilarious adventure, we are more than thrilled to partner with Kristen, Annie and Gloria Sanchez on what we know is going to be a great ride.”

Wiig will next be seen onscreen in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, while Mumolo penned the story for 2015 Jennifer Lawrence feature Joy and most recently acted in TV movie Amy’s Brother.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is set to hit cinemas sometime in 2020.

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Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes to star in dark comedy The Menu

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu. The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a…

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu.

The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a remote tropical island that becomes “the hot ticket to die for”, according to Deadline.

The Harry Potter star will play a world-class chef who sets up the event and “adds some unexpected ingredients to the menu planned”, and the Oscar-winning La La Land star will play one half of an A-list foodie couple which takes part in the event.

According to the publication, the movie has been described as a Quentin Tarantino-style take on 2006 documentary The One Percent, which explores the gap between the wealthy elite and the general American public. It has been tagged as both a comedy and horror on the IMDb movie database.

The script is being penned by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver staff writer Will Tracy and Late Night with Seth Meyers’ writer Seth Reiss. It is being produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who announced over the weekend (06-07Apr19) that they were ending their 13-year production partnership. Existing projects at the firm will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place, before they go their separate ways.

The Menu will mark Payne’s next feature after 2017’s Downsizing. He is also known for films such as Nebraska, About Schmidt, and Election.

Stone, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for The Favourite, recently completed filming Zombieland sequel Double Tap and has also reprised her voice role in The Croods 2.

Fiennes is attached to many projects in development. He is currently filming Bond 25 and Kingsman prequel The Great Game.

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay end production partnership

Longtime pals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are ending their production partnership after 13 years together. The funnyman and The Big Short filmmaker, who met while working on U.S. comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1995, have been working side-by-sid…

Longtime pals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are ending their production partnership after 13 years together.

The funnyman and The Big Short filmmaker, who met while working on U.S. comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1995, have been working side-by-side under their Gary Sanchez Productions company since its launch in 2006, finding box office success with films like the Oscar-nominated Vice, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, and the Anchorman and Daddy’s Home franchise.

They also gave producer Jessica Elbaum the go-ahead to establish the Gloria Sanchez Productions sister firm in 2014, to focus on female voices in comedy.

However, this weekend (06Apr19) marked the beginning of the end as Ferrell and McKay announced plans to go their separate ways, reports Deadline.

“The last 13 years could not have been more enjoyable and satisfying for the two of us at Sanchez Productions,” they shared in a joint statement.

“We give massive thanks to our incredible staff and executives and all the writers, directors and actors we worked with through the years. The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognise we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such.”

Existing projects at both firms will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place.

Among the projects currently in the works under their banners include Netflix comedy Eurovision, which Ferrell is set to star in and produce with McKay, while Jennifer Lopez’s strip club drama Hustlers is being co-produced by Gloria Sanchez executives.

“The duo is committed to working together creatively on their extensive slate of shared projects,” the statement continued. “They will to continue to support each other both personally and professionally as they explore new endeavors as well as their own individual projects. Moving forward, any future projects they may partner on will go through their yet to be announced new ventures.”

Following the news, McKay took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the years of support.

“Thank you to everyone who collaborated with us for 13 years. Proud of the stuff we got to work on and most of all, the amazing people we worked with,” he wrote. “Also excited for new stuff to come…”

The production split comes as McKay continues to explore more dramatic and politically-driven projects like Vice, a biopic about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, while Ferrell has remained firmly in the comedy genre.

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