1. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay talk to Terry Gross about what motivated them to write anchorman and stray from the “rules” or comedy:

McKay: We just love the ensemble comedy where you don’t know where the jokes are coming from, and the idea of a dense movie that you want to watch over and over again. … When we wrote the first Anchorman we talked about those old ensemble comedies like Stripes and Animal House and Caddyshack, and how no one was doing those anymore, so the idea of like four funny guys in the lead with Christina Applegate was fun for us.
Ferrell: I think when Adam and I met on Saturday Night Live and started working together, you’re surrounded by writers who have all these rules, and I think when we decided we would write a feature one day, we were really rebelling against all these rules — the three-act structure and how you can’t do this and this has to be set up in a certain way. The original Anchorman was kind of function of wanting to break through all of that.
View in High-Res

    Will Ferrell and Adam McKay talk to Terry Gross about what motivated them to write anchorman and stray from the “rules” or comedy:

    McKay: We just love the ensemble comedy where you don’t know where the jokes are coming from, and the idea of a dense movie that you want to watch over and over again. … When we wrote the first Anchorman we talked about those old ensemble comedies like Stripes and Animal House and Caddyshack, and how no one was doing those anymore, so the idea of like four funny guys in the lead with Christina Applegate was fun for us.

    Ferrell: I think when Adam and I met on Saturday Night Live and started working together, you’re surrounded by writers who have all these rules, and I think when we decided we would write a feature one day, we were really rebelling against all these rules — the three-act structure and how you can’t do this and this has to be set up in a certain way. The original Anchorman was kind of function of wanting to break through all of that.

  2. fresh air

    will ferrell

    adam mckay

    anchorman

  1. Tomorrow: Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay talk about mustaches, jazz flute, and “staying classy,” for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay talk about mustaches, jazz flute, and “staying classy,” for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

  2. will ferrell

    adam mckay

    anchorman

    anchorman 2

  1. As the holiday season begins, I’m thinking about one of my favorite holiday films, Elf (!!).

    Take a break and listen to the Fresh Air interviews with the stars of the film, Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel.  

    The Fresh Air interview with Zooey Deschanel.

    The Fresh Air interview with Will Ferrell.

  2. Elf

    Zooey Deschanel

    Will Ferrell

  1. Posted on 15 June, 2012

    3,118 notes | Permalink

    Reblogged from terrortories

    More Cowbell: Happy 25th birthday to the animated gif, which celebrates his her its birthday today. [Will Ferrell on Fresh Air]

    More Cowbell: Happy 25th birthday to the animated gif, which celebrates his her its birthday today. [Will Ferrell on Fresh Air]

  2. animated gif

    will ferrell

  1. Posted on 14 October, 2011

    171 notes | Permalink

    Reblogged from carpenox

    Comedian Will Ferrell will receive the 14th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this month at the Kennedy Center. In celebration, we aired a part of his 2006 interview on Fresh Air on today’s show.

    Comedian Will Ferrell will receive the 14th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this month at the Kennedy Center. In celebration, we aired a part of his 2006 interview on Fresh Air on today’s show.

  2. i'm in a glass case of emotion

    will ferrell

  1. Audio for our interview with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay is now up. Enjoy! Happy Weekend, Internet!

  2. will ferrell

    adam mckay

    npr

    fresh air

    terry gross

  1. Today’s guest and tomorrow’s guest together…. View in High-Res

    Today’s guest and tomorrow’s guest together….

  2. mark wahlberg

    will ferrell

    the other guys

  1. Posted on 6 January, 2011

    2,261 notes | Permalink

    Reblogged from wheresx

    I’m in a Glass Case of Emotion: Tomorrow’s guest: Will Ferrell

    I’m in a Glass Case of Emotion: Tomorrow’s guest: Will Ferrell

  2. will ferrell

    glass case of emotion

  1. sonicbloom11:

nprfreshair started following you

More Will Ferrell? (He’s been on twice.)

    sonicbloom11:

    nprfreshair started following you

    More Will Ferrell? (He’s been on twice.)

  2. cowbell

    will ferrell

  1. Ann Marie Baldonado: An Update on Distribution at the Toronto Film Festival


    The Toronto Film Festival ended this weekend with the top award,The People’s Choice Award, going to The King’s Speech, the film about King George VI (father of Queen Elisabeth) and the speech therapist who helped him get rid of his stutter.

    The awards at Toronto don’t mean as much as say the awards at Cannes or Sundance, but the winners of the audience award usually end up doing well at Oscar time.  

    Two years ago, Slumdog Millionaire was a clear crowd pleaser and audience award winner, and last year it was Precious.  Coming out of the festival, The King’s Speech is a talked about favorite for a best film nomination, as well as acting awards for Colin Firth as the King and Geoffrey Rush as his trusted friend and advisor.

    In other updates, a number of films I wrote about here have gotten distribution deals.  In fact, industry insiders are calling this the most-active Toronto market in years.  This weekend, Beginners, Mike Mills' second feature film, was picked up by Focus Films.  No official word yet on when they will release the film in the US, but some speculate it will come out the middle of 2011.  

    Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions purchased the Will Ferrell film, Everything Must Go, as well as the Robert Redford directed historical drama, The Conspirator, and Lionsgate alone will be distributing Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole
    Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.  

    Other films that were purchased include the new Kelly Reichart film, Meek’s Cutoff, starring Michelle Williams, Passion Play starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, the films Peepworld, Beautiful Boy, and Dirty Girl, as well as 3 films that have gotten positive reviews that I unfortunately didn’t catch at the festival — Werner Herzog's new 3D documentary Caves of Forgotten Dreams, Submarine, and Incendies, which won The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature, and got a distribution deal from Sony Picture Classics.

  2. toronto film festival

    ann marie baldonado

    fresh air

    npr

    colin firth

    mike mills

    aaron eckhart

    robert redford

    will ferrell