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December 14, 2013

'Anchorman 2' ladies take control

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the eyes of legendary newscaster Ron Burgundy, arguably Will Ferrell’s most memorable character, this is a man’s world. But in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” it wouldn’t be anything without a few saucy newsroom girls.

As one of the most anticipated comedies of the year, the sequel to Paramount’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” not only reunites Ferrell with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, but Christina Applegate is back too — and she has reinforcements.

Reprising her role as anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone, Applegate returns with additional leading ladies: Kristen Wiig and Meagan Good. Wiig is receptionist Chani Lastname (pronounced Last-naw-may), the meek and kooky love interest to Carell’s peculiar Brick Tamland, while Good wreaks havoc as the brazen boss of Ron and his newsroom posse.

It’s been a decade since the original “Anchorman” released to mixed reviews. The formula seemed ideal: Choice comedic actors like Ferrell, Carell and Rudd; an asinine approach to the newsroom culture of the 1970s; and signature lines like “I’m in a glass case of emotion!” (delivered by Ferrell).

But it performed below expectations at the box office, earning $84.3 million overall. Yet the second installment, which opens Dec. 18, could break the $100 million mark overall, following an unabashed marketing campaign that had Ferrell doing all manner of publicity stunts.

“This new generation, those who were 10 years old when the first movie came out, have found it, so the popularity of it seemed to just grow,” said Applegate in a recent phone interview. “And the demand for it started to get bigger, so of course for the studio guys, that’s like ‘Oh yeah, we definitely have to do it.’”

Recognized for years for portraying Kelly Bundy in the sitcom “Married With Children,” which aired on Fox from 1987-1997, the actress said her turn as Veronica has had its challenges.

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