Will Ferrell is back as Ron Burgundy in Paramount Picture’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
*“This time we’re dealing with race,” said Adam McKay director of the Paramount Pictures’ release of the sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, of the 2004 original film (acquired from DreamWorks). Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, a very popular 1970’s news anchor in San Diego’s on Channel 4. “Meagan Good is manager of the whole network. She’s an ass kicker, brilliant graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She’s over qualified. She’s a minority but kick’s their asses. She’s beautiful and a great addition to the cast.”
This sequel is written by McKay and Ferrell. The Rated PG comedy follows the anchor and his crew as they get back together to return to television as the new news crew for Channel 4, run by Linda Jackson (Meagan Good). His crew consists of Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues also stars Harrison Ford, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, and Luke Wilson.
Produced by Ferrell, McKay and Judd Apatow the hilarious project has a long list of cameos that include Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Tina Frey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Smith, Drake, Kanye West and Green Day.
The Apatow and Gary Sanchez production arrives at theaters December 18, 2013.
Jonathan Butler gives his soul vocally on new holiday project, ‘Merry Christmas To You’
*“The songs are familiar and classics, and I wanted to do it a little different, more personal…more soulful,” said two-time Grammy Award nominated R&B/Jazz Fusion guitarist Jonathan Butler about his singing that dominated this his new holiday project, “Merry Christmas To You.” “My voice has always been there…it’s just that on this record it’s more exposed and not overly produced.”
Released on Artistry Music, Butler’s album offers 10 selections. After listening I was left wondering why he is not considered one of the great vocalists. “Merry Christmas to You” is produced by Jonathan with music support from Rick Braun, Dave Kos and Paul “Shilts” Weimer.
My favorites on the album, though every single song is perfection, includes the classic “This Christmas” because his vocals really shine out; his original and title track “Merry Christmas To You”; “Happy Holidays,” another Butler original; “Little Drummer Boy” because he starts talking in his native South African dialect and the drum beats were very impressive; “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” for the beautiful vocal acrobats he offers; “O Holy Night,” a sweet and powerful love song, and “The First Noel” which offers another vocal masterpiece.
Jonathan Butler is currently on the “Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour” with Oleta Adams and Kieko Matsui. The tour started the day after thanksgiving and will end December 22, 2013 in San Francisco. Learn more about the “Merry Christmas To You” album release and his appearances at www.JonathanButler.com.
Louis Lombardi joins cast of TNT’s ‘Mob City’
*Best known for his role in Fox’s Emmy Award winning series “24” as the unconventional hero Edgar Stiles, Louis Lombardi joins the cast of Frank Darabont’s new TNT drama series “Mob City” as Stucky one of the mobsters men. Set in the 1940’s the drama also stars Jeremy Luke as the Mobster Mickey, and Milo Ventimiglia and Ed Burns.
“I was fortunate to get this role,” said Louis whose career started when Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone saw him in a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominated film Amongst Friends – directed by Ron Weiss. He cast Lombardi in Natural Born Killers along side Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., Tommy Lee Jones and Juliette Lewis.
“It was my first big role,” Lombardi said about the Oliver Stone 1993 casting. When asked how he prepared for his role, Louis added, “I always look up stuff about the role and try to be as original as I can.”
That style has Louis busy having just finished filming Clint Eastwood’s highly anticipated new version of Jersey Boys in a role written just for him as “Louis.” It arrives in theaters in 2014. Lombardi also starred in the Academy Award winning film The Usual Suspects with Kevin Spacey; Spiderman 2, Suicide Kings with Christopher Walker and Brad Garrett, and The Animal with Rob Schneider. He has also starred in “The Sopranos” as agent Skip Lipan; “Hero’s,” “CSI,” “Entourage,” “Fantasy Island,” “Ugly Betty” and “NYPD Blue.”
TNT’s new drama “Mob City” two-hour premiere aired December 4, 2013 garnering over 2.3 million viewers. “Mob City” airs each Wednesday at 9/8c.
Lombardi also has launched his own gourmet Italian food line “Lombardi Gourmet” (www.LombardiGourmet.com) that includes authentic pastas, sauces, and olive oils imported from Italy.
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