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  • Film Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

    Making a sequel to a cherished cultural totem is no easy business, but director Adam McKay and his muse Will Ferrell keep things very classy in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," a modestly less quotable but generously funny new adventure for scotch-and-mahogany-loving 1970s newsman Ron Burgundy, here catapulted into 1980 and the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle. Mindful that bigger isn't often better, McKay and Ferrell have scaled up 2004's "Anchorman" without compromising its core of freewheeling prankishness, while making a not-unserious movie about the devolution of TV news into pandering infotainment. (Imagine "Network" as directed by Mel Brooks, and starring Gene Wilder.) Sure to leave a smile on the faces of all but the overly botoxed, this early Paramount Christmas present should easily power past the original film's $85 million domestic haul, and possibly even the $148 million earned by Ferrell-McKay's 2006 "Talladega Nights."
  • Rome Film Review: 'Fear of Falling'

    Despite more than a decade of rehearsing and tweaking a new version of Ibsen's "The Master Builder," translated and adapted by Wallace Shawn and staged by Andre Gregory in various private venues, there's little to show for all the effort. The...

    Theater review, 'Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays' at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

     
    David C. Nichols reviews 'Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays' at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center