All 8 Adam McKay Movies Ranked Worst to Best, From ‘Anchorman’ to ‘Vice’ (Photos)

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Adam McKay’s transition from silly comedies to serious social satire has made him one of the most fascinating directors working today. But if you reexamine his many broadly humorous hits, you’ll find that most of them already contain seriou…

James Marsden and Ed Asner Cast in Will Ferrell’s Netflix Comedy ‘Dead to Me’

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James Marsden and Ed Asner are joining Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini on Netflix’s upcoming comedy, “Dead to Me.”

Penned by showrunner Liz Feldman, “Dead to Me” hails from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez Prods. and CBS TV Studios. The series was handed a 10-episode series order by Netflix.

“Dead to Me” is described as a comedic “Big Little Lies,” centering around a powerful friendship that blossoms between Jen (Applegate), a tightly wound widow, and Judy (Cardellini), a free spirit with a shocking secret.

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Marsden, who stars on HBO’s “Westworld,” will play a love interest to Judy, who seems confident and logical, but beyond that facade is a vulnerable man with a complicated past who is drawn to Judy’s big heart and free spirit. Asner, meanwhile, will portray Abe, a resident at the assisted living facility where Judy works. Described as quick-witted and sharper than most, he and Judy share a sweet bond and often lean on each other to get through life’s twists and turns.

Feldman and Applegate are executive producing “Dead to Me,” alongside Ferrell, McKay and Jessica Elbaum. Filming on the series is set to begin this fall in Los Angeles.

The series reunites Applegate with her “Anchorman” co-star Ferrell and McKay, who directed the film and its sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” It’s her first starring TV role since the short-lived NBC comedy, “Up All Night.” Before that, she toplined another short-lived sitcom, “Samantha Who?” for ABC. On the small screen, Applegate is most known for portraying Kelly Bundy on Fox’s “Married … With Children,” which ran for 11 seasons.

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Linda Cardellini to Star Opposite Christina Applegate in Netflix Dark Comedy Series ‘Dead To Me’

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“Bloodline” and “Freaks and Geeks” alum Linda Cardellini is making her return to Netflix, alongside Christina Applegate in the streamer’s upcoming half-hour dark comedy “Dead to Me,” an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

Cardellini will also produce the comedy, which is penned by showrunner Liz Feldman and hails from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez Prods. and CBS TV Studios. The series was handed a 10-episode series order by Netflix.

“Dead to Me,” is described as a comedic “Big Little Lies,” centering around a powerful friendship that blossoms between Jen (Applegate), a tightly wound widow, and Judy (Cardellini), a free spirit with a shocking secret.

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Judy is an outgoing free spirit who exudes both warmth and pathos as she struggles to deal with a personal tragedy. Judy desperately needs someone to connect with and finds a common ground and support system in Jen.

The series marks Cardellini’s first series regular role since she co-starred on Netflix’s “Bloodline” opposite Kyle Chandler. She’ll next be seen on the silver screen for Universal’s “The Green Book,” with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

Feldman and Applegate are executive producing “Dead to Me,” alongside Ferrell, McKay and Jessica Elbaum. Filming on the series is set to begin this fall in Los Angeles.

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Christina Applegate to Star in Will Ferrell-Produced Netflix Comedy ‘Dead to Me’

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Christina Applegate will star and executive produce in Netflix’s dark comedy “Dead to Me” from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

“Dead to Me” is a dark comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.

Applegate will play Jen, a poised and put together woman with a dark sense of humor and an anger problem that she doesn’t necessarily want to deal with. Jen has been struggling to keep it together in the months since her husband was killed in a hit and run.

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The series reunites Applegate with her “Anchorman” co-star Ferrell and McKay, who directed the film and its sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” It’s her first starring TV role since the short-lived NBC comedy, “Up All Night.” Before that, she toplined another short-lived sitcom, “Samantha Who?” for ABC. On the small screen, Applegate is most known for portraying Kelly Bundy on Fox’s “Married … With Children,” which ran for 11 seasons.

More recently, Applegate starred in the female comedy “Bad Moms” and made an appearance in the sequel, “A Bad Moms Christmas.”

The series is produced by CBS Television Studios and Gloria Sanchez Productions for Netflix. Liz Feldman, a writer and producer best known for her work on “2 Broke Girls,” wrote the script and will be the executive producer and showrunner. Applegate, Ferrell, McKay and Jessica Elbaum will also executive produce.

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Christina Applegate To Star In Netflix Dark Comedy Series ‘Dead To Me’

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EXCLUSIVE: Christina Applegate (Bad Moms, Anchorman franchises) is set to topline and executive produce Dead to Me, Netflix’s half-hour dark comedy series from writer Liz Feldman, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez Prods. and CBS TV Stu…

Cameron Diaz Says She’s ‘Actually Retired’ From Acting

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As one of the most in-demand actresses of the late 1990s and 2000s, Cameron Diaz starred in a number of hit films, from “There’s Something About Mary” to “Charlie’s Angels” to “My Sister’s Keeper” to “Shrek.” In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, though, Diaz says she has now retired from acting. Sitting down with […]

‘Crash Pad’ Review: Domhnall Gleeson and Thomas Haden Church Make a Crackling Odd Couple

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Odd-couple roommate pairings have been fodder for guffaws since, well, “The Odd Couple.” It’s become a tired and usually mirthless conceit. So you’d be forgiven for guessing that “Crash Pad,” whose story hinges on the concept, is yet another lazy, cable-unworthy comedy full of sorry slapstick and barn-broad humor. And you’ll be surprised to discover that it’s actually smartly written and expertly pulled off.

Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, and Thomas Haden Church lead the cast in director Kevin Tent’s first non-action film — Tent is also executive producer Alexander Payne’s go-to editor — penned by a similarly inexperienced scripter, Jeremy Catalino. It’s to the filmmakers’ credit that when Church’s character moves in with Gleeson’s, wackiness does not ensue.

The tangle starts when Morgan (Applegate) tells two-night-stand Stensland (Gleeson) that she’s married, and it’s the last time they will see each other. He freaks out, accusing her of lying and questioning how it’s possible that she doesn’t share his strong feelings. Then Stensland spends a week sobbing on his couch and watching his VHS collection of “Dawson’s Creek.”

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He then works up the energy to go to Morgan’s office and blackmail her, saying that he’ll tell her husband, Grady (Church), if she doesn’t fork over some cash. She bluffs and says that she already told Grady. Still, Stensland calls him and describes every lurid detail, to which Grady responds all “Taken”-like: “I’m going to find you. And then I’m going to kill you.” When he does find him, Stensland melts into cowardice. “Please don’t kick the ever-loving sh*t out of me!” he parrots back to Grady while on his knees. But Grady just wanted to scare the kid, and after criticizing the state of Stensland’s apartment, he leaves. Temporarily.

Grady’s decision to move in with Stensland — and, really, Stensland doesn’t have much choice — is a psychological chess move meant to deprive Morgan of the men in her life. And this is when the film starts dabbling in sexual stereotypes. Men get off fairly easily, being labeled only “brain-damaged apes.” But women are “catty hair-pulling harpies” who are working with an “irrational female intellect.”

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These descriptions come courtesy of Grady, who has Morgan ID’d as only “Wife” on his cell and drags Stensland to clubs every night so he can “bang some strange” and get back at Morgan. Grady’s dismissive categorization of Morgan is an ugly few minutes, but sensitive Stensland balances him out, along with Grady’s true feelings.

Church and Gleeson make a crackling pair, with Church boasting a “Magnum, P.I.” mustache and Gleeson forever sporting the bedhead of sadness. While Applegate competently plays the straightwoman, the guys are perfect foils as the Manly Man and the Delicate Man.

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Not that Stensland doesn’t know how to talk the talk: When he tries to rile Grady up and in turn prove his love for Morgan, Stensland yells out what he wants to do to Grady’s wife as Grady chases him around a building. Most deets are sufficiently dirty, but when he cries, “I’m going to put my willy in her!” you wouldn’t fault even Grady for laughing.

“Crash Pad” is still a Hollywood movie, however, so it follows the typical romantic-comedy path to happily ever after in the end. Because of the surprise that came before it, though, it doesn’t feel so eye-rollingly canned. As far as odd-coupling goes, this is a worthy resurrection.

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Hollywood Sends Love To Julia Louis-Dreyfus; “In Awe”, Tweets Sarah Silverman

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Louis-Dreyfus’ beautifully worded and compassionate disclosure (she included a plea to encourage everyone to “fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality”) was accompanied by the humor that’s made the former Seinfeld star one of TV’s most beloved. “Just when you thought…” is how she…

‘Youth in Oregon’: Film Review | Palm Springs 2017

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A retired doctor, played by Frank Langella, is determined to end his life through euthanasia in ‘Youth in Oregon,’ a drama that also stars Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate and Mary Kay Place.read more

Joel David Moore’s ‘Youth in Oregon’ Lands US Distributor in Orion, Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquired the domestic rights to “Youth in Oregon,” directed by “Avatar” star Joel David Moore.

“Youth” was a Tribeca premiere that will also screen at the forthcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz and Alex Shaffer star in the drama.

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“This beautiful film tackles one of humanity’s most universal dilemmas, told through the lens of an estranged, intimacy-parched family that has to bear the burden of a patriarch’s decision to leave them all behind,” Moore said of the drama.

Langella stars as Raymond, a cranky patriarch on the eve of his 80th birthday who decides to be euthanized in Oregon, 3,000 miles from his hometown. His son-in-law (Crudup) agrees to drive Raymond and his wife Estelle (Place) the distance and attempt to change his mind about assisted suicide along the way.

Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey and Morgan White of Sundial Pictures serve as producers, with Sirad Balducci and Barbara Fiorentino co-producing. Frank Langella and Ross Dinerstein are executive producers.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films by Peter Goldwyn with Ben Weiss and Meghan Oliver of Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Youth in Oregon” hits U.S. theaters and VOD on Feb. 3.

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Kathleen Robertson Sells ‘Swimming With Sharks’ Series Adaptation To E!, Dramedy Starring Christina Applegate To Lifetime

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11 Woman Presidents in Movies and TV Before Hillary Clinton (Photos)

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Polly Bergen, “Kisses for My President” (1964)

President Leslie McCloud was a real pioneer — but the plot focuses on Fred MacMurray as the First Husband struggling to find a purpose. And to add insult to injury, she resigns when she learns she’s pregnant.

Patty Duke, “Hail to the Chief (1985)

In this short-lived ABC sitcom, Duke played President Julia Mansfield who had to deal with a cheating first husband, a rogue Air Force general and multiple schemes for her impeachment.

Christina Applegate, “Mafia!” (1998)

In this spoof of “The Godfather Part II,” Applegate plays a version of Diane Keaton’s Kay Adams-Corleone — named Diane — who leaves the Michael-like Mob boss (Jay Mohr) and goes on to become president of the U.S. Sadly, she puts a nuclear disarmament deal on hold to return to her ex.

Geena Davis, “Commander in Chief” (2005-06)

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Patricia Wettig, “Prison Break” (2006)

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Cherry Jones, “24” (2008-10)

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Alfre Woodard, “State of Affairs” (2014-15)

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (2014 -)

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Andrea Savage, “Veep” (2016 – )

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Sela Ward, “Independence Day: Resurgence” (2016)

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Lynda Carter, “Supergirl” (2016 – )

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‘Bad Moms’ All-Male Spinoff ‘Bad Dads’ Booked for Summer 2017

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After “Bad Moms” became one of the surprise hits of the summer, STX will bring “Bad Dads” to theaters next year.

The film is set for July 14, 2017. Casting and plot details are forthcoming.

“Bad Moms,” starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Christina Applegate, romped its way to $170.8 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. That was enough for STX — which hasn’t financed a slate of films that are obvious standard sequel treatment choices in its two-year history — to grow the “Bad Moms” family.

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“Where other studios have automatically green lit traditional and significantly more expensive sequels, STX has determined those sequels on average are grossing 68 percent less than the originals,” STX said in a statement announcing “Bad Dads.” “Instead, STX has chosen to focus on extending consumer passion for the ‘Bad Moms’ brand with a series of film spin-offs, a reality television show, short form digital content, and a robust consumer products program.”

STX is one of several Hollywood studios with increasingly deep ties to China. Robert Simonds formed the independent distributor in 2014 with founding investments from private equity firms TPG and China’s Hony Capital. In 2015, STX inked a co-financing deal with China’s Huayi Brothers that the studio said would allow it to produce 12 to 15 films a year. Last month, STX announced a strategic investment from Chinese tech and media giant Tencent to fund an expansion into music, digital content and virtual reality.

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