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Reporter Revisits Sports Illustrated John Rocker Profile

Great long read on Bleacher Report from Jeff Pearlman, author of an infamous December 1999 Sports Illustrated feature on then-Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker. Pearlman’s original SI piece was spiked, but when his editor assigned him to revisit Rocker after the end of that year’s MLB season, the floodgates opened in the form of a mountain of controversial quotes.

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Despite subsequent accusations and denials by Rocker, Pearlman restates for the record that nothing was taken out of context or “pieced together.” He also runs down three “funny” things about article, starting with this fascinating bit of issue obfuscation:

The piece ran in the final Sports Illustrated issue of the 20th century — which included, arguably, the biggest undertaking in the magazine’s history. Bill Colson, the managing editor, wanted to compile a list of the top 50 athletes of the century for every state, coupled with 50 different covers. The daunting (and truly awful) task of finding and ranking the athletes fell upon three of us—myself, Steve Cannella and Mark Bechtel.

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Anchorman 2 Spawns a Food Truck

The endless Paramount PR campaign for Anchorman 2 began with promo appearances by Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy on just about every news show imaginable. Then, a few weeks ago, there was the limited theatrical release of a second, alternate version of the movie featuring “763 new gags.”

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Now comes word via Home Media magazine senior reporter Chris Tribbey of an Anchorman food truck. “AnchorVan” is being launched today at SXSW to support the upcoming DVD release of the sequel and will wind its way to NYC for a close-out appearance on April Fools Day:

The “AnchorVan” will offer free chicken (Champ Kind’s Whammy! Chicken, of course) and give Ron Burgundy fans a chance to go on-camera to test their teleprompter reading skills.

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Retired Anchorman Mort Crim Stays Classy in Midst of Barrage of Media Attention

It’s been fun to read the media coverage of 78-year-old former Philadelphia and Detroit TV news anchor Mort Crim. Thanks to a recent Rolling Stone interview with Will Ferrell, the man who helped inspire not the mustache or the “Stay classy” catchphrase but rather the smooth, authoritative delivery has been back in the limelight, culminating with Sunday’s New York City premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Per Julie Miller of the Detroit Free Press, Crim had a great line ready when he finally, for the first time, met Ferrell at this weekend’s NYC premiere:

“I walked up to him at the party that went on afterward,” Crim said Monday from New York. “He recognized me. I stuck my hand out and said, ‘Will, it’s nice for you to get to meet me.’ ”

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Live, from New York… It’s Five New SNL Faces

For this week’s print edition, The Hollywood Reporter has the double scoop on five incoming Saturday Night Live cast members. It’s the largest performer turnover since Will Ferrell ’s 1995-96 debut season.

Reporter Seth Abramovitch touches briefly on the various audition locales and performer gambits, including this post-post-modern material from Noel Wells, who is one of the five new faces:

Wells “blew everyone away,” says one attendee, with her impression of a Vine video. (She played a screaming fan at a Rihanna concert who falls and repeats the embarrassing moment again and again.)

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Ron Burgundy Casting for SeaWorld Extras

And who better to report about this Saturday May 11 cattle call than San Diego ABC affiliate Channel 10, one of the places where the alleged loose inspiration for Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character – Harold Greene (also of KCBS fame) – once worked?

The non-union open casting for Anchorman: The Legend Continues is happening today from noon to 4 p.m. at a Mission Valley area DoubleTree Hotel in San Diego, for a local shoot later this month. From the 10news.com report:

Tammy Sandler of the Los Angeles-based company Facetime Media told 10News, “All I can really say is it is a scene with Will Ferrell being shot at SeaWorld…”

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Will Ferrell’s Eight-Year-Old Son Set for Solo Piano Performance

Tomorrow night’s event is invitation-only, but chances are you’ll be seeing some really cool clips of it on Tuesday evening local newscasts.

Piano teacher Margie Balter (pictured), well-known for helping anchor the authenticity of film performances such as Holly Hunter in The Piano, is hosting a special charity event at the Gibson Baldwin Showroom in Beverly Hills. A number of her current students will be playing pieces from her latest album “Music from my Heart,” with part of the proceeds from the sale of CDs and playbooks going to the Playing For Change Foundation and the first International Playing For Change Day concert in September.

One of Balter’s most promising students is Magnus, the eight-year-old son of Will and Viveca Ferrell. A rep for the event sent FishbowlLA the composition that he will be playing (“Zanzi”), and it definitely speaks volumes to the stage this young Hollywood progeny is at.

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Harrison Ford Tapped for Anchorman Sequel

Nice little scooplet for Tatiana Siegel, the one-time Hollywood Reporter staffer who recently returned to the publication’s fold.

According to her sources, it’s not just Kristen Wiig who will be stacking the Anchorman 2 deck, set to begin shooting later this month in Atlanta. Also joining the fray is none other than Harrison Ford:

Ford will play a legendary newscaster a la Tom Brokaw in the Adam McKay-helmed comedy… He previously played an anchorman in the film Morning Glory.

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Will Ferrell Crashes Lakers Game As An Usher Named ‘Ted Vagina’

When it comes to public hijinks, Will Ferrell is second to none… Well, second to Bill Murray actually. Still, pretty damn funny.

Ferrell was at last night’s Lakers game against the Suns dressed as an usher named Ted Vagina.  Lest you think Ferrell was just having fun, he was apparently there to promote his new movie. Shaq will apparently be featured in this film, because Ferrell angrily escorted him out of his courtside seats at one point during the game. If Shaq is going to show up at a Lakers game of his own volition, no way it’s going to be against a team as terrible as the Suns.

H/T Deadspin

Aussie Personality Maude Garrett Relocating to LA

Every Sunday, Hollywood-based Australian syndicated radio show The Hot Hits counts down LA’s top 35 songs and features interviews with various celebrities. Starting February 3, the program will have a new host.

Maude Garrett (pictured), who broke through Down Under in 2005 via the national talent search Fresh Meat and has hosted various programs on Nickelodeon Australia as well as the Channel 9 reality TV program The Pursuit, is moving to LA for the new gig. Per the Optus MCM Media Group announcement:

The self-confessed pop-culture brainiac and video game fanatic will be moving to Los Angeles and she couldn’t be more excited about it. “It’s my dream job!” Maude says. “‘I’m able to completely indulge in my love of pop culture, from music to movies and gossip! Moving to LA to attend premieres, interview the biggest celebrities and talk about my obsession with video games…. somebody pinch me!”

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Will Ferrell Gets Choked Up About K-Stew/R-Patz

Will Ferrell was on Conan Thursday night and is still “choked up” about the public breakup of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

It will be OK, Will. Hang in there.

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