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The latest stop on the Will Ferrell Casa De Mi Padre media tour is ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Ferrell has made the rounds promoting his new Spanish language film by conducting some of his interviews en Español.
So, Jimmy will have to brush up on his Spanish with Guillermo the security guard before his interview with Ferrell Tuesday night.
For my fellow gringos out there, there will be English subtitles to go along with the interview.
This Fishie was at the gym Wednesday evening, when he happened to glimpse up and see Will Ferrell looking completely lost during an appearance on the halftime show of a Mexico/Colombia soccer match. The sound on the TV wasn’t up, so we couldn’t hear the interview, but it was readily apparent that the actor spoke absolutely zero Spanish. As it turns out, we were right. Asked in Spanish for the name of his new movie, Ferrell responded “Chicharito.” The film is called Casa de mi Padre. He responded “Chicharito” to all subsequent queries as well.
Ratings for the game were huge, perhaps assisted by Ferrell’s appearance, but probably not. Univision’s LA broadcast had more viewers in the 18-49 demo than ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX combined. Nationwide, the game averaged 4.3 million viewers.
Over at Nerve.com, contributor Rod Bastanmehr has come up with a fun way to tease the 18th season of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, which debuts later this month. He counts down what he believes to be the five worst episodes in the show’s history.
There’s no doubt that over the years, host James Lipton has anchored countless hours of insightful conversation and provided the inspiration for one of Will Ferrell‘s most enduring SNL recurring bits. But every once in a while, as Bastanmehr so accurately points out, the program goes off the Method rails, usually because the featured guest in no way fits the Stanlislavski bill.
To find out who Bastanmehr thinks was the worst of all time, you’ll have to click through to the article. The only questionable selection on this chronicler’s list, as several comments also note, is Lipton’s 2004 conversation with Charlize Theron. The Oscar winning actress really does not belong alongside the likes of Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence.
Long-time Bloomberg News entertainment correspondent Michael White has a good year-end wrap-up look at FunnyorDie.com. According to one of his sources, the profitable company will gross close to $30 million this year; not bad for a venture that started out as a “clubhouse for our friends.”
Seeded with $15 million from Sequoia Capital, FunnyorDie counts several other high-profile owners besides main partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. As we head into the holidays, Judd Apatow, CAA and HBO can toast the ongoing expansion of the company’s reach:
FunnyorDie’s third show on cable TV, Billy on the Street, starts today on Madison Square Garden Co.’s Fuse network. The first feature film, Funny Or Die Presents Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The Hollywood Reporter is kicking off USC-UCLA week by publishing a story in this week’s print edition looking at the crosstown collegiate rivalry through the eyes of Hollywood.
UCLA GRAD WILL FORTE:
“I don’t really associate with USC fans. A certain type of person goes there — they aren’t good people. They’re very entitled, the type of person that will not hold the door for an old woman. They’ll intentionally walk a blind person into traffic. That’s what you’re working with at that school.”
Bravo! That was FishbowlLA’s immediate reaction when we read Movieline west coast editor Jen Yamato‘s account of a rip-roaring talk given this week at the Savannah Film Festival by Universal Pictures president and COO Ron Meyer.
It’s one thing to label Will Ferrell‘s Land of the Lost as “crap.” But it’s quite another for the former CAA partner to call out a marquee mess made by Comic-con darling Jon Favreau with help from James Bond and Indiana Jones. On Wednesday, Meyer nailed it:
“Forget all the smart people involved in Cowboys & Aliens, it wasn’t good enough. All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it.”
Faced with an NBA lockout that could last through next year, Clippers star Blake Griffin is doing what millions of other unemployed 22-year-olds around the country are forced to do: he’s taking an unpaid internship. The NBA’s Rookie of the Year just signed up for a week long internship at the offices of Funny Or Die. The AP reports he may even be getting people’s coffee.
“I don’t mind doing stuff like that,” he told reporter Jake Coyle. “It’s not a problem for me.”
We hope the folks at Funny Or Die have figured out something a little more productive for him to do. Perhaps stuff that involves him jumping over Will Ferrell. Or challenging the Landlady to some one-on-one.
We’re not blaming Eva Mendes. After all, the only thing she does is give the initial interview.
But due most likely to some sternly memoed SEO considerations, just about anything Mendes says is re-purposed ad infinitum by foreign outlets, in a fashion that exceeds the usual boundaries of hat tip entertainment journalism.
Not long ago, it was all about Mendes’ view via HollywoodLife.com that married life was “boring” and “unnecessary.” Today, everyone from The Daily Telegraph in Australia to MonstersandCritics.com in London has begun sending out bulletins about the actress’ daily diet. Bread and pasta are involved, per a piece in the September issue of UK’s Zest magazine.
Seriously though, we always thought of Funny or Die as some little website Will Ferrell and friends set up as a kind of creative dumping ground for ideas that weren’t big enough for TV or the movies. Turns out, the entire venture was far more calculated than that.
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