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Real Anchors at ‘Anchorman’ Fete Party Like its 1979

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Several “Today” show anchors went back in time Friday night to celebrate the “Anchorman 2″ at New York’s Crosby Street Hotel. Classy on the Rocks, as it was dubbed, was the brainchild of Christina Geist, wife of “Today” show 9am co-anchor Wilie Geist. The Geists along with Savannah Guthrie and her fiancé Mike Feldman and “Today” weekend anchor Erica Hill and her husband David Yount.

“Today” and “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt and his wife Carol Hagen took the prize for best outfits — bell bottoms and matching afros. Guests included Thomas Roberts and his husband Patrick Abner as well as NBC News colleagues and friends of the hosts. Costumes were required. Guests snacked on sliders, chips and guac and popcorn and the bar stayed open during a screening of the movie.

Despite an unprecedented marketing blitz, the Will Ferrell flick came in second at the box office this weekend behind the latest Hobbit movie, taking in $26.8 million bringing the 5-day total to $40 million. The original “Anchorman” realeased in July, 2004 took in $28.4 in its opening weekend.

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Will Ferrell is ‘World News’ Person of the Week

Following in-character drop ins at a Bismarck affiliate and on ESPN and NBCSN, Will Ferrell dropped the Ron Burgundy persona for Diane Sawyer who named him person of the week on Friday. The feature even included a clip of Ferrell as a sports anchor at Santa Ana College in 1991. “You came this close to being one of us,” Sawyer joked.

Real Cable Host, Fake Anchorman on ‘SNL’

An actor-turned-fake news anchor and a minister-turned-real cable host joined Paul Rudd and One Direction on Saturday Night Live last night. Keenan Thompson played pre-weight loss Al Sharpton while Will Ferrell and his “Anchorman” co-stars were part of the monologue and a final sketch where, playing printer salesmen, not anchormen, they get liquored up at a Chuck E Cheese.

What Kind of Anchorman Will Jake Tapper Be? ‘They Don’t Want Me to be Ron Burgundy’

Former ABC ace Jake Tapper, who debuted on CNN Tuesday, says that his being passed over — twice — as ‘This Week’ anchor was not the reason he left the network.

When ABC chose CNN’s Christiane Amanpour for ‘This Week’ in 2010, “obviously I had a degree of disappointment, “ Tapper says, “but it wasn’t as though they were putting Mario Lopez in there. Christiane’s a legend.”

Less than 18 months later, when George Stephanopoulos returned to ‘This Week’– again, no hard feelings, Tapper insists. “It’s George’s show. It was logical for him to want to do it. He’s also a journalistic legend.”

What did it for Tapper was his own weekday show at CNN, most likely to launch in March or April, in addition to being named Chief Washington Correspondent. New CNN Worldwide boss Jeff Zucker made the offer over breakfast last month at a secret undisclosed location in New York.

Tapper, in Philadelphia Thursday to promote his new book, ‘The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,’ says he expects to take over the 4 p.m. hour currently occupied by Wolf Blitzer’s ‘Situation Room.’ Blitzer will be cut back to 5 to 7 p.m.

If all goes well, could this be a prelude to Tapper breaking into the prime-time lineup?

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‘Anchorman 2′ Sets Release Date

Good news everyone! The sequel to the 2004  comedy “Anchorman” finally has a release date. “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” will debut in theaters December 20, 2013.

Comedian Will Ferrell announced the plans for the sequel back in March during a taping of “Conan.” The first trailer, which featured Ferrell and actors Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner, was released in May. We also noted that actor Vince Vaughn is among the celebrities slated to make cameo appearances in the next film.

The plot of the film is still unclear, though we now that there will be a musical element, and the transformation from hard news to entertainment news will play a part of the plot.

‘Anchorman 2′ To Focus On Shift From Hard News To Entertainment News

The plot of “Anchorman 2″ is still shrouded in secrecy, but the New York Post has a few tidbits at what might be in store when the film comes to theaters next year. First up is a musical element, and second is a plotline focusing on one of the most transformative parts of TV news in the last few decades, particularly on the morning shows:

“We are going to focus on and comment on the transition from what was kind of traditional news to where entertainment forces started melding in, and Ron’s going to be one of the catalysts of that,” he said.

ESPN Commentator Jay Mariotti Arrested

Jay MariottiFanHouse.com columnist Jay Mariotti, who also appears regularly on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” was arrested Saturday for suspicion of “felony domestic assault.”

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Blankstein and Garrett Therolf have the details:

LAPD sources said that Mariotti allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica and that they were observed exchanging harsh words before leaving in a car. Mariotti became angry after he suspected his girlfriend of flirting with another man, police sources said.

The argument continued at the couple’s Venice-area apartment, where Mariotti allegedly pushed and shoved the woman. During the altercation, Mariotti grabbed her arm, leaving marks, the sources said.

Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business has more information from the ESPN angle of the story:

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The Ticker: Kagan, Kaplan, Friel…

> In addition to a new role contributing to Oprah Radio, Daryn Kagan writes this week for U.S. News and World Report about her recent trip to Africa. “Off I went for one of the most meaningful Christmases of my life, just after the U.S. elections, during a real period of hope in Kenya,” she writes.

> Huffington Post has the video of Rick Kaplan‘s appearance during last weekend’s HBO airing of “Your Welcome America.” Find out why Will Ferrell (playing former Pres. George W. Bush) nicknames Kaplan, “The Liar.”

> Courtney Friel starts her Q&A with SoupCans with this answer to how she got the Fox News job: “Well…I went on a date with Roger Ailes.” Of course, she continued, “I’m joking!! Actually — the process was pretty standard. My agent sent FOX a DVD.” She also talks about her husband, Carter Evans (who works at CNN) and puts to rest rumors of a feud with Julie Banderas.

Fake Keith Morrison on SNL, Real Rick Kaplan on HBO

KMorrison_3.14.jpgDateline’s Keith Morrison got another send-up tonight on SNL. We’ll have the clip tomorrow after the jump.

In other comedy/news news, a tipster tells us that during SNL alum Will Ferrell‘s HBO special, “You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W. Bush,” which aired live tonight, Ferrell singled out CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan. Anyone have a clip?

Other newsers in the crowd at New York’s Cort Theatre, CNBC’s Ron Insana, and CBS’s Jeff Greenfield.

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“Matt Lauer Can Suck It!”

Matt Lauer is not just anchor of the Today show, he’s an actor (playing himself). At least he was in a couple different mediums last night during “30 Rock.”

During the show, he was forced to appease Jack Donaghy‘s girlfriend’s grandmother (clip after the jump). But he was also featured prominently in a full trailer for the upcoming “Land of the Lost” movie that played during a commercial break, interviewing Dr. Rick Marshall (played by Will Ferrell) — before being attacked by him on the Today set. As of now, the trailer can only be seen on Subway’s Web site (serious cross promotion), but the Super Bowl ad featuring lower is below. > Update: AgencySpy has the full trailer, and some analysis:



Click continued to see the Lauer clip from “30 Rock” last night…

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