Moviegoers have only a few more weeks before they can delight once again in the harebrained antics of Ron Burgundy and his news crew in the highly anticipated sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. In the meantime, the Newseum will appease fans of the cult favorite with its new exhibition, “Anchorman: The Exhibit.”
The original and sequel are directed and co-written by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, and star Ferrell as a popular anchorman regarded as a local A-lister. The first movie was set in the 1970s in San Diego, and the second one begins a decade later in New York. “[The films are] obviously a parody of a real time in news history when celebrity anchors were big news and women were a novelty in the news room,” says Cathy Torst, vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “The exhibit is a funny take on the movie itself, but it’s also educational about the dramatic changes that hit local television news back in the ’70s as women stepped up. And these eyewitness-news and happy-talk news formats revolutionized the business.”
Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Will Ferrell star in the original Anchorman.
Created in partnership with Paramount Pictures, the exhibit will feature original costumes, props—including the infamous jazz flute from the first movie—and footage from both films, as well as an interactive station for visitors enabling them to “report” as part of the Channel 4 news team.
Due out December 20, the Anchorman legend continues with an all-star returning cast—including Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, and Steve Carell. Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, and Tina Fey also make comical cameos in the sequel.
The Newseum opened its Anchorman exhibit earlier this month and will display stills from the 2004 film.
“DC is a great town for the exhibition because we’re a city of news junkies,” Torst adds. “I think our sense of humor in DC is underrated. We’ll prove with this exhibit that even though we conduct serious business in this town, we’re always ready for a good laugh, too.” “Anchorman: The Exhibit” runs through August 31, 2014, at the Newseum. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 888-639-7386