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“Ah! I did not see that one coming!”
Don’t let anybody tell you Washington D.C.’s Newseum is some kind of boring-seum, because it’s kind of a big deal. In a partnership with Paramount Pictures, the Newseum will be paying tribute to one of the hardest working newsteams in the biz when “Anchorman: The Exhibit” debuts on November 14, 2013. It will of course tie in with the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues, which will see its release on December 20, 2013. But that will be then, and this is the now that was.
Besides film clips and a special commentary from Will Ferrell, the exhibit will feature many familiar elements from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s outlandish hit 2004 comedy, which told the tale of an all-male newsteam’s inability to properly allow a female newscaster (Christina Applegate) into their midst on a professional level. See the costumes worn by Channel 4 Evening News’ Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). (I would hope Jack Black’s biker outfit is there, with maybe a hint of doggie blood on it.) A variety of the film’s original props will also be on display, including Ron’s jazz flute and the whip that Spanish Language News’ Arturo Mendez uses in the newsmen melee.
Perhaps most interesting for the film’s fans will be the full re-creation of the KVWN-TV set and anchor desk, where you can take a picture and have your own intimate times. You can also appear in an Anchorman-themed TV spot, featuring an introduction by Burgundy himself, at one of the Newseum’s Be A Reporter stations.
The exhibit will be on display until August 31, 2014, assuming no one drops a bottle of Sex Panther on the ground, causing everyone to think there’s been a gas leak. And check out the JFK exhibit while you’re there. I mean, it’s no Whore Island or anything.