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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
By United Press International
Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson land 'Anchorman 2' roles

Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson land 'Anchorman 2' roles

ATLANTA, March 15 (UPI) -- Actors Josh Lawson and Greg Kinnear have joined the cast of the film "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," now shooting in Atlanta, Deadline.com said Friday.

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'Bodies' warms up weekend box office ... Idol's Iraq story was 'all lies' ... Directors guild honors Ben Affleck ... Celebrities in New Orleans for Super Bowl ... News from United Press International.

Celebrities in New Orleans for Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Beyonce, Neil Patrick Harris and a host of other celebrities have descended upon New Orleans in preparation for the Super Bowl Sunday, observers said.
Golden Globes presenters list expanded

Golden Globes presenters list expanded

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Bradley Cooper, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx and Julia Roberts will join the list of presenters at the Golden Globe awards, event organizers in Hollywood said.
Streep, Clooney, Pattinson to be Golden Globes presenters

Streep, Clooney, Pattinson to be Golden Globes presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Robert Pattinson, George Clooney and Meryl Streep are to help hand out awards at this weekend's Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles, organizers said.
Web series 'Drunk History' heading to television

Web series 'Drunk History' heading to television

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Comedy Central says it has ordered "Drunk History," a weekly half-hour show based on the popular Web series and produced by Will Ferrell.
Foxx, Aniston urge gun control in PSA

Foxx, Aniston urge gun control in PSA

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Dozens of celebrities, including Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston, appeared in a public service announcement asking U.S. citizens to demand tougher gun control.

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'A Christmas Story' listed on National Film Registry ... Queen invites Kate's parents for Christmas ... Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman 2' to open Dec. 20, 2013 ... Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' tops U.S. record chart ... News from United Press International.
Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman 2' to open Dec. 20, 2013

Will Ferrell's 'Anchorman 2' to open Dec. 20, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The sequel to the broadcast journalism comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is to open in U.S. theaters next December, EW.com reported.
Ferrell: 'Anchorman 2' mustache is real

Ferrell: 'Anchorman 2' mustache is real

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Will Ferrell says "Anchorman 2" will find his fictional broadcast journalism team learning to cover celebrity stories as well as hard news.
Will Ferrell hits 'The Campaign' trail

Will Ferrell hits 'The Campaign' trail

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Former "Saturday Night Live" star Will Ferrell says he wanted to make a hilarious movie, not necessarily a biting American political satire, when he signed on to star with Zach Galifianakis in "The Campaign."
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DeGeneres is winner of Mark Twain Prize

DeGeneres is winner of Mark Twain Prize

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Ellen DeGeneres wins the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for her "unique contributions" to comedy, Washington's Kennedy Center chairman said.
Lou Diamond Phillips wins Imagen Award

Lou Diamond Phillips wins Imagen Award

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Gina Rodriguez took home top acting awards at the Imagen Foundation Awards in Los Angeles for their roles in "Filly Brown."
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Will Ferrell
Lead actor Will Ferrell arrives at the premiere of his new motion picture comedy "Land of the Lost", at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 30, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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John William "Will" Ferrell ( /ˈfɛrəl/; born July 16, 1967) is an American comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the late 1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and has subsequently starred in the comedy films Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger than Fiction, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, and The Other Guys. He is considered a member of the "Frat Pack", a generation of leading Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and the 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson. He most recently guest starred in a four-episode story arc on the The Office.

Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, the son of Betty Kay (née Overman), a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician with The Righteous Brothers. His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964; Ferrell has Irish ancestry. Ferrell has a younger brother, Patrick. When he was 8, his parents divorved. Ferrell said of the divorce, "I was the type of kid who would say, 'Hey Look at the bright side! We'll have two Christmases.'" The divorce was amicable and both parents were committed to their children. The biggest problem was Lee's line of work. As a person in showbusiness, his paychecks were never steady and he was gone from home months at a time. Growing up in the environment made Ferrell not want to go into show business, but get a steady job.

Will first attended school at Turtle Rock Elementary and later attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, both in Irvine. He attended University High School in Irvine, and was a kicker for the school's varsity football team. He was also on the soccer team and captain of the basketball team, and served on student council. As a joke, he started the reptile club (even though he didn't know anyone who owned one), but the club only lasted for two meetings.

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