Sunday, July 21, 2024

Will Ferrell Skips His Usual Late Night TV Talk Shows As New Movie “The House” Burns to the Ground


Where in the world is Will Ferrell? I am a particular fan of Ferrell’s crazy spots on late night TV shows– Fallon, Kimmel, Colbert, Corden, Meyers et al. When the former “SNL” star turned movie star shows up, it’s always fun and madcap. And whenever Ferrell has a new movie, you know that’s where you will find him.

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But his new movie “The House” is evidently so wretched that Ferrell has eschewed all his regular nighttime spots. He’s appeared with co-star Amy Poehler on “Ellen” (which is like a living press release).Will and Amy also appeared on “Good Morning America.”

Last night he showed up on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Now?” which has a tiny viewership. Otherwise, Ferrell has been AWOL from promoting this film. He knows it’s a stinker. So why bother?

Indeed, this morning there are 11 negative reviews posted overnight on Rotten Tomatoes. There are two positive ones, so the film hasĀ  a 15. The two positive reviews come from Australia, and from a blog. All the main reviewers who’ve seen “The House” are quite critical.

“The House” faces tougher competition than usual this weekend. “Baby Driver” is the go-to movie, very hip and standing at a 98 rating. “The Big Sick” is the comedy choice for the weekend, already beloved. “Despicable Me 3” is the kids’ movie for the mall.

PS “Baby Driver,” which opened Wednesday, already has $10 million and great word of mouth. Sony/Columbia, waiting for “Spider Man” and July 7th, is having a summer turnaround.


Read Jill Brooke’s excellent story about HBO documentary chief Sheila Nevins here



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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