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Legendary newscaster Ron Burgundy announced this week that a teaser trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues would air ahead of The Dictator.

Said Burgundy in a tweet, “I don’t know what a teaser trailer is either but they say you all    will.  When did the world get so crazy? I’m having a scotch.”

The teaser, though apparently it has already aired at an advance screening, has yet to appear online, but allegedly includes the full Channel 4 team, apart from smelly pirate hooker Veronica Corningstone.

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Ten Things with no Heath Ledger? Never!

Gil Junger, who wrote and directed the original Ten Things I Hate About You, based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, in 1999, is now apparently making a sequel starring Hayley Atwell, of Captain America fame.

No Julia Stiles, No Joseph Gordon Levitt and definitely no Heath Ledger.

It’s a bad idea, simply speaking because the original was just so darned good.

Here are ten reasons why I – and everyone I knew in the nineties – loved the original, and why it can never be replaced…

1) THERE’S A NORMAL LOOKING LEADING LADY
Julia Stiles’s career never really took off after this (unless you count Bourne), in part perhaps because she really is very normal looking. But that’s what girls loved about her in 10 Things. Her hair’s a bit frizzy (check the perm ponytail at the prom), her teeth are a bit wonky and she has knobbly knees in that girls’ soccer match scene.

2) C.J. CRAIG IS DIIIIRTY….
“Judith! What’s another word for ‘engorged’?” Everyone’s favourite Democrat chief-of-staff is, in one of her earliest roles, the filthiest, most inappropriate bad teacher imaginable. Cameron Diaz ain’t got nothing on Allison Janney.

3) BIANCA STRATFORD’S OUTFITS
So, we know it’s the 90s (just) and that Bianca is meant to be the whiter than white little sister but there really is no excuse for those wide-banded strappy sandals (they really aren’t Mary Janes, love) and that pouffy pink prom dress. Then again, it all just helps make Kat (Stiles) look even cooler when she arrives at Prom wearing a loose, navy spaghetti straps number.

4) MR STRATFORD
Along with Han Solo and Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad in American Pie, Larry Miller’s role as the over-protective father is one of those great this-was-meant-to-be-a-supporting-role parts that unintentionally steals the show. “I’ve got news for you. I’m down, I’ve got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don’t care how dope his ride is. Mamma didn’t raise no fool” Enough said.

5) THE SCRIPT
From the Shakespearean quotes (“Sweet love, renew thy force.”) to the come-back quips (“Hey! Don’t say shit like that to me. People can hear you.”) the script is tight, funny and merciless. Also, see Reason Number 4, above.

6) THE TEACHERS
We’ve got a liberal, bad-ass black teacher who’s also kind of a racist, a pot-thieving sports coach and a headmistress who writes erotica. Would this have been the coolest school to go to ever – or the worst?


7)
IT MAKES PAINT-BALLING LOOK SEXY
Anyone who has ever been paint-balling (especially if they’ve ever been with my ex-army friend Ben) knows that paint-balling is more often than not a vicious, competitive, strategic sport that will invariably leave you with countless bruises, aching limbs and a lingering feeling of failure whether you win or lose. But in Ten Things it looks like a romantic roll around a haystack with a pack of hairdye.

9) THE PLOT
I guess we have Bill Shakespeare to thank for this one, but the story here is simply better than most other high school rom coms. The characters are so well-rounded that we care about all of them, from Gordon Levitt’s geeky friend to the teachers at school.  We don’t even hate whiney, selfish Bianca. Well, not much.

8) IT HAS A MUSICAL NUMBER
If The Taming of the Shrew is lacking one thing it might be this. Is there anything more romantic than Heath Ledger serenading Stiles on the football pitch with a microphone he bribed  the band guy for and a mischievous twinkle in his eye?

Which leads us on to what is quite frankly the best things about this film…

10) … HEATH LEDGER
Ah, let me count the ways… Before he became a really good actor and stuff, Heath was the shaggy-haired rebel from down under who steals Kat Stratford’s heart by throwing paintballs in her face and letting her vomit on his shoes. He’s lean, mean, utterly sexy and looks about as unlikely to be in high school as Dawson Leary (he actuallywasa teenager when he made the film, but looks about a decade older).

Without him, Ten Things could have just been a slightly more erudite She’s All That (although I actually quite like She’s All that too by the way).

He’s just lovely in this film. R.I.P.

AND ONE THING I HATE…
The name! And the poem that accompanies it. It doesn’t rhyme properly, the syncopation is all over the place and the whole thing has almost nothing to do with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 141, which Kat’s homework assignment is based on.

Although it’s definitely not the worst – or last – affront to Shakespeare from poor old Stiles.  Anyone seen O? Watch the trailer for the Othello revamp, which Stiles made several years after Ten Things, below.

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