Empire State Building: Movie Star

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Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Empire Rising by Thomas Kelly, a novel set in 1930 just as construction on the Empire State Building is beginning. Although the narrative centers on a love triangle in New York, the real star of the story is the landmark.

This might be the Empire State Building’s biggest role yet, but the building is no stranger to the big screen. The skyscraper has been used as a backdrop in more than 100 films, usually to establish that the story is, in fact, taking place in New York. Here are some highlights from the Empire State Building’s film career:


“I just wanna dig into that eyeball”: Will Ferrell guest stars on Man vs. Wild

A couple nights ago, Will Ferrell made his much-anticipated debut on an episode of Bear Grylls’ survival show Man vs. Wild. The pair spent several frigid nights in the north of Sweden, and like everything WIll Ferrell does (okay, Blades of Glory excepted) there were plenty of laughs. Check out the Discovery Channel promo for the show above.

The whole episode has already been uploaded by some unscrupulous rogue onto Youtube. Check out part 1 here.

Will Ferrell (yes, that Will Ferrell) joins Bear Grylls for episode of Man vs. Wild

Actor-comedian Will Ferrell recently braved some frigid conditions in Sweden while joining Bear Grylls for a taping of the popular Discovery Channel show Man vs. Wild. Ferrell called the experience, which included rappelling down frozen waterfalls and drinking his own urine in the remote mountains of Sweden, “the thrill of a lifetime,” although he notes that he “did get urine-drunk, which is sad.”

So how did Frank the Tank handle the harsh conditions? According to Bear Grylls, pretty well. Said Grylls: “Will did an amazing job in subzero, very unforgiving conditions. He trusted me when it mattered, and we survived. … He should be very proud of how he performed.”

The episode will air in early June, just before the release of Ferrell’s upcoming movie Land of the Lost.