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'Anchor' dodges laffer comparisons at preem

HOLLYWOOD — DreamWorks launched the summer’s second arch, absurdist satire with Monday’s Chinese Theater preem of “Anchorman.”

Pic’s helmer, Adam McKay, said he was “stunned” to learn a similarly goofy comedy, Fox’s “Dodgeball” would be out at the same time.

The two films even have overlapping casts; Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn have uncredited roles in “Anchorman.” “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the cutouts of Vince and Ben,” said McKay.

Producer Judd Apatow, who has worked with Stiller dating back to the comedian’s Fox skein, shrugged off the similarities, saying: “Hopefully, it means people appreciate this style of comedy. We’d all like to do more — and we all had years when we weren’t allowed to do this kind of material.”

Among those at the Hollywood Roosevelt after-party were DreamWorks’ Adam Goodman; plus guests including Stiller, Mike DeLuca, Peter Guber, Todd Phillips, Fred Durst, Gwen Stefani, Garry Shandling, Donald DeLine and Ray Romano.

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