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Ricky Gervais to give David Brent his own big-screen mockumentary


If you don’t know David Brent by now, you will never, never, never know him… ooooooooooooooo.

David Brent, Ricky Gervais’ signature creation from the original Office TV series, was a middle-manager at a depressing paper company who never gave up his dream to be a rock-star. Never!

Now, Gervais, who dusted off the character last year for a series of YouTube guitar lessons and a mini-tour of live performances, is giving the character the big-screen treatment. Life on the Road will be a BBC Films mockumentary that chronicles Brent’s live concerts; he thinks the camera crew is making a true rockumentary, oblivious—as always—to the fact that they’re really filming a “Where are they now?” video pegged to his fleeting reality-TV fame. READ FULL STORY

Hear the opening number from 'Muppets Most Wanted'

We already knew the Muppets were doing a sequel, but now they’re reminding us in song. In a new trailer for the film, the whole gang joins together to sing “We’re Doing a Sequel,” featuring appearances by Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, P. Diddy, and more. The Muppets propose ideas for the sequel’s subplot, and we find out Fozzie Bear didn’t even watch the first movie. Typical Fozzie. The winning idea goes to Gervais: “How about the Muppets go on a world tour?”

Watch the delightful bunch over on the Disney website.

Casting Net: Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard?; Plus, Ricky Gervais, more

• Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Blackbeard in Warner Bros.’ Pan. Joe Wright (Anna Karenina) is directing the Peter Pan origin story off of a script from Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift). The role was reportedly originally offered to Javier Bardem, who ended up passing on the project. Ryan Gosling also reportedly passed on the Hook part. In this film, Blackbeard will be Pan’s main antagonist, while Hook serves as an ally. In addition to Pan, Wright is looking for an actor to portray Tiger Lily. [Variety]


'Muppets Most Wanted' teaser trailer: Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais get in on the felt-covered fun -- VIDEO

They’re back!

Two years ago, The Muppets won our hearts (and cash) with their return to the big screen. Thankfully, our favorite felt puppets are coming back again next spring — March 21, 2014, to be exact. Actor Jason Segel, who co-wrote and starred in 2011’s flick, won’t be returning for the sequel, but Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, and Ricky Gervais have all stepped in for Muppets Most Wanted. Check out the teaser trailer below:

Seth MacFarlane: He's baaack! as Oscar host. Or is he? A look at how, and why, this could actually happen

I’m not usually a betting man, but if I was, I’d have wagered a lot of money on the proposition that Seth MacFarlane would not be hosting the Academy Awards in 2014. Whatever you thought of his performance as host — I’m one of the rare pop-culture observers who didn’t hate him, and even kind of liked him — the way that the media pounced on his “Look, Ma, no taste!” preening had a definitive, hanging-judge finality about it. In the days following the 2013 Oscar ceremony, the outpouring of indignation from media and entertainment pundits over MacFarlane’s deliberately shameless quips about Rihanna and Jews in Hollywood and Abe Lincoln’s assassination, not to mention the song-and-dance sequence (“We Saw Your Boobs!”) that instantly became the most reviled Oscar production number since Rob Lowe cavorted with Snow White…well, let’s just say that the media, as it so often does, effectively spoke with one voice, and what that voice said is: “You, Seth MacFarlane, have crossed a line that you shouldn’t have crossed. Your hosting gig was a scandalous embarrassment, or at the very least a bombastic and offensive mistake. We know that you stepped over the line, because we’re the people who draw the line. If you want to direct another potty-mouth comedy like Ted, be our guest, but as far as the Academy Awards go, consider yourself excommunicated.” READ FULL STORY

'Muppets... Again': Ricky Gervais has a frog in his coat -- PHOTO

Watch out Miss Piggy! In the new Muppets sequel, Muppets… Again! (shooting now in London), funnyman Ricky Gervais plays the evil sidekick to the main villain, Constantine. This morning Gervais tweeted this photo of himself grabbing Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog under his coat (we can only assume he is holding them hostage). READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais to star in 'The Muppets' sequel

What happens when David Brent meets Fozzie Bear?

We’ll find out when Disney’s sequel to The Muppets hits theaters. Gervais confirmed rumors via Twitter today that he will play the lead in the new film, a European adventure that is also set to star Ty Burrell as a bumbling Interpol inspector. Here’s Gervais’s tweet:


Casting Net: Ricky Gervais in talks to star in 'The Muppets' sequel. Plus: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Eddie Redmayne, Berenice Bejo

Ricky Gervais, sure to lend his feisty brand of British snark, is in talks to star alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang in the sequel to 2011’s The Muppets, EW can confirm. Gervais would play off of Modern Family Ty Burrell‘s Interpol inspector in the Europe-set comedy. James Bobin, who helmed the previous Muppets film, is back to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller. Stoller co-wrote The Muppets with Jason Segel, and directed him in this year’s The Five-Year Engagement. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) are in talks to headline Animal Rescue, directed by  Michael R. Roskam from a script by Dennis Lehane based on his own short story. The film circles around the story of a bartender in Boston who saves a dog and is targeted by the dog’s former owner, while a mob-related crime plot also plays out. Given Hardy and Rapace’s equal ability to take on intense, physical parts, their pairing would create amazing friction, alongside direction by Oscar-nominated Bullhead helmer Roskam. [VarietyREAD FULL STORY

Golden Globes Awards date set for January


That lively, star-filled ode to film and television the Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, announced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, dick clark productions and NBC on Tuesday.

The 70th annual awards show will air live on NBC from its annual home at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Nominations will be announced at 8 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 13. The deadline for Globe submissions is Nov. 2, and the deadline for nominations ballots to be mailed to HFPA members is Nov. 29.

The Globes, produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the HFPA, is long considered the lighter toned, boozier sister to the Academy Awards. This past year’s Globes telecast, hosted by snarky, sassy Ricky Gervais, averaged 16.9 million viewers.  The show is viewed in 160 countries worldwide.

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Golden Globes 2012
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