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Wayne Brady has spent almost two decades proving his improvisational mettle and vaudevillian flair as a comic on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", the host of "The Wayne Brady Show" (where he picked up two Daytime Emmys), and now as a voice actor on the Disney Channel series "Sofia the First." His family-safe version of comedy made him a fitting emcee for Charmin's "Keep It Clean Comedy Show," where New York high school students performed their cleanest versions of bathroom humor earlier this week. We caught up with Brady to discuss what makes for good clean humor, the worst cliches in comedy, and the challenges of taking over for Billy Porter in Broadway's "Kinky Boots" beginning November 21. You just hosted a Charmin-sponsored event where kids aged 14-18 told their best clean versions of scatological jokes. That seems like a challenge. Were you optimistic about what the contestants could produce? Well, »
- Louis Virtel
How you doin? Last week a deleted scene from Friends went viral, and it was fascinating to watch a rarely-seen moment from a much-loved sitcom.
With hours of footage shot for TV shows, some will never see the light of day. But thanks to DVDs and YouTube, we can see bonus scenes that were cut from broadcast. Here's 11 great clips that may have passed you by...
1. Game of Thrones: Bronn gives Shae some deadly words of advice
In the original episode, viewers just see Tyrion ask Bronn to escort Shae away in order to save her life, only for her to turn on him in dramatic fashion. This scene adds an extra layer of context as to why Shae betrayed her former lover so badly, and how Bronn might have more business smarts than he lets on.
2. Doctor Who: Rory says goodbye to his dad
In a scene which »
The lead acting movie and limited series categories often offer plenty of juicy opportunities for Oscar nominees and winners to add a Primetime Emmy Award to their mantels. This year is no exception with the contest boasting a past Oscar nominee and two winners. Five of the six names on the ballot are first-time Emmy contenders, while the sixth—Ricky Gervais—found his way in when Netflix classified one of his Derek programs as a "special," even though it comes from a show… »
There's been a hard-fought battle raging for weeks at Gold Derby over who our users want to host the Oscars, with the final three contenders in our polls being Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. More than 14,000 of you voted in our poll, and we can now reveal that Gervais is your overwhelming #1 choice for who you want to host the 88th annual edition of the Academy Awards on Feb. 28. Congrats, Ricky! -Break- Poll: Who should get honorary Oscars? As of this writing, Gervais leads with 73% (10,691 votes), followed by Downey at 21% (3,032) and DeGeneres at 5% (672 votes). (The remaining 1% of our users thought that none of these three should preside over the next Oscars ceremony; perhaps they're holding out for a reprieve by former emcees James Franco and Anne Hathaway?) Though he hasn't hosted the Oscars, Gervais made the Golden Globes must-see viewing for three years in a row (2010-2012) with his acerbic, »
The television landscape has evolved over the years into a place where it hasn’t been before, and as interest in television programs have increased, interest in the industry, the creative process, and the challenges faced by the participants in front of and behind the camera have also increased. To that end, the Hollywood Reporter often brings together industry professionals from various disciplines together for a roundtable discussion on these issues.
With prior conversations revolving around Dramatic Actresses, Dramatic Actors, and Comedic Actresses, the newest roundtable discussion turns the focus to Comedic Actors. The panel this time around consists of Ricky Gervais (Emmy nominated for his role in Derek), Jordan Peele (who currently stars on Key & Peele), Will Forte (Emmy nominated for his role in The Last Man on Earth), Thomas Middleditch (who currently stars on Silicon Valley), Don Cheadle (Emmy nominated for his role in House of Lies), and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's the 4th part of its annual Emmy season roundtable chats that we all love so much, released leading up to the September 20 Primetime Emmys this fall. Today's hour-long conversation features the comedy actors, including Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Jordan Peele ("Key & Peele"), Will Forte ("The Last Man on Earth"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Ricky Gervais ("Derek"), and Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley"). It's uncensored, so, if you're at the office, you may want to plug in your headphones. I particularly appreciate the candidness of »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's the 4th part of its annual Emmy season roundtable chats that we all love so much, released leading up to the September 20 Primetime Emmys this fall. Today's hour-long conversation features the comedy actors, including Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Jordan Peele ("Key & Peele"), Will Forte ("The Last Man on Earth"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Ricky Gervais ("Derek"), and Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley"). It's uncensored, so, if you're at the office, you may want to plug in your headphones. I particularly appreciate the candidness of these uncensored chats. Watch the hour-long conversation below:
- Tambay A. Obenson
THR is continuing to unveil the slate of their television round table talks. We've already spent time with some of the small screen's hottest dramatic actor, checked in with comedy actresses, and today comes the flip side, a discussion with comedy actors. As always, you'll want to square away some time to watch. Ricky Gervais ("Derek"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Will Forte ("The Last Man on Earth"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Jordan Peele ("Key & Peele"), and Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley") are gathered together and the conversation is wide-ranging from the notes they've received, how much improvisation they're able to do, and much more. For fans of these comedies, they'll want to check it out. So sit back, and click play below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
THR is continuing to unveil the slate of their television round table talks. We've already spent time with some of the small screen's hottest dramatic actor, checked in with comedy actresses, and today comes the flip side, a discussion with comedy actors. As always, you'll want to square away some time to watch. Ricky Gervais ("Derek"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Will Forte ("The Last Man on Earth"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Jordan Peele ("Key & Peele"), and Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley") are gathered together and the conversation is wide-ranging from the notes they've received, how much improvisation they're able to do, and much more. For fans of these comedies, they'll want to check it out. So sit back, and click play below.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Are we underestimating that rascal Ricky Gervais to win an Emmy Award for his Netflix telefilm "Derek: The Final Chapter"? Don't forget, Gervais waged a surprise attack on awards pundits back in 2007 by winning the Best Comedy Actor Emmy for the final season of "Extras" over frontrunners Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Steve Carell ("The Office") and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"). So, it wouldn't be a wise move to count Gervais out this time around in his new category of Best Movie/Mini Actor. -Break- Oscars host poll: Ricky Gervais vs. Ellen DeGeneres vs. Robert Downey Jr. Gervais has legions of fans out there, as evidenced by his skyrocketing performance in our poll asking who should host the Oscars next. As of this writing, Gervais has 75% of 12,000 votes, crushing fellow contenders Robert Downey Jr. and Ellen DeGeneres. Emmy voters may be inclined to give that darling Derek a farewel »
Over the past week, we've been asking our readers to vote for who they want to host the Oscars. Three stars have skyrocketed to the top of our polls: Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. If it came down to this trio, which one would You want to see emcee the 88th annual edition of the Academy Awards on Feb. 28? Vote in our new poll below. -Break- Poll: Who should get honorary Oscars? Of the three, DeGeneres is the only former Oscars host. In fact, she's emceed twice -- in 2006 and 2013 -- while Gervais and Downey would be first-timers. DeGeneres received favorable reviews, especially for her return to the Dolby Stage two years ago when she broke Twitter with her celeb selfie. Though he hasn't hosted the Oscars, Gervias made the Golden Globes must-see viewing for three years in a row (2010-2012) with his acerbic, take-no-prisoners attitude. Fans »
Sir Patrick Stewart has made a career of playing sharp, smart men who issue orders, inspire masses and sometimes save the universe.
His latest character, Walter Blunt of Starz’s new comedy Blunt Talk, is… something entirely different.
A British war vet with a nightly show on an American cable news channel, Walter wants to exude the gravitas of a trusted anchor but frequently finds himself too drunk to stand, too high to focus and occasionally — as is the case in Saturday’s series premiere (9/8c) — pursued by the police while nuzzling a transsexual hooker’s chest.
Video Patrick Stewart Is a Boorish, »
During the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart – who played the show's dramatically serious, almost Shakespearean Captain Jean-Luc Picard – said something he has always regretted. A veteran of serious theater, the actor projected a grave sobriety off-camera as well as on, so when fellow cast member Denise Crosby attempted to crack his exterior, saying, "Come on, Patrick, we've got to have fun sometimes," he blew up. "'We're not here to have fun,' that was my line," the actor says. "I yelled it. What an asshole. »
While Stephen Merchant is delighted with the two Emmy nominations for “Hello Ladies: The Movie” (Best TV Movie, Best Movie/Mini Writing), he is disappointed that his pal Ricky Gervais is only nominated for Best Movie/Mini Actor for the “Derek” special. That means that the co-creators of the original version of "The Office" won’t be going head-to-head in any categories. During our recent webcam chat (watch below), Merchant vividly recalls the 2007 BAFTAs: “We were both nominated in the same category and he won. Unexpectedly they asked me to collect it on the night. Suddenly I’ve got to go up there and make an impromptu speech on his behalf for an award I was nominated for." -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions To make this telefilm that concludes the story that he began in his HBO series last year, Merchant drew on his “expe. »
He has voiced a peanut in a TV ad and stars as Fear in Inside Out, as well as hosting Saturday Night Live. But, he says, he thought he’d blown it when he auditioned to co-star in Trainwreck with Amy Schumer
Said face is, to borrow a phrase Ricky Gervais used to describe Steve Carell, “nearly handsome”, meaning nice enough to gaze on in repose, but in motion possessed of all the rolling contours that make for comedy gold. Add a Belushi-esque repertoire of eyebrow moves, a leering smile and a voice that can switch from nasal whine to purring baritone in a heartbeat, and you have the perfect launchpad for the dozens of impersonations and »
- John Patterson
Matt LeBlanc says when both he and former high school buddy Louis C.K. were vying for lead comedy actor last year as Jim Parsons’ name was announced at the Emmy ceremony, they looked at each other and mouthed, “You suck!”
Perhaps this year, both C.K. and LeBlanc’s chances have increased since the incumbent is out of play.
“Not me. That’s the name that will be called,” says LeBlanc with a good-natured laugh. “I focus on my work and I’m proud of my show and the writers getting nominated, but it gets a little surreal every year getting nominated. We only have one more season, so maybe the last time’s the charm.”
Whoever takes the lead comedy actor trophy this year will be a first-time winner in the category since four-time winner Parsons was not nominated. So it could finally be the year for C.K. »
- Susan Young
If the best of television holds up a mirror to society, warts and all, then this year’s Emmy noms definitely embraced the darker side of human nature — at least in the lead actor categories. For every nice guy (think Richard Jenkins’ conflict-hating husband in HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge”) there were several deeply flawed antiheroes, ranging from the ruthless, Machiavellian Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s “House of Cards”) to the matricidal psychopath Peter Snowden (David Oyelowo in HBO’s “Nightingale”).
On the surface, Snowden couldn’t seem further from the actor’s heralded portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” and yet Oyelowo sees parallels. “Both are extremely complex characters, and that’s what makes them interesting to watch and certainly interesting to play,” he explains.
For Oyelowo, characters that are easily categorized as “the good guy” are less easy for audiences to relate to, “because you may be ‘good’ outwardly, »
- Jenelle Riley
The film will be released in cinemas on Oct 16 and will be available on home entertainment from Oct 19.
Brett Goldstein, part of the ensemble cast of Ricky Gervais series Derek, stars as a London postman who inherits superpowers and is recruited by the Ministry of Defence - only to become laden in bureaucracy. On his one day off, he is set to go on his first date in six years, but a visiting Us Senator may be about to start World War Three.
SuperBob first screened during the London Comedy Film Festival in January and won the Discovery Award at Loco, four awards at Filmquest and Best Feature at Philadelphia »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest has revolutionized the "mockumentary" format, satirizing rock spectacle (This Is Spinal Tap), stage musicals (Waiting for Guffman), dog shows (Best in Show) and folk music (A Mighty Wind). For his latest project, he's teamed with Netflix to poke fun at a more obscure topic: the grueling grind of mascot competitions. The streaming service announced Mascots on Tuesday, Deadline reports, teasing the movie with a poster outlining the basic plot.
"Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a »
It’s been six days since Facebook launched its celebrity-only live video service and Hollywood is logging on to take it for a stream. Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Amell and Michael Bublé are just some of the stars who have broadcast publicly to fans on Facebook Live from the gym, from the car and even the bathtub. For sheer volume, Ricky Gervais’ daily streams seem intent on turning his heat-seeking cat Ollie into a viral star, while Food Network star Alton Brown used his inaugural Facebook stream for a live cooking demo, turning a second-screen experience into the main event. »
- Lia Haberman
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