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Ricky Gervais Compares Donald Trump to His Office Character David Brent: ‘They’re Both Idiot Narcissists!’

15 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ricky Gervais believes “there’s a little David Brent in all of us.”

The creator of the beloved British sitcom The Office sees need for love, popularity and validation all over the world — but 15 years after Brent made his debut on The Office, even Gervais himself is surprised to see that facet of his cringe-inducing paper salesman’s personality playing out not just in the real world, but to reaches as high as the White House.

When discussing at his character’s attempt to become an internationally famous rock star in the newly released Netflix film David Brent: Life on the Road, »

- Lanford Beard

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BBC Films: who’s in the running for the top job?

14 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen considers potential runners and riders.

The BBC is likely to announce its new head of film within the next two weeks, according to sources close to the process.

Scroll down for potential candidates and the original job spec

That timetable should come as a relief to those under consideration for the role and to wider industry who will want to begin building or growing their relationship with the new boss.

The job, which is considered one of the UK’s most prestigious posts, became vacant in autumn 2016 following the departure of long-time chief Christine Langan. BBC Films veteran Joe Oppenheimer has been serving as acting head of film since then.

The incoming head of film is expected to have an annual war chest of around £12m for production, cementing BBC Films’ position as one the three mainstays of public funding in the UK along with the BFI and Film4.

The organisation advertised the position (as ‘director »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ Is A Squeamishly Funny, Deeply Heartfelt Success [Review]

11 February 2017 6:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are a lot of similarities between David Brent, Ricky Gervais’ bumbling, overcompensating dolt boss at the center of the original BBC Two mockumentary “The Office,” and “David Brent: Life on the Road,” the character’s first feature-length spin-off. They both chase reformed glory well past their prime, and they both often feel more uncomfortably sad than thornily hilarious these days. But David Brent and ‘David Brent’ are both well aware of their struggles, whether they admit them openly or not, and rather than wallow or give up, they persist against their better judgments.

Continue reading ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ Is A Squeamishly Funny, Deeply Heartfelt Success [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ricky Gervais Cracks Jokes While Failing ‘Hot Ones’ Hot Wing Challenge: ‘I Am Such A F**king Wimp’

10 February 2017 7:16 AM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Ricky Gervais star sat down with “Hot Ones” host Sean Evans for a fleshed-out discussion of all things Gervais, plus ten progressively hotter wings to chew through. The show’s format is simple: The guests answer ten questions while working their way through the wings. It starts off easy with hot sauces like Sriracha and move all […] »

- Shakiel Mahjouri

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Ricky Gervais Doesn’t Mind Bad Reviews — As Long As He Gets Creative Control

10 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The only part of the filmmaking process that Ricky Gervais dreads is the promotional tour.

“I don’t think it’s good for anyone,” he recently told IndieWire. “We’re begging you to be nice about the movie ’cause every little [bit of promotion] helps, but it’s nothing about the film anymore.”

Fortunately, working with Netflix (which he has done for the past few years) has given Gervais a break from “those five-day, 10-hour junkets in the hotel, where every journalist gets five minutes and wants to kill themselves afterward. Do you know what I mean?”

Gervais says “do you know what I mean?” a lot when you talk to him. He wants to be sure he’s communicating his points clearly. Which is interesting, given that what matters the most to him these days is making sure that whatever he does, he has complete control over it. “That’s all I care about, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Ricky Gervais Doesn’t Mind Bad Reviews — As Long As He Gets Creative Control

10 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The only part of the filmmaking process that Ricky Gervais dreads is the promotional tour.

“I don’t think it’s good for anyone,” he recently told IndieWire. “We’re begging you to be nice about the movie ’cause every little [bit of promotion] helps, but it’s nothing about the film anymore.”

Fortunately, working with Netflix (which he has done for the past few years) has given Gervais a break from “those five-day, 10-hour junkets in the hotel, where every journalist gets five minutes and wants to kill themselves afterward. Do you know what I mean?”

Gervais says “do you know what I mean?” a lot when you talk to him. He wants to be sure he’s communicating his points clearly. Which is interesting, given that what matters the most to him these days is making sure that whatever he does, he has complete control over it. “That’s all I care about, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Ricky Gervais Compares Donald Trump to David Brent

10 February 2017 2:13 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

After fifteen years, Ricky Gervais is reprising his role as David Brent, the regional manager of a paper company in the U.K. in the original version of The Office.   In the follow-up film David Brent: Life on the Road, which premieres on Netflix Friday, the insufferable boss is now a sales rep for a tampon company with an insatiable craving to earn back the 15 minutes of fame he was afforded when he was the star of a docusoap about his paper company. Brent will be very much the same character: a self involved, delusional narcissist clinging to his glory

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- Nat Berman

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David Brent, Rock Star Influencer? Ricky Gervais on The Office Favorite’s ‘Last Attempt to Be Famous’

9 February 2017 1:49 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirteen years have passed since David Brent graced small screens, and now The Office‘s resident king of cringe is back with a musical odyssey: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais, who created and embodies the character, chatted with People about stepping back into Brent’s shows — though he’s the first to admit that, for diehard fans, the bumbling middle manager “never really went away.”

Gervais, 55, says the semi-hero of the 2001–03 Britcom has been very much part of his day-to-day both as he’s developed international TV adaptations and through his social media following. “When I got on Twitter, »

- Lanford Beard

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Lena Headey, Nick Frost Join Dwayne Johnson in Wrestling Drama ‘Fighting With My Family’

8 February 2017 5:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lena Headey and Nick Frost will join Dwayne Johnson in the wrestling drama “Fighting With My Family,” based on the story of WWE star Paige.

Stephen Merchant is directing from his own script, inspired by the Channel 4 documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.” Production companies are Seven Bucks Productions, which Johnson co-founded with Dany Garcia, Misher Films, WWE Studios, and Film4.

Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios president Michael Luisi. Merchant will executive produce with Johnson, who will play an unspecified role. Florence Pugh will star as Paige and Jack Lowden will play her brother.

Principal photography is scheduled to start in Los Angeles and London this month. Alex Walton’s Bloom is selling the project at the Berlin Film Festival this week. Wme Global represents U.S. rights.

Headey portrays Cersei Lannister in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” Frost starred in “Shaun of the Dead, »

- Dave McNary

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The Weekend Warrior 2/10/17: The Lego Batman Movie, 50 Shades Darker, John Wick 2

8 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.   

This Past Weekend:                                                                

Bomb, bomb bomb bomb, Boooooomb!  Things just kept getting worse and worse at the box office as this past weekend saw more new releases not meeting up to their potential. The horribly-reviewed horror movie Rings (Paramount) ended up around where I predicted with $13 million, taking second place to M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. The sci-fi romance The Space Between Us (Stx Entertainment) didn’t make much of a mark, opening in ninth place with just $3.8 million with about $1,300 per theater. Robert De Niro’s The Comedian (Sony Classics) tanked worse than many recent movies, making less than a million in 848 theaters or about $1,000 per theater. By comparison, the doc I Am Not Your Negro made about 78% of that amount in 800 less theaters. »

- Edward Douglas

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Stephen Merchant to direct Dwayne Johnson in female wrestling drama

8 February 2017 3:21 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Office co-creator to make solo big screen directorial debut on Fighting with my Family, about British wrestler Paige, co-starring The Rock

Stephen Merchant, who co-wrote and directed The Office with Ricky Gervais, is to take the reins on a forthcoming comedy drama about British wrestler Paige. Fighting with my Family will star Lady Macbeth lead Florence Pugh as the young ring-tosser, alongside former WWE star Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, who also executive produces.

Shooting starts in London and Los Angeles later this month; the film is a co-production between WWE Studios and Film4. Merchant is also writing as well as directing; his first big screen outing since 2010’s Cemetery Junction, on which he collaborated with Gervais.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Dwayne Johnson Producing Wrestling Movie Based On The Life Of WWE Superstar Paige

7 February 2017 4:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that he’s one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has pretty much walked away from wrestling for good. He still makes the odd guest appearance here and there (to great effect), but his days as an active WWE Superstar appear to be well and truly at an end.

That being said, it looks like the Baywatch star will be stepping back into the ring – albeit in a different capacity – for Fighting With My Family, a movie being produced by Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, WWE Studios and Film4. Stephen Merchant (who wrote the UK version of The Office alongside Ricky Gervais and will next been seen in Logan) is penning the screenplay, while Florence Pugh will play Paige (a member of the WWE roster currently on the shelf with an injury) and Jack Lowden has been cast as her brother Zak.

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- Josh Wilding

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Elton John Calls George Michael 'One of the Best in the World,' Remembers Late Singer's 'Kindness'

7 February 2017 11:56 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Elton John is honoring George Michael.

The 69-year-old singer paid tribute to his late friend -- who died on Christmas Day 2016 -- on his Beats 1 radio show, Rocket Hour, with a series of Michael's classic songs following a heartfelt memorial.

Watch: Elton John, Ricky Gervais and More Pay Tribute to George Michael

"Not only was he a good friend, but he was probably one of the most brilliant songwriters this country has ever produced, and certainly one of the best vocalists ever ... one of the best in the world," John remembered, noting that Michael's gift of song never ceased to amaze him.

"I remember sitting in the car just off of Hyde Park, listening to a cassette of 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,'" the singer continued. "I said, 'George, that's the nearest record I've heard to a Motown record for years and years."

Of course, musicality isn't the only thing Michael was known for.[p »

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Efm: Stephen Merchant to direct Florence Pugh in WWE movie

7 February 2017 11:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The co-creator of The Office will direct Fighting With My Family, with Dwayne Johnson producing.

Stephen Merchant will direct Fighting With My Family - inspired by the life of the British wrestler Paige - with Lady Macbeth breakout and Screen Stars Of Tomorrow 2016 selection Florence Pugh playing the lead in comedy drama.

Dwayne Johnson will serve as executive producer on the project inspired by the life of the British WWE Superstar, whose family of wrestlers was the subject of Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.

WWE Studios and Film4 will co-finance and produce alongside Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions and Misher Films. Film4 developed the project from inception.

Johnson will take a role in the project and serves as executive producer alongside Garcia and Seven Bucks ProductionsHiram Garcia.

Merchant, who earned global fame after co-writing The Office with Ricky Gervais, will also serve as executive producer and is writing »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Efm: Bloom boards Stephen Merchant WWE movie starring Florence Pugh

7 February 2017 11:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The co-creator of The Office will direct the film, with Dwayne Johnson producing.

Stephen Merchant will direct Lady Macbeth breakout and Screen Stars Of Tomorrow 2016 selection Florence Pugh will play the lead in the comedic drama inspired by the life of the British wrestler Paige.

Dwayne Johnson will serve as executive producer on the project inspired by the life of the British WWE Superstar, whose family of wrestlers was the subject of Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.

WWE Studios and Film4 will co-finance and produce alongside Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions and Misher Films. Film4 developed the project from inception.

Johnson will take a role in the project and serves as executive producer alongside Garcia and Seven Bucks ProductionsHiram Garcia.

Merchant, who earned global fame after co-writing The Office with Ricky Gervais, will also serve as executive producer and is writing the feature. Kevin Misher of [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Efm: Bloom boards Stephen Merchant-Film4 WWE movie

7 February 2017 11:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stephen Merchant will direct Fighting WIth My Family and Lady Macbeth breakout and Screen Stars Of Tomorrow 2016 selection Florence Pugh will play the lead in the comedic drama inspired by the life of the British wrestler Paige.

Dwayne Johnson will serve as executive producer on the project inspired by the life of the British WWE Superstar, whose family of wrestlers was the subject of Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.

WWE Studios and Film4 will co-finance and produce alongside Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions and Misher Films. Film4 developed the project from inception.

Johnson will take a role in the project and serves as executive producer alongside Garcia and Seven Bucks ProductionsHiram Garcia.

Merchant, who earned global fame after co-writing The Office with Ricky Gervais, will also serve as executive producer and is writing the feature. Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios president Michael Luisi.

Johnson »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Efm: Bloom boards 'Fighting With My Family'

7 February 2017 11:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stephen Merchant will direct and Lady Macbeth breakout and Screen Stars Of Tomorrow 2016 selection Florence Pugh will play the lead in the comedic drama inspired by the life of the British wrestler Paige.

Dwayne Johnson will serve as executive producer on the project inspired by the life of the British WWE Superstar, whose family of wrestlers was the subject of Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.

WWE Studios and Film4 will co-finance and produce alongside Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions and Misher Films. Film4 developed the project from inception.

Johnson will take a role in the project and serves as executive producer alongside Garcia and Seven Bucks ProductionsHiram Garcia.

Merchant, who earned global fame after co-writing The Office with Ricky Gervais, will also serve as executive producer and is writing the feature. Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios president Michael Luisi.

Johnson will also »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Oscar Time 2017!

6 February 2017 9:56 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

The nominations have been set for the 89th Academy Awards airing on February 26th! Who will crush it? Who will slink away awaiting for their chance next time? How many even care? I know that in a world with too much useless digital information and a political climate that seems ready to implode or explode (depending on your political leanings), perhaps we all need the escapism.

And what about the host? Jimmy Kimmel is way too vanilla. Given my political mood, please give me the caustic wit of Ricky Gervais, please!!! Only he can breathe some real life into to this turgid affair. The grandstanding, the political rants, well-meaning for real, but this is a night for pure escapism for the audience, n'cest pas? I mean, does anyone really care unless they really are talking odds?

Having lived and worked in Los Angeles and having attended plenty of award shows »

- Dusty Wright

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Why 'Santa Clarita Diet' Is the Drew Barrymore Comeback We've Been Waiting For

3 February 2017 6:22 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Meet suburban zombie Drew Barrymore – she's just like another other sun-kissed California girl, except she's got a nasty habit of feasting on human flesh. When we first see her in Santa Clarita Diet, the excellent new Netflix comedy, her real-estate agent Sheila is selling houses outside L.A., living the low-key minivan life with her husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant, of Deadwood and Justified fame) and their sassy teenage daughter. Then one day, something weird happens – she starts puking buckets of toxic waste and suddenly gets an insatiable lust for the taste of dead people, »

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Stephen Colbert And Ricky Gervais Debate The Existence Of God [Video]

2 February 2017 5:58 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Wednesday night’s episode of Stephen Colbert‘s The Late Show proved to be an interesting one. Colbert, a Catholic, had guest Ricky Gervais, an atheist, appear on the show. Colbert is one of comedy’s most devout Catholics, and even teaches Catholic School, while Gervais is an outspoken atheist who regularly gets in religious debates on Twitter with anyone […]

  Source: uInterview

The post Stephen Colbert And Ricky Gervais Debate The Existence Of God [Video] appeared first on uInterview. »

- Kate Chia

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