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Everybody has their favourite actors, whether it be those who consistently gain Oscar acclaim, action heroes or romantic comedy stars. The most subjective types are comedy actors though. Films lovers have an extremely varying taste in leading funnymen, with some preferring more subtle comedic performers and others opting for a slapstick actor who cracks jokes in every second of the movie.
This list looks at the cream of the Hollywood comedy crop over the last 25 years, assessing how prolific these actors have been and how versatile they are.
It’s worth stressing that this relates strictly to films – someone like Ricky Gervais has created television comedy genius with The Office, but been pretty forgettable on the big screen, for example – and will only include people who have been in their prime since 1990. The likes of Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray and Leslie Nielsen have all still been working in the last 25 years, »
- Henry Jackson
For two years running, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been the Golden Globes’ hosts with the most. Ratings have skyrocketed (hitting a 10-year high in 2014), critics have raved and they’ve won over the star-studded ballroom audience with ease. But, like Ricky Gervais before them, their reign is set to end after year three.
It wasn’t that long ago that the Globes was the one major award show that didn’t even bother having a host. That changed when Gervais brought his particularly British brand of wise-ass humor to the table in 2010 and transformed the already rollicking kudocast into a true watercooler (and social media) event.
Globes executive producer Barry Adelman believes Fey and Poehler took the groundwork that Gervais laid and brought it to a whole new level.
“I think by having a host, especially Tina and Amy, the show has a stronger image. It has more of a focus, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Directors: Shawn Levy; Screenwriters: David Guion, Michael Handelman; Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: PG
Thanks to its nifty blend of high-concept and wide-appeal comedy, the Night at the Museum series has established itself as dependable family entertainment. Third time around the magic is wearing thin, however, with the bulk of the action relocating to London as Ben Stiller's security guard Larry attempts to revive the magical tablet that brings exhibits to life.
Everything about this sequel screams paycheque as the returning faces (among them Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais) breeze through on cruise control leaving the heavy lifting to the visual effects team. The newcomers launch into it with gusto, but Dan Stevens's preening Lancelot is little more than a one-note gag and »
Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Sir Ben Kingsley are among the stars on the red carpet in London's Leicester Square at the European premiere of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The film opens on December 19 and sees Larry and his friends head to the British Museum to save the magical powers of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais is returning to the Golden Globes next month, but not as the host. That job will remain for a third time with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Gervais is back this time as a nominee for Best TV Comedy Actor on the Netflix show "Derek." During his three times as the emcee, he offered up lots of stinging (some said too mean) barbs about the Hollywood stars in the room. He says he is fully prepared to be the target of Fey and Poehler: "I'm going to heckle back. I'm taking on a microphone to have control of the big speaker system so that it's a fair fight. As long as they don't actually kill me, I'm ready for anything." The Golden Globes will be live January 11 on NBC. Variety -Break- Last year was the Beatles; this time it's Stevie Wonder. CBS will air "Stevie »
Ricky Gervais — a newly minted Golden Globe nominee for his work in the Netflix comedy series “Derek” — is ready to return to the Beverly Hilton and face the playful jabs from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony’s hosts. He knows he will be a target and already has planned a strategy to deflect their zingers.
“I’m going to heckle back,” Gervais told Variety at the world premiere of his film “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” in New York on Dec. 11. “I’m taking on a microphone to have control of the big speaker system so that it’s a fair fight.”
The comedian is no stranger to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual award show. He won a Golden Globe in 2004 for his starring role in the original British version of “The Office” and hosted the show three times. Many felt that he »
- Paul Chi
Recently, Comingsoon.net served up this exclusive,new featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb" comedy flick, and it gives us new interview clips with some of the cast and crew as they talk about Crystal the Monkey. It also shows new "behind the scenes" footage, scenes from the movie, and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and Dan Stevens. The official plotline for the movie, reads like this: " Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever." It hits theaters this Friday, December 19th, nationwide. »
For a guy who's the star of a billion-dollar franchise, Martin Freeman isn't exactly Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt—though he did get a laugh out of jokingly referring to himself as the "funny George Clooney." But the unassuming Brit who plays the clever Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit is not to be underestimated—especially as a first-time host on Saturday Night Live. The original lovelorn Office drone in Ricky Gervais' groundbreaking series delivered one of the best episodes of the season, working at a Middle-earth paper company, marrying a Wnba superstar, and chilling with his British chums, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman. »
- Jeff Labrecque
This weekend's "Saturday Night Live," hosted by "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" star Martin Freeman and featuring musical guest Charli Xcx (who scored a major hit this past summer with her song from "Fault in Our Stars") was widely regarded as one of the best of the season. "Saturday Night Live" always flourishes in times of turmoil, and certainly... recent events have given them plenty of material.
But one of the funniest bits of the night was also one of the sweetest (and, in retrospect, most obvious): a charming mash-up of "The Hobbit" (where Freeman plays Bilbo) and the BBC version of "The Office" (where a young Freeman co-starred as Tim). Imagine Gandalf as the Ricky Gervais character, etc. Why are you even still reading this? Just watch it. It's great. Seriously.
- Drew Taylor
Director: Shawn Levy
Running Time: 97 minutes
Synopsis: Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
Larry (Ben Stiller) is back working the nightshift and now he’s also in charge of the museum’s ‘special effects’, but something is wrong with The Tablet of Ahkmenrah and it’s sending the museum pieces a bit crazy. It’s down to him to find out what’s going on…once he can persuade his son to take life more seriously than he seems to be.
Larry and his friends have taken their adventure to London for Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, and the new setting is a welcome one that breathes new life into »
- Amanda Keats
Saturday Night Live may have out done themselves on the nerdy quotient this weekend. Martin Freeman hosted SNL Saturday to promote the final chapter of The Hobbit, and in the spirit of the season, Freeman portrayed Bilbo Baggins in a mashup with the BBC version of The Office. Freeman initially portrayed Tim on the Ricky Gervais led show, and in this hilarious, inspired sketch, we get to see Bilbo selling paper over the phone after becoming a hero in his quest against the dragon Smaug. Watch the sketch below, and you tell me which is better: Bobby Moynihan’s cheeky David Brent/Gandalf hybrid or Taran Killam going full-on Gollum?
- Brian Welk
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies star Martin Freeman hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live last night, where he reprised his role as Bilbo Baggins in a parody sketch dubbed The Office Middle Earth. After saving Middle-earth, Bilbo (Martin Freeman, Gandalf (Bobby Moynihan), Gollum (Taran Killam), Legolas (Kyle Mooney) and Tauriel (Kate McKinnon) take up office jobs. This is not only a parody of The Hobbit trilogy, but also of the original U.K. series The Office, which Martin Freeman starred in.
In the sketch, Bilbo reveals his hatred for Gollum, as he pulls a few office pranks on his co-worker. Unfortunately, original The Office creator and star Ricky Gervais didn't stop by to put in an appearance, but it's still a humorous take on both The Hobbit trilogy and The Office. This was the last Saturday Night Live episode of 2014, although it isn't known yet who will host the first 2015 episode, »
We’ve got two fantastic behind-the-scenes featurettes that takes us into the improv and their new location for Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, which opens on 19th December in the UK.
This franchise has been an unexpected hit across the board but looks again to be an undoubted feel-good film and with it, pretty perfect timing for family Christmas viewing. This time around, they move to London, so get yourselves ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) leaves New York City and brings all the madness.
Check out these two featurettes and we can’t wait until it opens! Review coming next week and, just one more thing, click »
- Dan Bullock
When you've got Martin Freeman hosting "Saturday Night Live," it's a safe bet they're going to figure out a way to do a "Hobbit" themed sketch. Bonus points, then, to the show for doing a parody of both the Engish version of "The Office" and Freeman's Peter Jackson trilogy. "The Office: Middle-Earth" is about as easy a joke as they could make, but the execution actually pays off thanks to an attention to detail. Ultimately, the best parody is done by people who love what they're making fun of, because that's when the jokes are going to be the sharpest. The original "Office" has inspired an entire aesthetic that's become very recognizable, but they made sure to get it right with everything here from the "Jrr" logo done a la BBC to the way they reproduce specific jokes from the Ricky Gervais show. Bobby Moynihan's Gandalf/David Brent hybrid is pretty spot on. »
- Drew McWeeny
It's a helluva good year for Christmas telly.
With so much on the box, you might even struggle to find time for opening gifts or munching down a Turkey dinner.
So in the spirit of giving, Digital Spy presents a handy guide to the top TV shows this festive period - these are the 12 picks you absolutely can't miss.
Tuesday, December 16 at 9pm on Channel 4
Get your Christmas off to a decidedly un-cheery start with the return of Charlie Brooker's brilliantly bleak Black Mirror. Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin star in three interlinked stories exploring the dark side of Yuletide.
Monday, December 22 at 9pm on BBC Two
To celebrate the release of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, opening in UK cinemas on 19th December, we’ve got three amazing prize packs to giveaway!
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) leaves New York City for London and the British Museum and they’ll be uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
To be in with a chance of winning one of three sets we have to giveaway, just tell us who directs the movie?
Send your answer, with your name and address, to our box below with the subject ‘Secret of the Tomb‘. We’ll pick those winners on 4th January, »
- Dan Bullock
The comedian is full of Christmas cheer as he gleefully presents the final episode of his Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated comedy series and wonders aloud about the possibility of a "Digital Pie".
Derek's final episode sees Gervais's titular care home worker ending up in a brawl with an inebriated sailor.
Netflix streams the comedy-drama series in the Us. »
The late actor's co-stars shared fond memories of the star at the film's premiere on Thursday night in New York.
"I was always a huge fan of his and he was an incredible person and so I feel very fortunate that this 'Night at the Museum' series gave me that opportunity to work with him," Ben Stiller told Access Hollywood.
Photos: Robin Williams & Friends
Ricky Gervais too shared his thoughts on Robin.
"Just lovely. Always ...
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What's a "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" premiere without Mr. Moviefone? The face of Moviefone popped up at last night's premiere of the historic sequel, and chatted up stars Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Steve Coogan, and more. Watch the video below, but be warned: You'll wish you were there.
"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" is in theaters December 19. [Get movie times and tickets.] »
- Moviefone Staff
At the world premiere of 20th Century Fox’s film “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” held at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, the cast honored the life of the late Robin Williams, who makes his final screen performance in director Shawn Levy’s third installment of the popular franchise. Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, attended the event.
Williams died on Aug. 11 at his home in Tiburon, Calif. He was 63.
“I will never forget his generosity,” Ben Stiller told Variety. “I got to work with him a few times over the years, and he was the kindest person.”
Co-star Ricky Gervais remembers the Oscar winner mostly as a caring friend.
“We quickly became mates. He was so approachable and just a lovely bloke,” Gervais shared. “He made you feel good however he was feeling. I will always remember the time I was doing the Bob Woodruff benefit »
- Paul Chi
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