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'The Office' Recap: 'Tallahassee'

2/20/2012 7:54am EST
Catherine Tate
With “Tallahassee” James Spader’s Robert California is absent once again, but Catherine Tate joins the cast as Nellie Bertram, Sabre’s new president in charge of the new stores.

The Tallahassee crew, Jim, Dwight, Ryan, Kathy, Erin and Stanley, join Nellie for an introduction to the project, and Jim and Dwight are surprised to encounter Michael’s old (obnoxious) buddy Packer (David Koechner).

Nellie’s opening speech is naturally awkward (she points to her head and tells everyone to look at her penis rather than her breasts), and Tate brings almost as much awkwardness to her role as Steve C...
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'Lorax' Stars Taylor Swift, Zac Efron & More Promote Literacy

2/18/2012 12:30pm EST
Taylor Swift
"The Lorax" co-stars Taylor Swift, Danny De Vito, Zac Efron and Betty White have teamed up to launch a new reading initiative.

The stars each voice characters in the highly-anticipated Dr. Seuss film and, as part of their commitment to promote the benefits of literacy, country singer Swift, Efron and White have shot a new campaign for the National Education Association's Read Across America Day on March 2.

"The Hangover" star Ed Helms has also signed up to help.

In the new ad each star recites one line from a wacky poem to encourage kids to read more.

Mean hitmaker Swift has been a long...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Special Project'

2/11/2012 5:38pm EST
Ellie Kemper
When you get Dwight involved in a “special project,” you know strange things will happen. When Andy announces Dwight’s “promotion” to lead a three-week project down in Florida, he probably doesn’t know what he’s in for. And neither does anyone else in the office.

Dwight’s initial plan, which includes taking Darryl and Phyllis, among others, is botched for many reasons. Andy doesn’t agree with his choices, and Jim’s got a problem of his own – he gets a text from Robert California telling him to bring his clubs to Florida. Uh oh.

Pam’s return to the office mainly revolves around coaching ...
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Top 5 TV Hook-Ups We'd Like To See For Valentine's Day

2/11/2012 3:00pm EST
Andy & Erin the Office
Sexual tension is the essence of situational comedy and drama. What characters are you dying to see hook up? Here’s our top 5.

5. Andy and Erin, "The Office"

Ed Helms has made the post-Steve Carell era of "The Office" surprisingly good. Andy is currently dating Jessica, but everybody is rooting for Andy and Erin (Ellie Kemper) to get together. Erin just left for a three week business trip, and Andy is thinking about proposing to Jessica. Will these two ever get together?

4. Jess and Nick, "New Girl"

"New Girl" has been one of the best new shows of the year, and most of that i...
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NBC Developing 'The Office' Spin-Off About Dwight Schrute

1/26/2012 8:32am EST
Rainn Wilson | Photo Credits: Trae Patton/NBC
NBC is planting the seeds for a spin-off of The Office centered on Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and the Schrute family beet farm, Deadline reports.

The series, which would tentatively launch in early 2013, would follow Dwight's life outside of Dunder Mifflin at his family's beet farm and bed and breakfast. The beet farm has been featured in several episodes stemming back to Season 2, with The Office and Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur playing the role of Dwight's business partner and...

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Celebrity Birthdays - January 24, 2012

1/24/2012 3:00am EST
Ed Helms
Happy Birthday to:

The Hangover star Ed Helms (1974)

Actor Callan McAuliffe (1995)

Actress Mischa Barton (1986)

That's So Raven actor Ricky Ullman (1986)

American actress/singer Tatyana Ali (1979)

Scooby Doo actor Matthew Lillard (1970)

Actor Phil LaMarr (1967)

Dream Theater bassist John Myung (1963)

German actress Nastassja Kinski (1959)

British musician Jools Holland (1958)

French actor Daniel Auteuil (1950)

Animal House actor/comedian John Belushi (1949; d. 1982)

Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon (1947; d. 2003)

American actress Sharon Tate (1943; d. 1969)

Singers Aaron Nevil...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Pool Party'

1/22/2012 8:25pm EST
Erin
Have you ever wanted to see Robert California naked? Or watch Gabe trip over his pants while falling into a pool naked? Or Erin ride Dwight’s shoulders? If so, then this is a twisted episode of ‘The Office’ for you!

Perhaps continuing his strange genius from last week, Kevin suggests to Robert that he have a “last hurrah” pool party at his home before it goes on the market. Somehow, Robert thinks this is a good idea, and an intimate get-together ensues… which involves several characters drinking entire bottles of wine, skinny-dipping, near proposals and pool violence. This sounds like Mich...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Trivia'

1/14/2012 4:29pm EST
Oscar
Who is the office’s secret weapon? Is it: a) Oscar, b) Kevin, c) Stanley, or d) None of the above? Shockingly, the answer is Kevin. At least, that’s what happens in the newest episode, called ‘Trivia.’

Let’s back up a little. Andy is downright obsessed with hitting the 8 percent increase in sales he’d promised Robert California. So obsessed, in fact, that he’s bought over $2,000 in paper himself and tries to convince his officemates to do the same.

It seems they are $830 short of hitting their goal. Oscar (silly Oscar) lets it slip that he’s going to a trivia night at a Philadelphia bar w...
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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Named 2011's Most Mistake-Ridden Movie

12/21/2011 9:00am EST
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Director Michael Bay's action-packed Transformers: Dark Of The Moon has been named the most mistake-ridden movie of 2011.

Eagle-eyed film fans have reported 58 blunders in the third installment of the Shia LaBeouf release, six more than the latest Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, On Stranger Tides.

However, the big franchise films aren't the only ones named and shamed in MovieMistakes.com's end of year poll - X-Men: First Class (30 mistakes), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (20 mistakes), and Super 8 (17 mistakes) are also filled with errors.

Website creator Jon Sandys al...
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'The Hangover Part II' Copyright Lawsuit Dropped

12/19/2011 9:30pm EST
The Hangover Part II
A California man has withdrawn his lawsuit against the studio bosses behind The Hangover Part II - just two months after alleging the hit comedy was based on his own experiences.

Michael Alan Rubin turned the events of his hellish honeymoon in Asia into a script entitled Mickey and Kirin, and he took action against the project's officials in October for reportedly infringing on his copyright by basing The Hangover sequel on his work.

But now Rubin has voluntarily dismissed the suit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As WENN went to press, it was not yet known if the two parties had re...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Christmas Wishes'

12/11/2011 11:18am EST
Rainn Wilson
‘Christmas Wishes’ is perhaps the strangest holiday episode of ‘The Office’ ever. Written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Ed Helms, the story features (obviously) Christmas wishes, drunkenness, a strange musical montage and more-than-ever awkward moments.

Let’s start with Jim and Dwight. Their new deskmate (more on that in a minute) gets sick of their constant pranks, so Andy tells them to knock it off, or the offending prankster will get the other’s bonus. This leads to many a trap, including Dwight leaving his wallet and keys out, and Jim loudly announcing his credit card number. Neither...
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Check Out 'The Hangover Part II' On DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Download

12/8/2011 7:00am EST
The Hangover Part II
A modest bachelor brunch devolves into a wild weekend in Bangkok when the gang travels to Thailand to see Stu get married in "The Hangover Part II."

Still traumatized by memories of the Las Vegas fiasco, Stu (Ed Helms) vows to keep his pre-wedding partying to the bare minimum. But when Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) show up, Stu's low-key brunch makes their previous Vegas fiasco look like a family trip to Disneyland. "The Hangover Part II" features cameos by Mike Tyson and Paul Giamatti.

The film made U.S. box office history after grossing $86.5 ...
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Bradley Cooper Confirms 'Hangover Part 3'

12/5/2011 8:31am EST
The Hangover Part 2
Bradley Cooper has confirmed "The Hangover" cast is set to reunite for a second sequel set in Los Angeles.

The actor shot to international fame with his role in the 2009 Las Vegas-based comedy opposite Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, and a follow-up, The Hangover Part II, set in Thailand, was released earlier this year.

Cooper has now revealed filming on the third installment should begin next September and he believes the film will be set in California.

He tells TV host Graham Norton, "I hope we'll start shooting next September. I know (director) Todd Phillips is working ...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Mrs. California'

12/4/2011 5:58pm EST
Rainn Wilson
Perhaps there are signs of life in ‘The Office’ after all. After the pre-Thanksgiving episode only delivered a few mild chuckles, ‘Mrs. California’ has several hilarious moments, as well as several awkward scenes that are the best since Steve Carell’s departure.

The premise is simple. While Jim is chatting with Andy in his office, a panicked Robert runs in and instructs Andy – through the window glass – that his wife will be coming in shortly and that he should, under no circumstances, give her a job at Dunder Mifflin.

It sounds easy enough, but for Andy, it’s not. And it’s hard to blame ...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Gettysburg'

11/20/2011 1:56pm EST
Phyllis Smith
Is it just me, or is ‘The Office’ losing steam this season? The shake-up with the addition of James Spader kept things interesting for a little while, but I fear the show is already sinking back into staleness, and I’m wondering how it can recover. More on that in a minute.

It doesn’t take much to sum up this episode: Gettysburg. For some reason, Andy thinks it would be a fun idea to take the staff to Gettysburg for a field trip (umm, because selling paper is like war?). About half go with him, including Jim, Darryl, Dwight, Phyllis, Erin, Gabe and Oscar.

Everyone else, meanwhile, stays b...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Pam's Replacement'

11/12/2011 6:02pm EST
James Spader
Are we used to Robert California yet? Didn’t think so. It’s interesting that he does unexpected things (playing harmonica in a blues band?) yet how he goes about it is the same. He manipulates people into letting him have his way. In the course of this episode’s 22 minutes, he goes from expressing admiration for “Kevin and the Zits” to taking over their band with entirely new members.

Parts of it are funny, including Andy playing the drums on his own body to feel like he is participating. But it is sweet to see him, Darryl and Kevin reunite in the parking lot for a good, old-fashioned jam,...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Doomsday'

11/5/2011 1:47pm EDT
Zach Woods
We’re several weeks into the new TV season. How do you think ‘The Office’ is doing without Steve Carrel? Does Ed Helms seem like an appropriate replacement, and is James Spader giving the aging show a shot in the arm?

I will admit it: I miss Michael Scott. But I do enjoy Andy as boss, and Robert California is oddly fascinating. Still, it feels like the show is missing a center.

‘Doomsday’ is a good example. After a client accidentally gets an order for free, Robert insists that Andy eliminate office mistakes. Andy desperately agrees to Dwight’s offer to use a new system to catch errors. T...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Spooked'

10/30/2011 6:02pm EDT
The Office
Cool costumes are a dime a dozen on Halloween episodes of ‘The Office.’ This year, they are censored by Andy, and as a result it isn’t so exciting. (Perhaps with the exception of Dwight and his sci fi boobs.) The real meat of this installment surrounds Erin and Andy’s awkward relationship.

First off, Erin is put in charge of decorating the office for Halloween. But the posters are tamer than a preschool party, as Robert California points out. Andy is apparently hot and cold with Erin, and she’s none too pleased when he asks Angela and Phyllis to assist her to make the office a little more ...
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'The Office' Q&A With Ed Helms And Paul Lieberstein

10/7/2011 1:44pm EDT
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“Ed Helms is just an unbridled genius and it was important to us to capitalize on that.” This is the answer given when the question is raised as to why the producers of NBC’s “The Office” decided to promote from within to fill the Branch Manager position when Steve Carrell left the show at the end of last season. The answer was given by Ed Helms himself, joking of course, but his fake bravado isn’t far off.

Helms, who plays Andy Bernard on NBC’s hit show, has launched to superstardom in the past few years thanks to his addition to “The Office.” So why has Helms become so popular as of late...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Lotto'

10/6/2011 10:33pm EDT
Ellie Kemper
This episode was a little underwhelming. It did a few things, though: It developed the Darryl-Andy relationship; it brought in some potentially new blood; and it took some office workers outside the office, which is always a welcome device.

Apparently, the six workers in the warehouse, formerly under Darryl, won a $950,000 lottery. That was apparently enough money to prompt them all to quit.

Darryl is supposed to be looking for new employees, but he seems to be in a funk – romantically, workwise, you name it. Andy tries to help, but his interviewing of new employees (in a group fashion)...
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'The Office' Recap: 'The Incentive'

9/30/2011 7:37pm EDT
Brian Baumgartner
To all of us who thought Andy Bernard would not last another week as the Office boss, we have been proven wrong. Andy, in his own way, redeems himself a little bit in this week’s episode. Maybe this arrangement will actually last a while.

It all starts when Robert gives an inspirational speech about upping everyone’s numbers, after which Andy promises to double sales growth. Everyone seems keen on the idea until it comes time to do it. “What do you expect me to do, hit a magic button?” Phyllis asks. Clearly, Andy is not so inspirational.

But that doesn’t matter. When he presents the ...
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'The Office' Recap: The List

9/25/2011 11:17pm EDT
James Spader
After a summer off and the news that James Spader would join the cast of ‘The Office,’ there wasn’t a whole lotta suspense about what would happen. But kudos to the writers for not being completely predictable.

Yes, Spader’s Robert California is the new boss, but he’s not the new Office boss. Exactly. After being hired to replace Jo, he took one look at the lame antics and walked out. He somehow convinced Jo to give him her job as CEO. (Perhaps that has to do with Kathy Bates being busy with ‘Harry’s Law.’ Just sayin’.)

So, while California is a looming presence by occupying the con...
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Emma Stone Re-Enacts 'Star Wars' Scenes In Lucasfilm's Initiative To 'Use The Force for Good' To Benefit Stand Up To Cancer (Video)

9/15/2011 11:39pm EDT
Emma Stone SU2C
Lucasfilm announced today that in celebration of the September launch of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, it is linking up with celebrities, eBay and Major League Baseball to ask fans to Use the Force for Good to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2Cfunds groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.

"Lucasfilm joining with eBay, Major League Baseball and a wonderful group of actors is an amazing force for good being brought to bear in Stand Up To Cancer's fight against this disease,and we are profoundly grateful," said SU2C Co-Fou...
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'Hangover' Stunt Double Sues Over 'Brain Damage & Physical Injuries'

9/1/2011 9:33am EDT
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Ed Helms' stunt double in "The Hangover" sequel is suing the movie executives behind the film after he was injured in a stunt gone wrong.

Scott McLean has filed suit in Los Angeles after his representatives told The Hollywood Reporter he suffered "likely permanent brain and physical injuries," including ongoing seizures, speech impediments, physical impediments, and brain trauma as a result of a stunt co-ordinator's mistake on the set in Thailand.

In the documents, obtained by TMZ.com, McLean reveals he was participating in a high-speed car stunt when a stuntman lost control of another ve...
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Josh Groban Heading To 'The Office'

8/19/2011 8:35am EDT
Josh Groban
Josh Groban is heading to TV screens again - he's signed up to star in The Office.

The hit-maker has previously appeared on singing series Glee, and now Groban is to reappear on the small screen as Ed Helms' character Andy's brother in The Office, according to Deadline.com.

Meanwhile, Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace have signed on to play Helms' parents in the show.

Groban has also previously acted in movie Crazy, Stupid, Love, alongside former The Office lead man Steve Carell, and in TV show Ally McBeal.
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Selena Gomez And Taylor Swift Dominate The 2011 Teen Choice Awards (See List Of Winners)

8/8/2011 7:57am EDT
Selena Gomez
Vampires and wizards ruled at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, but it was a magical night for Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.

The two stars picked up 11 awards between them - Swift six and Gomez five - including the bulk of the event's music honors.

Swift, who was feted with the Ultimate Choice Award, also picked up the Choice Female Artist, Choice Country Female and Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon accolades, while Gomez was named Choice Female Hottie opposite boyfriend Justin Bieber and Choice TV Actress (Comedy) for her role in The Wizards of Waverly Place.

Gomez and h...
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'The Hangover' Producers Plan To Modify Ed Helms' Face Tattoo

6/9/2011 11:15am EDT
The Hangover Part II
Bosses behind The Hangover sequel will digitally alter Ed Helms' fake face tattoo if a lawsuit over the inking is not resolved by the time the film is due out on DVD.

The actor is seen sporting a black tribal design around his left cheek and temple in The Hangover Part II and S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who created, inked and copyrighted an iconic facial tattoo for boxer Mike Tyson, filed suit against film's studio, Warner Brothers, back in April. He alleged producers copied his design and used it in the film without permission.

His request to stop the film's May release was denied, ...
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'The Hangover: Part II' Is A Bad Trip.

6/1/2011 10:52pm EDT
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I know I’m over thinking things here, but I couldn’t get over just how damn superficial the “The Hangover: Part II” is. None of the characters have depth, everyone is a jerk, or a liar, or a cheat, or a drug addict, or weird, and yet in the end everything turns out fine for everyone who has acted badly. Don’t we go to the movies to escape reality?

I like movies where characters with low status qualities, such as being an asshole (Bradley Cooper), a weirdo (Zach Galifianakis), or a tight ass (Ed Helms) go through change and become different or better people. This is called an arc....
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Injured 'Hangover II' Stuntman's Family Angered Over Film's Trailer

5/30/2011 1:00pm EDT
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The family of a stuntman injured while filming The Hangover Part II have blasted the movie's bosses for allegedly allowing footage of the scene to be used in the film's trailer.

Australian Scott McLean, whose film credits include The Matrix and Ghost Rider, was shooting a daring road stunt in Thailand as a body double for actor Ed Helms in December when a truck and a car collided.

He received treatment for a severe brain injury and was later moved to a hospital in Bangkok, where he was reportedly placed in a medically-induced coma.

McLean is still recovering from the accident at a hospit...
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'The Hangover Part II' Makes Box Office History

5/30/2011 8:00am EDT
The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II has made U.S. box office history after grossing $86.5 million in its opening weekend to score the biggest comedy debut ever.

The Hangover sequel, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis and set in Bangkok, Thailand, easily stumbled its way to the top of the box office chart, having taken $118.1 million since opening across America on Thursday.

It is expected to rake in a few more million in ticket sales once figures from America's Memorial Day long weekend are counted on Monday.

Jack Black and Angelina Jolie's animated comedy Kung Fu Panda 2 opened in...
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