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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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'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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Stanley Tucci To Marry Emily Blunt's Older Sister

10/25/2011 8:34am EDT
Stanley Tucci
Emily Blunt's older sister has found love with actor Stanley Tucci.

The Brit introduced her sister Felicity to Tucci, her co-star in the 2006 comedy "The Devil Wears Prada," and the couple started dating. Now they're engaged, according to reports.

Tucci recently proposed to Felicity, a literary agent, and she is planning to move to the U.S. to live with the actor.

A source tells Britain's Daily Mail, "They are extremely happy. Stanley lives in America and the plan is that Felicity will move there to be with him... It's perfect really, because Emily really missed her sister when she moved...
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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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2011 Emmy Awards Fashion: Celebrities Show Their Colors (Photos)

9/19/2011 8:52am EDT
2011 Emmy Awards fashion
Stars gathered at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night wearing an assortment of bright colors as well as the classic black and white and metallic shades.

Lea Michele and Kate Winslet opted for red, while Dianna Agron and Melissa McCarthy wore bright purple gowns.

Katie Holmes was beautiful in blue, and Sofia Vergara picked a peach dress for the red carpet.

Check out all the stars below, and tell us which one is your favorite!

Lea Michele

Gwyneth Paltrow

Katie Holmes

Julie Bowen

Amber Riley

Kate Winslet

Amy Poehler

Anna Torv

Dianna Agron

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'The Office' Set Visit Up For Auction

9/16/2011 3:32pm EDT
The Office
The stars of The Office are auctioning off a visit to the set of the hit comedy to raise money for a children's charity.

The winning bidder and a friend will get the chance to meet the cast, including Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski, and tour behind the scenes of the Los Angeles set.

The Charity Buzz auction, which ends on September 29th, is expected to raise $5,000 for Children Mending Hearts, a foundation which offers support to at-risk kids in the U.S.
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Check Out 'Something Borrowed' On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand & Download Aug. 16

8/13/2011 6:21am EDT
Something Borrowed
Luke Greenfield's "Something Borrowed" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel, a 30-year-old lawyer always able to put aside what she wants for the betterment of her BFF since childhood, Darcy (Kate Hudson), a sexy extrovert who never met a party or a drink she didn't like.

Darcy is marrying Dex (Colin Egglesfield), Rachel's study partner from law school, and the guy she's had a massive crush on since they took their first Torts class together. When Dex and Rachel finally hook up just months before the wedding, he realizes he might be marrying the wrong woman, but pressures from his parents cor...
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Alec Baldwin & John Krasinski Fuel Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry

6/7/2011 10:40pm EDT
Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski. New Era Cap Company Inc.
30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and The Office star John Krasinski have teamed up for a new series of ads for New Era baseball caps, the official caps of Major League Baseball.

Baldwin, a huge Yankees fan, and Krasinski, a die-hard Red Sox fan, have brought some humor to the infamous New York/Boston rivalry in three ads, the latest featuring Krasinski spray painting the Red Sox' logo on Baldwin's dog.

The two go at it with each other in the ads, the first of which featured some serious trash-talking; and in the second things get pretty physical.

All three are hilarious, check 'em out below!

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'The Office' Recap: 'Dwight K. Schrute, Acting Manager'

5/15/2011 12:09pm EDT
The Office
We’re one step closer to finding out who the real manager is going to be on ‘The Office.’ But we’ve still got no clue who that’s going to be. After this episode, we know it’s not Dwight. And we can reasonably assume it’s not Creed.

With Deangelo in a coma, Jo is in a bind. She needs to find an acting manager for the office, even though, as Jim puts it, no one seems to really need a supervisor. He doesn’t want to mess with that, so he turns down her offer. Seconds later, Dwight’s phone rings, and he’s got the job. In a moment of horror, Pam asks her husband, “What have you done?”

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'The Office' Recap: 'The Inner Circle'

5/7/2011 7:56am EDT
The Office
‘The Inner Circle’ was the first episode without Michael. I don’t know about you, but I felt that loss. More on that later.

The episode centers around Deangelo’s Man's Club (or so it could be called) in which he acts like a dopey, chauvinistic weirdo and all the other guys suck up. People like Kevin are thrilled to be in it, while Dwight insults Deangelo’s every move.

Jim gets himself in an awkward spot when he points out Deangelo appears sexist to some people in the office. As if to prove a point, Deangelo hires a young, female administrative assistant. (Is it just me, or does she l...
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Kate Hudson Talks About Pregnancy, Being Mean And Her New Movie 'Something Borrowed'

5/3/2011 5:00pm EDT
Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson is acting for two now. She was pregnant while she spoke to the press about her latest movie, but we’re kidding. She won’t be working again until her second child is born, and she finished Something Borrowed before she got pregnant.

This romantic comedy has a twist. Hudson plays the villain. Darcy (Hudson) seems to get whatever she wants, maybe because she never considers anyone else. She’s engaged to Dex (Colin Egglesfield), but Dex has a fling with Darcy’s best friend Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin). That makes Rachel realize she’s never spoken up for what she wants, even to her bes...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Michael's Last Dundies' And 'Goodbye, Michael'

5/2/2011 8:22am EDT
Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Sorry for my absence last week – vacation down south beckoned me. Here, then, is a double recap.

In ‘Michael’s Last Dundies,’ we get a warm-up to his goodbye. It starts with Michael and Deangelo making early morning house calls to present lucky Dundie nominees with their certificates. Reactions range from a drunken offer of Vienna sausages (Meredith) to outrage (Stanley: “Have you lost your mind? Get off my property before I call the police!”)

Michael finds it fitting to have Deangelo as his co-host, but Deangelo is pretty nervous about the whole thing. In fact, the guy is shaping up...
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'The Office' Recap: Training Day

4/16/2011 9:14pm EDT
Will Ferrell
Michael Scott may have finally met his match – of a sort. Meet Deangelo Vickers (Will Ferrell), his apparent replacement. At a bar where they are to meet, the two slowly realize – like awkward 13-year-olds at a school dance – that they have been chatting without realizing their connection. (Amongst their strange conversation… Michael: "I don’t want to end up like Sonny Bobo.” Deangelo: "That makes some sense right there. Everyone I know who skis is dead.” That pretty much sums up the gravity of their conversation.

Enter Deangelo into the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch office, where h...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Garage Sale'

3/25/2011 6:49pm EDT
The Office
Even though the episode centers around a garage sale, this is probably the most plot significant – and emotionally satisfying – episode of ‘The Office’ in years. A lot happens amidst the selling of cheap things in the warehouse. That’s what she said.

Let’s start with the garage sale stuff: obviously, it’s not the series’ most exciting venture, but it has amusing points: Kevin, Andy and Darryl playing the Dallas board game; Angela selling cat figurines; Ryan appropriating pictures of Office staffers for his mother’s homemade canned goods; Michael’s refusal to sell much of anything; Oscar’...
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Wine Shop Clerk Refuses $1200 Sale to Matt Damon

3/2/2011 10:45pm EST
Matt Damon
Matt Damon was left embarrassed and annoyed when a wine store clerk recently rejected the actor's credit card because he wasn't convinced his customer was the Hollywood star.

Damon recently relocated to New York with his wife Luciana and their four girls, and they have become frequent customers at the wine shop across the street from their apartment.

But one recent visit ended in disaster when a store employee failed to recognize the actor or his famous pal John Krasinski, who had been invited over for dinner with his wife, Damon's co-star in The Adjustment Bureau, Emily Blunt.

The clerk...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Todd Packer'

2/26/2011 2:18pm EST
Ellie Kemper
Todd Packer is possibly one of the most inappropriate characters on TV, and he’s played to perfection by David Koechner. No one in the office – except maybe a young Michael Scott – could get away with dry humping employees or making fat jokes.

When Packer decides to stop traveling and settle down, Michael convinces Holly that Packer would be a perfect addition to the team. She takes Michael at his word, not realizing just how crude the guy is. (She soon realizes it when he refers to his own daughter as a bitch.)

Everyone else in the office, meanwhile, is horrified at Packer’s return. ...
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Spotted: Matt Damon Looking Funny & Happy In A Gray Ski Hat

2/21/2011 12:00pm EST
Matt Damon
We saw Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Bazon Barossa navigate through a field of paparazzi on their way to Katsuya in Los Angeles last night.

The happy couple was double dating with Damon's "The Adjustment Buereau" co-star Emily Blunt and her husband John Krasinski.

The film details the troubled love affair between a rising congressman and a gorgeous ballerina. The closer these two lovers get, the harder shadowy forces work to drive them apart by altering the very fabric of time and space. The film opens March 4.

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'The Office' Recap: 'PDA'

2/11/2011 8:47pm EST
Holly
PDA – do you love it or loathe it?

It seems relative to those in the situation. For anyone who’s been in a new romance, it’s great. For anyone who’s single, bitter, or even happily coupled, it can be disgusting. And Michael and Holly, cute though they are, have become that couple to some. They have become disgustingly cute.

Let’s start with the episode’s tag – Pam presents Darryl with a card in sympathy for the death of his almost-97-year-old grandmother. Unfortunately, that message is not properly communicated office-wide, and most write things like “Let’s get wasted!” in what they ...
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'The Office' Recap: 'The Search'

2/4/2011 8:26pm EST
Michael Scott
If I had to choose, I’d say this is one of ‘The Office’s' weakest episodes of the season – at least until the end, when Michael & Holly save the world again.

The opening is nothing to speak of – Kelly & Ryan highlighting their “divorce” after getting married the previous week when they were “wasted.” Ummm, okay. I’m sorry, but isn’t their storyline played to death? And isn’t it a little ridiculous that B.J. Novak is considered a series regular when he gets less screen time then Ellie Kemper or Zach Woods?

Back to the heart of the episode – Jim and Michael go on a sales trip together, b...
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'The Office' Recap: 'The Seminar'

1/29/2011 8:03am EST
Oscar
In ‘The Seminar’ we are treated to glorious one-liners and even memorable soliloquies, as well as the much-hyped Ricky Gervais cameo and a hilarious, if not gratuitous, Kevin barfing scene.

Let’s start with the opening tag: Michael runs into David Brendt near the elevator. What the hell David Brent is doing in Scranton we don’t find out, but he’s clearly the same old guy, making politically incorrect impressions and all. I’m intrigued by his query of job openings. Obviously, this is a wink to Steve Carell’s departure, but could Gervais be more involved than we think? (Probably not, but...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Ultimatum'

1/22/2011 8:10pm EST
Amy Ryan
After the holiday break, everyone’s wondering whatever came of Holly’s ultimatum with A.J. Michael has a “happy box” and a “sad box” ready (thanks to Erin), both of which contain various items, from scotch to gummy bears. “Jan. 3, 2011,” Michael declares, “A day that will live in-famously.”

Holly waltzes into the office, probably aware of the pressure on her, with thick gloves to cover her ring finger. It is soon revealed, however, that she just didn’t think it was fair to give A.J. an ultimatum – so things are just status quo. Michael is deliriously happy until he realizes Holly and A...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: July

1/2/2011 9:00am EST
Mel Gibson
Love was in the air in July as a host of celebrities walked down the aisle - Spanish stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem tied the knot in the Bahamas, while Emily Blunt became Mrs. John Krasinski after marrying The Office star in romantic Como, Italy.

A pregnant Alicia Keys said 'I do' to Swizz Beatz, while Orlando Bloom and Australian model Miranda Kerr became husband and wife in a secret ceremony. Wedding bells also rang in Georgia as country sweetheart Carrie Underwood married her hockey hunk, Mike Fisher.

But there was also plenty of heartache in Hollywood - Kelly Osbourne called of...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Classic Christmas'

12/10/2010 9:44pm EST
Steve Carell
Now this is the holiday episode we’ve been waiting for. Party planning committee axed? Check. Holly back in Michael’s life? Check. A snowball fight of epic proportions? Check. Creed presented with deodorant? Check.

‘Classic Christmas’ is notable for the return of Holly Flax (the indispensable Amy Ryan) after Toby is called for jury duty on the Scranton Strangler case. (Isn’t he so proud to be part of such a morbid matter?) Michael is pleasantly shocked to hear the news, and abruptly cancels the office Christmas party so that Holly can have an appropriate holiday greeting – complet...
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'The Office' Recap: 'China'

12/4/2010 7:08pm EST
Oscar Nunez.
There are two main elements of this episode, titled ‘China.’ One, clearly, is Michael’s fear that China is going to take over the world. The other is Pam and Dwight’s battle regarding his cost (and toilet paper) cutting methods.

As for the first: it abruptly strikes Michael that almost everything is made in China. Therefore, America is no longer “#1.” And, he says, “China should be, like, #8.” Uh huh. Having researched the topic with Erin on Wikipedia and on the New York Times, he stumbles upon some stats, such as that China has 56 cities with populations topping 1 million. Oscar do...
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