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Will Ferrell: 'Everything Must Go' Was A New Challenge That I Really Wanted To Try'

May 11th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Will Ferrell Everything Must Go
Will Ferrell’s new movie is a bit more dramatic than his usual comedies. In Everything Must Go, he plays a man who comes home to find all his belongings on the front lawn after his wife leaves him. He is also an alcoholic so has a few binges in the movie, and Ferrell plays it straight.

“I’m getting the question, were there moments you were tempted to make them funny,” Ferrell said. “I don’t think you can sit down to read a piece of material like this and start earmarking it with ‘Ah, this would be funny. I should barf on myself here. I know how to spice that up.’”

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Stephen Colletti Dishes On 'One Tree Hill' And A Televised Youth

May 11th, 2011 12:09pm EDT
Stephen Colletti
After gaining fame as a cast member on the reality series Laguna Beach, Stephen Colletti has segued from MTV to The CW’s One Tree Hill. Recently promoted to the main cast this season after four as a recurring character, Stephen sat down with me recently to talk about Chase’s future, the prospects for the show’s future, and where he himself might head next.

There is only one more episodes left in One Tree Hill‘s eighth season. What’s left in store for Chase?

There’s some decisions to be made. We’ve been teasing them all year. It’s going to come to a resolution with the decisions I’...
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'The Office' Recap: 'The Inner Circle'

May 7th, 2011 7:56am EDT
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‘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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'The Office' Recap: 'Michael's Last Dundies' And 'Goodbye, Michael'

May 2nd, 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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100th Episode Of '30 Rock' Airs Tonight

April 21st, 2011 7:20pm EDT
30 Rock
30 Rock turns 100 tonight - that's right, the big 100th episode of the hit NBC sitcom airs tonight at 10pm. The episode features not one, but four Alec Baldwins.

Check out one of our favorite 30 Rock clips, "True Liz," where Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon attempts to dance for Arnold Schwarzenegger like Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies.

Also check out promos for tonight's big show, including Fey's "Ask Tina," where the actress talks about her pre-Saturday Night Live days and a Stephen Colbert cameo.

Also, check out Tina and the gang celebrating their 100th episode.

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'The Office' Recap: Training Day

April 16th, 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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Will Ferrell Clocks Into 'The Office'

April 14th, 2011 8:45am EDT
The Office | Photo Credits: Chris Haston/NBC
Bye-bye, Michael Scott. Hello, Deangelo Vickers!

Big-screen funnyman Will Ferrell drops by The Office tonight for the first of four guest appearances to help send off Steve Carell's Michael Scott. "It was initially Will's idea to do something on the show as a way to...

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Brit Catherine Tate To Replace Steve Carell On 'The Office'?

April 8th, 2011 8:37am EDT
Steve Carell
British comedienne Catherine Tate has been tipped to take over from Steve Carell when he departs The Office later this month.

The former "Doctor Who" star will appear on the current season finale of the sitcom and insiders suggest she'll be the replacement for Carell's Michael Scott.

The funnyman is departing the show after six years.

In the final episode of this season, Tate will reportedly compete for Scott's vacant job alongside Ray Romano, Will Arnett, James Spader and Will Ferrell, according to AOL.com.
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The Office: Will Ray Romano, James Spader or Catherine Tate Replace Steve Carell?

April 6th, 2011 7:57am EDT
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The list of potential replacements for The Office's Michael Scott just keeps growing.

Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate will guest-star in the season finale of the NBC sitcom as candidates for...

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Which Shows Suffered When Their Leads Left? Which Thrived?

April 2nd, 2011 8:38am EDT
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As The Office prepares to say goodbye to Steve Carell's Michael Scott and Charlie Sheen appears to have been relieved of his duties on Two and a Half Men, the question on most viewers' minds is simple: Will the shows be as good without them?

There's basically only two ways it can go.

For every Cheers or NYPD Blue, there is a Beverly Hills, 90210 or Designing Women.

So, we want to know:

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Paul Reiser Comedy Replaces 'Perfect Couples'

March 28th, 2011 7:30pm EDT
Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser's NBC comedy project has finally found a home, and a date. His show will premiere April 14, displacing the network's 'Perfect Couples' to bubble show purgatory. With two episodes left to air, its odds for renewal are not good.

Reiser's show, cleverly titled 'The Paul Reiser Show,' will feature him as a guy named Paul Reiser, who lives with his wife and kids and hangs out with other dads. It's a single camera comedy, and the first major TV project for Reiser since 'Mad About You' ended in 1999.

The announcement comes on the heels of NBC's announcement last week that it renew...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Garage Sale'

March 25th, 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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Rashida Jones Wants To Record An Album Someday

March 17th, 2011 10:06pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Quincy Jones' actress daughter Rashida Jones has revealed she was in the running to play the lead in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! - until Nicole Kidman expressed interest in the musical role.

The TV star admits she auditioned for the role of Satine before producers decided to go for a bigger name.

And she wowed movie executives with a routine she worked out with her super-producer dad.

Jones tells Eonline.com, "You had to sing a song and I decided I wanted to sing and play a song. I wanted to play this arrangement of "Somewhere" from West Side Story that my dad had done for Aretha Frankl...
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Steve Carell's 'Office' Farewell Gets An Airdate

March 10th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Steve Carell, The Office | Photo Credits: Dean Hendler/NBC
NBC's Steve Carell exit from The Office promises to be a big one — that's what she said — and it now has an airdate.

The episode, which wrapped production last week, is expected to air on Thursday, April 28. That's the first night of May sweeps, when the networks load up on events and special episodes. And the departure of Carell certainly qualifies.

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'The Office' Recap: 'Todd Packer'

February 26th, 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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Jenna Fischer Was Once Jailed For Running A Stop Sign

February 20th, 2011 6:00pm EST
Jenna Fischer
Walk Hard star Jenna Fischer was once jailed for running a red light and forgetting to show up in court.

A warrant for the actress' arrest was issued after she failed to show before a judge while she was studying for her finals at a college in Missouri, and two officers turned up at her apartment to arrest her.

She was handcuffed, taken to a nearby police station and booked - and she was so tired after a long night of cramming for her exams she asked if she could sleep in a holding cell while she waited for one of her college professors to arrive and bail her out.

Fischer recalls, "I ask...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Threat Level Midnight'

February 19th, 2011 2:22pm EST
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We know Michael loves to imagine himself as a movie star. But are we prepared to see a movie written by, directed by and starring him?

The episode, ‘Threat Level Midnight’ (great title, Michael) is all about the office folk watching Michael’s movie. Of course the movie is pathetically bad; I just wish it was a little more… hilariously bad. It does have its moments: Jan the Lounge Singer (Jasmine Windsong) taking an arrow to the throat was unexpected. And Karen’s stilted line reading (“Ever banged an entire bachelorette party, baby?) is a hoot.

Jim’s performance as Goldenface is somewh...
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'The Office' Recap: 'PDA'

February 11th, 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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Ricky Gervais Wants Will Arnett On 'The Office'

February 11th, 2011 9:42am EST
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Is Will Arnett joining The Office?

He will if Ricky Gervais has his way. The creator and star of the original Office says he wants Arnett to join the U.S. cast.

"Had a little meeting with NBC about...

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'The Office' Recap: 'The Search'

February 4th, 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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Jenna Fischer Yearning To Have Children

February 2nd, 2011 4:29pm EST
Jenna Fischer
Actress Jenna Fischer is yearning to become a mother after becoming a first-time aunt and forming such a close bond with her baby niece.

The star's sister, Emily, recently gave birth to daughter Cecelia and the 36 year old admits spending quality time with the tot has reignited her dream of starting her own family with her writer husband Lee Kirk.

And the baby storyline surrounding her character Pam on the U.S. version of TV comedy The Office has only boosted her desire for motherhood.

She tells Redbook magazine, "I already wanted kids, but even more so now. When Cecelia was three weeks ...
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Best & Worst Dressed At The 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards

January 31st, 2011 8:54am EST
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Natalie Portman once again was the star of the evening. Last night she took home the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for her performance in "Black Swan." But she also gets an award from us for being one of the Best Dressed actresses of the night.

The pregnant star wore a white, strapless Azarro gown and a staggering $2 million worth of Tiffany jewels. A baby bump never looked so good!

Check out the fashion from last night's event, and tell us who YOU think was the best and worst dressed!

(And check out the winner's list here!)

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'The Office' Recap: 'The Seminar'

January 29th, 2011 8:03am EST
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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: Is Will Ferrell Replacing Steve Carell?

January 27th, 2011 8:54am EST
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Just as Steve Carell is on his way out of Dunder Mifflin, Will Ferrell is moving in.

The 43-year-old funny man has signed on for a multi-episode arc on The Office, NBC announced Wednesday.

Ferrell will play...

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

January 27th, 2011 8:52am EST
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Vampire Diaries 8/7c CW: It's been seven weeks since the last original episode way back on Dec. 9, but tonight the vampire-werewolf saga picks right up where it left off. Rose, who was bitten by a werewolf, begins exhibiting strange and increasingly violent behavior. Damon confronts werewolf Jules in a desperate attempt to find a cure for Rose, but Jules' advice is to stake her. Not what Damon wants to hear. But can he bring himself to kill Rose, now that he has developed feelings for her? And speaking of feelings, Tyler and Caroline reveal their true thoughts for each other, as their relat...
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'The Office' Recap: 'Ultimatum'

January 22nd, 2011 8:10pm EST
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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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Steve Carell Leaving 'The Office' Early

January 14th, 2011 4:32pm EST
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The Office star Steve Carell will hand in his notice a month ahead of schedule - the funnyman is leaving the hit show before the series finale.

The actor has played embarrassing boss Michael Scott on the comedy since 2005, in a role based on Ricky Gervais' original star turn in the British version of the show.

Carell confirmed last year he had no plans to return to the series after its current seventh season. And now, according to show runner Paul Lieberstein, Carell will make his exit a month earlier than expected, leaving before the season ends in May.

Lieberstein tells New York Ma...
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Leave Remakes Alone! Part 1: Across The Pond

January 3rd, 2011 8:36pm EST
Star Trek
The remake. Shudder. Ick. Gross. Barf. There were something like 55 movie remakes in the works as of 2008, surely more now. Talk about hitting the bottom of the creative barrel. I mean, movie goers hate remakes *so* much they've stopped hating on sequels. And what's worse, most sequels stopped being bad.

As an aside, If you told someone ten years ago that Rocky VI would be one of the best in the series, they'd laugh all the way "Cop Land". Hit movies are now part of a vision for a continuing franchise, movies are made with a trilogy in mind and they're all pretty good. “Pirates Of the Cari...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: July

January 2nd, 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 Best And Worst Of TV 2010

December 22nd, 2010 12:00pm EST
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The TV year was filled with ups and downs. Dramas contributed to what some call another “golden age of television.” Some comedies were excellent, while others were repellent. But there are a few sure things: the sitcom is on the upswing, reality is (probably) on the decline, and Conan O’Brien is really, really rich.

The Top 10, in descending order:

10. ‘Project Runway’ – This season sparked emotional highs thanks to Mondo, whose talent and grace (not to mention his poignant HIV background) propelled the show to new heights. But we were also witness to Gretchen, Poison Ivy and Michael ...
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