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Ricky Gervais Defends Himself After AIDS Joke Controversy


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Comedian Ricky Gervais has moved to defend himself after he made a controversial joke about AIDS on Twitter earlier this week, angering a substantial part of social media as it spread.

The 55 year old former star of ‘The Office’ sparked outrage when he answered a popular Twitter meme that asked “things you can say both during sex and during a funeral” by replying with “AIDS?” on Tuesday (June 20th).

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Ricky Gervais Defends Himself Over 'Dead Baby' Joke


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Ricky Gervais has defended the nature of “offensive jokes” in the aftermath of the complaints of a grieving couple who walked out of his current stand-up show over a controversial joke about a dead baby.

Ryan and Suzi Gourley attended the Belfast leg of Gervais’ latest stand-up tour, titled ‘Humanity’, on Tuesday night (March 28th) – but it was the first night out they had had since their son Eli was stillborn in July last year. Shocked at the content of one of the former ‘Office’ star’s jokes, whose punchline was about a dead baby, they got up and walked out of the auditorium at Waterfront Hall in the Northern Irish capital.

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais has defended his stand-up routine after a joke about a dead baby caused a grieving couple to walk out

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'Mrs Brown's Boys' Named Best British Sitcom Of 21st Century


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Radio Times readers have voted ‘Mrs Browns Boys’ the best British sitcom of the 21st century, beating Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s ‘The Office’. Over 14,000 votes were cast in the online poll, but many viewers weren't happy with Brendan O’Carroll’s sitcom taking the top spot.

Mrs Brown's boysMrs Browns Boys’ has been voted the best British sitcom of the 21st century

‘Mrs Browns Boys’ has been a ratings winner for the BBC since it began in 2011, but the sitcom has never been a hit with critics. On Twitter users were quick to voice their anger at the poll's result, despite it being decided by a public vote.

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Ricky Gervais Gives David Brent One Last Moment In The Spotlight In 'Life On The Road'


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It's been 13 years since audiences had their last glimpse of Ricky Gervais' iconic The Office alter-ego David Brent, and he's now back on the big screen in the mock-doc Life on the Road. Critics have been wondering if Brent's desperation to launch a rock-star career is an echo of Gervais' own ambitions.

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The comedian laughs this off. "It's a fake documentary!" he says. "I don't think I'm a pop star. The point is that Brent's been sold a lie. He was told that if you're not performing, you won't be popular. And if you're not popular, then you're nothing."

Gervais sees this as a comment on contemporary society. "People don't think they exist unless they're in the paper or they're trying to be a singer. For Brent, it's a vanity project. But it's really bad. He's a man at his lowest ebb."

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And he thinks the time is right to revisit this character. "Since The Office we've had The Apprentice," he observes, "where people get on by saying, 'I'll destroy anyone who gets in my way.' So now it's harder, it's more dog-eat-dog. We have Donald Trump saying, 'I'd like to punch that person in the face!' It's like Gordon Gekko has come true: greed is good!"

To promote Life on the Road, Gervais has been touring with his band performing songs from the movie. "This is an album I have created as David Brent," he says. "It is part of that fiction."

Intriguingly, Gervais did have a brush with pop music stardom early in his career with the 1980s new wave group Seona Dancing. "It was all too good to be true," he laughs. "We put a single out and it nearly broke, so we put a second single out and that nearly broke but didn't. And that was our bite of the cherry. It was all over in about six months."

More: Read our review of 'David Brent: Life On The Road'

As for The Office, Gervais continues to insist that he will never go back, only forward. "I said I'd never bring back The Office and I won't," he says. "And this isn't that. This is David Brent now, what he's doing now. There might be another spin off - like the soundtrack album and live gigs - so he might pop up now and again. But as a huge big project, a series of David Brent or The Office, or another movie? Probably not."

David Brent: Life On The Road Review

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The original BBC sitcom The Office ran for 14 episodes from 2001 to 2003, and now 13 years later Ricky Gervais returns to his iconic character for a follow-up movie. Referring to the original series as a "BBC documentary", David Brent gets a camera crew to follow him as he makes a last-gasp attempt at achieving his dream of being a rock star. But instead of going on a reality show like everyone else, he hires a band and hits the road.

David is now working as a tampon salesman for a firm in Reading, with a chucklehead colleague (Tom Bennett) who gets all his jokes and a coworker (Jo Hartley) who has a soft spot for his idiocy. Now he has decided to take all of his holiday and cash in his retirement fund to reform his band Foregone Conclusion with session musicians as well as rising-star rapper Dom Johnson (Ben Bailey Smith). He hires a tour bus and heads off to a series of gigs in nearby towns, determined to embrace the rock-n-roll lifestyle. But without much promotion, the fans don't quite materialise. And there's tension within the band, mainly because they're all just here for the cash and are annoyed by David's antics.

Of course, everything David does is excruciating. The rambling introductions to his jaw-droppingly inappropriate songs are accompanied by grimaces from his bandmates and the audience. The music is actually quite good, while the lyrics are simply painful (Native American seems like the low point until he kicks into Please Don't Make Fun of the Disabled). David is the only person on screen who doesn't realise how appalling this is. And yet, since the film is written and directed by Gervais himself, there's a strange sense of irony at work here, as if Gervais himself would like to be a rock star, and is using this film as a chance to ignite a side career.

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Ricky Gervais Hits Out At Twitter Generation: "We Give Way Too Much Away Now"


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The always outspoken Ricky Gervais has had his fair share of controversies on Twitter. But the comedian and actor says he’s now at the point where he won’t be explaining himself on social media anymore and if people don’t get one of his tweets they can “f***ing live with it”.

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Speaking to NME about the return of David Brent in Life On The Road, Gervais explained how much social media has change society since we first saw the character. “In The Office, I didn’t have other characters blatantly saying: 'He’s a prat,' like they do in the film,” he said.

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Ricky Gervais Announces David Brent Album, Music Video And Live Dates


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Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated new comedy movie David Brent: Life On the Road, Ricky Gervais has announced two live dates for the hapless regional manager’s band Foregone Conclusion, who will play back-to-back nights at the Hammersmith Apollo in September.

The dates, on September 8th and 9th, will tie in with the release of the film, which comes out in Britain on August 19th. Written, produced and directed by the British comedian himself, Life On the Road will document David Brent’s attempts to juggle his new career as a travelling salesman with his rock-star aspirations with his old band, Foregone Conclusion.

The movie will reignite the ‘mockumentary’ format that saw ‘The Office’ become a spectacular success over 15 years ago.

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Netflix Acquires Rights To Ricky Gervais Film 'David Brent: Life On The Road'


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Netflix has secured the U.S. and selected international rights to Ricky Gervais’ forthcoming movie David Brent: Life On the Road, the comedian’s long-awaited reprise of his iconic character from British sitcom classic ‘The Office’.

The move represents yet another deepening of the relationship between the 54 year old British star and the U.S. streaming giant, after the non-theatrically released Special Correspondents movie with Eric Bana earlier this year.

Netflix has acquired the foreign rights to the movie, excluding the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand where Entertainment One is already rolling out a theatrical release in August this year.

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Ricky Gervais Had "No Idea" His Friend David Bowie Was Terminally Ill


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David Bowie kept his illness a closely-guarded secret from the world, his friend Ricky Gervais has said, revealing that he was in contact with the late singer as little as two weeks before the end of his life earlier this year.

The iconic pop star lived with cancer for 18 months before his death on January 10th this year, but he kept his illness private from all but a very small handful of family and those closest to him. His passing came as a huge surprise to virtually the entire world, and prompted a massive outpouring of grief and tributes throughout the music industry and beyond.

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'David Brent: Life On The Road' Trailer Released


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The first trailer for Ricky Gervais’ spin-off movie from ‘The Office’, in which he re-adopts his iconic David Brent character for the first time in over a decade, has been released.

The 54 year old himself tweeted the short trailer for David Brent: Life on the Road on Thursday morning (April 7th), for the film that he’s both written and directed as well as starred in. Immediately as he presents himself, a worker at the new firm Lavichem can be heard muttering in exasperation “Oh God, it’s him again”.

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David Brent's Film Gets A Release Date


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Ricky Gervais has taken on many guises in his acting and comedy career but arguably his best alter-ego is one of his first: David Brent. Everyone’s favourite idiot boss propelled Gervais to international stardom and now he’s bringing the beloved character out once more for a feature film: Life On The Road.

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Following Brent and his quest for rock stardom, the film release date has been announced and cult character fans will be able to see Brent on the big screen from August, 19.

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Caitlyn Jenner Hits Back At Ricky Gervais - And Hopes To Replace Him


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Ricky Gervais insisted earlier this week that his jokes about former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner were not meant to be intentionally transphobic, though that still hasn't convinced a lot of people. As for Caitlyn herself, she only has one thing to say about the whole matter: 'I'm going to replace you'.

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Well, she didn't put it as bluntly, but it was that sort of dignified answer we've come to expect from her. It was only a matter of time before somebody asked her to address the issue, and they did so only four days after the fiasco yesterday (January 14th 2016) during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour which took place in Pasadena, California.

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Ricky Gervais Responds To Criticism Over Caitlyn Jenner Joke At Golden Globes


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Ricky Gervais has a message for those offended by the jokes he made at the 2016 Golden Globes on Sunday, ‘you have every right to be offended, just don't cry when no one cares.’ The comedian made the comments on twitter after referencing the criticism he’d received over jokes made about Caitlyn Jenner, which some had labelled 'transphobic'.

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‘Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist,’ Gervais tweeted. ‘In the future, everyone will be offended by me for 15 minutes,’ he added. ‘You have every right to be offended. Just don't cry when no one cares.’

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Ricky Gervais Won't Be Holding Back At The Golden Globes


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Ricky Gervais has revealed some details about the kind of jokes he’ll be telling when he returns as host of the Golden Globes in a few days’ time, saying that he found the opportunity to perform for hundreds of millions of viewers “irresistible”.

Gervais hosted the ceremony for three years in a row between 2010 and 2012, in a stint that raised ratings and, admittedly, the shock factor for the Golden Globes. Following three years of co-hosting by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, he’ll be coming back for the January 10th show on NBC, and spoke to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the ceremony.

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Ricky Gervais Apologises In Advance Of Golden Globes Hosting Gig


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Ricky Gervais will return as host of the Golden Globes this year for the fourth time, but he’s already apologised for what he might say. The British comedian, who last hosted the awards in 2012, took to twitter yesterday to offer his sincere apologies in advance of the January 10th ceremony.

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais has already apologised for this year’s Golden Globes.

"Because I can see the future, I'd like to apologise now for the things I said at next week's Golden Globes. I was drunk & didn't give a fuck,” Gervais tweeted. The comedian is no stranger to rattling celebrity cages when hosting the annual ceremony.

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Ricky Gervais Teases Fans Of 'The Office' With "A New Dawn"


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Ricky Gervais has given fans a glimpse of “a new dawn” at ‘The Office’. Quite literally, in fact, as he posted a photo on his social media pages of a new actress playing the receptionist Dawn in the movie adaptation of his old BBC sitcom that he’s currently filming.

‘The Office’, which introduced the world to Gervais’s most famous comic creation David Brent, is getting the big screen treatment, which will see the deluded branch manager pursuing his dream of becoming a rock star with his band, Foregone Conclusion.

Ricky Gervais Steals The Show By Pretending To Win An Emmy


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Ricky Gervais didn't take home an Emmy at last night’s awards, but give it a week or so and we might all believe that he did. The actor and comedian stole the show during the award’s ceremony, when he pretended to win an award and even managed a few tears.

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais pretended to win an Emmy award during Sunday night’s ceremony.

Taking to the stage to present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Gervais (who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie this year), told the audience, “Back again, to lose another one.”

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Ricky Gervais and David Brent - Co-financed by Entertainment One and BBC Films. Entertainment One will release LIFE ON THE ROAD in August 2016. - United Kingdom - Monday 18th May 2015

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Ricky Gervais - World premiere of 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 1 - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th February 2015

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Ricky Gervais - Shots of the stars of hit Netflix show 'House Of Cards' as they attend the UK TV premiere in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 26th February 2015

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Geri Halliwell, Helen Macdonald, Fredrik Skavlan, Ricky Gervais and Magnus Falkehed - 'Skavlan' television show production images from the London Studios. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 23rd February 2015

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Ricky Gervais - Harvey Weinstein's Pre-BAFTA dinner at Little House, in partnership with Burberry & Grey Goose - London, United Kingdom - Friday 6th February 2015

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Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon - 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals at Golden Globe Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015

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Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon - Shots from the 2015 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes After Party as a host of stars attended the party which was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel at Robinsons May Lot in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015

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A Week In Movies: Sony Gives In To Hackers, Night At The Museum 3 Holds Dual Premieres, Spectre Shoots In London And Trailers Promise Action And Romance This Spring


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The big movie news this week has been Sony's decision to cancel the release of the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy The Interview due to threats made by a hacking group. The film had already held its Los Angeles premiere, attended by Franco and Rogen, costar Diana Bang and cowriter-director Evan Goldberg, who were photographed on the red carpet. But the New York premiere was cancelled, as was all press and any plans for a theatrical or home video release.

Photos - Los Angeles Premiere Of 'The Interview'

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Ricky Gervais and Guest - Stars from the latest in the Night at the Museum series of movies 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the UK film premiere of the film which was held at the Empire in Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th December 2014

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Ricky Gervais - Shots from the press conference for the movie 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' The Press Conference was attended by stars of the film such as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais in New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014

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Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon - Shots of a variety of stars as they arrive for the New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' which was held at The Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 11th December 2014

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Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb - International Trailer


Larry Daley, the former security guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is facing his biggest challenge yet. While he's used his exhibit friends coming to life at night, they are normally very well-behaved during the new sunset opening hours, but it seems something's started making them a little crazy. The magic of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah seems to be waning, putting them at risk of being still forever. Larry must find a way to restore the tablet before it's too late, and so he decides to venture to the Natural History Museum in London to find out how to fix it. There, Larry and his ancient friends face enormous snakes, dinosaur skeletons and bronze lions that are all coming to life, as well as the feisty head of security Tilly.

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Ricky Gervais - Ricky Gervais and host of celebrities help BUAV raise awareness about cruel monkey experiments at leading European laboratory. Well known for his love of animals and his outspoken defence of their welfare, Ricky Gervais has recently spoken out in support of a new BUAV undercover investigation, which shows harrowing suffering of primates in an EU laboratory. - Monday 15th September 2014

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Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon - 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th August 2014

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The David Brent Movie - Life On The Road - Is Set To Go Into Production In 2015


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Ricky Gervais is taking his most famous comedy creation to the big screen. David Brent: The Movie, or Life on the Road as it’s actually called, will is currently being developed with BBC Films and goes in to production in 2015.

 Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais poses for photos at The Muppets premiere (Getty 2014/Charley Gallay)

A Brent movie has been on the cards for a while since Gervais brought the former paper merchant back, first for a Comic Relief sketch + song with Doc Brown, then with a series of ‘Learn Guitar’ videos on YouTube in which he played dubious songs under the pretense that he was teaching. 

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Reed Hastings, Joy Behar, Maureen J Reidy, Ricky Gervais and Ted Sandros - Screening Of Netflix Series "Derek" Season 2 at the Paley Center for Media - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 5th June 2014

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Ricky Gervais - Celebrities outside BBC Radio 1 studios - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 29th April 2014

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Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' Divides Critics (Again) After Season 2 Premiere


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Ricky Gervais reintroduced care worker Derek Noakes on Wednesday night (April 23) for a second season of his latest comedy. The show was heavily criticised during season one, with some indignation focusing on Gervais' apparent portrayal of learning difficulties. Derek is a kind man, helpful and selfless with good intentions, though some critics couldn't help but ignore the way in which Gervais played him.

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It appears to be more of the same in terms of criticism for season 2, with The Guardian's Sam Wollaston writing, "That's the biggest problem with Derek. Not, as some have said, that it mocks people with learning difficulties (it's too kind for that, and tries to be sympathetic). Just that it's a very crude portrayal. Gervais's previous characters - David Brent and Andy Millman - are not, I suspect, so very different from RG himself, kind of grotesque caricatures. Here he's trying to be someone else completely, and it's awful."

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Ricky Gervais - 'Muppets Most Wanted' Screening at the Curzon Mayfair - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 24th March 2014

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Ricky Gervais - 'Muppets Most Wanted' U.K. premiere at Curzon Mayfair - Arrivals - London, Ukraine - Monday 24th March 2014

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David Brent Lives! Ricky Gervais Live Show Brings Back The Character In Full Force


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Ricky Gervais has just completed his first two gigs at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre as alter-ego David Brent. If you’re wondering, the high expectations were completely justified. We saw a much needed glimpse of David Brent earlier this year – Gervais’ office-manager-turned-rock-star delivered the laughs with Equality Street for Comic Relief. And of course, there was the massively successful YouTube series Learn Guitar with David Brent.

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This time Gervais’ hilariously awkward Office character returns in a full-blown stage show, backed by the rather aptly named band Foregone Conclusion. A lot of people were willing to spend a lot of money to get to spend forty or so minutes with David Brent (not counting a confident warm-up performance from Doc Brown). Some tickets were reportedly sold at upwards of £1000, according to The Independent.

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Big Screen Brent? Ricky Gervais Hints At Movie For Seminal Character


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Ricky Gervias has dropped a serious hint that David Brent might be due yet another comeback, this time in cinemas, as a David Brent movie, in which the ex-Manager-cum-sales rep tries to break into the music business following his collaboration with Doc Brown.

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The Hollywood Reporter have the comedian on the front cover of their latest issue, whereby Gervias strikes a ridiculous pose, smoking a cigar lit by cash. To them, he divulges plans for the movie, and his ostentatious – if not a little bit funny – cover photo implies the motivation behind it.

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The Muppets Most Wanted - International Teaser Trailer


Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and friends are up to their usual tricks as they return to our screens which sees them embark on a major world tour, selling out the biggest theatres in the likes of Berlin, Madrid and London. However, as can be expected from the rabble-rousing Muppets, things don't run smoothly and they manage to get embroiled in an organised jewellery heist behind which sits Kermit's mean doppelganger and his equally evil sidekick. When Kermit gets into some serious trouble after a terrible mix up, it's up to the Muppets to once again face their enemies just like they did with oil magnate Tex Richman when he threatened to drill into the Muppets' theatre for oil. Will they succeed once again? Or will their new troubles prove too much for the feisty characters?

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Netflix To Launch In Netherlands: Its 41st Country!


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Netflix is to launch in the Netherlands in late 2013. The streaming giant is currently available in 40 countries worldwide and provides a range of film and television shows on demand. It is the biggest internet television channel with 36 million users, according to their website. 

Fees for subscription are relatively low especially in comparison with other commercial television channels such as Sky and Virgin. Dutch users, as in the 40 countries where it is currently available, will be able to stream videos from their computer, tablet, mobile, television or any device which has internet connection.

The company has expanded dramatically since it was established in 2009. In doing so Netflix has been able to finance a number of independent projects including their critically acclaimed (and hugely popular) dramas such as House of Cards and Arrested Development

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'Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee' Season 2 Premieres Today


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There’s no hidden premise, no hidden meaning. Jerry Seinfeld’s latest project comprises him, a fellow comedian, a car and some coffee. The cars are beautiful things – all vintage and expensive looking – and the chats are nothing less than hilarious and engaging.

Season 1 included gusts like Larry David, Ricky Gevais Jerry’s Seinfeld costar Michael Richards, who played Kramer on the show so masterfully. Seinfeld’s and Richards chat is something to behold; it’s genuine and touching. A real mastery of ‘chat’. Of season two, Seinfeld said: "I know these people, and this is it — this is what they're really like. You walk out on a talk show, you know, 'I'm on here for eight minutes; I want to make sure I tell a funny story or do an interesting anecdote.' You're not just going to be sitting there tapping a coffee stirrer on the table, but you can do that on this show. So nobody feels that pressure to perform, and I do feel like I am capturing their true demeanor and energy." If you like old cars, comedians OR coffee, then you’ll have already seen season 1.

Other highlights include Bob Einstein, who plays Marty Funkhouser in Curb Your Enthusiasm. But what fans will be dying to see is the full unedited content, as the shows are just 10 minutes long. "It's simple to shoot, and we do spend a lot of time reducing what is sometimes a two- or three-hour experience down to what I feel is the juiciest 14 minutes of that. I think editing is one of the great luxuries. I think it's one of the things life really needs,” added Seinfeld. 

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The Office U.K Versus The Office U.S – Which One Wins?


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The U.S Office closes its doors after nine seasons tonight, with the season finale expected to attract millions of viewers. As it’s officially ‘season finale season’, we thought this would be a good time to pit The Office up against it’s predecessor: The Office…

We’ve split this up into five nice categories: critical response, originality, longevity, viewing figures and legacy. Way we see it, that makes a nice ‘best of five situation’ to sort out at the end. An added bonus is the lack of hard math. Here we go.

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'The Office' Closes Its Doors After Nine Hilarious Seasons


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Never has a U.K import been so popular. The U.S Office is finally shutting down after nine seasons of awkward silences, work-place japes and, of course, paperwork.

A remake of David Brent’s original British comedy, which lasted two seasons in the U.K, the American version displayed greater longevity, but that’s not what the show runners predicted. In fact, the first season wasn’t received nearly as warmly as the subsequent eight. "I just wanted to do something with a faithful tone," executive producer Greg Daniels says.

Steve CarellWill Steve Carell make a Brent-like return? Will Brent make a Brent-like return!?

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Did Ricky Gervais Just Hit The Nail On The Head Re: Justin Bieber?


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Justin Bieber has been under fire for the past 24 hours after suggesting World War II diarist Anne Frank - a girl who died at the hands of the Nazis after hiding from them for 2 years - would have been a 'belieber.' The young pop-superstar left the comment in a guest book at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, Holland, with many taking it as disrespectful. Among the critics was Ricky Gervias, who initially mocked the 19-year-old on Twitter. "I agree with Justin Bieber. Anne Frank would've loved his stuff. It's perfect for being played really really quietly so no one can hear it," he said.

The Office actor followed it up by mocking the Beliebers who had come to Justin's defence, saying, "30 million illiterate teenage girls are now crying... and asking Google 'Who is this b**ody Anne woman that Justin likes so much?" before adding, "Joan of Arc was a great girl. I hope she would have been a Gervatheist (sic)." However, after hundreds of others jumped on the bandwagon and began hurling abuse at Bieber, Gervais ended the jibes and just about hit the nail on the head. "On a serious note: I think we should remember that Bieber wasn't being nasty. He's a prat, but not evil. Just a bit gimp."

It's perhaps best to remember that, for all his idiotic tendencies and few brain cells, Bieber took time out of his schedule (on a Friday evening) to visit the museum for himself. "His comments were quite innocent," said a museum spokeswoman. "He was here for more than hour and interested in Anne Frank's life, and that for us is the most important thing." Who knows, his presence may encourage other youngsters to visit the historical site, the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family during World War II. She was eventually discovered by the Nazis and died at the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in 1945.

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History Lesson: Justin Bieber Claims Anne Frank 'Would Have Been A Belieber'


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It's mockery all round for Justin Bieber, after the pop star made inappropriate comments following his visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The teenage superstar, who has seemingly created controversy on every stop of his European tour, visited the hiding place of the young Holocaust victim, before suggesting she would have been 'a Belieber'. Yes, he did say that.

"Truly inspiring to be able to come here," he tweeted, which is fine. "Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber," which is not so fine. Frank became a symbol of the suffering of Jews during the Second World War, keeping a diary while she and her family hid from the Nazis in the Netherlands. She died in the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945 aged just 15 after her hiding place was uncovered by the SS.

Most online commentators vented their anger at Bieber. "She would've been a WHAT? That little idiot is way to [sic] full of himself. She's an important historical figure so show some respect", said one user. Comedian Ricky Gervais joked, "I agree with Justin Bieber. Anne Frank would've loved his stuff.It's perfect for being played really really quietly so no one can hear it," while another said, "Justin Bieber actually thinks if Anne Frank was alive, she would be a fan.... wow dont you think she would of suffered enough?!"

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David Brent Returns, 10 Years After Wernham Hogg – For Better Or For Worse?


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Ricky Gervais has come a long way since the British comedy smash that was The Office. He made the similarly brilliant Extras, and then went on to break podcasting records with his comedy cohorts Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington.

But things took a turn for the absurd soon after. Reaching dangerous levels of popularity, Gervais took an ill-fated swerve to Hollywood, attempting to translate his brand of awkward comedy to the U.S with the Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying.

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Brent's Back: Red Nose Day Delight As Ricky Gervais' Character Returns To Screens


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"What's happened in the last 10 years? What hasn't happened in the last 10 years?" David Brent asks in his triumphant return. 

To describe Brent as a beloved character of British comedy is something of a fallacy. He's a grotesque caricature of someone we can all recognise. A character we love to hate to love; monstrously irritating, casually racist, sexist but ultimately endearing in his endeavours to do right. He just doesn't quite know what right is. 

Now a part time music producer, part time cleaning product salesman, the 10 minute episode that aired on YouTube last night during Comic Relief exhibited Brent at his cringe-tastic best, with hilarious one liners and those uncomfortable moments that go on a little too long. New Brent gems include: "I'm like a local Simon Cowell... better really!", "So can all you lot rap then? Could Trevor McDonald rap if he really had to?" and "I don't look at what things say. I know how they feel."

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Escape From Planet Earth Trailer


Scorch Supernova is a highly respected astronaut who also happens to be a brawny blue alien from the planet Baab. While spending his working hours rescuing distressed civilians from various planets, Scorch's intelligent but significantly scrawnier brother Gary guides him from mission control at the national space agency BASA. However, Scorch's strength and bravery is tested when the BASA chief Lena informs him of an SOS call from one extremely dangerous planet. In spite of Gary's strong warnings, Scorch sets out to rescue his fellow alien from whatever danger might be lurking but finds himself trapped and imprisoned by the planet's inhabitants; one of which is the alien-hating Shanker who vows to rid the universe of all alien lifeforms. Gary finds himself landed with a new responsibility; he must now become the rescuer and aid his brother in his escape from the dark planet and with it, secure the future of his own.  

This sci-fi animated flick is a thrilling, adorable and immensely funny journey through space directed by Cal Brunker ('Ninjamaica') in his first cinematic movie. Among the writing credits were Brunker himself, Tony Leech and Cory Edwards ('Hoodwinked!') and Bob Barlen in his debut feature film. 'Escape From Planet Earth' is due for release this Valentine's Day; February 14th 2013; in the US.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, William Shatner, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Sofia Vergara, Paul Scheer, Jason Simpson, Doug Abrahams, Jason Benson, Trevor Devall,

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The World's Favourite Puppets Return With The New Film 'The Muppets... Again!' (Pictures)


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The Muppets are back with a global-wide follow-up to their self-titled 2011 movie entitled 'The Muppets. Again!'.

The Muppets Go Underground!

You heard right, we have yet another great movie coming up from these amazing characters brought us by Disney. Following the Oscar winning success of 'The Muppets' in 2011 which starred Jason Segel ('How I Met Your Mother') and Amy Adams ('Enchanted'), it's sequel 'The Muppets. Again!' will be released in cinemas everywhere on March 21st 2014. It sees Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and friends on a worldwide journey touring the likes of London, Berlin and Madrid and selling out some of the biggest theatres across Europe. However, they soon run into trouble when they unknowingly get mixed up in a major international crime ring controlled by the formidable Constantine (played by the hilarious Ricky Gervais of 'The Office', 'Extras' and 'Derek' fame) and his assistant Dominic. 

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Donald Trump Obama 'October Surprise': What Do The Celebs Think?


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A special Donald Trump announcement, which saw him promise to donate $5 million to Obama's favourite charity if the president released his college records and passport information, has been met by a less than favourable response from a few choice celebrities.

In a rare moment of genuine wit, which would probably be better applied to some of his music, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 tweeted: "Will someone tell Donald Trump we don't live in Gotham City?" And it was the micro blogging site that proved to be a breeding ground for comic responses to the frankly bizarre request from Trump; ‘The Office’ star Rainn Wilson posted, "I will pay 5 million dollars to see copies of Donald Trump's humility," while her show’s creator, Ricky Gervais tweeted, "I will give $500 to charity if Donald Trump gives up his hairdresser's passport and college records." Singer Josh Groban tweeted, "For Halloween I'm going to be Donald Trump! Gonna comb over my hair and not give 5 million dollars to charity!"

Perhaps the most important commentator on Mr. Trump is Obama himself, who of course was the subject of the odd YouTube upload. "What's this thing with Trump and you?" Leno asked on The Tonight Show, reports The L.A Times. "This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Obama responded. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over." We at Contact Music will give $5 to our chosen charity if Donald Trump ever says anything sensible. And that’s a promise.

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$24 Million Salary: Ashton Kutcher Tops Forbes' Actors Rich List


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Ashton Kutcher has been named TV’s highest paid actor. The Two and a Half Men star may have disgraced himself in the celebrity gossip world, by allegedly cheating on his partner Demi Moore, but in the world of television, he’s still hot property and commands a staggering fee for his appearances in the show.

According to Forbes’ annual survey of the highest paid television actors, Kutcher earned $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012. His predecessor on Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen (who left the show in a pretty dramatic fashion after suffering what appeared to be some kind of mental breakdown) did not even make the Top 10. That said, when Sheen was at the top of his game, he out-classed Kutcher significantly, with earnings of $40 million. Sheen wasn’t the only big name star to mysteriously disappear from the Top 10 though. Steve Carell, who proved to be a massive hit on the small screen with the US adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ The Office, also dropped off the list.

Snapping at Kutcher’s heels at the top of the list was Hugh Laurie, who ranked second with $18 million, largely for his role in House. Ray Romano earned an equal amount, and still appears to be raking it in with re-runs of his classic Everybody Loves Raymond comedy. Alec Baldwin’s in next with $15 million, still charming TV audiences with his role in 30 Rock.


Replaced By Tiny Fey And Amy Poehler At The Golden Globes.


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Being dropped from the Golden Globes can't be a nice feeling, especially for a British male, in favour of two American women, whose nationality and gender were already somewhat of a threat. So, it was in maintaining a stiff upper lip (retaining those age old British traditions) that Ricky Gervais gave a statement to EW, saying: “Good luck to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. After failing three years in a row to make E! Channel's Best Dressed list, I decided to hand over the reins.”

Gervais had hosted the Golden Globes, one of the biggest film award ceremonies in the U.S. However, while his acerbic and astute wit delighted his British audience, often his humour was just a little too far for the Americans who were sometimes merely rendered mute in confusion, or, worst case scenario: really rather offended. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will hopefully not quite make the same mistakes. Everyone speaking on behalf of the Fey/Poehler choices cites “unparalleled comedic timing.” But it seems the choice of Fey and Poehler for 2013 is just as excellent comedic timing, as their role in the Golden Globes is almost a perfect match against Seth MacFarlane as the host for the Oscars just three days after the Golden Globes.

Gervais offered up jokes about scientology in case the girls have some problem with that 'impeccable comedic timing', but he did well not to give advice on their red carpet attire. Clearly he's the first to admit it's not his domain. The Golden Globes will be awarded January 13th 2013.


Golden Globes Hosts Announced; Ricky Gervais Steps Down From Controversial Routine.


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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are to host the Golden Globes this year as a team effort, reports Bloomberg. But should the candid services of Ricky Gervais have been retained? We’re in two minds.

Takla-O'Reilly, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is (obviously) happy with the decision: "The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action," she said. "The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show's 70th anniversary!" Sure, fine; they’ll be nice and funny, and they won’t offend anyone. But that’s what we’ll miss. Ricky Gervais’ confident, and biting style has become infamous, and it’s something the ceremony will really miss. A classic Golden Ricky Globe was: “Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year… by cosmetic surgeons,” he said, to a room of awkward laughter. Perhaps one of his most controversial jokes, though, was this: “I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault [points at his drink]. I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.” Ouch! We thank the Independent for reminding us of those.

"Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year's festivities is a major coup," said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming at NBC. "Tina and Amy have a proven chemistry and comedic timing from their many years together on 'SNL' to their successful co-starring roles in 'Baby Mama.'" At least they think dropping The Office star was a good idea. The Globes are set to air Jan. 13, three days before the Oscars.


Video - Ricky Gervais And George Clooney Greet Fans Outside Golden Globes


British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais (The Office; Night At The Museum; The Invention of Lying) and George Clooney (The Descendants; Up In The Air; The Ides Of March) arrive at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. Ricky is seen leaving a limo; he waves to the fans before running over and slapping the hands of those on the front row. Later, George does the same, to the delight of the crowd who have assembled.

Ricky hosted the Golden Globes for the third year in a row. In 2011 he caused controversy by offending various Hollwood greats but this year he toned it down, joking about Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries and Justin Bieber's paternity test

Brits Julie Christie And Daniel Day-lewis Take Sag Awards


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British actors Julie Christie and Daniel Day-Lewis have won the top acting prizes at the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) awards.

While Christie took the best actress gong for her acclaimed portrayal of a woman facing dementia in Sarah Polley's Away From Her, Day-Lewis was rewarded for his stunning role as an amoral oil prospector in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood.

Though the awards season has been jeopardised by the ongoing industrial action by the Writers' Guild of America (WGA), the SAG awards were held without a hitch after an interim agreement was signed between the two unions, allowing acting talent to attend the ceremony without having to cross picket lines.

Christie - who is nominated for the best actress Academy award for her part in Away From Her - paid tribute to the SAG, adding to The Associated Press: "It's lovely to receive an award from your own union, especially at a time when we're being so forcefully reminded how important unions are."

And Day-Lewis dedicated his award to the late Heath Ledger, who was tragically found dead in his New York apartment last week.

"In Brokeback Mountain he was unique, he was perfect," Day-Lewis said while accepting his trophy.

"That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I've ever seen."

The 50-year-old added backstage that he had never met Ledger but had been profoundly affected by the actor's death.

"I thought he was beautiful. I just had a very strong feeling I would have liked him very much as a man," he said. "I admired him very much. I'm absolutely certain he would have done many wonderful things in his life."

Javier Bardem took the best supporting actor prize for his role as psychotic killer Anton Chigurh in the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men, which also won the award for outstanding cast in a motion picture.

With The Sopranos finally coming to an end, leads James Gandolfini and Edie Falco claimed the best actor and best actress prizes for TV dramas, while Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, the stars of NBC's 30 Rock, took the comedy equivalents.

And another NBC series, The Office - an adaptation of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Golden Globe-winning sitcom - won the award for best cast in a comedy programme.

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