Gervais sparked outrage after replying to a Twitter meme earlier this week.
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).
Ricky Gervais sparked outrage after making a joke about AIDS on Twitter
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Grieving couple Suzi and Ryan Gourley attended the Belfast leg of Gervais' 'Humanity' stand-up tour - but walked out over a joke about a dead baby.
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 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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But not all TV viewers were happy with the results of the Radio Times’ reader poll.
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 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.
Continue reading: 'Mrs Brown's Boys' Named Best British Sitcom Of 21st Century
He insists that David Brent's dream is far from his own.
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.
Ricky Gervais brings back David Brent in 'Life On The Road'
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."
Watch the trailer for 'Life On The Road' here:
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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Gervais is back as David Brent in ‘Life On The Road’ but a lot has changed since he created ‘The Office’.
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”.
Ricky Gervais is back as David Brent
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.
David Brent's band Foregone Conclusion will be playing two gigs at Hammersmith Apollo on September 8th and 9th, and a new album and video have been revealed.
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.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Announces David Brent Album, Music Video And Live Dates
The U.S. streaming giant has acquired the foreign rights to Gervais' forthcoming movie, released on August 19th in Britain.
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.
The comedian told BBC Radio 5Live that he had been in e-mail contact with Bowie just two weeks before his death, and that he had been in good humour.
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.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Had "No Idea" His Friend David Bowie Was Terminally Ill
The first teaser for Ricky Gervais' comeback as the legendary David Brent has been released, ahead of August 19th cinema debut.
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”.
Ricky Gervais released the new trailer for 'David Brent: Life on the Road'
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Life On The Road will hit cinemas in the summer
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.
Ricky Gervais filming Life On The Road as David Brent
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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Ya better watch out, Ricky!
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'.
Caitlyn Jenner hits back at Ricky Gervais
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.
Continue reading: Caitlyn Jenner Hits Back At Ricky Gervais - And Hopes To Replace Him
The comedian was criticised by some for his material on Sunday night, while hosting the Golden Globes ceremony.
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'.
Ricky Gervais offended plenty as host of the 2016 Golden Globes.
‘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.’
Having generated controversy when he hosted the Golden Globes between 2010 and 2012, Gervais is back on January 10th to do it all again.
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.
Ricky Gervais with his partner Jane Fallon at the Emmys
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Gervais is back as the host of this year’s Golden Globes and Hollywood has been given an advance warning.
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 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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Gervais posted an update from the set of the big screen version of 'The Office', currently a month into filming.
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.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Teases Fans Of 'The Office' With "A New Dawn"
No, Ricky Gervais did not win an Emmy but he did give the best acceptance speech of the night.
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 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 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
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
The Interview's release is indefinitely cancelled, as the Night at the Museum 3 cast holds premieres in New York and London, and James Bond hits the Thames as filming begins on Spectre. There are also new trailers for Sean Penn's The Gunman, the Divergent sequel Insurgent and a new Thomas Hardy adaptation...
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
David Brent: The Movie is really happening
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 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.
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
Ricky Gervais has divided critics with the second installment of 'Derek'.
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.
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."
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' Divides Critics (Again) After Season 2 Premiere
Having never made a third series, Gervais might tread new ground with 'Derek'
Ricky Gervais isn’t a third series kind of guy. ‘The Office’ wrapped up in two seasons followed by a 2-part Christmas special. ‘Extras’ was much the same. ‘Derek’, though, Gervais’ less critically acclaimed but equally popular effort, could be in line for a third outing.
"It's the first time I've ever considered doing a third series of something," said Gervais. "I think I certainly want to do the two series and a special for Derek and then see. I don't want to make TV for the sake of it. You have other ideas and also you don't want to outstay your welcome."
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Considering Uncharted Territory: A Third Series Of 'Derek'
Have your say on Brent's return: yay or nay?
The Office was one of The BBC’s greatest critical successes, thrusting the show’s creator, Ricky Gervias, onto worldwide notoriety. David Brent’s mannerisms and sound-bytes have reached icon status.
Are we going to be more than learning guitar with David Brent?
And following Gervais’ reprisal of the character for comic relief and subsequent Learn Guitar videos, The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that The BBC and Netlifx are interested in bringing The Office back for more small screen time.
Ricky Gervais - Ricky Gervais and long term partner Jane Fallon seen walking in North London. Ricky seemed to be sporting more facial hair than usual. - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th April 2014
The Muppets Most Wanted is taking cinemas by storm.
With their new movie taking global cinemas by storm, The Muppets have been out on the press trail chatting to journalists and keeping them laughing. When asked about the experience of shooting this action-comedy-musical sequel, Kermit says, "We had a lot of fun." But Miss Piggy takes it further: "We had exactly 2.7 times the fun. Drama, comedy, music, romance and lots of close-ups of me!"
Tina Fey and Kermit in 'The Muppets Most Wanted'
In the film, Kermit is kidnapped and sent to a Siberian gulag, swapped for look-alike evil frog Constantine. But Kermit doesn't see the resemblance at all. "I don't understand why people think all frogs look alike," he says. "We're both green but that's where the similarity ends. And Constantine isn't as bad as he seems."
Continue reading: The 'Muppets Most Wanted' Meet The Press
Gervais may build on Brent's successful rebirth as a musician.
He’s proving to be one of the U.K’s most enduring characters, is David Brent. And now Ricky Gervais has revealed plans for the erstwhile Wernham Hogg manager to make an on-screen return in the form of a behind the scenes tour.
Learn Guitar with David Brent gave us the chance to learn some tunes
"I think I’ve got something, but I’m still working on it – the music side of it is really a Trojan horse for something else I want to try," Gervais told The Sunday Times in an interview.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Reveals Even More David Brent Comeback Plans
This sequel makes a sly nod at the adult viewers - several of them, in fact.
For a kids’ movie, The Muppets: Most Wanted has more than its fair share of decidedly adult jokes. Of course, it’s no surprise that a film starring top tier comedians like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey would have a few jokes aimed at the grownups.
Kermit's back and he even has an evil doppleganger this time.
Those mainly consisted of a Russian gulag, looking just like you’d imagine a Russian gulag in an American film to look, and some running jokes about Europeans’ work habits and frequent vacations. The end of American diplomacy this certainly isn’t, but it’s more than just a fun-filled colorful romp for children. And definitely more complex than its 2011 predecessor.
Continue reading: "Muppets: Most Wanted" Isn't Just For Kids, Apparently
Ricky Gervais is back in The Muppets: Most Wanted!
After the surprise success of The Muppets in 2011, first-time British director James Bobin knew making a sequel would present a big challenge. "I thought we needed to make it harder," he says. "So that's what we did: let's make an action comedy musical movie, you know!"
Ricky Gervais in The Muppets Most Wanted
The movie sees the Muppets embark on an ambitious world tour, taking in Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London while a nefarious plot unravels around them. As expected, the story is plainly ridiculous, and merely exists to let the Muppets indulge in all kinds of craziness. It also allows for some terrific human actors to join in the fun, including main cast members Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell and a blinding array of cameos from Celine Dion to Tom Hiddleston.
Continue reading: 'The Muppets Most Wanted': On The Road Again
Was it ever going to be anything but delightfully hilarious and seriously silly? Well, nearly...
It must be difficult to follow 2011’s The Muppets, featuring Amy Adams and Jason Segal in a musical that delighted critics and fans alike. And Muppets Most Wanted certainly fell victim to that pressure early on, but a recent surge of positive reviews have seen the Ricky Gervais-starring film garner a more than respectable average on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Muppets and Gervais out for dinner in Muppets Most Wanted
The film sees The Muppets embarking upon a world tour, hitting the iconic cities in Europe like Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. Things aren’t running smoothly for long, though, as the fuzzy friends find themselves embroiled in the middle of an international crime syndicate headed by Constantine, who’s the World's Number One Criminal, and just so happens to be the spitting image of Kermit the Frog.
They're back! It's finally time for the Muppets' big week.
Muppets: Most Wanted is out in the US on Friday, so it might be time to talk about some of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang’s latest adventures. In Muppets: Most Wanted, the fuzzy stars of the long-running franchise team up with the likes of Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burell on a cross-continental hunt for a high-profile jewel thief – who just happens to look a lot like Kermit the Frog.
So far, the critics are divided on Muppets: Most Wanted.
With two days left until the premiere, the movie is already a hit, as far as early reviews are concerned. Without going into too much spoiler-y detail, The Wrap’s review promises self aware jokes and absurdist plot twists – just what we’ve come to expect from the Muppets. It’s not a universal hit – THR’s review is one of a few negative ones, pegging MMW as “an oddly off-key follow-up to the generally amusing 2011 feature”.
Muppets Most Wanted and Need For Speed premiere in L.A., while Veronica Mars opts for Austin and Noah holds its world premiere in Mexico City. Captain America: The Winter Soldier wows critics, and new clips promise laughs in Chef and eye-catching action in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And five actors contend to be Star Wars' new hero...
Two new films held their premieres in Hollywood this week. Muppets Most Wanted's world premiere was attended by stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit and Miss Piggy. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots walked the red carpet for Need for Speed, which also hits cinemas this weekend. Take a look at photos from the colorful if not slightly odd 'Muppets Most Wanted' Premiere. Or the marginally more grown up premiere for 'Need for Speed' and you can read the 'Need for Speed' Movie Review here.
Following its world premiere at the South by South West Festival, Veronica Mars also held red carpet premieres in Hollywood and New York with Kristen Bell and the cast. You can see the 'Veronica Mars' cast have their selfie game on point at SXSW for the premiere. Or you can read our 'Veronica Mars' Movie review here. And in Mexico City, Darren Aronofsky turned up with cast members Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth for the world premiere of his new film Noah, which also released a new extended trailer ahead of its release in two weeks. Here the detail on the 'Noah' movie making first waves in mexico despite religious controversy. And here's that 'Noah' extended trailer.
The Muppets Most Wanted: Will we have to decide for ourselves!? Oh no!
The last outing for The Muppets on the big screen saw Amy Adams and Jason Segal lauded for their all-singing, all-dancing exploits. Most Wanted picks up directly from the 2011 musical, but has it managed to recapture the magic of its predecessor? The critics are unsure. Some reviews are lovely and doting; some border on insulting. So to give you a fair and balanced cross section of opinion on the new Muppets film, here are three examples of the good, the bad, and the not so good or bad.
Ricky Gervais stars in Muppets Most Wanted
Brent and his guitar are back for more
Did you think you’d never get the chance to see David Brent live in concert every again? Perhaps you thought it was a foregone conclusion… Well, not to worry, because the ex-Slough-based office manager-cum-talented musician has announced new tour dates with his band, Foregone Conclusion.
Why don't we all just learn guitar with David Brent
The news will come as a relief to those who missed out on tickets the first time around; Brent's autumn 2013 gigs at London's Bloomsbury theatre and Bristol's Colston Hall sold out in under 15 seconds. Those that weren’t speedy enough were forced to watch their Office boxsets, crying.
Continue reading: Missed David Brent Live? Don’t Worry - More Dates Have Been Announced?
The meteoric rise of a Birmingham comedian who took the U.S by storm.
John Oliver went from working the stand up scene in the U.K to being recommended by Ricky Gervais to U.S giant Jon Stewart. He then hosted The Daily Show in place of Stewart to critical acclaim, and how he has his own HBO show. It’s good to be John Oliver right now.
John Oliver Is Getting His Own HBO Show
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will air Sundays in the 11:00-11:30 p.m. It’ll take a Satirical look at the week in news, politics and current affairs, HBO confirmed in a statement, but they were secretive about anything else the show had to offer.
The lucky Miss Piggy will wear a bespoke Vivienne Westwood dress on her big day.
Vivienne Westwood has designed a custom wedding dress of porcine proportions for Miss Piggy. The star of The Muppets will wear the stunning white gown when she finally weds the love of her life, Kermit the Frog, at the iconic Tower of London in the upcoming movie.
Miss Piggy Will Wed Kermit The Frog In This Stunning, Bespoke Vivienne Westwood Gown.
The British designer was commissioned to create a unique gown in a romantic style fitting for the high-maintenance diva. Westwood and her team certainly excelled on the brief, designing an extravagant Long Ivory Court wedding gown, with corset detailing and paillettes made from recycled plastic bottles, and accessorised with an elegant ivory tulle veil.
Continue reading: Vivienne Westwood Designs Miss Piggy's Wedding Dress, And It's Fabulous
The Muppets sequel promises to be as brilliant as the first.
The full length trailer has just been released for The Muppets Most Wanted and boy, it looks like a thrill ride of a movie. The sequel to 2011's hugely successful The Muppets will see the furry gang plus some high-profile actors unite to take Kermit and Co. on a globe-trotting, crime-solving trip around the world.
Kermit...Or The Evil Constantine?
Filmed at London's Pinewood Studios, the plot follows Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and friends as they bask in the flow of their successful theatre tour. Things are peachy for the team until Kermit's evil doppelganger Constantine and his sneaky sidekick steal priceless jewels and the real Kermit becomes embroiled in a potentially career-destroying jewellery heist.
Ricky Gervais - Ricky Gervais filming for the new Channel 4 TV series 'Derek' in North London. Gervais' body double is seen being filmed riding a girls bike chasing an undertakers van several times before Gervais took control of the girl's bike. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th November 2013
Would a Brent movie be a good idea? Probably not, but that won't stop him.
If, and we mean if, David Brent makes his feature debut in a movie, then it won’t be anything to do with the 2-series BBC sitcom that thrust the character into the hallowed ground of legendary status in the U.K.
“I haven’t spoken to Ricky about it,” said Stephen Merchant told Digital Spy of the plans to make a David Brent movie. “I don’t know if it’s just talk or a proper plan. [But] I think if he did do it, it would be David Brent in isolation away from The Office.”
Will you be getting tickets for Brent live?
While David Brent and Andy Burrow’s musical union isn’t a joke in and of itself – the pair have known each other since Ricky Gervais met Burrow on Jonathon Ross in 2008 – there’s nothing more Brent than coupling with a member of Razorlight. Nothing.
Burrows is alright though; he’s got a lovable face and plenty of auburn stubble. And he’s not Johnny Borrell. Combine those things and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent bloke all told. He’s now realising the dream of every 29-year-old man (he’s 34 himself) by playing live with Gervais’s Brent.
Ricky Gervais' comic creation played his first live gig at London's Bloomsbury Theatre to a packed out audience
It's been almost ten years since David Brent was last on our screens, however Ricky Gervais' most celebrated character still has the potential to draw in one helluva crowd. It took only 15 seconds for tickets to his two shows at London's Bloomsbury Theatre to sell out and needless to say, the anticipation before the first show was at tipping point. The pressure was on Brent and his backing group, Foregone Conclusion, to deliver when they went on stage last night (14 Oct.) and deliver is just what they did.
The 'Learn Guitar with David Brent' series re-launched the comic creation
Gervais reignited interest in Brent when he began uploading 'Learn to Play Guitar with David Brent' videos on to his YouTube page. They were viewed by millions and the humour was roundly praised by fans, prompting record deals, movie offers and concert opportunities to be thrust Gervais' way. But rather than take the offers to release an album and perform at Wembley, Gervais decided to take baby steps first and begin Brent's possible future with two shows in intimate settings, with a second performance taking place at the Bloomsbury later this month.
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The comic creation will play two intimate shows with his backing band, the Foregone Conclusion, at London's Bloomsbury Theatre in October
David Brent is heading on the road with his always-reliable band Foregone Conclusion for two intimate shows in London next month. Brent and Foregone Conclusion will bring 'A Work In Progress' to London's Bloomsbury Theatre for two nights, on 14 and 23 October, with tickets available for both gigs now.
Brent invites you to play guitar with him.
A spokesman said: "The audience will get to enjoy songs, performed live for the first time, from Brent’s back catalogue including ‘Free Love Freeway', ‘Spaceman Came Down’, ‘Slough’, ‘Life on The Road’ and ‘Ain’t No Trouble’."
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Could this spell the end of Brent's brilliant legacy?
Having achieved moderate success with the comeback of David Brent, Ricky Gervais has decided to push the envelope even further by putting his seminal creation on the road for live shows.
We say moderate because, in comparison to the remarkable achievement that The Office was, contemporary Brent is nothing above average.
Is Gervais a bit of a muppet for extending Brent's lifespan?
Continue reading: David Brent Live, Is This Ricky Gervais's Worst Idea Ever?
Ricky Gervais has brought The Office's David Brent back for a special Comic Relief sketch, with the promise of more episodes of Brent to follow.
"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."
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 Muppets are back with a global-wide follow-up to their self-titled 2011 movie entitled 'The Muppets. Again!'.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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