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January 6, 2011 | Gina McIntyre
If you thought English comedian Ricky Gervais played it a little bit safe when he hosted the Golden Globe Awards last January ? marking the first time the glamorous soiree had had a central emcee since 1995 ? you're not alone. Gervais agrees with you. And although he's not quite ready to populate the show with the boundary-pushing material he favors for his stand-up tours, he is promising to turn up the heat just a touch on the celebrities gathered together for the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
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March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
After the success of the 2011 reboot "The Muppets," which delighted critics and grossed more than $165 million worldwide, a sequel was inevitable. Opening March 21, "Muppets Most Wanted" picks up right where the Muppet gang left off and sends them on a grand tour of Europe. According to a number of early reviews, however, "Most Wanted" pales in comparison to its predecessor. Variety's Justin Chang calls the film "a hokey transcontinental caper that conspicuously lacks the winning blend of irreverence and sincerity that made 2011's 'The Muppets' such a delight.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2010
You should always talk about: Ricky Gervais. Start by watching tonight's Golden Globes, where he will preside over Hollywood's booziest party. Then go and buy yourself a DVD copy of "The Invention of Lying," one of last year's most underrated comedies, about an alternative world in which everyone tells the truth. (Tuesday) Oh yes, you will want to talk about: the new season of "24." Why? You will want to know why I say that the birth of Jacqueline Bauer is a thrilling revelation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Viewership for Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, the second year with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler throwing jabs at Hollywood, are likely up from last year, according to early household numbers from Nielsen. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on NBC drew a rating of 14.1 from households in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, up 8% from last year's rating. Though the early statistics aren't adjusted for time zones and therefore not very reliable, this means viewership could top last year's Golden Globes, which averaged 19.7 million people watching, according to the final numbers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2010 | By Scott Collins >>>
On Sunday, Ricky Gervais will be the first person to host the Golden Globes telecast in 15 years. But he's not exactly feeling the pressure. "I can't flop," the 48-year-old British comic said in a recent phone interview. " 'Cause I don't care! "I don't care about ratings or opening weekends or anything like that. I care about whether I enjoyed doing it and whether I'm happy with the result." Gervais co-created (with longtime writing partner Stephen Merchant) and starred in the BBC comedy "The Office," which has made him a wealthy man. NBC runs a hit adaptation -- with Steve Carell playing the role of a blundering middle manager pioneered by Gervais -- and there are successful versions in other countries as well.
NEWS
September 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
One of the challenges of writing about - and quoting - comedians, we here at Show Tracker have found, is that you typically can't use the (often foul-mouthed) best stuff they say. It seems that Piers Morgan had the same problem. Morgan's interview with Gervais on Friday night spanned religion, gun control, Twitter, and even Gervais' own weight. (He's “thinner than ever” if anyone's wondering.) PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But a decent chunk of what Gervais had to say to the British journalist was bleeped out by CNN. “What's a joke you would tell on your death bed?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2011
Ricky Gervais has "confirmed" a report that he's worth $80 million. But how much is his tongue in his cheek? He blogs: "Now this is out, I will have to get my family a million scratch cards each for Christmas. " ( Entertainment Weekly ) Garth Brooks will now be a part of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. ( Los Angeles Times ) "Star Trek," "Twin Peaks" and "Cheers" will soon be available to stream on Netflix. Time to call out sick. ( Los Angeles Times ) Or if you don't like Netflix, you can go across cyberspace to Amazon, which is also streaming movies now. ( Los Angeles Times )
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 6-12, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       CBS This Morning Kevin Frazier. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Martha Stewart; Cesar Millan; Naomi Judd. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Josh Brolin; Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri; Common and Michael Rainey Jr. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael David Duchovny; Marlon Wayans. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Jeff Bridges; author Lisa Lillien.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Let's face it. Audiences will tune into the Golden Globes Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC not so much to see if "The Artist," "The Help," "Hugo" or "Midnight in Paris" wins best picture of 2011 -- but to see just how outrageous host Ricky Gervais will get. For the last two years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has had a love/hate relationship with the British comic actor as host because of his caustic monologue and presenter introductions. Here are just a few of his jokes from last year that sent giggles and shocks throughout the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom.
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February 22, 2006 | From Associated Press
Ricky Gervais' podcast is going commercial. A New Jersey-based company, Audible, announced Tuesday it would begin selling subscriptions to "The Ricky Gervais Show" next week. Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the team behind the BBC's acclaimed comedy series "The Office," launched the podcast in December. Podcasts are audio recordings that are posted online; most are free. The 30-minute show contains much scatological humor.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Television Critic
Amy Poehler landed a joke about slavery, Bono paid moving tribute to Nelson Mandela, Leonardo DiCaprio launched the term "Philomania," and Jacqueline Bisset, well, one doesn't like to conjecture but, in the end, she did leave the stage under her own steam. After 71 years, the intrinsic value of an award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. - 85 foreign entertainment journalists with wildly differing credentials - is still the subject of much debate. But there is no denying that lately the Golden Globes has become the gold standard of awards shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Ricky Gervais doesn't understand why you're so afraid of him. "People come up to me and say, 'Oh, I was scared to ask for your autograph in case you put me down,'" Gervais says in a hushed tone during a recent interview in New York. "No, no, I would never do that. " It's not difficult to understand this misperception. Ever since "The Office" catapulted him to global fame a dozen years ago, the writer, director, actor and professional provocateur has come to be synonymous with a brand of humor that, although never truly mean-spirited, is fueled by discomfort.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Stephen Merchant, the tall fellow sometimes found near Ricky Gervais (he co-wrote and co-directed "The Office" and "Extras," and costarred in the latter), has put himself out front in his own HBO series. Created with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (writers for the American "The Office"), it is called "Hello Ladies," and it is funny and disturbing in exactly the manner and proportions one would expect from his earlier works. Merchant plays Stuart, a Web designer living in Los Angeles in circumstances that suggest this Web design is a career worth investigating.
NEWS
September 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
One of the challenges of writing about - and quoting - comedians, we here at Show Tracker have found, is that you typically can't use the (often foul-mouthed) best stuff they say. It seems that Piers Morgan had the same problem. Morgan's interview with Gervais on Friday night spanned religion, gun control, Twitter, and even Gervais' own weight. (He's “thinner than ever” if anyone's wondering.) PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But a decent chunk of what Gervais had to say to the British journalist was bleeped out by CNN. “What's a joke you would tell on your death bed?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With each new member of its inaugural rollout, Netflix continues its creative course of conservative innovation. It has the star-studded drama ("House of Cards"), a little horror for the young folk ("Hemlock Grove"), the iconic re-issue ("Arrested Development") and a sassy dramedy ("Orange Is the New Black"). Really, all that's missing from this cable template is a period piece and something new from Ricky Gervais. And now, here's something new from Ricky Gervais. "Derek," which appears in its seven-episode entirety Thursday, is a heartbreaking mess of a show.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
It seemed like the only thing reporters wanted to ask Stephen Merchant about Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour was what it's like to be so tall. The executive producer, director and star of HBO's new comedy series "Hello Ladies" is 6-feet-7. He towered onstage during a panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, alongside fellow producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. "It's hard for me to fit in the frame with actors in Hollywood, who I constantly find are pitifully small," said Merchant, who with Ricky Gervais wrote and directed the British version of "The Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2011 | By Chris Lee and Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Ricky Gervais might have indeed "warned" the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. that he'd pull no comedic punches and spare none of Hollywood's sacred cows in reprising his hosting role on the 68th Golden Globes broadcast. Nonetheless, a visible contingent in the glitzy crowd Sunday night was palpably discomfited by the British comic's full-frontal joke assault, which set a corrosive tone for this year's ceremony that was reflected by both onstage repartee and in backstage opprobrium.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2010 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
You couldn't avoid Ricky Gervais right now, even if you wanted to. The English comedian has a new stand-up special premiering on HBO on Saturday, just weeks before the DVD release of the first season of "The Ricky Gervais Show," an animated incarnation of the popular podcasts he does with "mates" Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington that also airs on the cable channel. The series' second season premieres the same weekend Gervais is due for a return engagement hosting the telecast of the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16 on NBC; the day before that ceremony, he'll shoot a small, walk-on part in Disney's new Muppets movie, due out in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013
Ricky Gervais wants you to learn guitar. But he's not going to teach you. You are! The comic behind the BBC version of "The Office" - which in turn inspired NBC's American adaptation that ended its run this season - is back as David Brent, the bumbling manager from the fictional Wernham Hogg paper company. "I'm not going to teach you," Brent says in the video, which is part of the upcoming YouTube Comedy Week. "What? You're going to teach you. " PHOTOS: Packing up 'The Office' for good As "Office" fans know, Brent was a frustrated musician who would sometimes inflict, er, play songs for his bored or uncomfortable coworkers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
An old index card reads : Original. Real. Poignant. Those were the first words Greg Daniels jotted down a decade ago as his guide in adapting the daft British TV series "The Office" for an American audience. The ideas on the flimsy card stock proved enduring. They helped the unconventional workplace comedy about a humdrum band of paper company employees stand up to the radically shifting fortunes of a major network and a punch-to-the-gut exit of a big-name star. But it's now time to put the paper away as "The Office" prepares to shut its doors for good on May 16. The shuttering wraps up a nine-year run where much of the time the show functioned like its elite predecessors "Cheers," "Friends" and "Seinfeld," as a pillar of NBC's vaunted Thursday night prime-time lineup.
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