May 16, 2013 |
"The Office" will close its doors Thursday night after eight years and nine seasons. That is not to say that Dunder Mifflin, the paper company in whose Scranton, PA, branch the series has largely been set, is itself going out of business. It's not uncommon that when a workplace sitcom concludes it takes the workplace with it, but there have been no signs of that this season. Still, anything can happen in 75 minutes. (The extra-long, "supersized" finale that will end the series makes a total of 201 episodes - 13.4 times as many episodes as the Ricky Gervais U.K. series upon which it was based.)
May 15, 2013 |
“Four years ago, I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl who had a boyfriend. I had to do the hardest thing I've ever had to do, which is just to wait. Don't get me wrong, I flirted with her … For a really long time, that's all I had: little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. A lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl who I worked with. But I think, even then, I knew that I was waiting for my wife.” - Jim Halpert ( Season 6, Ep. 4 )
May 5, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2013 |
"Only God Forgives," Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to "Drive", will have its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month. Starring Ryan Gosling as an American expat living in Bangkok, Thailand, the film joins the critically acclaimed "Fruitvale Station" as one of two Gala screenings for the festival, which runs June 13-23 at L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas downtown. "The Way, Way Back," a comedy starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell, will close the festival.
March 18, 2013 |
Steve Carell left “The Office” for the same reason most actors do: to concentrate on a film career. In theory it should be a straightforward path: An actor, having both cut his teeth on a role and built a fan base, can devote the time to exploring all the avenues he couldn't explore when he was shooting a few dozen episodes each year. In reality, of course, it's not an easy transition. Episodic television allows for, and rewards, the ability to develop a single persona over time.
March 17, 2013 |
Warner Bros. may need to dial 911 after suffering its fifth consecutive box-office disappointment this year. This weekend, the Warner comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" lost out to the lower-profile "The Call," starring Halle Berry as an emergency call line operator. According to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures, the low-budget thriller debuted with a respectable $17.1 million, while Warner Bros. reported its Steve Carell magic flick launched with a poor $10.3 million.
March 15, 2013 |
Steve Carell: Hollywood's Mr. Nice Guy. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" star headed to "Conan" on Thursday night to promote the magician comedy costarring Jim Carrey and apparently to tarnish his nice-guy reputation. He was successful with the former, but not so much with the latter. "Do you ever feel like it's a burden to be known of as one of the nicest guys in the business?," Conan O'Brien asked "The Office" star. VIDEO: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' premiere "See, I'm not that nice a guy, I'm a middling sort of nice, middle-range nice," Carell responded.
March 14, 2013 |
What is it with Hollywood and hyperbole these days? Last week saw "Oz the Great and Powerful" and now we have "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. " Calling it "The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone" would have been more accurate, but how many tickets is that going to sell? Neither as good as you might hope nor as dreadful as doubters may fear, "Wonderstone" has in Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey and Alan Arkin four of the funniest men working in movies today. But it doesn't seem to know how to consistently get the best out of them.
March 12, 2013 |
Jim Carrey walked the red carpet at "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" premiere Monday night wearing shiny silver boots, gold Elvis-style sunglasses and a white jacket. Hordes of screaming fans along Hollywood Boulevard in front of TCL Chinese Theater made his progress slow. At one point a group of fans yelled in unison, "We love you Jim Carrey!" "I love you too, collective ego," he responded with his trademark mischievous grin. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times It was a fitting response at the premiere of a film in which Carrey plays a relentlessly egotistical Svengali of magic named Steve Gray.
January 22, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - A group of star-driven dramas and comedies, plus a half-dozen documentaries, have caught the fancy of buyers at the Sundance Film Festival, with distributors ponying up nearly $25 million in the last few days for movies they hope will return their investment in spades. Fox Searchlight paid close to $10 million for a Steve Carell movie, and Sony shelled out almost $4 million on a Jane Austen-themed comedy. Relativity Media spent $4 million for a Joseph Gordon-Levitt porn comedy and the Weinstein Co. put up about $2 million for a well-received drama, "Fruitvale.