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Big Short Makes a Tragedy Funny

And that's a tall order, say critics

(Newser) - A film about the players involved in the 2008 financial crisis might sound like a bore, even with Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, and—oddly—Selena Gomez, along for the ride. However, The Big Short, a nominee for the best picture Golden Globe, is anything but. Here'... More »

Another North Korea Casualty: Steve Carell Movie

Untitled Gore Verbinski project scrapped

(Newser) - The Interview is being pulled , and that movie isn't the only fallout from the North Korean hack of Sony Pictures : Another planned movie set in North Korea has now been canceled, Deadline reports. The untitled thriller was to star Steve Carell and be directed by Gore Verbinski, but insiders... More »

16 Celebs' Pre-Fame Fast Food Commercials

Watch these famous actors hawk pizza, burgers, and tacos

(FOX News Magazine) - Much like the rest of us, Hollywood's hottest celebrities spent their formative years stuffing their faces with flame-broiled beef, Enchiritos, and double-cheeseburger pizza. Unlike us, however, those celebrities were stuffing their soon-to-be-recognizable faces for the good of their careers. Before they hit it big, beloved actors such as Michael... More »

Anchorman 2 Stays Funny

Ron Burgundy heads to 24-hour news

(Newser) - Anchorman 2 brings the "legendary" Ron Burgundy into the 1980s and a new medium: 24-hour news. The sequel brings back the absurdity of the first and even takes a few swings at satire, and while it may not equal its predecessor, critics say it's worth a watch.
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Way, Way Back: Same Old, Same Old ... but Charming

And funny, too: critics

(Newser) - The coming-of-age indie flick The Way, Way Back has been compared to Little Miss Sunshine and Adventureland. Starring Steve Carell, Allison Janney, and Toni Collette, it's certainly got the acting chops to make it a hit—but is it a hit with critics? The consensus is yes, even though... More »

Little Magic in Burt Wonderstone

Jim Carrey dazzles, Steve Carell perseveres, but script disappoints

(Newser) - Critics aren't exactly amazed or mesmerized by Steve Carell's new Vegas magician spoof The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, with most relegating the movie to two-star territory. Here's a taste of the reaction:
  • "If there were an Oscar for best bad hair, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone would be
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Coming Soon: Anchorman 2

Will Ferrell confirms sequel on 'Conan'

(Newser) - Ron Burgundy, aka Will Ferrell, stopped by Conan O'Brien's show last night to play a little jazz flute … and announce a little movie you might call Anchorman 2. "It is official, there will be a sequel to Anchorman," Ferrell stated—after first insulting O'Brien... More »

30 Celebs and Their Not-So-Glamorous Pre-Celeb Jobs

'Hi, I'm Madonna, may I take your donut order?'

(Newser) - It hasn’t always been glossy magazine covers and red carpet appearances for Tinseltown’s VIPs. Perez Hilton offers up 30 celebs and the decidedly less glamorous jobs they took before becoming famous:
  • Alexander Skarsgard: The True Blood vamp once served in the Swedish military.
  • James Franco: Among the renaissance
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Spader Debuts as Office CEO

Critics, viewers react to season premiere

(Newser) - James Spader was back in The Office’s season premiere last night, as Dunder Mifflin’s new—and slightly creepy—CEO, Robert California. So how did he—and the show—do?
  • “That was encouraging,” declares James Poniewozik in Time . “I am not nearly ready, after one episode,
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Crazy, Stupid, Love Actually Quite Smart

Steve Carell, Julianne Moore star in winning romantic comedy

(Newser) - Critics largely enjoyed Crazy, Stupid, Love—and some have fallen head over heels for the romantic comedy with an all-star cast.
  • In the Los Angeles Times , Betsy Sharkey gushes that the film “may well restore your faith in the very possibility of love, to say nothing of romantic comedies.
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Spader Hired at The Office

But he'll replace Kathy Bates, not Steve Carell

(Newser) - As rumored , James Spader has joined the Office cast as a replacement for Kathy Bates' character, the CEO of Dunder Mifflin's parent company. Spader, who first appeared in the season finale as an applicant for Michael Scott's manager position, "will reprise his role as Robert California,... More »

James Spader in Talks to Join The Office

...but not for the position you think

(Newser) - He may not end up with the job he interviewed for, but that doesn't mean he won't be working at Dunder-Mifflin. James Spader—whose character, Robert California, appeared in the season finale of The Office as a potential replacement for Steve Carell's Michael Scott—is in talks... More »

Warren Buffett Heading to The Office

Billionaire joins a number of other season finale guest stars

(Newser) - Another high-profile guest star for The Office season finale: Warren Buffett. The billionaire will play someone interviewing for the job formerly held by Steve Carell's character, Michael Scott, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Click for a sampling of the other VIPs who will make an appearance on the episode... More »

Scientists Create 'That's What She Said' Algorithm

Millions of sentences analyzed for 'sexiness' potential

(Newser) - For fans of The Office, Michael Scott's leaving was a hard but enjoyable climax—and that's what she said, of course. And for fans of the "that's what she said" joke, two scientists at the University of Washington have created a computer program for identifying the... More »

Steve Carell Says Goodbye to The Office

Michael Scott clocks out of Dunder Mifflin

(Newser) - "The world's best boss" has walked out of Dunder Mifflin for the last time. Steve Carell's inept Office character Michael Scott said farewell in a sentimental, hour-long episode of the sitcom, reports Reuters . Carell, who played Scott for seven seasons, is leaving the show to focus on... More »

Without Steve Carell, There Is No Office

Why NBC should pull the plug

(Newser) - Sure, sure, The Office is still funny, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s running out of steam, and should just close up shop when Steve Carell departs. “You can sense a weariness and desperation setting in,” writes Matt Zoller Seitz on Salon . “Are we... More »

Will Ferrell Heads to The Office

Guest arc to smooth over post-Carell period

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine The Office without Steve Carell , but the show is hiring a major talent (at least temporarily) to distract viewers from the departure of its iconic boss: Will Ferrell. Ferrell is to play another Dunder Mifflin/Sabre manager who gets involved with the office after Carell's character leaves—... More »

5 Picks to Be New Boss at The Office

How about Ricky Gervais to replace Steve Carell?

(Newser) - The Office without Steve Carell as boss might be unthinkable, but think we must. Who could possibly replace him? The Week rounds up five possibilities:
  • Ricky Gervais: He's the boss from the original British version, and he's "inherently meaner" as an actor, which could be fun, writes Christopher Rosen
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Dinner for Schmucks Not Quite a Gut-Buster

Steve Carell's schmuck praised in remake of French farce

(Newser) - Dinner for Schmucks has a great premise and two top comic stars in Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, say critics, though opinions split widely on whether it's actually funny.
  • The remake of a French farce in which heartless execs compete to bring the biggest loser to dinner "is lumbering,
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Amy Ryan Returning to The Office

Could this mean a love reunion for Michael Scott, aka Steve Carell?

(Newser) - Could this mean happily-ever-after for Michael Scott? With Steve Carell leaving The Office after next season, his character's soulmate—Holly, played by Amy Ryan—is returning to the show and "will be playing a sizable role" throughout the season, reports Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly . “We set her... More »

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