In the second major piece of NBC news today, America’s version of Ricky Gervais’s mockumentary The Office is ending after a final, ninth season.
This is where the expression “to put something out of its misery” comes from, right?
Don’t worry about floods, earthquakes or burning to death in an apocalyptic fire. When the end comes, protect yourself with love. This is the message conveyed in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s feature film debut. It’s an intriguing take on the apocalypse as a pragmatic tone poem, with comedian Steve Carell in his first deeply dramatic role (at least, the first one I’ve seen). He is very touching and unexpectedly appealing, and with co-star Keira Knightley he exhibits a romantic chemistry of which I never thought him capable.
What to say about an uphill slog called Crazy, Stupid, Love? It’s not nearly crazy enough to clear the clogged arteries of summer comedies, and when the love appears, it’s in all the wrong places. Oh well, at least they nailed the stupid part.
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With temperatures breaking into the high 80s this weekend — cold front! — you might think of avoiding movie theaters to enjoy a sweltering afternoon outside. Mistake. Head to the AC and bring with you this handy guide to the new releases.
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The red carpet premiere of Despicable Me was probably not where NBC wanted Steve Carell to confirm that he was leaving The Office following this season—but alas, such is life for the perpetually lagging behind network. Still, even without the “face of the franchise,” NBC is planning on continuing ahead with The Office to Read More
Spring is in the air, and that can mean only one thing: high-concept romantic comedies that wouldn’t necessarily find an audience in the crowded summer months! Here’s our handy guide to the week’s new releases—by which we pretty much mean …
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OMFG! It really must be Fall, because our DVR runneth over with all the shows coming back this week (thank you, universe). Tonight, it’s the recession-proof Gossip Girl with season three. Most of the gang are in college now (though we can’t keep it straight how many of these guys have now “opted” Read More
It’s 2 a.m. and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
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“If I were a football player, I would be a quarterback,” Erin Andrews, ESPN’s blond bombshell of a sideline reporter, told the Daily Transom on Friday night, April 24. “It’s the most important!”
We would have guessed tight end.
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Forget James Brown. The hardest-working man in show business is the guy who manages Steve Carell’s calendar. It seems like every other day a story comes out about Mr. Carell agreeing to star in a new film. And then there are days like today when it’s two films. Variety reports that Mr. Carell is Read More