There's already been plenty of evidence of the extremes fans will go to for director Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Prior to the movie's opening, another fan took all the movie's trailers and TV spots and edited them together into a chronological trailer, while TV personality and J.R.R. Tolkien aficionado Stephen Colbert dedicated an entire week of his show to The Hobbit, even schooling Jackson on Tolkien along the way. Recently, another fan ate Denny's entire Hobbit-inspired menu in under 20 minutes, and there was also another fan who recreated Bilbo Baggins' home of Bag End in his living room using only balloons.
Welshman Simon Dale took his Tolkien-inspired building a step further than balloons, using stone, mud and reclaimed materials to create his very own Hobbit-hole. "I was not a builder or carpenter," Dale explained on his website (via Inquisitr). My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverance and a mate or two to give a lift now and again." check out some photos and watch the Office mashup trailer >> Posted 01.07.13 by Ryan
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It was only last week that Robert Pattinson's girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, made a public apology ostensibly for cheating with married director Rupert Sanders, but Rob is already shacking up with another beautiful, A-list celebrity. The actor has reportedly been crashing at Reese Witherspoon's house in Ojai, Calif. The two starred together in last year's Water for Elephants, but, of course, Witherspoon is happily married and expecting her third child, so this gossip probably isn't nearly as juicy as it sounds.
The recently divorced Katy Perry has been spotted out in West Hollywood with musician John Mayer. It's okay, Katy. We all make bad choices when we're on the rebound.
In absurdly-high-priced-accessory news, a watch worn by screen legend Steve McQueen in Le Mans was sold for nearly $800k at a recent auction. The same auction house, Profiles in History, also sold off a 1938 copy of Gone With the Wind signed by most of the movie's cast for a cool $135,300. Hopefully exorbitant prices spent on Hollywood memorabilia is an indicator of an economic upswing.
Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais made an announcement on his blog Tuesday about a new project. He is working with frequent collaborator Karl Pilkington on a web series called "Learn English with Ricky Gervais." He hopes to have it subtitled in many languages, including perhaps Klingon.
In a recent interview, Jessica Biel admitted that she has done "almost nothing" in preparation for her upcoming wedding to Justin Timberlake. Perhaps she should get suggestions from some of her fiancé's fans who have been busy planning a wedding to JT since they were twelve. More Hollywood Headlines >> Posted 08.01.12 by Mandy
Any big-name Hollywood player with a fragile ego should be prepared: Ricky Gervais is returning to host the Golden Globes. The acerbic comedian has hosted twice before and pulled no punches when it came to making jokes about A-list celebrities.
Immediately after last year's Globes, Gervais said he would not return as host. In March, Gervais said he could be persuaded to return, but only if Hollywood train-wreck Charlie Sheen would co-host. Gervais' idea was that he would run the show while Sheen would sit in a chair, smoke, and "just say what's on his incredible mind" throughout the show. Unfortunately, Gervais backed down from his co-host ultimatum, because he apparently is hosting solo.
For his sake, we hope that Gervais has learned his lesson, and won't tell any Tim Allen jokes seeing as Johnny Depp will be on watch. Posted 11.17.11 by Mandy
Now that both Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy have stepped down as the producer and host of the 84th Academy Awards telecast, respectively, only Ratner has been replaced, with Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer quickly announced as the new producer.
British comedian Ricky Gervais (The Office, The Invention of Lying) has offered to take Murphy's place. "I’ll do it," Gervais told Access Hollywood. Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes in the past, coming under scrutiny for last year's telecast for his cutting jokes aimed at some of the celebrities in attendance. gervais offers a "two for one" >> Posted 11.10.11 by Ryan
Up in the Air leads with six nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The nominations were announced this morning by John Krasinski, Diane Kruger, Justin Timberlake, and Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC at 8:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 17, 2010. Ricky Gervais will host the event.
See the Complete List of Movie Nominations for the 2010 Golden Globes. Posted 12.15.09 by reelz
Ricky Gervais' The Invention of Lying opens October 2, but the British comedian is already working on his next project. Cemetery Junction re-teams him with The Office and Extras co-creator and director Stephen Merchant. Gervais describes their first big-screen collaboration to Collider as following "the minutia of human behavior".
I suppose it's about class. It's a romantic drama I suppose. It's funny though. It's sort of a return to what Steve and I do best ... the minutia of human behavior. It's set in the early '70s and it's about a group of twenty-somethings that try to escape that stifling small town sort of mentality. One of the lines that inspired us is from [Bruce Springsteen's] "Thunder Road." It's a town full of losers and we're pulling out of here to win. It's like our Saturday Night Fever.
Gervais says the movie is definitely inspired by his own life.
Well, everything you do is autobiographical. Yeah, I grew up in a town called Redding and I had older brothers and sisters so it's all my memories of growing up. It's not a depressing, gritty British movie about blue collar and working class ... it's quite a celebration of that. I had great memories of growing up in a working class estate. I remember it being sunny all the time. So we're putting that on screen. It's not people wallowing in degradation. There was a nobility in poverty when I was growing up. My mom was poor but she was planting roses and she was cleaning the steps, you know what I mean. You didn't feel sorry for yourself.
Cemetery Gates stars Gervais alongside Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson, and Matthew Goode, as well as a younger cast of unknown British actors, a move Gervais says was necessary.
We cast wide and new. So it's four completely unknowns. The terrible thing in England is if you interview a thousand people, five hundred of them will talk like they're going into a Guy Ritchie movie and the other five hundred will be Mr. Darcy. So we had to find cool, working-class kids with no profile who could be John Travolta and James Dean and people like that.
How the younger cast of unknowns (Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan, Felicity Jones) relate to the story was explained to RottenTomatoes in more detail by Merchant.
It's about a group of working-class lads in the '70s, one of whom aspires to be better than his dad — played by Ricky — and not go to work in a factory. Instead, he goes to work for Ralph Fiennes' character; a sort-of white-collar job. He finds a role model in him but in doing that he starts to drift away from his friends who are still in that world. It's the story of them, really, and whether that friendship will last. Posted 09.18.09 by Ryan
Ricky Gervais's newest comedy, The Invention of Lying, has been hailed by Star Trek's J.J. Abrams as an "important comedy", and to prove it Warner Bros. has unloaded a slew of TV spots.
The comedy, written and directed by Gervais with newcomer Matthew Robinson, depicts a world where no one has the ability to lie, with the exception of Gervais. The movie opens October 2 and stars Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill.
Check out just a sampling of the TV spots below:
For even more Lying, watch all the TV spots here. Posted 09.13.09 by Ryan
There's no denying it: British Office star Ricky Gervais and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams are locked in a bromance. Evidence of this bromance surfaced when Abrams praised Gervais' upcoming comedy The Invention of Lying.
Ricky Gervais proves, once again, that he is the master. Not only of comedy, but social commentary. The Invention Of Lying is as funny as it is biting, wholly original, and surprisingly moving. Is there such thing as important comedy? Turns out there is, and this is it.
Then Gervais turned around and praised Abrams.
Star Trek was my favourite film of this year. He's a genius, he's like the new [Steven] Spielberg. And he said [Lying] was an important comedy. It's embarrassing talking about it but I put it on my website immediately!
Turns out the bromance started years ago when Gervais was cast in Abrams's TV show Alias. And since then, Gervais admits Abrams has tried to cast him in other projects, including an unspecified role in Star Trek.
[Abrams] offered me a couple of parts I couldn't do, one in Mission: Impossible and one in Star Trek itself but I couldn't do them because I was busy. I'll work with him again one day and I've thanked him, I've thanked him very much.
Hug it out already, you two! Posted 09.11.09 by Ryan
Cemetery Junction, a new comedy written and directed by the creators of the British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephan Merchant, has taken a new approach for its first teaser trailer. While no footage of the actual movie is presented, Gervais and Merchant instead appear as themselves and proceed to bring out one of the movie's stars, Ralph Fiennes, to unmercifully poke fun at the typically serious actor.
The movie, about three men working at an insurance office in the 1970's, also stars Emily Watson, Matthew Goode, and Julia Davis. Cemetery Junction is set for release on April 7, 2010. Check out the trailer below: Posted 07.10.09 by Ryan
You'd think even a comedian would have the decorum to dress appropriately for a tour of the White House. Not so, in the case of British actor Rickey Gervais (The Office). When filming Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Gervais and the film's star, Ben Stiller, were invited on the tour at the last minute. Apparently, Gervais had already sent his business attire out to be laundered, so he showed up for the historic meeting in his pajamas.
Stiller was not amused. In a recent interview, Stiller said:
They told us to dress business. I wore a suit and tie. And Ricky Gervais, British Ricky Gervais, shows up in a black t-shirt and draw string yoga pants. It's very beyond casual, like ready to meditate or something. And then he's running around like, "Oh, this is where our American president lives! Where's the dog?"
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian also stars Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart, Owen Wilson as Jedediah, Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt, Hank Azaria as Pharaoh Kahmunrah, Christopher Guest as Ivan the Terrible, and Steve Coogan as Octavius, and Dick Van Dyke as Cecil Fredericks. Posted 05.20.09 by BrentJS