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Freedom of "Speech"

Freedom of "Speech"


I've been waiting for someone to point to Hollywood as a convenient scapegoat for the Arizona shootings.. So far,  so good, however, as nobody has...
By Peter Keough  |  January 20, 2011
David Brent isn't transferring to Dunder Mifflin

David Brent isn't transferring to Dunder Mifflin


For someone who hasn't watched The Office since around the time Pam broke off her engagement with Roy (wait, you mean she's married to Jim...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  August 05, 2010
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Laughs love misery

Louis C.K.'s comedy is bleak.
C.K.'s Louie is gleefully pessimistic
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 09, 2010
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Nothing beats nothing

Jerry Seinfeld held out on a Seinfeld reunion till last year, when he finally found a way to do a comeback that wasn't really a comeback. He and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David resurrected the greatest sit-com of the '90s as a show-within-a-show on D
Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais return
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  March 05, 2010
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Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar

Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 27, 2009
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Lie of the land

In his new film, The Invention of Lying , Ricky Gervais plays Mark Bellison, a pudgy everyman who lives in Anytown in a utopian world where lies don't exist — until he tells one.
Lying liars, and the end of accountability
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 09, 2009


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Review: The Invention of Lying

In the world of this debut effort from Ricky Gervais, there are no movies. There’s only Lecture Films, a studio that produces pictures in which actors read from accounts of historical events.
Gervais not inventive enough
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 02, 2009
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October lite

We expected the vampires, the werewolves, the zombies, and the homicidal maniacs. Same thing with the android doubles, the alien abductors, the sexually abused pregnant teenager, the Apocalypse, and the post-Apocalypse. But kids' movies?
The outlook is still gloomy, but film finds time for childish things
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 18, 2009
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Funny business

"I'm pasty, pale, overweight and I have red hair. I see that Coldstone Creamery and I want to crawl inside and hide," Louis C.K. responded when I asked if he recalled just how disgustingly hot and muggy Rhode Island could be during his 4th of July head
Louis C.K. has work to do
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 03, 2009
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Review: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

In the three years since last he was on screen, Ben Stiller's bored night guard, Larry Daley, has become a well-to-do hawker of infomercial crap, but he's still not in the right place.
Dusting off the same old display cases
By TOM MEEK  |  May 22, 2009
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World gone Wong

"I'm an immigrant," says Joe Wong. "And I used to drive this used car with a lot of bumper stickers that are impossible to peel off. One of them said, 'If you don't speak English, go home.' And I didn't notice it for two years."
Chinese-born biochemical-engineer-turned-comic Joe Wong has conquered Letterman. You're next.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 01, 2009


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Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009
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Behind closed doors

Ricky Gervais meets Dick Cheney in The Receptionist.
Trinity fires off The Receptionist
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 16, 2008
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Interview: John Hodgman

Long before John Hodgman became universally recognized as the systems-challenged PC in Apple’s ads, he was writing fake trivia for such publications as McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine.  
One man's operating system
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 08, 2008
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Ghost Town

As a comedian, Ricky Gervais is like an endangered panda: he can perform only under specific circumstances.
A fill-in-the-blanks, DOA comedy
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  September 16, 2008
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Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008


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Nervous energy

“If I actually stopped to think about what’s going on, I’d probably shit myself,” says James Rushent, singer/bassist for UK electro-rock quartet Does It Offend You, Yeah?
The unlikely rise of Does It Offend You, Yeah?
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  August 26, 2008
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Susana Cullina

AS220’s chief bottle washer and bar witch (formerly bar wench).
Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  September 24, 2007
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Background chatter

Thanks, Ricky Gervais, for getting the dread “A” word into the open: ATHEIST!
Ricky Gervais’s hilarious Extras
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 06, 2007
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Power failure

There must be something about Bob Balaban, straight man extraordinaire, that reminds Hollywood and indie filmmakers of the people who sign their paychecks.
Bob Balaban’s network connections
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 22, 2006
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Bard for life

Stewart's decision to return to the stage has all but halted his film career. "I haven't talked to my agent for months,” he says. “We have nothing to say to one another."
X-Men: The Last Stand took 20 years off Patrick Stewart's life
By GARY SUSMAN  |  May 26, 2006


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The Simpsons 20 best guest voices of all time

The TV gods are smiling upon us.
Will Gervais join them?
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 29, 2006
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P’s in a podcast

The Ricky Gervais Show , downloaded an average of 261,670 times per week since debuting in December, secured its place in The Guinness Book of World Records on Tuesday as the most successful podcast ever.
The Kult of Karl
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2006