Ricky Gervais - Gervais Pokes Fun At Bieber In Predictable Golden Globes


After last year's controversial performance, many were keen to see how Ricky Gervais would approach this year's Golden Globes. And of course, who he would choose to poke fun at. In his opening monologue, he joked about a number of big-name stars, including Helen Mirren, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian. He also managed to make fun of the ceremony itself, pointing out its inferior status to the Oscars. Overall, though, his jokes seemed to lack the vicious edge that his speeches had in 2011. No doubt many celebrities in the room felt that they had got off lightly.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, when introducing the ceremonies, he described the Golden Globes as "just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem." He went on to add "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what KIM KARDASHAN is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing's been proved." His comments about the teenage pop star Justin Bieber were a little more cutting, though. When discussing Bieber's recent fatherhood scandal, Gervais' commented "What a waste of a (paternity) test that would have been. No, he's not the father. The only way he could have impregnated the girl was if he borrow one of Martha Stewart's old turkey basters."

A review from The Telegraph today describes Gervais' performance as 'sober', whilst a report from the Associated Press opted for the headline 'a tamer Gervais leads predictable Golden Globes.


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Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' Divides Critics (Again) After Season 2 Premiere 4166233 News

Ricky Gervais reintroduced care worker Derek Noakes on Wednesday night (April 23) for a second season of his latest comedy. The show was heavily criticised during season one, with some indignation focusing on Gervais' apparent portrayal of learning difficulties. Derek is a kind man, helpful and selfless with good intentions, though some critics couldn't help but ignore the way in which Gervais played him.

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It appears to be more of the same in terms of criticism for season 2, with The Guardian's Sam Wollaston writing, "That's the biggest problem with Derek. Not, as some have said, that it mocks people with learning difficulties (it's too kind for that, and tries to be sympathetic). Just that it's a very crude portrayal. Gervais's previous characters - David Brent and Andy Millman - are not, I suspect, so very different from RG himself, kind of grotesque caricatures. Here he's trying to be someone else completely, and it's awful."

Will Dean, writing in The Independent, argued that there's definitely something here. "There's certainly a good show here, though. Where better to mine pathos than a financially struggling old people's home? Karl Pilkington is brill as eagle-haired handyman Dougie ("Don't kill it? What do you want me to do with it, deport it?" he asked Derek of a huge spider). Colin Hoult, too is fantastic as a possibly deranged ex-squaddie Geoff, who we witnessed explaining "humanzees" to a bewildered Derek," he wrote.

"There is Gervais's cringe-making performance in the title role. I'm sorry, but Derek is simply Ricky Gervais in a patterned jumper with a cricked neck. Gervais is not a character actor and what Derek needs to bring him alive is to be more believable. What he really needs is someone else playing him. This would obviously be tough for Gervais. But when you love someone, you have to set them free," said Terry Ramsey of The Telegraph. 

'Derek' continues next Wednesday (April 30, 2014) on Channel 4. 

More: Ricky Gervais considers a third season of 'Derek'

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Ricky Gervais reintroduced care worker Derek Noakes on Wednesday night (April 23) for a second season of his latest comedy. The show was heavily criticised during season one, with some indignation focusing on Gervais' apparent portrayal of learning difficulties. Derek is a kind man, helpful and selfless with good intentions, though some critics couldn't help but ignore the way in which Gervais played him.

Derek season 2

It appears to be more of the same in terms of criticism for season 2, with The Guardian's Sam Wollaston writing, "That's the biggest problem with Derek. Not, as some have said, that it mocks people with learning difficulties (it's too kind for that, and tries to be sympathetic). Just that it's a very crude portrayal. Gervais's previous characters - David Brent and Andy Millman - are not, I suspect, so very different from RG himself, kind of grotesque caricatures. Here he's trying to be someone else completely, and it's awful."

Will Dean, writing in The Independent, argued that there's definitely something here. "There's certainly a good show here, though. Where better to mine pathos than a financially struggling old people's home? Karl Pilkington is brill as eagle-haired handyman Dougie ("Don't kill it? What do you want me to do with it, deport it?" he asked Derek of a huge spider). Colin Hoult, too is fantastic as a possibly deranged ex-squaddie Geoff, who we witnessed explaining "humanzees" to a bewildered Derek," he wrote.

"There is Gervais's cringe-making performance in the title role. I'm sorry, but Derek is simply Ricky Gervais in a patterned jumper with a cricked neck. Gervais is not a character actor and what Derek needs to bring him alive is to be more believable. What he really needs is someone else playing him. This would obviously be tough for Gervais. But when you love someone, you have to set them free," said Terry Ramsey of The Telegraph. 

'Derek' continues next Wednesday (April 30, 2014) on Channel 4. 

More: Ricky Gervais considers a third season of 'Derek'

Watch Ricky Gervais arriving at Novak Djokovic's charity dinner:

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Ricky Gervais Considering Uncharted Territory: A Third Series of 'Derek' 4165177 News

Ricky Gervais isn’t a third series kind of guy. ‘The Office’ wrapped up in two seasons followed by a 2-part Christmas special. ‘Extras’ was much the same. ‘Derek’, though, Gervais’ less critically acclaimed but equally popular effort, could be in line for a third outing.

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"It's the first time I've ever considered doing a third series of something," said Gervais. "I think I certainly want to do the two series and a special for Derek and then see. I don't want to make TV for the sake of it. You have other ideas and also you don't want to outstay your welcome."

This has been a hot topic for Gervais recently, who decided to wheel out his most famous creation, David Brent, for Comic Relief last year. Since then, Brent has gone on tour with his ‘band’, Forgone Conclusion, and now talks of Glastonbury appearances and Office comebacks are rife. 

And he’s recenty admitted that he’s ‘hooked’ on Brent. "I didn't want to keep Brent going because I wanted to do other things," he said. "But now I've done other things, it feels safe to revisit it. It's a joy - I got hooked again. I love it, particularly the songs. I'm a failed pop-star and I always sneak a song in,” he added.  

The news that Gervais might venture into a third season of Derek comes ahead of the show’s season 2 premiere, which hits Channel 4 tonight (April 23) and is available to US residents on Netflix from May 30.

More: Ricky Gervais is hooked on David Brent again

Watch Ricky Gervais and George Clooney at the Golden Globes:
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Ricky Gervais isn’t a third series kind of guy. ‘The Office’ wrapped up in two seasons followed by a 2-part Christmas special. ‘Extras’ was much the same. ‘Derek’, though, Gervais’ less critically acclaimed but equally popular effort, could be in line for a third outing.

Ricky Gervais

"It's the first time I've ever considered doing a third series of something," said Gervais. "I think I certainly want to do the two series and a special for Derek and then see. I don't want to make TV for the sake of it. You have other ideas and also you don't want to outstay your welcome."

This has been a hot topic for Gervais recently, who decided to wheel out his most famous creation, David Brent, for Comic Relief last year. Since then, Brent has gone on tour with his ‘band’, Forgone Conclusion, and now talks of Glastonbury appearances and Office comebacks are rife. 

And he’s recenty admitted that he’s ‘hooked’ on Brent. "I didn't want to keep Brent going because I wanted to do other things," he said. "But now I've done other things, it feels safe to revisit it. It's a joy - I got hooked again. I love it, particularly the songs. I'm a failed pop-star and I always sneak a song in,” he added.  

The news that Gervais might venture into a third season of Derek comes ahead of the show’s season 2 premiere, which hits Channel 4 tonight (April 23) and is available to US residents on Netflix from May 30.

More: Ricky Gervais is hooked on David Brent again

Watch Ricky Gervais and George Clooney at the Golden Globes:
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Ricky Gervais On David Brent Comeback, And How 'Derek' Is Different 4159416 News

Ricky Gervais is not only currently gearing up for the return of his lovable retirement home worker in sitcom Derek, but is also looking forward to bringing back his legendary character, David Brent, from The Office for more television comedy in the near future.

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Ricky Gervais Plans To Bring Back David Brent For More Mockumentary Madness.

The highly divisive 52 year-old actor has done an awful lot to further his career since his first appearance onscreen as the inimitable Wernham Hogg general manager but the BBC mockumentary sitcom has become one of Britain's biggest comedy exports and a repetitive focal point for those extolling the work of the Berkshire-born comedian.

Despite reprising his role as Dr McPhee in Night at the Museum 3 this year, Gervais will also find time to tour with Brent's band, Foregone Conclusion, in a series of sold out UK shows. "I didn't want to keep Brent going because I wanted to do other things," Gervais said. "But now I've done other things, it feels safe to revisit it. It's a joy - I got hooked again. I love it, particularly the songs. I'm a failed pop-star and I always sneak a song in," he added.

Ricky Gervais Timestalks
The Actor Explained How Critics Often Confuse Him With His Characters Or Stand-Up Persona.

Gervais told The Sunday Times that the Foregone Conclusion tour was a "Trojan horse" for a new behind-the-scenes documentary spoof, which is set to be broadcast on either Netflix or the BBC. "It's that safety net. Everyone knows that they're spoof songs, but it's still fun to do - it's still great to be a pretend rock star for a day," he revealed.

See more photos of Ricky Gervais filming the 'Derek' new season in our gallery.

Importantly, Gervais says he needs to mentally distance himself and his own goals from those of Brent: "There's Ricky Gervais in there going, 'I'm a bloody popstar!' I have to keep remembering to do the stupid grin and the overbite to remind people that it's David Brent and that I'm not getting off on selling out these venues. This is not Ricky Gervais reliving his failed pop career," he explained to The Independent.

Ricky Gervais Filming Derek
Gervais Filming 'Derek': The Channel 4 Sitcom Has Proved A Hit For Gervais.

What's more, the actor says he experiences difficulty with those who can't differentiate him from his characters. He points to his fairly new character, Derek, as evidence that his characters are not just projected versions of himself. "Society is so cynical these days, but I see Derek as a really good antidote to that. I have been labelled cynical and a shock comedian, but people confuse lots of things," he said, adding "First of all, they confuse me with David Brent, and they also confuse me with my stand-up persona, which has always been as an arrogant, bigoted fool."

Ricky Gervais & Partner Jane Fallon Arrive At Novak Djokovic's Charity Dinner:
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Does he really care what his 'haters' think though? Partly, but mostly not: he admits to being "a complete fascist" in ignoring other people's opinions, sharing "I'd rather be a bad artist than a good critic. You should never change anything because of what a critic says. You can't believe the five-star reviews and then not believe the one-star reviews."

He continued "But now with blogs and Twitter, everyone's opinion is out there en masse, and people give it too much credence. Who cares? If you're worried about what someone says about you in a blog or a Tweet, you may as well go around every public toilet wall and see if you've got a mention."

The second series of Derek starts on 23 April at 10pm on Channel 4.

More: Ricky Gervais forced to pose for urinal photo with fan - read full story.

More: Ricky Gervais could make a Glastonbury Festival debut - find out more.  

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David Brent's Band, Foregone Conclusion, Will Be Touring Ahead Of A New TV Appearance.

Ricky Gervais is not only currently gearing up for the return of his lovable retirement home worker in sitcom Derek, but is also looking forward to bringing back his legendary character, David Brent, from The Office for more television comedy in the near future.

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais Plans To Bring Back David Brent For More Mockumentary Madness.

The highly divisive 52 year-old actor has done an awful lot to further his career since his first appearance onscreen as the inimitable Wernham Hogg general manager but the BBC mockumentary sitcom has become one of Britain's biggest comedy exports and a repetitive focal point for those extolling the work of the Berkshire-born comedian.

Despite reprising his role as Dr McPhee in Night at the Museum 3 this year, Gervais will also find time to tour with Brent's band, Foregone Conclusion, in a series of sold out UK shows. "I didn't want to keep Brent going because I wanted to do other things," Gervais said. "But now I've done other things, it feels safe to revisit it. It's a joy - I got hooked again. I love it, particularly the songs. I'm a failed pop-star and I always sneak a song in," he added.

Ricky Gervais Timestalks
The Actor Explained How Critics Often Confuse Him With His Characters Or Stand-Up Persona.

Gervais told The Sunday Times that the Foregone Conclusion tour was a "Trojan horse" for a new behind-the-scenes documentary spoof, which is set to be broadcast on either Netflix or the BBC. "It's that safety net. Everyone knows that they're spoof songs, but it's still fun to do - it's still great to be a pretend rock star for a day," he revealed.

See more photos of Ricky Gervais filming the 'Derek' new season in our gallery.

Importantly, Gervais says he needs to mentally distance himself and his own goals from those of Brent: "There's Ricky Gervais in there going, 'I'm a bloody popstar!' I have to keep remembering to do the stupid grin and the overbite to remind people that it's David Brent and that I'm not getting off on selling out these venues. This is not Ricky Gervais reliving his failed pop career," he explained to The Independent.

Ricky Gervais Filming Derek
Gervais Filming 'Derek': The Channel 4 Sitcom Has Proved A Hit For Gervais.

What's more, the actor says he experiences difficulty with those who can't differentiate him from his characters. He points to his fairly new character, Derek, as evidence that his characters are not just projected versions of himself. "Society is so cynical these days, but I see Derek as a really good antidote to that. I have been labelled cynical and a shock comedian, but people confuse lots of things," he said, adding "First of all, they confuse me with David Brent, and they also confuse me with my stand-up persona, which has always been as an arrogant, bigoted fool."

Ricky Gervais & Partner Jane Fallon Arrive At Novak Djokovic's Charity Dinner:
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Does he really care what his 'haters' think though? Partly, but mostly not: he admits to being "a complete fascist" in ignoring other people's opinions, sharing "I'd rather be a bad artist than a good critic. You should never change anything because of what a critic says. You can't believe the five-star reviews and then not believe the one-star reviews."

He continued "But now with blogs and Twitter, everyone's opinion is out there en masse, and people give it too much credence. Who cares? If you're worried about what someone says about you in a blog or a Tweet, you may as well go around every public toilet wall and see if you've got a mention."

The second series of Derek starts on 23 April at 10pm on Channel 4.

More: Ricky Gervais forced to pose for urinal photo with fan - read full story.

More: Ricky Gervais could make a Glastonbury Festival debut - find out more.  

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David Brent's Band, Foregone Conclusion, Will Be Touring Ahead Of A New TV Appearance.

17th April 2014 4152395
Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return 4159056 News

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled out for this Comic Relief song. Now, Brent’s creator, Ricky Gervais, says he’s “hooked” on the comedy hit once more, and can’t wait to bring him back in a similar documentary format.

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais walking around North London

"I didn't want to keep Brent going because I wanted to do other things," he said. "But now I've done other things, it feels safe to revisit it. It's a joy - I got hooked again. I love it, particularly the songs. I'm a failed pop-star and I always sneak a song in, he added. 

More: Should Gervais bring Brent back to the small screen? Vote in our poll

David Brent and the Foregone Conclusion was a  "Trojan Horse" for a new behind-the-scenes documentary spoof, which is set to be broadcast on either Netflix or The BBC. "It's that safety net. Everyone knows that they're spoof songs, but it's still fun to do - it's still great to be a pretend rock star for a day," said Gervais to The Sunday Times

The format of the show will see Brent attempting to make it in the music industry now that his professional career has come to an end in heartbreaking fashion. "I film it, but actually it's Brent who thinks he's making a Scorsese-type thing of On the Road,” explained Gervais. 

More: Gervais eyes Glastonbury debut?

"Of course, behind the scenes, it is so much sadder and more poignant. It's Spinal Tap meets sad Scorsese meets Anvil. It's more of the breakdown of this man who thought he was going to be something else."

Watch Ricky Gervais and George Clooney greeting fans at the Golden Globes:

2729128-0;noautoplay; Ricky Gervais And George Clooney Greet Fans Outside Golden Globes - 19.02.2012 22:00:0

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled out for this Comic Relief song. Now, Brent’s creator, Ricky Gervais, says he’s “hooked” on the comedy hit once more, and can’t wait to bring him back in a similar documentary format.

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais walking around North London

"I didn't want to keep Brent going because I wanted to do other things," he said. "But now I've done other things, it feels safe to revisit it. It's a joy - I got hooked again. I love it, particularly the songs. I'm a failed pop-star and I always sneak a song in, he added. 

More: Should Gervais bring Brent back to the small screen? Vote in our poll

David Brent and the Foregone Conclusion was a  "Trojan Horse" for a new behind-the-scenes documentary spoof, which is set to be broadcast on either Netflix or The BBC. "It's that safety net. Everyone knows that they're spoof songs, but it's still fun to do - it's still great to be a pretend rock star for a day," said Gervais to The Sunday Times

The format of the show will see Brent attempting to make it in the music industry now that his professional career has come to an end in heartbreaking fashion. "I film it, but actually it's Brent who thinks he's making a Scorsese-type thing of On the Road,” explained Gervais. 

More: Gervais eyes Glastonbury debut?

"Of course, behind the scenes, it is so much sadder and more poignant. It's Spinal Tap meets sad Scorsese meets Anvil. It's more of the breakdown of this man who thought he was going to be something else."

Watch Ricky Gervais and George Clooney greeting fans at the Golden Globes:

2729128-0;noautoplay; Ricky Gervais And George Clooney Greet Fans Outside Golden Globes - 19.02.2012 22:00:0

17th April 2014 4152395
Netflix Want David Brent and The Office Back on TV - Should Ricky Gervais Do It? 4157255 News

The Office was one of The BBC’s greatest critical successes, thrusting the show’s creator, Ricky Gervias, onto worldwide notoriety. David Brent’s mannerisms and sound-bytes have reached icon status.

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And following Gervais’ reprisal of the character for comic relief and subsequent Learn Guitar videos, The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that The BBC and Netlifx are interested in bringing The Office back for more small screen time.

"I love David Brent, but I can't just do it as a vanity project, because the BBC and Netflix are up for it," he said. "I don't know whether to do an on-the-road special or make that the whole series."

For some, this would represent the return of one of Britain’s most-loved comedy characters. How could that be a bad thing? But, as many critics would agree, the legacy left behind by The Office was achieved by leaving on a high, and that legacy could be jeopardised by any return. 

More: Gervais eying Glasto debut

These are heady times for Brent; not only is a TV return on the card – and we suspect that if someone’s funding it then it’ll happen – but the character’s musical career is flourishing into something akin to a little-known Scottish outfit, Texas’. 

Now, Glastonbury beckons. But is that biggest music festival on the earth really right for Brent, a man whose story is defined by disappointment and failure? Perhaps this would make him too much like a novelty act and less like the brilliant underdog Gervais created 11 years ago. 

"It could happen," Gervais told the Radio Times. "It would be amazing for Ricky Gervais, but I don't know if I can justify it. He can't play venues outside the story."

The Office was one of The BBC’s greatest critical successes, thrusting the show’s creator, Ricky Gervias, onto worldwide notoriety. David Brent’s mannerisms and sound-bytes have reached icon status.

David BrentAre we going to be more than learning guitar with David Brent?

And following Gervais’ reprisal of the character for comic relief and subsequent Learn Guitar videos, The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that The BBC and Netlifx are interested in bringing The Office back for more small screen time.

"I love David Brent, but I can't just do it as a vanity project, because the BBC and Netflix are up for it," he said. "I don't know whether to do an on-the-road special or make that the whole series."

For some, this would represent the return of one of Britain’s most-loved comedy characters. How could that be a bad thing? But, as many critics would agree, the legacy left behind by The Office was achieved by leaving on a high, and that legacy could be jeopardised by any return. 

More: Gervais eying Glasto debut

These are heady times for Brent; not only is a TV return on the card – and we suspect that if someone’s funding it then it’ll happen – but the character’s musical career is flourishing into something akin to a little-known Scottish outfit, Texas’. 

Now, Glastonbury beckons. But is that biggest music festival on the earth really right for Brent, a man whose story is defined by disappointment and failure? Perhaps this would make him too much like a novelty act and less like the brilliant underdog Gervais created 11 years ago. 

"It could happen," Gervais told the Radio Times. "It would be amazing for Ricky Gervais, but I don't know if I can justify it. He can't play venues outside the story."

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The 'Muppets Most Wanted' Meet The Press 4128970 News

With their new movie taking global cinemas by storm, the Muppets have been out on the press trail chatting to journalists and keeping them laughing. When asked about the experience of shooting this action-comedy-musical sequel, Kermit says, "We had a lot of fun." But Miss Piggy takes it further: "We had exactly 2.7 times the fun. Drama, comedy, music, romance and lots of close-ups of me!"

Muppets Most WantedTina Fey and Kermit in 'The Muppets Most Wanted'

In the film, Kermit is kidnapped and sent to a Siberian gulag, swapped for look-alike evil frog Constantine. But Kermit doesn't see the resemblance at all. "I don't understand why people think all frogs look alike," he says. "We're both green but that's where the similarity ends. And Constantine isn't as bad as he seems."

"He's pretty bad," counters Miss Piggy. "It's pretty much typecasting."

"Yes, he has that annoying accent all the time," Kermit admits, "which is embarrassing when you go out to dinner after shooting."

Miss Piggy is already looking forward to future projects. "I'm constantly on the top of everyone's casting list," she says. "But it's too easy to cast moi in a role, so they usually go with the second choice."

She is however looking forward to the next Muppets movie. "We shot the last film in Los Angeles and this one in Merry Old England," she says ."Next time I would preferably like to shoot someplace where it's warm."

"Oh, I have the perfect place," Kermit pipes in. "How about the swamp where I come from? It's very warm!"

Miss Piggy doesn't seem amused.

More: Read our review of The Muppets Most Wanted

Watch the Muppets Most Wanted trailer:
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With their new movie taking global cinemas by storm, the Muppets have been out on the press trail chatting to journalists and keeping them laughing. When asked about the experience of shooting this action-comedy-musical sequel, Kermit says, "We had a lot of fun." But Miss Piggy takes it further: "We had exactly 2.7 times the fun. Drama, comedy, music, romance and lots of close-ups of me!"

Muppets Most WantedTina Fey and Kermit in 'The Muppets Most Wanted'

In the film, Kermit is kidnapped and sent to a Siberian gulag, swapped for look-alike evil frog Constantine. But Kermit doesn't see the resemblance at all. "I don't understand why people think all frogs look alike," he says. "We're both green but that's where the similarity ends. And Constantine isn't as bad as he seems."

"He's pretty bad," counters Miss Piggy. "It's pretty much typecasting."

"Yes, he has that annoying accent all the time," Kermit admits, "which is embarrassing when you go out to dinner after shooting."

Miss Piggy is already looking forward to future projects. "I'm constantly on the top of everyone's casting list," she says. "But it's too easy to cast moi in a role, so they usually go with the second choice."

She is however looking forward to the next Muppets movie. "We shot the last film in Los Angeles and this one in Merry Old England," she says ."Next time I would preferably like to shoot someplace where it's warm."

"Oh, I have the perfect place," Kermit pipes in. "How about the swamp where I come from? It's very warm!"

Miss Piggy doesn't seem amused.

More: Read our review of The Muppets Most Wanted

Watch the Muppets Most Wanted trailer:
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Muppets Most Wanted 4127455 Film Reviews

Where the 2011 reboot felt effortless in the way it recaptured that warmly anarchic Muppets humour, this sequel feels like it's working every step of the way. Yes, it's riotously silly and occasionally hilarious, but there are large chunks of the movie that just aren't funny at all, mainly because there's so much emphasis on the tangled web of a plot that the characters get lost in the shuffle.

It starts just as the last movie ended: the Muppets decide to do a sequel based on an idea from interloper Dominic (Ricky Gervais) to take their show on a world tour. But Dominic is actually in league with super-villain frog Constantine (Matt Vogel), who has just escaped from a gulag. So when the Muppet Show lands in Berlin, he orchestrates a swap: Constantine takes Kermit's place in the show, while Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is sent to Siberia under the watchful eye of guard Nadya (Tina Fey). Meanwhile, Interpol agent Jean-Pierre (Burrell) and CIA operative Sam Eagle (Eric Jacobson) are investigating a series of robberies mysteriously linked to Muppet performances in Berlin, Madrid and Dublin.

All of this builds to a head in London, where Constantine is staging an elaborate wedding to Miss Piggy (Jacobson) to distract from his real plan to steal the Crown Jewels. But this plot-strand feels predictable and limp compared to much more interesting character interaction. For example, scenes between Kermit and Fey are a lot more fun as they plan a musical revue with the inmates (and get Trejo and Liotta sing and dance!). And the escalating banter between Sam Eagle and Burrell is hilarious even as it indulges in cheap Euro-jokes.

By contrast, Gervais is never remotely funny, even in his own big song and dance number. And since the ensemble is scattered so far and wide, everyone on-screen feels like a supporting player. Still, these characters are enjoyable enough that we can't help but laugh. And playing spot the starry cameo is especially lively this time round. But the film reminds us that the Muppets are best when they're interacting with each other. And when we have no idea what they'll do next.

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Ricky Gervais Reveals Even More David Brent Comeback Plans 4123433 News

He’s proving to be one of the U.K’s most enduring characters, is David Brent. And now Ricky Gervais has revealed plans for the erstwhile Wernham Hogg manager to make an on-screen return in the form of a behind the scenes tour.

David BrentLearn Guitar with David Brent gave us the chance to learn some tunes

"I think I’ve got something, but I’m still working on it – the music side of it is really a Trojan horse for something else I want to try," Gervais told The Sunday Times in an interview. 

"It’s just an idea. I want to do a tour, a little tour – and people think they’re seeing a tour. I film it, but actually it’s Brent who thinks he’s making a Scorsese-type thing of On the Road. Of course, behind the scenes, it is so much sadder and more poignant. It’s Spinal Tap meets sad Scorsese meets Anvil. It’s more of the breakdown of this man who thought he was going to be something else."

More: Ricky Gervais says he is a 'failed pop star'

Fans of Brent have had the chance to see the paper merchant-turned-musician live while he tours with his band, Foregone Conclusion. Initially, his return came in the form of a mini special filmed for Comic Relief. This lead to a comedy video for Equality Street and a series of spoof guitar tutorials on YouTube.  

More: Action, Romance, Crime - 'The Muppets: Most Wanted' Might Just Have It All

"The reason I didn’t bring Brent back before is that I wanted to do lots of other things first, but secretly I do want to do something else. It has to be right, it has to be justified. It can’t be an unwanted encore. It can’t even be a wanted encore, because people don’t know what they want,” added Gervaid. 

Currently, Gervais is promoting his latest film, Muppets Most Wanted, which sees the 52-year-old join the gang as Dominic Badguy, who teams up with Muppet newcomer, the ‘evil frog’ Constantine aka ‘Number One International Criminal’.

Check out Gervais in this Muppets Most Wanted clip:

4097005-0;noautoplay; Muppets Most Wanted - Clip - 21.03.2014 11:52:22

He’s proving to be one of the U.K’s most enduring characters, is David Brent. And now Ricky Gervais has revealed plans for the erstwhile Wernham Hogg manager to make an on-screen return in the form of a behind the scenes tour.

David BrentLearn Guitar with David Brent gave us the chance to learn some tunes

"I think I’ve got something, but I’m still working on it – the music side of it is really a Trojan horse for something else I want to try," Gervais told The Sunday Times in an interview. 

"It’s just an idea. I want to do a tour, a little tour – and people think they’re seeing a tour. I film it, but actually it’s Brent who thinks he’s making a Scorsese-type thing of On the Road. Of course, behind the scenes, it is so much sadder and more poignant. It’s Spinal Tap meets sad Scorsese meets Anvil. It’s more of the breakdown of this man who thought he was going to be something else."

More: Ricky Gervais says he is a 'failed pop star'

Fans of Brent have had the chance to see the paper merchant-turned-musician live while he tours with his band, Foregone Conclusion. Initially, his return came in the form of a mini special filmed for Comic Relief. This lead to a comedy video for Equality Street and a series of spoof guitar tutorials on YouTube.  

More: Action, Romance, Crime - 'The Muppets: Most Wanted' Might Just Have It All

"The reason I didn’t bring Brent back before is that I wanted to do lots of other things first, but secretly I do want to do something else. It has to be right, it has to be justified. It can’t be an unwanted encore. It can’t even be a wanted encore, because people don’t know what they want,” added Gervaid. 

Currently, Gervais is promoting his latest film, Muppets Most Wanted, which sees the 52-year-old join the gang as Dominic Badguy, who teams up with Muppet newcomer, the ‘evil frog’ Constantine aka ‘Number One International Criminal’.

Check out Gervais in this Muppets Most Wanted clip:

4097005-0;noautoplay; Muppets Most Wanted - Clip - 21.03.2014 11:52:22

24th March 2014 4106323
"Muppets: Most Wanted" Isn't Just For Kids, Apparently 4119704 News

For a kids’ movie, The Muppets: Most Wanted has more than its fair share of decidedly adult jokes. Of course, it’s no surprise that a film starring top tier comedians like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey would have a few jokes aimed at the grownups.

Muppets: Most Wanted
Kermit's back and he even has an evil doppleganger this time.

Those mainly consisted of a Russian gulag, looking just like you’d imagine a Russian gulag in an American film to look, and some running jokes about Europeans’ work habits and frequent vacations. The end of American diplomacy this certainly isn’t, but it’s more than just a fun-filled colorful romp for children. And definitely more complex than its 2011 predecessor.

Watch the trailer below.
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The movie sees the gang riding high on the wave of their success from 2011 and signing on to do a tour with the not-at-all-suspicious Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) – a promoter who doesn’t seem to have his clients’ best interests at heart. Dominic is in cahoots with Constantine, a criminal frog who bears a striking resemblance to Kermit. The two work a mistaken-identity trick that lands Kermit in the gulag and allows Constantine to take his place on the Muppet world tour. Then Dominic and Constantine use the Muppets’ tour to orchestrate a complex scheme and steal the crown jewels of Britain. Everyone always goes for the crown jewels.

Muppets: Most Wanted
Lots of fine dining and international jet-setting in this one.

Besides Mr. Gervais, the film features Ty Burrell, of “Modern Family,” as an Interpol agent (he’s also the subject and punch line of most of the Europe-related jokes) and Tina Fey as a gulag guard.

More: The Muppets: Most Wanted Has Something For Everyone

More: Ricky Gervais Wants To Host Golden Globes Again.

For a kids’ movie, The Muppets: Most Wanted has more than its fair share of decidedly adult jokes. Of course, it’s no surprise that a film starring top tier comedians like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey would have a few jokes aimed at the grownups.

Muppets: Most Wanted
Kermit's back and he even has an evil doppleganger this time.

Those mainly consisted of a Russian gulag, looking just like you’d imagine a Russian gulag in an American film to look, and some running jokes about Europeans’ work habits and frequent vacations. The end of American diplomacy this certainly isn’t, but it’s more than just a fun-filled colorful romp for children. And definitely more complex than its 2011 predecessor.

Watch the trailer below.
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The movie sees the gang riding high on the wave of their success from 2011 and signing on to do a tour with the not-at-all-suspicious Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) – a promoter who doesn’t seem to have his clients’ best interests at heart. Dominic is in cahoots with Constantine, a criminal frog who bears a striking resemblance to Kermit. The two work a mistaken-identity trick that lands Kermit in the gulag and allows Constantine to take his place on the Muppet world tour. Then Dominic and Constantine use the Muppets’ tour to orchestrate a complex scheme and steal the crown jewels of Britain. Everyone always goes for the crown jewels.

Muppets: Most Wanted
Lots of fine dining and international jet-setting in this one.

Besides Mr. Gervais, the film features Ty Burrell, of “Modern Family,” as an Interpol agent (he’s also the subject and punch line of most of the Europe-related jokes) and Tina Fey as a gulag guard.

More: The Muppets: Most Wanted Has Something For Everyone

More: Ricky Gervais Wants To Host Golden Globes Again.

22nd March 2014 4106323
'The Muppets Most Wanted': On The Road Again 4119832 News

After the surprise success of The Muppets in 2011, first-time British director James Bobin knew making a sequel would present a big challenge. "I thought we needed to make it harder," he says. "So that's what we did: let's make an action comedy musical movie, you know!"

The MuppetsRicky Gervais in The Muppets Most Wanted

The movie sees the Muppets embark on an ambitious world tour, taking in Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London while a nefarious plot unravels around them. As expected, the story is plainly ridiculous, and merely exists to let the Muppets indulge in all kinds of craziness. It also allows for some terrific human actors to join in the fun, including main cast members Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell and a blinding array of cameos from Celine Dion to Tom Hiddleston.

More: Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globes again?

When writing the script, Bobin says he often includes names of people he'd like to have in the movie. "Like you can't do the Christoph Waltz joke with anybody else," he says, "because it's about a waltz!" Fortunately, Waltz turned out to be a fan. And Bobin adds, "A lot of people just approach me on the streets asking to be in the movie. One of them was Lady Gaga."

Bobin feels that the Muppets have an important place in entertainment history. But the producers will wait until they see how audiences react to Muppets Most Wanted before deciding on what to do for a possible sequel.

Watch The Muppets Most Wanted trailer:
3964476-0;noautoplay; The Muppets Most Wanted - International Trailer - 06.01.2014 16:38:09

 

After the surprise success of The Muppets in 2011, first-time British director James Bobin knew making a sequel would present a big challenge. "I thought we needed to make it harder," he says. "So that's what we did: let's make an action comedy musical movie, you know!"

The MuppetsRicky Gervais in The Muppets Most Wanted

The movie sees the Muppets embark on an ambitious world tour, taking in Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London while a nefarious plot unravels around them. As expected, the story is plainly ridiculous, and merely exists to let the Muppets indulge in all kinds of craziness. It also allows for some terrific human actors to join in the fun, including main cast members Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell and a blinding array of cameos from Celine Dion to Tom Hiddleston.

More: Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globes again?

When writing the script, Bobin says he often includes names of people he'd like to have in the movie. "Like you can't do the Christoph Waltz joke with anybody else," he says, "because it's about a waltz!" Fortunately, Waltz turned out to be a fan. And Bobin adds, "A lot of people just approach me on the streets asking to be in the movie. One of them was Lady Gaga."

Bobin feels that the Muppets have an important place in entertainment history. But the producers will wait until they see how audiences react to Muppets Most Wanted before deciding on what to do for a possible sequel.

Watch The Muppets Most Wanted trailer:
3964476-0;noautoplay; The Muppets Most Wanted - International Trailer - 06.01.2014 16:38:09

 

21st March 2014 4106323
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