Speaking to the Sunday Times, Gervais confirmed that his newest TV idea involves Brent's most recent deluded belief that he's the next Jack Kerouac. "It's just an idea," he said. "I want to do a tour, a little tour — and people think they're seeing a tour. I film [...]
The Hollywood Reporter has a profile on Ricky Gervais out today, and in it, they mention that he's hoping to star in a movie as David Brent, his character from The Office. Earlier this year, Gervais revived the character for a short that aired on BBC's Comic Relief and for a web series, Learn Guitar with David Brent. THR writes that "Gervais hopes [these videos] will be the basis for a movie about Brent trying to make it in the music industry." Additionally, they say he's currently rehearsing with a band to do some "high-profile charity gigs" as Brent at the end of the year and that he's [...]
When Ricky Gervais announced last month that he was reviving his Office character David Brent for a new short film, it seemed like an iffy proposition that could tarnish the legacy of the classic show. But it turns out the 10-minute short, entitled "The Return of Brent," is actually pretty good. It picks up with Brent 10 years after The Office's Christmas special finale to find him working in a new career as a rap producer. The short aired on the BBC during Comic Relief's Red Nose Day Friday and is the first piece of original content to debut on Gervais's YouTube channel. Although Gervais reprised his [...]
Entertainment Weekly just announced some new info on the upcoming Muppets sequel, which is title The Muppets… Again! The plot involves the Muppets' repertory company going on a world tour, selling out big theaters in Europe, only to find themselves involved with a notorious jewel thief named Constantine, who looks exactly like Kermit. The plot seems to resemble the jewel heist elements of 1981's The Great Muppet Caper. "I always loved those classic jewel-heist capers from the ’60s and ’70s, so I was very keen to do a movie that had elements of that [genre] featuring the Muppets and comedy and songs," says James Bobin who directed the previous movie and [...]
Ricky Gervais recently tweeted out this trailer for his new show Derek, a comedy-drama that's set to premiere later this year on Channel 4 in the UK and exclusively on Netflix in the US (the pilot aired last April). Gervais plays the title character, Derek, a care worker at an old folks home and stars alongside Kerry Godliman, David Earl, and his frequent collaborator Karl Pilkington. It's Gervais's first-ever show without Stephen Merchant, who's off making his own (uncontroversial) show Hello Ladies for HBO. Derek has been the source of some controversy for mocking mentally disabled people, but Gervais insists that his character isn't disabled, so expect that to probably come [...]
Ricky Gervais has taken his Office alter ego David Brent to the stage, playing two music gigs at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London with his band, Foregone Conclusion. The BBC has a round-up of the first show's mostly-positive reviews, which could mean that David Brent could be going on tour.
Here's a teaser trailer for the upcoming Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, which is due out in spring of 2014. It features Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and unfortunately, a long scene in which a Muppet sings "Moves Like Jagger."
Ricky Gervais just signed a deal with ChannelFlip, a UK online video company that runs over 140 million YouTube channels, to produce his own content that will be released via his YouTube channel, Deadline reports. Gervais will be releasing "sketches, filmed podcasts & behind the scenes antics and interviews from the forthcoming The Muppets… Again." The first official video will be The Office Revisted, a new short film starring Gervais his old character David Brent that will debut on BBC and online tomorrow. Hopefully, the YouTube channel won't feature as much mocking of disabled people as the rest of Gervais's work..
Ricky Gervais dropped by Conan last night to promote his new show Derek, and he ended convincing Conan O'Brien to take his clothes off with him and hop in a bubble bath to take a weird photo for his Twitter feed because that's how you promote a TV show in the UK.
Rick Gervais is in negotiations to play the lead human role in the upcoming Muppets movie, which is slated to start filming next month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gervais's part is being kept under wraps, but it's been compared to the role Jason Segel played in the 2011 Muppets reboot. Gervais would play one of three humans with a big part in the Europe-set movie (a ton of celebrity cameos are expected too), along with Ty Burrell as a lazy Interpol inspector and a Russian femme fatale character that is yet to be cast. If he ends up taking the job, the Muppets sequel will be [...]
Those clever people over at Fast Company have launched a new web series, "Creation Stories," where interesting people tell stories about their creative process. In this inaugural episode, Ricky Gervais recounts how an English teacher taught him the value of writing honestly and also not ripping off TV shows about maverick detectives that play by their own rules. There's an important reminder for all writers in there, accompanied by plenty of Gervais giggling.
After filming a series of popular YouTube videos reprising his character David Brent from The Office under the name "Learn Guitar with David Brent," Ricky Gervais has been receiving offers to release a music album. Gervais, who was a part of the failed new wave pop duo Seona Dancing in the early '80s, said, "I can't believe I'm getting ridiculous offers from major record companies all over the world for a David Brent album. Where were these people when I was trying to be a real popstar?" He added, "It's been so much fun bringing back David Brent and have him philosophise on YouTube and spend all his hard-earned [...]
Here's the trailer for The Office Revisited, a short that Ricky Gervais made in which he'll bring back his character David Brent so we can see what his life is like 10 years later. Brent is now working a lowly job in the music industry while trying to get his music career back on track. You can watch a longer (non embeddable) trailer on YouTube. The Office Revisited will debut on March 15th on Comic Relief's Red Nose Day on BBC. Gervais will post the short on his YouTube channel that same day.
This is the only time he's played Brent since The Office wrapped up in 2003 [...]
Tina Fey is in negotiations to star with Ricky Gervais and Modern Family's Ty Burrell in the new Muppets movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If Fey takes the job, the three will be the only humans leads in the untitled film, although, as usual, a lot of cameos from big names are planned. Fey's character is a Russian gulag prison guard, with Burrell as a clueless Interpol inspector and Gervais as the male lead. The Muppets sequel will reunite Gervais and Fey, who both starred in Gervais's movie The Invention of Lying, and it would be Fey's first post-30 Rock job. This weekend, Tina Fey and [...]
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