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Stephen Merchant\'s Undying Love for the Romantic Comedy

Despite all of its cringe-worthy moments, the original version of The Office was at its core a love story between the characters Tim and Dawn. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that series co-creator Stephen Merchant has a bit of a soft spot for romantic comedies.

That affinity is on display in Merchant’s latest project, Hello Ladies: The Movie, which premieres Sunday on HBO. Merchant stars in, co-wrote, and directed the TV movie, which concludes the series of the same name that aired for one season on HBO.

I recently had the chance to chat with Merchant about Hello Ladies, his first major project without long-time [...]

Daniel Radcliffe Explains His Love for the American 'Office'

"When something is successful in Britain, we go, 'Okay, let's stop it before we screw it up.' And when something is successful over here, they go, 'Okay, let's keep making this a success until it's not a success.' And I think that it is a kind of very different attitude, but I'm actually really glad for that, because as I said, when the idea of an American version of that program came out, it sounded like sacrilege. And now, frankly, I look at those final episodes and they are so emotionally satisfying and grounded in a way that I don't think the British Office ever got the chance to be."

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B.J. Novak Credits Rainn Wilson for His Leap into Acting on 'The Office'

"Rainn Wilson once gave this interview where he said, 'The universe will tell you what it wants from you.' That really haunted me. I really wanted to act at that time, but I was clearly better as a writer. I thought, What part of me is chasing the fun and thrill of this job and how much of me should actually be doing this? I felt kind of ashamed and inquisitive. It really challenged me, even if for all I know [Wilson] got it from Chicken Soup for the Soul."

- B.J. Novak tells Vulture about his days as a frustrated actor on The Office while promoting the audiobook [...]

David Brent and Foregone Conclusion Are a Hit In the UK

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.

Ricky Gervais Wants to Make a David Brent Movie

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 [...]

Steve Carell on Never Getting That 'Office' Emmy: "What Can I Complain About? I've Won the Lottery"

"His journey also will likely include a trip down the red carpet at next year’s Academy Awards — talk that Carell finds flattering, but prefers not to dwell on. After all, this is the man who was zero-for-six at the Emmy Awards, despite creating an iconic character. 'When you start crying about not winning awards, you have to look at where you are, and all the good things that have occurred,' he says. 'And what can I complain about? I've won the lottery.'"

- Ahead of the premiere of his new dramatic role in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell reflects on his many Emmy nominations (and lack of wins) for playing Michael [...]

'The Office Time Machine' Chronologizes Thousands of Years of Pop Culture References from 'The Office'

A new website called The Office Time Machine debuted online this week. It's a collection of 1300 clips referencing pop culture or culture from the long-running NBC sitcom, with all of them arranged to play in chronological order of when the pop culture thing originated. This heroic undertaking was done by Joe Sabia as a project about fair use/copyright.

B.J. Novak's First Children's Book 'The Book Without Pictures' Will Be Available in September

Last year, Office writer/star and Mindy Kaling's BFF B.J. Novak signed a two-book deal with Knopf and announced a forthcoming collection of short stories One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories due out next month. Today on Twitter, Novak announced the release of the second book from the deal, a children's book called The Book Without Pictures. "I wanted to write a book that would introduce the youngest of kids to the idea that words can be their allies — that the right words can be as fun, exciting, and ridiculous as any pictures," Novak says in the book announcement in Publisher's Weekly. "Also, I [...]

Watch Rainn Wilson Sing 'The Office' Theme Song's New Lyrics on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!'

IFC's Comedy Bang! Bang! returns with new episodes this Friday at 10. Here's an exclusive clip from the first episode back, in which Reggie Watts plays The Office's theme song while Rainn Wilson sings the never-before-heard lyrics.

Ed Helms Is Producing a New ABC Comedy from an 'Archer' Writer

Three months after The Office ended its run on NBC, Ed Helms is lining up his next TV show. THR reports that Helms is producing a new single-camera comedy created by Archer writer Mike Arnold. The untitled show follows a talented big-city female attorney adjusting after a move to a small town. Ed Helms's previous production credits include Cedar Rapids and the final season of The Office.

Watch Episodes of 'The Office,' 'Rick and Morty,' 'The Simpsons,' and More with the Jokes Removed

Recently a Redditor decided to edit episodes of Seinfeld, Friends, and The Big Bang Theory to include only plot information and no jokes, and the result was an interesting look at how all three shows approach story and punchlines. If those three shows weren't enough, the same Redditor has gone and edited episodes of Community, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, and Rick and Morty. Of all the shows highlighted in this series so far, The Office currently has the smallest plot with a clip that lasts just over a minute, while Adult Swim's Rick and Morty leads the pack with [...]

Ricky Gervais Wants David Brent to Star in a Rock Band Mockumentary

Ricky Gervais has been reviving his classic Office character David Brent several times over the past year — from the web short "The Return of Brent" to two hit UK gigs as Brent's rock band Foregone Conclusion — and as Chortle reports, Gervais has called the band performances a "Trojan Horse" to get Brent back on television.

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 [...]

Read an Excerpt from B.J. Novak's Upcoming Book

The Office writer/actor B.J. Novak's first book, a collection of short stories called One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories, is coming out in February, and The New Yorker has an excerpt from the book that you can check out now if you're into that whole reading thing.

Talking to Clark Duke About 'A.C.O.D.', 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2', and the Future of 'Clark and Michael'

In addition to joining the cast of The Office for its final season last year, Clark Duke has a ton of movie projects hitting theaters. This year, he starred in the superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2 and the indie comedy A.C.O.D., and he has another surprising sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, on the way next spring. Opening in select theaters today, A.C.O.D. stars Adam Scott as a guy who's participating in a study on adult children of divorce while dealing with his parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara) reuniting for his brother's (Clark Duke) wedding.

I recently talked to Duke about A.C.O.D., being around for the end of The Office, [...]