Ricky Gervais Announces New Web Series

By | Tuesday July 31, 2012 @ 6:30pm PDT

It’s called Learn English With Ricky Gervais. The comedian says on his blog that he’s finished editing the pilot episode and it’s going to be “great”. It’s a joint project with his frequent collaborator and foil Karl Pilkington. Gervais didn’t … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais On The Golden Globes: “Thank F*&# That’s Over”

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 5:58pm PST

Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2012Ricky Gervais took to his blog today to offer up his own post-mortem on his third stint hosting the Golden Globes. He called his latest effort “my favourite of the three.” (It might have … Read More »

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TV RATINGS: Golden Globes In Line With Last Year, Slightly Off Among Young Viewers

By | Monday January 16, 2012 @ 10:10am PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC Brass On Gervais: We Would “Welcome Him Back”
Gervais: “I’m Really Done This Time” Hosting Globes
Nikki Finke: Why Ricky Stunk Last Night
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NBC Brass Happy With Ricky Gervais’ Performance, Would “Welcome Him Back”

By | Monday January 16, 2012 @ 1:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ricky Gervais: “I’m Really Done This Time” Hosting The Golden Globes; Nikki Finke: Why Ricky Gervais Stunk

If it was up to NBC alone, the network would probably … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais: “I’m Really Done This Time” Hosting The Golden Globes

By | Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 9:26pm PST

Nikki Finke: Why Ricky Gervais Stunk Tonight

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s Golden Globes coverage.

Ricky Gervais, Golden GlobesDeadline caught up with Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais at the HBO afterparty, where he was just sitting down to a post-ceremony … Read More »

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Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking Golden Globes (…Why Ricky Gervais Stunk Tonight And How Harvey Weinstein Became God)

By | Sunday January 15, 2012 @ 9:23pm PST

Full Golden Globes Coverage:
GOLDEN GLOBES TV: Big Night For Freshmen, Pay Cable And 20th TV
Ricky Gervais Critiques His Own Performance As Golden Globes Host

Backstage At The Golden Globes
Golden Globes Studio/Network Scorecard
Golden Globes Winners List

Golden Globes Fashion: Who Wore What?

UPDATE: My live-snark of the 69th Annual Golden Globes started at 5 PM tonight based on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2012 nominations. Come for the cynicism. Stay for the subversion. Add your comment. Warning: Not for the easily offended or ridiculously naive.

The 2012 Golden Globes take place inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom at a star-studded dinner broadcast live by NBC and emceed for the 3rd time by Hollywood’s enfant terrible Ricky Gervais. Only this host can’t resist openly loathing everyone including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association putting on the show. Perhaps Christian Bale summed it up best when he took the stage last year and called the HFPA ”those oddball characters”. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Golden Globes are completely meaningless awards bestowed by a scandal-riddled organization on a network desperate for ratings. (More on this at the end of the post…)

I only hope that Ricky Gervais can live up to his performance last year when he ensured the meanest Golden Globes on record. NBC has been hyping him as “the host we can’t control”. Considering that NBC is in dead last place again among the networks, that’s encouraging. Bring it on, Ricky, even if Hollywood and the HFPA will hate you later. The show is about to start:

Last year Ricky wanted to come out in a Nazi uniform. He chickened out this year, too. “So where was I? Nervous?,” Gervais asked the audience. Then he immediately dissed NBC and the Golden Globes themselves. “The Golden Globes are just like the Oscars — but without all that esteem.”

This is definitely toned-down Gervais. He’s obviously been muzzled or muzzled himself. What a sell-out. Making never-was Kim Kardashian jokes is beyond easy. Same with washed-up Eddie Murphy jokes about Norbit. Ricky is too chicken to go after the bonafide Hollywood stars. Doesn’t lay a glove on Adam Sandler even though the comedian just had a big film bomb. (“Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler played all the parts in The Help.”) And arrogant asshole James Cameron jokes. (“I’ve sat through longer James Cameron acceptance speeches” than Kim Kardashian’s marriage.) Gervais pretends he’s not cowed: “The Hollywood Foreign Press warned me if I cause any controversy whatsoever they’ll invite me back next year. He reads the rules he’s been given: “No profanity, no nudity, not to libel anyone, and I mustn’t mention Mel Gibson this year and especially not Jodie Foster’s Beaver.” With that, Jodie gives the thumbs-up sign.

This is the best Gervais can do to open the show? Incredibly stale stuff. It’s going to be a loooong night…

Gervais asks Johnny Depp if he’s on recreational drugs. “Have you seen The Tourist yet?” Johnny replies, “No”. And I believe him.

“Oh, he’s fun,” Depp mutters about Gervais.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A
SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – BEGINNERS

Plummer affectionately calls Ewen McGregor “that scene-stealing swine”.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
LAURA DERN – ENLIGHTENED

Dern thanks Lucille Ball. Nice warmth.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
DOWNTON ABBEY (MASTERPIECE) – PBS – A Carnival/Masterpiece Co-production

Was there any doubt that Julian Fellowes would take this home to Britain?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
KATE WINSLET – MILDRED PIERCE

Oh, Kate, please stop memorizing your speeches. They lose all their spontaneity. And not a word about Joan Crawford? Shame on you… Once again, HBO bought a Globe. This mini-series was tepid at best. maudlin at worst. And not Kate’s finest hours to be sure.

Really, I can’t believe how sanitized the opening half-hour of the Golden Globes has been. What happened to all the danger NBC was hyping by having Gervais host again? Real disappointment. Step it up, Ricky, or you’re yesterday’s news.

Jakes Gyllenhaal looks good out of the Witness Protection Program that has become his thwarted career.

“We’re already 5 minutes over. That’s your fault,’ Gervais says to the audience. “Keep your speeches short. Thank God and your agent. I know for a fact that God and my agent have had exactly the same input in my career.” This stuff isn’t even amateur night at the Improv stand-up worthy.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
KELSEY GRAMMER – BOSS

Kelsey thanks Starz boss Chris Albrecht for his “balls” for ordering the show without pilot or all 8 episodes. I think Kelsey won for his performance pretending to still love his soon-to-be ex-wife Camille on Bravo’s The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
HOMELAND (SHOWTIME)
SHOWTIME Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21

Well the HFPA morons get at least one award right. Homeland was the best TV I’ve seen in a long, long time. Claire Danes was transformative. Damien Lewis even better than in Band Of Brothers. Mandy Patinkin not annoying like he usually is. Granted, it’s a remake of an Israeli show. But I’d follow 24‘s Howard Gordon anywhere that terrorism takes him.

What was Jimmy Fallon doing. Anybody? ANYBODY? Jimmy, stop trying so hard. At least you didn’t come out with your guitar. Calm down, sit tight, and in a year you’ll get Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show. Whether you deserve it or not. Might think about adjusting your meds, meanwhile.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
LUDOVIC BOURCE – THE ARTIST
This French guy from The Artist is really Bernie Rosenberg from The Bronx. He just doesn’t know it. But Harvey Weinstein does…

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“MASTERPIECE” — W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry

You honestly thought the HFPA had Madonna in its audience and wouldn’t give her an award? Oh you naive people. Granted the song is pretty good. But this was bought and paid for by everyone concerned. Meanwhile, could Madonna be more irritating? Between that fake British accent and her fake humility, she’s the reason why Lady Gaga is doing a more real Madonna imitation now.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
IDRIS ELBA – LUTHER

Considering that Tyler Perry stole Elba’s Alex Cross role, this is small comfort indeed for Idris. Really, Tyler, stick to cross-dressing in your movies and holding Oprah’s handbag the rest of the time.

Seth Rogan: “I am currently trying to conceal a massive erection.” Don’t believe it’s because he’s standing next to Kate Beckinsale. It’s because he actually has an audience watching him right now since few people go to his movies anymore.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

What a triumphant night for The Weinstein Company. (I just threw up in my mouth a little when I wrote that.) Will there be an Oscar backlash? The ‘Stop Harv’ line starts right outside the DreamWorks office (War Horse) or GK Films headquarters (Hugo). No wonder Scott Rudin is laying low this year.

Hey, if I want to see a boring awards show, I can watch the Oscars. Someone get the real Ricky Gervais onstage — and quick.

Piper Perabo and Sarah Michelle Gellar come out wearing two of the worst dresses I’ve ever seen. One looks like a Mildred Pierce bedspread. And the other looks like Wicked‘s good witch castoff. Trust me: inappropriate ballgowns on young women will never be chic.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TV
PETER DINKLAGE – GAME OF THRONES

Nice touch that even Dinklage’s own mother thought Guy Pearce would win for Mildred Pierce. I think Pearce is among the most underrated actors working today. And he was wasted in that HBO mini-series which gave him hardly anything to do. The film role was so much juicier.

I’m truly embarrassed for Ricky Gervais that he felt the need to blow so much smoke up George Clooney’s ass. It’s as if Ricky is playing a part of a host instead of actually taking control of the podium. Someone must have read him the riot act for him to remain so tame. He’s killing his career right now. If Hollywood’s enfant terrible is meek and mild, no one will care about him anymore. Bye-bye Ricky…

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN – Paramount/Columbia/Hemisphere Capital/Amblin/Wingnut Films/Kennedy/Marshall Production

Steven Spielberg gets his moment solo because Peter Jackson is back in New Zealand making The Hobbit. “I want to thank Brad Grey for his courage,” Spielberg says. Hilarious, considering that Steven et al at DreamWorks did everything they could to get Grey fired when Paramount owned them. Who has the last laugh now? Actually both men. Doing well is the best revenge. Unless Reliance pulls the plug on DreamWorks 2.0.

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
WOODY ALLEN – MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

No Woody. Not even a taped piece from NYC. Long sigh… Read More »

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Ricky Gervais On Golden Globes: “I Don’t Care If You’re Offended”

By | Friday January 13, 2012 @ 10:22am PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Ricky Gervais met the press this morning at TCA a mere two days before his third hosting gig at Sunday’s Golden Globes. And while he assured that even he has standards (“I won’t do real personal tragedy,” he said), the suspense and fear around town over which Hollywood stars he might target this time grows by the hour. As a panel session for his new HBO mock documentary Life’s Too Short, the upcoming Globes gig took center stage. “I did it the first time to have a show in front of a global audience, which is a lot of fun for a comedian.” Gervais said. “I did it the second time because I thought I’d improve on the first, and I think I did that. And I wasn’t going to do it a third time, but then I kept hearing the press saying I wouldn’t be invited back, so I did it to annoy them.”

Gervais was asked if he was nervous this time given the attention over his bad-boy ways. “Nervous? No. What’s the worst that can happen? I end my career once a week if you read the press. I do things that could end my career now. That’s my extreme sport. If you get fun with it, which I do and I demand, and you get your own way and are happy with what you’ve done, then nothing can happen to you. You’re bulletproof. Everything I say, I can justify it, I can stand by it, as I do every joke I did last year, then I don’t care. I don’t care if you’re offended.” Read More »

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Ricky Gervais On Returning As Golden Globes Host: It’s “Definitely” The Final Time

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 11:55pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Shortly after his controversial second turn as host of the Golden Globes last January, Ricky Gervais proclaimed that he shouldn’t and wouldn’t do it again. Now he is doing it, mainly to “shut up all those fucking idiots who said that I’d never be invited back,” he wrote on his blog. And his third stint will “definitely” be his last. Or so he says. Here is Gervais’ post:

So it looks like I’m hosting The Golden Globes for a third and definitely final time.

It was a tough decision to be honest. There were many pros and cons. I loved doing it, but I was worried that I couldn’t improve on last year. I’m in LA anyway as I’m launching Life’s Too Short on HBO. But then I didn’t want the Globes to overshadow the series. I knew some people would be uncomfortable with me being host. (This was a pro by the way.)

What actually tipped the balance and made me say yes, was the fact that it would shut up all those fucking idiots who said that I’d never be invited back. Is that the wrong reason to do something? Ha ha. I think it is.

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He’s Baaack! Rude Ricky Gervais Returns For Threepeat To Host Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais is returning to host the Golden Globes for a threepeat on January 15th. True, the Oscars brought back Billy Crystal. But today’s news is more of a surprise because Gervais eviscerated most of the movie and TV stars … Read More »

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HFPA Divided On Ricky Gervais Hosting Golden Globes, Must Decide By Week’s End

Ricky Gervais & NBC Appear Ready For 3rd Golden Globes Stint: But Will HFPA Agree?

I have learned that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is deeply divided over whether to bring back Ricky Gervais to three-peat as host of the Golden Globes. But, with the Globes less than two months away, the organization has to decide one way or the other by Thursday or Friday at the latest. The HFPA membership appears roughly evenly split on inviting Rude Ricky back for a third hosting stint, but both sides are united in their anger at NBC for its seeming lobbying to have the comedian back and pressuring the HFPA to follow suit. Says a source close to the discussion: “NBC has put the HFPA in a lose-lose situation. If the Hollywood Foreign Press says yes to Ricky, it risks turning the Globes into The Ricky Gervais Show and leaving the impression that they’re annually throwing a great party while inviting someone who humiliates all of the guests. If it says no, the HFPA looks like it has no sense of humor about itself. The problem is, if you have Ricky, the show tends to wind up being all about him and how mean he can be. He effectively dwarfs the importance of the ceremony itself.” Read More »

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Universal Pictures Buys Paris Animation Unit For Chris Meledandri’s Illumination

By | Monday November 14, 2011 @ 3:15pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment established itself as a reliable provider of family films for Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley, the studio has expanded its commitment to the division by acquiring the … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais & NBC Appear Ready For 3rd Golden Globes Stint: But Will HFPA Agree?

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 11:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

As the long courtship and quick departure of Oscar host-to-be Eddie Murphy proved this week, suitable hosts for major awards shows aren’t found easily. So the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may want to hold onto two-time Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais. NBC has always wanted him back and Gervais in August announced that the network had invited him to return as the Golden Globes host. He confirmed that to Access Hollywood tonight, singling out the HFPA as the holdout. “I think NBC wants me to do it, but [the] Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well,” he said. “It’s their event. It’s their party.” The sides are talking, albeit informally, and Gervais recently dined with reps for both NBC and HFPA in Paris. But with only 2 months to go until the January 12th event, the HFPA has got to make its move soon before Gervais changes his mind again. Or gets invited by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for the Oscar hosting gig that is also vacant. Gervais tonight said (maybe joking, maybe not) that he could host both awards events at a discount price.

There is also the issue of potential celebrity defections if Gervais returns as host, as Hollywood star power has been the Globes’ biggest draw. I hear that so far there is only one A-lister who is threatening not to attend if Gervais emcees. Of course, the Industry can’t forget how much his second stint as Globes host last year stirred the pot with blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities attending the event and even the controversial HFPA itself sponsoring the show. Later, the HFPA reps distanced themselves from Gervais, saying that he “went too far” and “crossed the line”. That lingering resentment seems to be the obstacle to a formal offer for Gervais to return as a Golden Globes host. Read More »

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VIDEO: Johnny Depp Gets His Revenge On Ricky Gervais

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 9:45am PDT

Johnny Depp Lining Up For Guest Spot In ‘Life’s Too Short’

Johnny Depp has struck back against Ricky Gervais for the host’s digs at The Tourist made during last year’s Golden Globes broadcast. And he’s gotten help from Ricky Gervais to do it. Depp found time to guest on an … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais To Live-Snark Golden Globes

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 6:07pm PDT

Wow, this would be appointment listening. But presumably it could happen only if he doesn’t host again. From Ricky Gervais’ blog:

What do you think

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Ricky Gervais Says NBC Has Invited Him Back To Host The Golden Globes, And He Was Approached About The Oscars, Too

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 2:55pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:55 PM: ABC says there is no truth to ricky Gervais’ claim today that he has been approached to host the Oscars.

PREVIOUS: 2:12 PM: Ricky Gervais had Hollywood buzzing in January with his no-holds-barred hosting stint on NBC’s Golden Globes telecast. He ripped enough folks — from Charlie Sheen to Robert Downey to Johnny Depp to God — that few thought the host Hollywood Foreign Press Association would want him back for a third stint (see Deadline’s take on the night: Live-Snarking The Meanest Golden Globes). Apparently, though, NBC has other ideas about it: The British comedian said at the Edinburgh International Television Festival today that the network has asked him to host again, saying he is considering it “but I shouldn’t do it.” NBC declined to comment on the matter. “I love NBC, I love the fact they stuck by me through it,” Gervais said, adding, “I don’t think I should do it. What am I going back as?” Gervais wasn’t done yet at the annual TV confab. He also revealed that he was approached about hosting the Oscars, though it’s unclear whether that was before or after the Academy announced Brett Ratner and Don Mischer would produce the Oscarcast — normally the producers make the call on the host. Regardless, Gervais said he’d never take the gig.

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Ricky Gervais’ New BBC Series ‘Life’s Too Short’ To Air On HBO In 2012, See Teaser

By | Wednesday June 22, 2011 @ 12:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After months of speculation, HBO today officially confirmed that it will carry Life’s Too Short, the new comedy series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, creators of The Office, Extras and The Ricky Gervais Show. The seven-episode series, which will debut on BBC Two later this year, will air on HBO … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais Disses ‘The Office’ Season Finale, Then Un-Disses It

By | Friday May 20, 2011 @ 8:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The always unfiltered Office co-creator Ricky Gervais had some harsh words about last night’s season finale of the NBC version of the show, which featured a parade of guest stars including Warren Buffett, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett and Gervais himself interviewing for Michael Scott’s job. On his blog, Gervais compared the finale to the episode of his BBC/HBO series  Extras that featured an awkward guest appearance by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. “It’s only Warren Buffett. … What are you doing in a paper merchant’s in Scranton? It’s mental,” Gervais wrote. He went on to say this about the NBC series: “if you’re going to jump a shark, jump a big one.” And more. “I assume most people know I didn’t do the US remake for the art. I did my version for the art. … Don’t get me wrong. I’m very proud of the US version. It was not only a very very good network comedy but it was also a massive success story. But you know, I did it for different reasons, ambitions and with slightly different emotional attachments to the project.” Saying that he is not as emotionally attached to the NBC Office than he was to the original is fine, but saying that the NBC series was a good comedy in past tense doesn’t sound very reassuring. Read More »

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Johnny Depp Lining Up For Guest Spot In Ricky Gervais’ Series ‘Life’s Too Short’

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 9:48am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Obviously Johnny Depp didn’t take Ricky Gervais ribbing him at the Golden Globes about his one-note performance in The Tourist to heart. He is trying to work out his … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais Wants Will Arnett On ‘Office’

Nellie Andreeva

As an executive producer on the U.S. version of his British series The Office, Ricky Gervais has a say in what happens on the show. If it things go his way, Arrested Development star Will Arnett would be joining the … Read More »

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