Ricky Gervais says that if “The Office” were made today, the British comedy would “suffer” from more criticism than it did when the show premiered almost 20 years ago, due to the rise of online “outrage mobs who take things out of context.”“I think now it would suffer because people take things literally,” Gervais, who created and starred on the BBC mockumentary, as David Brent, an office manager who is incredibly politically incorrect, told Times Radio Thursday.“There’s these outrage mobs who take things out of context. This was a show about everything. It was about difference, it was about sex, race, all the things that people fear to even be discussed or talked about now in case they say the wrong thing and they’re ‘canceled,'” Gervais added. “And the BBC have gotten more and more careful and people just want to keep their jobs. So people would worry about some of the subjects and some of the jokes, even though they were clearly ironic and we were laughing at this buffoon being uncomfortable around difference.”Also Read: 47 Best TV Couples of All Time, From Lucy and Ricky to Jim and Pam (Photos)Geravis’ “The Office” ran for two seasons, from 2001 to 2003, and was the inspiration for the U.S. version led by Steve Carell, which aired on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013.“I think if [‘The Office’] was put out now, I think that some people have lost that sense of irony and context. And so, I think it would be– usually, this is what happens, right? It isn’t a case of what’s right or what’s wrong, it’s a case of how many letters do we have to write? I’ve talked people down off the ledge before,” Gervais told Times Radio. “Throughout my career I’ve said, ‘Listen, I’ll write the letter.’ I’ve explained it to people and gone, ‘No, no, it’s OK, ’cause this…’ and they go, ‘Oh, OK.’ Sometimes they’re just scared, and they’re even more scared now because people don’t take an explanation for an answer, they just say, ‘Well, I don’t want to see it, so let’s ban it.'”The British comedian says he’s “not cancel-proof, I just don’t care.”Also Read: 9 New Summer TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers, From 'Tough as Nails' to 'Don't' (Photos)“I genuinely don’t think I do anything that deserves to be canceled. I can justify everything. I think some people think they can do anything. Some people think freedom of speech means, ‘I should be able to say anything without consequences.’ And it doesn’t mean that, we are responsible people,” he said. “What I’m saying is, ‘I’m saying this thing, and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with it and I can explain it if you want.’ Because there is the other side of the coin and some people now, they don’t care about the argument or the issue, they just want to own someone, they want to win the argument, they want to get to the other side. There is no nuance or discussion anymore, it’s just formed into two tribes of people screaming at each other. So I keep out of that. I don’t think I do anything that is that bad or contentious that can’t be justified. And that’s always been my point.”Gervais added: “I’ve never been this person that says, ‘I can say anything as offensive as I want and ruin people’s day and you can’t touch me.’ I don’t do that, I listen. But this is the difference, 10 years ago when someone said ‘I’m offended by that,’ I’d look into it. I’d go, ‘How can I change that? What can I do?’ Now I go, ‘I am good. Good. Everyone is, so what?’ I think that’s the difference, people have gone too far, they’ve blown their argument.”Read original story Ricky Gervais Says if ‘The Office’ Aired Now It ‘Would Suffer Because People Take Things Literally’ At TheWrap
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The comedian made sure he went out with a bang as he hosted the ceremony for the fifth and final time.
The Globes host pulled no punches during his introduction -- and the crowd had mixed feelings.
The nominees for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards are in the books, with all the contenders that have been selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to compete at next month’s awards show announced bright and early Monday.On the film side, the top honor, Best Motion Picture – Drama, will come down to “1917,” “The Irishman,” “Joker,” “Marriage Story” and “The Two Popes.” In the musical and comedy category, the nominated films are “Dolemite Is My Name,” “JoJo Rabbit,” “Knives Out,” “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” and “Rocketman.”As for TV, the best drama series race includes “Big Little Lies,” “The Crown,” “Killing Eve,” “The Morning Show” and “Succession,” and the comedy category is a competition between “Barry,” “Fleabag,” “The Kominsky Method,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Politician.”Also Read: Golden Globes Nominees by the Numbers: Netflix Rules in Both TV and FilmThe 2020 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, take place Sunday, Jan. 5 starting at 8/7c on NBC.Meher Tatna is president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro, executive chairman of dick clark productions, Mike Mahan, CEO of dick clark productions, and Barry Adelman, executive VP of Television at dick clark productions, will serve as executive producers.See the full list of nominees in both the TV and film categories below.Also Read: 2020 Golden Globes Nominees React: From 'Beyond Excited' to 'Truly Blessed'TV Best Television Series – Drama “Big Little Lies,” HBO “The Crown,” Netflix “Killing Eve,” BBC America “The Morning Show,” Apple TV+ “Succession,” HBOBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+) Olivia Colman, “The Crown” (Netflix) Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” (BBC America) Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO) Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+) Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Brian Cox, “Succession” (HBO) Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO) Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA Network) Tobias Menzies, “The Crown” (Netflix) Billy Porter, “Pose” (FX)Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy “Barry,” HBO “Fleabag,” Amazon Prime Video “The Kominsky Method,” Netflix “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon Prime Video “The Politician,” NetflixAlso Read: Golden Globes 2020: See the Nominees (Photos)Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me” (Netflix) Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime Video) Kirsten Dunst, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” (Showtime) Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll” (Netflix) Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag” (Amazon Prime Video)Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) Bill Hader, “Barry” (HBO) Ben Platt, “The Politician” (Netflix) Paul Rudd, “Living With Yourself” (Netflix) Ramy Youssef, “Ramy” (Hulu)Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television “Catch-22,” Hulu “Chernobyl,” HBO “Fosse/Verdon,” FX “The Loudest Voice,” Showtime “Unbelievable,” NetflixBest Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable” (Netflix) Joey King, “The Act” (Hulu) Helen Mirren, “Catherine The Great” (HBO) Merritt Wever, “Unbelievable” (Netflix) Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Christopher Abbott, “Catch-22” (Hulu) Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy” (Netflix) Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice” (Showtime) Jared Harris, “Chernobyl” (HBO) Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon” (FX)Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Patricia Arquette, “The Act” (Hulu) Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown” (Netflix) Toni Collette, “Unbelievable” (Netflix) Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies” (HBO) Emily Watson, “Chernobyl” (HBOBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix) Kieran Culkin, “Succession” (HBO) Andrew Scott, “Fleabag” (Amazon Prime Video) Stellan Skarsgard, “Chernobyl” (HBO) Henry Winkler, “Barry” (HBO)Movies Best Motion Picture – Drama “1917” “The Irishman” “Joker” “Marriage Story” “The Two Popes”Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet” Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story” Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women” Charlize Theron, “Bombshell” Renee Zellweger, “Judy”Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Christian Bale, “Ford v. Ferrari” Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” Adam Driver, “Marriage Story” Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy “Dolemite Is My Name” “JoJo Rabbit” “Knives Out” “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” “Rocketman”Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Ana de Armas, “Knives Out” Awkwafina, “The Farewell” Cate Blanchett, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart” Emma Thompson, “Late Night”Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Daniel Craig, “Knives Out” Roman Griffin Davis, “Jojo Rabbit” Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” Taron Egerton, “Rocketman” Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is My Name”Best Director – Motion Picture Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite” Sam Mendes, “1917” Todd Phillips, “Joker” Martin Scorsese, ‘The Irishman” Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell” Annette Bening, “The Report” Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers” Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes” Al Pacino, “The Irishman” Joe Pesci, “The Irishman” Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story” Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, “Parasite” Anthony McCarten, “The Two Popes” Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood” Steven Zaillian, “The Irishman” Best Motion Picture – Animated “Frozen 2” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” “The Lion King” “Missing Link” “Toy Story 4”Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language “The Farewell” “Les Misérables” “Pain and Glory” “Parasite” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Best Original Score – Motion Picture “Motherless Brooklyn” “Little Women” “Joker” “1917” “Marriage Story” Best Original Song – Motion Picture “Beautiful Ghosts” – Cats “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman “Into the Unknown” – Frozen 2 “Spirit” – The Lion King “Stand Up” – HarrietRead original story Golden Globes 2020: The Complete List of Nominees At TheWrap
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The reviews for Ricky Gervais’s David Brent movie ‘Life On The Road’ have been, well, a bit of a mixed bag. It currently holds a 68% ‘fresh’ rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, some hailing the return of the Wernham Hogg paper merchant, and others arguing that the formula has become tired.
Ricky Gervais is massive in the Philippines. Well it’s the 1983 debut single of a hot New Wave band called Seona Dancing comprised of a svelte, young Reading native called Ricky and his friend Bill Macrae. Formed by the star during his final year at University College London (UCL), the duo were signed to London Records with hopes of being the next big synth pop hope.
Brent is back, and this time it’s personal (hygiene). ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’, Ricky Gervais’s return to his cringeworthy character from ‘The Office’, finds the former paper merchant now a rep for a company peddling cleaning products, while dreaming of hitting the road with his band Foregone Conclusion. Henry Barnes, in a two-star review for The Guardian, writes: “At its best it carries the tradition of the little man struggling against his own confines.
Raising cringe-humour almost to an art form, the new trailer for Ricky Gervais’s ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ has landed.
Ricky Gervais has hit back over accusations that jokes he made while presenting the 2016 Golden Globes on Sunday night were transphobic. Gervais kicked off his monologue – his fourth time presenting the awards show – with a joke about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. Twitter went wild with accusations that the comedian’s jokes were offensive, but now he’s spoken out in his own defence.
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Ricky Gervais was back being rude to Hollywood royalty during his fourth stint hosting the Golden globes - and once again Mel Gibson was in his sights. “A few years ago on this show, I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavory things,” Gervais said, reminding the audience of his 2010 crack about Gibson’s alcoholism (quipped Gervais, “I like a drink as much as the next man … unless the next man is Mel Gibson” — an intro Gibson was apparently ready for at the time).
Ricky Gervais took shot after shot at Hollywood’s biggest names during his fourth go-round as the host of the Golden Globes, and he trained some of his sharpest barbs on an old target: Mel Gibson. “A few years ago on this show, I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavory things,” Gervais said, reminding the audience of his 2010 crack about Gibson’s alcoholism (quipped Gervais, “I like a drink as much as the next man… unless the next man is Mel Gibson” — an intro Gibson was apparently ready for at the time).
It would appear that Mel Gibson’s period of penance is far from over, following the announcement that he’s to present a Golden Globe at this Sunday’s ceremony. Movie fans took to Twitter and other social media to voice their disdain, following the announcement by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the body behind the awards show. “Breaking! We’re delighted to announce @oliviawilde and Mel Gibson as presenters at this Sunday’s #GoldenGlobes!” read the tweet.
So Ricky Gervais has been confirmed as the host of the 2016 Golden Globes, despite vowing he’d never do it again, and despite the former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president saying that he ‘crossed the line’ when he hosted in 2011. But here we are, and the controversial comic will be back to burst the celebrity bubble with a few barbed home truths, and probably not making that many friends along the way. To celebrate, here’s a selection of his finer (and more cringeworthy) Globes gags… In 2010: “I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault.