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2011-01-06 16:30:00

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This January, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are bringing the most elaborate practical-joke-turned-sociology-experiment in television history to Science Channel. The Emmy®-winning crazy geniuses behind the acclaimed series "The Office" and "Extras" bring the eight-episode series AN IDIOT ABROAD to the United States, beginning Saturday, January 22, at 10:00 PM ET/PT. A special preview episode will air immediately prior...

2010-11-12 12:26:00

LONDON, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- 2entertain has announced that 'An Idiot Abroad' will be released on DVD in time for customers to pick it up for Christmas. Straight from its debut on Sky 1, An Idiot Abroad follows the star of The Ricky Gervais Show, Karl Pilkington, as he undertakes a journey of a lifetime. British comedy legends Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant throw down the gauntlet to send Karl around the globe to force him out of his comfort zone. Stephen wants the experience...

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2009-05-11 09:08:34

British actor Matthew Goode has joined the cast of Cemetery Junction, a film co-written and to be co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Gervais and Merchant previously collaborated on the TV shows The Office and Extras. Goode is best known for his roles in Watchmen, Brideshead Revisited, The Lookout and Match Point. The Hollywood Reporter said he will also be seen in Cemetery Junction, Gervais and Merchant's upcoming dramedy, which was previously called The Men at the Pru and is...

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2009-04-13 14:53:37

British actor Ralph Fiennes is set to star in The Men at the Pru, a big-screen comedy co-written and co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Gervais and Merchant created the iconic British TV comedies The Office and Extras. Pru will mark their feature film writing and directorial debut. Contactmusic.com said Fiennes, the star of Schindler's List and The English Patient, has been cast in an as-yet-unnamed part in Pru, which is set in the 1970s and is to start shooting this year.

2008-11-19 08:41:06

British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais says he is working on a one-hour special continuing his recently wrapped show-biz series Extras. The TV comedy, which Gervais co-created and starred in with Stephen Merchant, ended after two seasons with a Christmas special last year. Gervais and Merchant previously collaborated on the iconic British TV series The Office. Gervais said during an appearance on ITV1's This Morning that he has written a rough storyline for an Extras special, the BBC...

2008-11-19 08:41:06

British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais says he is working on a one-hour special continuing his recently wrapped show-biz series Extras. The TV comedy, which Gervais co-created and starred in with Stephen Merchant, ended after two seasons with a Christmas special last year. Gervais and Merchant previously collaborated on the iconic British TV series The Office. Gervais said during an appearance on ITV1's This Morning that he has written a rough storyline for an Extras special, the BBC...

2008-09-26 00:00:23

By Gaynor Flynn In his first starring film role, Ricky Gervais plays an obnoxious loser seeking redemption. Sound familiar? He talks to Gaynor Flynn Ricky Gervais is having a David Brent moment. The comedian is trying to quote Keats and failing miserably. He's muttering something about a "gleaming brain". Then he stops and scratches his head. The line he's trying to remember is: "When I have fears that I may cease to be,/ Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain." Gervais brought up...

2008-09-24 12:00:22

U.S. comedian and actor Billy Crystal is set to return to the big-screen after a six-year absence in the movie "Tooth Fairy." Crystal, who has starred in the films "When Harry Met Sally,""City Slickers" and "America's Sweethearts," has not been appeared in a live-action movie since he co-starred with Robert De Niro in the 2002 comedy "Analyze That." Variety.com said he has signed on to join the cast of "Tooth Fairy," a Michael Lembeck-directed comedy scheduled to start shooting Monday in...

2008-08-19 12:00:35

By Arifa Akbar It is not the usual stuff of celluloid blockbusters - a quirky "dramedy" about two twenty-somethings in the 1970s who work as building society clerks in the dull suburban surrounds of Reading. Then again, nobody thought that about a comedy set in an office in Slough either. But now Ricky Gervais has just finished writing the script for The Men at the Pru - a major feature film he describes as a cross between The Office and Mad Men. The story is a "coming-of-age" tale...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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