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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 19, 2008
G host Town is like an antidote to those factory films that have come out over the past few years that are aimed at adolescent boys," says its star, Ricky Gervais, over the phone from Los Angeles. "They're all about boob jokes and smut, while this reminds me of something like It's a Wonderful Life or Groundhog Day, one of those lovely redemptive sort of things." Especially Groundhog Day. Because Ghost Town, directed by David Koepp, is a funny love story with an old-fashioned Technicolor glow.
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By Tim Swift | January 17, 2010
CONCERT George Strait : They call him the "King of Country," yet they could also call him the "King of Baltimore." Huge crowds are a given when he comes to town. He brings a warm, easygoing style to his vast catalog of heartland-themed hits. The show, which also features Reba McEntire, starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 1st Mariner Arena. Web: www.baltimorearena.com COMEDY Cheech and Chong: This pot-smoking comic duo have been reunited after more 20 years. Part stoner yuckfest, part marijuana political rally, their tour had a shaky start, but it's picking up some steam after more than a year on the road.
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By STEPHEN KIEHL and STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER | March 26, 2006
Ricky Gervais has made a career out of making us cringe. His brilliant 2001 BBC comedy, The Office, took on matters of race, religion, disability and gender -- frequently crossing lines that we typically dare not cross in polite society. (Though we're about to cross them here.) Gervais played an office manager of a paper supplies company who badly wanted to be popular, but always said the wrong thing. Explaining his commitment to diversity, he said, "I haven't got a sign on the door that says white people only.
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By Michael Sragow | September 25, 2009
9 *** ( 3 STARS) The rare computer-animated film that feels handmade from cuffs to collar, Shane Acker's post-apocalyptic fantasy centers on a group of walking, talking raggedy dolls who contain the final remnants of the human spirit.The story may be slight, but Acker renders the evil super-machines scary and the "Steampunk" landscapes eloquently mournful. And his diminutive heroes boast personality and soul, thanks partly to a great voice cast including Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, and Jennifer Connelly.
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
For comedy fans, there is not much debate about what the big TV event of the weekend is. It's Ricky Gervais: Out of England on HBO. The creator and star of BBC's The Office and HBO's Extras performs in a stand-up comedy concert taped last summer in New York, and he's an offbeat delight. The topics include the misguided morals taught in pre-school and the perils of being overweight if you're an English celebrity like Gervais. Standing sideways on the stage, for example, so that the audience and cameras get a good look at his rotund belly, he asks rhetorically whether it was fair for a tabloid to show him in profile with a one-word headline: "PREGNANT?"
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 19, 2005
Valiant in name. But Valiant in aim? Or effort? It's a "stiff upper beak" comedy about heroic British homing pigeons fending off Nazi falcons as they bravely carry messages from the French Resistance to the Allies on the eve of D-Day. It's a perfectly competent cartoon, if rarely a thing of beauty. It's occasionally funny -- so long as you get that whole "Never so few" Battle of Britain fighter-squadron milieu and Monty Python's famous skewering of it. Not that your average 5- to 10-year-old will.
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By Michael Sragow | September 25, 2009
9 *** ( 3 STARS) The rare computer-animated film that feels handmade from cuffs to collar, Shane Acker's post-apocalyptic fantasy centers on a group of walking, talking raggedy dolls who contain the final remnants of the human spirit.The story may be slight, but Acker renders the evil super-machines scary and the "Steampunk" landscapes eloquently mournful. And his diminutive heroes boast personality and soul, thanks partly to a great voice cast including Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, and Jennifer Connelly.
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By Michael Sragow | October 10, 2008
Ghost Town: *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) Considering that everyone who's actually seen this combination of afterlife comedy-drama and romance comes out charmed and delighted, it's hard to figure why it hasn't become more of a word-of-mouth hit. For moviegoers who want a break from the sturm and drang of our contemporary public life, this blissfully adult tale of a misanthropic dentist (Ricky Gervais) who prevents the second marriage of a fetching widow (Tea Leoni) at the behest of her dead husband (Greg Kinnear)
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By Tim Swift | September 27, 2009
EXHIBIT 'Da Vinci - The Genius': Most know Leonardo Da Vinci as a visionary artist, but he wasn't a bad engineer either. This new show - making its East Coast debut - features more than 65 re-creations of Da Vinci's groundbreaking inventions along with a scientific examination of "The Mona Lisa." Opens Saturday at the Maryland Science Center. Web: mdsci.org DVD 'Away We Go': Where do you settle down when you have no roots? That's the challenge of a couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, above)
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March 18, 2004
"I've never particularly cared about the money. I don't like the fame ... that's the worst thing about it for me. I don't like being recognized shopping for pants." -- Comedian Ricky Gervais
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
For comedy fans, there is not much debate about what the big TV event of the weekend is. It's Ricky Gervais: Out of England on HBO. The creator and star of BBC's The Office and HBO's Extras performs in a stand-up comedy concert taped last summer in New York, and he's an offbeat delight. The topics include the misguided morals taught in pre-school and the perils of being overweight if you're an English celebrity like Gervais. Standing sideways on the stage, for example, so that the audience and cameras get a good look at his rotund belly, he asks rhetorically whether it was fair for a tabloid to show him in profile with a one-word headline: "PREGNANT?"
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By Michael Sragow | October 10, 2008
Ghost Town: *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) Considering that everyone who's actually seen this combination of afterlife comedy-drama and romance comes out charmed and delighted, it's hard to figure why it hasn't become more of a word-of-mouth hit. For moviegoers who want a break from the sturm and drang of our contemporary public life, this blissfully adult tale of a misanthropic dentist (Ricky Gervais) who prevents the second marriage of a fetching widow (Tea Leoni) at the behest of her dead husband (Greg Kinnear)
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 19, 2008
G host Town is like an antidote to those factory films that have come out over the past few years that are aimed at adolescent boys," says its star, Ricky Gervais, over the phone from Los Angeles. "They're all about boob jokes and smut, while this reminds me of something like It's a Wonderful Life or Groundhog Day, one of those lovely redemptive sort of things." Especially Groundhog Day. Because Ghost Town, directed by David Koepp, is a funny love story with an old-fashioned Technicolor glow.
NEWS
By STEPHEN KIEHL and STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER | March 26, 2006
Ricky Gervais has made a career out of making us cringe. His brilliant 2001 BBC comedy, The Office, took on matters of race, religion, disability and gender -- frequently crossing lines that we typically dare not cross in polite society. (Though we're about to cross them here.) Gervais played an office manager of a paper supplies company who badly wanted to be popular, but always said the wrong thing. Explaining his commitment to diversity, he said, "I haven't got a sign on the door that says white people only.
FEATURES
By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 19, 2005
Valiant in name. But Valiant in aim? Or effort? It's a "stiff upper beak" comedy about heroic British homing pigeons fending off Nazi falcons as they bravely carry messages from the French Resistance to the Allies on the eve of D-Day. It's a perfectly competent cartoon, if rarely a thing of beauty. It's occasionally funny -- so long as you get that whole "Never so few" Battle of Britain fighter-squadron milieu and Monty Python's famous skewering of it. Not that your average 5- to 10-year-old will.
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By Terry Lawson and Terry Lawson,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | April 29, 2004
As hard as it may be to imagine, the second and allegedly last season of The Office is better than the first, and it's being released as The Complete Second Series. This is not only one of the best British sitcoms ever, it is one of the best sitcoms ever. If you have yet to experience this alternately hilarious and excruciating show about the white-collar employees of a paper company and their pathetic, needy, utterly untrustworthy boss, you will almost certainly want to go ahead and buy Complete First and Second Series.
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