Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte stars in Alexander Payne‘s latest film, Nebraska, a project likely to get nominated come Oscar season. After taking his signature MacGruber character to the big screen and guesting on shows like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, the somber performance is a different look for the actor. But he’s hardly the first to try something new, as comedy legends like Robin Williams, Steve Martin, and Adam Sandler have all given the more serious genre a go.
It’s Steve Carell’s 51st birthday today, and we are all celebrating because, everybody loves Steve Carell. We know this to be true because your mom would invite him over for dinner if she could, and you’ve thought about what it would be like to hug him at least once or twice. But what about his best characters? While lovable, The Office‘s Michael Scott was a jerk, as seen in the often clumsy emotional abuse he’d inflict on his employees in effort to validate his less than pristine personal life. Yet his questionable behavior kept people watching.
This summer, Carell plays a straight-up jerk with zero redeeming qualities in The Way, Way Back, and reprises his role as the evil villain Gru in Despicable Me 2. So far, both films have been successful, proving once again that moviegoers enjoy seeing Carell play against type. But has he been more successful playing a mean dude, or would we rather see him the way we imagine him to be in real life — how we hope he’d act towards us if we bumped into him at Starbucks on a busy Wednesday morning?
The 2013 Emmy Award nominations will be announced bright and early tomorrow morning, which means we’ll soon have the pleasure of knowing who to root for come September and what to immediately start complaining about on Twitter. Assuming some of the performances we’ve been most fond of won’t be recognized by the Academy, here are a few of our favorite moments from the past year on the tube worthy of both industry hardware and your undying love.
Does Despicable Me 2‘s Steve Carell have his own minions? Are Matt Lauer and Katie Couric joining forces again? What are the critics making of World War Z?
There is no finer love in this world than good bromance. Yes, men are historically seen as having difficulty showing their affection toward their fellow guys. But when they do, it’s a wonderful thing. It’s sweet, it’s funny, it’s sometimes awkward, but it’s always heart-warming. You know, just two bros being bros, bro-ing out like the two bros that they are. Although somewhat scarce in real life, we have television to thank for some of the greatest bromances of all time!
Funny man and lovely make out partner (see what Gillian Jacobs says in the clip above!), Steve Carell stopped by VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan and dished on the upcoming Anchorman sequel. In the clip, Steve calls the follow up flick a perfect sequel that he’s really excited about.
“Oh, oh, oh…it’s [stage] magic…you know…” The Incredible Burt Wonderstone hits theaters today and we couldn’t be more excited to see Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey cast their spell over us. Sure, film and literature is filled with wizards like Harry Potter and Merlin and sorceresses like The Scarlet Witch and Melisandre, but it takes a specific breed of magical showman to do magic tricks (real or not) on a live stage.
We are metaphorically riding unicorns past rainbows over this morning’s wonderful news that Kristen Wiig has officially joined the cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Back in December, we heard rumors that she would be signing on to play a love interest to Steve Carell’s lovably dumb weatherman Brick Tamland, and though her role hasn’t been confirmed yet, Deadline is keeping that rumor up, saying she might play his wife.
Could this mean that Brick is going to have a bigger role than the occasional “I love lamp”-style one-liner? When we spoke to Carell last spring, he said he kind of hoped he wouldn’t. “I feel that Brick is best taken in small doses,” he said. “And I see it as an ensemble, aside from Will [Ferrell]. I hope it’s kind of the same setup as the first one.”
As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival enters its homestretch, we’ve noticed one thing about it: This year seems more about the films than the star-studded, super-sponsored A-list parties. Which, um, we’re pretty sure is what Robert Redford wants from his Utah fest. Lucky enough for those of us living vicariously through our friends (and photographers) in Park City, there has still been no shortage of eye candy. Here, we’re taking a moment to point out the lovely array of actors who put on their best puffy jackets and risked some great hat-hair to premiere their artsy movies. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Brody to Chris Noth, there were plenty of familiar faces at the festival, along with some relative newcomers like Austenland’s Ricky Whittle. We even gave Matthew McConaughey an honorary spot in this gallery, because even though his drastic weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club has sapped his conventional beauty, he’s looking kinda weird hot as he packs the pounds back on. And if there’s anything that’s appropriate for Sundance, it’s definitely the phrase “weird hot.”
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