One of the rare gems we've seen hit the single-digit channels since the turn of the millennium, The Office, actually sported a ton of directors you've more than likely heard of. Some of them were already famous upon helming an episode or two of the NBC mockumentary, others were pinned at the starting line of what has proved to be a rocket-fueled race to stardom. Here are a few great film directors who, as you may or may not know, worked on The Office from time to time:
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Episodes Directed: "Hot Girl."But You Know Her for: The generation-defining Jane Austen adaptation Clueless, plus the Look Who's Talking movies and European Vacation.
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Episodes Directed: "A Benihana Christmas," "Safety Training," "Beach Games," and "The Delivery - Part 2."But You Know Him for: Some of the most iconic comedies from the past 35 years — Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Groundhog Day among them. And as far as acting goes, we'll remember him always as Egon Spengler.
Episodes Directed: "Business School" and "Beach Wars."But You Know Him for: It's true that offbeat television work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is what got Whedon on the map, but he is now one of the most prominent voices in blockbuster cinema thanks to, if nothing else, The Avengers and the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Episodes Directed: "Moving On."But You Know Him for: Another member of the Marvel family, Favreau's biggest films are certainly Iron Man and Iron Man 2, though we celebrate his smaller fare: Made, Elf, and 2014's delightful Chef.
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Episodes Directed: "Manager and Salesman."But You Know Him for: Jumping over to the other side of the comic book game, we find Webb's Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2. But before partnering up with Peter Parker (or even joining forces with Michael Scott), Webb helmed the neo-rom com (500) Days of Summer.
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Episodes Directed: "Cocktails."But You Know Him for: Whedon's only rival on this list in terms of blockbuster influence, Abrams is of course the man behind Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Episodes Directed: "Koi Pond."But You Know Him for: Though Hudlin has spent most of his time directing television in recent years, the dawn of his career gave us two early '90s cult favorites: the Kid 'n Play comedy House Party and Eddie Murphy's Boomerang.
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Episodes Directed: "Local Ad" and "Frame Toby."But You Know Him for: That irreverent fast-paced serio-comedic style we saw in Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and (the best of the lot) Young Adult. He also did Labor Day, but we don't have to talk about that one.
Episodes Directed: "Work Bus."But You Know Him for: Not directing, but acting. Cranston became a household name thanks to his starring role as Walter White on the unforgettable Breaking Bad.
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Episodes Directed: And we have a winner! Feig directed 14 episodes of The Office, including "Office Olympics," "Halloween," "Performance Review," "E-Mail Surveillance," "Survivor Man," "Dinner Party," "Goodbye, Toby," "Weight Loss," "The Surplus," "Moroccan Christmas," "New Boss," "Dream Team," "Niagara," "Goodbye, Michael."But You Know Him for: Bridesmaids, of course, plus The Heat... and the legion of exciting projects he has in the works, like a spy comedy, a gay rom com, and (potentially) an all-female Ghostbusters III. And although we're focusing on movie credits here, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention his greatest contribution to pop culture of all: Freaks and Geeks.
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A screenwriter has set his sights on hiring Val Kilmer and rocker SLASH for his Breaking Bad spin-off show if it gets fully funded on Kickstarter.com. Larry Shepherd, from California, was left unsatisfied with the series finale of the Emmy-winning show which ended last year (13), and he's hoping fellow fans will support his quest to add a new story to the Breaking Bad universe.
Shepherd launched a campaign on the crowdfunding website last month (Jun14), calling on fans to donate to his spin-off, titled Anastasia. He describes the series as picking up where Breaking Bad left off.
Anastasia will focus on the professional and personal lives of two U.S. Marshals who were investigating drug kingpin Walter White.
Shepherd has billed Kilmer and Slash for the primary role, and is eager to feature guest stars such as Robert Downey, Jr., Neil Young, Eminem and Dick Van Dyke, but none of the celebrities have yet to comment on their possible involvement.
Shepherd is planning a 10-episode season if he funds the project by 1 August (14), but as of Wednesday (16Jul14), he has only raised $390 (£227) of the $500,000 (£291,706) goal.
Author Walter Dean Myers has died at the age of 76. The celebrated writer of children's books and young adult fiction passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday (01Jul14) at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Penning more than 100 books, Myers' most famous works included Monster, Lockdown and Fallen Angels, which caused controversy in the school system because of its strong language and realistic depiction of the Vietnam war.
Myers won five Coretta Scott King awards for African-American fiction and served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature between 2012 and 2013.
His last book, On a Clear Day, will be published by HarperCollins in September (14).
Paying tribute to the author on Wednesday (02Jul14), The Fault in Our Stars writer John Green tweeted, "Myers inspired generations of readers, including a 12-year-old me when I read Fallen Angels, and then a 22-year-old me when I read Monster. It's hard to imagine YA literature without him."
Breaking Bad actress Anna Gunn is facing a new court battle with her ex-husband Alastair Duncan over child support for their two young daughters. The star split from the Scottish actor-turned-realtor in 2008, when the drug drama first premiered on U.S. TV, and their divorce was finalised in 2009.
The former couple agreed that Gunn would only hand over funds to Duncan for a short amount of time to help cover the costs of raising their girls Ella Rose and Emma, but now he has filed new papers in a U.S. court seeking further child support payments.
In the documents, obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Duncan claims his financial circumstances have significantly changed since the deal was struck and he now only makes $10,000 (£6,250)-a-month compared to what Gunn earned during the final season of Breaking Bad, in which she played the long-suffering onscreen wife of Bryan Cranston's character Walter White.
During the last season of the show in 2013, she reportedly raked in more than $1 million (£625,000).
Duncan highlights the actress' new TV show Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of British drama Broadchurch, and her upcoming role in Off Broadway play Sex With Strangers as proof that she can afford his latest financial request.
Generous Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston gave a young couple a prom to remember by flying the teen pair to New York to see his Broadway play All The Way. The actor met Stefan Montana outside his show last month (Apr14), when the teenager asked the actor if he could help him secure a prom date with a girl named Maddie Abene.
Cranston obliged and recorded a video message for Montana, in which he stated, "Maddie, if you don't go to prom with Stefan, then maybe your best course of action would be to tread lightly," a reference to a line from the hit drama, which Cranston delivered in the menacing voice of his menacing character Walter White.
Abene accepted and Cranston decided to take his kind gesture one step further by inviting Montana, Abene and their parents on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York earlier this month (May14), according to the New York Post.
During the weekend, the teenagers and their families attended Cranston's Broadway show and went backstage to meet the cast.
Abene tells KNTV, "I've never been in a room with so many talented people at one moment in time. And it was really just overwhelming, and everybody was so nice to us, you know, all the cast members and Bryan (Cranston) especially. They were all so casual about it."
The Walkmen's Walter Martin is set to release a children's album. The rocker's We're All Young Together will debut in May (14), and will feature a collaboration with The National's Matt Berninger on the song We Like The Zoo ('Cause We're Animals Too).
Martin says, "(That's) my tribute to the lost art of the novelty song. Songs like Poison Ivy and Yakety Yak - all those (Jerry) Leiber and (Mike) Stoller masterpieces are a big part of my life.
"I didn't want to put my name on an album that didn't have room for that kind of song."
Martin also worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O on a track called Sing To Me.
Denzel Washington's return to the Broadway stage has won him rave reviews. The Oscar winner is leading the cast of a revival of race drama A Raisin in the Sun, and the critics love his performance as chauffeur Walter Lee Younger.
Variety has called his latest role "a personal triumph", while USA Today insists Washington's portrayal is "riveting".
British actress Sophie Okonedo also won praise in her Broadway debut as Washington's onstage wife.
New York Times critic Ben Brantley writes, "Despite the central presence of a movie megastar, the 2014 Raisin has a welcome egalitarianism," while The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney adds, "Washington is the star attraction, but it's the harmonious balance of an impeccably matched ensemble that makes (director) Kenny Leon's lovingly staged revival of A Raisin in the Sun so alive with authentic feeling."
He continues: "Washington slides and swaggers around with the physicality of a still-young man who refuses to let go of his dreams."
The latest production of Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning 1959 drama, currently playing at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, also features Sean Patrick Thomas, Anika Noni Rose and Samuel L. Jackson's actress wife Latanya Richardson Jackson.
Friday Night Tykes is a new show on Esquire that will change your life forever. Now, if you live Down South, the images of competitive football for children may not surprise you. But if you're a Yankee, or from anywhere in the world that is not Texas (better known as football country), then you are simply not ready:
When the show first premiered, Twitter was all a-buzz with rage. Is the show tantamount to child abuse? Are the coaches clinically insane? And what kind of parents would sign their babies up for this madness?
Well, the good thing about the show is that it raises these and other interesting questions. For parents who are not interested in their children getting a "participation" trophy, these teams make a lot of sense. And you could, if you wanted to play devil's advocate, liken the intensity of these teams to the intensity young girls and boys experience when they're in training for competitive gymnastics. The risk of injury, the lessons in discipline, the pressure, and the ultimate pay-off are all high. But is it ultimately worth it? Does it strip innocent children of their youth? Or are the children on Friday Night Tykes learning invaluable lessons in responsibility and hard work in a world where too many children never get these lessons?
These are all difficult questions to answer, and you'll probably have to tune in (Tuesdays, 9:00 pm EST) to make a real determination. Plus if you watch, you'll get a chance to meet this lady:
Yeah. You're not ready for Friday Night Tykes.
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Somebody over at E! decided to devote a couple of hours of the network's holiday schedule to a shiny new documentary on Britney Spears and her preparations for her "Piece of Me" Vegas residency. Somebody is getting fired.
The two-hour special, I Am Britney Jean, only pulled 706,000 viewers in Sunday primetime on Dec. 22. Its heaviest competition was Sunday Night Football — not exactly the same audience. It's more likely that the viewers E! expected to tune in clicked over to a rerun of NBC's Sound of Music, Live! instead. All the while, Britney's new album, Britney Jean, was dropping like a rock out of the Billboard Top 20. It only sold 107,000 copies in its first week. Dark days for the money-printing machine that was Britney's heavily influenced image.
It's too late for a veil-lifting documentary. The veil has already been lifted and we know this ain't what's underneath. Whatever joy America gets from watching Housewives dump glasses of wine on each other or Miley Cyrus grinding on a teddy bear does not extend to seeing a young woman go through the motions that her publicists and managers dictate while looking like she's taking Walter Mitty-style trips in her head just to escape. Give us a hot mess who's in on the joke and we'll gleefully eat it up. But we don't want to watch Britney get ready to install herself as complementary high-roller benefit when she looks like she'd rather be anywhere else.
No one buys that she has the kind of artistic power that Britney's shown wielding in this special. And while she's polite, warm, and actually quite open, those qualities make E!'s tacky production all the more wince-inducing. Maybe viewers checked out after the first few minutes of the documentary, when the producers chose to leave in a joke that Britney makes comparing her on/off-stage personas to bipolar disorder, one which some believe she actually suffers from.
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If you could hop in a time machine, travel back to 2004, and tell the producers of the original Anchorman that their film would become the most omnipresent cinematic property of 2013, just how long would it take them to stop laughing before calling the insane asylum? Improbable as it may be, Anchorman has somehow rode a steady wave of Internet memes and oft-repeated quotes from a modest box-office hit into a legitimate comedy mega-franchise, with companies from Jockey to Chrysler using the moustachioed, scotch-swilling dufus, Ron Burgundy to sell everything from colored briefs to Dodge Durangos. The graduation from everyday film to film franchise isnt complete without some possible spin-off news.
Director Adam McKay has said in an interview with Collider that he is planning a new G-rated Anchorman installment that follows Ron Burgundy's son, Walter Burgundy, and the family dog Baxter. The speculative project would detail the young Burgundy's adventures while his father Ron is away. This spin-off is a completely zany idea that fits right into the mad cap lapse in logic that the Anchorman films thrive on. So what G-rated adventures could Walter Burgundy and Baxter be up to? Why don’t we take some uneducated guesses.
Walter Burgundy commits a hostile takeover of his grade school's news program.Ron Burgundy's son isn't nearly as goofy and harmless as his dad. While he does take after his dad's love of '70s suits and his extreme fondness for facial hair (his moustache is mighty impressive for a grade-schooler), he has far more in common with another famous Walter from Albuquerque. He still possesses his father's intense love for local televised journalism, but he would rather see San Diego Elementary quivering under his boot than move up the ranks in the journalism world the slow way. Welcome your new overlord, San Diego!
Walter and Baxter fight the news programs from other schools.Just like the legendary scene in the first Anchorman, we imagine that Walter and Baxter will get into a street fight with the news programs from other elementary schools, but this fight will probably have fewer tridents and grenades, and more wedgies and purple-nurples. Cameos from Wes Mantooth Jr. and a tiny Tim Robbins, perhaps?
Walter and Baxter look for loveThe grade school news game can get pretty lonely. Tired of drowning his sorrows in a couple fingers of apple juice each night, Walter rallies Baxter to go out and find love. The two hit the streets of San Diego to impress the pretty fourth graders. Good thing Ron Burgundy taught his son a thing or two about the most seductive instrument of them all: the jazz flute.