Ghost Town

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The Movie: Ghost Town

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime

The Pitch: After a near-death experience during a routine colonoscopy, people-hating dentist Bertrum Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is shocked to discover that he is suddenly able to talk to the dead. Constantly cornered by unhappy spirits who want him to help resolve their earthly problems, the misanthropic Pincus is driven to distraction. Eventually talked into helping the dearly departed Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), Pincus attempts to talk to Frank’s widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni)

Why It’s Essential Viewing: David Koepp is best known for writing blockbusters hits like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and War of the Worlds. Comedian Ricky Gervais is known for being smarmy, snarky, and generally pompous. But when these two come together in Ghost Town, the result is a charming romantic comedy that somehow turns Ricky Gervais into an endearing leading man when all is said and done. Read More »

RoboCop vs Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what it’s like when RoboCop and Terminator go head-to-head as playable characters in Mortal Kombat 11. Plus, watch a featurette with the cast of Space Force talking about the experience of working with Steve Carell in his first TV series since The Office, and listen to Ricky Gervais answer the web’s most searched questions about him. Read More »

Scoob! Bloopers

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch some recording bloopers featuring the voice cast of Scoob!, the latest big screen Scooby-Doo adaptation from Warner Bros. Animation. Plus, go behind the scenes of Hulu’s new animated series Solar Opposites from the co-creator and writer and Rick and Morty, and learn some British slang from comedian Ricky Gervais. Read More »

The Willoughbys Featurette

Since Netflix isn’t always the best at marketing their new movies and TV shows within their own apps, you might not have realized that their new original animated movie The Willoughbys is already available to watch. But maybe you’re not quite sure if you want to check out the adaptation of the children’s book of the same name by Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry, a new featurette and clip show off the quirky family with a great voice cast, including Ricky Gervais as a narrating cat. Read More »

The Willoughbys Clip

Last year, Netflix delivered quite the charming and touching animated Christmas movie with Klaus. This year, they’re digging into animation again, this time with the promising quirky comedy The Willoughbys, based on the children’s book of the same name by Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry.

If this is your first time hearing about The Willoughbys, whether in the form of a book or an animated feature film, don’t worry. Netflix has released a The Willoughbys clip featuring Ricky Gervais as the voice of a cat who seems to be well-versed on the titular family. In the clip, he explains the long legacy of the family, including their impressive facial hair, before giving us a rundown of the kids the story focuses on. Read More »

Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we just improvise, grieve in our own comedic way, stumble upon something a little weird, explore beauty through design, and get political.

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2020 Golden Globes Videos

The 77th Golden Globes were held yesterday and there were certainly some surprises among the winners during one of Hollywood’s big awards nights. There were some phenomenal speeches from special honorees like Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks, as well as winners like actress Michelle Williams and Parasite director Bong Joon-ho. But perhaps the most buzzed about part of the night was a scathing monologue from host and comedian Ricky Gervais, who pointed fingers at the hypocrisy, sexism and other issues that have run rampant through Hollywood. Watch the 2020 Golden Globes videos below. Read More »

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Trailer

Plenty of Seinfeld fans are probably hungry for some kind of special celebration in honor the show’s 30th anniversary. We’re not sure if there’s anything in the works on that front, but there will at least be some new programming with Jerry Seinfeld getting back in cars and getting some coffee (and maybe some breakfast, lunch or dinner) with some of the biggest names in comedy.

A new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is coming to Netflix later this month, and the first trailer shows off the impressive roster that Seinfeld is talking to this time, including Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, and more. But first, Seinfeld wants to call off all the blatant ripoffs of the series that have spawned since his web series took off. There are a lot more than you may have realized.

Anyway, get a load of some of the conversations in the new Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee trailer below. Read More »

after life

Ricky Gervais‘ new Netflix comedy series has revealed its After Life cast. Joining Gervais in the dark comedy series about a man who, after a tragedy, decides to start “saying and doing whatever he likes,” include Downton Abbey’s Penelope WiltonGame of ThronesDavid BradleyExtras’ Ashley Jensen, and more.

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It has been well over a decade now since the end of the U.K. Office, which centered around bad boss David Brent and the poor underlings forced to work with him. So what’s the old chap been up to since then? A new Netflix movie promises to answer that question.

Written by, directed by, and starring Ricky GervaisDavid Brent: Life on the Road reveals the former Wernham-Hogg manager is now a traveling salesman for a cleaning products company. When he isn’t pushing mops and brushes, he’s pursuing his dreams of rock stardom with his band, Foregone Conclusion. The mockumentary follows the group on their self-financed U.K. tour, with predictably cringeworthy results. Watch the David Brent: Life on the Road trailer below.  Read More »