(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
A lot can change in a lifetime, so said the meme-able tagline for The Irishman this year. But it doesn’t even take a full life to observe a radical change in the trajectory of a life, as shown by the many artists who changed the course of their careers during the 2010s. It’s one thing to stage a comeback when you’re down and out in the public eye – after all, who doesn’t love an underdog story? – and another to successfully execute a 180-degree shift when things are going fairly smoothly.
This list pays tribute to those in the industry who pulled off pivots that caught us off-guard but did their job of redefining an already established star image. You might notice a running theme in this list: it’s disproportionately male, white and straight, unfortunately. This indicates that there is still room for the industry to improve in the 2020s and allow more opportunities for women, people of color and LGBTQ+ artists to spread their wings and avoid becoming pigeonholed into a single identity. But given the breadth of artists reshaping a well-known persona in this decade, they have many great playbooks to run.
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The Office trailed off in greatness in its last few seasons, largely thanks to the departure of Steve Carell as the totally inappropriate but still lovable idiot Michael Scott. However, even in some of the less satisfying seasons, there are still bright spots. One of them is the 17th episode of the show’s seventh season, where Michael screens his homemade action adventure movie Threat Level Midnight for the employees of Dunder-Mifflin. And now you can watch the entirety of the movie, all 25 minutes of it, for free online. Read More »
The first reviews of the new shows that will be available when the Apple TV+ streaming service launches at the end of the week have hit the web. The four big shows that Apple will have available at launch include the sci-fi epic See, the news business drama The Morning Show, the period comedy Dickinson, and the show which imagines what happens if the space race never ended, For All Mankind. So how are Apple’s first attempts at creating original content? We’ve got a full Apple TV+ shows review round-up so you can find out. Read More »
Remember Space Force? The Steve Carell-starring Netflix show that was announced on the heels of the outrageously silly idea cooked up by our current president? Well, it’s still happening. And it’s rounded out its cast and found itself a director. John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, and more will co-star with Carell, while Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King will direct two episodes. More on the Space Force TV series cast below.
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The world of morning shows is a bit more cutthroat than you’d imagine. Apple TV+ has released the official trailer for The Morning Show, which finally shows the first footage from the highly anticipated dramedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell as TV reporters battling for screen time. Watch The Morning Show trailer below.
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The Morning Show is one of the many high-profile original TV series in Apple TV+’s roster as the tech company makes its bid to enter the competitive streaming field. But apart from a cast list, a very brief summary, and one still image of Jennifer Aniston, there is very little prove that this is a show that exists. But now Apple has released the first The Morning Show teaser trailer, which gives us our first look at the dramedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon. Watch the first The Morning Show teaser trailer below.
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Adam McKay‘s Vice is a very off-the-wall biopic of Dick Cheney, but there was one moment apparently too wacky to include: a musical number. The number comes early in the film, where Christian Bale‘s Cheney is learning the ins and outs of politics from Steve Carell‘s Donald Rumsfeld. McKay talked about the scene previously, and verified it would be included on the Blu-ray release. Now, as the Blu-ray and digital release approaches, the scene is finally available for all to see. Watch the Vice musical number below.
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It’s been five years since former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart got behind the camera for the first time with the drama Rosewater. Now he’s heading back to the big screen with his sophomore directing effort, and a new cast member is in talks to join the production.
Irresistible already had Steve Carell on board as a slick Democratic strategist who helps a retired veteran run for mayor in a small, right-wing town in Wisconsin (famously a swing state in presidential elections). Now Rose Byrne has been cast as his political adversary in the film. Read More »
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In this edition, we take a look at the line-up of 2019 Super Bowl commercials that features some of our favorite stars from film and television. The Mountain from Game of Thrones takes down the Bud Light Knight, Christina Applegate threatens the M&Ms, Harrison Ford can’t get his dog to stop ordering food on Amazon, Michael C. Hall sings for Skittles, and more. Read More »
Donald Trump’s Space Force idea sounded like (and still sounds like) a joke, so making a Space Force comedy series only seems fair. Netflix will launch Space Force to series soon, reuniting Steve Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels in the process. The show will be a workplace comedy focusing on the people who have been tasked with making Trump’s goofy-as-hell Space Force idea a reality.
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