The 2019 New York Toy Fair is in full swing, and that means we’ll be hearing a ton of new announcements regarding toys and collectibles inspired by your favorite films and TV shows. It should come as no surprise that the folks at Funko have churned out a bunch of new announcements expanding their endless line of Funko POP figures. And some long-awaited franchises will finally be making their vinyl figure debut.
Funko has announced a new wave of The Simpsons POPS, a line that will likely become one of the biggest the company has ever released. The Office fans will be happy to see that the employees of Dunder-Mifflin are also getting a whole like of Funko POPs. And those who still like The Big Bang Theory can finally add more POPs to their collections. But there’s so much more than that from the 2019 Funko POP announcements. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 by Jacob Hall
Netflix seems to announce a new original series every day or so, filling the service with more shows to binge than humanly possible. And yet, that increasingly massive library isn’t always the main draw for subscribers. Case in point: it seems that NBC’s The Office, which ended its nine season run in 2013, remains one of the most popular shows on Netflix, even in the face of so many Hot New Serialized Streaming Experiences.
This raises a very important question: what happens when NBCUniversal’s new streaming service launches next year? Where does The Office live?
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cult favorite comedy Office Space. The movie bombed spectacularly at the box office with just under $11 million made in its entire domestic run. That was barely enough to cover the film’s budget. But against all odds, the movie found a big audience on home video and cable and has since become one of the most quoted and beloved comedies of the ’90s.
Since this year is a milestone anniversary for Office Space, writer/director Mike Judge, cast members Ron Livingston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole and some key crew members sat down for an oral history of the film to discuss how it came together, who nearly starred in the movie, why Madonna finds Michael Bolton sexy and much more. Find out everything we learned from the Office Space oral history below. Read More »
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved comedy series than The Office. Fans are endlessly watching reruns now that they’re playing on Comedy Central all the time, and they’ve also watched the series over and over again as one of the most popular library titles on Netflix. But The Office wasn’t always a hit. In fact, the first season of the series was mostly seen as a failure, and the show was nearly doomed from the beginning. So how did the show survive seemingly insurmountable odds?
The Office producer Michael Schur, who also played Dwight Schrute’s oddball cousin Mose on the series, has gone on to create such hit shows as Parks and Recreation and The Good Place. But initially, he was just a writer finding his own way in network television, and he observed how the series was able to survive past a first season that would have gotten most shows canceled. Read More »
Plenty of shows from years past are making comebacks with reunions and revivals, but the one that’s in the most demand won’t have one of the key parts of the series if it happens.
Steve Carell has become a huge movie star since his stint on The Office as bumbling, offensive Dunder-Mifflin manager Michael Scott, and he simply doesn’t want to come back to the network series. But it’s not because he’s too busy with movies, and it’s not even because he thinks bringing Michael Scott back in today’s social climate would be difficult (though he does think that). Instead, Steve Carell simply doesn’t want to try to capture lightning in a bottle again and come up short. Read More »
As the unseen prompt for Michael Scott’s long “NOOOOOOOO” that has endured to become one of the Internet’s favorite reaction GIFs, Paul Lieberstein – best known for playing Toby on The Office – has often done his best work under the radar. In addition to playing Dunder Mifflin’s favorite killjoy in front of the camera, Lieberstein was a key creative force behind production of The Office as well, serving as a writer, director and showrunner throughout the series’ run.
Since the show came to a close five years ago, Lieberstein has stayed mostly in the television world, lending his talents to both HBO’s The Newsroom and Fox’s Ghosted. But he’s begun to branch out into the world of indie film with his feature writing and directing debut Song of Back and Neck, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Lieberstein also appears in the film as protagonist Fred Trolleycar, a middle-aged office drone who must come to terms with all the complications that stem from his chronic back and neck pain – an experience which came directly from the star’s own life.
I caught the film there back in April and reviewed it positively, writing that Lieberstein is adept at “handling some slightly morose material with equal parts sincerity and dry humor.” We were able to chat further about the film earlier this month and talked about how he made the leap from TV to movies. Our phone call was shortly after Steve Carell gathered a few former co-stars from The Office in his Saturday Night Live monologue, so naturally our conversation had to start with some discussion about a potential reunion or revival for the show.
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If an Office revival happens, don’t count on Steve Carell to be involved. The actor, who played terrible boss Michael Scott on the hit NBC comedy, recently shared his thoughts on a potential revival, and not only does he think a revival is a bad idea, he also believes the show wouldn’t work in today’s climate.
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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, get some tips about recording voiceover for an animated series from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland. Plus, watch a supercut of The Office featuring just one second from each episode, and check out a video essay about No Country for Old Men that focuses on how it doesn’t underestimate the audience. Read More »
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One of the greatest friendly rivalries in the history of television is undoubtedly that of Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), two of the top salespeople from the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company followed closely in the mockumentary series The Office. However, that rivalry is about to be taken to a new level.
Tom Clancy’s Jim Ryan is a new series that we wish was real on Amazon where the titular analyst must go undercover as a paper salesman is forced to deal with a top security threat in the form of another salesman at the company. Mixing footage from Amazon’s Jack Ryan series with The Office makes for a trailer mash-up that is better than it has any right to be. Watch below! Read More »
It’s been five years since NBC’s hit comedy The Office came to an end, turning the mockumentary cameras away from the employees of Dunder-Mifflin. However, fans are wondering exactly what the people person’s paper people are up to now, and so is series star John Krasinski.
In a recent interview, Krasinski was asked about the prospect of appearing in a The Office reunion, should one ever come together, and the actor is 100% down to be part of something like that. In fact, he’s just as curious as fans of the show are when it comes to finding out what happened to Jim Halpert. Read More »