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Ricky Gervais writing and co-directing a feature?!? It's called THIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH and...

... and it sounds awesome! Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm a huge gonzo crazy nuts fan of Ricky Gervais'. EXTRAS has been rocking balls and I can't wait for the third and final season to hit! Gervais has wrapped on Extras and now he's moving into features, co-writing and co-directing (with Matt Robinson) a feature called THIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH. The flick is set in a contemporary world where no one has ever lied... sounds like an alternate universe type deal. Familiar, but radically different. Anyway, Gervais will play a performer who tells this world's first lie ever and realizes the power he can wield with lies... and, of course, abuses it for personal gain. Apparently this character will work in the film industry where actors are actually more like readers who tell completely factual stories. One day he's about to lose his job and it hits him to start making up "long lost stories" and the comedy ensues. Sounds great to me. There's very much room for Gervais' patented awkward humor... now if only he can get Larry David in there somewhere and we'll have the world's most awkward situational comedy ever...

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  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    First Posters Suck Balls!!


    So does Larry David, but that's another issue.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Sorry, I Couldn't Resist


    I actually have zero interest in this story.<br><br>I just keep refreshing the home page, waiting with my geek obsessive-compulsive disorder in full demonstration, for another Tron story. I don't have a Tron suit like the Tron guy, but I love me some Tron. They had, what, seventy-eight articles on Saw 3 in a 5 day period? Surely there's another shout-out to the possible Tron sequel out there.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    No third season

    by Dr. Zempf

    There won't be a third season of "Extras", but Gervais and Merchant are currently filming a one-off christmas special starring Clive Owen, singer George Michael and a few other celebs I can't remeber right now. And that should be it for "Extras".

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Quint, there won't be a season three...

    by Boba Fat

    Just a one off special at Christmas in the UK.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Zempf you quick typer you!

    by Boba Fat


  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    No Season 3? Good.

    by henrydalton

    'Cos season two was a fucking mess.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Sounds hilarious.

    by jimmy_009

    Gervais can do no wrong in these boy's eyes.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Gervais great in everything, except Night at the Museum

    by Pound Sand

    But that one had Carla Gugino working on a PHD, so it's a wash.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    No season 3, just a hourlong Christmas special

    by performingmonkey

    There was no need for a third season, just like The Office.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    "Rocking Balls"

    by PotSmokinAlien

    if you gotta say something rocks something else and not just that it rocks why not say it "rocks the house" or "the motherfucking house" if you must be off color? "(x) has been rocking balls" or "this rocks balls!" is not something anybody says. but it does contain a reference to male anatomy!!!!!!! so i guess it is right at home on this island of lost adolescent boys

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    What about "Cool as Balls?" PotSmokinAlien

    by Pound Sand

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Why do I think that most jokes will be about...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...Gervais character, saying or doing something emberassing and then his co-workers or some celebrities around him will look at him and shake his head, like saying "What an idiot".<br> (Don't care for typos, because I just got up :P)

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Season 2 was a mess?

    by MikeTheSpike

    No way. After a mildly-disappointing first season, the second was as good as anything on Office. And that, good sir, is the truth.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Gervais is a one-trick pony...

    by stones_throw

    ...and the description of this film doesn't sound too hot.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Will this one feature...


    ...a super-cute kid and Maura Tierney?

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Ricky, Steve, and Karl fans: New podcast available!

    by JackLint

    Gervais is currently on his Fame tour in England and as a gift to his fans, he's been giving out free CDs at the show of his latest podcast. Get it at - a fantastic site, where you can also download all 80 XFM Radio shows with Ricky Steve and Karl, and various television programs ("Ricky Gervais Meets Larry David" is a must see).

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    you can tell Gervais is a BIG fan of Larry David:

    by future help

    and i like that.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Gervais is a one trick pony i'm afraid

    by goatboy500

    ....and I actually like him too, but the office is just a rip off of a british series called People Like Us and Extras is an incredibly lame attempt at a Larry Sanders type show where the subtlety is jettisoned in favour of disabled, sometimes racist jokes, with celebrities turing into cartoonish gargoyle versions of themselves. It was good, but it wasn't larry sanders good. (But then what is??) You should watch Ricky Gervais Meets Garry Shandling ojn youtube by the way. Especially if you hated the backslapping hell that was ...meets Larry David. Seriously, Gervais has created 2 shows and to date has only done 2 stand up tours yet he thinks he's an established comedic genius. Lets just say the great Mr Shandling takes Ricky to task on more than one occassion for using overtly anti semetic and disaabled jokes just to get cheap laughs. priceless, and a sobering experience for anyone who thinks Gervais invented 'awkward' comedy.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Never liked gervais

    by kingoflight

    Never watched the office or any of his stand up, he looks like a slimey fat git.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    No. Cast Gary Shandling...

    by Christopher3

    Alongside Gervais and you'll get the most uncomfortable movie ever made.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Gervais is a genius

    by Bono Luthor

    It always amazes me when people just come on here to go 'meh, that's crap' about something. I could normally not give a fuck, but I seriously mis-trust people who don't get Gervais. Almost all the people I know who don't get him subscribe to a very non-critical, politically safe world view. So yeah, just this once, I gotta be nasty and say if you don't like Ricky Gervais, then fuck you. Seriously.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Ricky rules

    by v for vienetta

    Can't wait to see him at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday!

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    HOUSTON500 - your theories are stupid

    by quamb

    Gervais ripped off Larry Sanders & People Like Us?? Are you insane?? You know, just because something is in the same genre or style, does not mean it's ripped anything off.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    New podcast?

    by Loopster

    Sweet. That shit is hilarious. Gervais is a legend plain and simple.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Bono Luther...

    by Francis Begbie

    I get Gervais, I watched the first season of the British office so I didn't feel bad watching the American, but I have to say, I don't find Gervais funny. I get it, he is awkward and makes himself out to be the idiot, but it's not that funny. I agree with one of the other posters calling him a one trick pony.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Gervais is

    by pearboy

    one of the comic geniuses of the 21 century. Those who say he is a one trick pony are amazingly short sighted. I for one and glad that there are comedians like Larry David and Ricky Gervais out there doing their thing. It means we get less of the crappy campy shit! You guys should check out that interview between Gervais and David. They have awesome chemistry it would be great to see them both on screen. If Larry were ever to meet his match on curb, Ricky would be it!

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Bono Luther

    by henrydalton

    I actually really like Ricky Gervais (well, maybe not the 11 O'Clock show stuff so much.) The two seasons and specials of The Office never let up in quality, and Extras series 1 was a fantastic follow up. But I felt that the quality drop-off in series 2 of Extras was immense. It was ironic that it tried to be a satire on low-brow, 'catchphrase' humour, and yet all the jokes were much broader and more obvious than in season one (or in the Office). It had potential and the rare good scene, but it felt like a first draft that had been rushed out to catch the popularity wave rather than really being polished and considered.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    saw Gervais live at Edinburgh Castle


    and it was a very funny time. near the knuckle stuff about everything from aids to cancer and incestuous cottaging!<P>I wouldn't say he's a one trick pony, that's a bit like saying Woody Allen is or chaplin or Jesus. If you don't like him fair enough, tough shite! 'I do think he's funny' I thought For Your concideration was just shit with or without him and didn't bother with Night at the Museum because I don't find Ben Stiller very funny but I can listen to Gervais chat about hamster dildos and chinese whispers and it makes me laugh. Don't know about ripping People like us but I'd say the moc-doc Spinal Tap was a big influence on the Office and his cringe inducing style of humour and there's nowt wrong with that in my book.<P>Go and be funnier than Gervais and I'll pay to see you, Moany Twats!

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Extras was below par

    by abner pepper

    I love Gervais but i thought that Extras paled in comparison to The Office.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    Some of his stuff is moderately funny sometimes... but on the whole he's simply overrated FUCKING TOSS. And that's a critical analysis, boyos.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Stephen Merchant made Extras special...

    by mr

    ...he owned the show

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    No Season 3 Was Common Knowledge

    by Birdys Piano Teacher

    How did AICN not know that?

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    this sounds based on something and I can't remember

    by modlight

    what. And it is going to drive me nuts until I remember what it was.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I got out my Office dvds the other day and

    by eggbeater

    watched a couple episodes. It really is one of the funniest shows of all time. And as cheesy as it sounds, it has a lot of heart. Pure genius

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    merchant and Gervais - great double act

    by theycallmemrglass

    Stephen merchant wrote the Office with gervais but was not in the cast. Why?! He is Funny as hell. As for Gervais, he is God. A funny God. Actually he might be an aithist so um hes just..well..funny. He always did say that Spinal tap was his greatest influence on his type of comedy and it shows.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Best Script I've Read...

    by Mr. Winston the last year. Now I'll freely admit that I'm not at all tired of Gervais's act/persona, and I'm equally not convinced that he can't do anything else - he just hasn't been asked to yet - but all the same, this one really grabbed me. <br> <br> The way this is'll be more of the same Gervais from THE OFFICE and EXTRAS, but with a milder character more like that on the former. The concept might seem a little gimmicky, but the way it plays out is not only extremely funny but, surprisingly, produces a bunch of really heartfelt moments. <br> <br> I hope to God this gets picked up somewhere. It won't be for everyone (some won't be able to get past the first scene, which requires a good bit of suspension of disbelief), but I think a good many will hail it as genius.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    SEASON 3

    by The Real MiraJeff

    If you actually click on the link to Variety, you'll see that there IS a Season 3, starting Dec. 18th.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Season 3 - I concur there is only a sxmas special

    by theycallmemrglass

    Thats is what has been widely reported here in UK.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    hmmm Mirajeff - I really think Variety has it wrong

    by theycallmemrglass

    They say Dec 18th season 3 starts. Well i suspect that is the Xmas special. And will end at that. Variety thinks its a new season. But no new seasons of anything starts at such time of the year. Having said that - I would be so estatic if it was a whole new season but I just dont think it will be :(

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Checked on Wikipedia entry for Extras

    by theycallmemrglass

    As many talk backers and myself has stated. There will not be a new series. Just a One off Xmas special. gervais did exactly the same thing for the Office.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Better than Voigt-Kampff.

    by DocPazuzu

    I have a series of yes-no questions, accumulated over the years, which I find function astonishingly well when it comes to judging people. One of those things is "Do you like BBC's The Office?" If the answer is no, then that person is someone I simply don't have any desire to get to know. Answering "no" to that is like saying "I'm a tasteless replitard with no soul or sense of humor".

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Extras v The Office

    by DirkD13"

    My breakdown goes in order of funniest first:<p>The Office S1<p>Extras S2<p>The Office S2<p>Extras S1.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Of course...

    by DirkD13" do realise that Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was far far funnier and way more inventive than anything else in 20 years of British comedy. Seek it out it is literally amazing.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Darkplace is fucking hilarious. I still almost crap myself laughing every time I see Dagless's running flip while holding a baby as the ambulance explodes behind him in the opening credits. And that's just a simple visual gag. Comedy GOLD!

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Merchant was in the office

    by drewlicious

    But it was just for one episode. Gervais makes a remark about his buggy eyes and makes him cry. Pretty funny. On a sidenote would people shut up about "subtle" humor. Come on, that's pretentious bullshit and you all know it. For the most part laughter is reflexive and almost immediate. Funny is funny simple as that. That's not to say I excuse broad comedy, I don't. I just don't like lazy comedy, like Ben Stiller being hit in the balls for the umpteenth time. So quit telling me that Extras season 2 is inferior to season 1 because it might actually be more broad. If you did you might end up discounting the fact that it does what most shows don't, it revamps it's theme going from a man trying to achieve his dream to a man selling out his dream and watching it wither and die. So finally just stop this pseudo-intellectual bullshit already. Why don't you just ask me if I'm a Marx brothers fan or a Stooges fan. Can't I like both?

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I thought Season 2 of Extras was way better than 1

    by INWOsuxRED

    and I also distrust people that don't like Gervais. I'm also pretty sure I learned that Extras would end with a Christmas Special on this site.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Sounds like classic Woody Allen!

    by RyaSKre

    I'm getting a Zelig/Take the Money and Run vibe, and it's got me psyched as balls!

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    but I don't get the Christmas Special thing

    by INWOsuxRED

    you can say Extras doesn't need a Season 3, but why does it NEED a special? There isn't an obvious dangling storyline like the Office. I just dont' see it needing a proper end. I'll be glad if it is funny, but I don't have an emotional connection to any of the characters.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Season 2, a mess? Is 'e havin' a laugh?!

    by bswise

    He's havin' a laugh! Season 2 of Extras was hilarious! The David Bowie "sad fat clown" song, Daniel Radcliffe as a sex-crazed virgin, the gay play episode when he stuck the bottle in his mouth... c'mon, what are you people dead inside? I agree, the special is probably unnecessary, but wil probably be quite nice, likely revolving around Andy and Maggie's unrequieted relationship, and whether it's even worth it for Andy to stay in the game or not. Extras, a great show all around.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Oggy !

    by Jaws Wayne

    That was Merchant's nickname in The Office (best comedy series ever...). The talked about movie could be fun, I will surely watch it. And Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno of course.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I lost it when....

    by drewlicious

    He knocked Warwick Davis out. Now that's comedy.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Right, so there was this monkey, right?

    by PushTheButton

    Karl rules. Ricky is the most boisterous of the trio, but clearly the least talented. Funny how that works.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    "You're talking shit, Karl"

    by Birdys Piano Teacher

    "Stop talking shit." haha. Search for the old XFM shows or whatever they call 'em in England. Worth the effort.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    gervais has escaped up his own arse

    by misnomer

    I swear that man thinks hes good looking too. I liked the office alot, didnt mind extras...but I do agree with some of the sentiment on here. ...there are tons of better british comedies than the office (e.g peepshow) but I guess this is gervais' time to shine. or not.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 8:50 p.m. CST

    NEW John Rambo Trailer sneaks online.

    by Orionsangels

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    “John Rambo” Production Stills

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  • Sept. 13, 2007, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Oh snap! AICN already posted it!

    by Orionsangels

    How embarrassing. I hate these Internet moments. How could I have missed the story of the Rambo trailer though? I check AICN everyday.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Is MiraJeff too dumb to be on staff at a news site?

    by Sledge Hammer

    I vote yes.

  • Sept. 13, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by Spidey3SUCKED

    But I just watched Superman Doomsday, and holy shit DC FUCKED hat up! What a fucking disgrace!

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais isn't funny....

    by crieff405

    I mean, after The Office, wasn't it a safe move to go the celebrity friend/cameo route? I hated The Office anyway, and that Simpsons episode he did was dreadful, even for late period Simpsons.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Fuck Gervais

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    This guy is possibly the most irritating people around at the minute. He's write good writer but Ricky Gervais himself is not funny. His stand up show is awful, his podcasts were so difficult to listen to, during interviews he sucks balls. The office was Ok, Extras was made by the guest star. I'm English and It boggles the mind how this guy is so big and so many other much more funny and less annoying people get left behind. I'm not an angry person but I just don't get it what so ever.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 3:24 a.m. CST

    quamb... fuck off.

    by goatboy500

    Actually my thoeries aren't stupid. look at the facts. people like us was done almost a decade before the office and was a mockumentary about a different office each week, complete with talking head interviews and awkward silences. The Larry Sanders show was a satirical comedy where the celebrities are as fucked up, unhappy and insecure as anyone else. both done way before the office and extras. Gervais himself has said , and i quote...'No Larry Sanders, no Office, simple as that'. Not what i'd call the same genre at all, i'd call it ripping it off. (the premise, not the material...douche) Now if you'd read my post you'd have seen that I actually LIKE Gervais, I think he's funny as a bucket of dead babies... i just don't get this whole 'genius' bullshit. There are funnier and more subversive comedians and writers out there that have been doing it for longer and better than Gervais. Doug Stanhope for example. But yes, I stand by what I said, Gervais is a one trick pony. That trick? Ripping his heroes off. But thats cool, I can dig it.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Fuck Gervais!?


    It's an act! He's acting, writing and starring and showing off and probably irritating you because you believe it when he says nasty things and goes on and on about his awards and shit!<P>I think he's and naturally funny, to look at even and deserves all the success and acclaim he's had coz he had the nuts and talent obviously alongside his co-writers and stars to slowly bring back some decent fucking Brittish comedy and along with Father Ted and PeepShow has given me stuff to actually look forward to watching on a TV riddled with way too many channels, filled with shit that I still have to pay for by law!?!<P>He doesn't really hate dwarves or ill people or torture office workers or pose any threat to anyone with his wit unless you can't work out what he's saying is said in jest, you know, to make us laugh!<P>You obviously are getting all angry and shit so why not find him in real life, tell him he's 'write good writer but not funny'<P>I think he'd find your writing hilarious and probably throw money at you.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Gervais prob is racist, hate dwarves, ill people...

    by theycallmemrglass

    ...and has found a most clever way of hiding it by pretending to play a funny character who tries to show that he is not prejudice and fails miserably. Or maybe not - maybe h is the most prejudice bloke in the world. Personally, I think he's neither of the extremes and is just like every one of us. And that is what he is trying to show. That we are all prejudice in some ways including Gervais. but its how we all deal with our prejudices (or just awkwardness of someone else's abnormal feature) is what makes attractive material for him. Sometimes we face people who perhaps we dont like or has an obvious disability but we try to treat them normal but at the back of our mind we would be thinking about their disability or race. Gervais brings what is at the back of our minds to the fore with hilarious results.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 5:04 a.m. CST


    by Affleckwasthebomb

    It's not that I get offended by what he says I just don't think what he says is funny. I'll laugh at jokes about ill people and midgets all day long. Take one of Gervais heroes, Sanders(larry not the colonel) Curb is genius, but some times Larry is pretty horrible I still find it hilarious. I'm not angry about what he says I'm angry because he's not that could if Stephen Merchant is writting with him. If you want to know the secret behind his success, get your self a talented co writer. Gervais is just a failed pop star who got lucky with the friends he made.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    There is no Season 3

    by hrogthrar

    He's resting on his fucking laurels.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    resting on his fucking laurels

    by hrogthrar

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by Affleckwasthebomb

    Thank you. Some one else who appreciates it's genius. I watched, scotched mist and the creeping moss from the shores of Shuggoth. The show is truly a work of genius. It's so ridiculess but the sublte touches and amazing. Garth Marenghi, "With this show, I wanted people to laugh and cry... and shit themselves all at the same time."

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Isn't that the point of humour....

    by TheEnglishBear

    Not everyone sees the same people or situations funny. For example a significant section of British humour is based on irony something which some (many) other cultures just don't get. In my opinion Ricky Gervais is funny because quite simply he makes me laugh, something that many comedians don't. Other people find Chris Rock funny, I however don't as I have no real appreciation of his type of humour. I don't really feel strongly enough about him to suggest he "sucks balls" though or whatever nonsense tumbles out of some people's mouths. I tend to just avoid the humour I don't appreciate. Hey if we were all the same...

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Personal taste

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I totally get that, it just boggles the mind that my opinion is so far removed from the crowd. I'm usually pretty good at liking whateveryone else likes. I'm good at being a sheep. And how can you not laugh at Chris rock doing the expensive bullets routine, brilliant. But yeah I know everyone likes different shit, I just can't get over how much of a minority I'm in.

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    How long do you think it will take before Ricky Gervais becomes cannibalized by hollywood ala Ben Stiller style? Or do you feel that he is better then that?

  • Sept. 14, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I don't think he is better than that

    by INWOsuxRED

    Wasn't he already in a Ben Stiller movie?

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