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Steve Carell Discusses DESPICABLE ME, ANCHORMAN 2 And Michael Scott's Departure From THE OFFICE With Mr. Beaks!

Steve Carell is coming for your children. As the voice of the "evil" Gru in DESPICABLE ME, the star of THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN and THE OFFICE has created a perfectly lovable supervillain for kids to laugh at and, ultimately, cheer. Gru dreams of striking fear into the heart of law-abiding citizens everywhere, but generally settles for mild annoyance on a sort of grand-ish scale. His proudest accomplishments: swiping the Times Square jumbotron, the Statue of Liberty (from Vegas) and the Eiffel Tower (ditto). It's all rather innocuous. But when a rival wrongdoer steals an Egyptian pyramid (and cleverly replaces it with an inflatable replica), Gru is suddenly inspired to heist something humans might actually miss: the moon. It's a fun world for Carell to immerse himself in - a colorful variation on the work of Charles Addams that's never too scary or mean-spirited for the little ones (it helps that Gru's villainous nature is consistently undercut by the shenanigans of his bumbling yellow minions). Should the film catch on with families, its success could propel Carell to that rarefied level of movie stardom occupied (at one time or another) by Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin and Mike Myers. When I chatted briefly with Carell a couple of Saturdays ago, he expressed a humble satisfaction with the direction of his career while noting that he doesn't want to cling to his "A-list" status. What's important to him is the quality of the material and his collaborators - which explains why he's eager to work with DATE NIGHT co-star Tina Fey again, and, fingers crossed, revisit his pals on the Channel 4 News Team. In the below interview, we discuss his involvement in developing the character of Gru, the necessity of ANCHORMAN 2, and his thoughts on how Michael Scott should exit THE OFFICE. It's a quick interview, but I was grateful for the time to talk with one of my favorite working comedic actors.

Mr. Beaks: When we talked to Chris Meledandri a few months ago, he said your voice for Gru was a combination of Bela Lugosi and Ricardo Montalban. How did you arrive at that duo?

Steve Carell: That's very, very kind of him. I think that's probably what he heard. It certainly wasn't what I had in the back of my head. (Laughs) You know, I just thought it had to be an accent that's a little bit threatening, a little bit sinister, but also kind of funny and silly. Because it's a kid's movie, you don't want it to get too dark. But you do want to have a little edge to it.

Beaks: The nice thing about Gru is that, while he's the bad guy, the kids are never once afraid of him.

Carell: Oh, that's good. We wanted him to be evil, but not really a bad guy. It's a weird sort of line to walk, too. You wonder how far you can go. When do you lose the audience? When do kids or parents pull back and say, "No, no. That's not appropriate. That's not good." I think they struck a good balance in the sense that he is creepy enough, so that when he makes his turn, you're cheering for him. You're glad that this other side is coming out.

Beaks: It's nice to have a villain as a protagonist in a kids' movie.

Carell: Yeah, it doesn't happen very often.

Beaks: One of the things that's always interesting to me about animated films is that they often assemble a dream team of voice actors, but the talent never really gets to perform together. When you see the film, do you ever find yourself wishing you could've batted the ball around with people like Julie Andrews or Russell Brand?

Carell: It's a little strange. You generally never see anybody until you start promoting it or go to the premiere - then everyone shakes hands and congratulates each other on the wonderful job. It's a little strange because you're doing it in a vacuum; you're standing in front of a microphone and imagining how a scene might play out, and you're giving them as many options as you can. But you just don't know. You're really at the mercy of the director and the editor and the staff that's going to create the animation. You're just one tiny aspect of the movie, one tiny piece, and you're just trying to give them as many options as possible to fit in with all of the other pieces.

Beaks: Was the design of the character impacted at all by what you were doing with the voice?

Carell: I'm not sure. The look of the character evolved a little bit. It was a slightly different look from when I first saw renderings. I think this is pretty typical in terms of animation. They'll do some basic mock-ups of the characters to see what the characters are going to look like - what their facial expressions will look like and how they're going to move. Early on, the character wasn't quite what they were hoping it would be. I think it was a little less accessible and might've been a little too dark. They changed it and tweaked it a bit before it became the Gru you see in the movie. They had those sketches, but I just started in on the voiceover, and I think the character and voice happened simultaneously.

Beaks: I don't know how much you can say about this, but Adam McKay recently talked about trying to put this ANCHORMAN sequel together at Paramount. He said he'd essentially gotten all of you guys to lower your quotes a little so they could make it for a reasonable budget, hoping that the studio would go for that. They did not. Is there any regret on your end? And are you holding out any hope that this might come back?

Carell: I hope so. I really do. I think of any movie that I've been involved in, this one lends itself to a follow-up. Selfishly, it was probably the most fun I've had doing anything. Those guys... that was one of the best experiences of my life. It was the kind of job where you laugh until you cry every day; you can be certain that when you show up to work for the day that, at some point, you will be in tears with laughter. So, selfishly, I would like to do it. We're all friends; I think it would just be fun. I hope they can work it out. The four of us are absolutely committed to doing it if they can work it out. Maybe some day it will come to pass.

Beaks: We can only hope. I always assumed the difficulty in getting you guys back together would be the fact that you've all become big stars. It's strange that it played out the other way.

Carell: Well, we'll see. Things can turn around in a moment. You never know. I hope at some point they work it out because... I really think it could be great. The movie did well when it came out, but it's really grown in popularity in the intervening years.

Beaks: It's one of the most quoted films. It's become like CADDYSHACK in that regard.

Carell: Man, it was fun. That was just a joy all the way through.

Beaks: Once your film career took off after ANCHORMAN and THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, did you immediately start developing vehicles for yourself? And are you looking to maintain this "comic lead" persona?

Carell: Well, sure. If I can. It's not anything I want to cling to. If it continues to go this way, great. But I don't want to be too precious about it. I just finished a movie with Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore, and that's sort of in a different vein. I hope to work with Tina Fey again; we're trying to develop a movie together that we'd like to do at some point. There are various irons in the fire. We'll just have to see what pops up next.

Beaks: And that new film is [CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE] directed by John Requa and Glen Ficarra.

Carell: Yes.

Beaks; They're terrific writers. I know they didn't write this film [Dan Fogelman did], but does it have that dark, cutting quality that made BAD SANTA so memorable?

Carell: I hope so. I think they definitely have that sensibility. With any moment that might be potentially sentimental, they always find a way to undercut it and not let it get too much so. They're really good. I thought they were great directors: very efficient, very supportive of actors, and fun. It was a really fun set to be on.

Beaks: Was it tightly scripted, or did they leave room for improv?

Carell: Oh, there was room to play. And surprisingly... you look at someone like Ryan Gosling, who you would not expect to be a great improviser and really funny, but he is! He has fantastic comedic instincts. I think he's going to be really great in this.

Beaks: So where do things stand with your exit from THE OFFICE? How are things going to play out for Michael Scott?

Carell: I don't know. I have to talk to the executive producers to see how the next season will play out. It's my hope that it's done in sort of a subtle way. I don't want a big sort of fanfare or finish. The aspect of the show that I like the best is when it examines the minutiae of office life and the mundane qualities of this environment. People leave jobs for all sorts of reasons, so I don't think it needs to be some overly-dramatic or overly-written event. I think it could be very simple, the way his tenure at the office ends. That's what I would prefer.

Beaks: Maybe a melancholy exit?

Carell: Perhaps. But without putting too fine a point on it. Because I think that's life: there's an ebb and flow, and things change. Just don't get too heavy handed with it. That's what I would prefer.

I can't imagine Dunder Mifflin without Michael Scott (or Michael Scott without Dunder Mifflin). Though there will surely be the temptation for a catastrophically humiliating departure, I hope they go with Carell's idea. While you're waiting on the final season of THE OFFICE, take the kids out to see DESPICABLE ME this weekend - and know that, if you opt for 3-D, you won't get LAST AIRBENDER-ed. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • July 9, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Carell is cool

    by The Edges Hat

    He very funny. Very funny indeed. :)

  • July 9, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Michael should lose his job due to the economy

    by BLEST

    run for office, and lose in a landslide. Dwight for campaign manager.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    There will be no Office...

    by shiekybaby

    without Michael Scott, to be honest I am probably in the majority who think it jumped the shark when Pam and Jim got married. I enjoyed it for what it was and no longer compare it to the British Office...but I think the time of the docu-comedy has come and gone.....well except for Modern Family, that shit is hilarious.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    NEW Predators Red Band Trailer just out- OMG!

    by Stunt Vocalist 709

  • July 9, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    How Michael Scott should leave The Office.

    by Allo

    Ryan should read: "I have a message. Michael Scott's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in. There were no survivors."

  • July 9, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Not seeing this movie though

    by andrew coleman

    The ads make me question which came first the script or the ad department ideas. The commercials are just filled with stupid over the top shit that kids will love but will make me yawn. Like the tic-tak guys what the fuck are those. And I have no concept of what the movie actually is like all I know is he shoots people with a freeze ray and a little girl yells "It's so fluffy!". I'd rather see Airbender, it might be horrible but at least it has a plot! When it comes to ending the office I think it should be something people might see coming like Michael getting promoted into the higher ranks of Saber. Instead of him being fired or leaving which has already happened in the series. It will also make a good point that idiots do rise through the ranks and become bosses and CEO's.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I really hope they don't go the obvious route...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    of having Michael marry Holly.

  • July 9, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I want Anchorman 2 dammit!

    by The Dum Guy

    Since all the main cast are doing well, why don't they pony up some dough and get co-producer credits.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I love the Office i'm a huge fan.

    by eric haislar

    But a office with out Micheal Scott is one i don't want to visit. The show should end. Can we start a fan campaign to end a show? has that ever been done before?

  • July 9, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Anchorman 2 would rule.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • July 9, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    continuing the Office

    by Jared

    The only way I'll watch is if Ricky Gervais comes on for a season or two as David Brent.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by Oprah_Duke

    The Office must never end...

  • July 9, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Dwight will take Micheals place as boss...

    by The Dum Guy

    Or so the producers want do.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    ^to do^

    by The Dum Guy

  • July 9, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Dr Evil: The Movie

    by StanGrossman

    That kinda what it sounds like (which I believe is a good thing).

  • July 9, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Anchorman 2 is a no brainer

    by ciroslive

    Its a nigh guaranteed blockbuster and its stuck in development hell? fuck that. What else does McKay need to prove to get the benefit of the doubt with the studio?

  • July 9, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    A pet peeve about the incorrect use of "Jumping the shark"

    by StanGrossman

    It isn't really possible to know when something has "jumped the shark" EXCEPT IN RETROSPECT. You can't say that The Office "jumped the shark" when Jim and Pam got married when that just happened last season. What if the show goes on to do great episodes afterwards (as Lost did after it was declared to have jumped the shark many times in Season 3). That's all. Don't mean to pick on you, Sheikybaby (and I assume that handle comes from the Iron Sheiks appearance on Howard Stern:))

  • July 9, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    The easiest exit from The Office

    by SifoDyasJr.

    would be for Michael to get a big promotion and move to another city (preferably with Holly). Then he could make guest appearances. Based on the last couple of episodes, I think they are setting up either Daryl or Kelly to be the head of the Scranton branch.

  • July 9, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    And Anchorman 2 MUST happen!

    by SifoDyasJr.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Love Steve Carell!

    by NeverTalksBack

    I'll watch anything Carell's in, he is hysterical. I love lamp. WTF with Anchorman2? This is completely baffling, it is by far the most quoted movie of this decade, it makes no sense at all, idiots. As for the Office, I love it still. I do agree it was a bit more uneven this season, but it always manages to crack me up anyway, I just love the whole cast ;) Kinda hope Dwight gets the manager job... and then completely fucks it up and gets undermined by everyone and gets demoted or something. Definitely don't want them to bring someone new in... unless, as Tenenbaum suggested, David Brent shows up, that would be fascinating!

  • July 9, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Thank You Steve Carrell

    by Dave I

    I'm a big fan of the guy. He'll never read this, but I like his approach to film & The Office and think he is a good actor that has great charisma and I wish him the best. <p><p>As far as Michael Scott . . . I hope they have him leave to do something that makes the character happy. Maybe something in sales, or with kids, something that fits the character, just a natural moving on. Something maybe like how he quit to start his own paper company, but maybe just as a general disenchantment of being a manager of a paper company. Being a manager was never REALLY Michael's forte, I'd like to see the character end up somewhere that would be a great fit for his personality. <p><p>Also, while it might be cliche' and predictable, I hope him and Holly sort of ride off into the sunset. Make it subtle, they do not need to get married, but have them push off and set sail starting a relationship and let our imaginations fill in the blanks. And no David Brent. That just seems like a cop-out and really keeps this from staying its own show since that would be demanding U.K. Office comparisons which, considering it'd be coming on the heels of their best actor/character leaving, I doubt they want or need. Besides, we've already done that. I love the U.K. Office, but do not particularly need them to write the David Brent post-script for me, thank you very much. <p><p>-Cheers

  • July 9, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Steve Carrell seems like one of the nicest

    by skimn

    guys to fall into stardom in a long time.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    An Exit, Mr. Carell:

    by -Halfscan-

    "I have a message. Regional Manager... Michael Scott's car... was in an accident... while crossing the Lackawanna River. It spun in. There were no survivors."

  • July 9, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Shit Allo...

    by -Halfscan-

    Beat me too it >.<

  • July 9, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    @ Mr. Beaks...

    by Dingbatty

    Shouldn't it be more interesting to you that in animated films they NEVER assemble the talented individuals who make a living at voice acting, such as Grey DeLisle?

  • July 9, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    I am trapped in a glass case of emotion...

    by FrecklesBauer

    ...until Anchorman 2 comes out. That is all.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Animation Voice Work

    by filegumbo

    I have always been confused about the voice work done in most animated films. Specifically, how do they get performances with all of the voice actors separated? Do the actors do multiple takes of their own lines which are stitched together later? What kinds of performances are missed by not having all of the voice actors in the same room reacting to each other (verbally, facially, etc.)? It would seem you could get a more organic sound that way.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Final season? Doubt it.

    by Life Proof

    NBC will run it into the ground...hopefully with Ted McGinley as the new boss.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Paramount because they made a mistake...

    by DickJones

    ...over NOT greenlighting a guaranteed moneymaker. Fucking dolts.

  • July 9, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    i think there is one reason why this film will never.

    by emeraldboy

    happen. will ferrell. after the mauling land of the lost got. hollywood seems in no hurry to hire him. bar that animated movie he is doing with brad pitt. his career has rally dried up in terms of comedy roles. he could be taken time out. but i dont think hollywood is in a rush to work with him any time soon. I think he was great in stranger than fiction and he did some fine work melinda melinda. could he be doing more serious work, perhaps. i really dont see anchorman 2 happening soon. but anchor man 2: the legend of Brick tamarland?

  • July 9, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    StanGrossman has jumped the shark

    by hawks5999

    The previous use of "jumped the shark" by shiekybaby is actually correct according to the guy who coined the phrase and created the website: "It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now's all downhill. Some call it the climax. We call it 'Jumping the Shark.' From that moment on, the program will simply never be the same" Happy Days, in fact continued for 7 seasons after the Fonze literally jumped the shark in season 5. There were some good episodes but the series overall was less than mediocre. So it's totally possible for someone to identify a "Jumping the Shark" moment in a recent season. Beyond that, it's a personal opinion. Also not picking on you but wanted to alleviate a pet peeve for you so you could direct your pet peeves at something more deserving... Michael Bay, for instance.

  • July 9, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    What about "Get Smart 2"?

    by KingKirby

    That's the follow-up I'm waiting for. I really liked "Get Smart" and hope there's another story there to tell.

  • July 9, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately Dinner for Schmucks was weak

    by SifoDyasJr.

    It wasn't because of Steve, Paul, Jermaine or Zach--when they were allowed to improv it was very funny, but the actual script was lame and relied too much on far-fetched coincidences to move the plot forward.

  • July 9, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    This interview is one sided and non-informative.

    by Professor_Monster

    All it is is beaks saying "i heard you did your voice like Bella and Ricardo" Carrell "No. I didn't mean that" Beaks "What about Anchorman 2, be great if they did a sequel, huh" Carrell "Yep." Beaks "How will you leave the office?" Carrell "I don't know". Horrible. Just horrible. This is called Bit Journalism - you basically have sound bites and you put your questions where they fit.

  • July 9, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Final season?

    by Kremzeek

    I thought the last post on AICN about Carell leaving the Office said they were going to keep it going without him (which I hope they don't). Did I miss something? Are they now ending it with Scott's departure? If so, I think that's definitely good news.

  • July 9, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    carell is a douchebag

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    If you had soooo much fun doing Anchorman, why don't you do it for free then? What, don't care about the fans enough? You're a whore for money? Anchorman was the worst time of your life? I do like Carell but that answer ticked me off

  • July 9, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    No Anchorman 2 is the worst decision ever

    by Adelai Niska

    Message to paramount: If Adam McKay wants to make a movie full of stars who are willing work for a discount, MAKE THAT MOVIE.

  • July 9, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I respect Carell

    by MandrakeRoot

    Not many actors like him have the balls to front a network TV show while still having a successful movie career. You know most actors who are in his position movie-wise would look down upon TV. Plus, despite one or two lame comedies (Evan Almighty) he's never really been in anything flat out awful.

  • July 9, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    HAPPY DAYS was on for 11 seasons, not twelve. So it went on for six more seasons after season five, not seven. Just saying, as long as we're clearing everything up here.<p>For me, the only thing that has "jumped the shark" is THE PHRASE "Jump[ed] The Shark." It's way too overused now.

  • July 9, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais to replace Steve on Office?

    by Galactic


  • July 9, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Blest, that's actually not a half bad idea!

    by RedJester

    I'd be chill with that.

  • July 9, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    David Wallace should replace Michael

    by cookepuss

    They haven't shown him as much as I'd like, but David Wallace would be a perfect replacement. Plus, he has steadily descended into his own little world of peculiarity over the years. He's far from that picture of professionalism that he was in earlier seasons. I think that his new found unemployment status proved this. <p> <p> Bringing on Andy Buckley's character again would make perfect sense. On the one hand, how the mighty have fallen. It would be a major step down for David. On the other hand, being back at work ... at ANY job ... might likely make him embrace DM and its bizarre employees as Michael did.<p> <p> To me, David's the most logical candidate. They already went the Jim route. Dwight would be funnier as their landlord/employee instead of their dark overlord/boss. Nobody's going to trust Ryan again. So, who's left there, if they're to promote from within? Nobody.<p> <p> Bring back David Wallace.

  • July 9, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Does he have any Mego dolls left?

    by Star Hump

    The Aquaman? The Human Torch? What about the video game chair? I hope that bitch didn't make him sell EVERYTHING. Christ...

  • July 9, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    If next season is the last season I think it should end with

    by RedJester

    Dunder Mifflin Paper Company being merged with Wernham Hogg Paper Company and Michael Scott getting let go and replaced by David Brent. Fade to black.

  • July 9, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Some facts...

    by Captain Hollywood

    Sorry if my post doesn't have paragraphs, my iBook is dumb. Everyone here is saying how, "Not making Anchorman 2 is the dumbest decision" but from a look at the facts it's hard to see why Paramount isn't all for it.///// The original cost 26 Million. It made 86 domestically. Pretty damn impressive. (90 mil worldwide). Now a few years have passed and all the stars from it have hit the big leagues. The budget itself would be 50 million+ just for salaries alone. That's just a little less than what the original MADE. I think the time to make it has passed- and if it were to get made it would be like when Family Guy came back. Rejoice with a mixed feeling of "meh still ok but not as good". PREDICTION FOR THE OFFICE: Carrell will leave at episode 13 with Holly. Then return for the finale. Show should end this season, although I just know the actors on the show are just thinking, "I need this... I have nothing after this." Of course we all know the exceptions.

  • July 9, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The Seinfeld finale would be perfect

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    for Michael Scott. For all the reasons it didn't work for Seinfeld it would work for The Office. Michael doesn't help a fat man, goes to jail.

  • July 9, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I love this guy

    by blunted666

    I just plain like hearing him talk. Is it Knocked Up that has the line that's like "Oh, congratulations, you successfully managed to make Steve Carrell look like an asshole" ?

  • July 9, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    This is why he's leaving the Office!

    by brocknroll

    it's beacuse Steve wants to be a full time movie star! He's too famous for the Office TV show now! He's got a big movie career ahead of him. Steve Carell fucking rules! I love him too! :)

  • July 9, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    How he should leave...

    by BurnHollywood

    He walks into a convenience store to buy a soda, doesn't notice a kid trail him in. As he's slapping his money down on the counter, the kid pulls a gun and shoots him in the side of the head at close range.<p> POW, baby...didn't see that one coming, did ya?

  • July 9, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    The Wire for The Office FTW

    by iamnicksaicnsn

  • July 9, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Seriously BurnHollywood

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    as interesting an ending as that was for Omar, I still feel he should have gone out guns-a-blazin'. But that's part of the genius of The Wire - nobody ever gets what they want without pain because the system (be it the government, the police department, or the street) always fucks you in the end.

  • July 9, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    If it's Kelly I may stop watching the show.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Her character can't possibly mined any deeper, can it? She's just not that interesting a character.

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  • July 10, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    I'M Ron Burgandy?

    by billyhitchcock1

    I love Paul Rudd more than life itself. Carrell's ok too :-)

  • July 10, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    iamnicksaicnsn re: kelly

    by mrgray

    True, she's a little shallow, but making Kelly more important = more Mindy Kaling on my TV = mrgray is a happy camper. *love*

  • July 10, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Ted McGinley as the new boss......

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ........that would actually be quite poetic.

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  • July 10, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    You Think Minsy Kaling Is Hot?

    by Crow3711

    Seriously? Yuck. Her body is like a wet paper bag.

  • July 10, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Don't make an ANCHORMAN sequel

    by palimpsest

    Just get the gang back together and make a different movie with a different premise. You don't want to make the equivalent of FLETCH LIVES or CADDYSHACK 2, do you?

  • July 10, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    i was just going to say

    by slickerynodes

    why risk a Caddyshack II? just the thought scares me

  • July 10, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Michael will get fired

    by Dwide Shrewd

    Because he's a bumblefuck of a boss, and should have been canned 3 years ago (which is when the series should have ended, as well).

  • July 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    anchorman the legend of ron burgundy..

    by emeraldboy

    was a film produced by judd apatow. that is reason enough not to have a sequel.

  • July 10, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by webbigail

    If they do what you suggest we will wind up with 'Fierce Creatures' but is that what you want ?

  • July 10, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Living the life

    by malpaso

    ...that Stephen Colbert wished he had.

  • July 10, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Colbert is doing just fine

    by elsewhere

  • July 10, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Lower their quotes little?

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    What does that mean? Instead of 10 million they wanted 9? I don't have any sympathy for them because the studio doesn't want to spend a lot for a movie that will probably flop. They know they won't make money if the budget is 60 mill, and that's a conservative estimate. I'm sure Will wants 20 and McKay wants 20 and everyone else wants 10. That's 60-70 mill just for the cast and director!

  • July 10, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    When did people start liking Anchorman?

    by RPLocke

    Didn't that movie bomb when it came out? Now everyone likes it? I don't get it. I never saw it, and don't intend too.

  • July 10, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    when are they going to make soundproof rooms out of

    by TheJudger

    plexi glass or something, so these actors can see and hear one another while wearing headphones, so they can bat the ball. One ear piece transmits the crew from the sound booth the other transmits the other actors. I bet the improv would be better.

  • July 10, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    The Office Season 6 sucked.

    by JTStarkiller

    And this coming from someone who really enjoyed 4 and 5. He's right for leaving. He needs to move on before it really starts to suck. And I want Anchorman 2 too, but he doesn't need to do it for free. Fuck you, STEPDADDY. Douche.

  • July 10, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Despicable Me was actually pretty funny

    by terry1978

    It has a lot more abstract humor than I thought it would, as the commercials make it out to be kinda cutesy. The Bank of Supervillains was formerly Lehman Brothers....that shit killed me.

  • July 10, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah. They should end it nicely.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Perfect time would be next year.

  • July 10, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Carrels's Exit

    by Dilox Esp

    After mismanaging the guys in shipping, micheal is smashed like a pancake under a giant rool of paper. He survives but is hospitalized for months in a giant rolling traction machine. One bye one, the cast appear and say a final goodbye as Michael slowly spins around.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by Thrillhouse77

    If only they had the balls to have Michael Scott die a hilarious death from his own incompetence.

  • July 11, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

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  • July 11, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Steve Carell can do no harm

    by RadioPat

    I hope he's able to stick around for a long, long time. I just saw Despicable Me and it is fantastic.

  • July 11, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    "Wake Up, Ron Burgundy" has awesome moments, too

    by Behemoth

    ...especially Champ Kind professing his love for Ron, Brick eating from a trash can, and my favorite, when they all get lost in the hills and think they're miles from civilization. Rudd is injured and Ron and Champ decide they have to eat him to survive, even though a 7-11 sign is seen off in the distance. Probably the funniest scene in all Anchorman-dom, as Champ holds a rock over Rudd's head whilst Burgundy approaches him slowly singing him lullabies.

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  • July 11, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    How's the 3-D on this?

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    I've been burned twice now. First Avaturd and then Toy Story 2. The 3D was shit in both of em. If it's not coming at you three quarters of the movie there's just no point. So how is the 3D?

  • July 12, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Cute movie, but DAMN Jason Segel sucks!!!

    by FeralAngel

    What a horrible voice he did for the bratty bad guy. Not once was he funny, not ONCE. Worse than when Rosie O'Donnell nearly killed Disney's Tarzan movie with her abrasive obnoxious ape voice. Jeez, this celebrity/cartoon voice shit has GOT TO STOP. I couldn't care less if Bigshot Dipshit Current Celebrity did a voice in a movie, I don't go to the movies for that. Anyhoo, again, the movie was cute in pretty much all the right ways. Nice to see a light fun movie minus all the Pixar angst once in a while...

  • July 12, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    yeah tell that to Evan Almighty, RadioPat

    by WickedJacob

    or Get Smart

  • July 12, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    As someone mentioned...

    by BizarroJerry

    Though I don't really know for sure, there's gotta be a group of voice actors who are upset over the past 10 or 15 years of movie studios using well known actors to voice characters in animated movies, and helping to use them as a draw for people. It must have pushed lots of voice actors out of movie and having to focus mostly on TV work. This is something that occurred to me while watching some Futurama DVDs. The voice actors all seem to be a tight group. They all were quick to point out who was doing what voice and who great they were at it, etc. Just look at the cast of shows like the Simpsons and Futurama. When you can create distinct voices for several characters all on one show, you're damn talented.<p>I understand why movie execs do it, but considering the bland character voices that some regular actors give us, I'd say voice actors are getting screwed. I'd have to go back and blame Disney for casting Robin Williams as the genie in Aladdin. I suppose he wasn't the first -- some old Disney movies had recognizable singers and actors doing voices, but almost a whole cast of big stars -- and casting Williams made sense. But I think it set the precedent.

  • July 12, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Michael Scott tells Jim or Dwight he was a great #2...

    by Fah_Q

    ...then enters the church where he is united with the office-chair model and Ed Truck and then they can all go to Heaven...credits

  • July 12, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Steve Carell is half right...

    by slappy magoo

    ...half wrong. Michael Scott's departure from The Office should be epic, and heartfelt and moving and all that. Michael should do the "Dead Poet's Society" ending I'm sure a cat like him would envision were he real. Have him promise to come back to visit "whenever I can...whenever I can." Then, at the very end of the episode, we flash forward six months. Michael's in the parking lot, he gets out of the car, looks at the building...decides "eh, f*** it" gets back in the car and drives away.

  • July 12, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    No Michael, no Office

    by jwardlow

    Sorry, but I can't see the show working without Michael. The supporting actors are great, but Michael is the focal point. If the show (must) survive, I'd like to see the same done with him as the SG-1 guys did with Richard Dean Anderson... bump Michael to upper management and ask Steve back on occasion. Otherwise, the other characters' stories should be wrapped-up as Michael moves into something he's even MORE unsuited for and inept at: maybe Mayor of Scranton! And yes, let him go out, either way, sailing away with Holly. Michael deserves to do SOMETHING right.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    You know, every PIXAR move is sadder than funeral

    by RPLocke

    Why is that?

  • July 13, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Michael Scott leaving The Office...

    by daggor

    should not be epic or sad. It should be uncomfortable, awkward & funny. Like The Office used to be.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Michael will obviously marry Holly

    by thatswhatshesaid

    and I am sure he will have to choose his job over her or to save someone else's job in the office. Very predictable. The writers have to throw in moments where Michael shows his soft side like when he showed up at Pam's art show. It makes the audience still care about the character even though he usually acts like a selfish ass most of the time. Love the show, but can't see how it works without this character.

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  • July 14, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Michael Scott's Office exit...

    by only1

    He'll be promoted within Sabre but have to move to Florida working for Kathy Bates' character Jo. The deciding factor? Holly moved down there accepting a Sabre job and he goes to be near her.

  • July 14, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    While I think Carrell is a great comic actor...

    by jtp8000

    I just never got the appeal of "The Office". Everytime I turn it on to try to watch it, five minutes in and I'm bored.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    My real name is Michael Scott...

    by mickel5555

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  • July 19, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I agree with Mindy Kaling

    by Larry Sellers

    Dwight should absolutely take over as Regional Manager. Even though he's done it before at least twice, it would be a welcome change without the difficulty of introducing an all new character. It's getting mighty crowded in that place anyway.

  • July 19, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Michael gets smashed by the baler?

    by Larry Sellers

  • July 19, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

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    by thatguythatyouknow

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