THE OFFICE To End After This Season; Showrunner Greg Daniels Teases What to Expect in the Final 22 Episodes

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As the show started to putter out in the past few seasons, fans began to wonder when NBC’s The Office would be put to rest.  With Steve Carell gone, Rainn Wilson looking to his Dwight Schrute spinoff The Farm, and Mindy Kaling now starring in a Fox series of her own called The Mindy Project, things were looking rather thin going into the show’s ninth season.  Well, the time has finally come, as earlier today showrunner Greg Daniels announced, “this will be the last season of The Office.”  Hit the jump for more details, including the possibility of a return for Carell and Daniels’ promise that “all questions will be answered.”

NBC Renews PARENTHOOD; Orders 13-Episode Final Season of 30 ROCK [Updated]

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Two on-the-bubble NBC shows have officially been given the order for new seasons.  The critical favorite yet ratings challenged drama Parenthood has been renewed for a 15-episode fourth season (per TV Line).  Showrunner Jason Katims is no stranger to ratings issues despite favorable reviews, as he led the stellar Friday Night Lights through five seasons of “will it be renewed?” drama.  I’m a fan of the ensemble and tone of Parenthood, but Katims will most likely have his hands full next season as his medical pilot County is said to be close to a pick up.  That show will star Jason Ritter, who led the doomed The Event and has been a frequent guest star on Parenthood.

Hit the jump for news regarding renewals for The Office and a final season for 30 Rock, as well as speculation about the fate of Community and Parks and Recreation. [Update: The Office hasn't officially been renewed yet, but with deals almost done for the main cast members a renewal is expected]

New Posters for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN

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We have a couple of new posters to show you tonight in order to give you a break from the relentless superhero news.  Take a deep breath, have a quick read, and then hit the jump to check them out:

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

NBC’s THE OFFICE to Get a Series Reboot?

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Since Steve Carell left The Office, the happenings on the show have been anything but business as usual.  Robert California (James Spader) stopped by to run things for a time before leaving the Scranton branch in the capable, albeit self-conscious, hands of Andy Bernard (Ed Helms).  There has been recent talk of Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) leaving to retire to the beet farm bed-and-breakfast in a proposed spin-off.  That’s not to mention the expanding film careers of Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski and Craig Robinson, as well as Wilson and Helms.  As neither the cast members nor the show itself have been officially been confirmed to return, things are a bit up in the air at the moment.  Helms talked a bit about the future of  The Office in this recent interview with Steve.  Hit the jump for more on this possible series reboot.

First Trailer for THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN Starring Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Malin Akerman and Topher Grace

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The first trailer is now online for Lee Kirk’s quirky romantic comedy The Giant Mechanical Man. It tells of the oft under-represented love story of a zoo worker and a street performer who are both seeking meaning in this crazy world of ours. The Giant Mechanical Man stars Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, Malin Akerman, Lucy Punch and a hilariously douchey Topher Grace. You can see what Fischer had to say about the movie, which was directed by her husband, in this interview here. Hit the jump to check out the synopsis and the trailer. 

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Casts Emma Thompson; Jenna Fischer and Rita Wilson Join KISS ME

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Two-time Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) is the latest to join Beautiful Creatures, a supernatural love story based on the first novel in a best-selling series. Thompson will join Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis (The Help), as well as Jack O’Connell (Eden Lake) and newcomer Alice Englert. Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) will direct the adaptation from the stories written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

In other casting news, Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Rita Wilson (Sleepless in Seattle) have joined the indie drama, Kiss Me, directed by Jeff Probst (“Survivor”). The coming-of-age tale follows a teen with scoliosis as she navigates adolescent relationships. Hit the jump for more on both projects.

THE OFFICE Season 7 DVD Review

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In the seventh season of The Office, the writers of the long-running NBC comedy series had two big tasks ahead of them. First, the staff had to deal with the impending exit of manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) which included giving him a worthy exit and finding him a strong replacement, but also proving that the show would be able to survive without the presence of Carell on-screen. Sadly, this season proved to be one of the weakest, and seems to be proof that the series, just like its former star, might be on the way out. However, the seventh season of The Office still contains some truly great episodes, genuinely touching moments, and one marathon of a fantastic performance from Steve Carell (who should’ve won the Emmy over Jim Parsons last month). For more of my impressions of the DVD release of the seventh season of The Office, hit the jump.

HALL PASS Blu-ray Review

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It was obvious that Warner Bros. was hoping for Hall Pass to be the Farrelly Brothers’ long-awaited comeback.  Starring Owen Wilson, up-and-comer Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, and The Office‘s Jenna Fischer, Hall Pass failed to become the box-office juggernaut that some of the siblings’ other films became (see also:  the massive $176m domestic gross for There’s Something About Mary), but was their latest unfairly ignored upon release?  Now that Hall Pass is available on Blu-ray and DVD, everyone who passed on the film earlier this year can find out if the Farrelly Brothers’ latest is more Dumb and Dumber…or more Stuck on You.  Find out what we thought after the jump, folks…

Jenna Fischer Talks A LITTLE HELP and THE OFFICE

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A Little Help is a poignant dramedy that examines a period of upheaval for dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer). Having previously relied on her good looks and effortless charisma, Laura’s life is collapsing. Her marriage to real estate agent Bob Pehlke (Chris O’Donnell) has become tense and loveless, with working late hours and suspicions of cheating, and her relationship with her 12-year-old son Dennis (Daniel Yelsky) has become strained. So, when her husband dies suddenly, Laura is left to fend for herself with her intrusive mother (Lesley Ann Warren) and sister (Brooke Smith), and she struggles to stay afloat while connecting to the one person she can communicate with – her sister’s sensitive and understanding husband, Paul (Rob Benedict).

At the film’s press day, actress Jenna Fischer talked about how scary it was to do a film where she was the lead actress, playing the mother of a teenaged son, how she used her own life experiences, having just gone through a divorce, in finding the emotions of this character, and how, now that she’s pregnant with her own child, she hopes to get to play a mother again. She also talked about the addition of James Spader to The Office, how she’ll miss sharing stories of their summer with Steve Carell, that she knows who the new office manager will be (and is keeping the secret!), and how her pregnancy is being written into the show. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Trailer for A LITTLE HELP Starring Jenna Fischer

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The trailer from longtime television writer/director Michael J. Weithorn’s (The King of QueensA Little Help has landed online. Starring The Office‘s Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell, A Little Help tells the story of Laura (Fischer), a dental hygienist who is forced to rely on more than her charm and good looks as her relationship with her 12-year-old son decays in the wake of her husband’s (O’Donnell) untimely death. Currently, I’m of two ways about the trailer. On one hand, I’ve always liked Fischer’s work in films like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The Promotion and she seems more than capable of carrying the title card here. Also, I’m already a fan of Daniel Yelsky’s turn as Fischer’s 12-year-old son as he seems to be perfect at portraying a kid who uses dishonesty as a coping mechanism. On the other hand, I’m a little turned off by the whole “girl meets the guy she used to ignore but now realizes is her soulmate” plot device that is teased in this cut.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and a full synopsis for yourself. A Little Help hits select theaters on July 22nd.

HALL PASS Review

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The Farrelly Brothers have exhausted any goodwill they built up during the 90s.  They once were modestly successful with gross-out humor that was disgusting but also slightly clever.  Most gross-out comedies don’t go for a bull semen joke, but Kingpin just casually threw one into the mix.  Unfortunately, the glory days of that film and There’s Something About Mary are well behind them and their 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid was unbearable.  With their latest effort, Hall Pass, they regain some of their footing, but the laziness of the humor combined with the inability to find what works makes for a film that’s barely passable.

Jenna Fischer Exclusive Interview HALL PASS; Updates on THE OFFICE and THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN

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In Hall Pass, the latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers, Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) decide to give their husbands a hall pass, granting them one week of freedom to do indulge their fantasies and do whatever they want outside of their marriages, with no questions asked. To make things fair, the women assume the same freedom to explore the single life, leading to complications that neither couple could have expected.  For seven seasons now, actress Jenna Fischer has been winning over fans and critics alike as Pam Beesley on NBC’s hit comedy The Office. And, even though this will be the last season for show star Steve Carell, and all of the actors have only one season left on their contracts, she definitely sees the show going beyond that, if things continue down the creative path they are currently on.

During an exclusive interview with Collider, done at the film’s press day, Jenna Fischer talked about how she got involved with Hall Pass, the importance of chemistry in comedy, and how much she enjoyed working with this cast. She also talked about her upcoming unusual romantic comedy The Giant Mechanical Man, written and directed by her husband Lee Kirk, and what fans of The Office can expect once Steve Carell leaves the show. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Bobby and Peter Farrelly Exclusive Interview HALL PASS

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In the new comedy Hall Pass, married best friends Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) both love their wives, but just can’t help checking out every other woman they come across. Fed up with their behavior, their wives, Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate), decide to grant their husbands a hall pass, giving them one week of freedom to do whatever they want with no questions asked. At first, Rick and Fred think it’s  a dream come true, but they quickly realize that the single life is not all they had built it up to be.

At the film’s press day, Bobby and Peter Farrelly did this exclusive interview with Collider, where they talked about why they loved the concept of Hall Pass, assembling this great ensemble of actors, having to cut out a scene featuring The Social Network’s Armie Hammer that will later appear on the DVD, trying to determine the point where you go too far and lose your audience, and their desire to do a comedy with Tom Hanks. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Red-Band Trailer for HALL PASS

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As early as a few nights ago, I was seeing TV spots for Hall Pass that said “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”.  Well, a new red-band trailer for the film has gone online and Hall Pass may not yet be rated, but it’s definitely going to be rated R.  However, like all of the trailers for the film, it continues to coast on the reputation of The Farrelly Brothers’ There’s Something About MaryThere’s Something About Mary came out in 1998.  Since that time, the Farrellys have used up all that goodwill with Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, and the unbearable remake of The Heartbreak Kid.  I want to hope that Hall Pass will be a return to raunchy form, and this trailer looks like they definitely have a firecracker in Jason Sudeikis and a secret weapon in Richard Jenkins.  The question is whether it all comes together or if their decade-long dry spell will continue.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Hall Pass stars Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, and Christina Applegate.  It opens February 25th.

UK Trailer for HALL PASS Starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis

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The UK trailer for the Farrelly Brothers comedy Hall Pass has gone online.  The film stars Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as a couple of married guys whose wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) give them a week to try and cheat consequence-free.  I don’t have much faith in the Farrellys delivering a solid comedy (There’s Something About Mary was a long time ago and The Heartbreak Kid was wretched), but this looks like it could be a nice opportunity to Sudeikis to shine.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Hall Pass opens in the US on February 25th and in the UK on March 11th.

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