In conjunction with their "The EW 1000" list, Entertainment Weekly has asked Rainn Wilson to portray "several" classic TV characters from the past 25 years. 

See Rainn as Xena: Warrior Princess, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Paulie Walnuts, and MacGyver.

Click HERE to see the videos.



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There's really nothing I can add here... Other than "Oww, my eyes!"




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So, anyone going to see it?

It's not doing too well on RottenTomatoes right now-- it's sitting at 52%, which is considered "rotten-- but the tide might turn as more reviews come in tomorrow.

If you HAVE seen it, or plan to, give your comments below.

EDIT:

Roger Ebert liked the film, at least, giving it 3.5/4 stars.
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Variety posted an article yesterday about the first official actor to be hired for the yet-unnamed OFFICE spinoff-- Aziz Ansari.  Ansari, a veteran of the MTV sketch comedy show HUMAN GIANT, is described in the article as:

A rising star on the standup circuit, Ansari has earned raves, including best standup at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, for his irony-laced takes on life. Ansari's targets include everything from the singing ice cream scoopers at Coldstone Creamery to racism and homophobia.



In addition to serving as a writer, exec producer and performer on "Human Giant," Ansari also guested as a racist fruit vendor on HBO's "Flight of the Conchords" -- and recently opened for the Conchords on a series of concert dates.

[The] Comedian, who's repped by 3 Arts and UTA, is currently in Albuquerque filming scenes for the upcoming Seth Rogen feature "Observe and Report." He'll also be seen alongside Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in "I Love You, Man."

Furthermore, the article goes on to say that Daniels and Schurr have yet to decide on a concept for the spinoff, although there are several in the running.  They have hired veteran writers from EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, SOUTH PARK, and LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN to join the scripting team, and are (in the words of Greg Daniels) "meeting with a lot of cool people... We're trying to see how the pieces all fit together."

Going along with the previous rumor, Rashida Jones's name popped up again in the article, as it mentions that a telent holding deal has been struck between her reps and NBC/Universal.  Whether she'll be appearing in the spinoff, THE OFFICE, or 'none of the above' is yet to be determined. As of now, the idea that any of the cast of the original show will be moving over to the new spinoff seems highly unlikely.

(so much for our Andy theory!)

On the homefront, the article also brings word that several new writers have been hired for the show including '"Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig, "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "New Adventures of Old Christine" vet Aaron Shure and "Saturday Night Live" writer Charlie Grandy."'

Paul Lieberstein will also become an executive producer for season five.



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Good old Kristin over at E! is claiming that a source is telling her that Rashida Jones is going to be involved in The Office spinoff.  Doesn't sound very solid, however, since no one else will confirm and Jones' people are denying that she's been approached.

Read the article HERE.

Personally, I've never been a huge "Karen" fan (she never seemed to exist beyond being Jim's temporary "Pam replacement" in my eyes), but what the hell. I just hope (as I've said before) that the spinoff simply isn't "The Office Utica."


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I missed the show tonight, but both Brian Baumgartner and Kate Flannery served as guest celebrity judges on NBC's "Last Comic Standing."  The episode was filmed in Minneapolis, and since Brian Baumgartner is a hometown boy, he sat down for a talk with a reporter from the Pioneer Press about his experiences with the show.

From the article:

On the folks who auditioned: "Generally, I was really impressed, but there were the wacky people. ... I remember very specifically this woman with a goose, I think she was trying to be Old Mother Hubbard, but she had a live goose and I couldn't stop laughing. She was trying to have it do tricks and flap its wings. There were people with takeoffs on the whole Ole and Lena stereotype thing."

It's a brief read, but you can check out the rest of the article HERE.


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From the press release:

Beginning today, Warner Bros. Pictures is offering a seven-minute sneak preview from the upcoming action comedy "Get Smart," exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) as a free download.



Fans can view this first-look footage with a special introduction by Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, who star in "Get Smart" as CONTROL secret agents Maxwell Smart and Agent 99, on a mission to thwart a plan for world domination by the evil crime syndicate KAOS.

Later in the month, iTunes will also offer an exclusive clip from the direct-to-DVD parallel content release, "Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control," introduced by its stars Masi Oka and Nate Torrence, who reprise their "Get Smart" roles as the tech duo behind CONTROL's arsenal of spy gadgets in their own feature-length adventure.

"Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control" will be available in its entirety on the iTunes Movie Store July 1, with the "Get Smart" feature following in fall 2008.


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I'm planning to set up an Amazon.com associates account in the next few days, and I would really appreciate it if anyone interested in buying the DVD set could order through our Amazon link.  We currently don't have any advertising or any other way to make up for the operating costs incurred in making the podcast, so if you have enjoyed what we do on TWSS, please consider ordering through the site.

EDIT: The link is on the sidebar to your right.

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THE OFFICE: SEASON FOUR

ARRIVES ON DVD SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT


The Office is back with even more inappropriate remarks, uncomfortable silences, and obnoxious behavior in the complete fourth season of the Primetime Emmy(R) Award-winning series! Steve Carell ("40 Year-Old-Virgin") is back in his Golden Globe(R)-winning role as Michael Scott, the clueless boss of the Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch who manages to create unending comical drama despite his best intentions. Trusty and loyal assistant-to-the-regional manager Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) continues to uphold the office honor as Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) find ways to meddle with him and encourage Michael's hysterics. Plus, see "wunder kid" Ryan (B.J. Novak) in his new role at corporate as he pushes the infinite limits of Dunder Mifflin, often pushing Michael to his limits as well.

BONUS CONTENT:

    * DELETED SCENES
    * GAG REEL
    * OUTTAKES
    * COMMENTARIES WITH CAST AND CREW:
          o MONEY COMMENTARY - Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Melora Hardin, Brian Baumgartner, Paul Lieberstein, Michael Schur, and Jennifer Celotta.
          o LOCAL AD COMMENTARY - B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Jason Reitman, and Anthony Ferrell.
          o THE DEPOSITION - Commentary with Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Melora Hardin, Brian Baumgartner, Ed Helms, Lee Eisenberg, Lester Lewis, and Ryan Koh.
          o DID I STUTTER? - Commentary with Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Kate Flannery, Justin Spitzer, Brent Forrester, Gene Stupnitsky, and Randall Einhorn.
    * THE OFFICE CONVENTION - Writers' Block Panel Discussion
    * And more!

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Street Date: September 2, 2008
Price: $49.98 SRP
Running Time: 404 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1


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Listener Jasmine sent in this eye-witness report of Rainn Wilson's appearance at the University of California,

I just thought I would let you know as a fan of both your show and The Office, that Rainn Wilson came to my university today (University of California, Irvine) and gave a speech on his Baha'I believes and world peace. I will start off by saying Mr. Wilson is much, much more handsome in real life but just as antsy. He was intelligent (he has a MBA) and funny if not a little easily distracted. We were not allowed to take pictures or get autographs, but Mr. Wilson let everyone take a few at the beginning of his presentation. Several office questions were asked, most of which sucked.

Here is the dirt he shared:

1. The Office spin off series will feature no one from the original show (no one who works in the office)
2. He will not run with John Mc Cain because Baha'I members cannot hold public office
3. He personally invented the word "youtubin" (people kept filming him even though he politely asked them to stop several times. He was very nice about it).

The most interesting part of the speech was the stuff on Baha'I, not the office questions, which consisted of him repeating his acceptance speech and singing Ryan started the Fire (that part was awesome). Overall, I would have enjoyed myself even if the event was not lead by an actor on my favorite show, but it helped that he was there. I came for the Rainn, stayed for the Baha'I. I asked him a question, which he said was good, about growing up in his faith and he claims he has had to turn down a lot of roles because they conflicted with his faith. Mr. Wilson was modest yet funny, intelligent yet approachable. I almost forgot the best part, Mr. Wilson said the only reason we came was so we could say "That's what she said" to him, and at one point he said to just "Cram it all in there" to which the audience replied "That's what she said!".



Thanks, Jasmine! Sounds like a fun event.
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Jenna Fischer was "keeping it real" with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" yesterday.  From the NPR blurb:

"Jenna Fischer, who's perhaps best known as Pam the receptionist on NBC's The Office, stars in The Promotion, a new comedy about two midlevel supermarket employees bucking for a manager's job."


Click THE LINK to listen to the episode, or download it through iTunes.


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