Baha'i? Baha'lieve it.
For those following the news, Rainn Wilson has been talking a lot this past season about his religious beliefs as a member of the 'still mostly unknown in this country' BAHA'I faith. 

Recently, the official Baha'i news sources ran an interview they did with Wilson, asking about his beliefs, where they came from, what they mean to him, how he sees Hollywood, etc.  Here's a sample:

"LOS ANGELES, United States, 24 May 2007 (BWNS) -- Actor Rainn Wilson is used to talking to the media - he is part of the award-winning cast of the U.S. television series "The Office," and his recent role in the movie "The Last Mimzy" brought a flurry of new interviews. Time magazine, TV talk-show hosts and others came calling.

A member of the Baha'i Faith, he seems just as comfortable discussing his spiritual beliefs as he does shooting the breeze about Dwight Schrute, the pompous assistant manager he plays on "The Office," the American version of a popular British TV show of the same name.

His show, seen weekly by 8 million people in the U.S. alone, also airs in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, parts of continental Europe, Australia, Saudi Arabia, parts of Latin America, Singapore, and several other countries.

His other acting credits include the character of Arthur Martin in the series "Six Feet Under" and a one-episode stint in "Entourage," both on the U.S. cable network HBO; guest hosting "Saturday Night Live" on U.S. television; and movie roles in "Almost Famous," "America's Sweethearts," "Galaxy Quest," "House of 1000 Corpses," "Sahara," and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend."

In a recent interview with U.S. Baha'i News, he talked about Hollywood, his family, his life and his beliefs. Here is that interview, reprinted with permission:

Q: Rainn, what was it like to grow up in the Baha'i Faith?

A: When you grow up with a spiritual foundation that asks you to be conscious of the fact that all races are created equal, that men and women are equal and that all religions worship the same (God), it helps you see the world as one family and not get lost in the traps of political, social, and economic belief systems that can lead you astray. I always think of myself as a world citizen. It's a powerful thing."

You can read the whole interview HERE.

Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

So how does the cast keep busy over the summer? By presenting at awards shows, of course.

John Krasinski has been tapped to present at the 2007 MTV MOVIE AWARDS, set to air June 3rd at 8:00 pm eastern.  Other presenters include Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Beil, John Krasinski, Mandy Moore, Robin Williams, Justin Long, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Josh Duhamel, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes, Chris Tucker, Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Chiklis, John Travolta, Zac Efron, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Evans and Ioan Gruffudd.

For those who prefer life on the "Great White Way," Rainn Wilson will be one of the presenters at the 2007 TONY AWARDS, set to air June 10th at 8:00 pm.  Joining Wilson at the podium will be Harry Connick Jr., Felicity Huffman, Jane Krakowski, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, William Petersen, David Hyde Pierce, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, John Turturro, and Patrick Wilson.

On a somewhat related note, Steve Carell will be in Boston on June 21st to host a fund-raiser/premier night for his new film EVAN ALMIGHTY.  Money raised will go to the Zachary Carson Brain Tumor Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Carson, now 21, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor two years ago.  His mother organized the event after meeting Carell on the set of THE OFFICE.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

Some 'Behind The Scenes' News Items
A few OFFICE related news items this week:

First, NBC has apparently fired entertainment cheif KEVIN REILLY.  For those of you who wonder why this news belongs here, Reilly has been a big champion of THE OFFICE (and MY NAME IS EARL) the past few seasons and was also responsible for the Thursday night comedy block this past season. Oh, and he made a cameo during THE RETURN as one of the guys interviewing Dwight.

From what I can tell, NBC execs decided that Reilly had to go after the network came in 4th (!) place this season, and the recent upfront presentation didn't seem like enough of a change to pull the peacock network out of the basement. Even though NBC just renewed his contract for another three years, they're apparently ready to cut their losses and just get rid of him.

So is this BAD news for THE OFFICE?  Not really.  Even though new execs love to change up the schedule when they take over, the #1 name being thrown around to replace Reilly is BEN SILVERMAN-- head of Reveille Entertainment and finder/adapter/producer of THE OFFICE, UGLY BETTY, THE BIGGEST LOSER and THE TUDORS (among others).

In other news, NBC is also putting the kibosh on "Super Sized" episodes next year.  While once a promising and original strategy, NBC execs have come to the conclusion that starting a show at 8:23pm isn't necessarily the smartest move in the book.  For now, the five full hour long episodes of THE OFFICE next season are still a go, but we won't be seeing any more of the 35-40 minute extended shows.

Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

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