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Ricky Gervais' 'Life's Too Short' teaser trailer is, well, too short. But our anticipation is growing!

Yes, yes, we know, it’s a teaser trailer and it’s supposed to be short, but we couldn’t help but to want to see a teeny bit more of Ricky Gervais’ upcoming series Life’s Too Short . Still, what we did get from the preview of the new BBC2 series is that Gervais is teaming up once again with his most excellent right hand man Stephen Merchant, as well as their Extras co-star Shaun Williamson (Barry, occasional BBC star/Car Phone Warehouse employee) and guest star Warwick Davis, who appeared in one of the best episodes of that series as a dwarf who acts opposite Andy Millman (Gervais) only to be — literally — a pushover.

As Gervais explains in the compact clip (sorry, it’s almost impossible not to use words associated with small here!), Life’s Too Short won’t be unlike the aforementioned Extras or his other classic, The Office, in that it’s a “fake documentary … and a backdrop to media.” According to the BBC, the series will center around Davis (Willow, Harry Potter, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) who plays “a fictional version of himself” (re: “desperate, conniving, fame-hungry”) who runs a talent agency called, Dwarves For Hire. In the tradition of Gervais’ inspired/awkward/hilarious series, we have a feeling Life’s Too Short will stack up just fine. READ FULL STORY

Susan Boyle musical lands its star, premiere date

Susan Boyle’s amazing journey from obscurity to overnight singing sensation will be the subject of a new musical, titled I Dreamed a Dream, according to Reuters. Scottish actress Elaine Smith will portray Boyle in a touring show scheduled to premiere in Newcastle, England on March 23, 2012. “I never thought my life story would end up on the stage, but a lot has happened in two years and it is a very exciting prospect,” Boyle said in a statement. “I hope everyone enjoys the show and I promise there will be a few surprises along the way.”

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'Doctor Who': Mysterious plans for the 50th anniversary season could mean fewer episodes in 2012

The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the beloved British time traveler, arrives in 2013. As initially reported by io9, BBC executive Danny Cohen was quoted saying that there are already plans in place for some sort of special run of the series (which currently stars Matt Smith) in 2013. This seems to echo comments made by Who executive producer Steven Moffat, who tweeted in regards to the next season of Who: “I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS” (capitals his). However, Cohen also claimed that these anniversary plans might mean that there will be less episodes of Doctor Who in 2012. READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter': Watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in their very first screen test

Over the course of eight Harry Potter movies, we’ve watched stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint grow from adorably puckish tweens into moody teenagers into even-more-moody-but-those-are-the-times-we-live-in young adults. The final Harry Potter film will be emotionally brutalizing for audiences on July 15, but if you’d like a flashback to happier times, check out the video that Warner Bros. just released of the three actors in their very first group screen test for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Radcliffe looks mildly bemused, Grint looks angrily confused, and Watson rolls her eyes. Ah, youth! Check out the video: READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin doubles-down on Paul Revere history

The battle over the midnight ride of Paul Revere refuses to die, four days after Sarah Palin told a Boston television reporter that the Revolutionary War hero “warned the British that they weren’t going to take away our arms” by “riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells.” While the Internet, political-media critics, and The Daily Showwhich created a specific Twitter hashtag for her — pounced on the former Alaska governor for her misstatement, the Wikipedia website for Paul Revere has become a battleground as some users, presumable Palin supporters, have attempted to edit the history to better accommodate Palin’s description of events.

On Sunday, Fox’s Chris Wallace asked her (video below), “You realize you messed up about Paul Revere, don’t you?” but Palin stuck to her guns. “You know, I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere,” she maintained. READ FULL STORY

John C. Reilly: The leading man on National Character Actor Day

“I love that people can’t place me. They don’t know my name. That’s ‘mission accomplished’ in my world.” — John C. Reilly

Today may as well be National Character Actor Day. Reilly was born on this day in 1965, while across the pond, the Brits are celebrating the talent of Jim Broadbent, who was born May 24, 1949. They might lack the name recognition of brighter stars, but it’s their unmistakable mugs that instill an authentic Everyman quality into their eclectic collection of supporting characters. Broadbent is a legendary chameleon, slipping from Harry Potter to British period indie to Bridget Jones, and he even has an Oscar, for Iris. READ FULL STORY

The Education of Ron Weasley: From doofus to romantic hero


Perhaps no character in the Harry Potter universe came as far as Ron Weasley. Harry was always heroic, and Hermione was brilliant from the get-go, but Ron began as the designated doofus — J.K. Rowling’s veritable red-headed stepchild. Of course, Ron’s journey becomes as essential as any in the battle against Voldemort, and Rupert Grint has successfully managed to show every side of Ron through the years, from slack-jawed goober to romantic hero. READ FULL STORY

Judgment Day: Hunker down for the looming apocalypse with these 'instructional' movies

I don’t believe that the world is coming to an end on Saturday, but I’m a strong proponent in being prepared. Sooner or later, some doomsday alarmist is going to be right — I guess? — and it can’t hurt to be ready. While others might brace for the End by spending time with loved ones or in houses of worship, I’m preparing for what comes after the End by watching movies. There’s a lot that can be learned from Hollywood about what awaits the unfortunate survivors of a looming apocalypse, and I’d like to suggest the following mini-marathon to get your mind right. READ FULL STORY

Princess Beatrice to auction off her Royal Wedding hat, social norms sold separately

You know, a lot of people gave Princess Beatrice flack for the hat she wore to the Royal Wedding last month. Some called it “crazy”, while others claimed that if you go through its ring, you actually enter another dimension… of crazy.

Whatever your feelings were on the Philip Treacy creation, now is your opportunity to own it. Beatrice’s mum Sarah Ferguson visited The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in a segment featured in today’s episode, she told Winfrey the already-infamous hat would be placed on the head of the highest bidder on eBay. “She’s putting it up on eBay to auction it for UNICEF and for Children in Crisis,” the Duchess explained. READ FULL STORY

Hugh Grant to get animated for 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits.' Hey, we'll take him any way we can get him.

Aaargh! After a two-year absence from the big screen, Hugh Grant has finally chosen his next project. But, unfortunately, we won’t even get to see him in it. Instead, he’ll lend his voice to the upcoming stop-motion 3-D animation flick The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Sony Pictures confirmed to EW that Grant — alongside the likes of Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, and Ashley Jensen (you can just go ahead and add this to animated movie casts we wish would appear in a live-action flick together à la Despicable Me), will appear in the film, which is slated to hit theaters in March 2012. While it’s never disappointing to hear that Grant will be in a movie (Heck, I’d take a Music and Lyrics sequel at this point. Pop! is long overdue for a reunion tour anyway, no?), it’s a bit of a bummer fans won’t actually get to see the handsome actor’s face. Jeez, just, look at it. READ FULL STORY

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