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Ricky Gervais on hosting the Golden Globes: 'Anything I think of on the night, I'm going to act on it.'

Good news: The Golden Globes have sprung for a host! Even better news: It’s Ricky Gervais! The British comedian/actor/writer/etc. will emcee the 67th installment of the film-and-TV awards show on Sunday, Jan. 17 (NBC, 8 p.m.) You can check out the latest issue of EW to read our interview with the mastermind behind The Office and Extras — along with our trophy predictions from Dave Karger and Ken Tucker — but for some bonus Q&A action with Gervais, scroll down. We also get the scoop on his new HBO animated series The Ricky Gervais Show.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The Globes haven’t had a host since 1995. What was your first reaction when they asked you?
RICKY GERVAIS:
I laughed, because I was flattered. And laughing and being flattered was mixed in with “Are they mental? Really? Me?” I thought if there’s one [awards show] I’d ever do, it would be the Globes. It’s a relaxed atmosphere—the fact that it’s more of a party than an awards show is the point. It’s more conducive to what I do. I’m not sure what I do, but whatever I do, they said they’re okay with it…. I [like] a place where people can walk around, there’s drinks at the table—I’m hoping everyone will be drunk. Well, I’m certainly going to be, I don’t want to be the odd one out. There’s nothing more boring than being sober in a room full of drunks. READ FULL STORY

'The Tonight Show': Ricky Gervais tells Conan O'Brien, 'You're going nowhere'

On last night’s The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, which airs on [three xylophone notes], Ricky Gervais stopped by and insisted on “plugging his stuff” right away, should the network decide they’d had it with him sooner than expected, too. Then Gervais explained to Conan how bleak Conan’s career options are at this point, because he really has no discernible skills. Gervais pitied him, “like a parent. I still love you, but you’re going nowhere.” Conan’s only idea was that he could be a lifeguard, and while we fondly remember from those Baywatch-y Tonight Show promos that he can run like the wind with shellacked-into-place hair in a fancy suit, Gervais makes a good point in that if Conan ever had to remove his TV hosting uniform, translucent hips could sink ships. Watch part 1 below, and there are THREE OTHER PARTS! of the Golden Globes 2010 host’s interview over at NBC.com.

More Ricky Gervais and the Golden Globes:
Ricky Gervais: ‘Anything I can think of on the night, I’m going to act on it’

Golden Globes: 20 memorable moments
Golden Globes: 9 TV predictions
Golden Globes: 10 movie predictions
Golden Globes: Best/worst style of the ’00s

More Conan O’Brien:
I’m With Coco: Inside the Conan O’Brien support movement
Conan O’Brien expresses ‘enormous personal disappointment’ over NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ decision
Who is TV’s biggest Conan O’Brien’s supporter? Who is the lamest?

Taylor Lautner to present at Golden Globes; award show fever officially caught

Today, more presenters at Sunday’s Golden Globes (8 p.m. ET, NBC) were announced — including Taylor Lautner, Amy Poehler, and Josh Brolin. They join a list that already included Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Cher, Chace Crawford, Robert De Niro, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Fox, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Winslet and Avatar‘s Sam Worthington. (If you’re wondering why True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard is also pictured, it’s because he’s confirmed to attend the ceremony, and that is news enough for me.)

Maybe it’s because we just now firmed up our coverage plans — Annie and I will join EW’s fashion maven Meeta Agrawal on our red carpet live-blog so we can focus on the more important issues Ryan and Giuliana discuss, like how long the limo line was — or because imagining what Ricky Gervais is going to do on live TV, in a room full of boozy celebs, for three hours, is what’s going to get me through the week, but I’m officially ready to roll. Are you?

What’s the one moment you’re most looking forward to, aside from Gervais’ opening? I’m gonna go with (fingers crossed!) a Jane Lynch acceptance speech. Runner-up: Seeing what Cher’s wearing.

More Golden Globes coverage:
EW’s Golden Globes HQ
The TV nominees
The movie nominees
Golden Globe nominations: Who got snubbed?

Photo credit: Lautner: Tina Gill/PR Photos; Skarsgard: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Worthington: David Gabber/PR Photos

Stand-up comic Justin Timberlake announces Golden Globe noms

If you skipped today’s Golden Globe Awards nominations telecast (and opted to read our full lists of TV and movie nominees instead), you missed Justin Timberlake’s early-morning foray into stand-up comedy. After announcing Emily Blunt’s dramatic actress nomination for The Young Victoria, Timberlake shouted “Ho, ho, ho! Somebody’s gonna have a good night tonight!” to Blunt’s fiancé and fellow besuited nom-announcer John Krasinski. JT then made a drum roll sound effect after the word “DRAMA!” and said, “Thank you; that was an impromptu drum roll.” OH REALLY? Enjoy.

More Globes coverage: Tell us who you think got snubbed this morning, and read EW’s official reacts from Ken Tucker and Michael Ausiello.

Golden Globe nominations: Who got snubbed?

The nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning. We’ve got your full list of TV and movie nominees (Gleeks will be happy), and your official reacts from Ken Tucker, Michael Ausiello, and Dave Karger. But here on PopWatch, we’re all about the snubs. Which one has you steaming?

I was hoping the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would have awarded Katey Sagal her fifth career Golden Globe nomination for Sons of Anarchy‘s second season. She had me from the season premiere, which, SPOILER ALERT, ended with Gemma being gang-raped by white supremacists looking to send a message to her husband, Clay, president of the motorcycle club that runs Charming, Calif. Playing a fierce woman made vulnerable — who refused to pass along that message until she had to, to reunite Clay and her son, Jax, with a common cause (revenge) — isn’t easy, but Sagal’s performance was flawless.

Your turn.

Photo credit: Timothy White/FX

Ricky Gervais promises a loose, dance-free Golden Globes

When Ricky Gervais steps onto the stage Jan. 17 at the Golden Globes, the British TV and movie star’s hosting style may seem a bit more improvised than that of hosts before him. Drawing inspiration from Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack era, Gervais says apart from some minor scripting, there won’t be any prepared sketches or dance numbers.

Can I get an Amen? Minus Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris, most hosts totally ruin award shows with their song-and-dance shtick. And as we’ve seen from Gervais’ previous turns on stage, he’s more than capable of riffing on the spot.

Although I’ve got to say, if there’s anyone who I’d like to see cut a rug as an awards show host, it’s Gervais, if only to see him try to top that classic number from the U.K. version of The Office. (“I sort of fused Flashdance with M.C. Hammer s—.”) Considering how boozy this awards show gets, his jig seems all the more fitting.

Are you guys excited about Gervais as Globes host? Will you miss the somewhat obligatory dance routines of the past?

Photo: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos

Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes: Are you having a laugh?

Hugh Jackman did the Oscars. NPH did the Tonys and the Emmys. And now Ricky Gervais is set to host the Golden Globes! Holy moly, this could be awesome. Here he is hilariously presenting at this year’s Emmy’s:

The Golden Globes aren’t as uptight or formal (or definite) as other awards shows, which can probably be linked to the fact that the celebrities appear to be drinking the entire time. Funsies!

The Globes haven’t had a host since 1995, but I think Gervais will absolutely kill. Place your bets, PopWatchers: How will Gervais do come Jan. 17?

'Hi, I'm Alec Baldwin for E!...'

I know, I know, enough already with the Golden Globes, no one cares, etc. But if you missed E’s red carpet coverage last night (and I’m guessing/hoping for your sake that you did), know that Alec Baldwin’s interview with Ryan Seacrest had barely anything to do with the Globes and is absolutely worth watching:

I love how Baldwin saves Ryan some face at the end with a simple "I love talking to you." I have to start using that all the time. What do you think — if 30 Rock ever dies [shudder], should Alec Baldwin take over Andy Rooney’s spot on 60 Minutes, or just settle for Giuliana Rancic’s spot on the red carpet?

Why you shouldn't watch awards shows with Tina Fey haters

30rock_lGood morning, PopWatchers! It’s exceptionally good for me, because anything seems better than having to endure the Golden Globes with a roommate who thinks he’s above all that "trivial stuff." As my lovely friend Jessica said last night, "Why was he watching?" So, for your benefit, here’s a list of people you should never, ever watch an awards show with:

The "Cooler Than This" Roommate: While snarking on the attendees is fine, a constant litany of "Why do you care about this?" is liable to get him a takeout container to the face.

Your Friend Who Only Watches Entourage: Because she doesn’t seem to understand that there are, in fact, actors out there besides Jeremy "Hg" Piven.

People Who Think Tina Fey Isn’t Funny: They will totally ruin an amazing acceptance speech with their derisive snorting. And yes, these people do exist.

The One Who Knows Nothing About Pop Culture: In my case, this is a friend who says that "94 percent" of his pop culture knowledge comes from me. Exclude them so that when you ask why Tom Cruise was even nominated for Tropic Thunder, you don’t have to deal with responses like, "Tom Cruise was in Tropic Thunder?"

Is there anyone I left out? You tell me, PW-ers.

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Golden Globes: What was your favorite moment?

Another Golden Globes has come and gone, and as usual, the mashup of TV stars, movie stars, and alcoholic beverages (both at home and the Beverly Hilton) made for an entertaining telecast that left me handing out a variety of trophies in my head. The prize for most touching acceptance speech by a little-known British actress in a movie I haven’t yet seen went to Happy-Go-Lucky‘s Sally Hawkins. The Strangest Evening-Long Audition for an Unannounced Marilyn Monroe Biopic trophy went to giggly, frosty-locked Drew Barrymore. And the special award for Controversial Use of a Nehru Jacket With Beaded Neckline went to Monk’s Tony Shalhoub. (Yeah, I’m envious; dude worked that look like a nine-to-five.)

Still, for my money, the night’s best moment had to be Tina Fey’s acceptance speech (embedded below) for Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy). Not only was Fey’s win well-deserved, but her speech (clocking in at a mercifully brief one minute, 17 seconds) contained the phrase "good gravy," eschewed the typical (boring) litany of agents, attorneys, and other sundry advisers, and best of all, was packed with punch lines, including a scathing takedown of her most dogged Internet haters. (Gawker dug up some backstory on Fey’s nemeses, Dianefan, BabsonLacrosse, and Cougar-Letter; click here to read all about it.)

But, hey, as Dianefan has proven, not everyone loves Tina Fey. So check out my colleague Adam Markovitz’s gallery of the Golden Globes’ Best and Worst Moments, then click on down to the message board below and tell us your picks for highlights (and lowlights) of the telecast.

More Golden Globes:
EW’s Golden Globes HQ
Golden Globes: The 2009 Winners
Golden Globes: Best and worst moments
Golden Globes: Best and Worst Dressed
Mandi Bierly and Annie Barrett’s live-blog of the Globes telecast
Golden Globes backstage: Tom Hanks riffs and Ricky Gervais biffs

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