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David Blaine is neither real nor magic

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It just seems very obvious to me that David Blaine is some sort of wizard or alien, sent here from an entirely different realm to infatuate us with magic so as to slow down the process of science. READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais' David Brent takes inspiration from Winston Churchill and Gandhi when playing guitar -- VIDEO

Ricky Gervais is back ”teaching” guitar as his The Office character David Brent. In this episode he answers fan — “pupil”– questions. Fans want to know if he’s single, who inspires him, and  what he values more: his artistry or his philanthropy.

“If I can help anyone whilst entertaining them or if I can make money from this and give a small percentage of that away then yeah good,” Brent responds to the artistry vs. philanthropy question.

At the end he sings a song called “Spaceman Came Down” in its entirety. Check out ”Learn Guitar with David Brent” below:

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Ricky Gervais on 'Learn Guitar With David Brent': Write about what you DON'T know -- VIDEO

David Brent has really done well for himself since being made redundant at Wernham Hogg back in 2002. He’s got a fulfilling day job (selling cleaning products!) and a promising night job (acting as the “local Simon Cowell” for an aspiring musician), he’s had a chance to visit the U.S.… and he’s even moonlighting as a guitar teacher on YouTube. Yep, there’s no reason to feel sorry for good ol’ David Brent. None at all.

In this second episode of “Learn Guitar with David Brent,” the teacher breezes past boring instruction to deliver words of wisdom — “Dreams. Dreams are real. Dreams are realer than reality, in a way, because reality changes! Dreams do as well, but…” — and play a song about selling his (nonexistent) shack in Memphis and heading down to Mexico (on a trip he hasn’t actually taken).

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Ricky Gervais character David Brent gives first guitar lesson -- VIDEO

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Your dream of having David Brent teach you guitar is finally coming true.

After Ricky Gervais announced last week that his Office character would be returning to YouTube, fans may have rushed out to buy a guitar. Unfortunately, as he alluded to last time, David Brent isn’t so much “teaching” viewers guitar as telling them all about it. “I’m not going to teach you… YOU’RE going to teach you,” he explains and then goes on to decline to teach chord progressions or hand movements.

But all hope is not lost. Viewers do get to hear a full version of “Life on the Road,” Brent’s first single. A viral video star in the making à la Andy Bernard? You be the judge. Check out “Learn Guitar With David Brent” below: READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais' David Brent returns and wants to teach you guitar -- VIDEO

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Michael Scott may be making his final appearance on The Office’s finale this week, but David Brent is ready for a comeback.

Ricky Gervais’ original office boss character is being resurrected – and he wants to teach you guitar. Well, not teach you, exactly. You’ll be teaching yourself. But he’ll be there. Gervais-as-Brent has launched a video teaser for a new series, Learn Guitar with David Brent, which will premiere May 20 on YouTube as part of YouTube Comedy Week. As longtime fans can see, music is still Brent’s passion.

In the video on Gervais’ channel, Brent previews a brand-new song, “Life on the Road.” Is he better as a musician than as a salesman? Watch below and decide for yourself: READ FULL STORY

David Brent returns! Ricky Gervais reprises tone-deaf boss for Comic Relief special -- VIDEO

It’s been nearly 10 years since we said goodbye to The Office‘s David Brent and the delightfully pathetic employees at Wernham Hogg Paper, following a special Christmas episode that seemed to set them off towards a brighter future. Even the obnoxious Brent was allowed some hope, following a promising blind date with a beautiful woman who actually found him… charming.

So what has he been up to in the decade since? Last night, in a 10-minute “The Office Revisited” special that aired on BBC 1 for Comic Relief, Ricky Gervais checked back in with his hopeless stooge. Brent is still selling (cleaning products now, not paper), and music is still his biggest passion. In fact, he’s now a self-described “local Simon Cowell,” guiding the career of an aspiring black lyricist named Dom Johnson. I don’t have to tell you that Brent finds a way to screw this up, do I?

Watch the catching-up-with video below, followed by Brent & Johnson’s new music video, “Equality Street.” READ FULL STORY

'Stand Up for Heroes': Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams & more honor wounded warriors

“Humor is healing. Music is inspiring.” That’s how Staff Sgt. Robert Henline summed up last night’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit — an annual event for injured service members, veterans, and their families produced by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

In March 2007, Henline’s truck hit a roadside bomb while he was serving his third tour in Iraq. He suffered burns over 38 percent of his body and lost his left ear in the explosion — but Henline held on to his sense of humor. Before the show, the vet worked the red carpet outside of Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre with stars like Ricky Gervais and Roger Waters — and even joked about preparing the Pink Floyd bassist for his Stand Up performance by tossing firecrackers into Waters’ dressing room. READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Sandy watch: Lindsay Lohan, Tracy Morgan, others weigh in on Twitter

If it’s trending, you can bet celebs are going to tweet about it.

And this weekend, there was no bigger story than the impending “Frankenstorm.” Morning news – and particularly the weather people strolling the New Jersey boardwalk — had plenty to say, and they weren’t the only ones. Most simply tweeted messages of support, but others started questioning things. Lindsay Lohan, for one, thought the news was in hyper-panic mode: “WHY is everyone in SUCH a panic about hurricane (i’m calling it Sally)..? Stop projecting negativity! Think positive and pray for peace.”

Check out what other celebrities — such as jokester Ricky Gervais and Andy Cohen — had to say about Sally Sandy (including a shocking lack of Grease jokes) below: READ FULL STORY

Ricky Gervais-backed social media app Just Sayin lets you listen in, literally, on celebs' convos

One of the more delightful parts of social media has been watching famous people fight, or flirt, in public view. From the recent “four way” “fight” between Octavia Spencer, Retta, and Yvette Nicole Brown over Joe Manganiello, to the “dancing pig” spat of 2011 between Kirstie Alley and George Lopez, seeing bold-faced names go at it in real time over cyberspace has proven to be a fizzy new spectator sport for the 21st century.

But what if you could hear the fight as well as read it?

That’s the promise of Just Sayin’, a new, free, voice-based social media app that officially launches today. Backed by comedian Ricky Gervais — who’s a partner in the venture as well as its creative director — the app allows users to share voice- and video-based messages with their followers via their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, much like they would post a photo to Instagram. READ FULL STORY

If Ricky Gervais doesn't host the Golden Globes, who should?

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Ricky Gervais has made friends and enemies these past three years hosting the Golden Globe Awards, with his penchant for feisty, frisky barbs and tongue-in-cheek British wit, but who else could fill the comedian’s shoes as host of the most fun awards show of the season?

“As of now, there are currently no plans for Ricky to host,” a rep from Gervais’ agent William Morris tells EW.com. Following Tuesday’s announcement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that next year’s 70th annual Globes, airing live on NBC, will take place on Jan. 13, 2013, the field is open for an array of would-be hosts. Here are a few of our suggestions:
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