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Steve Carell in 'Foxcatcher' and the legacy of clowns who get serious

Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.

That’s the old showbiz adage, but it’s one the Academy has never quite learned to appreciate. Comedians and comedies are traditionally ignored by the Oscars, meaning that if a great talent like Robin Williams or Jim Carrey wants the Hollywood hardware and immortality that goes with it, he has to shed the image of the jester that has made him famous in the first place.

In the upcoming romantic comedy Top Five, Chris Rock’s character, a movie star famous for a series of silly comedies about a crime-fighting bear named Hammy, makes a play for respectability by starring in an Oscar-bait film about the Haitian revolution, titled Uprize. It’s funny because it’s true: comedians yearn to be taken seriously. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Craig, Steve Carell, and more celebs in PSA against sexual assault -- VIDEO

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Daniel Craig and Steve Carell are joining President Obama in urging men to stand up against sexual assault.

So are Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers, and Vice President Biden, who appear in the White House-sponsored PSA “1 is 2 Many.” In the clip below, the celebrities ask men to recognize the violence happening against “our sisters and our daughters, our wives and our friends.”

“If she doesn’t consent, or can’t consent, it’s rape. It’s assault,” says Del Toro. Adds Carell: “It’s a crime. It’s wrong.”

They encourage anyone witnessing an act of sexual assault to say something or help the victim, becoming part of the solution, not the problem.

“This is about respect. It’s about responsibility,” says Biden.

Watch the full video below:

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'Anchorman 2' gang breaks Jon Stewart's will to live -- VIDEO

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We learned a lot of things when the Anchorman gang visited Jon Stewart. We learned that Paul Rudd’s non-aging magic — fueled by stored Nazi blood — enables one to become him if you kill him. We learned that Steve Carell craves Chilean hors d’oeuvres picked by abused migrant workers. And we learned that the Daily Show green room isn’t exactly the Taj Mahal.

When Carell returned to the Daily Show last night, flanked by his three tag-along co-stars, they presented Stewart with special gifts — drab gifts from the green-room walls and end-tables. Stewart clearly was expecting something grander in the holiday spirit — or at least something that he didn’t have to return to its rightful place, like the cup of straws.

Carell and Stewart bonded briefly over champagne and food, but things soon fell apart. One moment they were discussing David Koechner’s affinity for airline porn, the next, there were threats of cutting off Paul Rudd’s face.

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'Anchorman 2' stars bring some 'Afternoon Delight' to Australia -- VIDEO

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Here’s something to make your afternoon delightful.

The KVWN Channel 4 News team — otherwise known as Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner — reprised their a cappella rendition of the Starland Vocal Band’s 1976 hit “Afternoon Delight” from the first Anchorman film for the Sydney Premiere of the upcoming sequel. And it is awesome. Luckily, it was all caught on film because, as Ferrell says in the beginning of the clip, they are only going to do it once. Those lucky Aussies. (Except for that one time they also re-created the number at last week’s live Anchorman script reading!)

Check out the performance below:
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'Anchorman' live reading, on the scene: Ron Burgundy, philanthropist?

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Even when he’s stripped of the polyester suit, bushy mustache, and ’70s news desk, it’s always hilarious to hear Will Ferrell shout, “Great Odin’s raven!” Ferrell and the rest of the Anchorman cast gathered at Santa Monica, California’s Broad Stage on Thursday night for a live reading of the 2004 comedy’s script, a benefit for the nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA.

Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy was joined by the rest of his Channel 4 News Team — Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) — along with lady love Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Jack Black, Chris Parnell, Danny Trejo, Fred Willard, and Fred Armisen even showed up for their minor roles, with Maya Rudolph voicing any non-Veronica ladies (including the role of the Mama Bear in her captioned conversation with Baxter the dog). Director/writer Adam McKay read all the stage cues aloud, while narrator Bill Kurtis lent his golden pipes to the event.

Conan O’Brien hosted the festivities and filled in for Vince Vaughn’s rival newsman during the live reading. “Only in L.A. do they do charity readings of screenplays,” O’Brien said, joking that the next benefit would be a script reading of Bio-Dome 2. As the night’s MC, he laid out some ground rules for the evening: “If you have hard candy, unwrap it now — and stick it up your ass.” When the crowd reacted to his profanity, O’Brien said, “There are no kids here. Who would bring children to a benefit for children?”

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'The Way, Way Back' stars Steve Carell and Allison Janney take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

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In The Way, Way Back, a coming-of-age tale about insecure teens and their sometimes-flawed adult influences, Steve Carell and Allison Janney play a few of most ill-equipped authority ever to befall a group of children. Janney’s character Betty teases her own son for having a lazy eye while Carell’s Trent does all he can to undermine his girlfriend’s son. Thankfully, Carell and Janney are nothing like their characters.

The two actors graciously agreed to be subjected to EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test, and they proved to be as charming and witty as you might expect. Check out the video after the jump to hear Janney rant about Game of Thrones (with some season 3 spoilers!), and Carell reminisce about the hockey moment that made him cry.
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'Anchorman 2' trailer: It's kind of a big deal. Let's do a deep dive!

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn’t the sort of film that normally demands the deep dive treatment. Careful frame-by-frame analyses are generally reserved for big-name adaptations, franchise-extending summer blockbusters, and comic book-based extravaganzas — you know, action movies with rich mythologies and lots of things that go “boom.”

But even if this clip is devoid of space ships, costumed heroes, and fights to the death, it’s chock-full of intriguing new characters, tantalizing plot tidbits, and righteous mustaches — making it the perfect candidate for some good, old-fashioned obsessive scrutiny.
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'The Office' series finale. One writer hated it. One writer loved it. Let's discuss.

Last night’s series finale of The Office was way up in the ratings — meaning that a bunch of people who haven’t been viewing the daily happenings of Dunder Mifflin tuned back in to see Pam, Jim, Dwight — and yes, even Michael — one last time.

This morning at Entertainment Weekly Headquarters we naturally all had opinions about what worked and what didn’t in the farewell episode of the long-running sitcom. Was it a fitting end for America’s favorite paper company?  Over email this morning, Jeff Labrecque and Erin Strecker hashed out the supersized episode — Jeff didn’t care for it; Erin loved it. Read their debate, and then tell us what you thought of the finale in our poll below.

JEFF LABRECQUE: For the record, I am a devoted fan of The Office. I’ve watched just about every episode from the very beginning and I’ve never been part of the herd that liked to complain that the show lost its fastball in the final few seasons. But I can’t remember a series finale of a beloved show that was more self-congratulatory. It was simple and total wish-fulfillment for every character. (Except Toby?) It almost felt like the writers crowd-sourced the plot from the whims of the show’s biggest fans. (Turns out they sorta did, according to Jenna Fischer, who told Dan Snierson that executive producer Greg Daniels asked each cast member for what their dream for their characters would be.) It just felt like one 75-minute long curtain-call, bow after bow after bow, patting itself on the back while taking every easy way out. Didn’t it feel a little pandering to you? READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by CooperJack141: 

Dwight: “I can’t believe you came.”

Michael: “That’s what she said.”

–Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Michael (Steve Carell) on The Office series finale

Check out the rest of your picks from Thursday, May 16 and come back Sunday to share your pick for best bite!

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'The Office' series finale: When did you start crying?

For anyone who’s stuck with The Office through thick and thin, fat years and lean years, the slow disintegration of Jan Levenson’s sanity and stern rule of Charles Miner and the misguided creepiness of Robert California — or even those who tuned in after a long break just to see how everything turned out — last night’s 75-minute-long finale was pretty much perfect.

Basically everybody got what they wanted: Dwight and Angela wed in appropriately weird Schrute fashion. Andy revealed that he’d moved back to Ithaca to work at his beloved alma mater (Cornell — ever heard of it?). Nellie stumbled into motherhood in the most random way possible. Erin found her parents, played adorably by Joan Cusack and Ed Begley Jr. Oscar worked on a campaign for state senate, while Kevin discovered that bartending suited him much better than accounting. Ryan and Kelly returned to Scranton separately, only to run off together (and, most likely, immediately break up again offscreen). Jim and Pam decided to move to Austin, where Jim will rejoin Athlead — sorry, Athleap — and Pam will, I don’t know, eat tacos or something.

And then there’s Michael Scott, whose “surprise” appearance wasn’t really much of a surprise. Even so, though, it was pretty great — especially when we learned that he had at least two kids and two phones, because “he’s just so happy to have a family plan.” Excuse me, but I think there’s something in my eye. (That’s what she said.)

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