Steve Carell

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The Beatles’ earliest recordings with singer Tony Sheridan are set to be released in a deluxe two-CD set on November 8; also included in the elaborate packaging will be rarely seen photos by Astrid Kirchherr, band contracts, poster art, and handwritten bios by each member of the group. [via Variety]

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Moments from the MTV Movie Awards That Made Us Feel Old

Last night was the MTV Movie Awards, the network’s annual film awards show that’s always more about parodies and interactions between celebrity presenters than who wins what. If you missed it, have no fear, reruns will be airing round the clock for the next month or so. But be warned: If you were born after 1990, you’re not only older than most of this year’s winners — there will also be some moments from the broadcast that will make you feel ancient. Click through as we run through some of the most egregious examples. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Thanks to raking in $90 million from her Monster Ball tour and an unparalleled social media presence, Lady Gaga has stolen Oprah’s number one spot on this year’s Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Rounding out the top five are Justin Bieber, U2, and Elton John. [via MTV]

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Watch SNL’s Live-Action Update of The Ambiguously Gay Duo

Last night’s Saturday Night Live surprised us with something we hadn’t known we’d always been missing — the return of the classic short “The Ambiguously Gay Duo.” Only this time, with the help of a flesh ray, Ace, Gary and the gang were transformed into human form. Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm appeared as Ace and Gary, and the villains revealed themselves to be Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert (who originally voiced Ace and Gary) along with host Ed Helms. Just like the Ambiguously Gay spots of yore, last night’s half-cartoon, half-live action version was cheap, listless, and mildly offensive. But funny! Watch the video after the jump. … Read More

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Sink or Swim: A Look Back at TV Shows That Lost Their Lead

Steve Carell is officially gone from The Office and, between that and this whole royal wedding thing, it feels like the world has sobbed itself dry. In fact, we just tried to cry as an experiment and couldn’t because there are no tears left. None at all. But do we blame the people? No, not really. Michael Scott’s goodbye on The Office was heart-wrenching, and it was hard to see our beloved Dunder Mifflinites go through that painful farewell, especially since every moment was underscored with the uncertainty of how the show itself will cope in future seasons. Will it sink or swim? It’s hard to say, but The Office is hardly the first show to part with a leading man or lady. After the jump, we calculate the odds with a look back at how some of the biggest shows fared after cutting main characters loose. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. If you missed last night’s installment of The Office (which was Steve Carell’s penultimate episode), watch the cast sing a strangely touching parody of Rent’s “Seasons of Love” here. (Warning: it made us tear up a bit.)

2. This photo of Rupert Grint (the kid who plays Ron Weasley in… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Devastating news: Last night at the National Dance Institute’s annual fund-raising gala, Alec Baldwin told Vulture that the next season of 30 Rock will be its last: “Our contracts are expired [in 2012], and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing. She’s going to be the next Elaine… Read More

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The 10 Greatest Guest Stars in the History of ‘The Office’

The Office is no 30 Rock in terms of its celebrity guest appearances, and we’re actually pretty thankful for that. But when the show announced last week that Will Ferrell has been cast as another branch manager “who arrives from the home office and proves to be just as inept as Michael Scott,” we’ll admit, we were pretty excited. After all, The Office has a pretty good track record with how they use their guest stars — even the super duper (yes, duper!) famous ones. Check out 10 of our favorite guest stars in Office history below and study up before Ferrell takes on Dunder Mifflin. … Read More

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Ricky Gervais Is Heading to The Office

It’s like a TV fantasy come true: Fictional bosses from hell David Brent and Michael Scott will face off in the January 27th episode of The Office according to TVline’s Michael Ausiello. The details are still sketchy, but we’re hoping that this could lead to Ricky Gervais having a more permanent role on… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Watch the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s documentary film about Spalding Gray, And Everything is Going Fine, which his widow asked the director to make after his tragic death. [via Slashfilm]

2. More Steve Carell news: He and David Steinberg are making a documentary that will chronicle the evolution of comedy over… Read More

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