Ricky Gervais: I didn't dis 'The Office' finale
May 23rd, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Ricky Gervais: I didn't dis 'The Office' finale

Controversial comedian Ricky Gervais has gotten himself into hot water again, this time over comments he made about the cameo-filled season finale of "The Office."

In a recent entry on his blog, Gervais—who executive produces the NBC series and wrote and starred in the U.K. edition—gave his take on the final episode, in which he, Jim Carrey, James Spader and even billionaire Warren Buffett all compete for the regional manager job vacated by Michael Scott (Steve Carell).

"Watching The Office finale may remind some of the Chris Martin episode of Extras," Gervais said. "If you’re going to jump a shark, jump a big one. I assume most people know I didn't do the U.S. remake for the art. I did my version for the art."

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Alex Pettyfer: I'd go full-frontal for stripper movie
May 23rd, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Alex Pettyfer: I'd go full-frontal for stripper movie

Actor Alex Pettyfer is prepared to bare all for his upcoming role as a stripper in "Magic Mike."

"I will do whatever needs to be done," Pettyfer told Vulture when asked if he'd go full-frontal in the film. The Brit added, "I am definitely going to have to take some dance classes. I don't think male strippers use poles. The male stripper has no props apart from themselves."

As Marquee previously reported, "Magic Mike" tells the story of a veteran dancer (Channing Tatum) who teaches a newcomer (Pettyfer) how to hustle both on and off the stage. The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's Eleven," "Traffic"), is based on Tatum's real-life experience as a 19-year-old exotic dancer at a Tampa club, and Pettyfer feels fortunate to be part of the project.

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Director Lars von Trier: I am not Mel Gibson
May 23rd, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Director Lars von Trier: I am not Mel Gibson

After being labeled a "persona non grata" at the Cannes Film Festival, director Lars von Trier is still attempting to explain the Nazi joke he made during a press event last week.

"What I said was completely stupid but I am absolutely no Mel Gibson. I am absolutely not Mel Gibson," von Trier tells the Hollywood Reporter of his recent remarks that he both understood and sympathizes with Hitler.

"When I said what I did about Hitler, what I meant was I could imagine what it was like for Hitler in the bunker, making plans," he explains. "Not that I would do what Hitler did."

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David Beckham to create, model line of undies
May 23rd, 2011
09:38 AM ET

David Beckham to create, model line of undies

David Beckham knows a thing or two about modeling underwear, and presumably, he knows plenty about simply wearing them, so why not put those skills together to create his own undergarments?

The soccer star is joining wife Victoria’s fashion pursuits and is working on a men’s bodywear line, according to Women’s Wear Daily. He will, of course, also model said line of underwear.

“I’ve had the idea of doing a bodywear collection for some time now,” Beckham told WWD, adding that part of the inspiration was his work with Armani.

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Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet
May 23rd, 2011
09:37 AM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet

There’s plenty going on this week, from movies to music to TV, so get ready to be on pop culture overload for the next few days.

For starters, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is coming to an end after 25 years. The last show will air on Wednesday, with Winfrey’s star-studded surprise spectacular leading up to that final episode.

Here’s what else you shouldn’t miss this week:

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