May the best Schmuck win, in Steve Carell’s new movie Dinner for Schmucks, out July 30th. Paul Rudd is a rising exec and to please his boss, he has to bring the best idiot he can find to the Dinner for Schmucks. The co-worker that finds the dumbest dunce gains favor with their boss. Rudd’s character sees his shining opportunity when he meets Barry the Taxidermist (Carell). When Rudd finds out the point of the meal is to embarrass the guests, he has to decide which is more important: his job or his conscience.
This is just one of Steve Carell’s several projects, and probably the most anticipated. His departure from “The Office” has freed him up to do movies like Get Smart 2, Missing Links, and Of All Things. Despicable Me, out earlier this summer, showed how kid-friendly Carell can be, too.
“I just think it’s time. I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go,” said Carell in an interview with E!
★ “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” receives its first and only Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series category, while Andover, MA’s Leno is left out of the running and posts its lowest ratings since its first season on the air in 1992.
★ Currently covered in a slew of allegations of abuse, Mel Gibson sells his Connecticut estate for $24 million.
★ Naked shots from the set of What’s Your Number, currently filming in Boston, are of a body double and not Anna Faris.
★ Lexington, Massachusett’s native, and former SNL star, Rachel Dratch is pregnant.
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★ Movie pioneer Douglas Trumbull plans sci-fi film to help jump-start the western Massachusets side of state in movie-production.
★ Originally of Concord, Massachusetts, Steve Carrell’s voice stars in the new animated film, Despicable Me.
Looks like cable’s biggest funny man is taking some vacation days. Steve Carell has officially given word that season 7 of “The Office” will be his last, while the rest of the cast carries on without him. When asked why the Mass native is leaving a hit TV show with a huge fanbase, he simply said that he’s going to fulfill his contract but just wants to spend time with his family. Office fanatics might not be appeased by that answer, but fans of the Massachusetts native won’t be disappointed. He’s got a ton of stuff in the works (check out a previous Hollywood East Connection article about his upcoming projects) so he might not have as much family-time as he’s leading on.
He has two movies hitting the theaters in the next few weeks. Despicable Me, out July 9th, and Dinner for Schmucks, coming out July 30th, are just the tip of the Carell iceberg. According to IMDB.com, he is involved with no less than ten projects in the foreseeable future. To name a few, be on the lookout for Get Smart 2 and an currently untitled marital crisis comedy with Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
To get the most funny for your money, check into “The Office” Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC before it’s too late. It’s not like the the other guys and gals of in the office aren’t great, but you know Dunder-Mifflin won’t be the same without the infamous Michael Scott.
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