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Going to see “Sunshine Cleaning” in an hour

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I’ve heard wildly mixed reviews. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for mediocre. I like these two broads.

UPDATE: It was really good. Very enjoyable. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt were terrific together. The only part I objected to was the too-cheesy CB to heaven stuff.

And trivia: Amy played John Krasinski’s girlfriend on The Office on season one. Emily is his girlfriend in real life.

Cloris Leachman and Jack Black on ‘The Office’

Speaking of Mary Tyler Moore alum (see pervious post), Cloris Leachman is making a cameo on The Office next week along with Jack Black and Jessica Alba.

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According to Us magazine, the trio appear as stars in a Hollywood flick and there’s a kissing scene with Jack and Cloris! Hell yeah.

Wow, Cloris, Jack, Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson – that must have been a funny set. How did they get anything done?

It’s scheduled to air next Thursday, January 29. UPDATE: The more recent news I’ve been reading says this episode will air the Thursday after the Super Bowl, which would be Feb. 5.

Americans: defend your ‘Office’ (because I won’t)

British TV critic Steven Wells, a blogger for The Guardian, recently lambasted the American version of The Office in a blog post. I have to say, I do think the American version pales sadly next to the original British version.

In fact, my lady friend is a huge fan and tunes in every Thursday despite my griping next to her on the couch that Steve Carrell doesn’t have an ounce of talent.

Here’s what Wells says:

“It’s rubbish. The American Office is a dysfunctional and unfunny pastiche of the original. When the British version first aired, I met several Americans who thought it was a documentary. ‘Is England really that awful?’ asked one. Where the original is nail-bitingly excruciating, the US Office – dumbed down to the point of being insulting – is comfort food for liberals . . .

“When the original Office was shown on US TV, BBC America plugged it with a street interview with an enthusiastic US fan who said: ‘If you don’t see some of yourself in David Brent, then you are David Brent.’

“The same simply can’t be said of Steve Carell’s two-dimensional and entirely unsympathetic Michael Scott. He’s an Aunt Sally. A straightforward sad bastard to be straightforwardly laughed at. In short, where the BritOffice had you hiding behind the sofa AmeriOffice has you falling asleep on it. And yet it is huge.”

Which do you like, the British Office or the sucky American one? (I’m exaggerating; there are things about the American version I enjoy, for example, Jim and Pam. I just don’t like Steve Carrell. Because he sucks.)

Or do you like both? Because that’s a possibility, too.

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