Human Resources: Toby and Holly Talk Season 5 of The Office

by Zach Oat September 11, 2008 12:28 pm
Human Resources: Toby and Holly Talk Season 5 of <i>The Office</i>

For years, HR sad sack Toby has been a thorn in the side of The Office manger Michael Scott, not allowing him to have fun because the "fun" is usually mildly sexist, or racist, or both. Well, the Season 4 finale saw Dunder-Mifflin bid a fond (on Michael's part, anyway) farewell to Toby as he left for Costa Rica, and a lukewarm welcome to his beautiful and goofy replacement, Holly. In anticipation of the September 25th premiere of the new season, writer/producer Paul Lieberstein ("Toby") and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan ("Holly") held a conference call where reporters got to ask them all of the questions we were dying to know about Season 5. The best parts are of the call are below, so enjoy! (That's what she said!)

The Girl: Hitchcock Goes Psycho

by Ethan Alter October 20, 2012 10:30 pm
<i>The Girl</i>: Hitchcock Goes <i>Psycho</i>

HBO's The Girl is the first of two movies about one of cinema's most iconic filmmakers, Alfred Hitchcock, that are rolling out in the next month; the Anthony Hopkins-led Hitchcock opens in limited release over Thanksgiving weekend. Neither one is a straight-up biopic either, instead choosing to focus their attention on a relatively limited window in the Master of Suspense's career -- Hitchcock takes place during the production of Psycho, while The Girl unfolds within the roughly two-year window during which he made The Birds and Marnie. Both movies are also less concerned with how these particular movies came together than in exploring the psychology of the man who made them. And the picture they paint of the Master of Suspense isn't exactly flattering.

Ed Helms and Paul Lieberstein Talk <i>The Office</i>, Steve Carell and Yes, They Do Know They’re Making a Faux-Documentary

When talking to Ed Helms (Andy Bernard) and Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson, as well as Office writer and producer) on a media call earlier this week, everyone wanted to know how Andy of all people got the gig, if Andy could ever really be as good as Michael, if the writers are just using Helms' budding movie career to boost Office viewership... all fair(ish) questions, but pretty damn brutal. True professionals, Helms and Lieberstein just wanted to be clear that they're excited for the future of the show, but they managed to throw in a few fun lines about writing in a post-Steve Carell series. They were the highlights of the phoner, along with a few of the choice quotes below.

Top Chef Insanity Starts Now

by Lauren Gitlin November 12, 2008 2:29 pm
<i>Top Chef</i> Insanity Starts Now The angels are singing! The new season of Top Chef kicks off tonight, and I got to chat with host/judges Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio about what to expect. Over the course of the (very) long conference call, P and T discussed their new judge, writer Toby Young, a pretty rad line-up of guest judges, their own guilty pleasures and the ingredient they're most sick of. They mentioned only one of the new contestants -- Fabio -- by name, so do with that info what you will. They also took on haters who have implied that Top Chef is an easy ticket to success for lazy chefs, and if you're so inclined you can read about what they had to say at NY Mag's Grub Street blog. Otherwise, read on for the highlights.

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