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Ricky Gervais and the Office Babies — who’s kidding who?


gervais British comedian Ricky Gervais is a master of satire.  But some people don’t quite get it.

Gervais, creator of “The Office” and “Extras” TV shows and controversial host of January’s Hollywood  Golden Globe awards, created a stir this week with a wild Vanity Fair magazine interview in which he insisted (between guffaws) that he was making an “Office Babies” spin-off for U.S. television.

“Oh, that’s definitely happening. I’m filming it now. It’s just loads of babies. And you know what the terrible thing is? We’re not even paying them. (Laughs.) What we did is, we pretended to do a promotional thing where parents can come and meet famous people from The Office. So they leave their babies with us, and while they’re distracted getting autographs, we shoot the entire series. It’s just babies crawling over copiers and stuff, and then we overdub the footage. There are no actor fees,” he said.

“It’s sort of like Look Who’s Talking, but set in an office. We’re actually making that show for NBC and it comes out in April. It’ll follow 30 Rock. It’s called Office Babies, and it’s definitely happening,” he said.

Rainn Wilson naked. A sex symbol? Sort of.


wilson.jpgWhat’s with Rainn Wilson of “The Office” showing his naked body all over the place these days? It’s not like Wilson, 42, is Brad Pitt or Matthew McConaughey or some other male sex symbol. Or is he?

He thinks he is — sort of.

One day after baring his not-so-buff bod at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles (that’s him and his teddy in the picture at right), Wilson talked to reporters about his new movie, “The Rocker,” which is slated for an August release. Wilson portrays a former drummer for a 1980s metal band who lands a gig playing for a teenage garage band. And in one scene of his band’s rehearsal, Wilson shows off his naked butt.