Will Ferrell Will Run for President Before He’s the Next Office Boss

Some links and a Sunday column preview:

Will Ferrell has been hovering around NBC’s Thursday comedy block for about a year now, most notably in 30 Rock’s quick-hitting, hysterical show-within-a-show Bitch Hunter:

now he'll be on a real show

now he'll be on a real show

But now he’s getting an upgrade into a four-episode appearance on The Officethat helps show Steve Carell the door. There hasn’t been much speculation that he’ll be Carell’s replacement, which tells me one thing: It’s so far-fetched for a movie star of Ferrell’s caliber to attach himself to a TV show that no one’s even bothering asking the question. So I won’t bother either, because it is ridiculously far-fetched and just won’t be happening. So let’s just move on. Josh McAuliffe, a buddy of mine that runs The Office blog at the Scranton Times, tipped me off about the latest rumor Wednesday night that Will Arnett could be tapped, but that rumor was shot down just as quick as I heard it. I’m still holding out hope that Richard Jenkins gets the job, since I was the first one that reported that back in September. Oh, and because he’d be good at it, too.

If you’re looking for the returns of Smallville and Supernatural tonight on the CW, don’t bother. The shows, which were supposed to return tonight after a two-month hiatus, won’t be aired tonight. No reason for alarm, they’ll both be back next week. the network changed the schedule at the last minute because of some scheduled pre-emptions in the major markets of Chicago and Baltimore.

Today’s entry into the Dream Job Sweepstakes — to be a moderator of a Mad Men fan chat. I’m sure this isn’t a paying gig or anything, but if it were, it would probably fall somewhere between schedule maker for the 80s sitcom channel and professional beer drinker on my list. Since I’m fully aware that I push Mad Men waaaaaayyyyyyyy too much on PopRox readers, maybe you should all put in a good word for me so I stop incessantly blabbing about the show around here. Umm, pretty please?

Here’s the PopRox column that will be in Sunday’s paper, with an extra bonus:

Ever since Tuesday’s Oscar nominations were announced, talk of snubs has been pretty constant. But some movies and performances were just so far off the radar that they don’t even get the respect of being mentioned as a snub:

it's ok to look at jonah hill as an actor. really.

it's ok to look at jonah hill as an actor. really.

Best Actor: Jonah Hill, Cyrus
Don’t worry if you only know Hill as the foul-mouthed, wise-cracking graduate of the Judd Apatow School of Comedy. That’s how most people see him. But in 2010, he showed the potential to become a future comedy-crossover star, following the footsteps of actors like Tom Hanks and Bill Murray. His understated and intentionally awkward turn in “Cyrus” as a delusional mother’s boy is scary-good — or maybe it was just so surprising to see him go through a movie without cracking a poop joke that it seems that much more impressive.

Best Director: Ben Affleck, The Town
There was a rumble of concern that “The Town” didn’t get a Best Picture nomination, but it was more of an “Awwww, that’s too bad” vibe instead of a “You suck, Oscars!” blowback. Lost in the shuffle is Affleck, who may not be the best actor in Hollywood, but he’s proving to be a very, very good director. This was his writing/directing follow-up to the also-snubbed “Gone Baby Gone” — and “The Town” is even better. “The Town” may not have gotten Affleck his first directing nomination, but there should be one coming his way in the future if he stays on this career path.

we understand if you wince because you know what's coming

we understand if you wince because you know what's coming

Best Actress: Noomi Rapace, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Maybe it’s because we can’t understand a word the Swedish actress says. Or it could be that the series has been getting awards in Europe for more than a year, despite only being released in the United States last March. Or maybe it’s because we didn’t see her in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” too much because our hands were over our eyes. Whatever the reason, Rapace didn’t seem to generate any heat for an Oscar nomination despite her graphically intimate and open performance in the first of the Millennium Trilogy. Even if the Oscars didn’t notice, Hollywood has — she’ll make her major English-language debut later this year in the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel.

Best Original Screenplay: Please Give
Indie darling Nicole Holofcener scored a screenplay nomination at the Independent Spirit Awardsfor her funny and emotional look at apartment neighbors in New York City and the bonds that develop from that forced relationship. But when the Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning, it wasn’t even worth it for Holofcener to set her alarm. She had no shot, despite one of the best ensemble casts of the year bringing her words to life with the sentiment they deserved.

how many times can this guy get snubbed at the oscars?

how many times can this guy get snubbed at the oscars?

Best Supporting Actor: Guy Pearce, The King’s Speech and Animal Kingdom

Academy Awards don’t give credit for “body of work” for a year — but I do. What’s wrong with an actor getting credit for two scene-stealing parts in two very good movies? Maybe by themselves, neither of them are completely Oscar worthy. But put them together, and you’ve got yourself an Oscar contender. Pearce was tastefully reserved in an Animal Kingdom role that easily could have turned into the typical “scorned cop hell-bent on revenge” and then turned around a couple months later and was the hidden gem of King’s Speech as King Edward the Something that gave up his throne to marry some American floozy. He’s now been involved with five movies that have had heavy Oscar attention — LA Confidential, Memento, Hurt Locker, Animal Kingdom and King’s Speech — and his work hasn’t been nominated in any of them. That’s just not fair.

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