The world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Derek Noakes, the titular character of Netflix's British import Derek.
That may be a surprising notion, given that Derek — a simple-minded man who works in an old-age home in Britain — is the creation of Ricky Gervais, whose stand-up comedy and past work on shows like The Office and Extras can be biting, to say the least. Even Gervais admits thatDerek, which he describes plainly (and accurately) as "a show about kindness," is less a departure from his previous projects and more a complete rejection of them.
"In recent years — and I'm culpable; I may even be one of the major driving forces in it — there's been a comedy of embarrassment, of excruciating social faux pas, the minutiae of human behavior, and usually the bad side," Gervais, who plays the lead role of Derek in addition to writing and directing the series, told TVGuide.com last week. "What's slightly different about [Derek] is, all those comedies and all the characters I've created before were sort of laughing at the blind spot, laughing at the difference between how the characters see themselves and how we see them. And with this, I've closed that blind spot. People are more sincere and more honest. ... The big theme is that kindness trumps everything."
Scout Willis is practicing some civil disobedience against Instagram — topless.
Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, wandered the streets of New York City topless on Tuesday in order to protest Instagram's policy of removing pictures that feature women's breasts. Willis, 22, posted pictures of her sojourn on Twitter, with captions such as "Legal in NYC but not on @instagram."
Brian Williams, Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who last year leaked documents about classified government surveillance programs, told NBC News' Brian Williamsthat he considers himself a patriot in an interview that aired Wednesday night.
"I think patriot is a word that's thrown around so much that it can be devalued nowadays," Snowden said during the sit-down, which was his first on an American television network. "Being a patriot doesn't mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don't have to be foreign countries."
Alex Trebek, Julia Collins
Jeopardy! contestant Julia Collins has already broken the record for consecutive wins by a woman on the game show, and Thursday night she may tie the record for second-most wins of all time (19).
Brad Pitt was attacked at the Hollywood premiere of Maleficent Wednesday by a man who has a history of assaulting celebrities on red carpets and during awards shows, CNN reports.
Pitt, 50, was signing autographs at the premiere when Vitalii Sediuk, 25, jumped over a barrier and hit him in the face, according to CNN. Sediuk, a Ukranian television host, was arrested on suspicion of battery.
Jeananne Goosen, Eoin Macken
On NBC's new medical series The Night Shift, the doctors at San Antonio Memorial see plenty of crazy cases in the emergency room — but the biggest drama often occurs among the staff members themselves behind closed doors.
Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch
[Warning: The following article contains major spoilers about HBO's The Normal Heart. Read at your own risk!]
HBO's The Normal Heart chronicles the emergence of AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. Ryan Murphy's adaptation, based on the 1985 play by Larry Cramer, offers a shattering examination of both the physical effects of the disease itself, as well as the personal and political implications of the government's lack of response to the growing epidemic. The film tells the story through a group of characters who are struggling to make their voices heard amid the crisis. Here are 10 ways the movie broke our hearts:
Jennifer Beals revisits her Flashdance days on this week's episode of Motive — only this time she's the teacher, not the student.
Beals guest-stars as a dance instructor who finds herself the target of Angie's (Kristin Lehman) investigation into a killing that initially seems like a case of self-defense during a home invasion, but quickly morphs into something more sinister. What does she have to hide?