Little is known about Community‘s season finale, but here’s some intel to chew on: One, it’s in two parts. Two, here’s one celebrity guest you can expect to see: B.J. Novak.
EW has learned that the Office alum — whose first book was released this week and who will hit the big screen this spring in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — will make a cameo appearance in the first half of the finale. How exactly Novak factors into the story is being kept under wraps, but he plays what’s being described as “a TV star in a sexy new series.
The first half of the finale is expected to air on NBC in April.
David Cross, Chris Elliott, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Breaking Badcreator Vince Gilligan, and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz are among the other famous faces that will pop up in future installments of Community. New episodes of the fifth (and possibly final) season resume airing Feb. 27.
B. J. Novak Peaked at 12 When He Met Michael Jackson
Since departing The Office less than one year ago, actor B. J. Novak has landed a supporting role in this winter’s Saving Mr. Banks, executive-produced 17 episodes of The Mindy Project, and filmed a role in this summer’s sure-to-be blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. On a blistery night in New York City, VF Daily sat down with the Harvard grad at cozy East Village mainstay Gemma to discuss what might just be his most exciting project yet: his first book. On shelves this week, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is a collection of hilariously funny, often touching, sometimes absurd short stories.
VF Daily: You wrote for The Office, and you’ve been acting for so long. Was writing a book always something that you knew you wanted to do?
B . J. Novak: Yes and no. I always thought I would write a book someday, but I guess I didn’t expect it to turn out like this. Mindy [Kaling] wrote a book and told me, I want you to write a book and I don’t want you to wait until you’re 80. But it is not a natural instinct of mine to be personal. I feel I have a lot of interesting ideas, but I don’t feel I’m that interesting. I enjoy expressing playful thoughts in stand-up comedy or Twitter, or any forum like that. And then suddenly, after I left The Office, I started having thoughts in premises that were too long for Twitter and too emotional for stand-up. They were comic ideas, but I really wanted to see them through in a different way.
B.J. Novak Opens Up About His Tumultuous Relationship With Mindy Kaling, ‘The Office’ Finale and More
Former Office star and current executive producer of TheMindy Project, B.J. Novak dropped by Reddit earlier today to answer a few questions from fans and promote his new book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. During the comprehensive Q &A, Novak discussed what it was like to attend high school with Office co-star John Krasinski, his sometimes tumultuous relationship with pal Mindy Kaling and an alternateOffice ending in which Ryan Howard burns Dunder-Mifflin to the ground. Missed it? We’ve got you covered. Check out the most revealing tidbits below:
On the co-star he was closest to on The Office: “I was closest with Mindy Kaling, and also least close with Mindy Kaling, on a minute-by-minute basis. And I wouldn’t trade it for the word. Actually, I would trade it for the world. What am I talking about: I’d trade it for a more consistently positive relationship with Mindy Kaling. She’s the best.”
On The Office finale: “Yes. I think it was a really great final episode, and I love that the final episode acknowledged the impact that the documentary crew had on everyone’s lives, and also continued the story with the characters. And on a personal level I loved that Ryan literally ran off into the sunset with Kelly — but abandoned a baby in order to do so. So funny and dark and happy perfect. Greg Daniels deserves all the credit in the world for wrapping up the series the way he started it out.”
Marc Webb Reveals BJ Novak is Villain Alistair Smythe in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″
Back in October, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ viral website TheDailyBugle posted an article about how Oscorp’s head ofengineeringSpencer Smythe is making “significant advancements in robotics.” Smythe is a villain from the Spider-Man universe who invented the deadly Spider-Slayer robots to capture or kill the superhero.
Now,directorMarc Webb has unveiled that BJ Novak (Inglourious Basterds, “The Office”) will play Alistair Smythe, the son of Spencer, in the sequel. Even though Alistair eventually becomes a villain in the comics, it’s not clear how big his involvement will be in the film.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is set to hit theaters on May 2nd.
What Wakes B.J. Novak Up In The Middle Of The Night?
B.J. Novak is a triple threat. He got his start in show business as a standup comedian which led to a job on the hit comedy series The Office. Novak had a regular part on the show but he was also one of the writers. Now he has put his writing talent to work on a book of stories: One More Thing.
When we talk about a triple threat we’re often talking about a versatile athlete. Think about a basketball player who can score, defend, and rebound. In show biz, B. J. Novak may be that triple threat. He can do standup, act, and write successfully in all cases. He got his start doing standup comedy. That led to a job on the hit comedy series “The Office” where he had a regular part and was one of the writers.
And now he’s put his writing talent to work on one more thing. Literally. That’s the name of his book of stories, “One More Thing.” An appropriate title for someone so multifaceted and as NPR’s Lynn Neary says the book is funny. She can also tell Novak used his acting instincts to create the book.
B.J. Novak believes in the wisdom of crowds. In one of his stand-up comedy bits, he reads one-liners from index cards, and tosses the jokes that don’t get a big enough laugh into a garbage can. He bounces material off everyone— friends, his agent, his manager, his personal assistant, his two brothers, his mother. So when he was writing his first book, a collection of short fiction, he did what he always does. He got up on stage in front of a crowded room, and tested the stories on a live audience.
For the past year and a half, Mr. Novak, who’s best known for his work as a writer and actor on the sitcom “The Office,” has been reading his fiction to packed rooms at comedy clubs and bookstores in New York and Los Angeles. He always took a pen onstage with him, jotting notes to himself, slashing paragraphs when he felt he lost the crowd.
“I had this instinct to bring the book on stage because I had been a stand-up, and any time I had an idea, I would take it on stage to feel out how it would work,” he said during a recent interview, sitting on the deck of his house overlooking the Hollywood Hills. “I thought, that’s what you do with what matters to you, you take it on stage.”
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