“In terms of the performances, the actors remembered those dynamics and fell right back into them. My favorite example is the scene in the complete movie between Jim and Pam, in which Pam asks Goldenface why his face is gold. You can see all the happiness and the tension in their faces— they love acting together, they are trying to keep a straight face through Michael’s dialogue, and they know Roy is just out of the frame.”—BJ Novak on Threat Level Midnight (via sarahendipityy)
What is the book you’re writing about? MK: It’s like short essays and comedy pieces. Some are a page. Some are a couple sentences. Some are two pages. That kind of thing.
Can you give an example? MK: Yeah! The titles are kind of self-explanatory. One of the titles is called “The 20 Things You Need to Do If You’re a Guy.” Another is “These Are the Photos in My Blackberry,” and I just show all the photos in my Blackberry with descriptions. One essay is called “B.J. Novak,” and it just talks about B.J. Novak, so it’s just things like that.
I must get this book, obvs.
I don’t know when this book is coming out, but I already know I want it so badly!
“Mindy [Kaling] has long been considered the best writer on The Office, and every actor on the show thinks she writes for them best,” says [BJ] Novak. “There is the extra little ‘smile’ that infuses her scripts, which is hard to quantify. My guess is that it stems from a real loving sense of the superspecific inner life of every character. Characters aren’t joke machines to her, or types to satirize. As a person, she’s incredibly sentimental, more than anyone I’ve met, but she’s also incredibly sharp. She’s unabashedly both. That allows her to express real emotions without shyness, but also without clichés.”— NY Mag (via theprocrastinator)
“Insecurity is mistaken for confidence, or overconfidence. When I am at my most insecure in a social situation, that’s when I make mistakes. That’s when I don’t say hi to people; that’s when I act like a jerk. Because I think, “Why would they want to talk to me? They’re so important, and now I’ve said something stupid, and I’m just going to shut the hell up.” It’s when I’m not confident that I think I come off as cold or uncaring. And it is when you feel secure and comfortable that you are able to open up and be a good person and show people more of yourself and be kinder.”—B.J. Novak (via frankengeek)
Forget for a moment the whole debate over who might replace Steve Carell on The Office next year. We’ve an Office scoop to report: Vulture has learned that girl-power duo Subtle Sexuality, which burst on to the fake TV-band scene last year with “Male Prima Donna,” is reuniting. Lead singer and director Mindy Kaling tells us there are “pretty ambitious” plans for the group: “There’ll be two songs and two music videos, and the whole cast [including Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms and B.J. Novack] is coming back.” Kaling will direct both videos, as well as the webisodes accompanying the songs. So will the new tracks be dance-oriented like “Prima Donna,” or can we look forward to a slow jam? “The writers tried to cover so many different genres [with the songs] because we do it so infrequently,” Kaling explains, promising that at least one video will have elements of time travel.
(Via New York Magazine)
My favorite group is gunna be back in action HOOWLA
'The Office': B.J. Novak's new contract hints at post-Carell plan
Steve Carell maintains season 7 of "The Office" will be his last. But that doesn’t change the fact that plans are already hatching for season 8, and it looks like they involve B.J. Novak.
Novak, who plays the sneaky and frequently fired Ryan Howard, just renewed his contract with Universal Media Studios for another two seasons. Variety reports the deal promotes him from co-executive producer to executive producer status and maintains his current writing and acting credit on the series.
If Novak is a lock for season 8, it could see him rise to a leadership position in front of the camera as well. He was one of the first to join “The Office” when NBC committed to the U.S. remake, and, on the series, we already know that Ryan’s capable of jumping ahead in the ranks — until he’s derailed by fraud and coke addiction, that is.
NBC, which probably hasn’t emotionally accepted Carell’s plans yet, won’t comment on if Novak could be the boss, but they did have some nice things to say about him.
"B.J. has been an integral part of ‘The Office’ since the launch of the show," NBC president of primetime entertainment Angela Bromstad tells Variety. “Whether he’s in the writing room or appearing on screen, we always get the smart, sophisticated, ridiculously funny humor from him that the fans have come to love.”
Would you like to see Ryan run the Scranton branch of Sabre?