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Posted at 8:33 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Ricky Gervais explains 'Office' return to Piers Morgan; Russell Brand considers singing an '80s tune with Alec Baldwin

By Jen Chaney

Some of the pop culture stories currently on our radar...

Ricky Gervais talks with Piers Morgan about his upcoming appearance on "The Office," and why he told Steve Carell that he should leave the series. (CNN)

Russell Brand may join cast of "Rock of Ages" ... and sing "Can't Fight This Feeling" with Alec Baldwin? (Vulture)

Slash refused to let the producers of "Glee" use Guns N' Roses songs on the show. Why? "Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough. I look at Grease now and think, 'Between High School Musical and Glee, Grease was a work of art.'" All righty then. (Rolling Stone)

Proceed to the jump to see Christian Bale age and watch the viral trailer for the movie about a killer tire.

The Hollywood Reporter singles out 10 movies -- with stars like Elizabeth Banks, Tobey Maguire, Paul Rudd and Katie Holmes -- that are likely to sell at Sundance. (THR)

Kiefer Sutherland believes there will be a "24" movie and that this time next year, it will be in production. (Slashfilm)

Presenting the official Christian Bale Aging Timeline, which demonstrates how he turned into Jesus Christ. (Buzzfeed)

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer for "Rubber," a movie about a tire named Robert that goes on a killing spree. No, this is not a joke.

By Jen Chaney  | January 21, 2011; 8:33 AM ET
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Like that Jodie/Mel movie "The Beaver", "Rubber" might be a bit problematic as a title. But that trailer is awesome. This may be the best inanimate object serial killer flick since "Der Lift", my favorite Dutch homicidal elevator movie ever.

Posted by: justmike | January 21, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Rubber -- Christine on a budget.

Sure Glee is not high art, but neither is Guns N Roses. Slash might want to get over himself.

Posted by: epjd | January 21, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Yo go, Slash, yo go. Brilliant. Glee is dreadful.

Posted by: password11 | January 21, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Ricky Gervais talks with Piers Morgan..."
"Russell Brand may join cast..."

Ricky, Russell -- did we ask them to leave England and come here? Don't recall that we did. Shoo, both of you.

"Slash refused to let the producers of 'Glee' use Guns N' Roses songs on the show" -- Good call, Slash! But then again, I'm over "Glee" (the Britney episode sailed it over the shark and out into space for me). But can you imagine GnR?

* Rachel singing "Patience."
* Puck singing "Sweet Child O' Mine."
* Schu singing, "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Heaven's Daw-waw."
* The entire cast singing "November Rain" with Mercedes in the back wailing.

It would be horrible.

"Kiefer Sutherland believes there will be a '24' movie" -- No offense, there, Son-o-Donald, but the only way I'd spend an entire day in a movie theatre would be either a Eugene O'Neill play or "Star Wars" marathon.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 21, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry TD, did you say anything after Puck singing "Sweet Child O' Mine?"

Posted by: epjd | January 21, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Uh, yes, "Rubber" is a joke -- it's listed release date is April 1st.

Posted by: jcburka | January 21, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

LOL, ep. Sounds like you need to write a fan letter.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | January 21, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Rubber better tread lightly. Audiences quickly tire of such flat plots. I doubt that the critics will spare Rubber from slashing reviews.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 21, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess Slash doesn't need any more money. If he had sold it, his soon-to-be-ex-wife would get half of it anyway, so good call on his part.

There's plenty of other artists out there that need the $$$ anyway.

Posted by: wadejg | January 21, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

WTG Slash!

Posted by: HardyW | January 21, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Great idea, td. epjd, do you need a co-author on that fan letter?

I really liked Charlton Heston in his younger, pre-NRA and pre-Alzheimer's days. But it really felt wrong to lust after Moses in the Ten Commandments. If I stick to lusting after Christian Bale in the 2006 photo, does that get me off the hook for lusting after Jesus?

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | January 21, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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