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The Office Finale a Big, Lovable Mess, Says PEOPLE's Critic

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The Office Finale Was a Big, Frustrating, Lovable Mess, Says PEOPLE's Critic

Originally posted 05/17/2013 08:45AM

The series finale of The Office took up an hour and 15 minutes of NBC's prime-time schedule Thursday night. The last quarter-hour had a special sentimental magic, as we got parting moments with each of the characters at the Dunder Mifflin paper company of Scranton, Pa.

The rest you could have fed into a shredder.

After a season that carefully worked out significant narrative strands – the ultimately inevitable ascension to manager of the insufferable Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), the unexpectedly tender travails in the marriage of Jim and Pam (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer) – this episode was poorly conceived and clumsily structured.

It really wasn't worthy of all the years of affectionate humor that had gone before it.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Share a Bed with an Enormous ... | Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt Opens Up About Married Life with John Krasinski

Originally posted 04/16/2013 09:00AM

Think Emily Blunt's day-to-day existence is as glamorous as the day she got married almost three years ago to John Krasinski at George Clooney's Italian villa? Think again.

"I spend my life in sweatpants and covered in mud," Blunt, 30, tells InStyle for its May cover story, as she also admits to letting the couple's oversized lab, Finn, cuddle beside them in bed.

That doesn't leave a lot of extra space because, as she puts it, "I have an enormous husband – he's 6'3"! – and an enormous dog." The British actress also says her star husband has an enormous heart.

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VIDEO: Matt Damon Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel Live | Jimmy Kimmel, Matt Damon

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Matt Damon Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel Live

Originally posted 01/25/2013 08:00AM

Matt Damon more than made up for his decade of being bumped from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Declaring "I am in command of this ship," Damon not only hijacked the show Thursday night, but he brought along a little big-name help.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Robert De Niro, Don Cheadle, John Krasinski and Oprah Winfrey all played a part.

Andy Garcia sat in as sidekick. Sheryl Crow led the band.

And where was Kimmel? Oh, he was there, all right: gagged and tied on the back of the set, as Damon took over.

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Why Jenna Fischer Cried over John Krasinski's Office Casting

Jenna Fischer Cried Tears of Joy over John Krasinski's Office Casting

Originally posted 01/24/2013 07:00PM

It was love at first audition for Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski.

Fischer, who plays Pam to Krasinski's Jim on The Office, isn't sure their characters would have become the fan-favorites they are if he hadn't been chosen to play her husband.

"I was paired up with John often and I thought this was good because he was my favorite Jim," Fischer explains of the final round of eight actors – four Pams and four Jims – on Thursday's episode of The Jeff Probst Show.

"On the second day, John whispered to me, 'You're my favorite Pam. I hope you get it.' "

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Is Promised Land a Fracking Good Movie?

Is Promised Land a Fracking Good Movie?

Originally posted 01/04/2013 06:00PM

It's award season, which naturally means there are plenty of great movies lingering in theaters.

It's also January, which means, well, let me put it this way: You know that gross mix of old slush, dirt and motor oil that submerges your boots as you step off a street corner around this time of year? That's what debuts in theaters around now.

So what do we do make of Promised Land, a Matt Damon/John Krasinski movie (yay!) that opens in January (oh dear)?

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Guess Who Joined Jen and Justin in Cabo? | Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Make It a Couples' Getaway in Cabo

Originally posted 12/28/2012 10:10AM

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have company on their posh Mexican getaway!

Aniston, 43, and Theroux, 41, spent Christmas eve together, soaking up the sun in Cabo San Lucas. And on Thursday, the engaged pair were photographed there along with some of their famous friends.

John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt joined in on the couple's sunny vacation, as did Jimmy Kimmel and his fiancée Molly McNearney, who got engaged earlier this year in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

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John Krasinski Really (Really!) Wants a Bromance with Matt Damon | John Krasinski, Matt Damon

John Krasinski: I'm 'Totally in Love' with Matt Damon

Originally posted 12/05/2012 08:55AM

Move over, Ben Affleck! John Krasinski wants to be Matt Damon's new best friend.

"Matt is one of the coolest guys I know, and I'm totally in love with the guy, but he doesn't even know my name," Krasinski joked to PEOPLE at the New York premiere of his new movie Promised Land on Tuesday.

"I would love to have a bromance with him," he continues, "but I don't even know if I could even use the word 'bromance' because he and Ben are so tight and like a married couple that I'll never get in there."

The Office star, 33, first met Damon through his wife Emily Blunt when she starred in 2011's The Adjustment Bureau with him.

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Inside the Gotham Film Awards Honoring Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard & More | Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Matt Damon

Matt Damon & Marion Cotillard Honored in New York

Originally posted 11/27/2012 02:15PM

The stars come out at night!

Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, Frances McDormand, Jack Black, Willem Defoe and more stepped out to celebrate the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani downtown on Monday .

While Moonrise Kingdom took home the award for best feature film, Damon and Cotillard both received special career tributes during the ceremony – which honors the best in independent film.

Cotillard – who was "very smiley all evening and polite to diners around her," an onlooker tells PEOPLE – sat with Too Big to Fail actor Billy Crudup. While Damon was joined by his wife, Luciana, and shared a front and center table with Blunt and Krasinski.

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Emily Blunt's Heavy Lifting: Labrador Finn's Dog Carrier | Emily Blunt, John Krasinski

Emily Blunt's Heavy Lifting: Labrador Finn's Dog Carrier

Originally posted 04/03/2012 04:30PM

Talk about precious cargo.

Touching down in New York City from Los Angeles, Emily Blunt had her hands full with some special baggage – a dog carrier!

The actress, 29, hauled Finn's sizable home-away-from-home through John F. Kennedy International Airport while husband John Krasinski, 32, held on tight to the red fox Labrador's leash on Monday.

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Lindsay Lohan Giggles with Gerard Butler at Chateau Marmont

Lindsay Lohan Giggles with Gerard Butler at Chateau Marmont

Originally posted 03/26/2012 06:00AM

It was a (typically) star-studded night at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont.

Lindsay Lohan may have (mostly) been preoccupied with her cell phone during her evening out with friends – she was glued to it, constantly texting, as were her pals – but that didn't stop her entirely from taking notice of fellow celebs. The starlet jumped out of her chair and ran to give Emily Blunt a hug when she saw the British actress approaching. They shared some pleasant small talk – and smiles – before Blunt headed away with her friend.

Soon, though, Lohan had another visitor: Gerard Butler, who arrived on the patio after midnight and sauntered over to the garden bar near where Lindsay and her friends were seated. The two were laughing and telling jokes, and Butler kept his hands on both sides of her chair as he leaned in close to talk. She was soaking up the attention and even asked him to come closer so she could whisper in his ear.

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