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Wednesday Roundup: Ricky Gervais chats on Globes; DGA documentary noms; Tobey Maguire

January 13, 2010 |  5:17 pm

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Admit it: You're dying to know what Ricky Gervais is going to say when he hosts the 67th Golden Globes. Well, if you'd like to ask him in advance, your chance has arrived: The video broadcast platform uStream, which has partnered with the Globes to provide exclusive content, is offering an interactive chat with the writer-comedian at 5 p.m. Friday. You can submit your burning questions to Gervais via Facebook or by downloading the uStream app to your iPhone. And lest you forget, Gervais hosts the Globes on Sunday.  

Meanwhile, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced its nominations for outstanding directorial achievement in documentary. The quintet of pictures includes three on the Oscar documentary shortlist — Agnes Varda's "The Beaches of Agnes," Robert Kenner's "Food, Inc." and Mai Iskander's "Garbage Dreams" — along with the year's underdog, Sacha Gervasi's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." Geoffrey Smith's "The English Surgeon," about a British neurosurgeon who travels yearly to the Ukraine to help patients in need, rounds out the group; all five are first-time DGA Award nominees. The winners will be announced at the 62nd DGA Awards Dinner on Jan. 30.

It's been a tough week for Tobey Maguire. Not only is he out of his gig as Spider-Man following Sony's decision to shelve the fourth film in the Sam Raimi-directed series in favor of a complete revamp of the franchise, but he's fairly sure that he's out of the Oscar race as well in regard to his acclaimed performance in "Brothers." Though Maguire received a Golden Globe nomination for his turn as a shellshocked veteran of Afghanistan, he was passed over for a nod from the Screen Actors Guild and expects that he'll fare the same come Oscar time. "I'm OK with that," he said in an Associated Press interview. I'm just really excited about the attention that the film has gotten. It's been a thrill to get a Golden Globe nomination and get some of the attention personally, but I'm honestly more excited that the film's gotten the attention." Such modesty in the face of unemployment ...

— Paul Gaita

Photo: Ricky Gervais. Credit: Getty Images.

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