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HBO Debuts Gervais & Merchant's 'Life's Too Short'; Warwick Davis Stars as Fictionalized Version of Himself

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2012 at 3:52PM

HBO's "Life's Too Short" will debut 10:30pm, February 19. The faux documentary, from "The Office" creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, stars Warwick Davis ("Willow," "Harry Potter") as a fictional version of himself (he helped to create the series): A has-been little person trying to make his way back to the spotlight. He runs a talent agency ("Dwarves for Hire"), serves as vice chairman of a small peoples' society and gets advice from Gervais and Merchant (playing themselves). Stars, from Johnny Depp to Steve Carell, will cameo in each episode.
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Warwick Davis, Gervais, Merchant

HBO's "Life's Too Short" will debut 10:30pm, February 19. The faux documentary, from "The Office" creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, stars Warwick Davis ("Willow," "Harry Potter") as a fictional version of himself (he helped to create the series): A has-been little person trying to make his way back to the spotlight. He runs a talent agency ("Dwarves for Hire"), serves as vice chairman of a small peoples' society and gets advice from Gervais and Merchant (playing themselves). Stars, from Johnny Depp to Steve Carell, will cameo in each episode.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.