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If you did not watch the final episode of The Colbert Report last night, then we probably can’t be friends. But if you didn’t, or even if you did, shortly after Stephen Colbert killed Grimmy the Grim Reaper and became immortal, he started a sincere and touching celebrity sing-a-long featuring just about every celebrity or previous guest on The Colbert Report ever (my apologies to Doris Kearns Goodwin). Even Smaug the dragon showed up following his appearance on last week’s Colbert. Led by Randy Newman, the group sang the old World War II song “We’ll Meet Again”. The A.V. Club has a running list of every celebrity that appeared.
Watch the video again below, and let’s all have one last salute and moment of silence for this great show, character and institution.
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- Brian Welk
Stephen Colbert said goodbye to the “Colbert Report” on Thursday night, but fear not — he’s been immortalized.
Colbert, who’s headed to CBS to take over David Letterman’s “Late Show,” announced that he defeated death, before being joined by his famous friends for his final number.
“I was going to say goodbye, but now that I’ll live forever, who knows,” he said, before breaking out into song.
Jon Stewart first took the stage for “We’ll Meet Again” with Randy Newman at the piano. Tom Brokaw, James Franco, Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Jeff Daniels, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bob Costas, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and even Big Bird and Cookie Monster sang along, among others, bidding adieu to Colbert. (A full list is posted below the video.)
Colbert will take a seat on the “Late Show,” sometime in 2015 after Letterman’s final May 20 episode. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
By Anjelica Oswald
Originally planned to screen as a 30-minute preview at AFI Fest, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, premiered in its entirety and stirred up more Oscar buzz ahead of its Christmas Day release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber says the film is “intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted,” and that it “represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.” Meanwhile, Paul Webb’s screenplay and David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. King have been praised. The Wrap’s James Rocchi says, “Oyelowo’s performance would be impressive enough if it merely recreated the icon we now revere as perfectly as he does through a variety of methods… But Oyelowo, and Webb’s screenplay, also give us a rich, rewarding portrait of King as a man, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, just days after reaching a deal that many hoped would end months of infighting at the newspaper and restore it to its former glory. His son, Drew, and a business partner confirmed Katz's death in a crash of a Gulfstream IV private jet, which went down on takeoff Saturday night from Hanscom Field outside Boston on its way to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Katz and others were returning from an event at the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. »
- Associated Press
Never one to pull the trigger without thinking it through, director Steven Spielberg keeps a lot of favorite projects in the trunk. You never know where he's going to land--"Lincoln" took years to come to fruition. While he produces a number of TV series ("Extant," "Falling Skies," Under the Dome"), Spileberg has been seeking a project to direct since back-burnering "Robopocalypse" and parting ways with Warner Bros. on Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper," which now has Clint Eastwood at the helm. In the trunk are various biopics in development at DreamWorks, including Martin Luther King, "Lincoln" historian Doris Kearns' Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit," about Theodore Roosevelt, and a George Gershwin biopic which once was set to star Zachary Quinto as the composer and pianist. Also in the wings is Spielberg possible directing vehicle "Montezuma," from a screenplay originally written by Dalton Trumbo in the 1950s. DreamWorks has just brought on. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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