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The Daily Show said goodbye to Michael Che Thursday night as he made his final appearance on the Comedy Central show before heading to Saturday Night Live as its new Weekend Update anchor. It was a moment seemingly suited for heartfelt recollections and a highlight reel of his work for the show, except Che was only with The Daily Show for about three months. "You were here for actually 58 business days," host Jon Stewart said after pretending to bring Che out to comment on Joe Biden's recent racist gaffes and what that means for his presidential ambitions The
- Hilary Lewis
Jon Stewart sings “I will remember you” in "tribute" to Michael Che’s 3-month “Daily Show” stint Che, who begins his “SNL” Weekend Update co-hosting job next week, got an elaborate mock sendoff from Stewart, who noted Che worked for him for a total of 58 business days. Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon! “The Tonight Show” host today enters his 40s. Plus: Fallon and Billy Crystal share Robin Williams stories. “ER” premiered 20 years ago today The last huge network drama, which drew more than 30 million viewers per week, debuted on a Tuesday with a two-hour pilot. Click Read Full Post For More “Red Band Society” L.A. bus ads pulled for labeling Octavia Spencer a “Scary Bitch” The ads have been on Metro L.A. buses, but only recently did officials get an “earful from community” over the ad’s offensiveness. Jay Leno is joining Al Roker on a Uso comedy »
- Norman Weiss
A whole host of constituencies are complicit in the excesses of big-time sports, but most of them don’t try to have their beer and drink it too. So the indignation and shock expressed by advertisers – most notably Anheuser-Busch, which fired a very public shot across the NFL’s bow over its mishandling of recent scandals plaguing the league – has a stronger-than-usual whiff of hypocrisy.
Of course, advertisers are pretty well versed in the kabuki dance of trying to avoid controversy, often by acting absolutely mystified about the content of the programs they sponsor as soon as someone tries taking them to task for supporting such material. Seldom known for their courage, they employ this rope-a-dope routine, then drift back to their venues of choice once the heat blows over.
The company’s statement seemed designed to accomplish exactly that. As Variety‘s Brian Steinberg noted, Anheuser-Busch didn’t pull any advertising, »
- Brian Lowry
As the NFL continues to deal with an ongoing domestic-violence scandal, including child abuse charges against Adrian Peterson and Anheuser-Busch bashing the league for its handling of recent incidents, Jon Stewart took a few moments on Wednesday night’s Daily Show to express his outrage at the latest developments. He began by recapping the Ray Rice situation and the Panthers’ various decisions about De Greg Hardy, who was convicted of assault this July, a course of action Stewart said represents “the kind of firm decision-making we’ve come to expect from people who don’t know what the f— they’re
- Hilary Lewis
Jon Stewart took the NFL to task for their handling of the ongoing domestic violence scandal, or mishandling as he sees it, during Wednesday night's installment of “The Daily Show.” What started with the video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an elevator has escalated to include other examples of violence and even alleged child abuse among members of the league. Stewart broke them each down case by case, mentioning the small punishments meted out by the NFL at first. Also read: PepsiCo Condemns NFL Domestic Violence Scandal: Players’ Behavior Is Repugnant In the case of Adrian Peterson, »
- Jason Hughes
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday. »
- Norman Weiss
A few more reports on pharmaceutical companies like this, and Michael Che may never make it to the Weekend Update desk at “Saturday Night Live.” Because pharmaceutical companies will take him out, if that wasn't clear already. See video: Jon Stewart Discusses Ferguson, Fox News, White Privilege on Return to ‘Daily Show’ Though the “Daily Show” correspondent is leaving for 30 Rock soon, he's still at work for Jon Stewart right now, and on Tuesday night, he delivered a lengthy segment on the prescription drug epidemic that has swept America in recent years. While it's normally crack and heroin that get all the spotlight as. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Every studio wanted Top Five after its Sept. 6 Toronto Film Festival premiere. So as director-star Chris Rock settled into the Soho House afterparty with his agent, ICM's Eddy Yablans, the suitors began approaching one by one. Lionsgate reps made their pitch. Open Road, which is releasing Jon Stewart's Rosewater, sent Stewart over to make an overture. The Fox Searchlight team prepped its bid across the street so as not to be overheard. Offers quickly shot up to $4 million for U.S. rights, and that figure had nearly doubled by dawn thanks to rave reviews. Paramount worldwide president
- Pamela McClintock
Fox News Channel's “Outnumbered” has been pulling in some pretty good numbers ever since CEO Roger Ailes split the typical two-hour midday timeslot into separate 60-minute sections, creating the new series. On Tuesday, the show — which stole the second hour of “Happening Now” — celebrated another monumental number: its 100th episode. Bill Shine, senior executive vice president of programming for Fnc, explained the nontraditional maneuvering of time slots to TheWrap. “The goal was to change the pace of the afternoon,” he said. See video: Bill O'Reilly Tells Viewers ‘Do Not Believe’ Jon Stewart's Propaganda The other goal was to appeal to more women, »
- Tony Maglio
Jon Stewart has been chronicling the hysterical warnings of South Carolina's Lindsay Graham for well over a decade, making for a particularly pointed greatest hits segment on Monday night. See video: Jon Stewart on Ferguson, Fox News, White Privilege on Return to ‘Daily Show’ The “Daily Show” host took aim at Graham for his extreme war-mongering on Isis, which culminated in a Fox News Sunday segment in which the Palmetto State senator warned that the terror group would “kill us all.” Of course, there's no credible evidence to suggest that the terror group is planning or even capable of striking American citizens on. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
Written for the screen and directed by Jon Stewart
Rosewater, the directorial debut of The Daily Show host and stand-up comedian Jon Stewart, is a modest retelling of one man’s prolonged imprisonment for honestly reporting about Iran. It’s an engaging exercise about political transparency made possible by the modern media that’s obviously close to Stewart’s heart. This is serious content interlaced with sporadic interludes of comedy that in Stewart’s hands sails smoothly along without seeming inappropriate or misplaced.
The amiable journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) falls into the role of responsible witness while filming protests that turn deadly following the questionable re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the President of Iran. Bahari spending time with citizens who oppose Ahmadinejad to get a broader perspective for his writing, forwarding the bloody protest video to media outlets, and taping a silly interview for The Daily Show »
- Lane Scarberry
With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
In a candid new interview, actress Taraji P. Henson says that her 2008 Oscar nomination for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" has not helped her career. Even though she has over 50 film and TV credits, Henson says, "I have every accolade that is required of an A-list actor, but I'm treated like I'm on the D-list. I'm still being considered with actresses who haven't done half the stuff I've achieved." She lost at the Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actress to Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") and then went on to star for three seasons on the CBS drama "Person of Interest." The Wrap -Break- "Saturday Night Live" is making a major change on their "Weekend Update" anchor team. Comedian Michael Che ("Daily Show with Jon Stewart") is replacing cast member Cecily Strong. He will co-anchor with head writer Colin Jost, who replaced Seth Meyers earlier this year. Strong will still. »
When word broke late Thursday that Saturday Night Live will shake up the Weekend Update desk once again this season, fan reaction was swift and decisive. The consensus: Lorne Michaels was replacing the wrong anchor.
Specifically: Cecily Strong, who took her seat at the Update desk last fall—and earned generally positive reviews for her work there—is out. SNL head writer Colin Jost, who joined Update in March after Seth Meyers’ departure—and has received, er, slightly less encouraging feedback—is staying put.
It’s easy to understand the outrage stoked by this reshuffling. Thanks to well-received characters like »
- Hillary Busis
For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self — a wild game of “Let’s Make a Deal.” After Chris Rock’s “Top Five” premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop up the comedy. The bidding ballooned to $12.5 million for worldwide distribution, and Paramount Pictures landed the prize. But after the dust settled, Toronto went back to business as usual: small deals where the studios kicked tires and looked more like picky homebuyers in a slow economic market.
In the process, the festival illustrated just how difficult the indie business has become in a blockbuster-obsessed Hollywood. Being gunshy may turn out to make more financial sense. Last year’s cluster of big deals, a group that included “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and “What If” with Daniel Radcliffe, never fully ignited at the »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Before Jon Stewart's directorial debut had its bow in front of audiences at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, the busy multi-tasker -- along with journalist Maziar Bahari and star Gael Garcia Bernal -- stopped by Cineplex to let us in on what to expect from their true-life tale Rosewater.
Based on Bahari's memoir "Then They Came For Me," the film is the dramatized true story of the Iranian-Canadian journalist's five-month captivity following the Iranian elections (and subsequent protests) in 2009. The reporter's detention came about, in small part, because of his appearance on Stewart's satirical news series The Daily Show in the days running up to the vote. Tapped by Iranian authorities as a Western spy, Bahari was held in solitary confinement for 118 days following his arrest. The reporter appeared as a guest for a second time on The Daily Show after his release, where talks began to turn »
- Emma Badame
Because film is one of the best storytelling mediums, it’s only right to use it as a tool to start conversations about issues our world is currently facing. Here are six films with a socially conscious backbone that may get you thinking about your position on situations from Guantanamo Bay and racism, to freedom of speech and immigration. “Rosewater”Directed and written for the screen by late night talk show host and comedian Jon Stewart, this dramatic film is based on a true story about an Iranian journalist who was kidnapped and interrogated after appearing on “The Daily Show.” “Rosewater” stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and BBC called the film “one of the most incisive movies about the post-9/11 world ever made.” Stewart’s directorial debut premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Check out the film in theaters come Nov. 7. “Pride”Based on a true story, this film »
After elevator video footage surfaced this week showing the graphic and callus violence Ray Rice perpetrated on his wife — then fiancée — his NFL career is effectively over. Public opinion has former fans going so far as to get rid of any merchandise with Rice's association via official buyback programs. But "The Daily Show" asks the obvious question: why did this tape have to be released to the public before action was taken of NFL or Ravens officials? The NFL claims they never saw this tape but Jon Stewart tears that flimsy excuse apart. »
- Donna Dickens
As people across America commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the moving monologue Jon Stewart gave following the 2001 terrorist attacks is bubbling up again across the web. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart went on hiatus after the attacks, and nine days after 9/11, Jon returned with this poignant address. His heartbreaking, touching words capture the confusion and hope that swept across the country in that time. As he started to cry, he said, "I wanted to tell you why I grieve, but why I don't despair." To mark the anniversary, watch Jon's emotional, inspiring remarks above. »
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