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Theoretically, conservative pundits should embrace everything about American Sniper. The film celebrates a member of our military. It was made by one of their own in Clint Eastwood. And the movie has been cleaning up at the box office en route to Oscar eve, where it took home one statue for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. That wasn.t enough for the hosts of the Fox News Channel.s Fox and Friends, and now Jon Stewart is taking them to task. During a lengthy rant on The Daily Show about how Conservatives often get angry because things aren.t Conservative enough, Stewart eventually rolled around to the reactions to American Sniper not winning All of the Oscars. When trying to figure out if Sniper was snubbed by the largely Liberal Hollywood system because it was directed by Clint Eastwood, one pundit on Fox News guessed, "Probably." Which set Stewart off: »
A lot of people were upset when Jon Stewart announced he would be leaving The Daily Show at the end of this year. There were sad tweets, angry tweets and confused tweets. There was reminiscing and nostalgia. But before you go thinking that the entire world is bummed over Stewart's departure, you must remember a very large constituency that is anything but sad about his retirement: Fox News. The comedian opened the monologue of last night's show with a few, er, highlights of the news channel celebrating his announcement. The clips showed newscasters calling him things like "a little nasty" and "not a force for good." But then they also accused him of bending the truth (or, rather, the »
“American Sniper” failed to win any Oscars on Sunday outside of the Best Sound Editing category, and Jon Stewart couldn’t believe conservative media personalities were blaming Hollywood’s alleged “liberal bias” over the movie’s subject, or perhaps director Clint Eastwood‘s politics. “Clint Eastwood has been a conservative icon for years,” Stewart said on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday. “Oscar’s already awarded him with Best Director and Best Picture during that time.” Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Blasts ‘American Sniper’ Critics in the Media: ‘Our Priorities Are So Screwed’ Stewart called out Fox News for dedicating several segments to the. »
- Greg Gilman
Jon Stewart finally explained at length why he is leaving The Daily Show. He started by showing clips of reaction to his announcement from the right — mostly Fox News Channel, where Megyn Kelly is seen talking about how “nasty” Stewart got, with “no foothold in the facts.” He challenged Fnc to a Lie Off. “Your distortions and lack of fact foothold against mine.” He presented a clip he called 50 Fox News Channel distortions and lies in a 6-second Vine and invited viewers… »
“President Obama announced that we were going to try and warm up relations a little bit with Cuba and I thought, ‘This is my chance! I want to get in before The View,” Conan O’Brien told Jon Stewart last night of his recent visit to the island nation where Conan shot an episode of his TBS late-night show. Cubans did not know who he was, but the Canadian and European tourists who’ve been coming to Cuba for years did recognize him, Conan said. “I wanted to go and do my… »
This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Bill O'Reilly offered on Feb. 23 his most forceful rebuttal yet of charges he exaggerated the danger he faced covering the 1982 Falklands conflict, playing footage from CBS News and an interview with a former NBC News bureau chief who bolstered O'Reilly's claims. At the same time, he warned a New York Times reporter in a phone conversation to tread carefully. "I am coming after you with everything I have," said O'Reilly. "You can take it as a threat." Read More Jon Stewart on Bill O'Reilly
- Marisa Guthrie
Don't tell Jon Stewart Birdman beat out American Sniper because of politics. On Wednesday's The Daily Show, Stewart mocked Fox News pundits who argued Clint Eastwood's American Sniper was snubbed at the Oscars because of the director's conservative viewpoint. An increasingly animated Stewart noted Eastwood had already won best picture and best director (Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby) and that "the left-wing loons in Hollywood made the f---ing movie, and nominated it for best picture." See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "They didn't even give the best picture to the best picture," Stewart said as he indicated a poster for Boyhood. "For God's sake, if
- Aaron Couch
Welcome to the February 25, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Playboy" may find itself in hot water over their Terry Richardson issue. Heralded for over five decades for its realistic depictions of female bodies, the men's "lifestyle" mag inspired some condemnation last summer when it was revealed that it hired accused sexual assaulter/photographer Terry Richardson to spearhead its February issue. As the issue prepares to hit stands (Nsfw), a number of tweeters are taking issue with "Playboy's" decision to showcase Richardson's work: brb, just threw up in my mouth after looking at the pix from The Issue Of Playboy Shot Entirely By Terry Richardson http://t.co/s2ymrgWmw0 — meg clark ??•?•?? (@MC1RK) February 25, 2015 apparently, @playboy didn't get the memo that hiring terry richardson makes you the official worst. — sara zucker (@sbz) February 25, 2015 there's seriously »
- Chris Eggertsen
Conan O’Brien is disappointed, maybe, with friendly late-night rival Jon Stewart. O’Brien and producer Jeff Ross made a pit stop Wednesday afternoon at Trattoria Dell’Arte in Manhattan between appearances on Howard Stern and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to pitch Conan’s upcoming special about his adventures in Havana. “If I can still get giddy about something, that’s miraculous to me.” But he also had some funny thoughts about the toll a long stretch in the same… »
Jon Stewart couldn’t help but laugh at the media controversy surrounding Bill O’Reilly, who allegedly exaggerated his war zone experiences in Buenos Aires during the Falkland Islands war. “Really? We’re going after O’Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone? I don’t know if you watch his program. Misrepresenting the zone he is in is kind of his hook,” Stewart said of the Fox News personality during “The Daily Show” on Tuesday. “No one’s watching him for the actual truth.” See video: Bill O’Reilly Slams ‘Irresponsible Guttersnipe’ David Corn Over War Coverage Claims Stewart mocked Mother Jones, »
- Greg Gilman
Jon Stewart rose to the defense of his friend Bill O’Reilly last night, telling The Daily Show viewers that no one should expect the truth from the Fox News Channel host. “Really? We're going after O'Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone?” Stewart marveled at the top of last night’s The Daily Show, in re the Mother Jones article that called into question some of O’Reilly’s reporting over the years – particularly his work in Buenos Aires at the end of the Falklands… »
Jon Stewart defended Bill O'Reilly in quite an offhanded way on Tuesday's Daily Show, suggesting no one comes to him for the truth anyway, so it doesn't matter if he lied. O'Reilly is facing allegations that he exaggerated stories from his time as a war correspondent. A Mother Jones article claims O'Reilly did not actually see combat while reporting on the Falkland Islands war. At issue is whether he actually reported from a war zone or not. Read more Bill O'Reilly Denies "Smear" Report He Exaggerated War Stories "Misrepresenting 'the zone' he is in is kind of his hook,"
- Aaron Couch
Et tu, Jason Jones? The Daily Show is losing yet another familiar face, with Jones confirming today that he's leaving the Comedy Central show and will be starring in his own family sitcom on TBS. Which is great for him, but pretty crappy for Daily Show fans who are still reeling from the news that host Jon Stewart could be leaving as soon as July. "For 9 & 1/2 years, I have worked at one of the greatest TV shows of all time. But... It is time for me to go," Jones tweeted this morning. "That said, I am ecstatic to announce that I'm about to make another great show over @tbsveryfunny." Jones has served as senior [insert anything here] correspondent as part of »
This year’s Oscars weren’t just a disappointment in terms of viewership — down 16%, with tepid reviews for host Neil Patrick Harris — it also speaks to a much larger problem for Hollywood. The Oscars are supposed to be a celebration of all facets of the movie-making business, but in recent years, the ceremony has started to feel more and more insular, like an employee-of-the-year celebration that happens to be televised for the entire world. The gap between the movies that win the Oscars (“Birdman” with its relatively small box office of $37 million) and movies that general audiences love to watch (“The Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America 2,” etc.) continues to grow wider, which is why the ceremony is facing an identity crisis. Popular actors such as Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans attend only as presenters, while a mega-hit franchise like “The Hunger Games” has yet to receive a single Oscar nomination. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Longtime Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones is leaving the fake news program after nearly a decade, announcing his departure just weeks after Jon Stewart revealed his decision to step down as host, Variety reports.
"For 9 & 1/2 years, I have worked at one of the greatest TV shows of all time," Jones wrote on Twitter. "But… It is time for me to go." He continued: "That said, I am ecstatic to announce that I’m about to make another great show over @tbsveryfunny."
While many had considered Jones a possible replacement for Stewart, »
As talent drop like flies from The Reporters Who Cover Television’s Jon Stewart Replacement Wish List, Larry Wilmore really stepped up his game last night. HBO has nailed down John Oliver for two more years, TBS today announced Jason Jones is doing a sitcom for the network with his wife and fellow The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee. They had sewn up the Longest Running Correspondent and Time For A Female categories, respectively, in some media minds, before today’s… »
Maybe Amy Poehler is looking more and more likely for that Daily Show job after all. After Jessica Williams had an Internet feud last week saying she was unqualified for the hosting position to replace Jon Stewart, one more name has been scratched off our list of viable replacements in one of the show’s most senior correspondents, Jason Jones.
Jones tweeted today, “For 9 & 1/2 years, I have worked at one of the greatest TV shows of all time. But… It is time for me to go.”
His new gig will be a currently untitled sitcom with TBS based on his and his wife Samantha Bee’s family road trip experiences, according to Deadline. The comedy pilot for the show got picked up by TBS for a 10-episode order.
Deadline confirmed the departure with Comedy Central today and had word that although Jones had filled in for Stewart while he was ill, »
- Brian Welk
Welcome to the February 24, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Zendaya is beefing with E! host Giuliana Rancic of all people. "I feel like it smells like patchouli oil and weed," said Rancic of Zendaya's red carpet look on Monday night's "Fashion Police" Oscar special. Because she had dreadlocks, get it? Hoo boy. "To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed' is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive," wrote Zendaya on Instagram, adding later: "There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair." A photo posted by Zendaya (@zendaya) on Feb 23, 2015 at 8:20pm Pst Rancic later apologized for the remark via Twitter: Dear @Zendaya, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Jason Jones is leaving “The Daily Show,” but his wife Samantha Bee is staying with the Comedy Central show. The married couple’s new TBS family comedy landed a 10-episode order on Tuesday. The two wrote the pilot and executive produce the show together, although only Jones stars on it opposite Natalie Zea. Also Read: TBS Orders Family Comedy From ‘Daily Show’s’ Jason Jones and Samantha Bee While the Jones announcement follows Jon Stewart‘s own declared departure, in all likelihood, the Best F#@king News Team Ever correspondent will leave the late-night show before the host does. The timing is a coincidence, »
- Tony Maglio
Jones tweeted Tuesday that he will exit the show, in which he worked with his wife Samantha Bee, who’s been a correspondent since 2003, after nearly a decade.
For 9 & 1/2 years, I have worked at one of the greatest TV shows of all time. But… It is time for me to go. 1/2
— Jason Jones (@jonesinforjason) February 24, 2015
That said, I am ecstatic to announce that I’m about to make another great show over @tbsveryfunny 2/2
— Jason Jones (@jonesinforjason) February 24, 2015
The news of Jones’ exit comes the same day his comedy was picked up by TBS. The untitled family comedy was given a 10-episode order, and will star Jones, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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