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Solitary Confinement Is Boring: Stewart’s Adaptation Of Bahari’s Lengthy Detainment is a Slick, Tame Affair
Jon Stewart’s first foray into the fictional film arena is as topical and slick as one might expect from the premier late night comedy newsman whose highly attuned fingers happens to live on the pulse of world politics and whose industry connections must run deeper than most, yet in parts, Rosewater is either screwed in too tightly or not enough. Depicting the brutal facts with humanity and style, Stewart let’s a surprising amount of heart shine through his signature ironic cynicism, so much so that his film tends toward bland melodrama rather than the hard hitting realism this story of media righteousness might require.
This follows the highly publicized story of real life Iranian born, Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari’s attempt to cover the controversial Iranian 2009 elections and his subsequent arrest and 118 day detainment, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Ben Affleck took Jon Stewart to task during his interview on “The Daily Show” Tuesday night. The Oscar-winning “Argo” director began his sit-down by confronting Stewart about his upcoming film “Rosewater,” which also takes place in Iran. “You directed a movie, right? Called ‘Rosewater?'” Affleck asked. “There's some Iran in that movie. You know I did a movie about Iran, right? I'm trying to think if there's a less babyish word than ‘copycat.'” Also read: ‘Gone Girl’ Reviews: Does David Fincher's Thriller Make Ben Affleck a Critically Acclaimed Killer? Affleck stars in the much-buzzed about upcoming movie “Gone Girl, »
- Ryan O'Connell
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive We've seen a lot of interviews with Ben Affleck over the past few days as he promotes Gone Girl, but this - while not in the least bit revealing in regards to the plot of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - but this is easily the best yet! After host Jon Stewart jokingly spoils the ending to the Zack Snyder helmed movie by revealing that Superman wins, the Argo director does agree that the Man of Steel is "no joke" and is then teased about how outmatched the Caped Crusader will be! Be sure to click here for Affleck's thought on the reaction from fans, here for comments on which actors from The Avengers influenced his take on The Dark Knight and finally here for news on how The Dark Knight »
A beefed-up Ben Affleck began his visit to The Daily Show last night by dinging host Jon Stewart for making a movie about Iran (Rosewater) when he’d already made a movie about Iran (Argo). Stewart returned the favor by spoiling Affleck starrers Gone Girl and Batman Vs Superman.
“What the f*ck! Are you kidding me?” Affleck shrieked in mock horror, before explaining that he gave David Fincher directing pointers on Gone Girl. “I don’t want to say ‘ghost director,’ ” Affleck joked, adding Fincher had asked him, “Hey Ben, you wouldn’t mind making all the decisions on the movie?”
- The Deadline Team
Bros don't spoil other bros' movies—right, Jon Stewart? The Daily Show host might have intentionally done just that to Ben Affleck Tuesday, when, after receiving a "little bro hug" that made him feel "like your son after a little league game," he "ruined" the endings of Gone Girl and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. "Don't give anything away," warned the Oscar winner, 42. So when Stewart went ahead and gave two theoretically possible endings to Gone Girl, which hits theaters Friday, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which isn't out until March 2016, Affleck was not exactly amused. "What the f--k!" he scolded Stewart jokingly. "Are »
Ben Affleck may have out-funnied Jon Stewart on his own show. Affleck jokingly took credit for directing David Fincher's Gone Girl, claimed Stewart ripped him off for also helming a movie about Iran, and scolded the Daily Show host for "ruining" key plot points in Gone Girl and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. See more Spoiler Alert! 'Gone Girl' and 11 Other Movies With Big Twists Affleck's The Daily Show appearance Tuesday started with Stewart admitting that Affleck (who is currently beefed up to play Batman) made him feel like a boy in comparison. "When you came up on to the stairs and
- Aaron Couch
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Barry Levinson‘s drama The Humbling, which stars Al Pacino, and Richard Lagravanese‘s musical The Last Five Years, which Jason Robert Brown adapted from his off-Broadway show — two films that had their world premieres at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival and quickly found U.S. distributors that see them as 2014 awards bait — will open the 21st annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference on Oct. 23, the fest announced on Tuesday.
Additionally, Jon Stewart‘s feature directorial debut Rosewater, a drama based on the harrowing true story of the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, will close the fest in Texas’ capital on Oct. 30, with Stewart and Bahari — who have been working the fest circuit hard this fall — on hand for the festivities.
- Anjelica Oswald
Barry Levinson's drama The Humbling, which stars Al Pacino, and Richard Lagravanese's musical The Last Five Years, which Jason Robert Brown adapted from his off-Broadway show — two films that had their world premieres at this month's Toronto International Film Festival and quickly found U.S. distributors that see them as 2014 awards bait — will open the 21st annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference on Oct. 23, the fest announced on Tuesday. Additionally, Jon Stewart's feature directorial debut Rosewater, a drama based on the harrowing true story of the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, will close the
- Scott Feinberg
The 2014 Austin Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” on Oct. 23, along with Richard Lagravenese’s “The Last 5 Years,” an adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s “Rosewater” to close the festival on Oct. 30.
“The Humbling,” (pictured) based a Philip Roth novel of the same name, stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who begins an affair with a much younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. “The Last 5 Years,” which writer-director Lagravenese will present at the festival, explores a five-year relationship between an ascending novelist, played by Jeremy Jordan, and a struggling actress, played by Anna Kendrick.
Stewart wrote and directed “Rosewater,” based on Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me” with Aimee Molloy about the Iranian journalist’s experience of as a prisoner in his native country for 118 days »
- Kevin Noonan
This week, telly addict Andrew Collins fanfares two important returns: Downton Abbey to Sunday nights on ITV1; and Gogglebox to Friday nights on C4. He also reviews a new horror-contagion-vampire thriller from Guillermo del Toro on Watch, The Strain; a contender for single drama of the year, Marvellous, on BBC2; and a quick blast of Jon Stewart on Comedy Central to remind us how good he is Continue reading »
- Presented by Andrew Collins
We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “No Vacancy” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don’t even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn’t even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of the gender divide.
Nevertheless, for 2014 it’s worse than ever and we have a serious glut of qualified Best Actor possibilities — just under 30 by my count, and even more seem to be trying to gain entry. This is the year the Board Of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really ought to amend the rules, just as »
- Pete Hammond
A few days ago, The Daily Show did a pretty funny segment on terrorist groups that seem to be forming overnight and now the show finds itself threatened — no, not by terrorists, but One Direction fans. See, the game of the piece was that new groups were forming — each more dangerous than the next — and they all had funny names. The bit peaked with correspondent Jessica Williams telling Jon Stewart about a "super group" of sorts made up of members of "Isis, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction, and the Zetas drug cartel." Watch below.The problem is One Direction has a Muslim member, Zayn Malik, and One Direction fans believe in their heart of hearts that the Daily Show writer who wrote that joke knows this and is not an adult who spends all his time watching the news and not listening to teenager music. And that »
- Jesse David Fox
Wow. That escalated quickly. On Thursday night, The Daily Show did a segment about terrorist groups in the Middle East (shown in the clip above), and correspondent Jessica Williams made a joke about a new terrorist super group forming that had "one member each from Isis, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, Hamas, One Direction, and the Zetas drug cartel." Most people giggled and chuckled at the satire. Or at the very least they smiled casually. One Direction fans, however, were livid. And now they are basically asking for Jon Stewart's head on a stick. Apparently Jessica mentioning One Direction in a bit about terrorists made the fans jump to the conclusion that she was calling member Zayn Malik, who »
The Daily Show addressed the Washington Redskins controversy by holding separate conversations with fans of the football team and with Native American activists before letting the two groups face each other. The segment aired on Thursday, but the buzz started last week when the Redskins fans told The Washington Post they felt attacked by the experience, with one fan saying, "I felt in danger. I didn't consent to that. I am going to be defamed." Jon Stewart opened the segment by addressing the controversy, saying, "If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally misled, or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece . . . that being said, I hope you enjoy the following piece." While The Daily Show's Jason Jones spoke with the football fans, one of them said it would be "like losing a family member" if the team's name changed. Another fan explained, »
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart isn't afraid of stirring up a little controversy! And on Thursday, after a semi-serious, lengthy disclaimer delivered by Jon Stewart himself, the Comedy Central show aired a segment featuring Washington Redskins fans and Native Americans. Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones asked both groups to reveal their feelings toward the NFL team's contentious mascot, then brought them together for a face-to-face debate. After taping the segment on Sept. 13, some of the Redskins fans seemingly regretted their participation. A Washington Post article quoted one woman defending the mascot name as saying, "This goes way beyond mocking...The Native Americans accused me of things that »
“The Daily Show” airs controversial Washington Redskins segment For the 2nd night in a row, Comedy Central targeted the Redskins' name. In fact, “The Daily Show” piece, which was supposed to feature a “tense showdown” between Native American activists and Redskins fans, aired vs. the Redskins game on CBS. Before introducing the piece, Jon Stewart offered a disclaimer: “Recently, we sent our intrepid reporter Jason Jones out to the field to explore the phenomenon of a certain Washington D.C. football team’s controversial name. We learned later that some of the participants who participated in the piece — they didn’t enjoy the experience.” He added: "We take the complaints seriously…If we find out, in a piece, that someone was intentionally misled or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented. We do not air that piece.” Plus: Redskins fans target CBS’ Phil Simms, who tried not to say “Redskins” during »
- Norman Weiss
'Daily Show' Tackles Redskins Issue
Jon Stewart was met with backlash after it was reported that the Redskins fans who had agreed to appear on his show felt duped. While they wanted to defend the name and mascot of their beloved NFL franchise, they were unaware that they’d have to defend it to actual Native Americans on The Daily Show. As a result, Stewart offered an explanatory preamble before airing the segment, revealing that it had been edited per the participants’ request.
“We learned later that some of the individuals who participated in the piece, they didn’t enjoy the experience. It’s something that happens a lot less than you would think,” Stewart said. “But we take the complaint seriously. We generally don’t want people who participate in the show to have a bad experience. »
“The Tonight Show Starrring Jimmy Fallon” continues to generate strong year-over-year ratings gains for NBC, teaming with “Late Night with Seth Meyers” as the net dominated latenight in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Nightline” were both on the rise, but young-adult auds turned away from CBS’ lame-duck latenight duo of “Late Show With David Letterman” and “Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson.”
According to Nielsen estimates for the period of June 30-Sept. 21, NBC’s “Tonight Show” ruled the 11:35 p.m. hour with an average nightly audience of 3.93 million viewers, including 1.49 million adults 18-49. It was up vs. the Jay Leno-hosted “Tonight” of a year ago by 41% in the demo and 13% in overall audience.
ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ran second in both categories, rising 2% in adults 18-49 (to 727,000) and 11% in total viewers (to 2.34 million). This is the most-watched Q3 ever for Kimmel, whose »
- Rick Kissell
About six weeks after a Ferguson, Mo, police officer killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, the city's police chief is apologizing to the family, the city, and the protestors in a new video. First, he addresses the Brown family, saying, "No one, who has not experienced the loss of a child, can understand what you're feeling. I am truly sorry for the loss of your son." He goes on to apologize to the community and to people who protested in Ferguson, saying, "The right of the people to peacefully assemble is what the police are here to protect. If anyone who is peacefully exercising that right is upset and angry, I feel responsible, and I am sorry." Brown's death made international headlines, and in the days and weeks that followed, a larger conversation about racism took place. Jon Stewart's take on Ferguson went viral, as he shared his thoughts on privilege, »
Jon Stewart had to go to the far reaches of the universe last night on “The Daily Show” to explain down-home politicking in the upcoming Congressional races for the House and Senate. Would you believe pols are arguing over how to hold a gun? Stewart has been regularly featuring reports on the elections in a series entitled “Democalypse 2014.” He’s gone to the far reaches of the earth to explain our political process, but this time he rockets into space in a hilarious segment. ...Read More »
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