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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
When it was announced that Grimmy the Grim Reaper would be Stephen Colbert's final guest on The Colbert Report, fans speculated whether the future Late Show host was killing off his satirical character. Instead, Colbert's Colbert became immortal, and he closed out his nine-year Comedy Central run with a performance for the ages.
The host ended his Report with an all-star performance of Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again," featuring "We Are the World"-style appearances by an incredible cast of singers, actors, politicians and pundits. First out to »
Well, that didn't take long. A day after news broke that Matt Taibbi bolted start-up First Look Media eight months after joining, Taibbi is back at Rolling Stone. He made a name for himself at Rolling Stone for over 15 years for his biting and rebellious writing, often at Wall Street's expense. “I can confirm that he has written a piece for the next issue of Rolling Stone,” a Rolling Stone spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap. Also read: Matt Taibbi Quits First Look Media 8 Months After Joining Taibbi left Rolling Stone in February to head one of First Look Media's digital magazines. »
- Jordan Chariton
Acclaimed writer Matt Taibbi has left start-up news operation First Look Media eight months after joining from Rolling Stone, the company announced Tuesday. Also read: Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi Joins Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill at First Look Media Taibbi, known for his biting and rabble-rousing writing style, joined First Look Media in February after 10 years at Rolling Stone. Upon joining, Taibbi told The New York Times ,”It's obvious that we're entering a new phase in the history of journalism.” He hinted at a digital magazine zeroing in on financial and political corruption, but months later, with the site still not. »
- Jordan Chariton
As tough as failure may be, something good can come of it – an opportunity for improvement. There is a stigma and shame that tends to come with failure, so much so that people rarely accept “failure” as an actual reason for failure. We often bury failure and, along with it, any opportunity to learn and grow from examining it.
Failure is cumulative. Just as success can breed more success, failure can breed more failure. Which is why it is so important to learn from it. That’s why, as noted in my previous article, I’m providing details about my failed effort as a first time distributor, working on the film, Four.
I realized my experience with failure was just one of thousands that happen every year. And rather than sweep it under the rug, I recognized the value of it. Because while filmmakers are so diverse, »
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi is leaving dead-tree media and going digital. The writer is teaming up with fellow iconoclastic journalists Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Laura Poitras at Pierre Omidyar’s web-based First Look Media. Taibbi is expected to start his own blog with Flm focused on “financial and political corruption.” Also read: Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept Launches with More Edward Snowden Leaks (Video) “It’s obvious that we’re entering a new phase in the history of journalism,” Taibbi told the New York Times. “This is clearly the future, and this was an opportunity for me to »
- James Crugnale
At the beginning of this month, Philip Seymour Hoffman had two films in the can — Anton Corbijn's thriller A Man Wanted and the crime drama God's Pocket — and plans to appear in the next two Hunger Games films. He was preparing to star in a Showtime series, Happyish, and to direct Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ezekiel Moss. He was primed to launch into the next phase of his already-brilliant career. "He wanted to be done with playing the sad-sack loser, the guy who's jerking off," his close friend, »
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