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Jon Stewart Opens Up About Leaving 'Daily Show'

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Two months after Jon Stewart stunned The Daily Show audience by announcing he'd depart his post after 17 years, the soon-to-be-former host explains in a revealing new interview his reasons for leaving the show. Speaking to The Guardian, Stewart talks in depth about his more frequent "moments of dissatisfaction," a desire to spend more time with family and his "depressing" job as a turd miner.

"It's not like I thought [The Daily Show] wasn't working any more, or that I didn't know how to do it. It was more, 'Yup, it's working. »


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Stephen Colbert Admits He Didn't Want to Host 'Daily Show'

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Jon Stewart's stunning announcement that he was leaving The Daily Show left many Colbert Report fans – including Star Wars creator George Lucas – wondering whether Stephen Colbert would have taken that gig instead of David Letterman's The Late Show if Colbert had known of Stewart's impending departure. In a discussion with Lucas at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday, Colbert made it clear that hosting The Daily Show was never in his plans, Deadline reports.

"Don't you think the perfect choice to replace that Jon Stewart fella would have been you? »


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Watch Batman and Superman Clash in New 'Dawn of Justice' Trailer

18 April 2015 6:12 AM, PDT

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer leaked a few days ahead of schedule, ruining the April 20th IMAX event planned by director Zack Snyder. Rather than have a cameraphone-shot, subtitled version spreading online and spoiling the fun, Warner Bros instead dropped the official trailer on YouTube late Friday.

In the trailer's opening minute, we hear audio from a series of news programs debating whether Superman is a "savior" or a menace as the camera glides towards a giant statue dedicated to the superhero overlooking the Metropolis skyline. »


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Marilyn Manson to Portray Hitman in Indie Crime Film

17 April 2015 12:23 PM, PDT

Marilyn Manson's acting career have so far seen the shock rocker appear as a roller rink attendee (Eastbound & Down), a porn star (Lost Highway) and a white supremacist (Sons of Anarchy). Next up for The Pale Emperor singer: A hitman. Manson has been cast as a calculating contract killer named "Pope" in Let Me Make You a Martyr, an indie crime drama currently filming in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

According to Tulsa World, Let Me Make You a Martyr is about a pair of adopted siblings who fall in love and »


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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Spin-Off in TV History?

17 April 2015 9:15 AM, PDT

Many people were skeptical when AMC announced they were actually going to go through with a Breaking Bad spin-off focusing on Saul Goodman, the morally compromised attorney who found himself deeply involved in Walter White's criminal enterprise. But it turns out that Better Call Saul is shockingly great, and it's actually the highest rated new cable show of the year.

Now we have a question for you: What is the best spin-off in the history of television? Feel free to vote for a 1970s classic like The Jeffersons or Laverne & Shirley, »


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Kevin James Teases Fake Spinoff 'Game of Thrones of Queens' on 'Letterman'

17 April 2015 8:43 AM, PDT

These days, Kevin James does most of his work in film  – starring in goofy comedies like Zookeeper and the upcoming Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. But as he explained to David Letterman on Thursday's Late Show, he longs for the "routine" of the TV sitcom format he enjoyed on The King of Queens. In the above segment, he reveals his upcoming (fake) return to the small screen with Game of Thrones of Queens, a joke spin-off of the HBO fantasy series. 

"We've already started production," James says, cutting to a »


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Watch John Krasinski Nail N'Sync's 'Bye Bye Bye' on 'Lip Sync Battle'

17 April 2015 7:03 AM, PDT

Of all the ridiculous teen-pop choreography from the Trl era, the puppet dancing from N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" video could be the most (in)famous. John Krasinski paid tribute to Justin Timberlake and company's 2000 hit during Thursday's Lip Sync Battle, mouthing the words with zeal as he mimicked every last move.

"Jimmy Fallon thinks he's a real good friend with Justin Timberlake," the actor says to open the above clip. "But he ain't this good a friend 'cause I'm doing 'Bye Bye Bye.'" Donning a wireless microphone headset, Krasinski »


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Louis C.K. on Why He Quit Twitter

16 April 2015 1:07 PM, PDT

Louis C.K. offered a succinct and quintessentially Louie-ish explanation for why he gave up Twitter during an interview with SiriusXM's Opie Radio: "It didn't make me feel good," the comic said. "It made me feel bad instead. So I stopped doing it."

C.K. was clear it wasn't trolls or overwhelming negativity that drove him off the site, but rather his own contributions. "Any time I tweeted anything I was like, 'Ugh don't like the way that came out.' And then four and a half million people saw it! »


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WikiLeaks Publishes Over 30,000 Documents From Sony Hack

16 April 2015 12:54 PM, PDT

Last fall, a group of hackers infiltrated Sony Pictures' computer system and released years of company emails and private files. The U.S. government claimed that the North Korean government, upset over the impending release of James Franco and Seth Rogen's The Interview, was "centrally involved" in this plot. (The country has denied the accusations.) Today, the story returned the spotlight when Wikileaks published the full, searchable archive of 30,287 documents and 173,132 messages, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The work publicly known from Sony is to produce entertainment," Wikileaks wrote in a statement. »


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New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Features Return of Han Solo

16 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

From a pair of hands holding Darth Vader's mangled helmet to a cadre of re-designed X-Wings flying in formation, the new trailer for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens offers fans a lot of revamped oldies-but-goodies to look forward to. But nothing captures the spirit of the latest chapter better than the clip's final moments, when Han Solo himself proclaims to his (and our) favorite Wookiee: "Chewie, we're home."

The new clip arrived today to coincide with the beginning of the four-day Star Wars Celebration, taking place in Anaheim, »


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'Nashville' Recap: Chilly Scenes of Spring

16 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Spring has finally arrived for those of us who live in the real Music City. It's the time to mow our lush green lawns again, enjoy the rising temperatures (and tornado warnings), and plan our trips to the drugstore to buy pollen-allergy medicine by the gross. But in the fictional country music capital, winter lingers on, what with Maddie freezing out Deacon and Rayna, Jeff having an icy reunion with former flame Jade St. John (played by a fierce Christina Aguilera) and Juliette not exactly warming to the idea of motherhood. »


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Netflix Details Documentary on Grateful Dead Founder Bob Weir

16 April 2015 9:01 AM, PDT

Netflix has scooped up a new documentary on Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, which will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, May 22nd, Variety reports.

Directed by Mike Fleiss — a producer for The Bachelor and numerous other shows, as well as the director of the 2011 documentary, God Bless Ozzy OsbourneThe Other One offers an in-depth look at Weir's life, from his childhood in Palo Alto, California to his success with the Dead and beyond.

The movie also »


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Watch Amy Sedaris Nonsensically Serenade David Letterman

16 April 2015 7:08 AM, PDT

David Letterman's six-week, star-studded march toward his farewell show kicked off this week with a handful of old friends and favorite guests (like Billy Crystal) dropping by The Late Show to say goodbye to the late night host. Wednesday night, comic actress Amy Sedaris, a self-proclaimed 34-time Late Show guest, bid adieu to Letterman by serenading him with a medley to "wrap up" how she feels about the departing host. "No offense," Letterman quipped. "But can you sing?"

"Listen, it's a very awkward time for you. It's a lot of attention. »


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Watch Nile Rodgers and Chic Transform 'Kimmel' Into Disco

15 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Nile Rodgers knows how to work a crowd. The iconic songwriter-producer-guitarist transformed Jimmy Kimmel Live! into a disco on Tuesday with a boisterous performance of the new Chic single, "I'll Be There." Backed by trumpet blasts and a funky rhythm section, Rodgers used his distinctive rhythm guitar to anchor the exuberant song. "I'll Be There" climaxes with a nimble bass solo and spacey vocoder lines. 

The band also dusted off their trademark 1979 single, "Good Times," for a crazy web performance. After riding out the iconic groove, Rodgers led the band »


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Watch Jon Cryer Revive Duckie's 'Pretty in Pink' Dance on 'Late Late Show'

15 April 2015 8:23 AM, PDT

Donning his vintage white kicks and high-hair wig, Jon Cryer got back into character as "Duckie" from John Hughes' 1986 rom-com classic, Pretty in Pink, during Tuesday's episode of The Late Late Show. The actor and host James Corden recreated Duckie's signature record store dance scene, miming the words to Otis Redding's blazing soul classic "Try a Little Tenderness" as they stomp around the stage.

The duo showcased all the signature Duckie moves – the hand slam, the wall slide, the head swivel, the air-hump, the Egyptian walk – while channeling »


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Hear Stephen Hawking Sing Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

14 April 2015 10:18 AM, PDT

Stephen Hawking has lent his voice (literally) to a new version of Monty Python's "Galaxy Song" – a charming ditty designed to make your problems feel small and you smaller – which was featured in the comedy troupe's 1983 movie The Meaning of Life. The group recently performed the tune at their reunion concerts last year in London, after which it cut to a scene of physicist Brian Cox detailing the song's inaccuracies until Hawking runs him down with his wheelchair and says, "I think you're being pedantic," before "singing" it and flying into the heavens. »


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Watch Jon Stewart Fawn Over Ad-Rock on 'Daily Show'

14 April 2015 8:49 AM, PDT

The Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz brought out the giddy fanboy in Jon Stewart during a loose, laid-back interview on The Daily Show Monday night.

Though Horovitz ostensibly was promoting his new film, While We're Young, the pair talked about everything but, including their disconcertingly similar looks, the musician's massive record collection and whether or not Horovitz could pull off a porkpie hat. Stewart even let Horovitz sit behind his desk for a second, where he offered up his astute impression of the host, cracking, "Politics and jokes and stuff. »


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Chris Hansen Wants You to Fund New 'To Catch a Predator'

14 April 2015 6:49 AM, PDT

Better have a seat for this one: Former Dateline reporter Chris Hansen is launching a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of reviving his infamous series To Catch a Predator as a new series titled, Hansen vs. Predator, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The new Kickstarter campaign goes live Wednesday, April 15th, and Hansen hopes to raise around $400,000. The plan is to first produce the show as a web series before trying to sell it to a television network.

"There is a pent-up demand from viewers for another investigation," Hansen said. "And from a technology standpoint, »


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'Austin City Limits' Founder Bill Arhos Dead at 80

13 April 2015 1:44 PM, PDT

Bill Arhos, the founder of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits and the inspiration behind the Texas capital's now-annual music festival, passed away April 11th at the age of 80, the Austin City Limits site reports. A longtime executive at Austin's Klru, Arhos helped create the Austin City Limits concept in 1974. That same year, the show's debut episode, featuring a performance by Willie Nelson, aired on the public television station.

"I've never met anyone like Bill Arhos," Acl executive producer and longtime colleague Terry Lickona said in a statement. »


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Letterman's Last Stand: Clooney, Oprah, Seinfeld and More to Guest

13 April 2015 10:16 AM, PDT

With only six weeks left before David Letterman officially bids farewell to The Late Show, the longtime late night host has revealed some of the big-name guests that will sit on his couch before he retires on May 20th. Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks are just a few of the stars (and Letterman favorites) that will visit The Late Show one last time.

Bill Murray – Letterman's first ever Late Show guest and a fixture during the show's »


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