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The Wrap has the exclusive on a big piece of casting news.
Stewart adapted the screenplay from the Maziar Bahari’s 2011 book “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.”
Synopsis for “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.”
When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he’d be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend »
- Alex Corey
Jon Stewart tonight used President Obama's big national security speech to go after the president and the Department of Justice for going after whistleblowers, journalists, hackers, potheads, et cetera, but not sending even one person involved in the financial crisis to prison. Stewart mocked the administration for targeting Fox News' James Rosen and giving people "unusually harsh punishments" disproportionate to their crimes. »
- Josh Feldman
As you tune in to your favorite TV shows tonight, we think it’s only fair that You decide the night’s best sound bite.
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- EW staff
Gael García Bernal has signed on to star in The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater. We first reported on the project back in March, when it was announced that Jon Stewart is taking a 12-week hiatus from The Daily Show to make his first feature.
Jon Stewart wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from Maziar Bahari's 2011 book Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. The book recounts the author/journalist's time in Iran, where he was supposed to go for one week to cover the country's national elections. Instead, he was held in an Iranian prison for 118 days, tortured and interrogated by a mysterious man who the writer described as smelling of rosewater. Gael García Bernal will play the reporter, who left his pregnant fiancee behind in London for what he thought was a routine assigment.
Stewart has cast the 34-year-old Mexican actor as the lead in his directorial debut, according to TheWrap.com. "The Daily Show" host will take a leave of absence this summer to work on the Iranian-set "Rosewater." While correspondent Jon Oliver sits at the news desk for eight of the 12 weeks his boss will be gone, Stewart will direct the star of "Amores Perros" in the story of a journalist, Maziar Bahari, who visits Iran on assignment and ends up jailed for 118 days and roughed up by an interrogator who smells of rosewater. Hey, look, it's the title!
Stewart and writer Aimee Molloy adapted the story from Bahari's 2011 memoir, "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, »
- Ryan J Downey
Earlier this year, we learned that Jon Stewart would take a break this summer from hosting "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central to get behind the camera for his feature directorial debut. Stewart is getting ready to shoot Rosewater, an adaptation of the Maziar Bahari's book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, which he also wrote himself. The film chronicles the harrowing journey the BBC journalist had to endure when he left London to cover Iran's presidential elections in 2009, and now The Wrap reports Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has landed the lead role in the drama. More below! Bahari ended up spending 118 days in a notorious Iranian prison where he was brutally interrogated by a man whose defining characteristic is the smell of rosewater (hence the title). Stewart became involved with the story when he leared one of the items »
- Ethan Anderton
Jon Stewart has tapped Gael Garcia Bernal to star in his feature directorial debut "Rosewater," TheWrap has learned. Scott Rudin is producing with Stewart and Gigi Pritzker of OddLot Entertainment, which is financing the film. Stewart is taking a 12-week hiatus from hosting Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" in order to make the movie. "Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver will take over hosting duties for eight weeks during Stewart's absence. Also read: Jon Stewart Taking 'Daily Show' Summer Leave, Jon Oliver to Sub Stewart wrote the script, which is adapted from Maziar Bahari's 2011 »
- Jeff Sneider
Who knew that this was the path that Jon Stewart would take? Parts in Half Baked and Big Daddy always made me love Stewart, no matter how big or small. Then when The Daily Show slowly but surely started its rise to the top, we got a different side to the actor and a great one, I might add. All the ass kissing aside, it was certainly intriguing to hear that Stewart was taking on the role of director and script writer for Rosewater. The story is adapted from Maziar Bahari's 2011 novel, »
- Niki Stephens
MGM has picked up the rights to Ben Karlin's humorous anthology, Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me. The book is collection of essays from celebrated comedians including Stephen Colbert, Patton Oswalt, Larry David, Will Forte, and Andy Richter as well as best-selling authors/columnists Dan Savage, A.J. Jacobs, and many more. It's a very funny and surprisingly touching book where the authors' talent for self-deprecation and insight shines through. According to Deadline, Kyle Pennenkamp & Scott Turpel (the upcoming Get a Job) will write the script, which will cull the book "for the ingredients to a male-oriented comedy." That phrase has me a bit worried since the essays aren't misogynistic and can appeal to both genders. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book. Karlin co-wrote and produced the upcoming comedy A.C.O.D. (click here for my review from Sundance), and is currently a co-executive producer on Modern Family. »
- Matt Goldberg
Daily Show host Jon Stewart provoked headlines back in March when he announced he’d take a 12-week break this summer from the satirical news show to direct a film called Rosewater. Well, now we know who will be starring, as The Wrap reports that Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast in the lead.Stewart adapted the script from BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. He picked up the rights a while ago, and has been hard at work at the keyboard in between hosting duties and meeting with his staff to come up with ways to describe Dick Cheney’s heartless attitude towards the world.The book, co-written with Aimee Molloy, is the harrowing story of Bahari’s assignment to cover the Iranian presidential elections in 2009. Thinking he might only be away from his pregnant fiancée for a week, »
Exclusive: MGM has acquired screen rights to Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me, the best-selling humor anthology edited by Ben Karlin. Script will be written by Kyle Pennekamp & Scott Turpel, who scripted the upcoming Get A Job. Karlin is the Emmy-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In the book, he drew on his own experiences and those of many other men to share that shame walk that has happened to every guy: getting dumped and trying to get over the humiliation. The film will be produced by Karlin and Kevin Misher, who’s readying the MGM remake of Carrie that Kimberly Peirce directed with Chloe Moretz playing the title character and Julianne Moore as her mother. Andy Berman will serve as executive producer. They’ll cull the Dumped book for the ingredients to a male-oriented comedy. Karlin, who co-wrote America »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Bill O'Reilly told Jon Stewart that he's been "too easy" on President Obama, and that recent cases of the Justice Department spying on reporters proves it. Meetings between O'Reilly and Stewart are always great television: The liberal and conservative hosts have learned to play off each other and even occasionally find common ground, as they did on Wednesday's "Daily Show." Stewart welcomed O'Reilly by saying he believed the Justice Department's monitoring of reporters -- including Fox News' James Rosen -- was "really overreaching." Stewart also said O'Reilly and other critics of Obama "finally »
- Tim Molloy
When broaching the topic of the scandals, Jon had to ask if the feeling at Fox News was something akin to "sexual arousal" now that they've finally got something on the president. But he quickly steered the IRS conversation into a discussion about who the government should be profiling and why.
Watch the full clip above and for the extended interview, visit The Daily Show site. »
- Carol Hartsell
Bill O'Reilly stopped by The Daily Show for another round of pithy banter with Jon Stewart. Stewart credited O'Reilly and Fox News for finally having real Obama scandals to sink their teeth into, though he couldn't resist the urge to get in a few barbs at the network's expense, calling it "the organization of Sauron" and asking O'Reilly if Obama scandals are giving everyone at Fox "sexual arousal." »
- Josh Feldman
When Dylan Ratigan left MSNBC last year, he likely didn't know what he would be doing next. But less than a year later, he has left the news business altogether to work on a hydroponic organic farm. The Daily Show's Al Madrigal caught up with Ratigan to see just how different his new lifestyle is from the world of cable news. »
- Matt Wilstein
Olivia Munn is defending all the smart, pretty and funny people out there, claiming to Esquire magazine that 43-year-old funnyman Zach Galifianakis doesn't think person can be both humorous and good looking.
"I believe it was Galifianakis who was saying something like people who are attractive can't be funny, because funny comes from pain," the 32-year-old actress said in an interview for the men's magazine, that was paired with a bikini photo shoot.
"And it's interesting, because in my life, I moved around a lot, and I had a really abusive stepfather. ...And you move around a lot and you're constantly the new kid, because you're a military family. Oklahoma, Utah, Japan, different parts of Japan -- and humor and being self-deprecating and sarcastic was the thing that could break ice in every situation. And so it's a very antiquated idea to think that you can't be pretty and smart and funny."
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The third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards features what is becoming the awards' signature mix of no-brainer and under-the-radar nominees.
"Big Bang" and "American Horror Story: Asylum" lead the nominees with six apiece. "Parks and Recreation" and Sundance's miniseries "Top of the Lake" have five each. There were a couple of surprise omissions too: "Mad Men" was shut out of the best drama nominees, and of the cast only Elisabeth Moss scored an acting nomination. Ditto for "Modern Family" on the comedy side; Sarah Hyland was the only cast member nominated.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Comedy Series »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the nominees for the 3rd annual Critics' Choice Television Awards today and The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story: Asylum snagged the most nominations (6 apiece) while Parks and Recreation, Top of the Lake, The Americans, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Louie, New Girl and Political Animals also made strong showings.
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"This year's nominations reflect the expanding definition of television, with nominated programs and performances representing new platforms as well as broadcast and cable," said Btja President Joey Berlin. "As evidenced by nominations for the 3rd annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, television continues to be a rich and diverse source of high quality entertainment."
Check out all the nominees below!
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Comedy Series
Olivia Munn flaunts her incredibly toned body in the new issue of Esquire magazine, slipping into several bikinis while revealing she's all about "embracing her sexuality."
The 32-year-old "Newsroom" star admits that although some people -- ahem, we're talking about you, Zach Galifianakis -- think attractive individuals can't be funny, she believes otherwise.
"I believe it was Galifianakis who was saying something like, 'People who are attractive can't be funny, because funny comes from pain.' And it's interesting, because in my life, I moved around a lot, and I had a really abusive stepfather. I have a great stepfather now, but my first stepfather was, for fourteen years, really horrible," she explains to Esquire, continuing, "And you move around a lot and you're constantly the new kid, because you're a military family. Oklahoma, Utah, Japan, different parts of Japan -- and humor and being self-deprecating and sarcastic was the »
- Leigh Blickley
Some of our favorites are up for 2013 CCAs! Which shows and stars are you rooting for?
You won’t find any guilty pleasures on this list. The annual Critics’ Choice Awards celebrate the cream of the crop in entertainment, and this year’s list of nominations is no exception. With shows like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, and stars like Zooey Deschanel and Sutton Foster, it’s hard not to be in awe of all the talent in the 2013 nominees.
2013 Critics Choice Awards Nominees — TV
Best Comedy Series:
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- Andy Swift
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