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The Daily Show said goodbye to Michael Che Thursday night as he made his final appearance on the Comedy Central show before heading to Saturday Night Live as its new Weekend Update anchor. It was a moment seemingly suited for heartfelt recollections and a highlight reel of his work for the show, except Che was only with The Daily Show for about three months. "You were here for actually 58 business days," host Jon Stewart said after pretending to bring Che out to comment on Joe Biden's recent racist gaffes and what that means for his presidential ambitions The
- Hilary Lewis
President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note That’s according to Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa, who said in a “Fashion Police” special that the president’s note read, “Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.” Plus: PBS will show Joan Rivers documentary “A Piece of Work” next week as part of “American Masters,” Rivers’ doctor denies taking a selfie. “The Simpsons” boss: The killed-off character won’t be resurrected The season premiere won’t pull a “Family Guy.” “When we kill ‘em, they stay dead,” says exec producer Al Jean. National Latino Media Council gives ABC a “mediocre” grade thanks in part to “The Bachelor” Juan Pablo ABC has the most Latino actors, writers and producers, yet it was categorized as “mediocre” in terms of Latino representation — along with CBS and Fox — for the casting of a Latino “Bachelor” who "ended up »
- Norman Weiss
A whole host of constituencies are complicit in the excesses of big-time sports, but most of them don’t try to have their beer and drink it too. So the indignation and shock expressed by advertisers – most notably Anheuser-Busch, which fired a very public shot across the NFL’s bow over its mishandling of recent scandals plaguing the league – has a stronger-than-usual whiff of hypocrisy.
Of course, advertisers are pretty well versed in the kabuki dance of trying to avoid controversy, often by acting absolutely mystified about the content of the programs they sponsor as soon as someone tries taking them to task for supporting such material. Seldom known for their courage, they employ this rope-a-dope routine, then drift back to their venues of choice once the heat blows over.
The company’s statement seemed designed to accomplish exactly that. As Variety‘s Brian Steinberg noted, Anheuser-Busch didn’t pull any advertising, »
- Brian Lowry
Jon Stewart took the NFL to task for their handling of the ongoing domestic violence scandal, or mishandling as he sees it, during Wednesday night's installment of “The Daily Show.” What started with the video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an elevator has escalated to include other examples of violence and even alleged child abuse among members of the league. Stewart broke them each down case by case, mentioning the small punishments meted out by the NFL at first. Also read: PepsiCo Condemns NFL Domestic Violence Scandal: Players’ Behavior Is Repugnant In the case of Adrian Peterson, »
- Jason Hughes
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday. »
- Norman Weiss
Former President Bill Clinton will appear on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on Thursday, Comedy Central announced Wednesday. Clinton will appear on Stewart's show to discuss the Clinton Global Initiative, which convenes world leaders to affect positive change. Surely on the hot topic docket: Isis, Ferguson, the midterm elections and whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. See video: Michael Che Explores the Sick World of Prescription Drug Cartels for ‘The Daily Show’ (Video) Clinton will be in New York City to preside over the 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, which takes place next week, to coincide with. »
- Linda Ge
“Saturday Night Live” has been trimming the roster as of late. Over the summer, Noël Wells, John Milheiser and Brooks Wheelan had been let go, and just recently, Michael Che (“The Daily Show,”) and, as announced today, Pete Davidson, have been added. But even though the latest “SNL” news has been of happy hirings, that doesn’t mean the trimming of the cast is over with. Entertainment Weekly is confirming that Mike O’Brien will not return to the cast lineup. Deadline was the first to report the news. O’Brien, who has been a writer for the show since 2009, will go back to the writer’s room. So, this isn’t a complete [ Read More ]
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Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
Young comedian Pete Davidson will join “Saturday Night Live” as a featured player, a spokeswoman for the program confirmed Monday, bringing into sharper focus the venerable late-night program’s lineup as it prepares to enter its landmark 40th season on the air.
Davidson, just 20, may well be one of “SNL’s” youngest Not Ready For Prime Time Players. He joins the program at an age even younger than that of Jimmy Fallon when he came on board the comedy at showcase at about 22, and just slightly older than that of Eddie Murphy, who was 19 when he debuted in 1980.
He is one of just two new players show creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels is adding to the ranks this season.
- Brian Steinberg
I've noticed participation in this column dramatically decreasing over the past couple weeks... was it something I saidc Anyway, as far as what I've watched, I have nine films I saw at the Toronto Film Festival, which include Pawn Sacrifice (read my review here), The Theory of Everything (read my review here), Rec 4: Apocalypse (read my review here), While We're Young (read my review here), The Imitation Game (read my review here), Foxcatcher (read my review here), The Keeping Room, Rosewater (read my review here) and Wild (read my review here). Also, the day after I returned home from Toronto I saw Kevin Smith's Tusk, which I will be reviewing at the beginning of next week and I'm actually tempted to finally watch Smith's Red State before writing that review, but we'll see. Otherwise, on Friday night I finally turned on the television for the first time in »
- Brad Brevet
Written for the screen and directed by Jon Stewart
Rosewater, the directorial debut of The Daily Show host and stand-up comedian Jon Stewart, is a modest retelling of one man’s prolonged imprisonment for honestly reporting about Iran. It’s an engaging exercise about political transparency made possible by the modern media that’s obviously close to Stewart’s heart. This is serious content interlaced with sporadic interludes of comedy that in Stewart’s hands sails smoothly along without seeming inappropriate or misplaced.
The amiable journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) falls into the role of responsible witness while filming protests that turn deadly following the questionable re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the President of Iran. Bahari spending time with citizens who oppose Ahmadinejad to get a broader perspective for his writing, forwarding the bloody protest video to media outlets, and taping a silly interview for The Daily Show »
- Lane Scarberry
On Tuesday, news broke that comedian Michael Che, formerly of The Daily Show, will be replacing Cecily Strong as co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. For a few days, Strong stayed silent about the decision before taking to Instagram to share her thoughts.
“I don’t see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I’m better at,” said Strong, addressing fans who may have been upset by the decision. “And now I get to »
- Joshua Rivera
With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
When word broke late Thursday that Saturday Night Live will shake up the Weekend Update desk once again this season, fan reaction was swift and decisive. The consensus: Lorne Michaels was replacing the wrong anchor.
Specifically: Cecily Strong, who took her seat at the Update desk last fall—and earned generally positive reviews for her work there—is out. SNL head writer Colin Jost, who joined Update in March after Seth Meyers’ departure—and has received, er, slightly less encouraging feedback—is staying put.
It’s easy to understand the outrage stoked by this reshuffling. Thanks to well-received characters like »
- Hillary Busis
Live from New York, we have a new co-anchor for Weekend Update! Michael Che, a writer on Saturday Night Live last season and a correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show, will join Colin Jost as co-host of the popular SNL segment - replacing Cecily Strong, who will now have more time to work on sketches. "Michael is a strong writer, and he's really funny," showrunner Lorne Michaels tells The New York Times. "It's always difficult to make changes and make Update different from what's gone before." Che, 31, is a veteran standup comic and may be best known recently »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
Move over, Colin Jost, there's a new Weekend Update anchor in town. Comedian Michael Che is joining Saturday Night Live's news desk, replacing Cecily Strong. Strong will stay on as a repertory player, she'll just be featured in more sketches than she would if she were still on Weekend Update. Che comes to SNL from The Daily Show, where he had been a correspondent for seven episodes. He's been a writer at SNL already for the past year, and he's a well-known comedian. He's already been showcased on Late Show With David Letterman, Money From Strangers, and Late Night With Seth Meyers. Can't wait to see how he does on the season premiere, which will be hosted by Chris Pratt! i wanna thank Jon & the entire @TheDailyShow staff for letting me do this. i had a Fantastic time there. 1st class all the way — Michael Che (@CheThinks) September 12, 2014 »
"Saturday Night Live" has added a new cast member and shaken up the "Weekend Update" desk.
Cecily Strong, who was previously at the desk with Colin, will remain on the NBC series as a regular cast member.
Michael, who was a writer for "SNL" last season, formed a strong working relationship with Colin last year in the writer's room.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
This is somewhat unprecedented, in that, for the first time in "Saturday Night Live's" long and illustrious history, the "Weekend Update" section of the show (which arguably paved the way for "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report," and any other humorous slant on current televised events that has transpired in the last thirty years), will be anchored by two men.
According to Variety, Michael Che will replace Cecily Strong in the co-anchor seat, joining Colin Jost in humorously running down the week's news. The previous Jost/Strong team had only been in place for a few months, following the departure of longtime "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers, but apparently Lorne Michaels, who spoke with the New »
- Drew Taylor
'Daily Show' fans may find that the new 'Weekend Update' guy looks familiar.
Photos: Star Shots-- What's On Instagram
Che joined SNL as a writer this past year, and will be leaving The Daily Show after just three months on the job, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The funnyman thanked The Daily Show via Twitter on Thursday night, Sept. 11, writing: "I wanna thank Jon & the entire @TheDailyShow staff for letting me do this. i had a Fantastic time there. 1st class all the way."
i wanna thank Jon & the entire @TheDailyShow staff for letting me do this. i had a Fantastic time there. 1st class all »
Michael Che’s rapid ascent through late night comedy has taken a strange and outstanding turn as it was announced that the comic, who had vacated the Saturday Night Live writer’s room for an on-camera position as a correspondent for The Daily Show at the end of April, was returning to NBC’s sketch comedy stalwart to take over one of the chairs behind the Weekend Update desk.
As you read the headline on this article your mind may have naturally gone to a place of, “Aw, buck up Colin Jost, you’ve got great hair and a quick wit – things will pick up for you.” But it’s actually not a ...
- Jason Tabrys
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