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If you still have an affinity for books, there can be few more choice summer reads than Edmund White's 2005 autobiography, My Lives. Divided into nonlinear sections devoted to his relationships with his parents, his hustlers, and his female entanglements, there's also a chapter entitled "My Europe." Herein White notes how while in the Paris of the 1980s, he became aware that petite green beans are tastier than their larger cousins. He also recounts how the social theorist Michel Foucault, a pal of his, noted that while "'gay philosophy' and 'gay paintings' were meaningless notions...writing gay fiction was legitimate since it enabled us to imagine how gay men should live together."
Foucault apparently "felt that relationships between gay men were tenuous, undefined, still to be invented, and that gay fiction was the place where a vision of association could be worked out in concrete detail."
The same could be said of Lgbt cinema, »
- Brandon Judell
Stephen Colbert endorsed Darth Vader for president Thursday — but only after mocking the kind of journalism that leads to imagining a President Vader. Colbert noted that statistician Nate Silver — who accurately predicted the outcome of every state's vote in the 2o12 presidential election for the New York Times — has taken his FiveThirtyEight blog to Espn, where it recently polled 1,186 respondents about “Star Wars.” The poll found that “The Empire Strikes Back” is the most popular of the films, and that Luke Skywalker had the highest favorability of all the “Star Wars” characters. Also read: Jon Stewart and Stephen »
- Tim Molloy
CNN host Fareed Zakaria joked on “The Daily Show” Thursday that he may soon answer to Jon Stewart. “I'm a little nervous because I realize I might be speaking to my future boss,” Zakaria said. Also read: Jon Stewart Launches $10 Billion ‘Let's Buy CNN’ Kickstarter Campaign – Sorta In response to Rupert Murdoch's efforts to buy Time Warner — which owns CNN — Stewart has launched a joke campaign to raise money to take over the cable news channel. “Can I tell you something? Our fake Kickstarter to buy CNN is up to $150 billion now,” Stewart told the “Fareed Zakaria Gps” »
- Tim Molloy
As the Great Late-Night Realignment of 2014-15 continues, one thing is clear: The East Coast/West Coast beef lives on, if not in hip-hop, then on late-night television.
This week, CBS announced that, when Stephen Colbert takes over David Letterman's "Late Show" next year, he'll keep the show at Broadway's historic Ed Sullivan Theater. Actually, it wasn't just CBS who made the announcement; it was CBS, several New York state legislators, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. That's how big a deal it is that Colbert is not moving the "Late Show" to Los Angeles.
Not that there was much chance the show would move, though Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a game try at persuading CBS to move the show to what he called "the entertainment capital of the world" in a letter he wrote to the network in April, shortly after CBS announced Letterman's retirement... and »
- Gary Susman
It's no secret that Jon Stewart loves to mock CNN, but on Tuesday's episode of The Daily Show, the comedian had something else in mind: a network takeover. Last night, Stewart addressed the reports that 21st Century Fox CEO Rubert Murdoch made a bid to buy Time Warner for a whopping $80 billion. While the proposal was rejected by the Time Warner Board of Directors, many have speculated that the media mogul, who has been referred to as the "billionaire who won't take no for an answer," will not back down from his offer. If Murdoch does acquire Time Warner, then he will most likely sell CNN, a subsidiary of the cable giant, as it will compete with his own Fox News. "Now of course, it »
Zach Braff, watch your back. On Tuesday night's “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart discussed Rupert Murdoch's bid to buy Time Warner and incorporate it into 21st Century Fox. The story went over the multiple ramifications of the deal, and included the obligatory joke about Time Warner telling Murdoch's people, ‘to wait at home for their answer between noon and six Pm.” A better line was calling him the “date rapist of media barons… with all due respect” as he discussed Murdoch's penchant to not take “no” for an answer when he goes after a media property. Also Read: How Much More Will. »
- Joel Keller
The joke drive came up during a segment about Rupert Murdoch’s recent bid to purchase Time Warner. If the deal had actually happened—or if it does happen eventually—Time Warner would be forced to sell off its subsidiary CNN, since the news net’s work conflicts with that of News Corp’s own Fox News. (Though fans of both CNN and Fox would probably balk at the comparison.)
But who would buy CNN in this hypothetical situation? »
- Hillary Busis
Need a quick dose of celebrity news? Zoe Saldana reportedly has a bun in the oven, Jon Stewart is encouraging fans to help him with a major purchase, and Justin Theroux comments on the craziness that comes with being engaged to one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses.
According to a report, Zoe Saldana is going to be a mom. We hope it’s true. [Us Weekly] In the market for a cable news network? Help Jon Stewart buy CNN! [Huffington Post] Would Kate Hudson ever remake one of her mom’s signature roles? [E!] Miranda Kerr may currently be single, but she knows what she wants in a man. [Just Jared] So what was up with that fanny pack The Rock was sporting back in the ’90s? Watch him explain in the clip above. [MTV News] Ian Ziering admits that he almost didn’t take a role in the original Sharknado. [People] Justin Theroux can’t believe the rumors he »
- Rahsheeda Ali
Things are hotting up for DC Comics as it seems that they are finally ready to bring their library of super powered characters to the big screen. Last month it was rumoured that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s upcoming movie slate had leaked online and that they were planning to officially unveil it at this weekends annual San Diego Comic Con. If there was any doubt about the legitimacy of the leaked line-up, then this latest piece of information adds quite a bit of fuel to the fire.
Whilst promoting the upcoming Hercules (released this Friday), Dwayne Johnson was once again quizzed on the potential DC superhero role he has been teasing for some time, to which his response was very intriguing. Ever since Johnson first sent the internet into a frenzy with numerous hints of an upcoming superhero role for DC Entertainment, fans have been speculating which part the gargantuan star could play. »
- Ben Read
The last few days have seen plenty of rumblings about Dwayne Johnson taking on the role of DC’s Shazam. While it’s not confirmed, he more or less revealed to Total Film in an interview, that he was going to play the character saying “"He has the power of Superman and it's not the Green Lantern by the way. Believe me - Jon Stewart - he is a character who I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so now we've gone in a slightly different direction. But this character has the power of Superman. He can throw down." And then if that wasn’t enough he dropped in the final piece of the jigsaw by stating “Just say the word…That's all I'm going to say” And now he’s spoke to the Today Show in the States saying that the movie is going to happen, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Jon Stewart is ready to put Stephen Colbert's 2012 superpac to shame. On Tuesday, The Daily Show host announced the launch of a $10 billion Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN. Stewart urged viewers to go to Letsbuycnn.com to contribute. The site mimics a Kickstarter page, though without allowing users to actually contribute money toward the goal. Photos Summer TV Preview "CNN, America’s first 24-hour cable news network, has been terrible for many, many years. Does it have to be that way? Who knows, maybe it does. So let’s find out for ourselves!" reads the site. The actual Kickstarter.
- Aaron Couch
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama and his staff chose not to do an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday because of “more serious matters the president is dealing with on the international scene.”
TMZ reported on Monday that Obama would do a segment for the show during a trek to Los Angeles, in which he also will attend two fundraisers and speak on job training at a technical college. But ABC and Kimmel’s reps quickly denied such a booking.
Yet Earnest confirmed at the White House daily briefing that they “had been in touch with representatives from Mr. Kimmel’s show about the possibility of participating, of having the president participating, on this trip.”
“We ultimately elected not to have the president do that interview over the course of this trip, and that is at least in part related to the challenges of doing »
- Ted Johnson
Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater, Reese Witherspoon's naturalist weepie Wild and Jake Gyllenhaal's noirish character study Nightcrawler are among the big films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this year. The venerable festival, long considered a key stop for Oscar hopefuls, announced its Galas and Special Presentations lineup this morning, thus signaling the kick-off to this year's awards season.
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Jon Stewart indirectly addressed critics who have accused him of turning his back on his Jewish background by criticizing Israel's latest attacks on Hamas. Each time Stewart said “Israel” at the start of Monday's “Daily Show,” his team of correspondents surrounded and screamed at him. Each verbal barrage ended with Jordan Klepper delivering a parting shot. At one point he called Stewart a “self-hating Jew.” Also read: Jon Stewart Determines that Hillary Clinton is Running for President, and She Doesn't Deny It (Video) That insult was a heightened version of the criticism Stewart received after talking about Israel and Hamas last week. »
- Tim Molloy
Star Wars is pulling out all the stops for its Omaze campaign. Director J.J. Abrams has showed off a new design for the film franchise's X-Wing spacecraft in order to encourage fans to donate to Unicef and earn a chance to be in the Star Wars VII cast. The Omaze campaign is part of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative launched by Disney that supports Unicef through a number of charity campaigns. Abrams first announced the Omaze portion of Force For Change two months ago, when he took to YouTube to offer a spot in the upcoming Star Wars film to one lucky winner of Omaze's virtual raffle. Last week, Force For Change enlisted the help Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who starred in a YouTube video supporting the Omaze campaign. Now, in the final week of the campaign, Abrams has returned to YouTube, where he premiered a »
- Sam Gutelle
Any excuse to dress up as a Wookiee and a storm trooper on national television is a good excuse, so in the spirit of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ random “Star Wars” day on Sunday, Fox Sports announcers Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly did just that. See video: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Battle Over Who's the World's Biggest Star Wars Fan As Berthiaume put it before the start of the home team's third game in a series against the Chicago Cubs, the Force was with the team, as they won 3-2. See video: J.J. Abrams Reveals the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII »
- Greg Gilman
Dwayne Johnson has dropped a huge hint about his involvement in the DC movie universe.
The Hercules star, who has long been linked to a role in a Warner Bros superhero blockbuster, has strongly suggested that he'll play Shazam.
Johnson told Total Film that his undisclosed role will be announced shortly.
"He has the power of Superman," Johnson said. "And it's not the Green Lantern by the way. Believe me - Jon Stewart - he is a character who I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so now we've gone in a slightly different direction. But this character has the power of Superman. He can throw down."
Johnson's final clue alluded to "Shazam", the magic word Billy Batson exclaims to get transformed into the costumed hero. "Just say the word," The Rock teased. "That's all I'm going to say."
Video: Dwayne Johnson on »
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