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Jon Stewart Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Buy CNN: Video

Jon Stewart Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Buy CNN: VideoBecause Rupert Murdoch wants to buy Time Warner, and journalists have reported Murdoch would sell off Time Warner‘s cable news network CNN, Jon Stewart last night launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10 billion in order to buy the network “and do…something with it. Not quite sure what yet.” ”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,” The Daily Show host’s campaign explains. “So let’s find out for ourselves! This $10 billion, all-cash bid for CNN would secure control of a massive television network reaching over 100 million homes in the US alone, which we could then use to rebuild a news organization befitting this proud land. Or more likely we’d use it to make a lot more poop jokes. Either way, you get to watch!”

A mere $10 contribution gets your photo in an on-screen “21 box” of  talking heads. For $15,000 it’ll be just you and Carol Costello in a “2 box”, with 5 minutes of freestyling. And for $5 million, CNN will initiate a 24-hour, 2-week hunt for your lost car keys. Watch here:

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Toronto Film Fest Will Close With World Premiere of ‘A Little Chaos’; No Opener Yet; Jon Stewart, Chris Rock Get Perches

By | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 8:40am PDT

Toronto Film Fest Will Close With World Premiere of ‘A Little Chaos’; No Opener Yet; Jon Stewart, Chris Rock Get PerchesUPDATED, 8:40 AM: The 39th Toronto Film Festival, running September 4-14, will close with the world premiere of Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts and Stanley Tucci. The opening-night film was not announced at this morning’s press conference.

Alan Rickman Kate WinsletA Little Chaos is the perfect closing-night film – it transports audiences to another time, another place, full of beauty, complexity, rivalry, politics and romance,” said Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey. “Alan Rickman’s film will wind audiences up just as our festival is winding down.”

In this sumptuous historical drama Sabine De Barra (Winslet)  —  a landscaper with a taste for the unconventional — is invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles. As she battles with the weather, the perilous rivalries at the court of Louis XIV and her own private demons, she finds herself drawn inescapably closer to the formality and enigma of the architect who hired her.

Of the 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced, the initial lineup includes 37 world premieres from directors including Noah Baumbach, Susanne Bier, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, David Dobkin, Philippe Falardeau, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ning Hao, François Ozon, Christian Petzold, Lone Scherfig and Chris Rock. Here’s the list: Read More »

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Hot Clip: Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Get Silly For ‘Star Wars’

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 9:10am PDT
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Hot Clip: Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Get Silly For ‘Star Wars’This is amusing, and a good cause. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert get on their inner Star Wars in this silly video that offers up a part in the next film, in a charity effort. Now, I could say that this is better and has more tension than the last three Star Wars prequels, but I won’t, because this is for a good cause. Stewart’s punch line is worth the watch in itself.

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Jon Stewart Declares Hillary Clinton Declared Her Candidacy On His Program: Video

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 8:24am PDT

Jon Stewart Declares Hillary Clinton Declared Her Candidacy On His Program: VideoAfter giving her a Career Aptitude Test that included such questions as “Would you like (an) office to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?” and “Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?” —  and after observing how artfully she pivoted his question about her having said she and hubby Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001 to talk about her concern that Stewart’s target demo can’t get ahead in this economy — Jon Stewart concluded last night his The Daily Show guest Hillary Clinton had just declared she was running for POTUS in 2016.
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UPDATE: ‘The Daily Show’ Says So-Long To Longest Tenured Writer (VIDEO)

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 7:30am PDT

UPDATE: ‘The Daily Show’ Says So-Long To Longest Tenured Writer (VIDEO)UPDATE: 7:30 AM: The Daily Show said so long to its longest running writer.
J.R. Havlan who, with 2,821 episodes to his credit, pre-dated host Jon Stewart — his tenure dates back to the Craig Kilborn days. Stewart closed out last night’s telecast with a Moment of Zen devoted to Havlan. Watch here:
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Jon Stewart Breaks Down FNC, CNN Hillary Clinton “Exclusive” Interviews On Same Day: Video

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 6:50am PDT

“Good get! They should be proud of themselves for scoring an interview from the Salinger-like recluse Hillary Clinton — a woman whose secretive nationwide book tour had restricted her access to NBC, CBS, ABC twice, and the Arlington Virginia Costco,” Stewart noted. Watch here:
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Jon Stewart Explains TV News Coverage Of Santa Barbara Slayings: Video

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 6:31am PDT

The day the Annenberg Public Policy Center announced Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report was more effective than journalists at explaining campaign financing during the last election cycle, the network’s Jon Stewart-hosted The Daily Show presented its report on how the news media covered the Santa Barbara slayings. Watch here:

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Jon Stewart Bids Farewell To Egyptian Satire As Pal Bassem Youssef’s Show Cancelled (Video)

bassem youssef1Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian doctor-turned-TV-host who is known as “The Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” will no longer present his satirical news program, Al Bernameg. At a press conference in Cairo on Monday, Youssef said the show had been cancelled due to pressure on its broadcaster, MBC Masr. “The present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program… I’m tired of struggling and worrying about my safety and that of my family,” he said according to reports. A daring public voice and equal-opportunity offender who used comedy to poke fun at the government and state of affairs in Egypt, Youssef’s cancellation will be seen in many circles as a blow to freedom of speech in the region. At the top of last night’s Daily Show, Stewart addressed the turn of events surrounding his friend in a segment titled “A Farewell to Egyptian Satire.” In the clip (see video below), Stewart said in part, “Bassem Youssef and his team did a tremendous show under harrowing conditions, and while they’re not on the air for now, their work will continue to inspire us all here at this show. Congratulations to them on a job very well done.”

Youssef first made international headlines in April 2013 when he was summoned for questioning by Egypt’s public prosecutor after an arrest warrant was issued on accusations he insulted then Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and … Read More »

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UPDATE: Open Road Acquires Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ With Fall Release Planned

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jonsUPDATE, 9:55 AM: Open Road has made it official, announcing this morning that it acquired Jon Stewart‘s Rosewater. A fall release is planned and the OddLot-financed adaptation will be shown and to select buyers in Cannes. The full release is below our original exclusive.

PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, FRIDAY PM : Open Road is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut Rosewater, an adaptation of the Maziar Bahari book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Stewart wrote the script and took a summer hiatus from his Comedy Central show to direct. OddLot Entertainment fully financed the film and Gigi Pritzker and Scott Rudin produced it.

Related:  Jon Stewart To Direct First Film And “Challenge” Himself

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John Oliver ‘Last Week Tonight’ Debut Hunts ‘The Daily Show’ Crowd: Video

By | Sunday April 27, 2014 @ 10:04pm PDT

John Oliver made his bid to be Jon Stewart’s fifth night with the debut of his new HBO show,  Last Week Tonight. The Sunday satirical look at the previous week’s news is closely modeled on Stewart’s weeknight Comedy Central hit The Daily Show — minus the ads.  LWT_ep_101_4-27-14_EL_0431

This week was a tough one for unrepentant racists around audio equipment, Oliver said at the top of his first episode. Clippers owner Donald Sterling impressively one-upped the week’s previous Most Racist Person, Cliven Bundy, who, Oliver noted, giving credit where it’s due,  provoked the single greatest introduction to an interview in the history of the English language: CNN’s Chris Cuomo saying, “Mr. Bundy, I see in your arms that you are holding a dead calf.”

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In honor of the state of Oregon having spent a quarter of a billion dollars on its non-functioning website for  Obamacare — the state finally threw in the towel and told its residents to go to the federal site to sign up — Oliver mocked the state’s “violently adorable” ad campaign for its broken site with one created by his staff. You Stupid Oregon Idiots featured Lisa Loeb singing such memorable lines as, “your passion for cuteness might kill your whole state.” (Watch video below.)

Related: John Oliver’s HBO Debut Going With NSA Lucky Charm

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John Oliver’s HBO Debut Going With NSA Lucky Charm

By | Sunday April 27, 2014 @ 12:36pm PDT

John Oliver NSAWhen HBO announced John Oliver would interview Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), the former director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, on tonight’s premiere of his new HBO late-night topical comedy show Last Week Tonight, some people wondered why Alexander picked a comedy show for his first sit-down with TV media since retiring as NSA director. But nobody questioned why Oliver decided to kick off a comedy show with the NSA story.

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Last November, when HBO announced it had signed Comedy Central’s The Daily Show correspondent to host the weekly news riff, Michael Lombardo said the network wasn’t looking for another weekly talk show, “but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO.” Oliver started with a bang because, the day before, The Guardian of London had posted an video interview with 29-year-old former CIA technical assistant Edward Snowden in which he revealed he was the source of media reports about top-secret NSA surveillance programs that had started breaking earlier in the week. Oliver had a field day. Here are some of the clips from Oliver’s opening night as The Daily Show‘s fill-in host: Read More »

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John Oliver Explains To Jon Stewart The Difference Between Working At Comedy Central And HBO: Video

By | Friday April 25, 2014 @ 7:19am PDT

Former The Daily Show correspondent John Oliver came back –  to plug his HBO show Last Week Tonightdebuting Sunday. Watch here:

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Stephen Colbert Breaks News Of Departure To Jon Stewart: Video

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 10:46am PDT

The day after making his first appearance on CBS’ Late Show since the network announced he’s taking it over when David Letterman retires, Stephen Colbert paid a surprise visit to The Daily Show last night to break it to Jon Stewart that he’s leaving Comedy Central. “There is no mountain left to climb,” Colbert said. “It’s become clear to me that I’ve won television. At this point I’m just running up the score…Almost nine years ago I promised to change the world and together — I did it.” Watch here:

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Jennifer Garner Reveals “Unique Relationship” With Stephen Colbert On ‘The Daily Show’: Video

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 4:13am PDT

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked Jennifer Garner to discuss her “unique relationship” with  Stephen Colbert, newly named host of CBS’ Late Show. Watch here:

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UPDATE: Jon Stewart Kvells Over Stephen Colbert’s Move To CBS (Video)

stephen-colbert-and-jon-stewartUPDATED WITH VIDEO: “As you can imagine, it’s been a wild day around here. You may remember a few years back there was a gentleman on this program by the name of Stephen Colbert,” Jon Stewart said tonight at the top of his Comedy Central program The Daily Show, addressing CBS‘ hire of Colbert to replace David Letterman on Late Show. (Video below)

Wild cheering from the studio audience.

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“He was yea high, skin like porcelain, very talented actor, writer, dancer, improvisational comedian. We would send him to the field, usually with some type of fruit, and see where the day took us.”

Dailyshow_logo__120924052923-200x94Stewart showed viewers a video from Colbert’s early days on The Daily Show in which the two men laugh uncontrollably while Colbert eats a banana.

Related: CBS’ Late-Night Drama Not Over Yet

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Jon Stewart Explains Media Angst Over Hollywood’s Take On Religion: Video

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 3:34pm PDT

Jon Stewart has deconstructed the media’s consternation over Hollywood’s depiction of religion in Noah and Son Of God — particularly Fox News Channel and CNN. Fortunately for Paramount, which distributes Noah, and 20th Century Fox, which distributes Son Of God (a repurposing of History’s hit 10-hour miniseries The Bible), fewer than 3 million people watch Fox News Channel and CNN combined in primetime — leaving about 317 million uninformed people available to buy tickets. This helps explain how Noah topped its opening weekend with nearly $44 million in domestic boxoffice (and $95 million worldwide) despite much hair-tearing over at FNC (and by Glenn Beck, who pronounced it “awful”),  and why Son Of God opened with $26 million in domestic boxoffice, though a CNN anchor said it made her feel “kinda dirty and freaky.” Watch Stewart’s takedown here:

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Jon Stewart Returns From Spring Break To Tackle Cable News Networks’ Missing Malaysian Airliner Mystery: Video

“Today, satellite data seemed to confirm the worst,” Jon Stewart said of the latest missing-plane news. “I think we all feared this story would end in tragedy and so, early on, we turned to the news media for a sense of sober clarity,” Stewart said. Kidding! Watch here:

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HBO Unveils Promo For John Oliver’s New Topical Late-Night Weekly ‘Last Week Tonight’: Video

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 1:48pm PST

01_john oliver_2012-2HBO has unveiled its promo for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which unveils on April 27 (see below).  The new weekly satire current events show from the former The Daily Show With Jon Stewart correspondent (and stand-in host) will air at 11 PM on Sundays. Last November, HBO announced it had snagged Oliver to do a weekly show. Oliver took his final Daily Show bow in December, and  Stewart had him in tears as he surprised the Brit comic with his own retrospective, on his last day. During the ambush,  Oliver, who’d been with the Comedy Central late-night program for more than seven years, was mostly speechless and fighting tears.

Oliver got rave reviews covering for Stewart over the summer on Comedy Central while Stewart took time off to direct his first film, Rosewater. And though Oliver told PBS’ Charlie Rose in an interview, “I don’t think it’s going to change my life”, and that his goal had been only “not to destroy that machine” during his brief tenure, it proved to be a game changer for Oliver — and for  Viacom Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, whose empire includes Comedy Central, and who learned from the experience that there can be life after Stewart — unless HBO comes to the same realization and is looking for another topical late-night show. Watch Oliver’s HBO promo here:

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Jon Stewart Urges CNN To Stream Don King Over All Its Programs: Video

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 6:23am PST

JonStewartIn a biting segment on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart demonstrates how Don King could be the answer to CNN’s ratings problems. Seems King was a guest on CNN and, when time came to switch gears and begin a report on men getting facial-hair transplants, King refused to go quietly into the night. He continued to talk over the report, winding up his commentary with the chant, “CNN today! CNN today!”

“I never said this before, but I was unable to change the channel from CNN,” Stewart confessed. “These news people are doing their best to do an incredibly stupid segment on beard transplants, but now, because of Don King, he’s making it real, and interesting! Give me more of the King!”

“CNN you have found your voice and it’s Don King’s voice talking over all your other voices,” Stewart advised, and illustrated. Watch here: Read More »

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