October 11, 2013 |
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager and outspoken proponent of the right of girls and young women to be educated, survived being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in 2012. But as if attempted murder wasn't bad enough -- now the Taliban is proving to be a bad sport too. Malala survived a bullet to the head, penned a book about her experiences with Christina Lamb -- "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban" was published by Little, Brown this week.
September 25, 2013 |
"The Colbert Report" finally put an end to "The Daily Show's" 10-year winning streak at the Emmys on Sunday night, claiming the title of outstanding variety series for the first time. While the real Stephen Colbert was gracious and modest in his acceptance speech at the Nokia Theatre, Stephen Colbert the character seized the opportunity to gloat in his first night back on the air Tuesday. Using his Emmy to dial the number, Colbert phoned up his vanquished opponent, Jon Stewart, to "wish him a sincere 'bite me.' " But Stewart wasn't willing to take the bait.
September 23, 2013 |
For the first seven years of its existence, "The Colbert Report" saw its lead-in and progenitor, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," win the Emmy for variety series. But in the eighth year, the spell was broken. On Sunday, "Colbert" marked the end of an era when the series took that top honor, providing a boon to its 49-year-old host and the deadpan character he's created. "[I]t's sort of a cliche to say that it is such an honor just to be nominated, but it's more than that.
September 18, 2013 |
A day after the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting, Jon Stewart delivered a scathing critique of CNN's coverage of the event, arguing that sloppy, speculative reporting has become as depressingly predictable as these bloody rampages. " For every all too familiar American tragedy, you can be sure the news will exacerbate it with yet another Force 5 Wrongnado," Stewart quipped Tuesday on "The Daily Show. " Although this time around CNN managed to avoid any obviously inaccurate reporting, there was still plenty for Stewart to get worked up about, such as anchor Wolf Blitzer, who wondered what the shooter's all-black ensemble might say about his possible motive and even warned viewers that some of the on-air speculation may not prove accurate.
September 5, 2013 |
In his second night back on the air at "The Daily Show" on Wednesday, Jon Stewart continued to rail against the Obama administration's efforts at military intervention in Syria, taking particular aim at the president's unlikely ally, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The former presidential candidate took flak earlier this week for playing video poker on his smartphone during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the possible use of force in Syria. Like many other observers, Stewart was not impressed by McCain's apparent need to amuse himself during the tense discussions.
September 4, 2013 |
Did you miss him? Comedian Jon Stewart is back from his summer-long hiatus from "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, and his return Tuesday night generated a ratings boost. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" drew 2.02 million viewers Tuesday in its 11 p.m.-11:30 p.m. time slot, an increase of 24% compared with the series' average audience for the year so far for episodes Stewart hosted. About 1.04 million of those viewers were in the advertiser-coveted category of adults aged 18-49 for a rating of 1.0, up 15% compared with the rest of the year.
August 27, 2013 |
The clock is ticking for Jon Stewart's return to "The Daily Show" desk on Sept. 3. The longtime fake news anchor has been overseas in Jordan for the summer, directing his first film, "Rosewater. " But unless you get your news from sources other than "The Daily Show," you wouldn't know that. Fill-in anchor John Oliver, who occupied the seat from June 10 until Aug. 15, kicked off every show with a different explanation of where Stewart was, everything from cobbling shoes in a small Italian village to teaching the squares how to dance sexy in upstate New York.
August 15, 2013 |
We learn in the opening moments of "Herblock: The Black & the White" that when famed Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert Block (best known by the signature in the film's title) was young, he drew a chalk caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm on the sidewalk, taking pleasure in the notion that his neighbors would be walking over it. Block never lost the glee that came from creating images that would stir the pot and champion causes close to his heart. Michael Stevens' (son of filmmaker George Stevens Jr.)
June 11, 2013 |
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. Monday night will go down in history as the night that John Oliver began an eight-week stint substituting for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show.” Stewart, said Oliver, was “going to a small Italian village to learn how cobble shoes,” but in fact he is directing a movie. It's called “Rosewater,” is based on a book by Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, and it isn't a comedy; though it will surely not be without comedy.