May 14, 2013 |
Trekkies, you may want to sit down before reading this. In an appearance Monday on “The Daily Show,” J.J. Abrams revealed to Jon Stewart that he was never much of a “Star Trek” fan -- at least not until recently. The director's latest film “Star Trek: Into the Darkness” hits theaters this week, but he's also attached to a new installment of “Star Wars” due in 2015, turning him into a one-man monopoly on beloved science fiction franchises. VIDEO: Upcoming summer films Stewart asked Abrams for his perspective on the differences between the two properties.
May 7, 2013 |
The National Rifle Assn. held its annual convention last weekend in Houston, where conservative pundits like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck railed at efforts to enact tighter gun control measures -- and, as Jon Stewart pointed out Monday on "The Daily Show," a whole lot of other things, too. Between Palin taunting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his war on tobacco and Texas Gov. Rick Perry boasting about his job-creation record, to...
May 2, 2013 |
We all knew it was coming, and now there's a date: Jon Stewart will be absent from "The Daily Show" beginning June 10. He'll be replaced by correspondent John Oliver for eight weeks. What's Stewart going to be doing during that time? Directing his first feature film, titled "Rosewater" and adapted from the nonfiction book "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" by journalist Mazir Bahari. Meanwhile, "Daily Show" fans will get to know Oliver a little better.
May 1, 2013 |
On Monday, Jason Collins secured his role in the history books as the first openly gay player in the NBA. Despite the perception of widespread homophobia in the world of professional sports, Collins' coming out, via an essay in Sports Illustrated, has been met with a chorus of support, including Kobe Bryant to President Obama. But on Tuesday's “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart was more reluctant to describe the news as a victory for the LGBT community. It's not that he has anything against gay people -- on the contrary --only that he saw some irony in the fact that many of Collins' fellow athletes are guilty of doing things far worse than being attracted to other men. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “All in all it's a pretty great day for major league sports.
April 26, 2013 |
The opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas on Thursday may serve as the latest milestone for the former president, but it offered Jon Stewart an opportunity to again lower the boom on one of his favorite targets. The host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" took obvious glee in noting the return of the spotlight to Bush 4½ years after he left office. "Heeeee's back," Stewart said with a wide smile. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments He wondered if Bush during those years had devoted himself to dedicated public service in the tradition of other recent presidents such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
April 24, 2013 |
It took more than 30 years for "Midnight's Children," the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie, to be made into a movie. But his patience has paid off. The film, for which he wrote the screenplay, opens Friday in selected theaters. In an appearence Tuesday night on "The Daily Show," Rushdie told host Jon Stewart that he never envisioned when he first wrote the book in 1981 that it would turn into this "big thing. " The novel, which is about two siblings born at the stroke of midnight on Aug. 15, 1947 -- the moment India gained its independence from Britain -- is considered to be one of the top British novels ever written.
April 17, 2013 |
Jon Stewart kicked off his Wednesday installment of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with a short but moving tribute to the people of Boston and their courage as they grapple with the repercussions of the Boston Marathon bombing. "Thank you for once again in the face of gross inhumanity for inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country," he said. "Thank you for everything you've done. That's quite a little city you've got going on up there.
April 16, 2013 |
Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson all taped new episodes Monday and all three took a few moments to offer commentary on the bombing of the Boston Marathon earlier that day. For O'Brien, the attack really hit home as Boston is the city where his parents and other relatives live. After asking the audience of "Conan" to be seated, he took a couple of moments to acknowledge the tragedy. "I have to mention what an upsetting and sad day it's been," he said. "Boston is my hometown -- it's where I grew up, and it's where my family lives. So I just wanted to take a moment to say that -- like everyone here -- my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and everyone who has been affected by this senseless act. That said -- it is our job to do a show. We're going to try and entertain you the best we can. Which, given our track record, gives you people a 20% chance of having a good time tonight.
March 23, 2013 |
Shepard Smith, longtime host of the nightly "Fox Report," is Fox News Channel's No. 1 anchor. That's thanks in part to his mix of folksy accessibility and anchor-worthy gravitas, which have earned him a perch at Politico.com, where his news clips are regularly featured in a regular column, the Daily Shep. So you were on smoke watch in Rome. How did Fox News cover the papal conclave and what was that scene like? Well, I did it in '05, and it was different because it began in a mourning phase [for Pope John Paul II]
March 6, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting an unlisted email address. The Skinny: I am a big fan of "The Good Wife" and I also like Amanda Peet but for some reason I'm not liking her on the show. There, I said it. Wednesday's stories include a look at Fox's new cable sports, Jon Stewart's next adventure and whether NBC will look to add Howard Stern to its late night lineup. Daily Dose: The addition of Fox Sports 1 to the cable sports landscape (see below) will mean less postseason baseball on Fox's broadcast network.