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June 11, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.
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June 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
Somewhere in South London, there's a storage unit that's a veritable time capsule of John Oliver's life, circa 2006. That's when, as a young comedian on the rise in the U.K., he got a call from "The Daily Show. " He landed in New York on a Sunday and made his debut as the show's "Senior British Correspondent" the very next day. Assuming he'd be fired within a month, he had signed only a four-week lease. Seven years later, if there's anyone at "The Daily Show" who ought to feel secure in his job, it's Oliver: On Monday, the Cambridge-educated comedian will begin a summer-long stint as host when Jon Stewart takes a leave of absence to direct his first feature film, "Rosewater.
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May 24, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Jon Stewart has long been one of Fox News' most outspoken critics but this week he's found himself in the unusual position of defending the right-leaning cable network - or, to be more precise, standing up for its Washington, D.C., correspondent, James Rosen, whose personal emails and cellphone records were searched as part of a controversial Justice Department probe. Thursday on “The Daily Show,” Stewart took President Obama to task for the perceived disconnect between his lofty messages and the actual practices of his administration, particularly in regard to freedom of the press and government transparency.
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May 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Count Jon Stewart among the many thousands of parents and moviegoers unimpressed by Disney's controversial makeover of “Brave” heroine Merida . In case you missed it, last weekend Merida was officially inducted into Disney's “princess collection ,” meaning that her image, like that of Ariel, Belle and Cinderella before her, will now appear on a slew of merchandise aimed at young girls. The problem is that her image will look noticably different than in the hit Pixar film, which celebrated Merida's independent spirit: Like a quirky starlet who's submitted to the pressures of Hollywood by cutting carbs and hiring a stylist, the “princess” version of Merida sports tamer hair, a low-cut neckline, and a narrower waistline.
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May 14, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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.
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May 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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...
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May 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
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.
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May 1, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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.
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April 26, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
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.
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April 24, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
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.
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