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December 13, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
There are few people alive capable of rendering Stephen Colbert speechless, but apparently Mandy Patinkin is one of them. The famously intense actor , nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as CIA operative Saul Berenson on the Showtime drama “Homeland,” paid a visit to “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday night. After some chit-chat about Patinkin's truly impressive Old Testament-style beard, Colbert got down to business, asking whether working on “Homeland” had made him more or less afraid of terrorism.
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April 24, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert stopped by "Late Show" to say hello to David Letterman, whom he will be replacing next year. On Wednesday, Colbert returned to "The Daily Show" to tell Jon Stewart how he had "won television. " Colbert got his start as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" from 1997 until 2005 when he left to host his own show, "The Colbert Report. " But on Wednesday, Colbert had to break the news to Stewart that he was ending his show, which airs immediately after "The Daily Show," to go to CBS. Stewart already knew this, but it didn't stop Colbert from breaking the news to him again.
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April 15, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
The Colbert Report has become a modern day Schoolhouse Rock, and Thursday night's lesson was all about PACs. Late last month, Stephen Colbert announced his strategy to become a "political playa in 2012" -- form a political action committee, like fellow conservative TV politi-pundits Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee. ColbertPAC collected more than 68,000 emails, Colbert said last night. But Comedy Central's corporate parent Viacom, fearing that the PAC violates campaign finance restrictions, asked Colbert to shut the would-be PAC down.
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April 23, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The passing of the "Late Show" torch has officially begun. On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert paid his first visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater following the news that he will be taking over for David Letterman next year.  To answer your first question: No, Colbert was not in character, as evidenced by the stylish black glasses he wore, rather than the conservative wire-rim frames his blustery character prefers and, of course, by his modest and affable...
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April 17, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
As if we needed another reason to love Stephen Colbert, his intro to Tuesday night's edition of "The Colbert Report" was pitch perfect. (A heads up: The link contains profanity.) Interrupting his own bombastic set piece lead-in, he addressed the recent bombing of the Boston Marathon with humanity and humor, lauding the people of Boston as too tough to be shaken by terrorism. "This is a city founded by pilgirms," he said as a rather grim-faced example of same flashed over his shoulder, "people so tough they buckled their hats to their head.
NEWS
February 23, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
An unlikely deal has been brokered between Stephen Colbert and Rep. Nancy Pelosi: The late-night comedian will back a bill that would require corporations to more fully disclose their financial contributions for political ads and the House minority leader will encourage fellow Democratic lawmakers to appear on his sometimes irreverent show. Pelosi, who made her own appearance Wednesday after having vowed she would never do so, stopped by to promote the campaign finance reform legislation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
In his first night back on the air Monday after a two-week hiatus, Stephen Colbert focused on spiritual matters. As “America's most influential Catholic,” Colbert was naturally disappointed to have missed out on covering the election of Pope Francis, but luckily there was even bigger religious news to discuss - the History channel's megahit miniseries “The Bible,” which wraps up its run this week. While the program has been a ratings winner for the network , drawing more than 10 million viewers a week, it doesn't sound as if Colbert is much of a fan. He seemed baffled by the decision to turn the Bible into a miniseries, sarcastically claiming that “the word of God and the story of all creation doesn't really have the legs to sustain an entire series, unlike the History channel's 'Big Shrimpin'.'" Colbert was equally skeptical about the casting of Roma Downey - who executive produced “The Bible” along with her husband, reality-TV magnate Mark Burnett - in the role of the Virgin Mary.
NEWS
June 30, 2011 | By Kim Geiger and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
The Federal Election Commission on Thursday granted faux talk-show host Stephen Colbert a special exemption to establish a corporate-backed political action committee to run ads on his program. Colbert had asked the FEC for permission to create a "Colbert Super PAC" that would produce and air election advertisements, with the assistance of resources provided by Viacom -- the parent company of Comedy Central, which airs "The Colbert Report" -- without disclosing the extent of Viacom’s assistance.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
After hinting that he might jump into the South Carolina presidential primary race, satirist Stephen Colbert on Thursday moved one step closer to becoming a presidential candidate, declaring the formation of an “exploratory committee” and turning over his super-PAC to fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart. The move is largely symbolic - Colbert missed the Nov. 1 deadline to join the GOP primary ballot and has not qualified for the ballot in any other states. It's unclear how he plans to win votes in South Carolina, where write-in votes “are not allowed in political party primaries or for president and vice-president," according to the South Carolina State Election Commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2011
James Franco has yet another new undertaking: employee of "The Colbert Report. " The actor appeared on the Comedy Central program Tuesday and said he wanted to work for host Stephen Colbert. One of Franco's many interests is performance art, and he said he considers Colbert — who plays the role of the conservative host of the satire news commentary show — a great contemporary artist. Said Franco: "You rule. I want to work with you. " Comedy Central didn't immediately explain how serious Franco's potential involvement with "The Colbert Report" might be. —Associated Press 'Hangover II' trailer unhitched Filmgoers who've gone to see the science-fiction film "Source Code" since it opened last weekend may also have seen a trailer for the upcoming "The Hangover Part II," Todd Phillips' follow-up to his 2009 R-rated hit. But on Wednesday, Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Is "Oh, Jesus" really a new series on TBS?  No, but it is part of the mini-sketch Conan O'Brien aired on his show Tuesday night riffing on the news that an ancient papyrus scroll had been discovered with purported proof that Jesus had a wife. "We have something better than a 'scroll' to prove that Jesus was married," O'Brien told the audience. "Don't ask us how, we actually have very rare footage. " He couldn't even get through the set-up without laughing at the ridiculousness of it. So in O'Brien's "footage" we see Jesus and wife in not exactly domestic bliss.
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April 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The announcements have been made and the pundits have commented. Now it's time for America to witness the first public meeting between Stephen Colbert and David Letterman since the announcement was made that Colbert would be taking over CBS' late-night slot sometime next year. Colbert has appeared on Letterman's show 12 times since the premiere of his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," in 2005. But when he sits down on "Late Show" next Tuesday, he'll be there kicking the tires and seeing how the audience treats him. Face-to-face with the man who will one day take over his job, will Letterman suddenly have second thoughts and renounce his retirement plans?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Papa Bear is angry that his acolyte is leaving, it seems.  On Monday night's edition of "The O'Reilly Factor," a reader wrote in to host Bill O'Reilly commenting on CBS' choice of Stephen Colbert to take over late night from the retiring David Letterman. While Colbert's Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," is a deliberate parody of "The O'Reilly Factor" and Colbert refers to O'Reilly as Papa Bear on the air, the Fox News host seemed less than positive about Colbert's prospects in his new role.
OPINION
April 13, 2014
Re "Not a conservative pick," April 11 Steven Colbert is a super-smart comic actor. "Steven Colbert" is a character on TV. Neither would currently be famous without the other. Once one is gone, will the other be worth watching on the "Late Show"? Apparently Colbert and CBS are willing to bet his career on that question. Kelley Willis Venice ALSO: Letters: What children eat at school Letters: Out at Mozilla, but was it fair? Letters: Medicare's problems aren't doctors' fault
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Conan O'Brien is playing nice in late-night land. The comedian and former host of “The Tonight Show” praised the choice of Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on the “Late Show” in 2015. Colbert's brand of wit, satire and high jinks, which is expected to be refashioned in his new role, is at least partly a move by CBS to go after a younger audience after a long reign by the cranky but endearing 67-year-old Letterman. “I love Stephen. I think Stephen's great. I'm a huge fan of his as a comic and as a human being,” O'Brien, who hosts “Conan” on TBS, told the Associated Press.
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April 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready to fly back to D.C. The Skinny: Traveling to D.C. on Saturday for Passover on Monday. Given the cost of flying and renting a car, this will be a very expensive Seder. Don't worry, eating matzo won't stop me from doing the Morning Fix on Monday and Tuesday. Today's roundup includes analysis of Stephen Colbert's move to CBS and a preview of the weekend box office.  Daily Dose: Although it doesn't look like DirecTV is going to carry the Dodgers-owned, Time Warner Cable channel SportsNet LA any time soon, don't expect that to change the $3.63 sports surcharge the satellite broadcaster hits its Southland subscribers with every month.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Bestselling author Dan Brown appeared on Comedy Central's " The Colbert Report " on Tuesday night to promote his new thriller "Inferno," which is out this week. The novel, which once again features symbologist Robert Langdon (or, as host Stephen Colbert put it, "Tom Hanks"), draws inspiration from Dante's "Inferno," which Brown said was "a thriller of its day. " But, according to Colbert, that just means most people will know how it ends: "Spoiler alert!" he quipped.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
For Stephen Colbert's sake, let's hope Emmy voters have been tuning in to his show the last few days, because there's no denying the host is on a hot streak.   First there was his evisceration of the honchos at MTV who left him stranded without scheduled guest Daft Punk, then there was the viral “Get Lucky” dance party , followed by a mic-dropping rebuke of the conspiracy theorists who suggested the whole incident was an elaborate publicity stunt. Colbert capped off a stellar week Thursday by putting a twisted spin on the shopworn celebrity interview format, chatting with Matt Damon - who also had a delightful cameo in “Get Lucky” boogie session - about his new movie, “Elysium," while pinned under a fallen Coke machine.
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April 11, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Like many Americans last week, I greeted the news of David Letterman's retirement in 2015 with regretful acceptance. I love him with a love deep and true, but the man is pushing 70, and at least we could look forward to another year of his fine, cantankerous self. But now I cannot wait for him to go. From the moment it was announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert would be taking over "Late Show," I was ready to box up Letterman's stuff and move it myself. Because I have to know: Will Colbert change the nature of late night or will the bravest comedian on television just sell out?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
With Stephen Colbert joining CBS, late-night TV's generational shift is complete - and the real battle for viewers, onscreen and online, can begin. America's most-watched network announced Thursday that it had picked Colbert, the 49-year-old host of Comedy Central's news sendup "The Colbert Report," as the next host of "Late Show. " Details of the show, including a start date and its location, have not been revealed. But CBS and Colbert confirmed that he will do the show as himself - and not in his current character, a bumptious right-wing talk host.
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