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Robert Downey Jr. straps on his movie promotion suit for 'Daily Show' interview -- VIDEO

Anyone else got a sneaking suspicion that Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Stark are actually the same person? They’re both super-rich bad boys with troubled pasts. Both excel in the same fields as their accomplished fathers. And both have a habit of treating interviews like one big joke, only occasionally trading confident quips for shots of insight.

Exhibit A: RDJ’s Daily Show appearance last night, in which the Iron Man 3 star blithely said that being an Avenger is like being a Beatle and joked that the original Superman didn’t really make him believe a man could fly, “because the effects weren’t very good back then.” It’s nice to know that even if this entry in the series is grimmer and bleaker than previous Iron Man tales, its star is still as flippant as he’s always been.

Downey did, however, drop the cool-kid act when saying how excited he is about this movie finally incorporating the Mandarin, a classic villain Downey’s been pitching since the first Iron Man flick. He also dabbled in fortune-cookie philosophy at the end of the interview, sagely recounting this proverb for Jon Stewart: “The optimist believes his future is uncertain. The pessimist is always right.”

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Jon Hamm reveals why 'Mad Men' keeps secrets better than the CIA -- VIDEO

Mad Men creator Matt Weiner’s obsession with confidentiality is no secret. The show’s actors keep mum in interviews, terrified of letting slip even the tiniest hint of a sliver of a spoiler. When reviewers received advance copies of the show’s sixth season premiere this year, they were instructed not to reveal what year the episode took place, the existence of any new characters, and “whether the agency has expanded to an additional floor.” And according to star Jon Hamm, new featured guest star Linda Cardellini wasn’t even allowed to attend the show’s premiere — since doing so would have effectively announced that she’s on Mad Men this season.

Jon Stewart was fascinated by this anecdote when Hamm told it on The Daily Show last night. “The CIA cannot keep their people from being outed!” the comedian exclaimed. “How do you, in a cast and a set, and with all the people–”

That’s when Hamm interrupted Stewart, revealing the secret to Mad Men‘s secret-keeping success. It’s simple: “We frequent, as a cast, far fewer Venezuelan prostitutes than the CIA. Just as a group.” Point: Don Draper.

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Jon Stewart to Boston: 'Thank you for ... solidifying my belief in humanity'

After a repeat episode on Monday, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show returned on Tuesday night and it was inevitable — and for devotees of Stewart, a necessary catharsis — that he addressed Monday’s marathon bombing in Boston. Stewart didn’t delve too deeply into the tragedy, but opened the show with a heartfelt tribute to the city that is often positioned as one of New York’s biggest rivals. “I’m just going to say this to Boston: Thank you. Thank you for once again in the face of inhumanity inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country,” Stewart said. “New Yorkers and Boston obviously have kind of a little bit of a competition, often times the two cities accusing each other of various levels of suckitude. But it is situations like this that we realize that is it clearly a sibling rivalry and that we are your brothers and sisters in this type of event.”

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Peter Dinklage made a raven call on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

In the world of Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion, the least-loved son of a noble house and a manipulative lothario. In real life, Dinklage plays a charming actor. No, really — here’s last night’s Daily Show as proof: READ FULL STORY

'Daily Show' does the Harlem Shake, ditch edition -- VIDEO

If you — unlike us — were out celebrating your Valentine’s evening with a certain special someone, then woe to you, readers, for missing The Daily Show‘s take on the latest viral-video dance fad to sweep the Interwebs: the Harlem Shake.

Since last week, thousands of iterations of the dance have surfaced online. From My Little Pony to the Kardashians, the UGA Men’s Swim and Dive team to Today, everyone’s getting in on the trend. The basics: Take DJ Baauer’s 2012 Harlem Shake remix, add one person pelvic-thrusting, writhing, or performing any other vaguely uncomfortable dance move while the rest pointedly ignore him, wait for the music to really kick in, then everybody dance! Or at least that’s usually how the story goes. Unless you’re Jon Stewart, that is. Check out the video below, courtesy of last night’s Moment of Zen: READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez defends lip-synching: 'All performers do it at some point' -- VIDEO

As lip-sync-gate rages on, Beyoncé still hasn’t responded to requests for comment or released a statement about whether her Inauguration Day vocals were live or pre-recorded. But either way, Bey can count on the support of her peers — i.e. fellow megastars who understand that sometimes, lip-synching is a necessary evil.

Jennifer Lopez didn’t exactly defend Queen B’s honor while visiting The Daily Show last night — but she did acknowledge that basically every musician has to rely on pre-recorded tracks in certain contexts. “You know, sometimes it happens,” she explained to Jon Stewart. “When you’re in certain stadiums and in certain venues, they do pre-record things.” She also cited Whitney Houston’s iconic “Star-Spangled Banner” as proof that even the greatest singers lip-sync sometimes — “All performers do have to do it at some point.”

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Jon Stewart vs. Stephen Colbert: Who had the best inauguration jokes? VIDEO

Comedy Central’s crack fake news team kicked off four more years of Obama jokes last night, when the president’s second inauguration provided a wealth of material for both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Jon Stewart began the evening with a discussion of the day’s main event: Michelle Obama’s awesome new bangs. He also hit on the inauguration itself — which featured an Obama screw-up that must have made Mitt Romney spit out his milk, George Stephanopoulos proving that all tall people look the same to him, and a presidential address that detailed “a healthcare plan designed to kill your white grandparents. Kill ‘em dead!” Pretty solid stuff, though not quite as notable as the fact that the show welcomed Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor just hours after she swore in Vice President Biden. (Someone give The Daily Show‘s guest booker a raise, stat.)

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Lena Dunham talks Internet and real-life haters on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Lena Dunham totally Googles herself.

Dunham stopped by The Daily Show last night to talk about the new season of Girls, and the topic turned to her internet haters.

“That’s my sort of token line is ‘I don’t read anything,’” Dunham confessed. “But if I’m being honest I read a quarter of things. So I read what I can find. I read like the top three items in Google news.”

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Jon Stewart tackles gun control debate and Imaginary Hitler -- VIDEO

There ought to be a law against The Daily Show going on hiatus just when the political sh– really starts hitting the fan. The series aired its last episode of 2012 on Dec. 13; Newtown’s horrific school shooting came the very next day, spearheading the gun-control debate that’s since grabbed hold of the national news media. It wasn’t until last night — his second episode of 2013 — that Stewart finally got to weigh in on the issue, devoting two thirds of his program’s run time to a segment called “Scapegoat Hunter” — which detailed gun proponents’ reluctance to even entertain the notion that the United States needs stricter gun laws.

NRA head honcho Wayne LaPierre was a frequent target of the segment, as was Fox News host Mike Huckabee. And while Stewart made plenty of joking suggestions for ways to help curb gun violence — replace cool shooting sounds with goofy, cartoonish boings; have Woody Allen star in the next Bourne movie — he also got serious as the show’s first commercial break drew near: “We can dance around the issue all we want,” he said. “We can blame movies, or video games, or the mentally ill, or God. And it’s a complex problem, and all solutions have to be on the table. But it is time we talk about guns.” The host’s hoarse voice — the result of a winter cold — only gave more urgency to his words.

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Giggly Anne Hathaway on singing in a coffin during 'Les Mis' -- VIDEO

Even if you haven’t seen Les Misérables yet (What is wrong with you?) you’ve probably heard that Anne Hathaway is Oscar-worthy in her role as the doomed Fantine. Jon Stewart told her as much last night, when the “redonkulous” actress stopped by the Daily Show to promote the flick.

A giggly Hathaway shared some behind-the-scenes moments about filming her big number, “I Dreamed A Dream,” including the time when director Tom Hooper had her singing the song in a coffin. When Stewart teased her about the lack of gag reel moments from a film full of A-listers, Hathaway shared that during the filming of the finale, she tripped while climbing under the camera and laughed her way through the lyric, “Take my hand, I’ll lead you to salvation,” while Amanda Seyfried and a playing-dead Hugh Jackman struggled not to react.

Check out the interview – which also has Stewart stumbling over pronouncing ‘Misérables’ – below: READ FULL STORY

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