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
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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.”
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.)
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.”
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.
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
L’chaim, chaverim: Chanukah/Hanukkah/Chhaaannukkahhh is finally here!
Maybe the Jewish Festival of Lights, which begins tonight at sundown, isn’t as culturally dominant as Christmas, or as glitzy as New Year’s Eve, or as charmingly quaint as Boxing Day. Maybe it’s a holiday that nobody even really knows how to spell. (I grew up using no “c” and two “k”s, so that’s what I’m going to stick with for the rest of this post.) Still, it’s impossible not to love an occasion that exalts fried food, present-giving, and the menorah (or hanukiah, if you want to get technical), a celebratory candelabra that can be either sophisticated or silly.
And even though Hanukkah is much less visible in pop culture than other holidays, it’s still been immortalized on screen at least eight notable times — one for each night of the festival. Great miracles happen after the jump:
Who could have seen General David Petraeus’s fall from grace coming? Well, anyone who watched Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell on The Daily Show last winter may have had an inkling that something fishy was going on — Broadwell spent seven minutes lavishing praise on her subject, hinting strongly that she and the director of the CIA were unusually close.
Of course, hindsight is 20/20. While interviewing Broadwell, Jon Stewart had no idea that the author was actually discussing her relationship with her adulterous lover on national TV: “The whole time, I was just staring at how defined her arms were and trying to think of another version of my classic ‘I’m an asthmatic old Jew’ jokes!” he exclaimed on The Daily Show last night. Clearly, says Stewart, he’s “the worst journalist in the world.” Good thing he’s got that whole “comedy” thing to fall back on.
Check out Stewart’s charmingly self-deprecating reaction to the scandal here:
“Humor is healing. Music is inspiring.” That’s how Staff Sgt. Robert Henline summed up last night’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit — an annual event for injured service members, veterans, and their families produced by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
In March 2007, Henline’s truck hit a roadside bomb while he was serving his third tour in Iraq. He suffered burns over 38 percent of his body and lost his left ear in the explosion — but Henline held on to his sense of humor. Before the show, the vet worked the red carpet outside of Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre with stars like Ricky Gervais and Roger Waters — and even joked about preparing the Pink Floyd bassist for his Stand Up performance by tossing firecrackers into Waters’ dressing room. READ FULL STORY
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