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Carey Mulligan struggles to explain 'Great Gatsby' plot to Colbert -- VIDEO

Last night The Colbert Report was the inaugural episode of cOlbert’s Book Club (it’s not an Oprah rip-off!) featuring a discussion about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Colbert definitely read the book so he was all prepared for his scholarly chat with novelist Jennifer Egan with questions such as, “Great Gatsby or the greatest Gatsby?” But, as was obvious to the audience, he secretly didn’t read the book at all, so he met up with Carey Mulligan to compare notes on the famous tale — which should be easy for her, as she stars as Daisy in the movie.

Colbert — decked out as Gatsby, naturally — attempted to get Mulligan’s help with the plot. She names the characters Daisy, Nick and Gatsby, but when it comes to what, you know, actually happened in the book, things fall apart. “He is a movie stunt driver… who also drives getaway cars… who gets in trouble with these really bad guys and he hammers a nail into their head… and that’s the end,” she explained.

Note to high schoolers: This is the plot of Drive. Do not use this in your English papers. After that mishap, Mulligan was forced to confess she never read the book either, and also, she may not be able to read at all.

To say anything else would give too much away, but heads-up to Reading Rainbow fans — you’re going to want to check this out. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert wants you to read 'The Great Gatsby' by Thursday -- VIDEO

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Oprah probably won’t mind that Stephen Colbert stole her idea (as a tribute) and started his own book club. It’s called “cOlbert’s Book Club” — with the capital O so it can have a similar logo to Oprah’s — and its first book is The Great Gatsby.

Come Thursday, Colbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, and Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann will be sipping chardonnay and discussing the broad themes of the novel. We predict a lot of 3-D jokes.

“I will be reading right up until my first book-club meeting Thursday, when I assume we will discuss how this opulent, consequence-free lifestyle reaches its inevitable happy ending,” Colbert joked.

Watch the announcement below and remember, you all were supposed to have read it in high school anyway:
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Stephen Colbert and Alan Cumming parody 'Accidental Racist' with 'Oopsie Daisy Homophobe' -- VIDEO

The Internet has already rendered its verdict on the Brad Paisley and LL Cool J track “Accidental Racist” (guilty on all charges), but last night it was Stephen Colbert’s turn to weigh in, and in typical Colbert Report fashion, the host took Paisley’s lead and tried to tackle another of America’s pressing issues – homophobia – with a song of his own.

Called “Oopsie Daisy Homophobe,” Colbert twang-sang, “To the man stretching next to me / At the Crunch gym down on Main / I hope you understand / When I told you God hates f*gs / The only thing I meant to say / Is I’m a Skynyrd fan.”

“Oopsie Daisy Homophobe,” like “Accidental Racist,” even featured a rap verse, delivered by Alan Cumming, who manages to rhyme “parade” and “AIDS” in a moment as cringe worthy as, well, most of “Accidental Racist.”

Satire achieved, Mr. Colbert. Check out “Oopsie Daisy Homophobe” below.

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Stephen Colbert honors Boston's history of unshakable strength in his opener -- VIDEO

Back with a new episode last night, Stephen Colbert took a moment before he started the show to say that his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Boston. He then gave a passionate speech about all of the ways Boston has proven its strength, citing Aerosmith’s longevity and the pilgrims being so tough they had to buckle their hats on. ”Here’s what I know, these maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston, but all they can ever do is show just how good those people are,” he concluded.

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Stephen Colbert sets up Twitter account for Bill Clinton, has former prez dictate very first tweet

Tonight’s Colbert Report featured a suave, handsome icon beloved by millions for his political leadership and activism… as well as William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States.

Though the conversation between Clinton and Colbert — filmed at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University, an annual meeting for college students and youth organizations — was certainly entertaining, it was also fairly predictable. Clinton was chatty and charming as always, while Colbert kept struggling valiantly not to be taken in by his guest’s charisma.

Near the end of the talk, though, Colbert had an actual surprise for Clinton: He had taken the liberty of setting up a brand-new Twitter account for the former president, who generally steers clear of social media. And while most of the monikers Colbert tried to snag were already taken, “@PrezBillyJeff” just happened to be free. (Who woulda thunk it?) Clinton, ever the good sport, proceeded to dictate his first-ever tweet to Colbert from the stage; you’ll find that special message below. READ FULL STORY

Bill O'Reilly doesn't feel that strongly about gay marriage and Stephen Colbert is DEVASTATED! -- VIDEO

In case you missed it, a lot of people are pro-gay marriage right now. It’s kind of the thing. This includes Bill O’Reilly, a noted strong feelings-haver who said recently both that “homosexuals” had the “compelling argument” in this week’s Supreme Court cases and that he doesn’t “feel that strongly about [gay marriage] one way or the other.”

This was world-shattering news for Stephen Colbert, who spent his show’s opening monologue working through the Papa Bear Paradox. He started with the flip-flop — “the gayest of all beach sandals” — and ended with goat marriage. America!

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Colbert tackles 3 equally vital stories: Chavez's death, Jon Stewart's hiatus & James Franco's Francosity -- VIDEO

A glooming peace this morning with it brings… at least for members of the Colbert Nation. Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela and “friend of” The Colbert Report, is dead. Stephen Colbert acknowledged the news last night before moving on to an issue that’s just as pressing: Jon Stewart’s upcoming hiatus from The Daily Show. And naturally, these two story nuggets led to a punchline accented by a pretty awesome photo:

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Stephen Colbert is the world's best 'Pope' punster -- VIDEO

Interested in lobbing some Pope-related wordplay in light of Benedict XVI’s recent retirement? Good luck — Stephen Colbert probably already beat you to the punch.

During this segment on last night’s Colbert Report, the fake pundit (and real-life practicing Roman Catholic) revealed that he’s the master of Pope punnery  via references to being “disimpopinated,” having a “popendectomy,” and, perhaps best of all, a franchise called Popemon — complete with an adorable illustration of the Catholic Church’s leader as Ash Ketchum. Hey, if you’ve got to lose, at least you’re losing to the best. Bask in Colbert’s reflected glory here: READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is ...

Submitted by Sys2003:

“These days the gays are accepted everywhere you go. They’re like Visa cards, only thinner.”

 Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday Jan. 30 and come back Sunday to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Bill Gates on 'Colbert': 'Steve Jobs was always cooler than me' -- VIDEO

Steve Jobs: The popular jock to Bill Gates’s nerdy Chess Club president?

It certainly seems that way. As Stephen Colbert pointed out to the man himself last night, Gates has been working tirelessly for nearly two decades to promote education and eradicate childhood death through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — yet the Microsoft founder has never received the same sort of fawning popular acclaim that Jobs got every time he introduced a smaller iPod.

Gates, to his credit, wasn’t bothered by the question. “He was always cooler than me,” the billionaire told Colbert of Jobs. “He was brilliant. He had his own style, he had his own approach. And mine is I guess a little geekier than his was.”

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