Aug 01

Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Gets a November Release Date

Rosewater poster

Open Road Films will release Jon Stewart’s Iranian political drama Rosewater in select theaters on November 7, two months after it makes its worldwide premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.


Jon Stewart has already hosted the Oscars. Now he just might get to attend as a nominee.

“Rosewater,” “The Daily Show” host’s directorial debut, just landed a prime awards-friendly release date, positioning it for an awards campaign should the distributor decide to mount one.

Full Article: Variety.

Jul 23

Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” to Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

Rosewater poster
It’s been a long time coming, but finally, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut is on it’s way!!

Indie Wire have just announced the first slate of films that will feature at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival, including the USA Canadian Premiere of Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” starring Gael Garcia Bernal, and the USA Canadian Premiere of “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carell as John du Pont.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14, 2014. For ticket details please visit their website: http://tiff.net/

Jul 21

Amy Sedaris Teaches Stephen Colbert About Owning a Pet Rabbit

Amy Sedaris with pet rabbit “Someone once told me that bunny people were lesbians,” quipped actress, comedian, author, and rabbit expert Amy Sedaris. “I thought that was so funny.”

Sedaris, who is, for the record, not a lesbian, has been a bunny person since the nineties. She’s had two of the little critters over the years. The first, Tattletale, was an impulse buy after gazing into a pet shop window. She adopted the second, a black-and-white Mini Rex named Dusty, who passed away recently at the age of 12. “I’m still in mourning,” said Sedaris while sitting on the floor of her Greenwich Village apartment, the walls of which boast bunny paintings. Toy rabbits that resemble her own can be found on a shelf, and in the bedroom she keeps two urns with her little angels’ remains. Sometimes, she writes them letters, telling them she misses them or how her day was. She’s waiting a year until she gets another. “This time,” she said, “I think I’ll get two.”

Continue reading

Jul 18

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Battle for the Title of World’s Biggest Star Wars Fan!

For as little as a $10 donation, the winner and one lucky friend will be flown to London, where you will go behind-the-scenes on the closed set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” as VIP guests, watch filming, meet the newest cast members, and be transformed by the markup and costume departments into a Star Wars character who will be filmed for an actual scene in “Episode VII”.

For your chance to be in “Star Wars: Episode VII” and to support UNICEF Innovation Labs and Programs, visit: www.omaze.com/starwars

Continue reading

Jul 10

ON? the New App by Former ‘Colbert Report’ Writer Frank Lesser

Former ‘Colbert Report’ writer and friend of the Hub Frank Lesser has teamed up with Tavet Gillson and George King to create the “ON?” App, which answers the question that has long plagued the tech savvy amongst us, “Is my phone on or off?”

As Frank writes in The New York Times:

ON? determines if your phone is on, reliably and safely, with over 99 percent accuracy. Just open the app on your phone, tap a single button, and get ready to join the revolutiON?!

As ON?’s lead creative director, Tavet Gillson, told me, “You shouldn’t have to turn something off and then back on again to know that it’s on. I want to know that my phone is on, reliably and safely, without all the fuss.” And as the app’s lead programmer, George King, told me, “It took me 459 seconds to program this. I want 10 percent.”

Unfortunately, just like the “Yo” App, NO? was initially rejected by Apple, but the team have submitted an appeal against the decision. For all the latest news and updates on their progress, be sure to follow their website http://ontheapp.tumblr.com/.

Jul 03

Six Degrees – June Catch Up

Six Degrees of Stephen Colbert Welcome to the ‘Six Degrees Catch Up Edition’ featuring all the latest happenings and goings on in the world of ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert Report’ staff and ‘Friends of the Show’.


In this month’s catch up we have a family recipe from Meredith Scardino, a new comedy album benefiting a children’s charity from Rob Kutner, a new film collaboration between David Javerbaum and Steve Carell, a profile of Michael Che’s comedy career, a new humour piece from David Sedaris, and interviews with Rob Dubbin, Conan O’Brien, David Sedaris and John Oliver.

Continue reading

Jun 07

Bassem Youssef Ends His Program, Citing Safety Concerns

Bassem Youssef, a devotee of Jon Stewart’s who satirized the extreme turmoil of Egyptian politics, has bowed out of his program, Al Bernameg, reinforcing the perception that the country is still far away from anything close to resembling a healthy political discourse. This news also comes on the heels of the newly elected military-general-turned-President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi officially taking the reigns as ruler of Egypt.

Bassem Youssef and Staff of Al Bernameg

[Youssef] declined to specify who had brought pressure on the program, but his decision follows the election of field marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, replacing the president he had ousted, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi.

The third season of Al Bernameg (The Program) had been scheduled to return last Friday following a mandatory hiatus during presidential elections to prevent influencing the vote, Time reports.

`The present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program,” he said Monday. “I’m tired of struggling and worrying about my safety and that of my family.”

In announcing his decision, Youssef denied that was buckling to pressure, saying, “Stopping the program sends a much stronger message than if it continued.”

Full Article: USA Today.

Continue reading