Apr 04

In The Press – March 2015 Edition

Stephen Colbert news When news stories fall through the cracks, we here at Colbert News Hub find them for a post we call, In The Press.

Hello again Hubsters! April is here, which means that, if Colbert Report writer Micheal Brumm is to be believed, Stephen’s team will start working on Late Show very soon!

The two big stories in March were the premiere of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, and the announcement that Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. In this edition you’ll also find talk of SuperPACs, Kendrick Lamar’s performance on The Colbert Report, late night musical bookers, the technology behind our beloved fake news shows, as well as an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

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Apr 03

Selected Shorts: The Stories of Flannery O’Connor

Selected Shorts Logo Event Description: The master of the comical Southern gothic penned some of the most significant – and unsettling – works of racial and familial misunderstanding of the 20th century. Here we present some of her best: tales of mystery and evil, Catholic guilt, human misfits, and divining grace, including one selected and read by Stephen Colbert. Hosted by Matthew Love, in partnership with Library of America.

Date: Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 7:30 PM
Location: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
Tickets: [Link]

Apr 01

In Conversation with Richard Gere Moderated by Stephen Colbert

Montclair Film Festival

Event Description: Actor, activist, and humanitarian, Richard Gere has established himself as one of America’s leading screen artists. From his breakout performance in AMERICAN GIGOLO to his defining roles in AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN and PRETTY WOMAN, to his award winning performance in CHICAGO, Richard Gere has created iconic characters that have shaped the cinema. In his latest film TIME OUT OF MIND, Gere gives a deeply human performance as George, a homeless man struggling with life on the streets and a system that offers no comfort. In this conversation, Richard Gere joins Stephen Colbert for a career-spanning discussion of his passions and work, both on and off the screen.

Venue: The Wellmont Theater
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 2:00 PM
Tickets: [Link]

** Tickets for all Montclair Film Festival films go on sale on Wednesday, April 8th for members and sponsors, with public sales beginning Monday April 13th.

Mar 31

Comedy Central Names Trevor Noah as the Next Host of ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor Noah Daily Show host

Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show,” it was announced today by Michele Ganeless, president, Comedy Central. His show’s premiere will be announced at a later date.

Noah joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, he has successfully become the top comedian in Africa. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”

“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Ganeless. “For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”

“It’s an honor to follow Jon Stewart. He and the team at ‘The Daily Show’ have created an incredible show whose impact is felt all over the world,” said Noah. “In my brief time with the show they’ve made me feel so welcome. I’m excited to get started and work with such a fantastic group of people.”

Said Jon Stewart: “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

Source: Comedy Central Press

Mar 28

Mavis Staples and Stephen Colbert in Conversation

Montclair Film Festival

Event Description: Directed by Jessica Edwards, MAVIS! is the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to the “message songs” of the civil rights era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to massive hits such as “I’ll Take You There” in the soul-filled Stax era, and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time and a true American icon. MAVIS! follows her unrivaled career through dynamic live performances, archival footage, captivating storytelling and interviews with friends and collaborators. She occupies a singular place in American music: a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues; her message of equality is needed now more than ever.

Mavis Staples will join Stephen Colbert in a post-screening discussion of the film.

Venue: The Wellmont Theater
Date: Friday May 8, 8:00 PM
Tickets: [Link]

** Tickets for all Montclair Film Festival films go on sale on Wednesday, April 8th for members and sponsors, with public sales beginning Monday April 13th.

Mar 24

Discussion: ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ Premiere

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Tonight, the first part of CBS’ new look late night line up kicks off with the premiere of ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden‘ at 12:35am ET / 11:35pm CT with guests Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis.

We still have a ways to go before the ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘ premieres on Tuesday, September 8th, but in the mean time, why not share your thoughts on James Cordens first week of shows.

Will you be tuning in regularly, or catching up online? Is Reggie Watts the late night band leader of your dreams? Should James have stayed in the UK, or will America fall in love with him? But most importantly, how do you think he and Stephen will complement one another?

Mar 22

Exclusive Interview with Sophia A. McClennen and Remy Maisel authors of “Is Satire Saving Our Nation: Mockery and American Politics?”

Is Satire Saving Our Nation First, I’d like to thank Sophia McClennen and Remy Maisel for taking the time to answer questions for us at The Hub. Their new book, ‘Is Satire Saving Our Nation: Mockery and American Politics?‘, argues that political satire is more than just fun: it’s a way of becoming an engaged and informed citizen — especially for Millennials. Obviously, both The Colbert Report and The Daily Show play a large role in McClennen/Maisel’s argument!

As a person who has always believed in the power of comedy to reach people, this is an argument I can fully endorse.

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