New ROSEWATER Images: Gael Garcia Bernal Is Blindfolded in Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut

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A couple of new Rosewater images have been released for comedian and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut as the film’s World Premiere looms closer.  Written and directed by Stewart, the pic stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Kim Bodnia and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater.”  Stewart had a personal connection to the story, as Bahari’s previous Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy.  This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m extremely eager to see what Stewart has put together when the film screens at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the new Rosewater images.  The film will likely make its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival before screening at TIFF, and is scheduled to open in theaters on November 7th.

TIFF 2014 Adds James Franco’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ST. VINCENT Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete!  With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced.  James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few.

On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more.  Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the TIFF lineup.

First Images From Jon Stewart’s ROSEWATER Convey Film’s Bleak Tone

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Yesterday Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater got a release date and now we have a look at the first images released from the film.  If anyone was expecting a comedy, this definitely isn’t one.  Written and directed by Stewart, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari‘s memoir, Then They Came for Me.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard, and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater”.  Stewart had a personal connection to the story as Bahari’s previous The Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy.

I’m eager to see Rosewater, not just for the subject matter but out of personal curiosity to see if Stewart has directing chops.  He puts a lot of care into what he does (and is good at admitting past mistakes like Playing By Heart), so I’m confident his compass was true when he chose to take this on.  Hit the jump for the Rosewater images.  Open Road releases the film on November 7th.

Jon Stewart’s ROSEWATER Release Date Set for November 7th; James Wan-Produced DEMONIC Finally Dated for December 12th

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A Rosewater release date has finally been set, and it’s in the heart of awards season later this fall.  Jon Stewart’s highly anticipated directorial debut will open in select theaters on November 7th, the same date as Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.  However, Open Road Films will likely take good care of rolling the film out slowly over the course of the month, so no one’s expecting it to give Interstellar a run for its money.  Written and directed by Stewart, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari‘s memoir, Then They Came for Me.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard, and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater”.  Stewart had a personal connection to the story as Bahari’s previous The Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy.

Rosewater is slated to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September where I’m eager to finally see it, but it will likely have its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival one week prior.  Hit the jump for news concerning a slightly delayed horror film called Demonic.

COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE Season 4 Trailer Teases Jon Stewart, Aziz Ansari, and George Wallace

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A new season of Jerry Seinfeld’s excellent web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will debut this summer, and a trailer for the upcoming episodes has now landed online.  For those unfamiliar with the series, it’s essentially Seinfeld’s version of a talk show with each episode featuring a new interview with a fellow comedian.  The loose nature of the series makes for both insightful and extremely funny installments, and this new trailer shows that season four participants will include Jon Stewart, Aziz Ansari, George Wallace, Robert Klein, and Sarah Jessica Parker.  The trailer also features a really funny button involving Wallace.  As a big fan of the show, I’m looking forward to checking out the new episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 4 trailer, and click here to catch up on all of the past episodes.  The new season kicks off on Crackle June 19th.

Open Road Films to Distribute Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut ROSEWATER; Set to Be Released This Fall

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I’m incredibly excited to see Jon Stewart‘s Rosewater.  Although Stewart is known for political satire, he took a hiatus from The Daily Show to make his directorial debut on Rosewater.  The film is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari‘s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.  Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard, and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater”.  Stewart had a personal connection to the story as The Daily Show continually covered Bahari’s ordeal and then had him on the show after he was released.

Open Road Films has announced that they will distribute the movie in the U.S. and release it this fall.  Presumably, they plan to put it on the fall festival awards circuit, and I hope they do because I want to see it as soon as possible.  Hit the jump for the Stewart’s interview with Bahari and the press release.

Larry Wilmore to Succeed Stephen Colbert with Comedy Central’s THE MINORITY REPORT

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Comedy Central has settled on a replacement series when The Colbert Report goes off the air this December following Stephen Colbert’s move to The Late Show, and unsurprisingly it will see another The Daily Show correspondent taking the helm.  Deadline reports that “Senior Black Correspondent” Larry Wilmore will host The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore in the post-Daily Show 11:30pm slot on Comedy Central.  Though Wilmore wasn’t the obvious choice given that his appearances on The Daily Show are more irregular than others (my money was on Samantha Bee), he’s incredibly funny and will bring some welcome diversity to the late night landscape.

Wimore is attached as showrunner on the just-picked-up ABC comedy Black-ish, but he’ll work to get that show off the ground before segueing to The Minority Report, which will launch in January 2015.  Jon Stewart will serve as executive producer on the new series, just as he does on The Colbert Report.  Hit the jump to check out a couple of Wilmore’s more memorable Daily Show segments.

Gael Garcia Bernal’s Salary Demands Could Complicate Jon Stewart’s Low-Budget ROSEWATER

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Jon Stewart has gone on hiatus from The Daily Show to make his low-budget drama Rosewater, but the production is already running into problems.  We previously reported that Gael Garcia Bernal was in talks to lead the picture, which is based on BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s 118-day captivity in Iran’s most notorious prison after leaving London in June of 2009 to cover the country’s presidential elections.  The title is derived from the fact that Bahari knew only one thing about his brutal interrogator: he smelled of Rosewater.  Today, THR is reporting that Bernal is demanding a higher salary than what the production is willing to offer.  The $10 million film is trying to save money in order to shoot on location in Jordan starting in mid-July, although most of the movie will take place in interior settings.

Personally, I think they should let Bernal go and hire up-and-coming actor Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, The Reluctant Fundamentalist).  He’s only a few years younger than Bernal (Ahmed is 30, Bernal is 34), and Ahmed is of middle-eastern descent.  You could also go with Amr Waked (Syriana, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), who is middle-eastern as well as closer to Bahari’s age (Waked is 40, Bahari is 46).  No matter whom they choose, the film is going to be sold on Stewart’s name, not the lead actor.

John Oliver Set to Take Over THE DAILY SHOW June 10th; Jon Stewart Will Return September 3rd

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Comedy Central has announced the transition dates for The Daily Show while host Jon Stewart goes off to make his directorial debut.  We learned a couple of months ago that Stewart would be taking a break from the comedy news show this summer to direct the feature film Rosewater, which tells the true story of a BBC journalist’s 118 captivity in Iran’s most notorious prison.  At the time it was announced that frequent correspondent John Oliver would be filling in for Stewart during his absence, and now the network has announced that Oliver’s hosting duties will begin on June 10th with guest Seth Rogen.  Stewart won’t return to the show until September 3rd, making for quite the extended hiatus.

While there’s simply no substitute for Stewart’s whipsmart sense of humor, Oliver should do fine in the Daily Show chair.  The comedian recently filed a brilliant three-part series on gun control that aired last week, and I’m interested to see what The Daily Show looks like in his hands.

Jon Stewart Taking Extended Break from THE DAILY SHOW to Make Feature Directing Debut with ROSEWATER

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Well here’s the definition of bittersweet: Jon Stewart will be taking a hiatus from hosting The Daily Show this summer in order to make his feature directing debut.  Stewart wrote and will direct Rosewater, an adaptation of Maziar Bahari’s book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity And Survival.  Though Stewart is best known for his comedic chops on The Daily Show, the past five years or so have seen the host make some brilliantly dramatic—and at times angry—turns on the comedy news program, solidifying himself as one of the most respected, sharp, and eloquent personalities on television.

Hardly a comedy, Rosewater chronicles BBC journalist Bahari’s 118 day captivity in Iran’s most notorious prison after leaving London in June of 2009 to cover the country’s presidential elections.  The title is derived from the fact that Bahari knew only one thing about his brutal interrogator: he smelled of Rosewater.  Hit the jump for more, including how The Daily Show plans to cover Stewart’s absence. [Update: We've updated the article with the press release along with video of Bahari's appearance on The Daily Show]

Sacha Baron Cohen Appears on THE DAILY SHOW as The Dictator

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As he did with the press for Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen is currently doing the publicity rounds for The Dictator completely in character.  Yesterday we shared his appearance on Saturday Night Live, and last night he took part in an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show as Admiral General Aladeen.  It’s a pretty fun watch, and Stewart does a fine job of playing along with the bit as best he can, but when the interview inevitably takes a turn towards dick jokes it’s understandably tough for Stewart to keep a straight face.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The Dictator opens on May 16th.

THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD Review

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There was a sense in 2007 that we were never going to get The Larry Sanders Show in its entirety on DVD. Sony was struggling to get the music rights and so they put out the first season on DVD and then a “best of” that harvested 23 (out of 89) of the show’s greatest episodes, while also getting star Gary Shandling to host some of the most amazing Q&A’s ever produced for DVD. Leave it to The Shout Factory! – those artists of TV box sets – who cleared all the red tape so we can now have the complete six-season, eighty-nine episode run in a gorgeous box set that includes all previous supplements, and adds new content.

Gary Shandling stars as Larry Sanders, a talk show host dealing with the passive aggression of Hollywood, and his support staff – with producer Artie (Rip Torn) and sidekick Hank Kingsley (Jeffery Tambor) his main collaborators. The show follows the last six years of the show as it goes from being a reasonably successful late night talk show spot, to one where the network is looking for a younger voice, with that voice being Jon Stewart. That Stewart plays himself shows how much the show blended reality and comedy. My review of The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series on DVD after the jump.

President Barack Obama Appearing on THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART on October 27th

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Just days before Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington DC, Comedy Central has announced via press release that President Barack Obama will appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for the late night, political satire show’s October 27th episode at 11/10c. Though he’s appeared on the show a few times before, this will be his first as President of the United States of America. The episode is just one of an entire week coming straight out of Washington DC as part of When Grizzlies Attack: A Daily Show Midterm Teapartyganza which covers the final days leading up to not only the midterm elections, but the joint rally from Comedy Central’s budding political satirists. Don’t worry if you can’t make it all the way to Washington DC for the rally though, because Comedy Central is covering the entire three-hour event live on Saturday, October 30th starting at 12/11c. It will be quite a moment of Zen for everyone.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Announce Rallies for October 30th

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On their respective programs last night, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced that they were holding competing rallies on October 30th.  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is hosting the “Rally to Restore Sanity” while The Colbert Report will be holding the “March to Keep Fear Alive”.  Both rallies, while both very real, are intended to parody Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally that took place at the end of August.  Like Beck’s, both Stewart and Colbert’s rally will be in Washington, D.C. although October 30th hold no immense historical significance. Hit the jump to watch videos of the announcements on last night’s Daily Show and Colbert ReportClick here for more on the “Rally to Restore Sanity” and click here for more on the “March to Keep Fear Alive”.

Jon Stewart Immortalized in Stormtrooper Form; Plus Video of His Hour Long Interview with George Lucas at STAR WARS Celebration V

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At this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration V festivities, George Lucas presented The Daily Show host Jon Stewart with a gift that will be the envy of nerds everywhere: a one-of-a-kind stormtrooper action figure modeled after the comedian, complete with two interchangeable heads.  One head features Stewart’s recently-departed goatee, “Beardy”.  Don’t bother trying to tell yourself you’re not insanely jealous of Jon Stewart because it won’t work.  Trust me.  Hit the jump for pictures of the action figure and video of Stewart’s hour long interview with Lucas where he asks a lot of fan submitted questions.

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