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.
Comedy Central just sent over their premiere dates for the 2011-2012 midseason, and while most of their series don’t usually show up around this time, South Park will be making its triumphant return for a sixteenth season on March 14th while Tosh.0 will come back with fresh meat from the internet on January 31st, marking its fourth season. However, the real exciting news is that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will come back right after the New Year on January 3rd to really start digging into their Indecision 2012 coverage in this election year.
Tonight was the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the winner’s list included some great names. Perhaps the best win of the night was Peter Dinklage picking up Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones. Not far behind was Kyle Chandler finally picking up an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for the final season of Friday Night Lights (the show also picked up an Emmy for Best Writing in a Drama Series). Martin Scorsese picked up an award for his direction of Boardwalk Empire‘s pilot episode, and ubiquitous character actor Margo Martindale won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Mags Bennett on FX’s Justified.
The top awards for Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series went to last year’s winners Mad Men, Modern Family, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, respectively. Best Miniseries or TV Movie was awarded to PBS’ Downtown Abbey while CBS’ The Amazing Race picked up another Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program. Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
Earlier this month, we listed the nominees for the first Critics’ Choice Television Awards from the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Now the awards have been handed out and we have the full list of winners which include Modern Family rightfully winning “Best Comedy Series” and Mad Men taking home “Best Drama Series” along with star Jon Hamm winning “Best Actor in a Drama Series.” The always fantastic Neil Patrick Harris took home the award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his consistently hilarious work on How I Met Your Mother, while the award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” ended up in a tie. See which actresses are sharing the award, as well as the rest of the winners, after the jump.
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.
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 Report. Click here for more on the “Rally to Restore Sanity” and click here for more on the “March to Keep Fear Alive”.
If you had any fears that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and/or The Colbert Report would be going away anytime soon, you can now put those fears to rest. Comedy Central has announced in a press release that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have had their contracts extended to remain the hosts of their respective shows. Stewart’s new contract has him staying as the executive producer, writer, and host of The Daily Show through June 2013 while Colbert will keep those respective roles on The Colbert Report through the end of 2012.
Both shows have won numerous awards, all of them deserved. As the mainstream media swirls further down the toilet of pre-constructed narratives and simplistic analysis, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have had to become the watchers of the watchmen.
Hit the jump to check out the full press release.
Last night, George Lucas appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote his new book “George Lucas’ Blockbusting.” However, as would be expected, the focus on the conversation wasn’t on his new book, but immediately centered on the Star Wars franchise. Every single Star Wars fan should check this video out. I’m a huge, HUGE fan of Stewart as both a comedian and as a journalist. He pretty much always speaks his mind and asks the questions that need to be asked. In this case he just goes for it and asks the questions that fans often wonder about when it comes to Lucas, such as-and I’m paraphrasing a bit-how does it feel to piss off a whole generation of fans and do you still believe you’re as creative as you used to be? The latter one I found especially brilliant and ballsy. Granted, he said it in a nicer way, but the implication of “Hey, what the heck happened in the new movies as opposed to the old ones,” was still there.
But even better than Stewart’s questions were Lucas’ answers. Lucas still insists that people love Jar Jar Binks, one of the most repulsively idiotic characters in the history of cinema. Either Lucas’ pride is pretty out of control and he’ll never admit to the awfulness of the new trilogy or he’s a tad delusional. Either one is likely. [Matt's note: It's also likely that Lucas inhabits a world where no one challenges him and only strokes his ego]
Check out the full video after the jump.
Imagine if the same six or seven movies and their actors, writers, directors, etc. kept getting nominated for Oscars every year. There would be slight deviations but for the most part, Academy members would just take their ballot from last year, peruse a couple of For Your Consideration ads, maybe read a critic’s list or two as a second source to make sure they weren’t making any selection deemed interesting, and you’d wonder if they just showed a repeat except they somehow replaced Jon Stewart with Hugh Jackman.
“TV’s Finest Night” is always a repeat and you cherish just about anyone who hasn’t won an Emmy in the past no matter the quality of the show. Yes, “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” are excellent shows but barring a steep decline in quality, I already know who’s going to win next year because the Emmys are a bunch of lazy wimps who don’t watch anything outside the ten shows they already love. Hit the jump for a list of tonight’s winners and only grumbling since this farce isn’t worth the energy of a blinding rage.