It’s been interesting watching Jon Stewart do the media rounds to promote his movie, “Rosewater,” after building a long career out of lampooning the American news media. For example, prior to this week, the last time Stewart appeared on CNN was in 2004, when he got the “Crossfire” audience to applaud the idea that “Crossfire” and its pundits were “hurting America” and played a large part in getting the show cancelled. This week, he returned to CNN and, much more mildly, compared the network to the murderous horror movie doll Chucky. Keep reading »
Jennifer Lawrence hung out on “The Colbert Report”‘ last night and cranked out her charming interview banter at always. She also informed us that she’s skinned a squirrel, so there’s that. I’ve always thought Colbert in character mode would be so stressful to be interviewed by, but he goes easy on Lawrence, and the results are fab. [NYMag.com]
So, I’ll let everyone else talk about what it means that Anita Sarkeesian was on “The Colbert Report” to talk about GamerGate last night, because while I think it’s a newsworthy topic and she’s certainly the most reputable person to talk to about it, I just can’t with GamerGate anymore.
Here’s why. The most interesting reaction that I’ve seen to Sarkeesian’s Colbert Report appearance is this:
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Okay, I love Stephen Colbert, but I’m not totally down with some of his answers for Rookie Mag’s “Ask A Grown Man” series. While answering a question from a 19-year-old whose father won’t let her sleep at her boyfriend’s house because he’s squicky about sex, Colbert suggests that maybe her dad just knows what’s better for her. (Err, why does this young woman think she needs her dad’s permission to do any of this?) And while answering a question about boys and men making misogynistic jokes, Colbert says “No, I don’t think they know that it’s harmful,” instead suggesting that the jokers just want attention. Some of these answers may be true, but I would have hoped for more empowering responses for Rookie Mag’s teen audience. The “Ask A Grown Man” series can be pretty insightful into how individual men think about certain issues, but this one has parts that come off as kinda man-splain-y. [Rookie Mag]
I still can’t tell whether James Franco’s personality is a joke or not, but when he’s with Stephen Colbert, an especially bubbly side of him seems to come out. On his latest visit to “The Colbert Report,” he tried to get Stephen to break character when asking about his departure to head to “The Late Show.” No dice, but good try I guess, James! (Also, he’s Team Orlando Bloom in the Bieber/Bloom fight, which suddenly makes us much more sympathetic to him.) [NYMag.com]
CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert has signed a five-year contract to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” when Letterman retires next year. In a statement, Colbert said, “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.” While I love Stephen Colbert, I’m really bummed that Letterman’s shoes will be filled by yet another older white man on late night TV. What about Chelsea Handler? Wanda Sykes? Even Ellen DeGeneres? They’ve all proven themselves as both comedians and hosts. But of all the dudes whose names were tossed around as possible replacements, I’m glad it’s Colbert. But it’s still a mixed blessing. [New York Times] [Image via Getty]