Starting tonight, John Oliver is going to be taking over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart. Oliver claims that he just wants to hold the desk down for Stewart and to “make sure [the] building is not on fire both physically and metaphorically.” However, this wouldn’t be the first British invasion on American soil that started out in polite earnest. We came up with five other monumental British invasions that changed American life as we know it.
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Oh, celebrities: they’re just like us! Well, maybe not the whole “random people on the internet want them to perish in a fire” part. Joked Lena Dunham on The Daily Show, “You definitely do get the sense that some 58-year-olds wish you dead.” The Girls show creator stopped by last night to discuss her Golden Globes win, and how she cannot stop herself from reading the mean things people say about her online. “I like to say I don’t read anything. That’s my token line, ‘Oh, I don’t read anything,’ but if I’m being honest I read a quarter of things,” Dunham admits. Considering how much buzz has surrounded Girls for the past year, “a quarter of things” could easily translate into “more of the Internet than anyone can read without going completely insane.”
While everyone tries desperately to get the thoughts of what went down this morning in Connecticut out of their heads, we’re here to help with a little amusing anecdote, courtesy of Jon Stewart and Hugh Grant. At an event in New Jersey last week, Stephen Colbert interviewed Stewart onstage and asked him who is least favorite Daily Show guest of all time was. The answer is the professionally charming Brit, who was last on the show in December 2009, to promote Did You Hear About the Morgans? According to the host, he was very vocal about the fact that he didn’t want to be there. “He’s giving everyone sh– the whole time, and he’s a big pain in the ass,” Stewart recalled, and when Grant complained about which clip from the movie they’d chosen to run, Stewart came back with the snappy: “Well, then make a better f—ing movie.” Needless to say, Grant will not be returning to the show. (Not that he’d want to after reading this, too!)
This is interesting on two counts: 1) It’s amusing that any actor would be openly abrasive like this to people who are in the business of making fun of public figures — if you’re unhappy, you should always let your agent/manager/publicist/assistant do the bitching for you, so your rep remains unscathed. 2) If you watch the video above you really can’t tell that these two guys were anything but the best of friends as they chatted about soccer, New Mexico and the difference between Brits and Americans. (Except for the part where Stewart admits to not having seen the movie because it’s the last show before their winter vacation and he was slacking.) Read more…
Many people know Jon Stewart for one thing and one thing only: his long-running hosting gig on The Daily Show. While his sardonic political commentary is enough to make him an unforgettable entertainment legend, let’s not forget that Jon has in fact had employment elsewhere. We know it’s hard to believe, and even Jon himself poked fun at his unmemorable repertoire while hosting the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. “Tonight is the night we celebrate excellence in film, with me, the fourth male lead from Death to Smoochy. Rent it,” he joked. Let’s also not forget his riveting performance in The First Wives Club — which was later deleted — and his portrayal as Adam Sandler’s roommate in Big Daddy.
While it’s safe to say Jon Stewart may not be a draw at the box office, we are happy to say that he is a huge hit on the small screen. But a good rule of thumb in showbiz is: “Never forget where you came from, otherwise you’ll never remember where you’re going.” So in honor of his 50th birthday, we decided to pay homage to the career before the career, when his hair was a little less gray and his name a little less well known. We hope you enjoy it!
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Uh…ex-squeeze us? Since when does the world not want to see Ben Affleck toweling off after a shower scene? We spent our adolescence watching Ben Affleck rub down Jennifer Lopez on a yacht, and now we’re supposed to want less semi-nude Affleck? The Argo director joked about his nakedness on the Daily Show, imitating producers who asked that less Affleck flesh be on display in the film: “‘I don’t have any notes, except…do you want to tell him or should I? You know the shower scene? Maybe…trim that a little bit.” Agreed Jon Stewart, “At the time I was thinking, ‘Ah…it’s a little gratuitous.’” How dare you, Hollywood! You do not spend the early 2000s convincing teen girls that Ben Affleck is the hottest man alive, only to switch up the narrative a decade or so later. We demand you stick to your story!
Robert Pattinson may or may not be back on the market, but if you ladies had a master plan to woo him with chilled dairy product – restrategize. The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart meant well, serving up the indulgence of choice for many going through relationship turbulence, and Rob politely ate a few melty scoops. What may not have been apparent to the untrained (er, anyone not scouring the footage while creating GIFs) was Rob’s arduous effort to get that B&J’s down his perfectly-stubbled gullet. We’re still unclear whether it was the flavor at hand – Karamel Sutra – or if he just prefers his desserts in loquat pie form (tear).
Bonus GIF of Rob blaming his “Double Spanx” below:
A nervous but still smiling Robert Pattinson made his first public appearance since his girlfriend Kristen Stewart was…you know. Let’s not rehash those dirty details. Instead let’s focus on Rob, who has come out in full force promoting his new David Cronenberg-helmed film, Cosmopolis. He’ll do Good Morning America and MTV First with our pal Josh Horowitz later this week, but tonight he went face-to-face with Jon Stewart and a couple of pints of ice cream, and the consensus from fans is that the dude nailed it. Let’s review what people had to say on Twitter, shall we? (Thank you to every one of you who tweeted your thoughts to me! You rule the school.)
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We should probably feel bad about the fact that we feared Robert Pattinson would somehow manage to avoid all questions about his personal life and only plug Cosmopolis when he appeared on The Daily Show tonight. But hallelujah! About 90 percent of the interview was personal. Or, was it?
“Obviously, uh, uh, what have you been up to?” Jon Stewart opened the interview. And as Rob complained that that the host had ruined his setup joke, Stewart proceeded to bring out two pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. It was an obvious nod to the fact that Rob was going through a breakup. “We’re just two gals talking,” Stewart said.
But then, it turned out, “talking” equalled a lot of talk about the ice cream melting in front of them. Or were there subtle references to the Kristen Stewart-size elephant in the room? It’s hard to tell.
“What are we doing here? Are you all right? Is everything OK? I’m worried about you, and you’re all right,” Stewart asked, sounding a little more like a grandma than an interviewer.
“I just don’t even know how to approach this now,” Rob answered, which out of context, sounds like he’s actually referring to how to approach questions about his love life.
We always watch The Daily Show while getting ready for work, before we’ve eaten breakfast. It’s a good thing our stomach was empty this morning, because Cameron Diaz showed up to promote Bad Teacher by removing stitches from Jon Stewart‘s wrist. Seriously. She did this. And there were close-up shots. Yes, the movie’s called Bad Teacher and not Bad Doctor. We don’t get the bit either. Watching a hot actress tug at a bloody scab at 7 in the morning is not the best way to start your day, regardless of her stunning dress and glorious arm muscles that bulged as she picked at Stewart’s wound. Watch and cringe, friends.
Keira Knightley‘s sartorial choices have been a little off for us lately. For such a gorgeous woman, she tends to look a little frumpy. Not anymore, though. She’s redeemed herself completely with this lovely frock worn yesterday in New York for an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Keira was in the city to promote her latest film, Last Night, which also stars Sam Worthington, Guillaume Canet and Eva Mendes.
The Valentino embellished sheer dress with rosettes (and no we didn’t feel like we were on Ambien, Cathy Horyn) is cool, textured and vintage all at once, and that light grey color really looks beautiful on her. And lucky Keira, for getting couture before it’s available to the rest of us mere mortals! Let’s hope this starts a winning streak for her.
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