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.
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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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.
Despite being up against super talented and perhaps just-as-worthy candidates in their respective categories at the Emmy Awards tonight, each of the winners pictured below won fair and square (to the best of our potentially naive knowledge). And yet, when photographed in the press room with their just-nabbed golden trophy, Melissa McCarthy, Peter Dinklage, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen (among others) rocked faces of guilt, sneakiness, and paranoia.
What gives, Emmy champs?! Nobody’s gonna still your hardware! See nine very suspicious actors below. [Photos: Getty Images]
Watch a full recap of the show after the jump.
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.
The official Hope for Haiti Now telethon lineup has just been announced, and this show is going to be even bigger than we had imagined. Rarely, if ever, have so many of the world’s biggest musicians mobilized so quickly with Hollywood elite (plus President Clinton and Oprah) to lend a helping hand in a time of tragedy. If only George Clooney, the mastermind behind the telethon, had been responsible for the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina!
We already reported that the Hope for Haiti Now lineup will include Robert Pattinson, Bono, Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Shakira. Now we can provide the full, official lineup. Of particular interest will be headliners Jay-Z and Bono (a rock/rap collaboration for the ages) and Justin Timberlake.
Performing in Los Angeles:
- Alicia Keys
- Christina Aguilera
- Dave Matthews
- Emeline Michel
- John Legend
- Justin Timberlake
- Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Kid Rock (Group performance)
- Stevie Wonder
- Taylor Swift
Performing in New York:
- Bruce Springsteen
- Jennifer Hudson
- Mary J Blige
- Wyclef Jean
Performing in London:
- Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge (collaboration)
Presenters and speakers in Los Angeles (except where noted differently) include:
- Anderson Cooper (from Haiti)
- Ben Stiller
- Brad Pitt
- Chris Rock
- Clint Eastwood
- Denzel Washington
- Drew Barrymore
- George Clooney
- Halle Berry
- Jon Stewart (from New York)
- Julia Roberts
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Matt Damon
- Meryl Streep
- Morgan Freeman
- Nicole Kidman
- Oprah Winfrey
- President Clinton (from New York)
- Robert Pattinson (from London)
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Tom Hanks
- Will Smith with Muhammad Ali
Turn on your television at 8PM EST to witness history in the making. Hope for Haiti Now will be on just about every channel, including VH1 and MTV. Donations will go to Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Facebook and MySpace have signed on as official social-media partners to help drive donations.
From the West Village of NYC to the suburbs of LA, celebrity parents hit the pavement with their kiddies to gather candy on Halloween. Jon Stewart donned a pirate’s hat as he and the fam strolled in Manhattan. Kate Beckinsale brought daughter Lily to a party in Santa Monica. Christina Aguilera looked darling in coordinating skeleton outfits with son Max. A top-hatted Paul Rudd took son Jack out-and-about in NYC. It’s nice to see the innocent side of the oft-skankified holiday. [Photos: Getty Images and Splash News Online]
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