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Stephen Colbert Reveals The Next Captain America

July 17th, 2014 4:01pm EDT
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If you aren't a fervent reader of Marvel Comics, you probably don't know that there's a job opening for a new Captain America.

After Steve Rogers is defeated by a villain who literally sucks the super soldier serum from his body, he immediately ages the 60 years staved off by the serum. With him out of commission, the shield must be picked up by Sam Wilson, who is better known as The Falcon. Falcon was featured Captain America: The Winter Soldier and played by Anthony Mackie, but don't expect Anthony to play the hero any time soon.

Stephen Colbert, who was given an honorary Captain Amer...
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Stephen Colbert Takes On Amazon Over Strong-Arm Tactics

June 5th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Stephen Colbert
Future Late Show host Stephen Colbert attacked shopping giant Amazon on The Colbert Report for perceived strong-arm tactics.

Colbert's comedy books, such as I Am America (And So Can You!), are published under the Grand Central Publish imprint, which is part of Hachette Book Group. Hachette is negotiating with Amazon over e-book prices and it now appears the website is pressuring Hachette by delaying shipments of their books and removing price cuts.

On his show last night, Colbert shared his displeasure with Amazon for affecting his bottom line and pointing out the website removed preorder...
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Stephen Colbert Hired To Replace David Letterman On 'Late Show'

April 10th, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Stephen Colbert Hired To Replace David Letterman On 'Late Show'
It only took a week for CBS to find the right person to replace David Letterman.

Just as rumors suggested, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's Colbert Report will take over for Letterman some time in 2015 when the venerable talk show host's contract ends.

CBS made the official announcement today. CEO Les Moonves said in a statement, "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he establis...
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Stephen Colbert Responds To #CancelColbert Movement

March 28th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert has defended himself after users on Twitter responded to a message posted by his show's account.

The @ColbertReport account wrote on Thursday, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The post was later deleted.

The quote comes from a segment on The Coblert Report making fun of NFL team Washington Redskins and their owner Dan Snyder for creating the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation following criticism of his team's name.

#CancelColbert became a trending has...
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Daft Punk Had No Plans To Talk Or Perform On 'Colbert Report'

August 13th, 2013 7:07pm EDT
Daft Punk
A week after Stephen Colbert revealed on his show The Colbert Report that French electronic duo Daft Punk canceled their appearance at the last minute, more details of their planned appearance have come out.

Colbert had planned on having the secretive pair sit and silently nod their heads for seven minutes while the host attempted to interview them. He would then perform a six-minute montage of himself dancing to their single Get Lucky with Hollywood stars Hugh Laurie, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Jimmy Fallon and Jon Stewart  among others. The footage would be used later by C...
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Daft Punk Cancels On Stephen Colbert, Who Reveals Their Secret Appearance At VMAs

August 7th, 2013 12:07pm EDT
Stephen Colbert
It's safe to say Stephen Colbert called in all his favors with his famous friends last night after Daft Punk canceled on his show The Colbert Report.

Colbert was open about the sudden change in programming, ripping into MTV and parent company Viacom (who also owns Comedy Central, which his show airs on). The French techno dup was set to be the star of his yearly summer music showcase StePhest Colbchella, but was told last-minute they wouldn't be showing up - because they have an appearance on MTV in a month.

Confused yet? Stephen was, until he learned that MTV made Daft Punk sign a contra...
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Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert Open Shows By Honoring Boston

April 17th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report offered brief but powerful messages last night to those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday.

"Once again having to start under just horrific events," Jon Stewart said in his opening to The Daily Show, in reference to his shows following 9/11 and the school shootings in Newtown, "Here in this country I really hate the fact that I can cross-reference my thoughts to other events that occurred over the years of a similar ilk.

"So I'm not going to, I'm just going to say this to Boston: Thank you for showing once again, in the face of gro...
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Tom Hanks Drops By 'The Colbert Report' With Some Familiar Halloween Costume Ideas

October 26th, 2012 11:07am EDT
Tom Hanks
When Stephen Colbert needed some help for his "Stephen Ghoulbert’s Spooky Time Halloween Fun Guide" on The Colbert Report, he turned to Tom Hanks for some helpful tips on inexpensive costumes.

Hanks claimed he wasn't on the show to promote his new film, Cloud Atlas: "I'm here for the kids, with some great inexpensive costumes that will make for a great 'spooktacular' Halloween."

Despite that, the costumes he was presented sure looked familiar to Colbert. A cowboy was up first who said "There's a snake in my boot!" After Colbert claimed that was a line from Toy Story, Hanks said "Is it? Th...
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'Militant' Vegetarian Morrissey Gets Grilled On 'The Colbert Report'

October 10th, 2012 2:37pm EDT
Morrissey
Television host Stephen Colbert agreed to turn his TV studio and green room into a meat-free zone on Tuesday after landing a rare chat with vegetarian Morrissey.

The British rocker insists all venues he visits on tour are veggie-friendly and Colbert chose to honor the Meat is Murder star's stance when he agreed to be a guest on his nightly show.

However, the comedian still teased Morrissey about his "militant" vegetarianism, joking, "If I'm a little woozy right now it's because I haven't had my bacon."

Explaining his serious anti-meat stance, the former The Smiths frontman said, "Anim...
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Sean Penn May Have A Temper But He Also Has Lighter Side

May 22nd, 2012 12:43pm EDT
Sean Penn
These days we know Sean Penn as the serious angry guy, from his outspoken political protests and dramatic roles in films like 21 Grams and Mystic River. Discussing his views on Haiti he has even acknowledged his own temper. He has shown his lighter side every once in a while though, and you need not go back to his immortal role as stoner Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to remember.

In 2007, Penn made a hilarious self-deprecating appearance on The Colbert Report, engaging in a Metaphor-off debate with Colbert. Playing it deadpan, Penn repeatedly quoted his own speech against Ge...
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Mark Ruffalo To Launch Clean Water Crusade

March 23rd, 2012 12:20pm EDT
Mark Ruffalo
New Hulk star Mark Ruffalo is raging about contaminated waters in America - he's launching a new campaign to protect them from natural gas.

The kind-hearted actor and green campaigner will front a launch on March 28th on late-night TV show The Colbert Report to highlight the ramifications of natural gas in America's water supply.

In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "I'll be on the Colbert Report Wed March 28 launching Water Defense's campaign to protect our water from nat gas. Fossil fuels have been poisoning America's water for too long."

Late last year, Ruffalo brought salvation to...
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Stephen Colbert Takes On Rumors In Return From Sudden Hiatus (Video)

February 21st, 2012 11:07am EST
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Last week, many TV viewers were confused when they tuned to Comedy Central to watch a new episode of the Colbert Report - only to be shown a repeat. It's the first time since 2005 that Stephen Colbert has taken an unannounced leave of absence. Last night, in his return, he responded to rumors of why he was off the air.

"Some people said that my show was canceled by the Federal Communications Commission at the request of the Federal Election Commission because I was about to announce my presidential candidacy," Colbert mused. "Not gonna happen."

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'The Colbert Report' To Return Monday After Sudden Hiatus

February 20th, 2012 8:45am EST
Stephen Colbert | Photo Credits: Comedy Central
The Colbert Report will resume Monday after production was unexpectedly shut down due to "unforeseen circumstances" on Wednesday and Thursday.

The show's official website has been updated with a full week of guests, beginning Monday with...

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'War Horse' Lands Genesis Award Nomination

February 7th, 2012 3:36pm EST
War Horse
Steven Spielberg has won praise from officials at the Humane Society of the United States - his movie War Horse has landed a top nomination at the group's annual Genesis Awards.

The film, set during World War One, has been recognized in the Feature Film category alongside Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dolphin Tale and animated family movie Rio.

TV series Hawaii Five-O and The Glades have received nods for Dramatic Series, while the Sid Caesar Comedy Award nominees include news show The Colbert Report, cartoon The Cleveland Show and Melissa Joan Hart's family sitcom Melissa & Joey.

T...
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Stephen Colbert Hands Over PAC To Jon Stewart, Forms Presidential Exploratory Commitee

January 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
After teasing a big announcement Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert used his time on the Colbert Report to close a loophole that would have kept him from running for President.

Current rules dictate that a candidate cannot also be the head of a Political Action Committee, nor can he or she tell the committee how to spend its money. Thanks to Citizens United, PACs can take infinite amounts of donations from corporations because they are now considered "people "in the eyes of American law, so having a PAC supporting you means big cash as a candidate.

So, Colbert simply tra...
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Q&A: Sarah Clarke - From '24' To 'Twilight'

November 4th, 2011 3:27pm EDT
Sarah Clarke
Sarah Clarke became part of the TV consciousness when she starred in the first season of 24. Since then, she's rightfully built an impressive career. You might have heard of this thing called Twilight...?

To Twilight fans, she's Bella Swan's mom, Renee. Yet the St. Louis native has made a lasting impression in many other projects, including strong guest appearances on shows like House, Las Vegas, and The Cleaner. When I caught up with her, it had just been announced that she'll be appearing on the hit CW series Nikita, which stars her husband, Xander Berkeley (who is himself a fantasti...
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FEC Approves Stephen Colbert's Super PAC

June 30th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Stephen Colbert
The Federal Election Commission has approved comedian Stephen Colbert's application to set up a Super PAC, according to USA Today.

The host of The Colbert Report vyed to start the Political Action Committee to put a spotlight on new campaign finance laws. Due to a "media exemption," Colbert can now talk about his own committee on his show, as well as accept large donations from corporations and the wealthy to spend on his own agendas.

The idea began due to various FOX News correspondents, including Karl Rove and Sarah Palin, mentioning PACs they were working with while appearing on news p...
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James Franco Wants A Job At 'The Colbert Report'

April 7th, 2011 8:39am EDT
James Franco
James Franco has asked funnyman Stephen Colbert for a job on his hit late night comedy show.

The star, who most recently announced plans to become a professor at New York University in 2012, has set his sights on a new gig - working for "The Colbert Report."

Franco, who is a big fan of the program, offered up his talents and nominated himself for an art consultant position during an appearance on the show on Tuesday.

He says, "You rule. I want to work with you."

The funnyman liked the idea and pronounced him hired.

Representatives for Comedy Central, which produces "The Colbert Report,...
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Partial Event Schedule For 'Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear'

October 29th, 2010 11:53am EDT
Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear
Comedy Central hasn't released any details yet on this weekend's event in Washington D.C. "The Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear," but a permit was issued by the National Park Service and made available to the public. In an article by the Christian Science Monitor, they have put together a partial schedule of events from the permit but there are still lots of unknown guests.

Questions have risen that Jon Stewart may "jump the shark" sort of speak, by crossing the line of comedic political commentator to actually participating. Stewart and Colbert are way too smart to fall into th...
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Stephen Colbert Testifies At Capitol Hill Hearing (Video)

September 24th, 2010 1:15pm EDT
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert was called to testify at a Capital Hill hearing on migrant farm workers today for a congressional legislation session. Colbert had taken part in a project entitled Take Our Jobs, a United Farm Workers (UFW) initiative that offered agricultural jobs to Americans. The UFW has reported that millions have visited their website for the program, but only 16 people have taken jobs in the industry. The program was created to display how Americans do not want the jobs migrant workers are performing.

Stephen Colbert worked one day under the program for his television show, The Colber...
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Is 'Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday' Too Much?

September 17th, 2009 1:59pm EDT
Amy Poehler
"Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursdays" returns tonight and in the words of co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, all we can say is 'Really?!?!' Last year's brief inaugural run of the show at least made some sense as the country was in the midst of an election, and with controversial candidates like Sarah Palin and Barack Obama, there was a goldmine of controversy for the writers to feed off (not to mention any reason to bring Tina Fey around is a good reason).

Now, however, there will only be one night in between "WUT" and "SNL" and how much could possibly happen during t...
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Life After Cable: How To Get By Without Cable TV

June 23rd, 2009 9:26am EDT
South Park
There's a scene in Back to the Future Part II where Marty McFly's future son walks up to his massive 2015 wall mounted television and watches six channels at once ("OK, I want channels 18, 24, 63, 109, 87 and the Weather Channel"). Twenty years ago, with the rise of cable television, this is how we imagined television of the future: all at once with too many channels to choose from. But like most of the future tech in 2015 Hill Valley, real technology didn't quite go in that direction.

Here in 2009, the way we watch television is developing around a collective desire to trim some fat fr...
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Who Will Rule Late Night?

April 29th, 2009 10:24am EDT
The Colbert Report
Late night will soon be up for grabs. With Jay Leno leaving the Tonight Show and moving into primetime, late night talk show hosts are going to be battling it out to have the number one show in late night. From Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon, there will be competition amongst late night talk show hosts to attain viewers, create stronger monologues, and land A-list celebrities. But out of all of these talk show hosts, who will rule late night?

Conan O'Brien

If you didn't know already, beginning in June Conan O'Brien will be the new Tonight Show host following in the footsteps of J...
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A Conversation With Aasif Mandvi From 'The Daily Show'

April 14th, 2009 10:22am EDT
Aasif Mandvi
It's one thing to be hired, right there, on the spot for a job. A strange combination of joy for getting the position and fear because, well, they want you to start right now. Now, imagine the same scenario but it involved going on television in front of a live studio audience and millions of people at home. This is what happened to current Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi the day he auditioned for his job. Aasif discusses in depth his experience on The Daily Show and why he is such a supporter of Kal Penn's recent career change.

Mike: You were born in Bombay, now Mumbai, right?

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Writer's Viewpoint: 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

April 9th, 2009 10:56am EDT
Jimmy Fallon
We are now a few weeks into the Jimmy Fallon era of late night network programming -- his absence this week was allegedly a planned vacation, not a result from his argument/possible fight at a New York City pizza restaurant -- and, well, I have mixed feelings. Now, I've made it clear I've always kind of enjoyed Jimmy Fallon so I am certainly not one looking to see him fail. At the same time, though, there's something about his show, so far, that has annoyed me. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, though. I almost feel the show is trying to be "too cool": Hey, look, we have bloggers (I can...
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Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

January 27th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...
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Rush To Release 'Retrospective III' March 3

January 20th, 2009 6:00pm EST
Rush
Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush has announced details of the upcoming third volume in its continuing compilation series. "Retrospective III (1989-2008)" arrives in stores on March 3rd.

The collection - available as both individual CD and two-disc CD/DVD set - features tracks culled from the legendary trio's two decades with Atlantic Records, spanning such acclaimed studio works as 1989's Presto, 1991's Roll The Bones, 1993's Counterparts, 1996's Test For Echo, 2002's Vapor Trails, and 2007's Snakes & Arrows. In addition, Retrospective III features a previously unreleased live ve...
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Kick Off The New Year With A Laugh From These Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Clips

January 1st, 2009 4:00pm EST
Jon Stewart
With 2009 finally here, Comedy Central has put together some great videos from everyone’s favorite ‘fake’ news anchors. Below you’ll find a Hanukkah mash-up from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the entire WristStrong saga from Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert light up the Jewish holiday over the years with their own special tributes.

"The Daily Show" Hanukkah Mash-Up:

Relive the entire WristStrong saga from fracture to phenomenon.

Stephen Colbert’s WristStrong Saga:

About “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”: ...
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Writer's Viewpoint: A Visit To 'Inside The Actor's Studio' With Josh Brolin

December 2nd, 2008 1:53pm EST
Josh Brolin
There is always a peculiar aura in the air when James Lipton shows up on my television screen; I am quite transfixed with pure unadulterated fascination. Having said that, it should come to no one's surprise that I did not think twice when given the chance to attend a taping of "Inside the Actor's Studio" and be in the presence of Mr. Lipton once again (I had once seen him walk by me at a New York Mets game. Although I do hold out hope, I doubt he remembers me.)

Recorded on a blistering cold (well, not quite but it sounds good for effect) evening at Pace University, the guest of honor ...
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'Saturday Night Live': Post-Election

December 2nd, 2008 10:04am EST
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is not funny. Some of the skits are funny, some, but the show as a whole is not. The former meter of comedic excellence has not so much stepped away from the glory days of John Belushi and Chevy Chase as much as it has dove. Even Cheri Oteri, whose career is on the wane since her days cheerleading alongside Will Ferrell, chose to cameo on the soon-to-be-cancelled Boston Legal as opposed to her alma mater.

Yes, the election has returned SNL to brief heights of hilarity. But, what does it mean when the most memorable skits of the new season featured two former cast m...
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