Screen Junkies » Colbert Report http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:57:25 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Colbert Interviews Weiner, Asks The ‘Mad Men’ Questions We’re All Thinking http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/colbert-interviews-weiner-asks-the-mad-men-questions-were-all-thinking/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/colbert-interviews-weiner-asks-the-mad-men-questions-were-all-thinking/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 16:22:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261757 Colbert voices all of our criticisms of 'Mad Men'.

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As we wrap up the front half of the final season of Mad Men, it’s time to clear the air, and Colbert does exactly that when he sits down with series creator and showrunner Mathew Weiner. He touches on the following during the brief interview:

  • Why is the season split in the frustrating Breaking Bad fashion?
  • Why is everything so sad in the show?
  • Does Mathew Weiner fear 70′s fashion?

And oh, so much more. So take a look, mourn the loss, then curse the creator (Weiner, not God) for drawing this out far longer than he should have.

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Stephen Colbert Blasts Pitchfork For Accusing His Publicity Stunt Of Being A Publicity Stunt http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stephen-colbert-blasts-pitchfork-for-accusing-his-publicity-stunt-of-being-a-publicity-stunt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stephen-colbert-blasts-pitchfork-for-accusing-his-publicity-stunt-of-being-a-publicity-stunt/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:11:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256352 Even though it totally was.

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Stephen Colbert was appalled when Daft Punk canceled on him at the last minute in order to fulfill their long-standing obligation of appearing on MTV’s Video Music Awards. So appalled that he blasted the Comedy Central sister channel and was able to round up recent guests Jeff Bridges, Hugh Laurie, and Bryan Cranston to join him for an epic lip sync to the French duo’s “Get Lucky”. All before hiring Thicke at the last minute in what probably wasn’t an awkward negotiation at all. Anyway, Pitchfork called shenanigans on this obvious shenanigry. What you see above is Stephen Colbert’s response.

I say let’s not get lost in the details and all agree that we’d like to go to a wedding with Stephen Colbert. His dance moves are hot fire.

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‘Downton Abbey’ Cast Does ‘Breaking Bad’ On ‘Colbert Report’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/downton-abbey-cast-does-breaking-bad-on-colbert-report/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/downton-abbey-cast-does-breaking-bad-on-colbert-report/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:10:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252457 Boom. Three show titles in one headline. I earned my salary today.

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Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, and Rob James Collier popped up on Colbert to treat us to their take on Breaking Bad. Good stuff, but who’s the Victorian English version of Skinny Pete?

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Stephen Colbert Actually Leading South Carolina Senate Poll http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/stephen-colbert-actually-leading-south-carolina-senate-poll/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/stephen-colbert-actually-leading-south-carolina-senate-poll/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:26:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252365 And that's the truth(iness).

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I can’t imagine a politician with a more rabid following than Mr. Colbert, but it’s still a bit early to think of what this means for us as a country. Stephen Colbert, the late-night pundit who seemingly hasn’t broken character in ten years or so, is leading an initial poll in which South Carolinians were asked who they would want filling the soon-to-be vacant seat of Jim DeMint.

20% of the constituency would like to see him take the position, with the next-closest “candidate,” Tim Scott, coming in at 15%. Probably because Tim Scott doesn’t have his own TV show. What a joke.

The Governor will appoint the seat, which is probably due to some weird little clause that I knew back in AP Government, but have since forgotten, so it’s not JUST a popularity contest. Something tells me that Colbert won’t end up with the gig, but his involvement sure will make it interesting.

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Stephen Colbert Has An Offer For Donald Trump http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stephen-colbert-has-an-offer-for-donald-trump/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stephen-colbert-has-an-offer-for-donald-trump/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:26:15 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251697 I would also like to pitch in.

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Stephen Colbert (whose balls are so big he carries them in a sidecar on weekends) was inspired by Donald Trump‘s Joker-esque proposal that President Obama release his college and passport applications in exchange for $5 million worth of charitable donations. And so, he made an offer to Mr. Trump on last night’s Colbert Report.

“Nation, I am so moved by this generous offer, that I’d like to make an offer of my own. Mr Trump, I will write you a check for $1 million dollars from Colbert Super PAC — you know I’ve got it — to the charity of your choice…Save The Children. Feed The Children. Put The Children on Child Apprentice, whatever…One million actual dollars, if you will let me dip my balls in your mouth. One million.”

Of course, there are conditions.

“But…this dipping — and I hope you’re listening very carefully Mr Trump — this dipping has to be to my and more importantly, my balls’ satisfaction. One caveat…My balls must be in your mouth no later than 5pm October 31st. Nothing would make America happier than to have something going into your mouth than coming out of it.”

Amazing. Though I doubt Trump will do it. He simply doesn’t care enough about the children.

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Stephen Colbert To Appear In One Of The ‘Hobbit’, Delighting Two Types Of Nerds http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-colbert-to-appear-in-one-of-the-hobbit-delighting-two-types-of-nerds/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/stephen-colbert-to-appear-in-one-of-the-hobbit-delighting-two-types-of-nerds/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:26:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251596 I hope he fights a bear.

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In a move that takes a time-honored fantasy epic and peppers it with a bit of self-referential winking that will delight Tolkien purists, Peter Jackson has decided that The Hobbit can’t be told without a Stephen Colbert cameo.

Colbert has long expressed his fascination with fantasy works, namely The Hobbit, and told Playboy in an interview that he visited the set in New Zealand earlier this year at director Peter Jackson’s invitation, so the news isn’t all THAT surprising. In the interview, found here, Colbert not-so-subtly deflects questions about his involvement as an extra.

Given the timing, it’s assumed he won’t be making the appearance in December’s An Unexpected Journey, but one of the other ones with a really nerdy name. Something like The Peasant’s Requiem of an Orc or some crap.

 

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Viacom Brings Its Smartest Shows Back To Hulu: ‘Colbert’, ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Jersey Shore’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/viacom-brings-its-smartest-shows-back-to-hulu-colbert-daily-show-and-jersey-shore/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/viacom-brings-its-smartest-shows-back-to-hulu-colbert-daily-show-and-jersey-shore/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 05:05:45 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24331 National productivity: your days are numbered.

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National productivity: your days are numbered. That’s because Viacom, the media giant behind channels like MTV and Comedy Central, finally reached an agreement with Hulu to get their shows back on Hulu’s internet webhome. Now America can comfortably ignore its stupid bosses and their requests to do actual “work, knowing that streaming versions of “The Colbert Report,” ”The Daily Show,” “Jersey Shore” and “Tosh.0” are all on the same site, easily accessible from a cubicle computer. So now you can watch internet videos, then watch the internet video version of”Tosh.0” comment on those other videos, and soon your computer becomes a Cookie Monster-esque monster that tries to devour itself.

A disagreement between the two parties over — what else? — money, money, money saw Viacom yank its programs off Hulu. Now they’re all back, including backlogs of “Beavis & Butthead” and “Chappelle Show,” if you opt for Hulu’s shitty subscription thing. Of course, many of Viacom’s shows were already available for streaming on stand-alone sites, but let’s face it: if the latest “Colbert” and re-runs of USA‘s “Weird Science” aren’t on the same website, then what good is either show? (Hollywood Reporter)

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Colbert in Iraq, Stewart Fights at Home http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/colbert-in-iraq-stewart-fights-at-home/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/colbert-in-iraq-stewart-fights-at-home/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2009 18:57:31 +0000 Reza F. The big news in basic cable this weekend was that Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" has arrived in Iraq for a week of taping the program from an actual war zone.  It's a bold move on Comedy Central's part and, depending on your definition of "war zone," potentially a very brave move on Colbert, himself.  But some could argue that Colbert still has a lot of work to do if he wants to rival his colleague, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart in the race to be dubbed a Real American Hero. Loyal reader Ron Najor made such an argument in an impassioned email sent to Screen Junkies this weekend, and we liked it so much, we thought we'd publish it.  Unlike the majority of posts on SJ, this is a completely serious rant.  But don’t panic.  We embedded some funny clips. 

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The big news in basic cable this weekend was that Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of Comedy Central’s "The Colbert Report" has arrived in Iraq for a week of taping the program from an actual war zone.  It’s a bold move on Comedy Central’s part and, depending on your definition of "war zone," potentially a very brave move on Colbert, himself.  But some could argue that Colbert still has a lot of work to do if he wants to rival his colleague, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart in the race to be dubbed a Real American Hero.

Loyal reader Ron Najor made such an argument in an impassioned email sent to Screen Junkies this weekend, and we liked it so much, we thought we’d publish it.  Unlike the majority of posts on SJ, this is a completely serious rant.  But don’t panic.  We embedded some funny clips.

 

WHY JON STEWART IS THE NEW EDWARD R. MURROW

By Ron Najor

A modern day Edward R. Murrow, Jon Stewart carves up and dispenses with any who would do wrong as he marches forward to a brave new world.  He has single-handedly brought the country’s focus to the root of the very problem that plagues our modern day news corporations.   With NBC being owned by General Electric and several NBC sister companies in bed with the financial sector, it blatantly and knowingly misled and misinformed the public.  I knew that; my friends and I talked about it.  But Jon Stewart exposed it for the farce it was.  And only through his comedic but bold interviews did we finally see someone in the national spotlight hold the media accountable for its huge part in all of this.

The following three clips feature the now famous showdown between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, a financial analyst and host of “Mad Money” on CNBC.  In many ways, this meetin mirrors similar events that took place when Edward R. Murrow faced Joseph McCarthy on “See It Now”. 

SEE THE COMPLETE UNEDITED 3 PART VERSION: 

March 12, 2009: Jim Cramer Unedited Interview Pt. 1


March 12, 2009: Jim Cramer Unedited Interview Pt. 2


March 12, 2009: Jim Cramer Unedited Interview Pt. 3

For those who may not know, Edward R. Murrow, beyond being a highly respected journalist in his day, was immortalized as the man who took down Joseph McCarthy.  McCarthy, a politician from Wisconsin, started the “Red Scare” and accused masses of Americans of being communist. Being called a communist back then was the equivalent of being called a terrorist today. Ruining countless lives, McCarthy’s wrath engulfed anyone who opposed him and few did.  Until Edward R. Murrow called him out and brought to light to the nation the wrongs he had committed upon so many innocent Americans.  The News did its job and helped its people find truth in a chaotic time.

This clip shows Edward R. Murrow calling out Joseph McCarthy on his news broadcast “See It Now,” a show which in many ways resembled Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” but with clearly fewer laughs.

Stewart, a satirist/comedian, was hired by Comedy Central to make fun of the news when Craig Kilborn left “The Daily Show” in 1999.  I can’t imagine anyone thought he’d do such a good job of it. Jon Stewart is a fluke, really, which is the scary part of all this.  His job was to make fun of the media and current events, but was never thought of as a legitimate opportunity to expose our country’s failures and corruptions.  “The Daily Show” was engineered for a few laughs and I don’t think it was ever thought to bring about any type of social change or enlighten the public as it has done in the past several years.  You can be sure corporations will think twice before allowing someone like a Jon Stewart to break through and do the job of the news who have so neatly fit in the back pocket of the corporations that own them today.

So many of the journalists today are loyal to the corporations that hire them and pay their (often) exorbitant salaries. We the people are no longer told the truth, but rather a version that is in line with the corporations that own the news channels.  Now, I do realize there are good journalists out there, but corporate news people are not only in a conflict of interest but a conflict of ethics.  Do you do what is right when doing what is right bites the hand that feeds you and your family?  We have allowed our news to develop into a structure where it can no longer fully provide for the people.

It’s clear that corporate news has faile the American people.  Whether it is their misleading reporting on the financial sector that Jon Stewart exposed or the War in Iraq that turned out to be one colossal lie with no Weapons of Mass Destruction and no terrorist linked to the 9/11 disaster.  The corporate news was not only on board for both of these events but lead the charge.  Corporate news has done nothing to inform or challenge the powers at be because they themselves are the powers at be. 

I think we need a clear separation of corporations and news before it is too late.   Access to honest and fair reporting is something we all desperately need to make informed and proper decisions as Americans.  Without a [televised] news source that is acting on behalf of the people we are left to blindly make decisions that will not only impact us but future generations and the people around us on a global level.  We have a responsibility to the global community to get the best information to the people and try our best to make sure it is accurate and credible.  The present corporate news entities have proven to be none of these.

I say this all not with a sense of satisfaction but nervously wondering once Jon Stewart goes, whom will we turn to, to help impart information to us as citizens.  If corporate news has its way we will all sit blindly by as we are fed their version of “fair and balanced” journalism.

Good night America and good luck Jon Stewart!

— RON NAJOR

As a bonus, here’s a clip of Jon Stewart famously taking down the hosts of “Crossfire” ENJOY:

Soon after Stewart’s appearance, “Crossfire” was cancelled.

 

 

 

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