Stephen Colbert

“And That’s How I Got To Be Rich”: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert on the New ‘Star Wars,’ Critics, and Those Special Editions

Okay, first things first: George Lucas has not yet seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer that we all lost our minds over this week. But, as with that brief tempest-in-a-teapot over not seeing the last one, it’s not a question of snubbing, but of trailer-viewing preference. “I just saw it on CBS, but I’m gonna try to look at it,” he told Stephen Colbert at a Tribeca Film Festival “Tribeca Talks” conversation Friday afternoon, explaining, “I want to see it on the big screen.”

“I’ve got it on my phone,” Colbert interjected, taking out his device helpfully. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Ilana and Alia

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, familiar faces pop up on Broad City, Empire, and The Mindy Project, plus Girls offers up a surprising revelation about one of its leads. … Read More

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Jon Stewart Picked the Perfect Moment to Leave ‘The Daily Show’

Comedy, as even the greenest open-mic comic can tell you, is all about timing. And timing isn’t just about how long to pause before a punchline or how long to let a heckler ramble before clobbering them; it’s about knowing when to get the hell offstage, and how to close with your strongest material. For just over 16 years now, Jon Stewart has carved out an inestimable niche as a satirist, media commentator, and talk show host — but he’s still a stand-up comedian at heart, and you’ve gotta give his surprising-but-not-surprising Daily Show retirement announcement this much: it’s perfectly timed. After a decade and a half of exquisitely executed double takes and deadpans, Stewart knew when it was time to say, “Thank you, goodnight!” and head to the… Read More

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Larry Wilmore’s First ‘Nightly Show': Not Perfect, But Very Promising

With the instant feedback of Twitter and recaps passing firm judgment from the very first moments of a new television show, pressure is immense on the new crop of late-night talkers — Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show, James Corden’s Late Late Show, and Stephen Colbert’s Late Show — to hit the ground running; you can hardly imagine these hosts getting the weeks (or even months) that it took for Conan O’Brien or David Letterman to find their footing, their voice, and their shows. So it’s worth nothing that the very first joke on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore was this quote-worthy barb, on the troublingly homogenous Oscar nominations: “They’re so white, a grand jury has decided not to indict them.” In its inaugural outing, Wilmore’s show still displayed some roughness (or, more accurately, a bit too much smoothness). But at its best, The Nightly Show brings a welcome edge and missing voice to the late-night landscape. Or, as Wilmore put it, “It’s Comedy Central’s worst nightmare: a brother finally gets a show on late-night TV! But of course, he’s gotta work on Martin Luther King Day. Let’s do this!” … Read More

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The Steep Inclines, and Ultimate Decline, in Most Celebrity Journeys: Links You Need to See

This was a weird year. In a way, every year is weird — taking 365 days, grouping them all together, and analyzing them collectively will always result in weird, outlier-ridden statistics. And yet, the fact of the matter is that public figures as fundamentally different as Scott Stapp, Kim Kardashian, and Meghan Trainor all had some cultural weight this year. … Read More

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The ‘Colbert Report’ Finale Was a Fitting Tribute to the Show’s Overstated — and Understated — Legacy

Last night, The Colbert Report ended after ten seasons and 1,447 episodes on Comedy Central. “When this show began, I promised you a revolution,” Stephen Colbert said during his final “The Word” segment. “And I delivered, because technically one revolution is 360 degrees right back to where we were.” In keeping with his “Colbert” character, he’s both right and wrong, giving himself too much credit and too little at the same time — and aware that, as much as he boasts about this “revolution,” his show did little to change the actual world. The Colbert Report was not the political revolution that Conservative pundit “Colbert” imagined; it was, at least, a tiny revolution for both Comedy Central and fake news. … Read More

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The Spiritual Ennui of Stephen Colbert’s High-Wire Performance

Goodbye, “Stephen Colbert!” Hello Stephen Colbert, person and brand new host of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On the occasion of the passing of “Stephen Colbert” — pronounced the French way, name always in scare quotes — a significant amount of ink has been spilled on his genius; however, we also noticed that when it came to the Flavorwire staff, a significant amount of us had, well, fatigue regarding the “Stephen Colbert” narrative as the rogue truthiness hero in the media. Can you keep well-honed satire sharp and dangerous for nearly a decade? Should you? While there’s no denying that “Stephen Colbert” was a performance for the ages, are we going to miss The Colbert Report? Here are some reasons why we’re ready for Stephen Colbert, the man. … Read More

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