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Jon Stewart of The Daily Show writes and directs Rosewater, which tells the story of Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested for espionage while covering the Iranian elections in 2009. He was held for 118 days, during which Bahari persistently interrogated by a man who had “proof” of Bahari’s bad intentions via the journalist’s Facebook page and, oddly, an appearance on The Daily ShowGael García Bernal plays Bahari in the film, which just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and is headed to Telluride and Toronto before a November opening. The first Rosewater trailer is below, along with excerpts from the first reviews out of Venice. Read More »

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s release date announcement, Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut Rosewater has just revealed a few first-look pics. Gael Garcia Bernal leads the fact-based story as Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who imprisoned and tortured for 118 days in Iran.

As the subject matter suggests, Stewart’s Rosewater is a serious drama — quite unlike the political comedy we’re used to getting from Stewart on his nightly show. Hit the jump to see the first Rosewater images.

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ Release Date Announced

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Jon Stewart is no stranger to the Oscars, having hosted the ceremony in 2006 and 2008. But next year could just turn out to be his first time going as a nominee.

Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater has just been set a prestigious fall opening by Open Road Films, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Get all the Rosewater release date details after the jump.

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This edition of Star Wars Bits is all over the map. There are laughs, technology, revelations, connections and even some toys. Below, read about the following

  • Jon Stewart battles Stephen Colbert over their Star Wars fandom.
  • The original Star Wars Trilogy was given a 4K conversion.
  • New Star Wars Rebels characters have been revealed, including a familiar name from the original trilogy.
  • Read details about the iWalk2.0, the new crutch Harrison Ford is currently using.
  • See the latest two Star Wars Hot Wheels based on Chewbacca and Yoda.
  • Andy Serkis gets grilled about his Star Wars Episode VII role and gives a concrete bit of info.
  • Ian McDiarmid says he isn’t in Star Wars Episode VII.

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Even before it opened, Noah was raising the ire of moviegoers who felt that Darren Aronofsky‘s take on the classic Bible story wasn’t “literal” enough. The controversy hasn’t died down now that the movie’s actually hit theaters, and last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a moment to fire back.

With his trademark wit, the host skewered those who complained that Noah wasn’t a documentary and didn’t have enough God in it. But best of all is when he takes on the Fox commentator who remembered the original as a story in which “the sun comes out and everybody lives happily ever after.” “Everybody?” Stewart responds with mock shock. “Nobody lives!” Watch him rip the haters a new one after the jump. Read More »

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When John Oliver spent the summer filling in for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, it wasn’t the enaction of a ploy to take over the seat of the show that gave Oliver his biggest break. But it did turn out to be an audition for Oliver to anchor a new show.

Unsurprisingly, the new show will be not unlike The Daily Show. It will be a weekly series on HBO, with “a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events,” says Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO. The show will air Sundays starting in 2014.  Read More »

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Fans of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart were met with a decidedly different show Thursday night. It was Stewart’s final show before he leaves for the summer to helm his first film, Rosewater. He’ll return to his award-winning Comedy Central news show in September.

Before leaving, Stewart laid out exactly how the film came about. He showed the initial report on Iranian citizens that started the story, how that tangentially lead to journalist Maziar Bahari being imprisoned and tortured, and how that experience turned into the book Then They Came For Me.

After the jump, check out the segments of The Daily Show where Stewart talks about the film, as well as the full episode. Read More »

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Later this year, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will take a break from the show to direct his first film, Rosewater. The movie is a fictionalized account of journalist Maziar Bahari’s experience in an Iranian prison, where he was held for almost three months on suspicion of spying.

Now Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast as Bahari, adding another layer of interest to a film that was already bound to receive some close scrutiny. Read More »

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