On a nightly basis, fans eagerly watch as Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report skewers the political machine and news media with hilarious results. Earlier this week, though, host Stephen Colbert decided to move his cross hairs from Washington D.C. to Hollywood with a segment called “Movies That Are Destroying America: Saving America Edition.” In it he focuses on Captain America: The First Avenger as well as Atlas Shrugged: Part I, while also working in digs to several other major Hollywood blockbusters and classics. In typical Colbert fashion, he finds things a layman may have taken for granted and puts a unique and hilarious spin on them. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
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The peg will be played by Keanu Reeves. Hollywood’s looming shit squall of “movies” based on board games finally received an irksome hat tip from Stephen Colbert and the top shelf writers at The Colbert Report. It didn’t disappoint. After mentioning Ridley Scott‘s Monopoly project, complete with an Alien-inspired conundrum for mustachioe guy, Colbert feigned interest in manning the stations of Battleship. Joining him in a gripping audition for Universal‘s live-action board game, due 2011, was none other than ever-relaxed Jeff Goldblum. Wearing a flamboyant hat. One can only hope that Battleship director Peter Berg wasn’t busy arranging another colonic in hell (…or Hancock 2) so as to witness the duo’s masterful recitation of grid coordinates. Cue the red lights.
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This summer, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve overheard a line like, “Oh, I love Conan, but to be honest, I haven’t been watching [The Tonight Show].” Conan’s ratings, which continue to fall and have been widely scrutinized in the media, reflect this trend. Today, it was announced that The Late Show with David Letterman has bested The Tonight Show for four consecutive weeks, a record dating back to 1995. What I find curious about these aforementioned statements from fans, besides their frequency, is that so often they express guilt. Many 20somethings share a bond with Conan O’Brien incomparable to any late night host, and by not watching, it stings of geek treason. But these lounging confessions also pack a subtle tinge of Nikki Finke-like cutthroat satisfaction, and this is what I find most worrisome in terms of the long haul. Why is this?
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If you were intently watching news, Twitter and Facebook feeds last week as Michael Jackson was passing, you probably also saw an equally tragic piece of ‘news’ pass by: reports said that Jeff Goldblum had fallen to his death while filming a movie in New Zealand. Never mind that cursory searches suggested that he was at work in New York; the reports said New Zealand police confirmed the story as true!
How could we doubt such reportage? Cue up a double feature of The Fly and Buckaroo Banzai! (Just do that, anyway. They’re amazing.) Of course the story wasn’t true, but that didn’t stop Stephen Colbert and guest Jeff Goldblum from crying over it last night. Watch the clip, via Cinematical, after the jump. Read More »
The Dana Carvey Show is now on Hulu. What’s the big deal? Well, when the sketch comedy show premiered on ABC in the mid ’90s—following a family-safe block of programming—millions were in awe at the stuff it got away with. It was too good to be true, giving SNL an irreverent elbow. When Carvey spoofed President Bill Clinton by whipping out countless flabby breasts to proudly nurse babies and puppies, it was the beginning of the end. Ratings were steady but still used as a scapegoat, and it was axed after eight episodes. Parents and middle school teachers exhaled in unison.
Knowing that Robert Smigel‘s “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” debuted right after Jonathan Taylor Thomas’s stupid girl troubles on Home Improvement remains incredibly surreal and relevant in the current climate.
After the jump is a screen-shot that captures the show’s insane roster of writers: Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman for starters…
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Gaiman. Colbert. That’s all you need to know. Watch the video after the jump.
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Last year Stephen Colbert predicted the Academy Award winners, and got five for five right. That’s pretty good considering he didn’t see any of the movies. How did he make the predictions? By connecting the dots using DaColbert Code, which is kinda like The DaVinci Code but a lot more entertaining. This year Colbert attempts to do it again, and predict the winners of the 2009 Academy Awards. Check out the video embedded below.
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As you might have heard, Stephen Colbert is running for president of the United States within the Marvel Comics Universe. You may have seen the political advertising in the background of some of your favorite comic books. Well now Marvel has a first look at Colbert’s 8-page crossover story in Amazing Spider-man #573. As much as I love Colbert, I hope to God that this storyline doesn’t get adapted into Spider-Man 4.