Posts Tagged ‘Jon Stewart’
Pretty big target. But Jon Stewart‘s take on the latest Rush Limbaugh debacle was particularly good last night–not for its takedown of Rush, but for showing just how many media creatures have been saying the exact same things as Rush in recent weeks, in only slightly more politic terms.
The film studios have so little interest in all-black films that even Hollywood royalty like George Lucas struggled to find a distributor for his latest work, Red Tails. Lucas didn’t mince any words when explaining to Daily Show host Jon Stewart the source of the problem:
It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action pictures ever made.
Lucas spent 23 years making the film, which is based on the true story of a crew of African American pilots who fought in World War II and helped start the civil rights movement. “I financed it myself. I figured I could get the prints and ads paid for by the studios and that they would release it,” he explained to Stewart. “And I showed it to all of them, and they said, ‘Noooo. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.’ It’s not green enough.” And by green, Lucas means profitable.
These are the same yahoos who brought us Mars Need Moms, a film that lost over $100 million. A whackadoodle story about motherless space aliens strikes these dunderheads as a better investment than a classic tale about real American heroes. Because they happen to be black.
Get it together, Hollywood.
View the full Lucas/Stewart interview after the jump.
New York based-Zeta Interactive has once again compiled its annual Most Buzzed Report of the media personalities who generate the intense online traffic. Using keywords and phrases online and on social media sites, FishbowlNY has learned exclusively that Anderson Cooper is number one. Cooper, already an established prime time star at CNN, started a daytime syndicated talk show in September.
The additional workload may be a major reason why Cooper saw huge gains in this year’s Zeta report, up from ninth place in 2010.
The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart is as steady as ever, holding at number two for the second straight year.
Zeta Interactive CEO Al DiGuido says his company uses a specific algorithm to create the report.
“It basically kind of jogs the most often used word,” DiGuido says.
- TVNewser: NBC’s latest newsmagazine debuts tonight. Rock Center with Brian Williams features a sit-down with Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
- GalleyCat: HarperCollins is about to purchase a longtime Christian publisher. HarperCollins has a “definitive agreement” to acquire Scotland-based Thomas Nelson.
- PRNewser: Seventy-two days in the making, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are headed for divorce court.
Stewart’s take: “The best shows are made of the smallest moments. Donald Trump eating pizza with a fork, and making that into eight minutes of a completely overblown sanctimonious rant on the apostasy of eating pizza with a fork.”
When it comes to cheeky headlines, few publications are as consistently on target as The Economist. Today, for their wrap-up of the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, the austere UK mag has chosen to go with “Up Close and Impersonal.”
The article by “Prospero” wastes no time in taking down the host city. After calibrating our high density of tanning salons and frozen yogurt stores, it segues to this:
Los Angeles is a city where Michael Bay, a filmmaker lately known for directing the Transformers franchise, and the Kardashian sisters are held up as glowing examples of something, but no one really knows quite what (perhaps LA-ness?).
The list of reporters awarded USC Annenberg 2011 Knight Grants for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life is extremely impressive. And the topics aren’t too shabby either.
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, a senior correspondent for the now online-only Christian Science Monitor, will look at the soon-to-be-cut federal program Mentoring Children of Prisoners. More than 100,000 children with incarcerated parents rely on mentors provided through this initiative connected to faith-based groups. Funding is set to be cut next month.
- FishbowlLA: Lots of accolades from CNN as its longtime business reporter Stephanie Elam joins KNBC.
- TVNewser: Fox News Channel’s Megan Kelly is back from maternity leave, meaning Jon Stewart can resume his jabs at her.
- SportsNewser: Former Village People frontman Victor Willis is planning to sue the Tampa Bay Rays because of using his name and likeness without permission. And yes, that’s Willis in his cop costume for the 1970s disco group.
- UnBeige: An interview with Dirk Barnett, the man behind Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s look. He says that he loves Breaking Bad, which makes us like him even more.
- PRNewser: Those pictures of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that were recently released were only done so to stop the press from hounding her when she leaves rehabilitation this month. We have nothing nice to say about the paparazzi, so – as our mothers told us – we won’t say anything at all.
- TVNewser: Jon Stewart is going to appear on Fox News Sunday this Sunday. Fox News Sunday is – uh, well, please see our previous item about not having anything nice to say.