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Stephen Colbert And James Corden Getting The Post-Super Bowl Timeslots On CBS


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CBS has announced that the coveted timeslot immediately after next year’s Super Bowl 50 will be going to its newest late-night chat show host Stephen Colbert.

The network revealed on Wednesday (November 11th) that Colbert’s ‘The Late Show’ would broadcast live with a one-hour special after the fiftieth edition of the NFL showcase finishes on February 7th, 2016. It was also announced that James Corden, who has the programming timeslot directly after Colbert with ‘The Late Late Show’, will be getting the chance to broadcast a special edition of his show after the local news.

Stephen Colbert'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' is getting the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot

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Colbert Conquers Death In Comedy Central Finale


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It’s over. It’s done. Colbert is dead. Long live Colbert. The Colbert Report aired its final episode last night – Thursday, December 18. The show died, how it lived, more or less.

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What does the future hold for the newly "deathless" Stephen Colbert?

The final episode started off slow, with Colbert not even speaking a word until halfway through the thing. It kicked off with an intro by Jon Stewart, as per tradition, with the Daily Show host eventually tossing the ball to Colbert himself. The recap of recent events fit in quite well with the theme, which was essentially how little things have changed since the Report launched way back in 2005.

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Letterman's Final 'Late Show' Confirmed For May 20


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Attention late night TV lovers: here’s a date to put in your diaries. After months of speculation, CBS has confirmed that David Letterman’s final show as host of ‘The Late Show’ on May 20th next year.

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Farewell: Letterman's final episode as host of 'The Late Show' after 32 years will be May 20th.

The 67 year old will bring to an end his 32 year reign on that day. Assuming that he doesn’t miss any shows until then, his last performance of ‘The Late Show’ (and its previous iteration on NBC, ‘Late Night’) will be his 6,028th.

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Stephen Colbert Announces Final 'Colbert Report' Date


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The final episode for the long-running weeknight show ‘The Colbert Report’ will be broadcast on December 18th. Its presenter Stephen Colbert will end his popular Comedy Central show in preparation for his move to present ‘The Late Show’.

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The final 'Colbert Report' will be broadcast on December 18th.

‘The Colbert Report’ began in October 2005 and has run every weekday night (Monday-Thursday) for the last nine years. For those unfamiliar with its format, Colbert presents the show as a conservative-style pundit, and it’s intended to be a satirical sideswipe at not only news events but also at right-wing reactions to those events.

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"The Hobbit" Hits Comic-Con With Nostalgic Panel And Colbert's Trivia Quiz


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If you were not at SDCC over the weekend, fret not, because some panels, like the one with the cast of The Hobbit and Stephen Colbert (what an inspired lineup) are already hitting youtube. One hour of Hobbit and Tolkien-related goodness, moderated by the biggest Tolkien nerd there is? Yes, please, that sounds absolutely amazing. And it was.

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Think you know your Tolkien? Not as well as Colbert does.

Besides the absolutely obligatory trivia contest (which Colbert won, against one of the series writers, no less), the panel also included a very brief update from Peter Jackson on The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The director, who has spent almost two decades working on Tolkien adaptations, said about the journey: “It’s a commitment I’ve really enjoyed taking.”

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CBS In Deal To Keep 'The Late Show' In New York


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US television giant CBS Corp. is set to receive a sizeable subsidy from the state of New York in return for its commitment to keeping ‘The Late Show’ in the city. Approximately $16 million will be made available to CBS over a five-year period.

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David Letterman has hosted 'The Late Show' since 1993

Details of the deal indicate that $11 million will be in the form of tax credits and grants for the actual running of the show, and the remaining $5million is earmarked for renovating the Ed Sullivan Theater where the show is recorded.

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"This Means War": Stephen Colbert Orchestrates Mass Amazon Boycott


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Stephen Colbert has kicked off a war with Amazon after learning of the online retailer's quarrel with the TV host's book publisher, Hachette. Amazon has been accused of refusing orders for upcoming Hachette books, raising prices, and deliberately delaying shipments - sometimes by 3-4 weeks - in order to renegotiate its e-book pricing, according to Deadline.

"This is a big blow to my bottom line," Colbert said, referring to the long delivery delay for his book, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't. In response, the comedy star announced he had made arrangements through an independent Portland-based bookstore called Powell's Books to sell copies of Edan Lepucki's new Hachette release, California.

Naturally, Lepucki's novel became an instant bestseller, leaving the independent retailer swamped as fans crowded to make the protest purchase in solidarity with Colbert's Amazonian beef. "Hi Colbert fans! Our site is going a little slow bc there are SO MANY of you but don't worry, we'll get all your orders! Thank you!" Powells tweeted.

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Video - David Letterman's Future Successor Stephen Colbert Arrives Outside 'The Late Show'


TV presenter Stephen Colbert waves at paparazzi but doesn't stop for photos as he arrives outside the New York studios for his appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. He also appears to snub a reporter who questions him clutching a microphone as he gets back into his car on leaving the studio.

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We Still Don't Know When Letterman Is Leaving "Late Show" And Neither Does Stephen Colbert, Apparently


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Stephen Colbert will be taking the reigns of the Late Show from David Letterman in 2015, so it was about time that he stopped by the studio to check out his new digs. The host of The Colbert Report guested on Late Night this past Tuesday and chatted to Letterman about his excitement for the job and his past experiences with Late Night. It turns out he has quite a lot – and not all of them encouraging. Aafter telling Letterman, "Obviously, I'm thrilled to be taking over for you," Colbert recounted past near-misses with the veteran host, including a 1986 internship he turned down, "Because you did not pay people," and a bid to write for Letterman's show more than a decade later.

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Colbert came down to Late Night to "sign the lease."

And look where he is now! Colbert will be taking over for Letterman after the veteran host departs next year. The exact date is yet to be announced, but since Colbert will be making his leave from Comedy Central at the end of 2014, he slipped in a little dig at Letterman about his timing. Worrying about being at home too much once his current show ends, Colbert asked "When are you leaving? I don't know, I should have asked," but Letterman merely laughed.

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Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman He's "Thrilled" To Be Taking Over The 'Late-Show'


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Stephen Colbert paid a visit to his future home on Tuesday (April 22nd) and seemed to like it very much. The 49 year-old funnyman, who has been named as David Letterman's successor, appeared on 'The Late-Show' to talk with the host about taking over once he departs.

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Colbert is CBS' new 'Late-Show' host

Colbert sat down as he gazed around the studio and chatted with the 67 year-old, who recently announced he will be retiring once is current contract has expired.

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Stephen Colbert To Appear On David Letterman's 'Late Show' Next Week


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Could David Letterman be introducing his successor earlier than expected?

Stephen Colbert has been chosen to replace the 66 year-old longtime host of the 'Late Show', once he retires in 2015.

But before a passing of the torch occurs, the 49 year-old funnyman will be appearing as a guest on the show next week, CBS announced Tuesday (April 15th).

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RIP The Best Of Stephen Colbert? Will The Funnyman Change On CBS?


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The news that Stephen Colbert would become Letterman’s successor on The Late Show has had time to circulate over the weekend and, by now, anyone who cares has had time to form an opinion. Most online sources seem be taking the change as a good thing. The character Colbert created on Comedy Central could add new life to the Late Show format, which has been going stale for some time now.

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Will Colbert's humor survive the transition into network television?

But the naysayers have to ask – what if Colbert doesn’t bring his Comedy Central character with him? Unlike say, Jon Stewart, who would have been the obvious choice for the “Late Show” gig, Stephen Colbert has always played a character on The Colbert Report – a hilarious, well-acted, faux Conservative pundit, who was obviously created just for satire – not actual pop culture critique. That schtick wouldn’t really work on the Late Show format. A few gags here and there are welcome, but Letterman has, for the most part, hosted as Letterman during his 21-year-long tenure.

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Stephen Colbert Gets The Conan Seal Of Approval For Letterman's Job


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The successor to David Letterman was always going to be a huge deal, as Louis C.K expertly conveyed in his three-part special towards the end of ‘Louie’s’ third season. But in actuality, the announcements ran fairly smoothly. Letterman’s out, Stephen Colbert’s in.

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There have been plenty of Conan admirers in the last few days, all gracefully complimenting the comedian/host while either subtly implying or outright confirming that they didn’t want, or weren’t in line for the job themselves. And one of these people is Conan O’Brien, according to Fox News.

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A Week In News: Peaches Passes, 'Captain America' Crushes Competition, Rockers Roll Into The History Books


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"#RIPPeaches": So went the hashtag that thousands of Twitter users used to pay tribute to the late Peaches Geldof, who was found dead in her Kent home on Monday with her baby son playing nearby. It's still not known how the 25 year-old mother-of-two suddenly passed away but her distraught family, including father Bob Geldof, have been given the body to plan a funeral whilst the toxicology test results come back. The Boomtown Rats star also lead the tributes to his "beautiful" daughter - read herePeaches Geldof: 1989 - 2014.

Farewell Mickey Rooney: Screen legend and former child star Mickey Rooney passed away last Sunday at home in California after a long illness. Known for his unforgettable roles in Night at the Museum, Breakfast at Tiffany's and National Velvet, the 93 year-old was still making plans to appear in more movies and lived up to his positive "Don't retire - inspire" mantra. An ugly dispute over Rooney's burial and will has erupted since the death but will hopefully soon be calmed so that Hollywood can honour one of its most prolific figures. Read our obituary hereMickey Rooney: 1920 - 2014.

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Stephen Colbert Wins 'Late Night' Gig: Is He A Match For Mighty Letterman?


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Stephen Colbert has been announced as the new host of evening talkshow, The Late Show, which will have been hosted by David Letterman for 21 years when the outgoing host retires in 2015. Letterman announced that he was stepping down last Thursday, leading to a frenzy of speculation over who could possibly fill his well-loved shoes.

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Stephen Colbert Is Set To Become The New 'Late Show' Host.

Neil Patrick Harris was quickly pulled up as a potential successor, as was Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson. The speculation was abruptly halted yesterday when CBS announced that The Colbert Report star had been selected as the one to take up the Late Show baton.

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Funnyman Stephen Colbert Called In To Replace Letterman On CBS' "Late Show"


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David Letterman’s retirement announcement triggered several days of speculation about his successor. Now, CBS has finally put an end to the guessing game and made the announcement. And it is... drumroll please... Stephen Colbert. The network released a statement announcing The Colbert Report host as the new face of The Late Show on Thursday. Colbert has reportedly signed a five-year deal to host, after Letterman’s 20+ year reign ends in 2015.

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Letterman is bowing out after 21 years on the job.

 

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Stephen Colbert Is The New 'Late Show' Host, Replacing David Letterman


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David Letterman will be succeeded by Stephen Colbert as host on CBS's The Late Show, it has been announced today. Letterman revealed that he'd be retiring from the late night talkshow last Thursday prompting immediate speculation over who would be replacing the long-term host.

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Stephen Colbert Is To Replace David Letterman On 'The Late Show.'

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris quickly surfaced as a potential successor but the actor was unenthused about the prospect when quizzed during a press conference last week. Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson was also a name that was circulated widely but both rumours have been disproved upon CBS' announcement.

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Stephen Colbert Farms The Whole Racist Tweet Thing. His Crop: Belly Laughs


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In the public eye, you can’t go much worse than being labelled a racist. Unless you’re Stephen Colbert, that is; if you’re Stephen Colbert you can use facts, common sense and trademark wit to change your perception in a matter of days. Short version: this has been excellently and expertly dealt with.

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You need reminding what happened, obviously. On March 27, The Colbert Report’s official Twitter account got the righteous people of Twitter all worked up when, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” was posted. 

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Stephen Colbert's TV Fans: Love Racist Jokes. Twitter: Hates Racist Jokes


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Some lowly social media intern learned an important lesson yesterday when the difference between Steven Colbert’s fans and everyone else on Twitter become abundantly clear. Out of context, the ‘racist’ comment may have made anyone familiar with its previous use laugh, but to everyone else it seemed pretty insensitive.

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In fact it was deemed so insensitive, a campaign to cancel Stephen Colbert’s show, The Colbert Report was initiated via the hashtag: #cancelcolbert. The offending Tweet?  “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” posted from the official Colbert Report account. 

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Stephen Colbert Won't Stop Going On About That Emmy Win


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Perhaps the best thing about Stephen Colbert’s win – for Colbert, anyway – is that he knocked Jon Stewart off his perch. And what a perch it was: 10 years running he won the variety show category, which is probably why his adversary won’t shut the hell up about it.

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And what better place to boast to the nines than your own show, right? Firstly, he was modest enough to admit that he’d made a "verbal gaffe" when he accepted the Emmy. (USA Today)

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Jon Stewart Returns To 'The Daily Show' After Summer Sabbatical


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Comedian Jon Stewart has returned to his hosting duties on US political news satire show, The Daily Show, after he took a 12 week sabbatical to spent time working on Middle Eastern political documentary Rosewater. In his absence, the excellently funny Brit comic John Oliver kept his presenting seat warm.

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Stewart's Back To Rule The Daily Show's Roost.

On the Tuesday night show, Stewart opened by letting his audience know how much he missed them: "You don't know what it's like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid little thing you do."

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Stephen Colbert Rails After Daft Punk Cancel 'The Colbert Report'


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Daft Punk cancelled their appearance on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night, this was so they could make a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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 Unfortunately for the group, Stephen Colbert did not take the slight kindly. The comedian started to make puns at the electronica group's expense, he claimed he'd been "daft punk'd" and referred to the duo as "the artists formerly booked as Daft Punk."

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Did Stephen Colbert Let MTV's Secret Slip In A Bout Of Daft Punk Anger?


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Daft Punk, Stephen Colbert is mad at you. You were supposed to be on his show, and then you cancelled, leaving him in the lurch! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were supposed to join Colbert on his Tuesday-night show, but didn’t, much to the host’s dismay.

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Referring to the dance music duo as "Click and Clack" he explained to his viewers on Tuesday they had been booked a month prior to the show. "Fun fact," he exclaimed, "No one told me until two hours ago."

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Stephen Colbert's "Beautiful" Wax Figure Unveiled At Madam Tussauds


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Top satiricist and all-round funny guy Stephen Colbert has been to Washington to unveil his waxen twin, reports the Washington Post. 

Washington's Madam Tussauds has been undergoing a big refurbishment, retailoring their media room, and they've now recreated The Colbert Report's set, with Colbert's wax figure sitting centre stage, as he does on his satirical show. Never losing his comedic streak, he said "I'm honored to be standing here next to my Man-Crayon... I learned this from the Madame Tussauds people just a minute ago - that on the color wheel, my skin tone is Semi-Gloss Romney Voter." 

"I want to thank everyone at Madame Tussauds for the honor of becoming the latest Waxican American, because being cast in wax is true immortality - as long as the earth is not in any way getting warmer," he continued. "So without further ado, I present you all...the greatest American figurine since the Ken doll. And unlike Ken, this one is anatomically accurate." 

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Jon Stewart Almost Causes Emmy Award Controversy With F-Bomb


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Can you feel that? It's the earth reverberating after Jon Stewart nearly shocked a primetime television audience by dropping an F-bomb at last night's Emmy Awards 2012. Stewart was up on stage to collect his now seemingly obligatory gong for The Daily Show - its 10th consecutive win in the history of the Emmys - and, after a mock fight with his cohorts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, he almost caused a nightmare for television broadcasters by swearing.

Stewart praised his competition by stating "Stephen Colbert - their show, what they did with superpacs this year was ridiculous, ridonkulous. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, I spend way too much time on the Internet watching their shows. Real Time with Bill Maher is constantly writing lines I wish I'd written. Without Lorne Michaels and SNL, I don't think any of us would be doing this. We make topical comedy which has the shelf life of egg salad, so to do this for 15 years and have tangible proof that what we do isn't just ephemeral is wonderful."

The air turned blue when he then commented "Years from now, when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, we'll find a box of these and they will know just how predictable these (effing) shows were." However, producers were able to bleep out the expletive and save what would sure have been a disaster of unimaginable proportions.


Whoops! Jon Stewart Drops The F-word At The Emmys


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Jon Stewart nearly got to the end of his acceptance speech for winning The Emmy Award for best variety show trophy without swearing, but didn't quite manage it, reports USA Today.

Picking up The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's 10th consecutive award for the category (10!), Stewart enjoyed a spot of roughhousing with his fellow nominees, and was tackled by Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon when he left for the stage, but he still had some kind words for his fellow nominees: "Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, I spend way too much time on the Internet watching their shows. Real Time with Bill Maher is constantly writing lines I wish I'd written. Without Lorne Michaels and SNL, I don't think any of us would be doing this. We make topical comedy which has the shelf life of egg salad, so to do this for 15 years and have tangible proof that what we do isn't just ephemeral is wonderful." The Daily show has now won the award for ten years in a row, signalling a remarkable decade for the topical talk show. And that was a Lovely speech right? Oh wait hold on he wasn't finished. "Years from now, when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, we'll find a box of these and they will know just how predictable these (effing) shows were." There we go.

Elsewhere at The Emmys, Homeland picked up the award for best drama, beating our favourite for the prize, Breaking Bad, and halting Man Men's quest for an unprecedented 5th consecutive award for the category. Bad night for AMC then.


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Monsters Vs. Aliens Review


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It's a title that promises much more than it could ever truly deliver. It plays on B-movie fans' wildest dreams but offers them something much less successful. It comes from Dreamworks, which means it will either be completely faithful to its unusual source material (a la Kung Fu Panda's homage to the films of Asian martial arts experts the Shaw brothers) or rely on the tired, post-Shrek formula of animation artistry meshed with tired pop culture quips. So what, exactly, does the latest CG spectacle Monsters vs. Aliens truly have to offer? Sadly, it's a little bit of moviemaking magic surrounded by loads and loads of scripted stupidity.

While planning for her wedding to local newsman Derek Dietl (voice of Paul Rudd), Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is hit by an enormous meteorite containing a mysterious alien element. It instantly causes her to grow in size to gigantic proportions. Naturally, this leads the government, under the director of General W. R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) to capture the gal and take her back to his top secret compound. There, he keeps other so-called "monsters" -- mad scientist turned bug Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), an aquatic fish man known as the Missing Link (Will Arnett), a blob like biological accident named B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), and Insectosaurus, a building-sized pest with an ear-shattering scream. As America's first line of defense against trouble, the team is put to the test when extraterrestrial tyrant Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) arrives, ready to take over Earth.

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Strangers With Candy Review


Very Good

Amy Sedaris' Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy was an absurdist deconstruction of after school special conventions, following the wacky travails of 46-year-old ex-junkie, ex-con, ex-prostitute Jerri Blank (Sedaris) as she reentered high school as a freshman student. A potent cocktail of vulgarity, farcicality, and switchblade-sharp wordplay, the show was a mild cult hit for the then-fledging cable channel (as well as its first original live-action program), running for three brief seasons and eventually launching the career of Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report). Unceremoniously cancelled in 2000 just as it was hitting its ludicrous stride, Strangers with Candy seemed destined to become another footnote in television history, consigned to the same overlooked fate as Chris Elliot's Get a Life and Fox's recently canned Arrested Development. Until, that is, Sedaris and co-creators Colbert and Paul Dinello somehow convinced David Letterman's Worldwide Pants Inc. to produce a feature-length version of the disregarded pseudo-sitcom, which now arrives in theaters like a giant middle finger to every inspirational Hollywood melodrama that tries to argue that people can transform themselves for the better, hard work is rewarded, and heroin is bad.

Unfortunately, however, the cinematic Strangers with Candy - directed by Dinello, who also reprises his role as idiotic, effeminate art teacher Geoffrey Jellineck - only maintains its antagonistic inappropriateness long enough to fill out its first 45 minutes; after that, the tank runs pretty dry and the proceedings become akin to a mediocre TV episode in which plot, rather than scatological silliness, is the main focus. Its story is a prequel of sorts to the Comedy Central series. The film kicks off with a credit montage of Jerri's hilarious exploits in prison (murdering a fellow inmate, enjoying a shower with a naked female) before following her home, where she discovers her dad (Dan Hedaya) is in a coma, mom is dead and replaced by hateful stepmonster Sara (Deborah Rush), and she now has a loathsome jock half-brother named Derrick (Joseph Cross). When the family physician (played by Ian Holm!) suggests that Jerri might cure her father by trying to undo the past thirty-two years-worth of depraved behavior, she decides to enroll at Flatpoint High, where she finds herself both tussling with barely-in-the-closet science teacher Chuck Noblet (Colbert) and blissfully moronic principal Blackman (Gregory Holliman), and hanging out with friends Megawatti Sukharnabhoutri (Carlo Alban) and Iris Puffybush (Dolores Duffy).

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The Great New Wonderful Review


Very Good
The Great New Wonderful represents a major departure for director Danny Leiner in that it doesn't feature two perpetually stoned young men having outlandish adventures - or even one, for that matter. But the characters in the new film from the guy who made Dude, Where's My Car? and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle are, at least, walking around in a haze. They're all New Yorkers trying to get by in the wake of September 11, 2001, casually crossing paths in a series of stories that take place about a year after that devastating day.

These stories are not particularly confrontational, though they have their share of breakdowns and even occasional violence. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Emme, a rising star in the obscure but apparently high-stakes world of designer cakes; Sandie (Jim Gaffigan) is a World Trade Center survivor who's meeting with a corporate therapist (Tony Shalhoub); two parents (Judy Greer and Thomas McCarthy) bicker about their antisocial young son; an elderly woman (Olympia Dukakis) flirts with escaping the dead-silent routine of her long marriage; and a pair of bodyguards (Naseeruddin Shah and Sharat Saxena) traipse around the city for an Indian political figure. If any of these stories sound like they could be stripped-down plays, with many characters standing neatly in pairs, it's probably because writer-actor Sam Catlin developed some of these ideas on stage.

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Bewitched Review


Weak
Campy-revamp remakes and Nicole Kidman just don't mix.

But the problem is not the actress's performances. Sheadded bite and ironic melodiousness to last year's slapdash, self-destructing"TheStepford Wives," and she keeps the newself-aware, big-screen version of "Bewitched" afloat with herdelightful spark of perky naivete as a witch trying to live a mortal life.She has a deftly silly sense of comedic balance and timing.

The problem is, when she's just looking to have some funbetween dramatic roles, the girl can't pick a script.

Like "The Stepford Wives," this new comedy isa mess at the screenplay level. It changes mood, direction and (like "Wives")the rules of its own reality in every other scene. The plot is sloppy andstructurally unsound. Fictional characters from the original "Bewitched"come to life in single scenes for no explored reason ("The Daily Show's"Steve Carell is bloody awful as queeny Uncle Arthur) -- and this happenseven though the bulk of the meta-cinema plot takes place in real-worldHollywood. You see, Kidman plays an actual witch who becomes an actressand gets cast as TV sorceress Samantha Stevens in a network remake of thetitular 1960s sitcom.

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Strangers with Candy Movie Review

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