April 2, 2015 |
IN AN INDUSTRY that preaches the importance of social media over ratings or ad sales to demonstrate star power, one would think that Comedy Central, in making the most important hire in its history, would somehow remember to check its hire's Twitter feed. Whether you think new "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah is an anti-Semite, a misogynist, a self-hating biracial man, a mocker of fat women or just painfully unfunny, based on a series of tweets pulled from his Twitter account, it's difficult to think that Comedy Central seriously vetted the South African comedian.
April 2, 2015 |
Trevor Noah's baptism by fire How's that saying go? "There's no such thing as bad publicity"? Just ask Trevor Noah , 31, who has made headlines after raising the ire of the irate, less than 24 hours after Comedy Central announced that he was to replace Jon Stewart as the host of faux-news/meta-news show The Daily Show . A slew of commentators, pundits, fans, busybodies, and layabouts have taken to the blogosphere to complain about...
April 1, 2015 |
Since Jon Stewart announced in February that he would depart The Daily Show anchor chair, names of possible successors to take over Comedy Central's keystone show had been bandied about. Who would be the new voice of fake news? Yesterday, Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah - a 31-year-old South African stand-up comic who has contributed to The Daily Show a scant three times since his December debut - would be the newest name in late-night. And a collective " Huh?
April 1, 2015 |
NO ONE can accuse Comedy Central of making the safe, obvious choice. The network has tapped Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart as host of the "The Daily Show," and if you have Noah idea who he is, you're not alone. Trevor, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa, has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times during the past year, and is the son of a black South African mother and a white European father. Noah has an international presence and hosted a late-night talk show in South Africa, "Tonight With Trevor Noah.
August 4, 2014 |
GASPÉ PENINSULA, New Brunswick - I am coaxing my 1999 Toyota along a road in a pelting rainstorm. Logging trucks career by, coating the windshield with water. A construction detour off Canadian Route 2N has us in country that would be idyllic if we could see it. My 12-year-old daughter Anne's iPod is on the fritz; my 15-year-old son, Noah, announces that our printed-out directions have west and east reversed. My lower back screams, "Stop and stretch"; my better judgment whispers, "What were you thinking, taking the kids solo on a 2,500-mile round trip to the Gaspé Peninsula?"
April 11, 2014
I'D HEARD that "Noah" was made animal-free - using no real animals - and I was prepared for a big-budget CGI-happy spectacle, which I got. But I wasn't prepared for what Darren Aronofsky's movie turns out to be - a milestone in blockbuster veganism, in mainstreaming the idea of committed nonviolence. The stakes are set in the opening seconds: Among quick clips of the Fall is one of a hand reaching for an apple - except that the apple is beating, like a heart, both visually and audibly.
April 1, 2014 |
A night of slime Robert Downey Jr . turned inspirational speaker at Saturday's Kids' Choice Awards, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence got top awards, and the traditional green goo bath finally caught up with Mark Wahlberg , thanks to some unlikely slimers - his own three young kids. Downey, after winning best male buttkicker, told the L.A. audience at Nickelodeon's 27th annual awards show, "Remember, when life is kicking your butt, never forget to kick it back right - in the face.
March 28, 2014 |
"NOAH" director Darren Aronofsky has called his new epic "the least biblical film ever made" and, having seen it, I can tell you that he's full of beans. True, the movie is not woodenly faithful to the traditional story, but it's certainly biblical, padding the brief story of Noah (three dozen paragraphs in Genesis) with borrowings from later passages: from the Old Testament, the story of Abraham and Isaac; from the New Testament, miraculous pregnancies, paraphrasing of questions asked by Jesus of God, ideas from Revelations.
March 21, 2014 |
RUSSELL CROWE went to meet the pope, but the pope said "No-ah. " Crowe and the makers of the big-budget film about the animal ark-ivist attended Pope Francis ' general audience yesterday but didn't get what they most wanted: a photo-op. Maybe Crowe will have better luck if he accompanies the Philadelphia delegation later this month. Crowe had lobbied hard for a papal thumbs-up for his film "Noah," and the ensuing publicity a Francis blessing would bring. The film has been banned in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of the prophet Noah, while U.S. conservatives have complained the film takes liberties with the biblical account of the flood.
March 11, 2014 |
FOR A MOVIE based on a book written thousands of years ago, "Noah" is sure stirring up a fair amount of modern-day controversy. Before anyone had even seen Darren Aronofsky 's retelling of the Biblical tale, with a slightly tweaked story ark, certain Christian groups were upset that the movie wasn't literal enough in its rendering of the very old man and the sea. Now, three Arab countries have banned "Noah" on religious grounds because Islam...