Day: July 22, 2014

Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” both will premiere at 2014 TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its slate of world premieres, gala screenings and more this morning, and both Jon Stewart’s directorial debut as well as Chris Rock’s latest both will make their world premieres there this September. Rosewater rose straight from a guest’s appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2009. Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (portrayed in the film by Gael Garcia Bernal) was imprisoned for five months by Iran’s government following his appearance on Stewart’s late-night Comedy Central show. Stewart took all of last summer off to make the movie, which also allowed then-correspondent John...

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Fred Armisen anonymously called strangers to invite them onstage at The Comedy Cellar for a Heineken ad

Last month, under an assumed name, Fred Armisen took over the stage at The Comedy Cellar for about an hour and did something that’d be out of character for anyone who’s not as accustomed to being in character as Armisen. The SNL and Portlandia star and sometime bandleader for Late Night with Seth Meyers embarked on an experiment for the sake of a Heineken ad — Armisen called a pay phone across MacDougal Street from the Comedy Cellar, and invited anyone who answered the call to come on over, all without divulging who he was. Only a handful of the...

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