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Jon Stewart to Direct Serious Film, Will Take Hiatus From ‘Daily Show’

Via NYT and all of twitter:

Mr. Stewart, the stand-up satirist and “Daily Show” host, said on Tuesday that he would direct his first movie, a drama called “Rosewater,” from a screenplay that he wrote.

The movie — which will require a 12-week absence from his duties on “The Daily Show” — is an adaptation of the 2011 book “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival,” by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy...

John Oliver, a regular contributor to the program, on Comedy Central, will serve as guest host for eight weeks of new shows, and the four other weeks Mr. Stewart will be gone are expected to coincide with the show’s annual summer hiatus.

“One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves,” Mr. Stewart said, “and I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”

Mr. Bahari’s ordeal is familiar to “The Daily Show” fans — in fact, the comedy program played a role in it...

A Canadian-Iranian journalist and documentarian, Mr. Bahari was jailed in Tehran in 2009 for four months, accused of plotting a revolution against the government. Shortly before his arrest, Mr. Bahari had participated in a “Daily Show” sketch, conducted by one of the show’s correspondents, Jason Jones, who was pretending to be a spy. Mr. Bahari’s captors used the footage against him.

“You can imagine how upset we were,” Mr. Stewart said, “and I struck up a friendship with him afterward.”

Well, etc. In tonight's installment of Twitter does my work for me: I'm intrigued -- y'all know my views on the show -- but most of twitter is all

Though I'm not alone: And lotsa this:
Some people are even paying attention to the movie (though there was that one guy claiming that Jon's an activist at heart...) And, inevitably:

The Daily Show

Well, OK, Neil deGrasse Tyson is worth watching. But not writing up again.
The Colbert Report
Kirk Bloodsworth (first American sentenced to death row cleared by DNA fingerprinting, Advocacy Director: Witness to Innocence)
@BloodsworthDNA    Wikipedia    his InnocenceProject page    his Center on Wrongful Convictions page    This stuff at, from a 2008 National Library of Medicine exhibition

There's a documentary set for 2014 (with related news)
And a (2004) book

NYTimes, February 5, 2013 A Death Penalty Fight Comes Home
Amnesty International (USA)February 6, 2013: Kirk Bloodsworth and the Demise of the Death Penalty and alternet piece that led me to it.
Also, Maryland-specific email clicky-thingy --  death penalty repeal in Maryland already diaried (Feb 27).
Baltimore Sun Mar 1 2013: Death penalty repeal clears a key test vote in Senate
Final vote could come next week which links to a petition prob only good in Delaware
wikipedia    twitter    youtube    facebook    about

James Franco, Oz the Great and Powerful

RottenTomatoes (Mon eve: 15 reviews, 67%)
Franco's RottenTomatoes page 61 movies. I've only seen one, and only a handful of others ring any bell at all. One of those only, randomly, because of a thing I saw on tumblr earlier today (I don't quite get Marina Abramovic' art, but hey).

And look! Exclusive: James Franco’s Life to Be the Subject of a Marina Abramovic Film
Marina Abramovic Will Make a Movie About James Franco
ICONOCLASTS - James Franco + Marina Abramovic'
Using the Kübler-Ross Model for Marina Abramovic’s Documentary on James Franco

But, the movie.
Huffpo interview
historical background
filmed in directors hometown
Graduate of someone's local college had a Significant Role in the Film. I should make this a running feature...
ClothesOnFilm review
tie-in cocktail & snack recipes
HSN line
themed scrabble tile necklace
assorted other tie-ins

And what would a great movie be without the requisite tie-in cocktail & snack recipes? And the HSN line, of course. Along with the themed scrabble tile necklaces & assorted other tie-ins.

Brendan O’Connell, Walmart Paintings

Brendan O’Connell Makes the Everyday Artful
interview: Brendan O’Connell on His Art & His New Project, Everyartist
Brendan O’Connell Makes the Everyday Artful
This week's inspiring pop culture moment: Brendan O’Connell
He's got his eyes on the aisles: Painter's work turns Walmart into fine art
Walart A career epiphany in a supermarket (plus)
FastCo take: When Artists And Corporations Get Along
"Walmart art" by other artists at
NYU President John Sexton, Author: “Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game”

Wikipedia "Office of the President" Bio ratemyprofessors page The 10 Best College Presidents (he's #2)

2010 Bill Moyers interview about "Baseball as a Road To God" class You Can Now Pre-Order JSex’s Book, “Baseball As A Road To God” The actual course title (I think): "Baseball as a Road to God: A Study in the Post- Modern Hegemony of Constructed Reality"
Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game publisher's site    amazon    goodreads     B&N    PubWeekly    Kirkus notable:

 In recent news:
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Vote by professors is a slap at NYU president
As Growth Shifts Into Overdrive, NYU Faces a Rebellion From Within
Louvre, Guggenheim and NYU Accept Millions From Abu Dhabi but Remain Silent on Human Rights letters
Lawsuit Presses On Against NYU Expansion Plan
More Than One N.Y.U. Star Got Lavish Parting Gift
Should Top U.S. Colleges Expand Overseas? Leave the tuition on the dresser.
As NYU’s Tuition Soars, NYU Employees Leave with Seven-Figure Parting Gifts

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