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Jon Stewart leaving show to direct movie

Updated: Wednesday, March 6 2013, 08:26 AM EST
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Many Daily Show fans will be bummed out by this story.

Host Jon Stewart is taking some time off from the show to produce and direct a movie.

The movie's called "Rosewater" and it's based on a book by an Iranian journalist who was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government during the 2009 election.

Stewart wrote the screenplay. He will leave the Daily Show in June and won't return until just after Labor Day.

During his absence another face on the Daily Show, John Oliver, will fill the anchor chair.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A week ago, it seemed chances of seeing "The Interview" were dead. But now the movie project has been resurrected -- as Sony Pictures has announced a limited release for the comedy feature that irked the North Korean government. The studio says it will have the film in movie houses tomorrow -- the original release date. In making deals with some independent chains, Sony has managed to deflect some of the criticism that came its way after deciding to pull the movie. The decision was criticized by President Obama and members of the Hollywood. Sony says, however, that it had "never given up on" releasing the movie. And it's unclear whether the movie will eventually have a wider release, be distributed on DVD or through a cable or video-on-demand outlet.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports.

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Oscar Wells Gabriel

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the move seems to reverse Sony's decision to pull the movie from theaters.

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Sound from "The Interview" movie

Here is a bit of a scene from "The Interview," which some movie theaters have decided to show, after all.

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Theater owner Daniel Kamil says he was hoping Sony would allow "The Interview" to be shown.

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Daniel Kamil (kah-MEEL')

Theater owner Daniel Kamil says he isn't worried about anything really bad happening to, or at, his theater.

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Daniel Kamil (kah-MEEL')

Theatre owner Daniel Kamil says he hopes to start showing "The Interview" the day after Christmas.


HONOLULU (AP) -- He was one the biggest critics of Sony's decision to shelve "The Interview." But President Barack Obama says he's in Sony's corner, now that the studio has agreed to release the movie on Christmas Day. White House spokesman Eric Shultz says the president "applauds Sony's decision to authorize screenings of the film." The spokesman says the U.S. believes in free speech and artistic freedom -- and the Sony decision lets people make their own decisions about the movie. White House officials declined to say what role, if any, the White House played in getting the movie released. But one of the stars of "The Interview" does. Said James Franco on Instagram: "The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken."


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former "Scandal" star Columbus Short is facing not only a scandal, but a trial. The actor has been ordered to stand trial on a felony battery charge. The decision was made at the end of a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles -- which saw a witness testify that Short fired a running punch on a man who wasn't looking in his direction. The judge decided the case could go forward, but expressed doubts about the credibility of some of the testimony of the recipient of the punch. Prosecutors say Short struck Fenton Hyche III in the parking lot of a Los Angeles bar on March 15. Hyche suffered a concussion and fractured eye socket. The actor's attorney claims the punch was thrown in self-defense.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports this is not the first time Columbus Short has run afoul of the law.


FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) -- You can't do a show called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" without coffee -- or cars, for that matter. And there's a Saab dealer in Iowa who has been lending his wheels to Jerry Seinfeld for some of the shows. Collector Tom Donney says he got a call from Seinfeld's people asking about borrowing a one of his Saab's when other plans fell through. He loaned out a 1965 Monte Carlo 850 for the shoot, which featured Seinfeld and fellow comedian Fred Armisen. Donney was told he couldn't meet Seinfeld -- but says he got to chat with him for 15 minutes. Donney says he and Seinfeld became instant friends the comedian learned he had more than 100 Saabs.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bill Cosby has tried several tactics to try to blunt the sex assault allegations that have been revived in recent weeks: silence, no comments, speaking through his attorneys and family members. But in one of his direct statements on the issue, he hinted he was been unfairly treated by the news media -- and that he'd get a fairer shake from the black press. That hasn't gone over well, either from a media that had to be nudged into to report the allegations in the first place -- and from blacks who feel he's been overly critical of his own race. That image as the cranky old man beefing about kids wearing their jeans low may be a reason why blacks haven't rushed to his defense -- despite his suggestions that they might. Back in 1994, Cosby ripped blacks for lacking parenting skills, something that struck a nerve with younger audiences. It was a younger comedian who sparked the renewed discussion of the sex assault allegations during a standup routine in Cosby's own hometown of Philadelphia.


NEW YOR (AP) -- Disney has had a number of successful animated films over the decade. But the one that has surpassed them all has been named AP's Entertainer of the Year. The winner: "Frozen" -- which has taken in more than one and a quarter billion dollars since its release late last year. It had enough staying power to win the vote total from AP members and subscribers for top honors for entrainment. Other acts that drew votes included TV titan Shonda Rimes, singers Beyonce and Taylor Swift, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon and actor Matthew McConaughey.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Frozen not only has box office clout -- but also staying power.

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Sound of of Idina Menzel singing "Let It Go" from "Frozen," the AP's choice for Entertainer of the Year.

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Sound of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman"

Sound of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" from "Frozen," the AP's choice for Entertainer of the Year.

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Sound of Josh Gad

Sound of Josh Gad in a scene from "Frozen," the AP's choice for Entertainer of the Year.

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Sound of Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff

Sound of Kristin Bell and Jonathan Groff, in a scene from "Frozen," the AP's choice for Entertainer of the Year.

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Sound of Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad

Sound of Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad in a scene from "Frozen," the AP's choice for Entertainer of the Year.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A lot of TV viewers had their eye on CBS this past week. The network aired the 15 most-watched scripted shows in the Nielsen ratings. And the programming department can take credit for the win. While many of its rivals went with reruns or holiday specials, CBS kept rolling out fresh episodes of regular series. Leading the way was "NCIS." The crowning of a new champion on "The Voice" landed that show in the top 10 for both Monday and Tuesday night's episodes.