Since the launch of his incendiary blog in 2005, Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist-cum-social-media-genius, has been raising eyebrows and turning heads worldwide for his subversive stabs against Beijing’s iron fist. He has launched a sort of neo-cultural revolution in China, breathing new power into the voice of the individual and bringing himself under the wrath of the Chinese government. And thanks to Alison Klayman, the 27 year-old filmmaker whose first documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, hit movie screens nationwide this week, Weiwei might soon be as much of a household name in America as Warhol.
The Observer caught up with Ms. Klayman this week near her apartment in Morningside Heights. She looks young, and more like a fresh-faced Columbia student on her way to class than a filmmaker who might be on her way to winning an Oscar. But, when she starts talking, it all makes sense: you can tell this girl is serious business, an up-and-coming artist in her own right, and one to keep our eyes on.
Does this count as breaking character? Stephen Colbert is such a huge fan of Slate’s Gabfest podcast that he once called editor David Plotz to ask why an episode was late, according to a Nieman piece on the economics of podcasting from earlier this week. (Mr. Colbert had previously showed his hand when he Read More
The Colbert Report suspended production for at least two nights, comedy blog Third Beat reports, scheduling reruns for yesterday’s and today’s programs, which had previously booked Claire Danes and Susan Cain.
Producers sent a note to audience members yesterday apologizing for the last-minute cancellation and citing “unforseen circumstances.”
Bad news first: Stephen Colbert has put an end to his bid for president of South Carolina by disbanding his exploratory committee, as he announced last night.
Good news: He can now regain power of his super PAC, after running through a messy gauntlet with its current gatekeeper (but in no way associate) Jon Stewart.
Even better-best news: According to an F.E.C. filing made at 12:01 this morning, the political action committee–which during the regime change two weeks ago renamed itself “The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC” but has since returned to its “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”…though it’s easier to just say Colbert’s Super Pac–has raised $1,023,121.24.
Update: Full video of the Colbert Super PAC transfer below.
Tonight, Stephen Colbert had some big news to share with America: since he was announced to be polling ahead of presidential candidate Jon Huntsman in South Carolina, he had decided to form an exploratory committee to become president of the United States…of South Carolina.
There was only one hitch.
Anthony Weiner takes his case against Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas to The Colbert Report.
Later, when asked if he’ll run for mayor, Weiner says, “perhaps.” So coy that congressman. Read More
As a response to Stephen Colbert’s joking on The Colbert Report about “The Colbuffington Re-Post”–a site, identical in all particulars but name to the Huffington Post, that he planned to sell for $316 million–the Huffington Post announced its own new initiative, The Huffbert Nation. As one might guess, Read More
Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook and now founder of New York-based Jumo, braved The Colbert Report last night.
“My guest tonight is the co-founder of Facebook who founded Jumo.com. I can’t wait until it starts invading my privacy too,” Stephen Colbert said in his intro. And later, “So do you have a gazillion dollars, Read More
Stephen Colbert beat out Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, @alqaeda and @ShitMyDadSays for the most-retweeted tweet of the year:
In honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles.’ http://bit.ly/cIhZNf
The link goes to Comedy Central’s “Address the Mess” series.
Colbert’s tweet got over 44,000 retweets. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone presented Read More
Last night, Conan O’Brien returned to late night TV for the first time since his acrimonious departure from NBC in January. The debut episode of his new TBS show, “Conan,” was a hit with higher ratings than Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” Dave Letterman’s “Late Show,” “The Daily Show,” and “The Colbert Report.” Read More