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How well do you know the late-night funny man?
As Stephen Colbert ends his 10-year run on the award-winning Colbert Report to take over the Late Show, take a look back at some things you may not have known about the celebrated comedian.
Long before he played a fake correspondent, Stephen Colbert had a brief stint as an actual correspondent for Good Morning America. According to an interview with Mediabistro, he did exactly two reports—only one of which made it on air.
Colbert’s time on The Daily Show predates current host Jon Stewart, having joined as a correspondent in 1997 during the Craig Kilborn years. Stewart came on board as host in 1999.
One of Colbert’s earliest gigs before he was famous was as the spokesperson for a commercial for FirsTier bank.
In 2005, Colbert teamed up with Nicole Sullivan and Elmo to teach kids their ABCs in the Sesame Street: All-Star Alphabet.
Colbert is an entertainment triple threat, which means he’s able to act, sing and dance—skills that he will indubitably put a spotlight on on the Late Show. Until then check out a duet of the Star Spangled Banner he once sang with Steve Carell.
In 2010, Colbert won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!.
Colbert graduated from Northwestern’s School of Communication in 1986 and returned to his alma mater in 2011 to give the commencement speech.
Colbert stretched his improv muscles as a guest star in two episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
A treadmill on the International Space Station known as the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or C.O.L.B.E.R.T. for short, was named for the comedian after winning a NASA naming contest.
The contest was originally intended to name a new module of the space station, however NASA decided to name the module Tranquility instead of Colbert, with the latter’s name used for the treadmill instead.
The Colbert Report broke The Daily Show‘s 10–year Emmy winning streak for best Variety series in 2013 with its win at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
He’s not just a fake conservative pundit
As Stephen Colbert prepares to say goodbye to The Colbert Report and his hyper-conservative pundit counterpart Stephen Colbert the character, take a look back at some of the roles you might have have not seen him in.
Which is your favorite batmobile?
Built in 1963, the earliest officially-licensed Batmobile known to exist was used by DC Comics licensee All Star Dairies to tour small towns in the Eastern U.S. as “Batman’s Batmobile.” This original custom Batmobile precedes even the iconic Lincoln Futura iteration of the Batmobile that graced the screens in the popular 1966 Batman TV series.
As this 1963 Batmobile goes up for sale at Heritage Auctions, take a look back at all the other Batmobiles to have been featured on film.
The 1943 serial Batman and 1949 serial Batman and Robin featured unmodified Cadillac and Mercury cars respectively as their “Batmobiles” and, as such, are not featured in this gallery.
Ending months of speculation, the British actor sets the stage for Marvel's "Phase 3"
Marvel confirmed Thursday that Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Doctor Strange in the superhero movie of the same title.
Cumberbatch, the British star of TV’s Sherlock and the new movie The Imitation Game, was long-rumored to be in line for the part: a former surgeon entrusted with the power to protect Earth from mystical and extraplanetary forces. It’s an apt choice, and not just because of the actor’s distinctive look; as early box-office returns for The Imitation Game have borne out, Cumberbatch’s fan base is unusually ardent.
The announcement about the film, which will release on Nov. 4, 2016, puts an end to months of speculation on who would play the character and sets in motion the foundation for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Actors ranging from Johnny Depp to, most recently, Joaquin Phoenix have previously been tied to the role of Doctor Strange before Cumberbatch, with rampant online speculation that the character will eventually be groomed to replace Iron Man as the core of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange is part of a group of Marvel films known as Phase 3, which include the likes of Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and will take place after the events of the second Avengers movie.
It will be a sharp step away from the plausible pseudo-science, first broached by Iron Man, that dominates the Marvel movies and will introduce the more strange and fantastical elements of the Marvel Universe.
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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 hits theaters Nov. 21, 2014.
A look back at some of the British actor's earlier roles
You may know Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug in the Hobbit movies, Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, or just simply as that guy who plays Sherlock, but what about his roles as Major Jamie Stewart or William Pitt the Younger?
Take a look back at some of his other roles from earlier in his career.
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They're not your average crime fighters
Disney’s newest animated flick Big Her0 6, in theaters Nov. 7, is a re-imagining of a Marvel comic superhero group by the same name. Comprised of four super-smart college students, a comic-book geek and an inflatable robot, the Big Hero 6 are formed to oppose a mysterious masked man who threatens the city of San Fransokyo. Here’s our dossier on the crime-fighting crew.