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Aasif Mandvi: Controversy Over Trevor Noah Tweets Is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

The Daily Show correspondent says he trusts Jon Stewart's judgment on the hire

Trevor Noah hasn’t even stepped onto the job as the new host of The Daily Show yet, but thanks to some controversial old tweets, everyone already has an opinion about the comedian. But his new colleague, Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, says the uproar is “much ado about nothing.”

“I trust Jon Stewart,” Mandvi told The Hollywood Reporter. “Jon seems to want him to take over, so I trust that. I think the only way we’re gonna know is once he does the job.”

He also has some advice for the new host: Take a hint from Jon Stewart and stay off social media. He recounted his boss telling him, “I don’t need to be on Twitter or Facebook because I’m on television four nights a week.”

Hopefully Noah will use those four nights a week wisely when he takes over the host seat.


TIME Books

Here’s the Cover for the New Book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series


It may have a different author, but The Girl in the Spider's Web looks a lot like the other Lisbeth Salander novels

Stieg Larsson died before he could complete a fourth book in his Millennium Series—but its protagonist, Lisbeth Salander, lives on.

After the wild success of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its two sequels, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Larsson’s publishers and estate recruited Swedish writer David Lagercrantz to continue the series. The fourth book will hit shelves Sept. 1, and its American publisher, Knopf, revealed the cover for The Girl in the Spider’s Web on Tuesday.

If we’re judging a book by its cover, readers can probably expect book four to hew closely to Stieg Larsson’s style—the design is very much in keeping with the rest of the series, and though Lagercrantz gets the byline, the jacket specifies in not-insignificant type that the story is “continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series.” The book will once again follow the adventures of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, though this time, says Lagercrantz, it will introduce “Silicon Valley as a locale and a character from the National Security Agency in a central role.”

The Larsson novels have spelled huge profits for publishers, selling 80 million copies worldwide and 25 million in the U.S. alone since 2005. Whether a new writer can replicate the same spark remains to be seen—Spider’s Web will have an initial print run of 500,000 copies in the U.S.

TIME Television

Here’s How to Watch Trevor Noah’s Comedy Special African American

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The stand-up show hints at what Noah might be like as the new host of The Daily Show

Fans of The Daily Show are curious about Trevor Noah, who Comedy Central has announced as the new host of their flagship news show. He’s not as well-known as many of the contenders who had been considered frontrunners in the race for the job, though he has made three appearances on The Daily Show so far. But his 2013 special African American, streaming on Netflix, offers a much more detailed look at his personality and sense of humor.

The stand-up performance, which runs over an hour, focuses on his identity as a mixed-race South African and his journey to America, where — as it turned out — race was even more complicated than in the land of apartheid. He jokes about being mistaken for Latin-American, watching depressing UNICEF ads about Africa (“Where’s that, Cleveland?”) and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa (when one kid gets a beating, he says, “because it’s Oprah’s school, everybody’s getting one! You’re getting a beating! You’re getting a beating!”).

Noah’s performance in the special is more high-energy than his past Daily Show appearances, and fans might be charmed not only by his South African cadences but his talent for other accents as well. And in a late-night landscape that’s overwhelmingly white, Noah’s fresh takes on race, bolstered by his outsider’s perspective on America, make him an especially exciting choice for The Daily Show.

Watch the show on Netflix.

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Watch Trevor Noah’s 3 Appearances on The Daily Show

Hints at what the comedian might be like as the new host

Fans of The Daily Show who want to get to know their new host Trevor Noah need look no further than the Comedy Central show itself. Noah has appeared three times since joining the show in December, and his clips give a sense of what the comedian might be like when he takes the reins from Jon Stewart.

Noah first appeared on The Daily Show in December, juxtaposing stereotypes about African poverty with facts about how bad life is for black Americans. “Be grateful for what you have,” he says South African mothers tell their kids, “because there are fat children starving in Mississippi.”

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Then in January, Noah appeared again to talk about how serious attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria were overshadowed by the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. “Don’t you see, Jon?” he asked, “Boko Haram is black ISIS.”

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And in March, he came back for a “chess news roundup,” slapping the U.S. on the wrist for stealing top players from other countries.

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TIME Television

Sherlock Creator Says Season 4 Will Be ‘Bloody Frightening’


"There are answers coming to questions which nobody has asked"

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffatt won’t reveal much about season four of the Benedict Cumberbatch show, but he does hint at a dark turn for the show, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

The theme of the season, said the writer-producer, will be consequences. “Chickens come to roost,” he says. “It’s dark in some ways—obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that—but there’s a sense of… things… coming back to bite you.”

He continued: “It’s hilarious and exhilarating some days, but some days it’s going to be bloody frightening”

Read more about the fourth season, which kicks off in the United Kingdom with a Christmas special later this year, at EW.com.


Jewish Group Objects to Lena Dunham’s ‘Dog or Jewish Boyfriend’ Story

Bauer-Griffin—GVK/Getty Images Lena Dunham seen at JFK on March 15, 2015 in New York City.

But the New Yorker says the Anti-Defamation League is "howling in the wrong direction"

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says a humor piece written by Lena Dunham for The New Yorker is “offensive” and “insensitive” about anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The story, “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” lists attributes of her dog, Lamby, and her boyfriend, musician Jack Antonoff. ADL National Chairman Abraham H. Foxman took issue with jokes that amounted to “stereotypes about cheap Jews” and said that the comparison “evokes memories of the ‘No Jews or Dogs Allowed’ signs from our own early history in this country.”

Dunham, whose mother is Jewish, has not yet responded, but called the story a “love letter to @jackantonoff & Lamby” earlier this week on Instagram. The New Yorker’s editor David Remnick replied:

“Abe Foxman’s statement on behalf of the ADL is curious. The Jewish-comic tradition is rich with the mockery of, and playing with, stereotypes. Has Mr. Foxman never heard Lenny Bruce or Larry David or Sarah Silverman or read ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’? Lena Dunham is a comic voice working in that vein. I don’t mind if Abe Foxman didn’t find the piece funny. People can differ on that, God knows. But this is something else and, considering all the real hatred in the world, Mr. Foxman is, like those who railed at Philip Roth a generation or two ago, howling in the wrong direction.”

TIME Courts

Missouri Police Will Restrict Tear Gas After Ferguson Lawsuit

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
Scott Olson—Getty Images A demonstrator, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, scrambles for cover as police fire tear gas on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Three agencies have agreed to warn protestors in advance of using the chemical

Three Missouri police agencies have agreed to limit their use of tear gas as part of a settlement in a lawsuit over the protests in Ferguson.

The plaintiffs in the suit alleged that police departments had used excessive force in dealing with protests that were sometimes violent in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown in August and after a grand jury’s November decision not to indict the police officer who shot him, Reuters reports.

The settlement requires police to warn protestors before using tear gas and give them time to disperse, unless harm is truly imminent. A U.S. district judge will retain jurisdiction over the suit through 2017 in order to enforce the agreed-upon terms.


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See the Dress Sophie Hunter Wore to Marry Benedict Cumberbatch

Here comes the bride, all dressed in Valentino

Actress and director Sophie Hunter wore a beautiful dress by Valentino to marry Benedict Cumberbatch on Valentine’s Day.

Before the private ceremony on the Isle of Wight, Annie Leibovitz photographed the bride being fitted in her gown for Vogue. The lacy dress was reportedly inspired by William Blake watercolors and featured a high neckline and an empire waist that flattered her baby bump.

The photo was initially posted on Maison Valentino’s Instagram page as well, but now seems to have been taken down.


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Star Wars Landmarks Safe From ISIS, Tunisian Officials Say

Fethi Belaid—AFP/Getty Images A picture taken on May 2, 2014 shows, amidst desert sand, a film set where numerous Star Wars scenes were filmed in Ong Jmel, in southern Tunisia.

Tourism officials say the sets are unaffected by ISIS

Tourism officials in Tunisia say that landmarks made famous in the original Star Wars movie are safe from Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants, despite reports that the town of Tataouine was a “way-station” for ISIS.

The initial report by CNN was “without foundation,” Mohammed Sayem of the Tunisian tourism commission told the AP. The town, known as Luke Skywalker’s home planet of “Tatooine” in Star Wars, is actually hundreds of miles away from the primary film shooting locations near Tozeur.

Col. Mokhtar Hammami of the National Guard said the area is being patrolled by 1,500 men and that “all is normal, in fact we’ve seen a big influx of foreign tourists and Tunisians.”

The Wrap reports that the desert scenes for the next film, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, were filmed in Abu Dhabi last year.


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