Stephen Colbert’s Late Show previews the Mueller report audiobook, highlighting the annoying redactions

The public will finally get to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday afternoon — well, a colorfully redacted version, hours after Attorney General William Barr has offered yet another preview of its conclusions and President Trump’s lawyers have released their rebuttal. Congress will get the report on CD and the public will then get access to a PDF (presumably), but if you don’t want to read all 400 pages of the Mueller report, Audible has promised a free audiobook version.

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show offered a preview of that audiobook on Wednesday night, and it figured out a clever way to highlight how annoying all the redactions will be. Like, seriously annoying. Watch below.

On #LSSC tonight: The Mueller Report is about to be released, and we’ve got the exclusive audiobook! pic.twitter.com/7VDpCo6Jkk

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 17, 2019

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Beyoncé drops surprise Homecoming album alongside Netflix Coachella documentary

Yet another surprise Beyoncé album has arrived.

Homecoming, the new Netflix documentary about Beyoncé’s legendary 2018 Coachella performance, has now premiered online. That had been previously announced, but alongside the documentary’s release, Beyoncé also unexpectedly dropped a Homecoming live album, per The New York Times. The 40-track album is available on streaming services like Spotify in addition to Tidal, with Beyoncé casually tweeting about its release in the early hours of the morning.

#HOMECOMING out now. https://t.co/sa6OKEBvkb pic.twitter.com/f7fNhYuzLc

— BEYONCÉ (@Beyonce) April 17, 2019

Some fans had speculated Beyoncé might be preparing to drop an entirely new album unrelated to the Coachella performance, as Variety reported, but that did not turn out to be the case. Still, it was a welcome surprise for fans and was only the latest instance of Beyoncé dropping out album fairly out of nowhere, a strategy that was also employed with past releases like Lemonade, which debuted following an HBO special, and Everything Is Love.

Now that both the Netflix documentary and the live album are available, those around a world have an opportunity to view a performance that Variety’s Erin Nyren called “one of the greatest entertainment experiences I’ve ever witnessed.”

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Stephen Colbert recreates Notre Dame’s rose window, turns Trump’s unsolicited advice back on him

Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday’s Late Show that he “was shocked and horrified” to watch Notre Dame cathedral burn in Paris on Monday, but “the news isn’t all bad.” There were no deaths, “and while the roof was lost and the spire collapsed, the church itself survived, including the magnificent rose window,” he said, showing his team’s recreation of the stained glass masterpiece on the domed ceiling of the Ed Sullivan Theater.

France has vowed to rebuild Notre Dame, and French corporations and business tycoons have already pledged more than $700 million, but “I just pray that they don’t sell the naming rights,” Colbert joked. “It would just not be the same to visit the Tostitos Notre Dame Cathedral at Monster Energy Ile de la Cite.”

Meanwhile, as “the fire was just raging at its hottest, Donald Trump offered his, um, help?” Colbert said, reading the president’s tweeted advice to use “flying water tankers” and fight the fire “quickly!” He acted out how Trump must have imagined France would react to his unsolicited counsel, but in fact, France’s civil security service did respond, Colbert noted. And “for firefighters, they really know how to give a sick burn.”

Trump also offered unsought advice to Boeing on Monday, and Colbert took Trump’s rhetorical question — “What the hell do I know?” — literally. “Not much, which is maybe why you shouldn’t be tweeting about how to put out fires and fix planes,” he said. “First you should learn how to drink a glass of water, close an umbrella, and pass a flag without copping a feel.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report will now be released Thursday, not Tuesday, as originally planned, Colbert said. “The Justice Department delayed it …read more

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Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien groan over Trump’s unsolicited Notre Dame advice. Seth Meyers hits taxes.

The iconic Notre Dame cathedral burned in Paris on Monday. “Just colossal damage, and a lot of people are talking about it — and you know if people are talking about something, you know what that means: President Trump just had to tweet about it,” Conan O’Brien said on Monday’s Conan. He read what he assured everyone was Trump’s “real tweet,” suggesting France deploy “flying water tankers” and “act quickly!”

France explicitly rejected Trump’s water-tanker idea, but “we’re all grateful to the president that in a case of fire, water and acting quickly might be a good idea,” Conan deadpanned. He imagined what else Trump might have plausibly tweeted.

Jimmy Kimmel was equally unimpressed with Trump’s “practical advice to the people of France” on Kimmel Live. “I’m glad someone was thinking quickly enough to tell them to act quickly,” he joked wryly, pivoting to Trump praising Tiger Woods and then Tax Day: “We still haven’t seen the president’s taxes, of course, and there’s apparently a very good reason for that.”

Trump knows his excuse about being audited is “a transparent lie,” Seth Meyers explained on Late Night, so he’s “moved on to a new excuse, that his tax returns are too complicated for people to understand.” And White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, he noted, just “took Trump’s argument one step further, saying members of Congress were literally too dumb to understand them.”

“I will concede, if Sanders is talking about the Republican members of Congress, then yes, some of them are not smart enough to understand Trump’s tax returns,” Meyers said, showing examples, but some of the Democrats are clearly up to the task. It doesn’t matter, though, because “the law is clear: Democrats have the power to request Trump’s tax …read more

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