Breaking news, internet: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are planning a reunion on May 7, 2016.


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Unfortunately, the two won't be announcing a "Daily Show Part 2" nor will they be launching a Stewart-Colbert 2016 presidential ticket.

It's a shame we'll never know what those campaign rallies would look like (but one can dream).

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The pair will, however, be doing arguably the next best thing: fighting for animal rights.

Photo by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images.

Stewart and Colbert are headed to the Montclair Film Festival together on Saturday, May 7, and the former "Daily Show" host plans to introduce "Unlocking the Cage." Colbert is on the festival's advisory board, and his wife, Evelyn, is the board president.

"Unlocking the Cage" follows the story of lawyer Steven Wise, who aims to "break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans."

"Given that the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, why not chimps?" a film explainer given to Upworthy noted.

Photo courtesy of "Unlocking the Cage," used with permission.

In the film, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Wise and his legal team argue certain creatures with advanced cognitive capabilities — like chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants — should be provided with certain personhood rights in order to protect them from abuse.

If it seems odd that Stewart is spending his retirement introducing animal rights films, you probably missed the memo on the comedian's long-term retirement plans.

Stewart's pristine, 12-acre property outside New York City has been transformed into an animal safe haven.

Last October, Stewart and his wife, Tracey, announced their New Jersey farm would become a Farm Sanctuary.


Farm Sanctuary — a group that raises awareness around the injustice of factory farms — has properties throughout the U.S. like Stewart's where abandoned and rescued animals are housed.

"We're going to build new advocates, new curious learners, and new leaders for this very important movement," Tracey announced at a gala for the nonprofit last year about the Stewarts' new plans.

(I never thought I'd be jealous of a pig until now.) GIF via CBS This Morning/YouTube.

It's hard to fathom a Stewart-Colbert reunion that isn't worthy of our attention.

These are the men who brought us the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, after all.

But a reunion to shine a light on our furry friends in need seems especially fitting for a dynamic duo with such big hearts.

(And I'm still holding out hope for Stewart-Colbert 2020). Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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