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Homeland Review, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by Michael Cuesta
Origianal air date: Sunday October 15, 2011
In late 2011, Showtime premiered its highly publicized psychological thriller Homeland to much fanfare. Boasting a fantastic cast of well-known faces, a highly original concept, and hot-button issues that touched upon many of the concerns of our time, the series took off almost immediately.
The first episode introduced us to our two central characters, and the dizzying conflict that would account for the main storyline since. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), the chief character of the series, is a CIA agent working on the counter-terrorism front. In the episode’s opening scene, she receives information suggesting that an American Pow has been turned, and will be sent back to his homeland as a mole. Enter Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), an eight year prisoner of Al Qaeda who »
- Mike Worby
Fans of Showtime’s Homeland might be happy to know that they will be seeing more of CIA analyst Fara Sherazi, as it has been revealed that Nazanin Boniadi will be upped to season regular in season four.
Bonaidi plays the analyst who was recruited by Saul (Mandy Patinkin) for her knowledge in international banking, but she played a big part in the final episodes of season three when she recruited relatives in Tehran to help with Carrie’s (Claire Danes) secret mission. And when we head into season four, Fara will find herself working very closely with Carrie.
Boniadi has been a very familiar in television over the last few years, starring in programmes such as How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and 24. She is currently finishing a guest appearing role the Kerry Washington political drama Scandal.
No air date has been confirmed for Homeland Season 4 just yet, »
- Lucy Cave
Actress Nazanin Boniadi got some good news this week—her character, CIA analyst Fara Sherazi will become a series regular on the Showtime drama, “Homeland.” Boniadi is currently appearing on “Scandal.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Homeland” dropped stars Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor from regular status at the end of last season. Boniadi will reprise the role of Fara Sherazi during the fourth season of “Homeland,” produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Boniadi’s character debuted in the third season. CIA analyst Fara Sherazi is a strong, Muslim CIA analyst who is taken under Saul’s (Mandy Patinkin) wing while Carrie (Claire Danes) was working outside of the agency. This [ Read More ]
With a new set of twists and dangers, season three of "Homeland" took a different course than many expected, with a major development involving Damian Lewis's character Nicholas Brody. Nevertheless, one of the highlights of the season was the introduction of Fara Sherazi, a young, competent and conflicted Iranian woman who joined the CIA as an analyst. Earlier today, Showtime announced that Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Fara, has been elevated as a series regular for the show's fourth season. Showtime also described her expanded part as a "key role," where she'll be working with Carrie (Claire Danes). Boniadi is currently starring in an eight-episode arc on the ABC drama "Scandal." She previously appeared as a guest on "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy" and "24." The fourth season of "Homeland" is expected to return in the fall. »
- Eric Eidelstein
With a new set of twists and dangers, season three of "Homeland" took a different course than many expected, with a major development involving Damian Lewis's character Nicholas Brody. Nevertheless, one of the highlights of the season was the introduction of Fara Sherazi, a young, competent and conflicted Iranian woman who joined the CIA as an analyst. Earlier today, Showtime announced that Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Fara, has been elevated as a series regular for the show's fourth season. Showtime also described her expanded part as a "key role," where she'll be working with Carrie (Claire Danes). Boniadi is currently starring in an eight-episode arc on the ABC drama "Scandal." She previously appeared as a guest on "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy" and "24." The fourth season of "Homeland" is expected to return in the fall.
- Eric Eidelstein
Homeland is starting to fill some holes in its cast. The Showtime drama, which saw stars Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor all lose regular status at the end of last season, has promoted Nazanin Boniadi. She will reprise the role of Fara Sherazi during the 20th Century Fox TV-produced thriller's fourth season as a series regular. Boniadi first appeared in the third season, playing a strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst taken under Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) wing while Carrie (Claire Danes) was working outside of the agency. The new season finds Fara in a key role working for
- Michael O'Connell
Boniadi, who guest-starred in season three, plays strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst Fara Sherazi. Her now-regular role will pick up where the final episodes left off, with Fara enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help CIA officer Carrie (Claire Danes) with a secret mission. In season four, Fara will have a key role working for Carrie at the CIA.
Boniadi, a human rights activist and an official spokesperson for Amnesty International USA, currently guest stars on ABC’s hit drama “Scandal.” Her TV resume also includes stints on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “24.”
The fourth season of “Homeland” is expected to premiere next fall.
- Andrea Seikaly
After guesting on Showtime‘s Homeland this season, Nazanin Boniadi has been upped to regular for Season 4 of the Emmy-winning terrorism drama. Boniadi plays Fara Sherazi, the strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst who Saul (Mandy Patinkin) recruited for her expertise in international banking. Like Carrie (Claire Danes), Fara shares a passion for justice and ends up enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help Carrie’s secret mission in the final episodes of Season 3. Season 4 finds Fara in a key role working for Carrie at the CIA. Boniadi, repped by Aka and Jordan Lee Talent, is currently completing an eight-episode arc on ABC’s Scandal. Her TV credits also include How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and 24. On the film side, she appeared in The Next Three Days and Iron Man. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Homeland, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, Emmy winner Damian Lewis, and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin, is scheduled to begin its fourth season this year. [Press Release] Los Angeles – March 14, 2014 –Showtime and Fox 21 announced today that acclaimed actress Nazanin Boniadi, who guest-starred in season three of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama Homeland, will return as a series regular for season four. Boniadi plays Fara Sherazi, the strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst who Saul (Emmy and Tony® Award winner Mandy Patinkin) recruited for her expertise in international banking. Like Carrie (Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes), Fara shares a passion for justice and ends up enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help Carrie’ »
- Pietro Filipponi
Showtime and Fox 21 announced today that Nazanin Boniadi, who guest-starred in season three of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama "Homeland," will return as a series regular for season four. Boniadi plays Fara Sherazi, the strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst who Saul (Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin) recruited for her expertise in international banking. Like Carrie (Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes), Fara shares a passion for justice and ends up enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help Carrie.s secret mission in the final episodes of season three. Season four finds Fara in a key role working for Carrie at the CIA. The network.s No. 1 rated series with seven million weekly viewers, "Homeland" begins production on its »
The Hollywood Reporter's 'Top 25 Power Stylists of 2014' list featured Petra Flannery, whose clients include Amy Adams and Claire Danes, was second on the list, followed by while Micaela Erlanger, who dressed best supporting actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.
- Amith Ostwal
Brought up in the wild excesses of New York's Chelsea Hotel, Gaby Hoffmann has never conformed. Now, after a decade-long disappearance, she's back as an indie film goddess – and star of Girls. In an interview first published in the New York Times, she talks to Taffy Brodesser-Akner
According to family legend, there was a snowstorm on the night in 1982 when Gabrielle Mary Antonia Hoffmann – Gaby – was taken home from the hospital to her mother's apartment at the Chelsea Hotel. Of course Hoffmann did not yet know she had been born into downtown New York artistic royalty. Her mother Viva (née Janet Sue Hoffmann) appeared in Andy Warhol's movies and lived at the Chelsea with Gaby's 11-year-old half-sister Alexandra, her daughter with ex-husband Michel Auder – the French video artist who later married the photographer Cindy Sherman. (Hoffmann's actual father was the actor Anthony Herrera.)
Her mother co-wrote a book, as yet unpublished, »
Pregnant celebrities - Thandie Newton has given birth to a baby boy at home. The 41-year-old actress and husband Ol Parker welcomed little Booker Jombe - a sibling for their daughters Ripley, 13, and Nico, nine - into the world on Monday, she has announced on twitter. She wrote yesterday: ''Our baby boy is finally here! Booker Jombe Parker. Born joyously at home yesterday.'' The 'Crash' actress announced her pregnancy in September and later admitted she was finding it tough working on action-packed police drama 'Rogue', in which she plays undercover cop Grace Travis. She said: ''Basically, I had two options; to withdraw from the show which would have meant the show collapsing, or to commit regardless. ''I'd seem actresses takes on meaty un-pregnant roles while carrying babies - Jodie Foster in 'Panic Room'. My agent also reassured me that both Claire Danes and Anna Paquin »
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Avail 3/1 What’s Streaming on Netflix: March 2014 Brokedown Palace (1999) Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim, Lou Diamond Phillips, Daniel Lapaine Best friends Alice (Claire Danes) and Darlene (Kate Beckinsale) journey to Thailand to celebrate their high school graduation. But after falling in with a charming con artist (Daniel Lapaine), they're busted at the Hong Kong airport for smuggling narcotics they didn't know they were carrying. Their only hope: the dazzling...
Jordan Catalano, the ultimate high school dreamboat with a penchant for leaning on things, is now an Oscar winner now that Jared Leto has officially taken home the statuette for Best Supporting Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for his turn in "Dallas Buyers Club."
That's right, he of the perfect-ombre hair, who used to make out with Angela Chase in the boiler room on "My So-Called Life," is now an Academy Award winner. Claire Danes has a couple of Golden Globes and Emmys under her belt, so let's all start pulling for the great Rayanne Graff/Brian Krakow comeback of 2016.
In all seriousness, though, Leto -- who has cracked wise during many of his acceptance speeches throughout award season -- chose to be serious during his Oscar speech, thanking his brother and mother before name-checking AIDS victims and victims of political oppression in Ukraine and Venezuela.
Here are a »
Remember that time when Claire Danes was a redhead? It wasn't that long ago, but looks like it will just be a blip in time, because the natural blond is officially back to her roots. Claire debuted her red hair back in November on The Late Show with David Letterman, but that didn't last too long, because now she's back to blond. The 34-year-old actress has been lightening up a bit since then, sporting lighter locks at the Producers Guild Awards back in January. But she stepped out for a jog along the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, showing off her even brighter, blonder hair. So it looks like Claire's redheaded moment only lasted a mere three months. Now »
Celebrities, they're just like us! Sure, they sometimes help make the moving pictures we watch on our TV screens each week, but guess what? A lot of them actually are obsessed with shows, too! Take Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, for example, who recently revealed her dream is to guest star on Shonda Rhimes' Scandal. And she just so happened to get Homeland's Claire Danes to watch Kerry Washington's buzzed about drama, too! Another favorite series amongst the famous? House of Cards, which The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham binge-watched this past weekend when season two hit Netflix. But here's hoping the vampy ladies haven't chatted with President »
Red carpets always leave us with a nagging feeling of hair envy. How do celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Emma Watson get their hair so darn shiny? And how do those elaborate hairstyles stay in place through the entire night? Celeb stylist Matt Fugate of Sally Hershberger Downtown NYC shares the insider tricks and secrets to Hollywood's hottest hairdos. "Great beginnings last a lifetime," Fugate, who has worked with Blake Lively and Claire Danes, tells Us Weekly. To avoid flat locks on hair like Witherspoon's glam waves at [...] »
Carrie's tailoring, Peggy's hats... Guardian writers choose their small-screen style crush
Carrie Mathison, Homeland
American Vogue loves to put serene, beautiful actresses on its cover; crotchety-faced, nervous-wreck federal agents, not so much. Interesting, then, that when Annie Leibovitz photographed Claire Danes last summer, it was not the sunshine-blond, movie-star-and-mum version of Danes who gazed out from the newsstands, but Carrie Mathison, her Homeland character. Her gaberdine and leather Burberry trench was tightly buttoned, the collar turned up incongruously against the August weather; her hands were thrust into the pockets, her gaze cool and level. In one of the pictures inside, Danes was in a surveillance van, wearing a knee-length Victoria Beckham sheath dress accessorised with bulky headphones and trademark crossed-arm pose. Similarly, when Danes starred in a fashion shoot for the New York Times's T magazine, she was wearing Comme des Garçons and Valentino, but still recognisably Carrie, with that shiny, »
- Hadley Freeman, Jess Cartner-Morley, Sophie Heawood, Lucy Mangan, Rosie Swash, Sali Hughes, Hannah Marriott
Move over, Hollywood. These days, we're looking elsewhere for style inspiration, and it's television stars who are leading the way
Fashion has moved with the times, and Hollywood glamour is getting left behind. Television is the on-screen catwalk that really matters. The pomp and bombast of silver-screen style – Scarlett O'Hara's Gone With The Wind ballgown, Ursula Andress's belted Bond-girl bikini – feel as overblown as a 1990s mobile phone. Saturday nights are spent on the sofa, watching a character wearing the same sweater she wore last week.
The new generation of screen goddesses aren't goddesses at all, but real women. It is probably significant that almost all the small-screen style icons who matter are in complicated, multi-episode programmes, rather than in one-off dramas. Their lives have ups and downs and contradictions. They have talents; they have faults. They have love lives in which the narrative loops well beyond "fall in love, »
- Jess Cartner-Morley
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