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One of the most anticipated titles of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival is Rosewater, the first film from savvy late-night talk show host and deadpan comedy expert Jon Stewart. However, even with buzz mounting due to this being Stewart’s first directorial effort, Rosewater is not what many may expect. It’s a political film – but not a comedy – telling the true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was covering Iran’s elections for Newsweek when authorities imprisoned him for five months. In an intriguing twist, his arrest happened after Bahari appeared in a satirical bit with Jason Jones on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Iranian authorities did not like the joke and threw him in prison, where he was interrogated and tortured.
Stewart opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his hotly awaited debut. He told the publication that he felt out of his league stepping onto »
- Jordan Adler
Giving Netflix a run for its money in terms of the sheer number of original series under its belt, growing production company Amazon Studios will premiere its third pilot season Aug. 28. As in the past, viewers will be able to provide feedback on the pilots to determine if they’ll be ordered to series. Since this crowd-pleasing model first launched three years ago, Amazon has brought several new shows to online viewers, including the upcoming premieres of “Bosch” (based on the book series); “Mozart in the Jungle,” starring Gael García Bernal; “Transparent,” starring Jeffrey Tambor; and “The After,” from “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter. “Alpha House,” the politics-and-comedy series starring John Goodman that was part of Amazon Studios’ first pilot season, is now entering its second season. In the realm of children’s shows, “Wishenpoof!” “Annedroids,” “Tumble Leaf,” “Creative Galaxy,” and “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street” have also all been ordered to series. »
"Did you ever work at a restaurant? Remember your first or second day, how simple shit like 'Where is the ketchup?' takes you five minutes where it takes someone else 10 seconds? Especially early on, there were a lot of people who didn’t know where we kept the ketchup," Jon Stewart told EW about this experience directing his debut feature film. He admits he learned the gig on the fly, a far cry from his established routine on "The Daily Show." "It was a pretty seat-of-the-pants operation. Not to sound too Rumsfeldian, but I didn’t know what I didn’t know going in," Stewart said. "I brought five crew members, and the rest was local. Pretty much everybody there did the film in their second language, and some in their third. Except for me. [Laughs]" But that's not to say Stewart didn't reach out for help. The movie is concerned with serious matters, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After a decade floating around the Hollywood back lots trading dignity for cash and technical experience on A Little Princess and Great Expectations, Alfonso Cuarón realized he needed to emotionally involve himself in his source material, letting his personal life, his upbringing and his cultural experience bleed into the next project he chose to pursue. Part of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano auteurs who enjoyed considerable international success (Iñárritu’s Amores perros were interchangeably part of the same discourse), the resulting cinematic masterpiece Y tu mamá también was simultaneously a visually stunning portrait of Mexico (the film was shot by master cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) and the fragility of friendship, and a heartbreaking meditation on the transient nature of youth teeming with life and love and the tragic beauty of naiveté. Unsurprisingly, this Venice Film Festival winning film would become Mexico’s top grossing film of all time in its first weekend. »
- Jordan M. Smith
Jon Stewart’s directing debut is not a comedy. In fact, it’s about as far from funny as he could get. The Daily Show host adapted Rosewater (in theaters Nov. 7) from the 2011 memoir of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for 118 days following Iran’s highly contested 2009 presidential election.
While it might seem like odd source material for a comedian, Stewart has a personal connection to the story: Bahari had appeared in a 2009 Daily Show segment with Jason Jones. Bahari’s interrogators later used that sketch against him as evidence that he was a Western collaborator. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
A couple of new Rosewater images have been released for comedian and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut as the film’s World Premiere looms closer. Written and directed by Stewart, the pic stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Kim Bodnia and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me. Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater.” Stewart had a personal connection to the story, as Bahari’s previous Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy. This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m extremely eager to see what Stewart has put together when the film screens at the Toronto International Film Festival. »
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"Y Tu Mama También (Criterion)"
What's It About? Alfonso Cuarón's road trip romance features star-making performances by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who play two young dudes who both become infatuated with an older woman. Beautiful, sexy, and sad.
Why We're In: Now when »
- Jenni Miller
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-24) launched its 20th edition on Friday night and staged a hat-trick of events to mark the occasion.
After the traditional welcome drinks reception on the Festival Square, festival director Mirsad Purivatra took to the stage of the city’s Open Air Cinema in front of an audience of thousands to award Gael Garcia Bernal with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
“Since your appearance in Amores Perros, you have played different characters in many films that have made up part of our programme,” said Purivatra.
“We admire you as an actor, a film director and a person who is trying to change the world. It is an honour to welcome you to Sarajevo and to »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 will include the second edition of the international co-production market Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico, and this year 15 projects have been selected. Read on for the full list!
The Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico runs September 18-20 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest lead programmer Rodney Perkins and festival director Kristen Bell are heading up the effort. For more info on all of the below projects, visit FantasticFest.com/Projects.
Canana - the Mexican production outlet helmed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz - is co-producing the market alongside filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network. Cristina Garza, Vice President of Mundial, Canana's sales joint venture with Im Global, is sourcing projects from the region.
"The public response to this year's call for submissions was astounding," says market director Perkins. "The 15 selected projects represent a diverse mix of talent from the United States and abroad. We are extremely »
- Debi Moore
Fantastic Fest has announced the 15 projects in the second edition of its international co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.
Fantastic Fest lead programmer Rodney Perkins and festival director Kristen Bell run the market, set to take place from September 18-20 in Austin, Texas.
“The public response to this year’s call for submissions was astounding,” said market director Perkins. “The 15 selected projects represent a diverse mix of talent from the United States and abroad. We are extremely pleased to present these filmmakers to the world.”
The projects are:
Invunche (Chile), Rodrigo Susarte;
The Gray Beyond (Chile-Japan), Alejandro Fernandez Almendreas;
Offspring (Colombia), Federico Durán;
Havana: Vampire Territory (Cuba), Carlos;
Lunik 3 (Mexico), Antonio Zavala Kugler;
The Shore (Mexico), Juan Felipe Orozco;
Rogue (Reo) (Brazil-Argentina), Emiliano Romero;
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Mexican David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas,” “Domestic Animals,” from Colombia’s Andres Baiz, and “Franco’s Night,” by Bernardo Arellano, also from Mexico, will feature at the San Sebastian Fest’s 3rd Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.
Event will be energized by a Focus on Canada, organized with Telefilm Canada, which will see 12 Canadian producers attending the Forum.
Rapidly positioning as San Sebastian’s centerpiece industry event – 365 meeting were held in 2012 at the co-pro mart, 461 in 2013 – the Forum runs Sept. 22-24, parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress pix-in-post strand, fest’s other big industry lure..
Select projects will be invited by Cannes Marche du Film and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute to attend Ventana Sur, which these two entities co-organize, and then Cannes’ Market next May. Projects will compete this year as last for an Egeda Award, granted by the Madrid-based Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Assn., which comes with a $10,000 cash prize. »
- John Hopewell
I’m a big fan of Jon Stewart on The Daily Show but also very aware of how close he is to the project, as they covered Maziar Bahari’s saga nightly and had the BBC journalist appear on the show to talk about his ordeal once he was released from prison.
Rosewater is based on the New York Times best-selling book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival written by the Bahari. It’s a true story that not only marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of Jon Stewart, but also stars Gael Garcia Bernal who leads an international cast.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old »
- Dan Bullock
With the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman and the success of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, it has been a more exciting year for Jon Stewart’s ex-correspondents than it has for the Daily Show host. However, that could all change this fall, when Stewart’s screenwriting and directorial debut, Rosewater, hits the big screen. After the title screens at the Toronto Film Festival in September, Open Road Films will release the journalistic thriller on November 7, 2014 in select theatres.
Rosewater is based on a true story (and best-selling memoir) by BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. Bahari, played by Gael Garcia Bernal in the film, was a Canadian broadcast journalist living in London who Iranian authorities imprisoned for 118 days in 2009. He arrived in Iran to report about a heated presidential election but was arrested for 11 charges of espionage. The title comes from the nickname Bahari gave the man who imprisoned and interrogated him. »
- Jordan Adler
Jon Stewart is making his feature directorial debut with Rosewater starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Open Road has just announced a November 7 release date following the film's Canadian premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Above is the first look at Bernal in the film where he plays Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi's supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad's victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as "Rosewater," who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days. Rosewater is one of my "must sees" at Tiff this year, »
- Brad Brevet
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first look at Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, which chronicles the surreal true story of a journalist who was captured and tortured for nearly four months after the 2009 Iranian election.
The journalist, Maziar Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal), underwent his own version of Hell, according to his best-selling memoir, Then They Came For Me, from which the movie is based. He was accused by Iran’s totalitarian regime of being a spy for the CIA, MI6 and Mossad and Newsweek, the publication he wrote for.
Bahari’s interrogator, nicknamed Mr. Rosewater, found a DVD of Stewart’s The Daily Show in the captive’s laptop, depicting an episode in which the journalist had appeared in a sketch, Bahari revealed in his 2009 Newsweek cover story. This did not boil over well with his Iranian captors.
Stewart, who has had Bahari on The Daily Show multiple times, »
- Harrison Okin
A bunch of new photos today, starting with one from director Colin Trevorrow who posted the new still from his upcoming dinosaur sequel "Jurassic World". This shot gives us a closer look at who plays dinosaur trainer Owen.
Next comes a new still of Thorin's Company of Dwarves taking refuge inside the dwarves halls of Erebor under the mountain in the upcoming "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies".
Next up, the first photos are out from Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut effort "Rosewater" starring Gael Garcia Bernal as Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari who as imprisoned and tortured for 118 days in Iran.
Finally, photos have been snapped of director Jj Abrams and actors Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley in Ireland's South Kerry county for three days of filming this week. Fifteen key members of the cast and crew were reportedly on hand at the iconic heritage site Skellig Michael »
- Garth Franklin
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart makes his anticipated directorial debut with the upcoming drama Rosewater, which will hit theaters in limited release this November. Teh movie appears to be a great departure from what the comedian is usually known for. Starring Gael García Bernal, Rosewater is based on the best-selling memoir They Came For Me, which follows journalist Maziar Bahari's true-life experiences of being imprisoned and tortured for 118 days following the 2009 Iranian election.
EW has our first look at this stirring thriller, which feature Gael García Bernal and Jon Stewart working together on set. We also get to see Gael García Bernal as Maziar Bahari before his capture, working out in the field with his equipment.
After making the movie, Jon Stewart shared this tip for totalitarian regimes:
"Don't arrest journalists, because they have a mind for detail."
Yesterday Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater got a release date and now we have a look at the first images released from the film. If anyone was expecting a comedy, this definitely isn't one. Written and directed by Stewart, the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal and is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari‘s memoir, Then They Came for Me. Bahari, who was born in Tehran, went to Iran in 2009 to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, but was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard, and then interrogated and beaten for 118 days by a man known only as “Rosewater”. Stewart had a personal connection to the story as Bahari’s previous The Daily Show appearance was used as “evidence” that he was a spy. I’m eager to see Rosewater, not just for the subject matter but out of personal curiosity to see if Stewart has directing chops. He puts a lot »
- Evan Dickson
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s release date announcement, Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut Rosewater has just revealed a few first-look pics. Gael Garcia Bernal leads the fact-based story as Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who imprisoned and tortured for 118 days in Iran. As the subject matter suggests, Stewart’s Rosewater is a serious drama — quite […]
- Angie Han
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