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15 items from 2015


Time Machine: Pre-Ted Wahlberg - Bypassed for Best Actor Oscar - and Super-Model Wife on the Red Carpet

7 May 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars' Red Carpet Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham at the Academy Awards Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham in a red-and-golden outfit are pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27. Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was an Oscar nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King's Speech. Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories. Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for »

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Freida Pinto On ‘Desert Dancer,’ Iran’s Ban On Dancing

15 April 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

In Desert Dancer, Freida Pinto plays a dancer who joins an underground dance company in Iran, where there’s a ban on the art. Freida Pinto On ‘Desert Dancer’ Pinto’s character Elaheh joins the passionate Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie), who has great ambitions of succeeding as a dancer, despite his country’s ban. In many of her scenes, Pinto has […]

The post Freida Pinto On ‘Desert Dancer,’ Iran’s Ban On Dancing appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Desert Dancer: Freida Pinto Talks Dance, Her Character, and Afshin Ghaffarian

14 April 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Set in Tehran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, Desert Dancer follows the true story of a young man named Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie), who just wanted the freedom to express himself through dance. Afshin and a group of dancers, including Elaheh (Freida Pinto), risk their lives by forming an underground dance company, and through performance uncover a passion for dance and one another. [caption id="attachment_443397" align="alignright" width="351"] Image via Relativity Media[/caption] During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Freida Pinto talked about what drew her to this project, how all of the dance training and injuries was worth the final result, getting to meet the truly inspiring Afshin Ghaffarian, balancing the beauty and the ugliness of her character, feeling the freedom of artistic expression while making the film, and how the success of Slumdog Millionaire changed her life. Collider: This is such an inspiring story and the dancing is so beautifully shot. »

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Interview: Director Richard Raymond on the Passion of ‘Desert Dancer’

9 April 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – What does anyone understand about regimes outside their political or moral universe? The setting is Iran, the time is during their controversial 2009 elections and the medium is dance as expression. Combining those elements was the challenge for director Richard Raymond, in his debut film “Desert Dancer.”

The film creates an allegory, using dance as a symbol for breaking free of government oppression, and is based on the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, portrayed by Reece Ritchie. Like the 2014 film “Rosewater,” it uses the 2009 elections in Iran as a backdrop, and the constant vigilance of the “morality police” as a arbiter. Director Richard Raymond and screenwriter Jon Croker tell a simple story, but punctuate that story with two vital dance numbers, that say more about the events than the events themselves.

Director Richard Raymond on Location for ‘Desert Dancer

Photo credit: Relativity Media

The British born Richard Raymond has an superhero-like movie origin story. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Freida Pinto Stresses Freedom of Expression in Relativity Studios’ ‘Desert Dancer’

8 April 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On the heels of the news that Relativity Media founder and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has secured $250 million in financing from San Francisco-based VII Peaks Capital in advance of his film and television studio’s speculated Ipo, the company’s latest film, “Desert Dancer,” earned high praise at its New York premiere on Tuesday night at the Museum of Modern Art.

Famed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, news anchor Katie Couric and “Friends” star David Schwimmer were among many guests who applauded the biographical film starring Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie about Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life to create an underground dance company in Tehran despite a strict ban on dancing set by Iran’s Islamic rulers in 2009.

“The film is more than ‘Footloose’ set in Iran,” director Richard Raymond told Variety at the screening hosted by Cinema Society. “It’s about the freedom of expression and how important »

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Film Review: ‘Desert Dancer’

8 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No one has the time of their lives in “Desert Dancer,” a fact-based drama in which all the dancing is dirty — at least according to Iran’s Islamic “morality police,” the Basij. The principal offender here is Afshin Ghaffarian, a noted Iranian dancer and choreographer who had to practice his craft in secret before defecting to France in 2009, though as with so many “extraordinary” true stories, British director Richard Raymond’s debut feature leaves you craving more truth and less canned inspirationalism. With its heart (but little else) in the right place, this thoroughly generic, long-on-the-shelf Relativity release (which opened in some overseas territories last summer) looks to exit the stage quickly following its April 10 limited bow.

Although dancing, like singing, is not an expressly forbidden activity (or “haram”) under Islamic law, it was still one of the previously permitted personal freedoms banned after the Iranian Revolution of 1979 — a prohibition »

- Scott Foundas

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Desert Dancer’ With Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie

4 April 2015 11:07 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new biography/drama “Desert Dancer” starring Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie based on the inspiring true story of Afshin Ghaffarian!

Desert Dancer,” which opens on April 10, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Tom Cullen, Makram Khoury, Nazanin Boniadi, Simon Kassianides, Akin Gazi, Marama Corlett and Tolga Safer from director Richard Raymond and writer Jon Croker based on the life story of Afshin Ghaffarian.

To win your free “Desert Dancer” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New “Making Of” Featurette Debuts For Desert Dancer; Benjamin Wallfisch’s Soundtrack Available April 7

11 March 2015 2:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Relativity Studios has released a new, behind-the-scenes featurette for their upcoming film Desert Dancer. The movie stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi and Makram J. Khoury.

Check out the featurette now for an inside look at the cast’s dance rehearsals with acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan.

The video features Benjamin Wallfisch’s original score throughout.

Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.

Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their »

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Freida Pinto in Desert Dancer New Movie Poster and Images

8 February 2015 9:52 PM, PST | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

Based on the life story of dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, Desert Dancer star Freida Pino and Reece Ritchie as the real-life Iranian dancer who risked his life to form an underground dance company in Tehran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election and start of the “Green Movement. Check out new images and the movie poster for the new movie opening April 10, 2015.

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‘Desert Dancer’ Trailer: A Young Man Risks His Life for Art in Modern-Day Iran

4 February 2015 4:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Unless you’re a character in Footloose, it’s easy to take dancing for granted in the U.S. But the characters of Desert Dancer don’t have that luxury. Set in modern-day Iran, the fact-based drama follows Afshin Ghaffarian, a young man (played by Reece Ritchie) whose gift for dance is stifled by an oppressive government. Instead of tamping down […]

The post ‘Desert Dancer’ Trailer: A Young Man Risks His Life for Art in Modern-Day Iran appeared first on /Film. »

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Kicks Off with U.S. Premiere of ‘Desert Dancer’

28 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday night with the North American premiere of Richard Raymond’s feature directorial debut Desert Dancer, a drama based on the true story of a young aspiring dancer in present-day Iran, where dance is banned. (Think Rosewater meets Footloose or Dirty Dancing, in the best sense.)

More than 2,000 moviegoers packed Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre for the screening, which was attended by Raymond and his stars Reece Ritchie (who looks and dances like a young Michael Jackson), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) — and was very well received.

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'Desert Dancer' Trailer: Freida Pinto Risks Her Life For Dance

26 January 2015 10:50 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Save The Last Dance was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up. It wasn't just because Julie Stiles looked awesome dancing in circles, but the combination of dance and a struggling environment was a powerful one*. And that's what Desert Dancer, a new film by Richard Raymond, seems to bring to the table: dance and struggle.

The setting is Iran, and the story follows Afshin Ghaffarian and some friends (one of which is Elaheh, played by Frieda Pinto) who risk their lives and form an underground dance company. This is a true story, set during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms, like dance, were threatened.

Through banned online videos, the group learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to »

- Laura Frances

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Watch The New Trailer For Desert Dancer Starring Frieda Pinto

26 January 2015 6:52 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Frieda Pinto and Reece Ritchie star in the first trailer for Relativity Media’s Desert Dancer. See this film when it’s released in theaters this Spring.

Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.

Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another.

Desert Dancer opens in select theaters on April 10, 2015, and expands into theaters nationwide on April 17th, 2015.

Learn more about Desert Dancer on:

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- Michelle McCue

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Brings ‘Desert Dancer’ Premiere, Jan. 27

26 January 2015 7:56 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.“Raymond has delivered an extremely timely and thought-provoking movie about love, truth and the freedom that comes from following your passions,” stated Roger Durling, Sbiff Executive Director. “What better way to kick off our 30th anniversary!” For the […] »

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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

8 January 2015 9:32 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring  Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »

- Matt Patches

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