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Last summer, Jon Stewart took a break from The Daily Show in order to work. Specifically to work on directing his first movie, Rosewater, based on the 2009 story of a Iranian-born journalist (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who returned home to cover the national election only to be jailed for nearly four months. The film had its world premiere Friday evening at the Telluride Film Festival. John Horn, host of The Frame — a new daily arts and entertainment show that Southern California Public Radio's Kpcc will be launching soon — is at Telluride and spoke to Stewart about how working on The Daily Show prepared him for his directorial debut and about what Stewart most wanted to avoid doing with the movie. You can listen to the interview at The Frame show page or subscribe over at iTunes here. »
- Vulture Editors
When Jon Stewart first announced he was taking time off to write and direct a feature film the expectation was for some kind of comedy. Sure it would probably be smart and most likely woven through with political or social commentary, but the main narrative would surely be something goofy. Happily that wasn’t what Stewart was interested in pursuing though and instead took up a far greater challenge. Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-born journalist who was arrested in Tehran while covering the elections and subsequent riots for Newsweek. His jail time lasted several months and included both physical and emotional torture, and the story Stewart wanted to tell on film is the one Bahari told in his memoir, “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.” It’s an alternately engaging, terrifying and inspiring story, and while that’s enough of a reason to bring it to the screen Stewart »
- Rob Hunter
Telluride — Mr. Stewart, if you read this article I believe the first few paragraphs may make you chuckle. Now, it's not because I'm a master wordsmith or unheralded comedic voice waiting to be discovered. No, after saying goodbye after our memorable interview on the patio of a Telluride restaurant Sunday afternoon, I turned and walked toward the street with my iPhone in hand. I'd stopped the recording of our chat and two choices appeared before me: delete or save. And, perhaps like a crazy person, I hit delete. Then I realized I hit delete. At that point, it was a mad dash back to my accommodations to jot down as much as I remembered from our conversation. Granted, this is something that has happened to the best reporters and journalists out there. Many times readers will read stories online or in print without realizing the content came from immediate memory. »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
On Friday evening, Telluride Film Festival moviegoers became the first members of the public to see the fruits of the three-month hiatus that Jon Stewart took from The Daily Show in the summer of 2013 — during which John Oliver‘s solo career took off — when the world premiere of Rosewater, Stewart’s feature directorial debut, unspooled at the Galaxy Theatre and was met with warm applause.
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- Anjelica Oswald
I ran into a producer and Academy voting member after this morning’s smash screening of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s impressive writing and directorial feature debut, Rosewater. He – and his wife – were raving about it, but also perplexed by a handful of early mixed reviews of the gripping political drama that had created some negative buzz among festgoers here even before the movie had its first screening (when it World Premiered Friday night at 9pm). “We were telling other friends of ours that we planned to see Rosewater and they immediately said they had heard it wasn’t great and were not enthusiastic about going. Strange. It was a tremendous film,” he said. That seemed to be the general reaction of the early morning Telluride crowd who picked off every single seat in the very large Werner Herzog theatre at 9Am this morning. They rewarded Stewart’s »
- Pete Hammond
- Sasha Stone
Premiering at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival is Jon Stewart's Rosewater, his directorial debut based on a true story he was involved in about Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, played by Gael García Bernal. The film tells a rather straightforward version of the story, focusing on the weeks leading up to and surrounding Bahari's arrest, eventually leading to his time in prison. While the film has some impressive creative choices (including a hashtag moment and some other sleek visuals) it's obviously made by a first-time director, and lacks a bit of the nuances that more experienced directors include. That said, its heart is in the right place. Rosewater, titled because Bahari's "specialist" tormenter in prison smelled of rosewater, is about Bahari's experiences written as the book Then They Came for Me. After traveling to Iran in 2009 to cover the controversial and potentially rigged elections, Bahari filmed interviews on his own and »
- Alex Billington
The category of Iranian prison movies with feel-good endings is a small subgenre, and one that "Rosewater" is likely to have all to itself for the near future. With his feature film writing and directing debut, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart clearly wanted to make a people-have-the-power message picture that would resonate at least as much with American youths as longtime students of political repression in the Middle East. That transparent desire to make the material as accessible as possible to U.S. moviegoers —starting with the old-fashioned notion of having all the Iranians speaking to each other exclusively in English—results in a sometimes overly slick take on potentially tough subject matter. For better or worse, torture-themed films don’t get too much easier to take than this one. The initially easygoing protagonist who spends the second half of "Rosewater" in solitary confinement is Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal), an Iran-born, »
- Chris Willman
On Friday evening, Telluride Film Festival moviegoers became the first members of the public to see the fruits of the three-month hiatus that Jon Stewart took from The Daily Show in the summer of 2013 -- during which John Oliver's solo career took off -- when the world premiere of Rosewater, Stewart's feature directorial debut, unspooled at the Galaxy Theatre and was met with warm applause. Stewart, who also penned the film's script -- which he adapted from London-based journalist Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy's 2011 book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, about
- Scott Feinberg
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Jon Stewart showcases his sensitivity and scope in the first trailer for Rosewater, the Daily Show host's directorial debut. The straightforward clip sets up the film's basic plot, which focuses on the captivating true story of Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal), a journalist who, while covering the Iranian presidential elections in June 2009, was arrested and brutally interrogated by a man who smelled like Rosewater.
The trailer starts out with Bahari leaving his pregnant fiancée for a scheduled one-week trip. As the elections end in protests and chaos, the journalist immerses »
Jon Stewart poked fun at Texas governor Rick Perry‘s recent indictment for abuse of power, and imagined that the politician would make one creepy inmate in “Orange Is the New Blecch.” The reference to the popular, Emmy-nominated Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black” came after Stewart cringed while showing viewers a clip of Perry's fascination with his own “good” looks when asked how he's doing since being charged with the first-degree felony. Also read: Rick Perry Vows to Fight Indictment: ‘I Intend to Win’ “How do I look? Do I look pretty good?” Perry told a reporter. »
- Greg Gilman
Jon Stewart took time off from "The Daily Show" last summer to make his directorial debut with "Rosewater." He did double duty, also adapting "Then They Came For Me," the memoir by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari in which he recounts his almost four months of false imprisonment in his homeland for espionage. Gael Garcia Bernal plays the prisoner while Kim Bodnia is his interrogator in what is largely a two-hander with appearances by Shohreh Aghdashloo as his mother and Claire Foy as his wife back in London. The film from Open Road plays at Telluride this weekend before getting a splashy premiere at the Toronto film festival next week. It opens in limited release on Nov. 7. Based on the early reviews, Stewart, who has a staggering 20 Emmys for writing and producing his late night talker, could well find himself in the running at the Oscars. -Break- It is never too »
"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart recently took a break from his TV duties to make his helming debut on "Rosewater," a new film based on the NY Times best-selling memoir "Then They Came For Me." And now, we have a trailer for the new movie. Check it out below. Plot: "Rosewater" follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi's supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad's victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself only as "Rosewater," who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. With Bahari's wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets keeping the story alive, »
As the Telluride Film Festival got under way this morning, high-profile festival-goers cited such films as Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Foxcatcher, with Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum, as high on their list of must-see movies. To kick off the Labor Day weekend event, filmmakers, press and big-money supporters gathered for the annual Patron Brunch at Gray Head, a private residence high in the mountains about 20 minutes outside of town. Despite the sweltering heat, Michael Barker, whose Sony Pictures Classics is distributing Foxcatcher, donned a wrestling sweatshirt bearing the movie's title; Jon Stewart, here with
- Scott Feinberg
Former U.S. Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out about the events in Ferguson, Mo. On Thursday, Clinton made her first remarks on the tense and racially charged situation that followed the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. See video: Jon Stewart on Ferguson, Fox News, White Privilege on Return to ‘Daily Show’ “This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray,” Clinton said at a tech conference in San Francisco. “Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone. »
- Linda Ge
Last year Jon Stewart took a three-month break from hosting The Daily Show to travel to Jordan and film his directorial debut (John Oliver hosted it for two of those three months). Now a year later we have a trailer for the fruits of his labor. It's called Rosewater and it looks precisely like the kind of celebration of human endurance and journalistic integrity that you'd expect from the man behind The Daily Show. Adapted from the memoir Then They Came for Me, Rosewater is the unfortunate true story of a London journalist (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who ended up being held prisoner in Iran for nearly half a year for his public scrutiny of the nation's recent presidential election. And if that weren't bad enough, Maziar Bahari's detention was...
- Peter Hall
Jon Stewart started in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, but over the years he has really become much more than that. As the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, he has long had a platform for not only up-to-the-minute biting social satire, but also for being the one who watches the watchers - becoming a trusted name in news broadcasting and one of the strongest critics of the endless 24-hour news cycle. Stewart has already accomplished an incredible amount during his career, but this year he is ready to add one more credit to his resume: director. Above, thanks to Apple, you'll find the first trailer for Rosewater, a film based on the book by and true story of journalist Maziar Bahari, which has been adapted for the big screen by Stewart as his directorial debut. In the movie, Gael García Bernal plays Bahari, who »
Jon Stewart’s reputation pegs him as a funnyman first and foremost; he might be a keen hand at busting punditry, parsing out flimflam in media reporting, and skewering political nonsense from all sides of the Us government, but he’s a comedian before he’s a commentator. But come November, his fans (and detractors) will get to see a whole new side of him – that of the serious storyteller – as his directorial debut makes its way to theaters.
That would be Rosewater, Stewart’s dramatized adaptation of London-based, Iranian-born journalist (and Canadian citizen) Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir, “Then They Came For Me”. Most may recall that Stewart took a break from his routine duties on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show back in 2013 for the film’s production, and with the arrival of its first trailer (posted above), we’re ...
- Andy Crump
Jon Stewart is, arguably, a national treasure. Appearing on TV screens night after night with his popular satirical series The Daily Show, the comedian accurately skewers everything from politics to the media to social trends, and offers an alternative view of world events. He occupies that venerated space – a trusted voice on television – thanks to the consistent, rational and, above all, kind way in which he regards his audience, and their best interests. He does excellent comedy, yes, but always with a serious undertone. So, it is with an overwhelming sense of curiosity that we press play on the first trailer for his dramatic directorial debut, Rosewater.
The film is an adaptation of a memoir written by Iranian/Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (and co-written by Aimee Molloy), titled Then They Came For Me, which details his experience of being incarcerated in Iran for 118 days, following the 2009 election protests in that country. »
- Sarah Myles
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