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Exclusive: Simon & Schuster will publish I’m Not A Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV in hardcover on February 17th. Iranian-American comic Maz Jobrani recounts his struggles building an acting career in post-9/11 Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris or anyone else.
Last month, Jobrani’s Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero won the Comedy Vanguard Award and the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. The film follows the story of wannabe private investigator Jimmy Vestvood as he wins the “Green Card lottery” and moves to America in pursuit of his dream, only to find himself involved in a conspiracy to start the next world war. The film was co-written by Amir Ohebsion and stars Jobrani as the title character.
Here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRmSxO9JIGU
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- Jeremy Gerard
Everybody says, bring back those great, gritty 70s adult thrillers. Scott Frank makes one with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones, and not enough people show up to launch it into a franchise. With $13 million in ticket sales so far, it’s $5 million short of what it is needed to trigger more films based on the Matthew Scudder character from Lawrence Block’s mystery novels. I can sit here and wonder if the results would have been better had Universal opened it after Denzel Washington’s turn in The Equalizer this Friday, when appetites will be whetted for challenging adult films and heroes without capes. Or I can point to the squeamishness of some critics who blasted Frank for faithfully adapting a novel about Scudder’s hunt for two serial killers preying on the girlfriends and daughters of drug dealers. It is hard to pretty that up, but one normally smart, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Related | Disney Channel Orders Fairest of the Mall Comedy Pilot
In the TV-movie (slated for release in 2015), the teen son of beauty Belle and her Beastly husband is poised to take the throne of the idyllic kingdom Auradon when he tenders his first proclamation: to invite the descendants of banished villains to attend prep school alongside the progeny of iconic Disney heroes.
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The Disney Channel’s Descendants has rounded out its cast of villains with Maz Jobrani (The Interpreter) Aladdin’s Jafar, Kathy Najimy (Sister Act) as Snow White’s Evil Queen, Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game) as 101 Dalmation’s Cruella de Vil, and Melanie Paxson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.
The latest round of Descendants casting comes hot on the heels of the announcement that frequent Glee guest star Kristen Chenoweth will play the role of Maleficent in the upcoming made-for-tv movie.
- Pamela Gocobachi
Disney Channel has rounded out the casting of the parents in the live-action television movie “Descendants,” which will focus on the offspring of Disney's greatest villains as they begin to question the family business of evil. “Hocus Pocus” star Kathy Najimy has been cast as the Evil Queen, mother to Evie played by newcomer Sofia Carson. The kids’ cable network also announced it had cast the other parents in the film: “The Interpreter” actor Maz Jobrani will play Jafar, father to Jay played by “Twilight's” Booboo Stewart; “The Game's” Wendy Raquel Robinson is Cruella de Vil, mother to Carlos played by. »
- Jethro Nededog
April is the cruelest month, and not just for T.S. Eliot.
At the multiplex, throughout April, we're in for a brutal, Darwinian survival test for several A-list stars of yesteryear -- from Kevin Costner to Nicole Kidman to Jude Law -- all of whom are currently on the comeback trail. Some of them may end the month on their way back to their former glory, and some will see their careers shredded even further.
Here are our best guesses as to who will thrive and who will starve.
Comeback Effort: Drama "Joe" (April 11)
Prospects: Cage is earning the kind of acclaim he hasn't seen in years for delivering a real, non-cartoonish performance in this rural drama as the title ex-con, who becomes the unlikely mentor to a teen (Tye Sheridan) in need of adult guidance. »
- Gary Susman
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