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Who is Amber Rose Revah, actress who plays Dinah Madani on The Punisher?

Homeland Security officer Dinah Madani on The Punisher is played by Amber Rose Revah — but where have you seen her before? The British actor has been working very hard of late, racking up the roles in a great many British and Us-based television shows. She first got recognized for her role in the Lbgt cult film I Can’t Think Straight and impressed so much that the film’s director Shamim Sarif used her again in The World Unseen, which was shot in Cape Town. After this, she scored a role alongside Rachel Weisz in the independent film Agora. On television, Revah...read more
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Film Review: ‘Despite the Falling Snow’

Film Review: ‘Despite the Falling Snow’
Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’re putting out a movie you actually want audiences to see, don’t make “Despite” the first word of the title. “Despite the Falling Snow” is a phrase that barely sticks in the mind for the time it takes to read it; given that the movie wants to be a Cold War romantic espionage thriller, you can imagine a hundred titles that would be more alluring. Yet here’s one case where the tone deaf-ness is far from incidental. The picture was written and directed by the British author Shamim Sarif, adapting her novel of the same name (as she has done twice before, with “The World Unseen” and “I Can’t Think Straight”), and it’s the kind of dud in which the bad decisions pile up as you watch. If the movie had been called “Casablanca” or “Notorious,” it
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Rebecca Ferguson stars in Despite The Falling Snow, and she's the best thing about the movie...

The main draw of Despite The Falling Snow is a dual performance by Rebecca Ferguson, who shot this in between her Emmy-nominated work on The White Queen and her memorable breakthrough role in last year's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Adapted by writer-director Sharim Sharif from her own novel, this romantic thriller casts Ferguson as two women separated by time but connected by blood and a sequence of events that occurred in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.

In 1992, an American artist called Lauren (Ferguson) is curious as to why her weary uncle Sacha (Charles Dance) is so cagey about their family's history and the circumstances of his defection from Russia thirty years prior. In particular, she's beguiled by her aunt Katya (also Ferguson), of whom she is the spitting image.
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Rebecca Ferguson thriller gets new sales home

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Rebecca Ferguson thriller gets new sales home
Exclusive: Romance-thriller Despite The Falling Snow, also starring Charles Dance and Sam Reid, moves from 6 Sales to Parkland Pictures.

UK sales outfit Parkland Pictures has taken on sales of Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation) thriller Despite The Falling Snow from 6 Sales.

The completed Cold War-set romance-thriller follows a female spy who steals secrets from an idealistic politician but then falls in love with him with tragic consequences.

Burgeoning star Ferguson, who also stars in upcoming buzz titles Florence Foster Jenkins, The Girl On The Train and The Snowman, plays alongside Games Of Thrones star Charles Dance and The Riot Club and Belle actor Sam Reid.

The film is the third feature from producer Hanan Kattan and writer-director Shamim Sarif’s Enlightenment Productions (I Can’t Think Straight, The World Unseen) and is adapted from Sarif’s novel of the same name.

The score comes from Oscar-winner Rachel Portman (Emma) while DoP is Resident Evil cinematographer [link=nm
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Six Sales Takes Rebecca Ferguson-Starrer ‘Snow’ (Exclusive)

Six Sales Takes Rebecca Ferguson-Starrer ‘Snow’ (Exclusive)
Six Sales has acquired world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s classically styled love story-cum-suspense thriller “Despite the Falling Snow,” a Cold War tale of betrayal starring Rebecca Ferguson — about to explode on the world as Tom Cruise’s co-star in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.

Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.

Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man
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'Ronan Farrow Daily' premiere review: New news for the young youth

'Ronan Farrow Daily' premiere review: New news for the young youth
Won’t someone save cable news? It’s not just that ratings are down across the board for the Big Three 24-hour networks — although 2013 was unquestionably a bad year for everyone. Far more damaging, I think, is the fact that cable news as an aesthetic — as a compelling method for exploring the important topics of our modern era — has entered what feels like a late-decadent period. The typical news anchor on CNN or MSNBC or Fox News floats across a set built out of touchscreen walls and occasional chat-friendly desks: It’s like all of cable news takes place in
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Sheetal Sheth & Neil Mody Tie the Knot

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Sheetal Sheth & Neil Mody Tie the Knot
Life's certainly a beach for Sheetal Sheth. Stunning in a custom Jorge Vega Umana dress, the actress wed longtime love Neil Mody, the CEO of nRelate, on an island in Mexico. The newlyweds exchanged vows Saturday in the sand at sunset, the highlight of a three-day affair many, many days in the making. "Neil and I met when we were 18 years old and studying at Nyu together," Sheth, 37, whose movie credits include I Can't Think Straight (2008), The World Unseen (2007) and Three Veils (2011), tells People. "He is my first and truest love. Despite experiencing many years of ups and downs, the stars aligned,
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Afternoon Delight: Lady Gaga losing big bucks on canceled tour, Mila Kunis rumored for "50 Shades of Grey" movie

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Good afternoon my lovelies!

Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is Interview magazine’s March covergirl.

Rumor has it Mila Kunis might star in the film adaption of 50 Shades of Grey. Um, yes please.

Music mogul Clive Davis has come out as bisexual. In Davis’s memoir The Sound Track of My Life he reveals that he had two serious relationships with men, although no names were mentioned. While promoting his memoir Davis sat down with ABC News and declared that bisexuality does exist. (You’re preaching to the choir, Clive.)

It is estimated that Lady Gaga’s canceled tour is costing $25 million in refunded tickets. Ouch! On a side note, Gaga showed off her latest accessory on Twitter; her wheelchair named Emma.

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Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 16, 2013

Tonight money guru Suze Orman
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2011 Year in Review: Movies

If there’s a theme to 2011’s crop of films featuring lesbian/bi women, it’s that this was a very good year for emerging voices. First time and younger filmmakers made a mark in huge ways this year, providing everything from spellbinding documentaries (No Look Pass), heart-wrenching drama (Pariah, Break My Fall, Circumstance), and fresh comedy (Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same). Pair that with the quality coming from established filmmakers like Celine Sciamma (Tomboy), and you have a year marked by the presence of strong, unique voices.

Hard Hitters

Nowhere is that strength of vision more prominent than in the year’s dramas. Well-meaning (but tired) melodramas were drowned out by clear-eyed, nuanced filmmaking, most evident in Pariah, the story of a young African-American woman struggling with her identity, and Circumstance, which features the romance between two teenaged girls in Iran.

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Review of "Three Veils"

Three Veils offers a poignant, dramatic tale of three young Middle-Eastern American women and their colliding lives. Occasionally, the film paints its settings and characters with a rather broad brush, and the script contains uneven moments, but it’s an earnest, entertaining and heartfelt production.

Leila (Mercedes Masöhn) is the pretty, stable “girl next door.” We begin with her staring into a mirror, her voiceover explaining that she’s just gotten engaged (by way of arranged marriage) and all she can think about is her wedding night – specifically her first time with husband-to-be Ali. We watch her prepare for the wedding, host a swinging engagement party and begin to go on awkward dates with Ali, the most aggressively awful kisser of all time.

She relates her adventures in make out purgatory to Nikki (Sheetal Sheth), her free-spirited best friend (and the second of our leading ladies). Slinky, sexy, and perpetually guzzling booze,
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On Location: Behind "Three Veils"

As the writer and director of Three Veils, a few common questions I get about the film are “Is this movie based on a true story?” or “How was it working with the lovely and (insert your favorite saucy term) Sheetal Sheth?” However, the first question I inevitably get is “Excuse me, are you crazy?”

I suppose one must be crazy to attempt to make a film in this day and age about young Arab women — who are Muslim — who go through controversial subject matters such as arranged marriage, forbidden love. And for creating one of the first narrative films to ever feature the struggles of an Arab, Muslim Lesbian.

When I first started writing the script, I admit I was anxious. I didn’t want to offend any particular group, or make unwelcome enemies, especially of the threatening kind. Of course, that goal proved to be mostly hopeless as
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Interview with Sheetal Sheth

Actress Sheetal Sheth is no stranger to controversy. She made her debut in the film Abcd , playing a promiscuous young woman struggling with the ties of family and tradition. It garnered a lot of attention from press and audiences , both positive and negative. The Indian American beauty held her own against Albert Brooks in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, she fell in love with actress Lisa Ray in Shamim Sarif's beloved films The World Unseen and I Can't Think Straight. She also bested me during a pillow fight on my Logo show Brunch with Bridget. (I totally let her win!)

Sheth is dealing with controversy once again with her latest film, Three Veils. The films follows three Middle Eastern women and who deal with abuse, rape and struggles with their sexuality. The script was originally boycotted but was saved thanks to the efforts of the film's director and producer.
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[DVD Review] The World Unseen

Living in South Africa in the mid-1900s must have been confusing. Everybody was discriminating against everyone. I know, it's not like this is a news flash. But for anyone not completely familiar with all the damn rules in that era, be prepared to do some homework if you want to understand fully what's going on in The World Unseen. There are the whites who don't want blacks and whites mixing, but then throw in mixed races, and those whose bloodline is from another country, like India, then those mixed races have prejudice against other mixed races, but are also discriminated against by whites; then throw in homophobia into the equation and holy cow this is a lot. A little background info would have been useful, especially since this movie dips its hand into every variation of these prejudices and laws.

Miriam is an unhappy housewife whose life seems unfulfilled.
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Namrata Singh Gujral enlists Melissa Etheridge, Kelly McGillis, Lisa Ray for “1 a Minute”

Namrata Singh Gujral enlists Melissa Etheridge, Kelly McGillis, Lisa Ray for “1 a Minute”
According to the Hindustan Times, Indian-American Namrata Singh Gujral is currently producing, directing, and co-starring in 1 a Minute, a docu-drama on cancer, while she undergoes “radical cancer treatments” for invasive breast cancer. The 33-year-old actress, best known for her roles in Warner Bros’ Americanizing Shelley and Bollywood’s Kaante, hopes to spread global awareness about cancer, with a focus on global breast cancer.

Joining Gujral as co-stars in the project are fellow cancer survivors and activists Lisa Ray (who was recently diagnosed with cancer) and plays a lesbian in The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight), Melissa Etheridge, Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Diahann Carroll, Morgan Brittany and Bollywood actresses Priya Dutt and Mumtaz.

Billy and Danny Baldwin, both of whose lives have been affected by cancer, also appear in the film. Out lesbian Kelly McGillis will narrate the docu-drama, which is expected to release globally in 2010.

Though Gujral
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"The love scenes are sensuous but reflective of the love between these two women" - Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif is perhaps one of the most honest Desi filmmakers. Taking from her own experiences and situations she has encountered, the writer-director went on to make one of the most coveted films based on her own written novels "I Can't Think Straight" and "The World Unseen". Interestingly both films feature a similar theme set in different times. While I Can't Think Straight talks about a lesbian couple in today's world who deals with society and a cultural divide while The World Unseen deals with a comparable situation however set in 1950 South Africa. However whether its I Can't Think Straight or The World Unseen, individually the scripts talk about women who need to break boundaries as they deal with a taboo subject in homophobic societies. The festival circuit has taken quite a liking to both films which independently won much acclaim and awards and is now gearing up for release in India.
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"Whether it's been the number of men that I've done love scenes with in my career to women, they're all the same" - Sheetal Sheth

Sheetal Sheth was first seen in the extremely award winning film Abcd - which also aided the Indian-American genre of films. After gaining immense popularity with the film, she went on to become a part of a handful of critically acclaimed movies which the depicted the lives of Indians abroad. More recently she has went out on a real limb and teamed up with Lisa Ray in the lesbian romantic film, I Can't Think Straight directed by writer turned director Shamim Sarif. After creating mass frenzy amongst the gay and lesbian community all over the world, the film is finally coming to India. However, the team of the film was met by a rigid Indian Censor Board who claimed too many scenes in the film were unacceptable only to cut some of the love scenes between the women. BollySpice talks to the actress about her journey through I Can't Think Straight and The World Unseen,
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I Can't Think Straight and The World Unseen Preview

I Can't Think Straight

Tala (Lisa Ray), a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian origin prepares for an elaborate wedding with her Jordanian fiancé, when she encounters Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend Ali. Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other but the attraction is immediate. Tala's feisty nature provokes Leyla out of her shell and soon both women reveal their feelings for each other. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made and escapes back to Jordan where her chain-smoking high-brow mother finishes preparations for an ostentatious wedding. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, simmering family tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself. Meanwhile heartbroken Leyla relishes her newly found sense of identity and self-respect
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Actress Lisa Ray blogs about her battle with cancer

Canadian actress Lisa Ray, star of The World Unseen, I Can't Think Straight, began blogging this week about her diagnosis with Multiple Myeloma, a rare and incurable cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow.

Lisa Ray

At first, she wasn't sure if she would go public with the news. She wrote on her blog:

I asked around if I should speak openly about getting diagnosed recently with Multiple Myeloma. Some advised me to keep my "‘condition"’ a secret as it could negatively affect my career. Buh? I’m plumper, redder, more energetic and wily than ever before- Kiss me like I’ve been kidnapped!

Ultimately, she decided to share her story in hopes of raising awareness about (and hopefully funding for) the disease. Ray was diagnosed on June 23, and started her first cycle of treatment for the disease on July 2. She recently wrote:

For me, it was a relief to hear what was wrong.
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Ask AfterEllen.com (August 4, 2009)

Want to know the status of a particular movie, TV show, or band? Wondering what a certain actress is up to these days? Send your entertainment-related questions to askafterellen@gmail.com — with your first name, city and country — and we'll try to answer as many as we can.

Question: I heard that I Can't Think Straight is going to be a TV show. Is it true?

― Lesley M.

Sheetal Sheth and Lisa Ray in I Can't Think Straight

Answer: I reached out to Aida Kattan, the head of the Los Angeles office of writer-director Shamim Sarif's Enlightenment Films, and she confirmed that I Can't Think Straight, the series, is indeed in development by Sarif and her wife and co-producer Hanan Kattan.

According to Aida, Sarif is currently writing a pilot and series arc, and she's aiming for a North American network/broadcaster. If it gets developed by a network,
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Brunch with Sheetal Sheth (Brunch with Bridget, Episode 70)

This week Bridget welcomes to Brunch the star of The World Unseen and I Can't Think Straight, Sheetal Sheth.

Sheth discusses her work with writer-director Shamim Sarif, her love of General Hospital, and her own daredevil tendencies.

Watch Brunch with Sheetal below in three segments.

Brunch with Sheetal Sheth (Part 1 of 3)

(Brunch With Bridget, Episode 70)

Brunch with Sheetal Sheth (Part 2 of 3)

Brunch with Sheetal Sheth (Part 3 of 3)

Watch new episodes of Brunch With Bridget Friday nights at 2 a.m. on Logo, and watch previous episodes of Brunch here.
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