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The 6th annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival will be held March 22 and 23 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The festival celebrates and promotes Iranian art and culture as part of Nowruz, the Persian/Iranian New Year, observance.
Thesps Nazanin Boniadi, who has appeared on ABC’s “Scandal” and has recently been named a regular on Showtime’s “Homeland,” and Navid Negahban, also a “Homeland” star, are among the jurors for the fest. Other jurors are Farhang Foundation board member Mark Amin, Dr. Hamid Naficy, Hassan Ildari, Farhad Mohit and Mahnaz Newman.
The six finalists vying for honors were culled from more than 110 submissions from around the world. The short films are “Aghaye Past” (Canada), “Brain of Terror” (U.S.), “Bride of Rain” (Iran), “K-von Presents: A Splash of Nowruz” (U.S.), “Lady With Flower-Hair” (Iran) and “Legend of Gheysar” (U.S.).
The awards ceremony and reception will be held Saturday, »
- Terry Flores
This Week in TV:
Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!) is cast as the other half of The Odd Couple in CBS’ new reboot; Tomb Raider voice actress Keeley Hawes joins Doctor Who as a guest star; Homeland promotes Nazanin Boniadi to series regular for season 4; and the True Detective season 1 finale crashes HBO Go.
With Perry – who helped bring the project to the network – set to co-star as the messy and disorganized Oscar Madison, both of the project’s lead roles have now been filled ...
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- Daniel Johnson
So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.
Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »
- Chris Holt
Grant Morrison's 'Batman and Son' is this latest comic book story to get the DC Universe Animated Original Movies treatment, with the direct-to-video feature Son of Batman set to arrive on shelves in May, and a new image has arrived online featuring Dick Grayson in his Nightwing guise; check it out here courtesy of Watchtower of Babel News...
Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. With assassins on their trail, Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy’s father. With his son in tow, Batman »
- Gary Collinson
Homeland Review, Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by Michael Cuesta
Origianal air date: Sunday October 15, 2011
In late 2011, Showtime premiered its highly publicized psychological thriller Homeland to much fanfare. Boasting a fantastic cast of well-known faces, a highly original concept, and hot-button issues that touched upon many of the concerns of our time, the series took off almost immediately.
The first episode introduced us to our two central characters, and the dizzying conflict that would account for the main storyline since. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), the chief character of the series, is a CIA agent working on the counter-terrorism front. In the episode’s opening scene, she receives information suggesting that an American Pow has been turned, and will be sent back to his homeland as a mole. Enter Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), an eight year prisoner of Al Qaeda who »
- Mike Worby
Fans of Showtime’s Homeland might be happy to know that they will be seeing more of CIA analyst Fara Sherazi, as it has been revealed that Nazanin Boniadi will be upped to season regular in season four.
Bonaidi plays the analyst who was recruited by Saul (Mandy Patinkin) for her knowledge in international banking, but she played a big part in the final episodes of season three when she recruited relatives in Tehran to help with Carrie’s (Claire Danes) secret mission. And when we head into season four, Fara will find herself working very closely with Carrie.
Boniadi has been a very familiar in television over the last few years, starring in programmes such as How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and 24. She is currently finishing a guest appearing role the Kerry Washington political drama Scandal.
No air date has been confirmed for Homeland Season 4 just yet, »
- Lucy Cave
Actress Nazanin Boniadi got some good news this week—her character, CIA analyst Fara Sherazi will become a series regular on the Showtime drama, “Homeland.” Boniadi is currently appearing on “Scandal.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Homeland” dropped stars Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor from regular status at the end of last season. Boniadi will reprise the role of Fara Sherazi during the fourth season of “Homeland,” produced by 20th Century Fox TV. Boniadi’s character debuted in the third season. CIA analyst Fara Sherazi is a strong, Muslim CIA analyst who is taken under Saul’s (Mandy Patinkin) wing while Carrie (Claire Danes) was working outside of the agency. This [ Read More ]
• The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton will star opposite Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Kill Your Darling’s Dane DeHaan in upcoming period drama, Life. Anton Corbijn (The American) will direct the film, which centers around the real life friendship that blossomed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the iconic movie star for Life magazine in 1955. Edgerton will portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, the man who brokered the deal for the photographs with Life. [Variety]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Nazanin Boniadi might be busy on "Scandal" right now, but soon she will be getting an increased role in "Homeland." The actress, who portrayed Fara Sherazi in Season 3, has been promoted to series regular in Season 4.
It makes sense that "Homeland" would want to keep around its lesser players instead of adding too many new actors to the mix. Season 3 ended on a bit of a reboot for the show, and Season 4 will follow Carrie Mathison as she heads into the field. Fara will have a "key role" working for Carrie in the CIA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
"Obviously it's going to require a fair bit of reinvention, but [showrunner] Alex [Gansa] and his team are inheriting a lot of players still on the board, most notably Carrie [Claire Danes]," executive producer Howard Gordon told Zap2it at the TCA 2014 winter press tour, where he was promoting his new FX series "Tyrant." "I mean, »
With a new set of twists and dangers, season three of "Homeland" took a different course than many expected, with a major development involving Damian Lewis's character Nicholas Brody. Nevertheless, one of the highlights of the season was the introduction of Fara Sherazi, a young, competent and conflicted Iranian woman who joined the CIA as an analyst. Earlier today, Showtime announced that Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Fara, has been elevated as a series regular for the show's fourth season. Showtime also described her expanded part as a "key role," where she'll be working with Carrie (Claire Danes). Boniadi is currently starring in an eight-episode arc on the ABC drama "Scandal." She previously appeared as a guest on "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy" and "24." The fourth season of "Homeland" is expected to return in the fall. »
- Eric Eidelstein
With a new set of twists and dangers, season three of "Homeland" took a different course than many expected, with a major development involving Damian Lewis's character Nicholas Brody. Nevertheless, one of the highlights of the season was the introduction of Fara Sherazi, a young, competent and conflicted Iranian woman who joined the CIA as an analyst. Earlier today, Showtime announced that Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Fara, has been elevated as a series regular for the show's fourth season. Showtime also described her expanded part as a "key role," where she'll be working with Carrie (Claire Danes). Boniadi is currently starring in an eight-episode arc on the ABC drama "Scandal." She previously appeared as a guest on "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy" and "24." The fourth season of "Homeland" is expected to return in the fall.
- Eric Eidelstein
Homeland is starting to fill some holes in its cast. The Showtime drama, which saw stars Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor all lose regular status at the end of last season, has promoted Nazanin Boniadi. She will reprise the role of Fara Sherazi during the 20th Century Fox TV-produced thriller's fourth season as a series regular. Boniadi first appeared in the third season, playing a strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst taken under Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) wing while Carrie (Claire Danes) was working outside of the agency. The new season finds Fara in a key role working for
- Michael O'Connell
Boniadi, who guest-starred in season three, plays strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst Fara Sherazi. Her now-regular role will pick up where the final episodes left off, with Fara enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help CIA officer Carrie (Claire Danes) with a secret mission. In season four, Fara will have a key role working for Carrie at the CIA.
Boniadi, a human rights activist and an official spokesperson for Amnesty International USA, currently guest stars on ABC’s hit drama “Scandal.” Her TV resume also includes stints on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “24.”
The fourth season of “Homeland” is expected to premiere next fall.
- Andrea Seikaly
Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, said he hopes the net’s summer slate points to the quality, variety and stability of the network’s programming.
“It’s a wonderful mix of old and new partners we’re working with … people known for making quality television,” Wright told Variety. “This really helps us burnish the brand.”
The diverse summer slate underscores the evolution of that brand, which not too long ago was driven almost entirely by crime shows like “The Closer.”
“We love our crime dramas, but we’re now programming in several genres… »
- Rick Kissell
After guesting on Showtime‘s Homeland this season, Nazanin Boniadi has been upped to regular for Season 4 of the Emmy-winning terrorism drama. Boniadi plays Fara Sherazi, the strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst who Saul (Mandy Patinkin) recruited for her expertise in international banking. Like Carrie (Claire Danes), Fara shares a passion for justice and ends up enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help Carrie’s secret mission in the final episodes of Season 3. Season 4 finds Fara in a key role working for Carrie at the CIA. Boniadi, repped by Aka and Jordan Lee Talent, is currently completing an eight-episode arc on ABC’s Scandal. Her TV credits also include How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and 24. On the film side, she appeared in The Next Three Days and Iron Man. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Nazanin Boniadi is getting deeper into the espionage and intrigue of “Homeland.” Boniadi, who guest-starred on the Showtime drama's third season, will be a series regular when “Homeland” returns for its fourth season. Also read: CIA Spy Valerie Plame Says ‘Homeland’ Has ‘Jumped the Shark This Season’ Boniadi, who currently stars in an eight-episode arc of the ABC drama “Scandal,” plays Fara Sherazi, a strong-willed Muslim CIA analyst who Saul (Mandy Patinkin) recruited for her expertise in international banking on “Homeland.” The final episodes of “Homeland's” third season (spolier alert!) found Sherazi enlisting her relatives in Tehran to help Carrie complete her secret mission. »
- Tim Kenneally
Anne Heche fans won’t have to dig too deep to find the Emmy-winning actress back on the small screen this year.
Heche (Save Me) has joined the upcoming USA Network six-episode action-adventure series Dig, from co-creators and executive producers Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland). She joins previously-announced star Jason Isaacs (Awake).
Dig is set and will shoot in Jerusalem as well as other international locations. The series follows FBI detective Peter Connelly (Isaacs) who becomes a murder suspect after trying to track down a religious artifact that could trigger an event that would change the course of history. »
- Jake Perlman
Holy Jerusalem and sin-ridden New York may not have much in common, but that didn’t stop Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, the high-tech millionaire turned two-term civil servant, from reaching out to Gotham counterpart Michael Bloomberg several years ago when Barkat was trying to learn the ropes of the movie business.
New York, after all, has defied its own congestion and sky-high real estate costs to become a magnet for film and television production, and Barkat, a close friend of the former mayor, thought he could beat the same kind of odds in Israel’s contentious capital. Jerusalem, he felt, had all the elements of a good filming location — breathtaking scenery, mild weather and plenty of creative brainpower — but it lacked infrastructure, and its global reputation as a political hot spot made it a risky bet.
- Debra Kamin
Anne Heche (Save Me) has been tapped as a series regular on USA Network’s six-episode event series Dig, an action adventure drama from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Gideon Raff, creator of the Israeli series on which Showtime’s Homeland was based. Kring and Raff co-created Dig, which centers on Peter (Jason Isaacs), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history. The series is a production of Keshet Media Group for Ucp in cooperation with the city of Jerusalem. It will premiere on USA later this year. Heche will play Lynn, the head of the Jerusalem FBI office and Peter’s boss. She is also his only friend and occasional lover. Despite her sense of humor and soft side, Lynn is tough and isn’t afraid to »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Heche will play the head of the FBI office in Jerusalem in the potboiler about an FBI agent’s search for a religious artifact linked to an event that will change the course of history. Jason Isaacs toplines the series from Israeli TV powerhouse Keshet Intl. and Universal Cable Prods.
Kring (“Heroes”) and Raff (“Homeland”) co-created “Dig” and exec produce with Gail Berman and Gene Stein of Tecumseh Prods. Project is lensing in Israel and other locales for a premiere targeted toward the end of the year.
Heche is repped by UTA.
- Variety Staff
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