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This Photo Series Proves Just How Beautiful Freckles Really Are

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This Photo Series Proves Just How Beautiful Freckles Really Are
British photographer Brock Elbank's new series, #Freckles, is a stunning celebration of freckled faces. The two-year photo project, which already includes portraits of over 90 subjects from around the world, showcases Elbank's immense talent, as well as the diverse beauty of freckles.  "I've always loved freckles, and what I find interesting about individual characters that I meet and have been fortunate to photograph is that, generally, they've struggled having them in their infancy and either hated them, or grown to live with them or even like them in adulthood," Elbank says of the project. "Many of the subjects shot so far
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This Photo Series Proves Just How Beautiful Freckles Really Are

  • PEOPLE.com
This Photo Series Proves Just How Beautiful Freckles Really Are
British photographer Brock Elbank's new series, #Freckles, is a stunning celebration of freckled faces. The two-year photo project, which already includes portraits of over 90 subjects from around the world, showcases Elbank's immense talent, as well as the diverse beauty of freckles.  "I've always loved freckles, and what I find interesting about individual characters that I meet and have been fortunate to photograph is that, generally, they've struggled having them in their infancy and either hated them, or grown to live with them or even like them in adulthood," Elbank says of the project. "Many of the subjects shot so far
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Stage Tube: Laura Benanti and Jared Grimes Sing and Tap to My Fair Lady at #Ham4Ham

Hamilton's Ham4Ham lottery performance has quickly become one of Broadway's favorite traditions as fans gather in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see what Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda has in store -- and who his guest performer is. Today's special guest was stage and screen star Laura Benanti, accompanied by tap dancer extraordinaire, Jared Grimes.Below, watch as they sing and tap dance toMY Fair Lady
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'Daily Show' Correspondent Hosting New Cooking Channel Show

'Daily Show' Correspondent Hosting New Cooking Channel Show
-- He's played a charming chef in a feature film that he also co-wrote, and had his breakthrough role in an off-Broadway play about a restaurant. Yet actor-comedian Aasif Mandvi still can barely tell dosas from Devil Dogs.

"I enjoy eating Indian food, but I'm not an aficionado," says Mandvi, best known as "Senior Correspondent" for South Asia (or the Middle East, or anywhere else Muslims may live) on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." He admits to cooking only when it strategically suits him.

"I usually cook when I'm in a relationship," he says. Yes, he can turn out a basic curry, "but ultimately, I just go to my mom and say `This is what I did. It doesn't taste right. What did I do wrong?'"

But his lack of skill hasn't stopped him from tackling food topics. Through mid-June, Mandvi, 46, is cruising the South Asian restaurants of New York with Madhur Jaffrey,
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New Release: Comedy movie Today’s Special DVD

New Video will release the food-filled 2009 comedy movie Today’s Special, starring comic Aasif Mandvi (Funny People) and Jess Weixler (Teeth), on DVD on May 24.

Aasif Mandvi and Jess Weixler put the cooking on hold in Today's Special.

In the independent film, Mandvi plays Samir, a traditionally trained chef who needs to look after the family business — a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens, N.Y. — after his father (Harish Patel) suffers a severe heart attack. Samir has spent years learning to prepare gourmet cuisine, but he hasn’t had much experience making Indian food, and his mother (Madhur Jaffrey, Cotton Mary) is singularly unimpressed with his efforts. In time, Samir learns about the soul of Indian cuisine, along with a few things about himself, as he also makes time for Carrie (Weixler), whom he used to work with at an upscale restaurant in Manhattan.

Directed by David Kaplan and co-written by Mandvi and Jonathan Bines,
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Arthouse Audit: 'Fair Game' Holds Off '127 Hours'

After more than doubling its theater count, Fair Game had no trouble leading the arthouse scene for the second straight weekend. 127 Hours also expanded, though its chances of becoming a true breakout success are dwindling, while Bollywood movie Guzaarish led a handful of underwhelming new releases. Fair Game rose to tenth place on the overall weekend chart with $1.46 million at 386 locations. Its per-site average of $3,772 was not encouraging for further expansion, and distributor Summit Entertainment hasn't formally announced any plans to bring the movie in to nationwide release (more than 600 theaters). Through its third weekend, Fair Game has earned $3.73 million.127 Hours was up 109 percent to $916,533 at 108 locations for a total of $1.9 million. That translated to a per-theater average of $8,486, which was much weaker than Into the Wild, The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire at the same point. Into the Wild, which is the closest comparison, ultimately finished with $18.4 million, a total
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Movie Review: Today's Special

Nov 19, 2010

Today's Special is the story of Samir (played by Aasif Mandvi), a first generation American born from parents native to the country of Inia. Living in the shadows of his deceased older brother, Samir aspires to become the head chef of an uber trendy bistro in the ultra competitive Manhattan restaurant industry. Plans go awry when he, the sous chef and natural choice for the head chef position, is actually passed up for promotion. The head chef accuses Samir of being too mechanical and methodical in his cooking, and lacking feeling and pizzazz. Samir ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com

Tandoori Comedy: Today’s Special

We all know and love funnyman Aasif Mandvi as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but he's also been acting for over 15 years, in projects as diverse as The Siege (1998), Oz (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Proposal (2009), and The Last Airbender (2010). In his latest movie, Today's Special, directed by David Kaplan, Mandvi takes a leading role as Samir, a high-powered Manhattan chef who has purposely left his Indian roots behind. As circumstances unfold, Samir is forced to leave his fancy world behind and move back to Jackson Heights, Queens, where his parents - who run a low-key Indian restaurant - need his help, in more ways than one. It's a sweet, feel-good comedy - co-written by Mandvi himself - that intertwines the sumptuousness of Indian cuisine with the second-generation immigrant experience, something with which Mandvi himself is quite familiar. This film also features some big Indian stars, most notably
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A Special Night for the Cast of "Today's Special"

A Special Night for the Cast of
The stars of David Kaplan's comedy "Today's Special," Aasif Mandvi (left), Jess Weixler and Kevin Corrigan, posed at the New York premiere yesterday at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Based on Aasif Mandvi's play "Sakina's Restaurant," "Today's Special" follows a Sous Chef who who dreams of becoming a Head Chef, only to find himself back in his parent's home in Jackson Heights, Queens - the "Little India" of NYC. The film opens in theaters November 19. [Photo credit: Dave Allocca]
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'Daily Show' Star Aasif Mandvi On 'Today's Special'

'When I was writing the script, I went and hung out in Rocco Dispirito's kitchen,' Mandvi says of his upcoming movie.

By Eric Ditzian

Aasif Mandvi

Photo: Mandel Ngan/ Afp/ Getty Images

Aasif Mandvi has a big appetite. A conversation with him will touch on curries and tandoors, the best places to get Indian dishes in New York and London, and the connections between Indian food and family life.

It comes as a surprise, then, that the "Daily Show With Jon Stewart" correspondent actually shed pounds while filming "Today's Special," an upcoming comedy in which he stars as a highly trained Manhattan chef forced to take over his family's Indian joint in Queens.

"That's not because I wasn't eating!" he laughed during a recent conversation with MTV News. "I was eating like a crazy person. But we were sweating our asses off. Those kitchens are incredibly hot. There were flames.
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'Daily Show' Star Aasif Mandvi On 'Today's Special'

'When I was writing the script, I went and hung out in Rocco Dispirito's kitchen,' Mandvi says of his upcoming movie.

By Eric Ditzian

Aasif Mandvi

Photo: Mandel Ngan/ Afp/ Getty Images

Aasif Mandvi has a big appetite. A conversation with him will touch on curries and tandoors, the best places to get Indian dishes in New York and London, and the connections between Indian food and family life.

It comes as a surprise, then, that the "Daily Show With Jon Stewart" correspondent actually shed pounds while filming "Today's Special," an upcoming comedy in which he stars as a highly trained Manhattan chef forced to take over his family's Indian joint in Queens.

"That's not because I wasn't eating!" he laughed during a recent conversation with MTV News. "I was eating like a crazy person. But we were sweating our asses off. Those kitchens are incredibly hot. There were flames.
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Reliance MediaWorks to distribute Today's Special in North America

Reliance MediaWorks to distribute Today's Special in North America
Mumbai: Reliance MediaWorks has acquired the North American distribution rights of culinary comedy, Today's Special. The movie stars Aasif Mandvi and features Indian actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey. Directed by David Kaplan, the film written by Mandvi and Jonathan Bines, is based on Mandvi's play Sakina's Restaurant in which the actor plays a chef who dreams of opening an upscale Manhattan eatery but is forced to take over his family's tandoori restaurant in the Little India neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens. The film was produced by Nimitt Mankad's ...
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Sf Asian-American Ff Names "Lemon Lima" and "Mommy" Best Films

After a run that saw more than half of its 97 screenings sell out, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival named its jury and audience award winners earlier this week. Twenty-five thousand people, including over 200 filmmakers, actors, and industry guests attended this year's festival. The fest was bookended by Aasif Mandvi and David Kaplan's romantic comedy "Today's Special" and Arvin Chen's "Au Revoir Taipei." Quentin Lee's "The People ...
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Mahindra Iaac Film Festival unveils lineup

The Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (Miaac) Film Festival has announced the opening, closing & centerpiece films for its 9th Annual Festival in New York City. Following hot on the success of the 2008 festival, which saw a stellar line up of films and talent including the NY premiere of Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, this year's opening film is Today's Special. Director David Kaplan's film written by and starring Comedy Central star Aasif Mandvi accompanied by renowned Indian actor Naseerudin Shah as well as author and actor Madhur Jaffrey. Tennis celebrity ...
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