For as little as a $10 donation, the winner and one lucky friend will be flown to London, where you will go behind-the-scenes on the closed set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” as VIP guests, watch filming, meet the newest cast members, and be transformed by the markup and costume departments into a Star Wars character who will be filmed for an actual scene in “Episode VII”.
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Jon Stewart, the host of “The Daily Show” will be honored at the Seventh Annual Heroes Gala in November. IAVA will present Stewart with the 2013 IAVA Civilian Service Award on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Additionally, IAVA will honor former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta with the 2013 IAVA Veterans Leadership Award. Brian Williams, host of NBC Nightly News, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the fifth year in a row.
As Iran nears elections in June, the government has launched a renewed assault on the media with arrests, repression, and harassment. Join us in New York for a special screening of ‘Forced Confessions’, a film documenting the history of this tactic in Iran, followed by a discussion exploring the political, social, and personal implications of criminalizing the press, along with the worrying trends under new governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
Forced Confessions, a documentary film by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, follows six writers, journalists, and scholars who were tortured for their writings and forced to issue false confessions. The film’s director Maziar Bahari, himself a survivor of what the film calls “the Iranian regime’s attempt to legitimize its rule through force,” joins political satirist Jon Stewart and Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon in the panel discussion following the screening.
Date: Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30PM Location: School of Visual Arts (Manhattan, New York City) Tickets:$25 Bonus: Ticket holders will receive a personal copy of ‘Attacks on the Press’
Mr. Stewart, the stand-up satirist and “Daily Show” host, said on Tuesday that he would direct his first movie, a drama called “Rosewater,” from a screenplay that he wrote.
The movie — which will require a 12-week absence from his duties on “The Daily Show” — is an adaptation of the 2011 book “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival,” by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy.
“I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on, so this is a little scary, yes,” Mr. Stewart said by telephone.
“Rosewater” will cost an estimated $30 million to $40 million to make, with financing coming from Gigi Pritzker’s Odd Lot Entertainment. Scott Rudin; Ms. Pritzker, the Hyatt heiress; and Mr. Stewart are producing the film. Casting is still in its early stages; 60 to 80 people will ultimately be involved, and shooting could begin overseas as soon as June.
John Oliver, a regular contributor to the program, on Comedy Central, will serve as guest host for eight weeks of new shows, and the four other weeks Mr. Stewart will be gone are expected to coincide with the show’s annual summer hiatus.
“One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves,” Mr. Stewart said, “and I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”