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.
Jon Stewart is hard at work on ‘Rosewater’, scouting film locations in Amman, Jordan over the weekend and also meet with George David of Jordan’s Royal Film Commission.
USC Trojan student Nora and her fan girl posse were lucky enough to meet Jon while he was scouting locations with his
entourage boy band.
You can read all about her adventures on her blog ‘Nora Goes Abroad’.
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.”
Full Interview: The New York Times.
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Welcome to Fan Art, where we highlight the glorious manifestations of Stephen, as rendered by fans and talented artists.
In a recent Reddit AMA exchange with Creative Director of the Batman cartoon Jeff Matsuda, he offered to draw anything asked, and naturally our friends Jon and Stephen (and Batman) came up. Jeff responded with the following masterpiece, entitled “Bat Stewart and Robin Colbert”:
MusiCares.You know who’s great? Bruce Springsteen. You know who thinks so? Just about everybody — including
The charity, which helps out musicians with financial and medical assistance during times of need, has named the Boss their 2013 Person of the Year, and on Friday, February 8 (just two days before the Grammy Awards), Jon Stewart will host a tribute gala to Springsteen, his music, and his extensive charity work.
The lineup is an eclectic mix of Springsteen’s peers, collaborators, famous fans, and spiritual protégés, including Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Faith Hill, John Legend, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Sting, Jim James, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Tim McGraw, Patti Smith, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. The event, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is already sold out.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Official event photos from the Montclair Film Festival fundraiser, ‘Jon Stewart in Conversation with Stephen Colbert’ held on Friday, December 7th at the Wellmont Theatre, New Jersey.
The complete set of event photos can be found on the Montclair Film Festivals flickr page.
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 7:00 PM
Presented by: Count Basie Theatre
Tickets: $250, $150, $99, $75 (On sale Wednesday 12/5 at Noon)
** All proceeds will benefit Monmouth and Ocean Counties for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
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