Iran & France Praise Asghar Farhadi’s Foreign Language Oscar Win (& Boycott)
Representatives of the Iranian government have lauded the team behind Asghar Farhadi’s Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, The Salesman. The country’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, took to Twitter on Monday to say he was proud of the cast and crew for their Oscar and “stance against Muslim ban.” Culture Minister Reza Salehi Amiri praised the now double Oscar winner Farhadi for standing against “narrow-minded and racist policies of novice American politicians,”… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Slams “Inhumane” Trump Travel Ban, In Absentia
Among the winners at the 89th Academy Awards, the one who became the most public face of this year's intersection between politics and the Oscars was not at the Dolby to pick up his statue. Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman scooped the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, giving the respected Iranian director his second win in the category — albeit for a film that many feel may ultimately be remembered more for its cause célèbre status as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s… Read
Last Week Not In Sweden: Bill O’Reilly To Address Nils Bildt Mystery; Twitter Doesn’t Wait
Forget what happened last night in Sweden. Today’s question is, who was that Swedish guy on The O’Reilly Factor last week?
Nils Bildt landed headlong into the fake news debate last Thursday, when he was identified during an interview on The O’Reilly Factor as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor.” Except few in Sweden had ever heard of him, much less taken advice from him.
“He is not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish… Read
Asghar Farhadi Lauds “Powerful Movement” Against Trump Travel Ban At London ‘Salesman’ Premiere
As part of its #LondonIsOpen campaign, the British capital tonight transformed Trafalgar Square into a massive cinema to host the UK premiere of Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-nominated The Salesman. About 10,000 protesters turned up to the screening, The Guardian reports. Appearing via videolink from Tehran, the film’s Iranian helmer Farhadi said he was "extremely happy that the scattered reactions from people and art communities across the globe shown to the oppressive travel… Read
Univision Pulls Ads For Pulse Shooting Show Segment; Club Owner, Mothers, Victims, GLAAD Press Network To Stop ‘Blood Bath’
Mothers of murdered children, victims/survivors from the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, the club’s owner and GLAAD have pressed Univision not to air a segment on its weekend crime show Crónicas de Sábado titled “Baño De Sangre” (it translates to Blood Bath), about last year’s massacre that killed 49 people and injured hundreds more physically and/or mentally. Ads for Blood Bath that showed a re-enactment inside the nightclub shooting in gory detail… Read
‘Real Time’: Bill Maher Slams ‘Bait’-Taking Liberals & Huggy, Panda-Loving TV Journalists
Updated with New Rules video After praising recent instances of journalists like George Stephanopoulos and Chuck Todd standing their ground against White House falsehoods, Bill Maher didn’t stay nice for long.
Showing clips of network news segments on unicorns, hugs and pet goats, Maher’s New Rules segment of tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO excoriated the softies. Scott Pelley of CBS News got two swats, first for introducing a news item with “From time to time… Read
UTA Rally: “This Is Our Time To Resist,” Jodie Foster Tells Crowd; Asghar Farhadi Speaks Via Video – Watch
UPDATED with video montage and more quotes, 7:45 PM: “The rights of the press and artists and the right to seek a better life is what this country is about,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer told a crowd gathered in the heart of Beverly Hills as his agency hosted a rally at its headquarters. He also joked about getting a tweet from President Donald Trump that read, “UTA best company in the world. Rally so sad.”
Check out a video montage of the days events above.
Jodie Foster was… Read
Oscar-Nominated Foreign Language Directors Denounce “Climate Of Fanaticism”
As the Oscars loom on Sunday, the six nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film category have collectively released a statement expressing their “emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.” The filmmakers include Denmark’s Martin Zandvliet, Sweden’s Hannes Holm, Iran’s Asghar Farhadi, Germany’s Maren Ade and Australia’s Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. Together, they say that… Read
Asghar Farhadi Expected To Speak From Iran During UTA Rally
EXCLUSIVE: Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film The Salesman who decided to boycott the Academy Awards ceremony due to President Donald Trump’s initial travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries, is expected to make his first public appearance at the UTA rally this afternoon. Deadline hears that arrangements are being made for the director to either be Skyped in or speak via video from Iran for the rally that will bring… Read
Sen. Kamala Harris At CAA Take Action Day: We Are In “The Post-11/8 Era”
The Sen. Kamala Harris talk at CAA Take Action Day ended up being the most attended of the many conversations and panels on Thursday that ranged from immigration and the environment to politics, politics, politics. It was standing-room only as the 224-seat theater became a fire marshal’s nightmare. People lined the entrance and walls and sat on the stairs. CAA employees were asked to give up their seats and go into the overflow room.
Guests in attendance included director… Read
Caitlyn Jenner Scolds Donald Trump For Revoking Transgender Protections – Update
UPDATED with Jenner’s tweet with video response, 6 PM: “This is a disaster,” Caitlyn Jenner responded, to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of federal guidelines that let transgender students use restrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity:
Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me. pic.twitter.com/XwYe0LNUOq
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24… Read
Bill Maher Under Gun Over Late-’90s Video Condoning Sex Between 33-Year-Old Teacher And 12-Year-Old Student
Bill Maher, who this week took a victory lap after the unraveling of conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, is is under fire for a 1998 episode of his former ABC late-night show, in which he defends a thirtysomething teacher in jail for having had sex with a 12-year-old student with whom she got pregnant.
“As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You're welcome," Maher crowed this week in a New York Times interview after Yiannopoulos, who Maher controversially fea… Read