”Suddenly, there was a deluge of roles that came to me in which I’d have a metaphorical sword in my teeth, climbing over a ship ready to rape and pillage everybody,” says Siddig, 45. ”My agent told me I’d work much less if I only waited for positive characters.”

Producers to Middle-Eastern Actors: “Don’t tell anyone your real name, or you’ll never work again” — Entertainment Weekly, by Christian Blauvelt

Last of the Alexander Siddig spam, I swear! My sister and I have noticed many of the problems mentioned in the article (she’s an actress, so she reads a lot of casting calls), and it’s nice to finally see them addressed in the mainstream media.   


Fairy Tale Dreamcast - The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

"I can give her no more power than what she has already. "Don’t you see how great it is? Don’t you see how men and animals are forced to serve her; how well she gets through the world barefooted? She must not hear of her power from us; that power lies in her heart, because she is a sweet and innocent child! If she cannot get to the Snow Queen by herself, and rid little Kay of the glass, we cannot help her." (read in full here)

Rinko Kikuchi  as The Snow Queen

Megan Charpentier as Gerda

Quvenzhané Wallis as The Little Robber Girl

Timothy Spall as The Voice of Bae

Ty Simpkins as Kay (Kai)

Viola Davis as The Old Robber Woman

Shohreh Aghdashloo as The Old Lady who knew Magic

James Woods as The Voice of the Raven/Crow of the Woods

Judi Dench as The Voice of the Tame Raven/Crow

Noomi Rapace as The Lapland Woman 

Pihla Viitala as The Finland Woman

Meryl Streep as The Grandmother 

Antonia Thomas as The Princess 

Godfrey Gao as The Prince

Jim Cummings as The Voice of the Sprite/Devil


Interview: Iranian American Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Acts to Defy Typecasting

The Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning actress reminisces about growing up in Iran, defends her work in the show “24” and enthuses about her role in Jon Stewart’s upcoming directorial debut.

Read the full story here.


Spider-Man Reboot (Go Hard or Go Home)

Spidey’s been around for years. Let’s give him his powers at 16 and now he’s post-college or grad school. Peter Prabhakar hustles photos for the Daily Bugle for hardass J. Jonah Jameson while trying to snag a date with Betty Brant. Chance has it, he’s thrown a bone and gets to cover the press conference where Max Modell announces his company Horizon Labs is absorbing the remnants of the Oscorp supergiant post-Norman Osborn’s death and will be using the resources for socially/environmentally responsible industry. Horizon co-founder Miles Warren has other plans for the OZ formula that created Spider-Man and the Goblin and is assisted by Felicia Hardy, an untouchable master thief, and Mac Gargan, an international soldier of fortune. 

Avan Jogia as Peter Prabhakar/Spider-Man
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Aunt Maya Prabhakar
Hugh Laurie as J. Jonah Jameson
Kat Graham as Betty Brant
Kevin Smith as Max Modell
Bobb’e J. Thompson: Uatu Jackson
Seychelle Gabriel: Sajani Fishbach
Luke Evans as Miles Warren/The Jackal
Natalie Dormer as Felicia Hardy/Black Cat
Pedro Pascal as Mac Gargan/Scorpion

Uncle Bhim Prabhakar played by Naseeruddin Shah in flashbacks.


The Stoning of Soraya M., 2008

Directed: Cyrus Nowrasteh

Film İran’ın bir köyünde, haksız yere recm (idam) edilen Süreyya'nın hikayesini konu ediniyor. Uzun zamandır bir filmde bu kadar duygulandığımı hatırlamıyorum duygulanmayı geçtim velev ki Süreyya'ya atılan her taş bana atıldı da canım öyle yandı, adeta Süreyya'nın acısına ortak oldum.. Daha birçok şey yazılabilir film hakkında, hala etkisinde olduğumu varsayarsak ve spoiler vermeyi sevmediğimi göz önüne alırsak film hakında söyleyeceklerim bu kadar. Şimdiden izlemek isteyenler, iyi seyirler olsun. 

Dipnot: Öykü, gerçek bir olaydan; önce kitap olarak yayınlanmış sonra filme uyarlanmıştır.