Britain’s Got Talent: Iranian Contestant – Shaheen Jafargholi

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You MUST check out  little Shaheen Jafargholi sing his heart out on Britain’s Got Talent!

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Sacha Baron Cohen: Bruno Strikes Again!

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Your half-Iroonie bro: Sacha Baron Cohen is still busy working on his mockumentary named after his gay-tastic character; Bruno.

So with the popularity of his previous work, how has he been able to continue to make movies in the same fashion as he made the unhingingly funny film Borat?

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Max Amini: Comics Without Borders

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Check out this video featuring clips of Iranian comedian Max Amini at the  ”Comics Without Borders” comedy show. Don’t miss cameos by Axis of Evil Comedy alum: Ahmed Ahmed and ex-MadTv-staple; Bobby Lee.

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Warring Factions: A Documentary by Justin Mashouf

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Check out this clip featuring Iranian-American break-dancer (beat boy) and filmmaker: Justin Mashouf. His film, ‘Warring Factions‘  is Mashouf’s “first feature length documentary.”

Shot in Iran and the US, Mashouf’s journey throughout the film uses his love for break dancing as a way of bridging an American culture with Iranian youth.

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Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker: Interview with David Golshan

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Do you watch Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker?

Neither do we.

But, we did catch the episode featuring the Persian moneybags known as: David Golshan, who was discovered at an L.A.

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Comedy Relief – Persian Style: Interview with Maz Jobrani

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WASHINGTON, DC — The first time we had the pleasure of meeting the Parviz Sayyad of our generation (after-all, he did drop-out of a PhD. program in Political Science from Berkeley), our absolute favorite and wildly-brilliant actor/comedian: Maz Jobrani, it was in 2003 after he had finished his press tour for the movie ‘Maryam‘ (directed by Ramin Serry and co-starring David Ackert) and was making his first appearance at the DC Improv.

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Grammy Awards: Kid Rock Flashes Iranian Flag

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Kid Rock’s performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was good (as far as we could tell) and rock-like, his stage set-up… not so much.

 Resembling Madonna’s “Confessions Tour” a bit – stage aesthetics wise – the current version of the Iranian flag was shown, amongst a few others, during a photo-montage on giant screens behind Kid Rock as he jammed to his song ‘Amen’.

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ARUSI: PERSIAN WEDDING – Interview with Director Marjan Tehrani

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WASHINGTON, DC – As Iran’s colorless headline-led image blisters on, Iranian-Americans prove to be (more now than ever before) feeling the responsibility of correcting what is conceivably an unjust and stained perception of themselves.

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Prince of Persia: Prince David Zandi?

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Is this guy for real?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

His bio on IMDB says:  ”According to historical records he is one of the last male members of the Zand dynasty which [ruled] the Persian Empire [from] 1747 to 1779.

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House of Saddam: Shohreh Aghdashloo as Sajida

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Did you watch the premiere of the Shohreh Aghdashloo-starring four-part HBO miniseries: House of Saddam?

 We did.

And we loved Ms. Aghdashloo’s portrayal of  the calculating first wife of Saddam Hussein: Sajida.

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Iranian-American Musician: Farzin Farhadi

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You’re probably already familiar with the trance-inducing musical style of Iranian-American musician, Farzin Farhadi, but get ready for more.

We got you an exclusive Q & A with the talented sax-player.

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Arusi Persian Wedding Premiere on PBS Series Independent Lens

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“ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING” TO HAVE ITS BROADCAST PREMIERE ON THE PBS SERIES INDEPENDENT LENS ON MARCH 20, 2009

 (San Francisco, CA)  Filmmaker Marjan Tehrani chronicles her brother’s journey to Iran, their father’s birthplace, as he travels with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding ceremony and explore his lost heritage. 

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Nominated: Director Ramin Bahrani – Chop Shop

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Congratulations to Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani for receiving a ”Best Director” nomination to compete in this year’s IFC Spirit Awards.

Also amongst the 2009 Spirit Award nominees is Neda Armian; named under the “Best Feature” tab for producing the  movie Rachel Getting Married  starring Anne Hathaway.

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Iranian Myspace Celebrity: Interview with Metal Sanaz

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

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Born in Iran and a celebrity in her own right, Metal Sanaz is a regular on the metal-music scene and she’s got something to say.

Recently we got to chat with the metal goddess herself on her life, work, and daily adventures.

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