Iran is planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning Argo because of the movie's allegedly "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.
Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh Daily, said that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. She is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.
Following the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but six embassy staffers were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a fake movie as a cover story, is recounted in Argo.
After its Oscar win in February, Iranian officials dismissed Argo as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda.
Meet Kon-Tiki, the goergeous Norwegian epic that was filmed twice, in two different languages, and nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film at both the Oscars and Golden Globes. Already a box office smash in its native Norway, Kon-Tiki is a historical drama that follows adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl as he sets out to prove that Polynesia was settled by peoples from Peru by re-creating the early South American explorers’ path by sea.
By creating a balsawood raft using ancient methods, Heyerdahl and a crew set off from the Peruvian coast in an attempt to catch ocean currents that will take them to the Polynesian islands in order to prove Heyerdahl’s theory of South American settlers. Heyderdahl (Norwegian star Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen), his five man crew and a macaw named Lolita are at the mercy of the Pacific as they attempt the 4,300 nautical mile journey on their homemade raft they’ve nicknamed “Kon-Tiki” after the Inca god of the sun and storm. Oh yeah, this seemingly unbelievable tale is based on a true story.
Catch a wave with the Kon-Tiki and check out the trailer after the jump!
Now that the dust has settled on the Oscars and we’ve combed over every red carpet gown, gossiped about the Oscar parties, and debated the humour of host Seth MacFarlane, we can turn our attention to the biggest award of the night: Best Picture.
Argo, Ben Affleck’s take on the Canadian Caper claimed the top award of the evening and had some of us clapping loudly in support, and others crying foul over movies we thought should have won. When the list of Best Picture nominees is nine films deep, it can sometimes be difficult to pick a clear-cut favourite. What do you think should have won Best Picture? Was Argo the most deserved winner or were you rooting for Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook or any one of the other eight nominated films?
Vote for which film YOU think should have been crowned Best Picture in our poll after the jump!
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As the last golden statue was given out at the 85th Academy Awards, Hollywood’s annual award season finally came to an end last Sunday. You’ve seen the recaps. You’ve seen the interviews. Now it’s time to see all those candid social media moments that were happening with the best-of-the-best in film.
Industry stars like Lee Unkrich, Tom Hiddleston, Steve Martin and Bryan Greenberg were all providing Twitter updates during the show. In fact, according to ABC News, Twitter received over 8.9 million Oscar-related tweets by the end of the evening.
Keep reading to see what the stars had to say about the Oscars on Twitter, plus check out the backstage photos, and see Jack Nicholson's greatest interview interruption ever caught on camera.
It's your all-access pass to the Oscars! The red carpet stunners, presenters waiting to go on stage, stars behind the curtain and the party hoppers are just a few things you can expect to see in our photo galleries covering Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.
Check out the rarely seen shots of backstage during the Academy Awards ceremony where the stars are waiting in the wings to present and winners are returning from centre stage with an Oscar in hand. We’ve got those behind-the-curtain moments covered as well as the press room where the winners are whisked in front of cameras and reporters before hitting the party circuit.
From this year’s crop of winners like Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, to past winners Meryl Streep, nominees, presenters, and stars, we’ve got you covered in our photo galleries!
Hit the jump to check out the photo galleries below for the stars on the red carpet, the backstage and press room, and the parties!
The former Canadian ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis said Monday it was good to hear Ben Affleck finally thank Canada after Affleck's film Argo won the Oscar for best picture.
Argo came under criticism from some Canadians, including former ambassador Ken Taylor, who said he felt slighted by the movie because it makes Canada look like a meek observer to CIA heroics. Taylor says it minimizes Canada's role in the Americans' rescue.
Taylor criticized Affleck on Friday and said he hoped Affleck would acknowledge Canada's role. Affleck briefly thanked Canada in his acceptance speech Sunday.
"Finally, he mentioned Canada," Taylor said. "Under the circumstances, I think that was fine. It certainly acknowledged Canada. I think certainly the movie was about CIA agent Tony Mendez. I think that President Carter's remarks put everything in proportion."
In many ways the fashions at the 2013 Oscars were reflective of the overall experience of watching it. Some parts were amazing, like Naomi Watts' shimmering silver column dress and live performances by Jennifer Hudson and Adele. Some parts, like Anne Hathaway's pale dress fail and the use of Jaws music to drown out winners' acceptance speeches, were bad.
And other parts, cue most of host Seth McFarlane's material and Kristen Stewart's wardrobe, were just plain awkward. Was it a year that will go down in the annals of Academy Awards history for its endless parade of incredible red carpet watching? Not so much. But there were still several shining moments, and questionable choices, that warrant a closer look.
Here's our list for best and worst dressed of the night.
A lot was made of choosing Seth MacFarlane as the host of the 85th Academy Awards since his crude sense of humour (see: "Family Guy," Ted) wasn't exactly in line with the typical stodgy Oscar evening tone.
But he proved to be rather toothless and uneven, choosing to deliver most of his lightly prickly jabs with a nervous smile stretched across his lips, like a kid desperate for your approval but trying to feign the opposite. Edgy? Not so much. Yes, he had a song that celebrated certain female body parts and pretended to take home Sally Field but it felt patently immature, even for the voice of Stewie, and piecemeal at best as sock puppet re-enactments and random soft shoe routines were squeezed between Kardashian jokes.
After a bizarre Captain Kirk (William Shatner) "A Christmas Carol" bit opened the show and stretched on interminably, we were treated to Charlize Theron, and her cropped 'do!, dance with Channing Tatum, and then, as the awards started to get doled out, non A-list winners got played off by, of all things, the de-nah de-nah de-nah Jaws theme, which felt all kinds of insensitive.
What else did we think of the Oscars? Dive into our Wrap to find out what else worked, what didn't, what made us laugh or more likely cringe. After all, it's the awards show to end them all that's so hard to love but impossible not to watch.
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