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October 9, 2013 | By Susan King
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
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October 25, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Iranians have been portrayed on the big screen as pre-Revolution radicals in “Argo,” scary, bare-chested villains in “300” and video game characters come to life in “Prince of Persia.” While these depictions can be entertaining, they're hardly the only ones out there. Disseminating alternative perspectives is the goal of the annual Noor Iranian Film Festival . The week-long gathering, which wrapped up its sixth year on Thursday, showcased a wide variety of films by Iranians - ranging from documentaries on Iran-Iraq War veterans who suffered from chemical bomb exposure (“The Skin That Burns”)
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June 1, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in "House of Sand and Fog" (2003), writes about her life journey from Tehran under siege to Hollywood in her new memoir, "The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines," which hits bookstores on Tuesday. In your memoir, you write that your Oscar nomination made you proud to open the door for other Middle Eastern actors to get roles that aren't terrorists. How has that been going? I haven't played a terrorist since "24," and believe me, when I chose the role it wasn't because of its political background but [because]
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October 9, 2013 | By Susan King
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
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February 18, 2004 | Ellen Baskin, Special to The Times
In 1978, Shohreh Aghdashloo, along with many others, left her native Iran just as it was on the brink of Islamic revolution. At the time, she was a famous actress there, but in more than two decades her name has never appeared in an Iranian publication; when she emigrated, her name was stricken from all cultural records, banned from all newspapers. Until now.
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December 14, 2003 | Ellen Baskin, Special to The Times
After watching her performance as the downtrodden wife of a deposed Iranian colonel in "House of Sand and Fog," meeting actress Shohreh Aghdashloo is testimony to the powerful alchemy of wardrobe, makeup and -- above all -- acting skills. In the DreamWorks drama, the tragic travails of Nadi Behrani's life are indelibly etched on her face, her posture, her demeanor.
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October 25, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Iranians have been portrayed on the big screen as pre-Revolution radicals in “Argo,” scary, bare-chested villains in “300” and video game characters come to life in “Prince of Persia.” While these depictions can be entertaining, they're hardly the only ones out there. Disseminating alternative perspectives is the goal of the annual Noor Iranian Film Festival . The week-long gathering, which wrapped up its sixth year on Thursday, showcased a wide variety of films by Iranians - ranging from documentaries on Iran-Iraq War veterans who suffered from chemical bomb exposure (“The Skin That Burns”)
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June 23, 2009 | Gina Piccalo
Shohreh Aghdashloo doesn't look like a fearless political firebrand. She arrived at a Studio City diner wearing an elegant suit, apologizing for being just three minutes late. But as Aghdashloo began talking about her latest film, "The Stoning of Soraya M." -- a compelling true story about an Iranian woman who was unjustly accused of infidelity by her husband and then stoned to death for the crime -- the outspoken Iranian expat emerged.
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May 11, 2007
Lou Diamond Phillips, Richard Schiff, Samantha Mathis, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Larry Gelbart and Robert Wuhl will be among the celebrities to participate in PEN USA's annual fundraiser on May 20, "Forbidden Fruit: Readings From Banned Works of Literature." The program of readings begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The event also will pay tribute to actor and author Kirk Douglas for defending freedom of expression. The public is invited to attend.
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March 8, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the outset of the absorbing and pertinent "Maryam," the Armins of suburban New Jersey seem a typical affluent American family, to themselves and to their neighbors. That Dr. Armin (Shaun Toub), while loving and good-humored, is stricter than other fathers is the only apparent trace of his Iranian heritage. His daughter, Mary (Mariam Parris), born in Iran as Maryam and brought to the U.S.
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June 1, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in "House of Sand and Fog" (2003), writes about her life journey from Tehran under siege to Hollywood in her new memoir, "The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines," which hits bookstores on Tuesday. In your memoir, you write that your Oscar nomination made you proud to open the door for other Middle Eastern actors to get roles that aren't terrorists. How has that been going? I haven't played a terrorist since "24," and believe me, when I chose the role it wasn't because of its political background but [because]
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2009 | Gina Piccalo
Shohreh Aghdashloo doesn't look like a fearless political firebrand. She arrived at a Studio City diner wearing an elegant suit, apologizing for being just three minutes late. But as Aghdashloo began talking about her latest film, "The Stoning of Soraya M." -- a compelling true story about an Iranian woman who was unjustly accused of infidelity by her husband and then stoned to death for the crime -- the outspoken Iranian expat emerged.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2004 | Ellen Baskin, Special to The Times
In 1978, Shohreh Aghdashloo, along with many others, left her native Iran just as it was on the brink of Islamic revolution. At the time, she was a famous actress there, but in more than two decades her name has never appeared in an Iranian publication; when she emigrated, her name was stricken from all cultural records, banned from all newspapers. Until now.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2003 | Ellen Baskin, Special to The Times
After watching her performance as the downtrodden wife of a deposed Iranian colonel in "House of Sand and Fog," meeting actress Shohreh Aghdashloo is testimony to the powerful alchemy of wardrobe, makeup and -- above all -- acting skills. In the DreamWorks drama, the tragic travails of Nadi Behrani's life are indelibly etched on her face, her posture, her demeanor.
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June 30, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kamshad Kooshan's "Surviving Paradise," a well-intended but awkward first film, turns loose two Iranian youngsters in Los Angeles who have to fend for themselves. The idea of seeing the city through the eyes of foreign children, free of the stereotypes and prejudices that fragment our multicultural society, is inspired and the film's key strength.
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January 25, 2004
Here follow some musings on the year's outstanding performances from a member of the nominating committee for the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominations in the Academy Award acting categories may not mirror the SAG Award nominations as much as the directing nods seem to reflect the DGA Awards, but it's interesting to note how Kenneth Turan's Oscar picks ("It's January -- Roll Out the Oscar Picks," Jan. 18) are similar to our nominations. We're all in agreement on the outstanding performances of Ben Kingsley, Sean Penn and Bill Murray -- and I certainly understand that Johnny Depp of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Station Agent's" Peter Dinklage are Oscar long shots -- but Russell Crowe and Jude Law?
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