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Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' movie lands U.S. distribution deal

Open Road Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, with plans to release the film this fall. The movie tells the true story of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who was detained in Iran and accused of spying. For 118 days in 2009, he was interrogated and tortured by Iranian authorities, who released him after overwhelming protests and pleas from the West, including repeated updates on The Daily Show.

Stewart, who took a leave of absence from his Comedy Central show to write and direct the film last summer, based the screenplay on Bahari’s best-selling memoir, Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) portrays Bahari in the film, and Shohreh Aghdashloo (24) plays his mother.

Click below to see Bahari’s 2009 appearance on the Daily Show, after he had been released by Iran. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'The Giver' gets its Jonas; Plus, 'Veep' star heads to 'Inherent Vice,' more

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• It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel The Giver, but things are moving forward. Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for over a year to play the Giver, and now, Brenton Thwaites has been cast as Jonas, the young boy chosen to be trained by the Giver.  Thwaites has appeared on a number of Australian televisions show and is also portraying the Young Prince in Maleficent. Fans of the book will remember we meet Jonas just as he’s about to turn 12. Thwaites is already in his 20s. Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) is set to direct the project for The Weinstein Company. Filming will commence in South Africa this fall. [Deadline]

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