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Jon Stewart to screen first ‘Rosewater' footage for foreign buyers at Toronto

By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES ( - "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is heading to Toronto this weekend to pitch potential foreign buyers on his feature directorial debut, "Rosewater," an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. At an event hosted by Sierra/Affinity, the company representing the film's international rights, Stewart will screen footage from the Iranian political drama.

Iran TV officials slam EU over sanctions

Two senior officials at Iran's Press TV whom the EU has slapped with sanctions have criticised the bloc over the move, in comments published on the English-language channel's website on Thursday. The European Union on Tuesday added Press TV's chief Mohammad Sarafraz and newsroom director Hamid Reza Emadi to its blacklist against Tehran for grave human rights violations, subjecting them to an EU travel ban and asset freeze. Sarafraz said the sanctions "show the irrationality of the European Union," quoted on Press TV's Farsi website.

'Daily Show' host to helm Iran-themed movie

Jon Stewart is taking time off from "The Daily Show" to direct a film based on an Iranian-Canadian journalist's nightmare in a Tehran jail, the Comedy Channel cable network said Tuesday. The feature film, "Rosewater," grew out of interviews that Maziar Bahari gave "The Daily Show" after he was detained in solitary confinement and subjected to torture for 118 days during the post-election protests that gripped Iran in 2009.

'Daily Show' host Stewart will take leave to direct feature film

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (Reuters) - Comedian Jon Stewart will take a break as host of satirical television news show "The Daily Show" beginning in June to direct a serious film about a journalist's imprisonment in Iran, network Comedy Central said on Tuesday. The exact dates of Stewart's hiatus have yet to be finalized but he will miss eight weeks of original episodes of the popular show that has turned the 50-year-old comedian into a prominent political and social voice.
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