Box Office - Behnam Nateghi Report (10–2-2015) Every Friday, VOA Persian TV's New York correspondent Behnam Nateghi comes to News Hour, for a report on new movies. In today's segment, two new movies, The Martian and Freeheld, as well as holdovers from last week in expanded release, including Sicario and Hotel Transylvania 2. Also, a quick look at The Walk in limited 3D release.+ More details
Director Robert Zemeckis pays homage to the fallen World Trade Center towers by recreating French circus artist Phillippe Petit’s tightrope walk 118 floors above the street level on the birthday of the architectural monuments in 1974. Critics praise the imaginative use of the latest CGI technology to recreate the fallen architectural marvels, providing a reason for the whole family to return to the movie house.+ More details
Every Friday, VOA Persian TV's New York correspondent Behnam Nateghi comes to News Hour, along with the outstanding news anchor Negar Mohammadi, for a report on new movies. In today's segment, two new movies, The Intern and 99 Homes, as well as holdovers from last week in expanded release, including Sicario and Everest.+ More details
Johnny Depp portrays James "Whitey" Bulger, a small time Bostonian gangster of Irish descent, who gained prominence in the 1970's, with the indirect help of the FBI, which crushed his competition using the information provided by Bulger. At the time, Bulger’s brother William, was the head of Massachusetts’s Senate, the state’s most powerful politician. The two brothers were close to FBI agent John Connolly since childhood, growing up in Southie, Boston’s blue-collar neighborhood. Director Scott Cooper says “the unholy alliance” between law enforcement, local politicians and criminals, attracted him to the project. “Life is definitely stranger than fiction,” says Joel Edgerton, the Australian actor who plays Connolly. After premiering at Venice and Toronto festivals, Black Mass did $24 million business in its first weekend in the US, in line with other Boston-based gangster films, such as Ben Affleck’s “The Town,” and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, in which Jack Nicholson plays a gangster similar to Whitey.+ More details
US critics praise Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, for its minimalist script, music and images of the Arizona and Mexico border towns, where US law enforcement agencies and Mexican drug cartels resort to similar violence and corrupt means in their bloody war. The movie is centered on an FBI agent, played by Emily Blunt, who has been brought into the operation to provide it with a veneer of legitimacy.+ More details
Combat missions soon began. One of a handful of foreigners, Pisanos quickly became a popular member of the Eagle Squadron. It was then that his fellow pilots started calling him the “Flying Greek,” a nickname that stuck for the rest of his life. http://www.voanews.com/MediaAssets2/projects/flying-greek/index_en.html+ More details
The U.S. military command quickly granted American citizenship to all six foreign nationals who served in Eagle Squadron and were now reassigned to the U.S. Air Force. The May 1942 naturalization ceremony took place at the American embassy in London. Pisanos was the first among the six pilots who walked a few steps forward and raised his right hand to take the oath of citizenship. He was not aware that this moment would usher in a new chapter of American history. http://www.voanews.com/MediaAssets2/projects/flying-greek/index_en.html+ More details
“I believe I have been extremely fortunate,” professor Ehsan Yarshater responds, to a question about the secret of his voluminous accomplishments as a scholar and founder of so many research and publishing institutions in Iran and the United States. Last Friday, Columbia University celebrated Dr. Yarshater’s 95th birthday in a ceremony attended by scholars who work with him on the 22-volume, comprehensive Encylopaedia Iranica, as well as lovers of Iran’s art and culture who have been supporting his efforts during the past 50 years. In addition to his own original research on Iran’s ancient history and languages, Dr. Yarshater has facilitated the publication of thousands of books, from volumes on Iran’s history, culture and literature, by scores of world-class scholars, published by true world’s most prestigious companies, to Persian translations of the world’s greatest books. “We cannot shape the events of our own lives only by initiative and effort,” he says+ More details
The Whitney Museum of American Art opened the doors to its new building by architect Renzo Piano to the public. In this report, Museum director and two of its chief curators talk about the architectural features, such as large windows and big terraces on all sides, that would open the museum to the outside world, and allow the Hudson river, the entire City, the High Line and the Chelsea neighborhood to merge with the museum. Voice of America feature, with Persian narration.+ More details
VOA Persian TV's Behnam Nateghi reports on William Forsythe Ballet's performance at the Lincoln Center. The report includes comments by choreographer William Forsythe, as well as New York Times' former dance critic Anna Kisselgoff. Voice of America feature, with Persian narration+ More details
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