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  • Jon Stewart Options Iranian-Canadian Journalist's Life Story for Film Project

    Remember Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari? Sure you do. He was the one who was locked up for being a spy for Mossad by a humor-impaired Iranian government after being interviewed by Jason Jones on The Daily Show.

    Well, if you still don't remember, you can probably just wait for the movie version. The one that's being produced by Jon Stewart

    [A]fter Jon Stewart met Bahari on his show, Stewart… decided to purchase the life rights to Bahari’s life, which is the subject of a forthcoming non-fiction book, and turn it into a feature project. There's not yet any studio involvement, but Stewart’s production company, Busboy Productions, is seeking a writer and director to take on the project.

    And thus was born the Untitled Maziar Bahari project. “The Daily Show” producer, Rich Korson, along with Jon Stewart, will be producing the pic.

    Wow! This movie is gonna be off-the-hook hilarious! Muslim fundamentalists, Iranian prisons, harrowing interrogations and forced confessions. I'm ROFLing already!

    Here's Jon's interview with Bahari after he was released from prison and allowed to return to the West…



    And you can see the original segment with Jason Jones after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: Canada, Iran, Israel, Jason Jones, Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari, Movies, The Daily Show
  • Jon Stewart Interviews Imprisoned Newsweek Reporter Maziar Bahari

    Over the years, there have been a lot of people on The Daily Show whom I would not be surprised to see arrested. Of all the bigfoot hunters, porno librarians and Lou Dobbses, there was bound to be some imprisonment eventually. But I don't think I ever thought someone would be put in jail simply for being on The Daily Show, which is basically what happened to Iranian Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari. Just to be on the safe side, Doris Kearns Goodwin ought to lawyer up.



    The original segment that Bahari appeared in can be found below.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: Iran, Jason Jones, Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari, Newsweek, The Daily Show, Video
  • Iran Thought Jason Jones Was a Spy?

    From The CC Insider

    Picture 28Remember when Jason Jones did a week of reports from Iran, and then basically everyone he interviewed got arrested? Well, Newsweek's Maziar Bahari (who will be on The Daily Show Monday) was one of those guys, and he wrote of his imprisonment in the magazine's latest issue. Turns out his interrogators didn't really get The Daily Show.

    "Why is this American dressed like a spy, Mr. Bahari?" asked the new man.

    "He is pretending to be a spy. It's part of a comedy show," I answered.

    "Tell the truth!" Mr. Rosewater shouted. "What is so funny about sitting in a coffee shop with a kaffiyeh and sunglasses?"

    "It's just a joke. Nothing serious. It's stupid." I was getting worried. "I hope you are not suggesting that he is a real spy."

    "Can you tell us why an American journalist pretending to be a spy has chosen you to interview?" asked the man with the creases. "We know from your contacts and background that you told them who to interview for their program." The other Iranians interviewed in Jason's report—a former vice president and a former foreign minister—had been ar-rested a week before me as part of the IRGC's sweeping crackdown. "It's just comedy," I said, feeling weak.

    "Do you think it's also funny that you say Iran and America have a lot in common?" Mr. Rosewater asked, declaring that he was losing patience with me. He took my left ear in his hand and started to squeeze it as if he were wringing out a lemon. Then he whispered into it. "This kind of behavior will not help you. Many people have rotted in this prison. You can be one of them."

    Yikes! Kind of hard to follow that with a wisecrack. Although, I will say that if you have to ask what's so funny about sitting in a coffee shop with a kaffiyeh and sunglasses, you'll never get it.

    The original segment with Bahari is here. Skip ahead to 2:14 for the interview.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

    (via Andrew Sullivan)

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    Tags: Iran, Jason Jones, Maziar Bahari, Newsweek, Spying, The Daily Show