Will Ferrell has teamed up with Funny Or Die and IFC to bring you The Spoils of Babylon. It is an epic mini-series spoof, and it has an epic cast to go with it. Aside from Ferrell, the mini-series will star Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Tim Robbins, and Kristen Wiig. It will consist of six half-hour episodes that will premiere in 2014.
“The Spoils of Babylon, a century-spanning saga, chronicles the sexy and dramatic lives of the Morehouse family, led by Jonas Morehouse (Robbins), his daughter Cynthia (Wiig) and her adopted brother Devon (Maguire) who made their fortune in the oil business,” according to a press release. “The series takes viewers from the oil fields of Texas to boardrooms in New York City, through war-torn battlefields and velvet-sheeted bedrooms. Cynthia and Devon’s unbridled and taboo passion for one another cannot be prevented. Add in Cynthia’s evil son Winston (Osment), her put-upon husband Chet Halner (Sheen), and Devon’s new love interest Dixie Mellonworth (Alba), and the booze, the pills, more passion, more pills and the heartache, and you have a mercurial potboiler. Then add in illegal arms deals, international espionage, the Shah of Iran (Ferrell), and two U.S. Army generals (Kilmer, Steve Tom) and it begins to overflow with boiling liquid in a pot on a hot stove that is operational.”
The Spoils of Babylon may be a parody, but with the level of talent the cast brings to the table it wouldn't be surprising if turns out to be one of those shows that makes the week between episodes seem like a year. Besides, who doesn't love a good incest-driven romance torn apart by drugs and guns?
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Marzieh, born Ashraf os-Sadat Mortezai, died on 13 October 2010 in Paris, France, where she had lived since 1994. Her granddaughter, Janan Khoram, told Radio Farda Marzieh had battled cancer for several years.
The mezzo-soprano began her career in the early 1940s and collaborated with several master Persian songwriters and lyricists, including Ali Tajvidi, Parviz Yahaghi, Homayoun Khorram, Moeini Kermanshahi and Bijan Taraghi.
She also performed for many world leaders, including the Shah of Iran, Queen Elizabeth II and former U.S. President Richard Nixon.
She was banned from performing in her homeland following the Islamic Revolution of 1979, when Iran became a theocracy led by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
She eventually left Iran in the 1990s due to political repression and joined the main opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) organised by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in Paris in 1994.
Marzieh re-emerged years later and performed several concerts in Los Angeles, California and at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and became a highly public supporter of the Iranian resistance.
She gave her last major performance in Paris in 2006, aged 82.
Marzieh is survived by a son and a grandchild.
The odd item, which the movie star bought at auction for $276,000 (£172,500), is one of many collectors pieces up for sale or in foreclosure - made necessary by the fact Cage owes $6 million (£3.75 million) in back taxes.
Listing the movie star's collectables, New York magazine reveals the ancient skull wasn't the actor's only elaborate indulgence - he also owns a jet and two yachts, three castles, two islands in the Bahamas and "a dozen or so" mansions.
His 50 cars include a $495,000 (£309,375) Lamborghini once owned by the Shah of Iran.
At the ripe young age of 8 Marjane Satrapi (voice of Gabrielle Lopes) is celebrating the end of the dictatorial Shah’s reign in late-‘70s Tehran Iran. Along with her parents Tadji (voice of Catherine Deneuve) and Ebi (voice of Simon Abkarian) and her grandmother (voice of Danielle Darrieux) with whom she is closest young Marjane looks toward a bright future one sans the oppression her independent-minded family has endured for some years. But life only winds up changing for the worse in the years that follow. Oppression and repression rage on amidst a new yet obsolete form of government. Women for example are literally not to be seen: Headscarves must cover their faces or else. This doesn’t sit well with Marjane who sneaks in taboo imports like Bee Gees and ABBA records and a “Punk Is Not Dead”-emblazoned jacket. Her parents fearing Marjane is one minor misstep away from jail or worse send her off to school in Vienna at age 14 (now voiced by Chiara Mastroianni) for her own safety. It starts a period of self-discovery self-loathing extreme growth spurts and great wandering both physically and mentally. And it ends with the beginning--of the rest of her life. The only name moviegoers are likely to recognize in the cast of vocals is that of legendary French actress Deneuve whose voice lends a genuinely maternal aura--in addition of course to her distinctive smoky delivery. All the voice-overs are superb though and the family feel is tangible throughout as a result. It pays off--not just budget-wise--to have a cast without A-listers separating Persepolis from the pack that has become star-studded animated movies of today. All dialogue is in French which obviously eliminates 99 percent of Hollywood but the relative few not scared off by lack of star power are in for a more authentic film. Most notable is Mastroianni (real-life daughter of Deneuve and her late husband famed actor Marcello Mastroianni) who voices both the teenaged Marjane and her older self narrating the story via flashbacks. Mastroianni as clearly the central figure of the story is able to capture every emotion on the roller coaster that was Satrapi’s coming-of-age-hood. Sometimes adaptations get lost in translation from source material to movie but Marjane Satrapi the author of the graphic novel of the same name on which Persepolis is based was fortunately integral to the whole production every step of the way. She co-directed and co-wrote the movie along with Vincent Paronnaud and clearly infused her woe-is-NOT-me attitude. Persepolis is sad in spots but it’s always circumstantial never subjective. At no time does Satrapi assert any sense of pathos into her real-life story or plead for viewers’ pity making it a refreshing often humorous and ultimately uplifting retrospective on oppression--not depression. Animation-wise everything is done in minimalist black and white the perfect touch that takes no getting used to; nor does it take away from the story’s soul like CGI sometimes does and the visuals still manage to be just as intoxicating as those in say Pixar movies. And being that Persepolis is adapted from a graphic novel and told in a similarly noir tone live action just wouldn’t have been the same.