Iranian government officials are saying a big “Argo f*ck yourselves” to Hollywood filmmakers this week, as they plan to sue those involved with the Best Picture Oscar winner over claims that the film is an “unrealistic portrayal” of the country.
According to an AP report citing sources in the Iranian media, French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre traveled to Iran this week to meet with officials and discuss the details of a lawsuit against “Argo,” although it’s not certain who exactly will be named in the suit.
Coutant-Peyre is no stranger to high-profile clients, having served as counsel to Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal.
“I will defend Iran against the films like ‘Argo,’ which are produced in Hollywood to distort the country’s image,” Coutant-Peyre said in a statement.
The decision to hire the lawyer came on the heels of a private screening of the film in Tehran on Monday for Iranian cultural officials and movie critics, though their dislike of the film is nothing new. Shortly after “Argo” was named Best Picture in February, Iranian state media criticized the decision, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, took specific issue with First Lady Michelle Obama presenting the award, with Fars News calling the movie an “anti-Iran film … produced by the Zionist company Warner Bros.”
TMZ also reports that Iran’s Press TV said “Argo” was an “Iranophobic” movie that “attempts to describe Iranians as overemotional, irrational, insane, and diabolical while, at the same, the CIA agents are represented as heroically patriotic.”
Meanwhile, Iran is said to be working on its own version of the events depicted in “Argo,” which TMZ reports is a pro-Iran film called “The General Staff” about 20 American hostages who are handed over to the U.S. government by Iranian revolutionaries. THR notes that the project has received a huge budget from the government’s art bureau, with a screenplay already written.
[AP via Business Insider; TMZ]
EARLIER, ON MOVIEFONE
BEST: Jennifer Lawrence on the Red Carpet
This actress is so endearing, it’s nearly impossible to hate her. First of all, she announced how “starving” she was when she hit the red carpet (never heard <em>that</em> one before), and then she tried to joke around with pal Emma Stone by yelling into E!’s Mani Cam: “Your ass is mine, Stone!” Oh, and she fell on the way to get her Best Actress award but quickly laughed it off. Fun all around.
WORST: Seth MacFarlane’s Racial Jokes
Every time MacFarlane ventured into racial-joke territory, the theater went silent. It’s just not the right venue for that kind of humor. Ever.
BEST: Long, Blond Hair — on Men
Claudio Moranda (Best Cinematography, “Life of Pi”) and the sound editing/sound mixing winners certainly showed us something: long, <a href=”http://www.vulture.com/2013/02/long-hair-man-oscar-winner.html”>blond hair is an absolute necessity</a> if you want to win.
WORST: “Jaws”-ing People Off the Stage
Someone made the decision to play the “Jaws” theme (of the shark lurking in the water) to play people off the stage. It worked for the music/visual effects awards, but other than that it was just weird and inappropriate.
BEST: “We Saw Your Boobs” Song
We have to admit <a href=”http://www.crushable.com/2013/02/24/entertainment/we-saw-your-boobs-video/”>this song was cute and clever</a>, and it was a lively way to start a 3+ hours show.
BEST: William Shatner Saving the Day
Only Shatner’s smug, gruff humor could complement MacFarlane’s opening monologue. Just as it started flailing, Shatner appearance on a big screen added some much-needed levity. Also: “Star Trek” suit — loved it.
WORST: Boring Speeches
Seriously, with the exception of Ben Affleck, Daniel Day-Lewis and Ang Lee, these speeches put us to sleep. Everyone trod that fine line of neutrality — probably to play it safe.
BEST: Seth MacFarlane, JGL, and Daniel Radcliffe Dancing
We never thought we’d see this happen, and we’re so glad it did.
WORST: A Whole Lotta Chenoweth
Apologies to all the Kristen Chenoweth fans, but it was a lot to take if you’re not a fan. Her red-carpet coverage got a bit repetitive with her constant references to her short stature, and then they closed the Oscars with a Chenoweth performance. Bookends are a tad excessive.
BEST: Jennifer Hudson’s Performance
To think this woman is the same one we saw win the Oscar for “Dreamgirls” in 2006 is really mind-blowing. Her pipes are still the same (read: amazing), but everything else about her is different. Kudos, Jennifer, you look awesome.
BEST: Adele Performing/Winning for ‘Skyfall’
Even though everyone knew that she’d take home the Oscar for Best Song, it was still such a treat to hear her sing it. When accepting her award, she was also genuine, passing off the microphone to her producer instead of hogging the limelight.