Blackout in Tehran

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been banned from making movies for the next 20 years. Here’s how he got around the mullahs.

Prize Fighters

Joseph Cedar’s Footnote pits a Talmudic scholar against his academic son in a tale equal parts midrash, riddle, and Israeli political tragedy

2 or 3 Things I Know About ‘A Separation’

The Iranian film beat the Israeli film and the Polish Holocaust film

Daybreak: U.S. Doubts Iran Bomb Program

Plus WikiLeaks makes another splash, and more in the news

Your Oscar Cheat Sheet

Here’s what to root for

Dictatorial

Sacha Baron Cohen has been warned not to commit any stunts at the Oscars. But why should he listen? It’s not as if he’ll ever win one.

Out of ‘In Darkness,’ Reflection

A response to Agnieszka Holland’s Academy Award-nominated film

Writing Footnote

Director Joseph Cedar on Orthodox Judaism, The Social Network, and the nightmare scenario behind his latest Academy Award-nominated film

Sundown: Roseanne for President

Plus high-tech Tel Aviv, Iranian threats, and more

Daybreak: Hopeless, Syrian Rebels Get Fiercer

Plus U.N. report refers to Gaza ‘collective punishment,’ and more in the news

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