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  1. The Mary Sue Interview: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Director Ana Lily Amirpour & Star Sheila Vand

    Talking Iranian lady vampire flicks is always the best.

    A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of the coolest movies of the year. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the film stars Sheila Vand as a chador-wearing vampire preying on the men of Bad City in a mash-up of western and vampire film, which is also surprisingly funny and romantic. Vand and Amirpour were in New York this week for the release of the film, and talked about their mysterious character, dangerous love, and the benefits of working with a cat on set.

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  2. Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Is Weird, Wild Stuff

    A cult classic in the making.

    If the title A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night sounds like the set-up for a joke, you’d be right. The new Iranian-language, American-produced, western-inspired vampire movie is one of the weirdest and funniest movies of this season - which also happens to have a surprisingly compelling love story. The movie is one of the most interesting movies of the year, which features a star0making performance by Sheila Vand and a stunning feature film debut by writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour.

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  3. Iranian Police Arrest Online Music Video Dancers for Getting “Happy”

    Pharrell videos are protected by the right to the pursuit of "Happy"-ness.

    Iran is apparently a whole lot like that town in Footloose (which Wikipedia tells me is called Bomont), because they've arrested 6 people for dancing in a music video. While we in the U.S. have the luxury of suffering infinite numbers of Pharrell music videos, Iran doesn't take so kindly to people getting "Happy."

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  4. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, an Iranian Vampire Western

    Bloody Good Fun

    Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night will premiere at Sundance this month, claims it is a mix of spaghetti western, comics, horror film, and Iranian New Wave. It also promises a vampire riding a skateboard. We are very, very intrigued. AICN has a poster and some pages of a tie in comic.

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  5. Iran Wants to Send Cats to Space

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency has announced that they may be doing the internet a giant favor by putting a cat into space. It wouldn't be the first time one of our feline friends has made up and back. Well, actually they're not doing it for the internet. They're doing it because they want to reach the goal of manned spaceflight by 2018.

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  6. Iranian League of Legends Tournament Bans a Bunch of Female Characters for Being Too Revealing

    Nobody let these dudes see a picture of what Lara Croft looked like in the '90s.

    For a fighting game, League of Legends has a surprisingly decent ratio of female champions to male -- at 39 out of 104 it's not completely even, but it's better than the standard "token broad" you get in most fighting games. So it's a pretty huge bummer that an unofficial LoL tournament in Iran felt it necessary to ban most of the female champions from the tourney.

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  7. Iranian Women Practice Parkour Despite Obstacles, Make Us Feel Lazy [VIDEO]

    Today in Awesome

    Parkour is a growing trend in Iran, where more and more males and females alike are learning of the sport through illegal satellite TV broadcasts. Speaking to France 24, a 20-year-old college student explains how Iranian women, like the ones seen in the video above, have a tougher time of it. But they still do it. Because they're awesome like that. (OK, that last part was all me).

    Of course, it’s not easy for girls. While boys practise parkour in the streets, as it is meant to be done, girls often prefer to practise in less-busy places like beaches or natural parks, where there aren’t many people around. We fear getting in trouble with the police or basijis [volunteer militiamen who act as the morality police], who could accuse us of copying a Western fad. We could also get in trouble for practising sports outside designated facilities. Parkour is a not an easy sport to do while wearing a headscarf and a manto [a style of long tunic worn by many Iranian women] over pants. You have to worry about getting your manto caught on things and making you fall, so you can’t move quite as fast as boys. But we have no other choice.
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  8. Iran Rolls Out Teams of Snipers to Battle Enormous Mutant Rats

    The Iranian capitol of Tehran is suffering from a pest problem we don't envy -- Rodents of Unusual Size have come to plague the city. While they're not the nearly human sized creatures native to the Fire Swamp, Iranian officials have reported that the "genetically mutated" creatures weigh in at up to 11 pounds. That's larger than some of the cats that prowl the city's streets, and big enough to warrant government backed teams of snipers whose job is to hunt down the voluminous vermin, because of course they're resistant to traditional poison. Of course they are.

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  9. Iranian President Wants To Be Shot Into Space, John McCain Takes Opening For Monkey Joke

    Iran's Mehr News agency is reporting that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has volunteered to be the first Iranian citizen launched into space. Say what you will about Ahmadinejad, who is a world-class jag by pretty much any metric you might care to use, but that's a pretty brave move, considering there are significant questions about whether Iran is even capable of launching a monkey into space and retrieving it safely. Representatives of the U.S. government have already responded to Ahmadinejad's orbital aspirations through the accepted diplomatic channels, which in this case is apparently "monkey joke on Twitter."

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  10. Iran Put A Monkey In Space, And Apparently Got It Back Safely, Too

    Reuters is reporting that the aerospace arm of Iran's defense ministry has successfully launched a monkey into space and retrieved it alive, thereby pushing Iran's young space program leaps and bounds forward, all the way into the 1950s. We would say welcome to the party, Iran, but frankly, the idea of you having rockets really just makes everyone uncomfortable, so... come in if you have to, I guess?

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