Tag Archives: Tyrant

The Next Omar Sharif: Why Finding the Next Middle Eastern Hollywood Star is Easier Than We Think

Omar Sharif in "Doctor Zhivago." (Screengrab)
Omar Sharif in “Doctor Zhivago.” (Screengrab)

This article has been a long time in the making, mostly because it’s hard for one person who has several jobs out outside of maintaining a site to keep with and write articles about prominent news stories. But I do my best, and this particular issue has been on my radar for a while thanks to my constant reading of The Hollywood Reporter.

"Tyrant" Season Two Quick Thoughts: Does Bassam Have a Messiah Complex?

The more and more I watch Tyrant, the more engrossed I become in most of the character storylines. To me, the Al-Fayeed storylines —the ones directly involving the members of the ruling Al-Fayeed dynasty—are the show’s brightest, most cohesive parts. However, one Al-Fayeed I have to leave out is is Bassam; even though his part in the resistance fight is becoming more fleshed out and interesting, I can’t really cosign Bassam’s reasoning for becoming a part of the resistance because I know he’s only doing it to get closer to Jamal so he can (try to) take him out. 

WOC Wednesday: Moran Atias

Moran Atias’ Leila Al-Fayeed is the glue that holds the Al-Fayeed family together on Tyrant. Amira might think she’s the glue, but it’s clearly Leila. Similarly, it’s Atias’ amazing acting that breathes life into Abuddin’s First Lady and has turned the character into a force to be reckoned with. 

"Tyrant" Season Two Quick Thoughts: Ahmed's Sad Song Playlist + Burkina Faso Enters the Fray

First, apologies for not being on COLOR for two days straight. Real life started knocking last Saturday, and it’s been presenting issues ever since, so I had to take care of life. Life is currently giving me a break to write this post.

Second, I had a cool interview with Rami himself, Keon Alexander! You can read the full post at the Entertainment Weekly Community, but here’s a snippet of our conversation:

"Tyrant" Season Two Quick Thoughts: Bassam's Sundial Moment, No Emma + Shoutouts

Another week, another Tyrant episode, and even though this one didn’t have as much of the Abudinnian politics as we’ve come to expect, the extreme focus on Bassam’s storyline wasn’t as boring as I expected it was going to be. In fact, it was quite fast-paced and, as I wrote in this week’s EW Community Blog recap, filled with surprisingly delightful character development for Bassam. 

"Tyrant" Season Two Quick Thoughts: Bassam's Family + A Shout-Out from Rami

I wrote last week that I’d have this post up, but I just couldn’t make it. 1) I honestly didn’t know what to write about 2) I was progressively getting sicker and sicker. Not sick in a “flu” type of way, but sick in a “my anemia is kicking in and I need iron” type of way. Suffice it to say, I stayed in bed all weekend, watching LEGO set reviews (shoutout to JANGBRICKS).

Anyways, let’s get on with it.