CNN – Michiel Huisman, actor and Save the Children supporter, shares photographs he took from his visit to Zaatari Camp in Jordan with CNN’s Hala Gorani and talks about what brings children hope.
EW – It’s now official: Game of Thrones has won more Emmys than any primetime TV show ever.
The HBO fantasy drama won three awards at the 68th annual Emmy Awards on Sunday night, pushing its lifetime total number of awards to 38 – one more than Frasier, the previous all-time record holder.
Thrones picked up awards for best writing in a drama series, best directing in a drama series, and best drama on Sunday night. Overall, Thrones won 12 Emmys this year, out of 23 total nominations.
The series already became the most-honored drama series after picking up nine Emmys at the Creative Arts ceremony last weekend, surpassing longtime title holders Hill Street Blues and The West Wing. By scoring another three awards Sunday, Thrones becomes the only primetime scripted series to ever have won this many awards.
DEADLINE – Stephen Brown’s Y Production just sealed a distribution deal with Mark Urman’s Paladin for the war epic The Ottoman Lieutenant, likely the first movie to look at those on the other side of World War I. The film will be released for an Oscar-qualifying run in December before going wide in February of 2017.
Starring, Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, Age of Adeline), Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina), Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley, the film was lensed at the famed Barrandov Studios in Prague (which recently suffered losses in a fire). Other locations were in the Czech Republic and in Turkey.
The film’s logline: “a strong-willed woman (Hilmar), who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor (Hartnett) who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire — a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission’s founder (Kingsley) when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army (Huisman). With invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war” she must make a decision.
The Ottoman Lieutenant is directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy) from a screenplay by Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabitha). It is a Y Production in association with Eastern Sunrise Films and produced by Stephen Joel Brown.
CAA negotiated the domestic distribution deal while ancillary and international release plans are now being finalized.
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS – A new film portraying incidents in Eastern Anatolia during World War I through the eye of a U.S. nurse has been finished.
The film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” stars Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi,” “Schindler’s List”), Josh Hartnett (“Black Hawk Down,” “Pearl Harbor”), Hera Hilmar (“Anna Karenina,” Da Vinci’s Demons”), Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”) and Turkish actors Haluk Bilginer and Selçuk Yöntem.
Bilginer was cast as Khalil Bey and Yöntem as Melih Pasha in the movie, in which many other actors of Turkish descent take minor roles.
British actor Kingsley brings life to the character Dr. Garrett Woodruf in the film.
In a career spanning 40 years, Kingsley has won an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film “Gandhi,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Directed by Joseph Ruben, who is known for films “Sleeping with the Enemy” and “The Forgotten,” the film’s script was written by Jeff Stockwell (“Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”).
Set in 1915 in the eastern province of Van, the film revolves around the love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in World War I.
“The Ottoman Lieutenant” tells the story of an American doctor named Jude, played by Hartnett, who is disappointed with the injustice in his country, and Lillie, played by Hilmar, an idealist young woman who leaves America to be with Jude during his duty at the Ottoman Empire.
At a time of worldwide war, Lillie falls in love with Ottoman Lieutenant İsmail, played by Huisman. As the war gets worse, Lillie needs to decide if she will live for herself or for others.
“As objective and respected to common sufferings of both Turks and Armenians, we wanted to show the audience what happened during World War I in Eastern Anatolia, a subject that has not been handled before,” said one of the producers of the film, Stephen Brown, who will also serve as a producer on a film about Rumi, the 13th century Ottoman mystic and poet, which is being developed with Academy Award-winning writer David Franzoni.
Besides Turkey’s Cappadocia and Istanbul, the film was shot at Barrandov Studios in Prague and in various exterior locations in Prague and the Czech Republic. Sets were constructed on a 300,000-square-meter lot at Barrandov Studios.
A co-production of Y Production and Es Film, the North American premiere of “The Ottoman Lieutenant” will be held in Los Angeles.
INQUISITR – For many motorcycle enthusiasts, Harley-Davidson is an iconic and enduring symbol of Americana. The miniseries tells the fascinating story of how the Harley-Davidson brand was created and evolved. Three young men, with amazing vision and drive, overcame many obstacles and challenges to produce one of the most popular motorcycles in the world.
“This is the type of compelling and honest storytelling that fits perfectly for Discovery Channel,” said Rich Ross, group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. “It is a story about brotherhood, an ironclad will to succeed and going against the conventional wisdom of that time. The founders of Harley-Davidson created more than just a motorcycle. They created modern entrepreneurism.”
According to American Motorcyclist, Harley and the Davidsons will provide insight into the success and struggle of the company founders. Walter (Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones) and Arthur (Bug Hall, The Little Rascals) Davidson along with their friend Bill (Robert Aramayo, Game of Thrones) Harley, were the sons of hard-working, blue-collar immigrants. Together, the young men featured in Harley and the Davidsons firmly believed in the American dream, and they were willing to give everything they had to see their dreams fulfilled. Launching a successful business of building motorcycles was their united goal, and despite facing different challenges along the way, Harley and the Davidsons will highlight how they persevered throughout the good times and the bad.
DAILY SABAH – “The Ottoman Lieutenant” which is a U.S. production starring Michiel Huisman, Ben Kingsley, Josh Hartnett, Hera Hilmar and Turkish actors Haluk Bilginer and Selçuk Yöntem is one of the most anticipated films among Turkish movie buffs. Set in World War I, the film tells the love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in the Great War. Directed by Joseph Ruben and written by Jeff Stockwell, the film features actor Huisman, who is famous for his role as Daario Naharis in the acclaimed series the Game of Thrones, who plays the Ottoman officer İsmail. The film was primarily shot in Cappadocia, the land of fairy chimneys, and is expected to hit theaters in 2017. Considering the cast and the production, “The Ottoman Lieutenant” seems to be the biggest Hollywood movie about the Ottomans to-date.
MOVIE NEWS GUIDE – Discovery Channel is all set to enrich viewers with their three-part limited series Harley and The Davidsons scheduled to premiere on Sep. 5, 2016.
The series is an impactful endeavor by Discovery to chronicle the growth of the iconic Harley Davidson brand of motorcycles. The series will trace the growth trajectory of its founders, brothers Walter and Arthur Davidson, and their buddy, Bill Harley, during a dynamic time of change and technological advances.
The company, nearly a hundred years old, is a testimony to the hard work and innovative practices that have led to the growth and success of this legendary brand.
The casting for this miniseries, Harley and The Davidsons, includes Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones) and Bug Hall (The Little Rascals).
The official trailer for this much awaited miniseries premiered at the summer Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, according to Deadline.
In the trailer, viewers cannot miss Huisman’s Walter saying, “I’m going to put my money into this. We’ve got to be different. We’ve got to be bigger, stronger, faster.”
In the three-night miniseries, viewers will be given the opportunity to understand the mindset of the founders, their limitations and the stumbling blocks to their success. Viewers can take a leaf out of their experience and extrapolate it into their own lives to beat odds, surmount obstacles and make a success of their ventures.
Harley and the Davidsons is scheduled to begin its three-night premiere on Sep. 5, Monday, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery channel.
The series, Harley and The Davidsons, is a treatise on hardwork and success and the will to surpass indomitable odds to achieve their dream. The series shows that the road to success is never easy, but persistence and diligence pay off.
The trailer has created a record with the video touching about 7 million views.
DEADLINE – Harley and the Davidsons is part of Discovery Communications chief Rich Ross’s campaign to widen Discovery Channel’s scope, and looks to be off to a good start with its trailer clocking 7M views in about a week, outstripping any trailer ever posted to plug the networks’ well-known Shark Week, Ross said at TCA this afternoon.
Harley Davidson company opened up its archives, and family members spoke to researchers about family member and gave them historical background that was used to form characters and key events for the miniseries, debuting next month. But producers had complete editorial independence, and the company had no financial arrangement with the project, Raw Television’s EP Dimitri Doganis told TV critics this afternoon at TCA.
All the motorcycles used were made from scratch working, from archival information provided by the company, according to the projects’ bike fabricator Alex Wheeler. Harley and the Davidsons tells the story of founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley, and charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century.
The frames were steel, there were no shocks, and the clutch was a leather belt that would tightening around a wheel, according to cast member Gabe Luna.
At bike racing events in the early days of the company, the motorcycles, which had no brakes, no gears, and hit 100 MPH, spewed oil, turning banked wooden tracks around which they raced into ice rinks. Historical data shows they were not only hugely dangerous to the riders and but also massively dangerous to spectators, especially when a bike caught on fire. “It genuinely was incredibly dangerous,” Doganis added, redundantly.