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Filming of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society has begun. The big-screen adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' international bestselling epistolary novel stars Lily James as journalist Juliet Ashton who forms a life-changing bond with an eccentric secret society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime.
The film co-stars by Michiel Huisman (The Age Of Adaline), Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years) and Penelope Wilton (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).
Studiocanal is financing the project and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
In the aftermath »
- Amber Wilkinson
Exclusive: Mike Newell just added a number of new actors to his film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which is underway in the UK. Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Michiel Huisman (The Age of Adeline, Game of Thrones), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Courtenay (45 Years) and Penelope Wilton (The Bfg, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) have joined Lily James in the film. James stars as journalist… »
Variety first reported on Feb. 23 that Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman would star with Stephanie Laing directing from a script by Bess Wohl. The film follows Abbie and Sam, soulmates since the age of 8 who were destined to be together until death got in the way.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Jacki Weaver, Timothy Simons and Claire Holt have joined the cast of Stephanie Laing's romantic drama Irreplaceable You. The Walking Dead's Alanna Masterson, Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Erin Richards (Gotham) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) also star in the pic alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Christopher Walken and Steve Coogan. Story focuses on Abbie and Sam, soulmates since the age of 8, who were destined to be together forever until death got… »
MaryAnn’s quick take… Odious propagandistic attempt to enshrine Turkish denial of the Armenian genocide of World War I into cinematic history via a tepid and unconvincing romance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In a land on the brink of war,” goes the marketing tagline of the odious The Ottoman Lieutenant, “the most dangerous place to be is in love.” That would not be true in, shall we say, the best of wars, if there is such a thing. But here, young American nurse Lillie (Hera Hilmar: Anna Karenina), volunteering at a hospital in a remote region of the Ottoman Empire, finds herself in the middle of World War I and the genocide of Armenians by the Turks. Except the latter is not happening here at all! This propagandistic production, financed primarily from Turkey »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Kristen Stewart worked with French filmmaker Olivier Assayas in Clouds of Sils Maria in 2014, earning her a French César for the role. She's back with the filmmaker in their latest collaboration, Personal Shopper, which IFC Films opens today. The weekend has a number of new Specialty releases of various sizes. Paladin is going out with a fairly sizable initial run for The Ottoman Lieutenant featuring Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett and Ben Kingsley in over two… »
As giant apes and mutant loners battle it out at the box office, the multiplex can still spare a screen or two for a love story. Okay, albeit a love story set during a time of violent conflict. Yes, it’s a romance in the trenches, a war-time story of love. But which war (unfortunately we’ve got too many to choose from). World War II was the backdrop for two big flicks last year, Allied and Hacksaw Ridge (mainly in the first half before the near constant carnage). No, this new film goes back a tad further, to that “war to end all wars” World War I. We’ve got to go back a couple of years for that, with 2014’s Testament Of Youth and 2015’s Sunset Song. And while they focused on the great battles on European soil, this new film explores a much warmer climate, in the arid desert lands of Turkey. »
- Jim Batts
A limp and lifeless historical melodrama that aspires to be the “Pearl Harbor” of the preamble to World War I and still falls well short of that ignoble goal, Joseph Ruben’s “The Ottoman Lieutenant” tries to snatch a love triangle from out beneath the Armenian Genocide but fails to get any of the angles right. Beginning in a Philadelphia hospital circa 1914 (Prague plays the city well), the film is tawdry from the very top, taking the same reckless approach to clichés that pre-war doctors took to general hygiene.
You can hear the trouble before you can see it, our wide-eyed heroine introducing herself via such startlingly trite voiceover that she’s a lost cause by the time she first appears on screen. “I thought I was going to change the world,” she says, “but of course it was the world that changed me.” Get comfortable, it’s going to be a bumpy night. »
- David Ehrlich
Daily News Jj Abrams says Mark Hamill will be up for an Oscar for The Last Jedi next year. Uff, we're going there already? (What is it with blockbuster teams especially that like to make these predictions. Remember when Vin Diesel was sure Fast & Furious was going to be a Best Picture nominee?)
Variety a movie theater in London plays a prank, showing a bit of La La Land before a Moonlight screening
Variety a movie theater in Alabama, one of those states that just can't help being a stereotype of itself, won't show Disney's new Beauty & the Beast due to...
Tfe ...the earlier announcement that there'd be a gay character
Playbill Hairspray Live!'s directing duo will reunite for the live version of Bye Bye Birdie »
- NATHANIEL R
Hot on the heels of George Mendeluk’s “Bitter Harvest,” Joseph Ruben’s “The Ottoman Lieutenant” offers another theoretically noble if B-grade and somewhat propagandistic attempt to shed light on a murky historical chapter — while falling into a similar puddle of romance-novel cliches from which it can’t get up. After premiering at San Jose’s Cinequest on March 1, this handsome but creaky melodrama set at the onset of World War I opens in limited release in the U.S. on March 10. Less discriminating viewers jonesing for some old-fashioned costume hokum will get just that, but lack of critical support and marquee names should make the theatrical stay of this dusty slice of exotica a short one.
Immediately piling on the stale dramatic devices, both antiquated and revisionist, Jeff Stockwell’s screenplay opens with the retrospective voiceover musings of our heroine, Lillie Rowe (Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar, serving up a »
- Dennis Harvey
Ensuring that no tender moment is forced to exist without some bizarro cadences or weird personal choices flittering around the outside, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Steve Coogan and Christopher Walken have both signed on for the cast of Irreplaceable You, a new romantic drama from Veep director Stephanie Laing.
Walken’s most recent roles include a turn in last year’s Eddie The Eagle; Coogan is currently busy with The Dinner and Ideal Home with Paul Rudd, and continues to make noises about a new Alan Partridge series some time soon.
- William Hughes
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Game of Thones actor Michiel Huisman are starring in the film that former Veep director and executive producer Stephanie Laing is helming. The story follows Abbie and Sam, who were soulmates since the age of 8 and were destined to be together forever until death got in the way.
Walken’s recent credits include Eddie the Eagle with »
- Rebecca Ford
The Ottoman Lieutenant Paladin Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Joseph Ruben Written by: Jeff Stockwell Cast: Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/24/17 Opens: March 10, 2017 If you learned in high school that World War One pitted the Ottoman Empire, Austria and Germany against […]
- Harvey Karten
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and the Beast) and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones) have signed on to star in the romantic drama Irreplaceable You, which is being directed by Stephanie Laing (Veep) from a script by Bess Wohl.
Variety reports that the film will see the duo as Abbie and Sam, soul mates who were destined to be together until death got in the way.
2017 is shaping up to be a big year for British actress Mbatha-Raw, who has Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and the J.J. Abrams-produced Cloverfield movie God Particle incoming. She has also recently shot Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, which is slated to arrive next year. Huisman meanwhile will reprise the role of Daario Naharis this summer in the seventh season of Game of Thrones. »
- Gary Collinson
The film follows Abbie and Sam, soul mates who were destined to be together until death got in the way.
Mbatha-Raw has a busy year ahead of her, starting with Disney’s highly anticipated, live-action “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, which opens on March 17. She will then appear in the untitled “Cloverfield” sequel “God Particle” — opposite David Oyelowo — and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” adaptation. Mbatha-Raw was most recently seen in the gun-control film “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain.
Huisman cut his teeth on the TV circuit, »
- Justin Kroll
Having worked together in big productions such as “Suicide Squad” and the “Hannibal” TV series, design and FX veterans Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie are ready for their writing/directing duo debut with “The Void.”
“[We’re] committed to introducing audiences to a unique horror-mythology,”Kostanski and Gillespie told Empire Online. According to the duo, this film “combines the aesthetic attitude of modern horror cinema as it emerged in the 1970s with the splatter and sophisticated practical special effects that ruled the creature features of the 1980s and early ’90s.”
The indie horror film follows the story of officer Daniel Carter, who, in the middle of a routine patrol finds a young man soaked in blood limping down a deserted road. When he rushes the man to the hospital, he discovers that some »
- Yoselin Acevedo
With less than a month to go until its Us release, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming historical drama The Ottoman Lieutenant. Directed by Joseph Ruben, the film stars Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett, Michiel Huisman, and Ben Kingsley; watch it below after the official synopsis…
A beautiful, strong-willed woman, who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor 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 to Jude and the mission’s founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision »
- Amie Cranswick
A World War I love story with Josh Hartnett? No, this isn’t a prequel to “Pearl Harbor” (thank the gods), it’s the trailer to the upcoming film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant.” The film, starring Hera Hilmar tells the story of a strong-willed American woman who decides to leave the United States after meeting Jude (Hartnett), an American doctor who runs a hospital within the Ottoman Empire as the first World War looms.
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As depicted in the dramatic trailer (filled with fezzes!), it is there where she falls for an Ottoman soldier played by “Game of Thrones” star Michiel Huisman (Daario, your love life’s a mess), inevitably causing friction between her and her Armenian allies. If the trailer’s tagline –“When the world is at war the worst place to be is in love”– is any indication, this love »
- Juan Diaz
Lillie (Hera Hilmar), frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude (Josh Hartnett), an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission's founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant (Michiel Huisman) in the Ottoman Imperial Army.... Read More »
- Sean Wist
The cast of Game of Thrones has a history of slaying at award shows, which they continued on Sunday night in La. The Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet was host to fierce poses from leading ladies Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams as well as some charming smiles from Michiel Huisman and Alfie Allen. The incredibly friendly cast later united for a series of group photos that made us ridiculously jealous, as per usual. Related:Help, We've Fallen Madly in Love With Every Single Look at the SAG Awards »
- Quinn Keaney
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