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Film Review: ‘The Ottoman Lieutenant’

Film Review: ‘The Ottoman Lieutenant’
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
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Watch: First Trailer for Historical War Drama 'The Ottoman Lieutenant'

"You have your mission, Doctor, and I have mine." Paladin has debuted a trailer for the film The Ottoman Lieutenant, another historical war drama, this one directed by Joseph Ruben. Set during the first World War (or "The Great War"), the film is about a woman who ends up in a love triangle between an American doctor and a dashing lieutenant for the Ottoman Imperial Army. Josh Hartnett stars as the American, Michiel Huisman as the lieutenant, and Hera Hilmar as the woman who comes between them. The cast includes Ben Kingsley, Haluk Bilginer, Affif Ben Badra, Paul Barrett, Jessica Turner and Peter Hosking. For whatever reason this reminds me of Bitter Harvest, and sadly both films look quite mediocre. Here's the first official trailer for Joseph Ruben's The Ottoman Lieutenant, originally from Yahoo: A beautiful, strong-willed woman (Hera Hilmar), who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the
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Manager Alex Cole launches new firm

Manager Alex Cole, formerly of the Firm and Nine Yards Entertainment, has launched Elevate Entertainment, a full-service management company that includes talent, literary and reality departments as well as a development and production arm.

In representation, the company is 80-20 split between acting and writing/directing clients. Its talent roster, shepherded by founder-president Cole, includes Vinnie Jones, "Tron" co-star Serinda Swan, Jimmy Jean Louis ("Heroes"), Hannah Taylor Gordon, Karim Seleh, Myanna Buring and Justin Louis.

Partner Jenny Wood, who worked at Icm and Blumhouse Prods., handles the lit clients. Producer Peter Cohen (CBS' "I Get That a Lot") is head of reality, and Seth Howard, formerly vp production and development at Tribune Entertainment, is overseeing the development/ production arm.

With financial backing from U.K. firms, Elevate has a development slate of 10 TV series and longform projects. It has inked an overall deal with comic book veteran Howard Chaykin ("American Flagg!
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