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Cannes 2017: In the Fade Review

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Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

Fatih Akin has had a directorial trajectory that oscillates between the compelling and raw Head-On to the less successful Armenian genocide movie The Cut via the joys of Soul Kitchen. In the Fade sees Akin in his native Hamburg tackling racism and the burgeoning far right extremism.

The film opens with Nuri Sekerci (Numan Acar), wearing a white suit and black shirt reminiscent of Tony Manero, is heading out of his prison cell and into marriage with Katja (Diane Kruger). The jostling and joshing inmates cheering him on his way is a joy. From here we jump ahead a few years and see the two happily ensconced in a beautiful home with a lovely six-year-old son Rocco. Nuri has a legitimate business and Katja is a stay-at-home mum. But when a bomb explodes and kills her family, we wonder how legitimate Nuri was and where all the money came from. »

- Jo-Ann Titmarsh

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Madrid Ramps Up Efforts to Lure Production

19 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the wake of energizing tax incentives for international productions that launched in Spain in early 2015, the region of Madrid, the country’s main film-tv hub, is undergoing substantial growth as a home for foreign shoots.

The Madrid region has a long history in international film production. But arguably it has never been more attractive than today.

As with the rest of the Spanish mainland, Madrid offers 15% tax rebates for international shoots, calculated against spend, and an 18%-20% tax deduction for Spanish investors in local productions and co-productions that was introduced in 2008.


Film Madrid Energizes Shooting Support

Although not Europe’s most generous, the measures are proving a ground-breaking move for the Spanish industry.

“Fiscal incentives are a definitive step forward,” says Denis Pedregosa at Babieka, co-producer of “The Promise,” a $100 million production that partially shot in Madrid in 2015, accessing Spanish tax deductions.

Like Spain at large, Madrid boasts »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Inside Chris Cornell’s Final Weeks: Touring and Spending Time with His ‘Perfect Wife’ and Kids

19 May 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chris Cornell was fully immersed in work and family in the weeks before his startling death on Wednesday night at age 52.

Although a medical examiner ruled that the former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman died of suicide by hanging, his family insisted in a statement released through their attorney that the devoted husband and father would not have knowingly and intentionally taken his own life — and question whether any “substances” played a role in his death.

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise,” Cornell »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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Chris Cornell’s Family Says He Wouldn’t Intentionally Take His Own Life and Had Taken ‘an Extra Ativan or Two’ Before His Death

19 May 2017 4:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The family of Chris Cornell are speaking out about the shocking death of the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, who was found dead at MGM Grand Detroit on Wednesday night. The medical examiner ruled that Cornell died of suicide by hanging, but the family believes he was not suicidal and instead hint that the side effects of his prescription drugs may have led to his death.

The Cornell family’s attorney Kirk Pasich said in a statement that the family is “disturbed” at inferences that Cornell knowingly and intentionally took his life and that Cornell told his wife that he had »

- Dave Quinn

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Amal Clooney and Jessica Simpson Rock the Same Dolce & Gabbana Dress -- See the Pics!

18 May 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jessica Simpson and Amal Clooney may walk in different circles, but they've got the same great taste!

Both women rocked the same $3,995 Dolce & Gabbana cocktail-print cady midi dress over the last few months. 

Related: Who Wore It Best? Jennifer Lopez Rocks Same Balmain Jumpsuit as Kendall Jenner

The fun frock perfectly complemented Clooney's growing baby bump as she attended the London premiere of The Promise on April 6, where she met the late Chris Cornell and his daughter, Toni. Cornell wrote and performed the end-title song of the same name for the 2016 film, which takes place during the Armenian Genocide.

Simpson, meanwhile, wore the dress to a friend's wedding earlier this month.

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Chris Cornell Was in ‘Great Spirits’ Shortly Before His Death, Friends Say: ‘It’s a Complete Shock’

18 May 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fans and loved ones of rocker Chris Cornell are reeling after his shocking and unexpected death at age 52.

Cornell, who first gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later the band Audioslave, was found dead in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit following the band’s performance at the Fox Theatre, his rep and Detroit police confirm to People.

The Wayne County, Michigan medical examiner completed an autopsy Thursday afternoon and confirmed that Cornell died of suicide by hanging.

“Chris seemed in really great spirits and everyone is in complete shock,” a friend of the rocker and wife Vicky Karayiannis, »

- Katherine Richter

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From Spending Time at Home to His Kids’ Musical Inclinations: Remembering Chris Cornell’s Life as a Rock Star Dad

18 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chris Cornell‘s sudden death at the age of 52 is a tragedy felt in heavy waves across the world of music and beyond. The rocker was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit Wednesday night following what would turn out to be a final Soundgarden performance.

The frontman for Soundgarden and, later, Audioslave, Cornell helped pave the way for the grunge movement of the early and mid ’90s alongside bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

But behind the music, Cornell was also a husband and a father. Alongside his legacy, he leaves behind wife Vicky and their two children: son Christopher, »

- Jen Juneau

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See Chris Cornell Attend Final Red Carpet with His Family Just a Month Before His Shocking Death

18 May 2017 7:36 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Just one month before Chris Cornell’s shocking and unexpected death at age 52, the legendary rocker walked the red carpet with his wife and family for the final time to promote a passion project with family ties.

The former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman wrote and performed the end-title song for The Promise, a film that addressed the Armenian genocide. On April 18 he attended a screening of the film at New York’s Paris Theater with his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and their two children: daughter Toni, 12, and son Christopher, 11.

Last month, Cornell told Billboard the project moved him because his wife »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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Jean Reno Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)

16 May 2017 1:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jean Reno has signed with Paradigm, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He previously was with CAA.

The French actor rose to international acclaim in 1994 in Luc Besson’s The Professional, starring as the titular hitman who mentors a young orphan (Natalie Portman). His subsequent Hollywood credits include Mission: Impossible, Godzilla, Ronin and The Da Vinci Code, as well as Couples Retreat and Steve Martin’s two Pink Panther movies, wherein he showed off his comedic flair. Reno most recently appeared in Armenian genocide drama The Promise, starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon.

Reno continues to be repped »

- Rebecca Sun

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The Promise review – sugaring the savage story of the Armenian genocide

29 April 2017 11:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sickly cinematography and romance add unnecessary schmaltz to this Oscar Isaac-led historical drama

The victim of an alleged IMDb vote-rigging scheme, this romantic drama set against the backdrop of the first world war Armenian genocide was controversial even before its release. Director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) suggested that the numerous one-star votes that followed the film’s premiere last year were politically motivated, rather than appraisals of the film-making – likely, given that hardly anyone had seen the film at the time. That said, with its sugary soft-focus, treacle-toned cinematography, over-masticated fake Turkish accents and cloying love triangle device, this is film that delivers more empty calories than historical sustenance.

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- Wendy Ide

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Kim and Kourtney's Beach Vacation Involves a Good Amount of Booty and Underboob

27 April 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Kourtney Kardashian rang in her 38th birthday earlier this month and celebrated with a girls-only trip to Tulum, Mexico. The eldest Kardashian had the company of her sister Kim as well as close friends Stephanie Sheppard, Malika Haqq, Brittny Gastineau, and Larsa Pippen. On Monday, the ladies bared it all in tiny bikinis - Kourtney showed a ton of underboob while Kim's greatest asset was on display in a vintage Dior two-piece - and appeared to have a blast while splashing and posing for photos in the ocean. Kim later shared some pretty wild tales about the, um, activities going on via Twitter, while Kourtney shared a couple of racy snaps on Instagram. Later in the week, the sisters were out and about again, flaunting their fit figures in sequined swimsuits on the beach at Joe Francis's Casa Aramara in Punta Mita. RelatedDangerous Curves Ahead: Over 40 of Kim Kardashian »

- Brittney Stephens

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The Promise Review

27 April 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Daniel Brightmore

More than 100 years may have passed since the outbreak of the First World War, but The Promise offers worrying parallels with today’s political landscape, highlighting the damage caused when intolerance rises un-checked. The film admirably tries to balance the plot demands of a love triangle with the weighty drama and real-life horror of a dark chapter in history: the Armenian genocide.

We follow apothecary Mikael (Oscar Isaac) when he leaves his hometown in Armenia, and his betrothed, behind to train as a doctor in Constantinople. But with Europe on the brink of meltdown, his hopes for his career, and a budding romance with French governess Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), are cut off before they can bloom when war breaks out. While vying for Ana’s affections Mikael meets American journalist Chris (a gruff and grandstanding Christian Bale) soon risking his life to bear witness to the »

- Daniel Brightmore

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It could only happen in the movies, or could it? Cinematic Depictions of Real Life Tragedies

27 April 2017 5:39 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

It comes as no surprise that some of our most heinous historical world events have become the subject of a cinematic depiction. As audiences wanting their thirst for great cinema and intrigue in world issues grow we have had, in the naughties alone, Roman Polanski deliver The Pianist in 2002 and more recently László Nemes’ Son of Saul to quench our desire. Even this week, we have the release of Terry George’s The Promise which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in the final years of the Ottoman Empire with Oscar Isaac, Charlotte LeBon and Christian Bale hitting our cinemas.

Whether these events are genocides, horrific murders, acts of terrorism or even demonic paranormal activities, our quest for knowledge, understanding and feeling has inspired filmmakers for years. Their films set out to shine a light on the atrocities and suffering of man, and act to empower »

- Zehra Phelan

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Exclusive: Terry George talks The Promise, it’s historical relevance and his thoughts on modern cinema

26 April 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Writer/director Terry George’s new film, The Promise, arrives on UK shores this weekend amidst some resistance: the event it chronicles, the genocide of 1.5million Armenians from 1915, was one of the first modern genocides and has historically been surrounded in controversy. So much so that after the film was shown at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, IMDb registered over 57,000 one-star votes, which some commentators said was a campaign to downrate it by deniers of the genocide.

But none of that has derailed those involved in the film, particularly George, who says that the story was an important one that needed to be told, particularly as many modern audiences know little to nothing about the event. On the historical relevance, George told us:

“The fact that you don’t know much about the history speaks to the success of the Turkish governments who have repressed this »

- Scott Davis

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Movie Review – The Promise (2016)

26 April 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Promise, 2016.

Directed by Terry George

Starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Tom Hollander and James Cromwell.


In the days just before World War I, Michael (Oscar Isaac) has become engaged to a girl in his home village and is studying to be a doctor in Constantinople.  He falls in love with Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), but she is attached to American journalist Chris (Christian Bale).  As the situation in the region escalates and the Armenians are increasingly persecuted, the three are repeatedly separated and re-united.  And Ana has to choose between the two men.

Never a director to shy away from tough subjects – think Hotel Rwanda and In the Name of the FatherTerry George has returned to the subject of genocide in The Promise, but this time moving his theatre of war to the start of World War I.  The Ottoman Empire was crumbling and »

- Freda Cooper

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The Promise: Charlotte Le Bon and Angela Sarafyan Discusses the Love Triangle

25 April 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Love hurts. Love is complicated.

And in particular, for one man who is trying to keep all his promises during the Armenian genocide.

In The Promise, Oscar Isaacs plays an Armenian medical student who made a promise to wed a girl for money to attend school in Turkey. During his student life, he falls in love with another woman and made certain promises to her too. As the Armenian genocide unfolds, he has made many promises, in which he had to keep and had to break.

The Promise also stars Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Angela Sarafyan, Tom Hollander, James Crowell, Jean Reno, and Tamer Hassan. It is directed by Terry George.

Lrm had a sit-down interview with the lovely actresses Charlotte Le Bon and Angela Sarafyan. We had a wonderful discussion about the love triangle in the film and what supposedly would happen if their characters would’ve met in the movie. »

- Gig Patta

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Open Road hires Loren Schwartz, promotes Liz Biber

25 April 2017 10:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Marketing, publicity executives report to Tom Ortenberg.

Open Road Films has named Loren Schwartz president of marketing while Liz Biber has been promoted to president of publicity. 

Schwartz and Biber will report directly to Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg, who made the announcement on Tuesday.

Open Road marketed and distributed Armenian Genocide drama The Promise at the weekend on behalf of Survival Pictures. The film reportedly cost more than $90m and opened on $4.1m in 2,251 theatres.

Schwartz is Open Road’s third marketing chief in 14 months. He replaces Jonathan Helfgot, who only took the place of Jason Cassidy in March 2016 and is understood to be joining Fox as head of theatrical marketing.

Biber has been head of publicity since the company’s inception in 2011.    

Schwartz most recently served as executive vice-president of genre marketing and advertising at Warner Bros.

Prior to that, he was senior vice-president of creative advertising at Columbia Pictures, where he worked »

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Open Road Marketing Shake-Up: Loren Schwartz Replacing Jonathan Helfgot as President

25 April 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For the second time in 13 months, Open Road Films has named a new marketing president. The indie studio is tapping Loren Schwartz to take the marketing reins. She is replacing Jonathan Helfgot, who is leaving Open Road.

Schwartz will report directly to Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. Helfgot took over Open Road's marketing department just last year, when he replaced Jason Cassidy.

The move comes as Open Road struggles at the box office, most recently as the big-budget Armenian genocide drama The Promise earned just $4 million in its opening weekend. Open Road's high-profile Snowden from Oliver Stone took »

- Tatiana Siegel

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Kim Kardashian on the Armenian Genocide: ‘Ottoman Authorities Began a Slaughter’

24 April 2017 3:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kim Kardashian spoke out about the Armenian genocide in recognition of the 102nd anniversary of the mass killings. The reality TV show star, who is half Armenian on her father’s side, tweeted out a statement on Monday. “Thinking of Armenians everywhere. 102 yrs ago, Ottoman authorities began a slaughter that would kill 1.5m,” she wrote. Thinking of Armenians everywhere. 102 yrs ago, Ottoman authorities began a slaughter that would kill 1.5m. #ArmenianGenocide #NeverForget ???????? — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 24, 2017 Also Read: Kim Kardashian Blasted for Calling the Flu an 'Amazing Diet' April 24 marks the anniversary of the day in 1915 when »

- Carli Velocci

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Film Review: Love Attempts to Infiltrate Horror in 'The Promise'

24 April 2017 6:24 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – So much of civilization’s story is lost in the mist of “winners write the history,” and even as recently as 100 years ago there are instances of world history that is not generally taught. “The Promise” is set during the World War I period, and has a love triangle in the midst of a little known genocide.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The love triangle is represented by a top drawer trio… Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon, and the heartache of the situation has echoes of Dr. Zhivago, without the soap opera. The attempted ethnic cleansing of the Armenian people at the hands of Ottoman Empire-era Turkey is shown with a tense desperation that doesn’t let up, even in the end. The information about the cleansing is exposed through the lovers surviving through it, and puts a spotlight on humans who become a cruel beast, and victimizes a tribe »

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