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

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
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The Promise Trailer: Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac Feud in War Drama

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The Promise Trailer: Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac Feud in War Drama
Fresh off a banner year that included Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac returns to team up with Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon in the upcoming drama The Promise. While a release date hasn't been given for this World War I drama, Survival Pictures has released the first trailer for The Promise. If it does end up getting released at the end of this year, it could end up becoming a sleeper pick during awards season.

The new trailer debuted on Survival Pictures' YouTube, offering our first footage from the movie. The story is set in the year 1914, and as the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul), its once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos.

Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun,
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Tiff 2016: 13 Movies We Can’t Wait To See At The Festival

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Tiff 2016: 13 Movies We Can’t Wait To See At The Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this week, and with it, the rest of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the Canadian festival, we’ll be rolling out a series of previews to point you in the direction of all the movies you have to see (or at least, all the movies you have to start anticipating right now). Next up, a batch of new features we’ve yet to see…and can’t wait to check out in the coming days.

The Promise

Oscar-winning director Terry George has been Mia from the big screen since 2011’s “Stand Off” (a little-seen Brendan Fraser vehicle that’s hardly worth mentioning) and the awards conversation since 2004’s “Hotel Rwanda” (though his subsequent film, the 2007 Mark Ruffalo-starring “Reservation Road” got a little love), but he seems poised to be back in a big way, thanks to a sweeping
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Thriller ‘Here and Gone’ Lands At Random House Studio In First Project With China’s Meridian; James Schamus To Co-Produce

Thriller ‘Here and Gone’ Lands At Random House Studio In First Project With China’s Meridian; James Schamus To Co-Produce
Exclusive: Random House Studio, the production company behind the critically acclaimed Reservation Road a few years ago, just acquired the book Here and Gone as a basis for a feature film with James Schamus co-producing through his company Symbolic Exchange. The project, which is said to be very much in the vein of the box office hit Gone Girl and also with a strong female protagonist, is the first feature to come from the deal announced last week in which FremantleMedia N…
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Review: 'The Neon Demon' offers sleek and sexy scares with a satirical twist

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Review: 'The Neon Demon' offers sleek and sexy scares with a satirical twist
There are, in every generation of filmmakers, certain archetypes that repeat themselves over and over. For example, every generation has its playful prankster, the talented visual artists who are delighted by their own ability to take beautiful pictures of horrible things. I’ll be the first to admit that I am drawn to filmmakers who use cinema as a way of pushing buttons, and I am a fan of the outrageous and the extreme. When I saw De Palma, the new documentary about Brian De Palma and his filmography, it sent me scrambling to watch a number of his older films again. They are so familiar at this point, so well-worn, that it surprised me to see how new they still feel when I took a step back. The next day, I went to a screening of the latest film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and the back-to-back timing of the two films made me laugh.
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Interview: Elle Fanning, Nicolas Winding Refn on ‘The Neon Demon’

Chicago – The contemplation of beauty gets a little more truth in a new film by Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) entitled “The Neon Demon.” It features Elle Fanning as Jesse, a naive girl who wants to break into the world of modeling, and does so in an unexpected way. The symbolic film has both strange drama and touches of horror.

Director Nicholas Winding Refn has been a known cinema force since his breakthrough with “Drive” in 2011. The Danish born filmmaker began his career in his native Denmark with the film (and subsequent trilogy) “Pusher” (1996). He built his reputation film-by-film, as the John Turturro starring “Fear X” (2003) next got him noticed. The Sundance Film Festival gave praise to “Bronson” (2008), nominating the film for the Grand Jury Prize. The breakthrough film “Drive” came three years later, and garnered two Oscar nominations. “The Neon Demon” is Refn’s tenth feature film.

Elle Fanning and
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Exposed movie review: cover it up, burn it, bury it, never look at it again

To call it disjointed is an understatement: Exposed is unintelligible. It feels like two completely different movies inelegantly Frankensteined together. I’m “biast” (pro): like Keanu Reeves

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Late one night, in a nearly deserted New York City subway station, Isabel (Ana de Armas) has a mysterious encounter with a luminous being who floats over the tracks, a creature the very religious woman takes to be an angel. The next morning, a cop is found brutally murdered on that very same spot at the station, and his partner, NYPD detective Galban (Keanu Reeves: John Wick, 47 Ronin), takes up the investigation. Isabel’s life unfolds from here as a sort of dreamy, magic-realism domestic drama: she lives with her in-laws while her soldier husband is deployed in Iraq, works as a teacher of young children
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Do You Believe? movie review: nope

Crash, but Jesus-y. Scoffers and doubters will get their smackdown, but even believers should be skeptical at how this ridiculous roundrobin plays out. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): I most certainly do not believe

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Think Crash, but Jesus-y. (Oh dear, I mean the Oscar Best Picture Crash, not the people-who-get-turned-on-by-automobile-accidents one. A Jesus-y version of that would be quite disturbing.) The crisscrossing interactions of a whole bunch of different people are meant to inspire us, apparently, to accept the power of God to arrange outrageous coincidences so that they can all do good deeds for one another and, much more importantly, so that their good deeds pay off for them in a positive way. Whether you are so inspired is directly correlated to how much of a believer you already are, though even they should
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Jean Reno And James Cromwell Are Part Of The Promise

Jean Reno And James Cromwell Are Part Of The Promise
Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and The Walk’s Charlotte Le Bon are already all in the cast, but director Terry George isn’t finished filling roles for his new historical drama The Promise. He’s now adding Jean Reno and James Cromwell. The Hotel Rwanda/ Reservation Road director is calling the shots on this one, based on the script he wrote with Robin Swicord. The Promise is set in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire (the 1920s) and explores the relationships between three people: Michael (Isaac), a gifted medical student; Chris (Bale), a renowned American journalist working in Paris; and the beautiful and sophisticated Ana (Le Bon).Reno is aboard to play a French admiral who faces life-threatening danger and finds himself unable to act, while Cromwell will be an American ambassador who shows a heroic side when challenged. The cameras are rolling now in Spain and Portugal with George shooting through December.
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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in September

It’s almost September and that means Netflix is about to refresh their content, for better or worse. Some of the notable titles leaving include: High Fidelity, Anchorman 2, and The Skeleton Twins. So if you haven’t seen some of these titles, plan your nights accordingly. We of course can look forward more than a few new titles including The Monster Squad, Moonrise Kingdom (pictured above), and The Walking Dead: Season 5.

Available 9/1

72 Dangerous Animals: Australia: Season 1

Arthur: Season 17

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)

Battle Creek: Season 1

Blackbird (2014)

Capital C (2014)

Combustion (2013)

Da Jammies: Season 1

Divorce Corp. (2014)

Giggle and Hoot’s Best Ever! (2014)

Hamlet (1990)

Hardball (2001)

Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean To Brag (2014)

Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)

Los hombres también lloran: Season 1

Masters of the Universe (1987)

Mississippi Damned (2009)

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1

Mouk: Season 1

Our Man in Tehran (2013)

Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)

Person of Interest:
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What's New on Netflix for September 2015

New to Netflix in September are two kinds of undead: Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" and the revived-from-cancellation A&E series, "Longmire," which was saved by Netflix.

As far as movies, there's the restored version of the Oscar-winning 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," the first three "Rambo" films, the terrific "The Bank Job" with Jason Statham and "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom" with Idris Elba.

There are also period dramas you might have missed from last year with Jessica Chastain ("Miss Julie") and Mia Wasikowska ("Madame Bovary") and hey, "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl!"

Available September 1

"72 Dangerous Animals Australia": Season 1 (2014)

"Combustión" (2013)

"Da Jammies": Season 1

"Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever!" (2014)

"Hamlet" (1990)

"Hardball" (2001)

"Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean To Brag" (2014)

"Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version" (1962)

"Los Hombres también lloran": Season 1

"Masters of the Universe" (1987)

"Mississippi Damned" (2009)

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood": Volume 1

"Mouk
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Christian Bale On For The Promise

Although Christian Bale has had to put plans to star as Travis McGee in the adaptation of The Deep Blue Good-By on hold thanks to a torn knee ligament, he's still lining up other work for when he’s fully recovered. One such job is co-starring with Oscar Isaac in The Promise. Hotel Rwanda/ Reservation Road director Terry George is calling the shots on this one, based on the script he wrote with Robin Swicord. The Promise is set in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire (so the 1920s, then) and explores the relationships between three people: Michael (Isaac), a gifted medical student; Chris (Bale), a renowned American journalist working in Paris; and the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, with that final role of the triumvirate yet to be cast. All being well – and assuming Bale doesn’t break a leg or something – George plans to have the cameras rolling
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Solution Entertainment Group Picks Up International Rights To Infinitely Polar Bear Starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana,

The Solution Entertainment Group will handle international rights to Emmy-Award nominated writer Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear starring Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are Alright) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), it was announced today by The Solution Entertainment Group’s (“The Solution”) founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

The film will make its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic section. ICM Partners will be handling Us rights.

The film is produced by Emmy-winning Wally Wolodarsky along with Paper Street FilmsBenji Kohn and Bingo Gubelmann (Happythankyoumoreplease) and Park PicturesSam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer (Robot & Frank).

The film is executive produced by Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Paper Street FilmsAustin Stark, Soaring Flight ProductionsRuth Mutch and Park PicturesJackie Kelman Bisbee.

The year is 1978, and the Stuart family is struggling to hold it together.
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Her review: Manic Pixel Dream Girl

It’s the rise of the machines as romantic dramedy, and the Singularity as romantic tragedy. It’s the nicest, gentlest sci-fi horror film ever. I’m “biast” (pro): love Spike Jonze’s movies

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s a familiar story of self-discovery and romance. Theodore is a lonely writer who can’t come to terms with his divorce — he keeps putting off signing the papers — and he’s just not interested in dating again. And then he meets Samantha. Their relationship is strictly platonic at first, but she’s smart, funny, considerate, attuned to his needs… and he falls for her, hard. She has no physical presence, of course, just a sexy Scarlett Johansson voice emanating from the smartphone-slash-supercomputer he carries around (as everyone else does in Theodore’s near-future Los Angeles). Sure, she’s an AI,
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Casting: Magnussen, Krasinski, Lucas, Sorvino

Fifty Shades of Grey

Billy Magnussen ("The East," "Into the Woods") reportedly tested on Friday for the role of Christian Grey in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation at Universal.

Magnussen is the latest name to join the list of contenders. Jamie Dornan ("The Fall") also reportedly tested on Friday, while François Arnaud ("The Borgias") and Scott Eastwood ("Texas Chainsaw 3D") are still in contention. [Source: Just Jared]

Untitled Cameron Crowe Project

John Krasinski ("The Office," "Big Miracle") is in talks to join Cameron Crowe’s untitled romantic comedy at Sony Pictures. Krasinski will play a military man and new husband to the ex-wife (Rachel McAdams) of Bradley Cooper's character.

Cooper plays a defense contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) after he's assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii. [Source: THR]

The Mend

It has been revealed that Josh Lucas ("Sweet Home Alabama") is a
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Vincent D'Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro Join Soccer Biopic Pele

Vincent D'Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro Join Soccer Biopic Pele
Emmy nominated actor Vincent D'Onofrio (Men In Black, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, Love Actually) are in final negotiations to star alongside Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages), Golden Globe nominated actor Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek, The Damned United) and Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, City Of God) who have joined the cast of Pele, the inspirational drama about the legendary Brazilian soccer player, written and to be directed by Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist, and produced by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, Seine Pictures' Ivan Orlic, and Kim Roth, and Colin Wilson.

Principal photography started on September 30 on location in Brazil. Pele will be executive produced by Pel&#233, Paul Kemsley and Exclusive Media.

Seine Pictures is fully financing the film and licensed Pele's life rights from Sports Licensing International B.V.

The film's creative team includes Academy Award nominated director of photography Matthew Libatique (Black Swan,
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Full Cast Revealed As ‘Pelé’ Biopic Begins Shooting!

A monster press release has confirmed the cast of football (or rather soccer for our American readers) legend PELÉ’s forthcoming biopic being produced by Brian Grazer and the former player himself. The film, charting the early rise of the brilliant Brazilian playmaker, is being directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist with newcomers Leonardo Lima Carvalho playing the World Cup winner at 10 and Kevin de Paula from age 13-17. Shooting on the sporting pic began this week!

Principal Photography Begins On Brian Grazer’S PELÉ

Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney And Seu Jorge To Star In Imagine Entertainment And Seine Pictures Production

Los Angeles – Oct 2nd, 2013 – Emmy nominated actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black, ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, Love Actually) are in final negotiations to star alongside Diego Boneta (Rock Of Ages), Golden Globe nominated actor Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek,
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Principal Photography begins on ‘PELÉ’

Emmy nominated actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black, ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, Love Actually) are in final negotiations to star alongside Diego Boneta (Rock Of Ages), Golden Globe nominated actor Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek, The Damned United) and Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, City Of God) who have joined the cast of PELÉ, the inspirational drama about the legendary Brazilian soccer player, written and to be directed by Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist, and produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Seine PicturesIvan Orlic, and Kim Roth, and Colin Wilson.

Principal photography started on September 30 on location in Brazil. PELÉ will be executive produced by Pelé, Paul Kemsley and Exclusive Media.

Seine Pictures is fully financing the film and licensed Pele’s life rights from Sports Licensing International B.V.

The film’s creative team includes Academy
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Principal Photography Begins on Brian Grazer’s PELÉ, Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney

Emmy nominated actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black, ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, Love Actually) are in final negotiations to star alongside Diego Boneta (Rock Of Ages), Golden Globe nominated actor Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek, The Damned United) and Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, City Of God) who have joined the cast of PELÉ, the inspirational drama about the legendary Brazilian soccer player, written and to be directed by Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist, and produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Seine PicturesIvan Orlic, and Kim Roth, and Colin Wilson.

Brian Grazer said, “I’ve always been excited about the exploration of genius. PELÉ is that story. He is an inspiration to his country.”

Principal photography started on September 30 on location in Brazil. PELÉ will be executive produced by Pelé, Paul Kemsley and Exclusive Media.

PELÉ tells
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Exclusive: Brendan Fraser Talks Belfast, Soul, and Surviving a Stand Off

Exclusive: Brendan Fraser Talks Belfast, Soul, and Surviving a Stand Off
Brendan Fraser Talks Stand Off, in theaters this weekend

Oscar-winning Irish director Terry George (The Shore, Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road) returns this weekend with a new crime comedy shot in and around Belfast. Stand Off stars Brendan Fraser and Colm Meaney in the tale of a fish market robbery gone wrong. When a young dad attempts to pay back a local mobster by carrying out a dangerous hiest, he accidentally steals from mob boss instead, setting up a chain reaction of events that eventually find him locked in a local curio shop run by a man that could possibly be his illegitimate father.

Brendan Fraser stars as Joe Maguire, the absentee parent in question. To celebrate the movie's release in theaters starting today, Friday, February 22nd, we caught up with this icon of humorous high adventure for a chat about his experiences on set. Fraser arrived in Belfast as one
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