Universal Studios wants to build Hollywood on the Bosporus
Apr07

Universal Studios wants to build Hollywood on the Bosporus

Major US motion picture group Universal Studios has unveiled big plans to build a film studio and possibly even a theme park in Istanbul similar to Hollywood’s film studios and theme parks. The announcement came during a press conference in Los Angeles, in which Economy Minister Zafer Cağlayan announced that Universal Studios “would like to install a facility similar to Hollywood’s film studios and theme parks in Turkey.” Just...

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The New Hollywood? Istanbul to Build Giant Movie Studio
Mar28

The New Hollywood? Istanbul to Build Giant Movie Studio

Istanbul is becoming a major destination for Hollywood movies, including “James Bond movie Skyfall” and Oscar-winning movie “Argo.” Over the years, Istanbul’s unique visual backdrop have been a favorite set location for international filmmakers. But while the city’s cultural and historical significance have long served as a backdrop for films, as well as TV adverts, Istanbul is now aiming to make a...

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12th!f Istanbul Film Festival to show award-winning films
Jan29

12th!f Istanbul Film Festival to show award-winning films

The 12th!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival has announced its program. According to a written statement by !f, the festival starts on Feb. 14 in Istanbul and will continue on to Ankara and İzmir. This year’s festival will be showing award-winning films from the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. The movies will be shown for the first time at !f. One of the most interesting and important movies of the...

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Paris Hilton filming new movie in Istanbul and Cappadocia
Nov06

Paris Hilton filming new movie in Istanbul and Cappadocia

American socialite Paris Hilton will soon be heading to Istanbul and the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir to star in the film “Yarmani.” The Plato film production crew recently paid a visit to Nevşehir in order to scout locations for the shooting of the new film entitled ‘Yarmani’, a comedy that will tell the story of an ingenious Anatolian boy transforming into a famous fashion guru. The film team along with director Barış...

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Thriller Taken 2 criticized for outdated portrayal of Istanbul
Oct23

Thriller Taken 2 criticized for outdated portrayal of Istanbul

Istanbul viewers have heavily criticized the outdated portrayal of Istanbul in the recent Hollywood hit “Taken 2,” prompting a stinging rebuttal from the film’s Turkish distributor, daily Hürriyet reported. Viewers sent endless complaints to the production company that holds the rights to the movie in Turkey, highlighting several mistakes made in the representation of Istanbul. The taxi cabs and police vehicles in the movie are taken...

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