All the Thanksgiving TV Marathons You Can Binge This Weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday is finally here, and besides the family reunions, turkey dinners, and fall football games, this means the return of holiday TV marathons. Discovery Channel will run a marathon of Mike Rowe’s show “Dirty Jobs” on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to hopefully give viewers a reason to be thankful […]

Peter Kerekes’ ‘Censor’ Wins Karlovy Vary’s Works in Progress Contest

“Censor,” directed and produced by Peter Kerekes, and written by Ivan Ostrochovsky, has won the 14th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Works in Progress competition, which is open to projects from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece and former Soviet territories. The jury, which consisted of Iole Maria Giannattasio, directorate general… Read more »

Karga Seven to Shoot ‘The Janissary Tree’ Mystery TV Series in Turkey (EXCLUSIVE)

ROME – After opening a Turkish production outpost in January, Red Arrow Entertainment Group’s Karga Seven Pictures is preparing to shoot an English-language TV series in Turkey based on British author Jason Goodwin’s “The Janissary Tree” mysteries, which are set during the days of the Ottoman Empire. Karga Seven has secured rights to the prize-winning four-book series,… Read more »

Gunman Kills Dozens in Istanbul New Year’s Nightclub Attack

At least 39 people are believed to be dead and 69 more are being treated in hospital after a gunman opened fire on revellers ringing in the New Year at a nightclub in Turkey’s Istanbul last night. 15 or more foreign nationals are among the dead, Turkey’s Suleyman Soylu has said, adding that police are… Read more »

Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s ‘Clair-Obscur’ Wins Top Honors at Antalya Film Festival

Turkish helmer Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s powerful, complex portrait of two women struggling to escape unhappy lives, “Clair-Obscur,” was the big winner at the 53rd Antalya Int’l Film Festival, taking home the awards for best picture and best director at the closing ceremony Sunday night. Ustaoğlu’s sixth feature was the unanimous choice of an international jury headed… Read more »

Antalya: Mayor Menderes Türel on Efforts to Turn Turkish Resort Into Cinema Hub

ANTALYA, Turkey — If Antalya mayor Menderes Türel had his way, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and other Hollywood celebs would be soaking up the sun on the Mediterranean’s shores before popping into a local restaurant for Turkish coffee and kebabs. Afterward, they’d retire to swank seaside homes, peruse the next day’s call sheet, and hit the… Read more »

MSNBC Hires Ali Velshi

MSNBC said Tuesday that Ali Velshi, a popular TV-news correspondent who left a perch at CNN to join the now-defunct Al Jazeera America, would provide economic analysis for the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet. “Ali made a name for himself covering tragic events in Pakistan and Turkey, the debt crisis in Greece, and the impact of devastating… Read more »

Antalya Festival’s National Competition Spotlights Fresh Faces, Stories

After bowing Sunday with “Finding Altamira,” Hugh Hudson’s 19th-century period drama starring Antonio Banderas, Turkey’s oldest film fest turns its attention to the national competition, where a crop of familiar faces and newcomers are in the running for this year’s Golden Orange at the 53rd Antalya Intl. Film Festival, which runs Oct. 16-23. The varied… Read more »

Turkish Box Office Strong Despite Summer’s Political Turmoil

Did terrorist bombings and an aborted coup affect box office in Turkey? Actually, those events have not had as strong an impact as one might think, especially not on Hollywood titles. After taking a more than 50% dip on the weekend of the July 15 coup attempt, moviegoing resumed rather rapidly. “Box office is back to… Read more »

Turkey Exits E.U.’s Creative Europe Program, Reportedly Over Armenian Genocide Dispute

ROME — Turkey is exiting the European Union’s Creative Europe program which supports the arts, including film and TV — a surprise move that comes as relations between the Turkish government and the E.U. become increasingly strained. In 2015, Turkey joined the ranks of non-E.U. member countries allowed to tap into Creative Europe’s 1.46-billion-euro fund ($1.56… Read more »