Sunday, July 29, 2012

SEAN BEAN, COLIN FARRELL, SAOIRSE RONAN, BURAK OZCIVIT, KENAN IMIRZALIOGLU IN IRISH TURKISH EPIC "FAMINE" ON FAMOUS 19TH CENTURY FAMINE IN IRELAND

Interesting news come from Turkey: beside the hot gossip on Brad Pitt being offered $2 million to play a European general fighting against sultan Suleyman in THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, the most popular historical TV saga around The Balkans in recent few years, there's also some info on FAMINE,  a joint Irish Turkish film production which would depict the story of the Ottoman Empire’s aid to Ireland during the great famine period in Ireland between 1845 and 1851. Sean Bean, Saoirse Ronan and Colin Farrell are possible cast members in the story of how the Ottoman Empire sent aid to the emerald isle in Ireland at great potato
famine in 1845 which claimed nearly 1 million lives. The production should start this Autumn and will also include some Turkish stars Burak Özçivit (he's currently hiding from the Turkish public after his girlfriend recently caught him naked in bed with his best male friend) and Kenan İmirzalıoğlu. According to "The Irish Sun", FAMINE plot will focus on a love story between Fatih (Burak), an Ottoman sailor, and Mary (Saoirse), an Irish girl, during the Great famine and the period when Ottoman’s aid to Ireland arrived. Turkish star Kenan İmirzalıoğlu would play Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid.

STORY FROM HISTORY
 The whole idea begun when one of the producers of the film noticed the northwestern Irish city of Drogheda’s coat of arms included a crescent and star. The Irish famine first began in 1845 due to blight on Ireland’s main source of food — the potato, and lasted until 1851, resulting in the deaths of a million people and the immigration of more than 2 million citizens. Ultimately, the famine caused Ireland’s population to drop from 8 million to 5 million. According to "National Turk" Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid decided to send 10,000 pounds in aid to Ireland after being informed of how devastating the famine was on the island (some claim it was just a Turkish attempt to soften their image of barbaric invaders since in that part of history they had half of southern Europe enslaved under their tyrannical rule). However, Britain’s Queen Victoria decided to 
accept only a thousand pounds in aid. In response, Sultan Abdülmecid secretly sent five ships full of food, as well as cash, to Ireland in order to help the Irish, who were shunned by England. Because the Ottoman ships could not approach Dublin’s port after their long journey to ıreland, they changed their course, bringing their food instead to the lovely seaside town of Drogheda. The Irish town of Drogheda had adopted the Star & Crescent as their emblem in gratitude to the people of Ottoman Empire. With this generous act the Ottoman Empire gained the appreciation of the local public.
CAST TITBITS
Turkish heartthrob Burak Burak Özçivit actually stars in the above mentioned Turkish historical soap THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY, playing Bali Bey, one of sultan Suleyman's generals. Saoirse Ronan will star in another epic project - TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, in which a British woman recalls coming of age during World War I.Colin Farrell will also have another epic project in the future - WINTER'S TALE, enchanting fantasy story set in 19th Century and present-day Manhattan which revolves around a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse.

49 comments:

  1. "Famine" sounds excellent -- looking forward to it! I've never heard of this bit of Irish/Turkey history before. Queen Victoria, you auld bitch you! It's true, the Brits encouraged the Famine and didn't raise a finger to help.

    And I'm glad there's going to be a new movie of Vera Brittain's "Testament of Youth" -- I saw the British TV series that was made back in the 1970s (I think it was) and it was excellent. I love WWI stories and we are getting very close to the centennial of the Great War's 1914 commencement, aren't we?

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    1. yep, here in Europe it's a famous historical episode, but it probably isn't heard off in N.America. Brits have never been to the Irish people, nor to any other people :(

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  2. How very interesting Dezz. Wonder who Sean Bean will play in this film? Always love learning about a historical event I knew nothing about. I'll be on the lookout for more news from you about this film. How exciting!

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    1. bet he will be playing some Irish gay :) This is not a hundred percent sure, and it may or may not happen.

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  3. Thanks for the bit of history on the Famine....so interesting to read ~ That Burak's love life must be topsy-turvy now (will google him) ~

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    1. yes, poor Burak. I love the guy, he is a very nice actor, and I can understand why he was hiding him being gay since he lives in a Muslim country. But poor him.

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    2. ı am a turk who lives in turkey.ı never heard this kind of news about burak. ı inverstigate to turkish web sites after ı read this post. never found a clue about it. two weeks ago some greeks wrote smiliar posts for mehmet akif who is also very popular actor in turkey. ı was very angry when ı saw it because ı know him in person. he is absoulty not gay. ı think some of the people intensialy do that..ı am curious who spreed this lies.

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    3. I have read these rummors about Burak ans I simply cant believe them. They came from an unknown source, and they all say the same thing.
      On the other hand, this picture of him does seem a bit sucpicious...
      I dont know what to think???
      Please respond! Has Burak said anything about these rummors?

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    4. ı said before ı never heard this kind of news about him. it is very funny that ı havent found any information about this rumors.Turkish newspapers have no agenda like this ..they talked about his popularity in arab word and his new girlfriend ceylan capa:) (the news last date 6.08.2012..so in my opinion rumors have come from froeign conturies not from turkey.

      why this picture suspicious? dont you know that at the same time he is a profesional model?he is a best model of turkey competition winnner in 2003. models must be wear every outfit and makeup given by the firm's which they promote.This photo comes from one of these brand promotions

      and in an one of his interview he also said that he never want to play the gay roles in a films or TV series. because the teenagers also watch this is modeled on them.he said..

      after my information.are you really believe that he is a gay..how easy it is throw dirt at somebody..

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    5. Dear DEZMOND,
      sorry for using your blog for this explanations.but it saddens me that some foreigns misinformation about my country and my people. I felt to defense them.

      first ı want to say that ı am a muslim but ı am not against gays.everyone lives How want to live .I'm living in free and secular republic not in İran or afganistan..one of say that "poor guy in muslim country." we Turks more tolerant than you think..ı give you three names whoes are very popular (not only celebrity that day are a stars and divas of turkey..) 1. bulent ersoy. he (she) great singer of turkey for more than twenty years. she is like madonna for us.. Previously he was transvestite. Twenty years ago he was changed to female gender with operation. get a female ıd card and He married twice. no one never dared to insult him..

      2. Zeki Müren. he passed away ten years ego.if you search his name in net you can see that the photos of him the costumes he worn explains by his sexual preference. but we turks always remember him with respect,

      3. Cemil ipekçi.The famous fashion designer of turkey.. he was never hide that he is a gay. eveybody knows that he lives in turkey with his male lover ..


      if you want judge a country it is not enough by looking at the outside of a country and you need more information..because in the world there is no black or whites..the word is gray..if humanity realized it. the word would be more peaceful place .

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    6. Thank you so much. I cant understand people who make these kinds of stories. Just to confuse the public...? Thank you for these informations a lot! I cant wait to see him in Magnificent Century (its continuing to show in semptember in our country) and in Famine as well :)

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  4. I had no idea that the Irish famine killed that many people! Their population really dropped from 8 million to 5 million? I know that wasn't all deaths and most immigration...but still. That's crazy!

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    1. yes, many countries had such huge tragedies. My country for example lost about 2 to 3 million people in both WWs and we have only 7 million in total. After the WW1 most of the villages and cities were left totally without men.

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  5. nice share about this history, but the 1st picture look like gay lol

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    1. you say it as if there's something bad in it being gay :(

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  6. That is an amazing story. My own family has some Irish roots, many of my ancestors coming here as a result of the famine. I will definitely be on the look out for this and will do some further reading. Thanks for sharing, my darling. Hope you are having an awesome weekend and that the apartment hunting went well.

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    1. really, I thought you was German having in mind how much beer and you lurv each other :PPPP
      The hunt was unsuccessful, but I had a great time with my best friend.

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  7. That's a fascinating piece of history news you've thrown up there, never knew that.....

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  8. inb4 Sean Bean's character dies

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  9. It really was a remarkable slice of history, and not an easy time to be alive.

    I'm not so sure about Saoirse Ronan's vest? piece of armour? Looks odd and non-functional ;)

    (sry I haven't been around much--life stuff happening at the mo)

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    1. yep, I know you're working on your kitchen ;)
      I lurv Saoirse's corset :)

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    2. yeah, let's call it that. Easier to deal with that way.

      And yes, I like the corset too. Not sure I'd wear it though ;)

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  10. FAMINE sounds interesting! I like the cast and that's cool to have some Turkish actors in it. That Burak guy is gorgeous and I do like Saiorse.

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    1. he really is breathtaking!

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    2. believe me. also he is talented actor. and also kenan imirzalıoğlu is very handsome actor.if somebody asked me if you were a producer which turkish actors you wanted to picked for hollwood. ı picked this two actor and kıvanç tatlıtuğ. ı think they dont think kıvanç for this role because he is very blonde to be turkish sailor:) its so funny the turkis actor doesnt look like a turked dont get a job in movies:))

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    3. ah, yes, Kivanc Tatlitug would've been great in this film too!

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  11. I think I may have to see the movie about the Famine. Sounds too interesting to pass up!

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    1. fingers crossed that it really happens!

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  12. Famine sounds interesting - it's a story I was told a lot about at school because a lot of Irish immigrants settled in South Wales to escape the famine, so there was a lot of Irish heritage where I lived.

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    1. yep, that's true, and you are close to Ireland so you probably know lots of other similar stories.

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  13. This is all new to me, so it was fascinating. The last time I saw Brad Pitt he was talking about retiring from the business. I guess I missed something and he decided to stay in the game.

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    1. he still didn't accept the gig, so it might not happen in the end :) I hear Mel Gibson is their second choice :)

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  14. What's the deal with that odd, yet still allowing easy access to the boobs metal corset Saiorse Ronan is wearing?

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  15. Famine sounds interesting...and I love seeing anything Irish ;) ...but why Farrel? I have this reluctance seeing him.

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    1. Poor Brad Pitt. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Kirsten Stewart makes 20 million per film fresh off the cheating bandwagon of Pattinson and those awesome Twilight movies. And Brad Pitt, once voted the most handsome man in the world for two years, now can barely get 2 million for a role in a second-hand film.

      I guess beauty really does fade with time.

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    2. @Novia
      he's the most famous of Irish actors :)

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    3. @Mikey
      darling, those two million are for a five minute scene or one episode of the show, not a film :PP

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    4. @Mikey
      have you ever watch msgnificent century and say that second hand. this series broadcasted more than 60 countries. in every country have a higher ratings. (its raiting higher than american series like dr.house or mentaslist in this countries)they pay 75.000 dolar for each episodes.every episode budget more than 250.0000 euro.in my eyes magnificent century more beatiful than twilight. (ı dont talk about the novel but the movie for teenagers.)

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  16. according to turkish news the lead turkish role has changed. the producers didnot get an agrement with burak özcivit.now they think ibrahim celikkol for this role (fatih)..caste is constantly changing:) bye bye burak:))I hope that this project wont turn into a long-winded story

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    1. he sounds like a nice choice as well

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    2. ı know..but Ibrahim had a role in conquest 1453 movie before..another ottoman movie...this is too much..I would have preferred burak..

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    3. No! Burak is waz cuter than ibrahim :))
      It would be nicer to watch him as lead actor <3

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