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Film Face-off: Scarlett Johansson vs. Dwayne Johnson

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Let's talk about bodies of work. As in an entire career versus another entire career. Come on. Focus on the acting. Focus on the movies. Fine, both Scarlett Johansson and Dwayne Johnson get most of their attention from being really, really good looking. Each actor had a new movie out this past weekend; Johansson in Luc Besson's Lucy, Johnson with Brett Ratner's Hercules. What happens when these two get into the ring and battle it out? Let's find out in this week's Film Face-off with Scarlett Johansson versus Dwayne Johnson.   The Box Office Scarlett Johansson Johansson's three biggest films are Marvel's The AvengersCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man 2, in which she plays...

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"Lucy" Compared To "2001," "Inception," "Leon"

2 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Reviews for Luc Besson's "Lucy" are pretty good but not great, which is in fact the best reviews the French filmmaker has had for one of his directorial efforts in a long time.

Audiences seemed to go for it as well, the film scoring $44 million at the box-office this weekend, easily pushing aside Dwayne Johnson-starring "Hercules" to take the top spot. It is also scoring well with women, with around half the film audience being females of a variety of ages rather than the mostly male-skewing audience these kinds of action films tend to pull.

Now, Besson's Statement of Intent for the film has managed to make its way online where in it talks about how the film's three acts shift in tone and how by the third it becomes a strange reality-bending experience. Besson aimed high with the films he cites, including his own "Leon The Professional »

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Why Scarlett Johansson's ‘Lucy’ Strikes Blow for Women With Kick-Butt Box Office

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At what point are we going to stop being shocked when a movie aimed at women with a female lead breaks out at the box office? Scarlett Johansson and the sci-fi thriller “Lucy” is the latest to do it, after a butt-kicking $44 million box-office opening this weekend that was bigger than just about anyone expected. “Having a woman in the lead definitely helped,” said Nikki Rocco, distribution chief at Universal, the studio behind the Luc Besson-directed thriller that topped its production budget in its first weekend. “Scarlett was terrific and that, along with the fact that the film was an. »

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Anna May Wong Biopic Planned at Fundamental Films

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shanghai-based Fundamental Films is developing “Dragon Lady” about Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star.

Producers have approached Chinese actress-singer Fan Bingbing for the lead role. Jonathan Keasey and Brant Boivin are writing the script.

Wong rose to fame with her role in 1924’s “Thief of Bagdad” with Douglas Fairbanks, but her career was plagued by offers to play negative stereotypes of Chinese females and was limited by American anti-miscegenation laws that prevented her from sharing an on-screen kiss with a person of another race. She appeared in “Daughter of the Dragon,” “Daughter of Shanghai,” and, with Marlene Dietrich, in Josef von Sternberg’s “Shanghai Express.”

Wong grew up in a poor neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is depicted in the the Four Ladies of Hollywood statues at La Brea and Sunset along with Dolores del Río, »

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Luc Besson's Statement Of Intent For 'Lucy' Compares The Film To '2001,' 'Inception' & 'Leon The Professional'

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Luc Besson's "Lucy" opened this weekend, and if there was any doubt that audiences want to see Scarlett Johansson kick ass, those were put to rest. The movie outmuscled the Dwayne Johnson-starring "Hercules" for the top spot, and even managed to score better-than-expected reviews (including ours). Indeed, the critical community hasn't been this kind to a Besson film in years, and perhaps it has to do with the overall ambition of the film. Over the weekend, the filmmaker's Statement Of Intent—presumably from press notes or other materials from the film—started being tossed around online, and it draws some quick parallels for those looking to quickly understand his action thriller. He describes the shifting tones and narrative of the movie as going from "Leon The Professional" to "Inception" to "2001: A Space Odyssey." And while I haven't caught up with "Lucy" yet (I will, if only because »

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'Lucy' and the Absence of the Black Race in Origin of Humanity Theories

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A recent screening of the science-fiction action film, Lucy (2014) by French filmmaker Luc Besson has brought to mind a troubling question: Why do so many White filmmakers avoid the subject of race in science-fiction films that explore the creation of the world, humanity and/or the universe? Now the easy answer to what would appear to be the easiest question in the world might not be the best answer, but instead just the expression of a derogatory sentiment some people of color hold against Whites in general.  For example, one could say that these White filmmakers avoid race in science-fiction films that feature an origin of man theory because they are racists themselves and »

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New UK quad poster for Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson

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Ahead of its UK release on August 22nd, Universal has just dropped a new UK quad poster for Lucy, director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) latest action thriller, starring Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Check it out below and read our review here…

Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and can not feel pain and other discomforts.

Lucy is set for release on July 23rd, with a cast that also includes Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Amr Waked (Contagion), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, »

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UK Poster for Lucy starring Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman

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Here’s the UK poster for the Luc Besson directed movie Lucy which stars Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman. It’s set for release 22nd August and if you’ve missed our coverage, click this way!

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

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‘Lucy’ Review

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Stars: Scarlet Johnasson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder | Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Wow, this year has been full of some ambitious filmmaking. Movies like Under the Skin  have challenged the boundaries  of cinema to show that art should not abide by any sort of rules or regulations.Snowpiercer  was prime evidence that outlandish concepts allow creativity and fun to flourish. Now even filmmakers who have been primly associated with straightforward movies are getting in on the act.

Based on the marketing and Luc Besson’s name some may assume Lucy  will be the latest Taken clone where a scantily clad Scarlet Johnasson travels around Europe bludgeoning random thugs for our mind numbing amusement.  In fact that is not the case as Lucy shows even old directors can learn new tricks. Besson uses a La Femme Nikita »

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'Lucy': How Sound Design Helped Unlock the Brain

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Luc Besson's Lucy — which topped the North American box office this past weekend with a $44 million debut — features Scarlett Johansson as a woman who, accidentally caught in dangerous circumstances involving drugs, gains access to the full potential of her brain. The visuals include CG images to show the inside of Lucy's brain as it transforms, as well as many images reflecting periods of evolution. This gave sound designer Shannon Mills of Skywalker Sound a wide creative canvas. Photos 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies "The whole movie is full of challenging sounds," Mills told The Hollywood

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​Box Office: How Scarlett Johansson Beat Dwayne Johnson at the Action Movie Game

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In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise, and there would be backslapping and cigars all around for a $100-million PG-13 movie that would surely earn back its investment from both domestic and overseas audiences (who bought an estimated $28.0 million worth of tickets) .

And yet, that opening was good enough only for second place. Coming out more than 50 percent ahead to debut in the No. 1 slot was "Lucy," a French-made R-rated action movie starring petite Scarlett Johansson, shot for a modest (by action standards) $40 million. Playing on 422 fewer screens than "Hercules, »

- Gary Susman

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Lucy Movie Review

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Lucy Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Luc Besson Screenplay:  Luc Besson Cast:  Scarlett Johannson, Morgan Freeman, Pilou AsbaekMin-sik Choi, Clare Tran Screened at: NYC, 7/21/14 Opens:  July 25, 2014 At the movie’s conclusion, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) states: “We’ve had life for a billion years.  Now we know what to do with it.”  What does she think we should do with our lives?  Presumably we should be able to stare at a gun and watch the bullets fall out harmlessly to the ground; look at a bunch of gangsters pointing Ak-47s at us and have them drop their pieces and  [ Read More ]

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Lucy Destroys Hercules at the Box Office

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Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »

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Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: July 27th, 2014

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Two super powered individuals went toe-to-toe at the box office, and the eventual winner proved brains beat brawn.

The number 1 film this weekend is Lucy (read our review) with $44 million. The premise might be extremely far fetched, but something about this unconventional sci-fi flick from director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional) struck a chord with audiences. It’s also already Besson’s second highest grossing film – behind the first Transporter – after its first three days.

Heading into the weekend, most expected Lucy to post halfway decent numbers, but few predicted it would hit $40M+. Clearly that Avengers and Captain America star power is strong with Scarlet Johansson.

Hercules (read our review) ...

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'Lucy' Knocks Out 'Hercules' at the Weekend Box Office

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More people wanted to watch fully-clothed Scarlett Johansson punching mobsters than a mostly-shirtless Dwayne Johnson drop-kicking giant boars.

According to the action sci-fi thriller Lucy, using more than 10% of your brain's full capacity can allow you to bend the laws of physics and stop time. It also allows Scarlett Johansson to thoroughly trounce Dwayne Johnson in the battle for box-office supremacy.

1. Lucy – $44 million. Who could have guessed that a lot of people would want to watch Scarlett Johansson beat the hell out of a bunch of dudes? That's exactly what happened this weekend. While $44 million isn't record setting, director Luc Besson – creator of The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional – was able to create a blockbuster epic on a relatively modest $40 million budget.

Watch:The Special Effects Secrets Behind Scarlett Johansson's Lucy

2. Hercules – $29 million. While Dwayne Johnson beating up boars, lions and tattooed zombie people didn't draw as many people to the theaters as ScarJo punching gangsters »

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Weekend Box Office: Lucy Triumphs Over Less Than Legendary Hercules

27 July 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The big summer blockbuster heading to theaters this weekend ended up washing out, leaving room for number one to go to a quirky director who hasn't had a movie in the top spot in almost twenty years. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has long wanted to play the title role in a Hercules movie, but it turns out audiences weren't nearly as excited about it as he was. The effects heavy legend flick came in on a relatively small $100 million budget, but roll in what has been an extensive marketing campaign and the $29 million second place it earned this weekend has given the hero an unlucky thirteenth labor to struggle against: turning a profit. Meanwhile Luc Besson, generally known for making movies with lithesome actresses performing elaborate fight sequences, hasn't had a movie open at number one in the United States since The Fifth Element captured audience imaginations in 1997. Thanks in »

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Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy Kicks Hercules’s Butt at the Weekend Box Office

27 July 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The weekend box office pitted Scarlett Johansson against Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson; a female action hero versus a mythological Greek warrior; Luc Besson of The Fifth Element versus Brett Ratner of ... Rush Hour. Ultimately, it wasn't even close: Johansson's Lucy, a movie about a woman dosed with a drug that allows her to access her entire brain, easily outperformed the Rock's Hercules, raking in $44 million — well above its $40 million price tag. Hercules brought in $29 million, and will have to recoup the $100 million it cost to make overseas. Meanwhile, two-time box-office winner Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came in third with $16.3 million for a cumulative gross of $172 million domestically. The Purge: Anarchy came in fourth with $9.9 million, and Planes: Fire and Rescue held on to the fifth spot with $9.3 million. But, overall, the box office is still down 13 percent from »

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Weekend Box Office: Lucy Decks Hercules

27 July 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

A chemically smarted-up party girl sideswiped Zeus’ son this weekend at the North American box office as the new Scarlett Johansson action flick Lucy debuted with big numbers in the number one spot. The Universal release beat fellow new arrival Hercules for the top spot while sending last week’s champ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes down to third. A third wide release, the adult comedy And So It Goes, was Doa in eighth place. Overall business continued to be down in the dumps as evidenced by the 13% decline from last year at this time when The Wolverine opened at number one with $53 million.

Budgeted at a modest $40 million, Lucy arrived on 3,173 screens this past Friday to earn a big $44 million in its first three days. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and was directed by Luc Besson. The opening was a career best for both »

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Box office report: 'Lucy' slays 'Hercules' with $44 million debut

27 July 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Hercules’s muscles were no match for Lucy’s drug-enhanced brain at the box office this weekend. Audiences turned out in earnest to see the Scarlett Johansson thriller, which earned an expectation-shattering $44 million from 3,173 theaters in its first weekend.

Not only is it director Luc Besson’s biggest opening, Lucy is also a career high for Scarlett Johansson as a lead. Audiences for the original feature were evenly split between genders, 35 percent were under the age of 25, and 29 percent were Hispanic. But even though the EuropaCorp-produced, Universal-distributed project appealed to a wide demographic swath, those who did see the »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Movie Review – Lucy (2014)

27 July 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucy, 2014.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Analeigh Tipton, Choi Min-sik and Pilou Asbæk.


A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Although it’s a complete fallacy, there is no denying that the scientific hypothesis that humans only use 10% of their brain and are capable of so much more is an intriguing one. So why the hell is it that no one can muster up an entertaining movie surrounding the concept? Limitless was admittedly a decent movie, but ultimately all Bradley Cooper did was use his extra brainpower as a get rich quick scheme. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally do the same thing in his position, but as a slice of pie in the crowded medium of film, it just wasn’t the most entertaining movie to watch. »

- Robert Kojder

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