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On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection announcement, a major competition prospect has emerged in Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” starring Jones and Hilary Swank as a claim jumper and a pioneer woman undertaking a perilous journey across the Midwest. Also featuring Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and Hailee Steinfeld, the film marks Jones’ first directorial outing since his 2005 Western, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which walked away from the Croisette with two major prizes. Like “Three Burials,” “The Homesman” was financed and produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales on the film.
Also set to make its world premiere in Cannes is 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which will receive an out-of-competition screening, in keeping with the festival’s tradition of bowing a U.S. studio blockbuster the first weekend. The sequel, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The action film stars Costner as a CIA agent known for tackling the most dangerous missions. When he finds out he’s ill and dying, he decides to quit and try to repair his relationship with his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit).
In comes CIA operative Amber Heard. She wants to bring down a ruthless terrorist, and promises Costner an experimental drug that will cure what ails him if he takes on the case. Trying not to disappoint his daughter, Costner’s Ethan Renner must hide his new mission as he tries to make amends to his family.
For his second big screen directorial effort, Tommy Lee Jones is firmly in Western territory, producing, writing, directing and co-starring in The Homesman with Hilary Swank. The first trailer has now arrived.The drama finds Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy, a staunchly independent pioneer woman who has taken on the job of shepherding three mentally unstable women from Nebraska to Iowa. Between them and their destination lies miles of rough terrain, natural barriers and swarms of threats from unfriendly wagon trains to bandits and Native American tribes that prey on unwary travellers.To help in her mission, Cuddy enlists the help of George Briggs, a claim jumper she meets when he’s been sentenced to hang. Convincing him to journey with her, the pair sets out on their perilous task.Jones has secured the services of some great actors here besides Swank, with the likes of Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld, »
Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in The Homesman. Produced by Luc Besson, the film features a huge cast – Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, John Lithgow, James Spader, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Tim Blake Nelson, William Fichtner and Meryl Streep.
A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
Behind the scenes crew includes composer Marco Beltrami (World War Z), production designer Merideth Boswell (Apollo 13), editor Roberto Silvi (The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada) and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf Of Wall Street).
The film is expected to screen in May at the Cannes International Film Festival, followed by showings at Telluride and Toronto later this year.
- Michelle McCue
Paul Walker and Parkour co-founder David Belle engage in high action stunts in three new clips and images from their upcoming film, ‘Brick Mansions.’ The action crime drama, which is set to open in theaters on April 25, also stars RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis and Carlo Rota. Helmer Camille Delamarre made his feature film directorial debut with ‘Brick Mansions,’ which was written by Luc Besson. The scribe based the story on his ‘Banlieue 13′ screenplay, which he co-penned with Bibi Naceri. The action movie marks Walker’s last completed film before his death last November. The following official synopsis for ‘Brick Mansions’ has been released: In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
★★☆☆☆Considering the talent involved, you'd be forgiven for thinking that The Family (2013) would make for a couple of hours of passable entertainment. Sadly, this new crime thriller (with supposed comedic twists) - starring Bobby De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, written and directed by Frenchman Luc Besson and produced by Martin Scorsese (we know) - falls way short of expectations. For their own protection New York Mafia linchpin Fred Blake (De Niro) and his wife Maggie (Pfeiffer) - along with their children Warren (John D'Leo) and Belle (Dianna Agron) - are sent to live out their lives in a sleepy French town under a witness protection programme.
- CineVue UK
Old and New Media were out in force at Miptv on Tuesday (8) as veteran producers and writers unveiled projects and new media heavyweights YouTube and Twitter discussed the pulling power of their platforms for traditional content creators as well as newcomers.
A round-up of the day 2 events:
Us writer and producer Frank Spotnitz joined Olivier Bibas, producer and managing director of Paris-based Atlantique Productions, for a breakfast preview of the second series of Transporter adapted from Luc Besson’s popular film franchise.
“We want to keep the identity of the original but also deepen Frank’s world,” said Spotnitz, noting each episode »
Empire reports that there are new writers on board the upcoming movie adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit video game, Assassin's Creed.
Michael Fassbender is still slated to produce and star in the film, however, it appears that the studio feels the need to bring in writers Bill Collage and Adam Cooper to weave the tale of the freerunning assassin.
The duo has previously written Accepted and New York Minute (that one starred Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), and they got a story credit for Tower Heist. Not sounding so stellar, I know, but they have several higher profile, more prestigious films in the pipeline, including projects with Darren Aronofsky (The General) and Ridley Scott (Exodus). They’re also working on an adaptation of the novel Devil in the Grove, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Shake, and Luc Besson’s Transporter 4.
I am one who believes in the stigma associated with video games turned into movies. »
- Billy Fisher
The Transporter is back, and he's bad -- in a good way. Atlantique Productions, the French production company behind the high-profile action series based on the Luc Besson action film franchise of the same name, screened premiere footage of season two of Transporter for the press at international TV market Miptv on Tuesday. Judging by the footage, new showrunner Frank Spotnitz (X-Files, Hunted) has pumped up the action as well as the exotic locales for season two. Story: Frank Spotnitz Tapped as New Showrunner on 'Transporter' TV Drama Chris Vance (Rizzoli & Isles) returns in the iconic role of
- Scott Roxborough
Just over a year since Michael Lesslie's first draft, two new writers have been brought in to tackle the stealthy free-running of Assassin's Creed. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will be setting the latest scenes for producer and star Michael Fassbender.The pair previously wrote the comedy Accepted and, er, the Olsen Twins vehicle New York Minute, as well as scoring the story credit for Tower Heist. But Assassin's Creed marks another high-profile gig in their in-the-works binder, slotting in alongside Darren Aronofsky's George Washington drama The General and the Ridley Scott / Christian Bale Moses epic Exodus. They're also adapting Gilbert King's Pulitzer Prize-winning Devil In The Grove for Lionsgate; crushing Jerry Bruckheimer's earthquake blockbuster Shake for Paramount; and delivering Transporter 4 for Luc Besson and EuropaCorp.Last we heard, there was talk of Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) in the director's chair, but there's »
Paul Walker and his French buddy David Belle run around and fight people in two clips from director Camille Delamarre’s “Brick Mansions.” The film hails from Luc Besson’s assembly line of action moviemaking, which means crazy looking stunts and wild action with just a hint of something really great. It will never quite get there, mind you, but there will be moments when you think it just might make it. Anyways. Check out the two clips below and try not to get killed when you invariably run outside and attempt to duplicate the stunts. Silly kids. In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. »
Exclusive: France’s Atlantique Productions is set to premiere footage from the second season of Transporter – The Series here in Cannes tomorrow, with showrunner Frank Spotnitz on hand. Based on Luc Besson’s Transporter film franchise, the series stars Chris Vance as professional transporter Frank Martin, who can always be counted on to get the job done — discreetly. Joining Vance is Italian actress Violante Placido who will play Caterina Boldieu, a former French intelligence officer who first met Frank when he rescued her from captivity in North Africa. Two years on, the brilliant strategist has come to work for him. Placido, repped by Apa and The Lasher Group, broke out at home in L’Anima Gemella in 2002 and was nominated for a David di Donatello Best Actress award for Gianni Veronesi’s 2004 Che Ne Sarà Di Noi? Her feature Hollywood credits include Anton Corbijn’s George Clooney-starrer The American »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Son of Batman, Batman: Strange Days, The Incredibles 2, Lucy and more...
We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »
- Gary Collinson
Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren't already planning on it (especially when that "one voice" belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won't prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in »
- Jason Barr
When the agency offers him a life-saving experimental drug in exchange for one final but extremely dangerous mission, Ethan reluctantly agrees.
Secret Service field agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) dedicated his life to the CIA but when he’s diagnosed with a terminal illness, he retires from his high stakes life in order to reconnect with his estranged family.
When the agency offers him a life-saving experimental drug in exchange for one final but extremely dangerous mission, he reluctantly agrees. As well as tracking down a ruthless terrorist, he takes sole responsibility for his daughter, endeavouring to complete his two toughest assignments yet.
3 Days to Kill will be released in cinemas on 20 June 2014. »
A woman accidentally caught in a dark deal turns the tables on her captors
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.
There’s nothing in the new trailer for The Expendables 3 to suggest the film improves upon the first two, but why should it? The original snatched up $274 million worldwide and the second claimed $305 million. It makes total sense that the folks behind the third installment’s marketing campaign would stick with what works and dish out a trailer that promises to deliver more of what you love. However, while that may work from a financial perspective, it’s not getting The Expendables 3 into this week’s Best Stuff. The Best Stuff 1. Lucy Killer concept, stellar performance, and one heck of a build -- the first trailer for Luc Besson’s Lucy really has it all! You’d think a montage of Scarlett Johansson kicking some serious you know what...
- Perri Nemiroff
The teaser has landed for Luc Besson's film about a drug mule who acquires extraordinary powers. Tell us what you think below
Scarlett Johansson: five best moments
The trailer for Luc Besson's Lucy arrives with Scarlett Johansson tearing up Taipei as a super-strong, hyperintelligent meta-human. Johansson plays the title character: a young woman forced into being a drug mule for the mob. A violent encounter leaks the substances she is carrying in her stomach into her system, where it sets about expanding her brain capacity, bestowing her with superhero-like powers and granting intelligence that far exceeds the greatest minds (including Morgan Freeman's bemused professor).
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- James Luxford
Scarlett Johansson is currently red-hot, and I'm not talking about her physical appearance, no matter how many magazines vote her as "sexiest woman of the year". After all, she is the actress who got whole theaters swooning just by her stellar voice-acting in Spike Jonze's Her. No, she is hot in the business sense. Two films premiere in the Us this week which have tongues wagging, and she is prominently visible in both. Science fiction drama Under the Skin very dependently rests on her shoulders, and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier she has the strongest supporting part. On top of that, the trailer for Luc Besson's upcoming thriller Lucy is making ripples all of its own this week, and it features Scarlett front and...
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Our pick of the star's five greatest performances to date. What would be top of your list?
This week, Scarlett Johansson returns to her role as the Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to The Avengers (here's Mark Kermode's review). It's a role she will also return to for the third installment, Avengers: Age of Ultron, slated for 2015. While there's probably no better Kick-Ass superhero than Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl, Johansson plays the Black Widow with gusto and guts, high-kicks and witty quips.
Johansson has also been praised recently for her turn as an alien with a convincing British accent in the low-budget sci-fi film, Under the Skin, which Peter Bradshaw gave a five star review. Two days ago, the incredible trailer for Luc Besson's Lucy was released, in which Johansson plays the titular role, a drug mule who turns into a metahuman with »
- Hannah Jane Parkinson
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