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Captain Fantasticto open festival in South Korea.
Asia’s largest genre cinema event, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifan) marks its 20th anniversary with the appointment of its first organizing committee chairman from the film industry – veteran director Chung Ji-young, and expanded festival and industry programmes.
Running until July 31, the festival will hold its closing ceremony July 29 with the Asian premiere of King Of Pigs director Yeon Sang-ho’s animation Seoul Station. Currently playing at the Edinburgh film fest, the animated film is known as the prequel to Yeon’s first live action film Train To Busan, which was in Cannes’ Midnight Screenings last month.
The festival has a record 302 films from 49 countries, with 49 world premieres and 32 international premieres. These include »
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Driving hard to build its TV content business, Studiocanal, owned by Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, has initiated international sales on three of its latest TV series: Harlan Coben’s “The Five,” (pictured) futuristic thriller “Section Zero” from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp TV, and political drama “Baron Noir,” which, like “Section Zero,” is a Canal Plus Original Series.
In the series’ biggest deal to date outside Europe, Australian broadcast network Sbs has acquired all three titles.
Produced for the U.K.’s Sky 1 by Nicola Shindler’s London-based Red Production Company (“Happy Valley”), “The Five” has also been picked up by the Prime network in New Zealand, Yes Dbs in Israel and Npo in the Netherlands. It world-premiered on Sky 1 on April 15, and has aired on France’s Canal Plus.
A Studiocanal sale to Sbs Australia was always on the cards. “Australians love high-quality drama series, and we’re committed »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Luc Besson has taken to Instagram to announce that he’s wrapped filming on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the upcoming big screen adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières French comic series, which stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad).
Day 91 Last Day!!!!! Last Shot!!!! You don't know how much it helps me to have you around! Your "likes",your kind words give me strength when somedays I don't have so much!!! You were all part of my team and this support was priceless!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart❤️ I still have 10 months of work. I won't post pictures everyday but I promise to continue to share with you as soon as I have something interesting to show you. Big kisses from Paris to all of you! »
- Gary Collinson
Although it's been some time since I was last blown away by anything Luc Besson has done, my love of The Fifth Element runs deep, which is apparently enough to leave me cautiously excited about his return to the realm of over the top science fiction. Besson had long desired to adapt the French comic series "Valérian and Laureline" as a feature film and he finally kicked off... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Based on a graphic novel series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézieres, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is director Luc Besson‘s biggest film in years, if not his biggest to date. Following the success of Lucy, Besson got this passion project of his going, which stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, John Goodman, and Rihanna. Below, check […]
- Jack Giroux
Believing it will fare better as a holiday release than a big summer tentpole comedy, Universal Pictures has decided to shift the date of their anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 3 yet again. Now, the movie has been delayed by almost 6 months. Where it was previously slated to land on July 21, 2017 it will now kick off Christmas weekend at the box office, opening on December 22, 2017.
This change comes just 22 days after the comedy musical was swapped around on the release calendar a second time, with the movie originally slated to premiere in theaters on July 21, 2017 before moving to August 4, and then back to July. There is nothing else causing the delay other than Universal wanting to find the movie its perfect home.
Pitch Perfect 3 was sitting smack dab in the middle of what has become a very crowded summer 2017 marketplace. It was once set to face down Luc Besson's sci-fi epic »
The first crowdfunding platform dedicated to raising funds for the restoration of heritage and archive films is set to be launched by European digital technologies specialists Ymagis Group.
Celluloid Angels, which will go live next week (June 8), will aim to “rally a community of cinephiles around a single cause: to tangibly protect and preserve the world’s film heritage”.
As the use of physical film stock continues to fall – with declining projection capabilities in cinemas and dwindling usage in the production of films – Ymagis wants to provide rights holders with an additional source of financing and a point of contact with film aficionado communities.
The company is intending to restore 15-20 films this year alone, with a roster of titles lined up for the website’s launch including Georges Lautner’s crime caper Monsieur Gangster (1963), Nagisa Oshima’s historical »
It’s always exciting to see a big-budget original sci-fi idea take flight, even when its director is someone as hit-and-miss as Luc Besson, who has delivered some straight-up classics to the genre (The Fifth Element, among others) but also his fair share of duds (Lucy and Lockout, anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so).
His latest, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is well into shooting, and there are some major reasons to be excited about it, as is highlighted in a set of new photos on Besson’s Facebook. The cast, led by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, is tremendously stacked, and the aesthetic Besson is gunning for here seems to fall somewhere between Speed Racer and Ex Machina in a way that could be really fun if executed correctly.
Moreover, the plot, based on a series of comics, is at least ambitious. DeHaan and Delevingne »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back in January, production started on director Luc Besson's new sci-fi thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is set to hit theaters on July 21 2017. The director shared the first photo from the set, and with production still under way, the filmmaker has shared a slew of new images through social media. These images give us new looks at stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and many more.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The filmmaker, who debuted these images on Twitter, has been a fan of the Valerian comics since he was ten-years-old, and the movie is a dream come true for the auteur, know for such classics as The Fifth Element and The Professional. The title is considered an 'ancestor' »
As production continues on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, director Luc Besson has taken to Facebook to share a new behind-the-scenes image of stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as Valerian and Laureline; check it out here…
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. »
- Gary Collinson
Filmmaker Luc Besson ("Lucy," "The Fifth Element") keeps sharing some stunning shots from the set of his new sci-fi fantasy feature "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets". The new pics feature Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen in full costumes on the set of the 2017 release.
All three plus Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Rihanna star in the story of special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
Adapted for the screen and directed by Besson, the film is the most expensive film yet produced and distributed by his EuropaCorp banner. It will hit cinemas July 21st 2017.
- Garth Franklin
If you’re a person who spends any time reading about movies on the Internet, you’ll no doubt recall Daniel Craig‘s — perhaps comic! — claim that he’d rather slash his wrists than do another James Bond movie. We weren’t too wild about Spectre, either, but… yikes! Those are, make no mistake, words of enthusiasm, but not the kind producers typically hope their stars will throw out during the standard press tour.
The pieces for his departure are falling into place. First, Deadline have word he and Katherine Heigl are looking to board Steven Soderbergh‘s feature-filmmaking return, Logan Lucky, which increasingly looks like a very real thing. Despite the director’s initial denials, a new round of casting updates — earlier stories told of involvement from Michael Shannon, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, and Seth Macfarlane — comes with something a bit more substantial: Nascar will grant the project some form of support, »
- Nick Newman
Paris — While Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has been dominating headlines in recent years with films such as “Taken” and “Lucy,” the company’s TV division has been growing at a steady pace since opening an L.A. office and is lining up a strong roster of franchise-based spinoffs and original drama.
EuropaCorp Television, formally Cipango, is fully in the hands of division head Thomas Anargyros now that his former co-chief, Edouard de Vesinne, has been named deputy CEO of EuropaCorp. The TV outfit, which is headquartered at La Cite du Cinema on the outskirts of Paris, launched EuropaCorp TV Studios USA shepherded by Matthew Gross in May 2014 and is already on track to deliver the TV spinoff of “Taken” for NBC in 2017. The American division has five other shows in the pipeline, including “Bulletproof” which has pre-sold to Amazon Studios.
Today, TV accounts for about 20% of EuropaCorp’s business, and »
- Elsa Keslassy
Cannes — Belgium’s second biggest distributor, the 79-year old Belga Films, is getting ready to step into English-language production and exhibition.
Fabrice Delville, founder and managing director of Belga Production and Belga Productions, said the company is currently developing a roster of mainstream English-language movies and will deliver one to two pics per year. Although the films won’t have to be creatively linked to Belgium, they’ll either shoot or do post-prod there.
The strategic shift will complement Belga’s distribution business and film financing. The company, which has outperformed Warner, Disney, Sony Pictures, Paramount and Universal for the last three years, is the Netherlands’ top distributor of indie movies. It has output deals with EuropaCorp and Lionsgate and releases about 20 films per year — 90% of which are English-language fare, notably “Paddington,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Hunger Games” series and “Sicario.”
The outfit will also be launching a multiplex of »
- Elsa Keslassy
In life, the dashing executive, whose penchant for expensive suits, relationships with top French politicians, such as former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and hot temper, rubbed some the wrong way. However, his death softened any lingering ill will. Along the Croisette, executives expressed shock or sadness for Lambert’s family. He leaves a wife, Marie Sara, the bullfighter, and four children.
Some said that they were too shaken to speak coherently. Those who released statements or worked with Lambert chose to emphasize the personal side of the hard-charging executive.
“He was, first and foremost, an incredibly devoted father and husband, and his family was most important to him; that will be his legacy,” said Tucker Tooley, the former Relativity president who helped establish a joint venture with EuropaCorp. »
- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang
These actors, filmmakers and auteurs are making a big splash in entertainment.
Egypt’s most innovative indie producer, his Film Clinic co-produced Cannes Un Certain Regard opener “Clash.”
The Arab actor with the most international star power, Waked played the French cop in Luc Besson’s “Lucy” and will soon be seen in Gerard Butler’s sci-fi blockbuster “Geostorm.” He is also a producer, developing a feature based on former Al Jazeera English journo Mohamed Fahey’s upcoming memoir “The Marriott Cell.”
Tunisian producer, most recently of newcomer Mohamed Ben Attia’s “Hedi”
Palestinian auteur and artistic director of the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra incubator for Arab cinema known for his works with surreal comic tones about Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Christophe Lambert, the former advertising executive and right hand to Luc Besson, has died. French media is reporting that Lambert passed away in Marseille after a cancer diagnosis earlier this year. He was 51. Lambert left his post as CEO at Besson’s EuropaCorp in February and was replaced by former Universal Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger. The news was a surprise at the time, especially given he and Besson had put together funding and a strong game plan to take EuropaCo… »
Former studio executive credited with internationalisation of EuropaCorp dies following illness.
News of Lambert’s death came less than three months after he stepped down as CEO of Luc Besson’s Paris-based major EuropaCorp, which issued a statement saying he had “decided to devote himself to a personal project.”
French media reported he had died of an aggressive form of lung cancer in a hospital in Marseilles, after being diagnosed with the illness in March, weeks after his departure from EuropaCorp.
The former advertising executive took over the reins of managing director at EuropaCorp in 2010, having originally become associated with the company through the advertising and product placement agency Blue, which he set up with Besson as a 50:50 partnership in 2008.
During his five-and-a-half years at the helm, Lambert pushed through the completion of Besson’s long-cherished Cité du Cinéma and Paris Studios project, and expanded the company’s international remit with partnerships with the likes of Fundamental »
A representative for EuropaCorp said that Lambert was diagnosed with lung cancer in March. He died overnight Thursday.
“The entire Europacorp is shocked, saddened and horrified by the death of Christophe Lambert,” Edouard de Vesinne, co-ceo of EuropaCorp, told Variety. De Vesinne, who was recently appointed, said EuropaCorp had no previous knowledge of Lambert’s terminal illness.
“We’ve just learned about the death of Christophe Lambert. In these terrible moments, the EuropaCorp family mourns his passing. EuropaCorp and all its collaborators are presenting their condolences to Marie Sara (his wife), children, family and his close ones,” said EuropaCorp in a statement.
Former Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger replaced Lambert as chief executive of the international production and distribution company last February. There was speculation at the time that Lambert was ousted. He insisted that he left his EuropaCorp job voluntarily. »
- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy
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