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Telefonica’s Flagship Premium Series ‘The Plague’ Aims to Rewrite TV History

12 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Seville, circa 1580. Movistar Plus flagship series “The Plague” begins with the camera gliding near ground level alongside a doctor and a merchant who slop down a muddy lane past hovels and their soiled occupants. It is a shot of technical virtuosity, typical of the kinetic style of director Alberto Rodriguez, but more akin to the big screen than the small.

As the camera pulls back to reveal a shantytown outside a dazzling Seville, the viewer begins to realize the scale of “The Plague,” which makes its world premiere at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival later in September, the first TV series in the fest’s official selection.

With world sales rights handled by Sky Vision, “The Plague’s” scale also says much about the production and artistic ambitions of Movistar Plus, the pay TV unit of European telco giant Telefonica, whose 2016 revenues of €52 billion ($62.4 billion) were seven times that of Netflix ($8.83 billion).

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- John Hopewell

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Luc Besson, EuropaCorp Face Day of Reckoning With Shareholders Over Flop of ‘Valerian’

21 September 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

EuropaCorp has weathered storms before, notably after the flop of Luc Besson’s pricey “Arthur” animated franchise in 2010. But the studio, with record losses of $135 million during the last financial year, is now facing a crisis of much larger scope, as the numbers for sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” trickle in.

The failure of “Valerian” to live up to expectations has forced Besson’s 18-year-old company, whose stock has dropped by more than 40% since July, to rethink its strategy and scale back its impressive ambitions. As executives gird for a Sept. 27 shareholders meeting, EuropaCorp is now focused on slashing overhead and shrinking its lineup of films, sources close to the company say.

After posting a $44 million loss in 2010, EuropaCorp began concentrating on building a slate of English-language movies to raise its global profile and seek bigger profits. The strategy worked with the three action-packed pics in the “Taken” franchise and Besson’s »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Valerian’ Sequel Is Still Possible, Here Is What Needs To Happen

19 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Did you see Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets? Don’t lie, you absolutely did not. No one did. But despite that, director Luc Besson still wants to make a Valerian sequel and claims it could happen. Before Valerian opened to lackluster box office, Besson was talking about multiple sequels, saying that he had “finished […]

The post ‘Valerian’ Sequel Is Still Possible, Here Is What Needs To Happen appeared first on /Film. »

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Valerian 2 Still Possible Following Positive Fan Reactions

19 September 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just because a movie happens to be one of the biggest bombs of summer doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad movie. And that very much seems to be the case for Valerian. Sure, the movie tanked in the states, arriving as the most expensive production in France's long cinematic history. But fans who actually ventured into theaters to see it loved it for the most part. And because of that, director Luc Besson believes Valerian 2 may happen sooner than later.

There were some big disappointments at the summer box office, including King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Dark Tower. But perhaps none landed with a louder thud than Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, based on an old comic book that most in this country aren't overly familiar with. The movie was a big budget visual roller coaster that looked like nothing that has come before. Sure, »

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Bjork’s New Mind-Bending Music Video ‘The Gate’ Is a Trip to Another World — Watch

18 September 2017 11:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From her upcoming album “Utopia” comes Björk’s new music video “The Gate,” which is the album’s first single. The video, released on Sunday, is yet another collaboration with experimental filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang.

As we venture into the oneiric world of “The Gate,” we initially see Björk playing the flute in a land that is so heavenly that it resembles Planet Mül from Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” While she sings “I care for you,” the visually stunning music video then proceeds to show the Icelandic artist create and control the most ensnaring light orb you’ve ever seen, which she uses to animate other beings to make them whole.

Read More:Björk Becomes a Spectral Being in Beautiful New Vr Video ‘Notget’ — Watch

Björk’s latest album “Vulnicura” was, according to Pitchfork, about the conclusion of her long-term relationship with Matthew Barney. »

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The Villainess review – rampage through the criminal underworld in sensible heels

18 September 2017 7:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A street-tough young woman graduates from a finishing school for contract killers in this bloodily inventive South Korean thriller

In what must be a micro evolution for female action heroes, Kim Ok-bin’s deadly assassin in The Villainess hacks her way through South Korea’s criminal underworld while remaining fully-clothed and wearing a low heel appropriate for bringing down a wardrobe-sized goon.

Like the protagonist of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita, Sook-hee (Ok-bin) is a street-tough young killer recruited by a government agency with an offer she can’t refuse: death or gainful employment as an assassin. After a spell at a finishing school for contract killers, she’s issued with a false identity and released as a sleeper cell.

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Details on ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ In-home Release

16 September 2017 12:36 PM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

Here’s some good news for all of you sci-fi or Luc Besson fans: we have All the details on the in-home release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets! And it sounds like it will be loaded with bonus features.

Santa Monica, CA (September 13, 2017) – Packed with out-of-this-world action unlike anything you’ve ever seen, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets heads to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), and DVD November 21 from Lionsgate; and on Digital HD November 7 and On Demand November 21. Based on the best-selling French comic series “Valérian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, published by Dargaud – visionary writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga produced by Virginie Besson-Silla. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets »

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Blu-ray Details & Cover Art Revealed

15 September 2017 11:36 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially detailed their upcoming 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, & Digital HD release of Luc Besson's sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Come take a look! »

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Orbit Homes Nov. 7

13 September 2017 2:06 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Santa Monica, CA (September 13, 2017) – Packed with out-of-this-world action unlike anything you’ve ever seen, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets heads to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), and DVD November 21 from Lionsgate; and on Digital HD November 7 and On Demand November 21. Based on the best-selling French comic series Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, published by Dargaud – visionary writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga produced by Virginie Besson-Silla. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Golden Globe® nominee Clive Owen (Children of Men), Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Best Supporting Actor, Boyhood, 2014), Golden Globe® & Emmy® winner John Goodman (voice) (“Rosanne”) with 7-time Grammy Award® winner Rihanna, »

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‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

13 September 2017 9:26 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced the home video release dates for director Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Your first chance to watch the colorful Sci-Fi flick starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive OwenEthan Hawke, John Goodman, Rihanna, and Rutger Hauer at home comes on November 7th with the Digital HD release.

The Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD editions arrive in stores on November 21st. Pre-orders at Amazon are not yet available.

The 4K version of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets includes Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio.

Bonus features for all formats include the following:

Citizens of Imagination: Creating the Universe of Valerian” Multi-Part Documentary

Paper, Ink, Flesh, Blood: Origins and Characters

To Alpha and Beyond: Production and Stunts

Denizens of the Galaxy: Humans and Aliens

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Korea Box Office: ‘Memoir of a Murderer’ Lands on Top, Ahead of ‘It’

11 September 2017 2:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Opening on Wednesday, Korean crime thriller “Memoir of a Murderer” landed on top of the South Korean box office. The Showbox opened across 1,064 screens nationwide and earned $8.61 million from 1.19 million admissions over first five days. Based on a best-selling novel written by Kim Young-ha, movie is the story of a former serial killer with Alzheimer who struggles to protect his daughter from another murderer. It is directed by Won Shin-yun (“The Suspect”).

Warner Bros.’ “It” debuted in second. The horror drama opened on the same day as “Memoir” and earned $4.22 million.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” slipped to third place from the previous week’s top spot. It earned $2.13 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $9.31 million after two weekends.

Long-running, “A Taxi Driver” remained in fourth, earning $743,000 between Friday and Sunday. The South Korean contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards race has accumulated a total of $83.9 million after six weekends.

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Taken – Season One Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 26th

11 September 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy.

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy. With a loyal viewership, the show was one of the top 10 p.m. network dramas and one of NBC’s top primetime shows. The Taken: Season One Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 and $39.98, respectively.

Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken film franchise, The Fifth ElementValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets »

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‘The Hunter’s Prayer’ DVD Review

11 September 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Sam Worthington, Odeya Rush, Allen Leech, Tina Maskell, Eben Young, Stephanie Dooley, Eudald Font, Amy Landecker, Martin Compston | Written by John Brancato, Michael Ferris | Directed by Jonathan Mostow

Lucas, (Sam Worthington) is a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young woman, Ella (Odeya Rush). When he can’t bring himself to pull the trigger the plan falls apart, setting in motion a twisted game of cat and mouse with both now marked for death. Forced into an uneasy alliance, the pair is relentlessly pursued across Europe, their only hope for survival lying in the exposure of those responsible for the brutal murder of Ella’s family…

Based on Kevin Wignall’s novel For the Dogs, The Hunter’s Prayer is a EuropaCorp-wannabe that sorely needed the guidance of Luc Besson and his team to pull this out of the by-the-numbers Bourne-inspired, generic action thriller doldrums within which it resides. »

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French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals

8 September 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The French film industry finds itself in an improbable bind: as domestic box office grows, international receipts are falling, and sometimes for the very same reason.

For more than a decade, broad comedies have fueled the French box office, as significantly less-expensive homegrown productions have held their own against blockbuster imports. The public’s seemingly limitless appetite for comedy sketch shows and stand-up tours has bred several generations of polished comic performers, who in turn have been able to expand TV familiarity into movie star muscle. That strong roster has helped grow box office admissions over the past few years, including a 3% uptick in homemade productions.

Local funnyman Dany Boon — whose 2008 film “Welcome to the Sticks” remains the most successful film in French cinema history, and whose latest entry “Raid, Special Unit” is the year’s top domestic production — has emerged as the industry’s most reliably bankable director and star, while »

- Ben Croll

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Everything We Know About Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s Under-the-Radar Relationship

7 September 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have remained tight-lipped about their relationship, but new photos of their twilight stroll on the beach have everyone talking about the long-rumored couple.

The stars were spotted walking hand in hand along the sand barefoot in Malibu on Monday, relaunching years-long buzz about a romance. Although they’ve never officially confirmed a relationship, multiple sources have told People the ultra-private pair have been spending time together for years.

In 2015, a source told People they weren’t getting serious. “This is not some intense romance,” the source said. “Jamie and Katie are friends and have been for a long time. »

- Stephanie Petit

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Pda Alert! Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes Spotted Holding Hands on Romantic Beach Walk

6 September 2017 4:58 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

They’ve stayed strictly mum about their relationship, but Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes looked like a happy couple during a Labor Day stroll on the beach.

The movie stars walked hand in hand along the sand barefoot in Malibu on Monday, as seen in photos obtained by the Daily Mail Online. Holmes, 38, soaked up the unofficial end of summer in a blue dress paired with a hat and sunglasses. Foxx, 49, opted for a black t-shirt and Adidas workout pants.

After their romantic stroll, the pair splashed around in the water, with Foxx venturing knee-deep into the waves fully dressed. »

- Stephanie Petit

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EuropaCorp Ousts Deputy CEO Edouard De Vésinne

5 September 2017 1:38 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

EuropaCorp has exited its Paris-based Deputy CEO, Edouard de Vésinne. The company made the announcement late Monday night saying the board had decided to terminate his contract so that he could “develop his production company.” De Vésinne was appointed to the post in April 2016 and his ouster comes amid the disappointing box office performance of Luc Besson’s costly sci-fi epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. The board said it had found that the TV and film… »

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EuropaCorp Ousts Deputy CEO Edouard De Vésinne

5 September 2017 1:38 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

EuropaCorp has exited its Paris-based Deputy CEO, Edouard de Vésinne. The company made the announcement late Monday night saying the board had decided to terminate his contract so that he could “develop his production company.” De Vésinne was appointed to the post in April 2016 and his ouster comes amid the disappointing box office performance of Luc Besson’s costly sci-fi epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. The board said it had found that the TV and film… »

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EuropaCorp Deputy CEO Ousted Amid ‘Valerian’ Crash

4 September 2017 2:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Edouard de Vesinne, who was appointed deputy CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp a year and a half ago, has been ousted from the company amid the lackluster performance of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

De Vesinne, who was based in Paris, had been appointed to the position of deputy CEO by Marc Shmuger in April 2016. This was the first major appointment by Shmuger, who had just taken over as CEO following Christophe Lambert’s exit.

In a statement, EuropaCorp said the “shareholders’ board has decided to terminate the mandate of Edouard de Vesinne as deputy CEO of EuropaCorp effective immediately.”

The company then referred to De Vesinne’s own production vehicle, Incognita, which was co-developing and co-producing some of EuropaCorp’s French-language TV shows and films. “The shareholders’ board of EuropaCorp reckons that the production activities [both TV and film] of the company Incognita are no longer compatible with the tenure of Mr. de »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Korea Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Wins Weekend

3 September 2017 9:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two foreign new releases scored top three places on a quiet weekend at the South Korean box office. Opening on Thursday, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” debuted on top. The American action comedy earned $5.64 million from 777,000 admissions over four days, accounting for 31% of the total weekend box office.

Opening on the same day, Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” took third place. It earned $2.62 million from 370,000 admissions between Thursday and Sunday.

Local action drama “Midnight Runners” climbed to second place from the previous week’s third, despite a week-on-week drop of 44%. The Lotte Entertainment release earned $2.1 million from between Friday and Sunday for a total of $37.4 million after four weekends.

Korean trio, Showbox’s “A Taxi Driver,” Warner Bros. Korea’s “V.I.P.” and Next Entertainment World’s “The Mimic” took the three following places. “Taxi Driver,” the year’s biggest film so far, added $1.75 million and extended its total to $82.6 million »

- Sonia Kil

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