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Luc Besson’s latest thriller is set to get even more awesome as it was announced that Morgan Freeman is in talks to join the cast in a pivotal role for the film Lucy. If he joins he will be starring alongside Scarlett Johansson, who will be playing the title role.
The film follows a young woman who is forced to become a drug mule, but instead of just carrying the drug it enters her blood stream and gives her powers, making it easy for her to absorb information, use telekenesis and be able to see into the future. If he gets the role, Freeman would be playing a professor with extensive knowledge of human development. Lucy tries to track down the professor to help her before she dies.
Besson is wasting no time moving on to his next project, as his latest feature The Family (changed from the original »
- Lucy Cave
Henry Cavill Superman: Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past [See previous post: "Man of Steel Trailing Original Iron Man in Ticket Sales."] As mentioned in our previous posts, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel grossed an estimated $113.08 million this past weekend, including $9 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Directed by Zack Snyder, the 2013 Superman reboot stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman. (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.) Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer’s $270 million-budgeted Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman, debuted with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the box-office-boosting advantage of 3D surcharges, Man of Steel is obviously a much bigger hit than its immediate predecessor. Superman Returns eventually reached $200.08 million in North America, plus a slightly more modest $191 million internationally. Man of Steel will not only easily surpass Superman Returns at the domestic box office, but it’ll also earn at the very least twice as much as Superman Returns internationally. »
- Zac Gille
Dianna Agron is back to blond.
After being a redhead for all of two months, Agron hit the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. wearing a floral Marc Jacobs skirt, a crisp white top and white pumps, her blonde hair stick straight and her bangs swept to the side.
But going back to her honey-colored roots is hardly the most dramatic change the 27-year-old has gone through. Agron had previously cut her hair into a bob and streaked it pink for her role on "Glee."
- Liat Kornowski
Relativity Media has moved up the release of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon" from Oct. 18 to Sept. 27, the filmmaker announced on Twitter on Thursday. The company also moved up the release of Luc Besson's "The Family" from Sept. 20 to Sept. 13. The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. "Don Jon" will now open against Sony Animation's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," 20th Century Fox's gambling thriller "Runner Runner" starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake and Fox Searchlight's romantic comedy "Baggage Claim," »
- Jeff Sneider
This week the former star of "Harry Potter" gets hotter as the squeaky-clean Emma Watson shows off her inner bad girl in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," where her character Nicki commits a series of robberies against celebs like Paris Hilton. For the 23-year-old Watson, who shot to fame as goodie-two-shoes wizard Hermione Granger in the "Potter" movies, this role marks a distinct departure from both her on-screen and real-life images. The only thing more shocking would be if Lindsay Lohan maintained sobriety for six months.
While we're all hoping young Ivy Leaguer Watson doesn't follow in the Lohan mold and quit Brown University for the School of Hard Knocks, let's take a look at some other actors who shed their media-sanctioned image to take on roles nobody saw coming. From Tom Cruise going bad to Jennifer Aniston going perv, these actors played against type for keeps.
9. Tom Cruise, »
- Max Evry
It's been another exciting week for movie trailers, as the final action-packed Man of Steel promo was released before the film finally hits cinemas next week. Fans of Doctor Who's Karen Gillan will also be pleased with the arrival of the trailer for romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending, and there are teasers for Prisoner and The Family.
Digital Spy goes through the week's hottest new trailers below...
With the anticipated release of Man of Steel inching closer, the final explosive trailer shows Henry Cavill's Superman battling against General Zod (Michael Shannon) with a backdrop of destruction behind them. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) is also on hand to offer his son a well-needed pep talk: "You can save them. You can save all of them." We also get quick glimpses of a young Clark Kent with »
Hi everyone, it’s Tim. Our host and founder might be gone for a little while, but the women and men of Team Film Experience will still be around to keep the lights on, even without Nathaniel’s guiding hand to keep things on track. For example, you can expect to see my four-part series, "Michelle Pfeiffer: Decent, But She’s Sure No Renée Zellweger", beginning next week.
Kidding! Happy Birthday, Nathaniel, here's Michelle being all smoldering.
Anyway, as Nathaniel mentioned, it’s also his birthday, and in his honor, I’d like to go on a little tour of some of the all-time best cinematic birthdays. »
- Tim Brayton
Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer make a great looking married couple is the new movie, The Family. The two head up a family of misfits causing trouble in Italy as they hide out from the mob under the Witness Protection Program. Directed by Luc Besson, this off-beat comedy looks like a riot, with DeNiro proving he's still got it. Preview the new trailer and the new one-sheet of The Family.
The Family is brought to us from the director who gifted us with the Transporter (Jason Statham), The Fifth Element (Bruce Willis) and The Professional (Jean Reno, Natalie Portman) so we have high hopes for this film with a great filmmaker and an entertaining cast behind it. In The Family, Robert DeNiro's character Fred Manzoni ratted out his mob bosses so now he and wife Michelle
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It's not every month, hell, it's not every year when we get the trailer to a new Michelle Pfeiffer movie so naturally we have to talk about Malavita again. Or, I guess, The Family as it's been rechristened before release. It's always a pity when a movie ditches a really specific title for one that could work for thousands of movies and thus stakes no claim on personality whatsoever.
Perhaps the trailer itself has personality. Let's watch and discuss.
Okay. Only watch that if you're the kind of person who doesn't care about spoilers. If you are this kind of person i envy you because the movie studios don't care about them either - they love shovin' them into trailers. I get the sense you're basically seeing the whole movie here. But we gotta break it down anyway as we do because...
La Pfeiffer Is Back
Michelle Pfeiffer saying "merci" This might be funny. »
- NATHANIEL R
Mob movie veterans Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro have been pulled back into "The Family" A new trailer and 2 new photos from the comedy were released this week. In "The Family," De Niro plays against type as a gangster named Fred Manzoni and Pfeiffer plays his loving wife Maggie (she's "Married to the Mob" allover again). After testifying against the mafia, the Manzonis and their two kids are relocated to a small French village where they have a hard time keeping a low profile, despite the best efforts from CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones). The trailer begins as an homage »
- Dave Lewis
Dianna Agron isn’t done battling celebrity irrelevancy just yet as she carefully pulls herself out of that deepening Glee quicksand—but what’s even more surprising about her latest role is that it comes with some huge Hollywood heavy hitters: Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Pfeiffer head up a film about a mafia family as they head into the witness protection program. And speaking of heavy hits, Agron throws plenty of them as she battles the usual slew of handsy high school boys, running through the dark France streets while firing bullets off in the dark. But we just know that someone's gonna break into song and dance at some point! We’ll be eagerly waiting for the musical number while you watch below:
- Terron R. Moore
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One of Lady Gaga’s faux fingernails was auctioned off for $13,000. Gross!
Tomorrow Elle Canada will be doing a live Twitterview with its July cover girl Shay Mitchell at 1 p.m. Est. Tweet your questions to @ElleCanada and use the hashtag #AskShay. And what do you think of the Pretty Little Liars’s star’s cover shot?
Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is causing controversy with her new risqué commercial for Dreamscape Networks. The video, which features Anderson and a female costar wearing bikinis and rubbing their breasts together, was »
- Bridget McManus
Yesterday, you already had a chance to check out leading cast for Luc Besson‘s dark comedy The Family (previously known as Malavita). After the first official poster and a couple of photos, Relativity Media has released the first trailer for the Martin Scorsese-produced movie with a big hitting cast, led by the likes of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. The upcoming action comedy so-written by Besson follows the Manzoni mob family that has gone into witness protection in France, but things don’t go so well and they soon slipped back into their old ways. It’s nice to see DeNiro back in »
- Nick Martin
The Family Trailer. Luc Besson‘s The Family (2013) movie trailer, movie poster stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Ricardo Cordero, and Dianna Agron. The Family’s plot synopsis: “A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Moviegoers are used to seeing Robert De Niro as a kingpin in the mob, but what happens when he gets knocked down? That's the question the upcoming comedy The Family answers. De Niro plays a mobster who turns his back on the mafia; after squealing on his allies, he's forced into witness protection with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and two children (Glee's Dianna Agron and John D'Leo). After a series of relocations, they wind up in France, but it's hard to make new friends when you're a fish out of the mafia. Honestly, I love De Niro as a mobster in any context, and I get a kick out of Pfeiffer returning to her Married to the Mob roots, too. The premise is corny, but there's something about this that seems genuinely funny. I'm also looking forward to seeing Agron beat someone up with a tennis racket. The movie opens on Sept. »
- Maggie Pehanick
If we’re honest, it’s been a while since Luc Besson has directed any sort of high profile film. Sure, he’s written and produced 5 out of every 10 interesting action films in the last ten years, including the Transporter, Taken and District B13 franchises. But what has he actually directed? The third movie in the Arthur and the Invisibles franchise? I didn’t know there was a second one. The Lady starring Michelle Yeoh. He won an International Human Rights Award from the Cinema for Peace Awards for that one. It’s not exactly The Professional: Part Deux. All of this makes his latest film, The Family, much more interesting. He’s written and directed a mob action movie starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer. Hell. Yes. The only odd part: it’s being billed as a comedy. See for yourself with the first trailer below: For further explanation, I »
- Neil Miller
Before there was Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale with one of the biggest franchises in movie history, a slew of actors have taken on the roles of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman. And soon after Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer (with Danny DeVito playing the creepiest Penguin ever), it was Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell's turn. In probably one of the most favorite films of the series, O'Donnell took on the role of Robin in the 1995 hit Batman Forever. Looking back, the 42-year-old actor told me what it was like to play such an iconic character.
"I grew up a fan of the TV series. For me, it was a blast," he said during a recent interview. "My kids get a kick out of it – sometimes I see them playing with the dolls that are me."
- Stephanie Webber
When in doubt, Hollywood knows precisely what to do: Put Robert De Niro in a mobster movie and watch the master work. And pretty much any mob film will do, any role even. And, then, you know what? He'll make that piece look slick and fresh and hilarious and devastating 'cause that's what the Robert De Niro does.
Exhibit A: This first trailer for his Parisian — cue the snails and striped shirts and guttural grunts — mafioso endeavor, "The Family."
Sure, there's the equally indomitable and still so gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer in there, too, pulling out some duplicitous mob wife moves like no one else can (eat your heart out, Carmela Soprano), and the one and only Tommy Lee Jones is busy being some kinda wise-crackin' copper in the film too ... but at the heart of it, it's totally De Niro.
- Amanda Bell
The Family was formerly titled Malavita – the Italian word for the underworld of organized crime – and is based on author Tonino Benacquista’s non-fiction book “Badfellas.” It tells the story of ex-Mafia boss Giovanni Manzoni (played by Robert De Niro), who strikes a deal with the U.S. government and relocates his family under the FBI’s witness protection program to France.
However, the Manzoni clan – which includes Giovanni’s tempestuous wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) – stick out like a sore thumb, seeing how they’re a bunch of Americans who’re used to living the mobster lifestyle; now, they’re stuck keeping their heads down, in an effort to hide out in the quiet European countryside. When trouble comes a knockin’, the Mazonis are more than happy to – once again – be free and handle things “the family way.”
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- Sandy Schaefer
De Niro plays an ex-mobster who snitches on his old pals and is then relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. (Normandy is so much different than Lilyhammer.) The first half of the trailer plays like a classic fish-out-of-water tale with a violent twist: De Niro’s wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets back at some snooty Frenchmen by burning down their grocery store! His daughter (Dianna Agron, looking pleased to be free of the »
- Hillary Busis
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