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6 items from 2017


Stunning Final Trailer Lands for Luc Besson's New Sci-Fi Epic 'Valerian'

24 May 2017 8:49 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You have less than 10 hours to find the threat and eliminate it." EuropaCorp has launched the third and final trailer for Luc Besson's epic new sci-fi movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, or just Valerian for short. Based on the graphic novel series, the movie stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian, and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. They must travel to an intergalactic city full of different species called Alpha on a mission. The full cast includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Sam Spruell, Kris Wu, Alain Chabat and others. This is looking better and better the more we see, and despite seemingly packed with CGI, I'm still very excited for it. Bring it on! Final trailer (+ posters) for Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, »

- Alex Billington

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China's Hishow acquires Gaumont duo

22 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chinese outfit picks up Christmas & Co and Gaston.

Beijing-based distributor Hishow Entertainment has acquired two titles from France’s Gaumont – Christmas & Co, directed by and starring Alain Chabat, and family comedy Gaston, from Pierre Francois Martin-Laval.

Chabat plays Santa Claus in Christmas & Co, a combination of live-action and CGI, which also stars Audrey Tautou [pictured]. Currently in production, the film is produced by Gaumont, Legendaire, France 2 Cinema and Nexus Factory.

Martin-Laval is also serving as both director and star of Gaston, an adaptation of a French classic that will be mostly live-action with some animation sequences. Also starring Theo Fernandez and Alison Wheeler, the film is produced by Les Films du Premiers, Les Films du 24 and TF1 Film Production.

Hishow has previously worked with Gaumont on animated feature Ballerina, which it released theatrically in China over Chinese New Year.

During Cannes Marché, the company has also acquired French animation Tall Tales from Pgs and On Animation. »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Cannes: China’s Hishow Buys Gaumont’s ‘Gaston’ and ‘Christmas & Co.’ (Exclusive)

21 May 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China’s Hishow Entertainment has picked up mainland Chinese rights to “Christmas & Co.” and “Gaston.” Both films were acquired from France’s Gaumont.

“Christmas & Co.” stars comedian Alain Chabat and Audrey Tautou, who is pictured above, and directed by Chabat. Mixing live action and animation, the film tells the story of Santa Claus’ attempt to cure his sick reindeer in time to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

“Gaston,” produced by Gaumont and Ugc, is a film adaptation of Andre Franquin’s cult comic strip franchise Gaston Lagaffe. “Gaston” will be mostly shot in live action with some animation, provided by French VFX studio MacGuff.

Pierre Francois Martin-Laval is directing the picture on a budget of $21 million (19 milion euros), making it one of the biggest-budget films from France for 2018. Martin-Laval also stars in the film as Gaston, alongside Theo Fernandez (“The Tuche Family”) and Alison Wheeler (“Going to Brazil”).

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- Patrick Frater

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Ridley Scott Eyes Michelle Williams for ‘All The Money In The World,’ Golshifteh Farahani to Lead ‘Santa & Cie,’ and More

3 April 2017 4:29 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Alien: Covenant on its way — and his announcement that he’d like to helm many more of them — director Ridley Scott also has plans to direct All The Money In The World, according to Deadline. The film tells the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III by mob-tied captors, and the desperate attempts of his grandfather to get him back. While Natalie Portman was originally circling the film, Michelle WilliamsMark Wahlberg, and Kevin Spacey are now in talks to star in the ticking-clock thriller.

The 79-year-old Scott has also added another film to his sky-high pile of potential projects. Deadline reports he’s now attached to a World War II drama based around the Battle of Britain, a major skirmish fought in the air that was a major coup for Allied forces. Scripted by Matthew Orton, who also wrote the upcoming Oscar Isaac-led Nazi-hunting thriller Operation Finale, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Alain Chabat, Gaumont Team on ‘Santa & Cie’ With Audrey Tautou, Golshifteh Farahani (Exclusive)

31 March 2017 3:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Popular French actor-director Alain Chabat (“Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami”) is teaming with Gaumont for his next directorial effort, “Santa & Cie,” a $28 million family comedy.

Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson”), Audrey Tautou (“Amelie Poulain”) and Pio Marmai (“The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”) star in the film.

Legende, the outfit behind Marion Cotillard starrer “La vie en rose” is producing the film with Gaumont, which is also handling sales and will be distributing in France on Dec. 6.

The fantasy-filled comedy, which started shooting Tuesday, boasts a strong key crew, notably Bryan Jones, whose credits include “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

The movie follows the journey of Santa Claus when he is forced to travel to Earth to find a cure for his sick elves a few days before Christmas. He comes across a young Parisian family who help him complete his mission, including delivering all the gifts. »

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Must Watch: Second Trailer for Luc Besson's Epic New Sci-Fi 'Valerian'

29 March 2017 8:49 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"After centuries of peace and prosperity, an unknown force wants to destroy all we have created..." EuropaCorp has debuted the second official trailer for Luc Besson's new sci-fi adaptation, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, or just Valerian for short. This new trailer is much better than the first, with some promising VFX-filled footage and exciting action scenes. Based on the graphic novel series, the movie stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian, and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. They must travel to an intergalactic city full of different species called Alpha on a mission. The full cast includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Sam Spruell, Kris Wu, Alain Chabat and others. I'm still crazy excited for this, I love seeing Besson go big with space sci-fi. Can't wait. Second »

- Alex Billington

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