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Movie Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, 2017

Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, Elizabeth Debicki, and John Goodman

Synopsis:

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Assessing a film as all style and no substance in today’s cinematic climate isn’t out of the ordinary, but writer/director Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (also known for the infamously bizarre sci-fi classic The Fifth Element) doubles down on visual grandeur to such a scale that despite how frustratingly flawed and occasionally downright abysmal the storytelling is, the summer blockbuster is one
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Film Review: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017): Great Sci-Fi Taste, But Not Filling

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Film Review, a movie written & directed by Luc Besson, and starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, RihannaEthan HawkeHerbie Hancock, John GoodmanKris Wu, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, Sasha [...]

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

"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,
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China's Hishow acquires Gaumont duo

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We get on just great..." EuropaCorp has released the teaser trailer for Luc Besson's epic return to sci-fi, an action movie called Valerian - or in full - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. 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 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 many others. As a huge, huge fan of The Fifth Element, this is definitely my cup of tea, and it looks like it's going to be awesome. I'm so ready for Luc Besson to bring us another big space opera. Dive in. Teaser trailer (+ poster) for Luc Besson
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Sarim Fassi Fihri unveils plans to reinforce Moroccan cinema (Exclusive)

Sarim Fassi Fihri unveils plans to reinforce Moroccan cinema (Exclusive)
After his first 12 months at the helm of the Moroccan Cinema Center (Ccm), Sarim Fassi Fihri provided an exclusive interview to Variety in which he took stock of his achievements to date and outlined his plans for the coming months, including tax schemes designed to attract foreign productions.

57-year-old Sarim Fassi Fihri, has a long track record as a film producer and has worked on an extensive number of important foreign and domestic productions, including Nabil Ayouch’s first film “Mektoub” and Alain Chabat’s “Asterix and Obelix – Mission Cleopatra.”

From 2005 he presided the Moroccan film producers association, Ampac, and had a major role in terms of discussing national film policy, including organization of the industry meetings, Assises Nationales du Cinéma, in 2007 and 2012.

During his first 12 months in the post, he has had to handle a series of complex situations, including negotiations with the government for new tax schemes aimed
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Alain De Greef, One of Canal Plus’ Founding Fathers, Dies at 68

Alain de Greef, the pioneer and creative force behind pay TV giant Canal Plus’ DNA, has died at 68 of cancer.

De Greef joined Canal Plus alongside Pierre Lescure, who is now president of the Cannes Film Festival, in 1984, two years after the paybox launched. Appointed head of programming in 1986, De Greef helped create the cult talk shows “Nulle Part Ailleurs,” “Groland,” “Les Deschiens” and the politics-themed puppets format “Guignols de l’Info.”

Through “Nulle Part Ailleurs” and “Guignols de L’Info,” De Greef laid the foundation of the so-called “Canal Plus spirit” — a cocktail of anti-conformism, rock ‘n’ roll attitude and edgy, satirical and often burlesque humor that appealed to a wide range of French audiences, including teens, middle-class folks, high-ranked execs and intellectuals.

A visionary, De Greef also helped launch the careers of up-and-coming talent from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds who went on to become some of France’s best-known stars,
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Canal Plus co-founder Alain de Greef dies

Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.

French television industry veteran Alain de Greef, one of the co-founders of Canal Plus alongside Pierre Lescure and André Rousslet in the 1980s, has died. He was 68.

The executive passed away in his home in Provence yesterday (June 29) after a battle with cancer.

De Greef oversaw the pay-tv channel’s content - firstly as director of production, then head of programmes, and finally as director general - from 1986 to 2000.

He was brought into Canal Plus by his long-time collaborator and friend Lescure, with whom he created the popular 1980s music programme Les Enfants du Rock for state-backed channel Antenne 2, now France 2.

Arriving at Canal Plus just two years after its official launch, de Greef is credited with creating a slew of iconic French TV programmes including the satirical puppet show Les Guignols de l’Info as well as the popular
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Quentin Dupieux's Reality Opens in La This Weekend!

The director of Wrong and that killer tire movie you've heard so much about, Rubber, has another surreal art-house favourite out called Reality.

Reality opens in Los Angeles today, May 15th, and has been available on VOD since May 1 so be sure to track it down.

Synopsis:

A quiet cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror movie. Bob Marshal, a wealthy producer, accepts to finance his movie on one condition: Jason has 48 hours to find the perfect scream in the history of film. During his search, Jason gradually gets lost in a nightmare.

Reality stars Alain Chabat, Elodie Bouchez, John Heder and Jonathan Lambert.

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Watch: Quentin Dupieux Narrates a Meta-Movie Moment From His Brain-Bending 'Reality' (Video)

Watch: Quentin Dupieux Narrates a Meta-Movie Moment From His Brain-Bending 'Reality' (Video)
"Reality" unfolds as a tapestry of very strange story strands that casually intersect and bleed into each other. They're hard to parse, which makes Quentin Dupieux's latest oddity a uniquely playful kind of moviegoing experience, much like his earlier cult comedies "Rubber" (2010) and "Wrong" (2012). It goes something like this: A precocious little girl named Reality (Kyla Kenedy) finds a videotape inside the guts of a hog her father has slaughtered; a cooking show host (Jon Heder of "Napoleon Dynamite") dressed in a giant rat suit has a form of eczema only he can see; French camera-operator Jason (Alain Chabat) wants to make a film about murderous television sets; and Reality's school principal (Eric Wareheim) is plagued by dreams of cross-dressing. Are these episodic flights of fantasy reality, or wish-fulfillment? Though shot around Los Angeles, where Dupieux is now based, the film exists somewhere outside time and place, similar to.
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Top 3 Critics’ Picks: Thomas Cailley, Quentin Dupieux & Safdie Bros. In Theaters this May

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Ioncinema.com’s Top 3 Critics’ Picks offers a curated approach to the usual quandary: what would you recommend I see in theaters this month? All appearing on the 2014 film festival circuit, the latest from the Safdie Brothers and French filmmakers Quentin Dupieux and Thomas Cailley are an alluringly fresh trio of options for May ’15.

Reality (Réalité) – Quentin Dupieux

May 1st – Limited Release

Distributor: IFC Midnight

Awards & Fests: This premiered in the Horizons section at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival and got plenty of fest play with notable stops at Sitges ’14, AFI Fest ’14 and Rotterdam ’15.

What the critic’s are saying?: Despite the mixed-bag reactions out of Venice, IFC Midnight acquired the rights last November to this micro-nutty versioner of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. IndieWIRE (A-) cautions future audiences by saying that “some viewers may find grating — is that it’s guaranteed to leave audiences scratching their heads
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Exclusive: Eric Wareheim Gets Threatened In Clip From Quentin Dupieux's 'Reality'

As you know, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" arrives in theaters this weekend and will obliterate box office records. But if you're looking for something far off the beaten path, unpredictable, and just a little weird, you might want to track down Quentin Dupieux's "Reality." And today we have an exclusive clip to underscore the distinct comedy the oddball movie delivers. The story follows a little girl named Reality (Kyla Kenedy), who finds a VHS tape inside the carcass of a boar her father is planning to stuff. Meanwhile, the cameraman (Alain Chabat) of a show hosted by a man in a bear suit (Jon Heder) needs to record the perfect scream for his pet project, a film about killer TVs. Yes, this is completely unique stuff, with its own calibrated sense of humor, as seen in the sequence below in which Reality faces off against the school Superintendent, played by Eric Wareheim,
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Reality Review

French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux has made a career out of blurring the lines between ambition and utter lunacy, vouching for those who argue that beauty and chaos go hand-in-hand. I’ll confess that Rubber and Wrong hold a special place in my heart, but his latest film, aptly titled Reality, might be where I hop off this gonzo train of absurd, nonconforming, dreamlike voyeurism. As you can assume, Dupieux’s hazily overexposed interpretation of reality is anything but “normal,” as we’re once again caught in multiple character arcs that are pieced together by – well, I can finally say I have no ‘effing idea how everything comes together. Rubber addresses cinematic cultures, and Wrong chases a dog, but Reality introduces a nightmare that we never wake up from no matter how hard we try.

There’s no point in explaining a plot that’s non-existent, but here’s the short-hand version.
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Reality (Réalité) | Review

Quentin Dupieux's Reality is the stream of consciousness of a mad cinematic scientist, intertwining the perspectives of Jason (Alain Chabat), Reality (Kyla Kenedy), Zog (John Glover), and Henri (Eric Wareheim) to the point of sheer mindfuckery. While keeping with the absurdist tendencies of Rubber and Wrong, Reality is heavily dosed with the meandering dream logic of surrealism. Showcased in a brilliant menagerie of dreams, films-within-films and presumed realities, Reality abides by Dupieux's mantra of "no reason" as it fluidly contorts into a rat's nest of narrative threads, simultaneously unfolding and folding within itself like a M. C. Escher illustration.
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Watch the trailer for Quentin Dupieux’s Reality

A trailer has arrived online for French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux’s (Rubber) latest film Reality starring Alain Chabat and Jon Heder, check it out below after the official synopsis…

Jason, a quiet cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror movie. Bob Marshall, a wealthy producer, accepts to finance his movie on one condition : Jason has 48 hours to find the best scream in the history of film. During his search, Jason gradually gets lost in a nightmare.

Reality features a cast that also includes Jonathan Lambert, Élodie Bouchez, Kyla Kenedy, John Glover and Eric Wareheim.
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Surreal ‘Reality’ from ‘Rubber’ director Quentin Dupieux gets a trailer

Quentin Dupieux broke out onto the film scene with his wacko cult hit Rubber, a tongue-in-cheek horror story about a killer car tire. Now he’s made four films in the last five years, and his latest, which Dupieux has been writing on and off while making his other films, has just received a trailer that deliberately seeks to defy explanation.

Reality stars Alain Chabat as a film director given 48 hours to find the perfect scream, or shriek of pain, before he receives funding for his schlocky horror film. In our review from back in October, we compared it to David Lynch and older French surrealist films, admiring its absurdist, comedic charms. Here’s the log line from IMDb:

A wanna-be director is given 48 hours by a producer to find the best groan of pain, worthy of an Oscar, as the only condition to back his film.

Jon Heder and
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