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Movie Review – Lucy (2014)

26 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucy, 2014.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, and Pilou Asbæk.

Synopsis:

When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.

Here’s a classic example of a single high concept idea which has no right being turned into a feature length film. The fact that Lucy offers the viewer nothing new in terms of storytelling, visuals, and action might not be quite so unforgivable if the film actually had something to say about its concept, but it doesn’t, and as a result we’re left with one of the worst films of the year.

At only 89 minutes, Lucy is at »

- Gary Collinson

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The Transporter Legacy Set For 2015 Release

2 August 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

EuropaCorp’s Transporter trilogy truly marked the arrival of Jason Statham as a bona fide action star, and now the franchise is getting a reboot – albeit without Statham. However, The Transporter Legacy, as the fourth film in the series has recently been titled, may launch a new actor to action stardom.

Ed Skrein, known for playing Daario Naharis on HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, will be taking on the role of Frank Martin, who is called The Transporter because he’s the best driver and mercenary money can buy. In The Transporter Legacy, Frank meets Anna (Loan Chabanol), the leader of a group of criminals. The pair team up and attempt to take down a group of ruthless Russian human traffickers who have also kidnapped Frank’s father (to be played by “a prominent thesp”).

Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella Wright, Anatole Taubman and Tatiana Pajkovic co-star in the film, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Transporter Legacy’ Set for U.S. Release on March 6

1 August 2014 7:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Transporter Legacy,” the launch film of EuropaCorp’s action trilogy, will be released in North America on March 6 through newly launched EuropaCorp USA.

Variety first reported in February that “Game of Thrones” actor Ed Skrein (pictured above) would succeed Jason Statham in the reboot of the “Transporter” franchise. Also starring are Loan Chabanal, Radivoje BukvicGabriella WrightAnatole Taubman and Tatiana Pajkovic.

The new “Transporter” trilogy is helmed by “Brick Mansion” director Camille Delamarre from a script by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper. Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is producing with Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films.

The first and second “Transporter” pics, helmed by Louis Leterrier, grossed $43.9 million and $85.1 million worldwide, respectively. The third, directed by Olivier Megaton and handled by Lionsgate, grossed $108.9 million.

The combined budgets totalled less than $95 million.

In the new film, Skrein will play a top driver and mercenary who teams with the leader of a »

- Dave McNary

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TV Review: 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' offers more polish, slightly less charm

30 July 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I know I've thought it and said it and probably even written it, but there's something vaguely condescending about the notion that the "Sharknado" franchise is somehow review-proof or review-immune or however you'd prefer to view it.  Just because something is designed to be a guilty pleasure doesn't mean that it can't achieve its goals with more or less craft. And just because something isn't necessarily meant to be taken seriously doesn't mean that those aspirations can't be achieved with more or less success. Because the desire to be taken seriously or viewed as legitimate is hardly an argument to be reviewed or acknowledged in the case of utter ineptitude.  For example, look at CBS' "Under the Dome." It has a literary pedigree, some respectable creative auspices, a cast of familiar TV faces, a position of some prominence in CBS' lineup and a reputation as a summertime success, even if »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Luc Besson Puts His EuropaCorp to the Test With ‘Lucy’

24 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only now his shoreline is the river Seine and his castle a 667,000-square-foot film studio called Cite du Cinema (literally Cinema City). Built from the shell of a 1930s thermal power plant in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, the sprawling complex — which includes nine soundstages, a 500-seat auditorium and a full-service restaurant — is headquarters for Besson’s prolific production and distribution outfit, EuropaCorp, plus a host of affiliated vendors and two film schools.

On a recent Friday afternoon, despite a bank-holiday weekend in France, Cite du Cinema was a hive of activity as editors, sound mixers and visual effects artists readied two new EuropaCorp productions for their »

- Scott Foundas

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Can Luc Besson score another French-import blockbuster with 'Lucy'? (Updated)

24 July 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Over the course of his dozen-plus films as a writer-director, Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.

Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. »

- Chris Lee

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NBC Summer Series 'Taxi: Brooklyn,' Based On Luc Besson Film Franchise, Debuts Tonight. Watch 3 Clips

25 June 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Earlier this year, NBC acquired Us broadcast rights to the Luc Besson-produced action comedy series "Taxi: Brooklyn South," a 12-episode TV project that stars Chyler Leigh ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jacky Ido (maybe best known in the USA as Marcel in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds"). Olivier Megaton directed the first 2 episodes of the series which was produced by Besson's company, EuropaCorp, and which is based on the French action comedy film franchise set in Marseille, where a cab driver with a very fast taxi helps out a police officer in his investigations - usually involving criminals with very fast cars! Bring on the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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NBC Summer Series 'Taxi: Brooklyn,' Based On Luc Besson Film Franchise, Debuts Tonight. Watch 3 Clips

25 June 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Earlier this year, NBC acquired Us broadcast rights to the Luc Besson-produced action comedy series "Taxi: Brooklyn South," a 12-episode TV project that stars Chyler Leigh ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jacky Ido (maybe best known in the USA as Marcel in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds"). Olivier Megaton directed the first 2 episodes of the series which was produced by Besson's company, EuropaCorp, and which is based on the French action comedy film franchise set in Marseille, where a cab driver with a very fast taxi helps out a police officer in his investigations - usually involving criminals with very fast cars! Bring on the epic car chases. Four installments of the film franchise have been released: in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007; and all were met with mixed reviews, but good box office. In 2004, the French film franchise spawned an American remake that I think we'd all rather forget ever happened, starring...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch 3 Clips From New NBC Summer Series Pick Up 'Taxi: Brooklyn' Based On Luc Besson Film Franchise

6 June 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Earlier this year, NBC acquired Us broadcast rights to the Luc Besson-produced action comedy series "Taxi: Brooklyn South," a 12-episode TV project that stars Chyler Leigh ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jacky Ido (maybe best known in the USA as Marcel in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds"). Olivier Megaton directed the first 2 episodes of the series which was produced by Besson's company, EuropaCorp, and which is based on the French action comedy film franchise set in Marseille, where a cab driver with a very fast taxi helps out a police officer in his investigations - usually involving criminals with very fast cars! Bring on the epic car chases. Four installments of the film franchise have been released: in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007; and all were met with mixed reviews, but good box office. In 2004, the French film franchise spawned an American remake that I think we'd all rather forget ever happened, starring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch 3 Clips From New NBC Summer Series Pick Up 'Taxi: Brooklyn' Based On Luc Besson Film Franchise

6 June 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Earlier this year, NBC acquired Us broadcast rights to the Luc Besson-produced action comedy series "Taxi: Brooklyn South," a 12-episode TV project that stars Chyler Leigh ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jacky Ido (maybe best known in the USA as Marcel in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds"). Olivier Megaton directed the first 2 episodes of the series which was produced by Besson's company, EuropaCorp, and which is based on the French action comedy film franchise set in Marseille, where a cab driver with a very fast taxi helps out a police officer in his investigations - usually involving criminals with very fast cars! Bring on the epic car chases. Four »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Ten Best: Free-Running / Parkour in Film

29 April 2014 1:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Since being introduced back in 1997, Parkour has become a key part of many fast-paced action sequences. With the aim being to get from A to B as quickly as possible, it’s easy to see why our protagonists would favour this mode of ‘transport’. With the upcoming release of Brick Mansions on May 2nd, starring Paul Walker and Parkour founder, David Belle (pictured below), we’ve taken a look at some of the best Parkour and free-running scenes, as well as a few that we enjoyed for other reasons.

District B13 (2004) dir. Pierre Morel

David Belle, widely regarded as a founder of the modern parkour movement, eludes a gun-toting gang in a gut-wrenching chase through a French estate block. Impossible precision and stomach-churning drops are the order of the day although we’re unconvinced that the bit with the ladder is allowed in Parkour rules. Casino Royale (2006) dir. Martin Campbell »

- Phil Wheat

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Casting: Weston, Campbell, Messner, Moura

31 March 2014 8:12 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Taken 3

Jonny Weston ("Chasing Mavericks," "Project Almanac") has joined the cast of Olivier Megaton's "Taken 3" at 20th Century Fox. Weston will play the boyfriend of Maggie Grace's character.

Grace, Liam Neeson, and Famke Janssen are set to reprise their roles while Forest Whitaker has also joined the cast. Luc Besson will produce the film which begins production next week. [Source: Variety]

Bremen Town Musicians

Neve Campbell ("Scream") has scored a voice role in Lawrence Guterman's CG animated feature "Bremen Town Musicians". This reimagining of the Russian folk tale and Brothers Grimm story about an incompetent wizard's search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe in creation.

Campbell will portray Princess Lielle, who is betrothed to the narcissistic Duke Henri (Jeffrey Wright), trapped in a gilded cage and dreaming of freedom from a life she never wanted. [Source: Heat Vision]

Condemned

Johnny Messner, Ronen Rubinstein, Shawn Christensen, Jon Abrahams »

- Garth Franklin

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Norman Reedus Joins Triple Nine; Byung-hun Lee Boards Terminator: Genesis; Jonny Weston Gets Taken 3; Tumbledown Fills out Its Cast

31 March 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's the latest casting news of the day: Norman Reedus will join John Hillcoat's Triple Nine, starring Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, and Gal Gadot. Byung-hun Lee is the latest to join Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genesis, along with Michael Gladis and Sandrine Holt. Jonny Weston takes on Olivier Megaton's Taken 3, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, and Forest Whitaker. Sean Mewshaw's Tumbledown, a comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall, adds Dianna AgronGriffin DunneRichard Masur, and Blythe Danner. Hit the jump for more on each film. Deadline reports that Reedus will spend his hiatus for The Walking Dead filming Triple Nine.  Scripted by Matt Cook, the thriller sees a crew of dirty cops blackmailed by the Russian mob into executing a near-impossible heist. In order to pull it off, they cook up a 999, police code for “officer down. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Jonny Weston Joins Fox’s ‘Taken 3′

31 March 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jonny Weston has joined the cast of Fox’s “Taken 3,” starring Liam Neeson.

Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen are set to reprise their roles as Neeson’s daughter and wife, and Forest Whitaker is the newest addition to the cast.

Plot details are unknown while “Taken 2″ helmer Olivier Megaton returns to direct this installment. Weston will play Grace’s boyfriend.

Luc Besson will produce through his EuropaCorp shingle with production getting underway Monday.

Weston can be seen next in Paramount’s “Project Almanac,” which bows in January, and was also recently seen in the SXSW pic “Kelly & Cal.” He is repped by ICM Partners, Jgd Agency, 3 Arts and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

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- Justin Kroll

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EuropaCorp’s ‘Taken 3′ Takes Off With International Distribs

28 March 2014 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– The third opus of EuropaCorp’s mega-hit franchise, “Taken 3″ has been picked up in all major territories ahead of its shooting start tomorrow.

The Liam Neeson starrer has been acquired by EuropaCorp’s partners in China (Fundamental), Germany (Universum), Benelux (Belga), Middle East (Gulf) and Scandinavia (Scanbox). Fox will release the movie in the U.S. and in most international markets.

Helmed by Olivier Megaton, who directed the last installment, “Taken 3″ will star Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.

Taken 2″ grossed $376.1 million worldwide, while “Taken” tallied $226.8 million worldwide.

Principal photography kicks off March 29 in Los Angeles. Plot details are still under wraps.

 

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Remember 'Taxi,' The Queen Latifah/Jimmy Fallon Action Comedy? NBC Has Picked Up A TV Series Based On The Original French Film

26 March 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

NBC has acquired Us broadcast rights to the Luc Besson-produced action comedy series Taxi : Brooklyn South, a 12 episode TV project that stars Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy) and Jacky Ido (maybe best known in the USA as Marcel in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds) will have a role. Olivier Megaton directed the first 2 episodes of the series which was produced by Besson's company, EuropaCorp, and which is based on the French action comedy film franchise set in Marseille, where a cab driver with a very fast taxi helps out a police officer in his investigations - usually involving criminals with very fast cars! Bring on the epic car chases. Four installments of the film franchise have been released: in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007; and all were met with mixed reviews, but good box office. In 2004, the French film franchise spawned an American remake that I think we'd all rather forget ever happened, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Remember 'Taxi,' The Queen Latifah/Jimmy Fallon Action Comedy? NBC Has Picked Up A TV Series Based On The Original French Film

26 March 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

NBC has acquired Us broadcast rights to the Luc Besson-produced action comedy series Taxi : Brooklyn South, a 12 episode TV project that stars Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy) and Jacky Ido (maybe best known in the USA as Marcel in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds) will have a role. Olivier Megaton directed the first 2 episodes of the series which was produced by Besson's company, EuropaCorp, and which is based on the French action comedy film franchise set in Marseille, where a cab driver with a very fast taxi helps out a police officer in his investigations - usually involving criminals with very fast cars! Bring on the epic car chases. Four »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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NBC Acquires ‘Taxi Brooklyn’; Action Series Based On Luc Besson’s Feature Franchise

26 March 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to EuropaCorp Television‘s Taxi Brooklyn for a summer debut. The 12-episode action/comedy series is produced by showrunner Gary Scott Thompson (Las Vegas, The Fast And The Furious) and based on Luc Besson‘s Taxi feature franchise. It stars Grey’s Anatomy alumna Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido (Inglourious Basterds). Former Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito, Ally Walker (Profiler), James Colby (Person Of Interest), Bill Heck (Pan Am), Jose Zuniga (Body Of Proof) and Raul Casso (Blue Bloods) round out the cast. Formerly known as Taxi: Brooklyn South, Taxi Brooklyn was shot in English in the titular borough along with Manhattan and Queens. Leigh plays Detective Caitlyn “Cat” Sullivan, who is determined to find the truth about the death of her father, an NYPD detective who was killed in the line of duty. When her stubborn character and recklessness behind »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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NBC Nabs EuropaCorp’s ‘Taxi Brooklyn’

26 March 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– NBC has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to the first season of “Taxi Brooklyn,” the New York-set action/comedy skein produced by Europacorp Television, the TV arm of Luc Besson’s outfit.

The English-language show – which comprises 12 episodes — is based on Besson’s hit movie franchise “Taxi,” which grossed $126 million worldwide. It stars Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Jacky Ido (“Inglourious Basterds”), James Colby (“Person of Interest”), Jose Zuniga (“Body of Proof”), Jennifer Esposito (“Spin City”), Bill Heck (“Pan Am”), Ally Walker (“Profiler”), and Raul Casso (“Blue Bloods”).

Series is exec produced by Gary Scott Thompson (“Las Vegas”, “The Fast and The Furious”) who also served as showrunner.

Olivier Megaton (“Taken”), Frederic Berthe, Alain Tasma, David Morley and Gerard Krawczyk directed episodes of the series.

“We felt NBC was the perfect home for our show,” says Edouard De Vesinne, producer and co-topper of EuropaCorp Television. “I hope the American »

- Elsa Keslassy

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'Wolverine 3', 'Fantastic Four 2' and a Mystery Marvel Project Get Release Dates

21 March 2014 12:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox has given dates to multiple projects, including Wolverine 3, Fantastic Four 2, and a Mystery Marvel Project.

Wolverine 3 has been given a March 3, 2017 release date with James Mangold returning to direct. The Fantastic Four reboot will star Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller and will hit theaters June 19, 2015. We will see the sequel July 14, 2017. The studio has reserved July 13, 2018 for a mysterious Marvel film, which is currently untitled.

Olivier Megaton's action sequel Taken 3 is slated for a January 9, 2015 release with an untitled Ridley Scott film set for March 4, 2016. They have also moved Matthew Vaughn's The Secret Service from March 6, 2015 to October 24, 2014. A unnamed Vince Vaughn film has been shifted from October 24, 2014 to March 6, 2015 and Paul McGuigan's take on Frankenstein is moving from January 16, 2015, to October 2, 2015.

Wolverine 3 comes to theaters March 3rd, 2017 and stars Hugh Jackman. The film is directed by James Mangold. »

- MovieWeb

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