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A couple things of note here. Luc Besson's most ambitious project to date is official happening. The $180 million film, Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets, recently cast Clive Owen in the lead and is based on a French comic series from writers Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that first appeared in 1967. Owen will play a character called "Commander Arün Filitt".
The first title treatment for the film has dropped along with word that Besson and costume designer Olivier Bériot are asking for designers, artists, and creatives the world over to help dress twenty of the party guests.
The creative team wants to see your designs, which [Continued ...] »
As the Hollywood studios attempt to transition to the digital age, there’s been some bumpy roads along the journey as copyright and ways to access get sorted out. Today brings an example of how to do things right as Paramount have launched The Paramount Vault, which, according to their official description “showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between.”
While the selection isn’t massive (yet, hopefully), it includes a number of highlights. Notably there’s Sean Byrne‘s deliciously wicked The Loved Ones, John Cassavetes‘ drama Love Streams, Wachowskis‘ impressive debut Bound, Noah Baumbach‘s overlooked Margot at the Wedding, as well as films featuring Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and more.
Check out our top picks thus far below and it should be noted only those in the United States can view. »
- Jordan Raup
During a conversation at the Hearst building, Patti Smith said that in addition to her two nonfiction works, Just Kids and M Train, she was also working on a detective novel. "I have my detective. I've been working on it for a few years at my own pace," Smith said. And while a publishing agreement prevented her from divulging further details, she did say that she had cast the British actor Clive Owen in mind as the detective.Fortunately for us, Owen is making his Broadway debut in Old Times, so Vulture relayed the news last night that the rocker was using him as her muse for her fictional private-eye. “Get out,” Owen said. “I’m very excited to hear that. I’m going to put on record she better send it to me when she’s written it. She better! I want that to go public.” Did you hear that, »
- Bennett Marcus
This is different. Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has teamed with Yahoo Style in a global search for “innovative and original” costume designs to appear in the helmer’s sci-fi epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen are starring in the project — and evidently need to be dressed in a truly original way. Europa and Yahoo Style are launching a contest that invites artists to submit their designs for use in the film, which… »
Cannes– EuropaCorp has signed a pact with Yahoo Style to launch a global costume design contest for Luc Besson’s comicbook-based sci-fi movie “Valerian And The City of A Thousand Planets,” which will star Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen.
As part of the crowdsourcing initiative, EuropaCorp and Yahoo Style are inviting artists to submit their original designs’ ideas for the movie that will start shooting in January.
The contest will launch on Yahoo Style on Oct. 7 through Nov. 27. The jury, made up of Yahoo Style’s editor in chief Joe Zee, Besson and costume designer Olivier Bériot, will choose up to 20 winners whose designs will appear in the film.
“I believe the world we live in is filled with people from all walks of life who possess an abundance of creativity and untapped potential. My hope is that by offering a contest like this to artists worldwide, we »
- Elsa Keslassy
Luc Besson's EuropaCorp has teamed with Yahoo Style for a global search for 'innovative and original' costume designs to appear in "The Fifth Element" director's new sci-fi epic "Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets".
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen star in the adaptation of the iconic French sci-fi comic series. DeHaan and Delevingne will play a pair of spatio-temporal agents who help defend a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from bad guys.
In a statement, Besson says: "I believe the world we live in is filled with people from all walks of life who possess an abundance of creativity and untapped potential. My hope is that by offering a contest like this to artists worldwide, we will gain access to inspired and original creations from a plethora of fresh perspectives, and the film will benefit from this collaboration."
The contest, which opens »
- Garth Franklin
Clive Owen makes a riveting Broadway debut in Harold Pinter's Old Times, playing a man whose cocky suavity slowly unravels as he negotiates his hold on two elusive women, who may be different sides of the same person. That's just one possible interpretation of this famously slippery 1971 three-hander about the mutable recesses of memory and the evanescent nature of erotic possession. But director Douglas Hodge doesn't make the mistake of imposing explanations where none were intended as he charts a transfixing course from gamesmanship to the consuming loss of a fantasy that was perhaps never attainable to begin with. Audience
- David Rooney
Earlier today, Universal Pictures announced that the highly-anticipated Pacific Rim 2 has been pushed to a later but unspecified release date, in order to give director Guillermo del Toro and his team more time to get the film ready. The studio also revealed that another sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, will take over the August 4, 2017 release slot formerly occupied by Pacific Rim 2. Pitch Perfect 3 was originally slated to open two weeks earlier on July 21, 2017, but Pacific Rim 2's delay puts Pitch Perfect 3 in a much better spot.
Universal announced in June that Pitch Perfect 3 would hit theaters on July 21, 2017. At the time, its only competition was an untitled animated movie from 20th Century Fox, and EuropaCorp's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which has Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Dane DeHaan set to star. However, earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that their Untitled Christopher Nolan Movie »
"...in New York City in 1900, the 'Knickerbocker Hospital' operates with innovative surgeons, nurses and staff who have to overcome the limitations of the then-current medical understanding and practice, to prevent staggeringly high mortality rates.
"'Dr. John Thackery' (Owen), the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, battles his cocaine and opium addictions with his ambition for medical discovery and his reputation among his peers.
"'Dr. Algernon Edwards', a Harvard-educated, European-trained black surgeon must fight for respect within the all-white populated hospital, as well as the racially-charged city.
"While struggling to keep the lights on, the hospital attempts to attract a wealthy clientele, without sacrificing quality care..."
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- Michael Stevens
Coming across as a sort of turn-of-the-century House, albeit with Clive Owen as the driven, self-medicating medic and Steven Soderbergh dictating the look and style of the show, The Knick roared through its first run of chaos, corruption and corpses last year. The new series on the way and the teaser trailer has arrived. Owen is back as Dr. John W. Thackery, the complicated surgical genius who works – when he’s not sleeping with nurses or injecting/sniffing/snacking on illegal intoxicants – at the Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900s New York. He knows he has what it takes to develop new procedures and save more lives at a time when medicine was still part savagery, but he can’t always seem to get out of his own way.The show, boasting a kinetic energy from Soderbergh and show creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, was praised for its look and feel. »
“The Knick” is, quite simply, incredible. The Steven Soderbergh-directed show, created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, set in the titular New York hospital at the turn of the twentieth century, looks and sounds like nothing else on TV. Soderbergh’s impeccable direction and Cliff Martinez’s awesome score drive a killer cast led by career-best work from Clive Owen, the simply outstanding Andre Holland, and head-turning performances by Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson, and many more. Read More: Fall 2015 TV Preview: Our 25 Most Anticipated Shows It was our second favorite TV show of the last year (beaten only by “Transparent,” though ask on us a different day and we might have swapped them over), and it’s on its way back, with the second season due to start airing next month on Cinemax. And now Vulture have landed the first trailer for the second run of the show. The »
- Oliver Lyttelton
An eccentric genius, unparalleled in talent, has returned to work after a gap of many months. He may be cold, and he's definitely difficult, but there's no denying the artistry he puts on display every week. We're not just talking about the return of Clive Owen's Dr. John Thackery — we're also talking about Steven Soderbergh! Season two of The Knick premieres on Cinemax October 16. »
- Nate Jones
Christopher Nolan: Next movie has release date. Next Christopher Nolan movie release date Warner Bros. will release the first post-Interstellar Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, '17. The film has yet to be baptized. Warners, which began its days as the Rin Tin Tin studio, also released Nolan's Batman trilogy movies, which collected $2.463 billion worldwide. Besides, the studio handled the sorta sci-fier Inception (2010), which took in $825.53 million, in addition to earning a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. The outright sci-fier Interstellar, which received mixed-to-unenthusiastic reviews in North America, opened in Nov. 2014. The film went on to gross $675.02 million worldwide, $188.02 million of which in the U.S. and Canada. Paramount handled the domestic release, while Warners took care of the international distribution. Mystery Movie As for Nolan's upcoming effort, in case there is a screenplay (or a blueprint of one) or any prospective cast members, no details have been given out so far. »
- Zac Gille
With the first day of principal photography now in the can, series producer Frank Marshall has revealed our first look at Matt Damon as Jason Bourne ahead of Bourne 5, and you’d hardly think the actor ever took a brief hiatus from the action franchise.
Shooting on the as-yet-untitled sequel kicked off in Tenerife, Spain earlier this week, where Universal’s production will remain until at least early October. Interestingly, Marshall referred to the production as ‘Bourne 2016′ in his Tweet, hinting that the studio will opt for a subtitle over a numerical sequel, as many had already assumed.
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Details on the story are, as you would imagine, thin on the ground. Paul Greengrass’ anticipated actioner recently recruited Vincent Cassel in the role of the villain – an asset dispatched with one primary goal in mind: to hunt down the elusive Jason Bourne. Throughout the course of the series, »
- Michael Briers
Returns Friday, October 16th at 10pm (Et) on Cinemax
Premise: In 1900s New York, the Knickerbocker Hospital is at the front of pioneering new medical techniques, headed by the brilliant yet troubled John “Thack” Thackeray (Clive Owen). Dealing with budgetary issues, high mortality rates, racism, and their own personal demons, the staff of the Knick fights to keep their heads above water and create modern medicine in the process.
Where We Are: Season two starts this fall; 10 episodes have already aired
What You Need To Know: Essentially a medical procedural that happens to be set at the turn of the century, The Knick is home to as many dysfunctional individuals, secrets, and prejudices as E.R. or Grey’s Anatomy. Thack balances being a revolutionary surgeon with addictions to cocaine and morphine, as well as a taste for experimental treatments that Dr. House would regard respectfully. »
- Les Chappell
Spain’s Vaca Films, and Atresmedia Cine, producers of Venice Days’ opener “Retribution” (El Desconocido) from director Dani de la Torre, are developing his potential followup picture, a true-event inspired thriller.
De la Torre is reteaming with “Retribution” writer Alberto Marini on the yet-to-be titled project’s screenplay, a character-driven thriller, with the aim of shooting in 2016, producer Emma Lustres told Variety.
The Spanish director’s second feature would very possibly be made in international co-production. Warner Bros. Pictures will release “Retribution” in Spain.
De la Torre’s project marks the latest cooperation between Vaca, whose credits include some of the country’s biggest hits of recent years such as Daniel Monzon’s “Cell 211” and “El Nino,” and Miguel Angel Vivas’ “Extinction,” with Matthew Fox and Jason Donovan.
- John Hopewell
From musical revivals (“Fiddler on the Roof”! “The Color Purple”!) to new fare (“China Doll”! “King Charles III”!) here are the shows NYC theater fans can’t miss come autumn. “Spring Awakening” (Opens Sept. 27)It may not seem that long since this searing musical won a slew of Tony Awards in 2007, but when you think about how far its original stars have come—Lea Michele in “Glee” and the upcoming “Scream Queens,” John Gallagher Jr. in “Short Term 12” and “The Newsroom,” and Jonathan Groff in “Looking” and now “Hamilton”—there’s no time like the present to experience it anew. L.A.’s Deaf West Theatre transfers a cast of 27 to the Great White Way for a production in both American Sign Language and spoken English. “Old Times” (Opens Oct. 6)Roundabout Theatre Company kicks off its 50th anniversary season with a revival of one of Harold Pinter’s lesser known dramas, »
With shooting set to kick off soon, Paul Greengrass is busily gathering the remaining cast for the next, as-yet-untitled Jason Bourne collaboration with Matt Damon. He now has a primary nemesis in line for our hero, with Vincent Cassel putting the film in its sights.Exactly what he’ll be doing remains a secret for now, though Variety’s sources have heard he’ll be an assassin in the vein of Clive Owen and Edgar Ramirez, who have been among those to tussle with Bourne through the franchise to date. He joins a cast that already includes Julia Stiles (back as Nicky), Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones for a fresh Bourne outing whose plot is likewise being kept quiet. Damon, who is working on the film alongside Greengrass and the director’s co-writer Christopher Rouse, recently alluded to this film exploring a post-Edward Snowden world and one that »
Talented French actor Vincent Cassel has joined the cast of the untitled fifth Bourne movie. According to Variety, Cassel is set to play a villainous role in the action sequel. Sources claim the Ocean's Twelve star will be an assassin hunting down Matt Damon's elusive Jason Bourne - in the vein of characters portrayed by the likes of Clive Owen and Karl Urban in the original trilogy. Cassel joins an already impressive cast, which includes Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander, alongside franchise veterans Damon and Julia Stiles. The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is back at the helm once again as well. Damon recently claimed this sequel would be set in a "post-Snowden world", and revealed that filming starts this week in Greece. The original Bourne trilogy was immensely popular with both fans and critics alike, raking in almost $1 billion at the global box office. Comparitvely, 2012's »
Joining the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and, following a brief spell on the sidelines while Legacy was in the ether, Matt Damon, there’s no word yet on who the esteemed French actor will be playing, though his casting is surely a major coup for Universal as it looks to get its Bourne action series back on track.
Throughout his career, Cassel has appeared in a variety of different roles on both sides of the moral compass. Chief among those is his part in the Ocean sequels, along with Darren Aronofsky’s adorned Black Swan. According to today’s report, he’ll be playing an asset, a mysterious figure who is tasked with hunting Damon’s titular agent. Across the course of the series, »
- Michael Briers
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