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Box Office: Lucy Is More Powerful Than Hercules

9 hours ago | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Based on Friday's North American box office numbers, Universal Pictures' Lucy is set to earn between $42M to $44M in its opening weekend. The sci-fi actioner stars Scarlett Johansson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and was directed by Luc Besson ("Léon: The Professional"). This will be the best opening weekend for a film starring Scarlett Johansson that wasn't produced by Marvel Studios. It will also be the best opening weekend for a film directed by Luc Besson. His previous best was $17M for The Fifth Element. However, the film was not well received by audiences as they only gave it a 'C+' CinemaScore. Paramount and MGM's Hercules will finish in second with $28M to $30M. It stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role. If the numbers stay about the same this will be the 8th best opening for a movie starring The Rock, just ahead of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island »

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Critical Mass: The drug-fueled mayhem of 'Lucy' has a buzz

21 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Luc Besson loves his lady warriors. Beginning with the original La Femme Nikita, and then in action movies like The Professional, The Fifth Element, and The Messenger, he’s introduced his own brand of memorable action heroines. Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy might be the most hardcore of the bunch. She goes from party girl to super-evolved sorceress when the experimental drug an Asian gangster has smuggled in her body spills into her bloodstream, raising her brain activity to 100 percent capacity. “Lucy is a thinly drawn character, just someone who needs to survive,” writes EW’s Jeff Labrecque. “But Johansson vividly »

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Sequel Bits: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ’24′

25 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After the jump: Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback drop some Apes hints Luc Besson says it’s “too late” for a The Professional sequel 24 could still get a movie sequel, or another TV season Mad Max: Fury Road reveals a few more images We know that eventually, the story laid out in Rise of the Planet of […]

The post Sequel Bits: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ’24′ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Luc Besson on Lucy and Knowing the Limits of the Human Brain

25 July 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Once upon a time, Luc Besson was a kind of anomaly. A popular director from France whose visually ravishing films featured both expertly made action scenes and doses of dreamy lyricism, he transcended cultural boundaries. Back then, of course, films like SubwayLa Femme Nikita, and Léon: The Professional stood in sharp contrast to movies starring macho men like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Even his sci-fi action epic The Fifth Element, with its poetic flourishes and offbeat sense of fun, was nothing like the sci-fi blockbusters Hollywood churned out.Over the years, Besson has become a successful producer of more bread-and-butter hits like the Taken and Transporter franchises, but now, with the Scarlett Johansson sci-fi flick Lucy, he returns to the world of stylized, lyrical action. Besson takes an enticingly silly premise — Lucy (Johansson) is a hapless drug mule who accidentally ingests a powerful new drug that allows her »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Brawn Versus Brains at Box-Office! "Hercules" Versus "Lucy!" Which One Will Come Out On Top?

25 July 2014 5:23 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Two big films are out this weekend, which one is worth your time and money? First, we have .Hercules. starring Dwayne Johnson based on the graphic novel by Steve Moore. From director Brett Ratner, is this .Hercules. much better than .The Legend of Hercules. starring Kellan Lutz from director Renny Harlin?

We also have .Lucy. starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. This one.s from director Luc Besson who gave us memorable female characters in .La Femme Nikita,. .The Professional,. and .The Fifth Element.. Is .Lucy. worthy of Besson.s booty-kicking heroines? Find out in my movie review below:

Official .Hercules. synopsis

Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, Hercules. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, »

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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 »

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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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Box Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ to Out Muscle ‘Hercules’

23 July 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of Hollywood’s hottest action stars will inject a shot of adrenaline into the moribund summer box office this weekend, when “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson’s revenge thriller, hits screens.

Distributed by Universal, “Lucy” will unroll across 3,172 theaters this weekend and should shoot up an estimated $36 million. That would be a nice return on a $40 million budget and a sign that audiences don’t always need their on-screen mayhem to arrive pre-branded, pre-merchandised and plucked from venerable comic books or toylines. It’s the rare original film that looks ready to upend the steady stream of same-olds.

Film Review: Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy

Sadly, “Lucy’s” main competition, “Hercules,” is looking less than godly. Paramount and MGM’s $100 million re-imagining of the old Hydra killer is on track to debut to roughly $25 million across 3,600 locations, which would be a scrawny showing given the high cost of the production.

Brett Ratner (“Tower Heist”) directs the film, »

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'Lucy' (2014) Movie Review

23 July 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If you're hung up on the fact Lucy perpetuates the myth humans only use 10% of their brain then I don't know why you're reading this review. However, if you thought Transcendence was a talky bore and wish there had been more action and less jibber-jabber then you might want to stick around since the two films essentially approach the idea of the singularity, but get there using dramatically different means. Directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element), Lucy tells the story of the title character, played by Scarlett Johansson with all the wooden acuity of Keanu Reeves, as she is forced into serving as a drug mule, carrying a package of a new drug next to her intestines. Unfortunately for her, when she's kicked in the stomach a small amount of the drug leaks into her system, giving her abilities beyond that of a "normal" human being and »

- Brad Brevet

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Film Review: ‘Lucy’

23 July 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After her mesmerizingly out-there performances as an artificially intelligent being in “Her” and a come-hither extraterrestrial in “Under the Skin,” Scarlett Johansson takes a logical next step into the title role of “Lucy,” an agreeably goofy, high-concept speculative thriller about the first human being to successfully harness 100% of her brainpower. In no other sense, however, does the word “logical” apply to writer-director Luc Besson’s return to blockbuster form — which is to say, his latest aggressively stylish, self-consciously feminist, gratuitously globe-trotting pulp-trash extravaganza. Giddily recycling everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Matrix” to yakuza actioners and National Geographic documentaries, it’s a garish, trippy, wildly uneven and finally quite disarming piece of work, graced by a moment-to-moment unpredictability that will pique audience curiosity but may put off those who prefer their summer movies on the more conventional side.

Although it represents a significant roll of the dice as »

- Justin Chang

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Lucy Giveaway: Win T-Shirt, Hat, and $50 Gift Card

22 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Luc Besson's sci-fi thriller Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule who develops superhuman abilities, opens July 25.  We have a prize pack to give away to two readers that includes: A Lucy t-shirt and hat A $50 Visa gift card Hit the jump to find out how you can win our Lucy giveaway. In order to enter the contest, email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with your name and address and include The Rover Giveaway in the headline.  You also need to “like” Collider on Facebook. The giveaway will be open until July 30th and is only open to residents of the United States.  Also, only one entry per person.  Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook, and randomly pick the winners. Official synopsis: From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Will Luc Besson Make The Professional 2?

22 July 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

French filmmaker Luc Besson has won fan-adoration for his sexy thriller La Femme Nikita and his sprawling science-fiction adventure The Fifth Element. But it's The Professional (A.K.A. Leon: The Professional) that is generally regarded as his best, most beloved offering. Like so many things fans can't get enough of, there's been speculation about a potential sequel to The Professional for years. But what does Besson say about this possibility? The answer might surprise you. While doing the press rounds for his upcoming female-fronted thriller Lucy, Luc Besson was asked directly by JoBlo about the possibility of a Professional sequel that would center on the Mathilda character originally played by a young Natalie Portman. To this, Besson responded: "Natalie is old now, she's a mother. [Laughs] It's too late. If I got an idea tomorrow about a sequel, of course I would do it. But I never came up »

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Lucy New Red Band Clip Emergency Room

21 July 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

I have no idea what Luc Besson’s Lucy will be like. But the more I see of it, the more intrigued I get with Scarlett Johansson’s latest big screen outing. The latest clip, which is quite mild in the Nsfw stakes, is incredibly bad ass. It’s also quite funny. Part of me wonders though, bad assery aside, will this turn into something like Salt with Angelina Jolie. Hopefully not as Johansson looks to be having a blast here. And above all else, it might give us some feel for a Black Widow movie, should one ever see the light of day! Still though Besson hasn’t written anything decent in years, let alone directed anything good in a similar time frame. Hopefully this is a return to form, as it’s a long time fucking coming! Released: July 25th USA / August 22nd Ireland & UK Synopsis: From La Femme Nikita »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Lucy’ With Scarlett Johansson

18 July 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the highly anticipated sci-fi “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new film!

Lucy,” which is rated “R” and opens on July 25, 2014, also stars Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk from acclaimed writer and director Luc Besson (“Transporter” films, “Taken” films, “Taxi” films, “The Fifth Element”). Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “Lucy” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Visa Gift Card from 'Lucy'

18 July 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Internationally-renowned filmmaker Luc Besson teams up with Scarlett Johansson for Lucy, which centers on a young woman who truly unlocks her full potential. Scarlett Johansson stars as an unwilling drug mule, who transports a bag of mysterious drugs inside her stomach. When the package ruptures, she is given incredible new abilities that defy human logic and could change the world as we know it.

We have a contest lined up where fans can win a $100 Visa Gift card, plus a hat and t-shirt from this action-thriller, arriving in theaters July 25. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.

Winners Receive:

$100 Visa Gift Card

Lucy hat

Lucy t-shirt

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

If you already "Like" MovieWeb, just »

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Giveaway – Win A Lucy Movie Prize Pack From Universal Pictures

18 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history.

Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Wamg invites you to enter a Prize Pack from Lucy!

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Lucy (Choi Min- Sik, Scarlett Johansson) – Trailer

18 July 2014 7:14 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Release date: 25th July 2014 (America)

Lucy is the latest movie to star the brilliant and very talented Choi Min-Sik (Old Boy, I Saw The Devil). When i first seen Old Boy, i knew Choi would become a great figure in the movie world and so far he continues to do just that. Lucy also stars the beautiful Scarlett Johansson and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.

The movie is directed by Luc Besson, he was nominated for best director in the past for movies such as “Léon: The Professional” and “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc”, but won best director and french director for the 1997 hit movie “The Fifth Element”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:

In a world run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan who is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. A drug implanted »

- kingofkungfu

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Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See Lucy

16 July 2014 7:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you just push the "100% of your brain" tagline for Lucy out of your mind (because brains don't work in a capacity measured by percent), you have what could be an incredibly exciting movie.  Director Luc Besson has a knack for creating memorable, ass-kicking women from Nikita to Mathilda to Leeloo.  He may have another one with Scarlett Johansson's eponymous protagonist.  Judging by the trailer, it looks like a damn fun movie and an opportunity for the actress to get an action vehicle to herself rather than sharing it with superheroes. I'm pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of Lucy.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Morgan Freeman and Analeigh TiptonLucy opens in theaters nationwide on July 25th. To enter for a chance to win an admit-two pass, »

- Matt Goldberg

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New Lucy Clip Sees Scarlett Johansson Demand Some Emergency Surgery

16 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Starring Scarlett Johannson, Morgan Freeman and Analeigh Tipton, Luc Besson's Lucy is set to be released on August 8th, 2014 July 25th, 2014. »

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New Banner & Another Batch Of Stills From Luc Besson's Lucy

16 July 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Starring Scarlett Johannson, Morgan Freeman and Analeigh Tipton, Luc Besson's Lucy is set to be released on August 8th, 2014 July 25th, 2014. »

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