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The Most Disappointing: Caring About Box Office

20 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on caring about box office…

What is your favorite film?

An easy question to ask and a difficult question to answer. If you’re anything like me you struggle with narrowing it down to your 10 favorite films, much less a single solitary choice. Last week a friend asked me to name my top 10 favorite movies from 2000-2010 and it felt like a Herculean task. Just 10? That’s difficult. Now, how about another question.

How much did your favorite film make at the box office?

On the surface it seems like such a stupid question. And yet, every day there are a ridiculous number of people engaged in conversations about the success or lack thereof with movies based on their eventual bottom line.

Right now there’s a lot of this going on with Mad Max: Fury Road. People are passionate about the movie and want to celebrate George Miller’s magnum opus. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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"Valérian And The City Of A Thousand Planets"

19 May 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports director Luc Besson ("Leon: The Professional") has revealed his next feature, will be an adaptation of a popular comic French book series:

Besson will adapt the French comic book series "Valérian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", based on the 1967 comic book series, starring Dane DeHaan ("Amazing Spider-Man 2") as 'Valerian', a space/time travelling agent from a futuristic Earth.

Also starring is model/actress Cara Delevigne ("Suicide Squad") as love interest 'Laureline'.

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- Michael Stevens

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Luc Besson Reveals His Next Project

12 May 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Luc Besson has officially started tweeting. The French director of such classics as The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional and Nikita, revealed his next project in his very first tweet on the social network.

It seems that the Hollywood legend, who wrote and directed last year’s surprise smash Lucy, will return to the sci-fi drama for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.

My first tweet ever! Let’s share a real news! My next film is a big sci-fi: #Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Luc Besson (@lucbesson) May 12, 2015

Besson revealed that the two main roles in the movie have already been cast, and they go to Chronicle star Dane DeHaan and model/ actress Cara Delevingne, who will be seen in this summer’s Paper Towns and next year’s DC adaptation Suicide Squad. Besson also revealed the first logo for the movie, which will »

- Paul Heath

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Quentin Tarantino Enjoys Running the New Beverly, Even When He's Shooting a Movie

4 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

And Tarantino's still in charge, working with managers Torgan, Jules McLean and Brian Quinn, even as he continues shooting "The Hateful Eight," which just left Colorado to finish filming in L.A. The theater first opened back in 1978 with a double feature of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Last Tango in Paris." 35mm-collector and passionate advocate Tarantino quickly lined up a slate including films from his own collection, the late Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice") and the late Robin Williams ("The Best of Times"), as well as a double bill of Luc Besson's "The Professional" and Tarantino's own "Pulp Fiction," both 20 years old last October.  Back in August, Tarantino told La Weekly: "I want the New Beverly to be a bastion for 35 millimeter films. I want it to stand for something. When you see a film on the New Beverly calendar, you don’t have to ask whether it’s going to be. »

- Anne Thompson

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Review: Taken 3

2 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

 

The Taken franchise has worked at all thanks to two people: Luc Besson and Liam Neeson. Besson has seemingly been coasting since 1994’s The Professional and certainly has returned to familiar territory with this franchise. Neeson has stopped showing his considerable acting chops by going the action route pretty much since he picked up a lightsaber. Despite its utter predictability, the first Taken proved enormously popular, especially considering its early 2009 release date.

The inevitable sequel, Taken 2, mined much the same ground although it varied things just enough that the rescued daughter (Maggie Grace) now helps dad find their missing mom Lenore (Famke Janssen). Enough seemed to be enough and Neeson thought a third chapter was out of the question. 20th Century-Fox thought otherwise and asked Neeson and cowriter Robert Mark Kamen for one more. We were told things would go in another direction but I doubt anyone anticipated it going even lower, »

- Robert Greenberger

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: April 27 - May 3

27 April 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Boy Next Door"

Jennifer Lopez plays a sexy high school teacher whose fling with a teenager turns into a dark obsession in this so-bad-it's-good thriller. The Blu-ray and DVD combo pack includes the bonus features "The Making of The Boy Next Door," feature commentary from director Rob Cohen, and deleted scenes. Here's an exclusive clip from the Blu-ray release, with Lopez talking about how much she loves psychological thrillers:

"The Wedding Ringer"

Jimmy (Kevin Hart) is paid to be the best man at weddings for awkward loners. One of those loners, Doug (Josh Gad), hires Jimmy for his wedding, and so begins an elaborate charade and a hilarious bromantic comedy. The Blu-ray includes outtakes, deleted scenes, music video, improvised lines, and some scene commentary. »

- Gina Carbone

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11 Best Moments When Gary Oldman Lost His Sh@#

16 April 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

You need a classy actor with great dignity and poise. But you also need someone who has no problem delivering sudden and hammy outbursts of rage and emotion. That actor, without a doubt, has to be ‘Child 44’ star Gary Oldman. As this list shows, he has that particular market cornered.   Léon: The Professional (1994) This classic moment has become Oldman’s most famous outburst. Watch it again and fall back in love.   The Fifth Element...

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Everything Wrong With The Maze Runner, Lucy, & Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

13 March 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

    In this thrilling action-adventure based on the best-selling novel, a teenager named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of other boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn, Thomas must piece together clues he discovers within the maze in order to figure out his true purpose—and find a way to escape. From the visionary director of La Femme Nikita and The Professional and starring Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman comes an action-thriller about a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors. Altered by a dangerous new drug allowing her to use 100% of her brain capacity, Lucy transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis star in the thrilling next chapter of Planet of the Apes. »

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Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies

6 March 2015 8:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.

Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?

In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as  mentors to »

- Frank Ochieng

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Natalie Portman: "Miss Dior" Director's Cut

17 February 2015 7:04 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") in the director's cut of the latest "Miss Dior" fragrance short film directed by Anton Corbijn:

Portman's first role was in the 1994 action thriller "Léon: The Professional", followed by the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.

Following the 3 films for Lucafilm, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress...

...completing her bachelor's degree in 2003.

Portman is also known for her portrayal as 'Jane Foster', the love interest of Marvel superhero 'Thor', in the film adaptation "Thor" (2011), and its sequel, "Thor: The Dark World" (2013).

In 2010, she starred in the psychological feature "Black Swan", earning an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 2010, Portman signed on with the "Dior" fashion house, appearing in several of the company's advertising campaigns.

By February 2012, Portman had signed on for two Terrence Malick-directed features, including "Knight of Cups" and is »

- Michael Stevens

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When Oscars turn sour: 10 disastrous post-Academy Awards roles

17 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.

Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...

Halle Berry - Catwoman (2004)

A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?

Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)

Jeff Bridges's Oscar victory for Crazy Heart felt more like an acknowledgement for a body of work than that particular role (Crazy Heart is not his best). Thank goodness, then, that »

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'Kingsman: The Secret Service' (2015) Movie Review

11 February 2015 2:33 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If you're looking at Kingsman: The Secret Service strictly as a critic you're going to walk away with complaints. It's too long, too much CGI, doesn't really amount to much, etc. However, if you can put your critical goggles aside and look at it purely as a piece of entertainment, you'll find a lot to enjoy in what amounts to a comic lover's take on James Bond, made for an Add audience. Of course, I have to mention at the outset, the completely unnecessary anal sex joke at the end of the film, which actually betrays the character and the kind of movie this is, but I guess director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn felt he needed at least one bit of adolescent potty humor of which the rest of the film manages to avoid. The movie itself is a comic book adaptation from the writers of "Kick Ass", Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, »

- Brad Brevet

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Natalie Portman For "Miss Dior"

4 February 2015 9:13 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") in the latest issue of "Elle" (France) magazine, plus take a look @ Portman's newest "Miss Dior" short film, directed by Anton Corbijn:

Portman's first role was in the 1994 action thriller "Léon: The Professional", followed by the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.

Following the 3 films for Lucafilm, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress, completing her bachelor's degree in 2003.

Portman is also known for her portrayal as 'Jane Foster', the love interest of Marvel superhero 'Thor', in the film adaptation "Thor" (2011), and its sequel, "Thor: The Dark World" (2013).

In 2010, she starred in the psychological feature "Black Swan", earning an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 2010, Portman signed on with the "Dior" fashion house, appearing in several of the company's advertising campaigns.

By February 2012, Portman had signed on for two Terrence Malick-directed features, including »

- Michael Stevens

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Michel Gomez: ‘In a Very Tense Environment, Paris Hosted Major Domestic and Foreign Shoots in 2014′

28 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002 as part of the Mission Cinema project launched the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the French capital — which is not only one of the world’s most highly filmed cities but also one of the busiest, meaning that shooting there requires careful preparation. Two permits are required for filming in Paris: one issued by the Paris Film Office and one by the Préfecture de Police, the city’s police authority.

Since its launch, the Paris Film Office has inked agreements to improve filming conditions in the capital and set up a bilingual website to help French and international productions to prepare shoots. The site provides images of key locations and information »

- Martin Dale

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January 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Lucy, Wolves, Annabelle

19 January 2015 6:03 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This week is a big one for sci-fi fans, as several fantastic films from 2014 are making their home entertainment debuts, including The Zero Theorem, Lucy and Coherence. Horror fans have a lot to look forward to as well with the releases of several notable titles like Wolves, Annabelle and Gnome Alone, which looks to be a hoot of a genre send-up.

Spotlight Titles:

Lucy (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

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. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.

Wolves (Ketchup, DVD)

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- Heather Wixson

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Watch: 'Taken 4' Trailer Gives Liam Neeson the Perfect New Co-Star

16 January 2015 7:29 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

In case you haven't heard, Taken 3 is pretty terrible. It's boring, has awfil action, a predictable story, stupid villains and still doesn't measure up to that surprisingly great first film. But thankfully, it looks like Taken 4 is going to be infinitely better. Sure, Taken 3 may still be in theaters, but this sequel looks so damn exciting that you're going to be anticipating this one more than The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this one, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) finally gets the co-star he's always needed: Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Honestly, this could reinvigorate the entire franchise. Watch! Here's the trailer for Taken 4 with Liam Neeson and Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night: Taken 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional) and Robert Mark Kamen (The Transporter franchise). Ex-covert »

- Ethan Anderton

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Luc Besson Pens Open Letter to Muslim Youth After Charlie Hebdo Attack

14 January 2015 9:14 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It has been one week since 12 people were killed during the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Today, French filmmaker Luc Besson publishes an open letter to France's Muslim youth in Le Monde, in which he rails against extremism and calls out economic deprivation as its source. The missive has been well-received in France, where Besson has produced and directed films including "The Professional" and "Lucy," and here has been translated in English per Deadline: My brother, if you knew how badly I hurt for you today, you and your beautiful religion that has been so sullied, humilated, and singled out. Forgotten are your strength, your energy, your humor, your heart, your fraternity. It’s unfair and together we will repair this injustice. We are millions who love you and who are going to help you. Let’s start at the beginning. What is the society we’re offering you today? »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Poster and trailer for Jurassic City

9 January 2015 8:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’re looking to get your dino-fix before Jurassic World, then you may be interesting in checking out the upcoming mockbuster / knock-off Jurassic City, although after watching the below trailer, you’ll probably just want to wait a few months…

“When a top-secret laboratory is unexpectedly breached, thousands of rampaging raptors are unleashed on Los Angeles! A black-ops unit is mobilized to contain the creatures before they cause city-wide chaos. Simultaneously, a truckload of raptors is rerouted to a nearby prison. Upon their escape, these ferocious flesh-eaters are beyond containment. This is Jurassic judgment night for smoking hot sorority girls, sinister scientists, muscle-bound military and doomed death-row inmates! It’s about to get bloody in Jurassic City!“

Jurassic City is out on February 3rd in the States, with a cast that includes Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Kevin Gage (Heat), Vernon Wells (Commando) and Robert Lasardo (The Professional).

Source: Bloody »

- Gary Collinson

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Thoughts I Had... While Looking at "Jane Got a Gun" Images

5 January 2015 2:21 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

You know how this goes. New images from the troubled production of Jane Got a Gun starring Natalie Portman. Thoughts as they occur to me. No editing.

Bad Girls (1994)

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)

• Why did I instantly doubt that Natalie Portman knew how to use that thing when this is The Professional (1994) we're talking about. She was deadly as early as 14!

• We've travelled back in time. And not because it's a period piece. Apologies. But it's a fact: western girls with guns was a thing briefly in the mid 90s

• Those look like big girl gloves for such a petit thing.

• Omg someone should remake Bad Girls but with less earnestness and more of a sense of humor 

• This is a weird still to release. They both look tremendously bored. Free advice: Do not suggest boredom when trying to sell a movie.

• I also »

- NATHANIEL R

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