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The Teen Girl Assassin Subgenre Refuses to Go Down Without A Fight

14 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It looks like the totally hypothetical Cinematic Teen Hit Girl Club is getting a brand new member. Deadline reports that The Giver star Odeya Rush has signed on to star in Hunter’s Prayer, a Jonathan Mostow-directed action-thriller about “a young girl who teams up with the assassin hired to wipe out her family to find the person responsible.” Oh, a buddy flick! Sam Worthington is already on board to play said assassin, who helps Rush’s Ella “navigate the tangled web of hitmen and thugs on her quest for justice.” And we thought you could just PayPal hitmen money.  Rush now joins a subgenre of films that center on guns, girls and (screw any attempts at alliteration) just plain illegal activities. And yet, said subgenre isn’t nearly as bankable as it once (oh so briefly) was, so why do we keep getting films about gun-toting teens with attitude? (Don »

- Kate Erbland

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Listen: Quentin Tarantino Dishes on Why 35mm Matters with Elvis Mitchell

7 October 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In the latest episode of Kcrw's The Treatment, Tarantino opens up about his (radical? backward?) decision to throw digital out the window and devote the New Beverly exclusively to film prints. Listen below. The La rep theater's October slate includes films from 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" with Tarantino's own "Pulp Fiction," both 20 years old this October. (Tarantino defends not only 35mm projection, but also shooting in 35mm.) 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 shown in Dcp [Digital Cinema Projection] or in 35 millimeter. You know it’s playing »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Re-Opens In Los Angeles

1 October 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Quentin Tarantino officially begins his tenure as film programmer of the New Beverly Cinema tonight when he re-opens the La institution after a monthlong remodeling. On the docket is a Paul Mazursky double feature of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Blume In Love, which kicks off three months of Tarantino-programmed films, as Deadline reported last month. Many of those films, screened on film either on 16mm or 35mm, will come from Tarantino’s personal vaults. Tonight’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice print is the best known print out there, according to Tarantino, who was gifted with the newly struck print after his Django Unchained opening.

After floating the beloved New Beverly business for years, Tarantino took over as manager and programmer last month from owner Michael Torgan with a renewed commitment to screening movies only on film. New features and upgrades inside the historic theater include the addition of mechanical masking, »

- Jen Yamato

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Quentin Tarantino Reopens New Beverly, But Is 35mm Sustainable?

30 September 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After temporarily shuttering its doors in late August, announcing takeover of theater programming and throwing digital out the window, celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino has reopened the New Beverly in Los Angeles. According to Variety, 35mm-collector Tarantino has lined up an October slate including films from 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" with Tarantino's own "Pulp Fiction," both 20 years old this October. (Tarantino defends not only 35mm projection, but also shooting in 35mm.) 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 shown in Dcp [Digital Cinema Projection] or in 35 millimeter. You know it’s. »

- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio

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Criterion Collection: Sundays and Cybèle | Blu-ray Review

30 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1963, Serge Bourguignon’s Sundays and Cybèle has finally been issued in an official North American digital video edition by Criterion. For decades Sundays and Cybèle was only available to Ntsc markets through imported discs of dodgy provenance and a few murky, widely scattered VHS copies. While half a century is certainly a significant delay, the high quality of the film and this superb pressing will make most cinephiles agree it was worth the wait.

Sundays and Cybèle is the story of Pierre (Hardy Krüger), a 30-ish former fighter pilot who now aimlessly wanders the quiet streets of Ville-d’Avray on the outskirts of Paris. Pierre suffers from a severe case of what would now be called Ptsd, squarely blaming himself for a tragic accident that occurred during the heat of battle in Vietnam. Reeling from amnesia and nightmarish visions, Pierre »

- David Anderson

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Liam Neeson Knows How to Disappear in the First Trailer for 'Taken 3'

30 September 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I'm going to finish this." At the end of Taken 2, it seemed like Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) was on the path of getting back together with his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and giving his daughter (Maggie Grace) the love he always wanted her to have. But in the first trailer for Taken 3 (or Tak3n if you want to be clever), we see that all that is cut short when Mills is framed for the murder of his ex-wife and is forced to go on the run from the law. Sadly, this time his special set of skills have him looking much more suspicious than heroic as he tries to prove his innocence and find out who is responsible for this tragedy. Watch the trailer! Here's the first trailer for Olivier Megaton's Taken 3 straight from 20th Century Fox: Taken 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Promises Double Features, Vintage Trailers, Tarantino Films & No Digital. Ever.

7 September 2014 9:25 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Quentin Tarantino’s passion for the New Beverly Cinema began when he was just another kid showing up for the nightly double feature. It grew when he found success as a filmmaker and began to subsidize owner Sherman Torgan to the tune of $5,000 per month to keep the place open. Ultimately Tarantino bought the building and now he’s taking over the whole theater from Torgan’s son Michael. Tarantino has grand plans to curate a program of films he is confident will please fellow cinefiles and give him an excuse to showcase his voluminous collection of film prints and trailers.

His first move: Jettisoning the digital projector that Michael installed. When the L.A. institution reopens in October after three months of renovations and a thorough cleaning of the onetime porno palace, the New Beverly will have a unique mission: All 35mm prints, all the time. “The big thing »

- Jen Yamato

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Snd Teams With Capture The Flag And Vertigo For ‘The Sweeney’s’ French Redo

26 August 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Snd is teaming up with Paris-based producer Capture (The Flag) Films and U.K.’s Vertigo Films to produce Benjamin Rocher’s actioner “The Squad,” a remake of  Nick Love’s “The Sweeney” that will topline Jean Reno (“The Professional”).

Reno will star as Buren, an old time cop who runs a squad In the Paris underworld and doesn’t play by the rules. When a heist turns into murder, Buren follows his guts and raids the house of Kasper, a former convict. The operation is carnage and Buren takes the fall for it. But when he realizes that the bank and the jewelry heist are part of a bigger operation, Buren with nothing to lose will play all in.

Jean Reno, one of the most beloved French actors with a worldwide fan base, will bring all his charisma and depth to portray Buren, a tough police officer determined »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Females On Film: Ranking the summer's biggest box office winners based on lady roles

20 August 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »

- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens

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Lucy review: Scarlett Johansson goes from the sublime to the ridiculous

19 August 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Luc Besson; Screenwriter: Luc Besson; Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Analeigh Tipton; Running time: 89 mins; Certificate: 15

Luc Besson flits very easily between the sublime and the ridiculous, gifting the world with Léon in the early days of his career before proceeding to make visually striking, utterly silly action thrillers like The Fifth Element, Taxi and The Transporter series (as writer/producer). Lucy falls squarely into the second category; a screwball sci-fi caper with Besson going full speed ahead into far-out territory. Perversely though, it's that willingness to stretch beyond all logic and reason that keeps you watching.

His opening gambit is a damned good one, however, with Scarlett Johansson's titular American college girl getting roped into a drugs smuggling deal by her latest squeeze in Taipei, clueless about the contents of the briefcase he chains to her wrist. Besson milks every bit »

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Interview: Luc Besson talks ‘Lucy’

12 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 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.

In this interview for Nerdly , film correspondent James Kleinmann asks director Luc Besson where the initial concept for the story came from.

Check out our Lucy review here. »

- Phil Wheat

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Mind-Bending Concept Art For Scarlett Johansson's Lucy

12 August 2014 10:03 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Concept Art by Eduardo Peña 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 and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China. »

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Lucy Concept Art Doesn't Require 100% Brain Capacity To Enjoy

8 August 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Concept Art by Ben Mauro Click Here - More Lucy Concept Art 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 and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China. »

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Throwback Thursday: Natalie Portman Made Her Big-Screen Debut in 'The Professional' 20 Years Ago

7 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Aug. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Two decades before the Scarlett Johansson starrer Lucy opened July 25 at No. 1, French director Luc Besson's first English-language film, The Professional, opened respectably in fifth place. THR called the 1994 movie, which grossed $45 million worldwide on a $16 million budget, a "stylishly executed, ballistic thriller." One reason Besson had done the film was to prepare linguistically for his next production, 1997's megabudget The Fifth Element (where he would meet future wife Milla Jovovich; they divorced in 1999) with its American

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- Bill Higgins

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Podcast: Comic Con 2014, Video Game Movies, Voice Mails and Much More

29 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Comic Con took place last week and Laremy and I dig into some of the reveals, offering thoughts on a few of the trailers that premiered, the images and new movies that were announced before answering your questions and voice mails, which bring up topics such as video game movies, Rotten Tomatoes and our favorite actors. Then we finish things off with our regular allotment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »

- Brad Brevet

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"Lucy" Compared To "2001," "Inception," "Leon"

28 July 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Reviews for Luc Besson's "Lucy" are pretty good but not great, which is in fact the best reviews the French filmmaker has had for one of his directorial efforts in a long time.

Audiences seemed to go for it as well, the film scoring $44 million at the box-office this weekend, easily pushing aside Dwayne Johnson-starring "Hercules" to take the top spot. It is also scoring well with women, with around half the film audience being females of a variety of ages rather than the mostly male-skewing audience these kinds of action films tend to pull.

Now, Besson's Statement of Intent for the film has managed to make its way online where in it talks about how the film's three acts shift in tone and how by the third it becomes a strange reality-bending experience. Besson aimed high with the films he cites, including his own "Leon The Professional »

- Garth Franklin

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UK Poster for Lucy starring Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman

28 July 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here’s the UK poster for the Luc Besson directed movie Lucy which stars Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman. It’s set for release 22nd August and if you’ve missed our coverage, click this way!

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.

Click the poster below to enlarge.

The post UK Poster for Lucy starring Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- David Sztypuljak

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​Box Office: How Scarlett Johansson Beat Dwayne Johnson at the Action Movie Game

28 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise, and there would be backslapping and cigars all around for a $100-million PG-13 movie that would surely earn back its investment from both domestic and overseas audiences (who bought an estimated $28.0 million worth of tickets) .

And yet, that opening was good enough only for second place. Coming out more than 50 percent ahead to debut in the No. 1 slot was "Lucy," a French-made R-rated action movie starring petite Scarlett Johansson, shot for a modest (by action standards) $40 million. Playing on 422 fewer screens than "Hercules, »

- Gary Susman

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Lucy Destroys Hercules at the Box Office

27 July 2014 8:32 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »

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Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: July 27th, 2014

27 July 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Two super powered individuals went toe-to-toe at the box office, and the eventual winner proved brains beat brawn.

The number 1 film this weekend is Lucy (read our review) with $44 million. The premise might be extremely far fetched, but something about this unconventional sci-fi flick from director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional) struck a chord with audiences. It’s also already Besson’s second highest grossing film – behind the first Transporter – after its first three days.

Heading into the weekend, most expected Lucy to post halfway decent numbers, but few predicted it would hit $40M+. Clearly that Avengers and Captain America star power is strong with Scarlet Johansson.

Hercules (read our review) ...

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- Anthony Taormina

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