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Exactly one year from today — July 21, 2017 — “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” starring Dane Dehane and Cara Delevingne will premiere in theaters. And based on what was screened at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Luc Besson may have once again brought to life a delicious blend of sci-fi, action, and comedy.
Besson’s filmography not only includes impressive works like “The Professional” and “La Femme Nikita,” but also the cult sci-fi favorite “The Fifth Element,” which brought a lived-in feel (as well as some breathtaking action sequences) to a futuristic world.
“Fifth Element” was famously a childhood dream project of Besson’s, but making “Valerian” looks to bring him full circle to childhood thanks to the original comic series “Valerian and Laureline,” which he fell in love with at the age of 10. Later, when making “Fifth Element,” he encountered artist Jean-Claude Mézières, who drew “Valerian,” and they worked together to create the “Element” look. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
EuropaCorp has released a new image for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in anticipation of San Diego Comic Con! Here, we get to see Dane DeHaan inside one of the sleek spaceships in this epic sci-fi adventure. The movie also stars Cara Delevingne. It comes from the mind of acclaimed director Luc Besson, who returns to the genre he helped redefine for a new generation with The Fifth Element way back in 1997.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, visionary maestro writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The film is coming to San Diego Comic-Con today for a can't miss panel that promise to bring the first exciting trailer. The fun kicks off at 1pm in Hall H.
"Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson's first-ever Hall H presentation, »
One of the most highly anticipated Sci-Fi movies is to headed to Sdcc to unveil a sneak peek! Come inside for more information on the next Luc Besson film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets!
Sdcc's Hall H is well-known for being The place for all the big budget movie to show off what they've been working on. This year, a Sci-Fi movie that's started to pick up some buzz is joining the ranks of the elite, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Fans attending Sdcc will be able to check out a sneak peek of the film, Thursday July 21, 2016! If you're unable to be there, our team will be on the floor and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
EuropaCorp has just announced they'll be attending Comic-Con and will present
Exclusive footage of their upcoming epic sci-fi film, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets!
Get ready to join Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns), moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and potential surprise guests in Hall H for the first public sneak peek at the film onTHURSDAY, July 21st.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. »
- Kellvin Chavez
French actor Jean Reno will be presented with the honorary president’s award at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9).
Three-time César award-nominated actor Reno will receive the president’s award prize alongside a screening of Léon: The Professional, in which he stars as an assassin who takes a young girl under his wing.
Gaining international recognition with appearances in films like Mission Impossible and Godzilla, Reno’s recent roles include in Sean Penn’s The Last Face, where he plays a doctor working in war torn Africa. His upcoming films include The Promise, Terry George’s period drama in which a love triangle plays out during the last »
Natalie Portman turns 35 on Thursday! The Oscar winner and Harvard grad has grown up in front of the camera; after getting her start at age 13 in The Professional, Natalie starred in films like Garden State, V For Vendetta, and the Star Wars saga. In 2011, she took home an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan, shortly before giving birth to her son, Aleph. A year later, she married French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, and the family of three now lives in Paris. In addition to her illustrious film career, Ivy League education, and glamorous style, Natalie is also a great role model, speaking out on important issues like depression, racism, and religion. In honor of Natalie's big day, we've rounded up her most memorable photos over the years. Look through to see Natalie evolve from smiley rising star to gorgeous wife and mother. »
- Brittney Stephens
Back in January, production started on director Luc Besson's new sci-fi thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is set to hit theaters on July 21 2017. The director shared the first photo from the set, and with production still under way, the filmmaker has shared a slew of new images through social media. These images give us new looks at stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and many more.
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The filmmaker, who debuted these images on Twitter, has been a fan of the Valerian comics since he was ten-years-old, and the movie is a dream come true for the auteur, know for such classics as The Fifth Element and The Professional. The title is considered an 'ancestor' »
In case you were busy doing something else, the MTV Movie Awards took place this past weekend, and while it’s not necessarily our thing, there’s no denying the awards show does boast some serious talent and gets some solid exclusives. On top of premiering the first clip from “Captain America: Civil War,” the new “Suicide Squad” trailer, the new “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” trailer and the first behind-the-scenes footage of “King Kong: Skull Island,” there’s more. The Movie Awards also scored the first behind-the-scenes footage of Luc Besson’s epic and ambitious sci-fi film, “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” Based on a French graphic novel, Besson, the director of “The Fifth Element” and “Leon: The Professional,” is pulling a James Cameron with this one. It’s said to be the most expensive film to ever be made and shot in »
- Edward Davis
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is set to be the biggest sci-fi extravaganza of 2017 (aside from that little sequel known as Star Wars: Episode VIII). Today, EuropaCorp and MTV have released an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look from the set of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It debuted during last night's MTV Movie Awards! Watch the video below to see the making of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, straight from Director Luc Besson and stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne! Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets arrives in theaters on July 21, 2017!
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The filmmaker has been a fan of the Valerian comics since he was ten-years-old, and the movie is a dream come true for the autuer, »
Time to get your Netflix on, before it's too late. While there are a ton of exciting new titles hitting the streaming service in April, there are also a handful that are leaving for good. 2 Fast 2 Furious, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Rock Star, and Nine to Five are among the month's casualties. Been waiting to binge on M*A*S*H? There's no time like the present! (Seriously though, it's leaving.) Take a look below; you've been warned. Expiring April 1 101 Dalmatians 2 Fast 2 Furious Along Came a Spider Along Came Polly Amistad Bad Johnson Bandslam Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1 Berkeley in the Sixties The Butcher's Wife Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Chuck's Eat the Street Collection: Collection 1 Craigslist Joe Dear Genevieve Collection: Collection 1 Eureka: Season 4.0 Flashdance Hook Hotel Rwanda House of Wax I'll Be Home for Christmas The Inexplicable Universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson Léon: The Professional M »
- Maggie Pehanick
Luc Besson is definitely one of the more interesting filmmakers around today. Despite having one of the strangest filmographies out there, Besson has managed to find success with such films as The Professional and The Fifth Element. Perhaps it's the over-the-top or unique and foreign feeling that his films usually have that has some fans hooked on his style--which is perhaps the closest we've gotten to live-action anime.
Fans of Besson will be happy to know that the director is moving back into the world of strange, high science fiction in his latest film, so lovingly entitled Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, which is based on the French comic book VALÉRIAN And Laureline. Before I go even further, I'd like to point out just how wonderfully pulp that title is, and was sold the instant I learned it was a thing. Yesterday, Besson shared the first photo from the film. »
- Joseph Medina
Yesterday, Luc Besson shared the first official photo from his new sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which gave us a look at his two leads in their costumes. Today, we have several more photos of Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan as they set off on an incredible adventure, thanks to the latest issue of EW. The movie is an adaptation of the French comic book Valérian and Laureline, first published in 1967.
Luc Besson has been a fan of the Valerian comics since he was ten-years-old, and the movie is a dream come true for the autuer, know for such classics as The Fifth Element and The Professional. The title is considered an 'ancestor' of the Star Wars and Avatar franchises, offering inspiration to both of those popular genre series. The story follows two space agents tasked with solving crimes throughout their universe. The director »
Luc Besson, the man behind The Professional, The Fifth Element, and Taken, has just taken to twitter to release an image from his upcoming film Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Starring two comic book movie alumnus Dane Dehaan (The Amazing Spider-man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Valerian will be a sci-fi fantasy.
Valerian and Laureline..And a guy on the back! »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Natalie Portman will be Hollywood's highest-profile attendee at the upcoming Beijing Film Festival next month. The Chinese festival announced Tuesday that the star would attend its red-carpet opening ceremony on April 17. She will later participate in a forum on co-producing films in China and introduce a screening of her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness at the China Film Archive. Portman has had an avid following in China since her first appearance as an actress in Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional, which enjoys cult status across much of Asia. Her Oscar-winning performance in
- Patrick Brzeski
TNT made a major play in acquiring Artificial Intelligence, a new show that will revolve around an “escaped” AI, and the efforts to monitor, stop, prevent, understand whatever it may be trying to do. The show is written by Luc Besson (who may direct the pilot) and Bill Wheeler, and marks a new step in TNT’s growing effort to include… “out of the ordinary” programming.
With Lucy 2 and the massive-budget Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets already on his plate, this shift in gears may make for one of television’s most interesting new shows. Considering the rather open description, which could lead us through a unique vision of what it means to live with an AI “out there,” there’s no telling exactly where this show could take audiences.
Still, this one might really come down to casting, and like a lot of Luc Besson’s projects, »
- Marc Eastman
They may be uber famous now and able to get any role they desire, but at one point, celebrities had to read for roles just like everyone else. Watching the audition tape of an actor or actress is usually fun, as you get to see their take on the character before it’s polished and fully realized. I found eight great celebrity audition tapes, and you can view them all right here. Natalie Portman – The Professional Natalie is a smokeshow now, and she’s just adorable in this audition tape. I’ve always thought she was a talented actress, and it’s hard
Eight Awesome Celebrity Audition Tapes »
When I got out of bed today, I moved a soundtrack from my computer to my iPod, and when I got in the car to drive to work, I cranked up Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" for the first time in a while. As soon as I did, I was hit with a flash of Ewan McGregor, tearing ass down the street, that smile on his face, and I got a full Proustian out-of-body flashback to being in the theater with my friends Pete and Scott and positively levitating out of my chair at the energy of the thing. We were all Danny Boyle fans already from Shallow Grave, but nothing prepared us for Trainspotting. It was one of those seismic movie moments, and it seems impossible to me that it's already been 20 years since it came out. There have been plenty of movies about addiction and drug abuse over the years, »
- Drew McWeeny
But the spotlight turned to the CEO himself this week following his shocking departure from the Paris-based film and production company. In France and much of Europe, the news resonated even more loudly, echoing from the Berlin Film Festival to the office of the Cite du Cinema film complex in the French capitol.
Lambert is known in France as a successful advertising executive who transformed himself into a filmmaking force, an amateur bullfighter, husband of powerful women and confidant of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Lambert’s star still burned bright up until this week, when the L.A.-based CEO met with his bosses on the EuropaCorp board in Paris, and his reign came to an abrupt end six years after »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Updated: Former Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger is replacing Christophe Lambert as chief executive of EuropaCorp, the international production and distribution company behind the “Taken” and “Transporter” franchises, according to multiple sources.
The reason behind Lambert’s sudden ouster was not clear, though one individual familiar with the situation speculated that it may have been tied to Lambert’s reported difficulties working with filmmakers. They were said to find him arrogant and irrational, “leading with his ego,” according to one source, who had first-hand knowledge of Lambert’s relationships with directors and producers.
Lambert’s ouster came after an emergency meeting of the EuropaCorp board Wednesday, with the embattled CEO reportedly recalled from California to Paris and fired, said two sources. EuropaCorp’s spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment. Lambert also could not be reached.
Despite his ouster, others who worked with Lambert say he is a smart, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
Serbian film-lovers are trying to rescue the Zvezda from financial twists and cultural decay
You could easily miss the art nouveau front of the Zvezda cinema, squeezed between a hat shop and a bookseller’s in the middle of Belgrade, Serbia. The entrance leads into a long, neon-lit corridor. The box office at the end will sell you a rather faded ticket. There is little decoration. The projection room, its walls painted green and orange, smells strongly of dust and the 1970s. But this is no squat, it is a “liberated cinema”. For the past year, at the instigation of a group of film-makers and students, Belgrade’s oldest cinema, which opened in 1911, has come back to life.
- Julia Druelle
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