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“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is shaping up to be one of the biggest flops of the year. Considered the most expensive independent film ever made, the $180 million sci-fi epic never recovered from its crash at the U.S. box office on its opening weekend and has under-performed in most overseas markets.
With China, South Korea, Spain, and Italy left to open, “Valerian,” based on a French comic book, has grossed $93.3 million overseas, including an estimated $39.2 million from the U.S. as of Monday. It has made just over $130 million globally. By contrast, EuropaCorp’s 2014 action-thriller “Lucy” — whose budget was $40 million — had passed $100 million in the U.S. at the same stage and had grossed more than $130 million worldwide, with 44 additional foreign territories still awaiting its release. In other words, it cost significantly less, had made nearly as much, and still had many more markets left to open. “Lucy »
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By David Kozlowski | 18 August 2017
Welcome to Issue #9 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
Previous Issues: 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17
Hey Lrm Weekenders, this week we're featuring some of the most intriguing, powerful, and successful women in Hollywood. Its easy to become fixated on our male action stars, since that's how Hollywood tends to market their films, so we sometimes fail to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of our female action stars! But first, we want to discuss the elephant in the room: the dwindling audiences at movie theaters -- we'll explore some problems, one potential solution, and hopefully provide some insight into an issue that's only going to get worse if everything remains status quo. »
- David Kozlowski
By David Kozlowski | 11 August 2017
Welcome to Issue #8 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
Previous Issues: 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17
Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've got a bunch of cool stuff for you this week. In our editorial we'll examine the big Disney streaming service announcement and what it means for Netflix. We'll also dive into the career of master crime writer Elmore Leonard, assess Chuck Norris' fighting skills, and have some fun with 80s Action movies. Looking forward to your comments and feedback!
Netflix Is Poised To Dominate And It's All Disney's Fault
Disney's big announcement, to pull their films from Netflix and launch their own streaming service by 2019, might look like »
- David Kozlowski
Ronin: Noun, historical. A samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.
From director John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games, The Manchurian Candidate) comes Ronin, a pulse-pounding, action-packed crime thriller featuring an all-star cast headlined by Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Heat) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).
On a rain-swept night in Paris, an international crack team of professional thieves assembles, summoned by a shady crime syndicate fronted by the enigmatic Deirdre (Natascha McElhone, The Devil’s Own). Their mission: to steal a heavily guarded briefcase from armed mobsters, its contents undisclosed. But what begins as a routine heist soon spirals into chaos, with the group beset by a series of double-crosses and constantly shifting allegiances, and it falls to world-weary former CIA strategist Sam (De Niro) and laconic Frenchman »
- Tom Stockman
Born 1917, as Jean-Pierre Grumbach, son of Alsatian Jews, Jean-Pierre adopted the name Melville as his nom de guerre in 1940 when France fell to the German Nazis and he joined the French Resistance. He kept it as his stage name when he returned to France and began making films.
Americn Cinemtheque’s historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood
The American Cinematheque has grown tremendously sophisticated since its early days creating the 1960 dream of “The Two Garys” (for those who remember). Still staffed by stalwarts Barbara Smith, Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber and Tom Harris, and with a Board of Directors of Hollywood heavy hitters, it has also been renovated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which has spent more than $500,000 restoring its infrastructure and repainting its famous murals. »
- Sydney Levine
This August, Arrow Video enters the deranged mind of Herbert West with their limited edition 4K restoration of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (which was initially slated for a July 25th release), and we now have the full list of special features for the anticipated release, along with two other horror Blu-rays coming out this month from Arrow: The Slayer and a limited edition steelbook of Society.
Press Release: The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.
First up, one of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. According to the distributor (Mvd), this awesome package is officially sold out already, »
- Derek Anderson
The long version:
I love Luc Besson. One of his films, Leon: The Professional, I list in my top 10 movies of all time. It’s a movie I unabashedly love and have seen over 30 times. Besson is a filmmaker who has made some very interesting movies during his career, including the action classic La Femme Nikita and the corny, ridiculously fun The Fifth Element. Not everything he touches turns to gold. He’s made a few movies that are less than stellar like The Messenger and Lucy. But more often than not he’s an interesting filmmaker with a distinct style. When I heard he was heading back into the world of Science Fiction, »
- Anghus Houvouras
Just looking at Jean Reno for the first time you wouldn’t think that he’d really be the type to play the role of a master assassin, or a cleaner as he liked to call himself. But watching Leon: The Professional was a different kind of treat that we don’t get very often. Fans are used to the ninja-like antiheroes that creep through the shadows and know six or seven martial arts disciplines and could kill you with a pencil. Leon is thankfully a breath of fresh air in that his methods are simpler and just as effective. Plus, he’s not
17 Awesome Facts about “The Professional” »
Written and directed by Luc Besson (of Léon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita, and Lucy), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the Valérian and Laureline graphic novel series by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. First published in 1967 in the French comics magazine, Pilote, the seminal science fiction series paved the way for Heavy Metal, and informed George Lucas' Star Wars and Besson's 1997 film, The Fifth Element, for which Mézières contributed concept art. The live-action adaptation, independently crowd-sourced and personally funded by Besson, is supposedly now the most expensive independent film ever made, but does it live up to its influential source material? Set in the year 2740, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan, A Cure for Wellness) and Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad), special operatives tasked with upholding the law throughout the human territories. Under »
- Adam Frazier
The much-anticipated epic space adventure Valerian: City of Alpha is now live on iOS and Google Play. And thanks to our friends at Stx Films, we have one of their limited edition mouse pads to give away.
It is the official mobile game of Luc Besson’s upcoming sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. The legendary director is famous for creating sci-fi blockbusters including The Fifth Element and Lucy.
All you have to do is tell us what most excites you about the game and why. We want your responses no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 28. This contest is open to readers only in North America. The decision of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.
The film has been described as visually spectacular and the mobile game creates an engaging experience that will draw players into the Valerian universe. »
- ComicMix Staff
Dunkirk, Girls Trip and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets tops Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewDunkirk, Girls Trip and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets tops Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewTanner Zipchen7/20/2017 11:23:00 Am
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. This is one of this year's most highly anticipated movies, with critics already saying Dunkirk could potentially be a strong contender for Best Picture. The film’s great cast includes: Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. This is a must see in IMAX!
If you're looking for another visually stunning film, »
- Tanner Zipchen
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.
Filmmaker Luc Besson grew up at sea, soaking up beautiful scenery, the child of scuba diving instructors. He eventually found his way to the comic series “Valerian and Laureline,” and a childhood dream was born.
For years he wanted to turn the eye-popping French tales into a feature film, but until he saw what James Cameron accomplished on “Avatar,” he felt it was impossible. Finally, that dream is a reality as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” hits theaters this weekend. And it’s noteworthy that it’s a project with such deep roots in his childhood, because in many ways, his childhood influenced what you see up on the screen in the film.
Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.
- Kristopher Tapley
I love good science fiction. Fantastical worlds and spectacle, wrapped up in a very human story, has always been my go-to for entertainment, whether it be film, TV, comics, or novels. And good sci-fi is hard to find these days -- true sci-fi. Until now, that is. In Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy, Leon: The Professional) has adapted a 50-year-old iconic French comic book series by creators Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres into a big-budgeted eye-gasm of all that makes the genre great, but unfortunately, one flaw in the production keeps the film from reaching the grand heights of which it belongs: and that issue is the casting.
Confession: There are times when I've been loyally in Luc Besson's corner – the visual splendor of Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and La Femme Nikita (1990) established him as a master of what the French call Cinéma du Look. And 1994's The Professional – with Jean Reno teaching the assassin's game to a very young Natalie Portman – went deeper, blending style with a nurturing sense of humanity. Plus, there's a lot to be said in favor of both his sci-fi extravaganza The Fifth Element (1997) and last year's next-level ScarJo-evolution whatsit Lucy. »
Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets’ Cara Delevingne on getting the part of a lifetimeValerian: The City of a Thousand Planets’ Cara Delevingne on getting the part of a lifetimeMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine7/19/2017 10:00:00 Am
If you’re expecting a story about a spoiled model-turned-actor throwing a tantrum to get a super-fun part in one of the summer’s biggest sci-fi films, you’re going to be disappointed. But the real story’s pretty good too.
It’s about Delevingne’s unconventional audition with the visionary French director Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element), who was finally set to make a big-screen version of his favourite childhood comic book, Valérian and Laureline, by French writer Pierre Christin. »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
It's hard to know when the Geek Renaissance began. Superhero movies certainly received a big boost when Spider-Man came out in 2002, but many trace that movie's success back to 2000's X-Men, which possibly revamped the genre. In 2001, nerds rejoiced at Fellowship of the Ring, which was every Dungeons and Dragons player's dream film -- a movie that got the genre right, and received widespread acclaim. Perhaps the Geek Renaissance goes even further back, to 1999, when The Phantom Menace re-ignited the movie future of the Star Wars franchise while still somehow being overshadowed by another fan-friendly legend, The Matrix.
Whenever the wave of these geektastic movies really began, there's probably no better time for them than right now. Kevin Feige has the Marvel ship pointed in the right direction at full speed. Uber-geek Joss Whedon has taken over Justice League. There are Star Wars movies coming out every year. Even video »
- Brian Jasper
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 60 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”!
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which opens on July 21, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman and Elizabeth Debicki from writer and director Luc Besson based on the comic book by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin.
To win your free passes to “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 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! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition! »
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Rihanna plays a shapeshifting alien entity named Bubble in Luc Besson's sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and the singer-turned-actress is giving fans a sneak peek at her role in the long-awaited space opera.
The 29-year-old Barbadian superstar took to Instagram on Sunday to share a behind-the-scenes teaser for Valerian, which gives fans a better look at her enigmatic character.
"Luc reached out to my manager and I, and I saw how much he cared about this project. Everybody who loves film is a fan of Luc Besson's work," Rihanna shared in the short teaser. "He's created this incredible world… I'm so blessed to be having this experience."
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, »
- Movie Geeks
A Fourth of July get-together turns into a feeding frenzy—with humans on the menu—in The Evil In Us, and we have release details and a trailer in today's Horror Highlights, which also includes a clip from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Night of Something Strange, and 6:66 Pm.
The Evil in Us Trailer & Release Details: "Six school friends meet up for a fourth of July celebration on a remote island off the Washington coast for a weekend of fun and partying. But the good times quickly turn into a nightmare when they unknowingly take a new bio-active drug containing a virus that causes fits of psychotic rage. Only one girl, Brie, doesn’t take the drug and she alone must fight to stay alive as her friends slowly turn into bloodthirsty cannibals. Trapped on the island, Brie must endure the unimaginable and fight for her life. »
- Derek Anderson
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