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'Bourne 5' Joins The Crowded Summer With August 2015 Release, Luc Besson's 'Lucy' Drops Next Year

2 December 2013 12:35 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, if there was any doubt about negotiations or deal points, squash them now: “Fast & Furious 6” helmer Justin Lin is 100% confirmed to direct the fifth and currently untitled installment in the ‘Bourne’ franchise.  Moreover, “Bourne 5” now joins the crowded summer 2015 field according to Universal who has now dated the picture for a Friday, August 14, 2015 release. Jeremy Renner will return as the lead but don’t look for Matt Damon or series architect/screenwriter Tony Gilroy as both of them have moved on. The movie will square off against "The Smurfs 3," which is going for a different audience anyway. Universal has also dated Luc Besson’s next film. Titled “Lucy” and starring Scarlett Johansson, the movie is now scheduled for a Friday, August 8, 2014 bow. Details on both films below from the official press release: About Lucy From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson »

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Jane Got A Gun Aims For Late Summer 2014 Release

25 November 2013 9:53 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Action western Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, has had so many casting and directing change-overs that one feared it would never hit the big screen. Michael Fassbender was originally attached to star as Jane’s ex-lover Dan Frost, but had to leave to film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Joel Edgerton was cast as another character but then replaced Fassbender. Director Lynne Ramsay then cast Jude Law as Edgerton’s replacement.

However, a week later, just as production was about to start, Ramsay left, as did Law and cinematographer Darius Khondji. Director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) replaced Ramsay and Bradley Cooper replaced Law early last spring. One month later, Cooper dropped out to finish American Hustle and Ewan McGregor came onto the project, the fourth actor to take the part of John Bishop.

Oh, and to make matters ever crazier, the film’s producers sued Ramsay, explaining that »

- Jordan Adler

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French Helmer Georges Lautner Dies at 87

24 November 2013 10:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Helmer-scribe Georges Lautner, a shining light of popular French cinema whose illustrious career took off in the 1960s with the crime comedy “Monsieur Gangster”(“Les tontons flingeurs”), died Nov. 22 in Paris after a long illness. He was 87.

His films were generally commercial hits in France, so outside the country he wasn’t as well known as the auteurs whose films travelled to arthouses in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Monsieur Gangster,” released in 1963 by Gaumont, marked the first of many successful collaborations between Lautner and screenwriter Michel Audiard. The pair reteamed on a number of cult films, such as “The Professional,” “Le Pacha” and “The Great Spy Chase.”

An actors’ director, Lautner — who grew up as a cinephile thanks to his mother, the thesp Renee Saint-Cyr – cultivated close ties with Gaul’s acting legends, often giving them their most memorable parts; for instance, Jean-Pierre Belmondo in “The Professional,” Bernard Blier »

- Elsa Keslassy

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'The Family' review: De Niro, Pfeiffer wasted in mob comedy

20 November 2013 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Luc Besson; Screenwriters: Luc Besson, Michael Caleo; Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Tommy Lee Jones; Running time: 111 mins; Certificate: 15

Comedy doesn't come much lazier than this 'effort' starring Robert De Niro in one of those roles that makes you shake your head in mourning for the immense talent squandered. As is his wont in recent years, De Niro sends up the tough guy persona that made him an icon, this time as a Brooklyn mobster shipped to rural France in an ostentatious gesture by the Witness Protection Programme.

Giovanni Manzoni has a $20 million contract on his head and the rest of his family are in the firing line, too. As wife Maggie, Michelle Pfeiffer is fun to watch in brassy blonde mode and certainly, she shows more signs of life than her co-star. Another highlight is John D'Leo as their son, a junior wise-guy »

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The Family Review

18 November 2013 6:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

If you were to go back to the early 1980s, and describe to somebody exactly the sort of role you’d like to see Robert De Niro playing 30 years down the line and later on in life, you’d probably opt for a graceful, retired mob boss of the Marlon Brando ilk. Though on paper that’s exactly the role we’re seeing him undertake in Luc Besson’s The Family, sadly it’s not quite the calibre of movie we may have envisaged, in what is a distinctly underwhelming comedy thriller, particularly when considering the talent involved.

De Niro plays Giovanni Manzoni – the head of a notorious mafia clan, but more importantly, the head of a exacting household consisting of his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and kids Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), who have had to move home once again as part of a witness protection programme, »

- Stefan Pape

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Natalie Portman's Latest Outing Is A-Dior-able

7 November 2013 12:20 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Natalie Portman has been on a whirlwind press tour to promote her latest movie, Thor: The Dark World, before it hits theaters on Friday. After traveling to London, Paris, and Berlin with her costars Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth, Natalie is back in the States to push the Marvel film solo. On Wednesday night, the actress attended a Cinema Society screening of the movie in NYC before hitting up the Dior-hosted afterparty in a strapless, sequined top from the brand. Natalie likely called it an early night, though, as she made an appearance on Good Morning America for an interview this morning. Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. During her sit-down, Natalie talked about getting to play Chris Hemsworth's love interest Jane and described what it was like to slap her costar across the face a few times. She said, "I think I was feeling all the anger »

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Luc Besson Cancels Filming Lucy in Taiwan Due to Aggressive Paparazzi

28 October 2013 5:17 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We recently showed you the first set photos of Scarlett Johansson shooting scenes in downtown Taipei for her upcoming superhero film "Lucy," directed by Luc Besson (The Professional). At the time, there were reports that local paparazzi were getting very aggressive and creating issues for Besson. But now comes word that it got so bad that the director has packed up and left Taiwan, without even finishing the planned shoot. Focus Taiwan News Channel is reporting that Besson's crew was nearly involved in a car accident when a photographer decided to get closer for a shot. Then a few days before that, the film's security was forced to get physical with reporters, which resulted in police being called. Johnson has also been worried for her safety. In one encounter, paparazzi pounded on the windows of her car as she waited for the next scene to be set up. All this »

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First Look: Scarlett Johansson is a Superhero in Lucy Action Film

23 October 2013 1:32 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first photos from the set of the upcoming "Lucy" sci-fi action film, which is currently shooting in Taiwan. The photos give us a look at Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), who plays a superhero in the movie. Check everything out below. Plot: The story focuses on a woman (Johansson) who is forced to become a drug mule. But the drug accidentally goes into her body, mysteriously granting her superhuman powers. She can absorb knowledge instantly, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain or distress. The new movie is written and directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) and co-stars Morgan Freeman. It's planned for a 2014 release. Photos: (click to enlarge) »

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Person of Interest to Flashback, Feature Shaw as a Child

22 October 2013 7:00 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

On tonight's new episode Person of Interest episode, Finch, Reese and especially Shaw will come face-to-face with someone who challenges them in a brand new way.

And that someone is a 10-year old girl.

In “Razgover" - written by David Slack - Samantha Shaw is tasked with watching over Genrika (played by Danielle Kotch), who The Machine has identified as the latest Person of Interest. Turns out, the kid has some mad surveillance skills, which Shaw realizes could be the reason her number has come up.

I was on the New York set this summer during the shooting of this episode and got a preview from Sarah Shahi and Michael Emerson in between shooting scenes.

“This is pretty much my turn at being Jean Reno in The Professional,” Shahi said, referencing the 1994 movie that launched the career of then-child Natalie Portman. “Shaw and this 10-year-old girl are paired up together »

- jimhalterman@gmail.com (Jim Halterman)

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Let's Keep "NYC Underground"

25 September 2013 10:22 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

"You know, some people don't like Brooklyn," is the line that kicks the movie off. Spoken by Simon, a "notorious gangster" played inexpertly by Clayne Crawford, who seems to want to be channeling Willem DaFoe and Gary Oldman's characters from The Boondock Saints and The Professional, respectively. Overall, NYC Underground has that Boondock Saints-y vibe, only it takes place in a better city. Unfortunately, NYC Underground is just as terrible as The Boondock Saints, a movie I find insufferable and pretentious.

Speaking of insufferable and pretentious, enter Dylan and Logan, two douchey Manhattanites who find themselves, along with their equally obnoxious friends, facing the wrath of Simon in the titular underground tunnels of big, scary Brooklyn.

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- Robert Ottone

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7 Scenes We Love From ‘The Fifth Element’

15 September 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It sometimes seems like Luc Besson‘s name is attached to everything these days. Hardly a week goes by without seeing some new action flick- a Taken here, a Columbiana there- with Besson attached as a producer or writer, but as a director he’s far less prolific. He’s directed a slew of Arthur movies, based off a series of children’s books he also wrote himself, but besides that, the words “directed by Luc Besson” are scarcely seen. So this weekend, which sees the release of the Besson-directed The Family, is a happy occasion (unless you’re Jack Giroux, our own critic who didn’t particularly care for the film). There’s no better time to take a fond look back at one of Besson’s most ambitious and, not coincidentally, most bizarre films: 1997′s The Fifth Element. Unlike his most famous works of Leon: The Professional and Nikita, the »

- Adam Bellotto

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'The Family' review: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron are mob brood

13 September 2013 6:10 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in "The Family," a violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protection program.

De Niro does a little "Analyze This" as Giovanni Manzoni, who ratted out his mob pals back in Brooklyn and now has a $20 million price on his head. He is, he narrates, "a nice guy" who just has to control "my sadistic urges" better. He's prone to beating people senseless or to death over things like poor service, "disrespect" and the like. And he's in France.

Funny.

Pfeiffer tones down her "Married to the Mob" turn as Maggie, the long-suffering wife, moving to yet another town where these people -- "The Blakes," they're called this time -- need to fit in. But her encounters with rude French salesclerks bring out the practicing pyromaniac in her.

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Giveaway: 'The Family' Wants to Give You a Big Prize Pack

12 September 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

This Friday The Family, the latest action movie from director Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element), hits theaters around the nation. It stars Robert De Niro as an ex-Mafia boss who has to relocate his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), daughter (Dianna Agron) and son (John D'Leo) after they're placed into the Witness Protection Program. The CIA (represented by Tommy Lee Jones) decides that a small town in France is the family's best bet of laying low, but the criminal underworld still manages to catch wind of them, and so their peaceful French village is turned into a war zone. Sounds fun, right? Wouldn't it be even more fun if you had some sweet freebies to come home to after watching that great cast and that great director make a big mess of the pristine...

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The Family Review

12 September 2013 5:34 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a shocking turn of events that not even the most studied of film scholars could have predicted, Robert De Niro takes on the role of a mobster in Luc Besson’s new action/comedy, The Family, based on the French novel Malavita (published as Badfellas in North America), by Tonino Benacquista.

De Niro gets comfortable playing Gio Manzoni, a nice blend of every other gangster he’s played in his career, only in this case he’s been exiled to France after ratting out his former cronies. As the movie begins we meet Gio and his family arriving in a new village after fleeing their last witness protection location in fear of being discovered and whacked by a sort of mob hit man/P.I. who’s hot on their trail and eager to get his job done.

Gio (now going by Fred Blake), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer »

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Interview: Luc Besson Talks Scorsese's Influence On 'The Family,' Returning To Sci-Fi & Not Getting Paid For 'Nikita'

12 September 2013 2:40 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

On Friday, Luc Besson, the madcap French filmmaker behind "Nikita," "Leon: The Professional," and "The Fifth Element," takes a break from overseeing his European action genre movie empire to unleash his newest directorial effort, "The Family." The movie stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as former mobsters sent off to live in Normandy, France, as a very extreme form of witness relocation (Tommy Lee Jones is their gruff FBI handler). Like most of Besson's other concoctions, it veers wildly from extreme violence to maudlin melodrama to broad physical humor, sometimes in the same scene. This is par for the course with Besson. We got the opportunity to talk with the filmmaker about why he chose to direct this one, while countless other projects that he shepherds as a writer and producer (things like the "Taken" and "Transporter" franchises) he hands off to other people direct. We also discussed Martin Scorsese »

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Review: Luc Besson's 'The Family' an action-comedy misfire

12 September 2013 1:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Anyone holding out hope for French director Luc Besson to return to his heyday of "La Femme Nikita" and "The Professional" is in for a letdown with the wan action-comedy of "The Family." Besson's first wide release in the Us in seven years (since the woeful kid pic "Arthur and the Invisibles," which also followed the disastrous "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" by seven years) wasn't worth the wait. Gimmicky casting of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones gives Besson's latest some punch but the film ultimately collapses into a forgettable mess that does no »

- Geoff Berkshire

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The Family: Film Review

12 September 2013 12:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In making the Mafia comedy, The Family, Luc Besson and Martin Scorsese seem to have set out to have some fun with their more typical hard-boiled gangster fare. Their inside jape is unfortunately not as much fun for the audience as it may have been for the filmmakers, though it does have its piquant moments. But it’s not consistently entertaining enough either as a spoof or as a thriller to soar to box office glory. Besson directed and co-wrote the screenplay, and Scorsese acted as executive producer, and it’s easy to see references to The Professional and Goodfellas.

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Weekend Movies: 'The Family,' 'Insidious: Chapter 2,' & More (Video)

12 September 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The mob genre takes a turn for the funny in the Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer crime comedy "The Family" this weekend, while James Wan's ("The Conjuring") horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 2" aims to scare you out of your seats.

Luc Besson's ("Leon: The Professional," "The Fifth Element") "The Family" stars Robert De Niro as the head of the Manzoni crime family -- who could play it better? -- who move to France after entering the witness protection program. While a CIA agent (Tommy Lee Jones) works to keep them in line, the family, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron (TV's "Glee"), and John D'Leo, can't help but revert to their violent ways. Once a mobster, always a mobster.

In "Insidious: Chapter 2," the follow-up to 2011's surprise hit "Insidious," the Lambert family is finally reunited after their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is rescued from the ghostly Further. »

- Erin Whitney

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'The Family' World Premiere: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer Celebrate Mob Movie in New York (Photos)

11 September 2013 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer may play ruthless Mafiosi in their new crime comedy "The Family," but at the film's world premiere Tuesday night, they looked like they couldn't hurt a fly.

Pfeiffer, who plays Maggie Blake, wife and mother of a mob family, was looking flashy in a purple velvet suit on the red carpet alongside co-stars De Niro, Dianna Agron ("Glee"), and John D'Leo.

"The Family," co-written and directed by Luc Besson ("Leon: The Professional," "The Fifth Element"), stars De Niro as Giovanni Manzoni, a mob boss who moves his wife and kids to France (and changes their last name to Blake) under the witness protection program. But this seemingly sweet family is far from sweet, and when their violent tendencies come out, it threatens to blow their cover.

The red carpet became a gangster affair as Jean Reno ("Leon: The Professional"), Mafia movie favorite Vincent Pastore, »

- Erin Whitney

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Michelle Pfeiffer welcomes us to The Family

10 September 2013 8:06 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Michelle Pfeiffer takes us inside the new crime comedy The Family in this video featurette. 

Pfeiffer stars as Maggie, the wife to mafia don Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) in the movie, directed by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element). After the family names names in the mob circle, they are relocated to a quaint town in Normandy, France, and re-branded as the Blake family. Along with their two kids, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), the family has a hard time laying low with their new identities. 

With a mobster played by Tommy Lee Jones on their back, the Manzonis find that old habits die hard as they deal with the culture shock of living in rural France. 

Hear what Michelle Pfeiffer has to stay about her on-screen family in the featurette after the jump!

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