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I'm going to start off by saying I not only liked “The Expanse”, I loved it. Loved. It. So much so that I watched all four screener episodes I was sent one after the other with the passion I normally reserve for Red Vines at the movie theater (don't get mad at me, Twizzlers fans. You know Rv are usually the only movie option.) So, yeah, I wanted that out of the way so I could skip past any idea of a critical review (there are people who do those so much better than I do) and go right for the fangirling. I came into “The Expanse” pretty much cold. In fact, my husband was the one who started talking about it when Syfy first announced the series. He was the one who piqued my interest. I've never read the book. It was only through promo videos for the show I learned James S. »
- Geek Girl Diva
A role in the upcoming, never-ending Star Wars series is among the most contested gigs in cinema, and with less than a month before The Force Awakens hits theaters, director J.J. Abrams visited Saturday Night Live to share a sizzle reel of all the A-list actors who auditioned for a part in the Star Wars universe.
The longstanding SNL audition sketch often allows cast members to showcase their best celebrity impressions, but what makes this version unique is that Emma Stone, Jon Hamm and The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) became the second studio to announce Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, fueling speculation that the disc format may be in store for a resurgence.
Sony’s first batch of releases in the ultra-high-definition format, set to arrive on an unspecified date in early 2016, will include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Salt,” “Hancock,” “Chappie,” “Pineapple
Express” and “The Smurfs 2,” followed, the studio announced Tuesday, “by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.”
“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh. “Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theater experience, with stunning picture and sound quality.”
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment was the first studio to announce a slate of upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases. At Ifa 2015 in Berlin in early September, on the heels »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The potential series revolves around a women who, after her hedge fund crashes, inherits a vineyard in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains near a town populated with eccentric people.
Kamen will serve as writer and exec producer on the project and Kaplan will exec produce.
Kamen co-wrote all three films in the Liam Neeson “Taken” franchise, and famously penned the ’80s flick “The Karate Kid,” plus all of its feature follow-ups and the animated series adaptation. Long before “Taken,” Kamen first teamed up with Luc Besson, co-writing the 1997 Bruce Willis cult favorite “The Fifth Element.” The duo also wrote the three “Transporter” movies, starring Jason Statham.
For Kaplan, “Crush” marks one of many projects in the works this development cycle, joining a slew of other potential series at »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Olias Barco shooting Polina with international cast.
Ukraine’s reputation as a location for international shoots has been given a welcome boost this week as production begins on the English-language family adventure-fantasy Polina by the French-Belgian director Olias Barco (Kill Me Please) in Kyiv.
The cast of the co-production between the Belgian-French company Wild Tribe Films and Ukraine’s Film.UA features an international cast including German-born Canadian actor Saul Rubinek, Audrey Marnay (The Monuments Men), Virgile Bramly (Inception), Wim Willaert (When The Sea Rises), Daniel Cohen (Le Chef) and Severija Janusauskaite (The Star), with the French DoP Thierry Arbogast, known for his collaboration with Luc Besson on such films as The Fifth Element and Lucy, behind the camera.
Ukrainian child actor Polina Pechenenko is cast in the title role as a 11-year-old girl setting off on a magical journey in search of the truth about her lost parents.
Shooting is located at the Film.UA studios »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Rihanna is no stranger to the big screen, but she's certainly particular about what movies she'll appear in. The singer voices one of the main characters in Home and she's made brief appearances in This Is the End and Annie, but as far as face time goes, her biggest role to date has been in Battleship. That may soon change thanks to Luc Besson. The director of The Fifth Element announced Rihanna is in his next space epic, Valerian. Not only that, but he claims it's for...
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Rihanna is no stranger to the big screen, but she's certainly particular about what movies she'll appear in. The singer voices one of the main characters in Home and she's made brief appearances in This Is the End and Annie, but as far as face time goes, her biggest role to date has been in Battleship. That may soon change thanks to Luc Besson. The director of The Fifth Element announced Rihanna is in his next space epic, Valerian. Not only that, but he claims it's for "a big part!!" And yes, the double exclamation points are directly quoted from his announcement, so it would seem he's pretty excited about landing her in the movie. Valerian will actually be Besson's biggest movie to date. He's made ambitious sci-fi movies in the past...
- Peter Hall
It’s the first status report from the director’s all-new project in some time, and though he didn’t divulge the actress’ specific role, Besson was overjoyed to welcome the newcomer to the starry cast.
Rihanna is in Valerian!!!!! ….and she has a big part!! I’m Sooo excited!!!
A photo posted by @lucbesson on Oct 28, 2015 at 7:44am Pdt
Taking inspiration from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’ eyponymous graphic novel series, Besson will write and direct Valerian, itself billed as a grand space opera taking place in the 28th century. While there’s nary a mention of Rihann’s part, DeHaan and Delevingne will take point as Valerian and Laureline, respectively, while Clive Owen recently joined the cast as Commander Arün Filitt.
- Michael Briers
Grammy-winning singer and “Battleship” star Rihanna has joined the cast of Luc Besson‘s space opera “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” the director announced Wednesday on Instagram. Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Clive Owen star in the big-budget movie, in which Rihanna will have a “big part,” according to Besson. The film involves space aliens and it’s possible that the singer could be playing a character along the lines of Maiwenn Le Besco’s blue woman from Besson’s previous space odyssey, “The Fifth Element.” Also Read: Cara Delevingne Is Terrifying as 'Suicide Squad's' »
- Jeff Sneider
We've all known this pain: you're in a cinema, and the film you're in the middle of watching is absolutely fantastic, delivering far beyond your expectations. And then... it suddenly doesn't. Something sours it, sending the whole construct crashing down without a full recovery. And you leave the cinema thinking: damn, for a while that came so close to being perfect... My own personal example would be Luc Besson's The Fifth Element. Besson had kept some impressive secrecy surrounding the film prior to its release, and all I knew going in was that some effects designs looked cool, the Cannes festival had been divided about it earlier that week, and that Bruce Willis was in it. A few minutes in, the film started to pile...
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Once a stalwart of soundtracks Rihanna has been making inroads into acting in the last few years with movies such as Battleship and DreamWorks Animation’s Home. She’s now landed her biggest role yet, joining the cast of Luc Besson’s ambitious new sci-fi tale, Valerian. Rihanna is in Valerian!!!!! ....and she has a big part!! I'm Sooo excited!!! »
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star in this adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres' graphic novels which unfold in the 28th century when humanity discovered time travel and now has agents patrolling history in order to protect it.
Rihanna's role isn't specified, but Besson made the announcement himself through his Instagram account. Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic and Rodeo FX are all working on the film's effects and shooting begins in France next January ahead of a July 2017 release.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of October 27th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Apple TV: Which version to buy? Kino Lorber Studio Classics Cartoons Update / Original post Kino: Jacques Rivette’s Out 1 delayed until January Latest Thunderbean update Twilight Time: November Pre-order News Warner Archive Collection: Passage To Marseille Blu-ray Kino Lorber Studio Classics: Gorp, The Purple Plain, Stanley Donen’s Movie Movie Kino: Fantomas Blu-ray Collection Criterion: More Almodovar rumored Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Shout! Factory: Vincent Price Collection: Volume 3 Hammer Horror: The Warner Years Kickstarter Lobster Films / Buster Keaton Kickstarter New Releases Army Of Darkness The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Dark Blue Deadly Bees Dr Terror’s House of Horrors Edgar Allan Poe »
- Ryan Gallagher
· Idris Elba (Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation,” BBC’s “Luther”) provides the voice of Chief Bogo, head of the Zootropolis Police Department. A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootropolis’ first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants and hippos.
· J.K. Simmons (“Juno,” Oscar® winner for “Whiplash”) lends his voice to Mayor Leodore Lionheart, the noble leader of Zootropolis, who coined the city’s mantra that Judy Hopps lives by: “In Zootropolis, anyone can be anything.”
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney Animation Studios revealed the roster of voice talent tapped to help bring a voice, snort and a roar to the animal residents of the modern-day mammal metropolis of Zootopia, which opens in theaters March 4, 2016.
“We had so much fun casting this film,” said director Byron Howard. “‘Zootopia’ features such a large and diverse range of characters – one of our biggest casts ever for a Disney Animation film. We needed talented actors who could help bring these animals to life.”
Adds director Rich Moore, “Everyone in this incredible cast is bringing something special, something unexpected to their characters, which really takes our story to a whole new level.”
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Joining Ginnifer Goodwin, who provides the voice of Zootopia’s first bunny officer Judy Hopps; Jason Bateman, who lends his voice to con-artist fox Nick Wilde; and Shakira, who voices international superstar Gazelle, are the following members of the “Zootopia” voice cast. »
- Michelle McCue
Hope everyone has their boomsticks ready, as this final week of October is looking to be yet another banner week for genre Blu-ray and DVD releases, highlighted by the anticipated Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness from Scream Factory. The recent thriller, The Gift, is also making its way to multiple formats on October 27th and for those of you fans of The Fifth Element out there, Sony is putting together a nifty Cinema Series release that arrives this Tuesday.
Olive Films is also keeping themselves busy this week with several cult classic releases including Breeders, Sometimes They Come Back, Dr. Terror's House of Horror and Saul Bass’ Phase IV, with Warner Home Video resurrecting several classics in HD as well—The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Them! and the Special Effects Collection box set.
Other notable titles coming out on »
- Heather Wixson
Out on the home entertainment formats today is the thriller Survivor, which stars Milla Jovovich (The Resident Evil franchise), Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Dylan McDermott (Olympus Has Fallen, Automata), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), James D’Arcy (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Frances De La Tour (The Harry Potter Franchise).
To celebrate the release, we thought we’d take a look at this brilliant cast’s career to date… but first, here’s the synopsis…
“Survivor” is a thriller about a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. And that puts her in the line of fire: targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, discredited and on the run. Now she must find a way to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set »
- The Hollywood News
It's funny how someone can have a day in the press that's both terrible and terrific. Take Luc Besson, for example. Today's first story about him is thrilling because I've been waiting for him to get back to science-fiction for a while. Last April, he told me during a conversation at WonderCon that he felt like he made "The Fifth Element" at the wrong time. "We had digital, but it wasn't like it is now. We still had to build everything first," he told me, and having seen some of the "Fifth Element" models in person at Digital Domain, I know what he meant. They used digital compositing and digital mattes more than almost any film made before that moment, but it was still largely a model-based shoot, and all of the aliens in the film were on-set suits and make-ups. I think it's a beautiful movie, but Besson talked »
- Drew McWeeny
Luc Besson's EuropaCorp has teamed with Yahoo Style for a global search for 'innovative and original' costume designs to appear in "The Fifth Element" director's new sci-fi epic "Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets".
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen star in the adaptation of the iconic French sci-fi comic series. DeHaan and Delevingne will play a pair of spatio-temporal agents who help defend a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from bad guys.
In a statement, Besson says: "I believe the world we live in is filled with people from all walks of life who possess an abundance of creativity and untapped potential. My hope is that by offering a contest like this to artists worldwide, we will gain access to inspired and original creations from a plethora of fresh perspectives, and the film will benefit from this collaboration."
The contest, which opens »
- Garth Franklin
London — The U.K. production team behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s TV series “24: Live Another Day” was named team of the year at the Production Guild of Great Britain awards on Saturday. The awards, which took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire, recognize achievements made by guild members working in film or television within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles.
The “24” team, which was led by producer and British Film Commission chairman Iain Smith, included unit production manager Kathy Nettleship, location manager Casper Mill and production accountant David Jones. “The production team delivered on every count, achieving a fast-paced, challenging shoot with precision. The speed of turnover of writing, shooting and going to air was unprecedented in British production with filming taking place around the clock and Fox’s U.S. air dates rolling as the team worked,” the guild said. »
- Leo Barraclough
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