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French director Pascal Chaumeil has died aged 54 in Paris following a battle with cancer.
Chaumeil recently completed post-production on upcoming comedy drama “A Little Job,” which reteamed the director with Romain Duris, who starred in his biggest hit “Heartbreaker.” “A Little Job” sees Duris star as a factory worker who sees his life going rapidly downhill after the factory closes down and his girlfriend dumps him. One day a local bookmaker offers Duris’ Jacques a contract, to kill his wife for €20,000 ($22,500).
Romantic comedy “Heartbreaker” released in 2010 grossing over $47 million worldwide, including $31.9 million in France. It won five Cesar awards in 2011, including Best Film and Best First Film.
Chaumeil followed “Heartbreaker” with 2012 romantic comedy “A Perfect Plan,” which starred Diane Kruger and Dany Boon. His most recent film was the 2014 English-language adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel “A Long Way Down,” taking a humorous look at a group of suicidal strangers, »
- Robert Mitchell
French director Pascal Chaumeil died in Paris on Thursday. The filmmaker, who had been suffering from cancer, was 54.Chaumeil is perhaps best known to British audiences for his French-language romantic-comedy Heartbreaker, a huge hit in France, and more recently a Hollywood debut in A Long Way Down. In the former, he gave Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis a Mediterranean-side stage to flaunt their comedy chops, chemistry and Dirty Dancing skills; while the latter offered a first taste of directing in English. That Nick Hornby adaptation combined Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul as four suicidal strangers.Chaumeil’s long-standing passion for filmmaking was sharpened on the sets of Régis Wargnier - I'm The King Of The Castle in 1989 - and Luc Besson. He worked as assistant director on Léon before being promoted to second unit director on The Fifth Element.From there, he secured directorial gigs working »
French film-maker had just completed Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot).
“He died from on Thursday (August 27) from cancer,” his widow Camille Chaumeil told Agence France Presse on Monday.
“He really lived for cinema. He dreamt of being a director from the age of 15.”
Chaumeil was in the throes of completing post-production on his final film Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot) when he died, starring Romain Duris as an unemployed factory worker who takes on a hitman job to make ends meet.
Gaumont International, which launched sales on the film in Cannes, told ScreenDaily that first images would be available at the American Film Market (Afm) in November and that the feature was expected to released in France in January 2016.
Director courts controversy in France amid tax credit stand-off.
Luc Besson is threatening to shoot his ambitious sci-fi picture Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets in Hungary rather than France if regulations governing French film credits are not tweaked to accommodate the production.
The ambitious $180m production is not eligible for a 20% tax credit for French films, due to the fact it will be in English and star a mainly non-French cast, and does not qualify for the Tax Rebate for International Production (Trip) either because it is a local production.
“I’m in a legal hole,” Besson said in an interview on a culture programme on French radio station Rtl this week.
“I’ve contacted the authorities because I’d really like to shoot the film in France. There is a tiny little problem: the tax credits.
“In France, they’re set at 20% for French films and 30% for foreigners but I am a French »
I can't recall exactly when it was that I discovered the glory of Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, but I do know that I've never stopped loving it. Few of Besson's subsequent films have thrilled me the way The Fifth Element did, but I've got my fingers crossed that Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets might just have what it takes to wobble the lofty pedestal upon... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Luc Besson already has Dane DeHaan and the Pokemon-loving Cara Delevingne aboard for his ambitious new sci-fi epic Valerian. With those two in place, he’s adding to the roster, with Clive Owen signing on to play a character called Commander Arün Filitt.Originally created by writer Pierre Christian and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967, the series of graphic novels charts the adventures of the titular time-travelling agent (DeHaan) and his female sidekick, Laureline (Delevingne). As for how Filitt fits into the story? That’s left for us to guess at the moment.After #danedehaan & #caradelevigne I'm proud to announce that mister Clive Owen is part of the Valerian adventure!!:) pic.twitter.com/SaW3mX5OzP— Luc Besson (@lucbesson) August 19, 2015According to Deadline, which got a gander at storyboards for the film last month, this promises to be the biggest project Besson has tackled since The Fifth Element, with visions »
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur and Scott Nye to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 11th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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- Ryan Gallagher
These two latest editions join previously announced Bram Stoker's Dracula (now available for pre-order) to comprise the first three Supreme Cinema Series Blu-ray titles, each of which features new 4K restorations and Dolby Atmos 7.1 audio mixes, limited edition "clear case" packaging, and a 24-page booklet. Additional titles will be announced at a later date.
For Leon: The Professional starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello, the Supreme Cinema Series edition will include the theatrical and extended versions, each fully remastered. Bonus features include the following:
Cast and Crew Look Back
Original Theatrical Trailer
Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Each month the streaming service announces its new releases, it also has to give the bad news of the titles that will be taken off the service. This month - Aug. 1, to be exact - several great movies will no longer be available for your viewing pleasure. So you know what that means: get to bingeing! Movies Titanic Shooter Kiss the Girls Joe Dirt Fools Rush In Face/Off Driving Miss Daisy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Fifth Element Jiro Dreams of Sushi (expires Aug. 23) TV Series Family Ties (expires Aug. 15) »
So much for "Never let go": Mighty epic "Titanic" leaves Netflix streaming on August 1st.
Here's a complete list of the movies and TV shows that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list in August 2015. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, we've also got the list of what's new on Netflix in August 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)
Leaving August 1
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- Sharon Knolle
Directed by Luc Besson, sci-fi film The Fifth Element now has seven vinyl figures to collect courtesy of Funko's Pop! Movies series. Also in this round-up: release details for The Curse of Downers Grove and a rough-cuts screening of Grinder in New York.
"The Fifth Element is crash-landing into the world of Pop!
Leeloo comes in two costumes, including her civilian clothes and thermal bandages ensemble!
Korben, Special Forces solider turned cab-driver, comes as her backup!
The glamorous radio host, Ruby Rhod, is accompanied by the revered operatic performer, Diva Plavalaguna!
The evil Zorg and his Mangalore henchman are also included in the series!
Collect the whole set before the Mondoshawans do!"
Images courtesy of Funko:
- Tamika Jones
I’m a huge Chris Tucker fan. Always have been.
From his scene-stealing performance in The Fifth Element, to Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Comedy Jam and 1995’s Friday opposite Ice Cube, starring in Money Talks with Charlie Sheen, through to his role in Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker is forever a pleasure to watch and is still one of the funniest comedians.
I was thrilled to read that the actor would be headlining his first full length stand-up comedy special titled “Chris Tucker Live” which had its premiere on Friday, July 10 on Netflix. It is one of the funniest stand-up shows to come along in years.
In the hilarious show, Chris Tucker returns to the stage he loves and showcases his mind-blowing comedic chops. From his pitch perfect impersonations of Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton, his take on first dates and marriage, visiting Oprah Winfrey’s house, to his singular on-stage physicality, »
- Michelle McCue
Back in March we got the first details from Luc Besson on his next project Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Based on a French comic book series, Valerian will star Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as the titular hero and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) as his female companion Laureline.
Besson made a fleeting appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday to show off some early concept art for Valerian – including designs for spaceships and alien lifeforms – and offered up some more details about the project. The director said that the movie – which is set to be his most ambitious to date – was inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar:
“I saw Avatar and had to throw the script into the garbage…it was too normal…it was not good enough.”, Besson continued, “All the directors in the world have to thank him because every five years »
- Gavin Logan
"Valerian" will be a whopping $180 million adaptation of the famous European comic of the same name, and is a project the helmer considers the largest challenge of his career.
Speaking with Heat Vision, Besson says he first tried to tackle Valerian years ago but: "I saw Avatar and had to throw the script into the garbage... It was too normal, it was not good enough. All the directors in the world have to thank him [James Cameron] because every five years he comes out with a movie and pushes us."
Challenged by Cameron's intense world building, Besson has apparently retained only around half of what he originally wrote. The story follows a 26th century time-traveling galactic agent and involves only five living actors along with a »
- Garth Franklin
This past spring came the news that not only was Luc Besson returning to the world of sci-fi, he was doing it with his long gestating dream project "Valerian." Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevinge have been tapped for the lead roles in the adaptation of of the celebrated French sci-fi comic series "Valerian," which tells the story of a pair of time-and-space-traveling special agents. And while the filmmaker is keeping plot details under lock and key for now, he did share a bit of what the vibe might be like. “It’s 'Mr & Mrs Smith' in space,” Besson told European press. “They’re super-agents who travel through time and space. They work for the Human Federation.” So it looks like our two young leads might have some friction between them, maybe not unlike the opposites attract chemistry of Korben Dallas and Leeloo in "The Fifth Element," but perhaps with a bit more antagonism. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The French filmmaker and EuropaCorp head flew into Comic-Con on Thursday for a rare and deeply personal presentation that featured concept art from his upcoming $180m space opera.
“It’s the adventure of my life,” the director told an intimate gathering of select press as he offered sparse details on Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, due to start production in January 2016 and open in the Us as a PG-13 film via Red (Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution) in July 2017.
The project, which was one of the hottest pre-sales titles in Cannes, is adapted from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézieres’ bestselling French comic book series that launched in 1967.
“It’s Mr & Mrs Smith in space,” said the director, a life-long fan who said he was 10 when he first bought the comics. “They’re super-agents who travel through time and space. They work for the Human Federation.”
Besson tore up his original script after he saw Avatar. “It wasn »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Valerian, the comic strip serving as the basis for Luc Besson's forthcoming 2017 movie of the same name, is far from being well known in the United States, despite being one of the best-selling French comics of all time — and, it turns out, an inspiration for a number of far more famous sci-fi projects, including Star Wars and Besson's own The Fifth Element. Not bad for a onetime traveler and his redheaded love interest. The series, created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres, debuted in the anthology magazine Pilote — also home to Asterix and Moebius'
- Graeme McMillan
Before Chris Tucker became the star of the Rush Hour franchise, not to mention annoying the hell out of Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element, he was a rising stand-up comedian. And now the actor is returning to the stage with his first-ever stand-up special. Netflix has given Tucker the chance to show he’s still […]
- Ethan Anderton
"Rush Hour" and "The Fifth Element" star and comedian Chris Tucker, who has essentially kept out of the limelight for much of the past decade, is returning to the stage with his first-ever stand-up special. Netflix will premiere "Chris Tucker Live" this Friday and today have released the energetic trailer.
Speaking about the special and its premiere on the streaming giant's service, Tucker says: "I'm thrilled to be partnering with Netflix, one of the true global leaders in entertainment, on my first comedy special. Before people started seeing me in movies, I was doing standup. It's always been a part of me, and now I'm excited to share it with my fans around the world."
- Garth Franklin
Luc Besson is the director of "The Professional" and "The Fifth Element," but is also the brains behind the "Taken" and "The Transporter" franchises, which he created through his EuropaCorp company. Today we have a list of upcoming EuropaCorp productions, which include sequels to female action films "Lucy" and "Colombiana." While the hope is to create new franchises, there's a good chance Besson will take a very different approach with the two properties. "Lucy" was released last year and starred Scarlet Johansson. The film was a surprising hit, grossing a whopping $458 million worldwide on a budget of only $40 million. The sequel will likely bring back Johansson and have a bigger budget. "Colombiana" wasn't as lucky. It hit theaters in 2011 and starred Zoe Saldana. The movie cost $40 million to make and was only about to earn $61 million worldwide. It was also hated by critics. So it's very likely that the sequel »
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