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Already set to star Scarlett Johansson, Luc Besson’s latest action thriller, Lucy, has now picked up Morgan Freeman. The actor will take on a pivotal role in the film, playing a professor who is said to have “extensive knowledge on evolution and the capabilities of the human brain.”
In the film, he’ll aid Johansson’s character, who after being forced to become a drug mule, accidentally absorbs the substances and turns into a “lethal vixen who can move things with her mind, see into the future and doesn’t feel pain.”
After showing us that she can kick-ass with the best of them in The Avengers, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Johansson return to the genre. Under a talented director like Luc Besson, I’m expecting a pure thrill ride with this one that is as sexy as it is exciting.
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- Matt Joseph
• Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is in talks to direct and star in The Water Diviner, a 1919-set film about an Australian man searching for his sons in Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli — the Allied attempt, and failure, to capture the Ottoman capital. The Oscar winner’s next projects include Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. [Deadline]
• The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature, The Prophet, has lined up a pretty outstanding voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Quvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina. Roger Allers (The Lion King) wrote the script based on Khalil Girbran’s 1923 book, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The titular character is played by Scarlett Johansson, another actor familiar with superheroes (Black Widow from Avengers), who gains powers after working as a drug mule. Because that usually happens.
Freeman would play a “professor well-versed in evolution and the capabilities of the human brain who Lucy is on a mission to find before she dies.” »
- Andy Greene
True to his habit of placing ass-kicking women at the centre of his films, Luc Besson’s next big project is a superheroine movie to tide us over until the CW’s Amazon makes it out of the gate, or Warner Bros decides to give Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman script a second chance. Lucy, the new film from the writer and director of Léon and The Fifth Element, is about a drug mule who gains incredible powers – including clairvoyance, telekinesis and the ability to completely block out emotion and pain – after a drug she is supposed to be transporting accidentally enters her system.
Scarlett Johansson was cast in the title role earlier this ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Back in the spring, we learned that Scarlett Johansson was going to kick some ass outside of the Marvel universe again with The Fifth Element and The Professional director Luc Besson for his latest action thriller Lucy. The film follows Johansson as the title character who is forced to become a drug mule. But rather than just carrying the drug, it enters her system and turns her into a lethal vixen who can absorb knowledge with ease, move things with her mind, see into the future, and doesn't feel any pain at all. Now The Wrap has learned Morgan Freeman is in talks to take a pivotal role in the action thriller. Read on! Freeman is currently negotiating a deal to play a professor with extensive knowledge on evolution and the capabilities of the human brain. Lucy is on the hunt for this noted professor as she thinks he might »
- Ethan Anderton
Morgan Freeman has entered negotiations to join Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson's upcoming Lucy , The Wrap reports. Besson will both write and direct the sci-fi action tale, which follows a young woman who gains super powers after being forced to work as a drug mule. Freeman, who recently starred in Now You See Me , will play a professor that Johansson's Lucy is on a mission to rescue. Besson, best known for films like Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element , will release his latest, Malavita , on September 13. Universal Pictures will distribute the project in the Us (and much of the world) with Besson producing through EuropaCorp alongside CEO Christophe Lambert. (Photo Credit: Brian To / WENN.com) »
With director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful, now on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with VFX Supervisor Scott Stokdyk. As most of you know, the film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz, and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie I believe families will watch together for years to come. During the interview, Stokdyk talked about his early work on Starship Troopers and The Fifth Element, collaborating with Sam Raimi, what he learned on Oz that he can apply to future work, the technical challenges, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives hits theaters this July, but after that his next project is still up in the air. There’s been talk of a Logan’s Run remake, but nothing concrete has been announced in terms of a timetable, so who knows when that may happen. But the director may have found his next project in an adaptation of the sci-fi comic series The Incal.
Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ epic graphic novel series takes place in a futuristic human-dominated galactic empire, with the story starting in the dystopian capital city of an insignificant planet. The hero is John Difool, a Pi and bodyguard who originally has no interest in being a hero, but gains powers when given the Light Incal by a dying Berg. Unfortunately for him, this power crystal is sought by many groups, and most will stop at no costs to get their »
- Alexander Lowe
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn quietly announced at last month's Cannes Film Festival that he's working on an adaptation of the graphic novel, The Incal. However, word has just finally made it's way over to the Us. Chances are that if you're young or youngish, you're most likely unaware of the incredibly influential sci-fi comic book series that debuted in 1981. To add some context in many ways, The Incal is similar to John Carter or Neuromancer, in that its a trailblazer of its genre that's seen many of its concepts and ideas utilized in other, more recognizable works of fiction. If you're looking for a point of reference for The Incal, think The Fifth Element (coincidentally the creators sued the producers of The Fifth Element for infringement). Many have speculated previously that The Incal is an unfilmable piece of literary fiction. Related Content: Nicolas Winding Refn's Button Man »
In 2002, Jovovich starred in the film adaptation of the video game "Resident Evil".
To date, four sequels have followed in which she has reprised her role of 'Alice' including "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (2004), "Resident Evil: Extinction" (2007), "Resident Evil: Afterlife" (2010) and "Resident Evil: Retribution" (2012).
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- Michael Stevens
Review Simon Brew 10 Jun 2013 - 06:18
Does Die Hard 5 improve on DVD? Here's our review...
Dropping a sausage through the grill and onto the coals of a barbecue.
When you open a yoghurt and some drips off the lid onto your trousers.
The EastEnders videogame on the Zx Spectrum.
The 20 minutes I lost trying to work out what Noel Edmonds has done with his beard.
The moment when you work out how many calories are in a pork pie.
The day that Neon magazine closed down.
Coffee that you didn't realise had gone cold.
That Bacardi advert that played for three years solid at UK cinemas in the early 90s.
The song in that Cameron Diaz film where she sang about willies.
The column of shame on the Daily Mail website.
Lambrini and lemonade.
Ads on Den Of Geek that make noise when you roll the mouse over. »
Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer make a great looking married couple is the new movie, The Family. The two head up a family of misfits causing trouble in Italy as they hide out from the mob under the Witness Protection Program. Directed by Luc Besson, this off-beat comedy looks like a riot, with DeNiro proving he's still got it. Preview the new trailer and the new one-sheet of The Family.
The Family is brought to us from the director who gifted us with the Transporter (Jason Statham), The Fifth Element (Bruce Willis) and The Professional (Jean Reno, Natalie Portman) so we have high hopes for this film with a great filmmaker and an entertaining cast behind it. In The Family, Robert DeNiro's character Fred Manzoni ratted out his mob bosses so now he and wife Michelle
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Robert De Niro, the Rolling Stones, Brooklyn, and a title card bearing the name of Scorsese: We know where this is heading, right? Not right, because rather than heading straight into Goodfellas rehash territory, The Family is heading to France, where De Niro's a family man living in witness protection after snitching on the mob. Michelle Pfeiffer is his wife, and she reclaims the good name of America by bombing a grocery store after her inability to speak French is insulted. You'll also find Tommy Lee Jones and Glee's Dianna Agron. It's a little disappointing that Luc Besson gets referred to as the producer of Taken rather than as the writer-director behind The Fifth Element and Léon: The Professional, though, oui? »
- Zach Dionne
Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) comedic actioner The Family (previously known as Malavita). It's nice to see Robert DeNiro back in mobster mode, even if The Family is closer to Analyze This than Goodfellas. The movie manages to get the whole family in on the dark humor as they bring their own brand of American mafia justice to the French countryside. Besson's signature blend of action and quirky comedy are on display, so for fans of his previous films - and films like Red, True Lies and The Whole Nine Yards, which seem to have a similar vibe - The Family should be on your radar. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron (Glee), and John D’Leo (Wanderlust). The Family opens on September 20th. Trailer via Yahoo! Movies. »
- Dave Trumbore
Today we have the trailer for "The Family" dark comedy, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Dianna Agron. Check it out below. Plot: A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Agent Stansfield to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni (De Niro), his wife Maggie (Pfeiffer) and their children Belle (Agron) and Warren can't help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the "family" way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. The new movie is written and directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element), and is set to hit theaters on September 20th. Trailer: »
Coming from Relativity Media, we have the first trailer, images and poster for Luc Besson’s upcoming crime comedy, The Family, which until recently was titled Malavita. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play head and spouse of a notorious mafia family, The Manzoni’s, who are forced into the witness protection programme in Normandy after turning ‘rat’. While they appear to have found a safe haven, the family struggles to leave their old lifestyle behind and begin to some draw unwanted attention.
The Family is based on the novel by Tonino Benacquista and could be classed as Besson’s first Hollywood movie since 1997s The Fifth Element. It co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Glee beauty Dianna Agron, David Belle, John D’Leo and a number of recognisable faces from The Sopranos. The Family is also produced by Martin Scorcese and hits Us cinemas from the 20th September, with it reaching the UK 8th November. »
- Craig Hunter
While in Cannes this year, we had the opportunity to talk to Jackie Chan and to ask him about the chances that he'll turn up in The Expendables 3. While excited by the idea, he was a little non-committal on the subject, but is now, according to The Wrap, in “advanced negotiations” alongside Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes and Milla Jovovich.This is the first time that Jovovich’s name has cropped up in connection with the movie, though Sly has said that he was looking to add more of a female dynamic to the third outing. She certainly brings enough arse-kicking credentials from her work on the Resident Evil franchise, her kung-fu in The Three Musketeers (which still makes no sense to us) and, of course, playing the supreme being in The Fifth Element.As for Chan, Cage and Snipes, they’ve all been talked about for ages, but never »
You're at a bar and some fictional movie character comes up and introduces her or himself. How long will it take before the subsequent conversation trends toward anything other than some form of, "But, seriously, what's your real name?"
And that's how we created this collection of the 25 worst movie character names ever. If the answer to the above hypothetical scenario was "30 seconds flat," that character made our highly-researched, scientifically-ranked list.
We've brought this feature back to the forefront in honor of Will Smith's turn as Cypher Raige in "After Earth." Yes, that's right — his name is "Cypher Raige." If you know of even worse character names than that — and that of those in the list below — hit us up in the comments.
22. Jonah Hex »
- Nick Blake
The cast of The Expendables franchise is getting out of control. Sylvester Stallone has already confirmed that he's handing out roles to Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes, and there's been talk that he might get Steven Seagal into the mix. But now two new names have been revealed as officially being in advanced negotiations for The Expendables 3. Nicolas Cage is now in talks to join the cast after being named as one of the wanted stars by producer Avi Lerner awhile back, and a bad ass chick is joining the testosterone fueled action ensemble in the form of Resident Evil and The Fifth Element star Milla Jovovich. Awesome! There's no new details on the story or anything, but the news comes from Deadline citing Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer talking to analysts this morning. Stallone has been busy on Twitter engaging fans and announcing news like Red Hill director Patrick Hughes »
- Ethan Anderton
Do we really need a third Human Centipede film? Thinking along those lines, did we even need the first one? Regardless of how deplorable the subject matter is for this franchise, someone somewhere must enjoy them. One of those people is probably Eric Roberts, who has just signed on to star in The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence.
Not a lot has been revealed about his role. On the film’s IMDb page his character name is listed as Governor. Whether or not that’s an actual Governor or a The Walking Dead-type narcissistic nickname remains to be seen. Three other additions joining Roberts are Tommy Lister, who made appearances in The Fifth Element and Friday; Robert Lasardo from Death Race and former porn star Bree Olson.
Chatter surrounding Roberts is directed at his occasional work in films that aren’t straight to video. He has appeared in The Dark Knight »
- Gem Seddon
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