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Lionsgate UK has swooped on Luc Besson's big-budget sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets for the U.K. market. First announced in Cannes last year, the $180 million film is based on the comic series created by artist Jean-Claude Mezieres and writer Pierre Christin and stars Dane Dehaan as a time-traveling cop with Cara Delevingne as his companion. The eclectic cast also includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu. Likened to Besson's 1997 hit The Fifth Element, Valerian started production in Paris in January. "We are thrilled to
- Alex Ritman
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced today the recipients of the second annual Variety Artisans Awards, which celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray.
The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to the following 2016 Oscar nominees:
Carter Burwell, for original score in the Weinstein Company’s “Carol” directed by Todd Haynes. This is Burwell’s first Academy Award nomination; he has worked with esteemed directors such as the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Bill Condon.
- Variety Staff
- Garth Franklin
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn’t quite a return to sci-fi for Luc Besson, as his last feature film, Lucy, was also in the genre. But Lucy didn’t share much in common with The Fifth Element, Besson’s 1997 hit. Valerian, his new movie and his biggest picture to date, seems to be more in the same mold as The Fifth Element. […]
The post ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Behind-the-Scenes: Take a Look at Luc Besson’s Latest Sci-Fi Film appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
In production now is Luc Besson's biggest sci-fi epic since The Fifth Element and I am crazy, crazy excited for it. I don't know if it's going to be any good, but I'm just really happy that Luc Besson is making another big, huge sci-fi space opera movie. Valerian, originally titled in full Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen below) as time-traveling agents investigating a galactic empire. Besson started filming in January and has been posting photos every day to his Instagram. They're shooting for 115 days in total, with 420 crew members working on the production in France (via Instagram). None of these photos are major reveals, but I love that filmmakers are open to sharing images while they're in the middle of making a move. It's exciting to get a glimpse of the process. Take a look below. Starting at »
- Alex Billington
At the beginning of (and during) every month, Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video add new movies and TV shows to their libraries. We figure you might want to know about them. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Amazon and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.Back to black: Amy (2015) Pieced together in a large part from recordings of Amy Winehouse in concert, at work in the studio, and on and off the wagon, Asif Kapadia’s heartwrenching documentary is both tragic and, in some ways, simply gross. As Vulture’s David Edelstein wrote: “Amy raises a question that’s common to downward-spiral docs: Is it a profile or an autopsy?” Available February 1. Bzzz: The Fifth Element (1997) Luc Besson is hard at work on a sci-fi film with Rihanna, which means there’s no better time »
- Jackson McHenry
Lots of great new additions to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon this month, from ’80s teen fantasies to serial killers to zombies to Scooby-Doo. I’ve taken the liberty of picking the fun, the fantastical, and the fearsome ones so you don’t have to. You’ll look forward to being snowed in!
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1
Tin Man: Search for the Emerald
The Returned: Season Two
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (Netflix original)
Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Night Watch (2004)
Fire City: End of Days
- Harker Jones
February may be the shortest month of the year, but the major streaming sites certainly haven't used that as an excuse to slack off. Perhaps motivated by the imminent Leap Day, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are unleashing an absolute blizzard of new titles over the next four weeks — from a martial-arts sequel 16 years in the making, to a note-perfect new comedy series that's arriving just in time to cure (or inflame) those post-Valentine's Day blues. Here are our top 10 picks for what to watch in the next 29 days.
11.22.63 (Hulu, »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Science of the Day: In the latest episode of Because Science, Kyle Hill explains how the baton wielded by the Tr-8R Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens works: Fan Comic of the Day: In Stephen Byrne's Star Wars: Episode 7.5, Rey, Finn, Poe and Bb-8 hunt and battle Sith Lord Jar Jar Binks, seen below. Check out the rest of the comic at Geek Tyrant. Anecdote of the Day: Watch an animation depicting Questlove's story of when Prince replaced him as a DJ with a copy of Finding Nemo: Cosplay of the Day: Animal cosplay just keeps getting better with this cat dressed as Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element (via Fashionably...
- Christopher Campbell
February can be kind of a pill -- it's dark, it's cold, you have to deal with or avoid Valentine's Day -- but at least it gives you a good excuse to stay home and binge-watch. Amazon just listed its February offerings for Prime Video streaming and Amazon Video purchase. For example, fans of "The Americans" can steam Season 3 (yay!), and you can check out Amazon Studios' first-major film, "Chi-Raq," from director Spike Lee.
It was recently announced that Prime Members can now add Showtime, Starz, and more video subscriptions to their Prime memberships for $8.99 per month. In February, members can use that feature to see the new seasons of "Billions," "Shameless," and "Black Sails," among others.
Here's the February 2016 lineup:
New in February – Available for Streaming on Prime
Girls Season 2
Newsroom Season 3
The Americans Season 3
The New Yorker Presents
- Gina Carbone
French actress, writer and director Maiwenn has been in the business from an early age appearing as a child in several films including One Deadly Summer with Isabelle Adjani. She was only 16 when she was involved in a relationship with producer and director Luc Besson with whom she had a daughter, Shanna. She spent time living in Hollywood and appearing in Besson’s Léon and The Fifth Element. Her break-up with Besson at 21 marked a return to living and working in France where she has become known simply by her Christian name (surname Lo Besco which her sister Isild, also an actress and director, uses). Maiwenn had a second child, Diego, with property developer Jean-Yves Le Fur before they split up. In 2006 she directed her semi-autobiographical first feature Pardon Me followed in 2011 by Polisse, »
- Richard Mowe
Written by Jody Houser
Art by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage
Colors by Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Published by Valiant Comics
No matter what age you are or how long you’ve been reading comics, getting into a new comics universe is always terrifying. Lots of backstory you don’t know about. Established characters with origins already explained. It can be intimidating. However, a good team with a good story can manage to bypass those fears, guide you in and make you fall in love with that character and their universe.
The first issue of Valiant Comics’ mini-series Faith is a good example of that.
Spinning out of the series Harbinger, Faith tells the story of psiot Faith Herbert (codename Zephyr) after she moves to La to become a better hero when she’s not working a job at Buzzfeed stand-in Zipline. Faith does have backstory that carries over from Harbinger, »
- Ashley Leckwold
This year marks 50 years since the debut of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” and 25 years since the release of the play’s film adaptation. Stoppard himself took on the challenge of scripting and directing a film adaptation of his celebrated absurdist comedy that depicts what’s going on “off-stage,” so to speak, during Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Then relative unknowns in the U.S., English actors Gary Oldman and Tim Roth starred as the Danish prince’s untimely death-bound friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. And for the Player — who, with a twinkle in his eye, schooled us on death and exits and entrances — Stoppard turned to Richard Dreyfuss. Packed with wordplay, super-speedy banter, existential musings, slapstick, and silly anachronisms, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” got its big screen premiere at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival, with a release in U.S. theaters the following February. Today the film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. »
- Emily Rome
Dolby Laboratories is quick to the table with the burgeoning drive toward 4K Ultra HD, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and the much-ballyhooed high dynamic range (Hdr), which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays.
The company announced deals at CES with Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and MGM to enhance their Ultra HD releases.
The company and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) on Jan. 6 announced a collaboration to release Sphe titles in Dolby Atmos over the coming years, including Sphe’s first films to be released in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format. Dolby Atmos, according to a press release, “delivers captivating audio that places and moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.”
The studio’s first films to be released in the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Luc Besson, the filmmaker known for bringing to life Leon and The Fifth Element, is returning to to the realm of Sci-Fi with an adaption of the French comic, "Valerian and Laureline." Principle photography has begun in Paris on Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. The story follows special operatives for the government of human territories, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Principal photography has begun in Paris on Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, a science fiction epic written and directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) and starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (who posted a picture on Instagram from the studio).
The story centres on Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne), special operatives for the government who are charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
At $180 million, Valerian is set to be the biggest-budget European film to date.
Besson suggested last year that he would shoot the big budget production in Hungary rather than France if regulations governing French film credits were not adjusted to accommodate »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Ultra HD Blu-ray is being positioned as the successor to Blu-ray. But what is it, what films are coming, and do we need it?
Perhaps for the last time, 2016 will see movie studios and hardware manufacturers attempting to get you to upgrade your movie disc playback equipment again. Since the late 1990s, most of us have gone from VHS to DVD, and some went from DVD to Blu-ray. Others dallied with HD DVD, before that format collapsed, but before the majority of the world switches to streaming and downloads, Ultra HD Blu-ray is going to be making a pitch for your money.
What is it?
The format is the brainchild of Sony and the companies who form the Blu-ray Disc Association. Sony, of course, won the HD format war as we detailed here. Said victory cost Sony an awful lot of money, and it wants to extend »
17 items from 2016
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