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Luc Besson interview: Valerian, sci-fi, Adele Blanc-Sec

15 August 2016 3:16 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Don Kaye Aug 17, 2016

French filmmaker Luc Besson digs into the background of his dazzling new space opera, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Den of Geek caught up with French director/writer/producer Luc Besson (Lucy) shortly after he premiered footage at Comic-Con from his upcoming movie, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Based on the French comic book Valerian And Laureline that debuted nearly 50 years ago (in 1967), the movie is a space opera in the grand tradition, infused with the European esthetic of classic publications like Heavy Metal - a genre that Besson has dabbled in before with his 1997 cult classic The Fifth Element.

With space-borne cities hosting thousands of alien races, fleets of battling spaceships and adventure on a galactic level (along with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in the lead roles), Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will hopefully bring audiences »

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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'

29 July 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports.  The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Luc Besson told to pay €450,000 for plagiarism of John Carpenter classic

29 July 2016 9:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Appeal court in Paris rules Nikita director ‘massively borrowed key elements’ of the 1981 film Escape from New York

The French filmmaker Luc Besson has been ordered to pay Hollywood’s self-styled “master of horror”, John Carpenter, nearly €450,000 (£379,000) for plagiarising his classic 1981 movie Escape from New York, according to a report published online on Friday.

The director of The Fifth Element and Nikita had denied that his 2012 film Lockout copied the cult futuristic thriller in which New York’s Manhattan island is a giant prison overrun by its inmates.

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- Agence France-Presse in Paris

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NYC Weekend Watch: Max Ophüls, ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘On the Silver Globe’ & More

28 July 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of Modern Art

Leo McCarey and the great Gaumont series are continuing their ongoing retrospectives, both of which make for a densely packed lineup.

Metrograph

Relive your traumatized childhood with “This Is PG?!” Jaws, Temple of Doom, and Poltergeist are but a few of the first weekend’s titles.

Helen DeWitt will present a print of Seven Samurai on Sunday. »

- Nick Newman

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Warrior's Gate Trailer: Why Aren't We Talking About this Luc Besson Fantasy?

27 July 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Warrior's Gate is essentially The Last Starfighter re-imagined as an epic Chinese fantasy. In it, a teenager is magically transported to China where he learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior. While that's kind of a weird premise, it's even weirder that nobody is talking about the film despite the fact that two trailers have dropped and they look pretty darn great.  Warrior's Gate is a Chinese/French co-production between EuropaCorp and Fundamental Film. The two also partnered on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which recently made a splash at Comic Con and is getting a significantly bigger push.  The film was written by Besson and long time collaborator Robert Mark Kamen (Taken, The Fifth Element) and...

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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

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5 Things We Learnt At The Valerian Sdcc Panel

23 July 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In an alternate universe, where time-travel is real, I wish I could go back and warn myself of something that I absolutely underestimated: the excitement I would feel for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Sure, prior to attending the Hall H panel for the upcoming sci-fi flick I was certainly curious about it, but after walking away from my seat I was absolutely blown away and shivering with excitement.

Sadly, we live in this universe, where one can’t time travel, so I’m stuck replaying star Cara Delevingne kicking some Major alien butt alongside co-star Dane DeHaan over and over and over again. Based on the iconic French comic book series, titled Valerian and Laureline, and coming to us from the visionary director who brought audiences The Fifth Element, Luc Besson, the film promises to be everything you could have wanted and so much more.

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- Chelsea Perrotty

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Dane DeHaan & Cara Delevingne talk Valerian and Rihanna (Comic Con 2016)

22 July 2016 1:06 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Out of all the movies presented at this year's Comic Con, the one that has surprised me the most is how terrific Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets looks. Well perhaps it's not all that shocking considering it is Luc Besson and he did give us The Fifth Element. While on the press line for the new film, we were able to get a brief moment with the film's stars, Dane... Read More »

- JimmyO

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Can Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Succeed Where Recent Space Operas Have Failed?

22 July 2016 6:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Diego — As director Luc Besson and his wife Virginie Besson-Silla laid out in meticulous detail a vision for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” — based on the French comic series “Valerian and Laureline” — their passion for the heavy genre material was certainly palpable. But it was difficult to ignore the specter of other attempted franchise launches from respected filmmakers that crashed on the rocks of “unproven intellectual property.”

Finding Dory” broke Andrew Stanton out of director jail after his 2012 Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation “John Carter” forced Disney to take a $200 million write-down. Warner Bros. took a hit on the titanically budgeted “Jupiter Ascending” last year from Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, after holding it over from 2014 to delay the pain. Unless it’s tied to successful preexisting brands (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), space opera just seems like a difficult sell these days. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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New Details On Besson's "Valerian" Film

22 July 2016 3:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

There was only one major film presentation at Comic Con on Thursday that everyone was talking about that night - the first glimpse of Luc Besson's film adaptation of the French sci-fi comic title "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets".

The big-budget feature, not due for release until next Summer, follows two time agents in the far future who set out to save the galaxy. As it comes from the director of "The Fifth Element," some imaginative and crazy spectacle was expected - and reports suggest we get something akin to both that 1997 feature with a dash of the "Mass Effect" video game series.

Filming on the project wrapped six weeks ago with tons of visual effects yet to be completed. As a result, four scenes that didn't involve heavy VFX work were shown. The first showed Dane DeHaan's character phasing through wall after wall and »

- Garth Franklin

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Star Trek' Kill Count, a Famous Fake Kristen Wiig Movie Gets a Poster and More

21 July 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Supercut of the Day: With Star Trek Beyond out this week, Mr. Sunday Movies tracks all of Captain Kirk's kills in movies over the decades:   Fake Movie Poster of the Day: Started as a joke at Sundance this year by entertainment writer Mike Ryan, now that Kristen Wiig has finally addressed and joked about making AbracaDeborah, there's a fan-made poster for the fake movie (via Twitter):   Cosplay Tutorial of the Day: Just in time for Comic-Con, here's a video showing how to make your own Leeloo costume from The Fifth Element:   Abridged Movie of the Day: Ranker cuts The Karate Kid down to just two minutes of people...

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Luc Besson Gets Standing Ovation For His ‘Valerian’ Footage – Comic-Con

21 July 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Luc Besson can relax and check “kill it at Comic-Con” off his bucket list. Not only did the director-producer receive the Sdcc Inkpot Award this afternoon, he received an unprompted standing ovation following the first-ever look at footage from his upcoming sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. His first appearance in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H was an unqualified success. Fans of Besson’s 1997 film The Fifth Element who have been waiting… »

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Comic-Con: Luc Besson wows with 'Valerian' footage

21 July 2016 4:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a day for internationally renowned directors making their Hall H debuts, the French filmmaker and Europacorp chief quickly found his footing in San Diego as he shared first images and footage from Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.

Besson, who finished shooting five weeks ago, said he still had a sizeable amount of the 2,734 FX shots to complete and expected the film to be finished in ten months. It is scheduled to open in exactly one year’s time on July 21, 2017.

Ever the showman, the director of such cult favourites as Leon, The Fifth Element and recent global hit Lucy brought footage with him.

What became immediately clear was that in Cara Delevingne he has found his latest female action hero.

The former British model plays the eponymous character’s companion and then some as Laureline and is shown battling guards, flying a spaceship and avoiding all manner of deep space mayhem hand-in-hand with Valerian »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Comic Con 2016: Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Footage Teases ‘Star Wars’-Level Ambition and ‘Fifth Element’ Fun

21 July 2016 3:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Exactly one year from today — July 21, 2017 — “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” starring Dane Dehane and Cara Delevingne will premiere in theaters. And based on what was screened at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Luc Besson may have once again brought to life a delicious blend of sci-fi, action, and comedy.

Besson’s filmography not only includes impressive works like “The Professional” and “La Femme Nikita,” but also the cult sci-fi favorite “The Fifth Element,” which brought a lived-in feel (as well as some breathtaking action sequences) to a futuristic world.

“Fifth Element” was famously a childhood dream project of Besson’s, but making “Valerian” looks to bring him full circle to childhood thanks to the original comic series “Valerian and Laureline,” which he fell in love with at the age of 10. Later, when making “Fifth Element,” he encountered artist Jean-Claude Mézières, who drew “Valerian,” and they worked together to create the “Element” look. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Comic Con 2016: Luc Besson's Valerian with Dane DeHaan footage reveal

21 July 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Like many of you, I've been waiting for director Luc Besson to return to the sci-fi genre ever since The Fifth Element came out in 1997. Aside from Leon, Besson has take a bit of a backseat in the director's chair (although Lucy was a promising, yet weird effort) and strayed away from the cool, inventive, and wacky sci-fi action. Now, Besson is making his way back after nearly 20 years away... Read More »

- Paul Shirey

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Dane DeHaan means business in the latest pic from Luc Besson's Valerian

21 July 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) returns to the sci-fi genre with his latest, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the story follows Valerian and Laureline, who are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. EuropaCorp has released a new image from the film in what I can... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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New Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Photo Arrives from Comic-Con

21 July 2016 8:24 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

EuropaCorp has released&#160a&#160new image for&#160Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets&#160in anticipation of&#160San Diego Comic Con! Here, we get to see Dane DeHaan inside one of the sleek spaceships in this epic sci-fi adventure. The movie also stars Cara Delevingne. It comes from the mind of acclaimed director Luc Besson, who returns to the genre he helped redefine for a new generation with The Fifth Element way back in 1997.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series&#160Valerian and Laureline, visionary maestro writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. The film is coming to San Diego Comic-Con today for a can't miss panel that promise to bring the first exciting trailer. The fun kicks off at 1pm in Hall H.

"Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson's first-ever Hall H presentation, »

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New Image From 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' Is Here!

21 July 2016 7:53 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Dane Dehaan is front and center in this new image from Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. The film is being directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy), and is based on the French comic book series "Valérian and Laureline."

Check out the new image here:

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to Be Previewed at Sdcc

1 July 2016 6:47 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

One of the most highly anticipated Sci-Fi movies is to headed to Sdcc to unveil a sneak peek!  Come inside for more information on the next Luc Besson film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets!

Sdcc's Hall H is well-known for being The place for all the big budget movie to show off what they've been working on.  This year, a Sci-Fi movie that's started to pick up some buzz is joining the ranks of the elite, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The film is helmed by Luc Besson, legendary director behind The Fifth Element and The Professional.  It stars Suicide Squad's Cara Develigne, The Amazing Spider-man's Dane DeHaan, and Clive Owen.  

Fans attending Sdcc will be able to check out a sneak peek of the film, Thursday July 21, 2016!  If you're unable to be there, our team will be on the floor and »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' is Heading to San Diego Comic-Con

1 July 2016 6:57 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

EuropaCorp has just announced they'll be attending Comic-Con and will present

Exclusive footage of their upcoming epic sci-fi film, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets!

Get ready to join Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns), moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and potential surprise guests in Hall H for the first public sneak peek at the film onTHURSDAY, July 21st.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

 

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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