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A TV spot has emerged for Luc Besson's mega budget space opera, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. As a fan of Euro space opera like The Fifth Element and Besson in general I'm pretty excited for July to roll around.
Check the new TV spot out below.
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropo [Continued ...] »
It’s an exciting time for fans of science fiction.
Regardless of whether you prefer engrossing sagas told across multiple chapters (Star Trek: Discovery), or intense, far-flung adventures set in the dark recesses of space (Alien: Covenant), over the next few months the genre is set to churn out a number of high-profile IPs. But if we were to judge each property purely on spectacle alone, few compare to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Luc Besson’s long-in-development space oddity mines inspiration from Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières’ cult comic series – simply called Valérian and Laureline – and projects it onto the biggest canvas possible. Boasting jaw-dropping visual effects and a starry cast, on paper, the illustrious French filmmaker has pulled together all of the necessary ingredients for a blockbuster hit, and it’s fair to say that many are already beginning to compare Valerian with The Fifth Element, »
- Michael Briers
Both Luc Besson classics will make their 4K Uhd debuts on July 11th with Dolby Atmos audio to coincide with this summer's release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The caveat is that Leon will be a Best Buy exclusive while The Fifth Element, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will be available at all major retailers.
All bonus features from the previously released Blu-ray versions of each Luc Besson film will be ported over to the 4K, Blu-ray and Digital HD combo packs with the inclusive Blu-ray Disc.
Following its recent return to theaters to celebrate its 20th anniversary, The Fifth Element will continue to be commemorated by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with their 4K Ultra HD release of the film, and we have the official details on what fans can look forward to experiencing on the new home media release when it hits shelves on July 11th.
Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (May 18, 2016) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Luc Besson’s outrageous sci-fi epic, The Fifth Element, with a 4K Ultra HD release on July 11. The influential classic, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman, follows a cab driver who unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon. Also included, in addition to hours of archival special features, is the all-new bonus featurette, presented in 4K, “The Director’s Notes: Luc Besson Looks Back,” where the acclaimed »
- Derek Anderson
Oscar-nominated “Harry Potter” makeup and creature-effects wizard Nick Dudman is set to bring his blockbuster artistry to Italian director Matteo Garrone’s new live-action “Pinocchio,” which HanWay is selling at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Mr. Dudman is one of the greatest film artists in the world,” said Garrone, who was prepared to delay production on the project for a year in order to secure Dudman’s services. “I consider myself lucky to collaborate with an artist whose talent and skills are complemented by great humbleness and devotion to his work. I have immediately found a great affinity with him and can’t wait to start this experience.”
Dudman told Variety that the new Italian-language “Pinocchio” will have a “flavor and look that’s quintessentially Italian” and will be different from what audiences are used to seeing in mainstream fantasy films. “It’s a very personal journey for Matteo,” Dudman said. »
- Robert Mitchell
EuropaCorp has been on a white-knuckle ride over the past three years, but the struggling French studio hopes that “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” will end its recent run of flops and propel it back into the box office stratosphere.
If the hugely expensive science-fiction epic flames out when it debuts this summer, it could be disastrous for the French studio behind “Lucy” and “Taken.” Launched by director Luc Besson in 2000, the company had grand ambitions to become one of the world’s biggest film players. But EuropaCorp’s trajectory has taken a downward turn since it started self-distributing its movies in the United States in 2014. The results have been sobering. The studio has struggled to find hits, releasing one dud after another and losing tens of millions of dollars in the process.
The setbacks come as the company is preparing to release “Valerian,” the story of »
- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Luc Besson‘s outstanding sci-fi action movie The Fifth Element. The actual anniversary already passed us by on May 9th, but this week is when the film is being celebrated by a return to the big screen. Not only can you see the movie on the big screen again, […]
- Ethan Anderton
Funko shines a light on the science fiction genre with their new pint size heroes that include Predator, Alien, a Facehugger, and more.
From Funko: "Pint Size Heroes: Science Fiction
Today we have even more Pint Size Heroes!
This series features characters from some of your favorite science fiction movies and television!
Including Martian from Mars Attacks, Neo from The Matrix, Leeloo from The Fifth Element, Predator and many more!
Collect them all this Summer!
Look for exclusive characters like Facehugger, a clear Predator and Captain Kirk! Only at GameStop!
In addition, Mangalore, Bender and Trinity are exclusive characters only at Hot Topic!
Coming in July!"
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- Derek Anderson
Los Angeles – May 11, 2017 – Spil Games unveils new details of Valerian: City of Alpha, the official mobile game of the upcoming EuropaCorp feature film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) and starring Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad). The game will debut before STXfilms releases the sci-fi epic in theaters in the United States in 2D and 3D beginning July 21. The game will be available on iOS and Android.
Spil Games and EuropaCorp announced their agreement last year but details about the Valerian universe have been kept under wraps, as momentum builds toward release. Now for the first time Spil Games can give an inside look at the game and reveal its title.
With Valerian: City of Alpha, fans will become immersed in the Valerian universe as the game delves into the backstory of the ever-expanding metropolis of Alpha, »
- ComicMix Staff
The Fifth Element, Luc Besson’s cult-classic space opera featuring an actual alien opera singer, turns 20 this week. And to celebrate this milestone—as well as the release of Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets this July—the film soundtrack specialists at Mondo are giving composer Eric Serra’s score, including the famous “Lucia Di Lammermoor”/“The Diva Dance” opera sequence, a deluxe vinyl release. “The Fifth Element is essential science fiction cinema,” Mondo Record Label Manager Mo Shafeek says. “Not only is the soundtrack responsible for a wildly vast tonal spectrum – you’d be hard pressed to name another film that bounces from comedic montage to straight-faced opera to action-adventure in the span of 15 minutes–but he makes it feel and sound effortless. It is a truly unique listening experience.”
The remastered Fifth Element soundtrack goes on sale this coming Wednesday, May 17 ...
- Katie Rife
The Fifth Element is one of those movies you can watch over and over again when it comes on cable because the Luc Besson film is so much fun. The sci-fi movie starring Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich hits its 20th anniversary mark Tuesday, and CineMovie got to sit down exclusively with the French director who talked about making the film 20 years ago which he claims was a nightmare behind the scenes.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
(“Guardians 2” spoilers follow.)
So here’s a poser: In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” we have Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), a living planet that takes on human form. Weta Digital was challenged with creating the interior look of Ego, along with the various transformations during his climactic fight with Quill.
This involved complicated mathematical patterns known as fractals (inspired by artist Hal Tenny, who served as a consultant). However, not only did Weta have difficulty controlling the fractals, but it also had to make them pliable in short order.
And then there was the biggest challenge: Weta was charged with ensuring that “Guardians” avoided an R-rating. That’s because 40% of Ego gets destroyed in the fight, and his internal organs can be seen dangling behind him. Weta offered to make him look more fractal, oozing black blood, but director James Gunn would have none of that. »
- Bill Desowitz
In Enter the Warrior's Gate, a teenager is magically transported to China where he learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior. The film is like The Last Starfighter re-imagined as an epic Chinese fantasy and that's exactly what drew director Mathias Hoene (Cockneys vs. Zombies) to high concept project in the first place. Enter the Warrior's Gate is a Chinese/French co-production between Luc Besson's EuropaCorp and Fundamental Film. The two also partnered on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets which is slatted to hit theatres this July. The film was written by Besson and long time collaborator Robert Mark Kamen (Taken, The Fifth Element) and stars Dave Bautista, Sienna Guillory, Uriah Shelton, Mark Chao and Ni...
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- NATHANIEL R
Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which feels like The Fifth Element 2, in case there was any doubt about who was directing, is hitting theaters July 21st and the film has released some interesting character posters.
If you haven’t taken note of the film yet, it’s based on the classic, French comic series Valerian and Laureline which first came out in the late ’60s and has heavily influenced just about everything in the sci-fi world since. Beyond simply wonderful space opera, the comic series was ahead of its time on social issues, and the frequently cutting commentary on same, throughout the decades of its publication.
The film focuses on Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), who patrol space as part of a kind of galactic police. In the film’s story, the pair head to Alpha, a super-city like no other that »
- Marc Eastman
Exactly five decades ago, Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières launched Valérian and Laureline, a French comic series that spawned countless cosmic adventures featuring the titular duo. First published in ’67, elements of Christin and Mézières’ wildly ambitious space opera have reared their head in the likes of Star Wars and, incidentally, The Fifth Element.
The latter is, of course, Luc Besson’s cult sci-fi of ’97 – how fitting is it, then, that ten years later that same French filmmaker is at the helm of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, EuropaCorp’s spectacular rendition of Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières’ source material that’s on course to slam into theaters in two months’ time.
In adapting Valérian and Laureline for another medium, Besson has elected Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne to be his fearless duo of bounty hunters, who safeguard “a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from bad guys, »
- Michael Briers
There’s perhaps been a tickle in the back of your mind while watching sci-fi, a tiny, distant voice asking, “Hey, why are these aliens and sentient science experiments, like, immediately hooking up with the first guy they see?” YouTuber Jonathan McIntosh also asked himself that question, and on his Pop Culture Detective YouTube channel, he’s compiled his thoughts in a thoughtful, provocative video essay entitled “Born Sexy Yesterday.”
According to McIntosh, the Born Sexy Yesterday phenomenon depicts the running trope in sci-fi and adjacent films that pairs lonely, forlorn dudes with female characters that carry the “mind of a child” in a “mature female body.” Using numerous examples from movies like Tron: Legacy, The Fifth Element, Splash, Enchanted, Forbidden Planet (and pretty much any other sci-fi film from the ’50s), the video outlines how these characters cater to a male fantasy of innocence and sexual purity, the kind »
- Randall Colburn
The Summer movie season is nearly upon us and with it come a bevy of blockbusters and smaller films looking to occupy your time. The Cinelinx team is eager to see what this Summer season will bring, and have banded together to discuss the films they’re looking forward to most. Come inside to check it out!
Next week, will see the launch of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, effectively signaling the start of the 2017 Summer movie season. As always, it’s a busy time and packed with films (both small and large) that we’re anxious to see. There’s a lot coming out this Summer, so our team here at Cinelinx decided to take the time to break down the Five films they’re most excited to see this Summer. It was tough to narrow down, but we also gave some quick reasons why certain »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Luc Besson, the visionary director behind The Fifth Element and the Scarlett Johansson-led sleeper hit Lucy, is poised for a return to Hollywood’s big leagues later this year with the release of Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, a wildly ambitious space opera (and possible franchise-starter?) headed up by Dane DeHaan and Suicide Squad‘s Cara Delevingne.
On paper, it’s an exercise in risk-taking for the esteemed French filmmaker, particularly when you consider the similarities between Valerian and Jupiter Ascending – for all of its grandeur and ostentatious scope, the Wachowskis’ box office bomb still wound up costing Warner Bros. a pretty penny. But following the dazzling first trailer, there’s an air of cautious optimism looming large over Luc Besson’s space oddity.
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- Michael Briers
In 1997, a film cynic was born.
Seeing Star Wars ruined should have been a sign that 1997 would be the worst year ever for blockbusters. George Lucas’s Special Editions, intended to “improve” the original trilogy but mostly doing the opposite, started arriving in January. By the time of the release of the new version of Return of the Jedi in March, my anticipation for anything ought to have been demolished. But I couldn’t have imagined that was only the beginning.
Actually, the first steps towards the end of an era were made in the early ’90s. That just wasn’t a great time for big movies compared to the prior decade. Some of my biggest letdowns of all time included Hudson Hawk in 1991 and Death Becomes Her in 1992. Jurassic Park wasn’t good enough for me, having read the book. Independence Day put me to sleep in the theater. Beloved »
- Christopher Campbell
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