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Angelina Jolie Set for Luc Besson's Next Movie

6 December 2011 8:50 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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So much for Angelina Jolie sticking to directing. According to Deadline, Jolie is in talks to star in a movie written and directed by Luc Besson. The film would be Angelina's first live-action role since 2010's 'The Tourist' (she voiced Master Tigress in this year's 'Kung Fu Panda 2'). Besson, who's no stranger to creating strong female roles ('Nikita,' 'Leon,' 'Angel-a'), is currently promoting his latest movie, 'The Lady,' starring potential Oscar nominee Michelle Yeoh. Jolie has some Oscar bait of her own in the form of her directorial debut, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey.'

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- Moviefone Staff

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Rie Rasmussen Talks 'The Human Zoo' & Learning From Brian De Palma & Luc Besson

15 November 2011 4:15 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Model turned director Rie Rasmussen has been doing everything she can in recent years to prove she’s more than just a pretty face. After eye-catching roles in Brian De Palma’s “Femme Fatale” and a starring role in Luc Besson’s “Angel-a,” Rasmussen stepped behind the lens to direct a short film, “The Thinning Herd,” which first caught Quentin Tarantino’s attention. »

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Los Angeles. "Human Zoo" + "Pete Smalls Is Dead"

12 November 2011 11:49 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Bearing a 2008 copyright, the film Human Zoo pops up for a one-week run at the New Beverly, presented by the theater's benefactor, Quentin Tarantino," writes Mark Olsen in the La Weekly. "Best known to moviegoers as the star of Luc Besson's Parisian fantasy Angel-a, model/artist Rie Rasmussen is here writer, director, star and even co-editor, with the story apparently based on the experiences of her adopted sister." Tarantino, notes Jeff Otto at the Playlist, calls Human Zoo "an electrifying directorial debut. It's as shocking and violent as it is moving and charming." Olsen, on the other hand: "Incoherent and self-indulgent, the film can't even manage to be particularly fun — even the supermodel sex scenes are disconcertingly disengaged, and everything is shot with a dingy patina that parades about as gritty realism."

Back to Otto: "Tarantino and Rasmussen have become good chums. She visited the set of Inglourious Basterds »

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The Lady Review

31 October 2011 1:08 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

HeyUGuys is very proud to be partnering with Cinémoi for our coverage of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Luc Besson’s The Lady closed the festival and Julien Planté brings us his review.

“Freedom from fear”. Everything is there. This is the title of Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech in 1990 and the story of Luc Besson’s new movie, The Lady. This film, which closed the 3rd Doha Tribeca Film Festival on the 29th October, is arguably his best yet.

Luc Besson has a habit of falling in love with his characters, sometimes even his actresses. We saw it with Nikita (Anne Parillaud), Angel-a (Rie Rasmussen), Leeloo and Joan of Arc (Milla Jovovich), and even more recently with Adèle Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin). Here, however, he falls in love with a real person, a strong individual with an inner beauty, a woman who doesn’t need money, power or fame, »

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Michelle Yeoh Leads Her People in the First Trailer for 'The Lady'

4 October 2011 5:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Writer-director Luc Besson loves writing strong female leads for his films ('Nikita,' 'The Professional' and 'Angel-a,' all feature women playing badass characters). For his latest movie, 'The Lady,' Besson examines a different type of female strength. Starring Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese politician put under house arrest for 10 years, 'The Lady' focuses on personal sacrifices and love during political turmoil. The first official trailer for 'The Lady' has premiered, and it's easy to see why Yeoh has been garnering early Oscar buzz for the role.

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- Alex Suskind

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DVD Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

14 August 2011 9:59 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-sec

Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Philippe Nahon | Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Luc Besson directs his first live action film since 2005’s Angel-a with this adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s quaint seventies comic strip, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. To be simplistic, it’s easiest to think of this film as a French, female version of Indiana Jones with an odd streak a mile wide. Adèle is an intrepid and resourceful young journalist who travels the world exploring its wonders. We find our heroine in Egypt, recovering the lost sarcophagus of an Ancient Egyptian doctor, whom Adèle believes can impart vital lost knowledge that can revive her sister who has been incapacitated in a freak accident; that is, if the Egyptian can be resurrected by a local scientist who has learned to do so by hatching »

- Jack Kirby

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First Look: Fernando Meirelles' New Sex Film '360' with Rachel Weisz

11 August 2011 2:47 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Well what do we have here? Another new set of first look photos from Tiff for the new "uncompromising dramatic thriller" from City of God and Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles called 360, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde. The film is an ensemble drama that "explores how sexual relationships can transgress social boundaries." The cast includes Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster and even Jamel Debbouze, who you'll recognize from Amelie and Angel-a. While this is a sexual drama, there isn't anything risque about any of these six photos, but check them out anyway. Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's 1900 play La Ronde, in 360, director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Hereafter) combine a modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters: from different cities and countries in a vivid, suspenseful and deeply »

- Alex Billington

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Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

29 April 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-sec

Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Philippe Nahon | Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Luc Besson directs his first live action film since 2005’s Angel-a with this adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s quaint seventies comic strip, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. To be simplistic, it’s easiest to think of this film as a French, female version of Indiana Jones with an odd streak a mile wide. Adèle is an intrepid and resourceful young journalist who travels the world exploring its wonders. We find our heroine in Egypt, recovering the lost sarcophagus of an Ancient Egyptian doctor, whom Adèle believes can impart vital lost knowledge that can revive her sister who has been incapacitated in a freak accident; that is, if the Egyptian can be resurrected by a local scientist who has learned to do so by hatching »

- Jack Kirby

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Luc Besson: Why I couldn't give up making films

14 April 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In his homeland France, Luc Besson is regarded as a maker of mass market films. So what, he says, even Jean-Luc Godard is really a commercial director

In 2006, France's most commercially successful film-maker announced he had made his last movie. For more than a decade, Luc Besson had been saying he would only direct 10 films in his life, and he had reached his quota. Admittedly, Arthur and the Invisibles, a semi-animated children's adventure, was a bit of a whimper to go out on after hits such as The Big Blue, Léon and The Fifth Element, but, as Besson told the Guardian at the time: "I would rather stop too soon than too late." It was, it seems, too soon. Even if you count his two Arthur sequels as 10-and-a-half, Besson has gone way over quota, and is now back in town with not one but two brand new features.

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- Steve Rose

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