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'Lucy' Kills with $17.1 Million On Friday

59 minutes ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Based on Friday results, at least, the Summer box office slump seems to be drawing to an end this weekend.Sci-fi action movie Lucy opened in first place with an exceptional $17.1 million haul. Meanwhile, Hercules outperformed modest expectations, though it will probably still fall short of $30 million this weekend.Lucy's $17.1 million debut is significantly higher than Angelina Jolie's Salt, which took in $12.5 million on opening day in July 2010. More impressive is the fact that Lucy opened nearly on par with action sequels Taken 2 and The Bourne Supremacy (both around $18.4 million).The Scarlett Johannson flick did receive a poor "C+" CinemaScore, which suggests word-of-mouth will be mixed. Still, it's guaranteed to earn at least $43 million this weekend, and could wind up near $47 million.Playing at 3,595 theaters, Hercules opened to an estimated $11.05 million on Friday. That's roughly equal to the $10.6 million that last month's Edge of Tomorrow earned on opening day. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Lucy – The Review

24 July 2014 10:18 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

How can a film exist somewhere between being an ambitious Hollywood oddity and a wacky hot mess of a film? Days after seeing Luc Besson’s new film Lucy I’m still trying to figure this out. Going into a Besson film you have to expect a strong female-centered action-fest. The French director has made a career of this going back to La Femme Nikita, to The Fifth Element, all the way to his more recent Indiana Jones and Allan Quatermain inspired period piece The Extraordinary Adventure Of Adele Blanc-sec (which exists relatively unnoticed and is worth checking out if you’re a fan of pulp adventure stories). However Lucy kind of exists in a different conversation than these previously mentioned films for a lot of reasons. First of all, despite her stunning features, Johansson’s Lucy is nowhere near as memorable as some of the leads in these other films. »

- Michael Haffner

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Can Luc Besson score another French-import blockbuster with 'Lucy'? (Updated)

24 July 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Over the course of his dozen-plus films as a writer-director, Parisian auteur Luc Besson has become known for his stylish inversions of schlock genre fare and a certain, shall we call it, Vive la femme attitude toward women.

Time and again, his movies place emotionally fragile female characters in physically perilous situations: a conflicted hit-woman struggling with the perils of her job in 1990’s La Femme Nikita, 12-year old Natalie Portman on the run as an assassin-in-training in The Professional, and Milla Jovovich’s universe-saving alien Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997) among them. Besson’s latest multiplex offering appears set to follow that template. »

- Chris Lee

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Fifty Shades of Grey teaser drops, full trailer released on Thursday

21 July 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Focus Features has released a short teaser from the forthcoming first full trailer for their adaptation of E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey, which you can view below. It may only be a quick 15-second snippet, but it will no doubt get fans of the film and book excited for the first trailer, which will be released online this Thursday, July 24th.

Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its initial release. To date, the book trilogy it has sold over 70million copies worldwide to become one of the fasting-selling book series of all time.

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, and written by Mark Bomback (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks), the film stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall), Dakota Johnson (Need For Speed), Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2 »

- Scott Davis

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Watch Scarlett Johansson wreak havoc in new Lucy trailer

13 July 2014 4:52 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson speeds through traffic in the latest Lucy trailer.

Johansson's titular character, a super intelligent assassin, taps into a web of mobile communications before causing havoc by driving at high speed.

The film comes from Taken 2 director Luc Besson, who also penned the script.

Crazy, Stupid, Love's Analeigh Tipton and Morgan Freeman star in the thriller.

The film's release date was recently pushed up.

The Besson-directed action movie was originally slated to debut on August 8, but Universal announced that the movie's new release date will be July 25.

Johansson is also in talks to star in the Coen brothers' next movie Hail, Caesar!. »

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Official Sororal One-Sheet Debut and Soundtrack Release Details

11 July 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Following May screenings of their giallo-inspired feature Sororal at the Fantaspoa Film Festival in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the team at Nakatomi Pictures announce the release of the film's soundtrack, marking the milestone with the unveiling of the official poster artwork.

From the Press Release:

In aspiring to produce Australia’s first neo-giallo thriller, writer-director Sam Barrett was aware from the outset that the score would be critical to successfully creating the surreal parallel universe in Sororal.

He put the challenge in front of composer Christopher de Groot.

“A lot has been said about the beautiful imagery in hallmark giallo films, but there is no over-estimating the importance of music in the genre. The best giallo scores can take you away to a strange dream world that is beautiful, erotic, and frightening, a world which Chris has definitely sculpted for Sororal,” says Barrett. “True, we used a dizzying array of references as a starting point, »

- Debi Moore

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Scarlett Johansson's Lucy gets new red band trailer

9 July 2014 6:53 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson turns femme fatale in the latest video clip for Lucy.

Johansson's titular character, a super intelligent assassin, is seen taking charge of her captor, before wiping out a room full of enemies for a bite of a sandwich.

The film comes from Taken 2 director Luc Besson, who also penned the film's script.

Crazy Stupid Love's Analeigh Tipton and Morgan Freeman star in the thriller.

Lucy will be released in Us cinemas on July 25 and in the UK on August 22.

Meanwhile, Johansson is reportedly in talks to appear in the Coen brothers' upcoming film Hail, Caesar!. »

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EuropaCorp’s Full-Year Results: Revenue Rise 14%, Net Profit Fall 19.4%

28 June 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– In a fiscal year marked by its expansion into the U.S. market, among numerous growth operations, Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s EuropaCorp posted 211.8 million Euros ($288 million) in revenue, fueled by international sales and TV production.

The outfit’s net profit, however, fell 19.4% from last year’s record $26 million, and generated 4% in operating profit margin for the year 2013-2014, which ended on March 31.

The company’s international sales biz, led by Marie-Laure Montironi, scored $153 million (compared with last year’s $97 million). This figure is nonetheless bloated by EuropaCorp’s $45 milion flat-rate deal with Fox which covers future royalty revenue from “Taken” and “Taken 2.” Deal also covers collateral guarantees for any future royalties generated with Fox.

Auditors are currently probing the timing of this pact with Fox to determine whether it should be included in the financial year 2013-2014. The pact accounted for $17.7 million in operating margin and $11 million in net profit. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Jersey Boys' & 'Think Like a Man Too', Plus a New Screening Horror Story

20 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Both Laremy and I have been quite sick, but at the last minute my antibiotics kicked in just enough for us to record an 81-minute podcast for you on this Friday as we didn't want to leave you hanging for one full week without our ridiculous ranting and raving. So, you're getting a horror story from our Jersey Boys screening, our reviews of Jersey Boys and Think Like a Man Too and my thoughts after watching the second season of "Hannibal" as well as the first three episodes of HBO's "The Leftovers". We then answer some of your questions, check out new DVD and Blu-rays this week, play some games and get out a little early as our voices began to fade. Hope you enjoy! Like Janet said, it's all for you... If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us »

- Brad Brevet

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Non-Stop Blu-Ray Review

18 June 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Liam Neeson may have launched his career with serious fare like Schindler’s List, but the moment Taken ignited at the box office, it became obvious that the actor had found his niche. Since that modern action classic, he’s led The A-Team, unraveled an assassination plot in Unknown, faced down wolves in The Grey and once again combatted human traffickers in Taken 2. The actor’s formula for these action flicks is pretty clear-cut. Neeson plays a gruff but likable badass, who’s hurtled into an impossible situation and forced to fight his way out, all the while maintaining his intrinsic dignity. The actor’s latest, Non-Stop, never tries to break away from that formula, though director Jaume Collet-Serra (who previously helmed Unknown with Neeson) does make a cliché-riddled ride enjoyable.

Quickly establishing a sense of claustrophobia and expertly handling a number of close-quarters action sequences, Collet-Serra proves capable »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Contest: Win Non-Stop Blu-Ray

16 June 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

To celebrate the recent home video release of Non-Stop, we’re giving away two copies of the film on Blu-Ray. The twisty thriller comes to us from director Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Liam Neeson as a Us Air Marshal who becomes caught up in a terrorist plot while aboard a commercial flight over the Atlantic ocean.

Our very own Matt Donato reviewed the film back in February and said the following about it:

Where a film like Taken 2 felt stale and rehashed, Non-Stop challenges typical genre norms by confining fight scenes to tiny bathroom stalls and crowded aisles – a saving grace that creates a more than acceptable mainstream watch.

To enter to win, simply like We Got This Covered on Facebook and re-tweet our contest message (below). A winner will be chosen on June 24th at 11:59pm Est.

Contest: Win Non-Stop Blu-Ray http://t.co/oM2bZlD80K »

- Matt Joseph

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Michelangelo & Lincoln: History Cops faux trailer from The Lego Movie

12 June 2014 11:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the home entertainment release of the blockbuster CG-animation The Lego Movie just around the corner, a sneak peek preview of the special features has arrived in the form of faux trailer for History Cops, a gritty crime thriller starring Abraham Lincoln and Michelangelo…

The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as The Special, the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.  He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared.

 

The Lego Movie hits DVD and Blu-ray in the States next Tuesday (June 17th) and arrives in the UK on July 7th, with a voice cast that includes Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Liam Neeson »

- Gary Collinson

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‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ Trailer Offers a Grittier Glimpse at Liam Neeson’s Particular Set of Skills

4 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Liam Neeson‘s been on a bit of an action-star tear since striking gold with 2008′s Taken, but who can blame him? The guy turns 62 years old in a few days, and if he wants to kick ass and take names a few more times before starring in a Grumpy Old Men remake (with Harrison Ford, obviously) more power to him. Of course, he could stand to be a bit pickier with his choices — for every Taken and Non-Stop we also get a Taken 2 and an Unknown – and it’s on that note that we get our first look at the trailer for his latest film. A Walk Among the Tombstones just might be the best entry in Neeson’s late career renaissance. It certainly looks the best anyway, and it’s also based on a source material of genuinely higher quality than the usual script from Luc Besson’s Goofy Action Factory. The »

- Rob Hunter

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New Clip From Third Person Features Liam Neeson And Olivia Wilde

3 June 2014 4:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In recent times, Liam Neeson has made quite the name for himself as a hard-as-nails action star. From the growling Northern Irish accent to his icy cool demeanour, everything about the man and the way he carries himself lends itself to the phrase “ultimate screen badass.”

We’ve seen him bring the European sex trade to its knees in Taken and Taken 2 – the series that really put him on the map as far as action roles are concerned. He starred in the underrated affair that was The Grey, battling a pack of ravenous bloodthirsty wolves, Unknown saw him battling his way through a conspiracy that well and truly messed with his brain and Non-Stop saw him thwart a terrorist. You get the picture – you don’t mess with Liam Neeson.

So, it’s somewhat surprising (if not refreshing) to see him slam on the brakes, as it were, and »

- Dale Barham

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Liam Neeson on 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' in Thriller Trailer

29 May 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We've seen Liam Neeson get into plenty of action in Taken, the wretched Taken 2, Unknown and Non-Stop earlier this year. Now he's toning it down a bit, but sticking with the thriller genre in A Walk Among the Tombstones. The film is based on Lawrence Block's novel of the same name, featuring Neeson as recurring character Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. In this particular tale, he's helping a heroin trafficker hunt down the men who kidnapped and murdered his wife. It definitely has a more serious tone than Taken and seems to work. Here's the first trailer for Scott Frank's A Walk Among the Tombstones, originally from Apple: A Walk among the Tombstones is written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout). Liam Neeson plays Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop who now works as »

- Ethan Anderton

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Neeson, Johannson, Costner Power Up Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Revenues

24 May 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Powered by English-language actioners – Liam Neeson’s “Taken” and “Taken 2,” now Scarlett Johansson sci-fier “Lucy” – plus high-end TV drama production, Luc Besson’s Gallic major EuropaCorp punched €213.1 million ($290.4 million) in 2013/14 full year revenues.

EuropaCorp’s financial year ended March 31.

Figure includes $32.6 million ($44.4 million) in royalties from the first two “Taken” installments under a buy-out deal with Fox.

Including that buy-out, EuropaCorp revs were up 14.7% for the year. Without it, they edged down 2.9%.

Also contributing to 2013/14 sales: First revenues from Universal on the Luc Besson-helmed “Lucy,” where Johansson plays a drug mule whose consignment seeps into her body, giving her superhuman intelligence. Universal has just put forward the U.S. release to July 25; and international deliveries on McG’s 3 Days To Kill,” with Kevin Costner as a CIA agent doing one last job.

Driven by such deals, international sales accounted for 52% of full-year revenues, two thirds of fourth quarter income. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Neeson, Johannson, Costner Power Up Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Revenues

24 May 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – Powered by English-language actioners – Liam Neeson’s “Taken” and “Taken 2,” now Scarlett Johansson sci-fier “Lucy” – plus high-end TV drama production, Luc Besson’s Gallic major EuropaCorp punched €213.1 million ($290.4 million) in 2013/14 full year revenues.

EuropaCorp’s financial year ended March 31.

Figure includes $32.6 million ($44.4 million) in royalties from the first two “Taken” installments under a buy-out deal with Fox.

Including that buy-out, EuropaCorp revs were up 14.7% for the year. Without it, they edged down 2.9%.

Also contributing to 2013/14 sales: First revenues from Universal on the Luc Besson-helmed “Lucy,” where Johansson plays a drug mule whose consignment seeps into her body, giving her superhuman intelligence. Universal has just put forward the U.S. release to July 25; and international deliveries on McG’s 3 Days To Kill,” with Kevin Costner as a CIA agent doing one last job.

Driven by such deals, international sales accounted for 52% of full-year revenues, two thirds of fourth quarter income. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Scarlett Johansson Looks a Little Pale on 'Lucy' Poster

23 May 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Universal has released the first poster for Lucy, the new film starrin Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule turned "superhero" when the drug she's carrying leaks into her system and gives her access to 100% of her brain. Directed by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional) we pretty much know exactly what to expect from this one, which isn't to say I expect a bad movie. Besson simply makes (or, more often produces) movies of a certain sort nowadays and this one could be as good as something like Taken or even Brick Mansions, or as bad as Taken 2 or the Transporter sequels. We'll know more come July 25 as the movie also upped its release date and will now take on Dwayne Johnson's Hercules. Morgan Freeman co-stars and you can check out the poster below and I also included the latest international trailer if you need to familiarize yourself. »

- Brad Brevet

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Brick Mansions Review

1 May 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Camille Delamarre.

Starring: Paul Walker, RZA, David Belle, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Robert Maillet.

Certificate: 15.

Running Time: 90 minutes.

Synopsis: An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighbourhood that’s surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.

Luc Besson seems like an incredibly busy man, churning out a couple of scripts or stories per year on top of his directing duties. It seems like the reason for this massive activity could be that he just stops after the first draft and thinks to himself, ‘that’ll do’. At least that’s the evidence on hand in the mess that is Brick Mansions.

The film is a remake of District 13 (also conceived by Besson) and the plot is largely the same, transported from the ghettos of »

- Esben Evans

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Brick Mansions review: bombs away

1 May 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This absurd and pointlessly convoluted remake of a decade-old French action flick feels dated and out of step in more ways than one. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have seen the source material (and I am indifferent about it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s been years since I saw the 2004 French film, Banlieue 13 — aka District 13 and District B-13 — and I confess that I do not remember being overly impressed by it… but I think would have remembered if it felt quite so absurd and pointlessly convoluted as this lifeless remake.

Written and produced by Luc Besson (Taken 2, Colombiana; he served in the same capacities on the original), and directed by Besson protégé Camille Delamarre (that’s a dude Camille, by the way), this gives us a Detroit of the year 2018 in which crime »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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