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Report: Luc Besson’s Company Targeted by Preliminary Investigations for Financial Misdeed

15 November 2014 10:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — While 2014 has marked Luc Besson’s big directorial comeback with the worldwide box office hit “Lucy,” there are rumors of legal turmoil for Besson’s company Frontline.

Frontline, a majority shareholder of EuropaCorp, is reportedly being questioned for “abuse of power” and “misuse of corporate assets” in business deals, according to French news website Bfmtv.

A preliminary investigation was in fact launched months ago following a lawsuit filed by one of EuropaCorp’s minority shareholders and is now being unveiled by the French media outlet.

This preliminary investigation stems from the allegedly excessive valuation of Blue Event (at 6 million Euros) — privately held at 95% by Besson and EuropaCorp’s CEO Christophe Lambert. Indeed, Frontline transferred the lease of La Cite du Cinema studios to the recently-created Blue Event in 2012 (which generated 3.9 million Euros during the 2012-2013 fiscal year). It acquired Blue Event shortly after in 2013.

EuropaCorp said in a statement »

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EuropaCorp Targeted in a Pair of Investigations Over Alleged Financial Misdeeds

14 November 2014 5:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — While 2014 has marked Luc Besson’s big directorial comeback with the worldwide B.O. smash hit “Lucy,” there is looming legal turmoil for Besson’s company, EuropaCorp.

After being fined 200,000 Euros ($250,456) by the French Financial Market Authority (Amf) for reportedly misleading investors in 2009 and 2010, EuropaCorp is now being probed for “abuse of power” and “misuse of corporate assets” in business deals.

Two preliminary investigations have been launched following a lawsuit filed by EuropaCorp’s minority shareholders, who own 38% of the shingle (Besson owns the remaining 62%).

This probe stems from the allegedly excessive valuation of Blue Event (at 6 million Euros) — privately held at 95% by Besson and EuropaCorp’s CEO Christophe Lambert. Indeed, EuropaCorp transferred the rights for the use of the Cite du Cinema studios to Blue Event in 2012 and shortly after, in 2013, it acquired Blue Event.

EuropaCorp said in a statement that the shingle’s representatives had already been »

- Elsa Keslassy

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New trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey

13 November 2014 10:53 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have released the second trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling erotic novel, which sees Jamie Dornan (The Fall) as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (Need For Speed) as Anastasia Steele.

Also featuring in the cast of the film adaptation are Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Valentine’s Day.

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- Gary Collinson

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New images of Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper

13 November 2014 12:43 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. has dropped two new images from American Sniper, the latest directorial effort from Clint Eastwood, which stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history…

See Also: First trailer for American Sniper

U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, »

- Gary Collinson

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Take A Walk Among The Tombstones On Blu-Ray Next January

13 November 2014 8:58 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though Liam Neeson has propelled many an action thriller to big box office numbers, his gritty noir A Walk Among the Tombstones was not what you’d call a big hit – and that’s a shame, considering that the hard-boiled detective story is a much better movie than UnknownTaken 2 and Non-Stop added together. Luckily, for those of you who missed it in theaters, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just announced that it will be bringing A Walk Among the Tombstones to Blu-Ray on January 13th next year.

The Blu-Ray will include a 1080p resolution transfer and a DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 track. Additionally, a DVD, Uv digital copy and iTunes-compatible digital copy will be included on the release. Special features include:

Matt Sudder: Private Eye – Author Lawrence Block and Screenwriter/Director Scott Frank discuss the complex character of Matt Scudder and how he transforms from page to screen. (Blu-ray »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey featured in new Fifty Shades of Grey poster

12 November 2014 10:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a second trailer set to land tomorrow, yesterday brought us a new poster for Fifty Shades of Grey featuring Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, and now we’ve got another one-sheet, this time featuring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey…

Based upon the bestselling book series by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and also stars Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Valentine’s Day. Watch the first trailer here.

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- Gary Collinson

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New poster for Fifty Shades of Grey featuring Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele

11 November 2014 9:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a second trailer imminent, Yahoo! Movies has debuted a new poster for Fifty Shades of Grey, featuring Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed) as Anastasia Steele…

Based upon the bestselling book series by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and sees Jamie Dornan (The Fall) as Christian Grey alongside Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

Fifty Shades of Grey is set for release on Valentine’s Day. Watch the first trailer here.

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- Gary Collinson

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Win a Blu-ray Copy of Free Fall from ShockYa!

21 October 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Free Fall,” the latest thriller from Anchor Bay Entertainment, is promising to make elevators your worst nightmare. The film, which comes from the producers of the “Halloween” and “Final Destination” franchises, stars D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Sarah Butler (“I Spit On Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). Here’s more about the film: “A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal  [ Read More ]

The post Win a Blu-ray Copy of Free Fall from ShockYa! appeared first on Shockya.com. »

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Parents & Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized To Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study

20 October 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could also be subject to the same desensitization “and thus more likely to be lenient when it comes to evaluating the appropriateness of such content for children.” Those behind the study said this effect could help to explain the “ratings creep” that has allowed more violence into films aimed at our youth.

The MPAA has long acknowledged that its standards have shifted over time but has traditionally attributed this to the changing standards of parents. »

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Casting Net: Tom Welling and more complete cast of Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

8 October 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• The final pieces have been put in place in order to make The Choice, the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted to the screen. Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Maggie Grace (Taken 2) have completed the cast that already includes Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Tom WilkinsonRoss Katz is directing the story adapted by Bryan Sipe about a love affair between neighbors Travis (Walker) and Gabby (Palmer). Welling will play Ryan, Gabby's boyfriend who complicates the relationship and forces her to make a choice between the two. [THR] • Instructions Not Included star Eugenio Derbez has joined Gerard Butler »

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Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario, Maggie Grace Join Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’

8 October 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario and Maggie Grace have joined the cast of Lionsgate’s romance-drama “The Choice.”

Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer came on last week as the lead characters in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Ross Katz is directing the screenplay written by Bryan Sipe.

Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for the studio.

The Choice” is set in a small coastal town where a man ends up pursuing a relationship with his new neighbor, leading to a journey that neither could have foreseen.

Eight of Sparks’ books have been made into films, including “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Dear John” and “The Lucky One.” “The Best of Me” is due in theaters on Oct. »

- Dave McNary

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Weekend Report: Moviegoers Thrill to 'Gone Girl,' 'Annabelle' This Weekend

5 October 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It was a photo finish at the box office this weekend between Gone Girl and Annabelle, though both movies are winners regardless of their rank.David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's immensely popular novel took first place with $37.5 million, while the prequel to The Conjuring was a very close second with $37.1 million. The two movies were seperated by a mere $378,854.Those impressive debuts led to an overall boom at the box office: the top 12 earned $139.5 million, which is up 21 percent from the same weekend last year (when Gravity led the way with over $55 million). In fact, this is the biggest weekend ever in the month of October.Playing at 3,014 theaters, Gone Girl opened to $37.5 million this weekend. That's the biggest opening ever for director David Fincher ahead of Panic Room, and its star Ben Affleck's highest debut since Daredevil in 2003.While it couldn't quite match Shutter Island »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Around-the-World Roundup: Strong Overseas Debuts for 'Gone Girl,' 'Annabelle'

5 October 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Coinciding with its domestic debut, Gone Girl opened to $24.5 million from 39 international markets this weekend.It opened to $6.7 million in the U.K. and $4.6 million in Australia; both marked all-time highs for director David Fincher. It also played well in Russia ($3.4 million) and Germany ($2.6 million), while it was less impressive in Mexico and Brazil (both below $1 million).Fincher's last two movies*The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)*earned $128 million and $130 million, respectively. Based on the initial results, Gone Girl will likely wind up above that level.Bang Bang, the Bollywood remake of Knight & Day, opened to $22.7 million overseas this weekend. Most of that came from India, where it tallied a massive $19.3 million (third-highest debut ever for a non-franchise title). A week ahead of its U.S. debut, Dracula Untold earned $21 million from 25 foreign markets. It had a strong $4.9 million four-day opening in Mexico, and did decent business in the U. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Exclusive: Clip from Thriller Free Fall Makes Elevators Horrifying

3 October 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

From the producers of “Halloween” and “Final Destination” comes the latest action thriller “Free Fall.” The film stars Sarah Butler (“I Spit on Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). The film will make its way to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 28. Also, speaking of “Halloween,” “Free Fall” is the directorial debut of one of the “Halloween” franchise producers, Malek Akkad. “Free Fall” is a horrifying journey through the corporate world and promises to do for elevators what Alfred Hitchcock’s amazing thriller  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Taken 3 Trailer Review – Watch Fmtv break down Liam Neeson’s latest!

3 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Owen Rhys breaks down the first trailer for Taken 3, directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2), written by Luc Besson (Lucy) and with a cast that includes Liam Neeson (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Famke Janssen (X-Men: The Last Stand), Maggie Grace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove) and Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman). Watch the review video below…

Watch the Taken 3 trailer here

Taken 3 is set for release on January 9th, 2015.

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First trailer and poster for American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper

2 October 2014 11:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After debuting some first-look images yesterday [see here], Warner Bros. has now dropped the first trailer and poster for American Sniper, which sees Clint Eastwood (Jersey Boys) directing Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)…

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “The Devil” by the enemies he hunted and “The Legend” by his Navy Seal brothers. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States Military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more then 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him Al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned a legendary status among his fellow Seals, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, who he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle »

- Gary Collinson

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Forecast: 'Gone Girl,' 'Annabelle' to Bring Box Office Back to Life

2 October 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Friday Am Update: Annabelle and Gone Girl both had impressive debuts on Thursday night, and each now seems poised to wind up at the higher end of weekend expectations.Annabelle took in $2.1 million from late night shows. That's lower than The Conjuring ($3.31 million) and both of the Purge movies ($3.4 million and $2.6 million). All three of those titles opened during the Summer, though, when Thursday night shows are easier to attend.A better comparison is last September's Insidious Chapter 2, which took in $1.5 million on Thursday night on its way to $40.3 million for the weekend. While it's premature to assume Annabelle will open that high, it does seem like $30-million-plus is a safe bet now.Meanwhile, David Fincher's Gone Girl opened $1.25 million from late Thursday shows. In comparison, Gravity earned $1.4 million from early showings on its way to over $55 million in its first weekend. Again, it's too soon to say that »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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First images of Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in American Sniper

1 October 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of today’s first trailer, Warner Bros. has debuted the first images from director Clint Eastwood’s latest film American Sniper, featuring Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) and Sienna Miller (The Girl). Take a look…

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “The Devil” by the enemies he hunted and “The Legend” by his Navy Seal brothers. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States Military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more then 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him Al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned a legendary status among his fellow Seals, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, who he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. »

- Gary Collinson

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The key things we learned from the Taken 3 trailer

1 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The violence, plot and gift choices of Taken 3 come under Ryan's FBI-grade trailer analysis...

We've learned quite a few things about retired CIA veteran Bryan Mills during the course of the previous two Taken movies: his skill with guns. His love for his wife and daughter. His ability to turn just about anything into a torture device. Our biggest take-away from the Taken franchise, though, is that Mills is a man of extraordinary emotional resilience.

In the first Taken, his daughter was kidnapped, so Mills did what any father would do: killed everyone in Paris until the daughter turned up again. In Taken 2, both he and his wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) are the ones who are kidnapped, leaving daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to run around Istanbul throwing hand grenades off the roofs of buildings.

Eventually, Mills - thanks to the cunning use of a tiny, tiny mobile phone hidden »

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TAK3N's First Trailer is Good Enough to Forgive the Horrible Name

1 October 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The first official trailer for Taken 3 (or TAK3N as they're calling it) has hit the internet and while the previous movie may have tempered your interest in the franchise, this one looks like it could be pretty darn good.  Come inside to check it out!

Honestly, after Taken 2, I can say that I had no real interest in a third outing.  While I loved the first film, it seemed the idea had run its course and Taken 2 was largely lackluster.  It had some interesting moments, but the energy and fun from the first film was absent.  TAK3N may have brought it back: 

What I love most about this trailer, is how they've increased the stakes a great deal.  The first two films' tension relied on the threat of what could happen to his loved ones if he failed.  Within this trailer we already see that his ex-wife (who »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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