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Whatever you think about the films of Luc Besson, it’s hard not to admire their huge ambitions. From 12-year-old hit-woman thriller “Leon: The Professional” to science-fiction visions like “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy,” Besson has endless ideas that always have the potential to deliver big time. His next film, “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets,” certainly fits the bill, and it seems like it’s going to be his most blockbuster effort to date. The movie’s source material is the graphic novel series “Valerian and Laureline,” which has one of those grand space opera stories that seemed like a no brainer for a film adaptation.
- Zack Sharf
Director John Carpenter's 1981 thriller Escape From New York celebrated its 35th anniversary this summer, and this timeless classic continues to inspire audiences to this day. Die-hard fans will be pleased to learn that they'll be able to own their very own countdown watch as worn by Kurt Russell's Snake Plissken in this dark sci-fi adventure. This watch is becoming a reality through a crowd funding campaign by the Ridgewood Watch Company.
As of now, the Kickstarter campaign has raised $48,772 of its $200,000 goal, with 34 days left in the campaign. These watches aren't exactly cheap, with the Lifeclock One "Snake Edition" starting at $399 and the high-end Uspf costing $799. While these watches will certainly cost a pretty penny, you'll definitely get your money's worth, since the Lifeclock One is much more than just a countdown watch. Here's the official description of this watch, inspired by the John Carpenter film.
"In John Carpenter's famous masterpiece, »
Confession: Guy Pearce can, in my opinion, do absolutely no wrong. Even in films that I don’t find to be much fun (i.e.- Lockout), Pearce always gives 200% and let’s be honest, just based on L.A. Confidential, the Aussie actor should have a lifetime pass. News that I’m quite excited about, is the newly announced acquisition of the western/thriller Brimstone by Momentum Pictures.
Starring Pearce (Breathe In, Lawless), Dakota Fanning (Man On Fire, The Runaways), Kit Harington (Jon Snow himself people…), Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) and Emilia Jones (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), the film all set for a theatrical and VOD release in March of 2017 and seriously guys…think of The Proposition and Lawless…Guy Pearce is the man.
Brimstone tells the story of a frontier woman turn fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn »
- Jerry Smith
NEWSThe news from Brazil these days is focused on the Olympics, but the country's film culture has just gone through a shuddering convulsion with massive cuts to the Brazilian Cinematheque that, after an uproar, have been withheld. Luc Besson, the French mega-producer and director, has been ordered to pay €465,000 in damages to John Carpenter, his co-writer and StudioCanal for plagiarism of Carpenter's Escape from New York in Besson's 2012 film Lockout.The complete Venice Film Festival 2016 lineup is out. What are we looking forward to most? Terrence Malick's IMAX documentary Voyage of Time, and new films by Lav Diaz (The Woman Who Left), Andrei Konchalovsky (Paradise), Ulrich Siedl (Safari), Amir Naderi (Monte) and Sergei Loznitsa (Austerlitz).Recommended VIEWINGDespite some bumps, we continue to be champions of M. Night Shyamalan. The trailer for his latest, Split, seems to be made in the same lower budget style that inspired his last—and excellent—thriller, »
They say there is nothing new under the sun, but there is surely a difference between homage and plagiarism. That is the lesson dispensed this week by a Paris appeals court, which has ruled that Luc Besson, his EuropaCorp production company, and the co-writers/directors of the 2012 film Lockout (Stephen St. Leger and James Mather) plagiarized 1981’s Escape From New York.
This is the second ruling in the case. At the end of 2015, the court found in favour of Carpenter and his team, and awarded them $95,000. Carpenter’s camp had originally asked for $2.4 million. Besson’s team filed an appeal, however, and lost again. The result of this final ruling is that Luc Besson and his filmmaking associates must now pay over $500,000 to John Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and the production company StudioCanal.
- Sarah Myles
Simon Brew Aug 1, 2016
Given how, er ‘similar’ some movie plotlines tend to be to others, we’re surprised this sort of story doesn’t come up more often. Just take a look, for instance, at how many movies ‘pay tribute’ to something like Death Wish.
Anyway: filmmaker Luc Besson – currently hard at work on Valerian – has now been ordered by a court in Paris to pay John Carpenter the best part of half a million dollars. The reason? Plagiarism. One of Besson's projects has been ruled to be far too close to one of Carpenter's.
A French appeals »
A few years back, in the heady days of 2012, Luc Besson co-write, alongside directors Stephen S. Leger and James Mather, and took the executive producer role on Lock Out, a sci-fi actioner which saw Guy Pierce charged with rescuing the President’s daughter from a hi-tech space jail overrun by hardened criminals. Just looking at that brief synopsis, you may see what a lot of people saw, that it was Very similar to John Crapenter’s 1981 classic Escape from New York. One person who definitely thought so was Carpenter himself, who took Besson to court over the glaring similarities, and via Yahoo, we now have a verdict, with a Paris appeals court coming down in favour of Carpenter, ordering Besson to pay $500,000 after being found guilty of plagiarism. The basic premise of Lockout is indeed eerily similar to Escape from New York, and to a lesser extent it’s sequel Escape from L.A., »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Do you remember the 2012 thriller Lockout from producer Luc Besson? While it may have slipped fairly quickly out of the public consciousness, John Carpenter certainly hasn't forgotten about it. And how could he? The movie has now been proven in court to be an almost exact replica of his 1981 cult classic Escape From New York, which introduced Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.
Luc Besson has been ordered to pay John Carpenter half a million dollars after being found guilty of plagiarism, with the court ruling that Lockout directly ripped off the story in Escape From New York. Besson originally denied that his film was a copycat. In the original Escape From New York, New York's Manhattan Island has become a prison that houses the country's worst criminals. Snake is tasked with breaking in to save the president, whose plane has crashed within the borders of this massive walled off compound. »
When the sci-fi action flick Lockout arrived in theaters in 2012, many reviews pegged the film written by Luc Besson as a half-ass remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 classic Escape from New York with the action transported to a space prison instead of a dark future. It appears critics weren’t the only ones annoyed with […]
- Ethan Anderton
2012’s fun-but-dumb sci-fi caper Lockout is becoming an increasingly expensive movie for co-writer and producer Luc Besson, who was forced last year by a French court to pay director John Carpenter for ripping off Escape From New York with the plot of the Guy Pearce-starring film. Back then, the amounts levied against Besson’s EuropaCorp production company were relatively minor—80,000 euros in all, split between Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and the film’s rights holder—but the appeals process has caused the bill to steadily pile up.
According to Deadline, a judge ruled today that Besson and company now owe 450,000 euros—roughly $500,000—to Carpenter for the now-legally plagiarized film, which sees Guy Pearce play the “athletic, rebellious, and cynical hero” type that Carpenter apparently owns in perpetuity. That’s a lot of potential funding for the director’s ongoing, keyboard-heavy music tours ...
- William Hughes
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
A Paris appeals court has ruled that Luc Besson must pay more than $500,000 (450,000 euros) in damages to John Carpenter and rights holder StudioCanal for plagiarizing Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape From New York when he made the 2012 film Lockout. Agence France-Presse reported on the ruling today. This comes after Besson had appealed an original ruling in the case last fall that ordered Besson, his EuropaCorp production company and Besson’s Lockout co-writers/directors… »
You might be thinking you heard this news already, and in a way, you have. Last fall, a French court ruled in John Carpenter‘s favor after he took EuropaCorp and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to court alleging that Luc Besson‘s 2012 film “Lockout” was a ripoff of “Escape From New York.” Besson, who is credited […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Besson is credited with co-writing the screenplay and named in the suit which went before the courts last Fall who ruled in Carpenter's favor. Besson appealed the decision, and unfortunately for him the appeals court this week said verdict still stands.
Now, EuropaCorp, Besson and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather have to pay Carpenter damages. The original ruling was for a total of 80,000 euros but the appeals court substantially increased the amount. Even so, it was a long way from the 2.4 million Carpenter was asking for.
In the ruling last year, the court said the surface differences of the film such as the setting and more modern hero were "not enough to differentiate the two films. »
- Garth Franklin
Rome — A Paris appeals court on Friday found French director-producer Luc Besson guilty of plagiarizing John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” with the 2012 space-set movie “Lockout.”
The court ordered his EuropaCorp production company to pay 450,000 Euros ($502,000) in damages to the U.S. horror helmer, according to a report on French news service Bfmtv.
Besson, who is France’s most international director and recently drew applause at Comic-Con with footage of his big-budget sci-fier “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” had denied the charge. The suit was brought by Carpenter and his “Escape” co-writer Nick Castle in 2014.
There was no comment from EuropaCorp on Friday.
The court ruled that “Lockout” had “massively borrowed key elements” of “Escape, »
- Nick Vivarelli
An appeals court has ruled that French filmmaker Luc Besson is guilty of plagiarizing from John Carpenter’s 1981 classic “Escape From New York” and must now pay the fellow filmmaker nearly half a million dollars.
As Yahoo reports, Besson has long denied that his 2012 thriller, “Lockout,” was a copy of Carpenter’s Kurt Russell-starring actioner. In Carpenter’s film, Russell plays a former government agent who is tasked with retrieving the U.S. president from the island of Manhattan — which has been turned into a massive prison — after his plane crashes there (thanks, Air Force One, thanks a lot). In “Lockout,” Pearce is a convict sent to a giant space jail who is given the chance to win back his freedom if he can rescue the U.S. president’s daughter, who is trapped in said giant space jail.
Read More: Comic Con 2016: Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Footage »
- Kate Erbland
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.
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- Agence France-Presse in Paris
It’s always exciting to see a big-budget original sci-fi idea take flight, even when its director is someone as hit-and-miss as Luc Besson, who has delivered some straight-up classics to the genre (The Fifth Element, among others) but also his fair share of duds (Lucy and Lockout, anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so).
His latest, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is well into shooting, and there are some major reasons to be excited about it, as is highlighted in a set of new photos on Besson’s Facebook. The cast, led by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, is tremendously stacked, and the aesthetic Besson is gunning for here seems to fall somewhere between Speed Racer and Ex Machina in a way that could be really fun if executed correctly.
Moreover, the plot, based on a series of comics, is at least ambitious. DeHaan and Delevingne »
- Isaac Feldberg
Evolution Films and Hereford Films have announced that principal photography is underway on Eat Local, an action-packed vampire thriller that marks the directorial debut of actor Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
Heading up the cast of Eat Local is Daredevil star Charlie Cox, alongside Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones), Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey), Annette Crosbie (Into the Woods) and Vincent Regan (Lockout, 300), along with newcomer Billy Cook as Sebastian.
“Eat Local has been 10 years in the making and has been through so many different budgets and guises but me and [screenwriter] Danny King have worked together and finally we’re here,” says Flemyng. “We’re 3 days in to shooting and 50% of what we’re doing is better than I could have imagined and 50% is as good as I could have hoped. »
- Gary Collinson
19 items from 2016
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