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The State Within TV review: unknown knowns

9 July 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A riveting BBC political thriller offering one of the most trenchant explorations yet of the sick symbiosis between big government and big business. I’m “biast” (pro): love Jason Isaacs and Ben Daniels

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

I wasn’t planning on writing anything about this. I only came across it on Netflix (it’s available in the U.S. and the U.K., but not Canada) because I’m crushing on Ben Daniels (just inducted into the Boyfriend Hall of Fame) and there were no Law & Order: UK reruns on at that moment and I needed a fix. And this had Jason Isaacs in it, too! Double yum.

But oh my god, now that I’ve finished all seven episodes — it’s a limited miniseries, so that’s all there will ever be — I feel like I »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Luc Besson talks creating a female action hero with Lucy

3 July 2014 4:55 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

In issue 222 of Total Film magazine, legendary action director Luc Besson tells us all about his love for the female action heroine as Lucy heads into cinemas. Inside the issue - which is available for just £2.99 on your iPad - Besson discusses adding Scarlett Johansson's Lucy to his collection of kick-ass women, which already includes Nikita, Mathilda (Leon) and Cataleya (Colombiana). "I try to write beautiful parts for women and I try to write beautiful parts for men," he says. "I'm here for equality," he adds. "I think in the '80s...

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- Total Film

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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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Luc Besson’s Lucy, With Scarlett Johannson, Gets An R Rating

4 June 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Action aficionados will be happy to hear that LucyLuc Besson’s action vehicle for The Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson, has been handed an R rating by the MPAA. Why, you may ask? Well, the official description from the MPAA explains that Lucy contains “strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality.”

We’ll have to wait until the action thriller opens in July to judge whether the MPAA was right or wrong in giving Lucy that rating, which will make it harder for the film to attract a younger teen audience. However, Besson’s name may prove enough of a draw in of itself. He’s one of the most prolific and well-respected action directors working today. Films under his belt include La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element, though it’s through his writing and producing that he’s really made an impact on the genre. Besson’s fingerprints are »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Cast Comes Aboard the Dartmoor Killing

3 June 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Principal photography begins next week on UK filmmaker Peter Nicholson's Dartmoor Killing, and the full cast list has just been revealed. Read on for everything you need to know about the flick!

Per Deadline, the film is currently being prepped by Nicholson, who previously helmed Nuremberg: Goering's Last Stand and Pompeii: The Last Day. It's described as a psychological thriller, and the cameras are set to start rolling on June 10th.

Isabelle Grey (Accused) wrote the script about two twenty-something friends who are led into a web of mind games, sexual deceit and betrayal when they meet an enigmatic stranger on a weekend trip.

Cast includes Gemma-Leah Devereux ("The Tudors"), Rebecca Night (Lark Rise To Candleford), Callum Blue (Colombiana, "Smallville"), David Hayman (Queen And Country, Jack Ryan) and theater actress Olivia Morgan.

Producer is Jayne Chard with Penny Wolf and Luke Randolph exec producing.

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- John Squires

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Dartmoor Killing’ Casts Up; Radcliffe’s ‘Velocity’ Sells Out; Rare Television Acquires 360Production

3 June 2014 12:52 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

UK director Peter Nicholson (Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand, Pompeii: The Last Day) is prepping feature psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing with principal photography to begin on June 10th. Isabelle Grey (Accused) wrote the script about two twentysomething friends who are led into a web of mind games, sexual deceit and betrayal when they meet an enigmatic stranger on a weekend trip. Gemma-Leah Devereux (The Tudors), Rebecca Night (Lark Rise To Candleford) and Callum Blue (Colombiana, Smallville) star with David Hayman (Queen And Country, Jack Ryan) and theater actress Olivia Morgan also in the cast. Producer is Jayne Chard with Penny Wolf and Luke Randolph exec producing. The film was developed with the support of Film London’s Build Your Audience and Micro- Market. International Film Trust has sold out on Cannes market title You Shall Know Our Velocity. The Peter Sollett-directed comedy stars Daniel Radcliffe and is based on the Dave Eggers novel. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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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 | | 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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Ten Best: Free-Running / Parkour in Film

29 April 2014 1:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Since being introduced back in 1997, Parkour has become a key part of many fast-paced action sequences. With the aim being to get from A to B as quickly as possible, it’s easy to see why our protagonists would favour this mode of ‘transport’. With the upcoming release of Brick Mansions on May 2nd, starring Paul Walker and Parkour founder, David Belle (pictured below), we’ve taken a look at some of the best Parkour and free-running scenes, as well as a few that we enjoyed for other reasons.

District B13 (2004) dir. Pierre Morel

David Belle, widely regarded as a founder of the modern parkour movement, eludes a gun-toting gang in a gut-wrenching chase through a French estate block. Impossible precision and stomach-churning drops are the order of the day although we’re unconvinced that the bit with the ladder is allowed in Parkour rules. Casino Royale (2006) dir. Martin Campbell »

- Phil Wheat

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Sunday Shorts: ‘L’avant Dernier’, directed and co-written by Luc Besson

27 April 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 1981 short L’avant Dernier. The film stars Fabrice Roche, Pierre Jolivet, and Jean Reno, and is co-written by Jolivet and Besson, the latter of whom also directs. Besson has gained a reputation as the writer and director of numerous films over his career, including The Last Battle, a full-length adaptation of this short, along with La Femme Nikita, Léon: The Professional, The Transporter, and Colombiana. Brick Mansions, produced by Besson and using his screenplay for Banlieue 13, opened in wide release in American theatres this weekend.


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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Forecast: 'Other Woman' to Take Down 'Captain America' This Weekend... >

24 April 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

With the Summer movie season around the corner, the final weekend of April has three fairly modest movies reaching theaters. The Other Woman has the best chance of beating three-time champion Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though holdover Heaven is for Real might also contend for the top spot. Meanwhile, Brick Mansions and The Quiet Ones probably won't reach $10 million.At 3,204 locations, comedy The Other Woman should see solid attendance from female audiences. The movie stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as three women who team up to get revenge on the man who has been sleeping with all three of them. Diaz is easily the biggest star of the bunch, and has a decent track record in comedies like Bad Teacher ($100.3 million) and What Happens in Vegas ($80.3 million).The movie's tagline nicely sums up the focus of the marketing: "The oddest friends are about to get even. »

- Ray Subers <>

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The Voice UK final tops Saturday ratings for BBC One with 6.6 million

6 April 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Voice UK final topped Saturday night ratings with 6.6 million viewers last night (April 5), according to overnight data.

30.7% of the audience share tuned in from 7pm to see the four finalists battling it out for the show's prize of a recording contract, which was eventually won by's protégé Jermain Jackman.

Over on ITV, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway also wrapped up its current series, pulling in 5.74m (26.7%) when it aired at 7pm. An additional 288k caught the episode on +1.

Back on BBC One, 4.93m (24%) watched Kian Egan perform on The National Lottery Live at 9.05pm, followed by long-running medical drama Casualty which pulled in 4.9m (24.6%).

BBC Two's Dad's Army entertained 1.67m (7.64%) at 7.30pm, while The Plantagenets informed 1.14m (5.25%) at 8pm. 1.96m (9.78%) caught up with the latest Formula 1 action at the Bahrain Grand Prix at 9pm.

Phillip Schofield's The Cube attracted 3.33m (15.8%) on ITV at 8.25pm, »

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Scarlett Johannson gets super powers in the trailer for Luc Besson's Lucy

2 April 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Talk about a surprise. When the first image from Luc Besson's Lucy was revealed, I was expecting the movie to be about Scarlett Johannson taking on a role along the lines of Zoe Saldana's lead in Colombiana or Keira Knightely in Domino: an ass-kicking babe with an axe to grind. Instead, Lucy looks like a cross between a superhero movie and the Bradley Cooper flick Limitless. Scarlett opens the trailer as a timid call girl who becomes an unwilling drug mule. But, then something happens and »

- Alex Maidy

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Michael Vartan Enters Crawlspace

20 March 2014 4:17 PM, PDT | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Bates Motel star Michael Vartan has taken the male lead in in New Line's upcoming thriller Crawlspace, Deadline reports. He joins recently attached True Detective co-star Erin Moriarty for the Phil Claydon film. Crawlspace, to be directed by Claydon from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, follows a family who moves into a new home in the suburbs and soon discovers the house has a very disturbing secret from the past. Vartan, also well-known for his role on Alias, has appeared on the big screen before in features like One Hour Photo and Colombiana.

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- Ryan Turek

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Michael Vartan Enters Crawlspace

20 March 2014 | | See recent news »

"Bates Motel" star Michael Vartan has taken the male lead in New Line's upcoming thriller Crawlspace , Deadline reports. He joins recently-attached "True Detective" star Erin Moriarty for the Phil Claydon film. Crawlspace , to be directed by Claydon from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, follows a family who moves into a new home in the suburbs and soon discovers the house has a very disturbing secret from the past. Vartan, also well-known for his role on "Alias," has appeared on the big screen before in features like One Hour Photo and Colombiana . Rick Alvarez and Peter Safran are producing Crawlspace with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter overseeing at New Line. (Photo Credit: FayesVision / »

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'Lego' Obliterates '3 Days,' 'Pompeii' This Weekend

23 February 2014 12:26 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

For the third weekend in a row, The Lego Movie easily took first place at the domestic box office. Meanwhile, 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii both attracted little interest from moviegoers.The Lego Movie fell 37 percent to an estimated $31.5 million. That's the second-highest third weekend ever for an animated movie behind Shrek 2 ($37.9 million). Through 17 days the movie has earned $183.2 million, and Warner Bros. recently announced that they are moving ahead with a sequel (currently scheduled for Memorial Day 2017). In second place, 3 Days to Kill opened to an estimated $12.3 million. That's a bit lower than The Family, which was the last collaboration between Relativity Media and French producer Luc Besson. It is at least a minor improvement over recent EuropaCorp outings like Colombiana ($10.4 million) and From Paris with Love ($8.2 million). More so than other Besson productions, 3 Days to Kill seemed like a close relative to 2009 hit Taken: both movies »

- Ray Subers <>

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11 Actors Who Deserve a ‘Taken’-Style Action Comeback

20 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The new act in Liam Neeson’s career that began with 2008′s Taken has made it hard to remember that he was in stuff like Kinsey just a couple years before that. It turns out, Liam Neeson killing lots of people is exactly what the movie-going public needs this time of year, after a long winter and irritating award-season political sniping. Now Kevin Costner is getting in on the act, with 3 Days To Kill, from EuropaCorp, the company behind Taken and such other notable titles as the Transporter series. It remains to be seen whether Costner’s effort will meet with Neeson-like glorious success or falter like EuropaCorp’s John Travolta (From Paris With Love) and Zoe Saldana (Colombiana) vehicles. Until then, let’s consider 11 actors we’d like to see go the Neeson route: Gabriel Byrne An Irishman like Neeson, and one whose potential in the running around with guns and killing people sphere was only »

- Danny Bowes

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First Trailers and Poster for Brick Mansions with Paul Walker

13 February 2014 2:15 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Heading into Us cinemas this spring, action-thriller Brick Mansions marks the final full performance from the late Paul Walker.

Inevitably, with the former film marking his final full role and the latter his incomplete final role, both Brick Mansions and Fast & Furious 7 will be inextricably bound with the actor’s tragic and untimely death last year.

Ever one to take up a challenge, Walker leads the American adaptation of Pierre Morel’s acclaimed French-actioner, District 13. And with the film soon heading into cinemas, the first domestic and international trailers have debuted online, along with the recent first poster.

In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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'Brick Mansions' Trailer: Paul Walker Goes Undercover (Video)

12 February 2014 5:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Here's the action-packed trailer for "Brick Mansions," which is the last film that Paul Walker completed before his death in November. It's a remake of 2004's "District B13," a French movie starring parkour star and all-around bad-ass David Belle. Belle reprises his role as an ex-criminal trying to go straight despite the brutal environment of Detroit's so-called brick mansions, a walled-off district of the city that the police have basically given up on controlling. (Here his character is called Lino instead of Leïto, though.) Paul Walker takes on the role of the undercover cop who has to infiltrate the brick mansions and take down a ruthless gang armed to the teeth and led by a particularly dangerous guy who's kidnapped Lino's girlfriend.

The head of the gang is played by multi-hyphenate RZA, who has scored and appeared in a number of movies, wrote and directed "The Man with the Iron Fists, »

- Jenni Miller

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Paul Walker’s Final Film ‘Brick Mansions’ Gets Release Date And Charitable World Premiere

7 February 2014 8:53 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Paul Walker’s last movie, Brick Mansions, is scheduled for an April 25, 2015 release according to Relativity Media. Earth to Echo, Relativity’s sci-fi adventure collaboration with Disney was originally pegged to this date, but has now been rescheduled for a July 2, 2014 arrival in theaters. Brick Mansions features Walker and Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA, along with Parkour dynamo David Belle and Catalina Denis. An English-language remake of EuropaCorp’s French actioner Banlieue 13 (District B13), the story follows Walker as an undercover police officer who ventures into the dystopian urban wilds of a future Detroit, tasked with the mission of disarming a neutron bomb set to detonate in a tenement named Brick Mansions. Produced by The Fifth Element and Taken 2 director Luc Besson, who also wrote and co-produced the French original, Brick Mansions will also feature the directorial debut of Camille Delamarre.  Delamarre has worked closely with Besson in the past, as »

- Dustin Hucks

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