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French Cinema Box Office Overseas Rebounds in 2017

French Cinema Box Office Overseas Rebounds in 2017
Paris — Fulfilling expectations, after the softest year in a decade in 2016, French film exports bounced back in 2017, with box office for French films outside France near doubling the year before, as French cinema fired on its increasingly well-established three cylinders: a Luc Besson English-language actioner, animation, and comedy.

Provisional box office for French films overseas surged in admissions, up to 80.5 million, and 2016’s €257.5 million ($303.8 million) box office take rose to €468 million ($552.1 million), near exact par for the past decade or “typical” as Gilles Renouard, Unifrance deputy director, called it at the presentation of statistic at the event. The recovery will seem Pyrrhic to some, driven by Besson’s “Valerian and the City of the Thousand Planets,” whose €170.9 million ($201.6 million) outside France was not enough to save the film, nor purported franchise, nor, according to reports, the need of Besson’s EuropaCorp’s to find a new investor or owner to slash its debt load.

Figures were announced
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Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero” and Philippe le Guay’s “Normandie Nue” feature at the 20th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which runs Jan. 18-22 in the lap-of-luxury at Paris’ InterContinental Le Grand Hotel.

“In all honesty, this looks like a good year in terms of quality of titles,” said Gilles Renouard, UniFrance co-deputy director.

On paper at least, that can be put down to two factors at least: the strength in depth and, crucially, breadth of France’s comedy offering at the Rendez-Vous, and a clutch of movies which showcase some of France’s finest actors: Vincent Lindon (“The Apparition”), Daniel Auteuil (“Le Brio”) and Karin Viard (“Jealous”) are just three. Following, 10 takes – and one big question raised – by this year’s edition:

1.Boon, But Much More

“The Rendez-Vous is a great place to catch comedies, which France does very well,” Renouard said. This
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Film Review: ‘Bleeding Steel’

Film Review: ‘Bleeding Steel’
The latest effort to give Chinese chopsocky action a sci-fi makeover, “Bleeding Heart” stars Jackie Chan as a special agent trying to protect his daughter from biotech mutants. Efficiently directed by Leo Zhang, the film features all the zesty fights, slick effects and goofy slapstick one expects from a Jackie Chan family movie, while glossy production values, a snappy beat and composer Peng Fei’s deafening score mimic that of a Hollywood movie, though the film’s corny cyberpunk pastiche appeals exclusively to kids.

Coming third in domestic B.O. behind Feng Xiaogang’s ’70s epic “Youth” and Chen Kaige’s supernatural fantasy “Legend of the Demon Cat,” the film — co-written by Zhang, Cui Siwei and Xiaohou Yunshan (who also has a bland supporting role) — can expect Chan’s international fan base to contribute to more earnings when it releases abroad, with particular appeal in Australia, since a good portion was shot in Sydney.

Chan plays Lin
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Horror The Rizen gets Us release – Trailer and Photos

The Rizen Invades VOD This January! Featuring Sally Phillips, Bruce Payne and Adrian Edmondson A door to unspeakable horror opens this January. Laura Swift (The Snowman), Sally Phillips (the Bridget Jones series), Bruce Payne (Warlock III, Passenger 57), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Tom Goodman Hill (Everest) and The Young OnesAdrian Edmondson star in writer-director Matt …

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An Exclusive Clip Rises for The Rizen

The government, man! You just never know what on earth they’re gonna be pulling next! One second they’re pardoning turkeys, and the next – Bam – they friggin’ unleash The Rizen. Laura Swift (The Snowman), Sally Phillips (the Bridget Jones series), Bruce Payne (Warlock III, Passenger 57), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Tom Goodman Hill (Everest), and The […]

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Taiwan’s ‘Cock Robin’ Heads for North America With Cheng Cheng

New York-based Cheng Cheng Films has picked up North American rights to Taiwanese psychological crime thriller “Who Killed Cock Robin?”. The film is a front runner in the Golden Horse Awards which will be presented later today in Taipei. It is nominated in five categories, including best picture.

The film is directed by Cheng Wei-hao, who previously made hit “The Tag-Along.” It follows an ambitious journalist’s probe into a hit and run accident he witnessed years earlier.

It stars Mason Lee (“The Hangover Part II,” “Lucy”,) the Taiwanese-American actor who is the son of two-time Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Lee senior will be on hand to present awards at the Golden Horse ceremony.

Cheng Cheng plans a theatrical release for the film in Spring 2018. The company, which specializes in Chinese-language cinema, has previously handled “One Night Only,” Absurd Accident,” and “Soulmate.”

International rights are handled by Tapei-based Mandarinvision. The company
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People Had a Lot to Say About Blake Shelton Being Crowned Sexiest Man Alive

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People Had a Lot to Say About Blake Shelton Being Crowned Sexiest Man Alive
Image Source: Getty / Emma McIntyre Blake Shelton was named People's Sexiest Man Alive this year, and let's just say people had a lot of feelings about it. While a select few were thrilled with the news, a majority of people just couldn't believe it. Some even went as far as to offer their own picks for who they think should have won. Keep reading for a look at some of the most hilarious Twitter reactions, and just remember there's always next year. Blake Shelton won the sexy electoral vote but Idris Elba won the sexy popular vote. - The Levine Machine (@Eitanthegoalie) November 15, 2017 Blake Shelton has been named the Sexiest Man Alive... pic.twitter.com/SaIYVrudVO - Lucy on the Ground (@lucyo21) November 15, 2017 Blake Shelton was named People magazine's sexiest man alive because apparently Morgan Freeman was unavailable - Sohail (@SohailBuddy) November 15, 2017 I completely agree with @blakeshelton being #SexiestManAlive Long overdue!
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Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Despicable Me 3 and more are coming to the Cineplex Store this month!

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Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Despicable Me 3 and more are coming to the Cineplex Store this month!Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Despicable Me 3 and more are coming to the Cineplex Store this month!Amanda Wood11/7/2017 11:12:00 Am

There's no doubt that November is a bit of an in-between month, when temperatures drop even further and most places in Canada start to see some snow.

Since we know that the most ideal place to spend November is curled up on your couch with a blanket or two, the Cineplex Store has plenty of exciting new titles to rent and/or buy this month. From family-friendly to sci-fi to whatever genre mother! is, the Cineplex Store has all your movie watching needs covered this month.

Check out 5 of our top picks below, and click here to rent or buy hundreds of titles from the Cineplex Store. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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The Most Shocking, Grisly and Heartbreaking Deaths on TV — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Most Shocking, Grisly and Heartbreaking Deaths on TV — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the most memorable death — scripted please! — you’ve seen on TV? It could be disturbing, crazy, heartbreaking, etc. Old and current shows fair game.

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

I can’t seem to scrape the death of Charlie in the Season 3 finale of “Lost” from my mind — I can remember every part of that scene so many years later. There was something about the way the scene was written and shot that was just perfect, and even though it was the perfect time to say goodbye to the character, it was still hard to let him go. Charlie died a hero, dudes. Driveshaft forever!
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Olivia Munn to replace Zoe Saldana in Hummingbird

A few months ago Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Zoe Saldana was cast in the action thriller Hummingbird, but now it has been announced that she will now longer be starring in the film. Instead, she will be replaced by X-Men: Apocalypse’s Olivia Munn in the lead the role, Deadline has revealed.

The reason for the change is because of Saldana’s commitment to James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Production on Avatar 2 began last month, shooting simultaneously with Avatar 3, creating scheduling conflicts for Saldana and Hummingbird.

Hummingbird comes from a script written by John McClain and will be directed by Swedish duo Markus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom. The story is said to be in the same type of vein as Luc Besson’s Lucy and will see Munn as a black-ops assassin whose latest mark forces her to confront her true identity.
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Is Luc Besson Making a Lucy Sequel?

For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Luc Besson is best known as a French filmmaker who has been involved in numerous projects as a director, a producer, and a screenwriter, which have resulted in him co-founding a movie studio called EuropaCorp in 1980. Besson is a member of a French cinema movement called Cinema du look that stressed style and spectacle, which in turn, explains the distinctive look of his movies. However, most movie-goers might be more familiar with him because of his works such as The Fifth Element and Lucy, which were successful in more than one

Is Luc Besson Making a Lucy Sequel?
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Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy and Sasha Luss cast in Luc Besson’s Anna

Luc Besson may have denied reports that he’s following Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with a sequel to Lucy, but the French filmmaker is sticking with the female mononyms for the title of his next project, the action thriller Anna.

Variety is reporting that Besson has cast Helen Mirren, Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy in the film, while newcomer Sasha Luss has been cast as the titular Anna. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but production will get underway in November with Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment set to distribute.

“We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast,” stated Lionsgate Mpg chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “Luc is a visionary filmmaker with whom we are proud to extend our longstanding relationship.”

Anna will mark the first film
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Director Luc Besson's Next Action Film Anna Stars Helen Mirren and Luke Evans

Lionsgate and EuropaCorp have closed a deal for Luc Besson’s next action film, Anna. Variety reports that the movie begins production this November and will be released under Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label.

Helen Mirren and Luke Evans star, they are joined by Cillian Murphy, and newcomer Sasha Luss, as Anna. There aren't really any details on the story, but if you're familiar with Besson's work, you'll know what to expect.

Anna will be the first film to be produced under EuropaCorp since Valerian. Last month EuropaCorp’s CEO Marc Shmuger laid out the company's new focus on making action thrillers and science-fiction films, along the same lines of Taken, Lucy, The Professional and The Fifth Element.

Right now EuropaCorp is also developing a sequel to Scarlett Johansson's sci-fi action film Lucy whose script has already been written by Besson.
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Horror Highlights: Devil’S Night, The Honor Farm, Hostile, Bunker 15, Miscast

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Viewers can now experience Devil's Night on iTunes, and we've been provided with a new clip to share with Daily Dead readers in today's Horror Highlights, which also includes VOD info on The Honor Farm and trailers for the apocalyptic thriller Hostile, the Instagram series Bunker 15, and the short film Miscast (screening soon at Shriekfest).

Devil's Night Clip & Trailer: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Harm's Way Productions has unleashed Devil's Night on iTunes. Adam Forrest, Elizabeth Peterson, Alex Ho, Nolan Freeman, Kristina Cohen, Shani Atias and Kevin Grossman star in the story of a lonely teen who accidentally unlocks a gate to Hell in the quest for Internet stardom. Directed by TV veteran Todd Bishop from a script by Derek Rethwisch, Devil's Night is available today exclusively on iTunes with a new clip that shows the dangers lurking in the dark.

On the eve of the release, writer/producer Derek Rethwisch said,
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Luc Besson announces Anna film with Helen Mirren and Luke Evans to star

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Recently, Luc Besson had some choice words for the media who falsely reported about him being involved in the making of a sequel to his 2014 action film Lucy. Today, the filmmaker is moving forward from his public outburst by officially announcing his next film, Anna, which has Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Luke Evans and Russian model Sasha Luss set to star. Besson is preparing to direct the film... Read More...
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Luc Besson Sets Next Film ‘Anna’ With Helen Mirren, Luke Evans (Exclusive)

Luc Besson Sets Next Film ‘Anna’ With Helen Mirren, Luke Evans (Exclusive)
Luc Besson has set his next film.

Lionsgate and EuropaCorp are finalizing a co-production deal for Besson’s next action film, which will be titled “Anna.”

EuropaCorp will produce the film, while Lionsgate will distribute it. The movie starts production this November and will be released under Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label.

The pic stars Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and newcomer Sasha Luss, as Anna.

“We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast,” said Lionsgate Mpg chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “Luc is a visionary filmmaker with whom we are proud to extend our longstanding relationship.”

Besson directed the Scarlett Johansson-starrer “Lucy” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” He also co-wrote and produced the hit action franchise “Taken.” Marc Shmuger will produce the upcoming project on behalf of EuropaCorp.

Evans
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Luc Besson denies reports that he’s making Lucy 2

A few days ago it was reported that Luc Besson’s production company EuropaCorp is rejigging its strategy as a result of record losses over the past financial year, with EuropaCorp CEO Marc Shmuger also revealing that Besson is developing a sequel to the Scarlett Johansson-headlined action thriller Lucy, and has already turned in a script.

Well, Besson has now taken to Instagram to deny that he’s working on Lucy 2, as well as slamming the media for spreading #FakeNews.

“No I do not prepare Lucy 2,” said Besson. “Neither yesterday nor tomorrow. Yet this fake news has been around the world thanks to you [journalists]. You will say to me: ‘it is not very serious’. It is true, you are right… but it is false and normally this word should not be part of your vocabulary, because if we can no longer you believe, how do we hold a democracy?
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Luc Besson trashes the media for false reporting of Lucy 2

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On Monday, we reported that filmmaker Luc Besson is prepping a sequel to Lucy, his 2014 sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who's evolved far beyond our own human logic. Fans of the film were genuinely excited about the news, that was until yesterday when Besson took to his personal Instagram account to refute reports of a Lucy sequel being in the works. You can see... Read More...
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Lucy sequel in development as Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp adjusts its strategy following record losses

In the run up to the release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, filmmaker Luc Besson revealed that he was already working on the script for a Third instalment.

However, with the sci-fi epic failing to set the box office alight, and Besson’s EuropaCorp posting record losses of $135 million over the last financial year, it would seem highly unlikely those sequels will ever see the light of day.

Nevertheless, it seems Besson is keen to return to another of his (less expensive) films, with Variety report that EuropaCorp is actively developing a sequel to the Scarlett Johansson-headlined action thriller Lucy, and that Besson has already finished the screenplay.

The same article reveals that EuropaCorp is completely overhauling its strategy in an effort to turn around its fortunes and get back into the black, with the company now planning to produce one English-language film and two French movies per year,
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