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Updated: Former Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger is replacing Christophe Lambert as chief executive of EuropaCorp, the international production and distribution company behind the “Taken” and “Transporter” franchises, according to multiple sources.
The reason behind Lambert’s sudden ouster was not clear, though one individual familiar with the situation speculated that it may have been tied to Lambert’s reported difficulties working with filmmakers. They were said to find him arrogant and irrational, “leading with his ego,” according to one source, who had first-hand knowledge of Lambert’s relationships with directors and producers.
Lambert’s ouster came after an emergency meeting of the EuropaCorp board Wednesday, with the embattled CEO reportedly recalled from California to Paris and fired, said two sources. EuropaCorp’s spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment. Lambert also could not be reached.
Despite his ouster, others who worked with Lambert say he is a smart, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn’t quite a return to sci-fi for Luc Besson, as his last feature film, Lucy, was also in the genre. But Lucy didn’t share much in common with The Fifth Element, Besson’s 1997 hit. Valerian, his new movie and his biggest picture to date, seems to be more in the same mold as The Fifth Element. […]
The post ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Behind-the-Scenes: Take a Look at Luc Besson’s Latest Sci-Fi Film appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Paris — Child of the French Revolution, the Louvre is considered to be the world’s first museum, intimately linked to the spirit of the Enlightenment.
Housing works that are over 7,000 years old, the museum also has a markedly modern spirit, epitomized by the glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, inaugurated in 1989, that had an immediate impact on the number of visitors, which were previously one-to-two million visitors per year and in 2015 stood at 8.7 million.
Cinema has played an important image in promoting the image of the Louvre around the world, made evident after “The Da Vinci Code” lensed in the museum in 2005.
In 2008, the museum’s management board decided to make the museum much more film-friendly and created a special unit dedicated to managing productions inside and outside the museum, which is run by Joelle Cinq-Fraix.
Before 2008, on average the Louvre hosted one feature film every two years, but since »
- Martin Dale
Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s upcoming memoir “The Marriott Cell,” about his arrest with two other Al Jazeera English reporters at the Cairo Marriott hotel in December 2013 and the protracted incarceration that followed, is being developed into a feature film by British book-to-film agency The Development Partnership in tandem with Egyptian multi-hyphenate Amr Waked.
On board to pen the screenplay adaptation of Fahmy’s hotly anticipated memoir is Michael Bronner, the former CBS “60 Minutes” producer who more recently co-produced director Paul Greengrass’ “Green Zone,” “Captain Philips,” and “United 93.”
The Al Jazeera case, which became a cause celebre, saw Fahmy (pictured behind bars) and his two colleagues, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, spend more than 400 days in Egypt’s infamous Tora prison, also known as Scorpion, on Cairo’s outskirts on trumped-up charges of spreading “false news.” Egyptian prosecutors linked them to supposed student terrorist groups connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Breaking: DreamWorks' Ghost In The Shell has been taken off the Disney release schedule and will now be released by Paramount Pictures, who is also co-financing the film which is based on the best-selling Japanese sci-fi franchise. The film, which stars the Lucy team of Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk, will keep its March 31, 2017 release date. The film moves from Disney after Steven Spielberg left the Disney fold and went to Universal. Rupert Sanders (Snow White And Th… »
Photo Credit: Loris T. Zambelli
Actress Analeigh Tipton really seems to be moving her way up in the acting world. While you may not recognize her name, she's likely a face you've seen before in supporting roles. Between movies like Lucy and Warm Bodies, she's slowly making her way up the Hollywood ranks. Now, it looks like she's starring in the upcoming film, Sadie.
The psychological thriller only has a handful of photos released via their Facebook page, but if they're any indication, it boasts quite the visuals.
Photo Credit: Loris T. Zambelli
The synopsis to Sadie is as follows:
"Sadie (played by Tipton), a budding erotic novelist who, along with an enigmatic woman named Francesca, are enticed by an ex-lover to join him at an Italian villa. »
- Joseph Medina
Principal photography has begun in Paris on Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, a science fiction epic written and directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) and starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (who posted a picture on Instagram from the studio).
The story centres on Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne), special operatives for the government who are charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
At $180 million, Valerian is set to be the biggest-budget European film to date.
Besson suggested last year that he would shoot the big budget production in Hungary rather than France if regulations governing French film credits were not adjusted to accommodate »
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Framing the paradox of the international movie business, French film sales agents’ revenues hit a decade – and most-probably all-time – record in 2014, punching €322 million ($350 million) in sales, 17.3% up on 2013, per a Cnc French film-tv board study, which also talked, however, about a “crisis in international distribution” of French films.
The study, The Export of French Films in 2014, published in November, does not go into individual titles when it comes to revenues, but does when it comes to box office gross.
Here, 2014 was the second-best year on record, after 2012, for French films at cinema theaters abroad, driven by a €314.2 million ($342.4 million) box office gross outside France for Luc Besson’s “Lucy.”
The results can be taken multiple ways. It is dangerous to underplay both the scale and resilience of France’s export sector, backed by unflagging public-sector support which is the envy of Europe.
One case in point: France and the U. »
- John Hopewell
Paris – “Five,” featuring Pierre Niney, “Boss’s Daughter,” a Wild Bunch market premiere, and “Irreplaceable,” on Le Pacte’s books, will all screen at the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.
Other potential highlights, of new films screening, take in Indie Sales’ “Dofus – Book 1: Julith,” Bac’s “The Great Game,” Films Distribution’s “Good Luck Sam,” a EuropaCorp drama, “Stop Me Here,” Elle Driver’s “Jailbirds,” Pathe’s “Come What May” and The Other Angle’s “The Roommates Party.”
Running Jan. 14-18 in Paris, the Rendez-Vous will also highlight the state and direction of France’s movie export industry, the biggest in the world after the U.S. in its sales agents numbers and, with the U.K. –depending on the definition of what constitutes a U.K. film – in theatrical gross and companies revenues.
Putting this into perspective, the French and U. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
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