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Netflix Reportedly In Talks To Buy Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp

Netflix is reportedly in talks to acquire Luc Besson’s company EuropaCorp. Besson founded the company in 1996 and has been using it to both produce and distribute films ever since. Besson has directed his own films through the company since 2005’s French-language fantasy movie Angel-a, and most recently with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, as well as any future project the filmmaker has on the horizon.
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Luc Besson Hates On Superhero Movies & Calls ‘Captain America’ “Propaganda”

Luc Besson‘s filmography is fairly impressive for a director that’s never really received support from critics. He directed “Nikita,” “Leon,” and “The Fifth Element” back to back to back from 1990-1997. Fine. Those three films alone have allowed him enough creative freedom to direct whatever he’s wanted to since. The problem is the ensuing films weren’t very good (“The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,” “Angel-a,” “Arthur and the Invisibles,” “The Family“).

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Movie Review – Lucy (2014)

Lucy, 2014.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, and Pilou Asbæk.

Synopsis:

When forced to partake in a drug-dealing operation across countries, student Lucy is harassed and beaten, only to have the drugs seep into her system. Chased by cops and gangsters, Lucy begins to use the deepest, darkest parts of the brain to escape and control the world around herself.

Here’s a classic example of a single high concept idea which has no right being turned into a feature length film. The fact that Lucy offers the viewer nothing new in terms of storytelling, visuals, and action might not be quite so unforgivable if the film actually had something to say about its concept, but it doesn’t, and as a result we’re left with one of the worst films of the year.

At only 89 minutes, Lucy is at
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Movie Review - The Family (2013)

The Family, 2013.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Tommy Lee Jones and Jimmy Palumbo.

Synopsis:

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

Once one of the most influential directors to break into Hollywood from Europe, filmmaker Luc Besson is now more recognisable as a producer of low to mid budget B movie action trash like Taken and The Transporter, but he has made some fantastic films as a director. The Family is not one of them; in fact, it’s the worst film of his I’ve seen by quite some margin.

Tired, lifeless, predictable, and utterly without purpose, Besson’s film is a cluster of clichés with maybe 45 minutes worth of story stretched over 100 minutes. Telling the story of the Blakes,
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First Featurette & New French Posters For Luc Besson’s ‘The Family’

It’s been 15 years since Luc Besson directed his last genuine Hollywood hit with the enjoyable European sci-fi comedy The Fifth Element. Since then he’s dabbled in writing and producing action mega hits such as Taken and The Transporter franchises, as well as helming more personal projects like The Lady and Angel-a.

Forthcoming crime comedy The Family, based on the novel ‘Malavita’ by Tonino Benacquista, may still see him on French home soil but the film is led by genuine Hollywood royalty with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the husband and wife of a notorious mafia family named The Manzoni’s, who are forced into the witness protection programme in Normandy when they’re turn snitch. Official synopsis is as follows:

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the
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What to Watch: Aug. 13-19, 2013

Chicago – Welcome to the new world of Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming coverage on HollywoodChicago.com. With so many options from iTunes to Video On Demand to Hulu to Blu-ray, what should you be watching this week? Every week, we’ll highlight some of the most interesting new releases, link to our full review coverage when applicable, tell you what’s special about the Blu-ray releases, and point you in the right direction to watch them.

We will still do some full-length Blu-ray and DVD reviews of special editions or particularly notable releases, but we know that you’re watching movies and TV shows in new ways in 2013 and we want to be as helpful as possible. Welcome to the future.

What to Watch: August 13-19th, 2013

The Muppet Movie

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The Muppet Movie

There may be some irony in starting a new feature with a “Nearly 35th Anniversary
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Competition: Win 'Jo' on DVD *closed*

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Arrow Films are pleased to announce the DVD box set release of French cult actor Jean Reno's hit Parisian cop drama Jo on Monday 5 August. In his first TV series role since the 1980s, Reno plays Jo St-Clair, a veteran detective in Paris' elite Criminal Brigade, tackling the city's most challenging murder cases. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Jo, we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of the series to give away to our regular readers, courtesy of the team at UK distributor Arrow Films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

Jo's unique storylines take its audience behind-the-scenes at some of Paris' most iconic locations. Heinous crimes are committed in the picturesque settings of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Catacombs and Place Vendome.
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Robert De Niro and Luc Besson Team for Gangster Thriller 'Malavita'

French director Luc Besson is perhaps best known for directing Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, but he's also a prolific writer and producer who is responsible for a ton of great work in the action genre. Still, I was a bit surprised when Variety reported that Besson has cast Robert De Niro in a gangster thriller called Malavita, based on Tonino Benacquista's novel Badfellas. Besson has dealt with gangsters on screen before, but never with a heavy hitter like De Niro involved. The story follows De Niro as a former mafia boss in Witness Protection living with his family in Normandy, but his cover doesn't last very long. Besson will direct from his own script, which is somewhat of a rarity in these later days of his career (the last movie he wrote by himself and directed was 2005's Angel-a). He was all set to write and
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Exclusive: Angel And Tony Clip

Exclusive: Angel And Tony Clip
French romance Angel And Tony brought its whimsical charms to bear on this year's Venice Film Festival and now it's doing the exact same thing on this very corner of the internet.This new clip from the film offers a look at the title's characters, shy fisherman Tony (Grégory Gadebois) and newly-released convict Angel (Clotilde Hesme), interacting over a plate of fish. But bear with us, it's no ordinary interaction. One of them's got sole. brightcove.createExperiences();  If you're still with us after that last joke, you'll probably have deduced that an odd-couple romance is taking shape between the two lonely souls. There are overtones of supernatural arthousers like Luc Besson's Angel-a, but debut director Alix Delaporte's tale is more Earth-bound, with Tony offering the naifish Angel help in reconnecting with her estranged son. In return, she offers the prospect of love and someone to learn the names of fish with.
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Angelina Jolie Set for Luc Besson's Next Movie

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So much for Angelina Jolie sticking to directing. According to Deadline, Jolie is in talks to star in a movie written and directed by Luc Besson. The film would be Angelina's first live-action role since 2010's 'The Tourist' (she voiced Master Tigress in this year's 'Kung Fu Panda 2'). Besson, who's no stranger to creating strong female roles ('Nikita,' 'Leon,' 'Angel-a'), is currently promoting his latest movie, 'The Lady,' starring potential Oscar nominee Michelle Yeoh. Jolie has some Oscar bait of her own in the form of her directorial debut, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey.'

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Rie Rasmussen Talks 'The Human Zoo' & Learning From Brian De Palma & Luc Besson

Model turned director Rie Rasmussen has been doing everything she can in recent years to prove she’s more than just a pretty face. After eye-catching roles in Brian De Palma’s “Femme Fatale” and a starring role in Luc Besson’s “Angel-a,” Rasmussen stepped behind the lens to direct a short film, “The Thinning Herd,” which first caught Quentin Tarantino’s attention.
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Los Angeles. "Human Zoo" + "Pete Smalls Is Dead"

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"Bearing a 2008 copyright, the film Human Zoo pops up for a one-week run at the New Beverly, presented by the theater's benefactor, Quentin Tarantino," writes Mark Olsen in the La Weekly. "Best known to moviegoers as the star of Luc Besson's Parisian fantasy Angel-a, model/artist Rie Rasmussen is here writer, director, star and even co-editor, with the story apparently based on the experiences of her adopted sister." Tarantino, notes Jeff Otto at the Playlist, calls Human Zoo "an electrifying directorial debut. It's as shocking and violent as it is moving and charming." Olsen, on the other hand: "Incoherent and self-indulgent, the film can't even manage to be particularly fun — even the supermodel sex scenes are disconcertingly disengaged, and everything is shot with a dingy patina that parades about as gritty realism."

Back to Otto: "Tarantino and Rasmussen have become good chums. She visited the set of Inglourious Basterds
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The Lady Review

HeyUGuys is very proud to be partnering with Cinémoi for our coverage of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Luc Besson’s The Lady closed the festival and Julien Planté brings us his review.

“Freedom from fear”. Everything is there. This is the title of Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech in 1990 and the story of Luc Besson’s new movie, The Lady. This film, which closed the 3rd Doha Tribeca Film Festival on the 29th October, is arguably his best yet.

Luc Besson has a habit of falling in love with his characters, sometimes even his actresses. We saw it with Nikita (Anne Parillaud), Angel-a (Rie Rasmussen), Leeloo and Joan of Arc (Milla Jovovich), and even more recently with Adèle Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin). Here, however, he falls in love with a real person, a strong individual with an inner beauty, a woman who doesn’t need money, power or fame,
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Michelle Yeoh Leads Her People in the First Trailer for 'The Lady'

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Writer-director Luc Besson loves writing strong female leads for his films ('Nikita,' 'The Professional' and 'Angel-a,' all feature women playing badass characters). For his latest movie, 'The Lady,' Besson examines a different type of female strength. Starring Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese politician put under house arrest for 10 years, 'The Lady' focuses on personal sacrifices and love during political turmoil. The first official trailer for 'The Lady' has premiered, and it's easy to see why Yeoh has been garnering early Oscar buzz for the role.

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DVD Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-sec

Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Philippe Nahon | Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Luc Besson directs his first live action film since 2005’s Angel-a with this adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s quaint seventies comic strip, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. To be simplistic, it’s easiest to think of this film as a French, female version of Indiana Jones with an odd streak a mile wide. Adèle is an intrepid and resourceful young journalist who travels the world exploring its wonders. We find our heroine in Egypt, recovering the lost sarcophagus of an Ancient Egyptian doctor, whom Adèle believes can impart vital lost knowledge that can revive her sister who has been incapacitated in a freak accident; that is, if the Egyptian can be resurrected by a local scientist who has learned to do so by hatching
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First Look: Fernando Meirelles' New Sex Film '360' with Rachel Weisz

Well what do we have here? Another new set of first look photos from Tiff for the new "uncompromising dramatic thriller" from City of God and Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles called 360, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde. The film is an ensemble drama that "explores how sexual relationships can transgress social boundaries." The cast includes Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster and even Jamel Debbouze, who you'll recognize from Amelie and Angel-a. While this is a sexual drama, there isn't anything risque about any of these six photos, but check them out anyway. Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's 1900 play La Ronde, in 360, director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Hereafter) combine a modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters: from different cities and countries in a vivid, suspenseful and deeply
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Review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-sec

Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Jacky Nercessian, Philippe Nahon | Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Luc Besson directs his first live action film since 2005’s Angel-a with this adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s quaint seventies comic strip, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. To be simplistic, it’s easiest to think of this film as a French, female version of Indiana Jones with an odd streak a mile wide. Adèle is an intrepid and resourceful young journalist who travels the world exploring its wonders. We find our heroine in Egypt, recovering the lost sarcophagus of an Ancient Egyptian doctor, whom Adèle believes can impart vital lost knowledge that can revive her sister who has been incapacitated in a freak accident; that is, if the Egyptian can be resurrected by a local scientist who has learned to do so by hatching
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Luc Besson: Why I couldn't give up making films

In his homeland France, Luc Besson is regarded as a maker of mass market films. So what, he says, even Jean-Luc Godard is really a commercial director

In 2006, France's most commercially successful film-maker announced he had made his last movie. For more than a decade, Luc Besson had been saying he would only direct 10 films in his life, and he had reached his quota. Admittedly, Arthur and the Invisibles, a semi-animated children's adventure, was a bit of a whimper to go out on after hits such as The Big Blue, Léon and The Fifth Element, but, as Besson told the Guardian at the time: "I would rather stop too soon than too late." It was, it seems, too soon. Even if you count his two Arthur sequels as 10-and-a-half, Besson has gone way over quota, and is now back in town with not one but two brand new features.

"When I said it,
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Luc Besson Wants To Make An Alien Movie Next

Last time we heard French megaproducer Luc Besson talking about the project he'd like to make next, he was apparently planning an English-language romance, something more along the lines of Angel-a than Transporter. It looked like the godfather of gloriously bad action like Taken was growing up and moving on, but not so fast! Besson recently told a French radio station (via Fantasy.fr, translated by Coming Soon) that he was working on another sci-fi genre project, with a big project he plans to shoot in 2012 or 2013. The production is in the early stages, as he's just getting around to designing the creatures for the film, and it's entirely possible he's still planning that romance, especially given that 2012/2013 is a long way away. I kind of like the idea of Besson keeping his genre options open, especially since as a producer he's still bringing us intriguing, slightly silly looking action
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The 30th Cambridge Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Lineup

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The London Film Festival has been building momentum over the past month or so but let’s not forget that there’s a fair few others happening across the UK too. The Cambridge Film Festival (Cff) is now in it’s 30th year and have released their opening and closing night lineups in a press release.

Cff runs from 16th – 26th September and will open with the UK Premiere of Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element, Leon, The Big Blue) lavish new fantasy costume drama, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, starring Louise Bourgoin and Mattieu Amalric (Mesrine, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly).

New also comes that the Festival will wrap with Nigel Cole’s (Calendar Girls) eagerly awaited Made In Dagenham starring Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike and Jaime Winstone.

I’ll let you check out the full pres release below for all the extra details.
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