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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

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“). Continue reading Luc Besson Hates On Superhero Movies & Calls ‘Captain America’ “Propaganda” at The Playlist.

The “Ghost in the Shell” remake starring Scarlett Johansson was met with a distinct lack of audience enthusiasm when it hit theaters earlier this year. Its current standing at Rotten Tomatoes is 45%, a score that accurately reflects how mediocre this particular futuristic action blockbuster about robots is. ScarJo’s “Ghost in the Shell” isn’t in danger of being ranked among the worst films of the year; in all likelihood it’ll have been entirely forgotten by the time critics start compiling those lists come December. Continue reading Video Essay Breaks Down Why ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Misfired at The Playlist.

If you had flagging faith that audiences would show up in numbers to a movie that wasn’t based on a comic book or brand, or a sequel, “Dunkirk” will restore your hope. It’s the first non-franchise film to win the weekend at the box office since March. Christopher Nolan‘s nerve-jangling WWII movie battled its way to the top of the box office this weekend with an impressive $50.5 million. Outside of franchise films “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” it’s the director’s second best opening of his career behind “Inception.” It’s a feat made all the more remarkable considering there are no major stars in the film, Tom Hardy‘s face is mostly covered and his few words of dialogue are muddled for most of it, and where Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance arguably get the biggest emotional scenes. Continue reading ‘Dunkirk’ Battles To Top Spot, ‘Valerian’ Flops [Box Office] at The Playlist.

Warner Bros.’ ‘Dunkirk’ isn’t the only win of the weekend as Universal’s female-centric ‘Girls Trip’ breaks the R-rated comedy curse, opening to $30.4 million. read more Source: Hollywood Reporter Box Office

Written and directed by Luc Besson (of Léon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita, and Lucy), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the Valérian and Laureline graphic novel series by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. First published in 1967 in the French comics magazine, Pilote, the seminal science fiction series paved the way for Heavy Metal, and informed George Lucas’ Star Wars and Besson’s 1997 film, The Fifth Element, for which Mézières contributed concept art. The live-action adaptation, independently crowd-sourced and personally funded by Besson, is supposedly now the most expensive independent film ever made, but does it live up to its influential source material? Set in the year 2740, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan, A Cure for Wellness) and Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad), special operatives tasked with upholding the law throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense (Herbie Hancock), the …

Elsewhere, Universal’s ‘Girls Trip’ is breaking the R-rated comedy curse with a projected $25 million-plus opening. read more Source: Hollywood Reporter Box Office

War films don’t have a history of opening to big numbers; elsewhere, femme-centric comedy ‘Girls Trip’ expects to laugh loudly, while Luc Besson’s big-budget ‘Valerian’ braces for bad news. read more Source: Hollywood Reporter Box Office

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” might seem like a huge risk, given that it’s the most expensive movie ever produced in France. However, Luc Besson isn’t sweating it, explaining recently that the massive sci-fi flick has made back most of its budget already through international pre-sales. Either way, he’s coming up against Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” this weekend, and a cinematic landscape where audiences have plenty of spectacle competing for their eyeballs including the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “Star Wars.” But, god bless him, Besson is preparing for a future with more ‘Valerian.’ Chatting with Nerdist, the filmmaker revealed he’s already mapping the storylines for two more movies.  Continue reading Luc Besson Says ‘Avatar’ Raised The Bar For ‘Valerian,’ Reveals He’s Already Writing Sequels at The Playlist.

The move suggests that China’s media regulators have reinstated their infamous blackout on Hollywood film imports during the lucrative summer moviegoing season. read more Source: Hollywood Reporter Box Office

If the conventional wisdom is true, and visual grandeur holds the only true currency in the theatrical experience today — popcorn escapism seemingly the only form immune to PeakTV and the convenience of streaming — then French filmmaker Luc Besson is making the case for audiences to leave the comfort of their couches and transport into the enormous universe of “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets,” his latest contribution to outsized blockbuster cinema. Continue reading Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Is A Supercharged ‘Avatar’ [Review] at The Playlist.