WonderCon: LUCY Panel Recap Featuring Luc Besson Q&A and New Footage

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At WonderCon 2014, Universal Pictures previewed select footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy.  The Scarlett Johansson led action-flick sports a number of impressive action sequences, two of which premiered to the attentive audience of WonderCon.  After the screening, Besson was on hand to discuss coming up with the premise of Lucy, the gender dynamics of his films and a funny story from his cult classic The Fifth Element.  For a full recap of the footage shown and bullet point highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, First Trailer for LUCY, 22 JUMP STREET Set Visit, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Teaser, Our Most Anticipated Movies

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Given the near universal praise it has received, I doubt that one more voice in its corner will persuade you to check out Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend if you weren’t already planning on it (especially when that “one voice” belongs to yours truly). Still yet, that fact won’t prevent me from gushing about it in these next few sentences. The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The action, humor, performances, and storytelling are all on point and work seamlessly together to create what is instantly one of my favorite Marvel movies and, more impressively, a really good film in general. It joins The Avengers on the short list of Marvel movies that I can see myself revisiting outside of canon just to enjoy again as a singular experience. While I believe a healthy dose of skepticism should be retained until you see it for yourself, I feel comfortable in saying that you can believe the hype surrounding The Winter Soldier.

In addition to me continuing to high-five the new Cap film, this week’s Top 5 also features the first trailer for director Luc Besson‘s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, our 22 Jump Street set visit coverage, the first teaser trailer for The Expendables 3, and a look at our most anticipated films from April to June. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

First Trailer and New Images for Luc Besson’s LUCY Starring Scarlett Johansson

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Universal Pictures has released the first Lucy trailer.  Director Luc Besson‘s (The Fifth Element) upcoming action thriller stars Scarlett Johansson as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  The flick looks fun and interesting.  I like that she gets her powers from a bag of blue goo leaking into her stomach, and when she those gets powers she starts to lose her emotions.  It’s a neat premise, and the action looks good.  Also, the Morgan Freeman narration reminds me of this scene from South Park.

Hit the jump to watch the Lucy trailer and to check out some new images.  The film also stars Analeigh Tipton.  Lucy opens in theaters August 8th.

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Claims Third Win, Crushes 3 DAYS TO KILL and POMPEII

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Once again, The LEGO Movie was the top draw at the box office, bringing in more than the frame’s two new releases combined.  In second place with an estimated $12.3 million, 3 Days to Kill lived up to its modest expectations.  And as for the 3D Pompeii?  The disaster motif appears apt this morning.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $31,450,000 $183.1
2.  3 Days to Kill $12,300,000 $12.3
3.  Pompeii $10,010,000 $10
4.  Robocop $9,400,000 $43.6
5.  The Monuments Men $8,100,000 $58
6.  About Last Night $7,400,000 $38.1
7.  Ride Along $4,667,000 $123.1
7.  Frozen $4,357,000 $384
9.  Endless Love $4,301,000 $20.1
10.  Winter’s Tale $2,130,000 $11.2

THE TRANSPORTER Series Receiving a Reboot with Plans for an Origin Story and New Trilogy

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The Transporter movies are very silly, and their sequels have helped pushed their directors into bigger franchises.  Transporter 2 eventually launched Louis Leterrier to The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, and Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton went on to Taken 2 and now he’s set for Taken 3.  But the films themselves have disappeared with Transporter 3 hitting theaters back in 2008, although they’ve continued as a TV series starring Chris Vance, first in 2011 on Cinemax, and now a second season on TNT later this year.  Rather than simply picking the films back up and recasting the simple role of a guy who is good at driving and fighting, Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp is going to reboot the series and turn it into becoming an origin story.  That’s kind of dumb, but then again so are the Transporter movies.

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Olivier Megaton Returns to Direct TAKEN 3; Forest Whitaker in Talks to Join Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace

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Even though Taken 2 was a step down from Taken in terms of quality, it blew past the original when it came to the box office by raking in $376 million worldwide.  Naturally, the saga of Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) dealing with kidnappings must continue, and Deadline is reporting that Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton will return to helm Taken 3Maggie Grace will also come back, and once again, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are handling the script, which will likely involve Neesons beating the shit out of people.

Deadline also reports that Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Neeson and Grace in the upcoming sequel. No word yet on whether or not Whitaker will A) be kidnapped; B) the kidnapper; C) have a very special set of skills; D) Find a better way to determine distance than by tossing grenades into a highly populated city.

BOURNE LEGACY Sequel Set for Release on August 14, 2015; Luc Besson’s LUCY Opens August 8, 2014

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You can add another Bourne film to the massive list of high-profile movies set for release in 2015.  Universal Pictures announced today that the untitled follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will be released on August 14, 2015, where it will open opposite The Smurfs 3.  As previously reported, Fast Five helmer Justin Lin will be directing the new installment with Jeremy Renner reprising his lead role from LegacyAnthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) is penning the screenplay, making this the first Bourne film not written by Tony Gilroy.

Additionally, Universal has dated director Luc Besson’s new action thriller Lucy for August 8, 2014, directly opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyScarlett Johansson stars as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  Unfortunately, she’s also racing against the clock to survive.  Morgan Freeman also stars.  For a refresher on just how packed the 2015 release calendar is, hit the jump.

Weekend Box Office: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO Sets New September Record with $41 Million Debut

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After scaring up 2013’s highest single-day horror opening on Friday the 13th, Insidious Chapter Two went on to claim an estimated $41 million from 3,049 locations this weekend. That’s a new record for a live-action September release (only Hotel Transylvania opened higher) and ranks as one of the top openings ever in the supernatural horror genre.

The Family was the weekend’s only other new release. Unlike Insidious 2, which nearly doubled its pre-release projection, Luc Besson’s gangster came in on par with its more modest target.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Insidious Chapter Two $41,050,000 $41.05
2.  The Family $14,500,000 $14.5
3.  Riddick $7,000,000 $31.27
4.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $5,580,000 $100
5.  We’re The Millers $5,415,000 $131.6
6.  Instructions Not Included $4,250,000 $26.5
7.  Planes $3,066,000 $82.9
8.  One Direction: This Is Us $2,400,000 $26.8
9.  Elysium $2,050,000 $88.3
10.  Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters $1,825,000 $62

Friday Box Office: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO Seizes Biggest Horror Debut of 2013

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September is usually a slow month at the box office, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at Friday’s launch of Insidious Chapter Two. The sequel to the 2011 horror hit pulled in an estimated $20.06 million from 3,049 locations yesterday, topping the debuts of both The Conjuring ($16.9 million) and The Purge ($16.7 million) from earlier this year. Insidious Chapter Two is now on track for as much as $42 million this weekend; putting it close to September’s all-time opening record set by Hotel Transylvania in 2012. It is worth noting, however, that Insidious Chapter Two opened on Friday the 13th, which means that it could be more front-loaded than your average horror movie. And, unlike The Conjuring, which enjoyed an unusually warm critical reception, Insidious 2’s current Rotten Tomato score of 37% could hurt word of mouth.

The weekend’s only other major release came in a distant second on Friday. Luc Besson’s The Family earned an estimated $5.4 million from 3,091 venues and should realize at least $14 million through Sunday – a number that is actually in line with projections for the gangster film starring Robert DeNiro.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Insidious Chapter Two $20,060,000 $20
2.  The Family $5,400,000 $5.4
3.  Riddick $2,200,000 $26.4
4.  We’re The Millers $1,735,000 $127.9
5.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $1,664,000 $96.1

3 Clips and 11 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE FAMILY Starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer

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Relativity has released three clips and 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from Luc Besson‘s dark action-comedy The Family.  The movie centers on the Manzonis, a mob family who are relocated to Normandy, France as part of the witness protection program, though they soon find that leaving their old, violent, retaliatory ways behind is harder than they expected.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and the behind-the-scenes footage.  The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, and Tommy Lee JonesThe Family opens September 13th.

First Trailer for Luc Besson’s THE FAMILY Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones

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Relativity Media has released the first trailer for director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) comedic actioner The Family (previously known as Malavita).  It’s nice to see Robert DeNiro back in mobster mode, even if The Family is closer to Analyze This than Goodfellas.  The movie manages to get the whole family in on the dark humor as they bring their own brand of American mafia justice to the French countryside.  Besson’s signature blend of action and quirky comedy are on display, so for fans of his previous films – and films like Red, True Lies and The Whole Nine Yards, which seem to have a similar vibe - The Family should be on your radar.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron (Glee), and John D’Leo (Wanderlust).  The Family opens on September 20th.

INCREDIBLE HULK Director Louis Leterrier in Talks to Helm Luc Besson’s Secretive SEA AT WAR

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French director Louis Leterrier’s latest film, the magician heist thriller Now You See Me, is poised to hit theaters in a couple of weeks, but it appears that the filmmaker is gearing up to commit to his next project.  Variety reports that the Incredible Hulk director is in early discussions to take the helm on a secretive project called Sea at War that was penned by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Taken).  Besson is also producing through his EuropaCorp banner, but plot details are being kept very firmly under wraps—Leterrier couldn’t even read the script outside of Besson’s office.

Nevertheless, the pic is rumored to be a mermaid adventure film, which would put Leterrier back in the fantasy realm that he explored with 2010’s Clash of the Titans.  Should he firmly commit to the project, we should start hearing more about Sea at War soon.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON Set for Release on October 18th; Luc Besson’s MALAVITA Moved Up to September 20th

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A couple of release date shifts for two Relativity Media films have been announced today.  First up, Relativity will unveil Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon (previously titled Don Jon’s Addiction) in wide release on October 18th.  Gordon-Levitt stars in the comedy as contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who attempts to reform himself.  I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a lot of fun (read Matt’s review here).  Gordon-Levitt has a great eye for visuals and the performances from his excellent supporting cast (Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza) are spot-on.

The pic should have plenty of general audience appeal when it opens in October, but it faces stiff competition in the form of the Chloe Moretz-fronted Carrie remake, Lee Daniels’ period drama The Butler, and the fantasy epic The Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges.  Interestingly, Don Jon, Carrie, and The Seventh Son all feature Julianne Moore.  Hit the jump for release date news concerning Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) star-studded comedic actioner Malavita.

Bruce Willis Talks A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, the Popularity of John McClane, Hans Gruber, SIN CITY 2 and Luc Besson

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Opening this weekend is director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard.  The fifth Die Hard film has John McClane (Bruce Willis) teaming up with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to settle their differences and take down the bad guys.   The film also stars Yulia Snigir, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sebastian Koch, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Anne Vyalitsyna.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Bruce Willis.  We talked about how John McClane is one of the most popular characters in movie history, what McClane is up to in the fifth installment, how the first Die Hard had one of the best movie villains and that they never should have killed him, and more.  In addition, Willis talked about Sin City 2 and what it will take to get him to work with Luc Besson again.  Hit the jump to watch.

JACK THE GIANT KILLER Renamed JACK THE GIANT SLAYER and Will Open March 1st, 2013; MALAVITA and 21 AND OVER Get New Release Dates

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Along with a new batch of release dates comes a title change to a significant picture.  Check out the details below:

  • Jack the Giant Killer will be formally retitled to Jack the Giant Slayer (because it’s more family-friendly…) and will now open March 1st, 2013.  Pic stars Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.
  • Malavita, Luc Besson’s comedic actioner, gets a new release date, opening almost a year to the day on October 18th, 2013. Relativity pic stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron.
  • Also from Relativity, 21 and Over will move up two weeks to open opposite Jack the Giant Killer Slayer on March 1st, 2013. The picture stars Justin Chon, Skyler Astin and Miles Teller.

Hit the jump for much more on each picture. 

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