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Cara Delevingne Admits To Directing Ambitions


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As she prepares for her latest cinematic outing, the long-awaited sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, actress and model Cara Delevingne has spoken about her ambitions to be a director in the future and how Luc Besson has sparked inspiration within her.

Luc Besson with Cara Delevingne at CinemaCon 2017Luc Besson with Cara Delevingne at CinemaCon 2017

The British actress, 24, was speaking at CinemaCon in Las Vegas alongside the movie’s director, Luc Besson, and admitted that her experience of playing Laureline, opposite main star Dane DeHaan’s titular character of Valerian, plus the experience of being on-set with Leon and Nikita director Besson, had inspired her to get behind the camera herself.

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Trailer


Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are partners. Skilled government agents whose job it is to protect the human race and uphold the law on an intergalactic basis, they defy orders to seperate when they are sent by their commander Arün Filitt (Clive Owen) to visit a utopian city named Alpha. Housing 17 million residents of every alien species in the known universe, it's a sprawling metropolis where creatures of all races share their varied knowledge and their skills and help each other in creating the most technologically advanced and peaceful place in existence. However, the fact that Valerian and Laureline are on their way there means that something evil is afoot; somebody wants to destroy the cross-cultural harmony and threaten the safety of all races not just in Alpha, but in every corner of the universe.

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Luc Besson at STX Films CinemaCon 'The State of The Industry: Past, Present and Future' Presentation held at The Colosseum of Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Tuesday 28th March 2017

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Cara Delevingne and Luc Besson
Cara Delevingne and Luc Besson

Cara Delevingne and Luc Besson talks about Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planters at STX Films CinemaCon's 'The State of The Industry: Past, Present and Future' Presentation held at The Colosseum of Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Tuesday 28th March 2017

Cara Delevingne and Luc Besson
Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne

Luc Besson at the Three Empire Awards held at The Roundhouse - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 19th March 2017

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Luc Besson

Cara Delevingne Gets Feisty In Luc Besson's 'Valerian' Trailer


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BAFTA nominated French filmmaker Luc Besson follows up his 2014 film 'Lucy' with the electric sci-fi crime thriller 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'. The stunning first trailer has just been released and it already feels very 'Fifth Element'. Plus, it introduces Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in starring roles.

Valerian cast[L-R] Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen and Cara Delevingne in 'Valerian...'

Based on the French graphic novel series 'Valérian and Laureline' by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, the story follows two badass government agents named Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) who travel through time and space protecting the human race and upholding the law across the universe. 

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Rihanna Joins Forces With Cara Delevingne In Forthcoming Luc Besson Film


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Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are proving that they are taking this transition into acting very seriously indeed, by starring alongside each other in an upcoming science fiction epic. 'Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets' is being directed by Luc Besson and is coming to theaters in 2017.

RihannaRihanna is returning to the big screen

While London model Cara has been doing her damn hardest to convince the world that acting is her biggest passion in life, despite her extensive work in the fashion industry, Rihanna has also been coasting along and getting involved in Hollywood - though her busy music-making schedule hasn't made it easy. So far she's only had cameos in 2012's 'Battleship' and 2013 comedy 'This Is the End' and one main role as the voice of Tip in the animated film 'Home'. But now she's taking it to the next level by landing an as yet undefined role in time-travelling sci-fi adventure 'Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets'.

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The Transporter Refuelled Review

Good

Like James Bond, wilfully anonymous driver Frank Martin is reborn as a new actor without any fuss, shifting the tone of the franchise from Jason Statham's knowing wink to Ed Skrein's stone-faced glower. But even though the new film is a lot less camp, it's still deliriously preposterous, pinging between dimwitted dialogue and jaw-droppingly silly action. It's utterly inane, but never dull and often very funny, sometimes intentionally so.

Skrein's Frank is still based on the French Riviera, where he has three simple rules to ensure plausible deniability about whoever or whatever he carries around in his shiny, seemingly indestructible Audi (product placement alert!). Then he's contacted by high-class hooker Anna (Loan Chabanol), who has escaped from her Russian mafioso bosses and is out for revenge. She hires Frank to carry her and a mini-UN of angry ex-prostitutes (Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic and Wenxia Wu) to a variety of heists aimed at top Russians, with their final sites on kingpin Karasov (Radivoje Bukvic). When Frank balks at this, the women kidnap his father (Ray Stevenson) to force him to comply, and soon both dad and son are in the middle of the action themselves. Chases in cars, motorbikes, planes and boats ensue, as gangsters shoot at them and the police try to catch them.

Basically, this is a series of elaborately staged set-pieces held together by the bare hint of a plot, as this quartet of scantily clad women take on the macho thugs who have enslaved them. In the middle, Frank looks like a model in his sleek suit, while his dad provides some comical relief. It never makes much sense at all, and the action sequences aren't particularly well staged, relying on lots of slow motion to make everything look achingly cool. But there's a level of inventiveness in the mayhem that keeps us watching, as well as laughing along with everything that happens.

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Luc Besson Casts Cara Delevingne For Sci-Fi 'Valerian'


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Luc Besson's next movie will be an adaptation of the graphic-novel Valerian, with Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in the lead roles. The French director's action-thriller Lucy earned in excess of $450 million last year.

Luc BessonLuc Besson has cast Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in Valerian

Based on the hugely popular French book series, Valerian will follow an 11th century peasant girl and her time-travelling companion. The movie will be written and directed by Besson and produced by his wife Virgnie Besson Silla. Production is set to begin at the end of the year with a global release slated for summer 2017.

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Taken 3 Review


Weak

As with the first two films in this dumb but bombastically watchable franchise, writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen seemingly put no effort into writing a script that can even remotely hold water. This is such a boneheaded story that it boggles the mind, eliciting laughter every time it tries to show some emotion or menace. But watching Liam Neeson charge around on a personal mission, cleaning up the criminal underworld in the process, is still rather good fun.

Back home in Los Angeles, former super-spy Bryan (Neeson) is trying to re-bond with his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) while waiting for his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) to leave her sweaty but wealthy husband Stuart (Dougray Scott) and come back to him. But this dream is cut short in a twisted act of violence that leaves Bryan as the prime suspect. With Inspector Franck (Forest Whitaker) on his tail, Bryan traverses the city trying to unknot the mystery and find out who the real villain is, so he can clear his name and protect his family. With the help of an old pal (Leland Orser), Bryan manages to taunt and elude the cops at every turn while tracking down the nasty Russian mafioso Malankov (Sam Spruell). But something is clearly not right here.

Instead of centring on one far-fetched kidnapping, pretty much every character in the story gets "taken" at some point in the movie. The film benefits from this break in the formula, creating a relentless pursuit that runs right through the story. So even if the details never remotely ring true, and even if most scenes feel badly contrived, it's thoroughly entertaining to watch Neeson's stand-in stuntman leap across backyard fences or drive like a maniac on the freeway, causing mass carnage in his wake. Sadly, director Olivier Megaton directs and edits the film by chopping scenes into splinters, then reassembling them so they make no sense at all. It's loud and fast and incomprehensible.

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John D'Leo, Luc Besson and Talia Besson - Shots of a variety of stars as they arrived for the Los Angeles premiere of the action drama movie 'Unbroken' directed by Angelina Jolie. The premiere was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 15th December 2014

John D'leo, Luc Besson and Talia Besson

The Homesman Review


Very Good

Strong characters and a vivid sense of life in frontier America give this film a kick of authentic energy that makes it a gripping journey. While it may be a little too serious for its own good, the movie is strikingly shot and played to bring out the gritty tenacity of people who dare to live in such a foreboding place. And a couple of shocking twists in the tale keep us on our toes.

In the Nebraska Territory in 1853, life was so difficult that three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter) in a small community are driven mad by the isolation, desperation and harsh weather. Their husbands are too busy surviving to do anything about it, so the local pastor (John Lithgow) arranges for the strong-willed spinster farmer Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) to escort them back east to civilisation. She needs a "homesman" to help make the arduous five-week journey, so she drafts in drunken scoundrel George (Tommy Lee Jones). During their long trek across the plains, they have a series of potentially life-threatening encounters with the likes of well-armed Native Americans, an interfering opportunist (Tim Blake Nelson) and a cruelly dismissive hotel owner (James Spader).

The characters are strikingly feisty, starting with Swank's fiercely no-nonsense, self-sufficient Mary Bee, who one local observes is as good as any man around. She's also rather annoyingly holier-than-thou, which explains why she's has so much trouble finding a husband to help her. And these three women really push her to the breaking point: Gummer's Bella is consumed by grief, Otto's Theoline moans day and night, and Richter's Gro is a delusional menace. So it's a good thing that Jones provides some comic relief as the rapscallion George, a snarky realist who's the only likeable person on-screen.He also emerges along the way as the true protagonist of the tale.

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'Lucy' Merges Bessons' Obsessions: Action, And Beautiful Women


Scarlett Johansson Luc Besson

Luc Besson is clearly a cinematic force to reckon with, invading our cinemas this year as a producer (The Homesman) and writer (3 Days to Kill and Brick Mansions). And as a writer-director, his action romp Lucy has already topped the US box office and is expanding globally over the next two weeks to Europe, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'

Besson hasn't made many films that didn't have some element of action in them. But he never blows things up just for the spectacle. "If the action doesn't have a soul or purpose, I'm not interested," he says. "If it's pure action for its own sake, I enjoy it like a cheeseburger: you eat it, then you're hungry."

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'Lucy' Is Fantastic, But There Will Be No Sequel, Says Besson


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Director Luc Besson has generated modest acclaim for his action-thriller Lucy, though the Frenchman says it is unlikely there will be a sequel. Fans of the movie have been clamouring for news of a second movie - as have representatives of Universal Pictures - but Besson told reporters in Taiwan: "I don't see how we can do one."

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'

"It's not made for that," he said in an interview with the local press. "If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it."

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Dianna Agron, Luc Besson, Virginie Silla, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Lenny Kravitz - The French premiere of 'Malavita' Premiere at Aeroville - Roissy En France, France - Wednesday 16th October 2013

Dianna Agron, Luc Besson, Virginie Silla, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Lenny Kravitz
Dianna Agron, Luc Besson, Virginie Silla, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Lenny Kravitz
Dianna Agron and Michelle Pfeiffer
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Luc Besson

Date of birth

18th March, 1958

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

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Luc Besson Movies

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Trailer

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Trailer

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are partners. Skilled government agents whose job it...

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Trailer

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets Trailer

For Luc Besson's latest foray into the sci-fi stratosphere, he has decided to bring the...

The Transporter Refuelled Movie Review

The Transporter Refuelled Movie Review

Like James Bond, wilfully anonymous driver Frank Martin is reborn as a new actor without...

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Taken 3 Movie Review

Taken 3 Movie Review

As with the first two films in this dumb but bombastically watchable franchise, writers Luc...

The Homesman Movie Review

The Homesman Movie Review

Strong characters and a vivid sense of life in frontier America give this film a...

Lucy Movie Review

Lucy Movie Review

Luc Besson gleefully combines two of his favourite movie elements - fit women and wildly...

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Lucy - Luc Besson Featurette Trailer

Lucy - Luc Besson Featurette Trailer

The cast and crew of 'Lucy' - actors Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked,...

3 Days to Kill Movie Review

3 Days to Kill Movie Review

French filmmaker Luc Besson continues to combine family themes with intense violence (see Taken), but...

Lucy Trailer

Lucy Trailer

Lucy was just a regular girl living in Taipei, Taiwan before she was brutally kidnapped...

The Family Movie Review

The Family Movie Review

Despite a promising trailer and a great cast, this French-American comedy-thriller is a complete misfire...

The Family Trailer

The Family Trailer

Giovanni Manzoni is a gangster boss who has been placed under witness protection by Agent...

Taken 2 Movie Review

Taken 2 Movie Review

There wasn't really anywhere for the story to go after 2008's surprise hit Taken, and...

The Source Movie Review

The Source Movie Review

Strikingly well-made on a big scale, this film takes on some important issues without ever...

The Lady Trailer

The Lady Trailer

Aung San Suu Kyi, born in Burma, watched her father die when she was three...

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