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EuropaCorp Posts Half-Year Loss of $83 Million

EuropaCorp Posts Half-Year Loss of $83 Million
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”) has posted a loss of $83 million (€70.6 million) for the first half of its 2017/2018 financial year. The loss figure is nearly three times higher than it was during the first semester of the last financial year — which culminated in record losses of $135 million.

EuropaCorp primarily blamed the results on the poor theatrical performance of movies it distributed in the U.S., notably “The Circle” and “Their Finest,” as well as the “disappointing Us box-office revenues for ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,'” said the report.

Directed by Besson with a budget in the $180 million range, “Valerian” tanked in the U.S., grossing only $40.5 million. It went on to gross $225.16 million worldwide. The movie nevertheless yielded strong international sales business that allowed the company to boost its revenues by 77.5% to €138.1 million.

EuropaCorp said it had already reduced its overhead costs by 13% and will be
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10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017

10 Best Uses of Music in Movies in 2017
Music and film formed a potent partnership over the past 12 months, whether it was Hans Zimmer’s jarring score for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” which served as another character in providing the on-screen tension, or the choreographed mayhem of Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and David Leitch’s “Atomic Blonde,” or Iggy Pop’s sepulchral presence in Oneohtrix Point Never’s stunning soundtrack for the Safdies’ “Good Time.”

Here is a countdown of the individual songs — some original, others re-contextualized — which provided those magic cinematic moments where sound and vision perfectly meshed to become seamlessly part of a greater whole.

1. The Damned, “Neat Neat Neat” (“Baby Driver”): Wright’s heist movie re-genrefication is a feature-length music video choreographed to the nines with a decibel-raising soundtrack of ‘70s and ‘80s new wave, none better than this revved-up speed-punk blaring in star Ansel Elgort’s ubiquitous headphones as he gets set to put pedal to the metal. “Wait
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'Valerian' Leads EuropaCorp to Post $83 Million Loss

'Valerian' Leads EuropaCorp to Post $83 Million Loss
Financial results show the scope of the disaster that was Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets for Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, with the company posting a half-year loss of $83.1 million.

The company attributed this loss to the poor performance of Valerian, as well as other underperforming films including Tom Hanks starrer The Circle.

It included a write down of films not yet released for $5.5 million, and what it termed “the impairment of the intangible asset relating to the distribution of films” for $15.3 million as a result of the failure of its Red joint venture distribution company with Relativity....
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Everything We Know About Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's Under-the-Radar Relationship

Everything We Know About Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's Under-the-Radar Relationship
Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have remained tight-lipped about their relationship, but recent photos of their twilight stroll on the beach plus reports that the pair celebrated Foxx’s 50th birthday have everyone talking about the long-rumored couple.

In September, the stars were spotted walking hand in hand along the sand barefoot in Malibu, relaunching years-long buzz about a romance. And on Wednesday, the two celebrated the actor’s 50th birthday with a night out in Los Angeles. They were seen leaving the Highlight Room together.

Although they’ve never officially confirmed a relationship, multiple sources have told People the
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‘Valerian’ Director Luc Besson on Why You Should Watch His Movie Twice [Interview]

‘Valerian’ Director Luc Besson on Why You Should Watch His Movie Twice [Interview]
The making of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was a long journey for writer and director Luc Besson, who started reading the work of comic book writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières when he was 10 years old. He brought the comic and its two galaxy-saving agents, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), to […]

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The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films of the 90s

In the 1990s, the sci-fi genre reached new heights. With the advent of CG-character technology that was revolutionized in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Jurassic Park, the tools available for filmmaking increased exponentially. The impossible was now possible, and ideas that were once non-viable in the feature film format were now able to be realized. Of course technology is only a tool—it can get you so far, but it’s story and character that determine whether a film will stand the test of time. But master filmmakers like James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Luc Besson, and The …
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Katie Holmes Quietly Supports Long-Rumored Partner Jamie Foxx at Store Opening

Katie Holmes Quietly Supports Long-Rumored Partner Jamie Foxx at Store Opening
Katie Holmes stepped out in New York City on Monday night to support her rumored beau Jamie Foxx at the opening of the Privé Revaux store.

The actress, 38, arrived separately to the event, where Foxx was one of the celebrities involved in the eyewear brand.

Holmes looked chic and stylish in a satin black dress, which she paired with a vintage pink coat with gold flower shaped buttons and black heels.

Foxx wore a gray wool peacoat, black jeans, and a black T-shirt.

While the two actors did not arrive together, it is rare for them to be at the same event,
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Film Critics Pick the Most Underrated Movies of 2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Film Critics Pick the Most Underrated Movies of 2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the most overlooked and/or underrated movie of 2017?

E. Oliver Whitney,, @cinemabite

Despite the critical praise, “A Fantastic Woman” only a one-week qualifying run last month, and I worry is it’ll easily be forgotten this awards season. Daniela Vega gives one of the most astounding performances I’ve seen this year, one that comes from somewhere fierce and internal, portraying the life and struggle of a trans woman that cinema has rarely shown an interest in exploring. But since you can’t see it until it has a proper release in Febraury, do check one of the year’s other
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Exclusive Clip From The ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ Home Release

To celebrate the release of Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, which is out now on Digital Download, 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK, we have an exclusive behind the scenes clip to share.

In the year 2740 Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under orders from their commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breath-taking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the galaxy. This great, historic, city is under attack by an unknown enemy. Valerian and Laureline must race against time to find the source of this evil and stop it before it destroys the cornerstone of our universe.

The film features a star-studded cast including Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, and Academy Award Nominee Clive Owen.
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Home Entertainment: ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ 4K Uhd Blu-Ray Review

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets arrived in cinemas during the summer and sadly didn’t quite hold up to the hype that had been built. This happens a lot with tent-pole titles, especially those directed by an established director, and can kill a film before its even reached the screen. It happened with the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending, and this year it sadly happened with Luc Besson’s Valerian.

It may have failed to set the box-office alight, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has all the ingredients to be a success on home entertainment platforms. It’s a science-fiction action adventure – a genre that tends to convert well at home – it’s directed by Luc Besson and had mixed reviews, meaning that whilst many didn’t want to risk a wasted trip to the cinema, they are still curious to see just what the film is like.
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‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ Blu-ray Review: Blends Sci-Fi & Romance

Comic books and films are no stranger to using the cold, blackness of space as a setting to tell fantastical stories. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a 2017 film directed, produced and written by Luc Besson, is the latest sci-fi adventure set across the stars. Based on the iconic Valérian and Laureline comic […]

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Luc Besson: acclaimed French director's studio struggles after losses

EuropaCorp examines its debts and considers sell-off after being hit by disappointing box office for sci-fi spectacular Valerian

The French filmmaker Luc Besson’s production studio has said it is considering “different options” to raise cash and cut costs after sinking to record losses.

The announcement comes after the underwhelming box-office take for Besson’s science-fiction spectacular Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Although the film brought in more than $225m, a poor performance in the Us market left Besson’s EuropaCorp struggling to make up for its $177m it cost to produce – an astronomical sum for a French production.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Turkeys

Each year the film industry sacrifices one of its blockbusters to the movie gods, in the hope that its other releases will be spared the vicious lash of mass opprobrium. This year the designated victim was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Critics spotted Luc Besson’s space opera on the horizon, sensed weakness, singled it out from the big budget herd, and moved in for the kill, savaging it as, “a stinker”, “a travesty of storytelling” and, “one of the worst films I have ever seen”. Social media gleefully swooped on the carcass to declare it the year’s biggest Doa turkey. And all this before the public had even had a chance to see it.

Rotten Tomatoes gave Valerian a 49% rating, but looking at the site’s reviews round-up (something I do only when writing a piece like this), I’m struck now by how many
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Orange Poaches EuropaCorp’s Sales Exec Andreï Kamarowsky to Run Sales for New Film/TV Division

Orange Studio has appointed Andreï Kamarowsky, former senior VP of international sales at EuropaCorp, to run sales for the French telco group’s new film/TV division.

The exec joins Orange Studio from EuropaCorp where he worked as senior VP of international sales since 2011.

He will report to David Kessler and Pascal Delarue, the co-managing directors of Orange Studio.

Kamarowsky is boarding Orange Studio at a pivotal moment. Under Kessler’s leadership, the company is getting ready to play a much bigger role in the film and TV landscapes in France and abroad.

The vertically-integrated banner, whose parent company Orange also operates pay TV channels Orange Cinema Series, signed a distribution deal a year ago with Ugc Images (a subsidiary of Europe’s second biggest cinema circuit) to kick off direct distribution in France under the label Orange Cinema Distribution. Meanwhile, Orange will also be distributing Ugc films starting in January.

As previously announced,
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Valerian 2: sequel is still possible, says Luc Besson

Simon Brew Nov 24, 2017

Limited box office returns haven't out Luc Besson off wanting to make Valerian 2...

It didn’t enjoy the best run at the box office over the summer, but director Luc Besson remains bullish about the future of the Valerian movie series. Ahead of the release of the first film, Besson had revealed he had extensive plans for sequels. It seems that the muted box office returns have not put him off.

It has changed his ambitions a little, though. In an interview with Collider, Besson reckons that a sequel is still possible, but that the next film can be a lot cheaper to make.

“The price depends on the story”, he said. “The story of the second one is less expensive. The third one is almost the same than the first. But it depends on the story, the price doesn’t go up because you want to.
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Luc Besson on ‘Valerian’, Including ‘Fifth Element’ Easter Eggs, and If He’d Do An Animated Sequel

Ever since watching Luc Besson’s amazing movie The Fifth Element twenty years ago, I’ve been waiting patiently for him to make to another crazy large-scale science-fiction movie. Even before visual effects went into hyperdrive, Besson was able to take us to new worlds, create innovative characters never seen on movie screens, and craft action set pieces like no other. So when Besson announced that he was going to helm Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and that he would have access to modern VFX and a big enough budget to bring his wildest ideas …
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Dominique Farrugia Exits EuropaCorp, Joins Studiocanal

Dominique Farrugia, a popular French comedian-turned-filmmaker, has joined Studiocanal as co-managing director of productions.

A long-time collaborator of Luc Besson, Farrugia joins Studiocanal from Besson’s EuropaCorp, where he spearheaded the development and production of French movies, notably “Sous le meme toit” (which he directed) with Gilles Lellouche, and the upcoming comedy “CoeXister,”directed by Fabrice Eboué.

At Studiocanal, Farrugia will be in charge of developing and overseeing the production of French comedies that have the potential of attracting international audiences. Earlier this year, Studiocanal released French comedy “”

Farrugia will be working closely with Géraldine Gendre, who heads up French production and distribution at Studiocanal. He will report to Didier Lupfer, the head of StudioCanal, and Maxime Saada, the boss of Canal Plus Group. Farrugia will also act as film and fiction advisor to Saada.

Farrugia is the latest in a string of executives who have exited the financially-struggling EuropaCorp since September, following [link=nm
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November 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Jungle, The Villainess

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Happy week of Thanksgiving to our Us readers! This week’s home entertainment offerings are a smaller lot, with The Villainess, Jungle, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets being some of the bigger new releases coming our way on November 21st.

Stephen Kings fans should take note, as Dolores Claiborne arrives in HD this week courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection, and XLrator Media is keeping busy as well with a bunch of recent indie titles making their way to various formats, including Dark Signal, American Mary, Housebound, and Under the Bed.

Bunnyman Vengeance is also coming home on Tuesday to both Blu and DVD via Uncork’d Entertainment, and Scarecrowd makes its DVD debut this week, too.

Dolores Claiborne (Warner Archive Collection, Blu-ray)

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Rihanna Reveals Surprise Perks of Wearing Latex for 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' (Exclusive)

Rihanna Reveals Surprise Perks of Wearing Latex for 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' (Exclusive)
Reaction to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets may have been mixed, but one thing was unanimous: Rihanna playing a shape-shifting alien named Bubbles was a highlight. In this behind-the-scenes featurette, debuting on Et, RiRi reveals which of her many looks -- disco queen, French maid, Cleopatra and more -- was the hottest. Not like sexy, but actually hot.

"I loved the nurse outfit. That one was a tricky little number, because it was all latex," Rihanna says. "Literally, I had to take breaks to, like, towel down the sweat out of my costume. It was crazy. But I did lose some weight for the next scene, which was tribal and my stomach was all out!"

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Valerian was a passion project for visionary director Luc Besson, one he spent many, many years attempting to bring to the screen, and he told Et that he cast Rihanna once she proved to him that she is
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Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’
Natalie Portman was only 11 years old when she auditioned for and won the role of Mathilda in Luc Besson’s “Léon: The Professional,” and after more than two decades making moves in Hollywood and abroad she has her own share of harassment and sexism stories. During a conversation at Vulture Fest in Los Angeles, Portman was asked about the many sexual harassment and abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood, to which she got incredibly candid about her own experiences facing similar issues.

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“When I heard everything coming out, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky that I haven’t had this.’ And then, on reflection, I was like okay, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way,
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