Luc Besson
French film director, screenwriter, producer
Luc Besson
Luc Besson is a French film director, writer, and producer. He is the creator of EuropaCorp film company. He has been involved with more than 50 films, spanning 26 years, as writer, director, and/or producer.
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First 'Valerian' trailer brings Luc Besson back to a colorful 'Fifth Element' world
LATimes - 4 months
The new trailer for Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” has been released and it gives fans their first real look at the eye-popping world of “The Fifth Element” director’s upcoming project.  Based on the French comic book series “Valerian and Laureline” created...
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Director Besson debuts first look at expansive, ambitious 'Valerian'
Reuters.com - 7 months
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - French director Luc Besson lifted the lid on his sci-fi space epic "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at Comic-Con, showing fans the first footage from the ambitious project following two space travelers in the 28th century.
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30 feature-length movies on YouTube that are totally worth watching
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This article is continually updated to reflect removed and newly available movies. Rachel Grozanick, Drew Prindle, Brandon Widder, and Rick Stella contributed to this article. Back in 2011, Google quietly rolled out the YouTube.com/movies section. Over the past few years it has amassed a library of titles you can rent, purchase, or stream for free, and today, there’s more content in the movie section than you could watch in a lifetime — and that’s not even counting all the full-length films uploaded by users. So to help save you some time in your search for something to watch, we’ve sifted through all the movies the site has to offer — free, paid, legal, and not-so-legal — to bring you this list of the best full movies on YouTube. Related: Time to kill? Here’s 104 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now Free Movies (legally uploaded) YouTube has a pretty sizable list of movies you can stream for free, but truth be told, not many are worth watching. The overwhelming majority ...
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Dane DeHaan On Playing James Dean And The Diverse Landscape Of Fame
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You might not be familiar with his name, but surely you recognize Dane DeHaan. The 29-year-old actor has been climbing his way up the Hollywood ladder, appearing in the TV series "In Treatment" before landing roles in movies such as "A Place Beyond the Pines," "Kill Your Darlings" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." DeHaan's performances say it all: he's an actor who's eager to challenge himself, no matter how big or small the project.  Currently, he's starring as the iconic James Dean alongside Robert Pattinson's Dennis Stock in the Anton Corbijn-helmed film "Life." The movie tells the story behind Stock's now infamous Life magazine photo shoot of Dean, which took place as the "East of Eden" actor was on the verge of superstardom in 1955. The images showcased Dean as the epitome of cool, giving his rebellious, free-spirit aura leverage. Dean tragically died in a car accident in September 1955, before two of his most beloved and celebrated films, "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant," ...
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Dane DeHaan On Playing James Dean And The Diverse Landscape Of Fame
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You might not be familiar with his name, but surely you recognize Dane DeHaan. The 29-year-old actor has been climbing his way up the Hollywood ladder, appearing in the TV series "In Treatment" before landing roles in movies such as "A Place Beyond the Pines," "Kill Your Darlings" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." DeHaan's performances say it all: he's an actor who's eager to challenge himself, no matter how big or small the project.  Currently, he's starring as the iconic James Dean alongside Robert Pattinson's Dennis Stock in the Anton Corbijn-helmed film "Life." The movie tells the story behind Stock's now infamous Life magazine photo shoot of Dean, which took place as the "East of Eden" actor was on the verge of superstardom in 1955. The images showcased Dean as the epitome of cool, giving his rebellious, free-spirit aura leverage. Dean tragically died in a car accident in September 1955, before two of his most beloved and celebrated films, "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant," ...
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Couch bound? Here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Netflix
Yahoo News - over 1 year
This list is continually updated to reflect recent Netflix availability as TV shows are frequently added and removed. Netflix has a treasure trove of awesome movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days, or even weeks on end. If you just finished a good series and you need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the place to go. Nothing beats a weekend-long marathon with no commercials, so without further ado, we give you our tightly-curated list of the best Netflix Instant TV shows. Related: Best movies streaming on Hulu | Best movies streaming on YouTube Jump to: New this month Drama Comedy Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Mystery Reality TV/Documentary Memory Lane Kids Note: For a complete list of everything coming to Netflix, as well as what’s going away, take a look at our comprehensive monthly breakdown. New for November 2015 Master of None ...
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BFFs on the Big Screen! Rihanna and Cara Delevingne Set to Star in New Sci-Fi Film - People Magazine
Google News - over 1 year
People Magazine BFFs on the Big Screen! Rihanna and Cara Delevingne Set to Star in New Sci-Fi Film People Magazine BFFs on the Big Screen! Rihanna and Cara Delevingne Set to Star in New Sci-Fi Film. 0SHARES. Reprint. subscribe now. BFFs Rihanna and Cara Delevingne Set to Star in New Sci-Fi Film. Joel Ryan/Invision/AP; Jason Merritt/Getty. By Karen Mizoguchi. Rihanna Is Joining Cara Delevingne In The Stellar Sci-Fi Epic 'Valerian'MTV.com Rihanna Cast in Luc Besson's 'Valerian'RollingStone.com BFFs Cara Delevingne And Rihanna To Star In Luc Besson's ValerianTech Times Classicalite -Rapid News Network -Steelers Lounge (blog) -Instagram all 115 news articles »
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'Lucy' director Luc Besson drafts Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne for sci-fi 'Valerian'
LATimes - almost 2 years
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China culture drive pushes out indie films
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
A bevy of big-screen luminaries including Luc Besson and Arnold Schwarzenegger descended on Beijing recently for a star-studded international film festival, but art-house directors raised the alarm as authorities block a wave of independent cultural events. Seeking to raise its "soft power" and standing on the world cultural stage, China is pushing its cinema industry with events such as last week's Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF).
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What All Writers (And Human Beings) Should Keep In Mind
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
It's that time of the year again, when a super-packed schedule of French film premieres reigns at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, where sold-out crowds of cinemaphiles, Francophones and Frenchies delight in macarons, pissaladière and good champagne (on opening night, anyway!). The annual COLCOA French Film Festival continues, and the habitual bonhomie evident among attendees was again on full display, as is the case whenever groups of like-minded people come together. Based on my own, and overheard conversations throughout the evening, familiar topics of interest prevailed -- upcoming travels, movies and the people who direct and produce them; food and wine, the arts, good writing and bad writing, the previous year's festival, this year's lineup of films, screening schedule comparisons, and I'm too busy to see as many as I saw last year! Wondering when I'll get to the part about writers and other human beings? Well, it was the festival's opening film that got me rumina ...
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Heave’s Over: Our favorite movies
Heave Media - almost 3 years
Welcome to part three of Heave’s Over, our set of staff list pieces leading up to our final day of publication on Friday. Today, our staff gives lists of their top 10 all-time favorite movies. Remember: these are all-time favorites, not “best film” lists or whatever. Also, titles aren’t italicized because otherwise everything would be in the font you’re reading now. Frank Macarthy 1) The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) 2) Animal House (John Landis, 1978) 3) Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982) 4) Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) 5) Dirty Work (Bob Saget, 1998) 6) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) 7) Trading Places (John Landis, 1983) 8 ) The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979) 9) The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978) 10) Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008) —— Marissa Morales 1) Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) 2) Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) 3) Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010) 4) The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 5) Moonrise Kingdom ...
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WATCH: Six Of 'Homefront' Star Jason Statham's Best Fight Scenes
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Jason Statham has come a long way since he was one of the UK's most prolific competitive divers, spending over a decade on the national team, before making his mark in Guy Ritchie's 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' in 1998. Next week sees the release of his latest action-flick, 'Homefront'. Penned by Sylvester Stallone, Statham plays a former drug enforcement agent, who opts for a quiet life, until peril, in the form of a local meth druglord comes calling. We chart Statham's journey to present status as one of the big screen's go-to actors for anything requiring energetic action sequences, undilted aggression and - when the occasion requires - a whole load of buffed up brawn... 1. The Transporter (2002) Jason was cast as the lead role for the action movie 'The Transporter'. Written by Luc Besson, the film tells the story of a man whose job is to deliver packages without asking any questions. One day, he breaks those rules... There have since been two sequels, Transporter 2 ...
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Robert De Niro: 'I'd like to see where Travis Bickle is today'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
If you thought that Robert De Niro had mellowed in his old age, think again. His new film with Luc Besson is feistily violent and he still hankers after making a sequel to Taxi Driver To misquote Bananarama, Robert De Niro is waiting inside the hotel room, talking on his phone, though probably not in Italian. I'm outside with the PR, who keeps easing open the door to check if he's done. The publicist is starstruck; he doesn't want to intrude. He explains that he grew up watching De Niro movies and that Taxi Driver is basically the reason he got into this business to begin with. We agree that it's wise to make no mention of this. He might shut the door and lock us out altogether. De Niro is in town to discuss his new role as an ageing bull in a witness protection programme, and this seems fitting. Over the past four decades we have known him as sibilant Vito Corleone, volcanic Jake LaMotta, oily Rupert Pupkin, and any number of others, which is another way of saying we don't know him ...
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Review: 'Paris Countdown' misses the mark of a French thriller
LATimes - over 3 years
Despite gangsters and a Gallic backdrop, the action in Edgar Marie's new film is mostly ho-hum. If Michael Mann, Luc Besson and Quentin Tarantino all ate the same bad sushi together, the unfortunate end result might just resemble the pre-digested pap that is the French thriller "Paris Countdown."
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French director slams Taiwan paparazzi
Yahoo News - over 3 years
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — French film director Luc Besson on Friday slammed paparazzi in Taiwan for interfering with the shooting of his latest film starring Scarlett Johansson, but denied reports that he considered leaving the island early to underscore his disgust over their actions.
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Mickey, Machete and Juliet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Okay, right up front: I haven't seen Captain Phillips yet. Obviously, it's the best new movie of the week. Its 8 on IMDb dwarfs the three new movies I did see, which average a 5.5. Paul Greengrass is the most unheralded of the mainstream directors at work today, and maybe this will get him some much-deserved herald. But I can't comment. I didn't see it. You see, my wife wants to see it, and for some reason she wants to see it with me. Since she works very hard to support her film-fan husband, she can't just pick up at a moment's notice and slip off to the movies. And she asks for so little. So when it's a choice between happy wife and a more complete blog, the wife wins out. This does give me a chance to mention the two new biggies out last week, Gravity and Runner, Runner. Here's what you need to know: You will forget Runner, Runner before you've found your way out of the multiplex. It's a workable premise with a screenplay that has everything break exactly right for it ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Luc Besson
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 54
    He wrote and directed the 2014 sci-fi thriller film Lucy.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    He also worked on Lockout, which was released in April 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Many of Besson's films have achieved popular, if not critical, success. One such release was Le Grand Bleu. "When the film had its premiere on opening night at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, it was mercilessly drubbed, but no matter; it was a smash," observed the International Herald Tribune in a 2007 profile of Besson. "Embraced by young people who kept returning to see it again, the movie sold 10 million tickets and quickly became what the French call a 'film générationnel,' a defining moment in the culture." Besson created the Arthur series, which comprises Arthur and the Minimoys, Arthur and the Forbidden City, Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard and Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds. He directed Arthur and the Invisibles, an adaptation of the first two books of the collection. A film with live action and animation, it was released in the UK and the US and starred Freddie Highmore, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Mia Farrow, Robert De Niro and David Bowie.
    Besson produced the promotional movie for the Paris bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Besson won Best Director and Best French Director for his film The Fifth Element (1997). he was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional (1994) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). Critics cite Besson as a pivotal figure in the Cinéma du look movement, a specific, highly visual style produced from the 1980s into the early 1990s. Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and Nikita (1990) are all considered to be of this stylistic school. The term was coined by critic Raphaël Bassan in a 1989 essay in La Revue du Cinema n° 449. A partisan of the experimental cinema and friend of the New Wave ("nouvelle vague") directors, Bassan grouped Besson with Jean-Jacques Beineix and Leos Carax as three directors who shared the style of "le look." These directors were later described critically as favoring style over substance, and spectacle over narrative.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    Besson directed a biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi called The Lady (original title Dans la Lumiere), which was released in the fall of 2011.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 44
    On 28 August 2004, at the age of, Besson married film producer Virginie Silla.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has three children: Thalia, Satine, and Mao Besson. Among Besson's awards are the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film Critics Prize, Fantasporto Audience Jury Award-Special Mention, Best Director, and Best Film, for Le Dernier Combat in 1983; the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon-Best Director-Foreign Film, for La Femme Nikita, 1990; the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film, Nil by Mouth, 1997; and the Best Director Cesar Award, for The Fifth Element, 1997.
  • 2000
    Age 40
    In 2000, Besson superseded his production company by co-founding EuropaCorp with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, with whom he had frequently worked since 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Le Pogam had then been Distribution Director with Gaumont. EuropaCorp has had strong growth based on several English-language films, with international distribution. It has production facilities in Paris, Normandy, and Hollywood, and is establishing distribution partnerships in Japan and China.
    This was superseded in 2000 by his co-founding EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator,.
    More Details Hide Details As writer, director, and/or producer, Besson has so far been involved in the creation of more than 50 films. Besson was born in Paris, to parents who both worked as Club Med scuba-diving instructors. Influenced by this milieu, as a child Besson planned to become a marine biologist. He spent much of his youth traveling with his parents to tourist resorts in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Greece. The family returned to France when Besson was 10. His parents promptly divorced and each remarried. "Here there is two families, and I am the only bad souvenir of something that doesn't work," he said in the International Herald Tribune. "And if I disappear, then everything is perfect. The rage to exist comes from here. I have to do something! Otherwise I am going to die." At the age of 17, Besson had a diving accident that left him unable to dive.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 37
    He married the 22-year-old on 14 December 1997, at the age of, but they divorced in 1999.
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    Their marriage ended in 1997, when Besson became involved with actress Milla Jovovich during the filming of The Fifth Element (1997).
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  • 1991
    Age 31
    Besson's second wife was actress Maïwenn Le Besco, who was 15 when they began dating in 1991. They were married in late 1992 when Le Besco was pregnant with their daughter Shanna, who was born on 3 January 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Le Besco later claimed that their relationship inspired Besson's film Léon (1994).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 27
    Besson and Parillaud had a daughter, Juliette, born in 1987. The couple divorced in 1991.
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  • 1986
    Age 26
    Besson has been married four times; first, in 1986, to actress Anne Parillaud who starred in Besson's Nikita (1990).
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  • 1985
    Age 25
    Besson, along with most of the filmmakers so categorized, was uncomfortable with the label, particularly in light of the achievements of their forebears: France's New Wave. "Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut were rebelling against existing cultural values and used cinema as a means of expression simply because it was the most avant-garde medium at the time," said Besson in a 1985 interview in The New York Times. "Today, the revolution is occurring entirely within the industry and is led by people who want to change the look of movies by making them better, more convincing and pleasurable to watch.
    More Details Hide Details "Because it's becoming increasingly difficult to break into this field, we have developed a psychological armor and are ready to do anything in order to work", he added in this same interview. "I think our ardor alone is going to shake the pillars of the moviemaking establishment."
  • 1980
    Age 20
    In 1980, he founded his own production company, called Les Films du Loup, and later.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born in 1959.
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