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Connie Nielsen Joins Kevin Costner In McG's Untitled Thriller With Amber Heard & Hailee Steinfeld

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 7, 2013 5:07 PM
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McG is like a classic timex watch. He takes a lickin', but keeps on tickin'. "This Means War" was routinely included in Worst Of 2012 lists (including ours), "Terminator Salvation" took a beating in 2009, and the rest of his career hasn't fared much better outside of the kinetic, high-level octane of "Charlie's Angels" that critics were soon complaining about in its sequel. But not everyone makes films for critics, obviously. His upcoming film, an untitled thriller produced by Luc Besson that stars Kevin Costner, just got a bump from its newly announced cast.

McG Confirmed To Direct Luc Besson's Upcoming Untitled Thriller; Kevin Costner Will Star

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 2, 2012 3:05 PM
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Mentioned as possibilities earlier this month, it looks like the deals went through. McG ("Terminator Salvation") will direct the Luc Besson-produced and co-written thriller previously known as "Three Days To Kill." Now untitled, according to Relativity Media, as suggested, Kevin Costner will star as a dying assassin who wants to reconcile with his daughter while embarking on his final mission.

Tommy Lee Jones Joins Luc Besson's Darkly Comedic Actioner 'Malavita'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 29, 2012 12:36 PM
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We’ve given a lot of credit to Tommy Lee Jones recently for his willingness to step out so late in his career and try on different hats, like writing, directing, and starring in the pioneer-era tale “The Homesman,” as well as going a little more comedic (and raunchy) than he’s used to in the Meryl Streep co-starring “Hope Springs.” And now he’s set to star in a dark comedy/action mish-mash for Luc Besson. While other aging talent remains comfortable turning in repetitive or forgetable performances, Jones just keeps on rolling.

Luc Besson & Angelina Jolie's Thriller To Shoot In Early 2013; Director Lines Up 'Valerian'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2012 9:20 AM
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It may seem like a while ago, but at the tail end of 2011, heat started to build up around a movie featuring the blockbuster pairing of star Angelina Joile and director Luc Besson. Universal Pictures snapped up 80% of the worldwide distribution rights to the movie and then...Jolie decided to make "Maleficent" next. But not to worry, this project is still very much on schedule and it looks like it will be going up next for both Jolie and Besson.

Luc Besson Directing Robert De Niro In Gangster Thriller 'Malativa'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 21, 2012 9:20 AM
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Man, Luc Besson really didn't take to retirement, did he? Besson recently turned to a stack of scripts he's written in a co-financing partnership between Besson's EuroCorp and Relativity Pictures, getting support for two new Besson-ian efforts.

Guy Pearce Talks Doing His Own Stunts In 'Lockout' & Hints At The Mysteries of 'Prometheus'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 12, 2012 2:57 PM
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Audiences have a strong awareness of Guy Pearce, but are they ready to see him as an action hero? In “Lockout,” Pearce plays disgraced special agent Snow, forced on a suicide mission to rescue the President’s daughter from a riot happening outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, in the middle of a dangerous space prison. But while Pearce’s wisecracking Snow gives and receives his share of punches, the actor wasn’t entirely certain at first that this would be an action-heavy role.

Review: 'Lockout' Is The B-Movie You've Been Waiting For All Year

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 11, 2012 9:02 AM
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In the futurist world of "Lockout," most deadly convicts will be confined to MS-One, a maximum security prison floating in outer space. It’s not long from now (2079, to be exact) strongly suggesting the cultural shift in our society’s interest in interstellar exploration has gone from possibly exploring other planets to merely depositing our human detritus into the galaxy’s gaping maw. It’s a good thing most of these cryosleeping convicts are deranged, irredeemable nutcases, right?

Angelina Jolie Says She'll Make Sleeping Beauty Reboot 'Maleficent' Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2012 9:05 AM
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Given her omnipresence in the media, it's easy to forget that Angelina Jolie hasn't actually appeared on screen for eighteen months, since the ill-fated "The Tourist." She's not been idle -- far from it, with voice work in "Kung Fu Panda 2" and her directorial debut "In The Land Of Blood and Honey" landing in 2011. But given that she's one of the few actresses who are able to get a project greenlight solely on their name, her absence from starring roles has surely been felt in certain quarters.

Universal Lands Angelina Jolie & Luc Besson's Dramatic Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2011 4:53 PM
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After a year spent canceling a bunch of projects, ranging from R-rated fare like "At The Mountains Of Madness," potential awards season dramas like "Memphis," ambitious multi-platform franchise endeavors like "The Dark Tower" and a slate of bad idea brand movies like "Ouija," it looks like Univeral is ready to roll the dice on an original project once again. That it has one of the biggest movie stars on the planet in a lead role certainly doesn't hurt.

Forget About Oscars: Angelina Jolie & Luc Besson Team Up For Dramatic Thriller With "Scientific Elements"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2011 4:49 PM
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With neither Angelina Jolie's "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" or Luc Besson's "The Lady" looking like big awards season players this year, it seems the pair have decided to say "Fuck it" to chasing statues and are going to go back in getting some asses in seats.

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