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Interview: Luc Besson Talks Scorsese's Influence On 'The Family,' Returning To Sci-Fi & Not Getting Paid For 'Nikita'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2013 5:40 PM
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On Friday, Luc Besson, the madcap French filmmaker behind "Nikita," "Leon: The Professional," and "The Fifth Element," takes a break from overseeing his European action genre movie empire to, unleash his newest directorial effort, "The Family." The movie stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as former mobsters sent off to live in Normandy, France, as a very extreme form of witness relocation (Tommy Lee Jones is their gruff FBI handler). Like most of Besson's other concoctions, it veers wildly from extreme violence to maudlin melodrama to broad physical humor, sometimes in the same scene. This is par for the course with Besson.

Watch: 3 Clips & New Pics From Luc Besson's 'The Family' Starring Robert De Niro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 10:43 AM
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In 1993's "The Fugitive," Tommy Lee Jones' Samuel Gerard had to go on a hard target search to find Dr. Richard Kimble, and now 20 years later, the actor is still chasing lawbreakers. Kinda. In "The Family," he knows exactly where gangster Giovanni Manzoni is, the challenge is keeping him hidden.

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.

Jonny Lee Miller Joins Ensemble Cast Of Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows,' Filming Gets Underway This Week

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 6:14 AM
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Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been talking about teaming up for an adaptation of 1960s vampire soap "Dark Shadows" for years now, but for a while, it was unclear if the always-busy megastar would find room in his schedule for the film. But if "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland" taught us anything in the last few years, it's that if the pair are attached to a VFX-heavy, production design-reliant project that plays right into their comfort zones, it'll happen sooner or later. And indeed, "Dark Shadows" begins production in the U.K. this week.

Michelle Pfeiffer In Talks For Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'; Helena Bonham Carter Also Eyeing Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 5:21 AM
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Update: Deadline reports that, while talks haven't formally begun, Helena Bonham Carter is expected to play "Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who moves into Collinwood." She becomes an ally to Barnabas and may even be able to cure his thirst for blood.

Mark Duplass Joins Alex Kurtzman's Directorial Debut 'Welcome To People'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 17, 2011 2:36 AM
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The prospects for screenwriter Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, the drama "Welcome To People," continue to rise with actor-writer-director Mark Duplass now joining a cast which already excitingly boasts Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Michelle Pfeiffer To Play Chris Pine's Mother In 'Welcome To People'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2011 2:16 AM
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The DreamWorks drama "Welcome To People" goes before cameras imminently, and it should prove to be interesting, marking a move into more serious fare for a whole group of actors who, until now, have been more recognized for their involvement in tentpoles and comedies. Following a young businessman who returns home after the death of his father, the film marks the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote the script with Roberto Orci and newcomer Jody Lambert; Kurtzman and Orci being best known so far for writing the likes of "Transformers" and "Star Trek."

Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Ashton Kutcher & Michelle Pfieffer To Waste Time In 'New Year's Eve'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 9, 2010 1:44 AM
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Sometimes, a major actor does a shit film willingly. There are several reasons, but the most popular is that it's a nice paycheck combined with a very limited shooting schedule. This has fueled the massive ensemble casts for a string of dreadful romantic comedies in the last few years, including "He's Just Not That Into You" and "Valentine's Day." Audiences go based on the commercials, having no idea that their favorite actor has only five minutes of screen time, and worse, they are somehow forced to share it with George Lopez.

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