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Luc Besson

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    From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy': Director Luc Besson Talks The Strong Women In 6 Of His Key Films

    For a man who makes his living writing and producing muscular action movies like the "Taken" franchise, Luc Besson is a filmmaker who has continually shown an amazing sensitivity and fondness for strong female characters. These aren't buxom bimbos that wield Uzis and mutter one-liners; these are ful...

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    Luc Besson's 'Lucy' Starring Scarlett Johansson to Open 67th Locarno Film Festival

    Luc Besson's semi-sci-fi thriller "Lucy" has been selected to open the 67th Locarno Film Festival.

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    Watch: Scarlett Johansson Kills Dudes Dead In Violent First Red Band Clip From Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’

    Real talk: what was the last decent film writer/producer/director Luc Besson made? We looked at where things went wrong in this Assessment feature from last year. But really? “I always follow my instinct," Besson told us in September of 2013. Considering that last good film might be 1997’s “The Fift...

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    Box Office Prediction & Analysis: "Brick Mansions"

    The late Paul Walker plays an undercover cop who infiltrates a decrepit city that's surrounded by a containment wall and is packed with gangs and crime lords in "Brick Mansions"

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    Watch: Scarlett Johansson Is Back In Action In First Trailer For Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

    How does one describe Luc Besson's "Lucy"? Well, we'll just let Scarlett Johansson explain it herself. "I wouldn't say it's science fiction, but it's definitely a thriller," she told Darren Aronofsky in Interview magazine last fall. "I play a character who, throughout the course of the film, begins ...

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    Review: '3 Days to Kill' Starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld & Amber Heard

    French filmmaker Luc Besson used to make arty entertainments that came packaged with an element of exploitative sizzle (things like the endlessly remade "La Femme Nikita" and "The Fifth Element," which was like a European comic book version of "Star Wars"). At some point, though, his interest in dir...

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    The Assessment: Luc Besson's Directorial Career In 7 Films

    "I always follow my instinct," writer/producer/director Luc Besson told us in interview last week in regards to his choice of directorial project. But just where has that instinct led him? He's a fascinating filmmaker, and not exclusively for the films he makes, but also for the career decisions he'...

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    Box Office: 'Insidious Chapter 2' Out-Spooks 'The Family' With 2nd Best September Opening Ever

    Friday the 13th weekend... Black cats, broken mirrors, a horror sequel trumps a Robert De Niro-Luc Besson-Martin Scorsese mob comedy...

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    The Family

    "The Family" gets by because its stars are so professional and the story setup is intriguing.

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

    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...

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