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Alexander Payne's Film Fest Two-Fer, Luc Besson Makes a Deal: Biz Break

Alexander Payne's Film Fest Two-Fer, Luc Besson Makes a Deal: Biz Break

Also in this week-capping edition of Biz Break: Frank Langella to be honored at Nantucket, Harvey Weinstein scores laurels from UCLA, Ken Loach's latest lands Stateside, another Tribeca premiere finds a distributor, and more...
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The 2-Minute Verdict || ||

WATCH: Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi in Full Trailer for Luc Besson's The Lady

Let's cut to the chase: Michelle Yeoh looks simply amazing in the first full trailer for Luc Besson's The Lady, the story of Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and the two decades she spent as a political prisoner in her own country. The film played Toronto last month but doesn't yet have a U.S. release date, which is too bad because after glimpsing the uncharacteristically restrained (and gorgeously shot) work here by Besson, it's one of the more intriguing upcoming releases on my radar.

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The 2-Minute Verdict || ||

Watch Michelle Yeoh Assume Power In Luc Besson's Teaser Trailer For The Lady

Of all the features set to premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival, only one production resulted in the deportation of its lead. That film is Luc Besson's biopic The Lady, which stars Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress and Burmese deportee Michelle Yeoh as Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize winner and Burmese government protester. Finally, a teaser trailer for this controversial picture has surfaced.

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Newswire || ||

George Lucas's Indy 5 MacGuffin Problem, and 5 Other Stories You'll be Talking About Today

George Lucas's Indy 5 MacGuffin Problem, and 5 Other Stories You'll be Talking About Today

Happy Tuesday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: The plug is pulled on Paradise Lost (for now)... A pair of Weinstein award horses sniff the backlash... Universal gets back in the Angelina Jolie business... and more.

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Talkback || ||

If Angelina Jolie Is Talking Retirement, What's She Been Doing Since 2011?

If Angelina Jolie Is Talking Retirement, What's She Been Doing Since 2011?

Angelina Jolie says she's thinking about giving up acting to be a stay-at-home mom, but hasn't she been semi-retired for a while now? Jolie, who can generate headlines simply by pursing her pillow lips a certain way, started the Internet buzzing when she told Britain's Channel 4 News (via the Huffington Post):  "I think I'm going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years...too much to manage at home."  more »

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REVIEW: Kitschy Taken 2 Ups The Xenophobia With Subpar Bad Dad Fantasy

REVIEW: Kitschy Taken 2 Ups The Xenophobia With Subpar Bad Dad Fantasy

Taken 2 grabs everything that was surprisingly enjoyable about the original film and batters it into the ground like... Liam Neeson beating up an Albanian human trafficking ring. The brute charm that the 2008 Taken found in portraying the Irish Oscar-nominee as an ultra-competent badass has withered to kitsch, and what's left is tinged with even more xenophobia and weird paternal wish-fulfillment. Worse, the directing reins have been handed from greater Luc Besson protégé Pierre Morel to the lesser (but, granted, more awesomely named) Olivier Megaton, of Transporter 3 and Columbiana, and he slashes the action sequences to such incoherent bits that half the fights could have been shot on a sound stage thousands of miles from any star and chopped in after the fact. Why are we watching this again?
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WATCH: Liam Neeson Says Check Out These Taken 2 Trailers − Or He's Comin' To Get You, Sucka

TAKEN 2

Liam Neeson returns to the role of an ex-CIA operative with “a set of very special skills,” in TAKEN 2

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Looks like Taken 2 could be subtitled All in the Family, or maybe Bad-Ass & Daughter. Liam Neeson is back as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, and based on the plot points covered by the two new trailers posted below, he enlists daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), who he gallantly rescued in the first Taken, to assist him in saving her Mom (Famke Janssen) from the bad guys. Turns out the motive for moms kidnapping is familial in nature, too:  She's been taken by the father of the kidnapper Mills killed back in the first flick. more »

AFI Fest || ||

Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer Team for Mafia Pic; James McAvoy Takes a Punch in the U.S.: Biz Break

Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer Team for Mafia Pic; James McAvoy Takes a Punch in the U.S.: Biz Break

Also in Wednesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Amy Adams re-teams with David O. Russell on a pic; the Academy ups exec in newly-created post; Sundance Institute adds 10 titles to new initiative; And Bollywood's first superstar dies.
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Videos || ||

TRAILER: On The Brilliant Potential of Taken 2

Taken 2 trailer

In 2008's B-movie hit Taken, Liam Neeson cracked skulls across Europe in search of his kidnapped daughter. In October's Taken 2, director Olivier Megaton and producer/co-writer Luc Besson set out to achieve something rare — An actual continuation of story! Multi-film character development! Unexpected moral examinations! — a proper sequel, in other words, as evidenced by the first trailer viewable after the jump.
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REVIEW: Safe Plays It Too Safe — and Wastes Jason Statham

REVIEW: Safe Plays It Too Safe — and Wastes Jason Statham

In movie terms, Jason Statham is a man without a country, an actor who fits so conveniently into a certain kind of movie that almost no one can think of him any other way. Where, oh where, can he go from here? Statham is the go-to guy for action movies that require an appealing, thoughtful protagonist who looks great shirtless, and Boaz Yakin’s Safe is, unfortunately, just more of the same, or perhaps even less of the same. It has neither the Red Bull–fueled crudeness of Crank nor the Frenchified lunatic vitality of the Transporter movies; it’s not even as cheaply entertaining as the generic hit-man retread The Mechanic. Safe shows Statham comfortably treading water, proving all the things he no longer needs to prove – chiefly, that he’s a terrific action performer who moves with more grace than pretty much anyone else in the film world. The picture fails to challenge him. Safe is safer than safe – it’s so relentlessly kinetic that it ends up being dull.
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Meet Guy Pearce, Action Hero: The Lockout Star Talks Cameo Roles, Prometheus, and Lawless

Guy Pearce (Getty Images)

He's played cops, a count, Houdini, a time traveler, a king, and even a drag queen, but in this week's Lockout, Guy Pearce treads new ground as an all-out action hero -- not that he necessarily sees things that way. "People used to say that about L.A. Confidential," he recalled to Movieline recently in Los Angeles. "They’d go, ‘Wow, so you’re an action hero!’ I’d be like, action hero? It’s a ‘50s film noir!" Even still, after 20+ years of acting, most recently in a string of acclaimed supporting turns (see: The King's Speech, The Hurt Locker, Animal Kingdom, Mildred Pierce), it's only now that Pearce is laying claim to the title, guns blazing.
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REVIEW: Lockout Makes for Some Highly Entertaining Galactic Debris

REVIEW: Lockout Makes for Some Highly Entertaining Galactic Debris

The sci-fi action flick Lockout, directed by first-timers James Mather and Stephen St. Leger from a script they wrote with Luc Besson, features a scene in which characters somehow skydive out of orbit through the stratosphere to land, neatly and not even a little on fire, on an urban road. It isn't a sequence of events I'd ever have dreamed I needed to see on-screen, but boy, was I glad to.
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REVIEW: The Lady Flubs Its Chance to Tell the Story of Aung San Suu Kyi

REVIEW: The Lady Flubs Its Chance to Tell the Story of Aung San Suu Kyi

There's something immobile at the center of The Lady, a kind of Botoxed biopic with an unlikely director -- Luc Besson -- manning the syringe. Technically, that something is the figure of Aung San Suu Kyi: Here the Burmese activist is played by Michelle Yeoh, who gets the already wearisome Shepard Fairey treatment on the film's poster, and seems to have attended the special edition stamp school of acting in preparation for the role. Almost to a scene, Yeoh is so still and serene she's practically submerged, her dialogue seeming to rise like beatific air bubbles that burst into tiny, untroubled smiles at the surface. Rather than ripple out -- and risk the suggestion of any small mercy of movement whatever -- Yeoh's performance forms a kind of undertow that pulls the surrounding story and characters into the hagiographic shallows, where they float like sea monkeys with better set dressing, blooping away about Burmese democracy.

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Videos || ||

Watch Wisecracking Guy Pearce Get Interrogated in First Five Minutes of Lockout

Guy Pearce in Lockout

This week's Guy Pearce-starring, Luc Besson-produced Lockout might look like a run of the mill action pic -- that vague title doesn't help things -- but, as the film's opening scenes show, it's got a blustery '80s-style hero at its core and a punny sense of humor to move things along. Get a taste for the brawny bravado and hijinks to come in the film's first five minutes, viewable after the jump.
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The 2-Minute Verdict || ||

Guy Pearce Has an Interrogation Problem in the First Trailer For Lockout

When Luc Besson isn't directing standing ovation-worthy biopics these days, the French filmmaker is busy co-writing action thrillers for his studio EuropaCorp to produce like Taken, Transporter, Colombiana and up next Lockout -- the sci-fi adventure flick that sees Guy Pearce as a wrongly-accused government agent whose only shot at freedom comes at a very risky, space-age price.

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