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L’Immortel (22 Bullets) – Trailer for Luc Besson gangster film starring Jean Reno

Posted by LiveFor on February 28, 2010

Luc Besson and Jeon Reno together again in L’Immortel is sweet music to my ears. They made Leon together which is just brilliant. However, Besson is not directing, only producing which is a shame. L’Immortel is directed by Richard Berry. Trailer below – let me know what you think.

After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseille mafia, Charly Matteï has gone straight. For three years, he has lived a quiet life devoted to his wife and two young children. Then, one winter morning, he is left for dead on the docks of the old port with 22 bullets in his body. Somehow he survives. And goes looking for Tony Zacchia, the only man who would dare to try to kill him. Zacchia made just one mistake: he failed.

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Bring me everyone!

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2010


A classic bit of Gary Oldman from Luc Besson’s Leon aka The Professional

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Batman / Léon: the Professonal – Trailer mashup

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2010

Now why didn’t I think of this?

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22 Bullets – Trailer for Jean Reno’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on November 11, 2009

Will this be Good Leon style Reno or Pink Panther Reno?

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Jean Reno is heading back to his Leon style roots

Posted by LiveFor on November 6, 2009

reno09Remember when Jean Reno was ultra cool? Back in the days of Nikita, Leon (The Professional) and maybe a bit of Ronin. Then he went on to make films such as Godzilla, The Pink Panther and…well after the Pink Panther I need say no more.

Well it looks as if he is heading back to the good times with L’immortel, or 22 Bullets, a cool sounding gangster revenge style film.

Richard Berry is directing the story he adapted with Mathieu Delaporte from Franz-Olivier Giesbert’s novel.

After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseille mafia, Charly Matteï has gone straight. For three years, he has lived a quiet life devoted to his wife and two young children. Then, one winter morning, he is left for dead on the docks of the old port with 22 bullets in his body. Somehow he survives. And goes looking for Tony Zacchia, the only man who would dare to try to kill him. Zacchia made just one mistake: he failed.

Sounds good doesn’t it. Fingers crossed we get to see Reno being balls nasty to those who deserve it.

Do you like the sound of 22 Bullets? Has anyone read the book? Will it make a good film?

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Armored – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on August 27, 2009

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This is directed by Nimrod Antal who is at the helm of the Predators reboot/sequel.

It stars Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne.

Due out on 18th September 2009.

A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist… against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and hell breaks loose; all bets are off and each man must fight to survive on a dog-eat-dog battleground made of steel.

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Couples Retreat – They’re so money!

Posted by LiveFor on July 1, 2009

Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Faizon Love star in Universal Pictures’ upcoming comedy Couples Retreat. Based on an original idea of Vaughn’s, the comedy follows four Midwestern couples who embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples. The film also stars Kali Hawk and Jean Reno.

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The Da Vinci Code, 2006 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2009

Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellan, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany, Jürgen Prochnow
Score: 7 / 10

This excellent review is by guest blogger, James Jacob of Basket Case.

With Angels and Demons being released next week, I wanted to re-watch and review the prequel / follow up – The Da Vinci Code. If you weren’t already aware, the Da Vinci Code book is actually a sequel to Angels and Demons (they even reference it in the opening chapter!) but for the movie versions, this is reversed.

If you haven’t seen the countless news stories already, The Da Vinci Code is based upon the cult phenomenon book by author Dan Brown about Harvard professor of religious symbology Robert Langdon (Hanks), who is called in by French detective Bezu Fache (Reno) to provide some insight into the death of a notable museum curator.

However, he soon discovers he was not there to help, but instead to become the prime suspect into the murder. With the help of the curator’s granddaughter, Sophie Neveu (Tautou), they join forces to find out who killed her grandfather and why.

Meanwhile, we follow Bishop Aringarosa (Molina) and his own quest with the aid of albino monk Silas (Bettany) to find the key to… well, I won’t ruin it for the one or two of you who don’t know or haven’t read the book.

The main thing that bothered me with The Da Vinci Code was the pacing. There are certain sections that flowed well, only to be undone with so much talking, explanation and lecture, I felt like I was back at University as my lecturers were giving a presentation. The pace was very much either on or off, no middle ground to move the plot along, it seemed if they weren’t explaining the decisions made by Emperor Constantine then the main cast was on the run in a car.

Also disappointing to me beyond pacing, is the acting from such a talented cast. Firstly, Tom Hanks. As the leading man, and the one audience members follow, Hanks presents a character without much behind him. Most of the time, I can watch Tom Hanks get lost in his characters but here, I was looking at Tom Hanks, with a mullet, pretending to be a man named Robert.

And the same can be said for most of the supporting characters including Audrey Tautou, who is sorely miscast in a important role to play opposite an even diluted Tom Hanks performance, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina and even Paul Bettany (though I must admit, he was indeed pretty damn scary and certainly creepy).

For instance, and this is spoiler material here, Alfred Molina basically is a father figure to a psychologically disturbed Bettany, but I didn’t feel the emotion between the two. Sure, Aringarosa was using Silas for the needs of the Opus Dei, but their outcomes had no resonance and therefore, the film as little impact in that area.

However, it’s our very own Gandolf, I mean veteran actor Ian McKellan that delivers the best performance out of the bunch. It’s not to say it’s anything magical, but he was the only one I even remotely was interested in and probably saved this film from becoming a complete dog. His character is eccentric, full of energy and seemed to be the only one involved with the story with any sort of grandeur or amazement.

The Da Vinci Code is not a bad film but instead more… disappointing. Taking a good 20-minutes off the standard version would’ve made the pacing better, though then Howard would alienate the book’s core base. This is why adapting a novel is difficult as books hold so much information that it is nearly impossible to include everything needed, so one wonders if this was the case here. I consider Code to be disappointing, not the major stinker that some around have trashed it.

You really have to remember that this is just a film however and not spend hours surfing the net looking for refernces to Opus Dei, The Priory of Sion and the Holly Grail. Here in the UK, a very much unliked ex-Education Minister is also an Opus Dei member – so take everything with a pinch of salt!

Lastly – to get you properly in the mood, below if the trailer for Angels and Demons.

Thanks for the review James.

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Armored – Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, and Laurence Fishburne have a plan to make some money

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2009

A crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist….against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.

Starring Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Amaury Nolasco (who is currently filming The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp in Puerto Rico), Fred Ward, Skeet Ulrich, Columbus Short (who is down to star in the adaption of The Losers) and Milo Ventimiglia it certainly has got some big name action stars in there.

Always good to see Fred Ward. I loved him in Tremors and Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous (Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins if you live in the USA).

Armored (keep wanting to type Armoured) is directed by Nimród Antal who, not only sharing a name with a mutant killing robot from the X-Men comics, also made Vacancy.
Collider had the poster and photos and Trailer Addict had the trailer. Watching it this looks like it will be of the old school variety and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of old school action now and again.

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Non-Story of the Day – Leon ate some spicy food!

Posted by LiveFor on August 21, 2008

French actor Jean Reno‘s ‘heart attack’ was actually a bout of heartburn and gastroenteritis, according to his publicist.

Reports suggested the Leon star had been rushed to the Fort-de-France hospital on Martinique on Wednesday night after suffering a “serious” cardiac arrest on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.

But his publicist, Christina Papadopoulos, the fuss was nothing more than the result of “too much spicy Caribbean food”.

She says, “Reports that actor Jean Reno is in the hospital due to a heart attack are false. He is vacationing in the Caribbean and went to a local hospital as a
precaution for some discomfort he was feeling due to heartburn and gastroenteritis.


“It was definitely not a heart attack. He is fine and healthy and enjoying the rest of his vacation travelling in the Caribbean.

“I think he was just enjoying vacation and probably ate a little too much spicy Caribbean food!”
Hospital director Bernard Cavignaux confirms the 60 year old underwent tests and was expected to be discharged on Thursday.

French singer Johnny Hallyday and his wife Laetitia are expected to pick the actor up from the hospital. The trio and Reno’s wife Sofia are expected to continue with their vacation in nearby St. Barts.

The Pink Panther star was at Hallyday’s retreat when he fell ill.

I can’t believe out of all the cool movies Jean Reno has been in they say he is The Pink Panther Star!!! What the hell is that about. He’s Leon for monkey’s sake. One of the coolest killer’s to hit the screen.

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