Luc Besson's 'Valerian & The City Of A Thousand Planets' Gets A Rad New Poster

One of our top ten most anticipated films of the year, Luc Besson's sci-fi epic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has gotten a brand new poster! EuropaCorp and STX Entertainment released the rad new poster which features Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevinge front and center, along with Clive Owen and Rihanna.

In case you somehow missed the badass trailer for the film, you can find it by clicking the link below.

Also Read: The New 'Valerian & The City Of A Thousand Planets' Trailer Will Blow Your Mind!

Check out the cool new poster below:

The film stars Dane DeHaan, Carla Delevingne, Rihanna, Clive Owen, John Goodman, and Ethan Hawke. Here’s the official synopsis:

In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) maintain order throughout the universe for the government of the human territories. Under orders from their commander (Clive Owen), the duo embark on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. The ever-expanding metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of mankind.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters July 21, 2017.

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Movie Reviews: 'The Circle'

By Michael Kaye

The Circle (Review)

2017 is going to be a critical year for Luc Besson's production company EuropaCorp. It was announced in January that the American division has signed a three-year distribution deal with STX Entertainment, a relatively new mini major studio. Some of the films that will be released under this agreement are Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Their Finest, Renegade, and today's feature, The Circle.

Based on the novel of the same name by Dave Eggers, The Circle revolves around Mae Holland (Emma Watson), who seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she lands a job with the world's most powerful technology and social media company. Encouraged by the company's founder (Tom Hanks), Mae joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes soon starts to affect the lives and futures of her friends, family and that of humanity.

There is a lot to like about this movie, and even though not everything stuck the landing, I can't say that it didn't at least hold my interest from start to finish. Let's take a look at the positives and negatives.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

First off, man what a great cast we have. It's been a while since I've seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower (sorry Jonathan), but I think Emma Watson has almost perfected her American accent. Unless you have a really good ear or you just cannot see past Hermione Granger, chances are you'll forget she's actually British. Tom Hanks plays the "villain" of the film, who is the founder of The Circle. I have a few negatives about the way the character was written, but Hanks's performance is just magnificent. He's so damn charming that you'll believe anything he's telling you. Other great performances come from John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswald, and the late Bill Paxton. May he rest in piece, and thank you for all the wonderful work you've done over the years.

This movie was written and directed by James Ponsoldt, who's best known for films such as The Spectacular Now and The End of the Tour. Together with the help of the author Dave Eggers co-writing the screenplay, I think this was the best creative team for the film. Full disclosure, I have not read the original novel, but I can tell it's riding that same wavelength as the George Orwell classic Nineteen Eighty-Four. Both touch upon similar themes involving the controlling of information, but the main difference is that The Circle is just a modern update.

The production design and the world building were some of my favorite parts of the film. Honestly, before learning the truth about the company, the movie does a great job selling The Circle as the greatest job in the world. While it might get exhausting the longer I'm there, I would be just as excited as Mae and the rest of the new employees, who are referred to as "guppies."

As far as my negatives, I don't have anything too major, just a couple minor issues.

For example, I was a touch disappointed by Ellar Coltrane's performance as Mercer. It could have just been the way the character was written, but I just didn't see him breathe a whole lot of life into the role. And while it was great seeing John Boyega outside of Star Wars, I would have loved to see him on screen for longer than 10 minutes.

The other problem isn't necessarily one that I have, but I'd imagine will bother others more. Eamon Bailey and Tom Stenton aren't exactly the most threatening villains, are they. Aside from one particular scene, there's never really any conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist. Instead, most of Mae's conflicts are between her friends and family. Those who aren't fans of Emma Watson will have no trouble finding her character to be unlikeable during these conflicts.

Finally, because I like to end things on a positive note, Danny Elfman composed the score, which is oddly appropriate. Then again, it does make sense to find someone who can balance whimsy and intrigue, with a sprinkle of terror.

8.5/10 STARS

The Circle is a very good movie, but one that could have been improved. I'll say this much, it has gotten me interested in reading the book, and I don't say that often. Your mileage may very with one, depending on how familiar you are to Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Now I want to hear from you guys. Have you seen The Circle, and if so what did you think? Also, what would be your ultimate dream job? Drop your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned for my next review.

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New 'Han Solo' Movie Character Names & Details Possibly Revealed

Another week, and of course we've got some more awesome Star Wars news!

As usual, these sweet new details come from one of our most trusted news outlets, MakingStarWars. The good folks over there are always on their A-game and this time is no different. As they've now revealed some new potential character names and details about Phil Lord and Chris Miller's upcoming Young Han Solo film.

The new names and details pertain to two new female characters, first up is one that is said to be a puppet/CGI character and is operated by Lucasfilm veteran, Mr. Dave Chapman. Chaoman has previously worked with BB-8 in J.J. Abrams The Force Awakens. The characters name is said to be Mother Proxima, and will be voiced by one of the actresses cast in the film.

The second female character was discussed on a recent episode of MakingStarWars' own very popular Star Wars podcast Now, This is Podcasting. This character's name is Val, and is said to be played by a top billed actress in the film, which is most likely Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke. However the site points out that Val could be played by Thandie Newton or even Phoebe Waller-Bridges. 

Emilia Clarke recently commented about the Han Solo shoot, and we have those comments below via IGN:

In an interview with Los Angeles Daily News, Clarke was asked about the Han Solo movie, and while the actress remained tight-lipped on her role, she spoke highly Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo. "I genuinely can’t tell you anything other than Alden is magnificent, and it's a delight to do something on that level with really cool actors and nice people. But it's even scarier talking about that than Game of Thrones," she said.

That's some pretty interesting character names, but nothing to spectacular. I'm hoping that Lucasfilm reveals some nice official details about the highly anticipated spin-off film later this year at Comic-Con or D23. So what about you guys? Jump down in the comments section below with your thoughts. As always, thanks for stopping by EastCoastMovieGuys!

Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Young Han Solo film.

The Untitled Han Solo Film is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.

SOURCE: MakingStarWars via Screenrant

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Two New 'Wonder Woman' Spots Reveal First Look At The Villain Ares

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Last night Warner Bros. released some cool new Wonder Woman TV spots finally revealing the villain Ares played by David Thewlis. 

 Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. 

The first one is called "Together": 

The other is called "Power":

Check out the blink and you miss it screenshot below of Ares fighting Wonder Woman:

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Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremmer and David Thewlis, Wonder Woman will finally hit theaters on June 2, 2017.

 SOURCE: Warner Bros. via HeroicHollywood

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The First Official Trailer For '47 Meters Down' Is Truly Terrifying

Entertainment Studios has released the first official trailer for the Shark thriller, 47 Meters Down. The truly terrifying looking film stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as two sisters who fall for whatever the hell Matthew Modine's character is up too and find themselves trapped 47 meters down at the bottom of the ocean surrounded by very hungry sharks.

The film looks on par with last year's surprisingly fun Jaume Collet-Serra film, The Shallows starring Blake Lively, and as long as the run-time is efficient, I'll definitely be interested in checking to see how Mandy Moore survives this scary ass shark situation.

Check the scary trailer below: 

Whoah! No way folks! No way in hell, I would ever let this happen to me! These girls are absolutely insane to trust these peps and get in that damn cage!

So what about you guys? Jump down in the comments with your thoughts. As always, thanks for stopping by EastCoastMovieGuys.

Here's the official synopsis:

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico become trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor. As their oxygen starts to run out and with great white sharks circling them, the sisters must find a way to get to the surface alive.

47 Meters Down is set to hit theaters on June 16th, 2017.

SOURCE: Fandango

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