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SXSW Film Review: ‘Extra Ordinary’

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Extra Ordinary’
A first feature for the writing-directing duo of Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, whose prior work has encompassed shorts, music videos, and commercials, “Extra Ordinary” is a kind of tea-cosy “Ghostbusters” that’s consistently funny in a pleasingly off-kilter way. The presence of Will Forte as villain should help this Irish comedy (co-produced with Belgium) find North American berths, and its idiosyncratic appeal will find pockets of cult fandom elsewhere outside the U.K.

Comedienne Maeve Higgins brings a distinctive frank-yet-flaky personality not far from her standup work to heroine Rose Dooley, a wallflowerish 30-something who makes her small-town living as a driving instructor. She was once destined for other, greater things, however: Her famous spiritualist father Vincent used or perhaps exploited her own psychic gifts when she was a child, until an accident involving a “haunted pothole” put an end to both his life and her supernatural vocation. Her
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Luc Besson Found Guilty Of Plagiarising From John Carpenter

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A few years back, in the heady days of 2012, Luc Besson co-write, alongside directors Stephen S. Leger and James Mather, and took the executive producer role on Lock Out, a sci-fi actioner which saw Guy Pierce charged with rescuing the President’s daughter from a hi-tech space jail overrun by hardened criminals. Just looking at that brief synopsis, you may see what a lot of people saw, that it was Very similar to John Crapenter’s 1981 classic Escape from New York. One person who definitely thought so was Carpenter himself, who took Besson to court over the glaring similarities, and via Yahoo, we now have a verdict, with a Paris appeals court coming down in favour of Carpenter, ordering Besson to pay $500,000 after being found guilty of plagiarism. The basic premise of Lockout is indeed eerily similar to Escape from New York, and to a lesser extent it’s sequel Escape from L.A.,
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John Carpenter Wins Escape from New York Plagiarism Lawsuit Against Luc Besson

John Carpenter Wins Escape from New York Plagiarism Lawsuit Against Luc Besson
Do you remember the 2012 thriller Lockout from producer Luc Besson? While it may have slipped fairly quickly out of the public consciousness, John Carpenter certainly hasn't forgotten about it. And how could he? The movie has now been proven in court to be an almost exact replica of his 1981 cult classic Escape From New York, which introduced Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.

Luc Besson has been ordered to pay John Carpenter half a million dollars after being found guilty of plagiarism, with the court ruling that Lockout directly ripped off the story in Escape From New York. Besson originally denied that his film was a copycat. In the original Escape From New York, New York's Manhattan Island has become a prison that houses the country's worst criminals. Snake is tasked with breaking in to save the president, whose plane has crashed within the borders of this massive walled off compound.
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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'

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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'
Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports. The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U.
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Luc Besson Has To Pay John Carpenter For Ripping Off ‘Escape From New York’

You might be thinking you heard this news already, and in a way, you have. Last fall, a French court ruled in John Carpenter‘s favor after he took EuropaCorp and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to court alleging that Luc Besson‘s 2012 film “Lockout” was a ripoff of “Escape From New York.” Besson, who is credited […]

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Besson Loses "Lock-Out" Plagiarism Appeal

Filmmaker Luc Besson has lost his appeal over a plagiarism case regarding the 2012 sci-fi film "Lockout" and how close the film is to John Carpenter's 1981 classic "Escape From New York".

Besson is credited with co-writing the screenplay and named in the suit which went before the courts last Fall who ruled in Carpenter's favor. Besson appealed the decision, and unfortunately for him the appeals court this week said verdict still stands.

Now, EuropaCorp, Besson and screenwriters Stephen St. Leger and James Mather have to pay Carpenter damages. The original ruling was for a total of 80,000 euros but the appeals court substantially increased the amount. Even so, it was a long way from the 2.4 million Carpenter was asking for.

In the ruling last year, the court said the surface differences of the film such as the setting and more modern hero were "not enough to differentiate the two films.
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John Carpenter wins legal action against Luc Besson-scripted thriller Lockout

Besson’s EuropaCorp studio fined over similarities between their 2012 film and Carpenter’s cult hit Escape from New York, from 1981

Court reports have emerged showing that John Carpenter successfully sued Luc Besson’s Europacorp for copyright infringement over the similarities between Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi thriller film Escape from New York, and the 2012 release Lockout, directed by Stephen Saint Leger and James Mather, and scripted by Besson and the two directors.

According to French law-specialist publishers Légipresse, the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris handed down its judgment on 7 May 2015, after making a “detailed comparison of the plot and development of the films”, and decided that Lockout had “reproduced” key elements of Escape from New York – known as New York 1997 in France.

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'Lockout' Has Been Officially Ruled a Ripoff of 'Escape from New York'

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When the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi action movie Lockout arrived three years ago, many found it to be a harmless guilty pleasure. We fondly renamed it "Space Prison" and ignored its similarities to the 1981 John Carpenter cult classic Escape from New York as we do with any Hollywood product that simply seems derivative of other Hollywood product.  Well, Carpenter didn't see the movie as a harmless pleasure of any kind. In fact, he sued the makers of Lockout for plagiarism. And he won. A French court has sided with the American filmmaker over Besson, his co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather and his production company, EuropaCorp. Here is the part of the ruling confirming the plagiarism, via The Playlist: both presented...

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Luc Besson loses plagiarism suit to John Carpenter while prepping his new film

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Luc Besson loses plagiarism suit to John Carpenter while prepping his new film
It's funny how someone can have a day in the press that's both terrible and terrific. Take Luc Besson, for example. Today's first story about him is thrilling because I've been waiting for him to get back to science-fiction for a while. Last April, he told me during a conversation at WonderCon that he felt like he made "The Fifth Element" at the wrong time. "We had digital, but it wasn't like it is now. We still had to build everything first," he told me, and having seen some of the "Fifth Element" models in person at Digital Domain, I know what he meant. They used digital compositing and digital mattes more than almost any film made before that moment, but it was still largely a model-based shoot, and all of the aliens in the film were on-set suits and make-ups. I think it's a beautiful movie, but Besson talked
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John Carpenter Wins Plagiarism Case Against Luc Besson Over 'Lockout'

In 2012, Luc Besson's mid-budget action factory delivered "Lockout," a sci-fi-ish action movie that saw a game Guy Pearce leading a dumb yet more-enjoyable-than-it-had-any-right-to-be adventure about an ex-con tasked with rescuing the President's daughter from a prison… in space! Like I said, it's dumb. The box office was dreadful and reviews were worse, though on a positive note, Box Office described the picture as "a sleek, slick and shameless rip-off of John Carpenter's Snake Plissken films 'Escape from New York' and 'Escape from L.A.' " And Carpenter himself agreed. Read More: 'Lockout' Is The B-Movie You've Been Waiting For All Year The director took production company EuropaCorp and the film's writers — Stephen St. Leger, James Mather and Besson— to court over the matter, claiming they plagiarized his work. Surprisingly, Carpenter has won. These kinds of cases are notoriously difficult to prove, let alone win, but in.
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Blu-ray Review: Lockout

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Lockout

Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, Peter Stormare | Written and Directed by Stephen Saint Leger, James Mather

Set in the near future, Lockout follows ex-government agent, Snow (Pearce), who is falsely convicted of espionage and murder, whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from the vicious rioting inmates in the outer space maximum security prison, Ms-One.

Capturing everything that was great about 80s action movie cinema and updating it with modern-day CGI, Lockout is essentially Die Hard on a space prison. It is not a film to be taken seriously. It is most definitely a throwaway popcorn action flick featuring a wise-cracking hero, gloriously over the top villains and a completely ridiculous premise. In short, it’s awesome!

Guy Pearce, who seems to be carving a niche for himself in sci-fi, what with this and Prometheus,
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Win: Lockout Blu-ray, We Have 3 Copies To Give Away

Lockout will be released by Entertainment in Video on Rental & retail DVD & Blu-Ray on 20th August 2012.

Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex- government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.

Lockout was directed by Stephen St. Leger and James Mather from their script co-written with Luc Besson, who is also a producer. Peter Stormare co-stars.

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Giveaway: Win The Guy Pearce Thriller Lockout On DVD

If you enjoyed seeing Guy Pearce in outer space in this summer's Prometheus, but wish he had bigger muscles and a lot of guns, then have we got a movie for you. In Lockout, the futuristic thriller from directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, Pearce plays an old-school American badass in the model of Snake Plissken or John McClane. He's in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and is offered a chance at freedom by taking on what looks like a suicidal assignment: travel to the outer-space prison that houses the worst of the worst criminals, where a breakout has been staged and the President's daughter (Maggie Grace) is being held hostage. Lots of kicking, punching, shooting and other macho stuff happens from there, and Lockout fulfills basically every promise you get from its intense images and trailers, or even the clip you can see at the bottom
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Lockout Blu-Ray Review

Luc Besson‘s latest produced project Lockout is another high concept low delivery sort of film. Lockout tries mashing together Blade Runner, Die Hard and Escape from New York, but the outcome isn’t nearly as impressive. It’s actually a complete bore, with little bloodshed and not enough memorable one-liners, despite lead star Guy Pearce trying his best to sell you on his new badass persona. Lockout fails because of its low budget and a pair of directors that have no idea what they’re doing behind the lens.

In the near future the Us government will establish a prison system in space. It is home to the most dangerous offenders in the world and once you’re sent there it’s basically lights out. They put the inmates into a deep sleep, which allows for safety and convenience, but by doing so they create extreme risk of a
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'Singin' In The Rain,' 'Lockout,' And More: This Week On Video

'Singin' In The Rain,' 'Lockout,' And More: This Week On Video
Pick of the Week

"Singin' in the Rain" (1952)

Director: Stanley Donen

Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Story: Hollywood, 1927: the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Lockwood can't stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he met while escaping his screaming fans.

On the Disc:

The 60th anniversary edition comes with all the special features included on earlier releases, plus a new documentary on how the choreography of the film changed dance forever.

Reviews:

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Metacritic: N/A

Where to get it

Amazon: Blu-ray - $13.86, Digital Download - $9.99, Digital Rental - $2.99

Apple: Digital Download - $9.99, Digital Rental - $2.99 (HD: $3.99)

Netflix Instant: Not available

"Lockout" (2012)

Director: James Mather, Stephen Stain Leger

Cast: Guy Pearce,
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VOD Spotlight: Maggie Grace shines in “Lockout”

After their Internet sci-fi sensation Prey Alone caught the attention of Luc Besson and EuropaCorp, Irish directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger got the leverage they needed to take on a larger-scale project — resulting in the thriller Lockout. The film’s story centers on a future experimental prison in space where 500 of Earth’s most dangerous convicts are kept in an artificial state of hibernation. When the president’s daughter, Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace), leads a humanitarian expedition to the prison and the inmates are awoken, the ensuing mutiny has the first daughter at the center of a hostage situation. [...]
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Lockout

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

2012 science-fiction movie Lockout is like Escape From New York in space, but with bad reviews and no cult fanbase.

Executive produced and co-written by Luc Besson, who brought us the sci-fi awesomeness that is The Fifth Element and came up with the idea for Lockout, the film stars Guy Pearce (Memento) as a man who’s wrong convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. Pearce is offered his freedom if he can rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1) from an outer space prison when it’s taken over by voilent inmates. Apparently, it’s an offer he can’t refuse.

Vincent Regan (Snow White and the Huntsman), Joseph Gilgun (TV’s Misfits), Lennie James (Colombiana) and Peter Stormore (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus) also star in the film.
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Review: Lockout

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Lockout

Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, Peter Stormare | Written and Directed by Stephen Saint Leger, James Mather

Set in the near future, Lockout follows ex-government agent, Snow (Pearce), who is falsely convicted of espionage and murder, whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from the vicious rioting inmates in the outer space maximum security prison, Ms-One.

Capturing everything that was great about 80s action movie cinema and updating it with modern-day CGI, Lockout is essentially Die Hard on a space prison. It is not a film to be taken seriously. It is most definitely a throwaway popcorn action flick featuring a wise-cracking hero, gloriously over the top villains and a completely ridiculous premise. In short, it’s awesome!

Guy Pearce, who seems to be carving a niche for himself in sci-fi, what with this and Prometheus,
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This week's new films

Marley (15)

(Kevin Macdonald, 2012, Us/UK) 145 mins

Authoritative to the point of exhausting, Macdonald's documentary compiles an awesome amount of footage, photos, interviews, etc – but then it's a big subject. Whether you really get to the man beyond the legend is debatable (this was made with Marley family backing), but there's much here you've never seen, from Bob's Rasta roots to his kick-around in London's Battersea Park.

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (12A)

(Lasse Hallström, 2012, UK) Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt. 106 mins

An incongruous setting for a mushy fish-out-of-water romcom, with Blunt and her sheikh boss lured by McGregor's tackle.

Elles (18)

(Malgorzata Szumowska, 2011, Fra/Pol/Ger) Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier. 99 mins

Empowerment and eroticism mix uneasily when Binoche's enquiries into student prostitution affect her own life.

Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (18)

(Rob Heydon, 2011, Can) Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk, Billy Boyd. 99 mins

Rave-era yarn that's 15 years too late to be the Trainspotting of Mdma it wants to be.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Lockout Review

Directors: James Mather and Stephen St. Ledger

Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Lennie James, Tim Plester, Joseph Gilgun and Vincent Regan.

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: When helping out an old friend on a top secret mission, Snow finds himself framed when the plan goes awry. Offered the chance at freedom when the futuristic space prison M.S. One is taken over by sadists and psychopaths, Snow must save the presidents daughter who is onboard for diplomatic talks.

First time writer/directors James Mather and Stephen St. Ledger have, with the help of French film-maker Luc Besson, assembled a terrific cast for their film debut. In the lead we have former Neighbours heartthrob Guy Pearce, who has been consistently brilliant (even in dross), since his move to the big league in 1997. Great performances in Hollywood hits, L.A. Confidential and Memento, have not put him off returning home
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