The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Is A Blu-Ray Gem

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

Back in the 1990s, Luc Besson was a filmmaking force, thanks to his ennervating work on La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth Element, and his most underrated feature, The Messenger. Although he devoted much of his energies the past decade as a producer on a multitude of films (he also directed several installments of the Arthur and the Invisibles franchise), Besson has re-shifted much of his recent focus to directing.

He helmed the 2011 feature The Lady, a biopic on Aung San Suu Kyi and he’s also the man behind the camera for the upcoming Robert De Niro/Michelle Pfeiffer feature The Family.

His 2010 effort The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is a fascinating mix of Besson’s love for kinetic action and passion for fantastical narratives. Based on the comic book series by Jaques Tardi, the 1912 storyline on author/adventure Adèle Blanc (Louise Bourgoin) who goes on an epic mission to save her sister Agathe (Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre) from the clutches of death.

Adèle’s adventures lead her to Egypt, where she unearths a tomb which may save her sister’s (she’s named Agathe) life. Housing the mummy at her Parisian residence (where her sister remains either comatose or dead as she’s propped up on Adèle’s bed), our heroine then attempts to rescue Professor Menard (Philippe Nahon) who is imprisoned for the hatching of a pterodactyl egg at the Natural History Museum. If Menard revives the medical doctor mummy, maybe both of their brain power can resurrect Agathe.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-SecLike The Fifth Element, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is filled with unpredictable twists and a multi-layered and at times overly ambitious storyline. The feature continues the lifelong collaboration between Besson and cinematographer Thierry Arbogast, and the movie is a total feast for the eyes (especially the Egyptian sequences).

Besson is also a master at helping craft excellent performances from his leading ladies, most notably Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita and Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element and The Messenger. Louise Bourgoin, as the unflappable and resilient protagonist, continues in that tradition, infusing her performance with charm and the appropriate dose of moxie.

Special Features: Unlike many Blu-ray releases which have forgettable featurettes just for the sake of it, this disc contains a first rate, 26 plus minute look into the making of the film. Included in the segment are in-depth looks at how Besson mounted the project as well as how Bourgoin landed her biggest role to date. An unexpectedly evocative moment comes when comics artist Jacques Tardi meets Bourgoin, who’s dressed as Adèle, for the first time. Watching Tardi walk around the film set and seeing his world come to life before him, is the featurette’s highlight.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-SecAlso included on the disc is a quick music segment featuring Bourgoin recording a song for the film. Two minutes worth of deleted scenes, which contain more sequences with Adèle and Agathe, are also on the disc. Although it’s easy to see why they’re not on the final cut, the extra clips are definitely worth watching, especially if you enjoyed the sibling rivalry element of the film.

You can also watch the movie with subtitles or, if you simply hate reading off a screen, check out the dubbed version.

Last but not least, the Blu-ray also includes a digital copy and DVD version of the feature.

The Verdict: Beautifully shot by Thierry Arbogast and containing a spirited performance by Louise Bourgoin, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is another first rate feature from Luc Besson. If you’re looking for an Indiana Jones-ish experience, but in the shape of a woman who can ride on the wings of a pterodactyl, you’ve come to the right place.

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Ellen DeGeneres Recalls the Night Her Life Changed Forever

48Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most beloved talks show hosts/comediennes in the world. DeGeneres will be returning for the second time to host the Academy Awards.Many don’t remember that DeGeneres started her career as a standup comedienne. Her career really took off when she made her first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1986. Back when the iconic talk show host Carson was on the air, comediennes would do anything to get on the show to perform. If Carson liked the comedy routine, he would then give a thumbs up sign or call you back to the couch to talk. If that happened, a comedienne’s career was made. Such is exactly what happened to DeGeneres on that night after she performed what is possibly the funniest standup routine in the history of The Tonight Show. We spoke to DeGeneres, who recalled the night that changed her life forever. It’s a great emotional story. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)

Check out DeGeneres on her talk show Ellen, and when she hosts the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014 on ABC.

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The Iceman DVD Giveaway from Hollywood Outbreak

The Iceman

We’re giving away Two (2) DVD copies of The Iceman, the crime drama starring Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) as contract killer Richard Kuklinski. The picture also stars Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Stephen Dorff, Ray Liotta, and James Franco.

To enter our contest, please follow these  instructions:

1.  “Like” our Facebook Page. If you’ve “liked” our page before, you can automatically enter.

2. After liking our Facebook page, tell us your favorite Michael Shannon performance in the comments section below, or you can comment on our Facebook Iceman Giveaway post as well.

2.  Once you post your comment, email us at HollywoodOutbreak@gmail.com and give us your address information.  Winners will be announced on our Facebook page and Twitter accounts (@Hollyoutbreak)

4.  Entrants must live in the U.S. and be at least 17.

5.  The two DVD winners will be randomly drawn.

The Deadline for this Giveaway is Tuesday, September 3 at 6 pm pt. Good luck!!

Here’s a clip of Michael Shannon as he gives some pretty insightful acting advice. Click on the media bar below:

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Metallica Embraces Their Diversity Through The Never Reaches of Rock

Metallica Through The Never

Metallica reached a milestone late last month, as the band celebrate the 25th anniversary of the …And Justice For All album. The group are undoubtedly heavy metal’s most acclaimed band, and part of their success lies in their willingness to go beyond the genre and expand their creative horizons.

Their continued risk taking was evidenced by their collaboration with Lou Reed on the album Lulu, and September 27th marks the debut of the IMAX film Metallica Through The Never. The feature, headlined by actor Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines), and directed by Nimrod Antal, the filmmaker behind the underrated 2010 flick Predators.

Drummer Lars Ulrich, whom I will always love for his controversial drum work on St. Anger (for the record, even though it sounded like he was hitting empty soda cans during the album, I still loved it!), talked about the diversity of the group as well as their ever expanding demographic.

“I don’t know what they feed people in Norway,” said Ulrich, who says the band prides themselves on their diversity. “But in Norway, it’s like 8-year-olds down in the front row. I don’t know what happens up there.”

It’s a cool clip from Mr. Urlich. Click on the media bar below and make sure to check out the Four Horseman in Metallica Through The Never.


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Jennifer Aniston: My Personal Life is Only for Friends

We're The MillersSince the iconic comedic series Friends hit the air back in 1994, Jennifer Aniston has won the hearts of audiences all over the world. Since then, details of her personal life have been front page news on just about every tabloid newspaper and web site.  There is a big part of the population who are interested in the personal aspects of her life, and the tabloids feed off the frenzy.

Aniston told us that she feels it is nobody’s business to know about her personal life and be so intrusive.  She also said that just because someone is famous, doesn’t mean their life should be an open book.  (Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Aniston)

Jennifer Aniston stars in the box office hit, We’re The Millers.

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