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French Judge Clears Luc Besson of New Charges in Rape Case

Luc Besson has been spared further charges, for now, in the case of actress Sand Van Roy, who has accused the French director of rape.

China Is Now the Number One International Market for European Films

China is now the number one international market, as measured by admissions, for European films, with 35.8 million tickets sold in China for European movies in 2017, compared with 27.1 million for European movies in North America.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Confirms Rescue Talks With U.S. Investment Group Vine

Luc Besson's troubled French production and distribution company EuropaCorp has confirmed rescue talks with one of its creditors, U.S. Investment Group Vine.

Does ‘Anna’ Mark the End of the Line for Luc Besson?

'Anna' was supposed to be French director Luc Besson's comeback movie after the galactic flop that was 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,' but the new action thriller had the worst-ever bow for a Besson-directed film in the U.S.

EuropaCorp Exploring Cost-Cutting, Possible Closure of Distribution Arm

Embattled French studio Europacorp, founded by Luc Besson, is looking to cut costs, particular at its French distribution arm, and is exploring several options, including a partial or complete shuttering of the division.

EuropaCorp Stock Jumps on Report of Possible Sale to Netflix

Shares in Luc Besson's French film studio opened more than 30 percent higher Tuesday following French news reports that Netflix was close to buying the company.

EuropaCorp Exec Lisa Ellzey Out as U.S. Production Chief

The exit follows Luc Besson's French-based studio cutting costs and refocusing following 'Valerian' losses.

‘Valerian’ Lifts French Film Abroad in 2017

Also, China surpassed the U.S. as the No. 1 market for French films for the first time.

International Box-Office Surprises of 2017

The Hollywood blockbusters that went bust, the low-budget underdogs that triumphed and Germany's inexplicable affection for David Hasselhoff.

French Box Office 2017: Local Titles Soar (Even ‘Valerian’)

Luc Besson's space epic 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' flopped in the U.S. but delivered in the director's home country, part of a comeback for French-made films last year.

Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the Worst Films of 2017

From inept tentpoles to an auteur misfire, laugh-free comedies to a particularly exploitative disaster flick, these were the worst movies of the year.

Critics’ Notebook: Besson Fizzled but ‘Raw,’ ‘BPM,’ ‘Faces Places’ Elevated Minor Year for French Films

The Hollywood Reporter's Paris-based critics reflect on French cinema in 2017, which saw a surprise presidential victory, a mostly unexceptional homegrown crop in Cannes and a major international sci-fi flop.