Svelte French beauty Anne Parillaud made her film debut in "L'Hotel de la Plage" (1978) while still in her teens and appeared in several more European movies before aligning herself both on and off th...
The bosses of some malls and shopping areas have refused to put up the posters for fear of offending people.
The varied billboards feature the scantily clad Live Free of Die Hard star holding a series of killer weapons.
Officials at top Los Angeles shopping centre The Grove passed on an image of Q wearing a leather outfit. Malls in Chicago, Illinois and New York also passed on the image, according to Variety.
Some outlets have now erected a replacement ad featuring the actress in a long red dress and brandishing a machine gun.
But even that has upset some community members - those Nikita replacement ads have been pulled from billboards located near schools and churches in the Los Angeles area.
Maggie Q will be the third Nikita when the all-action show debuts in America later this year (10) - French actress Anne Parillaud played the assassin in Luc Besson's 1990 movie and Peta Wilson took over the part in late 1990s TV show La Femme Nikita.
"The Long Kiss Goodnight." Four words that conjure images of ass-kicking action centered around a female protagonist that took the elements of the typical testosterone driven, male-dominated action movies and turned them on their feminine ear. The year was 1996 and perhaps the world was not yet ready to see a buffed out, wild-eyed and cold-blooded killer embodied in the female form of Geena Davis (though a number 3 debut with $9.1 million and a total domestic gross of $33.5 million was not bad in 1996). Renny Harlin was seemingly ahead of his time, though clearly he had seen director Luc Besson's 1991 "La Femme Nikita" and thought he could re-imagine his own action sensibilities as developed on 1990's "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" and apply them to his then-spouse Davis. Fun fact: Besson was married to "Nikita" star Anne Parillaud when he directed her in that film. Evidently, Harlin and Besson liked to watch their wives beat the crap out of people on screen.
That brings us to Sony's espionage action thriller "Salt." Director Phillip Noyce is a veteran of the action genre having helmed 1992's "Patriot Games," and 1994's "Clear and Present Danger" among others. A taught and effective summer ride, Angelina Jolie proves once again that a woman can bring as much to the action table as any man and look really fine doing it. As Lara Croft, Mrs. Smith and the beautiful assassin Fox in 2008's "Wanted," Jolie has made a career out of portraying super hot, ultra-dangerous women on screen and the audience seems to totally buy into the idea ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "Wanted" both debuted with over $50 million). "Salt" may be the perfect manifestation of all the disparate parts that make this joyride of a film so enjoyable. With women driving such a huge part of the box office revenue in recent years, "Salt" may prove quite effective in getting both women and their male-counterparts into the theatre. It seems like not much arm-twisting will be required to get guys excited to see the film; in fact it may be the guys dragging their girlfriends to see "Salt."
On the flip side of the PG-13 action represented by "Salt," is Fox's G-rated "Ramona and Beezus" which is based on the book "Ramona Forever" and featuring characters from the Ramona series of children's novels by Beverly Cleary. With a terrific trailer and marketing campaign plus a super-appealing ensemble cast including John Corbett, Josh Duhamel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sandra Oh and Bridget Moynahan the film is the perfect family summer film. Of course Joey King as Ramona and singer-songwriter and Disney channel mainstay Selena Gomez as her big sister Beezus, have great sisterly chemistry and are truly the heart of the film. Even with lots of competition for the family film audience with "Despicable Me," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Toy Story 3," "The Last Airbender" and "The Karate Kid," all in the marketplace, "Ramona and Beezus" should still have a solid shot at making its mark at the box-office this weekend.
A very competitive box office environment has certainly developed over the past few weeks and Warner Bros. "Inception" is clearly the film to beat this weekend. With a Monday gross of $10.2 million it is evident that word-of-mouth is strongly favoring the film and that it will present a formidable competitive challenge to the newcomers in the weekend derby; even if the film dropped 50% we are still looking at a $31 million plus weekend for the mind-bending, visual tour-de-force. One thing is certain, with the combination of "Inception," "Salt," "Despicable Me," "Toy Story 3," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Ramona and Beezus," this should be another strong weekend at the nation's theatres.
CHARLIE'S ANGELS director McG and LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD star MAGGIE Q are teaming up to revamp cult action film and TV series LA FEMME NIKITA. The actress will play the titular character in the upcoming TV drama, taking on the assassin role previously played on the big screen by Anne Parillaud and by Peta Wilson in the late 1990s spin-off TV series.
Actress Rebecca Gayheart (Beverly Hills 90210, Scream 2, Urban Legend) was charged with misdemeanor manslaughter for striking and killing a 9 year-old pedestrian boy, Jorge Cruz in June, The Associated Press reports. Conviction of the charge could result in jail time, heavy fines and loss of license. The actress paid for the boy's medical and funeral expenses.
Steven Soderbergh, Spike Jonze, David Fincher and Alexander Payne are forming a film company that will most likely be linked to USA films, Variety reports. The venture will allow them to direct film with complete creative control, giving them the opportunity to own the titles in five to seven years. USA Films would contribute financing and marketing, as well as obtaining domestic distribution rights. Sam Mendes (American Beauty) has also been asked to join the company.
Shannen Doherty has been sentenced to five days in a work-release program as a result of her drunken driving arrest in December, The Associated Press reports. Doherty pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of .13 blood alcohol content, and the judge gave her the minimum sentence.
The 19th century period film Gangs of New York will be pushed back for wide release until 2002, Variety reports. The Scorsese film, starring Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis, chronicles the Irish and Italian gangs of Manhattan.
Ice-T stars in the new straight-to-video release of Sonic Impact, which is already on new-release shelves around the country, according to Variety. Its release came only 11 days after the WTC attacks and deals with similar issues of plane hijacking and crashing.
American Pie 2 film editors are chopping away at too-sexy-for-TV scenes so that the film can be sold to the highest network bidder for TV viewing, Variety reports. The film could fetch up to $22 million if the editors can maintain the humorous portions of the film without taking out too much of its content.
Court TV is planning to launch its first made-for-TV movie in winter 2002, according to Variety. The flick "Guilt by Association" deals with mandatory minimum sentencing rules and will be the first of several legal films based on actual events.
La Femme Nikita star Anne Parillaud will take the lead role in upcoming film "Scenes Intimes," directed by Catherine Breillat, Variety reports. Parillaud plays a film director whose movie contains sensuous and erotic scenes. "Scenes Intimes" will begin production in November.
Broadway general managers and producers are telling union workers that the 25% pay cuts may be lessened sooner than later. As shows continue to bring in more revenues, the execs will move to a 12.5% pay cut. (Due to the recent September 11th attacks, public turnout has negatively affected theater income.)
Acted in "Frankie Starlight", portraying a WWII French refugee loved by Matt Dllon and Gabriel Byrne
Starred opposite Beatrice Dalle in "Six Days, Six Nights"
Breakthrough role, "La Femme Nikita"; first film with Moreau
American acting debut, John Landis' "Innocent Blood"
Feature acting debut, "L'Hotel de la Plage"
Played Queen Anne in "Man in the Iron Mask"; film reunited her with Byrne (who played D'Artagnan)
Reteamed with Delon in "Le Battant/The Cache"
Played dual role in Raul Ruiz's "Shattered Image"
First of two films with auteur-lover Alain Delon, "Pour la Peau d'un Flic/For a Cop's Hide"
Starred as a director struggling with a difficult sex scene between two actors who can't stand each other in Catherine Breillat's "Sex is Comedy"
Played Jeanne Moreau's daughter in "Intoxe" on Paris stage (date approximate)
Portrayed a young Metis (half-Quebec Franch, half-Indian) in Vincent Ward's "Map of the Human Heart"; Moreau contributed a cameo
Svelte French beauty Anne Parillaud made her film debut in "L'Hotel de la Plage" (1978) while still in her teens and appeared in several more European movies before aligning herself both on and off the screen with French auteur Alain Delon, acting in his crime dramas ("Pour la Peau d'un flic" 1981 and "Le Battant" 1983). She broke through to international stardom as the punk junkie transformed into a murderous, stylish secret agent in "La Femme Nikita" (1990), the role written for her by Luc Besson, the film's director and Parillaud's companion for several years. When "Nikita" became an art-house hit in the USA, a move to American features was inevitable.<p>Parillaud's first Hollywood film was John Landis' "Innocent Blood" (1992), a violent horror comedy co-starring Anthony LaPaglia, in which she approached her role as a lonely vampire with admirable empathy and conviction. This clever and savvy genre film, however, failed with critics and at the box office. Her next credit was an ambitious international co-production, Vincent Ward's "Map of the Human Heart" (1993), wherein Parillaud portrayed a young Metis (half-Quebec French, half-Indian) whose love of a half-breed Inuit (Jason Scott Lee) conflicts with her desire to fully join the white world.<p>Parillaud returned to Europe, where she continued to be very picky about roles, refusing to do anything for commerce alone, waiting for projects that touched her heart as well. She starred opposite Beatrice Dalle in the French sibling rivalry drama "A la Folie/Six Days, Six Nights" (1994) and portrayed a WWII refugee from France loved by Matt Dillon and Gabriel Byrne in "Frankie Starlight" (1995). After acting in "Passage a l'acte/Death in Therapy" (1996), a cautionary tale of the perils of the psychiatrist's couch for the analyst and the analysand, she appeared in her most mainstream movie yet, playing Queen Anne in Randall Wallace's directorial debut, "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Gabriel Byrne.
born c. 1959; met c. 1986 at Avoriaz festival of fantasy films in France; no longer together; divorced
"Me, I don't like myself much. I'm not interesting. The pleasure for me is in the abandonment of myself. As an actress I want to give everything I can. That is my pleasure." --Anne Parillaud, quoted in MOVIES USA (undated)
"I'm not fascinated with the Hollywood dream. I was disappointed by 'Innocent Blood'. But I don't have any rules or reasonable decisions--it's all impulse, feeling. I don't think about what film I should do next--I go by emotion, that's what's important to me. Any other way would be dishonest." --Parillaud to MOVIELINE, June 1995