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"Tooken" Red Band Trailer

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From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek the restricted 'red band' trailer from the "Taken" parody, titled "Tooken", starring Lee Tergesen ("Oz"), Reno Wilson ("Mike & Molly"), Lauren Stamile ("Burn Notice")and Margaret Cho:

"...'Bryan Millers' (Tergesen) has become a Prius-driving mall cop with a special set of skills. Stripped of his wife 'Lenore' (Stamile), his dog and his daughter 'Kim', Millers joins forces with his retired ex-cia mother, 'Edna' (Joyce Bulifant) to fight his nemesis and save the day before everything blows up courtesy evil nemesis, 'Brown Finger' (Cho)..."

Cast also includes Donnie Wahlberg ("Blue Bloods"), Jenny McCarthy, Ethan Suplee ("My Name Is Earl"), Michael Blackson ("The Savages") and Lukas Haas ("Inception").

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Tooken"...
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Highland introduces Tooken at Efm

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Highland introduces Tooken at Efm
Exclusive: Action spoof stars Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and Lukas Haas.

Highland Film Group is at the market talking up new sales title and action spoof Tooken starring Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and Lukas Haas.

John Asher directs the Elevative Entertainment project from a screenplay he co-wrote with Cameron Van Hoy that pokes fun at the Taken franchise.

Tooken follows a vengeful man on the trail of villains who took those he loves most, including his dog and his mother. Paradigm represents Us rights.

Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Margaret Cho, Lauren Stamile, Laura Leigh, Joyce Bulifant, Ethan Suplee and Akon also star.

Kelly Noonan of Elevative Entertainment, Van Hoy and Asher are producing. Paradigm will handle the domestic rights.

The Highland sales slate includes Bruce Willis starrer Extraction, The Trust with Nicolas Cage and Noam Murro’s Blink.
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Casting: Borg, Weisz, Rudd, Cole, Holmes

Pitch Perfect 2

German-born Youtube sensation Flula Borg has joined the cast of the upcoming "Pitch Perfect" sequel at Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films. Borg will play a member of a competing a cappella group.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Skyler Astin reprise their roles in the Elizabeth Banks-directed follow up to the musical comedy hit. [Source: Deadline]

Idol's Eye

Rachel Weisz is in negotiations to join Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro in Olivier Assayas' sprawling Chicago-set gangster drama "Idol’s Eye". Filming begins in the Fall.

Based on a 2007 Playboy article, the story follows a group of thieves who rob a man who turns out to be Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo. [Source: Variety]

Sausage Party

Paul Rudd, Danny McBride and Anders Holm have joined the voice cast of the R-rated 3D animated comedy "Sausage Party". The film follows a pack of sausages who search for the
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William Asher obituary

Director of I Love Lucy, Bewitched and the Beach Party movies

William Asher, who has died aged 90 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, directed 100 episodes of I Love Lucy (1952-57) and 131 episodes of Bewitched (1964-72), far more than any other director on those two series. His name, appearing so regularly in the credits of such immensely popular Us sitcoms, became known to millions of television viewers all over the world.

Asher, who is often erroneously credited with having invented the TV sitcom – there were several adaptations of radio shows in the late 1940s – nevertheless gave a fresh impetus to the genre by using a multiple-camera setup for I Love Lucy. This enabled him to shoot the action simultaneously from different viewpoints, then select the best shots. Earlier sitcoms were broadcast live and recorded on kinescopes, or not recorded at all. Desilu Productions, founded by the comedy couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz,
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James MacArthur obituary

American actor known for his role as Danno in the television series Hawaii Five-o

One actor in his time plays many parts, so it is a mixed blessing for a performer to be forever associated with one role and one catchphrase. James MacArthur, who has died aged 72, was instantly identified with Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in the long-running television series Hawaii Five-o (1968-79), in which he was habitually told "Book 'em, Danno" by his superior officer, Detective Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord), after villains had been captured.

From the outset, MacArthur could not escape being reminded that he was the son of celebrated parents. His mother, Helen Hayes, always flagged as "the first lady of the theatre", had a long career on stage, in television and films, winning two Oscars 40 years apart, and his father, Charles MacArthur, co-wrote and co-directed several films with Ben Hecht, one of which, The Scoundrel (1935), won a screenplay Oscar,
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Hawaii Five-O Actor MacArthur Dies

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Hawaii Five-O Actor MacArthur Dies
Beloved Hawaii Five-O actor James MacArthur, has died at the age of 72. MacArthur passed away on Thursday, a family representative tells People.com. Details surrounding the cause of death were not made available as WENN went to press.

The actor seemed destined for a career on the stage and screen, as the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes and her husband, American playwright Charles MacArthur, and he made his big screen debut in 1957 drama The Young Stranger.

MacArthur went on to appear in Walt Disney films Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson, and in 1961 he made his Broadway debuted opposite a little-known Jane Fonda in Invitation to a March.

The stage performance won him the Theatre World Award for Best New Actor.

He won further acclaim for his roles in 1965 World War II drama, The Battle of the Bulge and Clint Eastwood's 1968 spaghetti Western, Hang 'Em High.

But he is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Dan 'Danno' Williams on the original U.S. TV crime drama Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.

MacArthur is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren.

His first two marriages, from 1958 to 1967 to actress Joyce Bulifant, and another, from 1970 to 1975 to actress Melody Patterson, ended in divorce.

James MacArthur Dies

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James MacArthur Dies
James MacArthur, the boyish actor who became a household name in the 1970s as Danny "Danno" Williams on TV's Hawaii Five-O, died Thursday, a family representative told People. He was 72 and his family was at his side at the time of his death, according to a family statement. No further details, including a cause, were given. Born in Los Angeles on December 8, 1937, MacArthur was adopted shortly after his birth by two living legends: actress Helen Hayes, considered the First Lady of the American stage, and her husband, Charles MacArthur, who, with collaborator Ben Hecht, wrote what some consider the greatest
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