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The second edition of the Paris Images Trade Show enters its second week with Paris Images Pro (Jan. 28-29) dedicated to digital innovation throughout the audiovisual value chain, spanning 4K viewing, new production and VFX techniques, and new distribution channels. The first day’s highlights included a keynote speech on new consumer electronics trends by strategy consultant Olivier Ezratty and a masterclass with veteran French helmer Patrice Leconte.
Paris Images Pro’s seminars focus on topics such as 4K viewing trends, cloud-based media delivery services, remote production, the Previz on Set project (which allows real-time pre-visualisation for shoots combining live action and computer animation), use of drones in audiovisual productions, and new film exhibition techniques.
The event also showcases the latest trends in audiovisual equipment – with an exhibition area and ateliers on the Aja Cion 4K, Sony F55 4K and Panasonic VariCam 35 film cameras.
The event follows hot on the »
- Martin Dale
In case you haven't heard, Taken 3 is pretty terrible. It's boring, has awfil action, a predictable story, stupid villains and still doesn't measure up to that surprisingly great first film. But thankfully, it looks like Taken 4 is going to be infinitely better. Sure, Taken 3 may still be in theaters, but this sequel looks so damn exciting that you're going to be anticipating this one more than The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this one, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) finally gets the co-star he's always needed: Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Honestly, this could reinvigorate the entire franchise. Watch! Here's the trailer for Taken 4 with Liam Neeson and Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night: Taken 3 is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional) and Robert Mark Kamen (The Transporter franchise). Ex-covert »
- Ethan Anderton
With a new crop of movies set to debut this weekend, including Blackhat, The Wedding Ringer, Paddington and the nationwide expansion of American Sniper, it remains to be seen if any of these titles can dethrone the current box office champ Taken 3. While the action sequel is believed to be the last in the Taken franchise, Liam Neeson and his "particular set of skills" teamed up with Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Rodriguez for the "follow-up," Taken 4: The A-Paco-Lypse.
This four-minute "sneak peek" at Taken 4 features Liam Neeson having an amicable conversation with Guillermo, when he notices that one of his dogs, Paco, is missing, sending the duo on a quest to get the dog back to Guillermo. Jimmy Kimmel himself is also featured as the dog-napping villain, who questions exactly what these "skills" really are. They even tease a "follow-up" of sorts, »
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Despite an inevitably abject response from critics, Taken 3 has followed in the footsteps of its predecessors and made $93m at the worldwide box-office, doubling its budget (£20m of which was given to Liam Neeson to drag him out of franchise retirement).
It might be an acquired taste (to say the least), but fans respond the only way that matters, throwing dollars in, and basically guaranteeing that the sequel that was set up at the end of Olivier Megaton’s latest will happen sooner rather than later.
And all of that from a franchise that the lead star first wasn’t even convinced would get a cinematic release and then closed the door on pretty definitively only a matter of two years ago.
Clearly fans can’t get enough of tough talking, hard hitting Bryan Mills, but even the most ardent might not know these facts about his franchise… »
- Simon Gallagher
2Nd Update, Tuesday 3:21 Am Pt: Actuals have been reported from most of the studios, with very few discrepancies amongst the major titles. The Top 5 remain the same as projected on Sunday, save for a tie-break between Exodus: Gods And Kings and China’s Miss Granny with the latter landing at No. 4 and the former at No. 5 on the international chart. There are also more markets reporting on The Imitation Game which added $6.6M for a $41.8M cume.
Figures have been updated throughout the below for those films as well as: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Taken 3, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Penguins Of Madagascar, Big Hero 6, Seventh Son, Into The Woods, Ouija, Honig Im Kopf, Unbroken, The Theory Of Everything, American Sniper, Dumb And Dumber To, Let’s Be Cops, The Water Diviner, Boyhood, Horrible Bosses 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Birdman and Gone Girl. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Updated Final, 2:03Pm: Full Monday actuals per Rentrak are in, and the year’s box office, through 11 days, is at $379.4M, 1.1% behind last year (that’s $4.27M behind). What’s up? While it’s too early to sound the alarm; it turns out that this weekend’s haul of $126.57M — despite Taken 3‘ s great opening — was off 10% from the same frame a year ago, which minted $140.8M. For the most part, we can attribute it to the fact that we’re dogging Frozen‘s carryover from a year ago. While Lone Survivor‘s wide break made $37.8M during the second frame of January 2014, Frozen in its eighth weekend made $14.7M ($3.4M more than No. 2 Selma did over its Fss).
Taken 3 (Fox), $39.2M, 3,594 locations, $10,908 average; total cume: $39.2M, Wk. 1 Selma (Par), $11.3M, 2,179 locations, $5,189 average; total cume: $13.6M, Wk. 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $9.6M, 2,833 locations, $3,373 average; total cume: $105.1M , Wk. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Stars: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Don Harvey, Dylan Bruno, David Warshofsky, Jon Gries, Andrew Borba, Judi Beecher, Andrew Howard, Catherine Oyer, Jimmy Palumbo | Written by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen | Directed by Olivier Megaton
In some ways, Taken became the little franchise that could. Kicking off in 2009, it was marketed and released as a fairly mid-level actioner with few ambitions other than to not lose money. Its Us theatrical release only happened because of the weird pop-culture zeitgeist it captured where people were excited about Oscar Schindler punching Eastern Europeans out of existence. The sequel came and made even more money with its 12a rating proving controversial but meeting distributor Twentieth Century Fox’s aim of making a massive haul of cash, taking over £20 million at the UK box office alone. Liam Neeson and previous instalment director Oliver Megaton are back with another chilling look at »
- Ian Loring
The Taken franchise continues to be a success, with the latest installment Taken 3 earning over $40.4 million this past weekend at the box office. While all of the promotional materials for the movie touted this as Bryan Mills' final adventure, Liam Neeson doesn't discount that a fourth movie may happen in the near future.
Speaking with FoxNews.com, the actor was asked if he'd ever return for a fourth installment. Even though this was supposed to be the last chapter in the series, Liam Neeson says there is always a chance that he will return. And we can all blame Forest Whitaker if it happens. As he explains:
"There's always... I think if audiences go and see it and they like these characters, I mean, I'd love to do something with Forest [Whitaker] again, and if it's in a Taken 4 scenario... great."
Liam Neeson and “Taken 3” went out with a loud bang at the box office this weekend, opening to a better-than-expected $40.4 million as the highly regarded civil rights drama “Selma” stumbled in its national expansion.
The final installment of the EuropaCorp vengeance movie franchise that turned the 62-year-old Neeson into an action star knocked “The Hobbit” out of the top spot after three weeks with the second-best January opening ever, and easily outpaced the weekend’s other wide opener, the awards hopeful “Selma.”
- Todd Cunningham
He may have spent the weekend ducking critical brickbats and bullets, but Taken’s Bryan Mills has emerged victorious, at least in the eyes of American cinemagoers. The third – and apparently final – instalment of the Taken franchise has scored a healthy $40 million this weekend, according to studio estimates.The film, which finds Liam Neeson’s Mills on the run after ex-wife Lenore is murdered, scored some of the worst reviews of the series, and that’s saying something given that it followed Taken 2. Still, audiences appeared to have been ready for more of Mills’ particular skills and with no other wide releases on this largely forgotten early January weekend, Olivier Megaton’s film was able to triumph over some awards contenders.Despite its own issues – accusations of fudged facts and other concerns – civil rights drama Selma soared into the top ten in second place after adding 2,157 screens to its »
While the opening day may be slightly down on last year’s opening for Taken 2, which grossed over $18 million, the threequel still managed to pack them in, grossing an estimted $14.7 million for Friday, which included $1.6million in Thursday night previews.
In addition, Taken 3’s opeing day is the third biggest Friday opening for a January release, just behind Cloverfield ($17.6m in 2008) and The Devil Inside ($16.8m in 2012). And while the overall weekend won’t come anywhere close to Taken 2’s massive $49million opening, it may be just enough to drag Neeson back to the franchise for a fourth time.
Taken 3 is out now at cinemas nationwide in the UK, »
- Scott J. Davis
Taken a Break: Megaton’s Slurpy Finish Brings Euro Schlock to L.A.
It should surprise no one that Taken 3 is a laughable, sometimes downright embarrassing mess of stapled together derivatives, narrative clichés, and the kind of god-awful dialogue that makes one wonder if screenwriters Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen even know what real life human beings sound like. Director Olivier Megaton, acolyte of Monsieur Besson, returns to direct the third installment, which is a minor improvement over Taken 2 if only due to the fact that we’re not simply photocopying the initial film that started us down this ‘rabbit hole’ in the first place. But then, the film belies the faulty foundation from which the franchise was born—this could have easily been any generic celluloid jockstrap for Mr. Neeson, honorable family man extraordinaire defending the innocent and (usually) privileged targets of ill will to some inane or illogical resolution. »
- Nicholas Bell
This is a movie as its own death wish. To call it cheap, lazy, and perfunctory grants it a dignity that implies there was another path it could have taken. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of the franchise
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I figure French fauxteur Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Colombiana) jumped his own shark when he chose that nom de cinema, but if not, he’s definitely done it now with Taken 3. It wouldn’t be fair to call this a movie: it’s more a phony, forced assemblage of stilted dialogue, incoherent action sequences, inexplicably sociopathic behavior on the part of its supposedly sympathetic protagonist, and bad self-referential “jokes” about the many idiocies of the franchise it has now, we can hope, killed for good. This is a movie as its own death wish. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Here’s the synopsis of his latest film:
Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.
Taken 3 is out now, with Neeson joined by returning stars Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace and Leland Orser in addition to Forest Whitaker (The Butler), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove) and Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman »
- Oli Davis
Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, a man with a particular set of ass kicking skills, in "Taken 3". In this supposed last chapter of the action trilogy, the previous two films' format of a character being kidnapped and rescued is abandoned in favor of a variation on the plot of "The Fugitive". Bryan Mills is framed for his wife Lenore's murder, and he must go on the run from the cops who are trying to arrest him and try to discover the real killer. Forest Whitaker plays Franck Dotzler, the Tommy Lee Jones-esque role of the head of the murder investigation. He presents a formidable foe for Liam Neeson as he is the one man in all of the three films who actually understands the degree of Neeson's character's remarkable talents.
Neeson's wife is on the outs with her current husband Stuart and wants to reconcile with her »
- Daniel T
From all accounts, Taken 3 is a terrible movie. I'm refusing to see it because I absolutely hated the second one so much, and I think director Olivier Megaton is one of the worst directors working today. I've written before about how I'd like to see Liam Neeson branch out from his action niche and try something different, but if he's going to keep making films in which he's the grizzled badass, at least they won't all be directed by Megaton.
Neeson reunited with his Unknown and Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra for Run All Night, a new action film that pits Neeson against a mob boss played by Ed Harris. There are shades of Lucky Number Slevin in here (an underrated film I love), and the trailer indicates that the addition of Joel Kinnaman as Neeson's character's son will provide a bit of variation in the action formula this time around. »
- Ben Pearson
Hey, Warner Bros, I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that someone finally cracked the way to remake "The Fugitive." The bad news is that "Taken 3" is that movie, and it's for another studio. Serial killer John Taken (Liam Neeson) is back in the swing of things as he kills his way through an ocean of anonymous mobsters because something something money something shaky-cam something something killed bare handed. I remain fascinated by this entire empire of Europa action films, each one apparently written over a long wine-soaked weekend by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, all of them just variations on different genre conventions. The first "Taken" was a small gem, made more interesting than it otherwise might have been because Liam Neeson wasn't really thought of as an action hero. He was 56 when the first film was made, and at this point, »
- Drew McWeeny
Walking out of my screening of Taken 3 a publicist asked me, "So what did you thinkc" I was kind and said, "It's not very good at all." She replied, "Why was it not goodc" I understand she was just doing her job, studios like to get notes from critics walking out of movies. I don't know what they do with them, the movie has already been made, early Thursday screenings of the film were probably already taking place as she asked and I doubt they were going to attempt any reshoots or edits based on my thoughts. But they must do something with them because they always ask. Now, to the question, Why was Taken 3 not any goodc To be honest, I don't even think it's a question that should be asked. The proper reply is to ask, "Did you watch the moviec" Because if you saw with »
- Brad Brevet
When "Taken" was first released, nobody thought that it would lead to anything, much less an insanely lucrative franchise. It was a modestly budgeted thriller ($25 million) that was first released overseas, in France, where its core creative team was from and where the film was mostly set. It starred Liam Neeson, who at the time was not much of a box office draw, and had a grippingly simplistic story, the kind of stuff compulsively readable paperbacks novels are made of. But then it came out and connected with people in a big way, making more then $225 million and leading to a sequel that made even more. In an era when studios are trying to artificially manufacture franchises and entire universes, "Taken" came out of nowhere and lasted much longer than anyone could have guessed.
But just because something is a franchise, doesn't mean that it necessarily should be one. This »
- Drew Taylor
Once upon a time, almost a half century ago, in a ramshackle pastry shop outside a small village in rural France, a muscular baby boy was birthed from an even more muscular vagina. His parents, being big fans of cinema, christened him after their seventeenth favorite actor, and no one was surprised when the boy became a young man and the man became a movie director. His passion was for action films — usually ones with a number in the title — and his name was Olivier Megaton. Well, his name still is Oliver Megaton, and when someone with a name like Oliver Megaton makes an action movie it feels like the kind of perfectly inspired pairing that only comes along once in a millennium. Like if someone named Fanny Shytles grew up to make Adam Sandler comedies. How do you turn away from that divine promise? How do you know where to draw the line and say enough »
- Rob Hunter
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