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McG is like a classic timex watch. He takes a lickin', but keeps on tickin'. "This Means War" was routinely included in Worst Of 2012 lists (including ours), "Terminator Salvation" took a beating in 2009, and the rest of his career hasn't fared much better outside of the kinetic, high-level octane of "Charlie's Angels" that critics were soon complaining about in its sequel. But not everyone makes films for critics, obviously. His upcoming film, an untitled thriller produced by Luc Besson that stars Kevin Costner, just got a bump from its newly announced cast. Connie Nielsen has joined Amber Heard ("The Rum Diary," "Paranoia") and Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") in the film, which was penned by Besson ("Taken," "Transporter") and Adi Hasak ("From Paris With Love"). Does this mean McG is joining Besson's action-cottage industry out of France, which has produced »

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