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Review: Taken 3

2 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

 

The Taken franchise has worked at all thanks to two people: Luc Besson and Liam Neeson. Besson has seemingly been coasting since 1994’s The Professional and certainly has returned to familiar territory with this franchise. Neeson has stopped showing his considerable acting chops by going the action route pretty much since he picked up a lightsaber. Despite its utter predictability, the first Taken proved enormously popular, especially considering its early 2009 release date.

The inevitable sequel, Taken 2, mined much the same ground although it varied things just enough that the rescued daughter (Maggie Grace) now helps dad find their missing mom Lenore (Famke Janssen). Enough seemed to be enough and Neeson thought a third chapter was out of the question. 20th Century-Fox thought otherwise and asked Neeson and cowriter Robert Mark Kamen for one more. We were told things would go in another direction but I doubt anyone anticipated it going even lower, »

- Robert Greenberger

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Liam Neeson Is Ready to Pound Peter Griffin in ‘Family Guy’ 250th Episode (Exclusive Video)

1 May 2015 10:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In an exclusive clip from “Family Guy’s” 250th episode, Peter Griffin finds himself at the mercy of “Taken” star Liam Neeson (who lends his voice to the episode). Neeson bails Peter out of jail after he hears that Peter has been running his mouth all over Quahog, saying he could beat Neeson in a fight. Neeson is more than happy to put Peter’s claim to the test. Peter says, “Mr. Neeson, you heard wrong. There’s nobody who respects you more than I do.” Peter then tries to bust Neeson’s face with a metal lunch tray. Bad idea. »

- Joe Otterson

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The Gunman Blu-ray announced

28 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the date and official details for the release of director Pierre Morel’s (Taken) action-thriller The Gunman, which is set for June 30th in the States and July 20th in the UK.

Oscar winner Sean Penn (Mystic River) heads a cast that includes Idris Elba (Luther), Ray Winstone (The Departed), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), Jasmine Trinca (Saint Laurent) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall).

Pre-order The Gunman On Amazon Us Or Amazon UK

From the director of Taken comes The Gunman, a pulse-pounding film with two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn. It’s been eight years since Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black ops assassin and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. Pursued across Africa and Europe by elite hit men, Terrier is dragged back into his dangerous past as he engages in a relentless cat-and-mouse game to take out the man who betrayed him. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Famke Janssen Signs With ICM Partners

27 April 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Famke Janssen, who is just wrapping up the third and final season of Netflix’s original series Hemlock Grove, has signed with ICM Partners. The model-turned-actress who got her start as Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye had been with CAA. On the film side, Janssen starred in the X-Men trilogy playing Jean Grey/Phoenix and in the Taken trilogy opposite Liam Neeson. On the TV side, she co-starred in Ryan Murphy’s FX series Nip/Tuck. In 2011, Janssen wrote and made her… »

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Famke Janssen Signs With ICM Partners

27 April 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Famke Janssen, who is just wrapping up the third and final season of Netflix’s original series Hemlock Grove, has signed with ICM Partners. The model-turned-actress who got her start as Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye had been with CAA. On the film side, Janssen starred in the X-Men trilogy playing Jean Grey/Phoenix and in the Taken trilogy opposite Liam Neeson. On the TV side, she co-starred in Ryan Murphy’s FX series Nip/Tuck. In 2011, Janssen wrote and made her… »

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Weekend Box Office: Week 4 Isn’t Weak for Furious 7

27 April 2015 12:57 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Fourth time is the charm? It certainly seems to be for Furious 7, which held on to the first-place spot for a fourth week in a row. While it is now only bringing in a fraction of its opening day income (an estimated $18.3 million), it has become the highest grossing film of the franchise and a top contender for the year…although it will have stiff competition next weekend in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has already had a massive overseas opening. But oddly, despite its success, Furious 7 is leading a massive trend this week at the box office…namely, a refusal to release its production costs. In fact, seven films out of the top ten have no budget numbers to compare…including what will likely remain one of the top ten grossing films of 2015.

In a strange and hopeful twist, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 remains as critically slammed as ever, »

- Seth Paul

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This Week in Blu-ray / DVD Releases: Taken 3, Cake, Escape From New York

20 April 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

This Week: Pulling the plug on Taken, Jennifer Aniston cuts deep with Cake, and going back to the future (of 1997) with Escape From New York. ► .Taken 2. was already too much of a good thing, but Taken 3? It.s not hard to see why Liam Neeson is winding down his action movie career . he.s getting too old for this shit. Trying to raise the stakes, they bypass the kidnapping and dump a dead body in his bedroom (alas, his ex-wife) and »

- John Law

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'Tooken' Trailer Spoofs Liam Neeson in 'Taken'

18 April 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Laura-Leigh, Margaret Cho and Michael Blackson headline the star-studded, hilarious spoof Tooken, seeking revenge on Digital HD and Video on Demand May 26. A satire based on the popular thriller Taken and its many sequels, the outrageous comedy will also steal some laughs on DVD July 7 from Cinedigm. We have the hilarious trailer and poster for you to check out!

In this spoof film on the Taken action-film franchise, Bryan Mills (Lee Tergesen) is an ex-cia agent now working as a mall security guard. He keeps finding his things are being taken from him-his wife, his dog...his daughter's virginity. With the help of his ex-cia elderly mother, Bryan battles his nemesis BrownFinger (Margaret Cho) to free his family and a pound of dogs in danger of exploding.

Featuring special appearances by real-life couple, Emmy nominated actor Donnie Wahlberg and hilarious talk show host Jenny McCarthy, along with celebrated musician Akon, »

- MovieWeb

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35 Movies You Need to See This Summer

18 April 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!

1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, »

- MovieWeb

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Poster and trailer for the Taken spoof Tooken

17 April 2015 4:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time…

A poster and trailer has arrived online for Tooken, director John Asher’s spoof of the Liam Neeson action franchise Taken, and you can check them out right here…

When all you know is to take back what has been taken from you, when does the taking end? Brian Millers is an ex-cia agent who has used his particular set of skills to save his family again and again, but when they return to normal suburban life, old habits die hard. Now his family can’t stand him! But when some evil Albanians take the last thing he loves, his dog, there is hell to pay.

Tooken is set for release digitally on may 26th and on DVD on July 7th, with a cast that includes Lee Tergesen, Margaret Cho, Reno Wilson, Lauren Stamile, Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg, Ethan Suplee, »

- Gary Collinson

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Morel, McG To Helm New Series Pilots

13 April 2015 9:53 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Pierre Morel ("Taken") will direct the Lifetime drama pilot "The Clan Of The Cave Bear" for Fox 21 TV Studios, Lionsgate TV, Imagine TV and Allison Shearmur Prods. The work is based on the first book of Jean M. Auel's Earth’s Children series.

The story is set more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady) a child of the 'Others'. Linda Woolverton wrote the pilot and is executive producing with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Francie Calfo and Jean M. Auel.

Meanwhile, "Charlie's Angels" and "Terminator Salvation" director McG has signed on to direct the pilot episode and serve as an executive producer on ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" series. Ed Decter wrote the pilot script and will serve as show runner.

An adaptation of Cassandra Clare's »

- Garth Franklin

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Pierre Morel To Direct Lifetime Pilot ‘The Clan of the Cave Bear’

13 April 2015 6:23 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Taken helmer Pierre Morel will direct the Lifetime drama pilot The Clan Of The Cave Bear, from Fox 21 TV Studios, Lionsgate TV, Imagine TV and Allison Shearmur Prods. Based on the first book of Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series, The Clan Of The Cave Bear takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady) a child of… »

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Mip TV: Tandem, BBC, Cochran Team for Crusade Epic ‘Lionhearts’ (Exclusive)

13 April 2015 12:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes – Shaping up as one of the big event TV series to come out of Europe as it ramps up ever more ambitious TV fiction, Rola Bauer’s Germany-based Tandem Productions (“Pillars of the Earth”), a Studiocanal company, is said to be developing epic TV drama “Lionshearts: The Crusade,” linking with the BBC and “24’s” Robert Cochran.

Helmer of the 2008’s first “Taken,” which gave Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp its biggest movie franchise ever, France’s Pierre Morel (“Taken”) is believed to have committed to direct the first two episodes.

Producer and co-creator of Fox’s “24,” Cochran is attached to “Lionshearts,” which turns on the most famous crusade of all, the Third Crusade of 1191-92. English-language and almost certainly a big epic BBC primetime series,

“Lionhearts: The Crusade” looks a firm candidate for a U.S. deal of some sorts. As Tandem prexy Bauer pointed out last month, made over the last 15 years, »

- John Hopewell

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Movie Review – John Wick (2014)

10 April 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick, 2014.

Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis:

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Since that fateful day when Keanu Reeves fired his gun in the air and yelled “aaaarrrrgggh” he’s become a regular in the action genre. He dipped his toes with Point Break. He experienced box office and pop culture success with Speed, before ending the century as Neo in The Matrix, arguably the most significant action movie of the last 20 years in terms of cult-following, pop culture reference and blue printing future action films (even if The Matrix pilfered from more sources, than films in turn have since aped The Matrix).

Whilst Reeves has often been dismissed as someone lacking in acting range, »

- Gary Collinson

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Keanu Classic: John Wick

10 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome. Our review is finally live so why not have a butcher’s at it once you’ve finished this feature.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. The man has made some brilliant movies over the years as well as the odd turkey. The interesting thing about a Keanu Reeves turkey though is that somehow you still enjoy it. For example, Johnny Menmonic and Chain Reaction are some of the silliest films – Mnemonic has a mind-reading dolphin for Pete’s sake – and yet we’re still completely charmed by Reeves and his old Ted persona. »

- Kat Smith

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John Wick Review

4 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palecki, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 101 minutes

Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife. 

In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »

- Kat Smith

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Why Liam Neeson's dadsploitation films shut out women

1 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Taken created a genre of action films starring older male protagonists. Why are they all men? Because in movies, women still aren’t allowed to take vengeance on behalf of others – they have to be victimised first

At this point, the thing that Pierre Morel, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen created with Taken, and what Liam Neeson gave his shovel-shaped Gaelic face to, has become its own genre. Call it whatever you’d like – dadsploitation, old-man vengeance and on-screen midlife crisis come to mind – but with Neeson having expanded beyond the Taken films into similarly pitched affairs like Non-Stop and Run All Night, and other ageing male movie stars like Kevin Costner (3 Days to Kill) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) trying to out-Neeson the man himself, this is more than just a franchise of films. It’s a trend, and as long as these movies keep costing next to nothing and keep making money, »

- Kevin Lincoln

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Film Review: 'The Gunman'

29 March 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ With The Gunman (2015), Sean Penn becomes the latest inductee into that club slowly being filled by older gentlemen with a particular set of skills. Pierre Morel was a key figure in the meteoric rise of the 'geriaction' genre with his explosive Taken (2008), not only launching Liam Neeson's own brand of ass-kicking but transforming the subgenre from camp silliness to exploitation gold. It's now seven years later and a raft of imitators have tried their hands with varying success, while the Taken series has itself suffered from diminishing returns. If this latest staid entry into the canon is anything to go by, few lessons have been learned in recent times. »

- CineVue UK

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Liam Neeson signs up for another action thriller

24 March 2015 11:44 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Run All Night didn't hit, Taken 3 did. So Liam Neeson is trying another action thriller: this time, it's Narco Sub...

Liam Neeson's latest action flick, Run All Night, may have struggled at the box office, but earlier this year, Taken 3 proved that he still has pulling power. Never mind the fact that Taken 3 is a film best forgotten about. Quickly.

Neeson has now added another action film to his slate though, a submarine flick by the name of Narco Sub. This was a film that the late Tony Scott was once going to direct (Ridley Scott is one of the producers, alongside Simon Kinberg), and it's also a project that both Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua came close to making.

Based on a screenplay by Safe House's David Guggenheim, Narco Sub tells of a disgraced naval officer who finds himself forced by an Ecuadorian drug »

- simonbrew

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'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Leads Hollywood's New Actor A-List

24 March 2015 3:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The casualties this winter were staggering. Will Smith (Focus), Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending), Chris Hemsworth (Blackhat) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) crashed and burned in flashy vehicles designed to trade on their star power. Even Liam Neeson, so reliable in the Taken franchise, stumbled with the knockoff Run All Night. At the same time, February’s Fifty Shades of Grey and its $560 million gross minted two new stars in Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Or did it? Such is the tricky nature of star power these days: Actors toplining a movie that grosses hundreds of millions aren’t necessarily worth much

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- THR Staff

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