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'Taken': TV Review

21 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The pointlessness of TV shows mining brand names reaches something of a nadir with NBC's Taken, which manages simultaneously to deliver nothing relating to the hit Liam Neeson movie franchise, while also becoming a completely different show after its Feb. 27 premiere episode. It's a rare double bait-and-switch that certainly doesn't benefit the average and forgettable show that Taken subsequently becomes

To get this out of the way up front: Taken is not a very good movie. It's a brutally efficient delivery mechanism for Neeson to growl and kill an astounding number of foreign nationals in only 90 minutes. The »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘John Wick: Chapter 2′ Review

20 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Tobias Segal, John Leguizamo | Written by Derek Kolstad | Directed by Chad Stahelski

2014′s John Wick took pretty much everyone by surprise. The third in a trilogy of action movies Keanu Reeves made in 2013/4, John Wick succeeded where 47 Ronin and The Man of Tai Chi (in which Reeves played the villain) didn’t. And that’s not to say that either of those films were sub-par, far from it. However there was something about the stoic, unstoppable hitman John Wick that resonated with audiences across the globe. And so three years later we finally get a sequel.

From the same writer/director team as the first film, Derek Kolstad and Chad Stahelski respectively, John Wick Chapter 2 picks up where the first film left off. Literally. John heads back to the gang who stole his car »

- Phil Wheat

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Lost Actress Maggie Grace Is Engaged to Boyfriend Brent Bushnell

7 February 2017 6:49 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lucky in love! Maggie Grace is engaged to boyfriend Brent Bushnell, People confirms.

The former Lost actress took to Instagram to post a loving photo of herself and her fiancé in a canoe, writing, “The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung (Whitman).”

Grace, 33, also posted a photo of Bushnell in January at the Women’s March in Los Angeles with the caption, “What A Man #StrongMenSupportStrong.”

Bushnell is the founder of an engineering entertainment company called Two Bit Circus.

The Taken star was previously engaged to director Matthew Cooke in February 2015. She announced their separation in February »

- Alexia Fernandez

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John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

7 February 2017 11:55 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

John Wick: Chapter 2 turns a familiar page in Keanu Reeves’ cartoonish assassin franchise. Back are the stylized “Gun Fu” battles, lavish locales and adorable dogs (who are safe this time), like some Mmo violence-fetish video game. Pacifists be warned – infinite henchmen feed John Wick’s cold, calculated bodycount. Those of you growing tired of head-exploding finishers will find little value in this savage, blood-soaked sequel. Thugs simply line-up to be blasted by Wick’s deadshot aim. The titular hitman appears invincible as he endures stab wounds and gunshot impacts, displaying little vested interest in portraying death for what it is – but goddamn if Chapter 2 isn’t more gorgeous body-snapping brutality.

Did you really think I was about to go soft, there? Not today, people. John Wick: Chapter 2 revs a supercharged engine that runs on gunpowder and Reeves’ marble-etched intensity. Showmanship overplays the lack of honor among killers, with »

- Matt Donato

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Liam Neeson Will Be Out for Revenge in the Rockies in ‘Hard Powder’

1 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Ever since Liam Neeson fought through a long line of bad guys to get his daughter back in Taken, he’s starred in more than enough action thrillers where he’s out for revenge or trying to save someone he loves. We thought we may have finally seen the last of them with Taken 3 in 2014 […]

The post Liam Neeson Will Be Out for Revenge in the Rockies in ‘Hard Powder’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Dune Remake Gets Arrival Director Denis Villeneuve

1 February 2017 8:31 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, just before the holiday season, it was reported that director Denis Villeneuve, who is coming off the critically-acclaimed Arrival and is in post-production on Blade Runner 2049, is in talks to direct the Dune remake for Legendary Pictures. Today we have confirmation from Brian Herbert, author and the son of late Dune author Frank Herbert, that the filmmaker has officially signed on to direct this remake. Here's what Brian Herbert had to say on social media.

"It's official. Legendary Pictures has signed the very talented Denis Villeneuve to direct the exciting new Dune series film project."

We reported in November that Legendary Pictures has picked up the film and TV rights for Dune, and with Brian Herbert describing this as the "Dune series film project", it seems that Denis Villeneuve is developing both the movie and TV series as well. Brian Herbert wouldn't elaborate further in his Twitter statement, »

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Liam Neeson returns to the Vengeance! Action! genre with Hard Powder

1 February 2017 6:06 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Founder of the modern Mature Assassins Guild (or the Old Age Punishers) Liam Neeson is taking on another hard-edged action film. Hard Powder is directed by Hans Petter Moland and written by Frank Baldwin and will go into production in March, according to the report from Variety.

The go on to report the synopsis, which sounds a touch familiar.

Neeson plays ‘ Nels, an upright snowplow driver, awarded a Citizen of the Year prize by his glitzy Colorado ski town, whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by a powerful local drug kingpin.

Fueled by an unwavering drive for vengeance and armed with heavy machinery, this unlikely hero sets out to dismantle the cartel with extreme prejudice, and he’s not stopping until he gets to the top of the food chain,” “Hard Powder’s” synopsis reads.

Nels’ vengeance sparks a turf war between »

- Jon Lyus

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Liam Neeson to star in revenge thriller Hard Powder

1 February 2017 12:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It has been revealed that Liam Neeson will be getting his ass kicking shoes back on as he is set to star in action revenge thriller Hard Powder.

Set in the Rocky Mountains, Hard Powder will see Neeson playing a father whose son is murdered by a Colorado drug kingpin.

It sounds like pretty familiar territory for the Taken star but these details, and seeing Neeson in his element, will be sure to excite his many fans.

Directed by Hans Petter Moland, Hard Powder will go into production this March.

As revealed by Variety, the synopsis for the flick is detailed below.

Fueled by an unwavering drive for vengeance and armed with heavy machinery, this unlikely hero sets out to dismantle the cartel with extreme prejudice, and he’s not stopping until he gets to the top of the food chain.

Keep an eye on Flickering Myth for more details regarding Hard Powder. »

- Samuel Brace

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Liam Neeson set for new revenge thriller, Hard Powder

31 January 2017 9:53 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Feb 1, 2017

Another bad guy has got on the wrong side of Liam Neeson. We all know what happens next...

The last time we saw Liam Neeson in a remote, frosty climate, the end result was the underrated The Grey. Now, the king of the modern revenge thriller is heading back into snowy climes for his next project, Hard Powder.

This one is set in the Rocky Mountains, and sees Neeson playing a snow plough driver in a skiing time. One day, though, a local drug kingpin murders his son, clearly having not watched the Taken trilogy. You don’t need us to tell you that violence and revenge will follow, involving in this case a mafia boss, and a vegan gangster. We don’t make this stuff up.

The film has been penned by Frank Baldwin, and it’s set to be directed by Hans Petter Moland. The »

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Liam Neeson to Plow Snow and Cocaine Gangsters In 'Hard Powder'

31 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

There was a time when you could count on action movies to have cheeky, playfully-on-the-nose titles. Jean-Claude Van Damme, in particular, was the king in this arena, with classics - yes, classics! - like Sudden Death (terrorists take over a hockey rink during the Stanley Cup finals), Double Impact (where Jcvd plays his own twin brother), and Timecop (about a time traveling police officer). But these days action movies have forgotten how to have fun with their titles. Everything is either a character's name (John Wick, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne) or a generic noun (The Accountant, Criminal, The Gunman). But one actor is still keeping their self-aware action movie title game strong. We are of course talking about Liam Neeson. Sure, Taken 1-3 may be generic, but...

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- Peter Hall

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Liam Neeson stars in thriller Hard Powder, somehow not about cocaine

31 January 2017 12:22 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Liam Neeson continues to star in movies that would normally be direct-to-dvd trash if it weren't for his charisma and commitment to finding a soul and dimensionality within stock, one-dimensional archetypes. It's why Taken and so many of his other projects work, when they by all accounts shouldn't. His next one is called Hard Powder, and instead of being a reference to cocaine... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Berlinale: Liam Neeson, Studiocanal, Michael Shamberg Team for ‘Hard Powder’ (Exclusive)

31 January 2017 9:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Liam Neeson, European group Studiocanal and producer Michael Shamberg are teaming for “Hard Powder,” a Rocky Mountains-set action revenge thriller that is likely to prove a hot ticket at next month’s Berlin Film Festival market.

Directed by Hans Petter Moland and written by Frank Baldwin, “Hard Powder” will go into production in March in and around Banff, Alberta, and other locations in Canada.

It stars Neeson as Nels, an upright snowplow driver, awarded a Citizen of the Year prize by his glitzy Colorado ski town, whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by a powerful local drug kingpin.

“Fueled by an unwavering drive for vengeance and armed with heavy machinery, this unlikely hero sets out to dismantle the cartel with extreme prejudice, and he’s not stopping until he gets to the top of the food chain,” “Hard Powder’s” synopsis reads.

Nels’ vengeance »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Altice Studios’ Sfr Play Acquires Luc Besson’s ‘Taken’ Series

31 January 2017 8:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– After making its first drama acquisition with “Medici: The Masters of Florence,” Altice Studios’s subscription-based service Sfr Play has picked up exclusive first-window French rights to “Taken,” the 40-million Euros series co-written and produced by Luc Besson.

Created by Alexander Cary (“Homeland”) et Alex Graves (“Game of Thrones”), the “Taken” series is based on the blockbuster film franchise which scored $929 million worldwide. It will roll out on Sfr Play in March.

The drama series, set to premiere on NBC next month, is co-produced by EuropaCorp Television and Universal Television, with Alexander Cary, Alex Graves, Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros producing.

Conceived as a prequel to the trilogy, the “Taken” series stars Clive Standen (“Vikings), Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance”), Brooklyn Sudano (“11.22.63”), Gaius Charles (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and James Landry Herbert (“Gangster squad”).

The series’s 10 episodes will be available one by one on Sfr Play, following »

- Elsa Keslassy

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The Taken TV series gets three new promos

19 January 2017 5:40 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Taken set to premiere on NBC next month, the network has debuted three new promos for the Luc Besson-produced action series, which you can check out here…

See Also: Check out a batch of images from the Taken TV series premiere

From Executive Producer Luc Besson (“Taken,” “The Fifth Element”) comes a thrilling new addition to his iconic blockbuster action-film franchise. This new, modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills.

Taken is set to premiere on February 27th and sees Clive Standen taking on the Liam Neeson role of Bryan Mills alongside Jennifer Beals, »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Taken’ Star Clive Standen Says NBC Series Will Bring ‘Heart’ to the Action

18 January 2017 3:56 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Taken” star Clive Standen says that despite it’s blockbuster origins, his new NBC series will be different than other big-budget action franchises. “We’ve got nothing compared to those $100 million action movies,” Standen said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday. “A lot of the action movies out there are all sound and fury signifying nothing. I don’t connect with big explosions and backflips and things. It has to be driven by heart, and it has to be driven by character.” The show, executive produced by Alex Cary and Matt Gross, serves as a pseudo-prequel to the Liam Neeson film. »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Taken’: TV’s Bryan Mills Isn’t Just Another Guy With A Particular Set Of Skills – TCA

18 January 2017 3:29 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“We’re watching the planting of the seed and watching the plant grow.” That’s Taken co-star Jennifer Beals’ take on the TV series origin story of Bryan Mills, the CIA agent with a particular set of skills made famous by Liam Neeson on the big screen but played in the upcoming Europa/NBC show by Clive Standen. “It's not about his set of skills,” Ep Matt Gross said about the differences between the film and TV versions of the franchise, “It’s about understanding him as a… »

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Exclusive: Clive Standen Talks Stepping Into Liam Neeson's Shoes, Doing His Own Stunts for NBC's 'Taken'

18 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Clive Standen had to learn "a very particular set of skills" to take on Liam Neeson's iconic Taken character -- and then some!

Et hopped on the phone with the 35-year-old actor last month, where he opened up about what it took to step into Bryan Mills' shoes for the upcoming NBC series, starting with losing a bit of his trademark Viking bulk.

Exclusive: 'Vikings' Star Clive Standen Talks Rollo's Absence, Teases 'Fiery' Reunion Between Rollo and Bjorn

"With any new character, you have to wipe the canvas clean and start from the beginning," Standen shared. "Physically, I weighed 220 pounds to play Rollo [on History Channel's Vikings], but for Bryan Mills, he's a spy. So I had to lose quite a lot of weight to get in shape for Bryan Mills in an entirely different way."

"[Mills] is not an action hero, he's covert, and there's a big difference," he added. "So I tried to kind of lose a »

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New images and promo for ‘Taken: The Series’

16 January 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Liam Neeson movie franchise Taken is headed to television! Set to debut on February 27th 2017, at least in the Us, Taken: The Series follows in the footsteps of that other Luc Besson franchise The Transporter, moving the action to television with a recast of its hero… This version, set to air on NBC, sees Clive Standen (Vikings, Camelot, Doctor Who) taking up the mantel of [a younger] Bryan Mills as he fights to overcome tragedy and exact revenge as a deadly CIA operative.

From the press release:

From Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken, The Fifth Element) comes a thrilling new addition to his iconic blockbuster action-film franchise. This new, modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, Vikings) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is »

- Phil Wheat

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New promo for the Taken TV series showcases Bryan Mills’ particular set of skills

15 January 2017 11:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the weekend NBC unveiled a batch of images from the series premiere of Taken [check them out here], and now the network has released a new promo for the upcoming series entitled ‘His Skills Are Particular’; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for the Taken TV series here

From Executive Producer Luc Besson (“Taken,” “The Fifth Element”) comes a thrilling new addition to his iconic blockbuster action-film franchise. This new, modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills.

Taken is set to premiere on February 27th and sees Clive Standen taking on the Liam Neeson »

- Amie Cranswick

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Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘La La Land’ Ride Oscar Wave on Soft Holiday Weekend

15 January 2017 1:23 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As far as the box office is concerned, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend might better be dubbed Memorial Day, as six new wide releases are weak or dying. Despite a wide array of product which should have boosted totals, this weekend looks to be down 19 per cent from last year.

On the other hand, Oscar contenders “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) and “La La Land”(Lionsgate) continued to surf cresting audience enthusiasm to place first and second for the three day weekend.

School vacation Monday results may boost Universal’s “Sing” and possibly Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to higher positions. Animated musical “Sing” is holding well, with a 33 per cent drop. “Rogue One,” though now the top-grossing 2016 domestic release, is falling far faster than juggernaut “Force Awakens” a year ago.

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1. Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) Week 4 – Last weekend #1

$20,450,000 (-10%) in 3,286 theaters (+815); PTA »

- Tom Brueggemann

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