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Kaplan, Lydon and Mueller will all exec produce the potential series from CBS Television Studios.
The untitled show revolves around a unique, highly effective task force comprised entirely of African-American police officers, which was assembled in the early 1970s by the Boston Police Commissioner to more effectively prevent and solve crimes in previously neglected areas of the city.
Before selling this project to CBS this development cycle, Kaplan and Lydon had worked together on another police drama, “Broad Squad,” which ABC ordered to pilot last cycle, in contention for the 2015-16 television season. Though both are inspired by true stories and strike similarities, Mueller’s untitled CBS show is an entirely new project with different auspices attached. Lydon had brought “Broad Squad” to Kaplan last pilot season, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
That’s James McAvoy at San Diego Comic-Con, explaining the utilitarian and cruel yet apparently loving relationship between his character, Victor Frankenstein, and Victor’s assistant/experiment Igor (played by Daniel Radcliffe) in film Victor Frankenstein, in theatres this Friday.
— Cineplex (@CineplexMovies) July 12, 2015
Director Paul McGuigan (“Sherlock”) isn’t adapting Mary Shelley here; Igor isn’t even in the 1818 classic. Instead, with the help of McAvoy and Radcliffe, he will explore what Frankenstein has become to be known in popular culture, adding in that much-loved literary bromancing that McGuigan perfected in BBC’s “Sherlock.” And the bromance is alive and well on-screen with McAvoy and Radcliffe.
Watch four featurettes for Victor Frankenstein, »
- Sasha James
Liam Neeson has apparently been chewin' on gravel for the new film A Monster Calls, Juan Antonio Bayona's adaptation of the acclaimed children's novel by Patrick Ness. Neeson narrates the trailer in a voice so deep, if those kidnappers from Taken heard it, they would have just given his daughter back so fast there wouldn't have been a movie. The film follows 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), who, to deal with his mother's illness and bullies at school, escapes into a fantastical world of monsters (the titular one played by Neeson). I think I speak for us all when I say, Liam Neeson, please scoop us all up in your giant monster hand and take us away from this world. »
- Emma Barrie
Paramount has released the first image of a gaunt and seemingly defeated Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Silence and this is definitely not the tough and badass Neeson we’ve grown accustomed to in recent actioners like the Taken franchise, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and 2015’s Run All Night as well. Not only is his role considerably meatier (we’ll get to that later), but his physical transformation is more along the lines of malnourished hobo than neck-snapping badass. Neeson lost a considerable amount of weight for his role in Silence, where he plays a Jesuit priest. The actor spoke at the Los Cabos Film Festival on Saturday and explained he had to lose 20 pounds, along with co-stars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield. Sure, his recent batch of movies were likely physically demanding in their own right with him karate-chopping and shooting dudes left and right, but »
- Nate Saienni
Liam Neeson uses his particular set of skills to help Stephen Colbert turn addictive mobile game Candy Crush into a dramatic film. The “Taken” star and the late-night host played father and son in a “Late Show” parody of the game, which doesn’t turn out so well for Neeson, who faces certain death after a candy cane pierces his chest. “As our people say, I am out of moves,” Neeson said. “Not even a triple color bump combo could save me now.” See video: Stephen Colbert Wouldn't Kill Baby Hitler - He'd Raise Him With Love Neeson went on to lament the fact that. »
- Joe Otterson
Insiders say Lifetime opted to pass on the project because they differed with Fox 21 on the number of episodes to make. However, Fox 21 is shopping the project and sources tell Variety the studio has garnered interest from other venues.
Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent”) penned the pilot and was on board to exec produce with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Allison Shearmur, plus author Auel. “Taken” helmer Pierre Morel directed the pilot.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
They're ba-aaack...and across the pond! Say so long to the South when Chrisley Knows Best returns for its third season on Tuesday, Nov. 10, as Todd Chrisley and the family are taking London by storm. E! News has your exclusive first look at the funny fam's trip across the Atlantic on their hit USA Network series' midseason premiere, including some serious drama during tea time when Todd feels ditched by wife Julie and daughter Savannah (who was recently crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA). But the ladies have a good reason for ditching the patriarch: "We felt like we were about to be in Taken 4," Julie reasons, citing the Liam Neeson-led action film franchise which included human »
Kinology has pre-sold Antonio Negret’s (“Transit”) “Overdrive,” the action-packed buddy actioner project produced and spearheared by “Taken” helmer Pierre Morel to most major territories at the Afm where it presented a demo reel.
Toplining one of the hottest actors of his generation, Scott Eastwood (“Suicide Squad”), Freddie Thorp (“The Advocate”) and Ana de Armas (“Knock Knock”), “Overdrive” has been snatched up by leading distribs, including Entertainment Film Distributors (U.K.), Universum (Germany), Belga Films (Benelux), Gulf Films (Middle East), Antena 3/Nostromo (Spain), Monolith (Poland), Wise & Wide (South Korea), Cathay (Singapore), Mfi (Thailand/Vietnam), Intercontinental (Hong Kong), Ram (Malaysia).
Kinology is in talks with buyers from Cis, Japan, Italy, Canada and Australia.
“UTA Independent Film Group represents domestic rights.
- Elsa Keslassy
The potential series revolves around a women who, after her hedge fund crashes, inherits a vineyard in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains near a town populated with eccentric people.
Kamen will serve as writer and exec producer on the project and Kaplan will exec produce.
Kamen co-wrote all three films in the Liam Neeson “Taken” franchise, and famously penned the ’80s flick “The Karate Kid,” plus all of its feature follow-ups and the animated series adaptation. Long before “Taken,” Kamen first teamed up with Luc Besson, co-writing the 1997 Bruce Willis cult favorite “The Fifth Element.” The duo also wrote the three “Transporter” movies, starring Jason Statham.
For Kaplan, “Crush” marks one of many projects in the works this development cycle, joining a slew of other potential series at »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Liam Neeson will play Deep Throat, but only in the least scandalous interpretation of that sentence: THR reports that Neeson has signed on to star in a biopic of W. Mark Felt, the former FBI associate director who in 2005 revealed himself as the pornographically nicknamed source who blew the Watergate cover-up wide open, creating a scandal that the American public found hard to swallow. The project will be directed by Peter Landesman, who also headed the upcoming Concussion, and like much of Neeson's post-Taken work, it's described as "a spy thriller" in which Neeson's Felt is tugged between his conscience and his loyalty. To prevent jokes like the ones above, the movie will simply be called Felt. »
- Nate Jones
Taken star to play Mark Felt, the FBI source for the Washington Post articles that brought down the Us president in 1974
Liam Neeson will play the legendary FBI whistleblower Mark Felt, otherwise known as “Deep Throat” in a new spy thriller about the Watergate scandal that brought down Us president Richard Nixon, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Director Peter Landesman’s film will portray Felt, who was second in command at the bureau at the time of the scandal in 1972-74, as a conflicted man struggling to do the right thing. The real-life Felt, who died in 2008 at the age of 95, harboured “ambivalent emotions of pride and self-reproach” about his actions for more than 30 years, according to the Vanity Fair reporter who unveiled his identity in 2005.
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- Ben Child
Felt is based on a script by Landesman, who will also produce. MadRiver Pictures will finance and produce, alongside Scott Free Productions, Playtone and Cara Films. Ridley Scott, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Giannina Scott, Marc Butan, Christopher Woodrow and Jay Roach will produce. Steven Shareshian and Michael Schaefer will executive produce alongside Michael Bassick and Steven Marshall.
Principal photography is set to begin in March 2016; the filmmakers are in discussion with additional cast.
Felt is a taut spy thriller, centering on “Deep Throat”, the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate. The true identity of the secret informant remained a mystery and source of much public curiosity and speculation for more than 30 years. That is until, in 2005, special »
- Michelle McCue
Before bringing Spider-Man to the big screen, Sam Raimi directed Darkman, a dark superhero thriller starring Liam Neeson in one of his very first action roles (long before Taken). The movie didn’t do particularly well, but it did receive a number of direct to video sequels – none of which Raimi was involved with –
- Josh Wilding
You can’t get much more iconic than the James Bond franchise. Here’s a series that’s lasted over 50 years, produced 24 films, and has a lead character that’s been portrayed by six actors. In that time, MI6, the agency that makes sure 007 never wants for assignments, has come under fire several times. Now, though, the first clip from the next James Bond movie, Spectre, shows us that MI6 might have its work cut out this time. This clip, brings up an interesting question: Who does this guy think he is, trying to help shut down the 00 program? This would leave, I don’t know how many agents (I love to think that there’s an agent 00100 out there), all with a certain set of skills that could challenge Liam Neeson in all those Taken movies, unemployed. M (Ralph Fiennes) is right, this »
Homeland executive producer Alexander Cary is set to write, executive produce and run Taken, NBC’s straight-to-series drama from EuropaCorp TV USA and Universal Television. Taken is a modern-day prequel to Luc Besson’s blockbuster feature franchise that starred Liam Neeson as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills on a one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter. The series will depict how a young Bryan develops his particular set of skills. Cary, who will pen the TV… »
It's funny how someone can have a day in the press that's both terrible and terrific. Take Luc Besson, for example. Today's first story about him is thrilling because I've been waiting for him to get back to science-fiction for a while. Last April, he told me during a conversation at WonderCon that he felt like he made "The Fifth Element" at the wrong time. "We had digital, but it wasn't like it is now. We still had to build everything first," he told me, and having seen some of the "Fifth Element" models in person at Digital Domain, I know what he meant. They used digital compositing and digital mattes more than almost any film made before that moment, but it was still largely a model-based shoot, and all of the aliens in the film were on-set suits and make-ups. I think it's a beautiful movie, but Besson talked »
- Drew McWeeny
Cannes– The L.A.-based EuropaCorp Television Studios USA unveiled its drama slate at Mipcom on Monday, leading with the pharmaceutical thriller series “Janus” which has been put into development at ABC.
Launched a year ago by Thomas Anargyros and Edouard de Vésinne and helmed by industry vet Matthew Gross, EuropaCorp Television USA is also developing the series “Taken,” a prequel to the popular movie franchise which is set up at NBC, and “These Final Hours,” an skein adaptation of the eponymous pre-apocalyptic film that played at Directors’ Fortnight last year.
“Janus” centers around Leo, a forensic psychologist married to a pharmaceutical researcher who refocuses his life to seek answers on how to help his son after being diagnosed as a psychopath. When a rash of murder-suicides breaks out, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Directed by Olivier Megaton
Following another three year hiatus during which time star Jason Statham saw his international stardom continue to grow with a series of adrenaline fueled action vehicles, series caretakers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen were at it again for a third Transporter film, this time returning protagonist Frank Martin (Statham) to his European roots following a pit stop in Miami for part 2. The former army man, now self-employed driver, is back in France, where he enjoys pleasant fishing expeditions with Inspector Tarconi. His relaxing time off is brutally disturbed one night when a car crashes into his living room, driven by an accomplice of his that Frank himself vouched for not long ago for a contract. Frank discovers Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) in the back seat, and it isn’t long before Frank finds himself caught »
- Edgar Chaput
Ever wondered who those guys in movies were really talking to over the phone? Well, wonder no more…
Those bright sparks at Burger Fiction have put together an awesome supercut of 57 different phone calls from films, creating one epic movie conversation.
Bridget Jones, Ron Burgundy, Marty McFly and many other iconic movie characters speak over the phone in this brilliant supercut.
Elsewhere, Burger Fiction were also responsible for putting together a supercut of every single punch thrown by Jason Statham. Watch it below. »
Travis Parker and Gabby Holland are two young people from different worlds – and yet they're instantly drawn to each when their puppies make friends (and more).
One slight problem is that Gabby's spoken for, and poor Travis is going to have to get through Superman himself Tom Welling to win her heart.
The Choice opens on February 5, 2016 in the Us. »
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