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Madison Avenue Predicts Football Viewership Will Drop Again This Year (Exclusive)

16 August 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With just a few weeks to go before the kickoff of football season, advertisers may be questioning whether primetime NFL games can still score as many marketing touchdowns as it has in the past.

A Variety survey of commercial-ratings projections for the 2017-18 broadcast-network TV season finds that ad buyers believe fewer people than last season will watch commercials during such primetime stalwarts as NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and the “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts on both NBC and CBS. To be sure, the games remain TV’s top draw, with higher ratings expected for football than almost anything else on next season’s grid. But NFL games are proving just as vulnerable to audience erosion as their scripted counterparts. Advertisers’ commercial ratings predictions are culled by using estimates from three top media-buying agencies, which negotiate prices for and placement of billions of dollars in TV commercials each year.

TV’s Biggest Commercial-Ratings Programs Show 2017-18 C »

- Brian Steinberg

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Taken: Adam Goldberg (Fargo) Joins Second Season of NBC Series

15 August 2017 9:53 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Adam Goldberg is coming to NBC. Variety reports the Fargo star has joined season two of Taken.A prequel to the Liam Neeson film franchise, the action drama stars Clive Standen as a younger Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret who embarks on a quest for vengeance after a major tragedy. The cast also includes Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Simu Liu, and Ali Kazami.Read More… »


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‘Taken’ Season 2 Casts Adam Goldberg as Series Regular (Exclusive)

15 August 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Taken” Season 2 is adding Adam Goldberg in a series regular role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Goldberg will play Kilroy, a gray hat hacker described as a tech elitist who is eccentric and intelligent with a droll sense of humor.

Goldberg is a film and television veteran with almost 100 credits to his name, according to his IMDb page. He has appeared on shows like “Fargo” for its first season, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and multiple episodes of “Entourage,” “Joey,” and “Friends.” He will also appear in the upcoming season of the Epix series “Graves.” On the film side, he wrote, directed, and starred in the 2015 comedy “No Way Jose,” and played roles in films like “Saving Private Ryan,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Hebrew Hammer,” and “Dazed and Confused.” »

- Joe Otterson

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Surprise NBC Hit Taken Comes to Disc in Sept.

13 August 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Program Description

The white-knuckle revenge thriller Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 26 from Lionsgate. Clive Standen and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Beals (Best Actress, Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Flashdance, 1984) lead an all-star cast in this thrilling prequel TV series to the blockbuster film trilogy. With a loyal viewership, the show was one of the top 10 p.m. network dramas and one of NBC’s top primetime shows. The Taken: Season One Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 and $39.98, respectively.

Official Synopsis

Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken film franchise, The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) delivers an action-packed prequel to the international blockbuster Taken franchise. Clive Standen (Vikings) stars as Bryan Mills, a younger, hungrier version of the iconic character played by Liam Neeson in the Taken films.

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Jennifer Garner in talks for “female John Wick” thriller Peppermint

10 August 2017 2:02 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

THR has revealed that Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the upcoming revenge thriller Peppermint, which is being directed by Pierre Morel (Taken) from a script by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen).

Pitched as a “female John Wick”, Peppermint follows “a young mother who, after her husband and daughter are murdered, finds herself with nothing to lose. Ten years later, she vows to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her, targeting everyone from those who pulled the trigger to the lawyers and cops who let them get away with the crimes.”

Garner of course made her name in the action genre, starring in J.J. AbramsAlias before taking on the role of Elektra Natchios in Fox’s Daredevil and its solo Elektra spinoff. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Taken’ Season 1 Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in Late September

9 August 2017 8:15 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced a September 26th release date for Taken Season 1 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

NBC's Taken Season 1 dials back the clock on Bryan Mills as introduced by Liam Neeson on the big screen to explore the earlier years of his life through the eyes of actor Clive StandenJennifer Beals co-stars in the action series that returns for a 16-episode sophomore run this fall.

The Blu-ray edition of Taken Season 1 will be presented in 1.78:1 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.  A “Taken: On Set” featurette is the lone bonus features planned for the home video release.

Pre-order Taken Season 1 on Blu-ray and Digital combo for a discounted price at Amazon. »

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Jennifer Garner Goes ‘John Wick’ With ‘Peppermint’

8 August 2017 1:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Who doesn’t love a good action movie about revenge? What Liam Neeson did in 2008 with “Taken” has allowed it to become one of the most influential Hollywood films of the last decade or so.  You know the formula by now: an aging male superstar plays a former intelligence agent or operative or assassin, with a “particular set of skills,” who comes out of retirement after a close relative is murdered or kidnapped.

Continue reading Jennifer Garner Goes ‘John Wick’ With ‘Peppermint’ at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Jennifer Garner to Topline Revenge Thriller “Peppermint”

8 August 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Jennifer Garner in “Alias

Alias” fans, rejoice. Jennifer Garner isn’t reprising her role as Sydney Bristow, but she may be playing another ass-kicking heroine. The “Miracles from Heaven” actress is in talks to star in action revenge thriller “Peppermint,” Deadline reports. The Lakeshore project has been compared to a female-led “John Wick.”

“When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine,” the source summarizes. “On the 10th anniversary of her family’s death, she targets everyone she holds responsible, the gang that committed the act, the lawyers that got them off, and the corrupt cops that enabled the murderous incidents.”

Pierre Morel (“Taken”) is directing and Chad St. John (“London Has Fallen”) penned the script.

While it seemed like Lionsgate snagged worldwide rights at Cannes, Deadline writes that the deal fell apart, and STXfilms is now in talks to distribute “Peppermint” across the globe.

Garner played a CIA agent on ABC’s “Alias” from 2001–2006. She won a Golden Globe and earned four Emmy nods for the role.

“I hope this show is included with all of the shows that have celebrated strong women,” Garner has said of “Alias.” “To me, what’s mattered about this character is how much she’s struggled to hold on to her humanity in the middle of this weird world that she lives in, and how incredibly hard she works at doing the right thing when that isn’t always cut-and-dried.”

Jennifer Garner to Topline Revenge Thriller “Peppermint” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Jennifer Garner in Talks to Star in Revenge Thriller 'Peppermint'

8 August 2017 8:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jennifer Garner is getting back into action.

The actress is in talks to star in the Lakeshore flick Peppermint, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Additionally, STXfilms is in talks to distribute the film worldwide, after an arrangement with Lionsgate has fallen through.

Pierre Morel (Taken) is directing from a script by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen). The revenge thriller centers on a young mother who, after her husband and daughter are murdered, finds herself with nothing to lose. Ten years later, she vows to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her, targeting everyone from those »

- Ashley Lee

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Death Wish Director Thinks It Can Be Bruce Willis’ Comeback

6 August 2017 9:22 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Death Wish's director Eli Roth thinks his new film can be a comeback for Bruce Willis - just like Taken was for Liam Neeson. »

- Dan Zinski

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Why Jeanne Moreau’s Death Represents the Decline of French Film in America

4 August 2017 1:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Iconic actress Jeanne Moreau’s death this week at 89 received muted American coverage, with remembrances that hardly captured Moreau’s essential presence and influence in world cinema. Overshadowed by the passing of Sam Shepard the day before (more contemporary, American, prominent in multiple fields, and younger), she received back-page obituaries in major papers. Her lack of any Oscar nominations, or a deserved honorary award, didn’t help the cause.

Even more unfortunate is the treatment of her death reflects American audiences’ ever-increasing disinterest in French-language film. Jeanne Moreau is significant for her transcendent artistry and the directors with whom she worked, but she also represented the iconic qualities of her country’s cinema.

Though the boom in “art houses” (a term popularized in the late 1940s) came more from Italian films (“Rome, Open City,” “Shoe Shine,” and particularly “Bicycle Thief”), French film became a steady part of the subtitled market by the mid-1950s. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Follywood: how Valerian earns its place among film's strangest big budget flops

4 August 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Luc Besson’s gonzo $177m space opera is failing to attract audiences, making it the latest in a long line of ambitious gambles that haven’t paid off

As a hack auteur, prolific writer, director and producer, Luc Besson is a seeming contradiction. He’s spent his career churning out grubby, insanely commercial genre movies, such as his Taken trilogy. But within those categories, Besson manages to invest an awful lot of personality and eccentricity. Besson may specialize in trash, but at his best, he makes trash with heart and soul.

Related: Luc Besson on turning Rihanna into a 28th-century Cleopatra and being stood up by Prince

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- Nathan Rabin

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‘Miami Vice’ Reboot in Works at NBC From Vin Diesel’s Production Company

2 August 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A reboot of classic cop drama “Miami Vice” is in the works at NBC, Variety has learned.

The project hails from the team behind the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise with Vin Diesel’s production company, One Race Television, teaming up with Chris Morgan Productions, which headed by Chris Morgan. Morgan has written six of the “Fast & Furious” films to date. However, no executive producers have been locked in yet, as deals are still being hammered out.

One Race TV is under a deal at Universal Television, which is the studio behind the “Miami Vice” project.

Peter Macmanus will write the script, based on the original series. While executive producers haven’t been set, it’s more than likely Macmanus, Morgan, and Diesel will all serve as EPs, along with more staffers from One Race TV.

The original “Miami Vice” aired on NBC from 1984-1990 for five seasons (112 episodes). It starred Don Johnson as James “Sonny »

- Joe Otterson

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Taken: In the NBC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

1 August 2017 8:03 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture WatchIs Bryan Mills still on the case? Has the Taken TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on NBC? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Taken season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About?Airing on the NBC television network, Taken stars Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert, and Jose Pablo Cantillo. A prequel set thirty years prior to the Liam Neeson feature film trilogy, the Taken TV show follows the young, hungry, former Green Beret, Bryan Mills (Standen). After a personal tragedy upends his life, he embarks on a quest for vengeance. While working as a CIA operative, Mills hones »


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Jessica Camacho joins Taken season 2

29 July 2017 8:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

TV Line is reporting that The Flash star Jessica Camacho has signed on to the cast of NBC’s Taken for its upcoming second season. She is set to play a character called Santana, described as “a scary-smart, rule-breaking former Army captain who possesses an acerbic wit and calculated bravado. Her forte is logistics.”

Taken is being revamped for its second season under new showrunner Greg Plageman, with season one series regulars Gaius Charles (John), Brooklyn Sudano (Asha), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Vlasik), Michael Irby (Scott), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Dave) and James Landry Hébert (Rem) all exiting the show and only Clive Standen (Bryan Mills) and Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart) returning.

The small screen adaptation of the hit Liam Neeson action franchise is set to return to NBC in midseason, with season two running for sixteen episodes. »

- Gary Collinson

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Toronto Film- "Designated Survivor", "Falling Water", "Taken"

28 July 2017 9:16 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for August 2017 including "Designated Survivor", "Falling Water", "Taken" and a whole lot more: 

Angry Angeltv MovieIdaho Productions Ltd. Prod.: John Ryan Dir.: Jamie TravisAug 14 – Sep 9/17

Bajillionairestv Series PilotBajillionaires Productions Inc.Exec. Prod.: Charles BishopDir.: Samir Rehem Jul 31 - Aug 3/17

Baroness Von Sketch Show 

Season 3Tv Series Frantic FilmsProd.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff PeelerDir.: Jeremy Lalonde, Jordan CanningAug 21 - Nov 10/17

Cardinal: Blackfly SEASONMini SeriesSienna Films/eOneProd.: Jessica DanielDir.: Jeff RenfroeMay 29 – Aug 4/17

Carter TV SeriesSony / AmazeProd.: Victoria HirstDir.: VariousJul 10 - Oct 13/17


Season 1Tv Series T5 Condor Productions Inc. Exec. Prods.: Jason Smilovic, Todd Katzberg, Lawrence TrillingDir.: Lawrence Trilling, + tbaApr 24 - Aug 15/17

Designated Survivor Season 2 TV Series Designated 1 Ltd. Prod.: Llewellyn WellsDir.: VariousJul 4/17 - Mar 31/18 Tbc

Every DAYFeatureMGMProd.: Anthony Bregman, Peter Cron, Paul Trijbits, Christian GrassDir.: Michael »

- Michael Stevens

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EuropaCorp’s Stock Value Drops in Wake of ‘Valerian’s’ Poor Opening Weekend

24 July 2017 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The disastrous opening weekend in the U.S. of Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” has left EuropaCorp with a hangover, as the Paris-based company saw its stock value drop by 8.31% by the close of trading on Monday.

EuropaCorp’s stock price fell to 3.53 euros ($4.11) in the wake of “Valerian’s” performance at the U.S. box office over the weekend.

Believed to be the most expensive independent movie of all time with a budget of $180 million, “Valerian” grossed just $17 million from 3,553 theaters and landed in fifth place, behind “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Girls Trip” and Christopher Nolan’s World War II movie “Dunkirk,” which surpassed expectations and received glowing reviews.

“Valerian,” based on a French comic book series, stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as a pair of futuristic, time-traveling crime fighters. Rihanna also stars.

Tim Westcott, senior analyst at London-based Ihs, pointed »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Luc Besson Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

20 July 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Too Hollywood for art houses and too art house for Hollywood, iconoclastic French filmmaker Luc Besson has always had to blaze his own trail. Unwilling — or unable — to compromise from the very start (his debut feature was a dialogue-free post-apocalyptic drama about a waterless future where it occasionally rains fish), Besson continues to offset his pigheadedness with his passion. He eventually got so sick of looking for support that he launched his own production company, EuropaCorp, which has become one of the most profitable in all of Europe by churning out the kind of carnivalesque shlock that made its founder so famous in the first place. Besson may not have directed the likes of “Taken,” “Lock-Out,” and “Colombiana,” but his fingerprints are all over them.

Read More Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Is Like ‘Star Wars’ on Crystal Meth, and It’s Almost Crazy Enough to »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Valerian’: Luc Besson Reveals Why Americans Resist Bold Cinema

17 July 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like any director about to release a massive summer blockbuster, French filmmaker Luc Besson is anxious about how his $180 million dollar sci-fi adventure will be received.

“I can feel the resistance when it comes to the American audience,” said Besson. “I can feel it, I’m not blind. ‘Oh, that’s not a Marvel? Oh, she’s not totally an actress yet? [Star Cara Delevingne was a successful fashion model.] What is Rihanna doing there and who’s this weirdo French guy?’ I can feel all that.”

Read More: ‘Valerian’: How Luc Besson Made a $180 Million Indie That Can’t Fail

From the start, Besson knew his vision for adapting Pierre Christin’s 1967 comic series “Valérian and Laureline” did not fit Hollywood’s tentpole model, which is why his EuropaCorp raised the $180 million production budget and partnered with Stx to bypass studios completely.

To some degree, that is the story of Besson’s film career. As either »

- Chris O'Falt

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Patrick Drahi’s Altice Buys Portugal’s Media Capital

13 July 2017 11:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Continuing its acquisitions spree but this time in Europe, Patrick Drahi’s Netherlands-based Altice announced Friday that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 94.7% of Media Capital, Portugal’s biggest media company, from Spanish media group Prisa.

Media Capital’s assets take in the country’s biggest free-to-air broadcaster, Tvi, and its largest content producer, Plural Entertainment.

The acquisition, which still has to gain regulatory approval, values Media Capital at €440 million ($503 million), subject to debt and working capital adjustments, Altice said in a press statement Friday.

In its own press statement, Prisa estimated the final value of the deal at €321 million ($366 million).

The purchase is a clear drive towards bringing broadband Internet and TV under one roof, the strategy pursued by Drahi (pictured) in the U.S. and France. In Portugal, Altice already owns Portugal Telecom, the country’s biggest operator.

“The acquisition of Media Capital forms part of Altice’s global convergence strategy and follows »

- John Hopewell

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