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2014: the year the Hollywood blockbuster got its groove back

4 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With the passing of every year comes the arrival and departure of an unfathomable number of films from theatres around the globe where they earned either a lot of or precious little screen time, depending on the circumstances. Notwithstanding smaller budgeted, independent-minded motion pictures that find unexpectedly impressive legs to remain in theatrical exhibition for longer than most would have foreseen (surely including the exhibitors themselves in many cases), it is safe to argue that for the most part, the movies that are awarded the most screenings rooms and screening times are the big budget blockbusters.

There exists a myriad of reasons why it often feels so terribly easy to aim criticisms at these so-called motion picture events. Some of them are related to the perceived quality, others have to do what certain cinephiles with attuned tastes expect from their movie going experiences as patrons. Movies for which so much »

- Edgar Chaput

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Taken's Bryan Mills Has A LinkedIn Profile And It's Awesome

21 December 2014 12:41 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When we first get to know who Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills really is in Pierre Morel's Taken, it's basically because he's delivering his resume over the phone to a bunch of kidnappers. We all know the line: "If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you." Well, with Taken 3 on the horizon, 20th Century Fox has taken it to the next level by actually giving Bryan Mills his own LinkedIn profile. Set up with the profile name "BryanMillsSecurity," the page is fully filled out to sell Bryan Mills as one hell of a professional ass-kicker. Selling himself as a "security consultant," the profile explains that he is looking for covert operations »

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Neeson's "Taken" Character Joins LinkedIn

21 December 2014 9:34 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Now This is how you do social media marketing. 20th Century Fox has created a LinkedIn profile for Bryan Mills, the character Liam Neeson plays in the "Taken" franchise, to help promote the film which is due out in early January. Mills is listed as a Security Consultant and describes himself thus:

"My decades of hands-on experience has given me a particular set of skills. Skills that make me very useful - or very dangerous - to certain people. People like you.

But there are some situations which I cannot foresee. Situations that will require a particular set of skills that I don't possess. Skills that would make you very useful to a man like me.

Be very specific. Tell me everything you believe might be of assistance in evaluating your effectiveness. You will only have one opportunity to reach me and connect with my network."

He speaks Russian, Pashto, »

- Garth Franklin

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Liam Neeson stars in hilarious Taken 3 music video

18 December 2014 8:47 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

First his daughter was kidnapped.  Then his wife.  How much can one man have taken from him?   

Liam Neeson and Fox, the studio behind the film, get in on your jokes and put that theory to the test in a cheeky new music video featuring their star who just can’t seem to get people to stop taking his stuff.

The team behind highly successful action series Taken, has created a fun – and catchy! – music video with Neeson to promote January’s Taken 3.

The latest theatrical outing sees Neeson’s ex-government operative Bryan Mills accused of a murder he didn’t commit.  Relentlessly tracked by the police, Mills attempts to flush out the real killers while he is on the run from the law.

Thanks in part to his first outing as Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, Neeson has become a late-in-life action hero, becoming the go-to guy for »

- Rachel West

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'Taken 3' Bryan Mills Featurette with Liam Neeson

18 December 2014 7:44 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for its anticipated January sequel Taken 3. This latest sneak peek offers plenty of footage from the movie, along with an interview from star Liam Neeson. Maggie Grace is also on hand for this briefing on the iconic action hero Brayn Mills.

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills in Taken 3, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered.&#160 Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his "particular set of skills," to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now, his daughter.

Watch this latest preview, which finds Liam Neeson explaining the unique story behind this »

- MovieWeb

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Taken 3 cut to get a 12A rating in the UK

18 December 2014 5:19 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Fox has cut Taken 3 to secure a 12A UK rating, as it did with Taken 2 and A Good Day To Die Hard...

Ah, here we go again. Taken 2 wasn't a great film to start with, but 20th Century Fox ordered cuts to its release to get a 12A certificate in the UK. The result? A major box office hit, one that not that many people seemed to like. And there were thus scenes where Liam Neeson appeared to simply hug people to death, as a clumsy cut chopped out the more 'cutting' bits of violence.

Taken 3 has now been classified by the BBFC, and sadly, 20th Century Fox has done it again.

It's a surprise to nobody that Taken 3 has been given a 12A rating in the UK (it's already been rated as PG-13 in the Us), but on initial submission, the BBFC advised Fox »

- simonbrew

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New 'Taken 3' Trailer: Liam Neeson Shows Off '12 Skills of Christmas'

17 December 2014 11:09 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There's a new holiday trailer for the third installment of Taken 3. In it, Liam Neeson shows off '12 Skills of Christmas'. Check it out below.

Directed by Olivier Megaton, Taken 3 brings back ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time (don't count on it), Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

I'm not a big fan of films like these, but I enjoyed Taken so much that I gave Taken 2 a shot. But as always, the sequels aren't quite as good as the originals, »

- Laura Frances

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Listen To Liam Neeson's Taken 3 Jingle, The Bloodiest And Goriest Christmas Song Ever

17 December 2014 9:12 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

From the looks of it, Taken 3 -- or Tak3n, if really going with that . isn.t falling into the trap of taking itself too seriously. Case in point, Exhibit A: a seasonal jingle in which the 12 days of Christmas are replaced by brutal acts of physical violence Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) unleashes on the idiots who stand in his way. Check it out now: 20th Century Fox dubs this the "12 Skills of Christmas," piggybacking off of the very special set of skills Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) has displayed over the course of two Taken movies. The tag line for this third chapter swears that it.s the last, claiming, "It Ends Here." But really, don.t you think Neeson can be swayed by Sylvester Stallone to bring his act over to the Expendables series for some bone-crunching action-hero mash-up movie? I can tell you two dudes »

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Exclusive "Bryan Mills Briefing" featurette for Taken 3

16 December 2014 7:28 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

With Taken 3 hitting theaters in less than a month, and we have an exclusvie featurette for the final installment in the Taken trilogy. In the film, Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills is accused of a murder he didn't commit, and using his particular set of skills, must find the real killer to clear his name while running from FBI, CIA and the Lapd. Although the featurette is light on new footage, stars Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker and Maggie Grace do talk a bit about their upcoming »

- Jesse Giroux

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Liam Neeson & John Wall -- Funniest/Saddest NBA Promo Ever!!

16 December 2014 6:15 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Liam Neeson picked the worst time to: 1. Be a Knicks fan ... 2. Have a 'Taken' sequel coming out ... and 3. Be a Knicks fan.Liam co-stars with Washington Wizards star John Wall in what has to be the most unfortunate and unintentionally hysterical tie-in promo for "Taken 3" and the Christmas Day game between the Wizards and the Knicks.The best: Neeson saying, "They shoot with unthinkable accuracy." The Knicks are 19th in field goal percentage. »

- TMZ Staff

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December 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Lord of Illusions, Stonehearst Asylum, Don’t Look in the Basement

15 December 2014 6:24 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the third week of December, Clive Barker fans have much to celebrate as Scream Factory is releasing Lord of Illusions in high def for the first time ever. Also coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week are several indie horror films, Millennium’s Poe-inspired Stonehearst Asylum and the cult classic Don’t Look in the Basement is being resurrected on DVD as well.

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Don’t Look in the Basement – Digitally Restored (Film Chest, DVD)

Don’t Look in the Basement, also known as The Forgotten, is one of the best low-budget movies in the horror/thriller genre. With a budget of roughly $100,000, the film is presented in great B-movie style with generally good acting and directing.

The plot revolves around a young psychiatric nurse, Charlotte Beale (Rosie Holotik/Playboy cover girl 1972), who goes to work at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium following the murder of its proprietor, »

- Heather Wixson

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Sean Penn Did Some Bad Things in The Gunman

15 December 2014 9:47 AM, PST | | See recent Filmonic news »

Sean Penn goes into full Liam Neeson mode in the first trailer for action flick The Gunman, directed by none other than Pierre Morel of Taken fame. Warnings, this is one of those trailers that will maybe show more than it should. So this is what you get if you combine the director of Banlieue […]

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- Alex

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The 2014 Action Hero Power Rankings

14 December 2014 10:43 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled.

But all that aside, only one person can take the title of 2014’s Action Hero. Action Heroes are like Highlanders, »

- Dylan Griffin

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Bluray Review: Lord Of Illusions

14 December 2014 2:59 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

This year has definitely been one of a hit for both Scream Factory And Clive Barker. Sf gave fans countless releases completely devoted to the genre’s fans, including the phenomenal Halloween: The Complete Collection, which brought the entire series, along with the long-wanted “Producer’s Cut” of H6 to the masses. Also a smashing success of a release, was the final releasing of Barker’s Nightbreed: The Director’S Cut, a release that fans have been waited two decades for.  Sf put out many more wonderful releases, but even just mentioning those two is reason enough to triumph the genre juggernaut of a company.

Adding another long-waited film of Clive Barker’s to the Bluray format, is Scream Factory’s excellent Director’s Cut release of his 1995 magic noir tale, Lord Of Illusions. Though the film’s supplemental features aren’t as massive as Nightbreed‘s, the release »

- Jerry Smith

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Watch a Trailer in Which Sean Penn Pretty Much Plays Liam Neeson

12 December 2014 2:45 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The trailer for The Gunman, the big-screen adaptation of the bestselling novel The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette, has arrived. Sean Penn plays Jim, an assassin who decides he wants out of the business, but his organization isn't letting him go just like that. His big, bad boss (Javier Bardem) is pissed, and war between the two ensues. Things get real when Jim's girlfriend (Jasmine Trinca) is kidnapped and he has to go into full-on Liam Neeson mode. The film's director, Pierre Morel, also directed Taken, so the parallel isn't too far-fetched. The movie opens on March 20; get a peek with the trailer below, and then check out all the movie trailers for films opening in 2015! »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Liam Neeson Starrer Run All Night Coming to Theaters in April

12 December 2014 11:29 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Liam Neeson is playing a hitman again? Ever since Neeson starred in “Taken,” Neeson has become the go-to actor for hitman thriller films. The latest film starring Neeson as a hitman, “Run All Night,” has Neeson once again fighting between the life of crime he’s led and his family ties. However, in “Run All Night,” which will come to theaters April 17, 2015, Neeson has to save his son, who is now a target. “Run All Night” and is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed “Non-Stop,” which features Neeson playing another kind of action star – an air marshal. The film also stars Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio and Ed  [ Read More ]

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The Gunman Trailer: Sean Penn Begins His Liam Neeson Period

12 December 2014 10:16 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Gunman. Call it a prestige version of Taken. It even has the same director. The difference? In the place of Liam NeesonThe Gunman stars multiple Academy Award winner and very serious actor Sean Penn. Based on the first trailer, released today and presented for your viewing pleasure below, the story seems pretty similar. Penn plays a former killer whose past comes back to haunt him, leaving him with his back to the wall and a gun in his hand. Hard Cut to: he shoots his way out. Watch The Gunman trailer below: The hard sell for real nerds is director Pierre Morel. This guy has worked on some of the most electric and operatic action movies of the past decade. He was a cinematographer on the first two Transporter movies and Louis Leterrier’s Unleashed, he directed the French thriller District B13 and the first Taken film. He even gave us the radically insane hot »

- Neil Miller

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First trailer for The Gunman starring Sean Penn

12 December 2014 7:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Open Road Films has revealed the first trailer for The Gunman, the upcoming actioner from director Pierre Morel (Taken), which sees Sean Penn (Gangster Squad) as s Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe.

Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s book The Prone Gunman, the film also stars Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World), Jasmine Trinca (Saint Laurent), Mark Rylance (Bing), Ray Winstone (Noah)and Javier Bardem (Skyfall)

The Gunman is set for release on March 20th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Sean Penn and Javier Bardem Star In The Gunman Trailer

11 December 2014 4:01 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Open Road Films has released the trailer for the new action thriller The Gunman starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. Check it out below.

(Yahoo! Movies)

Sean Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Ptsd. He tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.

Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman, The Gunman was directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, The Transporter franchise).

The Gunman hits theaters March 20, 2015.

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- Michelle McCue

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Sean Penn Goes Ballistic in Trailer for His Action-Thriller The Gunman

11 December 2014 3:31 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Sean Penn has jumped into the old man action film genre with Taken director Pierre Morel in his upcoming film The Gunman. I never thought I'd see Penn do a movie like this at his age, but here he is, and he's kicking ass. Morel managed to bring together a great cast of actors to fill the roles in this movie. Those actors include Javier BardemIdris ElbaRay Winstone and Mark Rylance.

Penn plays a special ops sniper who is looking to retire, after one final job. As you might expect in a movie like this, he can't retire because he's being targeted by his own group. So what does he do? He fights back and threatens to expose all their covert actions. It seems like the typical action film, which makes me wonder even more why Penn took the gig. He doesn't tend to do typical films. Regardless, »

- Joey Paur

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