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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Non-Stop

17 April 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Liam Neeson (Taken 2) fights bad guys 40,000 feet in the air in Non-Stop.

Neeson plays U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks, who receives a series of cryptic text messages saying that a passenger will die every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into an off-shore account.

Trying to protect hundreds of people and keep the plane safe, Neeson’s Marks must do everything he can to find the killer.

Neeson partnered again with his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra for the movie, which also stars Julianne Moore (Don Jon), Michelle Dockery (TV’s Downton Abbey), Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Shea Whigham (TV’s Boardwalk Empire).

Rateed PG-13, Non-Stop grossed $90 million in theaters, with critics rewarding the thriller movie with decent reviews, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal Studios added just a couple featurettes on the DVD and Blu-ray. »

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Jonny Weston Joins Fox’s ‘Taken 3′

31 March 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jonny Weston has joined the cast of Fox’s “Taken 3,” starring Liam Neeson.

Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen are set to reprise their roles as Neeson’s daughter and wife, and Forest Whitaker is the newest addition to the cast.

Plot details are unknown while “Taken 2″ helmer Olivier Megaton returns to direct this installment. Weston will play Grace’s boyfriend.

Luc Besson will produce through his EuropaCorp shingle with production getting underway Monday.

Weston can be seen next in Paramount’s “Project Almanac,” which bows in January, and was also recently seen in the SXSW pic “Kelly & Cal.” He is repped by ICM Partners, Jgd Agency, 3 Arts and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

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- Justin Kroll

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EuropaCorp’s ‘Taken 3′ Takes Off With International Distribs

28 March 2014 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– The third opus of EuropaCorp’s mega-hit franchise, “Taken 3″ has been picked up in all major territories ahead of its shooting start tomorrow.

The Liam Neeson starrer has been acquired by EuropaCorp’s partners in China (Fundamental), Germany (Universum), Benelux (Belga), Middle East (Gulf) and Scandinavia (Scanbox). Fox will release the movie in the U.S. and in most international markets.

Helmed by Olivier Megaton, who directed the last installment, “Taken 3″ will star Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.

Taken 2″ grossed $376.1 million worldwide, while “Taken” tallied $226.8 million worldwide.

Principal photography kicks off March 29 in Los Angeles. Plot details are still under wraps.

 

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The pitfalls of second movie syndrome

28 March 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 1 Apr 2014 - 05:47

Following new Captain America and Muppets movies, Mark looks at the challenges facing a second movie...

This article is spoiler-free, but it may contain some plot details about Muppets Most Wanted and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that you may not want to know if you haven't already seen those films, so proceed carefully.

The sophomore slump is a trend observed in academic study, whereby a decline in morale in second-year students can be linked to new stressors, and disaffection with what previously seemed new.

Its equivalent in the music industry would be the term “difficult second album”, which gets bandied around a lot, largely projecting audience anticipation onto an artist who has enjoyed a successful début, and now has the world snapping at their heels for an equally well-received follow-up.

And, in a film industry where brand-led tentpoles are becoming dominant, the enthusiasm »

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Liam Neeson Was Filming a Sex Scene for Woody Allen When Soon-Yi Previn Scandal Broke

27 March 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Awkward doesn't even begin to cover this. Liam Neeson was filming a sex scene for Woody Allen's 1992 movie Husbands and Wives when the director learned that his longtime partner Mia Farrow had discovered his nude photos of her then-20-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, the Taken 2 actor reveals in the April issue of GQ magazine. "There was one incident -- people think I've made this up, but no. There's a scene where I'm going down on Judy Davis, right. Judy and I are in bed -- [...] »

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NBC Acquires ‘Taxi Brooklyn’; Action Series Based On Luc Besson’s Feature Franchise

26 March 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to EuropaCorp Television‘s Taxi Brooklyn for a summer debut. The 12-episode action/comedy series is produced by showrunner Gary Scott Thompson (Las Vegas, The Fast And The Furious) and based on Luc Besson‘s Taxi feature franchise. It stars Grey’s Anatomy alumna Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido (Inglourious Basterds). Former Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito, Ally Walker (Profiler), James Colby (Person Of Interest), Bill Heck (Pan Am), Jose Zuniga (Body Of Proof) and Raul Casso (Blue Bloods) round out the cast. Formerly known as Taxi: Brooklyn South, Taxi Brooklyn was shot in English in the titular borough along with Manhattan and Queens. Leigh plays Detective Caitlyn “Cat” Sullivan, who is determined to find the truth about the death of her father, an NYPD detective who was killed in the line of duty. When her stubborn character and recklessness behind »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Star Luke Grimes Joins 'American Sniper'

25 March 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fifty Shades of Grey star Luke Grimes is in final negotiations to join the cast of American Sniper, which includes Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Jake McDorman.

This drama is adapted from the book of the same name by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which recounts his journey from working as a rodeo cowboy to becoming the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, with over 150 confirmed kills. Luke Grimes is playing fellow Seal team member Marc Lee, although no further character details were given.

Clint Eastwood is directing from an adapted screenplay by Jason Dean Hall (Paranoia, Spread), with Bradley Cooper, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz and Peter Morgan producing. It isn't known when production will begin.

Aside from playing Christian Grey's brother Elliot in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, Luke Grimes recently starred in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and Taken 2. He also appeared in a six-episode »

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Actor to Co-star With Bradley Cooper in ‘American Sniper’ (Exclusive)

25 March 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey” and “True Blood” thesp Luke Grimes is in final negotiations to co-star with Bradley Cooper in Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper.”

Sienna Miller is also set to star with Clint Eastwood directing.

The pic is based on the autobiography by Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, the Texas native who went from rodeo cowboy to Seal chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history. Grimes will play Marc Lee, a Navy Seal who fights alongside Kyle.

Jason Hall penned the script with Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar and Cooper producing. Jon Berg is overseeing for the studio.

Besides playing Christian Grey’s brother in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Grimes just wrapped production on “Shangri-La Suite” opposite Emily Browning. Other past credits include ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” Fox’s “Taken 2″ and the indie horror pic “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.”

He is repped by CAA, »

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Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen confirmed for Taken 3

13 March 2014 11:49 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 14 Mar 2014 - 06:48

Liam Neeson will be rejoined by Fame Janssen and Maggie Grace in Olivier Megaton's Taken 3...

With the ongoing promise that Taken 3 won't be about someone being, er, taken this time, the cast of the film is coming together. We already know that Liam Neeson is set to reprise his role as Bryan Mills in the new film, and it had been revealed a little while back that Forest Whitaker would be joining the project too.

Now it's been confirmed that two familiar faces will be back for Taken 3 as well. Maggie Grace will be back as Neeson's daughter in the new movie, and Famke Janssen is returning to reprise the role of his wife, Lenore. These are not shocking announcements, granted, but they do now appear to be done deals.

The plan is to get Taken 3 shooting at the end of the month, »

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Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen Also Returning for Taken 3

13 March 2014 10:51 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We already know that Liam Neeson has accepted $20 million to return for a third "Taken" film, and now comes word that Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen have both just signed deals to reprise their roles. It was previously reported that Forest Whitaker is in talks to join the franchise. "Taken 3" will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and is set to start filming at the end of the month. The first "Taken" film was made for $25 million and went on to gross $227 million worldwide. The sequel was made for $45 million and earned $376 million. »

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Maggie Grace And Famke Janssen Are In For Taken 3

13 March 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Was anyone asking for a Taken 3? The first Taken, in which CIA Agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) prowled the streets of Paris searching for his kidnapped daughter, was one of the most enjoyable actioners to hit screens in the last decade, and it introduced audiences to Neeson as a bona fide action hero, so I can’t fault it for that. Then, Taken 2 arrived, lacking all of the original’s smarts, ingenuity and (worst of all) sense of fun. When the sequel grossed more than the first Taken, however, a third installment was inevitable.

Now, in addition to the already-confirmed Neeson, the Olivier Megaton-directed film has locked down Maggie Grace, who played Bryan’s daughter Kim, and Famke Janssen, who played his wife Lenore. Neither of those casting scoops are very surprising, considering that Grace and Janssen both took on larger roles in Taken 2.

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Maggie Grace Returns for 'Taken 3'

13 March 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following a report from January that revealed Maggie Grace is reprising her role as Kim Mills in Taken 3, the actress has finalized her deal for the 20th Century Fox action sequel.

Liam Neeson is returning as Bryan Mills, a dangerous father with a specific set of skills that he used to track down Kim in 2009's Taken, after Kim was abducted in Europe. The 2012 sequel Taken 2 flipped the script, with Kim helping to rescue her father and mother (Famke Janssen) after they were taken hostage in Albania. No story details have been released for this follow-up, although our report from January also revealed that Forest Whitaker is in talks for an unspecified role.

Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton is returning to the helm, working from a script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. Production is scheduled to begin at the end of March.

In related news, Maggie Grace »

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Maggie Grace Confirmed For Taken 3

13 March 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A flustered Bruce Willis, running around in Die Hard 2, recognizes the ludicrousness of this given situation . having to deal with lethal terrorists once again . and mutters, "How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" Don.t the actors responsible for the ongoing Taken series feel the same way by now? Sure, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), we get that your daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), was taken in the initial film. Then the rest of the family had to get involved for Taken 2. And when that film broke the bank, plans for a third were triggered. now with Grace agreeing to return to the role of the perpetually threatened daughter. Deadline confirms Grace.s return to the series, stating that she is the first cast member with an actual deal in place to join Neeson for what is being called the third and "final" Taken movie. Because really, »

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Maggie Grace Dares to Get Back with Liam Neeson Again for 'Taken 3'

13 March 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Whether you want it or not, Taken 3 is still coming, with the studio so desperately wanting a sequel that they're paying Liam Neeson $20 million to do it. We already know Taken 2 director Oliver Megaton will be back to direct, and Forest Whitaker will be getting in on the action somehow, and now we have another returning cast member from the franchise. Deadline reports that Maggie Grace will be back in the sequel to reprise her role as Kim, daughter of Neeson's deadly Bryan Mills. Will she get caught up in the danger again, or will she just have a small part? That remains to be seen, but it's safe to say she won't be taken. The question is where is this franchise going now? Bad guys have already taken Mills' daughter in the first film, and his wife (Famke Janssen) and himself in the second film. Maybe they'll kidnap Mills' second favorite cousin? »

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Maggie Grace and Forest Whitaker Up for 'Taken 3'

13 March 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Taken 3 is happening and Liam Neeson will return as still-retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, a man with a certain set of skills, for director Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and now we know Maggie Grace will return as Mills' daughter Kim. Set to start shooting at the end of the month, the report from Deadline doesn't make mention of a previous story suggesting Forest Whitaker will also play a part, but it also doesn't say he won't so I'm going to assume he's still on board. As far as the plot is concerned, Neeson recently told the Jonathan Ross Show, his return was contingent on one thing, "Only as long as nobody gets taken!" My guess is the siblings of of Rade Serbedzija's character will be coming to the States to hunt down Mills in this one and Whitaker will likely play a partner/friend of Mills that ends up involved. »

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Maggie Grace Back For Taken 3

12 March 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In news that should surprise precisely no one, the first actor besides Liam Neeson to secure a deal for Taken 3 is Maggie Grace. She'll be appearing once again as Kim, the daughter of the Action Dad with a particular set of skills.In the first film she was a passive, drugged kidnap victim, but in Taken 2 she was more than up for throwing the odd grenade. In 3 we fully predict she'll have progressed to full-on CIA mercenary, running a black-op in Val Verde and drafting in Papa Bryan when things go pear shaped. Neeson will then retire from the series, handing over the reigns to Grace for Takens 4, 5 and 6. In a surprise crossover, she'll then also show up in that female Expendables thing everyone's talking about.We made that shit up, obviously. Nobody yet knows what the storyline of Taken 3 will entail plot-wise. What we do know »

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Special Features - Dodging Bullets: Why Liam Neeson would have made a terrible 007

11 March 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on why Liam Neeson would have made a terrible 007....

Like a lot of you, I get way too caught up with speculative casting and thinking about 'what might have been' when it comes to certain actors taking over the most iconic cinematic characters.  The entire school of thought is practically a sub-genre.  Half the articles I see on Zergnet are devoted to articles about movie casting revealing little kernels of info like Tom Cruise was originally slated to play Iron Man.  People seem to have an endless appetite for this kind of stuff. 

So I was hardly surprised this week when I saw a lot of web space devoted to Liam Neeson discussing his flirtation with the role of James Bond.  While I can understand why they were interested in Neeson for the role, I'm extremely grateful he was never cast.  Why?

Because Liam Neeson would have been a terrible James Bond. »

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Liam Neeson Reveals He Turned Down The Chance To Play James Bond

11 March 2014 12:47 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Liam Neeson has carved out a career in his late 50s and early 60s as an ass-kicking, take-no-prisoners action hero in "Taken," "Taken 2," "Non-Stop," "Unknown" and "The Grey," with "Run All Night" in the can and "Taken 3" shooting, this renaissance might have come earlier in his career. Speaking with Hull Daily Mail (via Dark Horizons), Neeson reveals he was pursued for one of the most famous franchise stars in the history of cinema—James Bond. This would have been in the era after Timothy Dalton, where a number of contenders were looked at for the role that eventually went to Pierce Brosnan. So why did Neeson bow out? "I was heavily courted, let's put it that way, and I'm sure some other actors were too," he explained. "It was about 18 or 19 years ago and my wife-to-be [Natasha Richardson] said, 'If you play James Bond we're not getting married!' »

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'Saturday Night Live'. Recap: Lena Dunham Hosts; The National Performs

8 March 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Saturday Night Live this weekend was hosted by Girls star Lena Dunham, who used her TV persona to provide some laughs for the sketch show – particularly when it came to doing a parody of her hit HBO show.

Girls Parody

Dunham and Tarran Killam played the Bible’s Adam and Eve, debating their lives while naked in the Garden of Eden. Channeling Hannah Horvath, Dunham’s Eve pressed Adam to define their relationship and displayed some feminist outrage when he suggested that God made her from his rib. Vanessa Bayer as Soshanna was the snake – convincing Eve to eat the apple. Eve, when confronted by God, wasn’t having it.

“Can you please not apple shame me right now?” said Eve. “Seriously, I know I committed original sin, but at least it’s original.”

Cold Open

Jay Pharoah did his best Barack Obama impersonation to reimagine the president’s verbal »

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Box office preview: '300: Rise of an Empire' battles 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' for first place

6 March 2014 1:23 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After a modest February, things should start picking up across the board at the box office as we enter March. This weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s macho sequel 300: Rise of an Empire debuts against DreamWorks’ animated family pic Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Clearly neither are going after the same audience, and both are primed to hit decent $30 plus million debuts, but the Greeks versus Persians sword-and-sandals epic is going to win the weekend and redeem the genre from Pompeii’s and Hercules’ poor 2014 box office showings.

Here’s how things might play out:

1. 300: Rise of an Empire — $45 million »

- Lindsey Bahr

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