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Parents & Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized To Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study

20 October 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could also be subject to the same desensitization “and thus more likely to be lenient when it comes to evaluating the appropriateness of such content for children.” Those behind the study said this effect could help to explain the “ratings creep” that has allowed more violence into films aimed at our youth.

The MPAA has long acknowledged that its standards have shifted over time but has traditionally attributed this to the changing standards of parents. »

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Casting Net: Tom Welling and more complete cast of Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

8 October 2014 5:54 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• The final pieces have been put in place in order to make The Choice, the latest Nicholas Sparks novel to be adapted to the screen. Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) and Maggie Grace (Taken 2) have completed the cast that already includes Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Tom WilkinsonRoss Katz is directing the story adapted by Bryan Sipe about a love affair between neighbors Travis (Walker) and Gabby (Palmer). Welling will play Ryan, Gabby's boyfriend who complicates the relationship and forces her to make a choice between the two. [THR] • Instructions Not Included star Eugenio Derbez has joined Gerard Butler »

- Jake Perlman

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Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario, Maggie Grace Join Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’

8 October 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Welling, Alexandra Daddario and Maggie Grace have joined the cast of Lionsgate’s romance-drama “The Choice.”

Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer came on last week as the lead characters in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Ross Katz is directing the screenplay written by Bryan Sipe.

Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for the studio.

The Choice” is set in a small coastal town where a man ends up pursuing a relationship with his new neighbor, leading to a journey that neither could have foreseen.

Eight of Sparks’ books have been made into films, including “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Dear John” and “The Lucky One.” “The Best of Me” is due in theaters on Oct. »

- Dave McNary

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Weekend Report: Moviegoers Thrill to 'Gone Girl,' 'Annabelle' This Weekend

5 October 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It was a photo finish at the box office this weekend between Gone Girl and Annabelle, though both movies are winners regardless of their rank.David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's immensely popular novel took first place with $37.5 million, while the prequel to The Conjuring was a very close second with $37.1 million. The two movies were seperated by a mere $378,854.Those impressive debuts led to an overall boom at the box office: the top 12 earned $139.5 million, which is up 21 percent from the same weekend last year (when Gravity led the way with over $55 million). In fact, this is the biggest weekend ever in the month of October.Playing at 3,014 theaters, Gone Girl opened to $37.5 million this weekend. That's the biggest opening ever for director David Fincher ahead of Panic Room, and its star Ben Affleck's highest debut since Daredevil in 2003.While it couldn't quite match Shutter Island »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Around-the-World Roundup: Strong Overseas Debuts for 'Gone Girl,' 'Annabelle'

5 October 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Coinciding with its domestic debut, Gone Girl opened to $24.5 million from 39 international markets this weekend.It opened to $6.7 million in the U.K. and $4.6 million in Australia; both marked all-time highs for director David Fincher. It also played well in Russia ($3.4 million) and Germany ($2.6 million), while it was less impressive in Mexico and Brazil (both below $1 million).Fincher's last two movies*The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)*earned $128 million and $130 million, respectively. Based on the initial results, Gone Girl will likely wind up above that level.Bang Bang, the Bollywood remake of Knight & Day, opened to $22.7 million overseas this weekend. Most of that came from India, where it tallied a massive $19.3 million (third-highest debut ever for a non-franchise title). A week ahead of its U.S. debut, Dracula Untold earned $21 million from 25 foreign markets. It had a strong $4.9 million four-day opening in Mexico, and did decent business in the U. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Exclusive: Clip from Thriller Free Fall Makes Elevators Horrifying

3 October 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

From the producers of “Halloween” and “Final Destination” comes the latest action thriller “Free Fall.” The film stars Sarah Butler (“I Spit on Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). The film will make its way to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 28. Also, speaking of “Halloween,” “Free Fall” is the directorial debut of one of the “Halloween” franchise producers, Malek Akkad. “Free Fall” is a horrifying journey through the corporate world and promises to do for elevators what Alfred Hitchcock’s amazing thriller  [ Read More ]

The post Exclusive: Clip from Thriller Free Fall Makes Elevators Horrifying appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- monique

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Taken 3 Trailer Review – Watch Fmtv break down Liam Neeson’s latest!

3 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Owen Rhys breaks down the first trailer for Taken 3, directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2), written by Luc Besson (Lucy) and with a cast that includes Liam Neeson (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Famke Janssen (X-Men: The Last Stand), Maggie Grace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove) and Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman). Watch the review video below…

Watch the Taken 3 trailer here

Taken 3 is set for release on January 9th, 2015.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to Flickering Myth TV’s YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified first about our next video. They’re all really, really good. Honest.

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First trailer and poster for American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper

2 October 2014 11:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After debuting some first-look images yesterday [see here], Warner Bros. has now dropped the first trailer and poster for American Sniper, which sees Clint Eastwood (Jersey Boys) directing Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)…

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “The Devil” by the enemies he hunted and “The Legend” by his Navy Seal brothers. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States Military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more then 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him Al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned a legendary status among his fellow Seals, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, who he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle »

- Gary Collinson

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Forecast: 'Gone Girl,' 'Annabelle' to Bring Box Office Back to Life

2 October 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Friday Am Update: Annabelle and Gone Girl both had impressive debuts on Thursday night, and each now seems poised to wind up at the higher end of weekend expectations.Annabelle took in $2.1 million from late night shows. That's lower than The Conjuring ($3.31 million) and both of the Purge movies ($3.4 million and $2.6 million). All three of those titles opened during the Summer, though, when Thursday night shows are easier to attend.A better comparison is last September's Insidious Chapter 2, which took in $1.5 million on Thursday night on its way to $40.3 million for the weekend. While it's premature to assume Annabelle will open that high, it does seem like $30-million-plus is a safe bet now.Meanwhile, David Fincher's Gone Girl opened $1.25 million from late Thursday shows. In comparison, Gravity earned $1.4 million from early showings on its way to over $55 million in its first weekend. Again, it's too soon to say that »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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First images of Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in American Sniper

1 October 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of today’s first trailer, Warner Bros. has debuted the first images from director Clint Eastwood’s latest film American Sniper, featuring Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) and Sienna Miller (The Girl). Take a look…

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “The Devil” by the enemies he hunted and “The Legend” by his Navy Seal brothers. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States Military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more then 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him Al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned a legendary status among his fellow Seals, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, who he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. »

- Gary Collinson

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The key things we learned from the Taken 3 trailer

1 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The violence, plot and gift choices of Taken 3 come under Ryan's FBI-grade trailer analysis...

We've learned quite a few things about retired CIA veteran Bryan Mills during the course of the previous two Taken movies: his skill with guns. His love for his wife and daughter. His ability to turn just about anything into a torture device. Our biggest take-away from the Taken franchise, though, is that Mills is a man of extraordinary emotional resilience.

In the first Taken, his daughter was kidnapped, so Mills did what any father would do: killed everyone in Paris until the daughter turned up again. In Taken 2, both he and his wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) are the ones who are kidnapped, leaving daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) to run around Istanbul throwing hand grenades off the roofs of buildings.

Eventually, Mills - thanks to the cunning use of a tiny, tiny mobile phone hidden »

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TAK3N's First Trailer is Good Enough to Forgive the Horrible Name

1 October 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The first official trailer for Taken 3 (or TAK3N as they're calling it) has hit the internet and while the previous movie may have tempered your interest in the franchise, this one looks like it could be pretty darn good.  Come inside to check it out!

Honestly, after Taken 2, I can say that I had no real interest in a third outing.  While I loved the first film, it seemed the idea had run its course and Taken 2 was largely lackluster.  It had some interesting moments, but the energy and fun from the first film was absent.  TAK3N may have brought it back: 

What I love most about this trailer, is how they've increased the stakes a great deal.  The first two films' tension relied on the threat of what could happen to his loved ones if he failed.  Within this trailer we already see that his ex-wife (who »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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First Trailer & Poster for Taken 3 Starring Liam Neeson

1 October 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and starring Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Dogray Scott, Sam Spruell, and Leland Orser, Taken 3 is scheduled for theatrical release on January 9th, 2015. Liam Neeson returns as 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, 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. »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Trailer for Liam Neeson's Taken 3 Arrives Online

1 October 2014 4:31 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming third installment in the "Taken" franchise, bringing back Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. Forest Whitaker co-stars. Check out the trailer below. In the new movie, Bryan Mills (Neeson) becomes the hunted prey after he's framed for the murder of someone close to him. "I have to go on the run from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities," explained Neeson. "Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him." "Taken 3" is directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and is set to hit theaters on January 9th, 2015. Trailer: »

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Watch: Liam Neeson in First Trailer for ‘Taken 3′

30 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Liam Neeson and his very particular set of skills are returning for the third installment of the “Taken” series, and 20th Century Fox released the debut trailer for the film Tuesday.

Following the hostage-themed plots of “Taken” and “Taken 2,” “Taken 3” puts Neeson’s ex-operative character Bryan Mills in the eyes of the U.S. government when he is framed for the murder of his ex-wife (Famke Janssen). The suspicious death puts Mills on the run again to protect his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), the only family he has left.

Taken 3,” stylized as “Tak3n,” adds Forest Whitaker to the cast as police inspector Franck Dotzler, who leads the hunt for Mills. Olivier Megaton, who directed “Taken 2,” returns to direct the final installment in the series.

Taken 3” bows in theaters Jan. 9, 2015.

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- Sebastian Torrelio

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Watch first trailer for ‘Taken 3′ aka ‘Tak3n’

30 September 2014 2:08 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back in 2008, the Pierre Morel directed and Luc Besson produced (and co-written) Taken gave Liam Neeson a surprising career resurgence as an action hero. Not to mention, it was pretty awesome to say the least. Olivier Megaton’s Taken 2 in 2012 was not nearly as awesome and was just more of the same, but a worse version of it. Megaton, Besson, and Neeson are back for Taken 3, which is being referred to as Tak3n (yep, that’s what’s on the poster). Before the groans start, the trailer for the film actually looks kind of badass. No one is taken, at least not in the trailer, there is no foreign country in sight, and Neeson’s character, Bryan Mills, looks to be in a very different situation than in his previous outings. It is probably best to remain cautiously optimistic on this one before it is released on January 9, 2015. Watch the trailer below. »

- Max Molinaro

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Watch Liam Neeson Use His ‘Set of Skills’ in the ‘Taken 3′ Trailer

30 September 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace in "Taken 3."20th Century Fox Trouble always seems to find Bryan Mills. The the shadowy former CIA operative audiences met in 2008's "Taken" and crossed paths with again in 2012's "Taken 2" is back for more in -- you guessed it -- "Taken 3." The coming sequel, also known as "Tak3n," finds Mills, played by Liam Neeson, on the run from the law while trying to protect his daughter and prove he didn't kill his ex-wife. »

- Jonathan Welsh

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Liam Neeson is a lean, mean, killing machine in Taken 3

30 September 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Has no one in the Taken universe learned their lesson?  You don’t miss with Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson).

The third time doesn’t seem to be the charm for Bryan who, having previously rescued both his daughter in 2008 and his wife in 2012, butchering a slew of kidnappers and thugs along the way, is once again faced with trauma.  After his wife is brutally murdered, Bryan finds himself at the centre of a police manhunt who identify him as the prime suspect in her death after the real killers, who hold a pretty big grudge, have framed our hero for her murder in Taken 3 (or Tak3n, as it were).

We have the Taken franchise to thank for cementing Neeson’s ass-kicking dark hero persona.  Sure, he fought Batman, commanded a submarine, and knew his way around a gun before Taken, but that 2008 film paved the way for the take-no-prisoners roles »

- Rachel West

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‘Taken 3′ Trailer is Ready to Finish This

30 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Above you can enjoy the Taken 3 trailer (or Tak3n, I suppose), the third film in the Taken franchise starring Liam Neeson. This time it’s really really really personal — someone has framed him for murdering his wife (Famke Janssen) and is threatening to take out his daughter (Maggie Grace) as well. So now he is on the run trying to unravel this web of lies while being pursued by what sounds like every law enforcement agency imaginable. It’ll be here in January, directed by Taken 2 helmer Olivier Megaton. Gird. Your. Loins.

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- Neil Miller

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Trailer And Poster For Tak3n

30 September 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Liam Neeson trots out the Bryan Mills character for the third time, and while the first trailer for Tak3n (I roll my eyes every time I type that) does paint itself as more than the carbon copy of the first film Taken 2 was, I find miss myself completely over this franchise, and I have a feeling Tak3n will have to go a long way to wash the bad taste of Taken 2 out of audience's mouths. Released: 8th January (Irl/U.K.)/ 9th January (U.S.) »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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