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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees

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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees
Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, “Sesame Street,” conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire have been selected as the 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees.

The kudos will be handed out Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. The award to “Sesame Street” marks the first time the prestigious laurel has been bestowed on a TV series. The highlights of the ceremony will air Dec. 15 on CBS as it has for the past 42 years.

“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness,” stated Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein. “Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape; Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades; Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation,
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Terry Rawlings, BAFTA-Nominated Film Editor Of ‘Alien’ And ‘Blade Runner’, Dies

  • Deadline
Terry Rawlings, BAFTA-Nominated Film Editor Of ‘Alien’ And ‘Blade Runner’, Dies
Film editor Terry Rawlings, who earned BAFTA nominations for his work on Alien and Blade Runner as well as an Academy Award nomination for Chariots of Fire died Tuesday at his home in Hertfordshire, England. He was in his mid-80s.

Early in his career, he worked in the sound department in numerous films. His first credit as an editor was in 1977 with Michael Winner’s supernatural horror The Sentinel. Based on the novel of the same name by Jeffrey Konvitz, the film starred Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, and Burgess Meredith.

In addition to culturally relevant films such as Alien, Blade Runner, and Chariots of Fire, Rawlings is known for an extensive list of films including Watership Down (1978), Yentl (1983), Legend (1985), F/X (1986), Not Without My Daughter (1991), Alien 3 (1992), GoldenEye (1995), The Saint (1997), Entrapment (1999) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).

He received his first BAFTA nomination for Best Soundtrack for the films Isadora and women in Love.
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Hello, My Name is Doris

Sally Field bounces back in this story of mismatched love - or a romantic delusion... that is 3/4 charm and 1/4 wishful thinking. The May-October romance isn't an outright farce like Harold and Maude, so a few of the comic situations are somewhat wince-inducing. Or am I just feeling my own 'October' discomfort? Field fans should love it anyway. Hello, My Name Is Doris Blu-ray Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / 26.99 Starring Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Beth Behrs, Elisabeth Reaser, Peter Gallagher, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey. Cinematography Brian Burgoyne Film Editor Robert Nassau Original Music Brian H. Kim Written by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter, from her short film Doris & the Intern Produced by Daniel Crown, Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg Directed by Michael Showalter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've always liked Sally Field. Her personality made a dumb 'sixties TV show
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The Not Without My Daughter Problem: How a Sally Field Movie Became an Iranian-American Headache

  • Vulture
The Not Without My Daughter Problem: How a Sally Field Movie Became an Iranian-American Headache
By all indications, Not Without My Daughter should be a forgettable movie. It was a major motion picture when it premiered — 25 years ago today — starring one of the most-adored actors of the era, Sally Field, coming off the hit Steel Magnolias. But its $15 million opening weekend barely made a dent in the box office; it was largely critically panned for its Islamophobic undertones; and in re-airings, it could easily be mistaken for a Lifetime movie with a timely political pitch: Woman escapes from abusive Iranian husband, scary foreign country, and the evil clutches of Islam. In the larger cultural imagination, the film was consigned to oblivion. But Not Without My Daughter has its own curious legacy. Over the years, it’s been shown in schools, re-aired on television, and notoriously played in Paris the night before the 1998 USA versus Iran World Cup match. One journalist responded to
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Rachel Weisz To Star In True-Story Drama 'Snatchback' From 'Dredd' Director Pete Travis

Cinematically speaking, Pete Travis has mostly been know for action fare like "Vantage Point" and "Dredd." But he has swung toward drama with the Golden Globe-nominated "Endgame," and now he's lining up a project that sounds like it'll feature elements of both genres, with a pretty great actress in the lead. Screen Daily reports that Rachel Weisz will lead "Snatchback." The film is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, who headed to the Middle East to find her two-year-old daughter after she was kidnapped by Maureen's husband. Travis' take on the material turns Maureen into a "mercenary" (Wtf) who helps other families find their stolen children, while continuing to search for her own. Okay, that's one way to twist this story into something more popcorn-friendly, even if it seems slightly dubious. So, is this basically like a more action packed "Not Without My Daughter"? Production will begin later this year,
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Matthew Warchus and Stephen Beresford interview: Pride

Ahead of its release in UK cinemas, we talk to the director and writer of the funniest film of the year, Pride. It's one of the best, too.

Regular readers will know that we've been banging the drum for the film Pride for a little while now. It's a fabulous comedy, whose laughs are as fierce as its politics, and it arrives in UK cinemas this Friday.

In advance of that, we chatted to its director Matthew Warchus (returning to cinema for the first time since 1999's Simpatico) and writer Stephen Beresford. Both come from a theatre background (Warchus is taking over from Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic next, and his hugely impressive theatre credits include the Matilda musical), and both were in fine form when we met them...

What particularly intrigued me about Pride is why you chose to tell such an unusual story this way. And I
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'Orphan Black' season 2 review: Tatiana Maslany continues to be one of a kind

'Orphan Black' season 2 review: Tatiana Maslany continues to be one of a kind
For the women of Orphan Black, the world is an open prison, and self-determination is a tenuous contract with The Powers That Be, who view them only as property. Some take this raw deal to survive. Prim, panicky Alison sells out for security in the suburbs with a schlubby hubby who is secretly her jailer. Brainy Cosima ­bargains with a Faustian devil for a gilded cage — her own super lab — where she and her ladylove can pursue a cure for the disease that’s killing her. But woe to the one who refuses to settle: Sarah and her daughter are
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El Rey Network Scores Alfred Molina for Kurtzman/Orci Original Action Series, 'Matador' Premiering in July on Robert Rodriguez's New Cable Network

Genre filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network announced today that Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider Man 2) has been cast as Andres Galan in the network's upcoming scripted original set to premiere July 2014. Previously announced cast members include Gabriel Luna, Nicky Whelan and Neil Hopkins.

Created by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced in association with K/O Paper Products, the coveted writing/producing team behind Sleepy Hollow, Fringe , Star Trek and the Transformer franchise, Matador will feature Molina as Andrew Galan, a man who built his fortune in the telecom industry, but his true passion is soccer. As owner of the ascendant La Riot franchise, he is celebrated in both the sports and business worlds. But there is another world that he operates in -- as a member of an elite group of powerful global players, ruthless individuals who can effect world events on a scale that one would never imagine. What Galan doesn't know is that there is a mole in his midst. One of his new players, Tony Bravo, is actually an undercover operative, sent in to expose him and his cohorts. As Tony and Galan grow closer, the fate of their relationship may very well determine the fate of the world.

Irreverent and action-packed, Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio "Matador" Bravo, a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and family don't realize is that it's all a cover--in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. “Matador” has the kind of fame and notoriety that affords him access to powerful circles of corruption and villainy. But, in balancing the dueling roles in which he's been cast, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity...and it is this mission which will prove to be his most dangerous.

Robert Rodriguez, El Rey Network's chairman and founder, is set to direct the first episode which will be penned by showrunners, co-creators and executive producers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin

An accomplished London-born actor whose diverse and distinguished gallery of performances have led to a lengthy and triumphant career in film, television and the stage, Alfred Molina is best known for his roles in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and Steven Soderberg’s Frida. Molina made his American film debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark and later appeared in Letter to Brezhnev, but his movie breakthrough came two years later when he portrayed Kenneth Halliwell, the tragic lover of playwright Joe Orton, in Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears. His other feature film credits include The Da Vinci Code, Boogie Nights, Magnolia , Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time , The Pink Panther 2, Enchanted April, Not Without My Daughter , The Perez Family, Anna Karenina and Chocolat , among others. On television, he most recently starred on NBC’s Law & Order: Los Angeles and David E. Kelley’s TNT drama series Monday Mornings. Molina’s stage work includes two major Royal National Theatre productions, Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana and David Mamet's Speed the Plow, as well as his Broadway debut in Yasmina Reza's Art, for which he received a Tony Award® nomination. Molina also performed in the highly celebrated UK-based Donmar Warehouse production of Red which opened on Broadway in April 2010 and for which Mr. Molina received rave reviews and a Tony Award® nomination. Most recently, Molina completed the feature film Love Is Strange opposite John Lithgow for director Ira Sachs. The film premiered at Sundance this year, and will be released later in the year by Sony Classics. He also shot the feature films, Swelter for director/writer Keith Parmer, We'll Never Have Paris for director/writer Simon Helberg with co-stars Zachary Quinto and Maggie Grace, Return to Zero with co-star Minnie Driver and The Normal Heart for HBO in which he co-stars opposite Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.

Matador executive producers are Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, also showrunners, alongside executive producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Andrew Orci. Also joining as executive producers are Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products; Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.

Entertainment One Television (eOne) exclusively represents worldwide distribution rights (with the exception of U.S. broadcast network rights) for El Rey Network's "Matador" and other original scripted series created for the U.S based cable network, to be announced.

About El Rey Network:

El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network will unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

About FactoryMade Ventures:

Founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, FactoryMade develops, produces and oversees media and entertainment franchises in partnership with leading Hollywood talent and global brands and investors. The company founded El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Univision Communications, Inc. It also forged a joint venture with leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre Aaa and four-time Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett and Hearst Corporation’s One Three Media. It executive produces a slate of scripted and non-scripted television shows including From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, the remake of the cult classic by Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, and Matador, an original production with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Previously, the team spearheaded the creation of Hasbro’s film business and television business with Transformers, G.I. Joe, Hasbro Studios and the Hub Network with Discovery Communications, and created retail’s first digital gaming and commerce platform Hsn Arcade.

About Entertainment One:

Entertainment One Ltd. (Lse: Eto) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne’s original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key Us networks and international pay TV channels.
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ABC Family Pulls the Plug on Alice in Arabia

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It took them a few days, but ABC Family has finally realized that a show about a semi-orphaned American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them isn't such a great idea. As a result, they won’t be moving forward with Alice in Arabia, the pilot of which the network ordered last Monday. It turns out that the script, written by U.S. Army veteran Brooke Eikmeier and obtained by BuzzFeed on Friday, confirmed activists' fears about how Muslims would be portrayed on the show. Though ABC Family described Alice in Arabia as "nuanced and character driven" and intended "to give Arabs and Muslims a voice on American TV," BuzzFeed's Rega Jha found it much more similar to 1991's Not Without My Daughter, about an American citizen married to an Iranian man who eventually traps her and their child in his native country.
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Netflix TV shows and movies expiring on Jan. 1: What are they?

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The New Year is a time to look forward at all the exciting things that are coming ahead, but is also a time of loss. That loss, of course, is with Netflix, as the streaming service will be saying goodbye to a number of previously-available TV shows and movies.

Since Netflix no longer advertises when various titles in its library are expiring, one Reddit thread (via Vulture) collected them for your pleasure. It's worth noting that some of these titles may not permanently disappear, and might return as soon as a day or several hours after being removed as per Netflix's contract agreements.

Fortunately for all your TV-loving folks out there, not many television shows are being removed. The ones on the chopping block are "The Kids in the Hall," the original "Dark Shadows," "Mr. Bean," "Saturday Night Live The 2000s" and "Perfect 10 Model Boxing: Vol. 1." So if any of
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Netflix Loses A Bunch Of Its Movies

A major downside of VOD services compared with having a vast Blu-ray or DVD library is timing. Services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. have contracts with content providers - contracts that expire usually around the end of a calendar year unless otherwise renewed.

Thus from January 1st, certain films will no longer be available on that service to watch when you want. Today, a Reddit post has listed the films that are about to drop off Netflix due to contract with various rights providers running out. When (or even if) they will return is anyone's guess. The list is as follows:

1492 Conquest Of Paradise

As Good As It Gets

Brick

Being John Malkovich

Back To School

Battle Of Britain

Best Of Times

Born On the Fourth Of July

Braveheart

Body Of Evidence

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Biloxi Blues

Can't Hardly Wait

Capote

Dressed To Kill

Do The Right Thing

Desperado

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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Netflix Loses A Bunch Of Its Movies

A major downside of VOD services compared with having a vast Blu-ray or DVD library is timing. Services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. have contracts with content providers - contracts that expire usually around the end of a calendar year unless otherwise renewed.

Thus from January 1st, certain films will no longer be available on that service to watch when you want. Today, a Reddit post has listed the films that are about to drop off Netflix due to contract with various rights providers running out. When (or even if) they will return is anyone's guess. The list is as follows:

1492 Conquest Of Paradise

As Good As It Gets

Brick

Being John Malkovich

Back To School

Battle Of Britain

Best Of Times

Born On the Fourth Of July

Braveheart

Body Of Evidence

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

Biloxi Blues

Can't Hardly Wait

Capote

Dressed To Kill

Do The Right Thing

Desperado

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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New on DVD Today (and Through End of the Year!)

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Out December 17 Oscar Bait: The "Not Without My Daughter" Edition Prisoners This bleak bit of Oscar bait stars Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover, a survivalist type whose daughter disappears along with her friend after their families celebrate Thanksgiving together. When the detective on the job (Jake Gyllenhaal) seems to be slacking off in the investigation, Keller takes matters into his own hands. Convinced the creepy man-child who lives nearby with his aunt in a broke-down Rv, Keller essentially kidnaps the weirdo and tortures him within an inch of his life. Revenge fantasy, exploitation cinema or larger statement of... something else? You be the judge.     Elysium Director Neill Blomkamp follows 2009's smash hit District 9 with his second...

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Never mind Iran and Argo, the Brits should sue Hollywood | Alex von Tunzelmann

Tehran's Hoax of Hollywood conference sets a precedent that other countries could follow. Let's start with Braveheart

Following the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance's Hoax of Hollywood conference in Tehran this week, it has been reported that Iran may "sue Hollywood" over what it considers to be unrealistic portrayals of the country in several films. The most recent offender is Ben Affleck's Argo, based on the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981 and winner of this year's best picture Oscar. Others named include 300, The Wrestler and Not Without My Daughter.

The representation of Iran in Argo is certainly questionable but, as when the Kazakhstan foreign ministry threatened to sue over Borat, the prospect of a lawsuit doesn't seem entirely realistic. Do nations or governments have a right to accurate representation in fiction? In what jurisdiction could such a case be brought? Wouldn't there be some sort of statute of limitation on suing over,
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Iran to sue Hollywood over a series of films, including the Oscar-winning Argo

Tehran hires French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre to bring case over Hollywood 'distorting image' of Islamic republic

Iran has hired a controversial French lawyer to file a lawsuit against Hollywood over a series of films, including Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning Argo, that have allegedly portrayed the Islamic republic in a distorted and unrealistic manner.

Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, described by the Iranian media as an "anti-Zionist" lawyer, has travelled to Tehran to meet the authorities in order to lodge a case in an international court against Hollywood directors and producers that officials say have promoted "Iranophobia".

Coutant-Peyre is the wife of the notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known as Carlos the Jackal, whom she is also representing. Ramírez, a self-styled international revolutionary, is serving a life sentence for the killings in 1975 of two French policemen and a suspected informant. Coutant-Peyre and Ramírez married in a ceremony held in jail in 2001 after she converted to Islam.
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Iran Wants to Sue Hollywood Over 'Argo'

Isn't it kind of funny how the guy who played high school bully Fred O'Bannion in "Dazed and Confused" has grown up to make a film that has now incensed an entire country?

All of Iran (hey, that's how it reads) is up in arms over Ben Affleck's "Argo" and plans to open a lawsuit against all of Hollywood (again, that's how it reads) for the film's "unrealistic portrayal" of the country, according to Inside Movies.

"Argo" recreates the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, after which 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days and six Embassy staffers holed up at the home of the Canadian ambassador. Despite the fact that the film hasn't played in any Iranian theaters, "Argo" has been considered to be pro-cia, anti-Iran propaganda by Iranian officials since it was released in the U.S. last October.

The decision on the lawsuit came after
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Iran threatening 'Argo' with lawsuit

Iran threatening 'Argo' with lawsuit
Iran is planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning Argo because of the movie’s allegedly “unrealistic portrayal” of the country, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. She is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.

Following the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but six embassy staffers were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a
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Sally Field to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that Sally Field will receive the Career Achievement Award on January 5 during the awards gala. Field will join previously announced honorees -- the ensemble cast of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").

Field, currently starring in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," also won the New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress award for the role.

Here's more on Field's career highlights:

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner for her performances in Places in the Heart, for which she also received a Golden Globe®, and Norma Rae, for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics Circle prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Ben Affleck's Argo takes Iran's revolutionary themes as its own

Argo satirises the events of the Iran hostage crisis, yet, despite being branded 'an offensive act' and added to a list of 'anti-Iranian' films, Affleck's approach is strangely apologetic

In December 1979, a handmade placard outside the occupied Us embassy in Tehran read: "As an Iranian I want you corresponders + journalists + film-takers [to] tell the truth to the world." Whatever the truths of the Iranian revolution – most would agree it began as a popular uprising driven in part by plausible claims against Us policies – film-makers addressing its aftermath from inside Iran have had to depend on allegorical techniques, while those free to address it less obliquely from abroad have had much read into their motives.

Iran's rulers regard foreign productions on Iranian subjects – whether by émigrés or non-Iranians – with prejudice. Warnings of "soft war" and "psychological warfare" waged through culture and entertainment are a recurring theme in Iranian state media. Such
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Here Are 51 Alternate Titles For 'Taken 2'

Here Are 51 Alternate Titles For 'Taken 2'
"Taken 2" is coming out this weekend, and if you're anything like us, you're huge fans of the franchise. First of all, Liam Neeson's daughter gets taken. Then, Liam Neeson finds her and brings her back to safety, but not before kicking the asses of terrorists masterminds. It's an excellent idea and an excellent movie.

Our only problem is the name, "Taken 2." It lacks the inspiration that all "Taken" fans have come to expect. But it's not too late to change the title -- in fact, the producers were probably just too busy making a great movie come up with another title. In that spirit, we've come up with some suggestions they are free to use. See you at the movies!

Taken Again Give And Taken Takin'! Uh Oh, She's Lost Tekken 2 Kidnapped Twice! Takin' My Wife, Please! A Very Taken Christmas ¿Donde Esta Mi Hija... Otra Vez? Have Been Brought Don't Tell Mom,
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