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Taraji P. Henson on Taking Action in 'Proud Mary' and (Not) Selling "Black Culture" Overseas

Taraji P. Henson on Taking Action in 'Proud Mary' and (Not) Selling
Proud Mary is a rare project in Hollywood: an original action movie starring a 47-year-old woman of color.

"When women get older in this business, they tend to send us out to pastures; meanwhile, you have Liam Neeson, however old he is, still kicking ass in Taken and Denzel Washington, who, at any given drop of a dime, will do an action film," says star Taraji P. Henson, who is more than a decade younger than both of those male actors. "Fuck that. If men can do it, why can't we? I feel like women get better...
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'The Commuter': Film Review

'The Commuter': Film Review
Throughout his late renaissance as an action hero, Liam Neeson has battled wolves (The Grey), evil Albanians (Taken), evil Turks (Taken 2), flight turbulence (Non-Stop), an unwanted TV show adaptation (The A-Team), an unwanted board game adaptation (Battleship), more evil Albanians (Run All Night), evil Germans (Unknown) and even evil Nazis, if you want to go all the way back to Schindler's List.

But in The Commuter, which marks the 65-year-old star’s fourth collaboration with Spanish director and Hitchcock enthusiast Jaume Collet-Serra, he may be facing his greatest challenge yet: trying to take the Metro-North Railroad home from New York...
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New Action-Packed Trailer Liam Neeson's The Commuter

It’s fun to see the evolution of a movie’s trailers. The first one is always a tease to get you thinking and then from there, it gives you more and more (hopefully without giving away the whole movie). For The Commuter I felt like the first trailer was a tease just barely introducing us to the concept of the movie. Liam Neeson will play a man by the name of Michael who talks to this new person on the train and then crap hits the fan. The second trailer felt more dramatic with the music and Neeson’s lines at the beginning. It then leads to showing more of the thriller aspects of this movie. Enter the latest trailer, Trailer #3. This one goes Taken on us. I watched this trailer and felt like it was Taken on a train. Turn down the thriller from Trailer #2 and turn up
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Taken: Season Two; NBC Previews the TV Show's Return

Are you a fan of Taken? NBC has just released new images from the TV series' upcoming second season.Based on the movie franchise starring Liam Neeson, the action drama stars Clive Standen as a younger Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret embarks on a quest for vengeance after a personal 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 First Look: Jessica Camacho and Adam Goldberg Join Season 2 Team

Season 2 of NBC’s Taken has added two faces to Christina Hart’s team, and TVLine has your first look at the new recruits.

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As previously reported, The Flash favorite Jessica Camacho and TV vet Adam Goldberg (Fargo, The Unusuals) have boarded the action-thriller’s revamped ensemble, respectively playing Santana, a former Army quartermaster who was discharged for misconduct, and Kilroy, a grey-hat hacker who she sent to prison for hacking into the FBI.

As Season 2 opens on Friday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c, Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen) — after defying Christina
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Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line

Final Commuter Trailer Puts Liam Neeson's Life on the Line
With its release less than a month away, Lionsgate has debuted the final trailer for The Commuter, which stars Liam Neeson as an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. Unlike his character in the smash hit Taken series, Liam Neeson's Michael McCauley doesn't have a "a very particular set of skills," but still he's required to rely on his wits and instincts when dragged into a treacherous game of life or death while minding his own business on the commuter train he takes to work every day.

In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson is Michael, an insurance salesman, whose daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being confronted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is blackmailed into finding the identity of a passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, Michael is unwittingly caught up in
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Easter Eggs, 'Star Wars' vs. 'Transformers' and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Easter Eggs of the Day: You've watched the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer, now watch Mr. Sunday Movies humorously highlight the Easter eggs and other things you may have missed:   Fake Trailer of the Day: New York Magazine's Vulture blog imagines what Quentin Tarantino's version of Star Trek will look like:   Dream Crossover of the Day: Optimus Prime and the Autobots go up against Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire in Alex Luthor's fan-made Star Wars vs. Transformers fan trailer:   Mashup of the Day: Liam Neeson's Taken character and the iconic villain Anton Chigurh from No...

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Which stunts did Ethan Hawke do in 24 Hours To Live?

Ethan Hawke is not known as an action hero. But then, neither was Liam Neeson before Taken. Hawke has done exciting movies like Training Day, The Purge and In a Valley of Violence, but he’s better known as the intellectual lover in Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight. In his new movie, 24 Hours to Live, director Brian Smrz said Hawke is really the one you see fighting bad guys and crashing cars. “For the most part, he wanted to do as much as he could,” Smrz said in a phone interview. “But he’s also smart enough to know that certain times we’d put...read more
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Pierre Morel Takes Helm On Tony Mosher Action Spec ‘Sirius’ For Sentient

Exclusive: Lit management/producer Sentient has acquired Tony Mosher’s survival thriller spec script Sirius in competitive bidding, and Taken helmer Pierre Morel has been set to direct it. The film tells the story of two members of a Danish special forces dog sled team — one a sage veteran and the other a bold new recruit — who become ensnared in an international incident while on a mission to one of the coldest and deadliest places on Earth. They face off not only…
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Taken’s Maggie Grace joins cast of ‘Fear The Walking Dead’

AMC have announced that Maggie Grace has joined the cast of the AMC original series Fear The Walking Dead. She will appear as a series regular on the show’s upcoming fourth season, which is currently shooting in Austin, TX. More information on her role will be made available at a later date.

Grace is best known for her roles as ‘Shannon Rutherford’ on the award-winning ABC series Lost, ‘Kim Mills’ in the Taken franchise and as ‘Irina’ in the Twilight saga.

She stars alongside returning Fear The Walking Dead cast members Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia, new series regulars Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman and Lennie James, who plays fan favorite ‘Morgan Jones’ on The Walking Dead, and joins Fear The Walking Dead as part of a series crossover.

Fear The Walking Dead returns in 2018 on AMC on BT TV.
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Maggie Grace joins season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead

AMC has announced that Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) has signed on to the cast of Fear the Walking Dead for a series regular role in the upcoming fourth season of The Walking Dead companion show.

Production on season four of Fear the Walking Dead is now underway, with Grace joining returning cast members Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia, along with new series regulars Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman. Also joining the series is Lennie James, who is leaving the main show and will be bringing his character Morgan Jones to Fear.

Fear the Walking Dead returns for its fourth season in 2018.

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Luc Besson to direct James Patterson TV adaptation The French Detective

ABC has announced that Luc Besson (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) is set to make his TV directorial debut with The French Detective, a pilot based upon James Patterson’s Luc Moncrief book series, which will star Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist).

Written by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Assassin’s Creed) and Jonathan Collier (Bones), The French Detective will see Dujardin as Parisian detective Luc Moncrief, who joins the NYPD for a fresh start in New York City. However, someone wants to make his first big case his last.

Although The French Detective will mark Besson’s first directorial gig on TV, he did create the Taken TV series for NBC, based upon his hit action movie franchise. Besson will also executive produce the series alongside Patterson, Collage, Cooper and Collier.

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit for $13 Million

As it seeks to climb out of the red, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has sold its French TV production unit for 11 million euros ($13 million).

The business assets were acquired by Thomas Anargyros, who is the CEO of EuropaCorp Television. Anargyros has been heading EuropaCorp’s TV division since its launch in 2010, when his production banner, Cipango, was acquired by EuropaCorp. Anargyros had founded Cipango with Edouard de Vesinne, who became deputy CEO of EuropaCorp in 2016 and was ousted in September.

The sale of the French TV business fits into EuropaCorp’s scaled-back strategy to focus on fewer films and English-language series, as well as cut overhead. EuropaCorp said the sale will allow the company to reduce its overhead by about 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) and 3 million euros ($3.5 million) per year.

A week ago, Marc Shmuger, who was hired on a renewable six-month contract in 2016, announced he would be stepping down as CEO of EuropaCorp at the end of
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The Fifth Element Director Luc Besson Set To Direct ABC Pilot The French Detective

ABC has ordered a pilot for The French Detective, which is based on James Patterson‘s Luc Moncrief mysteries. ComingSoon.net reports that Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) is set to direct, it will also be his TV directorial debut and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) will star in the series.

The French Detective is written by Assassin's Creed scribes Bill Collage and Adam Cooper and Jonathan Collier (Bones). The show is being described as a “light procedural drama” and will tell the story of Parisian detective Luc Moncrief who joins the NYPD in an effort to start a new life.

The James Patterson series has three books; French Kiss, The Christmas Mystery and French Twist. On Amazon the description of French Kiss reads:

“Very handsome and charming French detective Luc Moncrief joined the NYPD for a fresh start–but someone wants to make his first big case his last. Welcome to New York.
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Jean Dujardin to Star in ABC Pilot The French Detective

One of the best French actors today is going to make his way to the American television. ABC has given a put pilot comment to the drama pilot, The French Detective, based on James Patterson’s Luc Moncrief mysteries, from EuropaCorp TV Studios. Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin is attached to star in the project. EuropaCorp founder and Taken creator Luc Besson is set to direct the pilot, making his TV directional debut. Written by Assassin’s Creed writers Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, and Jonathan Collier (Bones), The French Detective is a light procedural drama that centers on Luc Moncrief, a Parisian

Jean Dujardin to Star in ABC Pilot The French Detective
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‘The French Detective’ Light Drama Starring Jean Dujardin From Luc Besson & James Patterson Set At ABC As Put Pilot

‘The French Detective’ Light Drama Starring Jean Dujardin From Luc Besson & James Patterson Set At ABC As Put Pilot
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to light drama The French Detective, based on James Patterson’s Luc Moncrief mysteries, from EuropaCorp TV Studios, with The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin attached to star and EuropaCorp founder and Taken creator Luc Besson set to direct in his TV directorial debut. Written by Assassin’s Creed scribes Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, and Jonathan Collier (Bones), The French Detective is a light procedural drama that centers on Luc Moncrief, a…
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Taken: In the NBC TV Show Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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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Taken: Season Two Premiere Announced with NBC Series Returns

A new year means new episodes of Taken. Today, NBC announced the series' second season will debut in January.Based on the movie franchise starring Liam Neeson, the action thriller stars Clive Standen as a younger, hungrier former Bryan Mills in the aftermath of a personal 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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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee casts John Ortiz

As production continues on Bumblebee, Deadline has revealed that John Ortiz (Miami Vice, Kong: Skull Island) has become the latest addition to the cast of the Transformers spinoff, signing on for an unspecified role.

The film, which is being directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), features a cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train) and Grace Dzienny (Zoo).

See Also: Hailee Steinfeld shares set photo from the Transformers Bumblebee spinoff

Meanwhile, in addition to Bumblebee, Ortiz has also been cast alongside Jennifer Garner in the female-led action thriller Peppermint, which sees Garner playing a woman out for revenge
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