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Clive Standen gets a particular set of skills for NBC's Taken prequel

Clive Standen will look for you. He will find you, and he will kill you, especially if you kidnap his daughter. Standen, one of the stars of The History Channel's VIKINGS, has landed the lead role of Bryan Mills for NBC's TAKEN prequel series. Looking to modernize the property a bit from the somehow dated shoes that Liam Neeson once filled, the series would explore how Mills...
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Taken will live on; prequel series ordered by NBC with Luc Besson producing

Although Liam Neeson has said that he'd be willing for return for TAKEN 4, it feels like TAKEN 3 was our last look at Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills. However, we may not have seen the last of his character as Deadline reports that NBC has put in a straight-to-series order for a TV series based upon the action franchise. Taken will be a prequel series set in the modern day...
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Martin Campbell in talks to direct Jackie Chan in Taken-style thriller

Jackie Chan is once again going to try and hit it big in North America with a new film tentatively titled THE FOREIGNER. Last we heard , THE FOREIGNER was going to be directed by Nick Cassavetes who no longer appears to be attached to the project. Instead, CASINO ROYALE and GOLDENEYE director Martin Campbell is in talks to helm the revenge thriller. The STX Entertainment thriller...
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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Luc Besson!

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had...
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Exclusive Video: The Top 10 Coolest Movie Dads!

It's Father's Day and in order to celebrate the holiday we've compiled The Top 10 Coolest Movie Dads , ranging from the embarrassing, hilarious, deadly, alien, crossdressing, and even one from a galaxy far, far away. Balancing work, family, and everything in between can be one of the toughest jobs around and each of these dads have tackled it in a way that makes them stand...
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Mel Gibson to star in the Taken-style thriller Blood Father

Despite run ins with the law and the court of public opinion, Mel Gibson still remains one of the coolest actor/directors out there. While some people cannot separate their personal opinion from a cinematic one, it is hard to not look at movies like LETHAL WEAPON, PAYBACK, MAD MAX, CONSPIRACY THEORY, and BRAVEHEART and not hope to see that kind of Mel back on the big screen. Despite an...
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Face Off: Bryan Mills (Taken) vs. R'as al Ghul (Batman Begins)

In last week's Face-Off column , dueling 1997 volcano movies had a rumble, and while I determined that VOLCANO was the bigger blast, more of you decided DANTE'S PEAK packed a bigger punch. This weekend has Liam Neeson back on the big screen (reuniting with his UNKNOWN director Jaume Collet-Serra), this time kicking ass at 30,000 feet in the airline thriller NON-STOP . We all know...
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Liam Neeson nets a $20 million payday for his particular set of skills in Taken 3

Looks like Liam Neeson is doing some taking of his own for the next sequel in the TAKEN franchise as he's about to net $20 million to reprise his role as Bryan Mills, the CIA agent with a particular set of skills in TAKEN 3. The first film grossed $226  million worldwide (from a $25 million budget), while the sequel took in $376 million worldwide (from a $45 million budget), putting the...
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Sean Penn to chase his own action franchise with Taken director Pierre Morel's Prone Gunman

It seems that Sean Penn is starting to explore his more commercial side.  Starting with this month's GANGSTER SQUAD, a 1940's-set action pic, the prolific actor is set to tackle the action franchise department with PRONE GUNMAN, based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette "the story centers on an international operative named Martin Terrier (Penn) who is betrayed by the...
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The Ten Spot: Best January movie releases of all time

Despite the upcoming release of the rescheduled GANGSTER SQUAD, January is often consider the dumping ground for studio pictures that turned out poorly or no one know show to market. Usually this leads to a lot of Nicolas Cage movies, horror flicks, and really bad comedies. But, there have been quite a few surprising movies released in the coldest month of the year. Here are 10 of the best...
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Casting Call: Ralph Fiennes joins Wes Anderson, Uma Thurman is a Nymphomaniac, Julianne Moore reteams with Liam Neeson, and Kevin Costner coaches an NFL team

Lots of projects moving forward these days featuring some pretty big talent. First up is news that Ralph Fiennes will be taking over the rumored role Johnny Depp was going to take in Wes Anderson's GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. According to Deadline , the Anderson project is moving quickly, mainly due to the box office success of MOONRISE KINGDOM. Aside from Bill Murray and Jason...
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Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen talks Bloodsport 2, the B-13 remake, and a crazy almost version of The Karate Kid III

Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen is known for a particular type of movie. Having written all of the TRANSPORTER, TAKEN and KARATE KID films as well as LETHAL WEAPON 3, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, Kamen knows a little something about action flicks. He recently sat down with Crave Online and discussed projects that are happening and some that never saw the light of day. On BLOODSPORT 2 and...
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