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Why It Works: Taken

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** Okay, I know what you're thinking. Why would a column that tends to discuss less conventional films take on a fairly by-the-numbers popcorn action flick? Well, with two sequels and...
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Taken prequel TV show gets new trailer

So we just talked about how Liam Neeson will no longer be playing badass dad Bryan Mills in any TAKEN sequels , as well as the fact that there is a prequel TV show is on the way . Well, now we get to see footage of that new show with a new trailer sent by NBC. Let's take a look, shall we: Um...what? Did they really have to do another fridged wife to give...
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Liam Neeson says there are no plans for a fourth Taken movie

The TAKEN franchise has done many things, including making a disgusting amount of cash and solidifying Liam Neeson , of all people, as a bona fide action star. The actor has, ahem, taken …to this with aplomb, starring in numerous action flicks where he uses his fists and thick Irish accent to save the day. However, though he isn’t done pummeling baddies he is finished...
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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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