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The Hollywood trend of taking a successful movie backwards from the silver screen to the small screen continues with the popular Liam Neeson vehicle Taken. Director Alex Graves (Game of Thrones, The West Wing) is on board to direct the pilot and the new series has just announced casting Clive Standon (Vikings, Camelot) for the lead role of Bryan Mills. What kind of show can we expect? (more…)

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Rebooting classic pop culture properties is an all too frequent practice. Hollywood mainly does it with movie licenses, but TV? You don’t see it as often but it does happen. Usually the shows that get the reboot treatment come and go so fast that audiences barely become aware of them. Such as the case with the 2011 reboot of Charlies Angels which only lasted 4 episodes. Or you have the reboot of Wonder Woman which didn’t even get to air its pilot episode, it was so bad.

Given the track record with failed TV rebootenings, will The A-Team fair any better?  (more…)

Liam Neeson Will Return for ‘Taken 3’

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It might be time for Liam Neeson to invest in a personal lojack for Maggie Grace, because Taken 3 is set to happen despite the actor previously stating that he didn’t think there would be a third film.

“I don’t think it’s going to happen, I can’t see a possible scenario, that audiences wouldn’t go ‘Oh, come on. She’s taken again? […] Unless we do one where I give her away.”

Said Neeson on Empire Online’s podcast back in September, a sentiment he echoed in February while speaking with a Dublin radio station when he said that losing his screen-daughter again would be “bad parenting.”

So, what made Neeson change his mind? Well, you see, he’s got a very specific price that the folks over at 20th Century Fox are reportedly willing to meet: $20 million dollars.

That’s obviously a hefty sum (he made $15 million for Taken 2), but despite the critical beatdown that Taken 2 received from us (me) and others (21% on the Rotten Tomatometer), the film still pulled in over $376 million at the worldwide box office on top of Taken prime’s $226 million dollar take, so obviously the Taken business is a good business to be in.

As for the creative team, it looks like Luc Besson (who is also the producer) and Robert Mark Kamen have a script “well under way” according to Deadline, though there is no word on if Taken 2 director Oliver Megaton will return to direct. We do, however, have confirmed reports that “Oliver Megaton” is a dope name.

There are also no deals in place for Famke Janssen or Grace as of yet and no guarantee that the latter will even be the one who gets taken this time out. Personally, I hope Neeson spends the whole film searching for Jake Lloyd, because I haven’t seen that kid in a long fucking time.

Source: Deadline

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Mimicking the gimmicks from any dozen blockbuster trailers, The LEGO Movie not only promises an adventure as big as you can build it, but laughs spanning the generations of LEGO architects. Starring Parks and Recreation‘s Star-Lord, Chris Pratt as the little LEGO fella, Emmet, who’s mistakenly tasked with saving the world, The LEGO Movie is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) from the screenplay they developed with writing duo, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman (Hotel Transylvania). Which is some grade-A animated comedy pedigree right there.

I was bustin’ up laughing just as the trailer, so I feel confident saying the movie’s gonna be a hit. I mean, one, who doesn’t love LEGOs, and two, who doesn’t love obscure call backs like 1980-something space guy? Plus, what a dream team: 2002 NBA All-Stars along wither Superman, Wonder Woman, Michelangelo the Renaissance painter, and Michelangelo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. All makes me want to break out the LEGOs right now!

Featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrel, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnet, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson, The LEGO Movie releases next year, February 7th, 2014.

Source: Screen Rant

Poor Liam Neeson just can’t seem to get a break.  Everyone the guy knows gets kidnapped, forcing him to rescue them in dramatic and action-packed ways.  In the first Taken film he has to go get his daughter.  Then Taken 2 got made and it was all about his wife.  And even though the second wasn’t quite the original idea that the first was, it made tons of cash, which is, of course, the most important part of making a movie.  So onward they go, to produce a third installment in this repetitive franchise.

Taken 3, as it will no doubt be called, is in talks.  Writer Robert Mark Kamen (a man who is quickly losing my respect) talked recently to Hollywood.com and has this to say:

We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers.  But then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.’ And Fox wants us to do a third one.  We’ve taken everyone we can take — it’s going to go in another direction.

The key words here being, of course, “until we saw the numbers”.  Yup, it’s another money grab playing off the complacency of movie audiences.  Liam Neeson, when asked about the possibility of a third, had something else to say:

How many times can she be taken?  I mean, it’s bad parenthood, really, after that.

It’s okay, Liam, they’re going “in another direction” so you have nothing to worry about.

Whether Neeson signs on or not remains to be seen, though considering his rather undemanding nature concerning roles as of late, I’m guessing Taken 3 will be hitting theaters as fast as the studios can film it.

 

Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.

One does not walk into a showing of Taken 2 expecting high art or even a technically proficient movie — one walks into a showing of Taken 2 expecting a thrilling rain of ass-kickery by the Nazi-thwarting Jedi wolf-puncher. Unfortunately, one may be disappointed this time out as this Taken fails to grab us by the throat and hold our attention in the way that the previous one did.  (more…)

Liam Neeson Just Wants To… To… To SING!!!

Liam Neeson has taken on just about every role Hollywood could conjure up for him with the single exception of his bursting into song. Really, if Liam wanted to sing would you have the Cojones to tell him no to his face?

Thankfully we’ve got songwriters Jon & Al Kaplan. They just couldn’t stand idly by and let this injustice stand and put their creative heads together to bring us: Liam Neeson: The Musical.

There are a ton of great and memorable clips from Neeson’s acting career, The Grey, Chronicles of Narnia, Darkman, Star Wars, Chloe, and many more. After all, it’s always Neeson season somewhere.

You might remember some of the Kaplan’s other musical video creations, The Help: The Musical, and Conan The Barbarian: The Musical.They’ve also got a stage show playing in New York and Los Angeles, Silence! The Musical, which parodies Silence of the Lambs. If you live in or near those two cities you can check out show times and tickets on their website.

Via: Cinema Blend

William Gibson’s Neuromancer is a classic of cyberpunk, created way back in 1984.  This book set in place much of what defines the genre today and influenced countless other writers to imitate and expand off of Gibson’s ideas.  Talks about a movie adaptation of the book have been nearly constant for more than a decade, with nothing ever coming of it.  The closest Hollywood ever got to recreating Gibson’s unique atmosphere in film was the 1995 B-grade Johnny Mnemonic starring Keanu Reeves.  Now, however, the rumor mill seems to be accelerating and fans of Gibson may have their dreams soon realized.

Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) has been set to direct an adaptation for more than two years now, but has been working on other projects.  Financing was secured for the making of the film, but still nothing.  But the producers may be making their move soon, because Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have both been approached about starring in two of the leads.

Wahlberg, if he accepts, would take on the role of Case, top-notch computer hacker and general protagonist.  Neeson would be playing Armitage, an ex-military type with more than his share of mental problems.  No word yet on who Natali might want to fill the shoes of the other main lead, Molly – bad-ass cyber-samurai and bodyguard.

For those unfamiliar with the story… go read the book!  Ok, I’ll give a brief description, just to be nice:

Case is a cyber-hacker in a futuristic world where the internet is pretty much all virtual reality.  He gets his neurons selectively fried after a deal-gone-bad and is forced to live his life permanently stuck inside the “meat” of his physical body.  Some shady people approach him via Armitage and offer to put his head back in order if he uses his hacking skills to do what they need done.

My skeptical side expects this one to fail just as surely as all the other attempts to adapt Neuromancer.  Still, I’ll be crossing my fingers until more news comes.  Speculators put the release date at 2014, but until this thing starts shooting for-reals, it’s impossible to tell where it will end up.

Thanks to cinemablend for the heads-up.