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No Will Smith; no (major) problem.

With Will Smith completely uninterested in returning to the 22-year-old Men in Black franchise (once upon a time, Smith made it look good) and otherwise busy with other commercial pursuits (playing a blue-skinned, top-knotted, magical genie in the recent live-action Aladdin adaptation), Tommy Lee Jones all-but-retired from performing, Sony Pictures unsurprisingly turned to one of the MCU’s MVPs, Chris Hemsworth, and Hemsworth’s Thor: Ragnarok co-star, Tessa Thompson, to restart and/or soft reboot a series that last saw the darkened interior of an air-conditioned movie theater seven years ago (given the rapidity in which pop-culture favorites turn into yesterday’s disposable detritus, zero guarantee moviegoers will respond with more than just passing nostalgia). It was still a gamble. Hemsworth has yet to carry a film outside the MCU. Thompson has yet to topline a major studio film. On individual charisma and collective chemistry alone, Hemsworth and Thompson prove themselves more than worthy of headlining a big-budget, spectacle-driven franchise entry of their own, the F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious, Straight Outta Compton, The Negotiator, Friday) directed Men in Black: International. (more…)

After grasping at a sequel for years, Sony is finally getting a grip on it’s next installment in the Men In Black series. Instead of a direct sequel the studio is opting for a spin-off. With no definitive title yet, the movie simply referred to as MIB is set in London. Rumor has it the franchise is expanding it’s universe to allow more options for stories. Ahead of the casting news, 2018 Las Vegas Licensing Expo featured a poster for the new movie with the line “MIB in theaters summer 2019”. Is it enough to generate hype for the film? Can big names sell the tickets to fill seats for a spin-off?

 

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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…)