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'Taken 3': Liam Neeson Is Getting $20 Million To Beat And Kill Some More...

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The plot for Taken:  a former C.I.A. agent’s daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers in Europe.  He shows up, beats the hell out of absolutely everyone, and gets his daughter back; the film makes $230 million.  The plot for Taken 2: the same former C.I.A. agent’s ex-wife is kidnapped by relative of the human traffickers in Europe from the first film.  He shows up,...

DVD and Blu-ray Picks for January 15 - 21

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This week offers a weird collection of late fall titles that either could have been Oscar contenders or something more. But most died on the vine. There’s Taken 2, and that should be the big hit this week, while Fox has a ton of catalog titles, and there’s a couple of new and classic Woody Allen’s. Take a look…

Armond White Does it Again With His Better-Than List

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If you know who Armond White is, it's likely that it's because he's pissed you off. White is the critic who notoriously offers contrarian opinions on some of cinema's most popular entertainments. He's the critic who spiked a number of Pixar films' perfect ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and spoke rhapsodically about Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the...

Box Office Roundup: 'Wreck-It Ralph' Clobers Top Spot

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In what must amount to a pleasant surprise, the box office roared back to life this weekend after many theaters were closed because of Hurricane Sandy. Wreck-It Ralph did nearly $50 Million, while Flight performed stronger than expected. People wanted to go to the movies this weekend.

Box Office Roundup: Believe It or Not 'Argo' Won the Weekend (in Second...

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 Paranormal Activity 4 had the lowest grossing opening weekend of any Paranormal sequel, which means that the franchise may yet get a fifth entry, but is either wearing out its welcome, or this entry wasn't marketed as well as its predecessors. Perhaps there's just nowhere left to go. Alex Cross didn't open, so who...

Box Office Predictions: 'Paranormal' Activities Takes the Weekend

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This weekend shows that Paramount still remembers how to do horror sequels as they've dashed off three quickie horror sequels in the last three years to capitalize on the success of Paranormal Activity. It reminds of their success with Friday the 13th films (though they were much more embarrassed of that franchise). And then there's Tyler...

Box Office Roundup: 'Taken 2' Takes 'Argo' for the Top Take

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There was an exciting moment there on Saturday, when Sinister managed to be the number one picture for Friday, but when the weekend numbers were added up, that wasn't enough to take the top spot or second place. Those were held by Taken 2 and by Argo. Regardless of the horse race aspects of who came out on top, it...

Box Office Predictions: Can 'Argo' Take 'Taken 2'?

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When Ben Affleck turned to directing his first feature film wasn't a box office sensation, but it did make critics stand up and take notice. Affleck was no dummy, and he proved gifted behind the camera. Then came The Town, and with it commercial and critical success. Now he's got Argo, which is hitting a busy season of the year, and looks to...

Yes, 'Taken 3' Is Happening Now

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Despite the fact that a man’s family members can only be kidnapped or harmed before sequels run out of steam and he’s forced to blow up neighborhoods with a bazooka (sorry, I channeled Death Wish 3 for a second there), it appears that Taken 3 may be happening, thanks to Taken 2’s nice box...

Box Office Roundup: 'Taken 2' is a Monster

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It's no surprise that Taken 2 opened big, but doing fifty million was well above expectations. People loved the first film, and this looked to deliver more of the same. And unless the film collapses after opening weekend, it should do over a hundred million domestic. Also: poor, poor Frankenweenie.

Box Office Predictions: Will 'Frankenweenie' be 'Taken 2' the Cleaners?

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First: I apologize for that headline. A little. Second: Is it just me, or doesn't this weekend's titles feel like they belong in the summer months? You've got a Tim Burton movie versus a sequel to a huge hit, but it's the first week of October. You could just as easily see these two duking it out in May or June. But I guess they can't fight superheroes.

Liam Neeson Introduces the Latest 'Taken 2' Trailer

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We're only a month away from Taken 2 starring Liam Neeson, who returns as his specialist with a specific set of cutlery. Or skills, something like that. Neeson, who's sixty, joins our list of favorite geriatric butt-kickers with this franchise, and we're hoping that it delivers the fun and thrills of the first. To get us in the mood, Neeson introduces the new...

'Taken 2': New Trailer Features Liam Neeson Bombing, Shooting, And Growling...

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It’s that time of year again, when Liam Neeson returns from his slumber to star in whichever mid-level , slick action film Jason Statham isn’t already starring in, or isn’t being revamped into Tony Scott-directed vehicle for Denzel Washington.  This year’s gem?  Taken 2, in which Liam Neeson’s things get taken again, and so he has to take them back, and take some lives in...

'Taken 2' Trailer: People Keep Borrowing Liam Neeson's Things Without...

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Another year, another chance for Liam Neeson to make you forget that he’s one of the more  gifted actors of his generation, and instead star in our generation’s Charles Bronson films (the ones that Jason Statham doesn’t star in, anyway).  This year’s flick?  Taken 2, in which—you guessed it—more bad guys decide to take things from Liam Neeson, as they...

Take a Look at 'Taken 2'

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Liam Neeson's back at it in Taken 2, which follows his character from Taken,who now must defend his family from an organization wanting revenge for the hyperviolent stuff that happened in the first film. Entertainment Weekly got the first look, and we can share some of the first images from Taken 2. Check it...

News Round-Up: Tower Heist, Sequel Dates, and Mathew Broderick

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Tower Heist is no longer going to have a limited release VOD launch three weeks after release. Universal first floated the idea, as we reported, and then Cinemark and many independent exhibitors balked at the idea, and told Universal that they would refuse to show the movie. But if the studios want to go in this direction, it's possible they will work out some title...

UPDATED: Taken 2 Now Coming With Liam Neeson, Not Without

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When Taken came out in January of 2009, it was not expected to be a runaway success. In fact, it was an action movie going up against the Super Bowl. But the film became an honest-to-goodness word-of-mouth hit. Liam Neeson was reborn as an action star - leading to The A-Team and Unknown - and the film made $145...

Liam Neeson Confirmed for Taken 2, TV Series on the Way

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Liam Neeson has been all about action films ever since Taken debuted in theaters early last year. It was a sleeper hit, and became somewhat of a cult phenomenon. He followed that performance with Zeus from Clash of the Titans and Hannibal in The A-Team, now he's returning to his vengeful roots in the sequel...