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1, 2, 3: Another New Clip From 'Taken 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 4:22 PM
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Marketing movies is one part art, one part science and third part sheer luck, as studios forever try to make sure their films both find their intended audience and still have enough appeal for the magical four quadrants. But over at 20th Century Fox, they seem to care less about crafting a campaign, preferring to just show you as much of the movie as possible in advance. Just look at their rollout for "Prometheus" and "X-Men: First Class" in case you need any more proof. And so it goes with "Taken 2" as yet another clip has dropped.

Watch: Maggie Grace Does A Rooftop Chase In Clip From 'Taken 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 4:50 PM
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Advice to bad guys: don't underestimate Kim Mills. While you might think her father Bryan Mills is the only one with a special set of skills, that shit is genetic, dog, and it looks like Kim can pretty much do a standing leap from rooftop to rooftop. Welcome to "Taken 2: Tooked In Istanbul" where logic and reason go flying out the window.

Rising Star Isabel Lucas To Lead 'Careful What You Wish For,' Liam Neeson Sought For 'Fair Trade,' And More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 11, 2012 1:25 PM
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First up in a bit of a casting round-up today is news that Aussie actress Isabel Lucas (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and maybe Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” if she makes the final cut) has signed up for “Careful What You Wish For.” The film will follow a self-conscious high school student who gets more than he bargained for when he starts an affair with the wife of a businessman (the role we’re assuming Lucas has taken), and discovers a devastating secret after a serious crime rocks their small town. Directed by Elizabeth Allen (“Aquamarine,” “Ramona and Beezus”), the film is described as a “sexy thriller reminiscent of “Basic Instinct,”” but we’d be surprised if Lucas lays herself quite as bare as Sharon Stone did.

Watch: Liam Neeson Comes For You On The Internet In New 'Taken 2' Trailer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2012 10:16 AM
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"Taken" was an unexpected hit when it was released in 2008, turning formerly serious actor Liam Neeson into an unlikely action icon and legitimizing (to a degree, at least), French filmmaker Luc Besson's place as a kind of Euro-trash Roger Corman. Well, a sequel has finally been shaped, all these years later, and based on the latest "internet trailer" (complete with winky Neeson introduction), it looks like it's keen to recapture the same junky fun of the original.

Liam Neeson Drinks Your Milkshake In Pics From 'Taken 2' Plus A New Poster & Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2012 12:24 PM
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In case you missed the plethora of "Taken 2" pics from a couple of days ago, a whole new batch of images have dropped. And these are notable mostly because they now contain what is probably our favorite movie still of the year so far: Liam Neeson enjoying the simple pleasure of a milkshake in a delightfully retro diner. This must be before he leaves for Instanbul, right? Either way, it feels lifted out of a completely different movie, perhaps one where Neeson plays a retired schoolteacher who solves mysteries in a small town. Man, we'd pay to see that movie.

Liam Neeson Is Coming For You In Batch Of New Pics From 'Taken 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 5:46 PM
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On the one hand, Bryan Mills had his daughter kidnapped, so you can understand why he would stop at nothing to get her back. On the other hand, if you were the dad of all those dudes who were wasted -- sometimes rather horrifically -- you could see why vengeance might be on the agenda. These are the moral complexities at play in "Taken 2," with Liam Neeson back to once again talk with menacing authority into a cell phone.

Déjà Vu Or More Of The Same? Watch The Domestic Trailer For 'Taken 2'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 30, 2012 4:59 PM
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In "Taken," the 2008 French thriller produced by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel, unlikely action-star Liam Neeson played Bryan Mills, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who sets about tracking down his daughter (Maggie Grace) after she is kidnapped by human traffickers while traveling in France. The picture has truly been film a turning point in Neeson's career redefining the actor as a successful action film star.

Oh No, Not Again! First Trailer For 'Taken 2' Arrives With Liam Neeson Having More Problems With Foreigners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 1:02 PM
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You would think that after having problems with Albanian mafia in "Taken," Bryan Mills might decide to kick back and relax in America...how about Hawaii? Not so. Instead he takes his wife to Istanbul, and Kim (Maggie Grace) pops her head in as a suprise and before you know it, half the script for "Taken 2" is written.

Liam Neeson To Star In One-Time Harrison Ford Project 'A Walk Among The Tombstones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 1:00 PM
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It seems barely a week goes by without it being announced that Liam Neeson is attached to play some kind of badass. Ever since "Taken" renewed his stardom, he's been a busy bee, punching people (and wolves) in everything from "The A-Team" and "Clash Of The Titans" to "The Grey" and the upcoming "Non-Stop." Only this morning saw images of Neeson giving bad-guys the what for in "Taken 2," the sequel to the original smash. So ordinarily, we'd be forgiven for greeting the announcement of a new hardboiled crime thriller starring the Irish actor with a roll of the eyes.

Review: Waterlogged 'Battleship' Is A Cynical, Nonsensical & Boring Blockbuster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 11:00 AM
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Expectations are a tricky thing with films. In an age where every teaser, trailer, teaser-for-a-trailer, poster and publicity still are pored over endlessly, many go into a film thinking they know what they'll think afterwards. This can lead to hopes being crushed, or sometimes, for a film that you'd previously dismissed turning out to be a pleasant surprise -- only last summer, we were dreading "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," only to discover that it was perhaps the best blockbuster of the season. Honestly, very little makes us happier than such a film: a picture that's been mis-marketed that turns out be an absolute treat, that is an entirely different beast to what you thought it was going to be.

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