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First Look: Liam Neeson Gets Badass Again In 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 10:50 AM
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As it turns out, he still has a very particular set of skills. It's nearly four years since Liam Neeson action vehicle "Taken" became a surprise worldwide smash-hit: the Luc Besson-produced film made more than $200 million worldwide, which was particularly impressive given its meager $25 million budget, and it turned Neeson into an A-list star. It took some wrangling, but Besson and Fox finally got the star back for a sequel, and a first look at the film has debuted over at Entertainment Weekly.

Rade Šerbedžija On Looking For Revenge In Angelina Jolie's 'In The Land Of Blood and Honey' And Next Year's 'Taken 2'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 21, 2011 12:30 PM
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While promoting his new film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Rade Serbedzija ("Snatch," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "X-Men: First Class") drew a parallel between his characters in both Angelina Jolie's directorial debut and the sequel to "Taken," which he's shooting now with Liam Neeson.

'Brothers and Sisters' Star Luke Grimes Has A Very Particular Set Of Skills, Joins Liam Neeson In 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2011 9:00 AM
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We've gone on record in the past as to how baffled we are that "Taken," a borderline-racist B-movie that would have been best-suited to being a direct-to-video action movie starring Patrick Bergin in the mid-90s, is such a beloved box-office hit in some quarters. But we were slowly coming to terms with the fact that it's simply something that we'll never come to understand, like the mysteries of the cosmos, or the iTunes Terms & Conditions. And just as that was happening, Liam Neeson's schedule was worked out, and a sequel to the 2009 surprise hit was greenlit, with the amazingly-named Olivier Megaton helmer of "The Transporter 3" and "Columbiana" in the director's chair, with original writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen returning with another script.

Rade Sherbedgia Will Ruin Liam Neeson's Istanbul Vacation In 'Taken 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 1:26 AM
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Oh shit, Bryan Mills is back and once again, some vaguely foreign types are gonna make him mad, and he will look for them, and will find them, and then, he will kill them with his special set of skills.

John McClane Returns For 'A Good Day To Die Hard' On February 14, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 6:04 AM
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'Taken 2' Reloads On October 5, 2012 Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker. If you're a fan of John McClane or things blowing up in general, get ready, because the long in development "Die Hard 5" is now officially titled "A Good Day To Die Hard" and it will be the date movie of choice on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

Jay Baruchel Joins David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis,' Maggie Grace Will Be 'Taken' Again

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 6, 2011 12:39 PM
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Casting News Explosion Includes Rob Riggle As Villain In '21 Jump Street,' Tim Roth In 'Arbitrage' & Much MoreJay Baruchel is joining the cast of David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis." The rangy young actor will play a "financial whiz kid" in the film, who makes a fortuitous gamble over the course of the film's single-day narrative. Baruchel is joining a loaded cast, including Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon. Baruchel will next be seen in the Michael Dowse-directed "Goon," which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, before lending his voice to the second film in the "How To Train Your Dragon" series. Update: First tipped by C7nema and confirmed by reps for the film, Kevin Durand ("Lost," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), Emily Hampshire ("The Trotsky") and Patricia McKenzie have also joined the film playing Torval, Jane Melman and Kendra respectively.

Update: Liam Neeson Confirmed For 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 12:12 PM
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Update: Well that was fast. Deadline reports Liam Neeson and Luc Besson have made nice and the actor is closing a deal to reprise his role.

'Transporter' & 'Taken' TV Series' On The Way, 'Taken 2' Aiming To Film Next Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2010 7:20 AM
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If three movies of Jason Statham driving around in a fast car delivering packages weren't enough for you, get ready for the concept to hit the small screen.

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