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Shortly before the release of Taken 2, star Liam Neeson sounded deeply skeptical about the prospect of a Taken 3. “I don’t think it’s going to happen,” he shrugged. “I can’t see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, come on…! She’s taken again?’” But for an eight-figure salary, he’s apparently willing to keep an open mind.

Neeson is in final negotiations to star in the next Taken movie, which is being scripted once again by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. And his very particular set of skills will be even more richly rewarded this time around. Hit the jump for more details on his massive payday.

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Luc Besson‘s The Family (once called Malativa) seems like a fun amalgamation of well-known film ideas, as Robert de Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play the two heads of a former mob family that has gone into witness protection in France. Despite the helpful guidance of Tommy Lee Jones, things don’t go so well, thanks to a comically toxic combination of elements: the family’s inability to change, and the attentions of a clean-up crew that wants to silence them.

The trailer is below, and you’ll see some Coppola, Demme, and Scorsese in this footage. (It even opens with a Rolling Stones song — maybe the best Stones song, actually — but Scorsese did serve as a consultant and exec producer who worked on the edit.) There’s also a good bit of Besson’s trademark energy, and along with the cast looking engaged that makes the whole thing worth a look. Read More »

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The world has been on pins and needles waiting for the answer to one question: When will we see the next McG theatrical feature? The answer is February 14, 2014. Three Days to Kill, directed by McG, co-written by Luc Besson and starring Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard and Connie Nielsen, has just been picked up by Relativity and slotted on the calendar. Read about the plot and more below. Read More »

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Guess who’s been hanging out in Middle-earth again! Also after the jump:

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She kicked ass in The Avengers, she’s kicking ass in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and soon Scarlett Johansson will continue her action star ways with one of the genre’s masters. Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) has just cast Johansson in his upcoming film, Lucy. Besson wrote the script and will direct the film, which is about a woman forced to mule some kind of super-serum, gets infected by it and develops superhuman abilities. It’s kind of Crank meets the Hulk, with a woman at the center.  Read More »

A third Taken movie may not be in the cards, but those eager for another “older male star kicks ass” flick will not be left wanting. A couple of months back, Kevin Costner and McG were said to be circling a Luc Besson-produced thriller about a dying assassin tackling one last assignment, titled Three Days to Kill. Now it seems both are on board, which is especially exciting since a more detailed synopsis suggests there’s a little bit more to this movie than rote violence. More after the jump.

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For a while we had hopes that Kevin Costner would make his career comeback with an attention-grabbing turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, until scheduling issues sadly forced him to turn down the gig. But no matter: It looks like Costner’s been keeping plenty busy getting back on top even without that part. He’s just coming off of an Emmy-nominated turn in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and has supporting role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel due out next year.

Now he’s looking for his next move beyond that, and a couple of intriguing options have just popped up on the radar. Costner is reportedly being courted for Paramount’s Jack Ryan reboot, as well as the Luc Besson-produced Three Days to Kill. More details after the jump.

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The US marketing hasn’t really kicked into gear yet, but maybe you saw the first international trailer for Taken 2, which puts Liam Neeson in conflict with some guys who are pretty angry about all the stuff Neeson did when his daughter was kidnapped a while back. The old guy and his fam (Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen) are in Istanbul, where they’re targeted by the father (Rade Sherbedgia) of one of the guys Neeson killed in Taken.

This trailer gives away a big part of the plot setup that wasn’t shown in the last trailer. In fact, the last trailer deliberately obscured it. It’s something that we’ve known to some extent for a while, and something that will end up in the US trailers eventually, so I wouldn’t call it a big spoiler. But if all you know of Taken 2 is what was in the last trailer, then this will have a small surprise. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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