After shows, cancelled shows, new shows and no-shows all pop up in this edition of TV Bits:

  • Falling Skies pulls a Walking Dead and will launch its own after show hosted by Wil Wheaton.
  • Despite a huge Internet push, HBO won’t make their On Demand Service HBO Go an a la-carte option.
  • Lost stars Maggie Grace and Jorge Garcia reunite on the set of Californication.
  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has been cancelled and will be replaced by Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.
  • Watch an extended preview of CW’s Arrow, which is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.

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First Look: ‘Taken 2′

20th Century Fox has finally released the first photos from Taken 2. Director Olivier Megaton‘s (Colombiana, Transporter 3) follow-up takes a twist on the original as Maggie Grace must help rescue Liam Neeson‘s character Bryan Mills after “associates of the villains he killed the first time around decide to get their revenge.” I saw some early footage at CinemaCon and it looked much better than it sounds (for example, Grace’s character isn’t turned into a complete badass Sarah Conner-type, and fun is had with her inabilities). Hit the jump to check out the first photos from the action sequel, along with a quote from Neeson.

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Every time I think the whole back-and-forth about Bill Murray and Ghostbusters 3 is finally drawing to a close, somehow it comes roaring back again. This time, Murray is the one who’s not ruling out the possibility, however small, of his involvement. Also after the jump:

  • Photos from Expendables 2, MIB3, and G.I. Joe
  • A revealing new pic of Spock in Star Trek 2
  • Maggie Grace talks about Taken 2, again

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The sequel news just keeps on here in another edition of Sequel Bits, the place where, with once click, you can read all of the latest updates on properties with multiple entries. After the jump, you can read about:

  • Marc Webb says that Peter Parker’s untold origin in The Amazing Spider-Man will span several movies.
  • Ridley Scott goes on a mini-tirade regarding Prometheus, the MPAA and Hollywood box-office
  • Maggie Grace describes her character in Taken 2.
  • A new commercial for Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising has been revealed.

So much for Beetlejuice┬ábeing a reboot and not a remake. Now writer Seth Grahame-Smith it’s not a reboot either, but a straight-up sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Madagascar 3 gets a cute new poster to go with its cute new trailer
  • There’s a teaser for the upcoming teaser for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
  • Maggie Grace talks Taken 2 and not fixing things that aren’t broken
  • Warwick Davis does not want a Leprechaun remake, but he has an idea for a sequel

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The movie Lockout, in which Guy Pearce plays a Snake Plissken-like character charged with rescuing a bigwig’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from a satellite prison, came almost out of nowhere last year. We knew the film was coming together, but then the first clips of footage suggested that it aspires to be more fun, cheeky and Escape From New York-like than we’d expected. Response to the early footage was strong.

At WonderCon this weekend, a five-minute clip was shown to audiences, and that clip is now online. It covers a lot of ground, from a desperate fight scene/setpiece to Pearce administering one of the most stomach-churning emergency medical procedures we’re likely to see in a film this spring. Read More »

2012 looks like it could be a year with a particularly strong crop of movies, and the b-picture isn’t getting left out of the action. This week alone we’ve got The Grey and Man on a Ledge (with the former being a lot more satisfying than the latter) and there are more coming in later months.

One of the more appealing ones is Lockout, aka Lock-Out, aka MS One: Maximum Security, aka a space-set blend of Escape From New York and Taken, starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. (I also see shades of the Jack recruitment mission from Mass Effect 2.) The trailers we’ve seen for the film (here and here) make it look like a great time, and now there is a new one that much more actively sets up the plot, in which Guy Pearce has to rescue the daughter of the US President from a locked-down prison satellite. Check it out below. Read More »

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp turns an eye to space for the film Lockout (or Lock-Out depending on where you live), in which Guy Pearce has to rescue Maggie Grace from a prison that has been taken over by the inmates. Yep, there’s a reason this movie has been referred to as ‘Taken in space’ ever since it was in the first stages of production.

But with the international trailer for the movie, Lockout does start to establish some character of its own. The core of the trailer is a conversation between Pearce and Peter Stormare in which Pearce gets slapped around more than a little bit. The effects seen in the trailer look determinately mid-budget, but if Pearce can channel some of the same kick-ass spirit that possessed Liam Neeson in Taken, the effects might not matter much at all. Read More »

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