Taken spoof Tooken

“Are you the Liam Neesons from Tooken?” That’s a good one-line joke when it’s used by Key and Peele, who have built a few really fun comedy sketches about a pair of valet attendants who literally explode in delight when talking about films starring Liam Neeson. Now two other guys — who seem to have no relation to Keegan Michael Key or Jordan Peele — are filming their own Taken spoof Tooken. That’s probably not a coincidence, is it? Read More »

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Update: Just hours after we wondered whether Famke Janssen would also reprise her role as Lenore Mills, Deadline reports that she has closed her deal. The story has been updated accordingly.

Now that star Liam Neeson is locked in for Taken 3, director Olivier Megaton is going about getting the rest of the cast in place. One of the first to board is Maggie Grace, who has just closed her deal to reprise her role as Neeson’s daughter Kim.

It’ll likely be her last time playing the role, as Taken 3 is said to be the final installment in the very lucrative series. Get all the latest updates on the movie after the jump.

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Some of today’s tidbits involve actors claiming they probably won’t do a sequel. Imagine that. After the jump:

  • 300: Rise of an Empire stars gather for a group photo
  • Watch an explosive video from Fast and the Furious 6
  • Liam Neeson does not think Taken 3 will ever happen
  • Mike Tyson and Kendra Wilkinson join Scary Movie 5
  • Benedict Cumberbatch talks about mo-cap in Hobbit
  • Ethan Hawke says Before Midnight may be the end of his unexpectedly long-running series with Richard Linklater.

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LOL: ‘Taken’ With A Real Dad

We all thought it. How lucky was Maggie Grace’s character in Taken that her father, played by Liam Neeson, was a kick ass secret agent? And how unlucky were the kidnappers to grab the pretty blond with a murderous father? In reality, things might have turned out a little differently and the comedy troupe Captain Hippo has created a short, hilarious video that shows what might have happened if a normal father was on the other end of the phone. After the jump, watch Taken With A Real Dad. Read More »

Unless you’re a group of crime scene investigators or police detectives, there’s really not that much male-driven action currently on television. Luc Besson is hoping to change that in the coming months. Filming is set to being early next year on a $48 million, 12 part television series based on The Transporter. The films, which starred Jason Statham and were produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp, center on a driver who’ll transport anything you want, no questions asked. French company Lagardere Entertainment will finance the show and they, reportedly, already have a deal in place with a United States broadcaster.

EuropaCorp has already turned one of their franchises into a show, Nikita, and they aren’t stopping there. After The Transporter, they’re also considering turning the Liam Neeson action vehicle Taken into a TV series, but only after Taken 2 shoots in the Spring. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Taken was a small film that was picked up by Fox, essentially dumped and then became a massive surprise hit anyway. Sometimes you just can’t predict how these things are going to go. (Taken was big enough that its January release window is, for the time being, the ‘Taken date,’ which will be occupied next year by Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, formerly Knockout.)

No surprise, then, that a sequel is being considered. The possible follow-up is something that we might see Liam Neeson make within the next year or so, and he and writer/producer Luc Besson are working to come up with a story that will fly. Read More »

This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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TAKEN
(Available as single-disc Extended Cut and 2-Disc Extended Cut)
They just don’t make movies like Taken anymore. It’s as straight-forward a thriller as they come: bad guys kidnap girl, dad isn’t happy about it, dad f**ks up the bad guys. But as this film proves, simplicity isn’t always a bad thing. There aren’t many things more rewarding in life than watching the always awesome Liam Neeson laying the smackdown on an endless array of evildoers. Combine that winning formula with director Pierre Morel’s raw, visceral style and co-writer Luc Besson’s to-the-point and totally badass screenplay, and you have yourself one of the most satisfying 90 minutes of ass-kicking goodness to come out in quite some time.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc includes an extended cut of the film and no extra material. The 2-disc includes the extended cut, commentary with director Pierre Morel, writer Robert Mark Kamen, and cinematographers Michel Abramowicz and Michel Julienne, a making of featurette, an Avant Premiere feature, and a Inside Action: Side by Side Comparisons feature which looks at 6 different sequences.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99
Amazon – $16.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise the work of Ron Silver, get excited about Sam Raimi’s return, debate the caliber of American action films in recent years, and wonder exactly why the executives in charge of the SciFi Channel hate their loyal fans. Special guest Brad Brevet joins us from Rope of Silicon.

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