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Liam Neeson signs on for Taken 3

25 Jun

Liam Neeson has just signed on to star in Taken 3. Apparently the deciding factor for Neeson is the $20 million paycheque he’ll get for reprising his role as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative and overprotective father. Attention will now turn to Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen to see if they will reprise their roles as Mills daughter and ex-wife.

Taken 3’s script will be written by Luc Besson (Taken 1 and 2, The Transporter movies) and Robert Mark Kamen (The Transporter movies, The Karate Kid movies). Both writers have a tendency to carry on writing sequels long after audiences want them too. For those of you that have seen the Taken movies, you’ll agree with me. The first Taken movie was pretty awesome; Taken 2 was considerably worse.

Don’t worry thoughI’m sure Taken 3 will rival the creative writing that Besson did for Transporter 3 and that Kamen did for The Karate Kid 3.

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The BBC Announces New Liz Taylor/Richard Burton TV Movie

8 Jun

Burton and Taylor, starring British actors Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, is set to debut on BBC American in the fall.

After the disastrous Liz and Dick Lifetime movie, the BBC has released details about Burton and Taylor, a 90-minute TV movie to air on BBC America some time in the fall.

Academy Award Winner Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West will portray the iconic couple.

The film begins with Taylor and ex-husband Richard Burton’s onstage reunion for a 1983 revival of Private Lives on Broadway.  At the time, Taylor and Burton had been married and divorced, twice.  Private Lives was Burton’s last performance as he died in 1984.

The movie will be aired a year after the universally despised Lifetime TV movie about Taylor and Burton’s stormy relationship that starred  Lindsay Lohan.

Expectations for Burton and Taylor are high because, really – who does it better than the BBC?

Chris Cooper is The Green Goblin

2 Mar

Since the character was teased in The Amazing Spiderman, audiences have been wondering who would play Norman Osborn AKA the Green Goblin in the sequel. Willem Dafoe did a great job in the Raimi version, so it’s a safe formula to stick with an established middle-aged actor who can pull off the Goblin’s craziness without looking like a complete idiot. Today, it was announced that Chris Cooper (The Muppets, Adaptation) would be playing Norman Osborn.

If you’ve seen any Chris Cooper movies you know that he can handle both serious and comedic roles, so it’ll be interesting to see how his Goblin differs from Dafoe’s. He’ll be joining a cast of established actors playing villains including Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as the Rhino.

So many new villians…maniacal laugh….MANIACAL LAUGH.

Eva Green to Star in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

20 Feb

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Eva Green has signed on to play Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In a press release, Miller and Rodriguez said “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City.  From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.”

For a long time fans hoped that Angelina Jolie would star in the sequel to the 2005 hit, but I think that Eva Green is a far better choice.  Your thoughts?

Nicholas Cage for Expedables 3?

6 Nov

According to Sly Stallone, there’s a good possibility that Nicholas Cage with be joining the cast of The Expendables 3. There’s no official deal, but really what else has Cage got going on these days?

Other actors that Sly wants to sign are Wesley Snipes (if he’s not in jail again), Harrison Ford (if he loses the horrible earring) and Mickey Rourke (if he decides to return).

Is there anyone else you’d like to see in The Expendables 3?

New Robocop Armor = Blah

10 Oct

Thanks to Comic Book Movie, we get to see the first set pictures of Robocop’s fancy new armor (see below). The majority of Robocop fans are irate and absolutely hate the new armor, while others love the sleeker modern look.

I have to side with the majority. In the original Robocop, Alex Murphy is murdered pretty brutally. Murphy loses an arm and has the majority of his body destroyed by shotgun blasts. By becoming the cyborg Robocop, Murphy has functioning hands and legs but his body is mechanical, bulky and slow. As a kid, I hated when Robocop took off his armor because he was all messed up underneath.

This new armor is all sleek and sexy…and I don’t like it!  It doesn’t seem so horrific to lose body parts if you get sleek new robotic parts that are as good.  It just loses some of the drama…you know what I mean?

Magic Mike 2?

13 Sep

magic mike 12 Channing Tatum Offers Details On Magic Mike 2

If only male strippers could look and dance like this.

Magic Mike, a dramedy about a group of male strippers, was the surprise hit of summer 2012 and it grossed over 154 million dollars – not bad considering the budget was roughly 7 million dollars. Like with any successful movie, the studio and producers have decided to make a sequel. The sequel will follow the group of male strippers as they reunite for a road trip. With Steven Soderbergh taking an indefinite break from film-making, there’s been speculation that Channing Tatum will direct the sequel.

Channing Tatum has been growing on me over the past year. He was funny in 21 Jump Street and surprisingly sympathetic as an aging male stripper in Magic Mike, but I think if he directs the sequel it’ll be a bad career move.

Yes, he’ll be directing his first movie, yet it seems highly unlikely that Magic Mike 2 will be as successful as the original. If he’s going to try directing, Tatum should do something completely original that isn’t going to be compared to its predecessor.

What do you think? Should Channing Tatum take a chance and direct Magic Mike 2?

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