A new, longer international trailer for Taken 2 is now online and it shows Bryan "Very Particular Set of Skills" Mills (Liam Neeson) doing what he does best: kicking ass and taking names. Directed by Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3), the sequel to the 2009 smash-hit thriller Taken finds the family members of the Albanian kidnappers who snatched Mills' daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), in the first movie — and who got to witness Mills' skills firsthand — out for revenge. Led by Murad (Rade Sherbedgia), whose son was killed by Mills, the Albanians attempt to re-kidnap Kim, along with her mother, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and Mills himself. (Maybe they should have titled the movie "Taken, Too"?) watch the new trailer >> Posted 08.02.12 by BrentJS
After the 2009 thriller Taken became a breakout success, the question of a sequel became, "who will be taken next?" Wisely, producer and co-screenwriter Luc Besson and star Liam Neeson met to "hash out" sequel details a few years ago and decided that Neeson's character Bryan Mills, the former CIA operative with a particular set of skills, was going to be "taken" in the upcoming Taken 2.
While the decision avoids the groans from fans had the sequel again shown Mills' daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) get kidnapped in a new European locale, it seems the Mills family haven't learned their lesson about traveling in a foreign country. Both Mills and his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) are grabbed by the father of Kim's former kidnapper (Rade Sherbedgia). The recently released first trailer showed that Neeson won't spend the entirety of the sequel tied to a chair in a dark room, the latest international trailer shows that Kim will also be heavily involved in the action as she attempts to save her parents. watch the trailer >> Posted 07.06.12 by Ryan
Lost in the scrum of blockbusters and sequels that are starting to pour into theaters on a weekly basis is the upcoming sci-fi action movie Lockout. Co-written and produced by Luc Besson (who co-wrote and produced the hit thriller Taken and co-wrote and directed The Fifth Element), Lockout follows Guy Pearce as Snow, a government agent falsely convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. Snow is offered his freedom in exchange for saving the President's daughter from a space prison that has been overrun by convicts.
Much has been made of the derivative nature of Lockout's plot, but the five-minute WonderCon clip showed that Pearce's portrayal of the anti-hero Snow and the movie's action (directed by newcomers James Mather and Stephen St. Leger), just might be worth the price of admission. Now, two more preview clips have been revealed to help pique interest. The first has more of Pearce's "loose cannon" style as he tries to disguise the President's daughter Emilie (Maggie Grace) and has to get a little physical to get the job done. watch the clips >> Posted 04.04.12 by Ryan
The upcoming sci-fi and action movie Lockout has been compared to Escape from New York because of its plot. From the looks of the movie's five-minute preview clip that debuted at WonderCon this weekend, though, we'd say comparisons to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol are fair game as well.
Guy Pearce stars as Snow, a man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, who is offered freedom if he can rescue the the president's daughter (Maggie Grace) from a space prison (hence the Escape from New York comparisons). In the new clip, Pearce heads into a Star Wars-esque chamber to fight over a torsion system (a la the giant fan in Ghost Protocol). While Lockout may be derivative, it looks like it could be a better-than-average action movie. watch the clips >> Posted 03.19.12 by Ryan
Last week, we got our first look at Lockout, a new sci-fi movie produced by Luc Besson (The Transporter, Columbiana), in the form of an international teaser trailer that contained virtually no plot and only a smidgen of special effects, but a whole lot of British actor Guy Pearce looking tough, delivering quippy dialogue, and getting his face bashed in.
Now, a French theatrical trailer (in English) for the movie has been released that offers a brief explanation of the plot — the president's daughter (Maggie Grace) is trapped aboard an orbiting prison when a riot breaks out and only a wrongly convicted spy (Pearce) is desperate enough and crazy enough to attempt a rescue mission — more sci-fi goodness (cryogenic prison cells, spaceships, etc.); and much more of what was great about the teaser trailer: Pearce acting tough and delivering cheeky dialogue like, "Here's an apple and a gun. Don't talk to strangers; shoot them." watch the new trailer >> Posted 12.16.11 by BrentJS
After delivering incredible performances in movies like L.A. Confidential (1997) and Memento (2000), British actor Guy Pearce appeared to be on track to become one of Hollywood's next great leading men. But, one misstep like the colossally bad 2002 Time Machine remake and Pearce has spent the better part of a decade playing supporting roles — albeit several choice supporting roles in acclaimed movies like The Hurt Locker and The King's Speech — and chewing scenery as a bad guy in a Nicolas Cage movie that not only can't settle on a title, but may not even get a theatrical release.
But, it appears as if Pearce is ready to reclaim center stage as he moves into the second act of his career. He landed a major role in Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated Alien prequel-reboot, Prometheus, and he's headlining Lockout, a new sci-fi movie co-written (with co-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger) and produced by Luc Besson (The Transporter, Columbiana) that appears to be "Escape from New York in space," with Pearce filling the Snake Plissken role and Maggie Grace subbing for the President.
The first trailer for Lockout was recently released online and it contains some impressive footage of spaceships and outer space combat, but what we really love about the trailer is the 50-second scene in which Pearce is cold-cocked over and over again because he keeps cracking wise about Peter Stormare's wife during an interrogation. watch the trailer for Lockout >> Posted 12.06.11 by BrentJS
Several projects have added cast members this week, so we've compiled the news into one convenient post for your reading convenience.
Just last month, Liam Neeson was officially back for Taken 2, the sequel to director Pierre Morel's highly successful 2009 thriller. Producer Luc Besson has lined up Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton for sequel, with a script from Taken screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, and with Neeson back on board, it only make sense to bring back Maggie Grace, who played Neeson's daughter and kidnapping victim in the original.
Deadline reports that Grace's deal for the sequel is finalized, though don't expect her to be "taken" again. Neeson hinted in February that he might be the one that gets nabbed in the sequel. Though the tables may be turned on Neeson, we don't see Grace's character suddenly discovering a "particular set of skills" that allow her to track down her father. more casting news >> Posted 04.08.11 by Ryan
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn has added Maggie Grace to the cast. Grace, who is best known for her role as Shannon from the Lost TV series, will play Irina of the Denali vampire coven. The casting news was announced alongside information that a young actress has been found to play the offspring of Bella and Edward, Renesmee. According to Hollywood Insider, newcomer Mackenzie Foy, is "inches away" from signing on to play the Olympic coven's hybrid child. See more about Maggie Grace Posted 09.28.10 by reelz
A new international trailer for director James Mangold's action-comedy Knight and Day has been released online. At nearly three minutes long, the trailer is chock-full of action and humor, with such great chemistry between the stars, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, that we're left wanting more. If the movie is half as good as the trailer makes it seem, this could be the movie that puts Cruise back on top of the list of Hollywood's most likeable action heroes.
Here's the official synopsis:
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in the globe-trotting action-comedy adventure Knight and Day. During their glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure, nothing and no one – even the now fugitive couple – are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs trust.
Knight and Day also stars Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Grace. Posted 05.28.10 by BrentJS
Whew. After reading IronMan 2 critic reviews about this time last week, we were concerned it might be as lousy as Spider-Man 3. Then we saw it and it was pretty cool. But it got us thinking: What if Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, and the rest of the Iron Man 2 hotties weren't in the movie? What if it was 2 hours of iron suits, bad guys, and exposition? Bo-ring.
So with that profound thought we present the rest of the hotties we're looking forward to in Summer 2010.See The Hottest Chicks of the Summer Flicks >> Posted 05.12.10 by reelz