Annoyingly, after an excellent opening weekend, it seems that Taken 2 has made enough money to seemingly justify the studio’s contentious decision to cut the film down for a softer 12A certificate in the UK.
Following leaks and plugs aplenty, Adele's Bond theme is officially online and available for your listening pleasure.
Die Hard is a classic. The Die Hard sequels are a prime example of diminishing returns, culminating in Die Hard 4.0 (or Live Free Or Die Hard, depending on which stupid title you prefer) which was a toothless waste of time that bore no resemblance to the Die Hard franchise that preceded it.
The second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, is currently in production but Lionsgate have started moving towards producing the final two films in the series. Emmy award-winner Danny Strong has been hired to write the last two installments, based on the trilogy's final book, Mockingjay.
The first Taken was one of 2008's surprise hits. Although derided by the majority of critics, something about it resonated with audiences. The action was gripping albeit nothing new and the plot was more or less a re-hash of Commando, so what was it that people responded to? Maybe it was Liam Neeson earning his title as a man's man, playing Bryan Mills, a father with a 'special set of skills' who turned up the badass-o-meter when he his daughter is kidnapped or that the film featured a script that wasn't afraid to go to some very dark places.
Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Jumper), All You Need Is Kill is an awkwardly titled sci-fi based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's 2004 novel. Its US release has been confirmed as 14th March 2014 (UK release TBC, but it's ages away so why worry?). Appearing, at first glance, to be an all-action vehicle for Tom Cruise, it will also feature Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Charlotte Riley.
In addition to this confirmed American release date, a thorough plot synopsis has arrived that gives us a fairly strong indication that this is essentially Duncan Jones' Source Code with added aliens and a shorter protagonist...
Casino Royale's theme by Chris Cornell was great. As a bid to return legitimacy to the franchise it was a rousing statement of intent; backed by a classic opening title sequence.
Quantum of Solace's theme felt like it was trying too hard to be radical, it never felt right for Bond, but then Quantum of Solace never felt like a Bond film.
Adele looks set to course correct the franchise's audio-identity with her theme; titled Skyfall.
Ladies! Are you fans of macho muscle-filled popcorn film outings, but think women could do with a piece of the action? Then look no further: producer Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd, Killing Them Softly) is looking to create an all female version of The Expendables, starring none other than MMA fighting champion, Gina Carano.