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First images from “Taken 2” show off Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills

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Liam Neeson’s 2008 action film “Taken” was a surprise hit when it arrived in theaters and introduced audiences to former special-ops agent Bryan Mills, a man with a “particular set of skills” that allowed him to rescue his daughter after she was kidnapped while traveling overseas.

The film earned more than $226 million worldwide, so it’s not surprising that a sequel is currently in the works. However, “Taken 2” finds Neeson’s character on the other side of the dangerous scenario, held hostage by the father of one of the kidnappers he killed in the first film. This time around, he needs help from his daughter (Maggie Grace) to enact his escape — though we’re pretty sure he won’t need too much assistance in teaching his captors a lesson.

Along with that little change-up in the plot, “Taken 2” also sees “Colombiana” and “Transporter 3” director Olivier Megaton replacing “Taken” director Pierre Morell behind the camera. The original film’s screenwriters, Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson, also scripted the sequel.

Over at, there’s a trio of stills from the film featuring Neeson as Bryan Mills in various stages of ass-kickery. (Yes, even when he’s standing still and staring at the camera, he’s still kicking ass. That’s one of his particular skills.)

The site also features a brief interview with Neeson in which he reveals that the sequel is set about 12-18 months after the first film, and some details about the series of events that force his character into action yet again.

“I’ve taken a job over in Istanbul looking after a sheik who is there, and afterward I discover that my wife’s going through a very bad time with her new husband,” he explained. “So I suggest she and my daughter come over for a few days and hang out with me in this amazing city. And then… [Laughs] all this shit happens, of course.”

“Taken 2” hits theaters October 5.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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