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Best Bets: Another bad day for Liam Neeson in 'Taken 2'

This week, two long-awaited movies -- "Taken 2" and "Frankenweenie" -- hit the cinema. Plus, "Princess Bride" gets a 25th anniversary Blu-ray, and an all African-American cast stars in a remake of "Steel Magnolias."


TUESDAY: 'Princess Bride'
"Inconceivable!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." "Anybody want a peanut?" The wonderfully quotable "Princess Bride" turns 25 this month, and a 25th anniversary Blu-ray offers a fun batch of extras, including an all-new featurette called "True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon." Other goodies include interviews with the cast and crew, a video diary from star Cary Elwes and commentaries by director Rob Reiner and screenwriter William Goldman (who also wrote the novel upon which the film is based). Have fun storming the castle! (On sale Oct. 2.)

FRIDAY: 'Taken 2' and 'Frankenweenie'
In 2008's "Taken," Liam Neeson turned into a killing machine after his daughter was kidnapped. So how to reboot that scenario for "Taken 2"? This time around, it's his ex-wife who's taken by the same evil group from the first film. What are the odds? Also opening this week is the full-length version of "Frankenweenie," famous as the short film that got Tim Burton fired from Disney in the 1980s. Now that Burton's a big-name director, the studio gave him big money and resources to turn the idea into a big-screen, full-length 3-D release. The plot hasn't changed over the decade: Kid scientist Victor Frankenstein brings his dog Sparky back from the dead, and to no one's shock but his, that wasn't a great idea. (Both movies open Oct. 5.)

SUNDAY: 'Steel Magnolias'

The original "Steel Magnolias" came out way back in 1989, but if you've ever seen an armadillo groom's cake at a wedding, you know its influence still lingers. Now Lifetime has remade the classic Southern tearjerker with an all African-American cast. The new film features Condola Rashad (Phylicia and Ahmad's daughter) in the Julia Roberts' role of Shelby, with Queen Latifah in the Sally Field role as Shelby's mother. Also starring are Phylicia Rashad herself, Alfre Woodard and Jill Scott. (Oct. 7, 9 p.m., Lifetime.)

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