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The Cricket's Daily 3: 'Taken 2' takes the weekend

Published October 8, 2012 9:40 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Here's what's being talked about today in pop culture:

• Who knew Liam Neeson was such a box-office star? The thriller sequel "Taken 2" took the top prize at movie theaters this weekend, with a whopping $50 million. Newcomer "Frankenweenie" failed to juice audiences, bringing in only $11.5 million, for fifth place. [Box Office Mojo]

• This weekend's online pay-per-view showdown between "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart and Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was a bit of a fizzle. [Entertainment Weekly]

• The Matt Damon-starring drama "Promised Land," which dramatizes the environmental hazards of extracting natural gas through hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), doesn't come out until December — but the energy industry is already gearing up for a public-relations fight. [The Hollywood Reporter]