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Caryn James

Why Brave "The Grey"? Millions of Dollars, Says Liam Neeson (Video Interview)

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  • January 23, 2012 9:00 AM
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What would entice Liam Neeson and director Joe Carnahan to endure the camera-and-butt-freezing conditions of a frigid shoot in British Columbia?  “Well, it was the millions I was paid,” Neeson laughed, which has to be one of those jokey answers with more than a hint of truth. The Grey is an adventure story about  men who survive a plane crash in a desolate snowy area, then have to figure out how not to be eaten by wolves – exactly the kind of high-voltage physical action movie Neeson has specialized in lately, following the mega-success of Taken.

Coriolanus Opens and Ralph Fiennes Has a Pillow Fight With Andy Cohen

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  • January 20, 2012 11:31 AM
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Publicizing a film makes for very strange sleepovers. Ralph Fiennes’ stunning modern-day version of Coriolanus – which Fiennes directed and stars in – arrives in theaters today after a brief awards-qualifying run in December. Set in a country resembling Serbia during the war, with Fiennes as the prickly and ambiguous military hero Coriolanus, the Shakespearean high drama is fraught with topical issues including political ambition and pandering, loyalty and betrayal of family and country - so I can’t really explain why Fiennes’ promotion included turning up on Andy Cohen’s cocktail-infused talk show Watch What Happens Live on pajama night. It was last night’s stunt show in which Cohen and guests Fiennes and Holly Hunter all wore pjs and animal slippers, and ended up having a raucous pillow fight.

Ralph Fiennes Talks About Directing Coriolanus (Video Interview)

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  • November 23, 2011 10:59 AM
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Ralph Fiennes’ career has taken him from the swoon-inducing romantic hero of The English Patient to noseless Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. Now, in his fierce, accomplished first film as director, he has extended his range again with a topical, centuries-old political drama: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, in which he plays the thorny title character, a war-hero turned candidate for office.

Dominic Cooper's Stunning Dual Role: The Devil's Double On DVD

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  • November 19, 2011 1:07 PM
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Dominic Cooper’s amazing dual performance in The Devil's Double – as Saddam Hussein’s evil-incarnate son Uday, and as Latif Yahia, the Iraqi soldier forced to act as Uday’s lookalike double – arrived too early in the year to attract much awards buzz now. That’s too bad, but you can catch up with his thrilling performance in Lee Tamahori’s intense drama on DVD (arriving Tuesday).

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