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Liam Neeson To Punch People, But In The Sky, In Dark Castle Thriller 'Non-Stop'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 4, 2012 10:44 AM
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When he’s not punching wolves with shards of glass taped to his hands in “The Grey,” rescuing his daughter with his “particular set of skills” in “Taken,” or locked in a brutal battle in “Wrath of the Titans,” we imagine that actor Liam Neeson is probably a nice guy. Though as you can see from the string of films we mentioned before, lately Hollywood likes to cast him in the sort of ass-kicking antihero roles that were usually reserved for Charles Bronson in the ‘70s. Though with January’s release of “The Grey” faring quite well both critically and financially, we can see why a Liam Neeson actioner is a sure bet. So that’s why there’s another one already in store, only this time, Neeson will have to brave some high altitudes.

Watch: First Trailer Arrives For Ken Loach's Latest, 'The Angels' Share'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 4, 2012 10:24 AM
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It seems we’re never far away from seeing a Ken Loach film in theaters, with the director consistently churning out a film every two years for the lion’s share of his career. Perhaps churned is a poor choice of words though, because it’s rare that a Ken Loach film receives anything but praise – the only variable seems to be whether they are good or great. Loach’s last effort, “Route Irish,” was one of the good but not great ones, and from the first look we’ve had at his latest feature we’re tempted to say this looks like it may be of a similar quality.

'Hellraiser' Is Headed To TV

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 10:24 AM
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More and more, it seems like some of the most interesting projects are arriving on television. "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead," for example, have both become critical darlings and ratings hits, but have both had the advantage of being based on a popular series of novels and a long-running comic book, respectively. Branding is still a huge part of selling TV shows, as news from the MipTV market in Cannes has revealed that series based on film franchise "Hellraiser" is in the works.
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The 5 Best Heath Ledger Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 4, 2012 10:15 AM
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In an ideal world, Australian actor Heath Ledger would have been celebrating his thirty-third birthday today. Heartbreakingly, he isn't here for it: the actor passed away from an accidental prescription drugs overdose just over four years ago, on January 22, 2008. At the time, the actor was shooting Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," and the director managed to finish the film with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law paying tribute to the late actor by joining the production.

Producer Jon Landau Says 'Avatar 2' Is Unlikely To Make 2014 Release Target

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 4, 2012 9:55 AM
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How do you follow the biggest movie of all time? Well, you make a sequel, dummy. Unlike his previous mega-hit "Titanic," which was crippled, follow-up wise, by the boat sinking and most of the characters dying (not that it's stopped this week's 3D re-release, of course), James Cameron was only getting started with "Avatar:" most of the lead characters remain alive and well (bar Sigourney Weaver's, but it looks like she'll be back regardless), and the world of Pandora has only just had its surface scratched. And not long after the release of the first film, Cameron confirmed that his next directorial project would be to make "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" back to back, with releases tentatively planned for 2014 and 2015.

Maika Monroe To Play Future Mrs. Josh Brolin In Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 4, 2012 9:44 AM
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After years in development, things seem to be moving forward on Jason Reitman's adaptation of Joyce Maynard's coming-of-age novel "Labor Day," with professional kiteboarder-turned-actor Maika Monroe the latest addition to its ever-growing cast.

TV Dial: Christopher Mintz-Plasse Says 'Friend Me'; 'Angry Birds' Get New Life As Series; Sundance Doc 'The Queen of Versailles' Heads To Bravo

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 9:21 AM
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With big screen funny folks like Jason Segel and Kat Dennings scoring big hits on TV with "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls," another comic actor is making the small screen leap. Christopher Mintz-Plasse will take the lead in the new CBS comedy "Friend Me." Penned by Alan Kirschenbaum ("Raising Hope") and Ajay Sahgal, the show will center on two friends, Evan (Mintz-Plasse) and Rob (Nicholas Braun of "Red State" fame), who move from Indiana to L.A. to work for GroupOn. That still doesn't explain why it's called "Friend Me" but maybe Facebook didn't clear their brand for the show. Sounds like it's right in the geeky wheelhouse that has made "The Big Bang Theory" such a smash hit, so this has potential. The series is currently at the pilot stage. [Deadline]

First Look: The Gang In Laurent Cantet's Teen-Feminist Rebellion Tale 'Foxfire'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 4, 2012 9:00 AM
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After the success of working with unknown youths in his Palme d'Or-winning "The Class," Laurent Cantet decided to go down the same path for his latest effort behind the camera, the teen-feminist rebellion tale "Foxfire," adapted once before as a 1992 Annette Haywood-Carter film starring a young Angelina Jolie and Jenny Lewis.

Sony Picks Up 'The Mortal Instruments' & Dates It For August 23, 2013 Release

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 8:38 AM
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With "The Hunger Games" killing everything in its sights at the box office, Sony has decided to get serious about its adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments," which has the potential to become a "Twilight"/"Hunger Games"-esque franchise, but perhaps even bigger. Or, at least, longer. Like the other aforementioned franchises, "Mortal Instruments" is based on a series of novels targeted at young adults, though, unlike those other franchises, author Cassandra Clare has six volumes planned compared to "Twilight"'s four and "Hunger Games"' three. Like a Stephen King for the YA set, Clare has been cranking out a new "Mortal Instruments" volume once year since 2007, and somehow found time to simultaneously write two books for the prequel trilogy series "The Infernal Devices." And, finally, Sony is set to make them into movies.

'The Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley Spied Shooting Scenes With Christian Bale For Terrence Malick's Upcoming Film(s)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2012 8:19 AM
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Terrence Malick is well known for shooting endless amounts of footage, most of which we'll never see, but it seems for this upcoming duo of movies "Knight Of Cups" and the tentatively titled "Lawless," not only can he not turn off the camera, celeb friends are popping up everywhere as he continues to roll. Neon Indian dude Alan Palomo, The Cult and Matthew McConaughey are some of the faces that were snapped shooting scenes at SXSW a couple of weeks back, and now, yet another celeb has been spied shooting scenes with Malick and co.

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