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Liam Neeson Is 'Non-Stop': 12 Action Stars Who Still Kicked Butt After 60

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 27, 2014 2:35 PM
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Celebrate Action Stars After 60
This week, Liam Neeson can be seen in “Non Stop,” the latest in a surprisingly active career as an action star. While Neeson has a history peppered with prestige films here and there, make no mistake, his most recent resumé consists of kicking ass and taking names. What no one mentions is that Neeson, who is soon scheduled to show up in a third “Taken” film, is actually a spectacular 61 years old, which is impressive considering the leaping, punching, and growling he’s done in recent years. Have you seen your parents lately? They can barely open the door and hoodies terrify them.

12 Movie Stars Who Experienced Career Resurrections

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 4:27 PM
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Movie Stars /Career Resurrections
This week “The Dallas Buyers Club” opens (you can read our review here), and it features a riveting, committed, physically gruelling and very likely-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance by Matthew McConaughey. If he is nominated, however, McConaughey will be at least a little in debt to the buzz that’s surrounded him of late as the newest member of what we could call the Comeback Club—that rarefied group of people who have, sometimes on a dime, turned their movie careers around and breathed new life into what was once moribund. It takes a great deal of luck to pull off this trickiest of acts, and for every actor who’s managed to hang onto their newly regained spot on top of the pile for a few years, there are ten who’ve briefly clambered all the way up only to topple off again a moment later.

5 Films Of Horror & Madness To Watch If You Love 'The Wicker Man'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 24, 2013 3:16 PM
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5 Films To See Before 'The Wicker Man'
No, not the bees. The beloved, now unassailably classic original “The Wicker Man” turns 40 this year, and this week a version dubbed ‘The Final Cut’ makes its way to theaters, with director Robin Hardy’s blessing. If it were any other four-decade-old British horror film getting the same treatment, it would likely be the first chance many of us would have had to see it on the big screen. But “The Wicker Man” has grown in critical esteem and public adoration since its scrappy, perfunctory first run, which means that in recent years its various cuts have been staples on the late-night-horror/Halloween/Midnight Madness circuit. Not that that necessarily makes us less likely to go see this version—as is almost a requisite for a truly cult film, “The Wicker Man” does not just stand up to, it pretty much demands repeated viewing, and yields some new level of WTF delight every time. And with cinematography this evocative and of-its-time and an ending this epic, the bigger the screen, the better.

Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave & Mélanie Laurent Join Bille August's 'Night Train To Lisbon'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 3:23 AM
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Bruno Ganz, Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, August Diehll & Jack Huston Also In CastFor a man with two Palme d'Ors and a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, we don't hear much from Danish filmmaker Bille August these days. The "Pelle the Conqueror" director has only made two films in the last decade, potboiler thriller "Return to Sender," with Aidan Quinn, which we had no idea existed, and Nelson Mandela biopic "Goodbye Bafana," which similarly disappeared without a trace. But he's got a Danish picture "The Passion of Marie" coming next year, and his name still clearly holds enough sway to get an impressive cast for his film after that.

Andy Serkis & Ian McKellen Are Officially Back For 'The Hobbit'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2011 10:29 AM
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Christopher Lee & Ian Holm Set To ReturnOne more highly touted name expected to return for "The Hobbit" has been confirmed. Deadline reports that mo-cap expert Andy Serkis has officially signed on and will be back in the role of Gollum. Update: THR says Sir Ian McKellen is officially in too to reprise his role of Gandalf the Grey -- a major character in "The Hobbit." No surprise there.

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