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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.

Watch: Liam Neeson Uses His Special 'Taken' Skills On A Plane In Trailer For 'Non-Stop'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2013 12:39 PM
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Is Liam Neeson even trying anymore? His movie scripts these days seem to be Mad Libs: One man must face [insert adversary] using his special set of skills or else [insert threat]. From vague ethic groups in "Taken" to wolves in "The Grey" to something we can't remember in "Unknown," Neeson has been punching and kicking his way into a steady string of mediocre, box office hits. That's right America, "Non-Stop" is your fault.

TIFF Review: Paul Haggis' 'Third Person' With Liam Neeson, James Franco & Olivia Wilde Is Ludicrously Awful

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 10, 2013 5:33 PM
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We're coming on a decade since Paul Haggis' "Crash" won Best Picture at the Oscars, and it's still one of the most divisive victories in recent memory. Detractors of the film are quick to point out the flaws in the L.A.-set drama, citing what they perceive to be the film's crass manipulativeness, one-dimensional characters, clumsy hand with racial politics and eye-rolling core of sentimentality. But frankly, you haven't seen anything yet. Haggis' return to the ensemble drama in "Third Person" makes "Crash" look like a work of understated, subtle art. A disastrously and ludicrously awful effort from the writer/director, absolutely nothing works in this facile, cliche-filled and astoundingly dull film that trades in cheap drama and soap opera theatrics.

TIFF First Looks: Liam Neeson & Olivia Wilde In 'Third Person,' Colin Firth In 'Railway Man' & Joel Edgerton In 'Felony'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 2:25 PM
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Yes, more today coming from the bounty that is TIFF, with organizers unveiling an unbelievable fest of films coming in September. So let's keep diving in and see what's on offer...

Liam Neeson's Newest Skill Is Earning $20 Million Dollars To Return For 'Taken 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 10:37 PM
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"I don't think it's going to happen, I can't see a possible scenario, that audiences wouldn't go 'Oh, come on. She's taken again?'" Liam Neeson said last fall about a possible "Taken 3." "Unless we do one where I give her away." But it looks like the actor has found a plausible scenario, one that involves a lot of cash being paid for him to return to the action franchise.

Can Seth MacFarlane Break $500 Million Again? 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Sets 2014 Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 1:55 PM
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Was it beginner's luck, or is Seth MacFarlane the new R-rated comedy king? With his feature directorial debut "Ted" taking over $540 million worldwide last year, it certainly went way above and beyond what anyone was expecting of a movie with a talking, foul-mouthed teddy bear and Mark Wahlberg. And Universal is hoping MacFarlane will do it again with "A Million Ways To Die In The West." The film carries another high-concept premise, except there will be a couple of small changes: MacFarlane himself will take the lead role, and it will boast even more stars than his last effort.

Liam Neeson & 'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa Will Tell A 'Gang Story'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 12:48 PM
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Guys, you're never going to believe this, but Liam Neeson has just become attached to a movie where he'll play an older gentleman with a unique set of skills which he has to use to protect his family. No joke, and we're not talking about "Taken 3: Totally Tooken."

Liam Neeson & Woody Harrelson May Be The 'Highwaymen' Who Kill Bonnie & Clyde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 2:43 PM
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Liam Neeson is 60 years old, and it seems as far as he's concerned, he's gonna kick and punch his way until he settles into grandpa roles. Dude is gonna crack skulls in "Non-Stop," hunt people down in "A Walk Among The Tombstones" and run all night in "Run All Night." And now he's facing his greatest foes yet -- Bonnie and Clyde.

Liam Neeson & Giovanni Ribisi Find 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' For Seth MacFarlane

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 7, 2013 9:38 AM
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Though he achieved critical acclaim by leading films like “Schindler’s List” and “Kinsey,” Liam Neeson has always been partial to genre filmmaking. His first major starring role was in Sam Raimi’s underrated 1990 superhero film “Darkman” and he’s had appearances in films like “Krull” and -- no kidding -- an uncredited role in “The Delta Force.” And now the Irish actor is set to continue his more recent populist streak with roles in two films that will see him play to two different audiences.

Liam Neeson Reteaming With 'Unknown' & 'Non-Stop' Director Jaume Collet-Serra For 'Run All Night'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2013 12:31 PM
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Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra seem to be developing a B-movie version of the Martin Scorsese/Robert De Niro relationship. Ever since Neeson refashioned himself as an action star, Collet-Serra has seemed to frequent in his plans, helming obviously titled movies "Unknown" (Neeson is an amnesiac who punches people), the forthcoming "Non-Stop" (Neeson is an air marshal on an international flight who punches people) and now "Run All Night."

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