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First Look: Liam Neeson Gets Badass Again In 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 10:50 AM
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As it turns out, he still has a very particular set of skills. It's nearly four years since Liam Neeson action vehicle "Taken" became a surprise worldwide smash-hit: the Luc Besson-produced film made more than $200 million worldwide, which was particularly impressive given its meager $25 million budget, and it turned Neeson into an A-list star. It took some wrangling, but Besson and Fox finally got the star back for a sequel, and a first look at the film has debuted over at Entertainment Weekly.

Jaume Collet-Serra To Direct Liam Neeson To Punch People On A Plane In 'Non-Stop'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 10, 2012 9:42 AM
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It may not have been everybody’s cup of tea, but Jaume Collet-Serra’s 2009 film "Orphan" was bold and bonkers enough that it made us sit up and pay a little more attention to the director, whose previous efforts had been a “House of Wax” remake and “Goal II: Living the Dream.” He followed “Orphan” with last year’s Liam Neeson vehicle/”Taken” cash-in “Unknown,” and it looks like Collet-Serra enjoyed being in the Neeson business.

Liam Neeson & Olivia Wilde To Star In Paul Haggis' Romantic Drama 'Third Person'; Jude Law Rumored For Role As Well

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 4, 2012 2:52 PM
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Lately, writer-director Paul Haggis has been developing a few gestating projects, and one of them looks like to have firmed up as his follow-up to the largely unsuccessful prison escape actioner "The Next Three Days," which starred Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. 

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.

Review: 'Wrath Of The Titans' A Barely Memorable, Lifeless Sequel

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 28, 2012 7:26 AM
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So a couple of years ago, they remade “Clash Of The Titans.” Do you remember that? No? Well, it was pretty successful. Box Office Mojo says it made about $500 million. There were some special effects. It was in 3D. Gods, monsters, that sort of thing. Seems like a can’t miss thing. Apparently Danny Huston was in it. Well, they’ve made a sequel, believe it or not. Does it match up to the last film? Not sure. It seems this has gone from a forgettable movie to a forgettable franchise.

Lee Daniels Still Wants Liam Neeson To Play Lyndon B. Johnson, Only This Time In 'The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 1:41 PM
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It looks like Lee Daniels really wants to get the "Selma" gang back together. Last night it was reported that the director was gearing up the gestating "The Butler" that he first signed on to back in 2010 with a number of big names in the mix including Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, John Cusack and David Oyelowo. The connections here are numerous, but Oprah executive produced "Precious," Cusack and Oyelow both feature in Daniels' upcoming "The Paperboy" while Jackman and Oyelowo were both touted for roles in the civil rights drama "Selma" before it fell apart. Now one more name is entering the fray.

Russell Crowe & Liam Neeson Circle Darren Aronofsky's Biblical Epic 'Noah'

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 1, 2012 11:21 PM
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First it was Christian Bale, but then he got preoccupied with two Terrence Malick films (not bad work if you can get it. Then the idea of Michael Fassbender was floated around, but as much as we love Fassy, we know in the eyes of studios he can’t float a $130 million dollar ambitious epic – not a quote unquote star yet. So it comes as not much of a surprise that director Darren Aronofsky is looking elsewhere to cast the lead of his ambitious biblical epic, “Noah.”

Joe Carnahan To Write & Direct Remake Of 'Death Wish'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 30, 2012 9:04 AM
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Joe Carnahan must be feeling vindicated this morning. The writer/director broke out with 2002's terrific, muscular cop thriller "Narc," but hasn't had a lot of joy since: his 2006 sub-Guy Ritchie action-comedy "Smokin' Aces" wasn't beloved by many, while a director-for-hire gig on the would-be-tentpole "The A-Team" was tepidly received by audiences and critics alike. But from that, he reteamed with star Liam Neeson for a far more personal project, the existential killer-wolf survival tale "The Grey," and was validated in a big way when the positively-received film topped the box office this weekend with a strong $20 million haul. Presumably, this has given him the cache to make something bigger and better next time around, something even dearer to his heart, like dream projects "White Jazz" or "Killing Pablo."

Weekend Box Office: 'The Grey' Sees Green, While Audiences Stay Away From The 'Ledge'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 29, 2012 12:14 PM
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Good ole’ dependable Liam Neeson. This is the third straight early-year period where the character actor turned badass leading man has scored a number one hit. While “The Grey” couldn’t pull in the same numbers as “Taken” or “Unknown,” it did top $20 million. Not a bad figure considering this was a much less commercial beast, with an R-rating, and it’s arguable that few leading men could have gotten a man-vs.-wilderness drama into an eight figure debut. This is distributor Open Road’s second ever release. Their first, last year’s “Killer Elite,” seemed like a surefire commercial proposition, but it pulled in half of what “The Grey” is looking to make on this opening weekend. You could argue this was a bait and switch, as the ads centered around spoiling, and misinterpreting, the film’s ending -- Cinemascore was a not-entirely-kind B-. But everyone got the opening they wanted -- this puts Open Road on the map, it gets Joe Carnahan out of Director Jail following “The A-Team” and it continues Neeson’s winning streak. Also worth noting: throughout each week in 2012 so far, the number one slot at the box office has been filled by R-rated fare.

Liam Neeson Talks Preparing For The Cold In 'The Grey' & His Plans To Do Some 'Die Hard' Style Movies Soon

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 26, 2012 1:02 PM
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The career of Liam Neeson has taken an unmistakable shift in recent years. After a long stretch highlighted by acclaimed performances in epic-tinged material like “Schindler’s List,” “Rob Roy” and “Michael Collins,” Neeson took an unlikely turn in Pierre Morel’s 2008 actioner “Taken,” where he portrayed tough guy retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, kicking ass and taking names rather than delivering eloquent monologues.

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