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WATCH: Stars Collide in First Trailer for Paul Haggis's 'Third Person'

A trailer has landed for the most recent effort from writer-director Paul Haggis (Oscar winner "Crash"). "Third Person," which bowed at last year's Cannes, is finally eyeing a limited stateside release on June 20. Like the multiple-narrative-heavy "Crash," this new drama also follows an array of characters -- in the forms of Liam Neeson, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody and Moran Atias.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2014 3:34 PM
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Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action star is: see how he deftly eliminates mere movie actors who star in action movies and sideswipes westerns, although Clint Eastwood has his day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 1:19 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Non-Stop' and Edited TV Series 'Son of God' Top Oscar Weekend

Two strong new openers --Universal's domestic pick-up "Non-Stop" and "Son of God," a theatrical revamping of cable hit "The Bible"-- led another strong weekend at the box office. Only one Oscar contender factored in the Top Ten, scoring over $1 billion around the world. But another CG movie is dominating the first quarter.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 2, 2014 1:46 PM
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'Non-Stop' and 'Son of God' Continue 2014 Box Office Roll

Marking the 14th straight weekend of improved grosses over 2013, two less-heralded new releases scored strong Friday returns. Number one for the day is the French/US co-production "Non-Stop," starring Liam Neeson. Close behind at #2 is "Son of God," a theatrical version of the successful cable miniseries "The Bible" from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 1, 2014 11:24 PM
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Review: Liam Neeson Is Once Again the Cialis of Action Heroes in 'Non-Stop'

Think of Liam Neeson as the Cialis of action heroes. The Boomers needed one and there was Neeson, ready to step into the breach, lose the occasional daughter, thwart the occasional bad guy, overcome the insurmountable odds and now -- in “Non-Stop,” a.k.a “Taken 3” -- make transatlantic travel more of a nightmare than it already was.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 28, 2014 12:43 PM
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This Weekend, Shun 'Son Of God,' See Two Fab Indies

This weekend, it's a mixed batch of films ranging from the tiniest of indies to the escapist actioner and, finally, to the All-Important Christ Movie. Here's what you should see-- and what you shouldn't.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 27, 2014 4:29 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Paul Haggis' Ensemble Drama 'Third Person,' Starring Liam Neeson

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights to writer/director Paul Haggis' TIFF debuter "Third Person," a globe-spanning ensemble drama starring Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger and James Franco.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 7, 2013 6:00 PM
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Cannes First Look: Paul Haggis Talks 'Third Person,' starring Neeson, Wilde, Franco, Kunis

Paul Haggis has been quiet since his last outing as writer-director, 2010’s “The Next Three Days,” with only a credit on the videogame "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" to fill in the gap between then and now. But he turned up in Cannes to beat the publicity drum for "Third Person," a multi-stranded relationship drama he shot last fall in Paris, Rome and Cinecitta Studios.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 20, 2013 12:59 PM
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Leading Men Age, But Their Love Interests Don't

Vulture's Kyle Buchanan published an amusing yet disturbing feature charting the age difference between A-list leading actors and their female romantic counterparts. Among the actors scrutinized were Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and George Clooney.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 26, 2013 4:24 PM
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Liam Neeson Is Go-To Global Star, Takes on Matt Scudder in 'A Walk Among the Tombstones'

In a world where you can't count on many movie stars--Tom Cruise? Will Smith?--and foreign sales financing dictates non-studio indie production, most of it formula genre fare aimed at a global market, Liam Neeson is king. The "Schindler's List" and "Taken" star has taken the place of aging tentpole anchors Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Tommy Lee Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino as the older guy with authority, gravitas and menace who can handle some action and romance as well as carry a movie in multiple markets around the world. He can believably play presidents and kings, fathers, lovers and action heroes. His presence even for a short bit in a movie is worth millions and can get it made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2013 2:26 PM
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