Screen Junkies » Liam Neeson http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Liam Neeson Will Next Play A Tree Monster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-will-next-play-a-tree-monster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-will-next-play-a-tree-monster/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 20:06:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261528 Acting!

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Liam Neeson is taking a break between daughter rescues to dress up like a tree monster. He’s been cast with Felicity Jones in A Monster Calls. Based on the young-adult novel of the same name, the story focuses on the friendship between a boy and the monster that transforms from a yew tree at night to haunt his nightmares. Neeson will play the monster who turns out to be pretty cool. Like Little Monsters but with a leading man who has punched a wolf to death. (Screen Daily)

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Honest Previews: “Non-Stop” with Liam Neeson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/honest-previews-non-stop-with-liam-neeson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/honest-previews-non-stop-with-liam-neeson/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:53:39 +0000 Georgie Guinane http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259803 Get ready to see one more movie that will leave you planning to never board a plane again!!

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Get ready to see one more movie that will leave you planning to never board a plane again!! #Flight #FlightPlan #SnakesOnAPlane #SoulPlane #NonStop

In Non-Stop, Liam Neeson plays a US Air Marshall whose job is to not let anyone hijack the plane, kill anyone on the plane, or attempt go to the bathroom while the “Fasten Your Seatbelt” sign has been turned on, on the plane. (So you’d better hold that shit in, or he will find you and kill you with his very particular set of skills on that toilet, bitch.) 

The entire film takes place on one non-stop flight, so don’t expect any time for romance! … HA!! Just kidding!  This is a movie, not real life!  Thus, THERE WILL BE ROMANCE ON THAT PLANE, DAMMIT.  My guess is he’s either getting off the plane with Julianne Moore or Michelle Dockery.  Mile High Club, perhaps?  Probably no—who do you think he is, older Jason Statham?!)

Plot: An anonymous source is sending Liam Neeson creepy texts, threatening to kill someone on the plane every 20 minutes if he doesn’t transfer $150 Million dollars to an account (WHAT AN ORIGINAL MOTIVE!)  Once people start dying and shit gets real, he’s got to find the passenger on the plane who’s the baddie.   PLOT TWIST: The baddie’s account is in Neeson’s name, so everybody in the Army goes batshit because everybody believes he’s the baddie, rather than the goodie he KNOWS HE IS… BUT IS HE????!!! OMG WHAT IF THIS IS JUST LIKE FIGHT CLUB?! What if this is… FLIGHT CLUB.  If that’s the case, then my guess is Julianne Moore is his Tyler Durden and wow what a terrible, hackneyed plot twist that would be…

Should you go see it?…

HELL. YES.  I will never tell you to not go see a movie in which Liam Neeson plays a badass hero with demons, who has a very limited amount of time to SAVE EVERYONE—which is every goddamn Liam Neeson movie, forever…

Watch the trailer and try to figure out which random extra is going to end up being the true villain!:

 

 

My guess is creepy baldie business guy, front and left. 

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Liam Neeson Deals With Some Jerk Murdering Everyone On A Plane In ‘Non-Stop’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/liam-neeson-deals-with-some-jerk-murdering-everyone-on-a-plane-in-non-stop-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/liam-neeson-deals-with-some-jerk-murdering-everyone-on-a-plane-in-non-stop-trailer/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:59:30 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257572 Always bet on Black... Irish.

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We’ve seen Liam Neeson play cat-and-mouse with vicious wolves and generic European gangsters, but we’ve never seen him deal with some jerk on an airplane before. And I’m not talking about seat-kicking. This particular jerk is murdering everyone on the flight right under Neeson’s nose. In Non-Stop, from Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra, Liam Neeson plays a guy not played by Nicolas Cage who must find and stomp out the evil mastermind making ransom demands on an international flight.

If that terrorist had only watched Passenger 57, he’d know to always bet on black. Or Black Irish in this case.

 

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Liam Neeson Signs On For ‘Taken 3: Look Who’s Taken Now’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-signs-on-for-taken-3-look-whos-taken-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-signs-on-for-taken-3-look-whos-taken-now/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:02:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255471 His certain set of skills continue to come in really handy.

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Liam Neeson sounded skeptical about the likelihood of Taken 3 when interviewed last fall, but in all fairness that was before he was offered $20 million to star in it. Kind of a lot has happened since then, don’t you think?

And so, with this new humungous payday comes the news that we’ll see Brian Mills once again going house on European guys. Though there are no plot details, the law of movie threequels dictates that the story will center on Neeson’s attempts to recover his stolen dog. (Deadline)

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It’s Going To Take A Very Specific Set Of Skills To Make ‘Taken 3′ Not Suck http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-going-to-take-a-very-specific-set-of-skills-to-make-taken-3-not-suck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-going-to-take-a-very-specific-set-of-skills-to-make-taken-3-not-suck/#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 01:37:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251376 They producers are going to take you. And when they grab you, yell out all the information that you can so that I can find you.

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After the success of the Liam Neeson-starring sequel Taken 2 this past weekend, it appears that the writer, Robert Mark Kamen, will get to work on a third one. Here’s what the auteur had to say.

“We didn’t start talking about [it] until we saw the numbers, but then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one’.”

Oh man. I wish I could just end the article right here. With that quote. Fuck it. I’m going to.

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‘Liam Neeson: The Musical’ Is Way Better Than ‘Ralph Fiennes: The Musical’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/liam-neeson-the-musical-is-way-better-than-ralph-fiennes-the-musical/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/liam-neeson-the-musical-is-way-better-than-ralph-fiennes-the-musical/#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2012 21:10:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251264 Our moms will still get the two mixed up though.

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Liam Neeson starred in Darkman yet no Phantom of the Opera gags. Failed opportunity right there.

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Have You Taken A Look At ‘Taken 2′ Yet? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-you-taken-a-look-at-taken-2-yet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/have-you-taken-a-look-at-taken-2-yet/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:40:29 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=250586 I bet Liam Neeson wishes he could just once travel without having to punch guys in the throat.

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Much in the same way that John McClane continues to have extremely bad days that involve having to thwart all manner of terrorist, it now looks like Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills is doomed to have to deal with kidnapping over and over and over again. In this trailer for Taken 2, he and the family take a vacation to Istanbul. But before they can take in the food and culture, they’re attacked by the dad of the bad guys from the first film. Jeez. You electrocute one Albanian sex trafficker to dust and indiscriminately murder the rest of his ring and suddenly YOU’RE the bad guy.

If those sex traffickers had real dads, this vacation would have gone off without a hitch.

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‘Taken’ With A Real Dad Has A Different Particular Set Of Skills http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/taken-with-a-real-dad-has-a-different-particular-set-of-skills/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/taken-with-a-real-dad-has-a-different-particular-set-of-skills/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:01:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=250131 At least he knows how to use the Google.

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Taken With A Real Dad’s real dad will find you and kill you. After this Big Bang Theory rerun is over.

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New ‘Wrath Of The Titan’ Trailer Releases The Lava Kraken http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-wrath-of-the-titan-trailer-releases-the-lava-kraken/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-wrath-of-the-titan-trailer-releases-the-lava-kraken/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:00:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=246047 Oh man. Poor Perseus. Not only does he have a whole bunch of new monsters to slay, but now he also has to get ready to face oblivion. Oblivion is...

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Oh man. Poor Perseus. Not only does he have a whole bunch of new monsters to slay, but now he also has to get ready to face oblivion. Oblivion is way stronger than the Kraken, as the new trailer for Wrath of the Titans illustrates.

After the first film underwhelmed like a muthaf***a, Sam Worthington pinky-swore that the sequel would be somewhat better. He said in an accent that waivered between English and Australian, “I think the first one, we kind of let down some people. What we’re setting out to do on this one — the writers and the director and myself — is improve.”

And apparently the way to improve is to add lava. All is forgiven, Sam Worthington. All is forgiven.

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Liam Neeson’s 18 Silliest Looks http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/liam-neesons-18-silliest-looks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/liam-neesons-18-silliest-looks/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:00:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=243519 You can't shame this guy.

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Over the years, Liam Neeson has proved there is no role he’ll turn down. Even if it requires him to wear silly hair, silly facial hair, or a silly costume.  The sillier, the better. He’s kinda like the Irish Samuel L. Jackson in that regard.

So we took a stroll through his film resume and pulled pics that required he look absolutely ridiculous. In the process, I found myself getting mad at movies that feature his real hair. All your favorites are here, from rocking an uber-metal beard to being covered in butterflies. The man truly has no vanity.

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Shock: Biologist Calls Bullsh*t On Wolves In ‘The Grey’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shock-biologist-calls-bullsht-on-the-depiction-of-wolves-in-the-grey/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shock-biologist-calls-bullsht-on-the-depiction-of-wolves-in-the-grey/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 21:25:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243907 He wants to trick us into thinking that wolves won't eat us and our love ones at the first opportunity.

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Stop the presses (do they still have presses?)! It appears that the wolf behavior depicted in The Grey isn’t very real at all!

And Gary Wiles, a biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, wants the world to know that.

In the film, which hits theaters today, Liam Neeson‘s character must survive in the Alaskan wilderness, staving off feral wolves. Despite the presence of over 60,000 wolves in the US, only two wolf-related deaths are on record, which is probably like only 20% of the wolf-related deaths featured in The Grey.

From Spokesman.com:

“The facts are so much different than what I suspect is portrayed in the movie,” said Wiles, who helped write Washington’s recently adopted wolf management and conservation plan. “I always say show me the evidence that people are being attacked.”

And before you contradict Mr. Wiles, let me remind you that he has crafted at least one wolf management plan. How many wolf management plans have you written and enacted? None, probably.

Screen Junkies is going to take a stand here. We side with Mr. Gary Wiles, but will allow and possibly even enjoy the fictitious portrayal of angry, evil wolves, much as we enjoyed the portrayal of Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms as a “wolfpack,” though we are aware that they are human actors, and not actual wolves.

*boom goes the gavel*

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Liam Neeson Is Totally Into Islam Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-is-totally-into-islam-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-is-totally-into-islam-now/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:18:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243750 Yeah, more like Isliam Neeson.

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Well, this should help The Grey sell tickets in flyover country.

While filming in Istanbul, Liam Neeson found he had an affinity to the religion of Islam. After feeling uncomforted by Christianity following the tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, The Grey star found solace in the Call to Prayer custom.

The actor, 59, admitted Islamic prayer “got into his spirit” while filming in Turkish city Istanbul.

He said: “The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing.

“There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.”

Some might be outraged by this admission, but its his personal choice. We aren’t in any position to judge a man seeking solace. Plus, it will probably mean he grows a ridiculous beard just like he does in his movies. I’m in full support.

Also, this info comes from The Sun, so chances are Neeson has never even been to Turkey.

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The Grey http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-grey/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-grey/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:08:38 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241159 Director: Joe Carnahan Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo Synopsis: In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack...

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Director: Joe Carnahan

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

Synopsis: In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.

Release Date: January 27, 2012

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Oh, Wait. What? ‘Wrath Of The Titans’ Looks… Awesome? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/oh-wait-what-wrath-of-the-titans-looks-awesome/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/oh-wait-what-wrath-of-the-titans-looks-awesome/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:00:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=240204 How the hell did that happen?

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We must be living in a world gone crazy. Just last week the trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation kicked my ass, and now here’s a look at Wrath of the Titans that’s got me amped too. What the hell is happening? Is it just me? Did an amoeba from my neti pot eat the part of my frontal cortex that regulates what sucks and what doesn’t?

Okay. The hackneyed use of Marilyn Manson is a sure indicator that this movie will suck, but you’ve gotta admit that the monsters and traps that Perseus fights his way through look a lot more creative. The Titans themselves, and the Cyclops and Griffin (or whatever it is) scenes look particularly intense, but I’m not too sure about the giant lava monster at the end. Do they make lava krakens now?

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Luke Grimes Joins ‘Taken 2′ Which Sounds Crappy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/luke-grimes-joins-taken-2-which-sounds-crappy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/luke-grimes-joins-taken-2-which-sounds-crappy/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:00:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=235654 Awwwwww, man.

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Luke Grimes, who you may or may not have seen in the under-released All the Boys Love Mandy Lane or the TV show Brothers & Sisters, has joined Taken 2, the sequel to the ass-kicking Liam Neeson vehicle, Taken. That sounds like an exciting role for the young actor. However, with this casting news also comes news of the film’s plot.

Turns out this time that Liam Neeson himself will be taken by the vengeful dad of a bad guy from the original. That could be cool. And then he has to fight a bunch of bad guys and get himself untaken? Nope. Instead, it’s now his daughter’s turn to rescue him along with the help of her reluctant boyfriend (Grimes). What is this? Spy Kids? Let’s hope for the best right now, but if Maggie Grace has to put in a call to that pop starlet character for some backup, I’m hucking my shoe at the screen. I may even bring extra shoes. (Variety)

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So, Um, ‘Battleship’ Trailer Looks Sorta Awesome http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/so-um-battleship-trailer-looks-sorta-awesome/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/so-um-battleship-trailer-looks-sorta-awesome/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:16:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222250 Peter Berg don't play games.

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We were all pretty quick to judge when it was announced that Peter Berg was adapting the board game Battleship for the big screen. Expectations were for an expensive, loud, CGI-heavy, action film where things blow up spectacularly. But in our film snobbery, we forget to factor in that expensive, loud, CGI-heavy action films where things blow up spectacularly can be awesome. Which is the case with Battleship.

Of course, it could be an all-out cheesefest that doesn’t strike the right balance of bullshit to awesome in the same way that Battle: Los Angeles did. But for right now, I’m gleefully optimistic that this movie is going to kick ass in a dumb fun kind of way. Unless, of course, Liam Neeson speaks the line, “They sank my battleship!” In which case, laaaaame.

 

 

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SPOILER ALERT: There’s A ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Rumor http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/spoiler-alert-theres-a-dark-knight-rises-rumor/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/spoiler-alert-theres-a-dark-knight-rises-rumor/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:08:54 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216334 Let's all get really worked up. Together. As a family.

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It’s time to swallow the Mystery-flavored Airhead you’ve been halfheartedly chewing and take a pull from your inhaler. That’s right. The internet has broke another rumor from the set of The Dark Knight Rises.

Don’t read any further if you’re sensitive about Batman-related news.

Okay. Still there? Reports via HitFix are that a star from an earlier film in Nolan’s series was seen filming a part on set in London. And his her name is….. not Aaron Eckhart. Liam Neeson was recently spotted on the set filming a scene as Ra’s al Ghul (aka Batman’s least interesting enemy). Of course, that’s got comment sections and message boards blowing up. Is it a flashback? A Lazarus Pit-induced resurrection? Liam Neeson fulfilling his need to be in an ass-load of movies??????

I’m leaning toward flashback. Up until this point, Nolan’s Batman series have taken a more realistic approach and have avoided dealing with the supernatural or magic. Except for Morgan Freeman‘s winning smile. There’s always magic in that.

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Liam Neeson Out Of ‘Hangover 2′ And Gets Sympathy E-Card From Mel Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-out-of-hangover-2-and-gets-sympathy-e-card-from-mel-gibson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-out-of-hangover-2-and-gets-sympathy-e-card-from-mel-gibson/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2011 02:06:00 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206323 People you will see in 'The Hangover Part II': Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. People who you will not see: Liam Neeson. Monkeys you will see: that monkey they now have.

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People you will see in The Hangover Part II: Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. People who you will not see: Liam Neeson. Monkeys you will see: that monkey they have now.

Neeson’s cameo as a tattoo artist in Bangkok was cut from The Hangover Part II. Director Todd Phillips needed to re-shoot the scene for continuity reasons three weeks ago, but Neeson was in London shooting Clash of the Titans 2: Titan Up. At the last minute, Phillips got Nick Cassavetes to sub-in.

“He came in and crushed it and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film,” said Phillips in a recent interview. “[I'm excited for everyone] to see the film. It turned out great.”

The small part has been recast three times. It was going to be played by Mel Gibson, until the cast was like, “he’s… kind of a horrible racist?” So then they cast Neeson, but the above hullabaloo led to Cassavetes nabbing the role. A lot of fuss over a small cameo – hopefully they had time to focus on, y’know, the rest of the movie.

The Hangover Part II drunkenly stumbles into theaters May 26, though the film may not remember it did that on the 27th. (Variety)

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Casting Round-Up: Penelope Cruz, Thandie Newton, Jay Baruchel, And Maggie Grace http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-penelope-cruz-thandie-newton-and-jay-baruchel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-penelope-cruz-thandie-newton-and-jay-baruchel/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:45:45 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205801 Woody Allen, Tyler Perry and David Cronenberg will direct them. In different projects, though I'd be curious to know what the six of them would accomplish together.

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It’s time for another casting round-up, cowpokes. We sat ourselves down in front of studio lots, waited fer critters (celebrities) to walk out, hog tied ‘em, and asked them what parts they got. Here’s what y’all need to know:

PENELOPE CRUZ will team up with director Woody Allen once again, this time on a film set in Rome. There are no plot details yet, but the computer program I wrote says the odds are very high that it won’t be as good as earlier Woody Allen movies. (EW)

THANDIE NEWTON will play opposite Tyler Perry in his next film Good Deeds, which Perry will write and direct as well. The film is about a successful businessman who must choose between his rich fiancée and a down-on-her-luck single mother. Even if it’s bad, Newton can take comfort that it can’t be worse than Norbit. (TheWrap)

JAY BARUCHEL will join Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, and Paul Giamatti in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Pattinson plays a billionaire who loses everything he has in one day, including his new wife. Bad things happening to Pattinson, I can get on board with. Baruchel plays the original founder and conscious at Pattinson’s company. (Deadline)

MAGGIE GRACE will star alongside Liam Neeson in Taken 2, produced by Luc Besson. And yes, the will-he-or-won’t-he-tension of whether Neeson would take on Taken 2 has been resolved in the affirmative. Eight-time “Namey” award winner Olivier Megaton will direct. (Deadline) (Collider)

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Neeson, Oldman, Statham, Butler Might Have To Pretend To Be ‘Professionals’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neeson-oldman-statham-butler-might-have-to-pretend-to-be-professionals/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neeson-oldman-statham-butler-might-have-to-pretend-to-be-professionals/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:20:03 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203997 'The Professionals' are coming! 'The Professionals' are coming!

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The UK television show from the 70s “The Professionals” never made it Stateside, perhaps Americans were too busy watching”The A-Team” to watch a show about boy wizards. Just kidding, it’s actually about secret agents, and of course it’s getting turned into a movie. Here’s a plot synopsis:

“This big-screen version will be an origin story, showing how ex-Spec Ops mercenary Bodie and counter-terrorism detective Doyle unite to work for covert UK security unit CI5.”

The studio, Lionsgate UK, is reportedly courting Tom Hardy, Gerard Butler and Jason Statham to play the secret agents, while Liam Neeson and Gary Oldman are being sought to play their boss. It’s too bad they’re not all going to be in the movie – maybe if they’re all interested they’ll have to fight each other for roles. Judging by the list of actors being talked to, this looks to be an action movie in the vein of the recent “older action” movies The Expendables and RED. So tell your parents to be on the lookout for The Professionals. (via Deadline)

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Liam Neeson Has Nothing To Do Besides ‘Taken 2′ After All http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-has-other-things-to-do-that-arent-taken-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-has-other-things-to-do-that-arent-taken-2/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:07:28 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202055 The star of 'Taken' may not be back to reprise his role in 'Taken 2'. Maybe sequel co-writer/producer Luc Besson will kidnap Liam Neeson's daughter until he says "yes?"

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Looks like the star of Taken may not be back to reprise his role in Taken 2. Maybe sequel co-writer/producer Luc Besson will kidnap Liam Neeson‘s daughter until he says “yes?” Of course, the joke would be on him, since Neeson only has sons.

Besson has been putting together the sequel to the hit ex-CIA agent vs. the French Underworld drama, and he’s currently talking to Best Last Name Ever Award Winner Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3) about directing it. However, Besson wants to shoot Taken 2 this year, while forgettable Jedi Neeson wants to take the year off for personal reasons. Can you do a sequel without the lead from the original? Besson is willing to try: his list of possible replacements to play Bryan Mills (or a character very, very similar) includes Ralph FiennesMickey Rourke, and Jason Isaacs.

Faced with replacing Neeson with “The Ram,” Besson recently went back to Neeson and the two are currently trying to work out a shooting schedule for late this year, but nothing is confirmed yet. (Deadline)

UPDATE: My hostage plan worked, I assume. Liam Neeson just officially signed on for Taken 2. Neeson will get some time off before dealing with more stuff getting taken – the sequel starts filming late 2011 / early 2012.

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Review: Unknown http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-unknown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-unknown/#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:31:23 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27863 Unknown is not just a mediocre action movie. It’s actually bad. The thinking must have been: Liam Neeson was awesome in Taken. Let’s put him in another one.

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Unknown is not just a mediocre action movie. It’s actually bad. The thinking must have been: Liam Neeson was awesome in Taken. Let’s put him in another one. What have we got?

We meet Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and his wife Liz (January Jones) vaguely enough as a traveling couple on an airplane and checking into a hotel. Not so close that we assume too much, but definitely established as a couple. Then Martin has to go back to the airport because he left a bag there. Isn’t that the plot of Police Academy V? I mean, without the suitcase switch, but come on!

Martin’s cab has an accident, he wakes up in the hospital and when he goes back to the hotel, Liz doesn’t recognize him and there’s another Dr. Harris (Aidan Quinn). Was everything we saw before a false memory? No, there are dudes trying to kill him so he has to beat them up.

The story only needs to be enough to set up the chase, but it is aggressively stupid. The details that make Martin suspicious are blatantly contrived. He tries to check back into the Eisenhower suite because he wasn’t there when the clerk told Liz it was booked. Martin tries to prove he’s the real Dr. Harris while the imposter recites the exact same backstory simultaneously. It’s like grown men playing that childish game of repeating everything the other one says.

It travels on such a cliché arc, it’s like an episode of “South Park” spoofing a movie like Unknown. When he sees the new Dr. Harris’s photo at the university website, the music practically booms: “Da dun duuuuuuuh!” Also, the U.S. Embassy is closed for Thanksgiving so he can’t clear anything up. Oh, and when the first knock at the door is a friend, the second knock is obviously the bad guys so check the peep hole before you assume your friend came back.

The danger is so banal. Martin escapes from a hospital half drugged by bad guys. It’s more of a stumble than a chase. There’s a crowbar fight, so if men whacking each other with metal rods sounds exciting, this is the movie for you. A car chase through Berlin is no more than a few collisions strung together. In one scene, a villain hides in a van just waiting for a stunt to happen. What’s he hanging around for? He could just get away!

Perhaps the biggest problem is that the film is so focused on how an organization could perpetrate this deception. The how is not interesting. What’s interesting is what it does to someone when their memory is questioned and their life is replaced. Unknown doesn’t explore that (it doesn’t count when Martin gets mad. He doesn’t reflect.) Unknown only uses memory as the plot needs, so Martin can remember a combination at the right time or something, never to build any real suspense.

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Liam Neeson Loves Money, Part 348 http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/liam-neeson-loves-money-part-348/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/liam-neeson-loves-money-part-348/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:35:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21003 Never one to turn down a role, the star of every other movie has returned to the Star Wars universe.

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Liam Neeson must own a money bin made out of dollars. Never one to turn down a role, the star of every other movie has returned to the Star Wars universe.

He’ll reprise his role as slain Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn in episodes of “Star Wars The Clone Wars” airing on January 28th and February 11th. Entertainment Weekly has a clip of Jinn contacting Obi Wan Kenobi in spirit form. Though most of the cast is rounded out by primarily voice actors, we shouldn’t be surprised that Neeson is turning up here. He loves to work and if Lucas didn’t cast him, he’d have shot his wife in the upper arm. Just the fatty part though. He’s not a monster.

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Unknown http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/unknown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/unknown/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 01:01:29 +0000 Reza F. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Cast: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Frank Langella Synopsis: A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and...

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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Frank Langella

Synopsis: A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Release Date: February 18, 2011

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‘Wrath of the Titans’ Script Is On Its 10th Draft http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wrath-of-the-titans-script-is-on-its-10th-draft/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wrath-of-the-titans-script-is-on-its-10th-draft/#comments Wed, 08 Dec 2010 11:18:32 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=11684 I'm really bad at detecting sarcasm, so I'm not 100% sure that the script has really gone though ten drafts. But even an idiot can tell that Neeson's comment about the quality of the story was facetious. Good one, Liam.

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In a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Liam Neeson talked Titans. Specifically, he confirmed that the sequel to Clash of the Titans will be called Wrath of the Titans, and the script for the film is on its tenth draft.

“I’ve only read half of the script and there is still some work being done—they’re on script 10—but I think it’s going to be som kick-ass stuff and a very human story to it.”

I’m really bad at detecting sarcasm, so I’m not 100% sure that the script has really gone though ten drafts. But even an idiot can tell that Neeson’s comment about the quality of the story was facetious. Good one, Liam. (Latino Review)

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Liam Neeson Has Half a Face In ‘Unknown’ Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-has-half-a-face-in-unknown-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-has-half-a-face-in-unknown-poster/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:19:24 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9183 In the new poster for Unknown, Liam Neeson tries to cover up horrible acne scars and/or the dark side of his soul. Depends on how deep you want to get with it.

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In the new poster for Unknown, Liam Neeson tries to cover up horrible acne scars and/or the dark side of his soul. Depends on how deep you want to get with it. Seriously though, was the actual Liam Neeson not available and they built a wax version then slid a cardboard box panel over half of a spotlight to shoot him? Oh you think they used something more advanced than that, like Photoshop. But why would a professional graphic artist use his skills in Photoshop to make Liam Neeson look like a deformed tunnel dweller? Our photoshops of Michael Bay placed into anything and everything look more realistic. (/Film)

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Paul Giamatti Has a ‘Hangover’, Too http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-giamatti-has-a-hangover-too/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-giamatti-has-a-hangover-too/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 22:55:50 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8178 Paul Giamatti has landed a role in The Hangover Part II, Deadline is reporting. The Oscar-nominated actor is set to join the cast of the Todd Phillips' comedy sometime in the next few weeks. Although nothing has been confirmed, many are speculating that Giamatti will take on the tattoo-artist role originally offered to Mel Gibson.

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Paul Giamatti has landed a role in The Hangover Part II, Deadline is reporting. The Oscar-nominated actor is set to join the cast of the Todd Phillips’ comedy sometime in the next few weeks.

Although nothing has been confirmed, many are speculating that Giamatti will take on the tattoo-artist role originally offered to Mel Gibson. Liam Neeson was brought on as a replacement for Gibson, but was then given a different part. Regardless of how it pans out, I have a feeling that this may finally be the film that gets the Oscar monkey off Giamatti’s back, assuming they give an Oscar for “Best Legitimate Actor Appearing in a Scene with Thai Hookers.”

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Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson In ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-replaces-mel-gibson-in-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-replaces-mel-gibson-in-the-hangover-2/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:23:13 +0000 Reza F. "Okay, Mr. Gibson. If your career will just follow me this way." Liam Neeson continues to build his film resume of doing anything anyone asks him to do. As previously reported, Mel Gibson was lined up to play a tattooist in The Hangover 2. The news caused the cast and crew to revolt, which led to Mel losing the part. That's when Bradley Cooper got on the horn with Liam Neeson and offered him the cameo role. That's good. I guess. It's kind of a lame cameo though. Mike Tyson was clever stunt-casting, and his inclusion worked well with the first movie's plot. Neeson seems like a total left field choice. And he's in everything. Literally. Go through your DVD collection and look really hard during crowd shots. I'm sure he'll pop up 8 times out of 10. (Variety)

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"Okay, Mr. Gibson. If your career will just follow me this way."

Liam Neeson continues to build his film resume of doing anything anyone asks him to do. As previously reported, Mel Gibson was lined up to play a tattooist in The Hangover 2. The news caused the cast and crew to revolt, which led to Mel losing the part. That’s when Bradley Cooper got on the horn with Liam Neeson and offered him the cameo role.

That’s good. I guess. It’s kind of a lame cameo though. Mike Tyson was clever stunt-casting, and his inclusion worked well with the first movie’s plot. Neeson seems like a total left field choice. And he’s in everything. Literally. Go through your DVD collection and look really hard during crowd shots. I’m sure he’ll pop up 8 times out of 10. (Variety)

 

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Liam Neeson Wants Answers In ‘Unknown’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/liam-neeson-wants-answers-in-unknown-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/liam-neeson-wants-answers-in-unknown-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Liam Neeson in suspended animation. Warner Bros. has dropped the new trailer for Unknown. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), it stars Liam Neeson as a guy who wakes from a coma and discovers that someone has taken is identity and not even his hot wife (January Jones) believes him. He teams up with a hot cab driver (Diane Kruger), who originally put him in the coma by crashing into a lake, to help him make sense of the whole mess. Neeson kicks some ass in it Taken-style, so despite the whole clichéd "why does no one recognize me!" premise, it could be worth checking out. Unknown wanders into theaters February 18, 2011. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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Liam Neeson in suspended animation.

Warner Bros. has dropped the new trailer for Unknown. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), it stars Liam Neeson as a guy who wakes from a coma and discovers that someone has taken is identity and not even his hot wife (January Jones) believes him. He teams up with a hot cab driver (Diane Kruger), who originally put him in the coma by crashing into a lake, to help him make sense of the whole mess. Neeson kicks some ass in it Taken-style, so despite the whole clichéd "why does no one recognize me!" premise, it could be worth checking out.

Unknown wanders into theaters February 18, 2011.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


Unknown — Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers

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Liam Neeson Joins Cast Of ‘Battleship’ For $ome Reason http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-joins-cast-of-battleship-for-$ome-reason/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/liam-neeson-joins-cast-of-battleship-for-$ome-reason/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "You do not sink Liam Neeson's Battleship." Liam Neeson may have missed out at the chance to play Abraham Lincoln, but he will be DAMNED if he misses the opportunity to work with Rihanna. Zeus has signed on to play an Admiral in Peter Berg's cuckoo-bananas film adaptation of the Hasbro board game. More specifically, Neeson will play Admiral Shane, the father to Brooklyn Decker's character and future father-in-law to Taylor Kitsch (if you care about the soap opera aspects of Battleship). No word yet if the film will feature any Krakken releasing. (Deadline)

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"You do not sink Liam Neeson’s Battleship."

Liam Neeson may have missed out at the chance to play Abraham Lincoln, but he will be DAMNED if he misses the opportunity to work with Rihanna. Zeus has signed on to play an Admiral in Peter Berg‘s cuckoo-bananas film adaptation of the Hasbro board game.

More specifically, Neeson will play Admiral Shane, the father to Brooklyn Decker‘s character and future father-in-law to Taylor Kitsch (if you care about the soap opera aspects of Battleship). No word yet if the film will feature any Krakken releasing. (Deadline)

 

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