“Your mother is going to be Taken.” Gotta capitalize the ‘t’ in that last word, as Liam Neeson gives his daughter (Maggie Grace) a one-line reason for this movie to exist. The Neeson of Taken is back, and his very particular set of skills has returned as well. You’ve probably heard of the original film, which cemented Neeson as an ass-kicker for the current generation of b-movie fans.
Now Taken 2, directed by Olivier Megaton and produced and co-written by Luc Besson, lets Maggie Grace get into the action as dad reacts to her mother (Famke Janssen) being kidnapped by Rade Sherbedgia and some Albanian guys who are pissed off at Neeson for all the stuff he did in the first movie. What do you think happens next? Read More »
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As Darren Aronofsky moves toward a shoot start for his new film Noah, the film’s cast is coming together. The film already has Russell Crowe set to play the title character, a version of the Biblical figure from the story of the ark and the flood that you may remember.
We’d heard at one point that Liam Neeson was being eyed to play another significant role, but that is reportedly not happening. We do have news on Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman signing on, however. That’s not quite a ‘no Neeson’ consolation prize, but in Aronofsky we’ll trust. Read More »
Everybody loves Liam Neeson. It’s impossible not to. He’s a badass, he’s handsome, he’s got the cool accent, he seems like a smart guy and he’s starred in some of the best movies of the past quarter century. Even when he shows up for a quick and dirty paycheck like in Battleship it’s hard to begrudge the guy. (Given the recent tragedy in his personal life, my inner Jewish grandmother says “it’s good he should keep busy. And why not make a few dollars at the same time?”)
I won’t suggest that you skip Battleship this weekend. With friends and some smuggled-in tall boys of Coors Light you’ll have a fine time. But don’t expect that much Liam Neeson. In fact, it may leave you wanting more, so here are eight films of his you probably haven’t seen.
Note – Darkman isn’t on here. I’m giving you enough credit and assuming that you’ve seen that one already. Read More »
Once upon a time it looked like Harrison Ford might play Matt Scudder in an adaptation of Lawrence Block‘s novel A Walk Among the Tombstones. Scripted by Scott Frank (Minority Report, Out of Sight) the film has been in development for quite a while. This week it got some new juice, however, with financing from Exclusive Media and Cross Creek Pictures and Liam Neeson set to star as the alcoholic ex-cop Scudder. Read More »
20th Century Fox has finally released the first photos from Taken 2. Director Olivier Megaton‘s (Colombiana, Transporter 3) follow-up takes a twist on the original as Maggie Grace must help rescue Liam Neeson‘s character Bryan Mills after “associates of the villains he killed the first time around decide to get their revenge.” I saw some early footage at CinemaCon and it looked much better than it sounds (for example, Grace’s character isn’t turned into a complete badass Sarah Conner-type, and fun is had with her inabilities). Hit the jump to check out the first photos from the action sequel, along with a quote from Neeson.
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Here’s a pretty minor update on Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah. Just as we get word that The Wolverine, the film Aronofsky was previously set to direct, will shoot in Australia rather than Japan, we’ve now got basic details on the locations for Noah. The movie, which tells a version of the biblical tale of Noah and his mission to preserve humans and animals against God’s cleansing flood, will have location work done in Iceland and New York, with studio work likely done in the latter.
We’ve seen Iceland used as a location recently for projects like Prometheus, Batman Begins and Game of Thrones, and the country is certainly wonderful for providing a landscape that looks beautiful and slightly alien. Cross reference some of the photos linked there with the art seen in the graphic novel version of Noah and you’ll quickly see the appeal of Iceland as a location.
A press release went out yesterday announcing the finalization of deals to have Russell Crowe star in the film, but there is no other cast mentioned. Liam Neeson has been rumored for months, but we’ll have to wait for more casting news. You can read that press release below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Earlier this week at WonderCon, director Peter Berg revealed that he’d taken inspiration for his new movie Battleship from an unlikely source: Stephen Hawking. Berg had been watching a documentary in which the iconic scientist discussed Goldilocks planets, so called because their distance from the sun is “just right” for sustaining life. NASA has been trying to send signals to those planets in an attempt to discover extra-terrestial intelligence, but according to Berg, Hawking believes this to be a terrible idea because aliens knowing of our existence can do just as much damage as good. Berg then spun that idea into the plot of the film.
Which sounds pretty interesting, but unfortunately, most of the trailers we’ve seen so far haven’t gone into much detail about the sci-fi storyline. So far, they’ve shown us who the characters are and what it looks like when Berg tries his best to be Michael Bay, but we’ve had no sense of what exactly the aliens are doing here. Now a new featurette focuses on just that, explaining what exactly a Goldilocks planet is and how the crew of the USS John Paul Jones find themselves to be defending our planet from vicious otherworldly visitors. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Taylor Kitsch‘s John Carter may not quite have been the blockbuster hit that he and Disney were hoping for, but the star will take a second stab at leading a major action franchise when Peter Berg‘s Battleship hits this summer. Inspired by the Hasbro game, the film stars Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, and Liam Neeson as naval officers dealing with an otherwordly force that threatens to destroy our planet. The new trailer downplays the plotlines and character moments we glimpsed in earlier trailers, choosing instead to dive right in to expensive, explosive Transformers-style action. Watch it after the jump.
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