Today’s Oscar announcement lands less than six days from the actual event. Joining the presenters already announced will be Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson and John Travolta. Of course, that means Seth MacFarlane might have to scratch his Travolta jokes, but it might be worth having Liam Neeson there if only to talk about how he was in that less successful, non-musical version of Les Miserables back in 1998. Continue Reading
A quick update on a story we ran in November…Liam Neeson has been confirmed for a film called Run All Night which stars the action icon in a film where he plays a hitman forced to go on the run with his estranged son in order to protect his family from the mob. When this first came into view, it was titled The All Nighter which sounds more like an R-comedy than a thriller thus the name change.
What also changed is that a director has since climbed on board as Jaume Collett-Sera is said to be in negotiations for the project. This will mean an early reunion with Liam Neeson as the two are currently working on Non-Stop, a film that has the actor playing a disillusioned U.S. Air Marshal opposite Julianne Moore. The first picture for that is above although there is no trailer or release date for that one just yet.
Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) wrote the script for Run All Night. Producing is Roy Lee (Abduction) via Vertigo Entertainment and Brooklyn Weaver (The Number 23) through Warner Bros.
Liam Neeson is a certifiable cash cow even as he ages past 60. The veteran actor’s latest movie Taken 2 found $367 million at the global box office, and that means a whole lot for pics where Neeson has a gun. Having said that, his action follow-up actually had the star on board the project even before the Europa production resonated with theatergoers worldwide which should come as a boon to everyone involved.
His next popcorn feature in the genre will be a film called Non-Stop in which Neeson plays a burned-out air marshal who treats his job as more of a desk job. There is a new photo from the thriller today, suggesting a trailer could come into view sooner rather than later although filming is still said to be on-going. Our first look has our hero, Liam Neeson’s Bill Marks, with a gun while the passengers are raising their hands for some reason. Hit the jump for the full view. Continue Reading
Before venturing back to the role of Bryan Mills for Taken 3 (which is still not a done deal by the way,) Liam Neeson might be taking a trip into the shoes of a hitman. According to The Wrap, he is currently in talks to join The All Nighter in which he will play a gun for hire who turns on his boss. It is not all angst though as the man is doing so to protect his wife and child, leading him to go on the run with his estranged son. Continue Reading
In case you did not realize it, following the success of Taken 2 Liam Neeson has become an even hotter commodity than he was in Hollywood prior to October. The movie scored $49.5 million opening weekend in a down month for the industry, making him every producer’s new best friend. Today, we are hearing that his street cred is also becoming a useful tool for attracting fellow actors as Julianne Moore has joined the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed thriller Non-Stop. Continue Reading
The lesson in the weekend’s box office report is that critics are not everything. In proof of one of the biggest gaps between audience response and what reviewers had to say in the action genre since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Taken 2 is absolutely dominating the first weekend of October. What we are seeing is an $18.6 million Friday leading to a near-$50 million weekend. Early numbers late last night said $40 million and even that was adjusted up which gave us the feeling the Liam Neeson fans were content with the latest Taken movie. Verification came eventually in the CinemaScore which came in at a B+.
The fall has been really dry so far at the box office with exception to last weekend’s successes seen with Looper and Hotel Transylvania, so this is certainly positive. Hollywood is getting the sense that the hangover spell from after the Aurora Massacre has subsided and audiences are returning to normal levels. Ultimately, I do not buy into this notion of Taken 2 being just one hell of a movie–so powerful that Neeson kick started an entire industry. Let’s not forget that the studios pretty much ignored the mass-market PG-13 sector for a solid month. Three words: Pent up demand. Continue Reading
In spite of absolutely dreadful reviews, Taken 2 is receiving success never before seen in Liam Neeson’s three-decade-long career. Early box office data suggests that the movie has a legitimate shot at banking $40 million by Monday morning–bigger than A-Team, bigger than Unknown, bigger than any other film that the veteran actor have starred in front and center by a clear margin. Continue Reading
Liam Neeson took his press tour to The Daily Show last night for Taken 2. Opening on Friday, the film looks to be getting really terrible reviews, so this might just be the last time the veteran actor is treated with such warmth. Once more critics weigh in, look for a full on analysis of what they are saying, but it looks to be another dud from director Olivier Megaton who is best known for killing (or at least pausing) the Transporter series with his mediocre third installment. Having said that, it must be acknowledged that Jason Statham still gets a lot of love regardless of what happened in 2008. Continue Reading
If you are a fan of Liam Neeson, you are in for a treat. Youtube has gifted us with a mashup musical chronicling the actor’s career ahead of the release of Taken 2 with the unforgettable tagline “It’s Neeson Season.” The bit features footage from several of the actor’s works including Schindler’s List, Clash of the Titans, The Grey, Taken, Unknown, and Batman Begins. Enjoy this treat from the internet. Continue Reading
Last night gave audiences yet another look at Liam Neeson promoting his upcoming sequel to Taken. The veteran actor was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where he talked about his past with Helen Mirren, the movie, and played some shuffleboard. Will this sell tickets? Who knows, but it is at least entertaining. Continue Reading
Early reviews are not being too kind to the sequel to 2009’s Taken, but that is okay because the action film still has one thing going for it regardless of quality: It has Liam Neeson. The actor is starting to do press for his new film, and fans of the actor got a chance to see him plug the feature on The Tonight Show last night. For the most part, his appearance was mostly set up to point to an ancient performance from the action star as a villain in Miami Vice. To prove that it did happen, Leno showed the footage and it was spectacular. Continue Reading
If you noticed that the weekend’s football coverage was draped with promotions for the upcoming Taken sequel, you are not alone. Fox is definitely rolling out the red carpet for this film that will have Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills rescuing his family from the clutches of evil Eastern Europeans yet again. On that note, they had the series lead introduce a handful of featurettes for ‘exclusives’ and here is one the studio gave to Machinima that covers stunt work. It should definitely look familiar to those of you who saw Neeson’s introduction for the latest Taken 2 trailer. Continue Reading
There is some brand new footage to show off in the latest trailer for Taken 2. This video debuted on Youtube which you will gather from the Liam Neeson introduction, but that is not what is cool about today’s look at the Olivier Megaton-directed sequel. It is more so the part where we see the circumstances under which Neeson’s Bryan Mills and Famke Janssen’s Lenore get taken.
Beyond that, we get to see a little ‘express parenting’ by Neeson of Maggie Grace’s Kim in which her father coaches her how to throw tails in epic car chases. This is good stuff that only excites us at the possibility that this sequel will not be as bad as we once feared. Continue Reading
Let’s not forget that the fall offerings this year include a sequel to the well-received Taken. There is a new featurette out to promote the Liam Neeson-led offering that will have him using his ‘particular set of skills’ yet again. This time it would appear that he has to save his ex-wife played by Famke Janssen after the two both get…taken.
The latest video concerning Taken 2 has Neeson expressing how he finds his character Bryan Mills to be a bad ass in addition to his feeling that the plot is extremely relatable. Hit the jump for the quick view. Continue Reading
Check out this new trailer for the upcoming sequel to Taken. The Liam Neeson-starrer may have a new director (Olivier Megaton) and a tiring plot, but it still promises to have Bryan Mills ‘do what he does best’ and that is kick a whole lot of crime lord ass. The latest promotional spot goes a little darker and faster than what audiences have already seen, but it is worth acknowledgement if only for the fact that it has some never before seen footage. Continue Reading