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Behind-the-Scenes Pics for J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls Feature Liam Neeson

25 July 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Liam Neeson shows up in a ton of movies these days, but he rarely delves into the world of horror. And the less said about that dreadful remake of The Haunting, the better. But we won’t hold that flick against… Continue Reading →

The post Behind-the-Scenes Pics for J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls Feature Liam Neeson appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Todd Rigney

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Michael Jackson was almost this hated character from 'Star Wars The Phantom Menace'

24 July 2015 4:32 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday we were all innocent and naive. Today that is gone. Today we know that Michael Jackson was in the running to play Jar Jar Binks in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” But the real kicker? Does anyone else find themselves asking “What would it have possibly hurt?” Let’s back up for a minute. Vice did an interview with Ahmed Best about his career in Hollywood. If that names doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because most people don’t realize he was Jar Jar Binks actor. Or that Jar Jar Binks Had an actor outside of a voice recording booth. Behest discusses the nascent motion-capture technology used in “The Phantom Menance” that would later be thrust into the national spotlight with Andy Serkis’ Gollum in “Lord of the Rings.” But things get weird once Behest starts down memory lane: George [Lucas] told me [Michael Jackson wanted the part]. [W]e were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's concert. »

- Donna Dickens

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First Look At Liam Neeson In A Monster Calls

24 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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J.A. Bayona may have broken through to the mainstream with disaster drama The Impossible, but the helmer has proven a furious talent in the horror genre. His 2007 chiller The Orphanage ranks among the most spine-tingling horror films of this century, and he’s since honed his instincts on episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Now, he’s gearing up for a dark, almost Guillermo del Toro-esque fantasy in A Monster Calls, adapted from the book by Patrick Ness, and early signs are very promising.

Lewis MacDougall stars as a 13-year-old boy named Conor who, bullied at school and traumatized by his mother’s terminal illness, escapes into a fantasy world populated by a looming tree monster. When said monster follows him home, however, things take a turn for the strange. Liam Neeson is playing the aforementioned monster through motion capture, with Sigourney Weaver playing Conor »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Chris Brown -- Peace, Philippines ... I'm Outta Here! (Video)

24 July 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Chris Brown finally got out of the Philippines -- for real -- after being held there for 3 days because of a fraud dispute. Brown had been in Manila since Tuesday, where he performed a show, but a promoter filed a complaint against him for allegedly bailing on a New Year's Eve concert ... so the government wouldn't let him leave.  The singer was able to obtain a certificate permitting him to bolt ... and he boarded a »

- TMZ Staff

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Watch: 'Gotham' Season 2 Teaser Finds Villains Rising to Power

23 July 2015 1:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fox just dropped a new trailer for its superhero/cop drama "Gotham," featuring fresh villains and familiar faces. Read More: Why Are There Suddenly So Many Superhero Shows on TV? Season 2 is set to pick up in the wake of Penguin's rise to reign over Gotham, and will feature the Joker (Cameron Monaghan), Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis) and Silver St. Cloud (Natalie Alyn Lind’s) to round out the villain-centered follow up to a warmly received first season. You'll get a sneak glimpse of at least one of those characters in the trailer above.  "Gotham" returns with Season 2 on September 21. Check the trailer out above. Read More: Ben McKenzie on 'Gotham' Season 2 and Becoming the Next Liam Neeson »

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6 Weird Conversations Seth MacFarlane Must Have Had Making Ted 2

23 July 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Any time anyone says Hollywood is stuck in a loop of regurgitating ideas and playing it safe, it’s your duty to point the accuser towards Ted 2 and Seth MacFarlane. Not in terms of him making a film about a puerile, weed-loving teddy bear, but more specifically in terms of the gags he pulls off. Every time there’s a joke in there that leaves you slack-jawed and every time an A-lister takes a verbal beating, it’s MacFarlane pushing his luck and getting away with it.

In fact, exactly like Ted getting promoted in the first film for increasingly debauched behaviour at work.

But then what can you expect from the kind of mind that apparently only has two settings – in an almost adorably simple way. In Ted 2, MacFarlane expresses his love and appreciation of actors, pop culture references and established characters in the only ways »

- Simon Gallagher

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Sony, Transmission partner on home ent pact

22 July 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) and Transmission Films on Wednesday announced a multi-year distribution agreement for Australia-based Transmission’s library and future releases. 

Starting on October 1 Sphe will distribute Transmission’s titles on both physical and digital formats for the home entertainment market in Australia through its joint venture Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia Pty Limited and in New Zealand. 

Transmission’s future new release slate includes Todd Haynes’ Cannes hit Carol starring Cate Blanchett, Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, Sundance selection Brooklyn and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence starring Liam Neeson and Adam Garfield.

Further upcoming Transmission titles include productions from sister company See-Saw Films such as Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellan and Laura Linney, Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, Anton Corbijn’s Life with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, and Justin Kurzel’s Cannes selection Macbeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »

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DVD Review: 'The Gunman'

20 July 2015 12:42 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ With The Gunman (2015), Sean Penn becomes the latest inductee into that club slowly being filled by older gentlemen with a particular set of skills. Pierre Morel was a key figure in the meteoric rise of the 'geriaction' genre with his explosive Taken (2008), not only launching Liam Neeson's own brand of ass-kicking but transforming the subgenre from camp silliness to exploitation gold. It's now seven years later and a raft of imitators have tried their hands with varying success, while the Taken series has itself suffered from diminishing returns. If this latest staid entry into the canon is anything to go by, few lessons have been learned in recent times. »

- CineVue UK

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Love Actually's Adorable Little Kid Is All Grown Up: See What Thomas Brodie-Sangster Looks Like Today

20 July 2015 3:50 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

The Love Actually kid is actually kind of hot! Thirteen years after Thomas Brodie-Sangster starred opposite Liam Neeson in the star-studded British rom-com classic Love Actually, the now 25-year-old hasn’t aged a bit. Spotted promoting his Maze Runner 2 at San Diego's Comic-Con, the hunky former child star is a grown-up version of that little boy who melted our hearts running after Joanna (Olivia Olson) in that famous airport scene. Though he's since added roles on Game of Thrones (as Jojen Reed), Phineas and Ferb (voice of [...] »

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Blu-ray Review – The Gunman (2015)

20 July 2015 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gunman, 2015.

Directed by Pierre Morel.

Starring Sean PennIdris ElbaJavier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Mark Rylance and Peter Franzen.


Eight years after a hit on the Congo mining minister, the assassin finds that he is now the target in a game of cat and mouse.

Spurred on by the inexplicable success of Taken (seriously? Watch it again – it isn’t That good), its sequels and the subsequent fad of middle-aged actors starring in revenge thrillers, Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way/Casualties of War) has joined the likes of Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington by starring in The Gunman, directed – funnily enough – by Taken director Pierre Morel.

Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper who has been selected to be the shooter in the assassination of the mining minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the hit Jim has to leave the continent as »

- Gary Collinson

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The Gunman Blu-ray Review

19 July 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Pierre Morel

Writers: Sean Penn, Don Macpherson, Pete Travis (based on The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette)

Cert: 15

Running Time: 115 mins

Special Features: Featurettes / Interviews

A surprising feature of the mature action movie’s unexpected rise has been the calibre of names attracted. Oscar-winner Liam Neeson reinvented his career via the Taken franchise, and now director Pierre Morel nets Sean Penn for butt-kicking duties in The Gunman. Of course Penn is as known for his staunch political views as his acting, so there’s a bit more going on here than a simple case of a tin opener and a can of whup-ass.

He plays the hilariously-named Jim Terrier, who operates in the murky world of private security in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With one foot in the humanitarian end of the equation (alongside surgeon girlfriend Jasmine Trinca) and the other working at the behest of corporate interests, »

- Steve Palace

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Lila & Eve movie review: rage engaged

17 July 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

When movies like this star the likes of Liam Neeson, they open on 3,000 screens. It’s difficult not to see racism and sexism in the disparity. I’m “biast” (pro): love Viola Davis

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez become accidental vigilantes on the streets of Atlanta after their children are killed in random shootings and the cops don’t seem to take much notice. When movies like this star white dudes such as Liam Neeson or Russell Crowe, they open on 3,000 screens. This one is opening on a handful of screens and simultaneously on VOD. It’s difficult not to see racism and sexism in the disparity. Lila & Eve, from director Charles Stone III (who is black), is certainly no worse than many of the films studios presume will appeal to widespread mainstream audiences, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Brendan Coyle Joins Irish Drama ‘The Rising’

16 July 2015 3:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downton Abbey” star Brendan Coyle has come on board “The Rising” to play the role of politician Augustine Birrell in “The Rising,” the upcoming film about Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising.

Liam Neeson’s son Michael has been set to play the Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, reprising the role his father made famous in 1996’s “Michael Collins.” Colin Morgan is playing the lead role of Sean McDermott — who masterminded the Easter Rising — and David O’Hara is playing revolutionary leader James Connolly.

The historical drama-thriller will be produced and directed by Kevin McCann from a screenplay by McCann and co-writer Colin Broderick. The story will form a prequel to the events covered in Neil Jordan’s “Michael Collins” and Ken Loach’s 2006 Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”

The Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen are providing partial financing. Shane MacGowan of the Pogues will write »

- Dave McNary

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Little Mix want a Spice World-style movie

15 July 2015 4:21 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Little Mix want to make their own 'Spice World'-inspired movie. The 'Black Magic' hitmakers - made up of Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall - have confessed they'd love to follow in the footsteps of fellow UK girl-band Spice Girls, and make their own movie - and they even know what it would be about and who they'd cast. Speaking to Kiss FM, Leigh-Anne said: ''We know how the sketches would look. Our tour manager actually looks like a proper action hero so we said Liam Neeson could play him and he could get kidnapped. ''We'd love cameos from Denzel Washington, Idris Elba and Cameron Diaz.'' The 'Move' singers have previously said they wanted to make a movie in order to show their ''sensitive side'' off, as well as their humour. Jesy said: ''We want a movie really badly and a world tour. We have so »

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Beating up Daniel Radcliffe and more on Victor Frankenstein from Comic-Con

14 July 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Who would have thought that an 18th century novel would be the inspiration behind Super Saturday’s most hilarious panel at Comic-Con?  Victor Frankenstein, the upcoming tale based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel stars James McAvoy as Dr. Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as his trusty assistant Igor.  The pair of actors who look like they got along famously on set brought their sense of humour and sexual innuendo to the Hall H stage.

Between the uproarious laughter from the crowd and jokes from the two stars, we still managed to learn a thing of two about Victor Frankenstein.  While we cross our fingers and hope that some genius casting agent puts these two in a comedy Asap, here are a few things we learned about the decidedly unfunny Victor Frankenstein:

When you hear the word “Frankenstein,” most of us picture the classic Universal horror monster with green skin and bolts in his neck. »

- Rachel West

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20th Century Fox Comic-Con Panel Shows Red-Band Deadpool Trailer; Other Highlights Include X-men: Apocalypse, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Victor Frankenstein And Fantastic Four

11 July 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Contributed by Michelle McCue and Melissa Howland

20th Century Fox was the last studio at Comic-Con 2015 to show the Hall H audience a preview of their hottest films.

First up was Wes Ball’s Maze Runner: Scorch Trials where they showed the audience assembled in Hall H the new trailer. The scenes included a weird plant monster – think zombies with plant parts.

Ball said of the sequel, “A sense of brotherhood has always been very important to our story. You can watch these two movies back to back, and it’s really just this awesome 3 hour epic!”

Gladers new and old unite on stage for #Sdcc’s #HallH! #ReadyForScorch

— The Scorch Trials (@MazeRunnerMovie) July 12, 2015

Next up was the horror film Victor Frankenstein.

The cast of Victor Frankenstein is taking the stage. #HallH is Alive! — 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) July 12, 2015

Written by Max Landis, »

- Movie Geeks

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‘Ted 2′ Review

6 July 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, Bill Smitrovich, John Slattery, Liam Neeson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart | Written by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild | Directed by Seth MacFarlane

2012′s Ted asked the important questions about what happens to a relationship when your partner’s best friend is a swearing teddy bear with the voice of Peter Griffin. The sequel, Ted 2, asks the important questions about the practicalities of knocking off a follow-up when your original film made more money than anyone could reasonably have expected.

We catch up with Ted and Marky Mark Wahlberg at the bear’s wedding to Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). Their marriage soon turns sour and after a predictably horrible incident at a sperm bank, they turn to adoption to reignite their relationship. At this stage, it is revealed that the government »

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Ted 2 review: “Big on laughs, a worthwhile experience for MacFarlane fans”

6 July 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ted 2 review: Big on laughs but for those who are yet to be converted, be warned – this could be a Ted-ious experience. Ted 2 review

The cuddly, cursing, bear is back, having scored a hit in 2012’s Ted. The first film was undeniably funny, but detractors will point to a flimsy storyline that, like in Seth MacFarlane‘s animated sit-com, Family Guy serves only as a rickety vehicle to deliver sketch-like comedy set pieces.

This time around Ted marries his sweetheart, Tami-Lynn, and wants to be a parent. However, the evil company that manufactured him want to prove that he should be classed as an object rather than a person, and it’s up to Ted and best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) to convince a jury otherwise, or Ted risks being seized by the toymakers and cut open, so they can discover the secret behind his consciousness.

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- Dave Bennett

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Timothy Spall in talks to play former Dup leader Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey

5 July 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Timothy Spall is being lined up to play the former Democratic Unionist Party (Dup) leader Sir Ian Paisley.

The actor could star as the late Northern Ireland first minister in The Journey, about Paisley's unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Deadline reports.

Liam Neeson and Sir Kenneth Branagh were previously linked with the role.

Novelist Colin Bateman is writing the screenplay for the project, which is expected to begin production this September.

Nick Hamm is directing, and will also produce alongside Mark Huffam and Piers Tempest.

Paisley passed away in September last year at the age of 88.

Spall is known for starring in Mr Turner, The Damned United, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the Harry Potter series. »

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Michael Neeson Debuts As Michael Collins In ‘The Rising,’ Playing The Role His Dad Made Famous

1 July 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Talk about following in a father's footsteps. Michael Neeson, son of actor Liam Neeson, has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising, reprising the role his father made famous almost 20 years ago in Michael Collins. The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O'Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James… »

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