One of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival for me this summer was a presentation of selected clips from "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," an ambitious animated film that adapts one of the most beloved works of poetry of the 20th Century, and I wrote in that piece that I hoped the final film would live up to the segments that I saw out of context. It is safe to say that is the case. Ultimately, this is a very simple, very direct film. There are plenty of movies playing at this festival that want to make you work for whatever meaning you take from them, but this feels like the opposite. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" has been designed to be as emotionally direct as possible, easy to understand and very, very clear in its storytelling, and the result is a film that I would feel comfortable showing to my »
- Drew McWeeny
Since revitalizing and reshaping the career of Liam Neeson with Taken, director Pierre Morel hasn't really done much to write home about. There was From Paris with Love, which had its moments, but it was hardly a success. There's a chance he might deliver something cool with The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, which arrives in February of 2015, but we can't be sure since we've yet to see a trailer. But the film must have gone well since THR reports Morel is reteaming with its producers, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman from The Picture Company, for an adaptation of Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin book series. More below! Studiocanal is behind the project that will adapt The Killer (or The Hunter in the United Kingdom), the first book in the series, for the big screen. Not unlike Jack Reacher or Jack Ryan, the book series follows the same character: Victor, »
- Ethan Anderton
Martin Scorsese has been making movies in one form or another for almost fifty years now. He’s made feature films, shorts, documentaries, and has had his hand in a multitude of productions as a producer, editor, and co-director. He’s also not stopping any time soon. Since his latest triumph with The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese has been preparing for his next feature film Silence, but before that we’ll get to see his next HBO documentary The 50 Year Argument.
Scorsese shares a co-directing credit with David Tedeschi on this intriguing documentary about the fifty year history of The New York Review of Books. The film purports to take viewers behind the scenes of the publication, which began in 1963 as a bid to “fill a void” during a newspaper strike. The paper then evolved from a platform to review new books to a place for intellectual argument »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The above Star Wars Episode 7 fan poster was created by hobo95 (see more of his art on deviantart). Here is a look at what we’ll be talking about in today’s edition of Star Wars bits: John Boyega tweets a photo tease promising shooting has started on a new planet Liam Neeson comments on if he […]
- Peter Sciretta
Since the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII takes place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, it was believed by many that no characters from the prequel trilogy (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith) would be showing up in this new adventure. Liam Neeson, who played Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, revealed in a new interview with Hey U Guys that he hasn't been asked to reprise his Jedi Master role, but he certainly would come back if they wanted him to return.
I haven't. (If asked) I most certainly would, absolutely. I certainly don't want anyone else playing Qui-Gon Jinn. I don't know what the current story is now. I think it's Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, »
In his fifth major film release this year, Liam Neeson delivers a riveting performance in Scott Frank’s fast-paced thriller, A Walk Among the Tombstones, adapted from Lawrence Block’s best-selling series of mystery novels. Neeson plays Matt Scudder, a disgraced ex-nypd cop turned private investigator operating outside the law who’s approached by a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) to find the men (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) who brutally kidnapped and murdered his wife. Opening September 19th, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Neeson revealed why he’s attracted to these larger than life roles, how he draws his inspiration from cinematic heroes like Robert Mitchum, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, the appeal of playing a character like Scudder, his research and preparation for the part, what it was like »
- Sheila Roberts
The undeniably likeable Nashville star—who rocks a great head of hair, by the way, and that is a detail that’s relevant for this story—has recorded a brief cameo for Family Guy, EW has learned exclusively. A cutaway gag in an episode titled “Baking Bad” that will air in October involves Peter breaking into Britton’s home. “She wakes up in bed to discover Peter is munching on her hair,” says executive producer Steve Callaghan, adding: “Especially if you saw her in Friday Night Lights, her hair just looks so yummy, »
- Dan Snierson
Another legendary Degrassi alumna is making her way to The CW.
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Charlotte Arnold, who moved mountains as reformed mean girl Holly J. Sinclair on the Canadian drama, will appear on the third season premiere of Beauty and the Beast, TVLine has learned. She’ll play Marissa, a distraught Midwestern woman whose stockbroker husband suddenly begins displaying erratic, violent behavior.
This marks Arnold’s first small-screen role since wrapping her 136-episode stint on Degrassi. She broke the news herself on Friday, Instagramming this shot of herself as a “Wall Street »
Comedy Central’s Key & Peele has debuted a number of memorable characters over its first three seasons, but few are more memorable than Luther, President Obama’s anger translator. He and the president are taking a break from their regular addresses to the American people, however, to premiere “Where You At,” an exclusive new music video that brings some of Key & Peele’s favorites together for the first time.
While Luther and the Potus take center stage, you’ll also recognize recurring characters Wendell Sanders, Meegan, and a few oddly named football players.
The lyrics make reference to even more »
- Jonathon Dornbush
“The next James Bond? They better hurry up! Yes I would! Who’s doing James Bond now? Daniel Craig! Did they shoot another one? Everybody should tweet Denzel is James Bond! Send it to the studio!” he replied to user BigTalk45. “We start the Denzel is Bond campaign today! James Washington. Denzel Bond!”
Denzel Washing As First Black James Bond?
Like Liam Neeson, Washington has found something of a second career renaissance playing middle-aged action heroes. Washington’s last film Safe House received many comparisons to the Bond franchise among reviewers.
If it turns out that Washington does take on the roll, it would be historical for two reasons. Washington’s casting would make it the first time that Bond has been black and played by an American (Barry Nelson doesn »
HeyUGuys recently had the chance to catch up with Liam Neeson to chat about his new movie, A Walk Among The Tombstones. Obviously, he won't be back for Star Wars Episode VII (and as much as he'd like to play Ra's Al Ghul again, that's not gonna happen), but the actor did reveal that he would always be open to it if offered the chance as you can see in the video interview below. Personally, I would be shocked if there's any sort of reference to the prequels in Star Wars Episode VII or any other future movie in the franchise. While Qui-Gon Jinn could return as a force ghost, it's difficult to imagine a scenario where and why that could possibly happen. Of course, the character quickly became a fan-favourite after his introduction in The Phantom Menace, so how about a spin-off somewhere down the line. We'll have to wait and see. »
With Jj Abrams spearheading Disney’s much anticipated continuation of the Star Wars Universe many familiar names have been thrown through the cameo rumour mill, with the possibility of seeing dead Jedi more plausible than most.
The posthumous presence of Neeson’s Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn was felt in Attack of the Clones during Anakin’s massacre of the Sandpeople, and at the end of Revenge of the Sith Yoda told of Qui-Gon’s discovery of immortality. So, could we see Neeson returning as a Force Ghost alongside Yoda? Not in Episode VII according to the actor.
- Jon Lyus
Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice — and challenges Liam Neeson for a slice of the middle-aged action-hero pie — in “The Equalizer,” an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series that featured Edward Woodward as a former government agent turned pro-bono avenging angel. But in making the leap from small screen to large, and from pre-Giuliani New York to post-recession Boston, director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk (“16 Blocks”) have also traded the series’ elemental underdog appeal for. Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, “The Equalizer” still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence, which should translate to solid if not spectacular returns upon the pic’s Sept. 26 release.
Although he shares a character name and skill set with his TV predecessor, Washington’s Robert McCall is otherwise, literally and figuratively, an Equalizer of a different »
- Scott Foundas
When you think of the Toronto International Film Festival, you probably thing of highbrow arty fare, impenetrable foreign movies, and the kind of creatively functional, feel-good crowd-pleasers that transcend the festival circuit and go on to make lots of money and win lots of Oscars.
And then there's "The Equalizer," Sony's big-screen, Denzel Washington-led adaptation of the '80s crime show, which opened at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. In the movie, Washington's character, a shadowy figure who now works at a Home Depot-style hardware store, gets targeted by Russian mobsters in Boston after he goes out of his way to try and save a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz).
So, no, it's not exactly "The King's Speech."
But that doesn't mean that it should be struck from the festival's program. How does this new "Equalizer" hold up? And, when it opens at the end of the month, »
- Drew Taylor
It has been known for quite some time now that the main antagonist of Arrow‘s third season would be none other than Ra’s Al Ghul (previously played by Liam Neeson in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy). However, the big question on every fans lips has been in regards to which actor will fill the incredibly large shoes left by Neeson, and craft their own unique interpretation of the character for the small screen.
Now, that question has finally been answered and Stephen Amell has revealed on his official Twitter which actor will take on the role of Ra’s Al Ghul. Despite the fact that Neeson recently stated his desire to reprise the role, Arrow producers clearly want to leave their own mark on the character and have therefore cast a relatively fresh face in the part. Former footballer Matt Nable is the man tasked with filling »
- Ben Read
During the San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that the main villain in the third season of "Arrow" TV series will be Ra's al Ghul, the character that Liam Neeson played in "Batman Begins." Just recently, Neeson was asked if he had any interest in reprising the role on television. He said that he would do it "in a heartbeat." But that was probably just talk, because it was just announced that Ra's al Ghul will be played by actor Matthew Nable (Killer Elite, Riddick). The new season of "Arrow" is set to premiere on October 8th. »
and personnel — in “The Dead Lands.” This irst action movie for helmer Toa Fraser after the gentler seriocomic likes of “Dean Spanley” and “Naming Number Two” certainly doesn’t lack vigor, even if its thundering brutality and ultra-macho atmosphere do eventually grow a bit monotonous. Pic boasts spectacular Kiwi scenery and the novelty of being smong warring pre-colonial Maori tribes to attract attention. More adventuresome fans of brutal hand-to-hand-combat might be thrilled, though the presence of Maori dialogue (subtitled) and mysticism may strand this well-crafted item between arthouse and mainstream territory in some markets. Home-format sales should be fairly hale.
Sixteen-year-old Hongi (James Rolleston, also in Toronto title “The Dark Horse”), not unkindly considered “no warrior” by tribal chieftain father Tane (George Henare), is observing an apparent peacekeeping mission between two clans when he observes something else: Trailing the other side’s representative, he sees Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka) deliberately »
- Dennis Harvey
It’s father-son bonding, Flash style!
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The CW on Friday released new images from the series’ Oct. 7 premiere, which include a tender shot of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) speaking with his incarcerated father, played by John Wesley Shipp, who originally donned the suit on CBS’ short-lived ’90s version of The Flash.
“Given his history with The Flash, [executive producers] Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp,” Ep Greg Berlanti said of Shipp’s casting back in May. »
With a title like “The Lego Movie”, most potential audience members will probably have made up their minds one way or the other. The film itself shows that you can't judge a film by its title; unless you think it's going to be awesome, in which case you happen to be right. It seems that many people did expect it to be awesome, going by the film's box office. But really, The Lego Movie will appeal to anyone who likes creativity (which should, in theory, be anyone who's a fan of cinema). And here's why...
It's from the directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a terrifically inventive ode to geeky enthusiasm (a scientist is hailed as a hero for making it rain cheeseburgers), with a goofy wit, stylish cinematography (or whatever the animated equivalent is), and one of the most oddly »
Some of you might be disappointed to hear that Liam Neeson will not reprise his role as Ra's al Ghul in Arrow even though he recently told MTV that he'd gladly play the character again. When asked if he’d reprise the character he gave an overwhelmingly positive answer.
"I would, in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah. Very much so."
The CW didn't take advantage of that opportunity, though. Instead they cast an actor by the name of Matt Nable. He's a rugby player who became an actor, and he's starred in films such as Riddick and Killer Elite. The news was announced by the show's star Stephen Amell.
Ra's al Ghul was teased for the first time for Arrow at San Diego Comic-Con in July. You can see that tease here.
Arrow is a great series, and it's fun to watch the story and characters expand. »
- Joey Paur
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