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Ja from Mnpp here with a new round of "Beauty Vs. Beast" for us to play... this week's inspiration? It's the 54th birthday of one of my favorite actors, Scotsman slash raving lunatic Robert Carlyle. Alright yes he's (probably) just acting the "raving lunatic" part... over and over again... so well... by all accounts he's a very nice gentleman. Think how sweet he seemed romancing Linus Roache in Priest! That was the first place I ever saw him - it was two years later where he'd cement the scary status he'd carry on to roles in Ravenous and 28 Weeks Later (which I actually prefer to the original) with the one and only terror that was Begbie in Danny Boyle's 1996 phenom Trainspotting.
Did I say "one and only"? Make that twice and doubly - now that Ewan and Danny have finally made up following DiCaprio-Gate (Boyle cast Leo over Ewan in The Beach, »
I severely doubt there was a more compelling hour of television this week than what transpired in History Channel’s Vikings episode 207, “The Blood Eagle” so let’s break down some of the biggest moments, what built up to them and how they’ll impact future episodes.
The Blood Eagle
I would be remiss to begin breaking down this episode from any point except the end. Jarl Borg’s (Thorbjørn Harr) execution was the most brutal, horrific yet riveting ordeal to play out on TV in a long time. The Blood Eagle sounded like a cool visual when mentioned at the end of the previous episode, then reality started to sink in when Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) walked Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) through it. But actually seeing it? That was a game changer. I didn’t think Athelstan’s (George Blagden) crucifixion could be topped, but I was wrong. Borg said it »
- Ernie Estrella
New alliances are formed on both sides of the North Sea in tonight's episode of History's “Vikings” — and in this exclusive scene, viewers finds out whether blood is thicker than the water that separates England from the marauding Northmen. See video: ‘Vikings’ Linus Roache Talks Upcoming Rivalry Between Ragnar and Ruthless King of Wessex King Ecbert (Linus Roach) makes an indecent proposal to his rival turned ally, King Aelle of Northumbria (Ivan Kaye), to seal their pact as they unite against the Viking invaders. Also read: ‘Vikings’ Renewed for Season 3 “Vikings” airs at 10 Et. Check back Friday for The Wrap's »
- L.A. Ross
If they gave Emmys for Outstanding Acting In a Vintage Roman Bath... That would be a very strange and limited Emmy category. It would also be a category that Linus Roache would win with ease this year. Roache has been a new addition in the second season of History's "Vikings," playing King Ecbert, a real history figure brought into the "Vikings" world as this year's Big Bad to oppose Travis Fimmel's Ragnar. Or at least that's the way it looked at first, but soon King Ecbert and Ragnar were making tentative treaties and Ecbert was showing great interest in the Viking religion. So who can say how things stand between King Ecbert and Ragnar at this point? One thing we know with certainty, though, is that King Ecbert loves a good soak. He meets with political allies in the bath. He meets with religion advisors in the bath. And »
- Daniel Fienberg
Hey, "The Blacklist" peeps. Unfortunately, it's that time to tell you, again, that your favorite show is taking another pretty long break, so the new,official spoilers for the upcoming episode 19 of season 1 are going to be stalled for a bit. The show will be back in action with new episodes on Monday night, April 21st at 9pm central time, so go ahead and jot that down on your TV calendars. NBC didn't drop the new promo/spoiler clip for episode 19 last night, so we're still waiting for that. When they release it, we'll certainly get it up on the site for you guys, so be sure to stay tuned for that. In related news, we've got a new character spoiler scoop for you guys. The show is bringing on a new Kingmaker character before season 1 is over. He's described as being extremely dangerous and influential with political ties around the world. »
Ragnar and his "Vikings" gang will be back on History next year. History announced on Tuesday (March 25) that "Vikings" has been renewed for a 10-episode third season, beginning production this summer and airing next year. "'Vikings' has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television. With its large, passionate and loyal fan base, 'Vikings' has cemented History firmly in the scripted series genre, just as we are the leaders in reality television,” gloats History Evp and General Manager Dirk Hoogstra. "We are incredibly fortunate to have such an enormously talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst whose intricately woven storylines vividly brings the unknown, epic world of these Norsemen to life. Season three promises to immerse viewers even deeper into the exploits of these fearless warriors who are willing to risk it all for conquest and power. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Four episodes into the second season of “Vikings,” History has renewed the show for a 10-episode Season 3. The series, created and written by Michael Hirst, tops its Thursdays-at-10 timeslot on cable. Season 2 episodes are averaging 3.4 million total viewers, and 1.5 million viewers in the key 18-49 demographic. Also read: ‘Vikings’ Linus Roache Talks Upcoming Rivalry Between Ragnar and Ruthless King of Wessex (Video) Production on Season 3 will begin this summer, and the season will air in 2015. “‘Vikings’ has taken viewers by storm and has established itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” said network »
- Tim Molloy
Vikings, Season 2, Episode 3, “Treachery”
Written by Michael Hirst
Directed by Ciaran Donnelly
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Est on History
Permit me, if you will, to briefly discuss Travis Fimmel.
I’ve been perusing articles on Phillip Seymour Hoffman, as of late, in an overdue tribute to the great actor himself; and in one New Yorker piece, found the following quote: “the greatest movie actors don’t have to say or do anything, though a little trick of the light at the right moment doesn’t hurt.”
While to ascribe Fimmel A-lister status, at this point, feels pre-emptive, my belief he could be pencilled into this category still stands. Vikings, at times — for all its being flush with textured, moody detail and vividly drawn battle scenes — feels like a backdrop to Fimmel’s considerable gravitas. That subtly-shifting set of vocal inflections, coupled with (as always) the odd light in his eyes »
- Vivienne Mah
Ragnar Lothbrok finally meets his match on this week's episode of History's “Vikings,” taking on ruthless King Ecbert of Wessex, played by newcomer Linus Roache. The actor gave TheWrap a hint of what to expect from this season's big showdown. “Ragnar really has met his match, a formidable match,” Roache said. “Ragnar wasn't always a man to just lead with violence, as a warrior,” he added. “He's a thinker as well. And King Ecbert is the same. He's an opportunist, he's willing to be political about some things — maybe there's a time to not fight, and try and make friends. »
- L.A. Ross
The surprise reveal of King Ecbert (Linus Roache) at the end of the last episode of "Vikings," introduced what is surely to become a powerful foe for Ragnar. As the Viking warrior led his men raiding to the west, they were attacked by men in armor.
Though the Vikings won the battle, the final scene of a relaxed Ecbert in the bath painted a picture of a very lavish lifestyle. Speaking with Zap2it, Roache gave a little insight about the character and what to expect from him as he becomes a key player in Season 2.
"King Ecbert knows how to live," he says. "Ecbert loves the finer things in life, like art and music. And he's a thinker and he's a politician."
While he may be fighting smarter, that doesn't mean Ecbert isn't willing to get bloody, as Roache adds, "He's a warrior too, but he's also a tactician and an opportunist. »
Linus Roache is bringing a different kind of law and order to Vikings. The Law & Order veteran (see what we did there?) is mixing it up with History's warriors as King Ecbert, the king of Wessex. He's a man on a mission and his ambition is unmatched. And he's a got a solid beard. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) will stop at nothing with his invasion, but King Ecbert will not back down. His guard is always up, making him a worthy opponent for Ragnar. In the exclusive clip above from the Thursday, March 13 episode, King Ecbert prepares for the raid the best way he can. He's gathering an army, mounting spies to get in with the invading party and is sharing his expertise on the Northmen…but is he really »
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy, Anson Mount, Corey Stoll, Linus Roache | Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach | Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
From Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) comes Non-Stop, a new action thriller starring Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service who views his assignments not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip – shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes…
Given Liam Neeson’s current status as action-star extraordinaire, it’s not to hard to determine just what to expect from Non-Stop: plenty of action, Liam Neeson waxing lyrical about the situation and »
- Phil Wheat
From Non-Stop to Ernest & Celestine, here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See ThisNon-StopIt was Col. Mustard on the airplane with the candlestick. Yes, the fun of Non-Stop is that it's like a hijack version of Clue, with a whole gang of suspects threatening to take out passengers on an international flight. The movie is so twisty, even its ostensible hero, played by Liam Neeson, is a person of interest. Non-Stop reunites Neeson with his Unknown director, Jaume Collet-Serra, and it's clear the two learned something from that half-hearted effort, since this latest outing is far more engaging. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
It’s a locked-plane mystery! The text is coming from inside the plane! Well, actually… maybe it isn’t? There’s a delicious cleverness to this very silly but very entertaining flick. I’m “biast” (pro): the trailer looked like fun
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If you have some ghosts that need to be exorcised — metaphorically speaking, that is, such as, say, the cultural ghosts of 9/11 — and you want them to stay exorcised, you could do worse than to call on Liam Neeson. He has a very particular set of skills, you see, skills acquired over a very long career as an actor. He can be machinelike badass and lip-quiveringly flawed human at the same time. So he makes us moviegoers like him, and more importantly, he makes us trust him.
Trust that, for another instance, he will look for, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Film: "Non-Stop"; Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Lupita Nyong'o, Omar Metwally, Jason Butler Harner, Linus Roache, Shea Whigham and Anson Mount; Director: Jaume Collet-Serra; Rating: ***
"Non-Stop" is a formulaic suspense thriller about a plot to hijack an airplane.
The film begins in a very staid ambiguous manner with Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) gulping whisky in the car park before entering the airport premises. A clue to his state of mind is directed through the photograph of a little girl adorning his dashboard. He seems to be in a state of disarray, threatening his boss and snapping at strangers.
The unsteady camera follows him. It meanders, capturing. »
- Machan Kumar
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Liam Neeson’s face has become a world-weary, pock-marked road map over the years, detailing a wholesome leading man’s travails into cinematic battle. In the last 6 years, he’s revitalized himself as a no-nonsense action hero, an unstoppably tough Good Guy With A Dark Past, starting with the outrageous Taken all the way up to his new film, Non-Stop. Gone is the soulful dramatic lead of the early 1990s; in his place is a take-no-guff sort who better like you or else he’ll probably put a choke hold on you in about eight seconds. (His recent detour into voiceover work, in The Lego Movie, was a pitch-perfect parody of the stereotype he’s otherwise embodied in his recent films.) Non-Stop is, as would be expected, an enormously silly film that either squanders »
- Josh Spiegel
Is the airplane becoming the modern equivalent of the snowed-in country house? Apparently so, as Liam Neeson manages a fuselage full of trouble in this enjoyable silly thriller
Liam Neeson is the grizzled ex-cop turned air marshal on an ordinary flight from New York to London, secretly packing a badge, a gun and a whole mess of personal demons that might yet be exorcised by an act of redemptive heroism. Out of the blue, in mid-flight, he gets a chilling anonymous message on his special air‑marshal instant-message device. Every 20 minutes, a passenger on his plane is going to be killed, unless $150m is paid into a certain numbered account. Liam's bloodshot eyes flicker tensely around the plane – which one of this cross-section of humanity is sending the messages? »
- Peter Bradshaw
I’m a sucker for a well-toasted slice of escapism that employs a singular setting to maximum impact. Liam Neeson trapped on a plane with a devious killer who’s trying to extort $150 million from him? Where do line up to buy a ticket? Seriously, this is the kind of Oscar counter-programming that I love this time of year—turn off your mind and take a trip with “Non-Stop”.
And, for about 45 minutes, the journey was an enjoyable one. And then we started losing altitude, pardon the pun. By the manipulative end of the ride, “Non-Stop” had reached a destination that no one wants in their February escapism—forgettable.
Bill Marks (Neeson) is a troubled, alcoholic, Us Air Marshall who is about to embark on the flight from Hell. Halfway over the Atlantic Ocean on a red-eye to London, Marks gets a text on a secure line. Wire $150 million »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This weekend might belong to the Oscars, but that doesn't mean that brand-new product can't also enter the multiplexes.
This week's biggest contestant for the box office gold, "Non-Stop," is a thriller set aboard a hijacked airplane... not exactly the kind of thing that's nominated for the prestigious Oscars (at least, not anymore -- keep in mind that "Airport" was nominated for Best Picture in 1971). Still, what it lacks in giant issues, social commentary, and emotional resonance, it more than makes up for with the fact that Liam Neeson screams at a bunch of people and tries to solve a truly dastardly murder/hijacking plot.
Neeson plays an alcoholic air marshal who, while on a transatlantic flight to London, starts receiving threatening text messages. It's up to Neeson to pinpoint who, exactly, is behind these texts (and all of the things that go along with the text messages) and for »
- Drew Taylor
Review Ryan Lambie 27 Feb 2014 - 10:19
Whether it’s rescuing kidnapped daughters in Paris or punching wolves in the middle of nowhere, screenwriters have been diligently coming up with new reasons for Liam Neeson to clench his fists in a succession of action movies and thrillers. Along with Jason Statham, Neeson’s become a true 21st century action hero, in the sense that he assumes different names in each film, but really, we all know he’s good old Liam Neeson.
In Non-Stop, he plays Bill Marks, a depressive United States air marshal who drinks and smokes a lot. During a routine overnight flight from New York to London, he begins to receive a series of menacing texts from an anonymous passenger. “Are you ready to do your duty?” asks one. Another »
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