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With Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has acclimated viewers to a perpetual onslaught of embarrassing and cringe-inducing moments: getting caught making out at Schindler's List, having the spray of your urine be mistaken for one of Jesus's tears. When Girls premiered, it was initially read as a generational statement: This is what the Millennial Generation is like. Lena Dunham's series does indeed have much to say about a nation of college grads with ballooning debt and shrinking opportunities, but after three seasons, »
This May, founder Steven Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation will host their 20th Anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala, and they have a very special guest coming to the event. President Barack Obama will speak about "common values" and "shared responsibilities in building a brighter future," according to the USC Shoah Foundation - Institute for Visual History and Education, a nonprofit established by Spielberg in 1994, a year after he completed "Schindler's List." Spielberg will present the Institute's Ambassador for Humanity Award to President Obama, for his philanthropic work and commitment to education. Spielberg has a new book coming from HarperCollins on March 25: Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler's List and the USC Shoah Foundation -- A 20th Anniversary Commemoration, which combines, for the first time, the behind-the-scenes story of the making of "Schindler’s List" with the history of the organization inspired by the Oscar-winning film. The gala will »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The top stories of the week from Toh!Box Office:"Grand Budapest Hotel" Breaks Records; "Particle Fever" Shows AppealHoldovers Battle "Need for Speed" for Top Spot, "Grand Budapest" & "Veronica Mars" Reach Top 10Features:Ralph Fiennes Career Watch: from "Schindler's List" to Mile-High Antics to "Grand Budapest Hotel"Top Dozen Documentary Film Festivals, Full Frame LineupFestivals:Mark Duplass & Jason Blum Talk "Creep," SXSW Review and Roundup (Exclusive Video)My Night at the Riviera Maya Film Fest Premiere of "Night Moves" with Peter Sarsgaard, Anxiety and a Jewel HeistReview: Sun Valley Film Fest Opener 'Mission Blue' Plumbs Depths of Oceanographer Sylvia EarleSXSW Episodic: Previewing Supernatural Chiller "Penny Dreadful"SXSW: The Good, the Bad, and Top Ten Films at the 2014 FestSXSW Fest Wrap & Competition Award WinnersSXSW Premiere: Duvall Stars in "A Night in Old Mexico"Interviews:Legendary Editor Walter Murch Talks the Physics of "Particle Fever"News:IMDb Launches New »
It's never been a secret that Liam Neeson was at one time in contention for the role of James Bond, but what we didn't know he turned it down. Now the actor has chosen to reveal how closely he was to taking the part and more importantly why he passed up on the opportunity. Nearly two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond films were looking to hire a new 007. Before they cast Pierce Brosnan they looked at other actors, like Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Hugh Grant and Lambert Wilson. One actor that they looked at that really caught there eye was Liam Neeson. Around that time the Irish actor was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the role of Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Schindler's List. He explains that his then-girlfriend/now late wife, Natasha Richardson ("The Parent Trap"), had »
The 'Schindler's List' star confessed that his wife, who had died tragically after a tragic ski accident in 2009, had given him a choice of either taking the role of the spy or marrying her, the Hufington Post reported.
Neeson added that he had to choose tying the knot, as he did want to marry Richardson. (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
Feature James Clayton 7 Mar 2014 - 06:08
The Grand Budapest Hotel is directed by Nadia Cavalcanti. Actually it's not. That was a lie and Nadia Cavalcanti is a made-up person. Still, I'll say it again because if you say things enough times they eventually become tangibly real in your own physical world (it's a bit like Beetlejuice). The Grand Budapest Hotel is directed by Nadia Cavalcanti. How does that make you feel?
Of course, you're probably aware that, in truth, The Grand Budapest Hotel is written, co-produced and directed by Wes Anderson (full name, Wesley Wales Anderson). Now, how does that make you feel? Personally, I'm feeling very happy about this because I'm a Wes Anderson fan and I really like all his movies. In all likelihood The Grand Budapest Hotel is going to »
Liam Neeson has a specific set of skills. Namely, he can look stern and kick ass. We didn't always know he had this capability. He was a doctor alongside Jodie Foster in Nell. He was Mr. Schindler in Schindler's List. But I've never seen either of those films, one of which is my dirty movie secret (the definition of a dirty movie secret is the film you should be most ashamed that you haven't seen). In 2008, we felt the Neeson Shift as historians call it. He starred in Taken, and with the help of a tight, basic script cowritten by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel, Neeson had a new direction. It hasn't stopped. That's right, his direction is nonstop, which is probably why they named his new film Non-Stop. The Lead Taken...
- Jeff Bayer
Wes Anderson has settled into his identity as a filmmaker, and by now, you probably have a pretty fair idea what you think of his voice and his general storytelling style. That's true of a lot of filmmakers, and even within that basic identity they create, there tend to be films that are more or less successful overall, films that feel like they represent the very best of what someone does. It is safe to say that "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is one of those breakthrough moments, a movie that is so beautifully realized from start to finish that I almost doubted myself on the way home. Could I really have enjoyed that film that much? A Russian nesting-doll of a movie, this is a story within a story within a story within a story for much of its running time, with additional layers either peeled back or laid on top at various points, »
- Drew McWeeny
Watching the films of Wes Anderson, its easy to get sucked into their pastel-colored worlds where people are childish yet intellectual. Well, in his latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, the imaginative writer-director built the entire fictional nation of Zubrowka. There in the titular resort, the taciturn yet tender Gustave H rules, a concierge of great class and crassness who gets entangled in a tale of intrigue when one of his many lovers dies in mysterious circumstances. Under suspicion, he must depend on his ever-faithful lobby boy Zero to aid him in clearing his name. When Anderson wrote the role of Gustave H, he had only one actor in mind: the internationally acclaimed Ralph Fiennes. The English thespian has earned Oscar nominations for celebrated dramas like Schindler's List and The English Patient. He became an icon as the vicious Lord Voldemort of the Harry Potter movies. Now, for his first endeavor »
"Non-Stop" was the latest Liam Neeson action vehicle to top the box office over the weekend, debuting with an estimated $30 million. "Non-Stop" dethroned three-time champion "The Lego Movie" (which includes Neeson in its voice cast) and narrowly defeated "Son of God." It's been exactly 20 years since the Irish actor was recognized by the Academy. "Schindler's List" took home awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, ...
By Ryan J. Downey »
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39
For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...
In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.
Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »
The thriller opened to an estimated $30m this weekend, bringing the computer-animated movie's three-week run at number one to an end.
Neeson stars as Us federal air marshal Bill Marks, who is faced with a potential hostage situation during a flight from New York to London.
However, the biblical movie's performance falls short of The Passion of the Christ, which earned over $26m on its first day.
The Lego Movie is down to number three with $21m »
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
Whilst undeniably in his element as troubled air marshal Bill Marks, there is more to Neeson than the action tough guy that he has become so well-loved for following thrillers such as Taken and Unknown.
The Northern Irish actor has a back catalogue heaving with strong films and has played such a diverse variety of characters you can be forgiven for forgetting it's him on screen.
To help jog your memory, we at Digital Spy have picked Liam Neeson's five best movie roles below:
Schindler's List (1993)
Neeson took on the lead role of Oskar Schindler in perhaps one of the most acclaimed films of all time. Known to reduce even the toughest soul to tears, Schindler's List explores the true story of Schindler, »
Baz Bamigboye talks to an acting coach about the lead acting nominations
Washington Post Nick Davis dispels five Oscar myths
Buzzfeed Jennifer Lawrence and the types of Cool Girls
In Contention on the first Oscars concert. Sounds like it needs to become a tradition!
BDCWire You know the McConaissance has gone over big when Matthew McConaughey starts winning comparisons to Brando and de Niro
Vf live blogs the 1993 Oscars - twenty years ago looked suspiciously like now with Leonardo, an AIDS drama and more...
Mnpp a review of Enemy which has been intermittently flashing into my brain since Toronto
Carpetbagger on the pundit confusion and predictions for the big night
Salon a reminder: Jennifer Lawrence doesn't want a second »
- NATHANIEL R
Based on the bestseller by Markus Zusak, this film looks like a creepy new version of the Anne Frank story
There's an unsettling sort of deja vu to be had in watching this strange and saccharine film, based on the 2005 young-adult bestseller by Australian writer Markus Zusak. I have not read the book, but the film looks like a creepy new version of the Anne Frank story, with the leading character recast as a brave and pretty little Aryan girl; the brutal reality of the Holocaust is not dwelt upon. Sophie Nélisse plays Liesel, a young girl in 1930s Germany who is left to kindly but harassed foster parents Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson) by her fugitive Communist mother. It is this trio's courage and victimhood that take centre-stage. Liesel is forced to join the Hitler Youth, but is secretly disgusted by the Nazis' book-burning displays and conceives »
- Peter Bradshaw
Since 2009's surprise hit "Taken," Liam Neeson, an actor formerly known for his serious performances in things like "Schindler's List" and "Michael Collins," has taken up residence as a go-to action icon. In the last few years he's been "Taken" twice (with a third installment on the way), battled a nasty nest of aquatic aliens in "Battleship," and been mercilessly hunted by a pack of wild wolves in the admirably grim "The Grey." With his massive frame and his gravelly voice that sounds like he's continually just finished off several dozen cigarettes, he's the rare action star who actually seems like he could handle the preposterous situations he's dealt. And in his latest thriller, "Non-Stop," that situation is pretty preposterous indeed: this time the star is cast as an alcoholic air marshal accused of hijacking a transatlantic flight. Thankfully, no wolves are on the plane. When "Non-Stop" starts, Neeson's Bill Marks »
- Drew Taylor
John Williams, the cinema's most widely and wildly celebrated composer, is a nominee again this year for The Book Thief (you can download some sheet music from the score here). He is 82 years old but in a delightfully senior twist, he is only the third oldest nominee (after June Squibb and Patricia Norris). IMDb's database for composers is very confusing so I can't share "number of original scores" but his feature film career, starting with Daddy-o (1958) and continuing on through the The Book Thief (2013), is prolific and highly regarded with more presumably to come since the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises are still alive and so is he.
John Williams conducting "The Book of Thief" score in a recording session
His Oscar record is the closest anyone's ever come to total Academy infallibility (if you discount the people who only made one or two pictures). In the past 46 years, »
- NATHANIEL R
Liam Neeson is an actor who can do just about anything.
Think about it: he's played Oskar Schindler in "Schindler's List," a Jedi knight in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," a disfigured crime fighter in Sam Raimi's "Darkman," and a miniature cop in "The Lego Movie." For the past few years he's disappeared again, into a series of highly intense action thrillers, beginning with European-set action movie "Taken." But that doesn't mean that there are still things that he wished he could have done, and parts that he could have played.
As our ongoing series of videos from our super-tall, super-handsome guest editor, Neeson explains the roles that he wishes he'd played. And some of them are quite monstrous. »
- Drew Taylor
We love My Mad Fat Diary. We are beyond excited that it is back on the television tonight. But then, we didn't write the very real diaries upon which it is based. On the other hand, Rae Earl did - and she's watched as Sharon Rooney, Nico Mirallegro and the rest bring them to life... But what does she think?
Well, Digital Spy was lucky enough to meet the real Rae - especially because she lives in Tasmania these days - and she chatted with reporters about what it's like seeing her life transferred to TV. Read on to find out about the show's surprising fans, what she likes about star Sharon Rooney, why she's thrilled Claire Rushbrook stars as Rae's mum, and much more...
Rae on... Sharon Rooney
"Honestly, I'm not being cheeseball, but she is like my mate. We Skype all the time. It didn't feel like a »
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