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Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Producer Joel Silver Talk Non-stop, Filming at JFK, Shooting a Fight Scene in an Airplane Bathroom, and More

1 March 2014 10:20 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s tough enough to film even a fraction of a movie in an airplane.  Director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, however, opted to take on a script that would have them shooting on a plane for 99% of the movie, and with some intense combat sequences taking place in the close quarters nonetheless. In their fourth collaboration (following House of Wax, Orphan, and Unknown), Collet-Serra and Silver bring us Non-Stop, the story of Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), an air marshal who starts getting threatening text messages while his flight is in the middle of the trip from New York to London, completely isolated over the Atlantic Ocean.  With Non-Stop due in theaters on Friday, February 28th, Collet-Serra and Silver hit the New York press circuit to sit down for a press conference.  Catch what they had to say about reuniting with Neeson, what it took to shoot a fight scene in the airplane bathroom, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Review: Non-Stop

28 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) has worked with Liam Neeson previously on the movie Unknown, but there is another clear reason Neeson was cast for the role of alcoholic air marshal Bill Marks. The actor has the talent and star power to elevate an otherwise unremarkable, movie-of-the-week script like Non-Stop into a moneymaker with wings. 

The story, penned by a team whose credits include TV's Big Brother and WWE/WrestleMania, lands Neeson in the role of Bill Marks, an air marshal on a transatlantic flight. He's confronted with text messages from an anonymous villain who promises to kill someone on the flight unless the exorbitant sum of $150 million is wired into an account within an unlikely time limit of 20 minutes. With the clock ticking and no clues to help him, he must reveal the hijacker even as the villain's complex plan unfolds to frame him for the deed. »

- Mike Saulters

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'Non-Stop' Review - Liam Neeson is a dependable action hero in likable pulp

27 February 2014 9:03 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Liam Neeson brings old school heroism as air marshal fighting onboard bombers in pulpy action movie "Non-Stop." Liam Neeson may point to blockbuster dramas like Schindler’s List and Michael Collins as the highlights of his acting career but to the delight of week in/week out moviegoers he’s become the most dependable action star around. Neeson continues to polish his tough guy rep; at the youthful age of 61 no less, headlining silly, entertaining Non-Stop as U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks; a struggling alcoholic battling onboard bombers holding a transatlantic jet hostage and setting up Marks as the culprit. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) launches the in-flight action early in the movie and keeps the thrills flowing fast enough for Neeson to bulldoze his way through any and all moments of narrative disbelief involving poison darts, ringing mobile phones and little girls »

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'Non-Stop' Review - Lian Neeson is a dependable action hero in likable pulp

27 February 2014 9:03 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Liam Neeson brings old school heroism as air marshal fighting onboard bombers in pulpy action movie "Non-Stop." Liam Neeson may point to blockbuster dramas like Schindler’s List and Michael Collins as the highlights of his acting career but to the delight of week in/week out moviegoers he’s become the most dependable action star around. Neeson continues to polish his tough guy rep; at the youthful age of 61 no less, headlining silly, entertaining Non-Stop as U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks; a struggling alcoholic battling onboard bombers holding a transatlantic jet hostage and setting up Marks as the culprit. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) launches the in-flight action early in the movie and keeps the thrills flowing fast enough for Neeson to bulldoze his way through any and all moments of narrative disbelief involving poison darts, ringing mobile phones and little girls »

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'Non-Stop' (2014) Movie Review

27 February 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For what it is, Non-Stop is a satisfying thriller, but it's a standard whodunnit with a slight psychological bend that, had it been pursued to the end, would have actually made it the Hitchcockian thrill ride some are going to attempt to peg it as being. However, to do that would have taken a lot more nerve than a director of Jaume Collet-Serra's standing has shown to possess, though you could argue Orphan (which went all the way to the other side) was more ballsy than most films we get today, even if I wasn't much of a fan, though more as a result of the filmmaking not the actual narrative. This time Collet-Serra is working with a screenplay from unproven screenwriters John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle, all first-time feature writers with Roach being a regular writer for the WWE. Given their credits, or lack-of, I would have expected much worse, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Non-Stop' Review: 10 Things to Know About Liam Neeson's High-Flying Thriller

27 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Interview: Director Jaume Collet-Serra Creates Non-Stop Action

27 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Commercial helmer Jaume Collet-Serra cut his feature filmmaking teeth on the horror programmers House of Wax and Orphan , but he is slowly working his way into the big leagues with the help of our favorite Irish brawler, Liam Neeson. Their first teaming on 2011's Unknown proved so fruitful they've re-teamed for this week's airline thriller/mystery Non-Stop , where Neeson plays an air marshal with a troubled past trying to save an intercontinental flight from terrorists. Later this year they'll drop another actioner called Run All Night alongside RoboCop star Joel Kinnaman, so we can infer that Neeson is officially De Niro to Serra's Scorsese. We sat down with Collet-Sera to discuss smoking, not cutting to an exterior shot, his long-gestating live-action version of »

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Review: Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' works as a thriller but makes some terrible choices

26 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Unknown," "Orphan," and "House Of Wax" are all various degrees of fun, depending on how seriously you take them, and director Jaume Collet-Serra is certainly slick. Part of me wonders if he can read, though, because he seems to have made a habit of picking ridiculous scripts with ridiculous ideas at the heart of them, and then he directs them as if they are the most serious things in the world. In theory, I have no problem with that. As I said, I think those three films manage to be silly pulpy fun, and that's exactly what I expected from "Non-Stop." For a good chunk of its running time, it is indeed a silly but well-made ride in which Liam Neeson plays his popular character John Taken, but on a plane this time and without a daughter. There is a point in the film, though, where the bad guy (whose »

- Drew McWeeny

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Non-Stop Review

26 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Liam Neeson has battled terrorists on land (Taken), he’s fought aliens at sea (Battleship) and now, the actor can say that he’s part of the action genre Mile High Club thanks to his latest film, Non-Stop. Directed by frequent Joel Silver collaborator, Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan/Unknown), we once again watch Liam become entangled in some thrilling bit of drama involving an airplane, a drinking problem, and a hidden bomb – presenting plenty of ass-kicking opportunities along the way. Simple set up, similar action, and more serious faces from Liam Neeson (Exhibit A above), but at least the single-setting situation presented by an airplane in flight creates a fresh bit of fun for audiences to wrap their minds around. Where a film like Taken 2 felt stale and rehashed, Non-Stop challenges typical genre norms by confining fight scenes to tiny bathroom stalls and crowded aisles – a saving grace that creates »

- Matt Donato

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Exclusive Interview With Non-Stop Director Jaume Collet-Serra

26 February 2014 7:34 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether he’s fighting on land, in the air, or at sea, people just can’t seem to get enough Liam Neeson – or that’s what studios are hoping, at least. Ever since his role in Taken, Liam has seen his skyrocketing action hero stock grant him numerous ass-kicking roles, most recently in the upcoming airplane thriller Non-Stop.

Guiding Mr. Neeson on yet another deadly adventure is director Jaume Collet-Serra, a frequent collaborator with producer Joel Silver. You know Jaume from films like House of Wax, Orphan and Unknown, but now he’s taking to the skies to conquer his fear of flying once and for all – by trying to kill passengers and blow up a plane.

While Jaume was in New York City a few weekends ago promoting his new film, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking Non-Stop with him in an exclusive interview. Covering a multitude of topics, »

- Matt Donato

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Things Get Hairy for Matthew Fox in Welcome to Harmony

21 February 2014 3:01 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Our friends over at Aullidos scored the first images of a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox in the new chiller Welcome to Harmony, and we have 'em for you right here. Dig it!

Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) and Matthew Fox (“Lost”) star in the post-apocalyptic horror movie Welcome to Harmony, which serves as the English-language debut of Spanish director Miguel Ángel Vivas' (Kidnapped).

Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop), and Clara Lago (I Want You) co-star.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) and Juan Sola are producing through their Ombra Films banner along with Hernany Perla (Ghost Team One). Vivas and Alberto Marini adapted Juan de Dios Garduno’s bestselling book Y pese a todo.

Production has begun in Budapest.

Synopsis

Nine years after an infection turns most of humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack, and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Live Action Akira Movie is Not Dead Yet

15 February 2014 3:46 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 

It seemed to be as unlikely to get made as a sequel to the Green Lantern, but now it seems the American version of  Akira is being raised from the movie-graveyard by director Jaume Collet-Serra, who has told ComingSoon.net “We’re working on it”.

 

 

Katsuhiro Otomo's popular manga and the classic 1988 anime film it spawned are among the most lauded and popular cinematic Japanese animated imports of the past 30 years.  Few—if any—animated films have been as influential on the genre as Akira was. Its place as a classic is well deserved. Naturally enough, talk of a film adaptation has been going on since 1990. Each ill-fated attempt has ended in surrender by the studio or filmmakers.

 

Usually, an escalating budget is the reason for the projects demise. In its recent attempts, Warner Bros. had repeatedly cut down on the movie’s budget, claiming first that it would be a trilogy, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Efm deals round-up: Java boards Emptying The Skies

11 February 2014 2:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated: Deals from Java Films, Zodiak, Raven Banner, Silver Sword, m-appeal, Slingshot Films, Rise and Shine, House of Film.

Java flies with Emptying The Skies

Java Films has acquired world rights to Emptying The Skies, Douglass Kass’s feature documentary about migratory song birds. The deal was negotiated by David Koh of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers and Kathryn Bonnici, Head of Acquisitions for Java Films. Submarine has also sold all rights in Canada to Films We Like and Worldwide Airline rights to Jaguar Distribution.

Music Box acquires Watcher Of The Sky

Music Box Films has struck a deal with CAA and Submarine for Us rights to Propeller Films’ Watchers Of The Sky. Submarine licensed Canadian rights to Films We Like, Australia and New Zealand to Madman, pan-Scandinavia to NonStop Entertainment and worldwide airline rights to Jaguar Distribution. Edet Belzberg directed the story about Raphael Lemkin, who coined »

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Efm deals roundup: Java boards Emptying The Skies

11 February 2014 2:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated: Deals from Java Films, Zodiak, Raven Banner, Silver Sword, m-appeal, Slingshot Films, Rise and Shine, House of Film.

Java flies with Emptying The Skies

Java Films has acquired world rights to Emptying The Skies, Douglass Kass’s feature documentary about migratory song birds. The deal was negotiated by David Koh of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers and Kathryn Bonnici, Head of Acquisitions for Java Films. Submarine has also sold all rights in Canada to Films We Like and Worldwide Airline rights to Jaguar Distribution.

Raven Banner is Hooked Up

Raven Banner has acquired world sales rights to Pablo Larcuen’s feature debut Hooked Up, the world’s first feature film totally shot with an iPhone.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) and Juan Sola are executive producing through their Ombra Films banner. The story is about Americans on a wild trip to Barcelona, where they encounter »

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Efm deals roudup: Java boards Emptying The Skies

11 February 2014 2:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Deals from Java Films, Raven Banner, Silver Sword, m-appeal, Rise and Shine, House of Film.

Java flies with Emptying The Skies

Java Films has acquired world rights to Emptying The Skies, Douglass Kass’s feature documentary about migratory song birds. The deal was negotiated by David Koh of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers and Kathryn Bonnici, Head of Acquisitions for Java Films. Submarine has also sold all rights in Canada to Films We Like and Worldwide Airline rights to Jaguar Distribution.

Raven Banner is Hooked Up

Raven Banner has acquired world sales rights to Pablo Larcuen’s feature debut Hooked Up, the world’s first feature film totally shot with an iPhone.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) and Juan Sola are executive producing through their Ombra Films banner. The story is about Americans on a wild trip to Barcelona, where they encounter an evil force.

Zodiak scores »

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Efm deals roudup: Zodiak taps Russian hit Legend 17

11 February 2014 2:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Deals from Raven Banner, Silver Sword, m-appeal, Rise and Shine, House of Film.

Raven Banner is Hooked Up

Raven Banner has acquired world sales rights to Pablo Larcuen’s feature debut Hooked Up, the world’s first feature film totally shot with an iPhone.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown) and Juan Sola are executive producing through their Ombra Films banner. The story is about Americans on a wild trip to Barcelona, where they encounter an evil force.

Zodiak scores with Legend

Zodiak Rights, the distribution wing of Zodiak Media, has boarded international distribution rights to Legend 17, the Russian hit directed by Nikolay Lebedev.  The film, already smashing $30m at its local box office, is a biopic of ‘70s hockey legend Valeri Kharlamov.

Swords strikes for Spitfire

Silver Sword International has acquired Us, Canada & UK theatrical distribution rights for Spitfire Liberator - The Alex Herbst Story (You are Always a Pilot) from Slawomir Ciok, director of Icebreaker »

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Early Artwork Offers You a Welcome to Harmony

10 February 2014 2:33 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Straight out of Efm we now have two early bits of artwork for Miguel Ángel Vivas' (Kidnapped) apocalyptic tale Welcome to Harmony. Read on to check 'em out and get the latest details.

Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) and Matthew Fox (pictured; “Lost”) star in the post-apocalyptic horror movie Welcome to Harmony, which serves as the English-language debut of the Spanish director.

Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop), and Clara Lago (I Want You) co-star.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) and Juan Sola are producing through their Ombra Films banner along with Hernany Perla (Ghost Team One). Vivas and Alberto Marini adapted Juan de Dios Garduno’s bestselling book Y pese a todo.

Production has begun in Budapest.

Synopsis

Nine years after an infection turns most of humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack, and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Jaume Collet-Serra says the Akira movie will differ from the manga and anime

10 February 2014 9:16 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

The American version of seminal manga/anime Akira has been in development for years with everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Norrington, Allen and Albert Hughes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zac Efron, Morgan Freeman, James Franco, Keanu Reeves, Keira Knightley, and Gary Oldman attached or rumored at some point. As recently as 2012, Non-stop and Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra was attached to the movie. Even after the fourth shutdown of the project last year, Collet-Serra rejoined the film »

- Alex Maidy

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Isabelle Fuhrman Lands Female Lead In Stephen King’s Cell

10 February 2014 8:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s easy to see that Stephen King has been finding huge amounts of success in television and film throughout the past few years (we just won’t mention that Carrie remake). Though the bestselling author has always been hugely popular, Hollywood has really been jumping to option his books of late.

ABC’s adaptation of Under the Dome proved to be a ratings success this past summer, with another season set to debut in June. Meanwhile, NBC is planning a miniseries adaptation of his book The Tommyknockers, adaptations of The Dark Tower and The Stand may finally be gaining traction, True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga is set to direct a two-part adaptation of It and J.J. Abrams is trying to get his hands around the author’s time-travel tome 11/22/63. Now, one more King adaptation is heating up as well, despite having flown under the radar for quite some time: the apocalyptic zombie yarn Cell. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Efm 2014: Mindscape Finds Vertical Distribution

7 February 2014 11:38 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Deadline is reporting that, in a pre-emptive strike, Vertical Entertainment picked up North American rights to the Jaume Collet-Serra produced flick Mindscape from Ombra Films and StudioCanal on the eve of Efm, which kicked off today. Stay tuned for specific release information soon.

Mindscape, from the creative mind behind Orphan and Unknown, Jaume Collet-Serra, is directed by Jorge Dorado and stars Mark Strong ("Low Winter Sun"), Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story"), and Brian Cox (Trick 'r Treat).

It's produced by Collet-Serra, Juan Sola, Peter Safran, and Mercedes Gamero; Miguel Angel Faura is co-producer.

Mindscape is a hypnotic psychological thriller about a man with an extraordinary ability to enter people's minds and manipulate their memory. When he takes on the case of a brilliant troubled teenager, he winds up in a dangerous game of seduction and betrayal that spirals out of control.

Synopsis:

John (Strong) is a recently widowed man with »

- Uncle Creepy

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