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When it was revealed that Ra's al Ghul will be the main villain in the third season of "Arrow" TV series, MTV reached out to Liam Neeson to find out if he had any interest in reprising the role he played in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins." "I would [do it] in a heartbeat, if it came my way, yeah," he replied. Neeson's willingness to play Ra's al Ghul quickly reached CW president Mark Pedowitz, who just revealed that he was "thrilled" to hear that there was a chance to get the actor. "We never thought he would," said Pedowitz. "We quickly went to him, just on the off-chance that he had the time to do it." In the end, Neeson was too busy or maybe unwilling and the role went to Matthew Nable (Killer Elite, Riddick). »
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. »
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
Less than a week after Liam Neeson expressed his interest in playing Ra's al Ghul on The CW's hit series Arrow, another actor has won the villainous role. Series star Stephen Amell announced on his Twitter page today that Matt Nable has signed on to play the League of Shadows founder, although it still isn't known when we'll first see him in Season 3.
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) September 4, 2014
The CW Network announced at Comic-Con 2014 that Ra's al Ghul will be the primary Season 3 nemesis for Oliver Queen, although he was hinted at a number of different times in Season 2, including the presence of his daughter Nyssa (Katrina Law).
Here's what executive producer Marc Guggenheim said during an interview at Comic-Con in July, revealing that they are approaching the character in a much different way »
Even casual comic book fans realized that The CW wasn’t kidding around with its DC Comics properties when they revealed that Arrow‘s Season 3 would be getting a new central antagonist in the form of Ra’s al Ghul (a part made famous on film by Liam Neeson in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy). Not long after Neeson claimed he’d be happy to reprise the role, the actual actor set to bring the character to life has been revealed: relative newcomer Matt Nable (Riddick, Killer Elite).
According to Deadline, the Australian former-Rugby League footballer has landed the part after arriving on the scene in his first role in 2007. The actor may ...
- Andrew Dyce
Liam Neeson may have told reporters last week that he would gladly reprise his role as Ra's Al Ghul for The CW's "Arrow," but to the surprise of literally nobody a different actor has been set for the part. On Thursday (September 4) morning, "Arrow" star Stephen Amell coyly tweeted "Please welcome Matt Nable to Arrow. You know who he's playing." And in case you didn't know who he's playing, Amell included a picture of DC Comics' supervillain and League of Assassins frontman Ra's Al Ghul, most famously played by Neeson in "Batman Begins." In July at San Diego's Comic-Con, Wbtv and "Arrow" announced that Ra's Al Ghul would be playing a key role this season. The news came at the end of a clip package that showcased how central Ra's Al Ghul and the League of Assassins have already been to the show's mythology, with ties to John Barrowman »
- Daniel Fienberg
Ra's is the leader of the League of Assassins, and father of Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law). He's also a ruthless strategist, a master of martial arts, and a shaper of history.
Nable will make his debut in the season's fourth episode "The Magician". He's best known for his work as Boss Johns in "Riddick" and Pennock in "Killer Elite," and on acclaimed Australian TV series "Underbelly" and "East West 101".
At the same time, a new 90-second promo for the upcoming third season has gone online, check it out below:
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
James Caan (Rollerball) and Robert Duvall (Get Low) star in 1975’s action-filled Sam Peckinpah (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) thriller The Killer Elite, making it’s Blu-ray debut from Twilight Time.
Mike Locken (Caan) and George Hansen (Duvall) are best friends and private contractors for a private intelligence agency which handles covert assignments for the CIA, such as the successful of an East European politico. But then Hansen is bought out by an unknown rival group, leading to his assassination of the defector and the critically wounding of Locken in the knee and elbow. After a long period of rehabilitation, Locken gets back in the game, with career advancement and revenge in his thoughts!
Also included in the package is Noon Wine, the Peckinpah-directed 1966 TV adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter »
A couple weeks ago at the TCA press tour, I sat down with Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh for a 45-minute discussion about their new Cinemax series "The Knick," a medical drama set around New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900. Soderbergh directed the totality of the first season, which focuses on Owen's Dr. John W. Thackery, a visionary surgeon who augments his forward-thinking approach to his profession with additions to cocaine and opium. As you might expect, it's a wide-ranging interview covering the show's journey to Cinemax, the approach to the occasionally harrowing medical rituals of the period, the pressures of doing five two-hour movies consecutively and the decision to use a trippy score by Cliff Martinez. It's a great interview and it'll go up sometime next week, ahead of the show's August 8 premiere on Cinemax. While the full Q&A will be posted, I wanted to whet appetites with a »
- Daniel Fienberg
The term “box office poison” is one synonymous with actors who, for a multitude of reasons, just can’t seem to catch a break. Despite each of these performers having a significant enough profile with audiences, there’s something about them that just doesn’t entice people to go catch their latest movies, and as a result, they’ve endured a string of financially unsuccessful efforts, regardless of the critical acclaim they may have acquired (in some cases, at least).
Hiring these actors will, for the most part, result in a movie failing to gather any financial traction whatsoever, and while we can’t discount the fact that some of these actors willfully picked art over commerce, there’s no denying the fact that a string of monetary flops will do little to help any actor’s career.
Some of these performers are at least lucky enough to do well from animated fare, »
- Jack Pooley
Ahead of its North American release next month, a new trailer has debuted for the upcoming action thriller Swelter, which sees Jean-Claude Van Damme leading a cast that includes Lennie James (Snatch), Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Bridge), Grant Bowler (Killer Elite) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2). Take a look after the official synopsis…
“In the vein of the brutal heist drama Reservoir Dogs, the modern crime thriller A History of Violence, and the classic western High Plains Drifter, Swelter is a violent story of greed and retribution.”
Swelter hits DVD, Blu-ray and VOD in the States on August 12th, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.
- Gary Collinson
Blu-ray Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The 1972 thriller The Mechanic starring Charles Bronson—which was remade (unremarkably) by Simon West in 2011 as a star vehicle for Jason Statham (Killer Elite)—makes its Blu-ray debut from Twilight Time.
Directed by Michael Winner, The Mechanic stars Charles Bronson (Hard Times, The Great Escape) as a hardened professional hitman who’s feeling the strains of his profession. He joins forces with a ruthless up-and-comer (Jan-Michael Vincent, Damnation Alley) in a partnership that wavers between sustaining and profoundly dangerous…particularly when they get involved in a couple of tricky contracts.
As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to pre-order »
I didn't quite know how to describe the genre I'm referring to with this post (BoxOfficeMojo doesn't even have a category for it), but suffice to say I'm particularly targeting the films made popular by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone back in the '80s and more recently it seems Jason Statham had a lock down on things. Now, however, it only seems Liam Neeson can really generate any box-office juice with his cinematic fisticuffs, otherwise it has to be an ensemble or nothing. I ask because ever since Schwarzenegger made his way back to movies after playing Governor for eight years, he's seen The Last Stand, Escape Plan and this past weekend's Sabotage tank at the box office. Similarly, Stallone has seen Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match bomb at the box office and Statham has seen a string of non-starters including Killer Elite, »
- Brad Brevet
Clive Owen may be best-known for punching faces and getting gritty in films like "Shoot 'em Up," "Killer Elite" and "Children of Men," but he really just wants to meet-cute with sexy French Oscar winner Juliette Binoche. In the new trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy "Words and Pictures," the endlessly charming duo trade witticisms and flirtatious looks as two struggling intellectuals -- one a writer, the other a painter -- teaching at an American Liberal Arts college. Can they inspire each other to create some thing new? Will they fall in love? Have you ever seen a movie before? Watch the trailer here: It was directed by comedy veteran Fred Schepisi ("Six Degrees of Separation," "Roxanne"). "Words and Pictures" opens May 23. »
- Dave Lewis
The Voice UK came out on top for its first Sunday episode of the current series, overnight data reveals.
BBC One's talent show dropped around 800,000 viewers from Saturday's instalment, but was still top with 6.90 million (27.0%) at 7.45pm.
Earlier, Countryfile interested 6.34m (29.9%) at 6.45pm. Later, The Musketeers continued with 4.30m (19.1%) at 9pm, and Match of the Day 2 scored 2.72m (22.6%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Top Gear climbed to a new peak for its series finale and second Burma special to 6.08m (23.4%) at 8pm. Wild Burma gathered 1.41m (6.3%) at 7pm, and Fast & Fearless brought in 1.44m (6.3%) at 9pm.
ITV's Catchphrase entertained 4.59m (20.6%) at 7pm (159k/0.6% on +1) upon its return. Prince Harry documentary South Pole Heroes attracted 3.11m (12.0%) at 8pm (195k/0.9%), while Mr Selfridge was seen by 4.54m (19.9%) at 9pm (264k/1.7%).
On Channel 4, Live from Space concluded with 1.74m (7.2%) at 7.30pm (128k/0.6%).
On Channel 5, Hellboy II thrilled 837k (3.5%) at 7pm, followed by »
Right now Riddick (Blu-ray review) is number one on the home video charts, and you know what that means... Sequel talk! Such is the case today, and star Vin Diesel was so excited by the news, he decided to start dancing! But wait! There's more!
If you watch the video below, which features Diesel dancing(!) to both Katy Perry and Beyonce (seriously, you have to watch this), in between shaking his ass to their two songs, he mentions that Universal called him directly to give him the good news about the home video release and to inquire about the possibility of a sequel.
Post by Vin Diesel.
Global action superstar Vin Diesel reprises his breakthrough role in Riddick, the much anticipated new chapter in the epic adventures of the most wanted man in the universe. The all-new thriller finds the title character trapped on a sun-scorched planet and »
- Uncle Creepy
With Riddick (Blu-ray review) now available in stores, we've gotten hold of an imagining of our favorite Furyan's universe in an easy to use, interactive star map. Each of the planets on the map has hotspots that contain facts, images, and other content that gives fans a more in-depth look at the setting of the trilogy.
While the map doesn't reflect every aspect of the Riddick universe - and we certainly wouldn't advise it as a navigational tool - it definitely presents a jumping-off point for fans to discuss their favorite characters, scenes, and moments from the action-packed sci-fi franchise!
Blu-ray Combo Pack Description
Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew, and cutthroat characters. In addition, »
- Uncle Creepy
In an electrifying return to his signature role, Vin Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.
Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters.
The Riddick Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes a Digital HD Copy of the film available on UltraViolet. UltraVioletis the revolutionary new way »
- Robert Greenberger
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