17 items from 2015
With HBO’s True Blood coming to an end last summer, Rutina Wesley, longtime cast member of the Southern supernatural series, is lined up for another horror show. This time around, though, Wesley will encounter human monsters rather than creatures of the night, as she’s set to join the cast of Hannibal for the third season, playing a character from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and its two film adaptations.
TVLine reports that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, is set to co-star in Hannibal Season 3 in the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who becomes the romantic interest of Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy serial killer, who in turn will be played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films). Reba McClane is a key character in Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel, Red Dragon, and was previously played by Joan Allen in »
- Derek Anderson
Crescent Bay may seem like a quiet retirement community on the surface, but do a little digging and you’ll discover there’s more terror than tranquility to be found, for on evenings bathed in the light of the full moon, people have been dying, and not of natural causes. Retitled Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf, Adrián García Bogliano’s latest hits home media in March with a handful of bonus features:
Press Release – “New York, NY (January 23, 2015) – There’s something awful hiding in the woods and it’s coming after the unsuspecting in the gripping and acclaimed Late Phases: Night Of The Lone Wolf. From the director of Penumbra, Cold Sweat and Here Comes The Devil, the horror film will be available for Digital Download and on Blu-ray and DVD from Dark Sky Films on March 10, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
“Our minds can concoct all sorts of scenarios when we don’t want to believe something. We construct fairy tales… and we accept them.” A teaser trailer for Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal has been released, giving us our first look at Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and more in the drastically different third season of Bryan Fuller’s serial killer series.
Season 3 of Hannibal will debut this summer. It was recently revealed that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role in the third season. Arianda portrays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films) will play The Tooth Fairy serial killer (aka Francis Dolarhyde) from Thomas Harris »
- Derek Anderson
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
Looking at an imposing Liam Neeson on the poster for A Walk Among the Tombstones, you’d be forgiven for mentally grouping the film with his past action-star endeavors, including Taken, Unknown and Non-Stop. That was certainly the mistake I made. Neeson, all grizzled machismo and barked one-liners, would surely shock and awe as he used his overpowering authority and very particular set of skills to rid the world of some deserving evildoers.
So imagine my surprise when, while watching A Walk Among the Tombstones, I realized that writer-director Scott Frank, adapting a novel by Lawrence Block, had no interest in delivering another Neeson-powered action extravaganza. What he set his sights on, and what he successfully delivers with the film, is something far more ambitious, interesting and enjoyable. A Walk Among the Tombstones is a hard-boiled crime noir, a dark and disturbing detective story set in a brittle, washed-out version of New York. »
- Isaac Feldberg
If you are a Hollywood film fan, especially those more into the darker R rated genre, then you probably have seen some of producer Adi Shankar’s films. He has been behind the action thrillers The Grey and A Walk Among the Tombstones (both starring Liam Neeson), Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg) and Killing Them Softly (Brad Pitt), among others.
Now, the young producer is bringing the Hindi film epic drama Gangs of Wasseypur to the Us. Gangs of Wasseypur is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets-fueled crime saga that charts 70 years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs the film, Gangs of Wasseypur is produced by Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox), and boasts an incredible cast, including Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra, »
- Stacey Yount
Put a gun in his hand and the 62-year-old Irish actor is the equal of Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise or Bruce Willis — stars in whose shadows he labored for the initial decades of his long career. As stars from an older generation of action heroes such as Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone age out of leading roles or gracelessly battled against the ravages of time, Neeson has stepped in to take their place.
Even though he himself is an older actor, Neeson fits the current zeitgeist. In an era beset by financial fraud and terrorism, Neeson has emerged as a figure of authority who knows how to operate in a world without rules. He is a tortured, brooding avenger for »
- Brent Lang
A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, The Grey, Taken series) and Dan Stevens (The Guest, “Downton Abbey”) debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 13, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on Lawrence Block’s best-selling series of mystery novels and directed and written by Academy Award-nominated writer Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Wolverine), A Walk Among the Tombstones is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito.
In this intense thriller, Liam Neeson plays Matt Scudder, an ex-nypd cop turned unlicensed private investigator who reluctantly agrees to help a drug trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who brutally murdered his wife. When the Pi learns that this is not the first time that these men have committed this sort of twisted crime — nor will it be the last — he must blur the line between right and wrong as he races to track the »
- Movie Geeks
Liam Neeson and “Taken 3” went out with a loud bang at the box office this weekend, opening to a better-than-expected $40.4 million as the highly regarded civil rights drama “Selma” stumbled in its national expansion.
The final installment of the EuropaCorp vengeance movie franchise that turned the 62-year-old Neeson into an action star knocked “The Hobbit” out of the top spot after three weeks with the second-best January opening ever, and easily outpaced the weekend’s other wide opener, the awards hopeful “Selma.”
- Todd Cunningham
The final installment of the vengeance series that turned the 62-year-old Neeson into an action hero six years ago opened at No. 1 Friday with an estimated $14.7 million. That projects to a muscular three-day total north of $35 million for 20th Century Fox’s “Taken 3,” which was produced and financed by EuropaCorp,, and it will knock “The Hobbit” out of the top spot after three weeks and easily outpace the weekend’s other wide opener, »
- Todd Cunningham
I met Liam Neeson briefly for an interview when The Grey came out, and I was surprised to find that in real life, he's actually a very quiet guy. His recent batch of films, most of which involve him angrily threatening bad guys, paint an entirely different picture of the guy, and hey - that's what acting is all about. But the real Neeson isn't afraid to get scary if the situation calls for it.
His Taken co-star Maggie Grace went on Conan O'Brien's talk show and revealed that after a particularly bad break-up with an ex-boyfriend, Neeson offered his particular set of skills as a way to try to make things right. Check out what happened in the video below, and try to imagine being the guy who received that phone call and trying not to crap yourself out of pure fear.
- Ben Pearson
From humble Irish beginnings to full-fledged Hollywood stardom, Liam Neeson has had a whirlwind career.
Heck, he even reinvented the action hero.
Coming up in the '80s, Neeson enjoyed moderate success on stage and screen. It was his star turn in a 1992 production of "Anna Christie," however, that inadvertently catapulted him to fame. After seeing a performance of the Broadway play, Steven Spielberg cast Neeson in his now acclaimed "Schindler's List" (1993) and made the Irishman a Hollywood leading man. This winter, Neeson is back as another noble ass-kicker in the action movie "Taken 3."
From his early influences to his own fighting prowess, here are 30 things you probably don't know about Liam Neeson.
1. Liam John Neeson was born June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
2. His mother was a cook, while his father was a caretaker at a local primary school.
3. Neeson was one of four children, and the only boy. »
- Jonny Black
The Purge 3 - as it's currently known - will take a little bit longer to get here though. Rather than the year gap between the first two movies, the third one is set for release on July 1st 2016. That gives returning writer/director James Demonaco twice as long to put this one together.
No further details are known of The Purge 3 yet (so we don't know if Frank Grillo is returning, for instance). But after The Purge: Anarchy - with a big nod to John Carpenter - took things outdoors, we'd be surprised if they went back inside again.
More on The Purge 3 as we hear it.
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Friday Am Update: Taken 3 earned an estimated $1.6 million from late Thursday shows. That's roughly on par with Taken 2, which earned $1.5 million from early shows. This isn't a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, though: Taken 2 started at midnight, while Taken 3 began much earlier in the evening. A better comparison is The Equalizer, which earned $1.5 million from Thursday evening shows back in September. If Taken 3 followed the same trajectory as The Equalizer, it would wind up with around $35 million this weekend.Forecast: This weekend, moviegoers will have one last chance to see Liam Neeson use his "very particular set of skills" in the third and final installment in the Taken franchise.While it will almost certainly open well below its predecessor, Taken 3 is still going to easily take first place at the box office this weekend ahead of the holiday holdovers. Meanwhile, civil rights drama Selma expands to »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Considered one of the greatest Indian films of all-time, the award-winning epic Gangs of Wasseypur will release in Us theaters next week on January 16 allowing cinema lovers nationwide to enjoy the controversial masterpiece on the big screen for the first time.
Mesmerizing audiences at both the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, Gangs of Wasseypur is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets fueled crime saga that charts 70 years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. The acclaimed film is produced by Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox) and presented by Adi Shankar (producer of the number one box office hits Lone Survivor and The Grey)
Cinelicious Pictures will release Part 1 of Gangs of Wasseypur on January 16 for an exclusive one-week-only run at several AMC theaters across the U.S. Part II will release in the same »
- Press Releases
Announced in 2012, lensed in early 2013, and once set for release last December, it feels as if the James Wan-produced Demonic (once titled House of Horror) has been ever-present. Will we ever see it, however? Starring Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Frank Grillo (The Grey) and Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Demonic is currently…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Liam Neeson is back in Cineplex theatres this week reprising his role as ex-cia agent Bryan Mills in Taken 3, opening on Friday. The 6’4” Irish giant has grown into an action hero as of late thanks to movies like Taken, The A-Team, and The Grey, even though we’ll always have a soft spot for his more dramatic roles in Kinsey, Michael Collins and as widower Daniel in the dramedy Love Actually, just to name a few. We’ve been big fans of Neeson since way back in the 80s in movies like The Bounty and in Suspect where he plays a deaf-mute homeless man defended by attorney Cher when he is accused of murder. Sounds intriguing, right? And of course, who can forget his defining role as Oskar Schindler in 1993’s Schindler’s List.
Are you a fan of Liam Neeson? Test your Neeson knowledge in our quiz below! »
- Rachel West
17 items from 2015
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