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Stephen Ohl and Jonah Ehrenreich are ready to embark on an uninhibited party across Barcelona in the official trailer for their upcoming horror film, ‘Hooked Up.’ The thriller’s intriguing clip was released by its distributor, Uncork’d Entertainment, which is set to unveil the movie on VOD on April 7, and DVD on June 9. First-time feature film director, Pablo Larcuen, both helmed and co-wrote the horror comedy with Eduard Sola. ‘Hooked Up’ was also executive produced by Jaume Collet-Serra, who’s known for helming the Liam Neeson action movies ‘Non-Stop,’ ‘Unknown’ and ‘Run All Night,’ as well as making his feature film directorial debut with the 2005 horror thriller remake, ‘House [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Politicos, business titans and stars gathered for a press gala in the fall of 2012 to hear the big news: Joel Silver would bring his movie company to Venice’s historic post office. To hear the producer and his backers talk, the move would unleash a creative renaissance for both Silver and the beach community.
“The man who brought us ‘The Matrix,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Predator’ will have an address that matches his grand imagination,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed to a crowd that included actor Tobey Maguire and former Yahoo chief Terry Semel, his longtime pal from their days at Warner Bros. Silver pledged to “help change the paradigm of Hollywood,” by turning a refurbished Venice post office into a creative hub, a center for technological innovation and a meeting place for friends and neighbors.
Nearly two and a half years after that elaborate rollout, though, work on Silver »
- James Rainey
After making his mark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Brian Kirk has taken the reins on 20th Century Fox’s long-gestating thriller Narco Sub, which is eyeing action star Liam Neeson to take on the lead role.
The title will center on “a notorious Ecuadorian drug lord who forces a disgraced American naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the U.S. Coast Guard,” TheWrap reports.
Though Kirk has already signed on, Neeson is by no means a done deal, sources report. Producers Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg, who have been with the David Guggenheim-scripted project since its early days, both agree that Neeson is the man for the job, and now they’re moving to lock him in. The project may have to move fast to catch him, however. The veteran actor, whose Oscar-nominated performance in Schindler’s List seemed to guarantee him a long career »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of the more curious television success stories in recent years, ITV and PBS’ massively popular historical soap Downton Abbey, will come to an end after next year’s sixth season, multiple publications are reporting.
The British import, which challenged the likes of NBC’s Winter Olympics and AMC’s The Walking Dead for ratings in its prime, depicted the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants on the Yorkshire estate of Downton Abbey. Created by Julian Fellowes, it launched the careers of actors like Dan Stevens (now prepping for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lily James (Cinderella), Michelle Dockery (Non-Stop) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Winter’s Tale).
Sources say that the show’s cancelation is mostly for practical reasons, with star Maggie Smith having threatened to leave the series for the past three years and other main actors moving onto bigger projects. Stevens was one of the first to jump ship, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Solid ground doesn’t exist in the cinema of Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson. Theirs is an action cinema of distress where the mental instability of each protagonist blurs the boundaries of seemingly tight spatial parameters. Conflict unfolds violently and manipulatively within manmade (and psychological) bubbles, as vast as the multiple boroughs of New York City or as small as the cramped fuselage of a passenger jet. There is no escape, only the desperate and unflinching pursuit of truth, moral direction, and family safety. The bad guys often win, but the good guys always gain closure.Angular compositions and desperate tracking shots populate 2011’s Unknown, 2014’s Non-Stop, and 2015’s Run All Night. Images overlap, tip, ascend and dive to visualize the world as one big box of quick sand. The camera propels through space like a boomerang, challenging logic and defying gravity with reckless abandon. Every step forward brings us »
- Glenn Heath Jr.
The past few years has seen a resurgence of action films revolving around a past-his-prime yet-still-bad-ass dude setting things right. This was probably first set in motion by Sylvester Stallone and his grizzled action star filled "The Expendables" films, and has been handily retrofitted to varying degrees of success for actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger ("The Last Stand," "Sabotage"), Liam Neeson ("Taken," "Unknown," "Run All Night," "Non-Stop") and Kevin Costner ("3 Days to Kill"). One of the more unlikely participants in this prune juice-fueled movement is Sean Penn via the "The Gunman." It shares a lot with those other films —a graying, righteous loner making the hard decisions no one else can or will, an improbably high body count, a soundtrack that bleeps along like the inner workings of a computer, a beautiful woman caught in the middle— but is also saddled by Penn's self-conscious »
- Drew Taylor
When exactly did we decide Liam Neeson is the new paragon of action movies? I’m not even sure I can name the second biggest star in action movies right now in terms of output or cultural cachet. If someone anywhere in the world right now is making a joke about a hypothetical action movie I bet it stars Neeson. Run All Night is Neeson’s second collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra after last year’s Non-Stop, which was widely derided as “Taken on a plane”. They’re back this time hopefully not in an attempt to prove their incredible creative range as Run All Night is essentially Taken but if the child was a boy instead of a girl; it is not a lot of fun.
It has been suggested to me recently that the reason I don’t connect well with the Taken films is because they’re primarily aimed at women. »
- Arthur Tebbel
Run All Night, 2015.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie: with his estranged son, Mike, whose life is in danger, or his longtime best friend, mob boss Shawn Maguire, who wants Mike to pay for the death of his own son.
When Liam Neeson first purposefully told those pesky bad guys in Taken that he’d find them, and then kill them, few (even Neeson himself) would have envisioned his career taking such a dramatic shift into becoming an action star. Even whilst the likes of Stallone and Schwarzenegger found themselves having a brief renaissance thanks to The Expendables franchise, the interest in them soon waned, whilst Neeson has remained fairly bankable.
The Taken franchise has made a fortune, »
- Gary Collinson
I blame Lost for most of the problems with Dig, USA‘s new investigation thriller, but frankly, I blame Lost for a lot of things.
The show is the latest entrant in the limited-run mystery genre, and revolves around Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs), an FBI agent working in Israel, finding himself caught up in a bizarre conspiracy that spans the globe. Having caught sight of a redhead, who sticks out like a sore thumb among the crowds in Israel, Connelly follows her to the dig she’s been working on. It’s a massive archeological exploration of caves under the city. They stumble on an odd religious rite being performed by people who aren’t supposed to be there.
It isn’t as odd as it might seem to viewers, because we’ve already been introduced to some very “old school” Jews (no, really, really old school) who are fantastically »
- Marc Eastman
We got up early to record today's podcast and we hope it isn't too lethargic to start, but once we get rolling I spend a fair amount of time discussing HBO's "The Jinx" before we get to listener questions, new DVDs and Blu-rays and our regular allotment of games. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option, you can leave us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here »
- Brad Brevet
It's no surprise that "Cinderella" beat "Run All Night" among newcomers this weekend. The Disney live-action fairy tale was widely expected to suck all the oxygen out of the box office, and its estimated $70.1 million debut is in line with predictions.
Still, "Run All Night" seemed like it would be smart counter-programming, drawing older men who wouldn't be interested in a movie made for young girls. Yet "Run All Night" underperformed even its modest predictions (in the $14 million range), opening instead at just an estimated $11.0 million.
For the third week in a row, then, Hollywood experts will be tearing their hair out, wondering if a formerly sure-fire leading man (Will Smith two weeks ago, Vince Vaughn last week, and now Liam Neeson) has permanently lost his mojo. In each case, despite a recent downward trend, the funeral arrangements seem premature. True, it's not hard to see why Neeson's career appears to be in trouble. »
- Gary Susman
Earning more than the rest of the field combined, Disney's Cinderella (2015) easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend.Liam Neeson's Run All Night got off to a very slow start, while indie horror flick It Follows had a great debut in limited release.Playing at 3,845 locations, Cinderella opened to $67.9 million. That ranks seventh all-time among March debuts. Compared to Disney's recent live-action fantasies, Cinderella's opening was roughly on par with Maleficent ($69.4 million), though it was noticeably lower than Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million). It also opened well above Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million).This is all the more impressive considering Cinderella's budget was a modest $95 million, which is around half as much as the rest of those movies cost.Cinderella's audience was 66 percent female and 66 percent families. The movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore; combine that with great reviews, and this should hold »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In 2008, if someone mentioned the name of actor Liam Neeson, chances are you immediately thought of him in one of two ways. It is likely that you automatically imagined the actor in his portrayals as historical figures – Oskar Schindler, Alfred Kinsey, Michael Collins – or of the gravitas he lent to franchises such as Star Wars and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. However, that all changed with the release of Taken six winters ago. With his gruff heroics and thick voice, he became one of Hollywood’s most bankable action heroes. Not bad for a man who was 56 years old at the time.
Since Taken, Neeson’s star power has soared. As the biggest action stars of the previous generation (the Fords, Stallones and Schwarzeneggers) struggle to excite and entice audiences for a bloody time at the cinema, Neeson rose into one of the most in-charge (and in demand) action stars of the current era. »
- Jordan Adler
Warner Bros. Pictures released their new hardcore action movie, "Run All Night," into theaters this weekend, and all the big reviews have come in from the top,major movie critics. It turns out that they were pretty mixed in their overall assessment as it got an overall 59 score out of a possible 100 across 33 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Liam Neeson, Nick Nolte, Ed Harris, Vincent D'Onofrio, Joel Kinnaman, Patricia Kalember, Genesis Rodriguez and Boyd Holbrook. We've added blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a great 88 score, saying: "Even though it feels as if we’ve seen this movie before, Run All Night is a stylish and kinetic thriller, with Neeson at his gritty, world-weary best, some of the coolest camera moves in recent memory and a Hall of Fame villain in the great Ed Harris." Kenneth Turan »
- Andre Braddox
Cinderella ruled the box office on Friday, while Liam Neeson's latest disappointed.Cinderella opened to an estimated $23 million on Friday, which is roughly on par with Oz The Great and Powerful ($24.1 million) and Maleficent ($24.3 million). If Cinderella follows Oz's pace*a likely outcome, given the similarities in genre and time of year*it would end the weekend with at least $75 million.Playing at 3,171 locations, Liam Neeson's Run All Night opened in second place with a weak $3.86 million. That's a fraction of Non-Stop's $10 million debut, and is also below last year's A Walk Among the Tombstones ($4.76 million). For the weekend, the movie should wind up with around $11 million.Focus (2015) took third place with an estimated $1.7 million, which is down 41 percent from last weekend. The movie will reach $40 million sometime today.Kingsman: The Secret Service eased 25 percent to an estimated $1.67 million, which puts it in the Top Four for »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Last year, director Jaume Collet-Serra brought us the high octane guilty pleasure flick, Non-Stop, and while that was set entirely on a plane (for the most part), his latest film, Run All Night, spans across New York City.
Marking his third collaboration with Liam Neeson, the gritty character-driven thriller centers on an estranged father and son (Neeson and Joel Kinnaman) who find themselves going head-to-head with a former mob boss (Ed Harris). Truth be told, it’s a highly enjoyable thriller and easily one of Neeson’s better efforts in recent years, which is a sentiment that our very own David James agreed with in his review:
This is a genre film made by a cast and crew who care enough about their craft to make the best damn genre film they can. It’d have been real easy to phone this project in, and I’m definitely glad that they didn’t. »
- Justine Browning
About Last Night : Collet-Serra’s Latest Neeson Rating
You may not have realized it, but while the Taken trilogy was warping its course through a series of cinematic banalities, ripened action star Liam Neeson set off on a course of similarly themed vehicles with director Jaume Collet-Serra, resulting in this, their third collaboration, Run All Night. A familiar cocktail of second generation blue collar honor struggling to overcome the stagnant moral nadir of organized crime sleaze gets streamlined into a by-the-numbers action flick that only manages to feel as stale is it is unbelievable, like nuggets of Scorsese whirled through a Luc Besson meat grinder. At this point, we kinda know what to expect from the Liam Neeson school of action film stardom, and wading through screenwriter Brad Ingelsby’s disappointing treatment of hard-won street redemption, you won’t find anything remotely surprising.
Grizzled loner Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) seems »
- Nicholas Bell
We're only two and a half months into 2015, and already we have Liam Neeson doing his action hero schtick for a second time. Teaming up with director Jaume Collet-Serra for a third time, after Unknown and Non-Stop, Neeson is Jimmy Conlon, an aging hit man for the mob who has fallen on hard times, depending on hand outs and alcohol to survive. When his estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman) witnesses a murder carried out by the son of Jimmy's former boss and childhood friend Shawn McGuire (Ed Harris), Jimmy is forced to take on his former boss to ensure his son's survival. So, pretty much what you have come to expect from Neeson in this stage of his career, but unlike the mindless action dreck he has turned out in recent months, Run All Night at least tries to deliver an entertatining ride. Set in New York on Christmas Eve (no real reason given, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Run All Night is the third outing for the now bonafide, 62-year-old action star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra. Previously you had Unknown or Non-Stop, and neither were exactly hits, though the latter's attempt at Hitchcock was certainly the better of the two. In a weird way Run All Night tops them both, but manages to do so thanks largely to performances, having much less to do with Brad Ingelsby's script as the reasoning for why the action takes place is rather ridiculous and each and every action sequence suffers some sort of set back, be it length or just a sheer lack of logic. The performances, however, allow the audience to overlook some of these issues, resulting in a movie that's more entertaining than it deserves to be. More than anything else, Run All Night is a tale of redemption. Neeson plays Jimmy Conlon, an ex-hitman who »
- Brad Brevet
Are you ready for some bad news? Seriously, are you sitting down? Because you're going to need to brace yourself. It looks like we're only going to get around two more years of hardcore, badass action films from the incomparable Liam Neeson.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the star of Run All Night -- as well as the Taken series, Non-Stop, Star Wars, and The Grey -- revealed that he thinks he's only has a few more years of punches to the face left in him.
"Maybe two more years. If God spares me and I’m healthy. But after that, I’ll stop [the action] I think," Neeson said.
News: Neeson Kicks Airplane A** In 'Non-Stop' Trailer
It's Ok if you feel the need to cry. No one's going to judge you, because we all understand that Neeson has a very particular set of skills »
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