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2015 could be Julianne Moore’s year. The actress received her 5th Oscar nomination for her moving portrayal of a middle-aged woman reeling from a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice, out in select theatres this week.
The role is just the latest is Moore’s crown of vivid and complex characters. As an actress who has appeared in nearly every genre – from horror (Carrie) and comedy (Evolution) to action (Jurassic Park: The Lost World) and drama (The Hours) – Moore excels at nearly everything she does, lending prestige and credibility to the films she picks.
And she continues to pick incredibly varied parts. Last year we saw Moore on-screens as District 13 president Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, as a passenger on the flight from hell in Non-Stop, and in her Cannes awards-winning role as an actress desperately clinging to the spotlight in Maps to the Stars. »
- Rachel West
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
We've had Fox, Universal and Disney rearranging their release calendars. Now it's time for Warner Bros. to join the festivities with a modest bit of schedule shuffling. Ron Howard's ocean-going historical drama In The Heart Of The Sea has been shifted back from March until December, while Liam Neeson will Run All Night two months earlier than planned, occupying Howard's just-vacated weekend.For Run All Night it seems like a winning situation. Neeson's third collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra (following Unknown and Non-Stop) has already started its marketing push with some stills and a trailer, and will now arrive all the sooner on the coattails of Taken 3, which has done rather well.In The Heart Of The Sea, on the other hand, is taking a considerable gamble, since it will now open a mere week before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Warners didn't previously have a December tentpole, »
Sneak Peek the winners @ the 72nd annual "Golden Globe Awards", presented by the 'Hollywood Foreign Press Association' January 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, plus take a look @ the comedic opening monologue by hosts Tina Fey & Amy Poehler:
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Best Miniseries Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Amazon Studios Instant Video
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Best Original Song »
- Michael Stevens
A former senior agent at United Talent Agency, Eddy-Grouf — who has been appointed Studiocanal senior vice president, international production and development — will report to Ron Halpern, Studiocanal’s Paris-based executive VP, international production and acquisitions. Halpern made the announcement Monday.
Owning one of the largest film libraries in the world, with 5,000-plus international titles, Studiocanal has, over the last near-decade, risen to prominence under chairman-ceo Olivier Courson, with Halpern a key architect of its U.S production relationships. It’s the only independent movie company in Europe to launch direct film distribution operations in the continent’s three biggest markets: France, the U.K. and Germany. It also directly distributes in Australia and has a top-flight international sales department.
As it diversifies into TV, »
- John Hopewell
The Taken franchise continues to be a success, with the latest installment Taken 3 earning over $40.4 million this past weekend at the box office. While all of the promotional materials for the movie touted this as Bryan Mills' final adventure, Liam Neeson doesn't discount that a fourth movie may happen in the near future.
Speaking with FoxNews.com, the actor was asked if he'd ever return for a fourth installment. Even though this was supposed to be the last chapter in the series, Liam Neeson says there is always a chance that he will return. And we can all blame Forest Whitaker if it happens. As he explains:
"There's always... I think if audiences go and see it and they like these characters, I mean, I'd love to do something with Forest [Whitaker] again, and if it's in a Taken 4 scenario... great."
Despite one of the provisos of his contract being that the third film would be the last, Liam Neeson says a fourth film may happen in the near future.
Asked by Fox News if he'd return for a fourth instalment, Neeson says there is always a chance: "There's always... I think if audiences go and see it and they like these characters, I mean, I'd love to do something with Forest [Whitaker] again, and if it's in a Taken 4 scenario... great."
The third film in the series opened to $40.4 million over the weekend. That's less than the $49 million opening of "Taken 2" but more than high $20M range opening of Neeson's two big films of last year - "Non-Stop" and "A Walk Among the Tombstones".
After one weekend, "Taken 3" has already rack up a $91 million worldwide gross from a $48 million budget. »
- Garth Franklin
Never let it be said that Liam Neeson won.t keep the door open on any possible sequel. Non-Stop 2? Send him the screenplay. More Narnia movies? He has his lion voice ready. And Taken 4? Heck, there were seven Police Academy movies, so never say never! The box office figures for Taken 3 have to at least bolster the notion that audiences aren.t done with Bryan Mills and his particular set of skills just yet, meaning Taken 4 undoubtedly is being discussed in some boardroom at 20th Century Fox while you are reading this. When Liam Neeson was asked by FoxNews.com if he.d ever entertain the notion of coming back for more adventures in this franchise, he certainly didn.t shoot the idea out of the sky. Neeson diplomatically said: "There.s always. I think if audiences go and see it and they like these characters, I mean, I'd »
Though it feels as though Awards Season has already trudged on for months, the 72nd Annual Golden Globes from Sunday night showed the season has really only just begun.
On their long road to the Oscars before nominations are announced this Thursday, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel struck a blow for mid-level indies by winning Best Motion Picture in both the Drama and Comedy or Musical categories respectively. Both Linklater and Anderson won their first ever Golden Globe prizes, with Linklater also taking home the award for Best Director.
Television too had a strong night for up-and-coming shows, with freshman comedies and dramas all having a big evening on the awards stage. Transparent, Amazon’s comedy about a transgender woman, took home prizes for actor Jeffrey Tambor and for Best Comedy or Musical Series. The CW’s Jane the Virgin won a surprise »
- Brian Welk
The career resurgence that actor Liam Neeson has been experiencing in the action genre since 2008 appears poised to continue for the near future, as the third entry in the Taken franchise, titled Taken 3, took the top spot at the box office over the weekend. The movie’s $40.4 million gross continues to cement Neeson’s presence as a reliable box office draw, continuing a string of number 1 openings of his movies that includes 2011′s Unknown and 2014′s Non-Stop, as well as the movie’s predecessor, Taken 2.
The Neeson film was not the only new entry in the box office, as Ava DuVernay’s potential Oscar contender Selma took the second place, finishing with 11.2 million over the weekend. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which took the box office title for the last three weekends, fell to fourth place, with the Stephen Sondheim musical adaptation Into The Woods »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The awards season kicks off in earnest today with The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The awards ceremony will air live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, starting at 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Pt. Greer Grammer serves as Miss Golden Globe and George Clooney will be presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. We'll be updating this story throughout the night with all of the winners below, so be sure to check back for the latest updates. You can take a look at the full list of Golden Globes nominees below.
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Boyhood - IFC Productions and Detour Filmproduction; IFC FilmsFoxcatcher - Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures ClassicThe Imitation Game - Black Bear Pictures; The Weinstein CompanySelma - Paramount Pictures and Pathé Paramount PicturesThe Theory of Everything - Working Title Films; Focus Features
Best Performance By An »
The first award of the night, for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, went to J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash.” Television’s first statue, for TV Supporting Actress, was won by “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt.
See photos: Golden Globes: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)
Later, in the prestigious drama genre, Best Motion Picture – Drama went to “Boyhood.” For the small screen, »
- Tony Maglio
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy’s estranged son, »
- Michelle McCue
The Taken franchise ended on a high note this weekend, as the third and final entry opened in first place with an excellent $39.2 million. Civil rights drama Selma got off to a slow start, while Inherent Vice opened well below writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master.The Top 12 earned $110.2 million this weekend, which is off 10 percent from the same frame last year. Taken 3's $39.2 million debut is off 21 percent from Taken 2's $49 million start; when considering how poorly that movie was received, that's actually a really good hold. It's well above star Liam Neeson's Non-Stop ($28.9 million), and is also a bit higher than Lone Survivor, which opened to $37.8 million on this same weekend last year. In fact, Taken 3 wound up with the third-highest January opening ever behind last year's Ride Along and 2008's Cloverfield.Fox is reporting that the audience was 54 percent male and »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
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
While forecasts predicted Taken 3 would have a similar opening to the first in the trilogy, the Liam Neeson-led action flick went above and beyond that by bringing in an estimated $40.4 million this weekend—a number closer to Taken 2's $49.5 million opening than Taken's $24.7 million. This number proves the power of a good old-fashioned action movie, a type of film that's been absent from theaters in favor of Oscar bait as of late. And it proves the power of Neeson, an actor with definite pull—especially when it comes to this genre: He led both the previous Taken films, »
- Ariana Bacle
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
Nice timing, this. The same day Liam Neeson hits theaters in Taken 3 comes the first trailer for his next shoot-‘em-up. In Run All Night, the late-blooming action hero plays an over-the-hill hitman once known as the Gravedigger. Now better at draining whiskey bottles than his victims’ lifeblood, he is forced to get back in the game when his son (Joel Kinnaman) becomes a target. The erstwhile Gravedigger must choose between his crime family and the real family he abandoned years ago. “I’m coming after your boy with everything I got,” the hitman’s longtime best friend and mob boss (Ed Harris) tells him. “And when it’s done — and it will be done — then I’ll let you die.” Vincent D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill, Genesis Rodriguez, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany and Common co-star in the R-rated film helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra — who directed Neeson in last year’s airborne actioner Non-Stop. »
- Erik Pedersen
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