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Liam Neeson Talks Shrinking Frame

11/20/2015 10:47am EST
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Liam Neeson recently lost a good deal of weight and has since opened up about why he got so skinny. By this time, many people know that the actor wasn't suffering from an illness that caused his gaunt look, but that he lost the weight on purpose -- for a new role. According to Entertainment Tonight, the 63-year-old said that he lost 20 or so pounds for his role in Silence.

"Martin [Scorsese] wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, which [stars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield] did as well. I know Adam went to the extreme. He’s an ex-Marine, and when he’s given an order, he follows it throug...

Liam Neeson's Weight Loss Explained

9/27/2015 2:50pm EDT
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Liam Neeson is looking very gaunt these days, but his rep insists that he's not ill. According to Radar Online, a source recently revealed that the actor actually lost a good amount of weight to prepare for his role in the film Silence. Sources say that the actor did his best to get into shape for Silence, but that he may have gone "a little too far" with his dieting as a result.

"[Neeson] is as healthy as ever and as hungry for work as ever," shared a source. "[Neeson] blames the weight loss on his changing diet, which was meant to just shave a bit off his beer gut for his movie 'Silence'...

Why Is Liam Neeson Looking So Scrawny?

7/27/2015 9:17pm EDT
Liam Neeson Frail: Neeson Spotted In New York City With Scary Th
Liam Neeson was looking remarkably frail this week, sparking up rumors that the gargantuan Irish actor might have health issues. According to Mirror Online, Neeson was spotted in New York City over the weekend, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a leather jacket- but sporting surprisingly wispy-looking grey hair and a very gaunt-looking frame.

There's no obvious concern yet- for all we know, Neeson's just sporting the wispy look for a new movie. He's just finished shooting Martin Scorcese's latest film, and he'll start shooting another film in September. Not only that, but Neeson was ...

Will Liam Neeson Go Under The Knife?

6/6/2015 11:32am EDT
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Liam Neeson agrees with George Clooney's stance on plastic surgery. Last month, the "Tomorrowland" star commented how cosmetic procedures don't work for everyone.

He said: "For me, it isn't an issue or an option. I don't think it would make much sense... I've seen it happen and... particularly on men, I don't think it really works well. I actually think it makes you look older."

Neeson, 62, has also decided never to go under the knife.

"Ageing should be done gracefully. I agree with George that the best way to grow older is not to get any work done to your face," he told the Daily Mail.

Is Liam Neeson Converting To Islam?

1/15/2015 1:32pm EST
Liam Neeson Denies Rumors He Is Converting to Islam
Liam Neeson is not converting to the Islamic religion.

The practicing Roman Catholic has no plans to leave his faith behind after reports surfaced the "Taken 3" star considered converting while filming in Turkey.

During the film's premier in Dubai, Neeson revealed in an interview with Al Alabiya News, "No, I'm not converting."

Back in 2012, the actor was interviewed by The Sun and was asked about his time in Turkey while filming "Taken 2."

In the interview, Neeson revealed that the Islamic prayer rituals "got me into the spirit."

"The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for th...

8 Action Stars Over Sixty We Want For 'Expendables 4'

8/15/2014 10:00am EDT
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This weekend marks the opening of our third "Expendables" film. Yes it leaked online weeks ago, but that's small potatoes.

No minor setback could hinder Sylvester Stallone's box office take, not when he's in a film so inundated with action stars that each one has roughly 4.2 seconds of screen time (at which point they have their choice of high-fiving Stallone, casually ignoring an explosion or shooting an intern dressed in SWAT gear, before being hurriedly shuffled off-screen).

It is our firm belief that "The Expendables" should continue for at least seven more sequels, enough that Stallo...

Blu-ray Review: 'Non-Stop'

5/29/2014 11:10am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'Non-Stop'
"Taken"...on a plane? (Nah – but it does have Liam Neeson kicking ass!) We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray action yard "Non-Stop" out June 10th from Universal Home Entertainment. We follow and review the action below!

Title: "Non-Stop"

Grade: 4

Cast: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 107 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment


The Flick: What could have been a Liam Neeson helmed bad "Passenger 57" rip-off is instead a real nail biting suspense flick. Neeso...

Cinema Giants: The 15 Tallest Actors In Hollywood

4/23/2014 4:03pm EDT
Cinema Giants: The 15 Tallest Actors In Hollywood
Actors come in all shapes and sizes, and some of the tallest people in the world have made their living in front of the camera. Here is a selection of some of the tallest actors in Hollywood.

Matthew McGrory, 7'6". The late Big Fish actor wasn't comfortable with his stature, something he shared with Andre the Giant (who he played in Andre: Heart of the Giant). "He felt the same way, that he would do anything just to be a person of regular size one day a week, where people don't have to stare at him, where he could go see a regular movie and walk down the street," Andre director Drew Sky sa...

Animal Rights Activists Picket Outside Liam Neeson's NYC Home

4/21/2014 8:37am EDT
Animal Rights Activists Picket Outside Liam Neeson's NYC Home
Liam Neeson's support for New York City's horse-drawn carriages has outraged animal rights supporters, who picketed outside his home over the weekend.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio has introduced legislation to remove the popular tourist attraction and replace the carriages with vintage cars, while Neeson has argued that the move will make many lose their jobs.

On Saturday, 50 individuals from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) stood outside the actor's home with signs such as "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!" and "Worked to Death!"

PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews...

Our Picks For The Cast Of Fallout 3 Movie

4/15/2014 1:00pm EDT
Our Picks For The Cast Of Fallout 3 Movie
The year is 2277 and life as you know it is about to change drastically. All you've ever known is life inside of Vault 101, your best friend Amata, dear old dad and the Overseer. Everything you have ever known to be true is about to be challenged as your father leaves the comfort of the vault for the Capital Wasteland.

If you have ever played "Fallout 3", then you know just how engrossing this game is. You have your good, bad and neutral factions and can play it all through several times over and still get different results each time. If the good folks over at Bethesda ever got toget...

Nine Big Stars Who Voiced Video Game Characters

4/10/2014 1:00pm EDT
9 Hollywood Stars You Didn't Know Were In Your Favorite Video Ga
As video game sales continue to rival or even surpass Hollywood box office receipts, plenty of famous actors and actresses are crossing over to lend their talents to another industry. Funny thing is though, you might not even realize it. Plenty of game companies have recruited Hollywood stars to serve as voice actors for their top titles. Sometimes the star's in-game character is rendered after their real world appearance, but more often than not, the game will feature a character that looks nothing like the voice actor, leaving the most casual fans in the dark about who was behind the mic....

Blu-ray Review: 'Darkman - Collector's Edition'

2/20/2014 11:00am EST
Blu-ray Review: 'Darkman - Collector's Edition'
Ready for a little early Sam Raimi superhero action? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray flick "Darkman – Collector’s Edition" out now from Shout! Factory’s genre division Scream Factory. Evil has a new face and it gets reviewed below!

Title: "Darkman – Collector’s Edition"

Grade: 4 1/2

Cast: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Larry Drake

Director: Sam Raimi

Rating: R

Runtime: 96 minutes

Release Company: Shout! Factory Home Entertainment


The Flick: I was always a fan of the comic book camp nature of Sam Raimi’s "Darkman." ...

There's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' In The Hilarious Redband Trailer

1/30/2014 7:03pm EST
A Million Ways To Die In The West
There's A Million Ways to die in the West isn't just the title of Seth MacFarlane's upcoming comedy, it's a pretty accurate description of the film itself.

In the premiere red-band (R-rated) trailer, Seth MacFarlane's character Albert loathes the fact that everything is deadly in Arizona in the late 1800s. However, Albert is smitten with a newcomer played by Charlize Theron who also happens to have the skills to teach him how to take on a deadly outlaw (Liam Neeson). That doesn't mean Albert will learn shooting any faster, as he has difficulty taking out bottles at point-blank range.


First Trailer For 2014 Block-Buster 'The Lego Movie' Released

6/19/2013 12:31pm EDT
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"In 2014 The World's Greatest Heroes Will Join Forces For The Biggest Movie Ever Assembled," begins the trailer for next summer's literal block-buster The LEGO Movie.

The first trailer for the film was released on Tuesday (with the slightly different international version making its debut on Wednesday), and if the new feature-length adventure is anything like the recent Batman TV specials, it's sure to please.

The story features on Emmet, an "ordinary" LEGO Minifigure who is mistaken for the legendary "MasterBuilder" and thrust into an adventure to stop an evil tyrand from destroying the...

Liam Neeson Named Irish Man Of The Year

3/19/2013 8:34am EDT
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Liam Neeson celebrated his heritage as he was named the Irish Man of the Year in New York City on Monday.

The Michael Collins star, who hails from Ballymena in Northern Ireland, was given a standing ovation at New York City Hall as he accepted the Thomas Manton Irish Man of the Year Award from Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council.

Neeson joked about his nerves as he stepped up to the podium, telling the audience, "There's a popular assumption that actors are very good public speakers. It's absolute B.S. (bulls**t). It's actually my worst nightmare."

He added, "I'm ...

Liam Neeson Won't Be Back For 'Taken 3'

10/5/2012 9:36pm EDT
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Liam Neeson won't be back as action man Bryan Mills in a third Taken movie - because the first sequel's director can't imagine there's anywhere for his kidnap expert character to go.

The Irish actor originally signed on to play Mills in Taken because he was intrigued by the script and thrilled by the prospect of working with French filmmaker Luc Besson, who created his character.

Neeson expected the film to go straight to DVD, but it became an unexpected hit in 2008 and now the sequel is expected to debut at the top of the box office this weekend as film experts predict a third movie.

'Taken 2' Review: A Super Exciting, But At Times, An Unintentionally Funny Sequel

10/5/2012 1:05pm EDT
'Taken 2'
'Taken 2', a sequel to the very highly successful 2008 film, 'Taken' which made 230 million dollars, once again stars the very tall, very talented, Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, ex CIA agent extraordinaire.

The film has great action, edge of your seats thrills and many...unintentional, funny moments that had me LMAO.

For example...(don't worry this isn't a SPOILER)...During one very intense scene in the film, Bryan is on the phone with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace) who's hiding from the bad guys in their hotel room. He tells her to...'Grab a couple of grenades, a couple of guns but as...

Liam Neeson Based 'Taken' Character On Real-Life Weapons Expert

10/4/2012 4:37pm EDT
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Liam Neeson based his action hero character in the Taken movies on the real-life weapons expert who helped train him for The A-Team.

The Irishman admits he was left stunned by the adviser - because he'd disappear for days to fight terrorists and then return to the set wounded but ready to go.

Neeson never complained about the hard work because he quickly realized the guy advising him lived a real hero's life.

The actor tells U.S. interview show Inside the Actors Studio, "I can't use his real name because I don't know his real name... He'd be training us and suddenly he'd disappear for fo...

Review 'Battleship': Stick With The Board Game And Skip The Movie

5/17/2012 11:30am EDT
'Battleship' directed by Peter Berg (Hancock) has a poorly constructed script, ridiculous dialogue, cardboard characters and it's really, really loud.

It does have bad ass aliens and some exciting visual effects but that is not enough to save this $200,000,000 fiasco.

When the film opens, we find out that a group of scientists in Hawaii have sent out a signal to Planet G whose atmosphere is similar to ours. They must have been thinking, "wow another planet we get to ruin." Anyway, to the scientist's surprise their signal is heard.

That's right folks...The extra terrestrials are coming ...

Battleship Director Peter Berg Challenges Reporter Over Military Service

5/15/2012 10:58pm EDT
An Israeli TV reporter was caught out by Battleship director Peter Berg when their promotional chat about the action film turned serious and the moviemaker quizzed him about his military service.

After chatting about the political situation between Israel and Iran, Berg asked reporter Jason Holt if he had served in the Israeli army - a requirement for citizens.

When the 25 year old revealed he hadn't, shocked Berg, a fellow Jew, said, "What? How did you get out of that? Are you a draft dodger?" before adding, "You better join the army motherf---er!"

Berg then asked Holt if and when he pl...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Grey'

5/15/2012 1:45pm EDT
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Man vs. wolves. Pretty straightforward stuff – unless you’re the man involved! We’re checking in with the new film featuring a little man/wolf tension titled "The Grey," out on Blu-ray May 15 from Universal Home Entertainment. The review battle begins below!

Title: "The Grey"

Grade: 4

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

Director: Joe Carnahan

Rating: R

Runtime: 1118 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment


The Flick: I don't know what has come over Liam Neeson lately, but his recent selection of films have bee...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Battleship,' 'The Dictator,' & More

5/14/2012 1:00pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Last week’s Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration “Dark Shadows” turned out to be rather disappointing. The film starts out strong, but loses steam as it progresses. It has plenty of Burton’s trademark grim style with musical accompaniment by Danny Elfman, and some decent humor. However the villain is very one-dimensional, the climax is weak, and in many ways the film feels like a watered-down version of other classic Burton works like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands.” My Grade: C+

At the box office this week, you’ll find the science fiction action flick “Battleship,” the ensemble pr...

Universal Pictures President Wants 'Love Actually' Sequel

5/13/2012 4:35pm EDT
Love Actually
The president of Universal Pictures has urged British director/writer Richard Curtis to come up with a follow-up to hit 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually.

The British film, which focused on several different characters trying to find love, was a big hit at the box office, and now Universal chief Eddie Cunningham is hoping to convince the film's mastermind to pen a sequel.

He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "I think there should be a Love Actually 2. I'd give it a green light. I think many American movies try to emulate that brilliant format where the stories interweave and no one's on sc...

Check Out 'The Grey' On Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital Download May 15

5/13/2012 6:27am EDT
The Grey
Liam Neeson stars in producer/director Joe Carnahan's tense adventure thriller "The Grey" about a group of tough-as-nails oil rig workers who must fight for their lives in the Alaskan wilderness after their airplane crashes miles from civilization.

With supplies running short and hungry wolves closing in, the shaken survivors face a fate worse than death if they don't act fast. It's a tense countdown as the survivors try to outrun and outwit the fierce animals who hunt them down one at a time.

Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, and Frank Grillo co-star. The film raked in $20 million during ...

Rihanna & Brooklyn Decker Show A Little Leg At 'Battleship' Premiere

5/11/2012 8:35am EDT
Yesterday the "Battleship" Los Angeles premiere was a star-studded event. Singer Rihanna, who stars in the film, wore a low-cut tantilizing white dress that showed off quite a bit of skin.

Not to be outdone, her model co-star, Brooklyn Decker, also revealed a little bit of leg on the blue carpet in a strapless gauzy gown.

Malin Akerman opted for an unusual black dress, while a very pregnant Molly Sims showed off her round belly in a geometric-patterned ensemble.

Actors Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, and Taylor Kitsch also attended the premiere.

The film, based on Milton Bradley's boa...

Liam Neeson Hopes His Sons Avoid Show Business

4/6/2012 12:33pm EDT
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Liam Neeson hopes his children decide against a career in acting, as he is convinced they would be under extra pressure because of their famous parents.

The A-Team star has two sons by his late actress wife Natasha Richardson, and he is eager for them to pursue a career away from the spotlight.

He tells Britain's Independent newspaper, "I hope not (that they don't take up acting), because for every one of me there's 10,000 that still wait tables or wash dishes."

"Also, I think there'd be more pressure put on them because they have my name and so more might be expected from them, which...

Liam Neeson & Ralph Fiennes Felt Silly Playing Gods

3/29/2012 10:10pm EDT
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Liam Neeson struggled to keep a straight face while shooting the two Clash of the Titans movies with pal Ralph Fiennes - because the thespians felt ridiculous playing gods.

Neeson, who portrays Zeus in Clash of the Titans and sequel Wrath of the Titans, admits he had to focus on Fiennes' forehead during tense scenes between the warring brothers - to maintain his composure.

He explains, "When we did Clash of the Titans we found it hard to act with each other, so I would look at his forehead and he would look at my forehead because if we made eye contact it would go quite silly.

"We were m...

'Two Jews' Review 'Wrath Of The Titans' And Don't Feel The Magic (Video)

3/29/2012 2:00pm EDT
Wrath Of The Titans
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: So what's a demigod to do when all he wants is to live a quiet life with his son, and do a little fishing, but his daddy has other plans for him?

That's the predicament Perseus (Sam Worthington) finds himself in, when a war breaks out among the gods. Families... Can't live with them... Can't live without them.

Seems Perseus father, Zeus (Liam Neeson) has been kidnapped by his brothers Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston) and he's being held captive in the underworld, where his bad-ass dad, Kronos, is sucking the life out of him.


Liam Neeson To Reprise Role In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

3/29/2012 9:00am EDT
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Liam Neeson will reprise his role of Ra's Al Ghul for "The Dark Knight Rises," ending months of speculation about his casting in the eagerly awaited blockbuster.

Neeson's character was killed off in 2005's "Batman Begins" but there have been several rumors about the villain's return in Christopher Nolan's final Caped Crusader movie.

And his appearance was finally confirmed in the production notes of his fantasy epic "Wrath of Titans." The press notes state, "Neeson next appears in Peter Berg's actioner Battleship, and he also will be seen in Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated action thr...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Wrath Of The Titans,' 'Mirror Mirror' & More

3/26/2012 2:00pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Last week I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of the Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods,” which took SXSW by storm. I won’t comment on it just yet, but I will say that I’m excited to be interviewing two of its stars, Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz, in the coming days. Keep your eyes peeled for my write up.

Big budget franchise season arrived last week with the premiere of “The Hunger Games,” and continues this week with the release of the Greek action sequel “Wrath of the Titans.” Also coming out this week are the light-hearted Snow White picture...