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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Chloe'

2/24/2012 12:45pm EST
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With the wide-eyed Amanda Seyfried hitting theaters this week via the kidnap thriller "Gone," we thought we’d pay homage to the blond goddess by resurrecting a little five-star nugget from her recent past that some may have missed – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! We’re going back to 2009 for a sexy and sultry little erotic thriller that had Seyfried playing a very grown up call girl brought in to help a jealous wife with the adulterous suspicions. But as with every great film helmed by Canadian wunderkind Atom Egoyan there’s more then meets the eye in the sensual and suspenseful flick...

'The Grey' Threatened With PETA Boycott Over 'Wolf Stew' Comments

2/6/2012 8:35am EST
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Animal rights activists are urging film fans to boycott Liam Neeson's new movie The Grey after the actor admitted eating wolf stew in preparation for the role.

In the film, the Irish star plays an oil worker who is stranded in the arctic with a group of colleagues following a plane crash and they are forced to fight for survival as they are hunted by a pack of wolves.

During the shoot, the movie's director Joe Carnahan suggested the cast eat wolf meat to get into character, and Neeson revealed he "went up for seconds of the wolf stew."

However, his comments have infuriated activists at...

'The Grey' Wins Number-One Spot At Box Office

1/30/2012 9:27am EST
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"The Grey" appears to be box office gold - it raked in $20 million at the weekend to take top spot in the box office chart.

Liam Neeson's adventure drama bumped Kate Beckinsale's horror film "Underworld: Awakening" to second place with takings of $12.5 million.

Coming in at a close third was Katherine Heigl's bounty hunter comedy "One For the Money" with earnings of $11.8 million.

Falling to number four was George Lucas' passion project "Red Tails" ($10.4 million) and "Man on a Ledge," starring Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks, opened in fifth ($8.3 million).

Spotlight: Liam Neeson - The Unexpected Movie Star

1/27/2012 3:00pm EST
Liam Neeson in The Grey
This weekend, audiences will get the chance to see Liam Neeson fight a pack of hungry wolves in order to say alive in “The Grey” from director Joe Carnahan. Though he has become a worldwide action star with films like “Taken” and “Unknown,” 15 years ago the Irish-born former amateur boxer was better known for dramas like “Schindler’s List” and “Michael Collins.” That’s not to say he takes the craft of acting any less seriously now than he did back then. He is still as talented and charismatic as ever, only now he seems to be having a lot more fun.

So how did Neeson go from being a serious ...

Two Jews' Review 'The Grey' And Feel The Power Of The Wolf (Video)

1/25/2012 12:00pm EST
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Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: It takes a lot for a film to truly scare me. I mean, after seeing hundreds and hundreds of movies featuring, knife wielding masked maniacs, cannibalistic nuclear families preying on hot teenage girls and demon possessed embryos, I've become kind of blasé about the horror genre.

So many horror films are durative of one another. But I'm happy to say this is definitely not the case with 'The Grey' directed by Joe Carnahan ('Narc', 'The A Team') and starring the very tall and always excellent, Liam Neeson.

The story is simple. A group of sup...

Liam Neeson Contemplates Becoming A Muslim

1/25/2012 10:31am EST
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Irish actor Liam Neeson is considering converting to Islam after becoming fascinated by the religion while filming in Turkey.

The Taken star grew up as a devout Catholic who acted as an altar boy at his local church and was even named after a priest.

However, during a trip to Istanbul to shoot a film, he was moved by Muslims' Call To Prayer, which takes place five times a day to summon followers to worship.

He says, "The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thin...

'The Grey' Slammed By Wolf Conservation Group

1/24/2012 8:04am EST
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Liam Neeson's new survival thriller The Grey has come under fire from officials at an animal conservation group, who claim the movie's portrayal of wolves as violent killers is "fantasy".

The Schindler's List actor plays part of a group of men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash and forced to survive on their wits as a pack of wolves hunts them down.

However, the winter wilderness drama has failed to impress chiefs at Wolf Conservation Center.

Managing director Maggie Howell tells the New York Post, "Wolves don't hunt humans - they actually shy away from them."

"It's not anything...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Grey,' 'Man On A Ledge,' & More

1/23/2012 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
I loved last week’s Steven Soderbergh movie “Haywire.” It’s a visually stunning picture with cool music, and a strong, sexy female protagonist to boot. For elaboration on my thoughts, check out my review, if you haven’t already.

Dropping into theaters this week is the frosty Liam Neeson thriller “The Grey,” the high-rise standoff “Man on a Ledge,” the Glenn Close period piece “Albert Nobbs,” the Katherine Heigl action comedy “One for the Money,” the historical drama “In Darkness,” and the foreign drama “Declaration of War.”

Look out later this week for my interview with “Man on...

Liam Neeson Used Grief Over Wife's Death To Fuel Emotional Scene In 'The Grey'

12/24/2011 10:00am EST
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Moviemaker Joe Carnahan urged Liam Neeson to channel his grief over the death of his wife Natasha Richardson for an emotional scene in new movie The Grey.

The film focuses on a group of plane crash survivors who are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, and Neeson plays Ottway, whose spirits are kept alive by the thought of reuniting with his wife.

In a crucial scene, his character pens a heart-wrenching letter to his loved one - and Carnahan suggested Neeson should think of his late wife Richardson to summon up the appropriate emotions.

He tells Empire magazine, "There's a letter that Ott...

Liam Neeson Backs Gervais As Globes Host

11/20/2011 9:49am EST
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Irish actor Liam Neeson has thrown his support behind controversial comedian Ricky Gervais as the host of the 2012 Golden Globes, insisting Hollywood needs "a shake-up."

The British funnyman caused outrage when he presented this year's ceremony and made cruel jibes about some of the movie world's biggest stars, including Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

Gervais was widely expected not to be invited back to host another Golden Globes prizegiving, but event bosses shocked industry insiders this week when they announced the Brit had been hired to make his third appearance as the host of the 2...

Liam Neeson To Appear As Hologram In New Play

11/19/2011 3:30pm EST
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Liam Neeson is set to narrate a musical stage production of "The War Of The Worlds" - appearing to the audience in the form of a 3D hologram.

Neeson will voice the journalist character George Herbert, but he won't be there in person, thanks to the wonders of modern day technology.

The star says, "I'm not a computer nerd at all so I knew nothing about this technological stuff, but it did sound very interesting. We shot it over three days in April.

"It was all done on 'green screen' which I'm very used to after Star Wars and Clash of the Titans and various films like that. It wasn't terrib...

Rihanna Went To Boot Camp For 'Battleship' Role

8/9/2011 11:26am EDT
Singer Rihanna was forced to undergo grueling boot camp sessions to prepare for her debut acting role in Battleship.

The Umbrella hit-maker plays a tough cadet in the film, based on the game of the same name, and trained for the movie by running around a ship, swimming and weightlifting.

However, Rihanna relished her demanding work-outs - because they made her feel ready to portray a sailor.

She tells, "One man drilled me, yelled at me, cursed me out, made me do push-ups... My best friend was there and I told her, 'I'm about to do acting class. You're gonna want to kill t...

First Trailer For Next Summer's 'Battleship' Surfaces (Watch It!)

7/27/2011 6:36pm EDT
The first trailer for Battleship has officially been released, and it looks... familiar? The film is based on the classic Hasbro game you played back when you were a kid, however that seems to be the only thing the movie and its inspiration have in common.

Call us crazy, but on first impression the film looks like the love-child of Armageddon and Independence Day, with a little bit of The Abyss thrown in for good measure.

Cocky kid works for the father of the girl he likes? Check. Father doesn't want him anywhere near his daughter? Check. Astronomical anomaly occurs, forcing them to put a...

Lucasfilm Unveils 'Star Wars' Deleted Scenes From Upcoming Blu-ray Set At Comic Con (Video)

7/26/2011 10:37pm EDT
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Fans at this year's Comic Con who attended the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards were surprised with a short teaser for the upcoming (Sept. 16) Star Wars Saga Blu-ray release featuring a few storied deleted scenes from the original trilogy.

The clip includes a short teaser from last year's event, in which Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is shown building his green lightsaber before heading off to save Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba The Hutt.

Also included in the clip are shots of a sandstorm scene and an extended shield generator battle from Return of the Jedi; escaping Wampa snow creatures fr...

Watch The Official 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer

7/18/2011 3:00pm EDT
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On Friday we were so close to showing you the first trailer for the third and final Batman movie directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises. However, the trailer turned out to be a bootleg and was subsequentlypulled from the internet. However, now we can offer you the official trailer direct from Warner Bros.!

The trailer features a voiceover from Liam Neeson, who played Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins. He apparently died in the first film, but it wouldn't surprise us if he returned.

As mentioned on Friday, Gary Oldman's character Commissioner Gordon seems to...

'Unknown' Blu-Ray Is Unexceptional

7/6/2011 3:00pm EDT
The next title on this week's list is the Liam Neeson thriller Unknown, which also arrives from Warner Home Video in a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. Here's my review.

The Movie

One of my friends jokingly remarked that we might be starting a whole genre of films where an angry Liam Neeson gets revenge on and/or beats up people, not unlike the Mel Gibson of such movies like Payback. After seeing Unknown I think he was right - and at least to me, Neeson is a much more interesting actor to watch than Gibson. Having said that, Unknown basically boils down to a basic thriller, if an ambitious one...

Check Out 'Unknown' On Blu-ray, DVD & Download June 21

6/18/2011 7:17am EDT
Liam Neeson headlines the thriller "Unknown" about a prominent doctor on a business trip to Germany when he awakens from a coma to find that another man has stolen his identity and taken over his life.

Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) has just arrived in Berlin to deliver an important presentation when he realizes that his briefcase has gone missing, and leaves his wife, Elizabeth (January Jones), at their hotel to try and retrieve it. During his cab ride back to the airport, however, a serious car accident lands Dr. Harris in the hospital, where he lies in a coma for four days. Upon awakening, ...

Crew Persuaded 'Hangover' Director To Cut Mel Gibson Cameo

5/16/2011 9:06am EDT
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Moviemaker Todd Phillips has spoken out about his decision to cut a Mel Gibson cameo from his "The Hangover" sequel, insisting it just wasn't worth upsetting members of his crew just for two minutes of film.

The director invited the embattled star to shoot a hilarious cameo in the movie, but too many crew members were upset about the idea, following the release of Gibson's rage-filled phone rant aimed at his ex-lover Oksana Grigorieva and her allegations he attacked her.

Movie star Zach Galifianakis was singled out as the cast member who was opposed to Gibson's involvement in the comedy s...

America's '25 Fittest Guys' Include Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans & Joel McHale

4/22/2011 1:00pm EDT
Fittest Guys
Men’s Fitness magazine is honoring its "25 Fittest Guys." From the boardroom to the classroom, the big screen to the small, these guys are at the top of their game. They’re record breakers, superheroes, and regular Joes.

Check out the celebrities on the list:

Chris Evans, The Action Hero, 30

Evans starred as Marvel Comic Superhero, Captain America. Evans took the role seriously, working with a personal trainer to build bigger biceps and tone his abs, transforming his body into the jacked frame of Marvel Comic’s super soldier.

Alex O’Loughlin, The Five-O, 34

The Australian-born actor...

Sally Field To Play Abe Lincoln's Wife In Steven Spielberg Film

4/14/2011 9:07am EDT
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Sally Field has signed on to play Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd in Steven Spielberg's new biopic about the assassinated President.

Daniel Day-Lewis has replaced fellow Irishman Liam Neeson as the President in Lincoln.

The film is based on revered historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals."

Spielberg is thrilled Field has agreed to play Todd. In a statement, the movie mogul says, "I've admired her films and she has always been my first choice to portray all the fragility and complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln."

Liam Neeson Cut From 'Hangover' Sequel

4/10/2011 10:00am EDT
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Liam Neeson's comedy cameo appearance has been cut from The Hangover Part II.

The star stepped in to replace Mel Gibson after the troubled actor's casting sparked controversy and Neeson subsequently revealed he relished filming his a role as a tattoo artist.

He said, "I came to L.A. for a day and did it. I did a scene, which is supposed to be in a tattoo parlor in Thailand. I'm the tattoo artist, covered in tattoos, 'Ireland forever'... Shamrocks and all that s**t."

But Neeson's appearance has been dropped from the final cut of the film because director Todd Phillips wanted to reshoot th...

Arnold Schwarzenegger Plans Action Film Comeback

4/9/2011 2:00pm EDT
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is poised to mark his big screen return to Hollywood by replacing Liam Neeson in a new action thriller.

The movie hardman has been keeping fans guessing over what his first film role since stepping down as California Governor will be, and he was most recently linked to an unlikely comeback as an over-the-hill horse trainer in "Cry Macho."

But it appears Schwarzenegger is looking to return to more familiar territory - he's been offered a starring role in director Jee-woon Kim's "Last Stand," according to trade paper Daily Variety. Taken star Neeson had previously been...

'The Hangover Part II' Opens May 26th - Check Out The Hilarious New Trailer

4/1/2011 2:28pm EDT
The Hangover Part II
This trailer for this year's most anticipated comedy, The Hangover Part II, has officially arrived, and you can watch it right here!

The first teaser for the film, released just over a month ago, gave little about the film away other than that it takes place in Thailand and "The Wolfpack is Back."

Now we know that the gang travels to Thailand for Stu's wedding and that he's not taking any chances with a bachelor party, so a pre-wedding brunch is planned.

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha return as "The Wolfpack," and are joined once again by Jeffrey Tambor, Mi...

'Gnomeo & Juliet' Beats 'Hall Pass' At The Box Office

2/28/2011 8:16am EST
Gnomeo & Juliet
Animated Disney film "Gnomeo & Juliet" has surprised movie experts by triumphing over Owen Wilson's new comedy "Hall Pass" to top the box office chart in its third week of release.

The 3D family favorite, which is based on the Shakespeare tale and features music by Elton John, climbed to number one with takings of $14.2 million, boosting its total gross in the U.S. to $75.1 million.

"Hall Pass," directed by the Farrelly Brothers, debuted in second place with $13.4 million, while Liam Neeson's former chart-topper "Unknown" fell to three.

Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" is in fourth posi...

'Unknown' Surprisingly Tops Weekend Box Office

2/21/2011 8:38am EST
Liam Neeson's thriller "Unknown" has shocked movie industry experts by beating action film "I Am Number Four" to the top of the box office.

The closely contested race ended with Neeson's new film, in which he plays a botanist who ceases to exist in the eyes of his family and colleagues after a car crash, scoring a $21.8 million opening weekend - $2 million more than second-placed "I Am Number Four," which stars "Glee's" Dianna Agron and Brit Alex Pettyfer.

"Unknown" beat most projections by $3 million.

Animated comedy "Gnomeo & Juliet" was just behind in third with $19.4 million, taking ...

'Two Jews on Film' Review: 'Unknown' - Only one Finds This Thriller Thrilling (Video)

2/18/2011 10:18am EST
What if you know deep down, who you really were, but couldn't prove it? And what if someone else - someone you didn't know- claimed to be you and everyone believed him? That is the dilemma Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) faces in the film 'Unknown'.

Dr. Martin Harris, a botanist, arrives with his wife, Liz (January Jones) at the Hotel Adion in Berlin for a biotechnology summit. When Martin realizes that his briefcase was left behind at the airport, he grabs a cab and rushes back to retrieve it. But fate has other plans for our doc. En route, there's a terrible accident and the taxi, th...

Academy Voter Liam Neeson has no Time to Watch Nominated Films

2/17/2011 10:25pm EST
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Actor Liam Neeson has discovered a snag in the Oscars officials' decision to nominate 10 Best Films - busy voters like him don't have the time to watch all the movies in contention.

The Unknown star has been a member of the Academy for the last few years, and as such, receives screener copies of the films up for the top Oscar - but he never gets around to watching them.

He confesses, "There's just not enough hours in the day, so I personally voted for the past two years because I think it's not fair if I see two films and I don't see the other 40."

Click for more great Liam Neeso...

January Jones Opts For Odd Hairstyle At 'Unknown' Premiere

2/17/2011 9:33am EST
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We're huge fans of "Mad Men" star January Jones, but we're not fans of her look at the "Unknown" premiere. Should we file this under "What was she thinking?"

In the film, Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, a tourist visiting Berlin with his wife (Jones) when a serious car accident lands him in the hospital, unconscious. Upon awakening, Martin finds every relic of his identity erased, with every connection to his name, job, and even his marriage seemingly erased.

Facing total denial from all authorities, Martin finds himself fighting against practically everyone to prove who he is, ho...

Quentin Tarantino Didn't Believe That Diane Kruger is German

2/16/2011 7:30pm EST
Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger nearly lost the role as German actress/traitor Bridget von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds because director Quentin Tarantino didn't believe she was really German.

The sultry blonde is also featured in the March issue of GQ (on newsstands nationwide Feb. 22) and explains that the director needed alot of convincing to get him to cast her in the role.

"I basically had to fly to Germany and show him my passport," the sexy star says.

Kruger is set to star alongside Liam Neeson in the new stolen-identity thrillerUnknown, which opens nationwide this Friday (Feb. 18). She plays...

Liam Neeson Has A New Lease On Life At 58

2/16/2011 10:32am EST
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Liam Neeson stars in another new action movie opening this weekend. In Unknown he plays a man in Berlin who finds himself replaced after an automobile accident. He has to fight his way to the truth, which is a new trend for Neeson.

“I seem to have gotten a new lease on life since this Taken movie was successful,” he said. “At the age of 58, it’s great to get that kind of an action hero.”

Neeson has a very particular set of skills that make him equipped to rise to the occasion each movie demands. “I was a kid when I boxed. I started when I was 9, and I finished when I was 17 or so, competi...