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Happy 18th Birthday, Dakota Fanning! (Photos)

February 23rd, 2012 1:30pm EST
Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning is no longer a child star. The blonde cutie who wowed audiences in the 2001 film "I Am Sam" turns 18 years old today.

We expect great things from the Georgia native. She has appeared in movies such as "Taken," "Uptown Girls," and "Man On Fire." That's quite a resume for such a short time.

Most recently she played a sexy yet lethal vampire in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and rock musician Cherie Currie in "The Runaways."

Dakota stars in several upcoming films, including "The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Now Is Good," "The Motel Life," "Effie," "Furious Angel" and...
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Spotlight: Liam Neeson - The Unexpected Movie Star

January 27th, 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 ...
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Liam Neeson Contemplates Becoming A Muslim

January 25th, 2012 10:31am EST
Liam Neeson
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...
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Maggie Grace's Retro Pale Pink Dress - Hot Or Not?

June 8th, 2010 11:24am EDT
Maggie Grace
Former "Lost" actress Maggie Grace showed up at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City on Monday wearing a really short pale pink dress that looks like it came straight out of the 1960s. We wonder if she revealed anything when she sat down in it?

Maggie stars in the upcoming film "Knight And Day" opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The film centers on a fugitive couple (Cruise and Diaz) who wage a war between truth and trust while speeding across the globe in an attempt to avoid capture by a determined federal agent.

She recently appeared in "Taken," starring Liam Neeson as an ex-sol...
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Liam Neeson Wishes He Had 'A-Team' No Fear Qualities

June 8th, 2010 9:25am EDT
Liam Neeson
It has been a tragic year for Liam Neeson and we feel deep sympathy for him. The fact that he can keep working so consistently after the sudden passing of his wife, Natasha Richardson, is admirable. Speaking about his latest film, The A-Team, Neeson seemed in positive spirits.

“I did this film, Taken, that’s given me a whole new lease on life at the age of 58,” Neeson said. “So it was great to flex those different muscles if you know what I mean.”

Neeson plays Hannibal Smith, the leader of a team of skilled Army Rangers. He admires the fearlessness he gets to play on screen. “Well, these ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Dear John,' 'From Paris With Love,' 'Frozen'

February 1st, 2010 12:00pm EST
From Paris With Love
I returned to the movies last week to see Mel Gibson's thriller "Edge of Darkness." A large part of me was anxious to see it since I knew Gibson plays a Boston cop whose daughter is murdered in front of him. As Gibson's character, Detective Thomas Craven, launches his own investigation into his daughter's untimely demise, he starts unraveling threads to a conspiracy involving big business and government in Massachusetts.

While this sounds like a promising plot that could be quite engrossing, in execution the film falls flat in creating the necessary tension. The pacing for most of the...
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January: The Worst Month For Cinema

January 8th, 2010 10:35am EST
The Worst Month for Cinema
January truly is the worst month for film. In fact, January is the equivalent of the second string JV team in high school. Its sole purpose is to warm the benches for the upcoming seasons.

The month sometimes holds a few kernels of popcorn goodness. The two genres that perform well, or at least have been granted a few sleeper hits in the past decade, are thrillers and sci-fi/horror. Last year 'Taken' and 'My Bloody Valentine 3D' were stars among flops in January. Typically, as rabid consumers of cinema, we forget about January. Honestly, do any of you fondly remember titles like, '...
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25 Top Movies Of 2009 (So Far)

November 26th, 2009 9:44am EST
2009
As with every year there are dozens of great movies but there are even more really bad ones. 2009 will be marked by Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen comebacks along with a bevy of bad movies, highlighted by Megan Fox's performance in Jennifer's Body. There were plenty of good movies and we may have the most fun making fun of the bad and helpless ones, but let's take a look at the best movies of 2009.

Most blockbuster movies are filled with overrated stars (i.e. Will Smith and Tom Cruise) and are seemingly contrived, made only to make money. Thankfully this year there were not as ...
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Is Excessive CGI And No Plot Becoming A Trend In Movies?

September 10th, 2009 11:14am EDT
Transformers 2
A few weeks ago I got to see 15 minutes of James Cameron's "Avatar" on the IMAX in 3D, and it was some of the best CGI ever seen on the big screen. For years Cameron has promised a big comeback and at least visually this movie looks like it will truly deliver when it comes out in December. And yet ... what little they revealed of the plot felt contrived, and the dialogue was stiff. A soldier sneaking undercover in another society and then falling in love with this new culture and trying to make peace between the two nations. Viewers have seen that before, but what makes "Avatar" different h...
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This Year's Remakes & Sequels: Not Living Up To Expectations

June 19th, 2009 9:56am EDT
Terminator: Salvation
Take a look at the box office chart below, ranking the top ten films of the year so far:

1. Star Trek - $232,557,467

2. Monsters vs. Aliens - $195,246,609

3. Up - $191,041,612

4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine - $176,270,686

5. The Fast and Furious - $154,669,230

6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop - $146,336,178

7. Taken - $144,958,654

8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - $144,596,100

9. Angels and Demons - $123,708,539

10. The Hangover - $115,000,000

Notice something missing? Notice a lot of things missing? Namely, many of the high-profile remakes and sequels (Requels, to co...
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New Movies On DVD, May 12

May 12th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Taken
In Taken, An ex-soldier (Liam Neeson) traveling through Europe embarks on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after the young girl is abducted by slave traders. Also on DVD: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.
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Opening January 30: Taken

January 27th, 2009 12:38pm EST
Taken
An ex-soldier (Liam Neeson) traveling through Europe embarks on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after the young girl is abducted by slave traders... Continue summary

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Sister Spotlight: Elle And Dakota Fanning

January 21st, 2009 12:36pm EST
Fanning Sisters
The Fanning family is lucky. They have two pretty young girls, both are established or establishing themselves as respected actresses in an age when tween sexpots sell, and have managed to stay out of the unflattering light of Hollywood - thus far. Two talented daughters, bound to make large amounts of money due to their talent, must deal with the downfalls of normal child stardom. For those who are only familiar with Dakota Fanning, she has a younger sister, Elle, who is fast becoming just as well known as her sister. Let's investigate this perfect storm of child actors done right, and wha...
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Must-See Movies of 2009

December 26th, 2008 10:00am EST
Watchmen
As 2008 comes to an end, it is time to close the book on the entertainment experiences that we have had this year. Yes, Transformers blew our minds. Girls, Sex and the City blew your minds. To anyone who watched The Haunting of Molly Hartley, I'm sure you want your money back as well. It is time to put all of that behind us, however, and look forward to a new year, and new movies that none of us should miss.

Defiance (Release Date: 01/16/09)

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber

Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber star in Defiance, the story of three brothers...
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