March 24, 2015 |
IN TODAY'S movie universe, a teenage girl with a gun crushes Sean Penn with a gun. In fact, a teenage girl doing practically anything crushes Sean Penn with a gun. Star Shailene Woodley and the second installment in the "Divergent" series, "Insurgent," easily topped the box office with $54 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. Penn's "The Gunman" stumbled with only $5 million. According to "Insurgent" distributor Lionsgate, 60 percent of its audiences were female.
March 13, 2015 |
"RUN ALL NIGHT" further establishes Liam Neeson as cinema's Deadliest Dad, this time ready to kill for his son. This got me thinking about an idea for a dream project: Neeson as father to a jazz drummer son who starts getting slapped around by J.K. Simmons from "Whiplash," thus leading to the greatest parent/teacher conference ever . In the meantime, there's "Run All Night," in which Neeson fights to protect his son, who's been targeted for...
September 19, 2014 |
IN HIS LATEST, Liam Neeson is again tracking men who kidnap and abuse women. The movie, though, is a mostly a bore. There should be a name for these misfires: "Mis-Taken. " The actual title here is "A Walk Among the Tombstones," a dull and sleazy actioner featuring Neeson as a sobered-up ex-cop named Matt Scudder who helps a drug dealer find the creeps who kidnapped and murdered his wife, and are doing the same to other dealers. Even the opening credit sequence is gross - two naked drooling weirdos lolling about with a terrified, bound, weeping woman.
March 29, 2014 |
Neeson, single dad Liam Neeson opens up to GQ about his wife Natasha Richardson , who died in a skiing accident five years ago this month. He says he misses her support and sagacity when it comes to raising their two sons, Micheál and Daniel . "My boys are teenagers. They're experimenting. They're flexing muscles and sometimes dangerous avenues, and you think, ' . . . If Tasha was here, someone could share this,' " Neeson, 61, says. "But . . . we're doing all right, you know?"
February 26, 2014 |
Splitsville: Thicke & Patton They met in '91 at an all-ages hip-hop club in L.A. He was 14, with a Canadian for a dad, she a 16-year-old Lalaland native. Teenage dating gave way in 2005 to marriage and five years later to a son, Julian Fuego Thicke . Twenty years later . . . and it's all over. All over. "Sex Therapy" singer Robin Thicke , 36, and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol actress Paula Patton , 38, have split up. "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," the couple say in a joint statement to People.
September 13, 2013 |
ACTOR LIAM NEESON will be in town tonight to introduce a 20th-anniversary screening of "Schindler's List" at the Prince Music Theater. Neeson was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II by employing them in his factories. The 1993 film went on to win seven coveted golden bald men, including one for director Steven Spielberg , who spent some of his formative years in South Jersey. The screening benefits the USC Shoah Foundation, founded by Spielberg after he made "Schindler's List.
September 9, 2013 |
Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of 1,200 Polish Jews during the Holocaust, has been celebrated for decades as a national hero in Israel. In 1963, he was named Righteous Among the Nations and is buried in a Jerusalem cemetery. Yet he was barely known to the American public until 1993, when his exploits were dramatized by actor Liam Neeson in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List . Produced for a modest $22 million, the film went on to gross $321 worldwide and made the German Catholic industrialist a household name.
January 18, 2013 |
In 1982, the sci-fi film Tron proved filmmakers could create entirely artificial digital worlds for actors to populate. That same year, a no less dazzling, exciting, and hypnotic feature named Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance reminded us of that other - organic - world, nature. An odd sort of documentary directed by Godfrey Reggio and shot by time-lapse photography expert Ron Fricke, it dispensed with narrative structure and dialogue in favor of a sublime, haunting score by Philip Glass.
October 9, 2012 |
Critics don't like Taken 2 , but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie. Taken 2 led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend. That's double the haul for Neeson's Taken , which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in 2009. The previous weekend's No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office, Adam Sandler's animated hit Hotel Transylvania , dropped to second place with $26.3 million. Expanding into nationwide release after a limited debut a week earlier, Universal's music tale Pitch Perfect moved up to third place with $14.7 million.
February 18, 2011 |
"Unknown" rips off a bunch of movies, but not the movie it wants you to think it's ripping off, which is "Taken. " "Unknown" stars Liam Neeson, who's shown in the trailer and TV ads making an angry face and promising to avenge his family - more or less like the guy he played in the sleeper hit "Taken. " That movie, though, was a bristling, sadistic revenge actioner, and "Unknown" is a plodding, unoriginal thriller, with Neeson stumbling around as the confused victim. And he's not a CIA man, he's a botanist - Martin Harris, in Berlin with his wife (January Jones)