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Liam Neeson on the prospect of a Qui-Gon Jinn return for the Obi-Wan Star Wars spinoff

Although the Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology movie is yet to be officially announced by Disney and Lucasfilm, it was revealed back in August that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) has been tapped to develop the project with a view to directing, with a report last month claiming that the Star Wars spinoff is aiming to go into production in January 2019.

Aside from the expected return of Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Knight, we know absolutely nothing about what Daldry and Lucasfilm could be cooking up – although it seems a pretty safe bet that the film will take place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, with Ben Kenobi presumably getting into some kind of adventure on Tatooine as he keeps a watchful eye on young Luke Skywalker.

Assuming that is the case, it does open the door for Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn to make
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Review: The Commuter (2018)

Back in 2008, Liam Neeson went full ‘beast mode’ playing Bryan Mills in the action thriller Taken. He reinvented himself as a middle-aged father, loving husband, and retired CIA agent with a passion for brutally merking bad guys without hesitation. Ten years later, Neeson’s still in the ass-kicking business, and why not? After all he is one of the founding members of the geri-action genre and clearly age is just a number… And his age is slowly catching up with his on-screen bodycount. But there’s no shame in that, the Irishman’s right-hook is still as strong as ever.

The Commuter is the fourth team-up between Neeson and Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, with their second outing being the similarly themed transportation nightmare on a plane Non-Stop (2014). But this time around, the boys are playing with a locomotive train-set in upstate New York, and of course mayhem ensues.

The setup is simple.
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‘Den of Thieves’ Review: This Bank Heist Thriller Underuses O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Overplays Its Hand

‘Den of Thieves’ Review: This Bank Heist Thriller Underuses O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Overplays Its Hand
Los Angeles may be the “bank-robbery capital of the world,” as stated in the opening of “Den of Thieves,” but this aggressive action flick commits something closer to robbery of the senses. Offering cheap thrills at a high price, “Den of Thieves” pits two sketchily drawn caricatures of early-aughts machismo against each other in a pissing contest that ends with both of them holding their…guns in their hands. Save for a few clever twists and winning performances from O’Shea Jackson Jr. and 50 Cent (née Curtis Jackson), “Den of Thieves” is the kind of bloated crime thriller that could have been made in any decade — which is not to call it timeless so much as way past its time.

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Appearing grizzled almost beyond recognition, Gerard Butler plays hardened antihero “Big Nick” Flanagan.
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Wait! How Did We Not Know That Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson Used to Date?

Wait! How Did We Not Know That Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson Used to Date?
While bumping into an ex is a fate most of us would avoid at all costs if given the choice, the same can't be said for Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. The pair reunited on The Graham Norton Show on Thursday night, and it was anything but awkward. Despite the age difference, the pair (who met on the set of 1981 film Excalibur) were "smitten" at first sight and were in a relationship for four years. When asked about their history, Helen explained "we didn't 'date', we lived together for four years," adding, "We were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!" Liam continued the compliments, recalling, "I remember being on the set and standing with Ciarán Hinds as Helen walked towards us dressed in her full Morgana Le Fey costume and we both went, 'Oh f*ck,' and I was smitten . . . I think Ciarán was too, but I was very smitten!
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Box Office: ‘Den of Thieves’ Outshoots ’12 Strong’ on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Den of Thieves’ Outshoots ’12 Strong’ on Thursday Night
Heist thriller “Den of Thieves” took in $950,000 on Thursday night, edging Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” with $900,000.

STXfilms will open the R-rated “Den of Thieves,” starring Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, in 2,342 locations on Friday with a projected opening in the $9 million range. That’s similar to the launch of Open Road’s crime drama “Sleepless,” which opened on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend last year with $9.8 million in its first four days, including $410,000 in Thursday night previews. Liam Neeson’s “The Commuter” opened a week ago with $700,000 in Thursday previews on its way to a $15.8 million Friday-Monday.

Den of Thieves,” which was fully financed by Diamond Film, follows the intersecting lives of an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles. Christian Gudegast is directing
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Liam Neeson Recalls First Falling for Former Flame Helen Mirren: 'I Was Smitten'

Liam Neeson Recalls First Falling for Former Flame Helen Mirren: 'I Was Smitten'
Former couple Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren have nothing but love for each other.

The pair reunited during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, where they opened up about their past romance.

“We didn’t date, we lived together for four years – we were a serious item for a while,” said Mirren. “Lucky me!”

The pair dated between 1980 and 1985 after meeting on the set of the 1991 fantasy film Excalibur.

Neeson, 65, admitted that it was love at first sight when it came to meeting Mirren, now 72.

“I remember being on the set and standing with Ciarán Hinds as Helen walked
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Liam Neeson Reveals Moment He Fell For Helen Mirren As Pair Reunite On ‘Graham Norton’ 33 Years After Split

Liam Neeson revealed he was “smitten” with ex Dame Helen Mirren from the moment he met her, as the pair made an appearance on Friday’s upcoming episode of “The Graham Norton Show”. The duo, who were an item between 1980 and 1985, were quizzed about their relationship as they chatted to the talk show host,
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‘The Commuter’ Review: Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra (2017)

The Commuter review: It’s Liam Neeson on a train in this new actioner from Jaume Collet-Serra.

The Commuter review by Awais Irfan.

The Commuter review

Cinema has come to see great actor-director collaborations such as Scorsese and DiCaprio, Tarantino and Jackson over the years and, now, there’s Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson as they work together for their fourth time on The Commuter.

Having worked on Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night together, with their fourth film The Commuter out this weekend, and their fifth in the works, the pairing of Collet-Serra and Neeson has certainly been pretty entertaining thus far and one that doesn’t look like slowing down; those 3 aforementioned films, whilst not ground-breaking, are fairly enjoyable action-flicks – it’s a refreshing partnership in the B-rate action genre that works for what it needs to. However, whilst The Commuter certainly boasts a promising premise and some cool action,
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Samantha Bee Says What Everyone Should Be Saying About Aziz Ansari and the #MeToo Backlash — Watch

Samantha Bee Says What Everyone Should Be Saying About Aziz Ansari and the #MeToo Backlash — Watch
Samantha Bee is exactly the late night host we need right now. The “Full Frontal” host perfectly summarized the #MeToo backlash in an epic tirade that artfully and comically broke down why sexual harassment, in any form, is bad. (Boy, when you put it that way, it’s amazing she even had to say it). Bee connected three recent events to help make her point: The open letter warning of a “witch hunt” that was signed by Catherine Deneuve, a forthcoming Harper’s Magazine piece outing the author of the “Shitty Media Men” list, and the wave of women defending Aziz Ansari in the wake of a recent account of his sexually coercive behavior.

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“It doesn’t have to be rape to ruin your life, and it doesn’t have to ruin your life
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New Regency, See-Saw Films Partner for First-Look Deal

New Regency, See-Saw Films Partner for First-Look Deal
New Regency and production company See-Saw Films have signed a three-year, first-look development, financing, and production deal for films.

Under the deal, announced on Thursday, See-Saw will develop movies to be financed by and co-produced with New Regency. In addition to development and production financing, the first look provides See-Saw with global studio distribution through New Regency’s deal with 20th Century Fox for all films greenlit under the deal.

The announcement was made by New Regency Chairman Yariv Milchan, and See-Saw managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.

“A decade into See-Saw, this partnership with our friends at New Regency allows us to continue to make bold, smart, commercial movies with taste and heart,” Canning and Sherman said. “We can support our filmmakers at all budget sizes and across all genres, including the ability to tell distinctive U.S. stories for a global audience. Having access to global studio distribution, without sacrificing
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See-Saw, New Regency strike three-year first look pact

20th Century Fox to distribute features produced under the deal.

UK-Australia prestige production outfit See-Saw Films and Us powerhouse New Regency have struck a three-year first look pact.

Source: Gabriel Goldberg

Emile Sherman (left) and Iain Canning

Under the deal, See-Saw will develop features that will be financed and co-produced by New Regency. In addition, the agreement provides See-Saw with global studio distribution through New Regency’s existing pact with 20th Century Fox, which will cover all films greenlit under the deal.

The agreement extends the relationship between the two companies, which has recently seen them collaborate on Steve McQueen’s Widows. Currently in post-production, the heist thriller stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson and Daniel Kaluuya.

See-Saw previously worked with UK director McQueen on his 2011 feature Shame, while New Regency produced his Oscar-winning historical drama 12 Years A Slave. In October last year, New Regency signed a multi-year deal with McQueen to develop and finance
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Video: The Commuter – ‘Newspaper’ Clip

The Commuter starring Liam Neeson arrives in UK cinemas tomorrow and we have a new clip to show you. This particular clip introduces Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks as a fellow passenger on Neeson’s train.

Neeson plays an insurance salesman. He is challenged by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he races against time to solve the mystery, he discovers a deadly plan unfolding and is caught up in a criminal conspiracy.

Check out the clip above and let us know your thoughts below.
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Samantha Bee on #MeToo: 'If You Say You're a Feminist, F--k Like a Feminist'

Samantha Bee on #MeToo: 'If You Say You're a Feminist, F--k Like a Feminist'
On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee played sound bytes from a slew of public figures including Tucker Carlson, Condoleeza Rice, Catherine Deneuve and Liam Neeson who have suggested #MeToo has gone too far. "Now that we're finally listening to women, people are asking an important question: Should we stop listening to women?" Bee said sarcastically. 

Bee addressed two prongs of the #MeToo backlash. The first, protecting and explaining the controversial "Shitty Media Men" list, which compiled the names of men who allegedly acted inappropriately in the workplace. 

Bee defended women's decisions to share their stories.
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Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’

Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Poised for Three-Peat, Despite Challenge From ‘12 Strong’
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is poised for a three-peat at the North American box office this weekend, but will face challenges from Afghanistan war drama “12 Strong” and heist thriller “Den of Thieves.”

Jumanji” is likely to take in between $15 million to $20 million in its fifth frame, which will lift its total domestic take to around $320 million — making the action-comedy one of the top 60 domestic performers of all time, with plenty of drawing power in the weeks to come. International performance for the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart vehicle has been impressive with $385 million so far.

12 Strong,” produced by Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer, will pose the greater threat, with tracking showing an opening in the $14 million to $17 million range at 3,002 locations — including Imax, premium large format, and Dolby Cinema. Warner Bros. is handling distribution through its output deal with Alcon.

Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon star in “12 Strong” in a
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Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner Will Go Hunting for Bonnie and Clyde on Netflix

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “Highwaymen”Bonnie and Clyde are about to wreak havoc once again, this time in Netflix’s new project “Highwaymen.” While the thieving duo will be a large part of the film, they’ll take a backseat to the man who caught them. The story will be told from the vantage point of the police, particularly the officer who came out of retirement to end their crime spree. If the project sounds familiar, it’s because it took a while to find a studio, and streaming giant Netflix was the one to finally claim it. Liam Neeson was previously attached, but the film will now feature Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner. No other actors have been cast, and Denise Chamian Casting is on board to fill out the roster,
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Exclusive: Liam Neeson on ‘popcorn thriller’ The Commuter

Author: Stefan Pape

Another year, another uncynical, riotously entertaining Liam Neeson action thriller. Which means, another chance we have of sitting down with the man himself. This time he was in London promoting the release of The Commuter, his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra.

Neeson discusses the unadulterated, unrelenting nature of the picture, in which he plays a regular guy thrown into irregular circumstances; tasked with uncovering the identity of a passenger aboard a train before it’s too late. Given the narrative there are plenty of big action sequences too, and we asked the Irish actor about getting in to shape for the role – particularly given he had to lose weight for Scorsese’s Silence.

We then speak about whether he misses being a commuter, just somebody who can blend in and not be stopped. This leads into a chat about the challenges in observing everyday human behaviour
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Taken: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on NBC?

Vulture Watch Have Bryan Mills and his team saved the day, yet again? Is the Taken TV show cancelled or renewed for a third season on NBC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Taken, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the NBC television network, Taken stars Clive Standen as a young, but still lethal Bryan Mills. The cast also includes Jennifer Beals, Adam Goldberg, and Jessica Camacho. This prequel series to the Liam Neeson feature film trilogy centers on Mills, as he and his team undertake rescue missions around the globe. Read More…
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Matt Damon has finally realized he should just stop talking about sexual harassment

A lot of famous men have had certified Bad Takes on the #MeToo movement, with Liam Neeson most recently dipping his toe in those murky waters for some reason, but Matt Damon already claimed his place last year as the face of the “Dudes Who Should Just Shut The Fuck Up” campaign. First there was a story about how he …

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Exclusive Interview – Liam Neeson on his return to high-octane action in The Commuter

Tom Beasley sits down with action man Liam Neeson ahead of the release of The Commuter in UK cinemas…

Liam Neeson has become known over the last decade as one of Hollywood’s most reliable action leads, whether he’s cracking human skulls or punching a wolf in the face. His latest movie, The Commuter marks his fourth collaboration with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson for Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night.

Neeson plays the eponymous train traveller, who is visited on the day of his sacking by a new passenger, who poses an unusual challenge. There is someone on board the train who doesn’t belong there and Neeson must identify them. If he does so successfully, there’s a hefty financial reward, but if he doesn’t, there are consequences for him and everyone he loves.

See Also: Read our review of The Commuter here
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Five reasons to see The Foreigner

Five reasons to see The ForeignerFive reasons to see The ForeignerScott Goodyer1/16/2018 9:30:00 Am

Jackie Chan karate kicks his way back onscreen in The Foreigner! The action movie has Chan playing a humble businessman with a buried past who seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. Pierce Brosnan also stars, teaming up again with GoldenEye director Martin Campbell.

Here are 5 reasons why you need to check this movie out:

1. The Stunts

Jackie Chan has endured many years of long, hard work and a ton of injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's martial arts movie industry. Making his way to North American audiences in 1995 with Rumble in the Bronx, this was the first time we saw an action star do his own stunts as he ran up walls and bounced off cars. It was very impressive and Jackie hasn't slowed down.
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