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February 5, 2009 | Michael Ordona
The brawls in the Liam Neeson actioner "Taken" are downright Hobbesian: nasty, brutish and short. "In real life, fights are very short," said fight choreographer Olivier Schneider. "What I wanted was not to show something beautiful but something realistic and very powerful. You don't have time to pose." Neeson's character, a former spy, employs a mix of Chinese and Indonesian martial arts in an ultra-aggressive, no-nonsense approach to conflict resolution.
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March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Mid-flight thriller "Non-Stop," the latest action movie to star Liam Neeson, flew just higher than "Son of God" to top the box office over the Oscar weekend.  "Non-Stop" grossed a studio-estimated $30 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada through Sunday, while the New Testament retelling took in $26.5 million. After three weeks at No. 1, "Lego Movie" landed in third place with $21 million in revenue. It has generated $209 million domestically so far.     Released in North America by Universal Pictures, "Non-Stop" stars Neeson as a federal air marshal trying to save a crowded airliner.
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September 30, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Caroline Kennedy; Jerrod Niemann; Michael Urie. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Rosie Pope; Marie Osmond. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Liam Neeson; Rachel Bilson; Diana Krall performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Amy Brenneman; Jami Gertz. (N) 10 a.m. KABC Wendy Williams Michael Urie; Teresa Giudice.
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February 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Liam Neeson continues his second act as an action hero of a certain age in the new thriller "Non-Stop," playing an air marshal trying to sniff out a killer at 30,000 feet. While many critics agree that Neeson is a capable butt-kicker who also brings a sense of gravitas to the proceedings, some assert that even he can't save "Non-Stop" from its own nonsense. In other words, the movie is more coach than first-class. Among the positive reviews, The Times' Kenneth Turan writes , "Effectively directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Neeson in 'Unknown,' 'Non-Stop' is a crisp, efficient thriller that benefits greatly from the intangibles Neeson can be counted on to supply.
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October 2, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Liam Neeson was a good sport for a national TV audience Monday afternoon, stripping down to snug pink underpants and gamely taking a soaking in the name of breast cancer research. Entering Ellen DeGeneres' stage to the strains of "Give It to Me Baby" while clad in a pink bathrobe, the "Taken 2" action star got his flirt on after DeGeneres explained to all that he'd be sitting in a dunk tank to earn $10,000 for the cause, helping kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "If I take this off, does the $10,000 become $20,000?
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February 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Five years after Natasha Richardson was fatally injured during a ski trip, Liam Neeson admits that the experience of his wife's death at age 45 "was never real. It still kind of isn't. " Talking to Anderson Cooper on " 60 Minutes ," the 61-year-old actor said, "There's periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years ... any time I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her. " He described what happened after her March 2009 fall during a ski lesson north of Montreal, which came almost 15 years into their marriage and left her brain-dead from swelling of the brain.
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February 5, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I don't know exactly when Liam Neeson turned into Hollywood's favorite vengeance machine - the go-to guy for settling scores - but he has definitely arrived with an emotionally gripping performance in the current box-office hit "The Grey. " Surely "Taken" in 2009 , with his ex-CIA operative in a relentless and ruthless bid to find his kidnapped daughter, signaled that he had made the A-team. And in 2010, he would actually join a re-imagined "A-Team" as its tactical leader, Hannibal, with all the historic resonance that name implies.
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January 27, 2012 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers Film Critic
The title "8 Million Ways to Die" was already taken, so "The Grey" had to settle for "The Grey," named for the plus-size wolves waging war on the desperate human survivors of an Alaskan wilderness plane crash. Tough situation. Frostbite. Wolf bite. Drowning. Falling from great heights. Harsh outcomes abound for man and beast. And yet the film takes some time to let its characters ruminate, by way of dialogue, on their circumstances, which gives "The Grey" a distinctly late 20th century feel.
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February 26, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Liam Neeson may be a one-man wrecking crew in winter action movies like 2009's "Taken" and new film "Non-Stop. " But he thinks his characters are cut from a different cloth than many cinematic superheroes. “I don't try and come across as a six-pack guy that's been in the gym seven hours a day,” he told The Times at the Westwood premiere for "Non-Stop" on Monday. “I just like to come across as someone real that these things happen to and he tries to do the best he can to get out of them.” In Jaume Collet-Serra's new film, which opens Friday, Neeson plays Bill Marks, an air marshal who must protect a packed plane after an unidentified person begins texting him threats that he will kill a new passenger every 20 minutes.  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen Neeson, 61, said he is unsure why he resonates with viewers as a vigilante.
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February 28, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Liam Neeson continues his second act as an action hero of a certain age in the new thriller "Non-Stop," playing an air marshal trying to sniff out a killer at 30,000 feet. While many critics agree that Neeson is a capable butt-kicker who also brings a sense of gravitas to the proceedings, some assert that even he can't save "Non-Stop" from its own nonsense. In other words, the movie is more coach than first-class. Among the positive reviews, The Times' Kenneth Turan writes , "Effectively directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Neeson in 'Unknown,' 'Non-Stop' is a crisp, efficient thriller that benefits greatly from the intangibles Neeson can be counted on to supply.
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February 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight. Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could put you away with his acting. Was it necessary or even prudent to have him throttle evildoers with his bare hands? FOR THE RECORD: "Non-Stop": A review of "Non-Stop" in the Feb. 28 Calendar section said the movie opens with air marshal Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson)
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February 26, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Liam Neeson may be a one-man wrecking crew in winter action movies like 2009's "Taken" and new film "Non-Stop. " But he thinks his characters are cut from a different cloth than many cinematic superheroes. “I don't try and come across as a six-pack guy that's been in the gym seven hours a day,” he told The Times at the Westwood premiere for "Non-Stop" on Monday. “I just like to come across as someone real that these things happen to and he tries to do the best he can to get out of them.” In Jaume Collet-Serra's new film, which opens Friday, Neeson plays Bill Marks, an air marshal who must protect a packed plane after an unidentified person begins texting him threats that he will kill a new passenger every 20 minutes.  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen Neeson, 61, said he is unsure why he resonates with viewers as a vigilante.
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February 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Five years after Natasha Richardson was fatally injured during a ski trip, Liam Neeson admits that the experience of his wife's death at age 45 "was never real. It still kind of isn't. " Talking to Anderson Cooper on " 60 Minutes ," the 61-year-old actor said, "There's periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years ... any time I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her. " He described what happened after her March 2009 fall during a ski lesson north of Montreal, which came almost 15 years into their marriage and left her brain-dead from swelling of the brain.
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January 30, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Seth MacFarlane's comedic western "A Million Ways to Die in the West" has released a bawdy red-band trailer, and true to its name, it demonstrates plenty of ways to meet an untimely end. They include getting crushed by a huge block of ice, being set aflame by a camera flash, getting shot in a duel, overdosing on a shamanic concoction, being gored by a bull and, somehow, falling victim to a splinter. MacFarlane directed, produced, co-wrote (with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild)
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January 30, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 3 - 9, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY It's "Super Bowl XLVII. " San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his brother John, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, could settle the whole thing themselves by kicking field goals, say best of five, but where would be the fun in that? (CBS, 3:25 p.m.) Sure, the Super Bowl's halftime show will feature Beyoncé's reunion with Destiny's Child … but "Puppy Bowl IX" has puppies!
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October 14, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Liam Neeson wouldn't let anyone take No. 1 from him at the box office this past weekend in the U.S. or overseas. "Taken 2," the kidnapping thriller starring the 60-year-old actor, dominated international ticket sales, raking in $41 million from 59 foreign markets. Overall, the movie has sold $132.8-million worth of receipts abroad - already far more than the $81.8 million the original "Taken" collected internationally in 2009. The movie, which sees Neeson's former CIA operative taken captive, is performing best in the United Kingdom, where it has grossed $23.4 million.
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October 4, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The original "Taken" may have earned an impressive $224 million-plus in worldwide box office receipts, but it apparently went unseen in one remote corner of Albania. That would be the home base of a group of men who, not knowing any better, feel compelled to menace Bryan Mills and his family one more time in "Taken 2. " Talk about slow learners. Led by taciturn Murad (grizzled veteran Rade Sherbedgia), these men are the blood relatives of the folks master of mayhem Bryan killed back in the day while rescuing his daughter Kim from the clutches of nefarious white slavers in Paris.
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October 4, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"Taken" was a rare phenomenon in Hollywood when it premiered in January 2009: a surprise smash hit. At a time when big screen brands are carefully managed and would-be blockbusters created from a list of ingredients, no one expected much from a low-budget European action movie starring Liam Neeson. Not even its distributors at Fox. But, drawn by a story that balanced ruthless action with a compelling father-daughter relationship, audiences kept buying tickets over a five-month run at the box office, taking it from a solid $24.7-million opening to a fantastic final domestic take of $145 million.
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