October 5, 2012 |
One of the lessons to be gleaned from sequels like "Taken 2" is that bad guys never learn. You'd think, for example, that anyone privy to the bloody rampage carried out by concerned father and ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) to save his daughter from Albanian slavers in the first "Taken" would think twice before messing with the guy. Alas, the villains in "Taken 2," being relatives of the slain thugs from the previous film, are out for revenge, forcing Bryan to engage in another round of family-saving and neck-snapping.
February 26, 1989 |
Just when Liam Neeson had emerged (from baddie roles) as a gorgeous leading man type--as Diane Keaton's scene-stealing lover in "The Good Mother"--he returns as a doomed romantic hero who's hideously disfigured. Neeson's set to star in "Darkman," which horrormeister Sam M. Raimi ("Evil Dead I" and "II") will write and direct, with shooting to begin mid-April for Universal.
October 30, 1988 |
Move over, Kevin Costner. Hollywood may have a new romantic leading man. Based on the sighs we heard for the male lead at an early screening of Touchstone's "The Good Mother," Liam Neeson could be joining the heartthrob bunch. In fact, admitted a Disney rep, the studio's been getting a lot of calls--mostly from women reporters--about the 6-foot-4, ruggedly handsome, blue-eyed Irishman, who has previously been known for not-so-appealing characters.
April 28, 2011
SERIES Break It Down: The new episode "Yankee Stadium" chronicles the demolition of the fabled Bronx ballpark, which was replaced by a new stadium in 2009 (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic). The Big Bang Theory: Priya (Aarti Mann) reviews Sheldon and Leonard's (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki) roommate agreement with her lawyer's eye in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). American Idol: The results show features performances by former contestant Crystal Bowersox and Bruno Mars (8 p.m. Fox)
January 30, 2013 |
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!
July 25, 1988 |
As overworked as the monicker might be, Irish actor Liam Neeson--whose busy film career includes a role in Clint Eastwood's current "The Dead Pool"--is a true chameleon. Neeson sat at a Santa Monica diner for 1 1/2 hours recently, straddling a stool at the counter drinking coffee and eating a fruit plate, and not one person in this celebrity-savvy town even noticed him.
March 19, 2009 |
Whenever an actor dies unexpectedly in the midst of a fruitful career, it's impossible not to mourn the future possibilities that have been suddenly and cruelly foreclosed. Natasha Richardson, who died Wednesday after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident Monday, was only 45 and should have had more opportunities to show us the range of her talent, which was always surprising. One could say she made a career of overturning expectations about what she could and could not do.
October 7, 2012 |
Moviegoers were held captive by "Taken 2" at the box office this weekend, as the Liam Neeson sequel had a superb No. 1 debut. The kidnapping action- thriller opened to a strong $50 million, according to an estimate from distributor Twentieth Century Fox. That's double what the first "Taken" launched with back in 2009, when its $24.7-million start surprised on the historically slow Super Bowl weekend. While the Neeson flick met the highest of industry projections, the stop-motion animated "Frankenweenie" fell short of even its studio's modest hopes.