August 9th, 2011
04:52 PM ET
Rihanna is set to make her movie debut in a film version of the board game “Battleship," and the first official photo of the pop star as Petty Officer Raikes has been released.
Gone are the star's signature skimpy outfits and wild hair; in costume, a fresh-faced Rihanna sports a brunette cropped ‘do and buttoned-up camouflage while gripping an oversized weapon.
Set for release in May 2012, “Battleship” centers on a fleet of Navy ships fighting “an armada of unknown origins.” The action movie also stars “True Blood” vampire Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson and model Brooklyn Decker.
April 11th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
Variety reports that Neeson's cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist has been cut, and actor/director Nick Cassavetes has taken over the role.
Call it a case of bad timing. According to director Todd Phillips, the scene immediately following Neeson's cameo was snipped from the film, which meant that Neeson's scene had to be re-shot to help fill in the gaps and move the story forward. Unfortunately, Neeson was no longer available because he was in London shooting the sequel to "Clash of the Titans."
February 16th, 2011
09:46 AM ET
In an emotional new interview with Esquire magazine, Liam Neeson opens up about the tragic death of his wife Natasha Richardson, revealing that he still gets overcome with grief when he least expects it.
"I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work," says Neeson, who shot the thriller "Chloe" after the funeral of Richardson, who died at age 45 from injuries sustained from a March 2009 ski accident.
"I just think I was still in a bit of shock," he says. "But it's kind of a no-brainer to go back to that work. It's a wee bit of a blur, but I know the tragedy hadn't just really smacked me yet."
February 9th, 2011
04:11 PM ET
Though plot details of the much buzzed about "Hangover 2" remain mostly under wraps, Liam Neeson is spilling a few secrets from the set.
And although the movie finds the original "Hangover" gang — Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) — heading to Thailand for Stu's wedding, Neeson's scenes were actually filmed in California.
November 11th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
Rather than dwell on being ditched from "The Hangover 2," Mel Gibson has already moved on. In fact, his replacement, Liam Neeson, says Gibson is just fine with the fact that he'll be filling his shoes.
“I spoke to Mel. Mel’s cool about it," Neeson, 58, told Access Hollywood. "We’re all cool.”
Gibson, 54, was to have played a Bangkok tattoo artist in the sequel to the hit "The Hangover," but got the axe last month when director Todd Phillips explained that the decision to hire the troubled star "did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew." Reports at the time suggested that actor Zach Galifianakis spearheaded the call for Gibson's cancellation.
October 27th, 2009
01:48 AM ET
Liam Neeson, fresh from his gritty, tough guy performance in "Taken," is tackling a very different kind of role in the upcoming big-screen version of "The A-Team." Neeson's usual screen persona is as serious as a triple coronary bypass, and I'm not quite sure I see him as the light, devil-may-care leader of the group, "Hannibal Smith," the role made famous by the late George Peppard.
But Bradley Cooper, who plays "Face" in the film, vouches for his new on-screen boss.
"We're filming it right now, and he's fantastic. I think that people are going to love his Hannibal. He certainly raises everybody's game when you do a scene with him. He's an incredible actor."
But what exactly is the tone of this thing? Serious? Funny?
"It's everything, you know, it's like, at its best, if we succeed in this movie, it'll toe the line of being both, which I think is the goal."
So Neeson's hitting the comedy notes?
"He's hitting notes I've never even heard of. Yeah, he's that good."
I love it when a plan comes together...
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