Report: Liam Neeson near deal for 'Taken 3'
June 25th, 2013
03:33 PM ET

Report: Liam Neeson near deal for 'Taken 3'

The days of Liam Neeson battling international villains and tallying body counts aren't over.

According to Deadline, a script for "Taken 3" is already in the works, and Neeson is reportedly set for a huge pay day.

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Photos: Rihanna in 'Battleship,' Jennifer Lawrence in 'Hunger Games'
August 9th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Photos: Rihanna in 'Battleship,' Jennifer Lawrence in 'Hunger Games'

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.

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Liam Neeson cut from 'The Hangover Part II'
April 11th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Liam Neeson cut from 'The Hangover Part II'

He replaced Mel Gibson in "The Hangover Part II," and now Liam Neeson has been ousted from the upcoming comedy.

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."

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Liam Neeson on losing wife Natasha: The pain is 'extraordinary'
February 16th, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Liam Neeson on losing wife Natasha: The pain is 'extraordinary'

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."

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Liam Neeson didn't make it to Thailand for 'Hangover 2'
February 9th, 2011
04:11 PM ET

Liam Neeson didn't make it to Thailand for 'Hangover 2'

Though plot details of the much buzzed about "Hangover 2" remain mostly under wraps, Liam Neeson is spilling a few secrets from the set.

"I play an Irish tattooist, strangely enough, living in Bangkok," Neeson, who replaced Mel Gibson in the role, tells MTV. "At least, I made him Irish."

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.

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Liam Neeson: Gibson's cool with 'Hangover' replacement
November 11th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Liam Neeson: Gibson's cool with 'Hangover' replacement

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.

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