Liam Neeson Trained Hard To Become ‘The Commuter’

tc_05689They say that age is just a number; when it comes to Liam Neeson, we believe it! At age 65, when he could easily “settle down” into quiet dramas, Neeson is still happily taking roles in demanding action movies. His latest is The Commuter, which finds his character caught up in a criminal conspiracy aboard the commuter train he rides to and from work each day. As usual, Neeson insisted on doing as much of the stunt work as he could, so that the scenes would look as realistic as possible. (Click on the media bar below to hear Liam Neeson)

The Commuter rolls into theaters this Friday.

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Liam Neeson Jumps On Action Train With Final ‘The Commuter’ Trailer

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Liam Neeson’s collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra has yielded first rate entertainment fare (Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night), and now the pair board an entirely different train (literally) with The Commuter.

Neeson stars as an insurance salesman who is threatened by a stranger (Vera Farmiga) to identify a passenger before the train hits its final stop. Failure to achieve that mission will presumably lead to a horrible fate for all the commuters, and Neeson must think fast on his feet to save the day. The final trailer has just been released, and even though it features a rather obvious movie line (Neeson commands “You stop this train now!”), it definitely delivers the goods. Since this is awards season, it’s great to have a straight up palette cleanser like The Commuter just around the corner. Check out the final trailer below and tell us what you think!

The Commuter hits theaters January 12.

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Liam Neeson Is “Deep Throat” In Upcoming Political Drama

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Filmmaker Peter Landesman, who had a successful collaboration with Will Smith in the 2015 drama Concussion, is back with a political thriller that is based on one of the biggest scandals of all time. This time out Landesman is working with Liam Neeson in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.

Nesson, last seen in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, plays Felt (Neeson), the whistleblower whose pseudonym during the Watergate was “Deep Throat.” In 2005, the former FBI agent revealed himself as the valuable tipster and journalist Bob Woodward gave his account on working with Felt in the book The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat.

The feature makes its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, co-starring Maika Monroe and Diane Lane, hits select theaters September 29.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movies

The Martin Scorsese-directed film The Irishman will start production in August. According to IndieWire, the film stars Robert DeNiro in the titular role as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who was supposedly involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. The all-star cast includes Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in Rio. Variety reports that the movie centers on a financial reporter (Gyllenhaal), who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit his wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

Action superstars unite! Though he bowed out of more Expendables movies, Sylvester Stallone is set to star opposite another longtime action star – Jackie Chan – in the new movie Ex-Baghdad. Deadline reports that the film centers on a private security contractor (Chan) who is called in to extract the workers of an oil refinery that has been attacked in Iraq. When he discovers the true goal of the attackers, he’s forced to team up with a former American marine (Stallone) to stop them.

Edge of Tomorrow will reportedly get a sequel, but according to Doug Liman, it is a bit of a prequel. Speaking with Collider, Liman revealed that the current title is Edge of Tomorro: Live Die Repeat and Repeat. According to the director, both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are excited about the movie, but at present scheduling remains the hold up.

Acclaimed director Steve McQueen has signed on to direct a full-length feature documentary on the life of hip hop icon and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tupac Shakur. “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man,” stated McQueen about the project.

Julia Roberts will star in and produce The Bookseller, based on Cynthia Swanson’s debut novel of the same name. The film centers on an unmarried woman in the ’60s who runs a bookstore with her best friend who dreams of being a mother and wife and must reconcile her daily life with her dreams.

Johnny Depp has signed on for the dramedy Richard Says Goodbye. Wayne Roberts is writing and directing the film, which sees Depp in the titular role as a world-weary college professor who decides to live life as freely as possible after receiving a life-changing diagnosis.

Cliff Curtis, currently seen in Fear the Walking Dead, has reportedly landed a key role in all four of the new Avatar sequels. Curtis will play Tonowari, the leader of the Metkavina, a clan of reef people. The first of the four Avatar sequels is expected to arrive on Dec. 18, 2020.

Liam Neeson has signed on to star in Retribution, the remake of the Spanish thriller El Desconocido. According to Deadline, the film follows a successful Wall Street exec who discovers on his way to work that a bomb has been planted on his car by an unknown assailant. He is tasked with performing a series of orders or else the bomb will be detonated, and making his decisions more difficult is the fact that his family is in the car with him.

According to Deadline, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard have joined the cast of The Hummingbird Project. The film centers on a pair of cousins from New York who enter a high stakes game of High Frequency Trading, pushing themselves to the brink to build a fiber-optic cable between Kanas and New Jersey that will net them millions, while their former boss attempts to thwart their progress.

Walton Goggins has joined the cast for the third installment in the Maze Runner series. In Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Goggins co-stars as Lawrence, a danger character who is part-revolutionary, part-anarchist who is a voice for the voiceless people. The film finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) embarking on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease. Look for Maze Runner: The Death Cure on the big screen Feb. 9, 2018.

Margot Robbie remains one of the most active actresses in Hollywood, signing on to star in and produce the thriller Dreamland. The movie centers on a 15-year-old youth during the Dust Bowl era who decides to try to save his family’s farm by hunting a fugitive bank robber (Robbie) and collecting the bounty on her head.

Jeff Bridges and Diane Lane have signed on to star in an untitled film from director Reed Moreno and penned by The Kids Are All Right‘s Stuart Blumberg. The movie centers on an obsesses violinist (Bridges) who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and is forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Lane) during his treatment. But during the process, he experiences profound change which allows him to connect with people and music in unexpected ways.

Jack O’Connell, Chloe Grace Moretz and Josh Gad have come on board the new film Party of the Century. Deadline reports that the film is based around the events at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.

Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya have landed voice roles in Smallfoot, a new animated feature due in 2018. The Tracking Board reports that the movie centers on a Yeti who believes that humans really do exist.

Tim Blake Nelson will play the lead role in the new film The True Don Quixote. Deadline reports that the indie film just started shooting in New Orleans and follows the story of a lonely man who goes made and embarks on a quest for love, valor and glory in the neighborhood around his house.

Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the indie film Saint Judy, which centers on a landmark immigration case that affected how women are treated around the world. The film also stars Alfred Molina and Michelle Monaghan.

Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman have all joined the cast for The Strangers 2. In this Johannes Roberts-directed sequel of sorts, a family road trip takes a turn when their vehicle breaks down at a secluded mobile home park and three masked assailants are ready to pay them a visit.

With Dr. Ken getting canceled, Ken Jeong is returning to the big screen. The actor has joined the cast of the comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which follows a native New Yorker (Constance Wu) as joins her boyfriend (Henry Golding) at his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.

CinemAddicts Podcast Reviews ‘Silence’ and ‘Hidden Figures’

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On this week’s CinemAddicts, we review Martin Scorsese’s long in development epic Silence and director Theodore Melfi’s (St. Vincent) latest outing Hidden Figures. Along with those two reviews, we also offer up our thoughts on the impending release of Blade Runner 2049, director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sequel to Blade Runner. The great news is both sci-fi flicks were penned by screenwriter Hampton Fancher, and this time out it’s A-list filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) who’s behind the camera.

Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel, Silence centers on two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) who venture to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). The picture, which took 28 years to hit the screen, continues director Martin Scorsese’s lifelong exploration of faith, a theme that’s also explored in The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun.

Hidden Figures centers on the true story of three African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe) and their respective contributions to NASA during the race to space era. Kevin Costner co-stars as Katherine G. Johnson’s (Henson) hard working and no-nonsense boss, and Kirsten Dunst plays a supervisor who initially belittles Dorothy Vaughan’s (Spencer) accomplishments.

Though clocking in at 126 minutes, Hidden Figures moves like clockwork and there isn’t an ounce of fat in this engaging narrative. Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.

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