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!
Liam Neeson’s go-to director is Jaume-Collet-Serra, as they have previously worked on the action/thrillers Non-Stop, Run All Night, and Unknown. Their latest offering The Commuter has the same breakneck tension as the previous releases, as Neeson plays an insurance salesman who must uncover the identity of a hidden passenger before the train hits its final stop. If he fails at his mission, this commuter risks the lives of himself and his fellow passenger.
Collet-Serra’s last feature had Blake Lively taking on a shark in The Shallows, and the filmmaker is one of today’s best genre storytellers around. Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, ElizabethMcGovern and Vera Farmiga co-star in The Commuter, and since Neeson has previously stated that this will be his final action movie, let’s hope he makes this a memorable one. Check out the new trailer below and tell us what you think!
Season four of the critically acclaimed A&E Network series Bates Motel returns March 7, as the inextricable bond between Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son Norman (Freddie Highmore) is explored for another ten episodes.
Along with paying homage to the twist driven dynamic and scares that infused Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Bates Motel has also carved out an identity of its own, proving that Norman Bates’ life before he crossed paths with Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) makes for arresting viewing.
While this season will continue to spotlight Norman Bates’ further journey into darkness, cast members Freddie Highmore and Nestor Carbonell are also expanding their creative horizons (Highmore is writing on the show and Carbonnell will also direct this season).
A promo for the upcoming season features a not so subtle (but awesome) homage to Psycho and offers a not so uplifting tagline (“We all go a little mad sometimes”). Check out the video below and tell us if you’re excited for season four of Bates Motel!
Filmmaker James Wan is simply one of Hollywood’s most underrated craftsman, as he’s been the man behind the camera for Saw and the sleeper hit Insidious.
Wan’s streak continues with The Conjuring, a horror/paranormal feature which slayed the competition this box office weekend, taking in $41.53 million. The huge numbers were thanks to great word of mouth on the Amityville Horror-esque feature, and it easily beat out Despicable Me 2 for the top spot. Red 2 had a disappointing debut with just $18.5 million and a fifth place finish. Here’s the top 10:
1. The Conjuring – One of this year’s biggest sleepers. It debuts with $41.53 million.
2. Despicable Me 2 – $25 million
3. Turbo – $21.5 million
4. Grown Ups 2 – $20 million
5. Red 2 – $18.5 million
6. Pacific Rim – With just $15.9 million, this movie, though a solid film, is a huge disappointment.
7. R.I.P.D. – Jeff Bridges/Ryan Reynolds pairing is D.O.A. with just $12.7 million.
8. The Heat – $9.33 million.
9. World War Z -$5.2 million & a domestic gross of $186.7 million makes Brad Pitt happy.
10. Monsters University – Prequels make money too! $5 million this weekend.
**The Conjuring actress Vera Farmiga discusses the most challenging parts of taking on the film (she mentions thebook The Demonologist, which looks at the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren).
Vera Farmiga, whose new film The Conjuring opens July 19th, is a favorite to receive an Emmy nomination for her intricate and inspired work as Norma Bates in Bates Motel. For the actress, working on the critically acclaimed A&E series, which tracks the early years of serial killer Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), has been a gratifying journey.
“You look at it musically,” says Farmiga. “I’m a pianist. It’s like someone gives you ‘Chopsticks’ or someone gives you Chopin to play with dissonances. And it begins and ends with dissonances. And I think (Bates Motel producers) Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin are music composers.”
Click on the media bar to hear Farmiga, whose previous credits include Orphan and The Departed, elaborate on Norma Bates’ deep love for her son in Bates Motel: