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First Photo of Liam Neeson in 'Non-Stop' - EXCLUSIVE

Liam Neeson has taken to the skies for his upcoming thriller Non-Stop, and EW has an exclusive first image from the film.

Though it looks like Neeson might be holding a plane full of passengers hostage, he’s actually an Air Marshal trying to track down who on the flight is placing anonymous threats. It’s bound to be a suspenseful, tension-filled ride across the Atlantic considering the fact that everyone on board is a suspect, even Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery who co-stars as a stewardess, and Julianne Moore, who plays Neeson’s seat mate. Killing Them Softly’s Scoot McNairy also stars.

Non-Stop is Neeson’s second project with Jaume Collet-Serra who directed the Irish actor in the 2011 hit Unknown.

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Best of 2012: 5 movies that stuck the landing

The Great Ending has become an unexpected casualty of Hollywood’s franchise era: Because a sequel is always strongly implied, the final moments of most big movies are now just temporary breaks in action, instead of definitive conclusions. But the movies on this list each left a mark, whether they ended with a bang or with a graceful coda. (One of them even managed to set the stage for a sequel and suggested the end of an emotional journey.) Here are our five favorite movie endings of 2012:

5. The Grey
“What? The film where Liam Neeson punches a wolf?” Well, yes and no. The most mismarketed movie of the year is actually a reflective examination of mortality — and it ends on a note that’s simultaneously ambiguous and fiercely life-affirming. READ FULL STORY

'The Grey,' 'End of Watch' back in theaters Dec. 7 to perk up Oscar buzz

Oscar voters and fans, take note.

Distributor Open Road Films is making a strategic move to bump up awards season buzz for films The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, and End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, by re-releasing them in theaters this Friday.

The Grey, in which a hulking Neeson battles vicious wolves after a plane crash, will have an exclusive run at local Southern California theaters Laemmle Monica and Laemmle Town Center, Open Road announced Monday. End of Watch, which showcases Gyllenhaal as an L.A. police officer going up against a cartel, will return to theaters nationwide.

Other films such as Les Miserables make their theater debut in late December to hit the Oscar radar hard and swift, in the thick of awards season campaigning, while a select number of films released earlier in the year creep back in to remind us of their worth.

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Casting Net: Charlize Theron signs on as narrator. Plus Liam Neeson, Bruce McGill

Liam Neeson is in talks to star in the crime thriller The All Nighter (previously titled Run All Night). Per The Wrap, the story follows an aging hit man who, in order to protect his family, must take on his former boss in one night. Neeson was last seen in Taken 2. [The Wrap]

Bruce McGill (Lincoln, TV’s Rizolli and Isles) has joined Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the cast of Tim Story’s action comedy Ride Along. [Hollywood Reporter]

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'Jack Reacher' trailer: Tom Cruise gets 'Taken' for a ride

Watch your back Liam Neeson. Tom Cruise is also a man with a very particular set of skills. In Jack Reacher, out Dec. 21, Cruise plays a maverick ex military cop who finds trouble when he starts asking questions about an Army murder conviction. (No, it wasn’t a Code Red.)

When a friendly lawyer (Rosamund Pike) gets… taken… he gets that phone call from the kidnappers. “Do you think I’m a hero? I am not a hero…” he says calmly. “I have nothing to lose, and if you’re smart, that scares you.”

Jack Reacher: “He doesn’t care about the law. He doesn’t care about proof. He only cares about what’s right.”

Bad-ass.

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Box office report: 'Taken 2' nabs No. 1 for second weekend, with 'Argo' a close second

It’s official: Neeson Season has stretched to October.

Liam Neeson’s Taken 2 kicked its way back into the top slot for a second weekend with an estimated $22.5 million, and Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo and the Ethan Hawke horror flick Sinister were close second and third, respectively. The one-two-three punch helped boost the box office to a fabulous 47 percent gain over the same weekend in 2011, when Real Steel slugged its way to a second No. 1 finish.

While Taken 2 continues to outpace the 2009 original — after 10 days, it’s notched $86.8 million, in comparison to Taken‘s $53.6 million total in the same time frame — it still dropped a hefty 54.6 percent from its astounding $49.5 million opening weekend. At that rate, it’ll be tough (though not impossible) for the film to ultimately best Taken‘s $145 million domestic gross.  READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Sinister' takes down 'Taken 2'; Argo comes in third

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Halloween might still be a few weeks away, but it looks like audiences are already in the mood for horror.

Summit’s spooky flick, Sinister, topped the box office on Friday with an estimated $7.5 million, effectively knocking down last weekend’s top performer, Taken 2. The R-rated film, which stars Ethan Hawke, is expected to garner about $19 million this weekend.

Don’t count out Taken 2 just yet though. The Liam Neeson abduction sequel, which came in a close second on Friday with an estimated $7 million, will likely take back the top spot at the box office by the end of the weekend. The film is on track to earn close to $24 million.

Meanwhile, Affleck’s critically-acclaimed political thriller Argo debuted in third place with $5.9 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Ben Affleck's 'Argo' will be taken by 'Taken 2'

It’s going to be a close race at this weekend’s box office. Audiences will certainly be going to see Argo, but Liam Neeson looks primed for another week of victory with Taken 2. At this rate, we’re going to see his long-lost son get kidnapped as well. Without further ado, I bring you this week’s box office predictions.

1. Taken 2 — $24 million

Liam Neeson will continue his box office reign for the second straight week. Poor reviews (it stands at 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) could be buoyed by positive word-of-mouth (it has a solid “B+” Cinemascore grade), leading to a likely drop of around 50 percent.  However, I don’t expect it to attain the momentum of the original Taken, which attracted a bevy of moviegoers that drove the film to a gross of $145 million. If Taken 2 is indeed crowned box office champ this week, it has its PG-13 rating to thank — most of the other major releases are weighed down by an R.

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Box office report: 'Taken 2' scores explosive $50 million debut; 'Frankenweenie' (un)dead on arrival

Liam Neeson has had an indisputably amazing year.

Though the quality of the actor’s movies remains up for debate (We’re looking at you, Battleship. Well, you too, Wrath of the Titans. Oh gosh, The Grey as well. And, as much as I hate to say it, perhaps even The Dark Knight Rises… don’t stone me!), the fact that 60-year-old Neeson is at the peak of his career, recognized as an almost mythic Chuck Norris-esque figure and opening a new action tentpole every couple of months, is nothing short of remarkable.

And now Neeson has another chart-topper to add to his already impressive resume: Taken 2, which debuted to an astounding $50 million from 3,661 theaters this weekend, good for a sizzling $13,657 per theater average. Taken 2‘s debut is the third-best ever in the month of October, behind 2011′s Paranormal Activity 3, which started with $52.6 million, and 2010′s Jackass 3D, which started with $50.4 million.

The revenge sequel also earned more than twice as much as the original Taken did in its opening weekend — that film surprised Hollywood when it bowed with $24.7 million in 2009, and it also served as the catalyst for Neeson’s career jumpstart. Thanks to great word-of-mouth, Taken chugged all the way to $145 million total.

Time will tell whether Taken 2 can match its predecessor’s gross, but that may prove challenging.

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Box office update: 'Taken 2' takes in $18.6 million on Friday; 'Frankenweenie' lacks bite

At age 60, Liam Neeson has become the most impressive action star in Hollywood. The grizzled actor’s revenge sequel Taken 2 topped the box office in a major way on Friday, earning an estimated $18.6 million; that puts the film on pace for a weekend in the $45-50 million range — far above the original Taken‘s $24.7 million bow. Fox execs should be celebrating that audiences flocked to Taken 2 despite its terrible reviews. READ FULL STORY

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