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Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' flies into theaters in February

Universal’s Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, has set its theatrical release date for February 21, 2014.

The Joel Silver-produced action thriller is set almost entirely within the cabin of a plane traveling from New York to London. As the U.S. Air Marshal on board, Neeson’s character begins to receive a series of text messages threatening to kill passengers unless the anonymous terrorist gets $150 million delivered to an off-shore account. Everyone on board is suddenly a suspect, including Neeson’s seat mate, played by Julianne Moore, and Michelle Dockery as a flight attendant.
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Casting Net: Edward Norton versus Michael Keaton in 'Birdman'; Plus Liam Neeson, Keri Russell, more

Yesterday we reported the initial casting for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, but one of the key parts was left out of the announcement: Who would be the foil to Michael Keaton’s character’s comeback. Wednesday it was announced that Edward Norton would take on the role of the egotistical theater actor, which sounds like another inspired casting choice. We’re also kind of excited to see the failed Bruce Banner go head to head with one of history’s most beloved Bruce Waynes. Norton just wrapped The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom. [Deadline]

• Liam Neeson is in talks to join Seth MacFarlane’s sophomore film, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron are already set to star in the film as MacFarlane’s ex-girlfriend and an outlaw’s wife, respectively. If the deal goes through, Neeson would play Theron’s outlaw husband. [THR]

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Casting Net: James Franco to direct and star in biopic 'Beautiful People.' Plus: Liam Neeson lands action pic, Paul Dano to play Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

James Franco is taking a break from his life of leisure and and media underexposure to star in and direct Beautiful People, a biopic about Jay Sebring, who built a hairstyling empire in the 1960s. He was also something of a famous international gadabout, including a romance with actress Sharon Tate, which eventually became platonic. Sebring was killed along with Tate in the infamous Manson Family murders, though it’s not clear if the screenplay by first-timer Lauren Wild includes that sad chapter of Sebring’s life. [Deadline]

• Liam Neeson, action star extraordinaire, is set to star in Run All Night, about a mob hitman who finds himself having to protect his estranged family from his old boss. Things likely won’t end well for the old boss. Director Jaume Collet-Sera, who helmed Neeson’s Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop, is in talks to take the reins of this project as well. Brad Ingelsby, who penned the upcoming Christian Bale thriller Out of the Fire, wrote the script. [Deadline]

• Paul Dano will star in Love & Mercy, playing the younger version of Brian Wilson in a impressionistic biopic that spans the majority of the troubled Beach Boys star’s life. (No actor has been cast yet to play the older Wilson.) Film producer Bil Pohlad (The Tree of LifeInto the Wild) will direct the film, from a script by Oren Moverman (RampartThe Messenger). [THR]

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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

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