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“They’re still throwing serious money at me to do [action movies]. I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f******-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on,’ ” Liam Neeson recently said about his late career resurgence as a man with a very special set of skills. Whether or not that means he’s going to punch his ticket on action flicks remains to be seen, he’s got at least one more coming with “The Commuter.” Co-starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, and directed by Neeson’s go-to action dude Jaume Collet-Serra (“Unknown,” “Non-Stop,” “Run All Night“), this actually plays like “Non-Stop” but on a train, with the story centering around a mild-mannered dude who gets caught up in a criminal’s complex plans. Continue reading ‘The Commuter’ Trailer: Liam Neeson Rides Into Danger at The Playlist.

There are fewer more charged, more disturbingly redolent images than that of a black man in shackles. And so when Australian director Warwick Thornton, winner of the Venice Special Jury Prize and the Toronto Platform Best Film opens his outback western with just such an image (after an enigmatic prologue of offscreen violence which is gradually explained) it’s like he is drawing a line in the sand — that reddish dust that turns the parched ground round here the color of old blood. Continue reading Superb Venice & TIFF-Winning Aussie Western ‘Sweet Country’ With Sam Neill [Review] at The Playlist.

If you’re losing track of how many “Game Of Thrones” spinoff/successor series are in the works, that’s okay, so are we. That said, it’s understandable that HBO is putting as many options on the table as possible when it comes to figuring out how they’re going to keep their most lucrative brand going. Now, they’ve got another spinning plate to consider. Way back in the spring, George R.R. Continue reading There Are So Many ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoffs In The Works We’re Losing Count at The Playlist.

Hugh Jackman finally said goodbye to Wolverine this year with “Logan,” which is trying to earn some Oscar love (more on that in a second), and for now the character is in the movie vault. But in today’s climate, no character is truly gone, and if you look over at Warner Bros., they’re more than happy to have two actors play the same role in different projects (a situation that has left Jared Leto not too pleased about someone else playing Joker in a developing spinoff). Continue reading Fox Chief Talks Rebooting Wolverine & Superhero Fatigue at The Playlist.

Director Matthew Vaughn is quickly coming into his own as a filmmaker with the blockbuster touch. This week he continues the franchise world of irreverent super spies with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” he was one of the producers on the unfortunate “Fantastic Four” reboot, and it’s easy forget he was behind the camera for “X-Men: First Class.” Whether you enjoy his brand of spectacle or not, Vaughn knows how to sell popcorn, and has his own storytelling vision. Continue reading Matthew Vaughn Talks ‘X-Men’ Movie He Wanted To Make, Redoing ‘Fantastic Four’ at The Playlist.

The awards machine is in full effect and that means a slew of new lifetime achievement awards are on the horizon.  The latest honoree?  None other than Dame Judi Dench who will be awarded the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award in Excellence on Nov. 30th. The 100-year-old Douglas, who attended the annual ceremony up until just a few years ago, said in a statement, “I am especially delighted to learn that Dame Judi Dench will accept the award that bears my name. Continue reading Judi Dench Is SBIFF’s 2017 Kirk Douglas Award Winner at The Playlist.

The unpacking of “mother!” continues, as fans and foes continue to discuss the film’s biblical and environmental themes. Darren Aronofsky‘s movie is a molotov cocktail to the standard fare at the multiplex, and an undeniably intense cinematic experience, no matter where you opinion ultimately falls on the picture. And as you might guess, making it was no walk in the park, and for Jennifer Lawrence, once was enough. Continue reading “I Wouldn’t Be Able To Do It Again”: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Making ‘mother!’ at The Playlist.

For all the gentility and good natured humor in the work of filmmaker Stephen Frears the 76-year-old director is in absolutely no mood to do press during the Toronto International Film Festival for the debut of his new movie “Victoria And Abdul.” Set in the late 1800s “Victoria & Abdul,” centers on the untold story of the hush-hushed relationship and special bond between an aged Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her Indian servant, Abdul Kareem (Ali Fazal). Continue reading Stephen Frears Doesn’t Really Care If You Want To Interview Him For ‘Victoria & Abdul’ at The Playlist.

We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV. Continue reading Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV at The Playlist.

We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV. Continue reading Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV at The Playlist.