Now considered one of Hollywood’s leading action stars, Liam Neeson wasn’t always the go-to man for high-octane thrills. His big breakthrough was in Steven Spielberg’s war drama Schindler’s List which he followed with everything from political biopics like Michael Collins to Christmas rom-coms in the form of Love Actually, before the Taken saga propelled him to action thriller infamy. It’s fair to say that Neeson has collated an extremely eclectic list of films for his CV...
Neeson returns this month in his first war film role in over a decade: Operation Chromite (in cinemas and on demand from Boxing Day); a compelling, tense and dramatic portrayal of the operation that turned the tide of the Korean War, in which he displays his versatility more than ever.
Let’s take a look at his most accomplished roles to date...
Operation Chromite (2016)
Inspired by real events in the Korean War, Operation Chromite brings to life the clandestine mission that paved the way for a dramatic invasion that is regarded as one of the greatest landing operations in military history. The film follows the efforts of UN Supreme Commander, General MacArthur (Neeson), to regain control of the North Korean occupied Incheon. In a bid to achieve this, he directs special covert officers to collect intelligence by going undercover as a North Korean inspection unit, led by Captain Jang Hak-soo. However, when their cover is blown they have one last chance to regain control of Incheon and recover their footing in the war, facing near impossible odds.
Love triangles are the stuff of Hollywood legend, with many a classic film basing its premise on the agonising choice between two very different lovers. The wonderfully romantic BROOKLYN perfectly portrays the dilemma of choosing between two futures, with standout performances from the three young leads (Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson) – so, to celebrate its release on EST, Blu-ray and DVD on the 29thFeb, we’re taking a look at some of the other greatest love triangles on film...
Based on the award-winning novel by Colm Tôibín and transformed into a BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated screenplay by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan as Eilis, a young woman who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, where she has the opportunity for work, for a future - and love, in the form of Italian-American, Tony (Emory Cohen). When a family tragedy forces her to return to Ireland, she finds herself drawn back into the life she left behind- including the possibility of a budding romance with local bachelor, Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson). As a secret threatens to reveal itself, Eilis has to confront a terrible dilemma - a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries.
The most highly anticipated movie of the past decade is now, at last, upon us. We’ve already had every conversation of the past couple of weeks be at one point dominated by the release of the trailer, which carefully eludes to everything whilst also saying nothing at all. Because thanks to the marketing moguls behind the film’s release, everything is up for the guessing. The conspiracy theories however, keep on coming, most notably those that relate the new characters of Star Wars: the Force Awakens back to the ones that we have grown to love and know.
A recent survey by Best Offers Bingo asked a question that’s never been more relevant: who is your favourite Star Wars character? Here we rundown on the results and revisit our favourite Star Wars characters before the highly awaited release of director JJ Abrams latest instalment, Star Wars: the Force Awakens.
Our friends at Watches2U have put together this brilliant infographic charting the nation's favourite superspy's wristwear of choice for your viewing pleasure!
In this infographic we hail every watch that has graced the wrist of James Bond and go on to say what their choice of watch says about their interpretation of the role. From the classic Rolex Submariner, through the digital era of Moore, to the Omega years of Brosnan and Craig every watch here has added in its own way to the story of James Bond.
By Dave Lancaster
As far as publicity stunts go for major film releases, this one is pretty small scale but perfectly formed. In an attempt to give Marvel's Ant-Man movie a little more publicity, micro cinema tickets (just 5 x 10mm!) were scattered across the UK.
One hundred ant-sized IMAX tickets are hidden around three UK cities – London, Manchester and Birmingham – to celebrate the IMAX® 3D release of ANT-MAN in UK cinemas from Friday 17th July.
The little tickets are completely valid and can be exchanged for entrance into the epic film. Clues are found on IMAX’s twitter page at www.twitter.com/imax. Those who are successful in their hunt will be encouraged to tweet a selfie with their tiny ticket to @IMAX using the hashtag #IMAXAntMan.
A reformed criminal with amazing powers must save the world in incredible Marvel superhero Ant-Man's screen debut. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a con-man whose extraordinary Ant-Man suit allows him to shrink in size while boosting his strength. With the future of the world at stake, he must find his inner hero and help his scientist mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to pull off an audacious heist. 'Yes Man' director Peyton Reed helms this great new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Check out the images below and be sure to watch the brilliant trailer at here Cinemas Online!
For years, car movies have taken the box office by storm thanks to films such as Disney Pixar’s Cars and The Fast and the Furious franchise, all of which featured motor mayhem as a key touchstone in the storylines. But which car film was the most successful?
In a bid to answer this question, Jennings Motor Group has created an infographic entitled “10 Greatest Car Movies Ever Made”. The result is a cool graphic that provides film buffs and petrolheads with a number of revved up and insightful facts about the movies and the cars themselves.
For example, did you know…
By Dave Lancaster
Ricky Gervais is officially making a movie centred around his most famous comedy creation: 'The Office' leader David Brent. To prove that it's really happening, we've got a dashing still of the man giving us his best rock and roll pose.
'Life on the Road' will follow the awkward character as he transitions from paper merchant boss to wannabe rock star, touring the road with his musical outfit Foregone Conclusion.
Set to arrive in UK cinemas by August 2016, here's what the official synopsis from the Entertainment One and BBC Films production offers:
Twelve years ago, David Brent (Ricky Gervais) was a regional manager for a mid-level paper merchants. In Summer 2016, get ready to see him on the big screen as he chases fame and fortune in LIFE ON THE ROAD.
Now working as a rep selling cleaning (and ladies personal hygiene) products up and down the country, Brent hasn’t given up his dream of becoming a rock star - or more specifically, singer/songwriter for fledgling rock band ‘Foregone Conclusion’. As he assembles a group of mercenary session musicians, a talented sidekick for street cred and an overpriced yet underwhelmed tour manager, he embarks upon a self-financed UK tour coming to a venue near every major city near you.
Ricky Gervais, who won six BAFTAs for starring and producing 'The Office', said: "I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies. This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man."
The film is directed, written by, stars and includes original music from Ricky Gervais.
By Dave Lancaster
The first teaser trailer for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic has arrived, offering a steely glimpse at Michael Fassbender's take on the Apple Mac prodigy.
Written by Aaron Sorkin, 'Steve Jobs' certainly recalls the Oscar winning screenwriter's previous tech master drama 'The Social Network' with its foreboding sense of impending tragedy and loneliness in the crowd vibe.
The synopsis for the film is: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Essentially, the film will be three long scenes stitched together to create a three act biopic. Given that '128 Hours' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' director Danny Boyle is at the helm, we are betting that the precedings will be far from stuffy.
Alongside Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, the film's supporting cast is impressive with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley.
The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.
Is it possible to shoot your way through a locked door? Can you open a door with a credit card? How easy is it to smash through a window? Can you crack a safe just by listening to it? Can you pick a lock with a hairpin? Can the average person smash through a door with ease?
Our pals at Evander have put the screen's action heroes' antics to the test! Check out the results below:
We hope you're sitting comfortably... Our pals over at http://www.oldrids.co.uk/ have put together a beauty of an infographic detailing 12 of the most iconic bits of furniture from the screen from the beast of a table in the War Room in Kubrick's 'Dr Strangelove' to the Central Perk sofa from 'Friends'. So pull up a pew and have a look!
According to a survey by Fandango, the new 'Star Wars' reboot 'The Force Awakens' is the most anticipated film of 2015.
It's hardly surprising given the weight of the multi-billion dollar franchise's history but 2015 is set to be a year of fierce competition. Other studio tentpoles making the top five in the rundown include sequel 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', reboot 'Jurassic World', franchise finisher 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' and eagerly awaited erotic fiction adaptation 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Missing from the top five was the new James Bond flick 'Spectre'.
Fandango's survey of over 1,000 fans also revealed the top stars of the year proving that veteran screen heroes like Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr still have what it takes to draw in the fans.
Check out the full lists below:
Most Anticipated 2015 Movie
Martin Scorsese's Oscar nominated business drama 'The Wolf of Wall Street' has been declared the most pirated film of 2014.
In a review of worldwide torrent users, the biopic of maverick stockbroker Jordan Belfort (played to Oscar nominated perfection by Leonardo DiCaprio) racked up 30 million illegal downloads.
Rounding out the top five were Disney's blockbuster family flick 'Frozen', Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller 'Gravity' and a double header of big budget studio fantasy epics in the form of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' and 'Thor: The Dark World'.
As usual the list was dominated by films which were big (legit) hits at the box office - typically in the action genre - while awards season fare was also well represented often due to the masses of screener copies sent out for awards consideration which were then leaked to pirates.
An interesting sidenote on this list is the double entry for 'Robocop' as downloads bagged copies of both the 1987 original and the 2014 reboot. As figures are unclear on their individual downloads, they have been combined here.
Piracy-tracking firm Excipio compiled the list.
The world's top 20 pirated movies of 2014 ranked by number of downloads (alongside info on the studio and original theatrical release date):
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