Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid remember Natasha Richardson during The Parent Trap virtual reunion

Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid remembered their late The Parent Trap co-star Natasha Richardson during a virtual reunion, which aired on Monday.Lohan, who rose to fame after playing twins Hallie Parker and Annie James in the 1998 movie, and Quaid, who …

Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid remembered their late The Parent Trap co-star Natasha Richardson during a virtual reunion, which aired on Monday.

Lohan, who rose to fame after playing twins Hallie Parker and Annie James in the 1998 movie, and Quaid, who played their dad Nick, were joined by director Nancy Meyers and co-stars Elaine Hendrix and Lisa Ann Walter for the virtual chat, which U.S. newswoman Katie Couric hosted via her Instagram account to raise funds for the World Central Kitchen.

During the discussion, they spoke about their fond memories of Richardson, who played the twins’ mother Elizabeth James in the movie.

“Natasha had such an elegance and grace, and she was so maternal to me,” Lohan said, while Quaid added, “(She was) somebody so giving and glad to be there and transmitted that joy of being able to do what we do. It just made everything that much better.”

Hendrix, who played Nick’s new love interest Meredith in the film, recalled Richardson, who passed away in March 2009 following a skiing accident, gushing to her about her husband Liam Neeson and their sons Micheal and Daniel.

“She would come into the hair and make-up trailer and she would literally swoon over talking about Liam and her kids…,” she told the cast. “She truly seemed to have it all, which, to me, made what happened even more heartbreaking.”

Elsewhere in the virtual chat, Quaid remembered being blown away by Lohan’s ability to play the twins, who had been separated for years, with one being raised in America and the other being raised in England.

“The first thing I remember was meeting Lindsay at some kind of screen test… I remember thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, this is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. Period. Forget that she’s 11 years old’. I actually thought that there were two girls. I really did because her accent was so perfect,” he gushed.

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Nick Jonas and Laurence Fishburne teaming up for new action thriller

Nick Jonas and Laurence Fishburne are joining forces for new spy thriller The Blacksmith.The duo has signed on to star in Pierre Morel’s upcoming flick, which will see the actor/musician play weapons expert Wes ‘Blacksmith’ Loomis, who secretly works w…

Nick Jonas and Laurence Fishburne are joining forces for new spy thriller The Blacksmith.

The duo has signed on to star in Pierre Morel’s upcoming flick, which will see the actor/musician play weapons expert Wes ‘Blacksmith’ Loomis, who secretly works with the intelligence community.

The plot will follow Loomis as he is forced to go on the run when his undercover laboratory is destroyed and his colleagues are brutally murdered. Yet, with the help of his unique set of technological skills and young CIA analyst Noelle Hazlitt, he seeks out retired blacksmith Mather, played by Fishburne, to fight back.

Casting for the role of leading lady Hazlitt is currently underway, and production has been slated to start later this year, according to editors at Deadline.

Bosses at AGC Studios are reportedly hoping to create a new action franchise fronted by Jonas, following on from the huge success director Morel had with Liam Neeson in the Taken saga.

Ben Ripley is penning the script based on the graphic novel The Blacksmith written by Malik Evans and Richard Sparkman, which was first released in 2011.

Accordingly, executive producer Stuart Ford of AGC is excited to see Jonas front a modern take on the next generation of thrilling blockbusters.

“The Blacksmith provides a fresh, highly contemporary new take on the espionage genre and it’s exciting to pair an exhilarating young talent like Nick with seasoned heavyweights such as Pierre and Laurence,” he said in a statement. “We’ll soon be announcing an equally outstanding young female actor to play across from Nick and then we will have all the ingredients for a major new film franchise built around a very modern breed of action hero.”

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Liam Neeson to star in action thriller Memory

Liam Neeson is to play an expert assassin in action crime thriller Memory.The actor, who has become known for playing action men ever since he first portrayed Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, will continue to show off his fighting skills with Memory. In t…

Liam Neeson is to play an expert assassin in action crime thriller Memory.

The actor, who has become known for playing action men ever since he first portrayed Bryan Mills in 2008’s Taken, will continue to show off his fighting skills with Memory.

In the film, he will take on the part of Alex Lewis, an expert assassin who becomes a target when he refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organisation.

Lewis, who is suffering from severe memory loss, must go on the hunt for those who want him dead and use his skills to stay one step ahead of the FBI agents on his tail.

Memory will be directed by Casino Royale’s Martin Campbell from a script by Dario Scardapane, who has written the English-language remake of 2003 Dutch film The Memory of a Killer.

“Memory is an exceptional high-concept script, and we could not be more excited to have Liam on board to star,” said John Friedberg, president of STXinternational. “Martin is a true expert in elevating the genre and will make an explosive version of this compelling and pulse-racing story.”

STX executives, who have secured the international rights, will present the concept to buyers at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, Germany.

The film, which is being executive produced by Teddy Schwarzman, Michael Heimler, and Ben Stillman, is scheduled to start shooting in August.

Neeson, 67, previously displayed his action skills in the Taken franchise, Non-Stop, The Commuter, and Run All Night, among other projects.

Last year, he was seen in revenge thriller Cold Pursuit, Men in Black: International, as well as romance drama Ordinary Love, and most recently completed filming crime thriller Honest Thief and the comedy Made in Italy.

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Tessa Thompson tried on 50 costumes for Men in Black: International

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet prac…

Tessa Thompson went through 50 options before selecting her Men in Black: International costume.

The 35-year-old actress worked closely with veteran costume designer Penny Rose to select the perfect look for her character M, who wears a stylish yet practical look modelled after the signature black suits that appear in the franchise.

For the reboot of the hit films, Rose opted to reimagine the items with the help of British designer Paul Smith, and they put together 50 jacket and pants options for Thompson to try out, with the star ultimately settling on pieces she could easily move in.

“Together, we decided that the two-button, double-breasted, longer jacket – with the big kick-pleat at the back – would be far more impressive for all the action work,” she told Fashionista.com. “It moves very well.”

When it came to footwear, Rose decided the 10-inch height difference between Thompson and her co-star Chris Hemsworth, who portrays Agent H, called for heels and selected comfortable yet empowering lace-up work boots by Naked Wolfe that she described as “fairly elegant”.

Rose also experimented when it came to Emma Thompson’s costume as Agent O, pairing a blazer designed by Smith with a custom-made pencil skirt featuring peplum detailing.

“It made her feel a little saucy and a little bit cheeky,” Rose added. “We wanted to give it a twist and make it a bit seductive, if you like.”

Men in Black: International, also starring Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson, is now showing in cinemas.

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Liam Neeson to star in upcoming action flick The Minuteman

Liam Neeson has landed his latest hardman role three months after sparking a racism row over a controversial vigilante confession.In February, Neeson faced a backlash after admitting he once roamed the streets looking for a black person to attack in re…

Liam Neeson has landed his latest hardman role three months after sparking a racism row over a controversial vigilante confession.

In February, Neeson faced a backlash after admitting he once roamed the streets looking for a black person to attack in reaction to the alleged rape of a friend.

He made the confession during the promotion of revenge flick Cold Pursuit, and swiftly pulled out of various premiere and talk show appearances in the wake of the outrage.

However, after apologising on numerous occasions, Liam is now heading back to the spotlight after being cast in new action thriller The Minuteman.

Set to be directed by frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator Robert Lorenz, The Minuteman follows a retired Vietnam veteran who finds himself responsible for the life of a young boy who is being hunted by a cartel.

It marks Lorenz’s second film as a director, following on from 2012’s Trouble with the Curve, with the Oscar nominated producer co-writing the script with Chris Charles and Danny Kravitz

Tai Duncan and Mark Williams will produce with Warren Goz and Eric Gold, while James Masciello will executive produce with Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter.

“Fans love to see Liam play the highly skilled protector, a role he does better than anyone else as seen in the Taken film series, and Robert has helped bring some of the most celebrated films about an everyman’s journey to becoming a hero to the big screen,” said Deckter, according to Deadline. “This powerful combination gives The Minuteman a critical edge in the international marketplace. We’re thrilled to partner with Zero Gravity’s Tai and Mark and Sculptor’s Warren and Eric to share this visceral story with audiences around the world.”

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Liam Neeson’s good looks were a challenge to work with on Buster Scruggs

Costume designer Mary Zophres was tasked with making “handsome” Liam Neeson have an air of desperation in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.Mary is a longtime collaborator of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, working with them on some of their most classic work…

Costume designer Mary Zophres was tasked with making “handsome” Liam Neeson have an air of desperation in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Mary is a longtime collaborator of brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, working with them on some of their most classic works, including No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and True Grit.

She once again joined forces with them for their Netflix Western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, made up of six short films, where she had to create costumes for Hollywood stars like Liam, James Franco and Zoe Kazan.

“The specific characters driving Meal Ticket, for instance… there were certain stories where we did know the actor that was attached, so I knew that Liam Neeson was going to be playing that character (of Impresario),” she began to explain to Deadline.

“Liam Neeson is rather handsome and confident, and cuts a beautiful figure, right? So, you can start to imagine: What do you do to make him have that desperation in the character?”

After reading the script, which the Coen Brothers warned might not get the green light, Mary says she thought the same, as some of the stories were so dark and bleak, especially Meal Ticket, where Harry Potter star Harry Melling plays a spoken word artist with no arms or legs, opposite Liam’s ruthless Impresario.

However, she jumped at the chance to work on the feature, which has gone on to land three Oscar nods, including in the Best Costume category.

“Immediately, I thought it was a really interesting design project,” she smiled.

“You’re given the CliffsNotes, hints as to what they want it to look like, but then we could explore it in each of our departments, and manifest what we interpreted. Obviously, we bounced those ideas off of Joel and Ethan, and then it becomes the language of the film as a whole, which is such a fun process.”

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Liam Neeson and son to lead new comedy

Action man Liam Neeson is returning to comedy to co-star in a new project with his son. The Taken star will share the big screen with 23-year-old Micheal Richardson for Made In Italy, about a London-based artist who returns to Tuscany with his estrang…

Action man Liam Neeson is returning to comedy to co-star in a new project with his son.

The Taken star will share the big screen with 23-year-old Micheal Richardson for Made In Italy, about a London-based artist who returns to Tuscany with his estranged son to sell a house inherited from his late wife.

The movie will mark the directorial debut of Dunkirk actor James D’Arcy, who also wrote the script.

He originally cast Liam’s Love Actually co-star Bill Nighy as the father, with his Dunkirk castmate Jack Lowden playing his son. It’s not clear why the two actors are no longer involved in D’Arcy’s project, but production is now set to begin in Italy in April (19).

“It has been exciting to see this popular screenplay and project really mature and take shape this year; and with Liam and Micheal playing a father and son facing challenges both emotional and comedic in Tuscany, we are in for a very special treat,” said executive producer Gabrielle Stewart.

The film will mark the first time Liam and his eldest kid have acted together on the big screen.

Micheal, who made his movie debut in 2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, recently changed his last name to honour his late mum, tragic British actress Natasha Richardson, who died following a skiing accident in 2009.

“He’s taken, officially, the name of his mother,” his grandmother Vanessa Redgrave told the Daily Mail. “He’s Micheal Richardson, not Micheal Neeson.”

The youngster was 13 when his mum passed away.

“He wanted to hold his mother close to him, because she was a remarkable actress,” Redgrave added.

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Viola Davis on ‘terrifying’ Widows love scene with Liam Neeson

Viola Davis was extremely nervous about her onscreen sex scene with Liam Neeson.The 53-year-old actress opened up about filming a love scene with the Taken star for Steve McQueen’s movie Widows, which garnered rave reviews at its Toronto International …

Viola Davis was extremely nervous about her onscreen sex scene with Liam Neeson.

The 53-year-old actress opened up about filming a love scene with the Taken star for Steve McQueen’s movie Widows, which garnered rave reviews at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere earlier this month (Sep18).

And in a new interview, Viola admitted she was definitely not as relaxed about filming the bedroom scene as Liam was.

“It was absolutely terrifying, to tell you the truth,” she told Inquirer.net.

“He was cool. He was like, ‘OK, where do you want me to be? Do you want me to take my clothes off?’ He was very respectful, great, an elegant gentleman, everything you could possibly imagine,” she added praising her Northern Irish co-star.

In Widows, Viola plays Veronica, who leads a group of four women played by Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo, as they attempt a heist after their criminal husbands are killed after a robbery goes south.

However, the Oscar-winning actress has rarely had to disrobe in her movies, which meant she had to reveal quite a different side of herself onscreen.

“I am used to playing maids and drug addicts,” she laughed. “So it cost me something to be that vulnerable. You’ve seen a lot of sex scenes onscreen that have been way more graphic, but when I approach any kind of scene in that nature, it’s very private and you’re looking in on it.

“I was terrified and especially when you have cameras on you and Steve McQueen saying, ‘It’s got to be lustier! You have to open your mouths more!’”

Viola also shared that she often feels pressure to wear weaves and wigs to imitate mainstream beauty standards if she’s playing a romantic role. But Steve encouraged her to wear her natural hair.

“So there I was in bed with Liam Neeson, wearing my natural hair, being 53 and dark (skinned),” she continued. “It’s like what Steve said, ‘Viola, this woman exists. I see her all the time. In Europe, I see her in airports. I see her with a white husband who’s Irish, who’s whatever.

“She just hasn’t been introduced to the American cinema, so it’s about time we introduce her.”

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Steve McQueen: ‘I made Widows to give talented actresses work’

Steve McQueen was driven to make female-led movie Widows after noticing how many talented actresses were out of work.Viola Davis leads a cast of stars including Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall and Daniel…

Steve McQueen was driven to make female-led movie Widows after noticing how many talented actresses were out of work.

Viola Davis leads a cast of stars including Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall and Daniel Kaluuya in the remake of the groundbreaking ’80s British TV show written by Lynda La Plante, which ran for two seasons.

The show made a big impression on the London-born director, who after coming to Hollywood, had decided he would tell a woman’s story as the follow-up to his 2013 Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

“I remember seeing Lynda La Plante’s TV show Widows at 13 years old,” McQueen told the Chicago Sun-Times. “The idea that these women achieved something no one thought they had the capability of doing left a big impression on me, especially at a time in my life when I was being judged in the same way,” explained McQueen, who has previously spoken of the inequality and institutional racism he experienced during his school years. “Many years later, when I first came to Hollywood, I was struck by how many talented actresses weren’t working,” he continued. “I decided then that after I made a movie about slavery that I wanted to make a female-driven film.”

Widows follows four women whose career criminal husbands are gone, leaving them with a serious debt to pay, so they plan a heist to raise the money.

In the trailer, which debuted on Monday (04Jun18), we see the surviving widows come together to try to deal with the debt left behind from the failed job with Viola’s character as the confident leader, clad in full-body armour.

McQueen directed the film from a script he co-wrote with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn. New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Film4 are co-financing the movie, which Fox will distribute.

While the original TV show was set in the U.K., the movie was filmed in Chicago, which McQueen chose because of its many intersecting “levels of interest”.

“Political, racial, religion, policing, criminality and how all of those networks at some point cross over and have a relationship to each other,” the 48-year-old explained. “I believe environments create their own style… I don’t like the idea of bringing a stencil onto things. I believe very much in embracing what’s already there.”

Widows is set to hit cinemas in November.

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Liam Neeson linked to Men in Black spin-off

Liam Neeson is in talks to join the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already signed on to the currently untitled film, which is being helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. According to The Hollyw…

Liam Neeson is in talks to join the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have already signed on to the currently untitled film, which is being helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 65-year-old Neeson is close to signing on to play the head of Men in Black, the organisation which monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth, in London.

The franchise has so far spawned three films, with original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Agent J and Agent K respectively, reteaming for the third instalment in 2012, 10 years after the last film.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced the original movies as well as the animated TV series, are back as producers and Steven Spielberg is returning as executive producer.

The script is being penned by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, with the movie slated to hit cinemas from May 2019.

Since starring in Taken in 2008, Neeson has become the go-to actor for action flicks.

Earlier this year, while promoting The Commuter, the Northern Irish star dismissed rumours he was hanging up his action boots.

“I’m planning to do a couple more in this genre, one more with Jaume (Collet-Serra, director) next year, all being well,” he said. “I’d like to think that I know when an audience is going to look at me and go, ‘Oh come on! You can’t outrun a train! You can’t outrun a horse! Don’t be stupid.’ So, then I’ll get out of that genre, I think.

“But, at the moment, I’m fit and I keep healthy. We’ll see how it goes.”

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