Romantic comedies depend on the sympathies of an audience, but in this scruffy movie actor-filmmaker Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) plays a character so relentlessly naive and self-absorbed that it's impossible to root for him. This also makes it difficult to laugh at his goofy antics, because he's more pathetic than funny. Viewers looking for something offbeat and a bit dorky may find the film somewhat charming, but it feels oddly under-developed.
Helberg plays Quinn, a 28-year-old hypochondriac who works as a florist, afraid to pursue his desired career as a jazz musician. He's only ever had one girlfriend, Devon (Melanie Lynskey), and after 10 years together feels like it's time to propose. But this thought sparks a doubt in his mind, which is fanned into a flame when his sexy work colleague Kelsey (Maggie Grace) confesses that she has a crush on him. Quinn's best pal Jameson (Zachary Quinto) isn't much help, and soon Devon has had enough with Quinn's sudden distance. So she moves to Paris to stay with family friends and get some perspective. In a state of confusion, Quinn follows her there and is shocked to discover that she has already struck up a perhaps too-close friendship with handsome violinist Guillaume (Ebon Moss-Bachrach).
Right from the start it's clear that Helberg's stammering nerd Quinn is only with Lynskey's witty-thoughtful Devon because they've known each other so long. There isn't a moment in this film when they feel even remotely suited to each other. And when Grace's slutty Kelsey throws herself at Quinn, the movie takes on a Woody Allen-style leeriness, as a geeky filmmaker makes a movie in which gorgeous women throw themselves at him. Helberg has some innate charm, but Quinn is so socially inept that it's obvious to everyone but him that he needs to go off and become a mature human being before getting into any sort of relationship.
Continue reading: We'll Never Have Paris Review
If only every young girl had a fake dad like Liam Neeson.
Having Liam Neeson as a fake dad had its uses according to 'Taken' star Maggie Grace, who plays Bryan Mills daughter Kim in the hostage action movie series, especially when it came to phoning up ex-boyfriends.
[L-R] Famke Janssen, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace And Forest Whitaker at 'Taken 3' premiere
Feeling concerned for his devastated on-screen daughter Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson decided enough was enough and took the initiative to phone her ex boyfriend - the apparent cause of a nasty break-up. We're willing to bet it was the scariest phone call of his life. Maggie revealed in an interview on 'Conan' that Liam took on his formidable Bryan Mills character before launching into a semi-threatening onslaught, which Maggie fortuitously recorded and played on the show.
With an epic Golden Globe awards ceremony set to take place on 11th January 2015, the contenders are taking a little time to relax before the stress kicks in.
With the 72nd Golden Globe Awards set to air on NBC on Sunday 11th January, the residents of Los Angeles are partying the remaining days away in anticipation of the celebration. Before converging on The Beverly Hilton this weekend, members of the casts for 'Birdman', 'Big Eyes' and 'The Hobbit' stopped by the Audi party.
Edward Norton - Best Supporting Actor Nominee (credit Jason Merritt - Getty Images)
Amongst those at the prestigious event were Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, who play the actor/actress couple Mike and Lesley in 'Birdman'. 'Birdman' itself is set to do well at the Golden Globes, as it has been nominated for seven awards, including 'Best Supporting Actor' for Norton. 'Birdman' has also been nominated for 'Best Picture - Musical or Comedy', 'Best Performance in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy', 'Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture - Drama, Musical or Comedy' (both actor and actress) and 'Best Director', 'Best Screenplay' and 'Best Original Score'.
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As with the first two films in this dumb but bombastically watchable franchise, writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen seemingly put no effort into writing a script that can even remotely hold water. This is such a boneheaded story that it boggles the mind, eliciting laughter every time it tries to show some emotion or menace. But watching Liam Neeson charge around on a personal mission, cleaning up the criminal underworld in the process, is still rather good fun.
Back home in Los Angeles, former super-spy Bryan (Neeson) is trying to re-bond with his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) while waiting for his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) to leave her sweaty but wealthy husband Stuart (Dougray Scott) and come back to him. But this dream is cut short in a twisted act of violence that leaves Bryan as the prime suspect. With Inspector Franck (Forest Whitaker) on his tail, Bryan traverses the city trying to unknot the mystery and find out who the real villain is, so he can clear his name and protect his family. With the help of an old pal (Leland Orser), Bryan manages to taunt and elude the cops at every turn while tracking down the nasty Russian mafioso Malankov (Sam Spruell). But something is clearly not right here.
Instead of centring on one far-fetched kidnapping, pretty much every character in the story gets "taken" at some point in the movie. The film benefits from this break in the formula, creating a relentless pursuit that runs right through the story. So even if the details never remotely ring true, and even if most scenes feel badly contrived, it's thoroughly entertaining to watch Neeson's stand-in stuntman leap across backyard fences or drive like a maniac on the freeway, causing mass carnage in his wake. Sadly, director Olivier Megaton directs and edits the film by chopping scenes into splinters, then reassembling them so they make no sense at all. It's loud and fast and incomprehensible.
Continue reading: Taken 3 Review
Here's your first look at "Taken 3". Yes? No? Does this thing really need to exist?
Liam Neeson is back doing what he does best – kicking a** and taking names – in the newly released trailer for Taken 3. I can almost hear the collective groan at that piece of information. While 2008’s Taken was a masterpiece, with just the right amounts of gore, suspense, drama and Liam Neeson speeches, things took a drastic turn for Sucksville with the second one in 2011. We get it, Mr Neeson, you need to put food on the table, but a third one is just pushing it.
Liam Neeson is out to protect his daughter again - but this time, he has to clear his own name first.
Judging from the trailer, this one will veer dangerously close to 24 territorry, with Neeson’s Brian Mills facing the death of his ex-wife and having to prove his innocence after being accused of her murder. Subplot: he also has to defend his daughter from a mysterious organization, out to kill “everyone he loves”. Sound familiar? See, that’s what we meant.
Continue reading: Liam Neeson Is On The Lam In "Taken 3" [Trailer + Pictures]
Things are finally quieting down for Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson). After the ex-special forces operative tracked down and returned his daughter (Maggie Grace), then his wife (Famke Janssen) following their captures, Mills is now settling into a normal life in Los Angeles. But when his wife is suddenly murdered by an unknown villain, Mills finds himself accused and ends up on the run from the LAPD. Inspector Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker) heads up the investigation against Mills and orders him to give himself up. But Mills is not going down until he looks for his wife’s murderer, finds them, and kills them.
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A riff on the 1983 classic The Big Chill, this ensemble drama's reunion of old friends differs because Alex's suicide fails this time. It's also, of course, filtered through a very different cultural landscape, with characters born at about the time the earlier film was released. This is a strikingly warm exploration of friendship, with light comedy and very dark emotions along the way. And even if it sometimes feels a little sloppy about its big themes, it has a lot to say.
After Alex (Jason Ritter) attempts suicide, his best pal Ben (Nate Parker) calls the old gang and asks them to come to Upstate New York and offer some support. Ben brings his girlfriend Siri (Maggie Grace), who's also part of the group. But they're grappling with some big issues in their relationship, since he's a blocked writer and she has just had a job offer in Los Angeles. The cynical Josh (Max Greenfield) arrives at the same time as the charmer Sarah (Aubrey Plaza), and they can barely conceal the waves of loathing and lust between them. Finally, Isaac (Max Minghella) brings his younger girlfriend Kate (Jane Levy). As these people reconnect, the awkwardness is made even more intense by the question of how they can help Alex.
It's intriguing to see a movie made about 30-ish characters by 28-year-old Jesse Zwick, son of filmmaker Edward, who made the seminal TV series Thirtysomething. The film refreshingly avoids stereotypes, populating scenes with realistic people who are still hung up on the same issues they faced while in university, including quite a lot of soapy "he likes her but she likes him" melodrama. But as the weekend progresses, the thoughtful conversations lead to revelations and confessions, spurred on by some pot-smoking, game-playing, dancing and noisy sex. All of which gives the actors plenty to play with.
Continue reading: About Alex Review
Annie Parker is a fun-loving young woman struggling with the difficulties of motherhood, a husband who's slowly losing interest and, more importantly, breast cancer. She is unsurprised that she has become afflicted with the disease following her mother and older sister's suffering, but she suddenly finds herself overcome with the determination to find out why. Meanwhile, a young research geneticist named Mary-Claire King is looking into a breakthrough theory that suggests that some women are genetically pre-disposed to have breast cancer due to a particular gene. Unfortunately for her, there are few scientists who believe her theory. In order to prove her theory, she must conduct a research project looking into cancer sufferers' and their relatives' medical history - and that's where Annie Parker is eager to help.
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Not long since the harrowing and almost fatal birth of their daughter Renesmee, newly born vampire Bella Cullen nee Swan and her new husband Edward have even more deadly drama to contend with. With prestigious Italian vampire coven the Volturi led by Vampire Irina accusing the rapidly growing Renesmee of being a demon child, Bella and Edward have no time to enjoy married life and bring her up together like regular parents. When their homelife is threatened by those who wish only to protect themselves, they realise that they must band together a formidable army to fight the Volturi down in a battle if they wish to save the life of their mortal child.
This much-adored vampire love story finally comes to a close in one of the most dramatic conclusions of fantasy fiction ever written. Based on the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2' has been directed by 'Part 1's director Bill Condon ('Dreamgirls', 'Gods and Monsters') with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (who has written all of the other screenplays for the blockbuster series) working alongside him. This final instalment is set to become a major box office hit with its release on November 16th 2012.
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Jamie Campbell Bower, Boo Boo Stewart, Joe Anderson, Billy Burke, Lee Pace, MyAnna Buring, Christopher Heyerdahl, Noel Fisher, Alex Meraz, Rami Malek, Cameron Bright, Mia Maestro, Charlie Bewley, Christian Camargo, Angela Sarafyan, Julia Jones, Daniel Cudmore, Tinsel Korey, Judith Shekoni, Chaske Spencer, Casey LaBow, Kiowa Gordon, Bronson Pelletier, Omar Metwally, Tracey Heggins, Andrea Gabriel, Toni Trucks, Lisa Howard, Patrick Brennan, Tony Bentley, Valorie Curry & JD Pardo.
Ex CIA agent Bryan Mills mercilessly slaughtered the majority of perpetrators of a European sex trafficking ring in order to retrieve his teenage daughter after they kidnapped her and her friend whilst they were on a trip to Paris in 'Taken'. In 'Taken 2', the relatives of the deceased, headed by Murad the father of one of them, initiate a brutal plot of revenge against Mills as he, his daughter Kim and ex-wife Lenore are on vacation in Istanbul, Turkey. Mills must use his dangerous skills to protect his family once again, but can he defeat the likes of Murad who is determined to sell Kim and Lenore as prostitutes
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