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Actor Liam Neeson talks candidly with GQ magazine

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325liamneesonblogActor Liam Neeson, 61, talks candidly with GQ’s deputy editor Michael Hainey in the magazine’s April issue which arrives on newsstands April 1. Here are excerpts, courtesy of GQ:
 
On the movie “Taken”:
“I wanted to do more physical stuff. I really thought it would be kind of a little side road from my so-called career. Really thought it would go straight to video. But it just got great word of mouth. I was stunned.”
 
On who he wants to work with that he hasn’t yet:
“I’d love to work with Denzel. I have such admiration for him as an actor. I see an incredible nuance of someone who’s so comfortable in front of a camera. There’s an intelligence there; there’s an absolute truth. I’ve never seen that man portray anything less than the truth. It’s pure.”
 
On working with Woody Allen on "Husband and Wives":
“It was a good experience. There was a lull; a quiet came over the set when he came on. We were out at four in the afternoon. It was [expletive]  great.”
He also described a scene in which he and Judy Davis were in bed, primed for an intimate scene, but they and the crew were uncharacteristically waiting for the filmmaker. He appeared after 20 minutes and nd delivered his instructions to the actors. 
 
“ So there was no apology; nothing. What happened: His lawyer had gotten in touch with him to say Ms. Farrow has found naked photographs of her adopted daughter [Soon-Yi].”
 
On his kids:
“I think they do know that I’ll always be there, no matter what happens. But the thing Tasha and I really wanted to instill in them was manners. That may sound like such a basic thing, but I’ve heard so many adults say, ‘Oh, my God, your sons—they look you straight in the eye. They’re very polite and mannered.’ It makes me proud. And it can get you through a lot, in a way. Just showing respect for your fellow man.”
 
On being a single father:
“It’s just still a day-to-day thing, you know? My boys are teenagers. They’re experimenting. They’re flexing muscles and sometimes dangerous avenues, and you think, ‘[expletive] If Tasha was here, someone could share this.’ But yeah, we’re doing all right, you know?”
 
“There’s a worry nowadays, with every parent I’ve spoken to. It’s … drugs. It’s a virus. A teenager can take it and suddenly they can be hooked, and it changes their life and their family’s forever. That’s my constant worry. And I trust them, and they’re sensible boys, but it can be just that chemistry that doesn’t work. And now there’s talk of legalizing it. … 
 
“I was never into drugs, but I had a bad motorbike accident in 2000 and broke my pelvis, my heel. I wasn’t supposed to last the night. And when they took me to the hospital and gave me morphine, ugh, I thought, ‘This is how I want to go, with a big [expletive] jar of this stuff.’ And then when they give you that drip that you give yourself every six minutes. …I knew I was hooked, because I was counting those [expletive] drips, the seconds until I could push that button, and it was instantaneous, that high was.”
 
On why he gave up drinking:
“I was just — I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died. Pinot Noir: That’s all I drink. I was never into spirits or liquor, hard liquor. And I gave up the Guinness years ago, because it just — past an age, it sticks to you, you know? So last year, I just thought — they’ve been throwing these action movies at me, and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s just change it a little bit.’ And it’s been great. I love it.”
 
On dating:
“I’m keeping myself to myself. And I like it that way. I’m not hunting. I’m the opposite of a — what would a male cougar be? Is there such a thing? Whatever it is, I’m not that.”
  
On letting go of his role in "Lincoln":
“Natasha died in March, and then — I want to think it was toward the end of April, Steven [Spielberg] got together a reading, and we all sat: Sally Field, John Lithgow. Oh, just great actors. And Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Steven, of course. We started reading this, and there was an intro, and then I see ‘Lincoln:’ where I have to start speaking, and I just — a thunderbolt moment. I thought, ‘I’m not supposed to be here. This is gone. I’ve passed my sell-by date. I don’t want to play this Lincoln. I can’t be him.’” 
 
“I was thrilled that Daniel played him, and when I saw the film, I was like, ‘He’s [expletive] Abraham Lincoln. This is perfect.’ Perfect.” 
 
More information, www.GQ.com
 
 
Photos: Credit: Paola Kudacki / GQ
 

 

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Foxcatcher could premiere at Cannes Film Festival

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Will “Foxcatcher” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival?
 
The official press conference about Cannes selections won’t be until April 17  but Variety suggests the made-in-Western Pennsylvania movie likely is headed there. 
 
“Foxcatcher” had been scheduled to open the 2013 AFI Film Festival in November and then arrive in theaters in December 2013, in the thick of the Oscar race. But last fall, its release was pushed to an unspecified date in 2014 so director Bennett Miller could finish the film. 
 
The movie stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. Miller directs a screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye about a real-life chemical fortune heir who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.
 
In January 1996, John du Pont shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa. 
 
Wilpen Hall in Sewickley Heights was the stand-in for Foxcatcher Farms during filming in 2012.
 
Photo by Scott Garfield, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

 

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March 27 traffic advisories from Film Office

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The Pittsburgh Film Office has issued the following traffic advisories for Thursday, March 27: 
 
Intermittent traffic control on Fifth Avenue, between Tennyson Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, from 1 to 4 p.m. 
 
Intermittent traffic control on Schenley Drive, between Frew Street and Schenley Drive, from 4 to 7 p.m. 
 
You may want to steer clear of those areas or keep the restrictions in mind. 

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AnchorVan in Pittsburgh

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The AnchorVan, a news-food truck and mobile marketing machine for the digital, Blu-ray and DVD release of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” is coming to Pittsburgh today.

It will allow visitors to test their Teleprompter skills like Ron Burgundy and score some of Champ Kind’s Whammy! Chicken (“of the cave”).

It will be in town on Monday, March 24:

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – University of Pittsburgh

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Market Square

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Jerome Bettis Grille

The sequel is now available on digital and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD April 1.  The Blu-ray combo pack includes three versions — the original theatrical version, the unrated version and the super-sized R-rated version with 763 new jokes and four hours of bonus features.

See www.AnchorVan.com for more about tour stops.

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Photos by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Paramount Pictures/AP Images, from Austin, Texas stop. 

 

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Divergent pulls in $56 million

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milestellerEveryone knew “Divergent” would be No. 1 at the box office. The only question was:  How much would it make its first weekend?.
 
And the answer is roughly $56 million, although the Muppets and Mr. Peabody and Sherman kept families entertained and “God’s Not Dead” (not previewed in Pittsburgh) opened at 780 locations and pulled in nearly $8.6 million. 
 
The preview for “God’s Not Dead” was among the trailers before the showing of “Son of God” I saw one Saturday morning at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront. It looked as if the message might be better than the movie but I haven’t watched the movie.  
 
Here are the top 100 courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “Divergent” —  $56,000,000.
2. “Muppets Most Wanted” — $16,514,000.
3. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” — $11,700,000, bringing its total to $81,002,384.
4. “300: Rise Of An Empire” — $8,665,000, for $93,753,119 since release. 
5. “God’s Not Dead” — $8,563,512.
6. “Need For Speed” — $7,781,000, or $30,404,000 so far. 
7. “Grand Budapest Hotel” — $7,000,000 (playing on only 304 screens), bumping its total to $13,210,519.
8. “Non-Stop” — $6,346,475, or $78,621,205 to date. 
9. “The Lego Movie” — $4,115,000, for a robust $243,351,674 since its Feb. 7 arrival.
10. “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” — $3,100,000, for $12,910,024 since release. 
 
Photos:  Shailene Woodley and Theo James climb an abandoned Ferris wheel in upper photo and Miles Teller steps into the ring in "Divergent."  
 
 

 

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