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FIRST LOOK: Bradley Cooper Gets Buff for The A-Team

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FIRST LOOK: Bradley Cooper Gets Buff for The A-Team

Originally posted 01/15/2010 08:00AM

To pound his body into shape for the big-budget version of The A-Team, Bradley Cooper speed-hiked up The Grind, a famous trail outside of Vancouver that shoots up 2,800 feet of mountainside, completing the grueling trek in just 37 minutes.

"The man," says director Joe Carnahan, "is a beast."

Based on the campy NBC series that made a household name out of Mr. T (his part of Bosco "B.A." Baracas in the remake is played by former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson), The A-Team film follows a renegade band of disgraced former Special Forces soldiers lead by John "Hannibal" Smith, a wisecracking, cigar-chomping master tactician played with relish by Liam Neeson.

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Liam Neeson and Family Taking Life One Day at a Time | Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson and Family Taking Life One Day at a Time

Originally posted 08/26/2009 12:05PM

Liam Neeson and his two sons are "taking each day as it comes" since the sudden death of his wife Natasha Richardson.

Still, the actor and his two sons with the late actress, Michael, 14, and Daniel, 12, "are doing good," Neeson said Wednesday on Good Morning America.

"[We are] still getting extraordinary condolence letters from American people. That's deeply, deeply touching," Neeson, 57, told Diane Sawyer.

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Liam Neeson & Sons Trying to Return to Normal Life | Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson & Sons Trying to Return to Normal Life

Originally posted 04/26/2009 01:15PM

It's been just over a month since Natasha Richardson's shocking death, but her husband Liam Neeson and their two sons are coping remarkably well, says close family friend Aidan Quinn.

"They're doing fantastic – as well as can be expected under the circumstances," Quinn told PEOPLE at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his film Handsome Harry on Saturday.

The night before, Neeson attended the debut of Quinn's other Tribeca Film Festival movie, The Eclipse. Quinn, godfather to Richardson and Neeson's younger son Daniel, also recently was photographed with the family at a New York Knicks game.

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Chloe Director Calls Liam Neeson 'Heroic'

Chloe Director Calls Liam Neeson 'Heroic'

Originally posted 04/23/2009 04:40PM

Liam Neeson's return to the Canadian set of Chloe just days after saying his final goodbye to wife Natasha Richardson was a "harrowing experience" for all involved, says the movie's director.

"He called me and said, 'You know let's do it right away.' It was really emotional," Atom Egoyan tells ET Canada. "I think the only way he could have come back was right after because his family was all there to support his boys."

"Liam is heroic," adds Egoyan. "He came back and finished."

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Liam Neeson, Sons Sit Courtside at Knicks Game

Liam Neeson, Sons Sit Courtside at Knicks Game

Originally posted 04/16/2009 04:30PM

Nearly a month after Natasha Richardson's shocking death from a ski accident in Canada, her husband Liam Neeson and their two sons have been seen in public, trying to live a normal life in the wake of devastating loss.

Liam and sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, took in a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden with pal Aidan Quinn on Wednesday. The four sat courtside, where Neeson smiled and applauded as the Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets 102-73.

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Liam Neeson Signs on for First Movie Since Wife's Death | Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson Signs on for First Movie Since Wife's Death

Originally posted 04/09/2009 02:45PM

Liam Neeson has signed for his first new movie role since the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, in a tragic ski accident.

The actor, 56, will play Zeus, the king of the gods, in Clash of the Titans, a reimagining of the Greek myth of Perseus, Variety reports. Ralph Fiennes is set to play Hades, the god of the underworld. (Laurence Olivier played Zeus in the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans, a cult hit.)

Neeson, who plans to start shooting Titans this summer, recently completed his final scenes on Chloe, the movie he was making at the time of Richardson's March 18 death, and has been spending time with his sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12. The family took in a soccer game in London on April 4. "Liam is taking care of his kids and making sure they're okay," a family friend tells PEOPLE.

For more on how Neeson and his family are coping, pick up the April 20 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

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Liam Neeson Completes Work on Latest Film

Liam Neeson Completes Work on Latest Film

Originally posted 03/31/2009 07:10PM

It was on the Toronto set of the movie Chloe that Liam Neeson first heard his wife Natasha Richardson had been in a skiing accident near Montreal. He rushed away to be by her side at the hospital, and was with her until the end, two days later.

Last week, Neeson, 56, quietly returned to Toronto to finish work on the Atom Egoyan-directed thriller costarring Julianne Moore. He shot his last scenes on Friday and the film wrapped on Saturday, Neeson's rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Richardson, who died at age 45 from a blunt impact to the head that caused internal bleeding, was laid to rest March 22 in upstate New York.

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Natasha Richardson's Organs Donated After Her Death

Natasha Richardson's Organs Donated After Her Death

Originally posted 03/25/2009 01:00PM

As the loved ones of Natasha Richardson continue to mourn, a family decision made in the wake of the Tony-winning actress's sudden death March 18 has brought a measure of comfort: After Richardson was taken off life support at Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, her family requested that her organs be donated to other patients whose lives they might save.

Organ donation "is very Natasha," a family friend says in the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. "She spent so much time fighting the stigma of AIDS; someone like that would naturally donate her organs. At least by donating her organs something good could come out of [the tragedy]."

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Natasha Richardson: 'She Was So Much Fun' | Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson: 'She Was So Much Fun'

Originally posted 03/24/2009 12:00PM

I met Natasha on a mild, foggy night in Shanghai in September 2004. She was there filming and had stopped by a popular restaurant for a late bite with cast and crew. I'd recently taken a year off from my job as a writer at PEOPLE in Los Angeles to accept a fellowship in China, and happened to be at the same restaurant. A mutual acquaintance introduced us.

Only in Shanghai – with its dizzying collision of international culture and commerce – could my day begin in a neighborhood where residents still use chamber pots and end sharing a meal with the dauntingly beautiful Natasha Richardson. Over the next three months, she became my friend.

Most days, Natasha worked on the set of her movie, The White Countess. But when she had free time, she was determined not to waste it. We went sightseeing, taking touristy pictures in the imperial Yu Gardens. We lingered over long lunches. We shopped.

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Natasha Richardson Is Laid to Rest in Upstate New York | Liam Neeson

Natasha Richardson Is Laid to Rest in Upstate New York

Originally posted 03/22/2009 06:00PM

Family and friends of Natasha Richardson said their final goodbye to the star of stage and film during a funeral at St. Peter's Church in Millbrook, N.Y., on Sunday.

Under bright sun on a cold spring day, Richardson's husband Liam Neeson, their sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, her mother Vanessa Redgrave, her sister Joely Richardson and friends Uma Thurman, Ralph Fiennes and Mia Farrow arrived at St. Peter's Church at 2:30 p.m.

Neeson, looking somber in a dark suit and sunglasses, briefly posed for photographers with his family before walking to the hearse, where he was the first to put his hand on the mahogany casket, which he and six other pallbearers carried to the church.

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