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Hangover 2 Director: Mel Gibson Would Have Disrupted Film's 'Family'

Hangover 2 Director: Mel Gibson Would Have Disrupted Film's 'Family'

Originally posted 10/26/2010 02:35PM

Mel Gibson's proposed cameo in The Hangover 2 wasn't meant to be, according to director Todd Phillips. But his abrupt departure from the project isn't any one person's fault, either.

"The Hangover 2 is a family ... and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of people didn't," Phillips told Entertainment Tonight of his cast and crew. "I didn't want anything to come in between that family."

Shortly after news of Gibson's cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist emerged, Phillips announced the appearance was canceled – and Liam Neeson quickly replaced Gibson in the role.

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Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson for Hangover 2 Cameo

Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson for Hangover 2 Cameo

Originally posted 10/22/2010 02:45PM

How do you cure a hangover? Call in the A–Team.

Liam Neeson is now doing a cameo in The Hangover 2 after Mel Gibson's appearance got canceled due to complaints by cast and crew. Neeson was invited by his A-Team costar Bradley Cooper, who's also in the Hangover sequel.

"I just got a call to do a one-day shoot on Hangover 2 as a tattooist in Thailand, and that's all I know about it," Neeson tells Daily Variety. "I just laughed my leg off when I saw The Hangover, I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV."

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Liam Neeson Dating a 'Wonderful' Mom of Two

Liam Neeson Dating a 'Wonderful' Mom of Two

Originally posted 09/15/2010 03:20PM

A year and a half after the death of wife Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson is cautiously entering the dating pool.

Neeson, 56, is seeing Freya St. Johnston, a U.K.-based public relations executive who, like the actor, is the parent of two children. The pair was spotted holding hands in London on Sept. 3.

"She's a wonderful person and a fantastic mother," Johnston's ex, Matt Winton, a marketing exec for the U.K.-based street wear brand Boxfresh, tells PEOPLE. "She takes life seriously in a free-spirited kind of way."

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Amanda Seyfried: Love Scene with Julianne Moore Was Risky

Amanda Seyfried: Love Scene with Julianne Moore Was Risky

Originally posted 03/17/2010 07:00AM

In Chloe, Julianne Moore's character hires a prostitute played by Amanda Seyfried to tempt her possibly cheating husband (Liam Neeson). What ensues is a much-buzzed-about sex scene between the two women. So how did the actors prepare to lose their inhibitions? Tequila shots? Group therapy? Turns out it was all pretty technical.

"Was it different because it was [with] a girl? No," Moore told reporters in New York Monday about her onscreen tryst with Seyfried. "Whenever you have an intimate scene with somebody, you're very prepared. Everyone knows exactly what's happening and it's usually very choreographed ... Amanda and I were comfortable with each other."

Moore, 49, went on to call her 24-year-old costar "lovely" and "quite impressive." But it wasn't such a clear-cut call for Seyfried, who admits to being so "intimidated" she tried to back out of the movie.

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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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