Entertainment RoundupLooking for some good entertainment this month? Whether it’s film, gaming or a good read, we’ve got you covered with these updates.
Why an aging Liam Neeson still kicks box-office ass.
To succeed as an action star at 68, Sylvester Stallone had to plant his tongue in cheek for The Expendables. Arnold Schwarzenegger, also 68, has not fared well in his non-Expendables movies. But age isn’t the issue. The world’s biggest action star is 62 and shows no signs of wear and tear. Since Taken was released in 2009, Liam Neeson has starred in Unknown, The Grey, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among The Tombstones and Taken 3—all commercially and critically successful films in which the Irishman flexes his muscles and acting chops. (He’s also been strong in ensemble action flicks like The A-Team, Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans.)
Perhaps it’s because he doesn’t seem that old or come with the baggage of Sly and Arnie, with their fresher-faced back catalogs. Or maybe it’s because he threw himself into his work after his wife, Natasha Richardson, died in 2009. Or it could just be a fluke: Neeson once said he thought Taken would go straight to DVD. But he’s been the winner in all of this. His salary for Taken was said to be in the region of $1 million, and he reportedly received 20 times that for Taken 3, which is available on home entertainment platforms this month. His latest kick-ass-capade, Run All Night, is out now in theaters. Neeson has said no more Taken, but he probably won’t stray too far from the action path.
Mortal Kombat X comes back
Of course it has new characters and a new story (although the story in a beat-em-up never strays too far from providing many, many opportunities for fighting). Of course it’ll look better than the last one. But the point of Mortal Kombat X—you say “ex,” not “10”- is not to break gaming’s boundaries but to nudge them, while reminding everyone who has played any of the 20-odd series games since Mortal Kombat appeared in 1992 how much fun it is to play. One neat idea: Venerable favorite characters like Raiden, Kano and Sub-Zero are now aged grandmasters. Out for Windows, PS4 and Xbox One now.
Star Wars year starts here
April sees the release of Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1, a 440-page reprint of stories from the Marvel comic series. The book picks up the saga post-Episode III, and its highpoint is the emergence of a certain black-clad Sith Lord with father-son issues.
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