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Chloe (15)

Julianne Moore stars in this (uncredited) remake of the erotic thriller Nathalie, playing a Toronto gynaecologist who fears that hunky lecturer husband Liam Neeson is playing away.

Liam Neeson quits film as grief for late wife Natasha Richardson overwhelms him

Since the death of his actress wife Natasha Richardson in a skiing accident last year Liam Neeson has immersed himself in work, finding some sort of comfort in his hectic schedule.

Liam Neeson bids final farewell to Natasha

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Taken (15)

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When it was revealed last year that Ian McCartney was being paid more than £110,000 a year to advise the American nuclear power giant Fluor – just months after he quit as Trade minister – the pint-sized Scot was accused of filling his boots.

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is here. The story so far: pounds 360million of US business to date, 24hr screenings, endless merchandising, wall-to-wall press coverage. And it's all in aid of George Lucas's first feature directing credit since the original Star Wars. And, boy, is he rusty. Never the best handler of actors, Lucas ensures that the computer- generated spectacles and a waffly story-line keep Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson (right) well in the background. Which isn't even to mention the allegations of racial stereotyping that have been levelled at characters like Jar Jar Binks. Persuaded you to see The Third Man instead? No? Didn't think so.

European Times Krakow: Jews return to scene of `Schindler's List'

WHEN ALLEN Haberberg first wrote to a contact in the Polish town of Dabrowa Tarnowska to try to trace his family roots, he had no idea he was starting a journey that would end in Eden.

Neeson wins best actor for `Michael Collins'

The star of Michael Collins, the controversial film about the murdered IRA hero, took one of the top prizes at a film-awards ceremony last night.

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The release in Britain of the new pounds 30m film on the IRA's founding father, Michael Collins, may be delayed because of Hollywood fears that it could spark renewed IRA violence.
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