At a beefy 6'4", Liam Neeson, the star of Taken 2, certainly looks physically imposing, but he can also act. The counter-intuitive notion of casting someone who can be human and vulnerable as an action hero is what made the first Taken so watchable.
The filmmaker is known for his distinctive style, both in his live action and his animated features. As Mandalit del Barco explains, Burton's latest film, Frankenweenie, is a prime example of this style, and also illustrates the reasons he has inspired a generation of fans.
Director Lee Daniels is best known for his provocative 2009 movie, Precious. On Friday, he's out with The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey. It's about a reporter investigating a murder in the Florida bayous. Daniels tells host Michel Martin why he's attracted to extreme story lines. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
The first Star Wars movie came out 35 years ago, but a never-ending stream of cartoons, books and video games has kept the saga current. Even for little kids too young to have seen the film, Star Wars has turned into a permanent part of their entertainment mythology.
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