Liam Neeson has landed a new role as a travel spokesman after signing up to help promote his native Northern Ireland as a holiday hotspot. The Taken star has lent his voice to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's new advertising campaign, which also features appearances by Pulp Fiction's Bronagh Gallagher and Hothouse Flowers singer Liam O Maonlai.
Neeson admits he was "delighted" to take part in the commercials to "promote the treasures of my homeland".
He adds, "I've always maintained that Northern Ireland is the world's best kept secret, both in the character of its people and its scenery."
Alan Clarke, chief executive of the NITB, says, "Securing Liam Neeson to do the voiceover for our latest TV campaign is a huge coup and a significant vote of confidence in our tourism industry.
"This marks the first step of a brand new direction for NITB, which will focus on the friendliness of our people and their ability to make a place memorable."
U2 rocker Bono hit the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Christmas Eve (24Dec13) to fulfil his annual tradition of busking for charity. The Irish star has been teaming up with The Frames singer/guitarist Glen Hansard to serenade last-minute Christmas shoppers on the city's famous Grafton Street for the past five years to raise funds for The Simon Community, which provides support for the homeless.
He honoured the commitment on Tuesday and delighted fans as he staged a free mini-gig with Hansard, singer/songwriter Mundy, and The Hothouse Flowers' Liam O'Maonlai, performing a cover of Slade's Merry Christmas Everyone and O Come All Ye Faithful.
The impromptu singalong drew a crowd of around 1,000 people as Hansard encouraged onlookers to dig deep and donate.
Last year's (12) street session also featured Sinead O'Connor.
The Hollywood legend's house in Bel Air, Los Angeles, was put on the market in May (11), just two months after she succumbed to congestive heart failure.
Taylor lived in the four-bedroom property right up until her final hospital stint after purchasing it in 1981 from Nancy Sinatra.
The house, which was listed with a price tag of $8.6 million (£5.4 million), has now been sold to an unnamed buyer for an undisclosed sum, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The property boasts a maid's quarters, as well as a bathroom with a sauna, a koi pond with a waterfall and a hothouse for orchids.
The Hollywood legend passed away in March (11) after succumbing to congestive heart failure and the home where she spent her final years is now on the market.
Taylor purchased the luxurious Bel Air property in 1981 and lived there up until her death. It is now for sale with an $8.6 million (£5.4 million) price tag.
The house includes five bedrooms and a maid's quarters, as well as a bathroom with a sauna, a koi pond with a waterfall and a hothouse for orchids. It was previously owned by Nancy Sinatra, Sr, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Taylor's son Christopher Wilding says in a statement, "(The house was) where we all gathered, especially at Thanksgiving and Easter... She never entertained the notion of moving."
Based on the prize-winning novel by Zoe Heller Notes on a Scandal is a case study in obsessive relationships. When Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) joins a London secondary school as the new art teacher fellow teacher Barbara Covett (Judi Dench) who rules her young charges with an iron fist senses a kindred spirit—and perhaps salvation to her lonely existence. But as Barbara notes in her acerbic diary she is not the only one drawn to the luminous Sheba. She soon begins an illicit affair with one of her high school students (Andrew Simpson) and Barbara suddenly becomes the keeper of Sheba’s secret. Barbara could expose Sheba to both her husband (Bill Nighy) and the world but instead Barbara manipulates it for her own nefarious and selfish reasons. And in playing this dangerously compulsive game Barbara’s own secrets come tumbling to the fore exposing the deceptions at the core of each of the women's lives. Dench and Blanchett give tour-de-force performances yet again. Blanchett’s natural effervescence provides the beacon for all the wanted—and unwanted—attention Sheba receives but it’s her fragile emotional state that draws you in. Played like a wounded butterfly Sheba is too weak to either stave off a dalliance with the young gent—played with convincing lustfulness by newcomer Simpson—or tell the stifling Barbara to bugger off despite the consequences. Then there’s Dench as Barbara representing the opposite end of the spectrum as Notes’ driving force. She’s a bull dog whose withering glares stop her students in their tracks and cutting remarks slice her fellow colleagues to bits all punctuated by her caustic running commentary. Still when Barbara turns madly obsessive with her soft underbelly eventually exposed she crumbles with the best of them. And the best part of Notes is watching these two brilliant actress go toe-to-toe for the first time on film. The underrated Nighy also does a fine job ditching his Pirates of the Caribbean’s tentacles to play Sheba’s down-to-earth yet hapless husband. A top-notch cast all around. Director Richard Eyre is no stranger to crafting intimate pro-actor dramas having helmed such films as Stage Beauty and the Oscar-nominated Iris. He understands where to move the camera to best frame his players as they pour their hearts out on screen. And with Notes on a Scandal Eyre knows that besides his two leading ladies the real star of the film is playwright/screenwriter Patrick Marber’s superb adaptation of Heller’s introspective novel. Voice-over narration is always a tricky film device but for Notes on a Scandal it’s absolutely essential and Marber faithfully captures the inner-workings of Barbara’s skewed thoughts which she fervently writes down in her diary in such delectable ways. Then he entwines the twisty events around these two women. Much like his other work including the exquisite Closer Marber hands in another true gem. Combined with all this is another haunting pulse-pounding score from Philip Glass (The Hours) who sets the tone so perfectly. Notes on a Scandal is definitely one for the Academy Awards’ books.
A series depicting life at a small family-owned and run psychiatric hospital outside Boston. At the helm is patriarch Sam Garrison, who with his two children and a dedicated, overworked, underpaid staff, treats patients with a wide range of emotional and psychological problems.