…and four other things you should know about this week, including the return of Madonna, the kind-of return of 'The Returned', the Alexander McQueen retrospective and T.C. Boyle's middle name.More
Since kicking off the ‘brooding tough guys in overcoats’ stage of his career aged 56, Liam Neeson’s been Taken three times, punched wolves, then got in touch with his emotions after hanging around a graveyard in last year’s A Walk Among The Tombstones.
This week Neeson’s back to beat up even more thugs in Run All Night, his third film with Non-Stop and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. After killing the son of his employer (Ed Harris) to save his own offspring (Joel Kinnaman) aging hitman Neeson and Neeson Jr. find themselves on the run, with one only one night to take car of the mobsters, police and assassins on their trail (get it?). Common and Vincent D’Onofrio are also on board in what will hopefully be a passable thriller to tide us over until Neeson goes back to ‘proper acting’ in Scorsese’s Silence, due next year.
Released 13 March
If you hadn’t heard, Madge is back with her 13th studio album. And after proving that 13 is indeed an unlucky number with her BRIT awards accident, we finally get a look at the album that almost put capes and the ‘Like A Prayer’ singer out of action for good.
After working with William Orbit for 2012’s EDM-tinged MNDA, Madonna’s gone for as many producers as possible this time around: Avicii had a go at three tracks, Diplo tackled four and Kanye got his hands on another three, including the Yeezus-esque standout ‘Illuminati’. Oh, and Nicki Minaj crops up at her most frantic on a song called ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’. Not bad for a 56-year-old.
Released 9 March