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Company fires back at Liam Neeson for gun control comments, more movie news

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Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in "Taken 3." Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox / Sam Urdank

WHO Liam Neeson

THE MOVIE "Taken 3"

THE DEAL The company that supplied guns for the action movie will boycott future projects starring Liam Neeson in the wake of his comments about gun control. "There's too many [expletive] guns out there," Neeson said, while promoting the film in Dubai. "Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools,' " he added. The firearms company, PARA USA, announced its boycott on its Facebook page, writing that Neeson's comments "reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties." Neeson's film has earned $66 million at the box office so far.

THE MOVIE "The Interview"

THE DEAL The controversial comedy has taken in a record-breaking $40 million in digital sales, according to The Associated Press, which cited a statement from the film's studio, Sony Pictures. The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists who are assigned to kill the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, created a major headache for Sony that included threats of violence against theaters, a last-minute withdrawal of the film and then -- following a stern rebuke from President Barack Obama -- a limited theatrical release coupled with an online release on Christmas Day. The movie outperformed "Bridesmaids" as the biggest online release ever.

THE MOVIE "The Mafia Only Kills in Summer"

THE DEAL Pierfrancesco Diliberto, a comedian known in his native Italy as Pif, makes his film debut as writer, director and star of this comedy-drama about a Sicilian man whose life is influenced by the Mob at every turn. Variety called it a deft mix of "broad satire and hard-hitting emotion." It screens as part of the ongoing Winter Furman Film Series. In Italian with English subtitles.

INFO Thursday night at 7:30 at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Tickets are $15-$20; 516-829-2570, goldcoastfilmfestival.org

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