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Shane Black has gone out of his way to insist that his upcoming “The Predator” is less of a typical remake and more of an “inventive sequel.” What exactly he means by that distinction is but one of many unanswered questions about the anticipated project. Also on fan’s minds is who will be playing Quinn Mackenna, the new hero taking over for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch from John McTiernan’s 1987 original. (Spoiler: It probably won’t be Schwarzenegger.) The latest word is that James Franco is “very high on the list” to lead the new film.
- Michael Nordine
Perhaps best known for playing Buliwyf in The 13th Warrior, the big budget epic sword and sorcery-type film from director John McTiernan and writer Michael Crichton from 1999, actor Vladimir Kulich towers above his co-stars in most of the projects he’s been in. Imbued with a distinct look and voice, Kulich also co-starred in films such as Decoy with Peter Weller, Red Scorpion 2 with Matt McColm, Crackerjack with Thomas Ian Griffith, and Firestorm with Howie Long. Over the years he’s specialized in playing Nordic heroes or stalwart warriors in projects like Ironclad and the TV series Vikings, but he’s also versatile, appearing in key roles in Smokin’ Aces and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington. His latest projects are the independent horror film Grave Walkers »
July 15, 1988 must have been the day to celebrate Christmas in July because it’s the day classic Christmas movie (don’t argue) Die Hard was gifted to us. 28 years after the Die Hard hit theaters, it’s difficult to accept that the movie’s great villain is gone, and it’s wild to think about the fact that this was his first Hollywood film role — Alan Rickman was in his first movie at age 42, which makes it all the more tragic that his life and career were cut short this year. Since 1988, Bruce Willis has made four more Die Hard movies. Meanwhile, director John McTiernan’s last completed film was 2003’s Basic, and these days he’s keeping busy bashing modern blockbusters, Captain America and Mad Max: Fury Road included. Die Hard is available for purchase here on Fox Connect Other notable July 15 happenings in pop culture history: • 1963: The »
- Emily Rome
Interview talks to Viggo Mortensen (audio interview)
MTV Teo on how musicals got their groove back
Variety Emmy breakdown by studio. HBO is still dominating the Emmys but not by the margins they use to.
Playbill Live Musicals did well at the Emmys with Grease: Live and The Wiz Live! scoring big
EW TV's best comedies are... tearjerkers!
/Film the terribleness of Batman v Superman is not stopping excitement for Suicide Squad which is tracking for a spectacular August opening weekend
Mnpp on the poster for Disorder (which is »
- NATHANIEL R
Are superheroes really champions of right-wing individualism, the Donald Trumps of the movie theatre? Die Hard director John McTiernan seems to think so, and has come out swinging in an interview with French movie magazine Premiere, declaring “These are films made by fascists”, and pointing the finger of accusation firmly in the direction of recent Marvel smash Captain America: Civil War. (Yes, I’m aware John McTiernan is the guy who directed one of the most macho Hollywood action movies of all time. We’ll get to that later.)
“Captain America,” McTiernan says, presumably spitting out the syllables like a sour grape. “The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things that has happened in the world during the last 50 years. »
- Ben Child
1986 was a hugely important year in genre cinema—part of the five-year stretch between 1982 and 1987 that arguably makes up the best run of genre movies in history. Major studios and major filmmakers like Fox, James Cameron, David Cronenberg, and John Carpenter were turning out genre classics. New voices like Fred Dekker and John McTiernan were introducing themselves to audiences. Franchises like Friday the 13th, Star Trek, and Psycho were still going strong on the big screen. And in the middle of all this, America’s longest-running independent studio, Troma, cemented their very specific and wholly original cinematic voice with Class of Nuke ’Em High.
Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman had already been producing and directing films for over a decade—first art films and then a series of outrageous sex comedies like Waitress! and Stuck on You!—but it wasn’t until 1984’s The Toxic Avenger that Kaufman more or less established Troma’s house style. »
- Patrick Bromley
Don’t expect John McTiernan to be waiting in line for the next Marvel movie. The director best known for “Predator” and “Die Hard” was recently interviewed by Premiere France about his first film more than in a decade as well as the current state of the action genre. Den of Geek has translated excerpts of his conversation, with lines like “I hate the majority of [major studio] films for political reasons, I can’t really watch them. I’m annoyed the second they start” being typical of his thoughts on contemporary blockbusters.
Captain America in particular seems to irk the filmmaker. “The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things to have happened to the world during the last 50 years,” he says. “Hundreds of thousands of people have died because of this idiotic delusion. »
- Michael Nordine
Superhero movies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. I get that. When they’re good they’re bold, funny, exciting, smart, engaging and iconic. When they’re bad it seems like it’s the worst thing ever to happen to mankind. However, one famous director, John McTiernan, has gone ahead and just put the whole genre in the latter category, and talking about... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
John McTiernan, director of the hugely successful ’80s action movie “Die Hard,” is disappointed in Hollywood’s recent output — specifically “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the “Captain America” films. “There is action but not of human beings. These are films made by fascists,” McTiernan told French movie magazine Premiere. When asked specifically about last year’s “Fury Road,” which won six out of the 10 Academy Awards for which it was nominated, the director said “Pffff … corporate product.” Also Read: CBS, Recording Academy Extend Grammys Deal Through 2026 McTiernan went on to grouse that movies are no longer the exemplars they used to be, »
- Rasha Ali
Thanks to the very massive success of Captain America: Civil War, the Captain America franchise can now count itself among the most financially successful and well regarded action trilogies of all-time. Many fans find the character very refreshing in a landscape of superheroes who are otherwise very flawed or dark. Die Hard director John McTiernan seems to feel very differently about Steve Rogers than most of us do.
John McTiernan was recently interviewed for the French publication Premiere, and The Playlist decided to translate it. The subject of superhero movies eventually came up, and as it turns out, the director is not a fan. In fact, he downright hates them and thinks that Marvel's Captain America is among the worst of the worst. Here is what he had to say.
"These are films made by fascists. Comic book heroes are for businesses. Captain America...The cult of American hyper-masculinity is »
In the late 1980s to early 1990s, filmmaker John McTiernan unleashed a trio of films in a row that are still considered formative films of the Hollywood action genre - primal but smart blockbusters which changed how those kind of movies were made.
Those films were "Predator," "Die Hard" and "The Hunt For Red October". McTiernan has had a few success stories since then, most notably "Die Hard with a Vengeance" and his "The Thomas Crown Affair" remake, but otherwise has yet to be able to recapture that elusive spark - making headlines more for legal woes than anything in recent years.
Even so, McTiernan remains an Academy member with strong opinions and has unleashed those opinions in a new interview with Premiere (via The Playlist) where he offers both the superhero genre and George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" some harsh words. Though he says he likes the first "Mad Max, »
- Garth Franklin
John McTiernan was once the king of the Hollywood action blockbuster. The director earned a reputation for making some of the best big screen spectacles of his day, with “Predator,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt For Red October,” and “Die Hard With A Vengeance” all to his name. However, he hit a major bump in the […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Simon Brew Jul 12, 2016
John McTiernan: “All they’re making are comic book adaptations. There’s action but no human beings, they’re films made by fascists"
John McTiernan, the man who directed the likes of Die Hard and Predator, looks set to finally be putting together a new film, for the first time since his prison release (he has continually protested his innocence, we should note, and his story is widely told elsewhere on the internet). And in a new interview in Premiere France, he’s been chatting about the project, and his views on the state of modern cinema.
These are our translations from the original French text, we should note.
On his new film first, he said that “I hope to make it with a French producer and film in France or in Serbia. The idea is to film the whole thing in Europe. There’s not much dialogue, »
God love the French, they've gone and restored Predator for a re-release. Originally released in 1987, John McTiernan's (who later went on to direct Die Hard and Last Action Hero) sci-fi horror hybird is now considered a classic from the era.
This new 2K restoration of Predator screens in France on August 17th. There is no plan to bring the film to the Us or Canada.
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
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"There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man." Who has time to bleed when there's a predator lurking around? Everything is getting re-released these days! Why not? France is preparing for a re-release coming up this August of a newly restored (apparently only in 2K, not full 4K though) version of John McTiernan's original sci-fi action film Predator. Originally released in 1987, Predator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham and Richard Chaves. Years after release it has become known as one of the best action movies made, and this trailer lives up to that claim with plenty of explosions. Of course this will make you want to see it again. Here's the new restored French re-release trailer (+ poster) for John McTiernan's Predator, from Vimeo: A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior. »
- Alex Billington
One of the quintessential films of the 1980s is without a doubt "Predator".
The first of John McTiernan's hat trick of action masterpieces, the subsequent two being "Die Hard" and "The Hunt for Red October," the more sci-fi bent "Predator" remains a brilliant macho men vs. monster tale that many have tried to imitate - but all have lacked its knack for suspense, its cleverly yet simple premise, its utterly believable sweaty jungle setting (just outside Puerto Vallarta in Mexico), and that wonderful score.
Unfortunately the home video releases for the film leave a lot to be desired. In particular it has been released on Blu-ray in two versions - the first came in 2008 and was encoded at a low enough bit rate and without any real work on the aged print which offers little better than the DVD. The second was issued n 2010 and is still the current version. »
- Garth Franklin
Generally speaking, fancypants restorations tend to be the domain of arthouse faves or works by revered auteurs, not pictures from the guy who directed “Die Hard” and “The Hunt For Red October.” However, there’s always a few exceptions to the rule, and John McTiernan‘s “Predator” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of them. Read More: Shane […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
It says a lot about where the James Bond series has been over the last few years that yesterday’s announcement by director Sam Mendes — that he is stepping down from the franchise after having directed two entries — was greeted by Bond fans from around the world with something less than a collective cry of dismay. Opinion will differ as to the sort of job Mendes did (some believe that “Skyfall” was a Bondian apotheosis; this critic did not), but one thing should be clear: After four films with Daniel Craig, in what was meant to be not just a “reboot” or “relaunch” but a veritable reimagining of Bond for the 21st century, the series, overall, has not truly lived up to that billing. And that’s a serious fumble, since the kickoff film of the new era, “Casino Royale” (2006), was a Bondian apotheosis. I’m not alone in thinking »
- Owen Gleiberman
Next month, June 12 will mark the 29th anniversary of the release of the action classic Predator. There probably won’t be any celebration along the lines of Alien Day back in April, but there is one way that fans of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from Die Hard director John McTiernan. A new print from Matt […]
- Ethan Anderton
How do you make the alien big game hunter from Predator seem imposing again? That's the key question director and co-writer Shane Black hopes to answer in The Predator. Filming on the sequel is due to begin later this year, with Black co-writing with his old Monster Squad partner Fred Dekker. Following the magnificent 1987 original and the 1990, La-set sequel (which we'd argue was really underrated), the franchise took a bit of a stumble with two disappointing Alien Vs Predator spin-offs and Robert Rodriguez's so-so 2010 reboot, Predators.
What marked out the first film was the way it moved between genres. For almost the first hour, Predator began as a war film before throwing its band of tough mercenaries headlong into slasher-horror territory. By biding its time and shifting tones, »
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