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Merry Christmas, gentle readers! Today is a day for spending time with loved ones, yelling at those loved ones, giving them gifts, refilling their drinks. It's also a day for popping in a DVD in the living room while working through a food coma. What will it be? The list of movies that have explored this eggnog-drenched holiday is nearly as long as Santa's own. Now action, now rom-com, now satire and thriller!
With some strong 'nog in hand, we took a look back at some of the very best and very worst a big screen Noel has to offer and plucked out our favorite elements from each. Gather the family round the computer screen and take in MTV News' Christmas Movie Awards.
When Louis Winthorpe III hits rock bottom, he soars to the highest ranks of cinematic Santas. Booted from his cushy »
- Eric Ditzian
Christmas is supposed to be a time of giving, peace and good will towards men. But in Hollywood, its also a time for death, destruction and nearly every form of mayhem. Throughout the 80's 90's and (soon to be history) 00's more and more action films seem to take place during “the most wonderful time of the year”. Whether it be a heist, monster invasion or assault by pirates, so much onscreen action occurs on this jolly day that it's a miracle ole Saint Nick isn't killed in the crossfire. Here are just a few action films where Christmas is actually the last thing on the minds of characters fighting for their lives.Batman Returns (1992) Set during the Christmas season where a tree lighting ceremony in Gotham City serves as a battleground for the struggle between Batman (Michael Keaton), The Penguin (Danny DeVito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). The film opens »
Bruce Willis has acquired a stake in the vodka drink company that he endorses. French drinks company Belvedere has signed a four-year partnership with the "Die Hard" star to promote its Sobieska Vodka in exchange for a 3.3 percent stake, or 83,000 shares.
The deal would give make Willis a shareholder, and in exchange, he would continue to promote Sobieski worldwide. He will be transferred with the stock next month.
The 54-year-old Hollywood heavyweight is already the endorser of the brand in Europe and China. The new deal will allow Sobieski to expand its presence, particularly in the U.S.
Chairman and Chief Executive Jacques Rouvroy told Walls Street Journal that although Willis will become a major shareholder, he won't get a seat on the board as his schedule is too full to be able to attend most of the meetings.
TV host Larry King and action superstar Bruce Willis are new neighbours. The pair are among a host of celebrities who have recently snapped up condominiums in the Carlyle Residences, a newly built high-rise along the Wilshire corridor in Los Angeles King's 328sq m condo - which is reported to have set him back $4.4 million - has three bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms. It has not been revealed how much Die Hard star Willis paid for his condo, but prices start at $2 million and rise to $14 million. The 24-storey crescent-shaped tower has 78 condos with 251-464sq m of living space, while the units have their own private lift entrances, 24-hour concierge service »
- Nicola Pittam
Action superstar Bruce Willis (the Die Hard franchise) headlines another spectacular thrill ride in the gripping film Surrogates, coming to Blu-ray® Hi-Def and DVD on January 26, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator Three: Rise of the Machines, U-571), Surrogates is a heart-pounding futuristic tale of splintered identity, treachery and murder. Both DVD and Blu-ray editions come with an array of bonus features that not only invite viewers to delve deep into the darkly imaginative world of Surrogates, but describe how this futuristic idea is not such a far-off reality.
Based on the enormously popular graphic novel created by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, Surrogates also stars Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible), James Cromwell (Spider-man 3) and Rosamund Pike (An Education).
FBI agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) lives in a world where robotic surrogates stand in for people, protecting them from violence, contagion—and the appearance of aging. »
I've tried so hard to swoon over Moonlighting but . . . can't
Oh, how I was looking forward to watching Moonlighting now that they are showing it on Zone-Romantica – now prosaically, and disappointingly, rebranded CBS Drama. I can't remember why it was never on in our house – it must have been on after my bedtime or early enough to clash with Coronation Street, either of which was enough (in those ancient, pre-vcr days, children) to place it firmly out of reach forever. I only saw glimpses during its original 1985-89 run when I was round at other friends' houses or left in the charge of lackadaisical babysitters – who were, of course, the kind my mother would fire instantly upon her return after a single, glorious TV-and-sweets-filled stint.
I remember the beeyootiful blonde lady and the cocky, handsome man. I remember the sub-sexual sparring (even if I didn't entirely understand it – by 1989 I »
- Lucy Mangan
“It’s happening so we’ll see what happens,” says Silver. “I mean, it’s something I’m excited about doing and I want to hopefully pull that off, so we’re working on that now.”
When asked if it would be released in time for Halloween next year, Silver said he “didn’t think” it would be ready that soon.
Silver, sadly admitted that he was uncertain about the current state of the Lobo project: “It’s up to the studio to make the decision what they want to do. So, I’m waiting to see if they want to make that movie, »
- Reel Loop News Staff
Each day we're celebriting the birth of various cinematic persons. Can someone in Hollywood please give their Oscar to Ed Harris today? I mean, my god how long does he have to wait for that damn thing? The rest of today's Sagittarians are less easy to shop for. What could we give Jon Stewart, for example, that he doesn't already have?
Ed, Laura and Jon
1923 Gloria Grahame, Oscar winner (The Bad the Beautiful)
1941 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress, sex symbol
1949 Alexander Godunov, like Baryshnikov, he was a Russian ballet star who defected to America and co-starred in movies. It didn't go quite as well. He never achieved anything close to Misha's level of fame though he made for a memorable screen presence (Witness, »
- NATHANIEL R
Bruce Willis’ “Surrogates” may have had a good idea going in, but the result is … middling. To be sure, as with any big-budget sci-fi film, it’s enjoyable enough on a base level, but this isn’t a movie that people will be using to salute Bruce Willis when the “Die Hard” star signs off to visit that Big Hollywood Sky. It’s a vanilla effort, disappointingly so given all the talent (not to mention money) involved. Jonathan Mostow is a good director with a knack for action, but his work here feels restrained and muted. I’m not sure how much of the idea survived from the script by Michael Ferris and John D. Bracato, or from the original source material, a comic book by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, but what’s left is average at best, not-even-trying at worst. It is the future, and lifelike robotic surrogates have become commonplace. »
“Ninja assassin.” You just know that producers Joel Silver -- he helped create the modern action movie with Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, but he’s also responsible for modern schlock such as Gothika and Orphan -- and the Wachowski Brothers (of Matrix fame), professional fanboys all, were peeing in their pants with glee when they came up with that concept. It’s like “monster trucks” and “automatic weapons” and “zombie Nazis”: you take two great things that are awesome separately, and then you put ’em together and it becomes like totally mindblowing, dude. For certain dudes, at least. While some -- male and female alike, of course -- might prefer the mashed-up awesomeness of, say, “cupcake pony” or “chocolate orgasm” or, heaven help us, “sparkly vampire boyfriend,” the preview crowd with whom I saw Ninja Assassin was absolutely in ecstasy over this bloody concoction of slasher movie blended »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Joel Silver, one of the most prolific and successful producers in the history of motion pictures, has produced over 50 films, including the groundbreaking “The Matrix” trilogy, the blockbuster four-part “Lethal Weapon” franchise, and the seminal action films “Die Hard” and “Predator.” To date, Silver’s catalog of films have earned more than $10 billion in worldwide revenue from all sources.
Under his Silver Pictures banner, Silver is currently producing “Sherlock Holmes,” directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, and set for a Christmas release; and the action thriller “The Book of Eli,” starring Denzel Washington under the direction of Albert and Allen Hughes, and due out January 2010.
MoviesOnline caught up this weekend with Joel at the Los Angeles press day for his new film, "Ninja Assassin.” The film is directed by James McTeigue from a screenplay by Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski and »
Producer Joel Silver has an incredible resume, including many of Hollywood's top properties — the Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator, and Matrix franchises. His latest film, Ninja Assassin, opens this week and Silver is in various stages of production on eight other movies, with another dozen or more in development.
With so many different projects, it's hard to keep track of the status of all of them. Thankfully, Latino Review caught up with Silver and probed him about several of the fan-favorite films he is working on. While Silver didn't mention anything about the 3-D adaptation of DC Comics' Swamp Thing that he teased back in August, he did say that he is working on Lobo, another DC adaptation. We're working really close on that. It's close, yeah. There is a good shot we can make that happen.
- BrentJS Sprecher
This week, Chris and Matt are joined by special guest Rick Marshall, editor of MTV’s Splashpage site, to talk about movies, tv, comics, games and all things geek. Among the topics covered are what holiday movies the three are looking forward to such as Kick-Ass and Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, cool video game releases, Thor casting, the performance of 2012 at the box office, the upcoming release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and a whole lot more.
As usual, the guys made some cool picks for you to check out this week including Rick’s pick of the upcoming Warner Bros. action flick Ninja Assasin, Matt’s pick of the classic Bruce Willis action/romance film Die Hard and Chris’ dual picks of the Chuck Norris action film The Octagon (shown at right) and AMC’s currently running reboot The Prisoner, starring Ian McKellan and Jim Caviezal.
As always, if you have comments, »
- Joe Gillis
Here are the answers to yesterday’s weekly Sunday Movie Quiz. If you missed the quiz yesterday, go here and give it a try before you look at the answers. Hope you had fun, and will come back for another quiz next Sunday.
Movie Quotes – Name the films
1 Who you gonna butcher man? – The Limey
2 Los Locos kick your ass, Los Locos kick your face, Los Locos kick your balls into outer space! – Short Circuit 2
3 You tell him i’m coming, and hells coming with me, you hear? – Tombstone
4 Better hurry up Russell, time is healing this wound! - Up
5 Muad’Dib!! – Dune
6 Oh, i dunno. Cos i wanted to redecorate. A couple of throw pillows, TV news reporter, what do you think? – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
7 Don’T shake hands with messy Tessy. – Garbage Pail Kids
8 I want you to hit me as hard as you can. – Fight Club
9 I love this plan, »
- Barry Steele
Bruce Willis has claimed that he will never resort to cosmetic surgery to retain his looks. The Die Hard star admitted that he does not indulge in a skincare regime and would not consider going under the knife. He told Fox News: "Cosmetic stuff, I am not a fan of it and I know a lot of people are. It's a big business and anytime you can make a lot of money off something it is going to stick around. "I don't plan on cutting myself up, you would be surprised, (more) »
- By Oli Simpson
Aziz Ansari has filmed a Comedy Central stand-up special, “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening,” that will air on the cable network on Jan. 17, two days before the gig is released in DVD and CD form. “To have an hour special is really cool,” the 26-year-old Parks and Recreation star tells EW.com. “It’s bigger than the time I filled up my Quiznos Q Rewards Card, but smaller than the time I filled up four Quiznos Q Rewards Cards.” The special, which was recorded this summer at the Brentwood Theater in Los Angeles, includes material from his “Glow in »
- Dan Snierson
Hollywood hard man Bruce Willis will never resort to cosmetic surgery to retain his good looks - because he "really doesn't care" about his appearance.
The Die Hard star, whose ex-wife Demi Moore is rumoured to have spent thousands of dollars on improving her body, admits he doesn't indulge in a skin care routine - and he would never consider going under the knife.
He tells Fox News, "Cosmetic stuff, I am not a fan of it and I know a lot of people are. It's a big business and anytime you can make a lot of money off something it is going to stick around. I don't plan on cutting myself up, you would be surprised, there are a lot of male actors that think about it just as much as women do. I don't think about it very often. I don't really care."
But the 54 year old, who wed 31 year old model Emma Heming earlier this year, is adamant he is still in good shape - and feels about half his age.
He adds, "I am surprised when I'm reminded of my age. I still feel like I'm about twenty four years old. I could still whoop a lot of guys a**es if I have to." »
The action star directs this one-of-a-kind rock and roll hostage thriller
Dolph Lundgren has directed, maybe not the best film of the year, but certainly one of the coolest, strangest, funniest fuck-em-up hostage thrillers seen in (at least) the last five years. Not one to take himself or his image too seriously, Command Performance is a tour de force that proves the legendary muscle man (who first made his appearance known in Rocky IV as Russian boxer Ivan Drago) still has what it takes to decimate a room full of heavily armed bad guys. Its no lie when I say Command Performance is hands down the most fun you'll have with any action movie being released this year. It earns 2009's Mega-Awesome Achievement Award simply for having the balls to pull off many scenes like the one below:
Rock 'n' roll drummer Joe (Dolph Lundgren) and his band are about »
So there I was on the Twitter, conversing with a few friends and rambling aimlessly about some movie minutiae that was hopping through my head. One of those Tweets was this one, and it prompted an immediate response from several Twitter pals ... and Erik Davis. He insisted that my admiration for character actor William Atherton would make for an appropriate edition of "Villains We Love," and here's why: Mr. Atherton is at his best when he's playing a smug, smarmy, officious authority figure who exists mainly to give a movie's hero something fun to play off of.
Case in point: Val Kimer vs. William Atherton in Real Genius. Bill Murray vs. William Atherton in Ghostbusters. Bruce Willis (and Bonnie Bedelia) vs. William Atherton in Die Hard and Die Hard 2. Pauly Shore vs. William Atherton in Bio-Dome. Certainly no one-trick pony (you also know this actor from The Sugarland Express, »
- Scott Weinberg
The Die Hard star and his wife Emma Heming agreed to line up alongside host Acun Ilicali on a special celebrity edition of the programme earlier this month. It was recorded in a studio in Istanbul for broadcast on a Turkish TV network.
Details of how much money the couple won for its chosen charity - Wish A Wish - had not been released as WENN went to press.
Willis and Heming are not the first stars to appear on Turkey's adaptation of the gambling show - Christina Aguilera took part in the same programme last year. »
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