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Nerd Alert: Civil War Easter Eggs, Thankful Superheroes and More

22 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic (Black) Friday? A new video celebrates 20 years of memorable Pixar movies, we have a supercut of improbable movie weapons and the top 10 movie scenes of all time. But wait, there's more! We have a new breakdown of Easter Eggs in the first Captain America: Civil War trailer and a humorous comic that shows what superheroes are thankful for! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Captain America: Civil War Easter Eggs

After breaking down all of the Easter Eggs in Marvel's Jessica Jones earlier this week, Mr. Sunday Movies is back with a new video that showcases the Easter Eggs and references in the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. »

- MovieWeb

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Interview: Actor William Sadler Talks Tales From The Crypt, Shawshank, The Mist and More

2 November 2015 7:27 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Veteran character actor William Sadler talks about his work in the genre and elsewhere. William Sadler is an actor whose roles have spanned the Hollywood spectrum. He has squared off against Bruce Willis’ John McClane character in Die Hard 2, he was the American President in Iron Man 3 and even picked up a Saturn…

The post Interview: Actor William Sadler Talks Tales From The Crypt, Shawshank, The Mist and More appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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R.I.P. Fred Thompson, character actor and U.S. Senator

2 November 2015 12:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s a name you many not know, but character actor Fred Thompson‘s face you’ll instantly recognise. I will personally remember Thompson for his portrayal of Trudeau in Die Hard 2. Nobody has rocked an air traffic control room like Trudeau.

Thompson passed away at the age of 73 on Sunday.

Thompson lived a remarkable life. He started off as a used-car salesman before attending law school. He was on the Republican counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon, and then turned to acting in 1985 film on the movie Marie, starring Sissy Spacek and Morgan Freeman, where he played himself.

Roles in No Way Out, Days Of Thunder, and of course, Die Hard 2 followed. His film and TV career continued into the 1990s, including a part in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear remake, but it was during that decade that Thompson became a Us senator. »

- Paul Heath

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Senator Fred Thompson, Dead At 73

1 November 2015 5:07 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Senator Fred Thompson, star of such films as Die Hard 2: Die Harder, The Hunt For Red October, and Days Of Thunder, has passed away at the age of 73. Known as both an iconic Republican senator, as well as a hard nosed authority figure in most of the roles he's played, Senator Thompson passed away due to a recurrence of Lymphoma. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Nashville, and is survived by his children and his wife, Jeri. Interestingly enough, Senator Thompson's career as an actor started because of his real life work on the case of Marie Ragghianti  - a former head of the Tennessee Board of Pardons and Paroles. When Ragghianti was wrongfully removed from her appointment after refusing to release prisoners that had bribed Tennessee's governor for their freedom, Thompson helped fight and win her case as her attorney. With that victory, Thompson »

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Sen. Fred Thompson -- 'Law & Order' Star Dies

1 November 2015 3:53 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Former U.S. Senator and longtime Hollywood actor Fred Thompson died in Tennessee today after battling cancer. Thompson famously co-starred in tons of big budget movies, like "Die Hard 2," "The Hunt for Red October" and "Cape Fear" -- before going on to win office as a U.S. Senator for Tennessee. Thompson served in the Senate from 1994 to 2003. He was also an attorney and was appointed minority counsel for the Republican Senators who were on the Watergate Committee. »

- TMZ Staff

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Former Senator, Law & Order Veteran Fred D. Thompson Dead at 73

1 November 2015 3:45 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Senator-turned-actor actor Fred D. Thompson, a Law & Order staple who recurred for five seasons on the mothership, and also brought his character to spinoffs Svu, Criminal Intent and Trial by Jury, died Sunday of lymphoma, per the New York Times. He was 73.

Thompson served as a Republican senator for Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. During the final months of his term, he joined Law & Order as Da Arthur Branch. In May 2007, he asked out of his L&O contract so as to explore a White House run, announcing his candidacy three months later. He withdrew from the race in January 2008.

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Review: Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection

26 October 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Given its setting during the Christmas season and with “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” playing as the credits rolled, Die Hard rapidly became a beloved Holiday classic. So, it’s no surprise to see 20th Century Home Entertainment kick off the Holiday gift giving season with the release of Nakatomi Plaza: Die Hard Collection. All five films in the series along with a bonus disc are packed into the base of a plastic replica of the famous locale of the first film. The structure measures 15″ high, mounted on a base which measures 7 1/8″ square and will stand proudly atop your mantle or bookshelf, a reminder of the series; enduring popularity despite the premise wearing thin with each installment.

The first, with Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis), attempting to stop terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) from killing everyone at a holiday part attended by his ex-wife (Bonnie Bedelia), is riveting, »

- Robert Greenberger

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An open letter to the lunatics behind the 'Die Hard' pre-boot

14 October 2015 5:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Dear Len Wiseman… I'm going to do my best to avoid making the obvious joke here about your last name, since my last name is McWeeny, and nothing good can come from that particular war. However, I would like to drop you a few quick thoughts regarding your proposed pre-boot (part prequel, part reboot) of the "Die Hard" series before you go too far down a road that dead ends in Stupid Town. Obviously, I have not been in any of the conversations you're having about the film. Maybe the folks over at Deadline completely screwed up the reportage on the idea that you have. I certainly hope so, because if not, you are on the verge of doing something monumentally dumb, and I'd love to explain why. There is only one great "Die Hard" movie. Unfortunately, you did not direct it. Maybe you had a great time working with Bruce Willis. »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Die Hard 6’: Len Wiseman in Talks to Direct

14 October 2015 5:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Twentieth Century Fox is in negotiations with Len Wiseman to direct and produce the sixth installment in its durable 27-year-old “Die Hard” franchise.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also producing. Bruce Willis is expected to return for “Die Hard 6” in a story that would focus on the origins of the younger John McClane character, set in New York City in 1979. The plan is for Willis to appear in the narrative as a present-day version of McClane.

The actor has not signed a deal yet. Willis previously worked with di Bonaventura in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

The film is titled “Die Hard: Year One.” Fox has dispensed with numbers in the titles in the last three films.

Wiseman directed the fourth installment of the franchise in 2007 with “Live Free or Die Hard,” which grossed $383 million worldwide. The fifth film, 2013’s “A Good Day to Die Hard,” was directed by John Moore and grossed $304 million worldwide. »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive: Interview with William Sadler

11 September 2015 3:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

William Sadler Interview. Photo Credit: Neil Hughes

William Sadler is one of those actors better known for his face than his name. Appearing in over 154 productions, his cv includes parts in Die Hard 2, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. He’s also a popular face on television, starting out in Tales from the Crypt before starring in the full three-season run of Roswell.

With a career so extensive there was no way we could squeeze all our questions into the standard fifteen minute time slot so instead we sought out Mr Sadler, Bill to his friends, and took him out to dinner. Over the course of our meal we delved into pretty much everything he has ever done, finding out everything from how he found directing, to what it’s like to fight Bruce Willis and, of course, whether the Grim Reaper »

- Kat Smith

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8 Reasons Why 'Ghost' Forever Changed Summer Blockbusters

13 July 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It didn’t seem to have a ghost of a chance of becoming a hit. Instead, “Ghost” would forever redefine what constitutes a summer blockbuster. The romantic fantasy about Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze, in the role that would make him a bona fide sensation), a murdered Manhattan banker in spirit form who relies on con-artist psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg, feisty and funny) to help him save endangered sweetheart Molly (Demi Moore, who turns crying on cue into an Olympic sport), didn’t just wipe out such surefire winners as “Total Recall,” “Die Hard 2” and “Back to the Future III.” The supernatural weeper also would go on to claim the box-office crown as the top-grossing picture of 1990, with a worldwide gross of $505.7 million. This Hollywood anomaly also cashed in big time during awards season. The rare summer-release contender from a major studio that didn’t qualify as either sci-fi (“Star Wars, »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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'London Has Fallen' Trailer: How Can the Same Thing Happen to the Same Guys Twice?

1 July 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

"Oh, man, I can't f--king believe this. Another basement, another elevator. How can the same s--t happen to the same guy twice?" There's a great moment in Die Hard 2 when John McClane takes a second to acknowledge that it's really pretty ridiculous that he's going through yet another hostage scenario. And since the surprise 2013 hit Olympus Has Fallen was basically Die Hard in the White House, we're kind of hoping that Gerard Butler's character has a similar moment of self-awareness in next year's sequel, London Has Fallen. If he does, they've kept it out of the first teaser trailer for the movie, which oddly never truly shows off returning stars Butler and Aaron Eckhart. However it does show that the Potus and his new Secret Service...

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- Peter Hall

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Competition: Win ‘Killer Mermaids’ on DVD

28 June 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of the action-packed creature feature Killer Mermaids – out on DVD 29th June – we have a copy to giveaway!

With the hugely talented and much talked about Zone of the Dead director Milan Todorovic at the helm, Killer Mermaids is perfectly paced as a group of well fleshed out characters fight to survive against the creatures from the deep… Throw in Die Hard 2‘s drug lord Franco Nero and you have a must-see which cries out for a sequel!

Order today on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LJjWh9

To win a copy of Killer Mermaids on DVD, just answer the following question:

Which spaghetti western character did Franco Nero make famous? Was it:

a) The Man With No Name

b) Django

c) Trinity

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. You can also leave your answer on our Facebook page, »

- Phil Wheat

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Giveaway – Win Killer Mermaids on DVD

27 June 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of the action-packed creature feature Killer Mermaids – out on DVD 29th June – we have a copy to giveaway!

With the hugely talented and much talked about Zone of the Dead director Milan Todorovic at the helm, Killer Mermaids is perfectly paced as a group of well fleshed out characters fight to survive against the creatures from the deep…

Throw in Die Hard 2’s Drug Lord Franco Nero and you have a must-see which cries out for a sequel!

You can order Killer Mermaids here.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, July 12th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, which you can read here.


- Gary Collinson

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The Five Worst Film Franchises

21 June 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on the five worst film franchises…

Film franchises are easy targets for writers looking to grind an axe and bemoan the current state of big budget cinema. Like a pinata filled with gold bullion and airplane sized bottles of bourbon, everyone is just a little too eager to take a swing. It’s an easy topic to opine on because of the sheer volume of franchises being produced. They’re growing like weeds planted by studios who hope to create the next cash crop. There are so many terrible franchises in the history of Hollywood. I could spend an entire series of columns detailing cinematic tragedies like Twilight. I mean seriously…. did you sit through any of those Twilight movies? They could have been classified as cruel and unusual punishment under the Geneva Convention.

In an effort to maintain a constructive conversation on the topic, I’m going »

- Anghus Houvouras

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25 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 2000s

13 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal and, erm, Kangaroo Jack: they all nabbed the box office top spot last decade...

By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.

The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.

Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?

Eye Of The Beholder

January 2000, one week

Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »

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Big Game review: Cheap and charming action movie for kids

6 May 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Jalmari Helander; Screenwriter: Jalmari Helander; Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent; Running time: 90 mins; Certificate: 12A

"Say cheese," the final words spoken in Big Game, could not be more appropriate for this Finnish/British/German co-production from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander.

This is a cheap and charming throwback to action movies of the '80s and '90s, an era before spandex-clad superheroes dominated the multiplexes. Think of it as a blend of Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and Last Action Hero, but aimed squarely at the younger crowd.

Samuel L Jackson is top-billed playing the President of the United States, who finds himself lost in the wilderness of Finland after Air Force One gets blasted out of the sky by terrorists. His only hope for survival is Oskari (Onni Tommila), a young boy thrown into the woods by »

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Slideshow: 2014 Hollywood Show Portraits Anticipate the 2015 Show From May 1 to 3

30 April 2015 10:31 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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Chicago – The Hollywood Show is back, and all your favorite TV and movie stars are available to meet, take pictures with and get autographs. The 2015 Chicago edition is May 1 through 3, with Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd the celebrity appearance days. HollywoodChicago.com was there for the 2014 Show, and captured some Exclusive Portraits of the type of celebrities the Hollywood Show brings directly to the fans.

Scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hollywood Show include the dynamic duo from the 1966 Batman TV show, Adam West and Burt Ward (Saturday only); Henry “Fonzie” Winkler (Saturday), “Chips” stars Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada; Louise Fletcher from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”; Linda Blair from “The Exorcist”; secondary cast members from the popular film “A League of Their Own”; and for the first time some legendary sports celebrities like Bobby Hull (Chicago Black »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Big Game review

29 April 2015 5:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Samuel L Jackson leads a batty comedy thriller from the director of Rare Exports. Here's Ryan's review of Big Game...

Released in 2010, Rare Exports was a mischievous comic horror film about a small Finnish town menaced by a feral Santa Claus. Action thriller Big Game marks writer-director Jalmari Helander’s English-language debut, and like Rare Exports, it mischievously plays with the expectations of its genre.

Set in the mountains of northern Finland, it introduces Oskari (Onni Tommila, the returning star of Rare Exports), a 13-year-old boy nervously attempting to pass a coming-of-age test. It’s the custom in Oskari’s community for a boy to head out into the forest and hunt down the biggest animal he can find; as one elder puts it, “A boy goes into the wilderness and comes back as a man.”

The problem is, Oskari’s far from a born hunter; unlike his father (Jorma Tommila »

- ryanlambie

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Castle Recap: Sneaks on a Plane

27 April 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

First, some disclosure: I love pretty much any thriller set on a plane. Passenger 57, Flightplan, Airport, Executive Decision, Air Force One… Die Hard 2, by extension.

So for that reason, but also others, I kinda loved this hour of Castle, and felt it was easily the best episode since 3Xk’s return.

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For one, the episode did right by Rick, putting him in command of this investigation into an air marshal’s mid-flight murder. He was smart and a bit more serious than usual, »

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