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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
Last week, a new report surfaced that Die Hard 6 is moving forward, which will be set both in the 1970s and in the present day, giving fans both a prequel and a sequel at the same time. Bruce Willis will come back as iconic NYPD cop John McClane for the present day scenes, with a younger actor being sought to play the 1970s version of the beloved character. The scenes that take place in 1979 will be set 10 years before the events of the original Die Hard. While attending the red carpet premiere of Rock the Kasbah, Bruce Willis shed some new light on Die Hard 6, revealing he's excited to tell John McClane's origin story.
"It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it. It's a really cool idea, because it's the origin story. It's gonna happen at the beginning of this. We're going to bounce back and forth. »
A Die Hard movie wouldn't be a Die Hard movie without Bruce Willis. That's why he'll still be involved in Die Hard 6, despite the fact that 20th Century Fox plans to make a prequel. How is this possible? Will Bruce Willis mo-cap a younger version of himself? Will he time travel? Nope, Fox has something much more simple planned.
Bruce Willis will only appear in Die Hard 6 as a cameo. He will bookend a story in present day, with most of the action taking place in 1979 New York City. A younger actor will be brought into establish a new version of the John McClane character, which will be set 10 years before the events of the original Die Hard. No specific details were given for the story at this time.
Director John McTiernan at La Cinémathèque Française's masterclass.Last autumn, my friend and colleague, Christopher Small, and I took the vacation of a lifetime to Paris. Did we go to eat macarons, drink wine and sneak a peek at the Mona Lisa? No, no we didn’t. We went to Paris to watch movies. Movies? Yes, movies. Did we go to Paris to watch the latest Godard, visit the site of the first cinema screening or drink beer with friendly Parisians until 4 in the morning? No, but we did anyway. What Christopher and I went to Paris to do was to watch John McTiernan’s movies on glorious 35mm at the Cinémathèque Française. To understand how special this trip was, I should probably provide a bit of background information: my husband, Jake Barningham, and his best friend, Daniel Gorman, started Mission:McTiernan back in 2010. They were right there with Notebook alum »
- Sara Freeman
Tomorrowland didn't impress too many critics and opening day audiences weren't all that enamored either as it scored a "B" CinemaScore, but it did manage to pull in enough movie goers to secure the #1 spot this weekend with $32.2 million. Budgeted at $190 million this one is going to need some big help from overseas audiences (where it brought in $26.7 million this weekend) as it seems the domestic crowd, rightly, has better things to do. One interesting fact about this Memorial Day weekend as Box Offuce guru Gitesh Pandya points out on Twitter, the last time not a single film hit $40 million from Friday thru Sunday of Memorial Day weekend was 1995. Yes, twenty years ago when Casper opened #1 at $22 million and Die Hard: With a Vengeance only brought in $19 million in its second weekend. Yowsers. The weekend itself is down around 18% vs. last year when X-Men: Day of Future Past opened with $90.8 million. »
- Brad Brevet
In 1995, we were midway through a movie decade that still hadn't quite found its own identity 5 years removed from the 80s, which resulted in more than a few cheesy action movies that took themselves a little too seriously. They prided themselves on patriotism before 9/11 really pushed that point home. And they didn't have the same visual effects prowess that most modern blockbusters do today. They had to rely on good old fashion explosions in real time and non-cgi action. There was no motion capture back in 1995 that would allow an actor like James Spader to create a character like Ultron. So what would Avengers: Age of Ultron have looked like way back then? A new trailer attempts to find that out on what would have been it's 20th Anniversary.
Complete with a Disney logo scrapped from an old VHS tape, Avengers: Age of Ultron is reimagined as the hottest, edgiest, »
6 items from 2015
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