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The Die Hard series may be alive and well, but there's a unique story behind the writing of each one…
As any action fanatic will tell you, Die Hard is among the best films of its type ever made. Tautly directed by John McTiernan, deceptively well shot by cinematographer Jan de Bont, and full of charismatic turns from Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia, it’s seldom been bettered, even by its sequels.
The key to the first film's success, and the sequels in their best moments, is hero John McClane. Tough, sarcastic but ultimately human and relatable, he cuts a very different figure from the beefed-up, larger-than-life heroes of 1980s and 90s action cinema. When John McClane gets shot or injured, he actually feels pain. It's something we were keenly aware of in the 1988 original, but gradually ebbed away as the Die Hard franchise drifted from thriller territory »
Actor Cliff Curtis is the latest actor to join AMC's companion series to The Walking Dead, which is known as Cobalt. You might the recognize the New Zealand actor from films such as Live Free or Die Hard, Sunshine, Training Day, Colombiana, Blow, Bringing Out the Dead, Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, and The Piano.
Curtis joins the previously announced Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey in the new series. He will play the lead character in the series, which is a male divorced teacher named Sean Cabrera. He's described as "a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life."
The story "takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location." It revolves Sean and a female guidance counselor.
- Joey Paur
Though we won’t see any new episodes of The Walking Dead until February, news related to the show’s universe hasn’t stopped coming in. Earlier this week we reported that the first two actors had been cast for AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, aka Cobalt, and now another actor has signed on to the series, one who is likely playing the male lead.
Deadline reports that Cliff Curtis has signed on to play what is most likely the male lead of The Walking Dead companion series. Curtis will portray the role of a divorced teacher trying hard to help those close to him. These details gel with the previously released information for the character of Sean Cabrera, who is described as “a Latino male in his early 40s… a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” It’s likely, however, that the »
- Derek Anderson
Deadline is reporting that veteran character actor Cliff Curtis will take the lead role in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” companion series. New Zealander Curtis is recognizable for a wide range of supporting roles, including an FBI agent in Live Free or Die Hard, an astronaut in Sunshine, and an array of criminals in films like…
- Max Evry
Earlier this week, The Walking Dead spinoff series began filling out their cast by hiring Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) to play brother and sister. Today, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that AMC has found their leading man, Cliff Curtis. He is best known for roles in Live Free or Die Hard, Sunshine, Training Day, Blow and Whale Rider. Curtis' role is described as a "divorced teacher" and "a father who’s trying do to the right thing." The show will take place in The Walking Dead universe but in a different location from wherever Rick and his group are. »
Toward the end of recently crowned rom-com classic Crazy, Stupid, Love, there is a big plot twist. For those of you who have not seen the film, I will not spoil it here. In vague terms, one of the characters from the main subplot is related to the characters from the main plot. The twist works because the hints dropped about this connection beforehand are subtle. Meanwhile, the aftermath of its reveal makes the story more interesting for the protagonist of the film, played by Steve Carell. This plot advancement creates genuine surprise and moves the plot in a more intriguing direction.
J.C. Khoury probably wished that his new romantic comedy, All Relative, which hinges much of its story on a big surprise and a colossal plot contrivance, had the same success. Sadly, not only is the revelation obvious – the title even drops a whopper of a hint – but this »
- Jordan Adler
Following its limited theatrical release, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is set to release Kevin Smith’s Tusk to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on December 30th. Here’s a look at the official cover art and list of bonus features:
“Santa Monica, CA (November 4, 2014) – From writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) comes this wickedly funny modern-day monster movie that will hold you in terror as it keeps you in stitches. The highly anticipated film Tusk arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 30th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Haley Joel Osment (Amazon’s “Alpha House,” The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Hours), Tusk is being called “Kevin Smith’s very best work” (Variety). Tusk premiered to the world at the 2014 Toronto »
- Jonathan James
Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to the romantic comedy Comet starring Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum ("The Day After Tomorrow," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Mystic River"), Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard," "He's Just Not That Into You"), and Eric Winter ("The Ugly Truth," "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay," "Beyond: Two Souls").
Ifc Films has finalized a North American distribution deal and will release the film this December.
Content will be introducing and screening the film to international distributors for the first time at the upcoming American Film Market (Afm).
Said Content Media President of Film Jamie Carmichael:
"The Universal theme and inventive storytelling in 'Comet' have us believing that audiences will really connect with the film. We were drawn in immediately and are happy to have this film on our Afm slate."
Says Jonathan Sehring, President of »
Along with a new trailer, Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to the unusual romantic comedy Comet, starring Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera, "Shameless) and Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Tusk), with IFC Films having finalized their deal to distribute the film domestically in December. You can check out the trailer below! »
After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could also be subject to the same desensitization “and thus more likely to be lenient when it comes to evaluating the appropriateness of such content for children.” Those behind the study said this effect could help to explain the “ratings creep” that has allowed more violence into films aimed at our youth.
The MPAA has long acknowledged that its standards have shifted over time but has traditionally attributed this to the changing standards of parents. »
- Anita Busch
Is Hollywood's fascination with the older male asskicker a new thing? Its resurgence certainly seems to be. I know there were Death Wish sequels in the '80s; and before that, I know John Wayne kept shooting at people long past the age most people stop. Unforgiven took the form and turned it into meaningful criticism. Et cetera, et cetera. But this thing that's going on now, where Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills and/or Denzel Washington works at Home Depot but secretly kicks ass? It feels new. And it feels like it has something of a surly, selfish purpose. I mark the start of the operation at around 2007, or Live Free Or Die Hard (sometimes called Die Hard 4). We could also,...
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Cliff Curtis won’t talk about his new movie. He’ll write notes about it. Type on his laptop. Make elaborate, affirmative gestures in response to a question. But talking? No. Not right now. The New Zealand native, who gives a career-making performance in Kiwi director James Napier Robertson’s “The Dark Horse” (now playing the Toronto International Film Festival), is serious about his craft. So serious, in fact, that for the role of Robertson’s real-life Genesis Potini – chess savant, teacher and bi-polar Maori – he put on 30 kg, or about 66 pounds. How? “Beer. Carbs. Carbs. Carbs,” Curtis wrote. Why the silence? Because Curtis, who played the bad guy in an earlier Maori-themed hit (“Once Were Warriors”) and has appeared in such disparate features as “Runaway Jury,” “The Fountain” and “Live Free or Die Hard,” is currently shooting Kevin Reynold’s new film “Clavius,” which takes place in the days following Christ’s crucifixion. »
- John Anderson
Charlie Hunnam is about to be seen in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" on FX and after that it will likely be a long stream of movies and the schedule is starting to fill up. He was recently named the title star of Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, he will almost certainly be back for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel and now he's rumored to be the top contender to play Snake Plissken in the remake of John Carpenter's Escape from New York alongside a couple others still in the mix. Hunnam as well as Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey", The Guest) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, "The Walking Dead") are reported to be the top three choices for the lead role, looking to pick up after Kurt Russell as Plissken, a convicted bank robber in a crime-riddled New York City-turned-maximum security prison, coerced »
- Brad Brevet
Brosnan will star as a successful publisher who falls out with his young It consultant friend.
He discovers that the other man is using technology to attack his family, business and life.
Brosnan was announced for the project last year, and the movie will enter production in the autumn.
Audiences will see Pierce Brosnan get back into action mode this weekend with The November Man (and there's already a sequel on the way), but that's not the only action he'll be seeing on the big screen. The former James Bond is set to star in I.T., another thriller set up at Voltage Films with A Good Day to Die Hard helmer John Moore attached to direct. But it sounds like there won't quite be as much action as either of their recent projects since the story follows Brosnan as a publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours, causing the young man to use technology to threaten his family, business and life. Deadline reports the script originally comes from Dan Kay, based on an idea from David T. Friendly and his Friendly Films banner. But now Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Live Free or Die Hard writer William Wisher Jr. »
- Ethan Anderton
We first reported on this project back in October 2013, when Pierce Brosnan signed on to play a successful book publisher whose friendship with a young I.T. consultant goes awry. The publisher soon finds his life being turned upside down, as his former friend begins threatening everything and everyone close to him.
William Wisher Jr. (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Live Free or Die Hard) has signed on to rewrite the original script by Daniel Kay, and he will also serve as co-executive producer. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing through their Voltage Pictures company, alongside Friendly Films' David T. Friendly and Pierce Brosnan's producing partner Beau St. Clair. No production schedule was given, but Voltage will be selling the project »
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
Scott Mendelson notes the flaws with the decision on dropping the rating for The Expendables 3 to PG-13:
“Is a PG-13 Expendables film, which may end up being a strong action picture that merely lacks blood and F-words, at a disadvantage by virtue of its “lesser” rating? Will this attempt to snare potentially uninterested younger audiences in turn scare away the very audience who otherwise would be most excited to see the film?”
Read the full article, on Forbes, here.
The argument is whether the lower rating will put off the adult market that The Expendables 3 depends upon. The attempt at attracting a younger audience simply isn’t worth the potential loss of the adult audience. Mendelson writes how “box office failures of The Last Stand, Parker, Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, and Sabotage” may be responsible for the change in rating. »
- Simon Columb
Katheryn Winnick has signed with CAA. She plays Queen Lagertha on History’s hit drama series Vikings, which starts production shortly on a third season. Winnick has appeared in Ed Zwick’s Love And Other Drugs and Robert Luketic’s The Killers. She continues to be managed by Alchemy Entertainment and is with the law firm Jackoway Tyerman. Justin Long has inked with Gersh. His recent credits include TV’s Mom, New Girl and Unsupervised, and he stars in Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion. Long also has appeared in such features as Ask Me Anything, Live Free Or Die Hard, The Break-Up and Dodgeball […] »
Eric Koretz was the cinematographer for Sam Esmail's "Comet." His previous credits include the award-winning documentary "Dragonslayer" and AMC webseries "The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks." The film stars Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Mystic River") and Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Dodgeball") and will have its world premiere on the 13th of July. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic with Cooke S4 primes. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off? The scenes at the cemetery were difficult because we couldn't control the time of day in which to shoot because we didnt have much time there. »
- Oliver MacMahon
For a while now, many have deemed RoboCop to be popular culture’s most recognisable crime-fighting characters of all time. In line with its Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray and DVD release on 9th June 2014 from StudioCanal, we count down – not only the 10 most recognisable crime-fighters – but best ten the entertainment world has had to offer…
Played by: Clint Eastwood
It’s quite impressive that Clint Eastwood has played Harry Callahan, his defining cop not afraid to cross ethical boundaries to serve justice, a total of five times over his illustrious career. An Inspector with the San Francisco police department, his primary concern is to protect and avenge the victims of violent crime by any means necessary.
Played by:Gene Hackman
Based on real-life New York City police detective Eddie Egan, »
- Phil Wheat
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