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Exclusive Interview: Paul Kyriazi on Forbidden Power

david j. moore chats with filmmaker Paul Kyriazi on Forbidden Power…

In the heyday of the grindhouse era, it was quite common for filmmakers to use action, sex, and thrills to spice up their genre jambalayas, and filmmaker Paul Kyriazi came up during that period, with cult classics like Death Machines (1976), The Weapons of Death (1981), Ninja Busters (1984), and Omega Cop (1990) to his credit. After a long hiatus (nearly 30 years!), Kyriazi is back with the sexy science fiction film noir hybrid Forbidden Power, which hinges on the story hook “What if a man contracts sexually transmitted superpowers?” The plot has the hero running away from danger straight into more danger, and making a stunning discovery that his newly developed powers are part of a grand design to take over the world. In this candid interview, Kyriazi discusses his inspirations for this outlandish genre adventure, while also discussing the themes of the film at length.
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Glenn Close Speaks Out on Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Rub & Tug’ Casting Controversy: ‘Anyone Should Be Able to Play Anyone’

Glenn Close Speaks Out on Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Rub & Tug’ Casting Controversy: ‘Anyone Should Be Able to Play Anyone’
Lauded actress Glenn Close received the most recent of her six Oscar nominations in 2011, for portraying a woman who presents herself as a man in order to advance through 19th century Irish society. While she and her “Albert Nobbs” colleagues maintain that character was not transgender, during an appearance on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s podcast to promote “The Wife,” Close said she “understood the frustration” surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s short-lived recent casting as a transgender man.

“My thinking right now is that people who are producing and directing properties like that need to go out of their way to get trans actors jobs… but they also should have the opportunity to cast the best person,” Close told reporter Diederik van Hoogstraten on “The HFPA in Conversation.” “Acting is a craft… I think personally that anyone should be able to play anyone.”

On July 2, Deadline reported that Johansson would
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‘All About Nina’ Trailer: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Is a Struggling Stand-Up Comedian

‘All About Nina’ Trailer: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Is a Struggling Stand-Up Comedian
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has enjoyed quite the eclectic career in film, ranging from indie roles in the likes of Smashed and Swiss Army Man to more mainstream flicks like Live Free or Die Hard, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Scott Pilgrim vs the World. More recently she’s been comfortable on television with a role in FX’s […]

The post ‘All About Nina’ Trailer: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Is a Struggling Stand-Up Comedian appeared first on /Film.
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The Package Review: Charming Cast Barely Saves This Sleepy Shrug-Fest

The Package Review: Charming Cast Barely Saves This Sleepy Shrug-Fest
The Package is the movie some older comedians have warned us about. It's a nearly joke-free 'gross-out' comedy that goes out of its way not to offend anybody. In the process, it becomes a bland little diversion that is barely saved by its very likable cast.

The Package wants to be a shocking romp, but tries way to hard to avoid any sort of Sjw backlash in the process. That conceit doesn't mesh, and we're left with something that feels slightly off. Like the record player was bumped and everything is warbling out of sync.

It's impossible to reach the lofty heights of There's Something About Mary in this culture and decade. The Package wants to be progressive yet feels limited by what it can't say. Perhaps younger audiences who are new to the moviegoing experience will embrace it. Those who weren't around for the 80's teen heyday kicked off
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Die Hard 30 Years Later: Bruce Willis Was 'Distracted' by Demi Moore, Jokes Costar Bonnie Bedelia

Die Hard 30 Years Later: Bruce Willis Was 'Distracted' by Demi Moore, Jokes Costar Bonnie Bedelia
It’s been 30 years since Die Hard swept into theaters and star Bonnie Bedelia, has been reminiscing about her favorite memories during filming.

Bedelia, 70, who played Holly Gennaro McClane in the 1988 classic, says that the first thing that comes to mind when looking back on the action thriller isn’t working with star Bruce Willis for two reasons: because they didn’t share many scenes together and also because the former Moonlighting star was a bit distracted by new love interest and future wife Demi Moore.

“When I think back to Die Hard, I think first of Alan Rickman,” Bedelia,
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Deep Rising

Let’s hear it for ‘undiscriminating’ audiences, the kind that want nothing more in a movie than a hundred minutes of combat action, suspense, scary monsters and gross-out gore. They’ll get their fill in Stephen SommersCuisinart blending of Titanic, Aliens and Die Hard. It’s quality fast food exploitation; just keep your medicine handy if you’re allergic to brainless cornball dialogue.

Deep Rising

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Kl Studio Classics

1998 / Color/ 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date August 21, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi, Derrick O’Connor, Jason Flemyng, Cliff Curtis, Clifton Powell, Trevor Goddard, Djimon Hounsou.

Cinematography: Howard Atherton

Film Editor: Bob Ducsay, John Wright

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Special Creature and Makeup Effects designer and creator: Rob Bottin

Second Unit Director: Dean Cundey

Produced by John Baldecchi, Laurence Mark

Written and Directed by Stephen Sommers

Deep Rising must
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Are We Ever Going to See a Die Hard 6?

Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing to see a Die Hard 6 come out is going to have to wait to be seen. The original Die Hard was so great that trying to capture that same magic would be difficult for anyone, and obviously it was the sequels didn’t really live up to the original in the way that producers, directors, and fans would have liked. But now there’s another one coming out, and it’s more than a rumor if you watch the clip below as a script has been devised and there’s even the idea

Are We Ever Going to See a Die Hard 6?
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Yippee ki-yay? Die Hard: Year One director provides an update on the film

You could be forgiven for thinking that Hollywood had seen sense in deciding to let the idea of a John McClane origin story be buried over time, but Live Free or Die Hard/Die Hard 4.0 (delete where applicable) director Len Wiseman has revealed in an interview with Slashfilm that Die Hard: Year One is very much still alive.

In the exclusive interview, Wiseman said that he was still working on the script for Year One, and suggested that Bruce Willis would have a say in picking the actor who’d play his 1970’s incarnation.

Wiseman reiterated that the film will follow split timelines, stating “The core idea has not [changed] at all. It’s still working in parallel, cutting back and forth, what we see in the ‘70s has ramifications on present day Bruce. That hasn’t changed at all.”

This means that we’ll get to see more of McClane’s relationship with Holly Gennaro,
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Bruce Willis Will Help Cast Young John McClane in Die Hard 6

Bruce Willis Will Help Cast Young John McClane in Die Hard 6
For those wondering, it sounds like Die Hard Year One, which will be part prequel and partly set in the present day, is still happening. The project has been in the works for a few years now, but development has been a little slow. Now, producer Len Wiseman has revealed some particularly interesting tidbits about Die Hard 6. For starters, Bruce Willis is going to have a say in who plays the younger John McClane. Wiseman doesn't know for sure if that was in Willis' contract, but it's just the way they want it done. Here's what he had to say.

"Contractually, I don't have any idea. Personally, together he and I, I want that."

Another interesting bit that he divulged is that there will be a younger version of John's wife Holly in the movie. "There is [a young Holly]. I will tell you there is," further teasing, "There may very well be
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Interesting New Details Revealed For Die Hard: Year One

Thanks to our friends at /Film, we have some new detail on the sixth Die Hard movie, which will be both a prequel and sequel. Producer Len Wisemen (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) has been hard at work developing the film.

Up until this point, all we knew about the movie is that it would be set in 1979, when McClane was fighting crime as a New York City cop. It will show how he "became a die hard kind of guy." Bruce Willis is set to reprise his role. It's also explained that the movie will jump back and forth between the past and the present. The movie is aiming for a Die Hard: Year One type of feel, in reference to Frank Miller’s comic book Batman: Year One. The title of the movie will be Die Hard: Year One.

While talking to /Film, Wiseman opened up and
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Len Wiseman updates on Die Hard: Year One; Says it's happening "fairly soon"

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Len Wiseman updates on Die Hard: Year One; Says it's happening
The original Die Hard celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, making everyone look back on the iconic action classic and the sequels it spawned. We’ve gotten five movies in total, and a sixth one, Die Hard: Year One, is slowly but surely making its way to us. Director Len Wiseman (Live Free Or Die Hard) was on hand recently to talk about the flick, offering some updates on where... Read More...
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‘Die Hard: Year One’ Plot Details Emerge And Bruce Willis Will Decide Who Plays Young McClane

You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that “Die Hard: Year One” sounds like a horrible idea. Having Bruce Willis’ John McClane back in the ‘70s doing his ‘Die Hard’ thing just isn’t very interesting and is the antithesis of the franchise. The entire selling point on the first, and absolutely classic, “Die Hard” is the idea that McClane is in way over his head and is the quintessential “everyman.”

But that hasn’t deterred filmmaker Len Wiseman, who is still working on the script for the upcoming ‘Year One.’ And in a new interview with Slash Film, he discusses what the structure of the film will be, plus just how they’ll decide who to cast as the young John McClane.

Continue reading ‘Die Hard: Year One’ Plot Details Emerge And Bruce Willis Will Decide Who Plays Young McClane at The Playlist.
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Die Hard Turns 30! Why Bruce Willis Was 'Concerned' Making His First Blockbuster

Die Hard Turns 30! Why Bruce Willis Was 'Concerned' Making His First Blockbuster
Bruce Willis may be a Hollywood icon, but he had a lot to prove on the set of his first major blockbuster, Die Hard.

The actor was “very committed to doing the part” of New York City police officer John McClane in the 1988 film — portraying a cop who becomes trapped inside of a tower overtaken by terrorists.

The classic action film, which celebrated its 30th anniversary on July 20, launched Willis into superstardom.

“Whenever he was on set he was very into the character so I didn’t really bother him,” his Die Hard costar Reginald VelJohnson told People at an
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Die Hard Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Outdoor Screening at Nakatomi Tower

Die Hard is easily one of my favorite action movies of all time, so I was thrilled when I was invited to attend an outdoor screening of the film at Nakatomi Tower. I've gotta say, it was pretty awesome watching this movie in the shadow of the building where it was filmed!

Not only that, but I got to watch the movie while enjoying Twinkies! It was a charming little touch that added to the experience. Like Officer Powell says, Twinkies are loaded with, "Sugar-enriched flour, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, polysorbate 60, and Yellow Dye No. 5. Just everything a growing boy needs."

Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson both showed up for the screening to thank the fans for their love of Die Hard. You can watch them get up and talk about the screening in the video provided below, which contains a few minutes of footage from the event to give
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Comedy Central’s Bruce Willis Roast Lands More Viewers Than Roseanne, James Franco

Comedy Central’s Bruce Willis Roast Lands More Viewers Than Roseanne, James Franco
“The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis” drew 3.2 million total viewers across multiple Viacom platforms Sunday, which makes it more-watched than the roasts of Roseanne Barr (2012), James Franco (2013), Rob Lowe (2016), Bob Saget (2008) and Joan Rivers (2009).

Willis’ basic-cable thrashing did not top the respective audiences for Charlie Sheen (2011), Jeff Foxworthy (2005), Justin Bieber (2015), Pamela Anderson (2005), Larry the Cable Guy (2009), Flavor Flav (2007), William Shatner (2006), David Hasselhoff (2010), Donald Trump (2011) and Denis Leary (2003).

See how each of those did here.

Also Read: Justin Bieber Scores 4.4 Million Viewers: See Comedy Central's Top Roast Rankings of All-Time (Infographic)

Sunday’s all-in sum, which had the benefit of a simulcast and a re-air, brought in 17 percent more overall audience members than Lowe’s roast, which was the last one Comedy Central did. Among adults 18-49, last night’s special grew 21 percent from the “Code Black” star’s.

On Comedy Central alone, Willis performed 23 percent better in the advertiser-coveted
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Welcome to the Party, Pal: Notes from a ‘Die Hard’ Tour of Nakatomi Plaza and 30th Anniversary Screening

Welcome to the Party, Pal: Notes from a ‘Die Hard’ Tour of Nakatomi Plaza and 30th Anniversary Screening
(We recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Die Hard, arguably the greatest action movie of all time. /Film has explored the film from every angle with a whole series of articles. To conclude our coverage, we took a special tour of the film’s locations and attended a spectacular screening on the Fox lot.) By now, everyone knows […]

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Demi Moore Jokes Bruce Willis Got Cast in Pulp Fiction by Visiting 'Harvey Weinstein’s Hotel'

Demi Moore Jokes Bruce Willis Got Cast in Pulp Fiction by Visiting 'Harvey Weinstein’s Hotel'
Demi Moore made an eyebrow-raising joke about how her ex-husband Bruce Willis got cast in one of his career-defining roles.

While making a surprise appearance during the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, the 55-year-old actress joked that Willis only got cast in Pulp Fiction, which was produced by Harvey Weinstein, after visiting the producer’s hotel room.

“We were married almost 12 years, and that’s like 84 in Bruce Willis years,” she remarked, before adding that she “was there for some special moments — groundbreaking.”

“Bruce got his career-breaking moment in Pulp Fiction, and it seemed really odd at the time,
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Demi Moore Roasts One of Her "Top Three Husbands" Bruce Willis in Comedy Central Special

Demi Moore Roasts One of Her
When it came time for Bruce Willis' Comedy Central roast, there was no one better to do the honors than his former wife of more than a decade, Demi Moore.  The actress surprised her ex-husband during the Sunday night TV event with enough insults to induce laughing cramps. Moore came in swinging as she kicked off her part with a jab at Willis' memory.  "Are you surprised, Bruce Willis?" she began. "I knew he would be even though I went over everything yesterday. I knew he'd forget." Poking fun at their long history and the equally long Die Hard franchise, the actress continued, "For those of you who don't know me, I'm Demi Moore. I was...
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‘Die Hard’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Outdoor ‘Nakatomi Tower’ Screening

‘Die Hard’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Outdoor ‘Nakatomi Tower’ Screening
For a movie originally marketed as “40 stories of sheer adventure,” what better way to see John McTiernan’s seminal 1988 actioner “Die Hard” than in the shadow of Nakatomi Tower itself?

That’s just how 20th Century Fox celebrated the film’s 30th anniversary Saturday night, with an outdoor screening at the foot of Fox Plaza in Century City, which stood in for the famed fictional tower. Hundreds gathered on the roof of an adjacent parking garage at dusk as the gleaming structure provided a picturesque backdrop and the most movie-Mecca-like filmgoing experience this side of Devils Tower and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

“It was kind of the star of the movie,” Bonnie Bedelia, one of the film’s (other) stars, told Variety just before the screening. She and co-star Reginald VelJohnson were on hand to introduce the film for the fans in attendance, many of whom wore T-shirts
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‘Die Hard’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Outdoor ‘Nakatomi Tower’ Screening

  • Variety
‘Die Hard’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Outdoor ‘Nakatomi Tower’ Screening
For a movie originally marketed as “40 stories of sheer adventure,” what better way to see John McTiernan’s seminal 1988 actioner “Die Hard” than in the shadow of Nakatomi Tower itself?

That’s just how 20th Century Fox celebrated the film’s 30th anniversary Saturday night, with an outdoor screening at the foot of Fox Plaza in Century City, which stood in for the famed fictional tower. Hundreds gathered on the roof of an adjacent parking garage at dusk as the gleaming structure provided a picturesque backdrop and the most movie-Mecca-like filmgoing experience this side of Devils Tower and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

“It was kind of the star of the movie,” Bonnie Bedelia, one of the film’s (other) stars, told Variety just before the screening. She and co-star Reginald VelJohnson were on hand to introduce the film for the fans in attendance, many of whom wore T-shirts
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