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A ‘Die Hard’ 30th Anniversary Special Edition Home Release Is Coming

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has revealed that it is planning a special 30th anniversary edition of Die Hard for release next month. Great news, though as far as we can tell, it’s only for North American stores.

Still, the new releases is full of special features, the details for which we have below.

The action classic will feature an all-new 4K Ultra HD re-master and Blu-ray available May 15 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Bruce Willis is John McClane in the film that launched the billion-dollar action franchise, Die Hard. McClane, a New York City cop, flies to L.A. on Christmas Eve to visit his wife at a party in her company’s lavish high-rise. Plans change once a group of terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), seize the building and take everyone hostage, McClane slips away and becomes the only chance anyone has in this beginning-to-end heart-stopping action thriller.
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Die Hard Gets the 4K Ultra HD Treatment for it's 30th Anniversary

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The classic Bruce Willis action film, Die Hard, is getting revamped for the 4K Ultra HD format in order to help celebrate 30 years of kicking ass. Come inside for all the details!

If you're looking for another reason to buy Die Hard, or simply want to keep upgrading your home entertainment collection to the new hotness (4K Ultra HD), you'll be able to pick up the 30th Anniversary version of the film next month. Die Hard comes to 4K on May 15th:

The action classic, Die Hard, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with an all-new 4K Ultra HD™ re-master and Blu-ray™ available May 15 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Bruce Willis is John McClane in the film that launched the billion-dollar action franchise, Die Hard. McClane, a New York City cop, flies to L.A. on Christmas Eve to visit his wife at a party in her company’s lavish high-rise.
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Animation is Role Model for Chinese Co-Production, Beijing Festival is Told

Animation is tipped by leading executives as the most fertile sector for cross-border cooperation between China and overseas film industries.

International co-production is a perennial discussion at every film festival in China or any market espousing a significant China connection. The Beijing International Film Festival, which kicked off on Sunday night, made co-production the theme of its showcase panel discussion on Monday, the event’s first full day of business. Speakers included Steven O’Dell, president of theatrical distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, James Wang Zhonglei CEO of Huayi Brothers, U.S. director Rob Minkoff and Beijing-based Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”).

O’Dell said that animation is one of just a handful of strategies that can lead to global success. “Animation is able to cross language barriers,” O’Dell said.

Sony has an existing local-language production strategy. O’Dell said that its decentralized executives involved in the program are
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Filmart: Renny Harlin on How He Became One of the Most In-Demand Directors in China

Filmart: Renny Harlin on How He Became One of the Most In-Demand Directors in China
For veteran Hollywood filmmaker turned Beijing transplant Renny Harlin, Chinese-language movie making has become much more than just a fleeting infatuation.

Harlin was a Hollywood darling during the 1990s thanks to his action hits Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight. But after a couple of expensive misfires — Cutthroat Island and Deep Blue Sea — the phone began to ring far less frequently. That changed after Harlin came to China in 2014 to direct the Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, co-starring Fan Bingbing and Johnny Knoxville.

After the movie opened at No. 1 and earned a strong $134 million at the...
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12 Christmas Movies Not About Christmas

12 Christmas Movies Not About Christmas
Move over, Miracle on 34th Street. Sorry, It's a Wonderful Life. It's become a tradition among movie fans as common as eggnog and mistletoe. Every year, more and more people choose Die Hard as their favorite Christmas film. Is it really a holiday film? Wherever you fall on the spectrum with this debate, one thing is certain: Die Hard is certainly set during Christmas, with plenty of Christmas related moments. Why stop there? Suddenly a whole library of cinema classics opens up like the wallet of a post-ghost visit Ebenezer Scrooge, from Kubrick to a stocking full of Robert Downey Jr. Here we'll look at 12 Christmas classics that aren't about Christmas.

Die Hard

Let's start here, as the rightly revered action masterpiece tends to kick off this conversation every December. Die Hard, of course, takes place in an L.A. high rise under siege by a group of thieves masquerading as politically motivated terrorists,
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The Days Of Thunder vs Dick Tracy blockbuster rivalry

Simon Brew Dec 4, 2017

The summer of 1990 was supposed to be a showdown between Dick Tracy and Days Of Thunder. It was a bit of an odd rivalry...

It would be fair to say that the top five movies at the Us box office in 1990 didn’t follow the rule book. In fact, 1990 saw Hollywood’s blockbuster formula falter, to the point that conversations were rife about whether a sea change was coming. Dramtic changes in blockbuster mentality were certainly on the way, as it happened, but not for a decade or so. Yet the seed was planted in 1990 that sure-fire blockbuster hits weren’t always, well, sure-fire blockbuster hits.

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Not that many people saw it coming, Off the back of 1989’s blockbuster business, Hollywood was bullish.
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20 Things You Never Knew about the Die Hard Franchise

The ‘Die Hard’ franchise is a series of films that are based on ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, a 1979 novel by Roderick Thorp. The first film ‘Die Hard’ was released in 1988 and ‘Die Hard 2’ followed in 1990. The third film in the series was ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ which was released in 1995. The next installment came in 2007 with the release of ‘Live Free or Die Hard’. Finally, ‘’A Good Day to Die Hard’ was released in 2013. The series follows the adventures and situation that John McClane finds himself in and these are often violent and

20 Things You Never Knew about the Die Hard Franchise
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22 Movies That Form a Secret Cinematic Universe

22 Movies That Form a Secret Cinematic Universe
Marvel Entertainment brought the idea of a shared cinematic universe to the forefront with the multibillion-dollar McU. In the years since Robert Downey Jr. first suited up as Iron Man, Warner Bros. has worked to catch-up with their Dceu. Universal ventured into shared cinematic universe territory with their cache of classic monsters, sticking Dr. Jekyll squarely into their rebooted Mummy movie. But did you know 20th Century Fox had their own secret shared cinematic universe going back in the '80s, stretching across multiple franchises, with over 20 films and counting?

It all starts with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Communist dictators and related thugs were often the villains in the TV shows and action movies of the '70s and '80s. But given the sensitive nature of international relations, not every movie was willing to go full on Red Dawn and point the cinematic finger at the Soviet Union or Cuba.

So
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‘Designated Survivor’ Season 2 Adds ‘Parenthood’ Alum Bonnie Bedelia

‘Designated Survivor’ Season 2 Adds ‘Parenthood’ Alum Bonnie Bedelia
Designated Survivor” Season 2 has cast Bonnie Bedelia in a recurring role, Variety has learned.

Bedelia will play Eva Booker, the President’s mother-in-law. Widowed 20 years ago, she is fiercely devoted to her daughter (Natascha McElhone) and grandchildren, and an unabashed fan of her son-in-law. She spent her career working as a secretary to a Department of Defense contracting officer.

Bedelia previously starred as Camille Braverman on the hit NBC series “Parenthood.” Her additional credits include feature films “Die Hard” and “Die Hard 2,” “Presumed Innocent,” and “Heart Like a Wheel.” She is reped by Innovative Artists and Howard Entertainment.

Designated Survivor’s” first season proved to be a hit for ABC. The show put up solid numbers in the Live+Same Day ratings, but showed impressive growth in delayed viewing week after week. The series stars Kiefer Sutherland, McElhone, Adam Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Tanner Buchanan, Ben Lawson, Lamonica Garret, and
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Billy Idol Was Almost the T-1000 in Terminator 2

Billy Idol Was Almost the T-1000 in Terminator 2
With the upcoming Terminator 2 3D re-release hitting theaters next weekend, Robert Patrick has been making the press rounds, where he dropped quite the bombshell. The actor, who essentially launched his career by playing the nefarious T-1000 robot in T2, revealed that rock star Billy Idol was cast in the role before him, but was forced to drop out, leading the way for his breakthrough role. Here's what Robert Patrick had to say about Billy Idol's casting.

"Billy Idol was set to do the role of the T-1000, as I understand. I can tell you that I saw Billy's image when I went to Stan Winston after I got the role. Unfortunately, he got into a motorcycle accident and busted up his leg, so he wasn't able to physically do what the role demanded."

Oddly enough, Billy Idol would go on to make his feature film debut in The Doors,
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Blu-ray Review – Psycho II (1983)

Psycho II, 1983.

Directed by Richard Franklin.

Starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz, Hugh Gillin, and Tom Holland.

Synopsis:

22 years after he was incarcerated for murder Norman Bates is declared sane and released back to his motel but Mother isn’t likely to let him live a peaceful life.

Sequels to acknowledged classic movies often bring about derision and a bit of a sniffy attitude, especially belated ones not made by the original crew or featuring different actors, but every so often a worthy successor appears just to prove there are exceptions. Psycho II appeared in 1983, 23 years after Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal original, and reunites original cast members Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles but with Hitchcock having died in 1980 Universal Pictures turned to Richard Franklin, one of his students, to helm the project, based on a script written by Tom Holland (Fright Night/Child’s Play
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Sword & Sorcery Heroes Make 4K HD Debuts

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Experience the exhilarating adventures of the legendary heroes in the most amazing picture quality available today when both Conan the Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules arrive separately on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on September 19 from Lionsgate. In Conan the Barbarian, Jason Momoa portrays the vengeful warrior on a quest to find and kill the evil warlord who murdered his father when he was a boy. Directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and written by Tehomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood, the film also stars Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, and Ron Perlman. From director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) and written by Sean Hood and Daniel Giat, The Legend of Hercules, a Summit Entertainment release, tells the origin story of the mythical Greek hero, played by Kellan Lutz.

Both movies are available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD,
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Cinematic universes, and the need for jumping on points

Simon Brew Jul 6, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 are Marvel's two films of 2017 so far. One is more welcoming to newcomers.

Light spoilers for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 lie ahead

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Two films thus far in 2017 have been released under the banner of Marvel Studios (accepting that one of them is a co-production with Sony), and both in their own way highlight some of the demands that come with a long-running cinematic universe.

First up was Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, the rightly-acclaimed sequel from James Gunn that packed in lots of jokes, characters it was fun to spend time with, and a plot about, well, an evil planet and some other stuff. Secondly, we’ve had Spider-Man: Homecoming, the rightly-acclaimed new Spidey adventure from Jon Watts, that’s packed in lots of jokes, characters it’s fun to spend time with,
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Renny Harlin to direct Chinese action thriller Operation Somalia

THR is reporting that Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) has signed on to direct the Chinese action thriller Operation Somalia, which will mark his fourth Chinese project in three years.

The project is based on true events and follows an epic rescue operation by Chinese special forces against Somali pirates. It is set to begin production in China and Australia in April 2018.

“I love working in China and Operation Somalia gives me the type of canvas that a filmmaker can only dream of,” said Harlin. “[Producer Zhiyuan Zhang] has put together an exceptional production, and having the support of Jindun Film & Television Center of the Ministry of Public Security is an honor to our team. The story is based on real events and some real-life characters, and offers a spectacular canvas. The action will literally take place on land, sea and in the air.”

Harlin’s first Chinese production Skiptrace starred Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville.
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Shanghai: Renny Harlin to Direct Chinese Actioner 'Operation Somalia'

Shanghai: Renny Harlin to Direct Chinese Actioner 'Operation Somalia'
Beijing transplant Renny Harlin, the former Hollywood-based director best known for such 1990s action hits as Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, has signed to helm the Chinese action-thriller Operation Somalia.

The project will be Harlin's fourth Chinese-language feature to go into production in three years. Earlier on Sunday at the Shanghai International Film Festival, Harlin announced his attachment to The Hanging Coffins, an action-thriller he will direct for Shanghai Film Group.

Budgeted at RMB200 million ($30 million), Operation Somalia will be co-produced by Mythological Universe, Mailang Pictures and Jindun Film & Television Center of the Ministry of Public...
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Is the four-quadrant movie hurting blockbuster cinema?

Simon Brew Jun 23, 2017

Harry Potter, Pirates Of The Caribbean, even The Exorcist: they're four-quadrant movies. But what does that even mean...?

The summer of 1990 was a good one for blockbuster cinema. Notwithstanding the fact that Dick Tracy and Gremlins 2 didn’t get the expected financial returns – and in the latter case, that’s a scandal – it saw the emergence, for one, of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bona-fide movie star. He finally reached the top off the back of an 18-rated science fiction Philip K Dick adaptation, Total Recall. In a summer laden with hits, it was one of the biggest.

The film was one of the top ten of the year overall too, notable in particular now because it targeted adults, and was a hard science fiction blockbuster. Other films in that top 10? The tense Jack Ryan feature, The Hunt For Red October. There was Pretty Woman, an R-rated romantic comedy with sinister undertones.
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Underrated Sportsmen: Antti Niemi

The first in a new intermittent series, we’ll be taking a look at some of sport’s most underrated and underappreciated figures. Players who, despite putting in top notch displays, never got the universal praise and recognition they deserved. It’s time to put that right!

Finland may be a small country, but it packs a punch. Churning out a freakish number of F1 drivers, it’s also given us the director of Die Hard 2, and has the most heavy metal bands and saunas per capita. It’s also produced a brilliant goalkeeper; Antti Niemi.

A shot stopper supreme with bleach blond hair and catlike reflexes, Niemi made over 160 Premier League appearances with Southampton and Fulham.

Having started a career in his native Finland, before moving to Danish side Fc Copenhagen, Niemi was brought to the attention of England’s top tier when he transferred to Scotland’s Heart of Midlothian.
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Why ‘Die Hard 2’ Almost Crashed A Ups Plane Instead Of A Passenger Jet

Why ‘Die Hard 2’ Almost Crashed A Ups Plane Instead Of A Passenger Jet
In Die Hard 2, John McClane (Bruce Willis) found himself trapped in a bigger building, Dulles Airport, with hundreds of more people at risk than the original hostage situation he thwarted in Die Hard. To show the new terrorists are even deadlier than the Nakatomi thieves, Col. Stuart (William Sadler) crashes a plane full of […]

The post Why ‘Die Hard 2’ Almost Crashed A Ups Plane Instead Of A Passenger Jet appeared first on /Film.
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Why Die Hard 2 was sued by Black & Decker

Simon Brew Mar 13, 2017

Die Hard 2 was a box office hit - but it was taken to court for damaging Black & Decker's credibility...

Product placement in movies underwent a bit of a transformation following the infamous case of Coca-Cola and Natural Born Killers. I’ve written about that in more detail here.

In the early 1990s, it was nowhere near the polished industry we know it as today. The one where a blockbuster film can routinely come with 100 or so commercial tie-ins, and where branded products are shunted in front of our eyes, as if the local Odeon has just switched QVC on for a second.

Back when 20th Century Fox pressed ahead with Die Hard 2: Die Harder, it knew it had to find a hefty budget. Producer Joel Silver’s films were at the stage where they were blowing through heavier amounts of cash to bring spectacle to the screen,
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Production underway on boxing drama Glass Jaw

eteran film producer Steve Perry (True Romance, Die Hard 2) has joined executive producers Tommy Vlahopoulos (Intruders), and Tom Sulkowski (The Rake) for the boxing drama indie Glass Jaw, directed by Jeff Celentano (Breaking Point) with Jeffrey Kimball (Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables) as director of photography.

Glass Jaw, is the redemption story of Travis Austin (Lee Kholafai), a one-time boxing champion, who goes to prison and loses everything. After his release, he experiences the trials and tribulations of redeeming his reputation, his belt and Dana Sasso (Korrina Rico), his one true love.

The action-packed feature, being filmed in Los Angeles, also stars Jon Gries (Taken), Reynaldo Galego (Logan), and Ashlee Macropoulos (This Just In), as well as seasoned actors Mark Rolston (The Departed), Vernon Wells (Commando), and Steven Williams (21 Jump Street).
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