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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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Kevin Campbell Joins 20th Century Fox Film as Marketing Co-President

Veteran marketing executive Kevin Campbell has been named co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox Film.

Campbell, who previously held executive marketing roles at Fox from 2005-08, rejoins the studio after most recently serving as head of marketing for Amblin Partners. His appointment will become effective before the end of this year.

Campbell will work with Pam Levine, who became head of marketing last year.

“Kevin’s leadership will be instrumental as he collaborates closely with Pam on both shaping and implementing the vision we have for our studio’s marketing group,” said Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film. “Kevin has had extensive experience working with some of the best filmmakers in our business; and with some of Hollywood’s best studio marketing groups. We are fortunate to take advantage of all of these many assets so that we can make sure that Twentieth Century Fox’s marketing prowess is future
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Justin Long and Donald Faison To Star In The Wave

Justin Long and Donald Faison will co-star in The Wave, an indie film written and produced by Carl W. Lucas and directed by Gille Klabin. The film is about a lawyer who changes his outlook on a high-stakes insurance case when a life-changing, drug-induced night on the town with co-workers actually ends up changing the way he lives life.

According to Deadline, Long will play Frank, an image-obsessed attorney who changes course on a controversial insurance case. Faison is Frank’s coworker Jeff who encourages Frank to live a little and join him for a night out on the town.

Faison is known for his role on Scrubs, and Long is know for his roles in Live Free or Die Hard and Drag Me To Hell. No word on when production will begin or when the film is expected to be released.
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Foreigner In St. Louis

The Foreigner is a gripping and relevant action thriller directed by a master of the smart action genre, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale and Goldeneye.) Justice, retribution and redemption are at the heart of this provocative story of two men whose hidden pasts explode in the present.

The film marks a blazing return to the screen by Jackie Chan (the Rush Hour trilogy, Skiptrace) and Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow Never Dies, The November Man), two actors in roles that take full advantage of and build upon their legendary star status.

(Left to Right) Jackie Chan as Quan and Pierce Brosnan as Hennessy at Hennessy’s office in The Foreigner

The film tells the story of humble London restaurant owner Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism.
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Die Hard 6 Still Happening as Search for Young John McClane Begins

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Die Hard 6 Still Happening as Search for Young John McClane Begins
We haven't had a Die Hard movie for a few years, and we arguably haven't had a great movie in the franchise since the 90s, but Hollywood is going to give it at least one more shot. Director Len Wiseman announced quite some time ago that he is working on Die Hard 6, which will serve as both a prequel and a sequel that will feature a young version of John McClane fighting crime in the 70s. Now, the casting process is underway to find the young John McClane and Die Hard 6 is moving forward.

Len Wiseman, who also directed Live Free or Die Hard, recently spoke with Deadline and confirmed that this Die Hard prequel/sequel is still in the works. Bruce Willis is already signed on to play John McClane again in the present, but they still need an actor to fill the role of a pre-Die Hard version of the character.
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NYC Weekend Watch: Edgar Wright’s Favorites, ‘Thx 1138,’ Jules Dassin & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

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Edgar Wright presents a series of crime films, while le cinema du southern gothic runs.

Metrograph

The directorial debuts of George Lucas and David Byrne play as part of “Welcome to Metrograph A-z.”

A series of concert films screen this weekend.

Museum of the Moving Image

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1941, and Empire of the Sun all have screenings.
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‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan Square Off In Revenge Thriller — Watch

‘The Foreigner’ Trailer: Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan Square Off In Revenge Thriller — Watch
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Jackie Chan in a serious acting role, which is why “The Foreigner” could be a game-changer. The multi-hyphenate actor, martial artist, director and singer has had success with children’s franchise hits “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Karate Kid,” and his comedy chops are well known to “Rush Hour” fans. Now, audiences get a different side of him in “The Foreigner,” a slick revenge thriller which released its official trailer today.

Read More: ‘Dunkirk’: 9 Things You Need to Know About Christopher Nolan’s WWII Blockbuster

Based on the unfortunately titled novel “The Chinaman,” by British crime novelist Stephen Leather, the movie has thankfully been renamed. Chan plays Quan, a restaurant owner with some serious combat skills whose daughter dies in an attack by the Ira. When the authorities botch the case, he is determined to find the people responsible and avenge his daughter’s death.
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Payne and Gain: can a Max Payne fan film beat the 2008 movie?

Padraig Cotter Jun 22, 2017

The Max Payne movie failed to capture the essence of the videogame - but a new fan film is having a go...

The original Max Payne videogame feels like the result of its developers spending a weekend bingeing on The Matrix and various John Woo movies, while taking the occasional break to read some Raymond Chandler novels. It was a stylish, fluid third-person shooter that made heavy use of slow motion and bullet time, with the story being told through graphic novel panels. Max himself was an insanely cool lead character, and the game went on to become a major hit. It spawned two further games – released in 2003 and 2011 respectively – and remains a cult favourite to this day.

It also spawned – like pretty much every successful video game – a movie adaptation in 2008. Mark Wahlberg took on the title role, with Mila Kunis playing Max’s love interest Mona. While the movie made a modest profit it did little to impress critics, with the harshest judgements coming from the fan base itself.

The movie is essentially forgotten now and is on the same video game movie scrapheap that also houses Hitman: Agent 47 and Tekken. On the flipside of the coin is Max Payne: Retribution, a 2017 fan produced short that manages to recreate the unique feel of the game for a fraction of the cost. For the sake of an experiment let’s contrast the two adaptations, and see if passion and creativity are any match for a Hollywood budget and a major star.

Max Payne: Retribution (2017)

This short doesn’t adapt any particular storyline from the series, and instead feels like a mash-up between the original game and its sequel. The story involves Max – still eternally grieving for his murdered family – trying to save Mona Sax from Jack Lupino (played by director Leroy Kincaide), a drug kingpin with a nasty Devil worshipping hobby. It’s a contained story that gradually builds to an epic gunfight in a drug warehouse.

Fan films are often well-meaning and filled with passion, but are let down by a lack of budget, acting talent or filmmaking ability. It’s one thing to get actors and dressed them up like video game characters, but it’s another thing entirely to breathe life into it. Thankfully Max Payne: Retribution manages to bypass a lot of those potential pitfalls, coming across as a sincere tribute to the franchise.

A love for the material is evident in every frame, from the countless Easter eggs (Max drinking Kong whisky, Address Unknown playing on the television etc) to the faithful recreation of the main characters. Actor Joan James Muixi certainly has the look of old school Max and does a good job with the stylised dialogue. Sadly he lacks the gruff authority of original voice actor James McCaffrey, but then again replicating McCaffrey’s distinct sound is near impossible anyway.

The attention to detail of the short is impressive, especially given Retribution’s modest £1500 budget. The budgetary stretch marks are visible in certain sets or effect shots, but what the crew was able to achieve on that amount is impressive. It has a slick cinematic look, from a moody early scene of Max washing his face while bathed in neon to the warehouse finale. This sequence manages to cram in all the classic elements of the game too; slo-mo, duel wielding and even a spot of bullet time, and it’s a nicely choreographed shootout.

Like many fan films it’s not flawless. Some line readings feel off and a few scenes play out a little long, but Retribution remains a stylish ode that understands what made the series so interesting in the first place. That, and the moment Max picks up another handgun and prepares to dive, should be enough to produce a smirk in even the most jaded fan.

Max Payne (2008)

There are certain characters and franchises that are fundamentally aimed at adults, and trying to tone them down for a lower rating usually ends in disaster; think Live Free Or Die Hard or Alien Vs Predator. Max Payne is a game defined by a high bodycount and bloodshed, so the decision to make it a PG-13 movie was already a sign it was walking down the wrong path.

Before I start beating the film with a stick, let’s start with some positives. The film looks gorgeous, making the snowy New York where the story is set look like a beautiful wasteland. Director John Moore may not be a master storyteller but he’s got a great eye, and clearly had a blast shooting this neo-noir flick. The Valkyrie creatures are an odd inclusion, but they again make for a striking visual, which Moore milks whenever possible. The action scenes – when they arrive – are fun, with Max’s drugged out rampage in the finale injecting the glum thriller with a bit of adrenaline.

That’s pretty much it though, with many of the film's issues running deep. A big one is Mark Wahlberg and his characterization of Max. In the game he may be moody, but he also has a glib sense of humour and his inner monologue made him endearing. Here he’s a mopey, humourless git, and Wahlberg plays him with that singular note throughout. Kunis is completely miscast too, utterly failing to come across as a badass assassin. The rest of the cast are a mixed bag, but nobody here is doing their best work.

The game is almost non-stop action, where the movie is a meandering thriller for the most part. It often feels padded out with useless scenes, like Mona visiting a crime boss who has no bearing on the plot or a bizarre cameo by singer Nelly Furtado. There’s a remarkable lack of action in the first half too, and while it’s not half bad when it arrives, the PG-13 rating sands off the harsher edges.

The video game movie genre has a long history of disappointing fans, and while Max Payne is far from the worst, it was still a major letdown. The pervading feeling is nobody really cared about the material; Wahlberg admitted he didn’t play the game and the movie makes bizarre changes to the source. It doesn’t even feature a scene where Max dives through the air with a Beretta in each hand, which is just about the biggest sin of all.

I remember a friend – who is a big Max Payne fan – summarising it best, “Remember that bit in the game where Max walks around for an hour not shooting anyone? Of course not. That would be boring.”

The Winner: Max Payne: Retribution

It may lack a little spit and polish, but the makers of Max Payne: Retribution took a tiny budget and a lot of passion and funnelled it into a stylish adaptation. Fans should definitely seek it out, and it might help ease the payneful (sorry) gap between games. There’s talk of the makers of Retribution being in discussion with Max Payne publisher Take-Two Interactive about developing a TV series based on the short.

On the evidence shown here, that could be something very fun indeed.

Max Payne: Retribution will be available to view on the official YouTube page from June 24th.
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Frank Miller's Sin City to get the TV reboot from Glen Mazzara & Len Wiseman

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Although Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For seemingly killed off the franchise several years ago when it was called a major box-office failure, the rumours of the demise of Sin City has been greatly exaggerated. According to Deadline, Frank Miller's series will be resurrected as a TV show from Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) and Len Wiseman (Live Free Or Die Hard). It's... Read More...
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Avatar 2 Brings in Fear the Walking Dead Star Cliff Curtis

Avatar 2 Brings in Fear the Walking Dead Star Cliff Curtis
We now have further evidence that James Cameron's long-delayed Avatar 2 and its sequels are finally happening. Shooting is expected to start later this year. And the casting process is well under way in order to keep things on schedule. Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis has joined the cast for all four Avatar sequels in a new lead role.

The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who report that Cliff Curtis is playing a new character named Tonowari, the leader of the Metkayina, a reef clan from Pandora. James Cameron has been saying for years that a lot of Avatar 2, and presumably the other sequels, will be taking place underwater. With this new casting, it looks like that will indeed be the case.

As far as Cliff Curtis goes, if you don't know him from Fear the Walking Dead, he also starred in the Oscar-winning drama The Piano,
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'Avatar' Sequels Cast 'Fear the Walking Dead' Star in Lead Role

'Avatar' Sequels Cast 'Fear the Walking Dead' Star in Lead Role
Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis has signed on for a lead role in James Cameron's four Avatar sequels, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Curtis, who is currently on hiatus, will play Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina reef people clan. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana earlier signed deals to reprise their characters for the Avatar movies.

Curtis' credits include Trauma, Body of Proof and features The Last Airbender, 10,000 BC and Live Free or Die Hard. The movies will be made one after the other by Cameron, who has enlisted Josh Friedman, duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and Shane...
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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Review: Vin Diesel’s Family Becomes Dysfunctional in Worst ‘Fast and Furious’ Ever

‘The Fate of the Furious’ Review: Vin Diesel’s Family Becomes Dysfunctional in Worst ‘Fast and Furious’ Ever
The first 10 minutes of “The Fate of the Furious” have everything that you could ever ask for in a “Fast and the Furious” movie, or any other movie for that matter. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) swaggers through the streets of Havana, tasting the local flavor as a bass-heavy Cuban pop song bangs on the soundtrack. The sun is shining, the cars are classics, and the girls are wearing hot pink thongs that make their butts pop off the screen like they’ve been post-converted into 3D. It’s like someone threw a Pitbull video and forgot to invite him.

Then, as Dom comes across a weirdly well-organized group of local auto fetishists, he finds his younger cousin being antagonized by the baddest guy in town. But there’s an easy solution to this problem. You see, Dom lives by a code, and that code is simple: “All human conflict can
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From Angelina Jolie to Daisy Ridley, Here’s the Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and
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From Angelina Jolie to Daisy Ridley, Here’s the Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and
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‘Bokeh’ Exclusive Clip: Maika Monroe Faces the End of the World in Sci-Fi Drama — Watch

‘Bokeh’ Exclusive Clip: Maika Monroe Faces the End of the World in Sci-Fi Drama — Watch
Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan’s new film “Bokeh” answers the question no one ever really wants to ask themselves: What would you do if you were the last person left on earth?

Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary star as a young couple on vacation in Iceland who wake up after a beam of light shoots across the sky, only to discover that every other person in the world has disappeared. They are left to fend for themselves and try to survive, all while trying to make sense of this mysterious event.

Read More: ‘Bokeh’ Trailer: Maika Monroe Stars in Sci-Fi Drama About The Last Couple on Earth

Rising star Monroe first broke through in the 2014 horror film “It Follows,” followed by subsequent turns in “The Guest” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” while O’Leary is best known for his role in Rian Johnson’s debut “Brick,” as well as
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21 of cinema’s worst elevators

Kirsten Howard Mar 31, 2017

From The Shining to I Origins, these are just some of the worst offenders when it comes to moving between floors...

This article contains spoilers for just about every film on its list.

I don’t know when it started exactly.

When I was very young, it was fine. I maybe even enjoyed getting on an elevator and being whisked off, but somewhere in the timeline of my life, something changed. I began to dread stepping onto one. My heart would pound, a cold sweat would creep down my neck and my breath would quicken.

“What’s wrong?” a bemused acquaintance would ask as we were about to embark.

“Oh! Nothing, really,” I’d respond as casually as I could for someone suddenly about to lose control of their bowels. “I just thought I might take the stairs. Bit of exercise, you know.”

“But it…it’s 18 flights,
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Contest: Win a Free iTunes Download of Lavender

Memory loss leads to mind-bending moments in Ed Gass-Donnelly's Lavender, and to commemorate the film's theatrical, VOD, and Digital HD release from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Ambi Media Group, we've been provided with three iTunes download codes to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) free iTunes download code for Lavender.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Lavender Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on Monday, 6th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Please note that the iTunes download codes expire on March 31st.

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"Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) who co-wrote the film with
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‘Bokeh’ Trailer: Maika Monroe Stars in Sci-Fi Drama About The Last Couple on Earth

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‘Bokeh’ Trailer: Maika Monroe Stars in Sci-Fi Drama About The Last Couple on Earth
In Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan’s new film “Bokeh,” a young American couple wake up to discover their world has completely changed during a romantic getaway in Iceland. After a flash of light shoots across the sky, the next day Jenai (Maika Monroe) and Riley (Matt O’Leary) discover that every person on earth has disappeared. As they struggle to survive, the mysterious event leads them to reconsider everything they know about themselves and start to wonder if perhaps they should leave too. Watch a trailer for the film below.

Read More: Cannes Review: ‘It Follows’ Is a Teen Horror Movie Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Monroe is best known for starring in David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 horror film “It Follows,” as well as her turns in “The Guest” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.” She’s set to star in many upcoming films including “Felt,” a biopic of FBI agent Mark Felt,
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‘September 12th’ Exclusive Clip: Two Folk Enthusiasts Drive From Los Angeles to New York On 9/11

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‘September 12th’ Exclusive Clip: Two Folk Enthusiasts Drive From Los Angeles to New York On 9/11
Krisha Fairchild gave one of 2016’s most acclaimed performances in Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha,” about a woman who visits her estranged family over Thanksgiving. Now she’s set to appear in a new film entitled “September 12th” about folk music amidst a national tragedy. The film follows two strangers Elliott (Joe Purdy) and Joni (Amber Rubarth) whose lives are unexpectedly thrust together after their plane from L.A. to New York is grounded on the morning of September 11, 2001. Both accept help from Joni’s family friend (Fairchild) who lends them a rusty old Chevy van and decide to drive to New York. Though the shock of 9/11 quickly threatens to derail their journey, the pair discover they share a love for old folk songs and soon the two bond over music and bear witness to a nation that lifts each other up in the wake of tragedy. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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How A Good Day To Die Hard left the franchise in limbo

Simon Brew Feb 2, 2017

How Die Hard 5 left the series, and what's the story with Die Hard 6, or Die Hard: Year One?

The promotional campaign, at least, was promising. The early trailers for A Good Day To Die Hard brought back key pieces of music, and seemed to hit that Bruce Willis was back to playing the character of John McClane, as opposed to being Bruce Willis in another generic action movie. Scheduled for a Valentine’s Day 2013 release date, it seemed 20th Century Fox had confidence in a franchise that had enjoyed its best ever box office performance with 2007’s Die Hard 4.0/Live Free Or Die Hard (depending on where you live in the world).

See related Looking back at Disney’s Beauty And The Beast

The first warning sign that all was not well came with the invitation to the UK press screening for the film. Appreciating
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