die hard 2

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 passengers when his demands are not met.

Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza revealed that the studio filmed a second plane crash sequence. Why did they do this? Find out after the jump.

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The Real Reason ‘Hudson Hawk’ is So Bonkers

hudson hawk

It’s no secret I was Team Hudson Hawk from day one in 1991. Although the film has achieved cult status among its fans today, it was a box office bomb in the summer of 1991. Some say it was ahead of its time, mixing musical numbers and wacky comedy with action. Producer Joel Silver once told me he thought it should have been more like Wayne’s World.

It is true that Hudson Hawk is not the movie Silver set out to produce, nor the one that screenwriter Steven E. de Souza wrote for Bruce Willis, and there is a very distinct reason for that.

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the running man alternate versions

Before Paul Michael Glaser directed The Running Man, four other directors worked on Stephen King‘s big screen adaptation. Here are the three The Running Man alternate versions we almost saw.

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die hard

In the middle of Die Hard, hero John McClane (Bruce Willis) meets terrorist thief leader Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), posing as a hostage. McClane suspects something is off and gets away. In the film, it could be McClane’s police instinct or Gruber’s European choice of cigarettes. Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza had a more specific intention, but only scant remnant are left in the film.

Speaking at a 30th-anniversary screening of his other movie, The Running Man, de Souza said there used to be a bigger plot point about the 12 “terrorists” all wearing the same watches.

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Jeffrey Donovan in Shut Eye / Les Bohem interview

Hulu’s new original series Shut Eye is set in the world of psychic hustlers. Jeffrey Donovan stars as Charlie, the front man to a psychic operation that looks up their clients on Facebook, and scams them for thousands. In the pilot, Charlie starts having genuine psychic visions. Charlie works with his wife Linda (KaDee Strickland), and his sister runs afoul of the turf of rival psychic boss Rita (Isabella Rossellini).

Les Bohem created Shut Eye. Bohem’s name graced many ‘90s movie posters as the screenwriter of Dante’s Peak, Daylight, Nowhere to Run and 1989’s A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. We spoke with Bohem about the world of Shut Eye just before Hulu’s panel for the Television Critics Association.  Read More »

Miranda Otto in 24: Legacy / Howard Gordon interview

When the final clock ticked away on 24: Live Another Day, I don’t think anybody believed that was the end of the 24 saga. Now the producers have created a new 24 series to begin a new day of real-time action with new characters in the world of CTU. Corey Hawkins plays Eric Carter, an Army Ranger on the run who turns to an old, retired CTU head (Miranda Otto), dragging her back into the fray too.

At an early screening of the first hour of 24: Legacy, we spoke with Howard Gordon, one of the original executive producers of 24. Some spoilers from the pilot follow, so if you don’t want to know about classic 24 characters who are referenced or what hour begins the day, here is your spoiler warning.  Read More »

24: Legacy Review

24 has been remarkably consistent over the years. Even when they switched to 12 episodes, the machinations that keep the real time going are a well-oiled machine. With 24: Legacy, it feels good to be back in a familiar zone but see all the new directions this story could take.

It is just after noon when Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) springs into action, defending himself and his wife Nicole (Anna Diop) from killers who come to their home in Arlington, VA. Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto) makes one last trip to CTU after she’s left the agency, and gets roped back in when Eric needs her help. Meanwhile, Rebecca’s husband John Donovan (Jimmy Smits) is beginning a day of campaigning for President in D.C.  Read More »

Rocky Horror Picture Show Lou Adler Interview

After the enormous success of Grease Live, Fox is putting on another musical this year. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not live, but it has a twist. The new remake of the 1975 film includes an audience who participates in the show, like performance groups have done at midnight shows of Rocky Horror for 40 years.

Fox presented a Rocky Horror panel to the Television Critics Association this summer that included director Kenny Ortega, cast members including Tim Curry himself, and producer Lou Adler. At the Fox TCA party that evening we got to speak with Adler about the history of Rocky Horror leading up to the new version.  Read More »

Falling Water

Falling Water makes four Gale Anne Hurd shows on the air. She’s got AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, Syfy’s Hunters, and now this new show premiering on USA. Falling Water is from creator Blake Masters and his late partner Henry Brommell. Masters had to leave immediately after the Falling Water panel for the Television Critics Association to finish editing, so Hurd stayed back to complete more interviews.

Lizzie Brochere, David Ajala, and Will Yun Lee star in Falling Water. Tess (Brochere) has dreams about a child she apparently does not have in real life, until Bill Boerg (Zak Orth) offers her some concrete information… at a price. Burton (Ajala) is in love with a woman from his dreams, and Taka (Yun Lee) may be able to connect with his comatose mother via dreams. The three dreamers inevitably cross paths in this world where dreams impact waking life.  Read More »

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The CW DC's Legends of Tomorrow Season 2

Over the summer, The CW had a lot of news about the DC superhero shows for the Television Critics Association. CW President Mark Pedowitz promised improvements to Legends of Tomorrowcorrecting some of its first season mistakes, and announced casting, such as Lance Henriksen as Obsidian.

After all the CW panels, we got to speak with Legends of Tomorrow creator/executive producers Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim further. We were able to delve deeper into what the Justice Society of America has in store for the Legends and what other time periods they might visit in the Waverider this season.  Read More »