Mark Millar Die Hard Pitch

The Die Hard franchise is in a bit of rut. The last installment in the series, A Good Day to Die Hard, not only completely missed the appeal of John McClane (Bruce Willis), but it was also just a bad movie. For the next sequel, Die Hard Year One, Fox has decided to take a different approach by bringing back director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) and setting part of the story in 1979, showing how McClane became the cop we all know.

A few days ago Eric D. Wilkinson, a producer and writer of indies, took out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter with his pitch for the next Die Hard, which comic book writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) has now expanded upon.

Read Mark Millar’s Die Hard pitch after the jump.

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The Martian Golden Globes

The nominations for the 73rd Golden Globes won’t be announced until December 10th, but the classification for certain movies, clarifying whether they’re competing in the drama or musical/comedy category, is already creating some controversy.

20th Century Fox submitted The Martian as a comedy, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now confirmed it’s been accepted for the consideration in the comedy categories for the awards. If you need any more proof that the Golden Globes are irrelevant, this is it. Read More »

gambit director

The development of Gambit has been something of a roller coaster. First, the film struggled for months to find a director as every A-list filmmaker turned down the job. Then, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt took the gig, only to drop out shortly thereafter. And producer and star Channing Tatum threatened to quit and then he was back on board. It has not been an easy road for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off, which was last seen quietly begging a new group of directors to please, for the love of God, sign on and make this movie happen, pretty please.

And lo and behold, one of those directors has apparently taken the gig. Doug Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, has taken the gig. Hopefully, whatever scared everyone else away won’t affect Liman, who has a reputation for having stood firm through his fair share of troubled productions.

Hit the jump for more news on the new Gambit director.

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Making of Home Alone

Even though Thanksgiving is still a couple weeks away, stores and people are already focused on Christmas. And this week the holiday mood gets a little boost with the 25th anniversary re-release of Home Alone, which has its final two showings today in select theaters.

In honor of that milestone, an oral history has been put together on the making of Home Alone, revealing one interesting tidbit. Director Chris Columbus only ended up being at the helm of Home Alone after Chevy Chase treated him like garbage in early meetings for another holiday comedy classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Read More »

alien paradise lost writer

Prometheus was a thousand and one razor-sharp ideas crammed into a bag made of paper – the whole thing bursts and cuts you deep the moment you start poking it too hard. Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel has ambition in spades and it’s jaw-dropping on a technical level, but its story is a total mess. If this series is going to survive another installment, Alien: Paradise Lost will need a solid foundation.

And it looks like Scott has turned for help to someone he has worked with before. Three-time Academy Award nominee Spectre writer John Logan has reportedly been brought on board to rewrite the screenplay. Hit the jump for everything we know about the new Alien Paradise Lost writer.

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Neill Blomkamp Gone World

Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien sequel plans may be on hold indefinitely, but it looks like he’s staying in business with 20th Century Fox. The studio has just acquired The Gone World, the forthcoming novel by Tomorrow and Tomorrow author Thomas Sweterlitsch, and Blomkamp is now in talks to write and direct it.  Read More »

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X-Men Apocalypse Trailer

At Comic-Con this past summer, fans were given an early first look at X-Men: Apocalypse. The reel showed Oscar Isaac as the titular villain for the first time, along with the young versions of some familiar X-Men such as Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey. Since then, everyone (who didn’t watch a leaked version of the footage) has been patiently waiting for the trailer to arrive, and now we finally know when that will be.

The first X-Men Apocalypse trailer will arrive with Star Wars: The Force Awakens next month, and it will be a little more than just a teaser. Read More »

Ice Age Short

If you headed out to theaters this weekend to see The Peanuts Movie, then you got to see the latest Ice Age animated short Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe. The prehistoric squirrel Scrat has been chasing that acorn all over the place, but sooner or later he was going to run out of places to go on Earth, and that’s why he’s gone to space to chase his prize this time.

For those of you who happen to be Ice Age fans but don’t feel compelled to see The Peanuts Movie (or maybe you have kids who just love watching squirrels chase acorns), the full Ice Age short is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Read More »

Victor Frankenstein (1)

Cobble together a composite image based on stereotype ideas about child stars and you’d end up with something that is exactly the opposite of Daniel Radcliffe. The man who grew up in public as Harry Potter has followed that film series with a set of eccentric, sometimes adventurous jobs, playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings and a suspect young man in Horns. A tendency towards genre is the only tentative unifying factor.

Radcliffe’s latest film, Victor Frankenstein, is perhaps his most conventional post-Potter film yet, and even this one is hardly a typical studio picture. A revisionist vision of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein created almost explicitly as a meta-assembly of good ideas from other Frankenstein adaptations, the movie is really a two-hander that pairs Radcliffe with James McAvoy, who plays the egocentric Victor Frankenstein.

Speak to Radcliffe and you’ll enjoy the thoughts of a young man who is as passionate about his craft as he is aware of its unusual aspects. I visited the set of Victor Frankenstein at Shepperton Studios outside London over a year ago. Now, finally, we can present the talk I and a few other writers conducted with Radcliffe, in which he spoke about being tossed around by McAvoy, the relationship between Victor and Igor, and the rare but terrifying potential of being attacked by a lion on set. Read More »