Briefly: The Die Hard films are known for a couple things, but one of the prime characteristics of the first three films was the foul mouth of hero John McClane. The guy can’t go three scenes without dropping a few f-bombs. Until the fourth film, Live Free or Die Hard, that is. That one came in with a PG-13 rating, and the necessary change in language was one reason the film didn’t feel much like a Die Hard movie. Bruce Willis was in it, but he was playing some guy other than John McClane.

Now we’ve got a reliable source that says the fifth picture, February’s A Good Day to Die Hard, is likely to land an R, and that Fox is OK with it. We don’t have the rating rundown from the MPAA yet, and so I can’t say that language is a big part of the rating. But here’s hoping that Fox knows the film is likely to do better in the long run as an R, and is ready to run with it. Read More »

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Lots and lots of filmmakers and actors talking about their upcoming films in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read quotes about the followin:

  • J.J. Abrams gives a brief update of the development of Mission: Impossible 5.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t sure of when Terminator 5 might happen…
  • …but seems excited about playing Conan in The Legend of Conan.
  • Playmate Crystal McCahill posted some photos from the set of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
  • Sorry everyone, William Shatner does not appear in Star Trek Into Darkness.
  • A Good Day To Die Hard will get a Dolby Atmos sound mix.
  • Actor Rodrigo Santoro talks the story of 300: Rise of an Empire.
  • Tom Selleck is still planning on doing Three Men and a Bride.
  • John Woo would like to direct a third Expendables film, but has some demands.

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The first couple trailers for A Good Day to Die Hard, aka the fifth film in the series that stars Bruce Willis as put-upon NYC cop John McClane, relied heavily on great editing, whiz-bang explosions and a couple good smirks from Willis. This third one (or the second full-length trailer) has a lot more going for it. There’s still plenty of bombast, but this one actually looks like a Die Hard film, for the most part.

Jai Courtney looks better as the younger McClane, in part because he gets a lot more time in this trailer, and the villains get a couple of fun lines. Overall I find myself looking forward to this one far more than I ever would have expected, and that’s mostly due to this new trailer. Check it out below. Read More »

After the jump:

  • Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
  • Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
  • Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
  • Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
  • Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
  • Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
  • A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
  • Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you

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This edition of sequel bits is heavy on the big macho movies, but we’ve got some indie work in here too. After the jump read about:

  • A new poster is out for A Good Day To Die Hard, and the film will be released in IMAX
  • Mark Wahlberg says Transformers 4 starts shooting starts in May, and it’ll be his most challenging role yet.
  • The star also thinks Ted 2 might be ready to shoot after that and the ideas are “sick.”
  • David Cronenberg explains why Eastern Promises 2 didn’t happen and his idea for The Fly 2, which also didn’t happen.

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The lightweight behind the scenes featurette is an integral part of the movie promo process, and through these small “making-of” glimpses at various films, we often get to see a bit of new footage. After the break, get some behind the scenes tastes of Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Gangster Squad, all of which hit in the next couple months.

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Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
  • Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has ideas for a sequel
  • Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
  • Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
  • Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2

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The first teaser trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard was a delightfully explosive bit of fun, but disappointingly, that energy doesn’t seem to have translated to the first teaser poster. Our first bit of print marketing for the action sequel tries to be striking in its simplicity, and merely ends up being bland. Doesn’t help that star Bruce Willis‘ face is so Photoshopped he’s tiptoeing right up against the border of Uncanny Valley, either.

Much more exciting are the badass new international poster for Django Unchained, and the Weinstein Co.’s latest batch of stylish onesheets for Killing Them Softly. Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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