remembering alan rickman

We never gave Alan Rickman enough credit.

When he passed away yesterday at the age of 69, you could feel the tremors throughout all of film fandom. Wave upon wave of memories emerged: nuanced characters, brilliant performances, and an incalculable number of quotable lines. Rickman’s unique presence and one-of-a-kind voice imprinted itself on countless movies. Like so many great actors, especially those so skilled at providing their skills just off-center from the movie stars at the center of their films, we took him for granted.

With the passing of Alan Rickman, we have lost a quiet titan. However, the beauty of cinema is that he can live on forever in his work. His performances will never fade away. We will never stop watching him. Future generations will always discover him. Rickman, a master of raw humanism, chilling viciousness, and droll comedy alike, will be remembered.

So let’s start now.

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Die Hard

When Len Wiseman posed a picture of the title Die Hard: Year One, early reports suggested that Bruce Willis would only appear in two bookending sequences to introduce and close out a story about younger John McClane. But when I spoke to Wiseman one-on-one, he clarified that Willis will be in more than two scenes.  Read More »

Die Hard

We’ve hit that time of year when people smugly single out Die Hard as their favorite Christmas movie, as if they’re the only ones who’ve noticed it takes place during the holidays. But all the misguided self-congratulation in the world can’t change the fact that Die Hard is, in fact, a damn great Christmas movie. Actually, it’s just a great movie, period. Even if the increasingly incoherent sequels have dulled John McClane’s shine, the original will always have a place in the action movie canon.

So what happens when the snarkmongers at Screen Junkies set their sights on such a beloved classic? Find out by watching the Die Hard Honest Trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Pixar Die Hard Theory

There are plenty of crazy film theories out there, but one that doesn’t actually sound entirely nuts is The Pixar Theory. One fan figured out a way to connect every single movie that Pixar has made, from the past of Brave to the future of WALL-E (there’s even an explanation out there for how The Good Dinosaur fits into everything). But now a new Pixar theory has emerged that will blow them all out of the water.

One fan proposes that every single Pixar film actually takes place in the same universe as the Die Hard franchise, and once you see all the connections, you won’t believe that you missed it. Read More »

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

We’ve got a couple of casting updates, a seemingly cancelled project, and much more. After the jump:

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back adds Robert Catrini.
  • Social Network‘s Abhi Sinha joins Conjuring 2.
  • Warner Bros. pulls Project XX from its schedule.
  • Peyton Reed imagines a Bring It On sequel.
  • Simon Pegg talks about writing Star Trek Beyond.
  • Bruce Willis responds to that Die Hard 6 fan pitch.
  • No, Daniel Radcliffe won’t be back for Cursed Child.
  • The original Aliens comic is getting a fancy deluxe edition.

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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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Bruce Willis has given many superb performances in many superb movies. He has proven himself to be the consummate “everyman” action hero and he has held his own opposite some of the best actors in the business. He had the good taste to work with Quentin Tarantino, Rian Johnson, and M. Night Shyamalan before they were well-known and could attract movie stars like a metal to magnet. When he’s on, Bruce Willis is very good at what he does and a joy to watch perform.

We’ve got to say all of this nice stuff up front because we’re going to get awfully mean very soon. Because Willis has officially started talking about Die Hard: Year Zero, aka, one of the worst-sounding ideas to emerge from Hollywood in ages, and he thinks it is “a very good idea” and a “really cool idea.” This leads to one of two conclusions: Either Mr. Willis is crazy, or he’s already planning how he’ll spend that sweet, sweet paycheck that will come with appearing in the film’s modern-day bookends.

You can find Willis’ words on the Die Hard prequel after the jump.

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Live Free or Die Hard

How appropriate that a franchise called Die Hard simply refuses to die. 20th Century Fox is reportedly making plans for a sixth Die Hard movie, with Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman returning to the helm. This one will be a prequel of sorts, but don’t worry — Bruce Willis will still get to return in his signature role. More about Die Hard 6 after the jump.

UPDATE: Wiseman has revealed the title of Die Hard 6. Find out what it is after the jump. Read More »

Die Hard Nakatomi Set

Fox is getting back into the Comic Con game in a big way with a new Die Hard Nakatomi set that houses all five films in the franchise within a plastic replica of the series’ signature building, the tower in Nakatomi Plaza. (Which, in real life, is located in Century City in Los Angeles, and is now Fox Plaza, and the official home of 20th Century Fox.)

This set, which is available for pre-order at Comic Con, will street on October 13, with blu-ray and Digital HD copies of all five films, from the 1988 Die Hard to 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard, in addition to a full suite of special features, some of which are new to this set.

And, hey, if you really hate the idea of owning the fifth movie, you can always leave it in the tower and set the model on fire, thereby recreating the great climax of the first film and getting rid of that pesky fifth movie at the same time. Check out a larger image and the full specs below. Read More »