When we first met John McClane in 1988, he was just an everyman cop trying to help his wife and her colleagues out of an office building. But oh, how things have changed. Each installment of the Die Hard franchise has gone bigger than the last, and number five, A Good Day to Die Hard, is no exception. McClane travels to Russia not only to save his son, but, apparently, to defend democracy itself.

In real life, we saw that progression unfold over two and a half decades. But next month, you can relive it in just a matter of hours. Fox has announced that it will bring all four previous films back to the theaters for one day only, as part of a marathon leading up to the release of A Good Day to Die Hard. Hit the jump for more details.

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Earlier this year, we reported that Noam Murro (Smart People, those Halo: Reach commercials) had been hired to direct Die Hard 5. More recently, however, Murro was chosen to helm 300: Battle of Artemisia (formerly titled Xerxes), and the demands of that project have forced him to drop Die Hard 5. But the project appears to still be on track– 20th Century Fox hasn’t wasted any time finding a replacement, and has already put an offer out to a new director. Meanwhile, the first details for the plot of the new film, scripted by Skip Woods (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), have been revealed. Hit the jump for more info on the director and the plot.

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If you don’t recognize Tim Doyle‘s name, then you haven’t been paying attention. We’ve featured the Texas-based artist numerous times on the site over the past few years.

His latest is a poster for the classic action film Die Hard starring Bruce Willis. Doyle was commissioned to create the artwork for a cinema in Australia called the Astor Theatre which screens classic films regularly. Die Hard is part of a double feature with another classic 80′s action film, Predator. The Astor Theatre hired Godmachine to create a poster for that sci-fi action flick. Check out both posters after the jump, along with more information on how you can get your hands on one of these limited edition prints.
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Die Hard

I don’t usually cover “wish fulfillment stories”. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, an interviewer at a junket asks a movie star, director or screenwriter if they’d ever do another sequel or remake of some popular movie. When faced with this question, the interviewee almost always says something like they’d love to do another one, if the story was right, and all the creative team came back. But lets be honest, thats the only politically correct way of answering that question. And the answer gets turned into headlines like “Richard Kelly Is Interested in Making a Donnie Darko Sequel!”

That said, MTV talked to Bruce Willis at the Cop Out junket in New York City and the actor says that not only would he like to do another Die Hard film, but “I think we’re going to do a ‘Die Hard 5‘ next year.” But what does that really mean? Is a screenplay in development? I’m not sure. I’m not sure there is any studio development on the project at all.   I’m not going to pretend like this story isn’t one step away from being a “wish fulfillment story”, because it is… But I still wanted to comment on it.

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Cool Stuff: Product Placement T-Shirt

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Dutch Southern has a new t-shirt called “Product Placement”, a design created by Josh Eacret.

It’s a tribute to the fake products and companies found in movies, and to the filmmakers who didn’t want to sell out or get sued by real corporations. Each logo is accurately recreated in painstakingly detail by Josh Eacret’s hand.

After the jump you can find a complete listing of the fictional companies listed, and which movies they appeared in.

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die hard year one

What if I told you that a prequel to Die Hard was being developed? Before you freak, let me explain: 20th Century Fox is not developing a Die Hard prequel… Die Hard: Year One will be released in comic book form by BOOM! Studios. More information and first issue comic book covers after the jump.

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Dial Hard

What would Die Hard with a Vengeance look like if it was a 1960′s style French film? Inspector MeQlain plays a deadly game of Simon Says in ‘Dial Hard‘, a short film created for Stella Artois’ Smooth Original campaign. Watch the short film after the jump.
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Live Free or Die Hard

The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss their mixed feelings on the Die Hard quadrilogy, enumerate some movie conventions that always bother them, and explain why Keanu Reeves is like political corruption. Special guests Tyler Smith and David Bax join us from the Battleship Pretension podcast.

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