With the (not well reviewed) fifth installment in the Die Hard series now in theaters, many people have taken the opportunity to revisit the original 1988 film. Directed by John McTiernan, the movie depicting John McClane’s terrible night saving a Los Angeles office building from a bunch of thieves is widely considered one of the best action films ever made, if not the best.

Among its biggest fans is the director of one of the best action movies in recent years, Brad Bird. The Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director took some time off Tomorrowland prep to pen a quick ode to Die Hard for Rolling Stone. Read it below. Read More »

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If Sequel Bits has a mascot, it’s gotta be Bruce Willis. Guy has four sequels due out this year, and in this edition he talks about two of them, A Good Day to Die Hard and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Also after the jump:

  • Dirk the Daring and Angry Birds could be in Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • James Wan continues casting for Insidious Chapter 2
  • Hasbro will bring Jurassic Park 4 toys to shelves in 2014
  • Nicholas McCarthy‘s indie horror The Pact is getting a sequel
  • Andy Serkis is excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Star Trek production designer discusses his biggest challenge
  • Jai Courtney explains why the McClanes don’t get along

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Today’s Sequel Bits is jam-packed with quotes, videos, images, and more. After the jump:

  • Die Hard is getting a permanent mural for its 25th birthday
  • J.J. Abrams talks Star Trek; what do the comics tell us?
  • Who wants a walk-on role in Insidious Chapter 2?
  • Jack Reynor comments on his Transformers 4 casting
  • Dave Franco would like to come back for 21 Jump Street 2
  • Bruce Boxleitner is not sure if he’s coming back for Tron 3
  • Katee Sackhoff talks Riddick, Vin Diesel offers a new pic
  • See the futuristic cars of Mad Max: Fury Road in action

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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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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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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