It worked for Looper, so here once again is an early image from a new Bruce Willis film in which the actor wields a powerful rifle.

In this case, the film is A Good Day to Die Hard, aka Die Hard 5, and a project that isn’t likely to be even vaguely as satisfying as Looper. And this time, instead of having Joseph Gordon-Levitt on board as the younger Willis, we have Jai Courtney (Spartacus) playing Willis Jr. (Actually, he’s playing the junior McClane, but close enough.) The pic puts them both in the frame during the action of the latest episode in the long-running action series, this time from director John Moore. Check out the full shot below. Read More »

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With John Leguizamo‘s Javier and the as-yet-uncast Mother Russia on board to help out the villainous Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in Kick-Ass 2, it seems only fair that Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) start picking up some allies as well. Scrubs star Donald Faison has just entered talks to play Dr. Gravity, a Columbia University student by day and a mask-donning, baseball bat-wielding crimefighter by night.

Pre-production on Kick-Ass 2 is currently humming along for a fall shoot, with Jeff Wadlow at the helm. Returning stars Nicolas Cage and Chloe Grace Moretz are also on board. No release date has been announced at this time. [Deadline]

After the jump, John McClane’s daughter makes a comeback and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire digs up yet another former victor.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is bursting with plot details — for Kick-Ass 2, Cloudy 2, and Curse of Chucky. There’s even a tidbit of info about what we might or might not see in Beetlejuice 2. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass 2‘s plot involves mean girls and identity crises
  • Set videos reveal A Good Day to Die Hard footage
  • Child’s Play 6, a.k.a Curse of Chucky, headed straight to DVD
  • Seth Grahame-Smith plans to use Beetlejuice sparingly
  • Kristen Schaal joins Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers

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Where the original Blade Runner was known for its neon urban landscapes, the Blade Runner sequel will take us all the way out into flat, dusty farm country — or so says Ridley Scott, while describing one scene he’s already visualized for his upcoming project. Also after the jump:

  • Men in Black 3 concept art shows deleted scenes, alternate Boris the Animal design
  • Find out when and where Iron Man 3 is shooting in North Carolina this week
  • Red, white, and blue balloons dot new set photos of A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Lionsgate unveils a second TV spot for The Expendables 2

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In this superhero-heavy edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Tom Hiddleston talks about the relationship between Thor and Loki
  • Iron Man 3 will be an “antidote” to The Avengers, says Kevin Feige
  • The X-Men: First Class sequel is aiming for a late 2013 or mid-2014 release, and Jane Goldman is part of the writing team
  • Fox CEO offers details on the father-son bond in A Good Day to Die Hard

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It’s not like we were ever looking forward to Adam Sandler‘s Grown-Ups 2 to begin with, but now I’m wondering if Happy Madison is actively trying to annoy a certain segment of the population. Specifically, the portion of the filmgoing audience that despises both Grown-Ups and The Twilight Saga, which I’m guessing is the vast majority of our readership.

Taylor Lautner is now in talks for a “fun” part in the comedy sequel, joining returning actors Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, and Salma Hayek as well as Project X star Oliver Cooper. The exact nature of Lautner’s character has not been revealed, but THR reports that he’ll be going “toe-to-toe” with Sandler’s character.

Like his Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, Lautner’s struggled somewhat to build a career outside of the supernatural romance franchise. His big action thriller Abduction was a commercial disappointment, though it did better overseas, and while his name has popped up in association with a variety of different projects over the years, none of them have really panned out at this point. Still, Latuner seems to be trying to mix things up a bit. His involvement in Gus Van Sant’s next indie could be a nice step forward, but Grown-Ups 2 seems like two big steps back.

After the jump, 007 gets another new lady and we meet the folks who’ll try to beat down John and Jack McClane.

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The fifth Die Hard film, A Good Day to Die Hard, won’t be shooting for a while yet. But yesterday we got word that one of the last big casting choices had been made, as Jai Courtney was cast as the son of John McClane (Bruce Willis). We don’t have any new details on the film, but there is an image of Courtney and Willis at least vaguely in character, from the screen test that won the role for the younger actor. Read More »

This news will make an old question new again: is there anything Fox can do to make you truly excited for another Die Hard sequel? The studio has been building the next installment of the series for several months, and has just set one of the last major pieces of the puzzle in place.

John Moore (Max Payne) will direct A Good Day to Die Hard from a script by Skip Woods, with Bruce Willis once again playing NYC cop (or perhaps former NYC cop) John McClane. This time, he travels to Moscow to talk the local authorities into freeing his jailed son, and both men end up embroiled in a world-threatening terrorist plot.

Fox is taking a cue from Paramount’s approach to casting Jeremy Renner in Mission: Impossible, and is potentially using this movie to groom a new actor to take over the Die Hard series. Now he’s been chosen, and Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) will play the younger McClane. Read More »

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