Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
This is not the first time Mondo has tackled Die Hard, but it is the first time Olly Moss, one of the most talented poster artists working today, has tackled the 1988 action classic. A new Olly Moss Die Hard poster was revealed today and will go on sale tomorrow, alongside a new poster based on the comic book series Mouse Guard. You can check them both out below.
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It’s hard for some to accept the fact that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and therefore even harder for them to accept that it’s one of the best holiday movies ever made. But that’s just a fact. Now you can relive the story every Christmas in a new way, thanks to an abridged, illustrated adaptation of the classic action movie coming to shelves in October.
Inspired by the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Insight Editions is publishing A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic, which looks like the perfect way to spend a night while roasting chestnuts by an open fire. Check out some pages from the Die Hard Christmas book below. Read More »
What’s up, /Film readers? My name is Ben Pearson, and I’m new here. Talking about movies is clearly a huge part of what we do on the site, so a fitting way for me to introduce myself is to present you with my 15 favorite films of all time so you can either appreciate or scoff at my choices. Let’s get started Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Fred Topel
In the middle of Die Hard, hero John McClane (Bruce Willis) meets terrorist thief leader Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), posing as a hostage. McClane suspects something is off and gets away. In the film, it could be McClane’s police instinct or Gruber’s European choice of cigarettes. Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza had a more specific intention, but only scant remnant are left in the film.
Speaking at a 30th-anniversary screening of his other movie, The Running Man, de Souza said there used to be a bigger plot point about the 12 “terrorists” all wearing the same watches.
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If you had a Christmas that was worth a damn this past weekend, then you probably watched Die Hard, one of the best Christmas movies. You can feel free to debate that in the comments if you disagree that it’s in fact a Christmas movie, but that’s not why we’re here. Instead, we would like to enlighten those who may not know that Die Hard was actually based on a book, and it has some significant differences from the book.
Die Hard is based on a book called Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp, and it was actually meant to be a sequel to The Detective, another book turned into a 1968 film led by Frank Sinatra as New York detective Joe Leland. That’s where the first key differences come into play, because the story featured Leland going toe-to-toe with a terrorist named Anton “Little Tony”Gruber in a high rise building belonging to the Klaxon Oil Corporation. Sounds pretty familiar.
See Die Hard compared to the book after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Deadpool 2 gets a possible leading lady.
- Transformers 5 is heading to Michigan.
- Yes, Mary Elizabeth Winstead would like her own Die Hard movie.
- 10 Cloverfield Lane continues a long-running J.J. Abrams reference.
- Kung Fu Panda 3 is a gigantic hit in China.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny faces opposition from theater chains.
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Fred Topel
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
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 »
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 »