This year marks the 25th Annivesary of Bruce Willis‘s “Yippee-ki-yay” career as wisecracking police detective John McClane in the Die Hard series of films. The original Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan, was released in 1988, and the franchise shows no sign of slowing down, with the fifth film, A Good Day to Die Hard, opening wide on February 14.
20th Century Fox owes a lot to Die Hard, as the action franchise has earned the studio more than $1.1 billion in revenue. To commemorate the anniversary, the studio is commissioning a giant mural to be painted outside its famous Stage 8 on the Fox lot. Though the mural will remain a secret until its unveiling at a press event for A Good Day to Die Hard on January 31, it apparently will feature (at least in part) the famous scene of Willis crawling through air ducts, muttering, “Come on out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs!”
Willis will be present at the event, along with his new co-star, Jai Courtney and A Good Day to Die Hard director John Moore. The festivities will include a reception on the 21st floor of the Fox Plaza, which served as the location of the fictional Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard.
via USA Today
Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned in The Last Stand, a sort-of amped up, extra-violent version of Unstoppable. It’s not perfect, and starts off kind of slow, but once the film gets going it becomes the mindless fun you’d expect.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means many people will be turning their movie-watching attention to a lot of those feel-good holiday favorites. But for some, this is the most wonderful time of the year… for busting some heads. Nothing says peace on Earth like a good, old-fashioned, blood-pumping action flick, and this year we’re entering the Reel Rumbles ring with a couple of the best. So get ready to deck the halls (and some thugs). It’s time for Die Hard vs. Lethal Weapon.
Just when you thought it was safe to head back to the Flickchart Blog, another Reel Rumbles is here to determine once and for all what is scarier: a murderous great white shark on the loose in a small fishing village or a lone member of a mysterious alien race haunting the jungles of Central America? Separated by twelve years and undeniable advancements in special effects, this looks, on paper, to be a match for the ages. But is it really that close? Does testosterone-fueled action and a Die Hard pedigree trump master filmmaking and deep characterization? Read on and find out in Jaws vs. Predator.