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Watch: Ben Stiller's 'Die Hard 12' Sketch That Is More Of A 'Die Hard' Movie Than 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 12:43 PM
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Of the many, many things wrong with the thoroughly awful "A Good Day To Die Hard," the major issue is that it barely contains any of the trademarks that made the franchise unique in the first place. Oh sure, there's the always quip-ready Bruce Willis, but there's no villain with a crazy scheme or any sign that John McClane is ever in any real danger. 'Good Day' merely has McClane and his son running through Moscow, blowing shit up, and jumping through more plate glass windows than you thought possible while chasing some vague file. Basically, it could be mistaken for any faceless production Luc Besson cranks out these days. So who would've thought that Ben Stiller would have got it right more than a decade ago?

Sorry Comic Fans, Dwayne Johnson Says 'Lobo' Movie "Went Away"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 12:14 PM
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There's no stopping Dwayne Johnson these days. The action star is gearing up for a massive 2013 with "Snitch" hitting theaters next week, and a trifecta of blockbusters in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Pain & Gain" and "Fast & Furious 6" arriving spring/summer. And oh yeah, he's also going to be shooting "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" with Brett Ratner. But it's not all roses for Johnson, as one project seems to have slipped away.

IFC Films Picks Up Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' For Summer Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 11:56 AM
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After buzz, rumor, speculation and in the past few weeks, some pretty explosive headlines thanks to a pretty saucy New York Times Magazine profile, as well as word that both Sundance and SXSW turned down the low budget film, Paul Schrader's "The Canyons" has indeed found a home.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Brillante Mendoza's Horror Film 'Sapi'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 15, 2013 11:33 AM
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Filipino director Brillante Mendoza is proving to be a pretty prolific filmmaker. Since 2005 he has 11 feature film and three short film directing credits to his name, and has also directed a segment in an anthology series and an episode of television for good measure. Although he’s yet to have one film truly break out, he’s been quite a hit on the festival circuit last year. “Thy Womb” was in competition for the Golden Lion at Venice while "Captive" with Isabelle Huppert premiered in Berlin. Now, after several arthouse successes, Mendoza is trying something a litltle different, with his next feature by taking on the horror genre.

Berlin Interview: Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy On Jesse And Celine & The Making Of Linklater’s ‘Before’ Trilogy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2013 11:11 AM
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It will surprise no one who followed the film’s extremely positive reception at Sundance earlier this year, that Richard Linklater's “Before Midnight” (our review here) has been creating quite a stir on the other side of the pond following its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. With many of the journalists we met citing the film as one of their favorite of the festival so far, we got to sit down in a small group with stars and co-writers Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for what proved to be a fairly riotous interview, in which, while they both maintain repeatedly how unlike their onscreen counterparts they are, certainly the chemistry of old friends was there in spades.

Harrison Ford Reportedly Confirmed To Return As Han Solo In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 10:51 AM
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As J.J. Abrams and company endeavor to keep the lid tightly sealed on whatever they're cooking up for "Star Wars: Episode VII," reading between the lines of reports over the past few months, it is starting to emerge that the lineage to the first trilogy of films will be pretty direct. Particularly is this bit of info turns out to be true.

Jason Reitman Staging Live Reading 'Glengarry Glen Ross' With All-Female Cast Including Robin Wright, Allison Janney & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 10:01 AM
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One of the more interesting side gigs among filmmakers these days is Jason Reitman's occassional live readings of famous scripts. The format is pretty straightforward: he picks a script he likes, rounds up a bunch of starry friends and then hosts a live performance with the cast embodying the various roles, and reading it live on stage. “The Breakfast Club,” “Shampoo,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “The Princess Bride,” “The Big Lebowski,” "The Apartment" and "American Beauty" have all been given new interpretations, but his latest choice might be his most intriguing yet.

Jerry Goldsmith's 'Poltergeist' Soundtrack Getting Gatefold Vinyl Reissue Via Mondo

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 15, 2013 9:45 AM
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Despite it being the digital age, the vinyl format has been a growing, if still a very niche, market. Last year not only saw the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” and Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" get a limited edition re-release on the analog format, but also the Alamo Drafthouse art boutique Mondo handle the vinyl release of the “Drive” soundtrack and score. Now the Austin-based company is set to release Jerry Goldsmith’s score for “Poltergeist” on limited edition vinyl.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'About Last Night' Remake Starring Kevin Hart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 9:24 AM
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So, how mega early is this three minute red band trailer for "About Last Night"? The movie doesn't come out until next year. In fact, there isn't even an official still for this, and yet, Sony is opening the gates on this way way, way early in the hopes that this spot is funny enough that it'll stay in your mind for a while. And does it succeed on that front? Not particularly.

Sam Mendes Getting Closer To Committing To 'Bond 24,' Film No Longer Part Of Two-Part Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 8:57 AM
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With "Skyfall" having wrapped up its billion dollar run and now available on home video, it's time to start thinking about the next entry in the series. We have seen some movement in the past few months, with John Logan hired back to pen the script, for what was initially rumored to be back-to-back films (more on that in a second), with director Sam Mendes said to be helping develop the story. But it looks like his involvement won't just end there.

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