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Joe Carnahan Exits 'Death Wish,' Studio Wants Bruce Willis To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 6:19 PM
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The remake of "Death Wish" is an interesting prospect, particularly with Joe Carnahan at the helm, who signed up just over a year ago. The original, a distinct B-movie, but one a bit more accomplished than most, still resonates today with its vigilante theme and big guns dispensing justice. And Carnahan, whose movies are pumped through with testosterone, was an interesting choice to take it on, but he has now moved on over the standard tune of "creative differences."

Box Office: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Has A Good Weekend At #1, 'Beautiful Creatures' Not So Pretty

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 17, 2013 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the world of the new blockbuster. Would Hollywood studios learn to make good movies, or make smarter fiscal decisions first? Given that we're looking at "A Good Day To Die Hard" ruling over the box office, the latter is true, with the fifth installment in the action series winning a very close horse race on this Presidents' Day weekend. The fact that this opening is significantly smaller than the one for "Live Free Or Die Hard" and that the picture is assuredly the worst in the series turns out to be irrelevant.

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?

Survive Hard: All The Times John McClane Should Have Died In The ‘Die Hard’ Series

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 13, 2013 12:58 PM
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In 1988, when the first "Die Hard" was released, Bruce Willis' everyday action hero John McClane was something of an anomaly. This was the era of the invincible action superstar – people like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who would waltz through action movies firing machine guns, surviving explosions with the casualness of someone doing laundry or putting up wallpaper. With "Die Hard," McClane was a new kind of hero -- a New York City cop who is afraid of flying, who's deeply insecure about his marriage and who, once bank-robbing terrorists seize a Los Angeles skyscraper, forgets his shoes, embodied by an actor most knew from a primetime comedy. And while there are plenty of instances where he survives against all odds, he also gets cut, bleeds, and screws up – things that these Reagan-era he-men rarely (if ever) did. As the series progressed, things became more and more cartoon-y for John McClane, until, by the fourth film, he was just as undefeatable as the heroes he was once such a refreshing antithesis to.

Watch: New Clip From 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Plus Key & Peele Get Really Excited For The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 4:03 PM
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If you haven't made your plans for Valentine's Day for your special someone, may we remind you that it's less than 48 hours away, and if you want to get into somebody's good books, you might want track down a reservation. But if you do manage to convince the special person in your life to go with you to the theater to see "A Good Day To Die Hard," no one will be able to match the excitement of Key & Peele for the fifth entry in the franchise.

Bruce Willis Says There Will Be Sixth 'Die Hard,' Speaks Out Against Gun Control

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 5:38 PM
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So the fifth entry in the wheezing "Die Hard" franchise comes out in just over a week, and surprisingly, it's taken this long for the inevitable talk about a sixth entry to crop up. But with Bruce Willis on the press trail, the question has been asked, and the answer from the actor is simple: "Yes."

Watch: Bruce Willis & Jai Courtney Shoot The Glass In Clip From 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 31, 2013 10:43 AM
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Well, we are just a few weeks away from the next installment of the "Die Hard" franchise, and for those who can’t wait to see John McClane back in action again, perhaps this clip will be enough to hold you over for now. It’s already been established that the film’s taking place in Russia this time around, and as we noted yesterday, “A Good Day to Die Hard” will also wind up being the shortest film in the franchise at a lean 97 minutes. As the clip demonstrates, McClane is not in Russia to do any sightseeing.

Daniel Day-Lewis Could Have Played Vincent Vega, Matt Dillon Almost Had Bruce Willis' Role In 'Pulp Fiction'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 30, 2013 6:51 PM
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The latest issue of Vanity Fair is about to hit stands, and inside the pages of the magazine is a presumably long and exhaustingly good oral history of Quentin Tarantino's seminal '90s work, "Pulp Fiction." Online, Vanity Fair has published what one assumes is a truncated version of said oral history, but man, it's still damn good.

Watch: John McClane Gets Into Traffic Trouble, Doesn't Speak Russian In Clip From 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 5:06 PM
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Almost like it was ripped out of a moldy file from a leftover box of studio notes from the 1980s, John McClane is back and this time he's going to...Russia? Okay, fine. That seems to be the hawt new blockbuster place with both "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and upcoming "Jack Ryan" visiting the country. And so it goes for "A Good Day To Die Hard" and will there be some fish out of water comedy? You betcha!

Listen: Preview Marco Beltrami's 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Score Plus Go Big Or Go Home With New Promo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2013 11:36 AM
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While "A Good Day To Die Hard" marks the return of the R-rating to the series, in an otherwise pretty generic looking movie thus far, some of the elements from its predecessor "Live Free Or Die Hard" are also carrying over. Of course, there's Bruce Willis, but also returning is composer Marco Beltrami who has tuned up the lastest adventures of John McClane.

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