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Watch: 1-Hour Documentary ‘If It Bleeds We Can Kill It’ On John McTiernan’s ‘Predator’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 20, 2014 1:43 PM
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Predator
"I remember a lot of times seeing John with his head in his hands, like 'What the hell have I gotten myself into,’ ” actor Carl Weathers recalled when discussing his stint on “Predator,” director John McTiernan’s 1987 sci-fi actioner. In many ways, the film was an act of pushing past any doubts or insecurities, as it exhibits an increasingly bizarre tone by McTiernan and a game Arnold Schwarzenegger to match it. And now we’ve got a look back at the sequel-spawning classic.

Yippe-Ki-Yay! John McTiernan Lines Up First Post-Jail Job With DEA Thriller ‘Red Squad’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 8, 2014 12:21 PM
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It’s been a rough few years for John McTiernan, the director who commonly blurs the line between craftsman and artist thanks to his genre-defining work on films like “Die Hard” and “Predator.” Thankfully, things seem to be turning around for the filmmaker, as Variety is reporting that McTiernan has lined up his first gig following his 12-month prison sentence (tangentially tied to the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal that rocked Hollywood a few years ago): a nifty-sounding DEA thriller from Hannibal Classics entitled “Red Squad.” It will be good to have him back.

Ranked: Tom Clancy Movies, From Worst To Best

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 2, 2013 2:01 PM
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Tom Clancy Movies, From Worst To Best
Tom Clancy, who had written over a dozen best-selling spy novels (and co-written more than a dozen additional novels) and overseen a vast, hugely profitable videogame empire, has died today at the age of 66. For an author who was prolific, and whose works were so inherently cinematic, usually involving large-scale tactical military strikes, a shockingly small amount of his material was actually developed for the screen. This December (unless it gets pushed) sees the release of Paramount's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," in which Chris Pine takes over the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, a character previously inhabited by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

Happy Anniversary John McClane! 10 Movies Spawned By 'Die Hard'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 18, 2013 12:36 PM
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Die Hard
25 years ago today John McTiernan's "Die Hard" exploded in wide release onto screens nationwide and forever changed the landscape of action cinema. This wasn't just a box office smash, it was a genuine game-changer, one that made a star out of Bruce Willis and created its very own sub-genre. It's easy to forget now, after countless neutered airings on broadcast television and sequels that have all but turned the once-beloved brand into anonymous slush, just how profoundly "Die Hard" impacted movies back then.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Arnold Schwarzenegger's Notorious Flop 'Last Action Hero'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 27, 2013 1:11 PM
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Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the release of John McTiernan's "Last Action Hero." Ostensibly a spoof of hyper-violent action movies, wherein a young boy named Danny (Austin O'Brien) is magically transported into the world of his favorite action star (Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course), the film went on to become one of the most notorious flops in Hollywood history – an example of the fateful collision of artistic arrogance, unreasonable expectations and a faulty product whose concept never fully solidified. It's a movie that should have been a straightforward send-up of things like “Lethal Weapon” but included jokes about cartoon cats and references to “The Seventh Seal.” McTiernan, who is currently serving a year sentence in federal prison for lying to a federal officer, gravely described "Last Action Hero" to Empire Magazine as "the worst time I’ve ever had in this business.” It was that traumatic.

'Die Hard' Director John McTiernan Facing Stint In Federal Prison; Brad Bird, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Carnahan Among His Online Supporters

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 25, 2013 11:19 AM
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He might have been responsible for creating three of Hollywood's biggest, still-running franchises (and weathered some of its most notorious bombs), but in nine days, John McTiernan, the big-budget auteur behind "Predator," "Die Hard" and "The Hunt for Red October," will start a year-long stint in federal prison. A surprisingly spirited movement has started online, thanks largely to a dedicated Facebook page called Free John McTiernan, and it has garnered the support of "The Incredibles" director Brad Bird (who recently wrote a piece for Rolling Stone about the significance of the original "Die Hard"), Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Carnahan, Clint Mansell, Monte Hellman, Gareth Evans, Robert Davi (who played one of the Johnson FBI Agents in "Die Hard"), Mark Millar and a whole host of French intellectuals, filmmakers, and critics (including, most recently, Thierry Fremaux, the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival). Free John McTiernan, indeed.

'Die Hard' Director John McTiernan Headed To Jail For 1 Year

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 16, 2013 2:31 PM
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The writing has been on the wall for John McTiernan for some time, but now it looks like his luck has well and truly run out. After having a Supreme Court appeal denied yesterday, McTiernan now has no option but to pay his $100,000 fine and spend a year inside federal prison. The 62-year old director hasn’t helmed a feature since 2003, but he’s best known for a slew of action classics including “Predator,” “Die Hard” and “The Hunt For Red October.”

25th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Predator'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 12, 2012 11:00 AM
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On June 12th, 1987, audiences around the country got their first look at that (to borrow one of the more quotable bits from the movie) ugly motherfucker that is "Predator." It heralded a number of promising new stars – most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger finally getting a bona fide blockbuster after sleeper hits like "The Terminator" and "Conan The Barbarian" – and director John McTiernan would emerge as one of the freshest, most stylish voices in action filmmaking since John Ford.

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