South Carolina Welcomes Hollywood With Open Arms (and Sweet Tea); Over 50 Photos Detail the Charleston Area, and the State’s Plans to Grow Its Film Industry

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This past week, the South Carolina Film Commission hosted a small troupe of journalists for a lovely, whirlwind tour of Charleston and its surrounding areas.  The wining and dining (so, so much dining) was an effort to show off the city, and the state, as a great place for moviemaking.  It worked.  A fairly long list of films have made their home there over the years, perhaps most famously The Patriot; but also The Prince of Tides, Dear John, Forrest Gump and incredibly, Die Hard: With A Vengeance (along with many others).  TV shows are also no exception: Army Wives just finished up its seventh season, while Reckless finished its first (and while Reckless may not have been a great series by any measure, it did have “one of the best B-rolls on television,” to agree with our hosts).

Hit the jump for more on how South Carolina is looking to craft its partnership with the film industry, plus over 50 photos I snapped that focus on the detail and beauty of the Charleston area.  Also, consider this article in part as an FYI and tour guide of restaurants and local sights, all of which deserve their high praise.


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Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.

My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.

DIE HARD Limited Edition Infographic Posters Giveaway

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The newest Die Hard movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, opened yesterday, and so we’ve teamed up with 20th Century Fox to give away limited edition infographic posters for the first four movies.  Each poster breaks down the body counts, explosions, plot points, and more for each film.  They posters are pretty neat, and we’re giving away sets to 10 lucky readers.  The posters are on high-quality paper and measure approximately 12″x16″.

Hit the jump to check out the posters, and to find out how to enter.  Be sure to check out my retrospective on Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Live Free or Die Hard plus my review of A Good Day to Die Hard.

Blu-ray Deal: DIE HARD: 25th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION for $25.00 (58% Off)

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This week, I’ve looked back at the Die Hard series, and I can say without hesitation that of the ones that are currently available on Blu-ray, three of the four are worth owning.  Because A Good Day to Die Hard just hit theaters, Fox has released Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection, which is a five-disc collection featuring the first four Die Hard films (Die Hard / Die Hard 2: Die Harder / Die Hard with a Vengeance / Live Free or Die Hard), and an all-new bonus disc, “Decoding Die Hard.” The set is Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day for $25.00 (58% off $59.99), so it’s worth a purchase if you don’t own these films on Blu-ray.  It also comes with a reward code to see A Good Day to Die Hard, but see the film at your own risk.

And in case you missed it, Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection is still $129.99 (57% off $299.99), so click here to go pick it up.

Dying Hard: Matt Revisits DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE

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[With A Good Day to Die Hard set to open this Thursday, we'll be taking a look back at the first four Die Hard movies.  These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years.  Click on the respective links for my look back at Die Hard and Die Hard 2.]

I like to consider Die Hard with a Vengeance the true sequel to Die Hard.  It’s bigger, bolder, darker, but still retains the same sense of desperation, humor, and intensity of the first movie.  Unlike Die Hard 2, the purpose of Die Hard with a Vengeance isn’t to copy the plot elements of the first film, but to take the spirit of the original and paint it on a broader canvas.  Die Hard with a Vengeance takes what could have been a stolid, safe entry, and instead shakes up the formula to keep John McClane (Bruce Willis) alive and kicking, which is impressive for a guy who should have died many times over.

Fox Unveils DIE HARD 25th Anniversary Mural on the Lot; Plus DIE HARD 3 Infographic and A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD “Ode to Destruction”

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A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth entry in the Die Hard series, hits theaters on February 14.  The well-timed 2013 release also marks the 25th anniversary of the original Die Hard, released in 1988.  To mark the occasion, Fox unveiled a giant mural of Bruce Willis crawling through the vent on the studio lot, and we have a grab bag of Die Hard bits:

  • A timelapse video of the mural installation.
  • A neat Die Hard: With a Vengeance infographic.
  • The interactive Good Day to Die Hard “Ode to Destruction” site.

All this after the jump.

DIE HARD Franchise Returning to Theaters February 13 with 5-Film Marathon

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Fans looking forward to the release of the upcoming fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, now have the opportunity to experience the absolute maximum amount of Die Hard before watching the new film.  20th Century Fox announced today that a five-film Die Hard marathon will be playing in theaters on February 13th.  Fans will watch Die Hard, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Live Free or Die Hard back-to-back, leading up to a screening of director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard a few hours before it opens wide.  That’s a lot of Die Hard.

Hit the jump to check out a poster for the event.  Further details will be announced soon.  A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters on February 14th.

Running Dialogue #13: In Which We Discuss INCEPTION and THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE

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In this installment of our ongoing podcast series Running Dialogue, Curt, Russ, and I sit down to discuss Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  As you can imagine, with Inception there’s plenty to discuss.  We could have gone long past the hour talking about the movie, but we actively try (with the help of our kick-ass producer Alejandro Leal) to keep the podcasts under an hour.  As you can also imagine, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice doesn’t get quite as much airtime as Inception, but if you saw the movie (and the box office take of the movie suggests that you didn’t) you’ll hopefully be interested to hear our take on it.

Click here to listen to the new episode. Also, you can hit the jump for a list of all the movies we’ve recommended so far. Finally, click here to add Running Dialogue to your RSS feed.

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