Over 40 Pictures from Craig Drake’s Hero Complex Gallery Show

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If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to see some cool art, you need to get over to the Hero Complex Gallery.  That’s because the gallery is hosting Craig Drake’s first solo show and it’s loaded with awesome artwork done on paper, metal (including mega metal prints that are 60 x 40!), and wood.  While I’ve been a fan of Drake’s work for a long time, I’ll admit the show was another level.  As you can see in the pictures, Drake took on some iconic movies, people, and TV shows including Die Hard, The Thing, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Bruce Lee, Buffy, Cowboy Bebop, Game of Thrones, and a lot more.

Since most of you live outside of Los Angeles, I took pictures of everything on display and you can check out over 40 pictures after the jump.  In addition, the gallery will be releasing what didn’t sell out on their website tomorrow, so no matter where you live, you can purchase something.  Be warned, if you check out the pictures you’re probably going to want to buy something.

“Now I Have a Machine Gun Ho Ho Ho”: 5 R-Rated X-Mas Films to Bring You Holiday Cheer

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As comedian Jim Gaffigan pointed out in one of his comedy bits, Christmas behavior is insane.  You put a tree in your house, and put lights on the outside.  It’s also a holiday that was taken from the pagan celebration of the winter solstice and turned into Jesus’ birthday.  And to be extra cynical, it’s a date intended to fuel consumerism and materialism.  But none of that matters if you use it as an opportunity to gather around with loved ones, and have a good time.  Classic movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Story are fun for the whole family, but just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean it can only be kid-friendly.

After the jump, I’ve listed five flicks full of naughty language and gleeful violence that should bring you joy and laughter on the holliest, jolliest day of the year.

Mondo Mystery Movie XI Returns to Los Angeles at The Crest Theater for DIE HARD

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Last weekend, Mondo returned to Los Angeles for another highly anticipated Mystery Movie.  You may recall when we interviewed Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael at SDCC, he mentioned they were finally going to put on an event that was years in the making.  The moment tickets went on sale the rumor mill went into overdrive guessing just about every major movie and possible scenario, and while there was just one movie that was not only the most predicted, but the most coveted.  That movie was Die Hard.  Well, Mondo did not disappoint and if you hit the jump you can check out images from the event and the poster that everyone went home with. 

Blu-ray Deals: 66% Off DIE HARD and PLANET OF THE APES Box Sets

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If you’ve been holding out on a couple of Blu-ray box sets, today’s the day to strike.  Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is 66% off the Blu-ray sets for Die Hard and Planet of the Apes, bringing both down in price considerably.  The Planet of the Apes Collection is a mere $27.49, while The Die Hard 1-5 Collection is down to $33.99.  Both sets are merely compilations of the individual films on Blu-ray and not retrospective collector’s sets, but that’s still super cheap for what amounts to seven and five films on Blu-ray, respectively.  In addition to the original films, the Apes set also includes Tim Burton’s remake and 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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Rumor: Ben Trebilcook Writing DIE HARD 6; Tentatively Titled “DIE HARDEST” and Will Head to Tokyo

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A Good Day to Die Hard should have been a franchise-killer.  It was almost completely devoid of merit, no longer understood the character, and the domestic box office wasn’t particularly overwhelming.  But like its title, you can’t easily nix the franchise, and work is underway on Die Hard 6.  Tentatively titled “Die Hardest“, Ben Trebilcook is reportedly writing a treatment, which means the project is still at a very early stage.  Trebilcook is currently at work on the videogame-themed action flick Knockout, which brought him into the orbit of A Good Day to Die Hard consulting producer, Larry D. Webster.  However, it’s worth noting that only Fox can authorize a new script, so either Webster is pursuing it on behalf of the studio, or there has been a misunderstanding between the parties involved.

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THE COLLISION: Episode 37 – The DIE HARD Franchise, Legacy, and A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

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This week on The Collision, we look back on the Die Hard franchise, its influences, its endearing characteristics, its legacy, and the latest film in the series, A Good Day to Die Hard.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Steven Soderbergh and Side Effects), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

TOP 5: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Set Visit, VES Awards Interviews, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, Toy Fair 2013

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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.

Yuliya Snigir Talks A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, Transitioning from Modeling to Acting, Chess, FREEZER and DELIRIUM

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Opening this weekend is director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard.  The fifth Die Hard film has John McClane (Bruce Willis) teaming up with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to settle their differences and take down the bad guys.   The film also stars Yulia Snigir, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sebastian Koch, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Anne Vyalitsyna.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Yuliya Snigir. We talked about her love of chess, transitioning from modeling to acting, her audition process, and more.  In addition, we also talked about her other upcoming movies like Delirium and Freezer.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Jai Courtney Talks A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, the Audition Process, Bruce Willis, SPARTACUS and I, FRANKENSTEIN

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Opening this weekend is director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard.  The fifth Die Hard film has John McClane (Bruce Willis) teaming up with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to settle their differences and take down the bad guys.   The film also stars Yulia Snigir, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sebastian Koch, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Anne Vyalitsyna.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Jai Courtney. We talked about the audition process, the biggest surprise making the movie, working with Bruce Willis, Spartacus, I, Frankenstein, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Review

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Over the last few days, I’ve looked back at the Die Hard franchise, and tried to explain what makes these films unique.  The obvious answer is John McClane (Bruce Willis).  Willis helped to craft a memorable character who was the wise-cracking, scrappy, desperate hero we can all root for.  But it’s not simply an attitude.  Die Hard is a matter of circumstance and response, and the two best films—Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance—back McClane into a corner and force him to rely on his wits and strength to survive.  He gets the shit kicked out of him, swears constantly, but laughs in the face of near death.  John McClane’s personality lives in A Good Day to Die Hard.  Everything else dies horribly.

Dying Hard: Matt Revisits LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD

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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, Die Hard 2, and Die Hard with a Vengeance.]

The longest gap between Die Hard movies was the 12 years between Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007).  In the interim, the world had drastically changed most notably because of 9/11 and developments in communications technology.  No longer could terrorism be casually mentioned as a guise for a heist, and John McClane (Bruce Willis) wouldn’t be running around looking for the nearest pay phone.  As Live Free villain Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) says to McClane, “You’re a Timex watch in a digital age.”  It’s a crappy metaphor since Timex has been making digital watches for decades, but the sentiment is noteworthy: Is John McClane a relic?  The question doesn’t really matter since Live Free or Die Hard barely qualifies as a Die Hard film, especially with Willis’ bored performance and the PG-13 rating.  Instead, Live Free is best explored as the way a Die Hard movie would approach terrorism if a Die Hard film was directed by a hand-tied fan who didn’t understand the essence of the franchise.

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.

Bruce Willis Talks A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, the Popularity of John McClane, Hans Gruber, SIN CITY 2 and Luc Besson

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Opening this weekend is director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard.  The fifth Die Hard film has John McClane (Bruce Willis) teaming up with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to settle their differences and take down the bad guys.   The film also stars Yulia Snigir, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sebastian Koch, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Anne Vyalitsyna.

During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with Bruce Willis.  We talked about how John McClane is one of the most popular characters in movie history, what McClane is up to in the fifth installment, how the first Die Hard had one of the best movie villains and that they never should have killed him, and more.  In addition, Willis talked about Sin City 2 and what it will take to get him to work with Luc Besson again.  Hit the jump to watch.

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