DIE HARD 5 Director John Moore to Helm Real-Time War Story THE ENGLISHMAN

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Foresight Unlimited and Envision Entertainment—the studio team behind 2 Gunswill again join forces to produce and finance The Englishman, an adaptation of Will Scully‘s book Once a PilgrimJohn Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard) will direct from a screenplay by William Wisher (Terminator 2) that takes place in real time.  The story follows a former SAS officer (now a mercenary) who gets caught up in a military coup in Africa: “Trapped in a hotel together with thousands of innocent civilians and completely surrounded by hostile rebels, he single-handedly takes on the enemy until he can get all the civilians safely evacuated.”

The $30 million production is scheduled to shoot in South Africa early next year.  Casting is underway.  Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.

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.

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.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Stars Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney and Director John Moore Talk about the DIE HARD Franchise and the Appeal of John McClane

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It’s been 25 years since Die Hard exploded into theaters, launching a new cinematic hero and changing the paradigm of action movies.  In A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis reprises his iconic role as police detective John McClane.  Set against the backdrop of deadly corruption and political vendetta in Russia, McClane teams up with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to settle their differences and take down the bad guys.  The film, which opens in theaters on February 14th, also features Sebastian Koch and Yulia Snigir.

At the recent press day, Willis, Courtney and director John Moore talked about why it was time for another Die Hard movie, what makes the McClane character so appealing to audiences, the origin of the signature line, taking the franchise to another country for the first time, and using Mi-24 assault helicopters in the action sequences.  Willis also discussed what it’s meant to him personally to play one of the greatest action characters in film history, why being a father is his favorite job, and how his real life experience has enabled him to play a great on screen dad.  Hit the jump to read more.

Yippee Ki-Yay Motherfucker! A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD is Rated R!

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Why is John McClane (Bruce Willis) smiling? Because our sources have informed us that A Good Day to Die Hard is rated R!  This means that McClane and son (Jai Courtney) are about to go apeshit on a bunch of Russian criminals and are free to curse as loud as they want and shed as much blood as possible along the way.  Fans had been a little worried that director John Moore’s picture, the fifth in the Die Hard series, would be rated PG-13 like its predecessor, Live Free or Die Hard.  Rest assured that the new film should look a lot more like the originals if the R rating is any indication.

Also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to watch the most recent trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard. 

New Poster for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD; Film Set for IMAX Release [Updated with Featurette]

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A new poster for the upcoming fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, has been released online.  The story takes place in Moscow and sees Bruce Willis’ John McClane teaming up with his estranged son (Jai Courtney) to take on some Russian baddies.  This tagline-free poster is simple, as it just features McClane Sr. and McClane Jr. holding some big guns and mean muggin’.  Embedded in this poster, though, is the news that this will be the first Die Hard film to get the IMAX treatment, so fans will get the chance to see some really, really big explosions.  The film’s first trailer was pleasantly surprising, so hopefully director John Moore delivers the goods when the full film hits theaters.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn EchikunwokeAnne Vyalitsyna, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  A Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14, 2013. [Update: We've updated the article with a new featurette focusing on Jai Courtney that includes some new footage.]

First Poster for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and New Poster for ON THE ROAD, Plus New Images from Each Picture

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A couple of new posters and related images to share with you today.  We’ve got the first poster and a new image from director John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis as John McClane alongside his estranged son (Jai Courtney) as they take on those evil Commies no-goodniks Russian bad guys.  A twist on McClane’s signature catch phrase lets us know what he thinks of their country.  If you missed the trailer, check it out hereA Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14th, 2013.

We’ve also got the US poster for Walter Salles’ On the Road, starring Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley. An adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel,  On the Road drives into theaters on December 21st.  Hit the jump to check out the new posters and images for each film. 

First Trailer for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

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The first trailer for the sequel A Good Day to Die Hard has been released.  The story takes place in Moscow and sees Bruce Willis’ John McClane teaming up with his estranged son (Jai Courtney) to take on some Russian baddies.  The new trailer doesn’t elaborate on the story, but it does show off plenty of action, which is probably a good idea considering this is a Die Hard movie.  I still can’t bring myself to get on board with a PG-13 Die Hard film, and I don’t know what director John Moore will bring to the project, but this is a fun trailer, and I especially like the remixing of “Ode to Joy”.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Directed by John Moore the film stars Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Vyalitsyna, and Mary Elizabeth WinsteadA Good Day to Die Hard opens on February 14th, 2013.

First Official Image from A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Starring Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney

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In anticipation of the trailer drop later this week, the first official image from the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, has been released.  The story takes place in Moscow and sees Bruce Willis’ John McClane teaming up with his estranged son (Jai Courtney) to take on some Russian baddies.  We don’t know much about the film’s plot just yet, but director John Moore previously revealed that the pic includes a car chase sequence that took them 78 days to shoot and cautioned that fans shouldn’t expect “corny jokes” this time around.

Hit the jump to check out the image of the father-son duo walking around with guns and to see what Courtney has to say about the pic’s story.  The trailer will be attached to Taken 2 this weekend, so expect it to be released online within the next couple of days.  The film also stars Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Anne Vyalitsyna.  A Good Day to Die Hard opens February 14, 2013.

Director John Moore Says Not to Expect Corny Jokes in DIE HARD 5; Reveals A Car Chase Scene Took Them 78 Days to Shoot

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John McClane will once again be having a very bad day when the fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, hits theaters next March.  The action moves to Moscow this time around, with Bruce Willis teaming up with his estranged son (played by Jai Courtney) to take on the baddies.  20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman previously talked a bit about the film’s story, revealing that the McClanes become “basically the most wanted men in the entire Soviet Union.”

Director John Moore has now talked a bit more about what to expect from his take on the series, adding that this iteration won’t have many corny jokes and revealing that they spent 78 days shooting an ambitious car chase sequence.  Hit the jump for more.

Bruce Willis Is Bloody in New Video from the Set of A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

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Production is currently underway overseas on the fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, and some video from the Budapest set has surfaced giving us a brief look at a bloodied Bruce Willis.  Directed by John Moore, the film finds Willis’ John McClane reconnecting with his estranged son (Jai Courtney) in Russia while the two become decidedly unwelcome in the country.  The bloodied Willis looks incredibly familiar in the video, but we also get a short look at a sequence involving a helicopter, firefighters, and a bellhop for some reason.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  A Good Day to Die Hard opens on February 14th, 2013.

20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman Talks A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD; Says John McClane’s Son Is “A Badder Ass Than John McClane”

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After 12 years, the Die Hard series returned in 2007 with the first PG-13 entry in the franchise, Live Free or Die Hard.  The film did considerable business, and so development began on Die Hard 5.  After a long director search, Fox finally settled on John Moore (Max Payne) to helm the pic, which now finds Bruce Willis’ John McClane in Russia and teamed up with his son, played by Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand).

Steve recently sat down with 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman at CinemaCon, and during the course of their wide-ranging conversation the executive spoke quite a bit about the story of A Good Day to Die Hard and what makes the film different from other entries in the franchise.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

SPARTACUS Star Jai Courtney Lands DIE HARD 5 Lead as John McClane’s Son; Plus an Image of Courtney’s Screen Test with Bruce Willis

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20th Century Fox’s months long search for the lead in their upcoming fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise, A Good Day to Die Hard, has finally come to an end. Bruce Willis is back as John McClane, but a major character in the new film is McClane’s son. The studio finally landed on Jai Courtney, an up-and-comer who most recently starred on the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The role was highly sought-after, with names like Aaron Paul, James Badge Dale, Paul Walker, and Milo Ventimiglia thrown around as contenders for the part. In the end, it was down to Courtney and Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. Hit the jump for more, including what to expect story-wise from A Good Day to Die Hard.

Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, James Badge Dale, and D.J. Cotrona Finalists to Play Bruce Willis’ Son in DIE HARD 5

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The hunt is on for John McClane Jr. Earlier last month, we reported a shortlist of actors that were presumed to be vying for the role of Bruce Willis’s son in A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth film in the franchise. Well today a new shortlist has popped up, and only one name on this new list was included on the old one: Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. Hit the jump to find out what other names are being considered for the role, and for a recap on what we know so far about A Good Day to Die Hard.

DIE HARD 5 to Be Titled A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD; Plus More Details on the Upcoming Sequel

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Fox Filmed Entertainment Co-Chairman and CEO Tom Rothman went on Jim Rome this morning and since Rome is a big fan of the Die Hard franchise, Rothman answered some questions about the upcoming sequel.  Rothman told Rome [via /Film] that the official title is A Good Day to Die Hard, because I guess John McClane (Bruce Willis) is now a Klingon.  Shooting is set to begin in January 2012 for a February 14, 2013 release (President’s Day weekend, but it may also be a nice date flick).  The story will have McClane traveling to Russia to save his son John McClane, Jr., “but nothing is what it seems.” (Russia’s been dead the whole time!)  They’re still casting for John McClane Jr. and they’re not sure if the film will be PG-13 or R.

Hit the jump for more details on the sequel.

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