No that wasn’t a typo in the headline. Apparently, after failing to convince anyone that a new series of Die Hard movies with Jai Courtney as John McClane Jr. was something we needed to see with A Good Day to Die Hard, it seems that Twentieth Century Fox is taking a new tack: a prequel. I’d like to say “because you demanded it,” but let’s face facts, nobody asked for this. Still, it seems now that Hollywood is going to take us all the way back to the waining days of the 1970s to show us how John McClane became John McClane. (more…)
In every actor’s life, there is a moment when they are called to the stage, a venue where, many think, the true quality of acting is found and delivered. Of course, no one would ever conflate Bruce Willis with the upper-seats of acting royalty like, say, Sir Laurence Olivier, but it seems that even John McClane can’t escape the siren song of the Great White Way, and he will soon be taking to the Broadway stage hismelf. But role could possibly speak to Willis loud enough to make him go out on the proverbial ledge like this: Hamlet? Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman)? Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire)? How about Paul Sheldon. You now, the victimized author under the mercy of a crazed fan in Stephen King‘s Misery. (more…)
In 2000, the biggest comic book movie was Bryan Singer‘s first X-Men movie. Fifteen years later and that franchise is still going strong, so why not have another superhero film from that year get the sequel treatment? In a fascinating reversal, at the time it was director M. Night Shyamalan that was hot and comic book movies that were not, which might be part of the reason why Shyamalan’s follow-up to his smash hit The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, was not as successful as the “I see dead people” movie. So maybe now that comic book movies are in fashion, a sequel to Unbreakable, which was heavily inspired by comic books, would not be out of question. Shyamalan, who’s in a bit of a rut himself now, seems to agree. (more…)
While G.I. Joe: Retaliation didn’t exactly blow up the box office, it did earn more than double its production costs. That would usually grease the skids for another sequel, but we haven’t heard much of anything since the movie hit theater screens in 2013. It looks like Paramount is finally ready to saddle up G.I. Joe 3 and has been looking for a director. The word about the Internet is that DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye, I am Number Four) is high on Paramount’s list to take the director’s hot seat. (more…)
For many, Die Hard with a Vengeance was the last good Die Hard movie; for others though, Die Hard was the last good Die Hard movie, so let’s just say it’s a contentious debate and leave it at the idea that A Good Day to Die Hard was horrid, horrid, horrid! Still, it collected a few coins at the worldwide box office, and Bruce Willis said he’d enjoy another go in John McCain’s shoes, so a follow-up is inevitable. But will it suck? Perhaps Fox is buttressing their odds by adding one of the reasons that Vengeance was so enjoyable, by re-teaming Willis with Samuel L. Jackson. (more…)
This may come as news to some, but there is no actual Die Hard 6 news to report.
On Wednesday, WhatCulture.com ran an interview with a man named Ben Trebilcook. In the interview, Trebilcook spoke at length about what his story for Die Hard 6 consisted of, including the return of Zeus Carver, a trip to Tokyo, and a lot of love for the first Die Hard film. (more…)
If you grew up in the 80s, you know that four actors form the Nerdcore Four — Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton and Bill Murray. These four actors have totaled almost ten billion dollars in box office receipts while playing unforgettable characters like Indiana Jones, Peter Venkman, Batman, Han Solo, John McClane, and Beetlejuice.
They have saved the world from asteroids, a beret wearing 100 foot tall Marshmallow, the dark side, Nazis, Alan Rickman, dancing gophers, and so much more.
How do we celebrate them? We put together four lists (which will run over the next few months) that will look at each member of the Nerdcore Four and discuss their careers and their most signature roles.
Up first is Harrison Ford — who can next be seen in Ender’s Game. Ford first made his name tussling with Ewoks in Star Wars, replicants in Blade Runner, and Kate Capshaw while playing Indiana Jones during the 80s before carving out a respectable career as a leading man in more grounded fare like The Fugitive, Witness, The Patriot Games, and 42.
Which role truly defines this legendary cinematic hero? Is it Indy over Han? Vice versa? Maybe Rick Deckard over both? We’ll have our say after the jump.
Bruce Willis hasn’t been on a PR winning streak lately. First, he had that awkward and somewhat cantankerous interview on the press tour for Red 2, then the anecdotal evidence points to Sylvester Stallone calling him “greedy and lazy” on twitter after announcing that Willis would not return for Expendables 3.
Now, in a new interview with Spanish magazine XLS, Willis has revealed that he is “bored” with starring in action films, but that he “does like to earn lots of money” from them.
Here’s the full quote:
“Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job […] When you have seen a few fireballs, its not exciting anymore. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I’m a bit bored of it now.”
“I am very clear with who I am […] I work in all sorts of films, but the action movies are the ones that generate the most revenue. I like to earn lots of money from those, but I do all types: small productions, mega-projects, medium sized, even science fiction.”
Now, this kind of honesty is rare. Usually, everything is rainbows and puppy dogs during a press tour because anything else would be incongruent with the acknowledged goal of these things.
Why is that? It seems as though people don’t like it when an actor admits to a love of commerce or admits that acting is their job. We crave some kind of artisinal craftsmen’s pride in every film and TV project.
“Lie to us!” we psychically scream, begging our artists to protect our fantasy and validate the notion that we are connoisseurs of good not mere consumers.
We want to be told that something was a labor of love or fiercely innovative. They did it for art, they did it for the experience of working with XYZ , or because the story spoke to them in a deep and meaningful way.
We draw a line and fail to acknowledge the existence of the grey area. To choose an endeavor for art is laudable, anything else is allegedly without honor. End of story, but it’s a bullshit story.
I say good for Bruce Willis. He has a marketable skill, he is a product that moves off the shelf when it is put on a low enough shelf, and so he embraces that. That his inner artist is howling out in the dark, praying for something more doesn’t earn sympathy, but it’s also not surprising.
Willis has, over the course of his career, bobbed when he could have weaved and weaved on more than one occasion. He’s right when he says that he does all types, though “does” may be the wrong tense.
Regardless of his recent track record, though, Bruce Willis is a talent, I’m a fan, and I’m happy when he does something that feels daring or at least different — something like Moonrise Kingdom, Looper, Breakfast of Champions, The Sixth Sense, and Pulp Fiction — but I understand that people like money and money is good.
If Bruce Willis wants to occasionally (or regularly) make lesser fare for easier money, he won’t be the first or last actor to take the vilified expressway over the glorified dirt road, and I’m sure I and many others will watch — sometimes with gritted teeth (like when his co-star is 50 Cent), and sometimes with rapt enjoyment. Why? Because at the end of the day, that’s John McClane up there, and he’s handing out ass kickings like Gideon’s pass out Bibles.
UPDATE: According to The Huffington Post, Willis’ reps have denied that their client said these words and they have indicated that there was an issue with the translation. No word on what Willis did say.
For the record, I think the above words still resonate, because at some point, someone will say something along these lines and people will sprint to call them a sellout, placating this bizarre notion about our desire for actors to have unrealistically pure motives.
Why were Willis’ now apparently false remarks controversial? That is still a really good question.
This time on The BastardCast, Jeremy, Jason, and habitual guest Matthew Jackson discuss the latest Batman casting rumors (and Jason’s desperate desire to be Robin), why Johnny Depp should care a little more and suck a little less, and why Peter Capaldi will make a better Doctor Who than a marzipan dildo.
Also on the show: Boba Fett’s new reality TV show, why The Flash sounds like a kinder, fast moving version of Dexter, how DC Entertainment and the ani-Maniacs over at Warner Bros. need to grow a pair and not screw the Flash TV show up, and visual confirmation that Gustavo Fring is alive, well, and still making dope-ass chicken fingers in New Jersey.
Do you need more? Apparently, so did Bruce Willis, because Sly Stallone has taken to twitter in a manly way to possibly diss his former co-star while also announcing that Harrison Ford is entering The Stallone Zone to star in Expendables 3: Rise of the Hernia Sling.
Still not enough? Alright, alright, Harrison Ford also lays out his idea of an acceptable Indiana Jones swan song, Karl Urban gets an offer from one of the boys that he will surely refuse after urging the Star Trek creative team to embrace exploration, and George Lucas‘ dirty little secret about also being Michael McDonald is revealed thanks to “The Butter Song”.
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The BastardCast: Held down from Nerdist-like podcast-y glory by those damn American critics.
Most people Helen Mirren‘s age are slowing down, taking it easy, but as you will see in the below clips, the classy British actress and Academy Award winner can go gun for gun with the best of them, and can maintain perspective and offer important life advice even while disposing a corpse in a full-length ball gown. As I said, classy lady.
In these new clips from the upcoming action sequel RED 2, we get to see Mirren show off her shooting skills to a doubting whipper-snapper who looks and acts suspiciously like Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe, and in the second video she calls up Bruce Willis and friends to give them some bad news.
The first RED was a surprise hit when it was released in 2010. The sequel comes out on July 19th.
Let’s roll the clips below:
Source: The Mary Sue