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Die Hard on a Shoestring: The Low Budget Die Hard Clones

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at some low budget Die Hard clones…

It may not have been the first of its kind, but when Die Hard came out, from the moment Bruce Willis entered the Nakatomi plaza, a new sub-genre all of its own was launched – ‘The Die Hard Movie’. None have compared, whether it was the sequels to the original, or big budget escapades like Under Siege (Dh on a boat), The Rock (on Alcatraz), Executive Decision, Passenger 57 and Airforce One (Dh on Planes), Sudden Death (at an ice hockey stadium) or Skyscraper (Dh…back in a Skycraper…) to name a few.

There have been innumerable big screen riffs. At the same time, through the video era up until now, many a B movie god, or even Sean Astin (IcebreakerDie Hard at a Ski resort against a villanous Bruce Campbell) have delved into McClane’s territory. Die Hard on a shoe-string.
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Review: 'Hobbs & Shaw' Delivers Big Tag-Team Action By the Truckload

After eight movies so far, the Fast and the Furious franchise (which launched in 2001) gets its first spin-off as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (most recently in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Skyscraper) and Jason Statham (from the Crank movies and The Meg) reprise their roles (first introduced in Fast & Furious 6) as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Directed by David Leitch, from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and longtime Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan, the film delivers on the over-the-top action, on-the-nose scripting, and off-the-charts charisma that the series has been known for. Ever since the tough, trash-talking Hobbs (Johnson), an agent of the Diplomatic Security Service (Dss), and former British Special Forces operative Shaw (Statham) first faced each other in 2015's sequel Furious 7, the two have been sworn enemies. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba
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'Fast & Furious' Spin-Off, 'Hobbs & Shaw', Ready to Race to a #1 Weekend Finish

'Fast & Furious' Spin-Off, 'Hobbs & Shaw', Ready to Race to a #1 Weekend Finish
It's time to get Fast & Furious in theaters once again, though this time the whole gang isn't here as Universal has spun-off from the primary franchise with the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs & Shaw. The film will easily take the #1 spot at this weekend's box office followed by the continued success of Disney's The Lion King. Additionally, eyes will be on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, eager to see how the film follows up the director's largest opening to date. It has been two years since the last Fast & Furious film and, in some ways, it won't be for another year that we actually get a "true" Fast & Furious film as this weekend's Hobbs & Shaw is a spin-off with characters introduced well after the franchise got its start 18 years ago. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as the title characters,
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How Hiram Garcia Keeps The Rock’s Blockbuster Movies on Track

  • Variety
How Hiram Garcia Keeps The Rock’s Blockbuster Movies on Track
Producing movie after movie with your sister’s ex-husband could easily become awkward. Not so for Hiram Garcia, head of production at Seven Bucks Prods., the company behind a string of box-office hits starring WWE powerhouse turned Hollywood megastar Dwayne Johnson.

But then again he and Johnson, once known as “The Rock,” go back decades.

“They’ve known each other for so long, so there is a real shorthand — and an incredible trust — between them,” says Beau Flynn, who produced Johnson-starring films including “San Andreas,” “Skyscraper” and “Rampage” with Garcia. “It’s not easy to tell your boss, the biggest movie star in the world, that you want to talk through an idea, or that maybe there’s another path. And Hiram does it with such elegance and honesty. Dwayne knows that Hiram is always gonna tell him the truth … and he respects and appreciates that.”

“When I first met Hiram back in college,
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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ 16: Which Top 5 female dancer are you rooting for? [Poll]

No less than five of the Top 10 girls selected by the judges for the 16th season Fox’s reality talent contest, “So You Think You Can Dance,” were ballroom specialists. But this week, once the female dancers were paired with an All-Star guy as they performed a duet outside their comfort zone, only one was left standing when the group of 10 was axed to a Top 5 — Stephanie Sosa, 19, from Provo, Utah, whose dance partner and brother Ezra, 18, will compete to make into the male Top 5 next week.

They already made history by becoming the first sibling contestants to get this far in the competition.

See Exclusive video interview with ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ host Cat Deeley

But contemporary dancers are usually the biggest group represented on the show and three of the ladies who moved on to the Top 5 represent the style — Madison Jordan, 21, a Lake Elmo, Minn.
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‘The Longest Day in Chang’an’ Is the Latest Chinese Hit to Fly Under America’s Radar

The action-packed web series “The Longest Day in Chang’an” has taken the Chinese internet by storm, but American audiences shouldn’t feel guilty if this is the first they’re hearing of it. It turns out that even one of the summer’s most successful series overseas can’t find a stateside foothold among fans when Western media elects to almost completely ignore it.

“The Longest Day in Chang’an” is a period drama that takes place during the cultural height of the Tang Dynasty that follows the head of Chang’an’s anti-terror department and a detective-turned-prisoner, who must work together to stop a mysterious army that has infiltrated the empire’s capital. The series has been a smash hit in China and the Western viewers that have seen it — the series is streaming on Amazon Prime Video — are similarly hooked, if the effusive user scores on Prime
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How Demi Lovato Has "Cleaned House" of Negative Influences 1 Year After Overdose

How Demi Lovato Has
As Demi Lovato marks one year since her overdose, the singer is "very focused" and "committed" to her sobriety. On July 24, 2018, the "Skyscraper" star was rushed to the hospital from her home in the Hollywood Hills after an apparent drug overdose. Two weeks later, Lovato checked into rehab after being released from the hospital. "I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery," Lovato wrote in a message to fans at the time. "The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting." And fight she did. In Nov....
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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ top 20 is now in place -who are you most pulling for?

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ top 20 is now in place -who are you most pulling for?
There were some cruel cuts made on episode 7 of the 16th season of “So You Think You Can Dance” this week as the judges were forced to whittle down 64 hopefuls to a mere 20. The ones who didn’t make it that made me the saddest was hip hop girl Dezi Saenz and contemporary dancer Jarrod Tyler Paulson. On the upside, his sweetheart Madison Jordan sailed on through to next week.

But for every downer, there were several of my favorites who got a thumbs up. Popper Sumi Oshima (see video above), who portrayed herself as a bad girl during her audition, surprised me with her heartfelt emotion and poetic movements as she performed to “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato.

Then there was the whirling dervish who is b-boy Bailey Munoz, who outdid himself while performing to Four Seasons’ “Beggin.” Unfortunately, his fellow hip-hopper and “Filipino brother,” John John Tarrayo, did not move on.
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Neve Campbell Seeking SAG-AFTRA Board Seat on Matthew Modine Slate (Exclusive)

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Neve Campbell Seeking SAG-AFTRA Board Seat on Matthew Modine Slate (Exclusive)
Neve Campbell is running for a SAG-AFTRA national board seat as a member of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate.

Campbell is best known for starring as Sidney Prescott in the “Scream” movies and as LeAnn Harvey in “House of Cards.” Her credits include “Skyscraper,” “Wild Things” and “The Craft.”

Election ballots will be mailed to dues-current members on July 29 and will be tabulated on August 28. SAG-aftra represents about 160,000 performers. Turnout is usually between 20% and 30%.

Campbell has not previously sought a SAG-aftra post. She stressed concerns about new media coverage in her candidacy statement, released Saturday. SAG-aftra’s current master contract expires on June 30.

“It’s time for me to get involved,” she said.”I am very concerned about our future. We can’t let what happened in cable and Home-Video/DVD happen in New Media. It’s imperative that we have the strongest team
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‘Fast & Furious’ Spinoff ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Tracking for $65 Million Box Office Opening

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‘Fast & Furious’ Spinoff ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Tracking for $65 Million Box Office Opening
After over a year out of theaters, Dwayne Johnson is returning to the box office in Universal’s “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw,” which early box office tracking now project for a $55-65 million opening.

Being a spinoff, early tracking was expected to notably lower than $98.7 million domestic opening of the last “F&f” film, 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious.” Potential competition from “The Lion King” and “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” could also peel off moviegoers when the film hits theaters on Aug. 2.

But there’s still room for growth considering the name recognition of the franchise and the popularity of the film’s two leading stars. For Johnson, this is his first leading role since last summer’s “Skyscraper,” a film that needed help from overseas markets after it only grossed $68 million domestic against a $125 million budget. But as he returns to one of his most popular roles,
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Netflix Budget for Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Red Notice’ Could Hit Massive $200 Million — Report

Netflix Budget for Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Red Notice’ Could Hit Massive $200 Million — Report
Last week’s report that Netflix was cutting back on its budgets for original film and television projects is not applying to “Red Notice,” the action thriller starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds that the streaming giant picked up on July 8. “Red Notice,” directed by Johnson’s “Central Intelligence” and “Skyscraper” helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber, was originally set up at Universal for a November 2020 release before moving to Netflix.

A new report from Variety claims Netflix could be spending a massive $200 million on “Red Notice.” One insider told the publication the budget was roughly $160 million, although Variety reports with additional fees that number could easily get closer to $200 million. Even the reported $160 million price tag would make “Red Notice” the most expensive original in Netflix’s history. Johnson thanked Netflix on social media for “making its largest commitment ever to a feature film.”

Red Notice” stars Johnson as
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Netflix Signs Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot & Ryan Reynolds For Action Film ‘Red Notice’ From ‘Skyscraper’ Director

Netflix Signs Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot & Ryan Reynolds For Action Film ‘Red Notice’ From ‘Skyscraper’ Director
Remember last week when I said that it was being reported that Netflix was going to back down from spending large sums of money to fund massive films because the return-on-investment didn’t work on in its favor? Yeah, well apparently the streaming service is still going to write big checks, but you better have three of the world’s biggest stars signed on. And that’s exactly the case with the upcoming “Red Notice.”

According to Deadline, Netflix has spent a handsome amount of money to finance and distribute the upcoming globe-trotting heist film titled “Red Notice.” The film is set to star some of the highest-profile stars in the world today with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot attached.

Continue reading Netflix Signs Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot & Ryan Reynolds For Action Film ‘Red Notice’ From ‘Skyscraper’ Director at The Playlist.
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Dwayne Johnson's Action Film Red Notice Moves to Netflix and Ryan Reynolds Joins the Cast

Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming new action thriller Red Notice was originally set up at Universal Pictures, but the film has now moved over the Netflix. Gal Gadot also stars in the film, and they will now be joined by Ryan Reynolds.

The movie was supposed to be released on November 13th, 2020, but with the studio move, we don’t know when the film will be released by Netflix. There’s no word on why the film production made the move, but everyone seems excited about it!

Director Rawson Marshall Thurber is helming the project, which will center around capturing the most-wanted art thief in the world. He had this to say in a statement:

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making ‘Red Notice’ with Scott Stuber and Netflix — a company that believes in filmmakers and big ideas for a global audience.”

Johnson added:

“With ‘Red Notice,’ our goal at Seven Bucks Productions
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Ryan Reynolds Joins Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in ‘Red Notice’ at Netflix

Wowzers! Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Rawson Marshall Thurber's international action movie Red Notice, which in an eyebrow-raising move, has shifted from Universal to Netflix. But let's back up, first. Red Notice was a hot studio package that Universal won last year in a bidding war, trumping Netflix at the time. When Skyscraper was preparing to hit theaters last summer, Thurber promoted the film on Collider Movie Talk, and hinted that he had a third lead in mind for Red Notice, to which Johnson and Gadot had already signed …
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Red Notice’ Moves From Universal to Netflix, Adds Ryan Reynolds

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Red Notice’ Moves From Universal to Netflix, Adds Ryan Reynolds
Netflix has taken over Dwayne Johnson’s action movie “Red Notice” from Universal Pictures and added Ryan Reynolds to the cast.

Red Notice” had been in the works at Universal, but the studio announced Monday that it’s vacating the previously announced Nov. 13, 2020, release date in favor of an untitled event film.

Johnson reteams with his “Skyscraper” and “Central Intelligence” writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber for “Red Notice” and plays an Interpol agent tasked with capturing the most-wanted art thief in the world.

The film will be produced by the returning “Skyscraper” team, including Beau Flynn for his Flynn Picture Co.; Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia for their Seven Bucks Productions; and Thurber for his Bad Version, Inc. Wendy Jacobson executive produces.

Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot came on board in April. Johnson is expected to get his first $20 million paycheck for the gig. Universal won a bidding war
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Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot's 'Red Notice' Moves to Netflix, Adds Ryan Reynolds

Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot's 'Red Notice' Moves to Netflix, Adds Ryan Reynolds
Red Notice is setting up shop at Netflix.

The big budget international heist feature starring Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot has moved from Universal to the streaming service, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. With the move comes the additional casting news of Ryan Reynolds, who is starring in Michael Bay's Six Underground for Netflix.

Filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in last year's Skyscraper, is writing and directing Red Notice, which Universal previously was going to release on Nov. 13, 2020. It now has no release date, but will shoot in 2020.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making ...
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Mike Liotta Exits True Public Relations, Launches PR Machine

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Exclusive: Mike Liotta has stepped down from his role as VP at True Public Relations to launch PR Machine. The newly formed boutique agency will be based in Los Angeles and focus on personal publicity.

Working in PR for 14 years, Liotta joined True Public Relations in 2005 as an assistant and quickly rose through the ranks before stepping into the position of VP.

Joining Liotta at PR Machine is Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Regina King as well as Emmy-nominated actors Tim Matheson and Melora Hardin.

Others on his client roster include NAACP Image Award-nominated actress Logan Browning, Jon Huertas (This Is Us), Cress Williams (Black Lightning), Elizabeth Tulloch (Grimm), Byron Mann, Radha Mitchell (The Romanoffs), Summer Bishil (The Magicians), Anthony Alabi (Family Reunion), Adrian Martinez, WWE Superstar Cj “Lana” Perry (Total Divas), Allen Maldonado (The Last O.G.), Celina Jade (Wolf Warrior 2), Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural), Paul Ben-Victor (The Wire), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Tzi Ma, Peter Macon (The Orville), Denim Richards, Osric Chau (Supernatural), Joseph Gatt (Dumbo), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), Josie Ho (Contagion), Adam Korson (The Twilight Zone), Dakota Shapiro (Valley of the Boom), Mark Gagliardi (Blood & Treasure), Lily Ji (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Juliet Landau (Bosch), Jimmy Wong (Mulan), Malcolm Freberg (Survivor), Johann Urb (Arrow), Madeline Zima (Californication).

His roster also includes on-air personalities Jillian Barberie and Carly Steel; as well as Apple TV+ series co-creator/showrunner Dara Resnik (Home Before Dark). Liotta also represents Movie Trivia Schmoedown and the annual Dreamer Dinner charitable fundraiser for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles.
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Showbiz History: On a Clear Day You Can See Peter Dinklage in Jurassic Park?

Six random things that happened on this day (June 11th) in showbiz history

1966 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring the great Barbara Harris and John Cullum closes on Broadway shortly before the Tony Awards, where it will lose all three of its nominations. It was snubbed in Best Musical where Man of La Mancha won and Mame, Skyscraper, and Sweet Charity were all nominated. Nevertheless it was quicker than all but Sweet Charity in getting a big screen adaptation. Barbra Streisand starred.

1969 Peter Dinklage is born (Happy 50th!). Do you think he's headed for a fourth Emmy win for Game of Thrones? Do you remember the first time you saw him? For us it was The Station Agent (2003), such a gem from the early Aughts...
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Cannes: ‘Skyfire,’ China’s First Big-Budget Disaster Movie, Shopped by Meridian Ent. (Exclusive)

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Chinese-based companies Meridian Entertainment and Base FX are shopping “Skyfire” at Cannes, China’s first big-budget disaster movie, about a volcanic eruption. The film is directed by British helmer Simon West and stars Britain’s Jason Isaacs, Wang Xueqi (“Iron Man 3”), Shawn Dou (“Wolf Totem”) and Hannah Quinlivan (“Skyscraper”).

“Just as ‘The Wandering Earth’ was the breakout film for the sci-fi genre, we hope ‘Skyfire’ can do the same for the disaster genre,” Meridian’s CEO Jennifer Dong told Variety. “The China market is finally sufficiently large that it can support the making of a big-budget special effects film like this one just for the local market, yet this kind of VFX-heavy film is also something that viewers worldwide can understand and appreciate. We hope we’ve shot a Chinese film for a global audience.”

The film tells the story of people at a tropical resort who get caught up in a volcanic explosion.
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Rj Mitte Says There’s a ‘Time and Place’ for Able-Bodied Actors to Play Characters With Disabilities

Rj Mitte Says There’s a ‘Time and Place’ for Able-Bodied Actors to Play Characters With Disabilities
Rj Mitte, who starred in “Breaking Bad” and has cerebral palsy, says there are times when it’s appropriate for able-bodied actors to portray characters with disabilities.

Many actors with disabilities have criticized the common Hollywood practice of able-bodied actors portraying characters who have disabilities, instead of actors who have the same disabilities.

Mitte, who spoke with TheWrap on behalf of his role as a judge for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, said that everyone deserves to be represented, and people should continue to voice their opinions about visibility for actors with disabilities. But, he added, that many projects being made today are part of an evolution toward more visibility.

Also Read: Disabled Actors and Professionals 'Show Our Full Strength' in Easterseals Film Challenge

“If we want people with disabilities not to just be stuck to a disabled role or pigeon-holed into a role, we have to be broader in our decision-making.
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