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16 Films That Are 'Die Hard on a...'

Tim George Jun 10, 2019

Under Siege! Toy Soldiers! Cliffhanger! Speed! And the many other films that owe Die Hard a debt of gratitude...

The release of Die Hard in 1988 inaugurated a new trend in Hollywood action movies in which a new breed of everyman action hero faced off against terrorists in confined location. Between the one-man army action flicks of the eighties and the superheroes of the noughts, the Die Hard model was the action formula of record.

One of the main reasons for this success was that the formula was familiar yet flexible. All you needed was a location, a vaguely everyman hero, and a villain intent on (mostly) financial gain. Although the heyday of these movies was over twenty years ago, their influence endures to this day. Let’s take a look back…

It’s Die Hard… in a boarding school! Toy Soldiers

“Great, the school gets taken over
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The Wanderers (1979) Screens This Weekend at Webster University

“I don’t blame you. When I was your age, I was knockin’ ’em off left and right; but I never did it with nobody’s daughter.”

The Wanderers (1979) screens Friday December 16th through Sunday December 18th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30 all three evenings.

The Bronx, 1963. The 50’s style greaser gang the Wanderers find themselves becoming obsolete as the world changes all around them. The beginning of the Vietnam war and the assassination of President Kennedy signify the end of innocence while these lovably macho and rugged Italian-American lugs deal with gang fights, racial conflicts, finishing high school, and the awkward, yet inevitable transition from adolescence to adulthood. With the 1979 film The Wanderers, based on Richard Price’s cult novel, Director/co-writer Philip Kaufman delivered a vivid, funny, moving and sometimes even surreal evocation of a magical period in time. He
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Celebrity TV fill-ins: From Caitlyn Jenner to Megan Fox

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Celebrity TV fill-ins: From Caitlyn Jenner to Megan Fox
TV shows have found many different ways over the years to work around the pregnancy of their actresses. Sometimes, they do lots of episodes where their characters are always sitting behind a desk, or holding a giant purse, or (in a memorable "Cheers" episode when Shelley Long was pregnant) trapped in an air conditioning duct. "The X-Files" had Scully get abducted, while "Frasier" simply suggested that Daphne had just put on a lot of weight. "New Girl" is taking a multi-pronged approach for its next season. The first five episodes were filmed at the end of production for last season, and to allow the show to resume production while Zoey Deschanel is on maternity leave, Jess will be sequestered on jury duty for a few episodes. And on top of that, the loft will temporarily get a new roommate, played by... ... Megan Fox? Per the press release, "Fox will play 'Reagan,
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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part I

Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part I

By Alex Simon

One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.

Here are a few of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:

1. Night Moves (1975)

Director Arthur Penn hit three home runs in a row with the trifecta of Bonnie & Clyde, Alice’s Restaurant and Little Big Man,
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10 TV Shows You Didn’t Know Had Episodes Without Their Main Character

Many shows have had absentees during their run. Hell, some shows pretty much have it in the cast members’ contracts that they will only feature in half the episodes of a given season. But there are few shows which ditch their main characters altogether. Once in a blue moon in television, there will be moments where the cast are given the day off, they can’t make it to filming, or they walk out of the show altogether. This list compiles 10 shows wherein their mainest of main characters didn’t take part in at least one episode. I’m also providing a few exceptions wherein the character appeared Very briefly or made an appearance as themselves at some point.

If the main actor has left a show and the show continues, it doesn’t count, however. For example, Charlie Sheen in Two And A Half Men? Doesn’t count. Zach Braff
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Ken and Barbis Ask Your Help for Animal Shelters

Ken and Barbis Ask Your Help for Animal Shelters
Animal activists Ken Wahl and wife Shane Barbi, along with sister, Sia Barbi, are spokespersons for Stray Cat Alliance (Sca) - and are against the Hayden Law Repeal.

To cut the state budget, Governor Jerry Brown wants to revoke the Hayden Law for shelter pets in California, which currently gives 4-6 days to allow owners to find their lost pets, and to help injured animals receive donated medical attention, or to be available for a fostering or adoption opportunity.
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Ken and Barbis Helping the Horses

Models and animal activists Shane and Sia Barbi are starring with Michael Blake in the documentary "The Petition," which supports an end to horse slaughter.

Directed by Anne Novak and co-produced by Ken Wahl, all of the film's profits will also go to helping horses in need, and the Barbi twins are eager to gather one million signatures on a petition to ban the killings.

The film is scheduled to premiere in April 2012.

To find
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News Briefs: NBC Is Remaking Wiseguy

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... NBC is attempting a remake of the 1980s cop procedural Wiseguy, one of the first crime dramas to accentuate storytelling through the use of know, the thing that every show does nowadays. In the original, Ken Wahl starred as a cop who went to prison to make contacts with the criminal underworld. Plus he had the awesome name of Vinnie Terranova. Could be good, could be horrible. [Deadline Hollywood]

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80′s Gangster Series ‘Wiseguy’ Slated for TV Update

Stephen J. Cannell was responsible for creating a huge number of programming during the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s most notably Baretta, The Rockford Files, The A-Team and 21 Jump Street.

Arguably his best creation was Wiseguy. A series based around a jailed and disgraced cop who is offered the chance to see out his sentence by going undercover in organised crime circles. It now appears NBC wants to resurrect the show that ran for four seasons from 1987-1990.

Ken Wahl played the lead for three of the four seasons supported by the fantastic Jonathan Banks (recently seen as a regular in the excellent Breaking Bad). The show also features a number of breakout roles for the likes of Kevin Spacey and Joan Severance.

I eventually caught the show in the 90′s along with Michael Mann’s fellow mobster series Crime Story, featuring a stand-out performance from Dennis Farina. They both began
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Wiseguy headed back to network television

Back in the 1980s one of the smartest cop shows you could watch was Wiseguy. Ken Wahl played Vinny Terranova, an undercover cop who went deep undercover by doing real time in prison to establish his street cred. After Terranova was released, he began to get in with various criminal organizations to provide intel about their make-up, and to gather enough evidence to take down the perps.

Wiseguy was unusual for a couple of reasons. First, the stories on Wiseguy were different from most hour-long dramas on television at the time because the show employed story arcs spread out across a season. In a way, Wiseguy pioneered the way for shows like Lost or The Sopranos.

The second important way that Wiseguy stood out was the actors hired to play the big villains throughout the series. Kevin Spacey found one of his early roles here on Wiseguy, and Tim Curry
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Wiseguy Reboot Headed to NBC

NBC has plans to breathe new life into "Wiseguy," Deadline reports. The network will reboot the 1987 series with the help of "Homeland" writer Alex Cary. The original series, which ran for four seasons, told the story of Vinnie Terranova, an undercover FBI agent investigating organized crime. At the head of the series, he enters into an 18-month prison sentence in an attempt to establish connections with the criminal underworld. The new show will update the plot to a contemporary setting and it is suggested that the lead's criminal digressions may not be a part of the undercover act this time around. Created by Stephen J. Cannell, the original show starred Ken Wahl for the first three seasons, though he was replaced by Jonathan Banks as a new character...
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Wiseguy Getting Rebooted at NBC

Wiseguy Getting Rebooted at NBC
NBC has handed out a script commitment for a reboot of the 1987 series Wiseguy. Homeland writer/executive producer Alexander Cary is penning the pilot script.

Wiseguy ran for four seasons on CBS from 1987 to 1990. The series starred Ken Wahl as Vinnie Terranova, a former Justice Department agent who agrees to work for the Organized Crime Bureau of the FBI. He is sent to prison for 18 months to back up his cover, before being released to infiltrate the Steelgrave crime syndicate. Little is known about the story for this new version of the show.

20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment will produce the pilot. Stephen J. Cannell, who passed away in 2010, created the original series with Frank Lupo.
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NBC To Reboot Stephen Cannell’s ‘Wiseguy’

Exclusive: Stephen J. Cannell’s 1980s series Wiseguy is getting a contemporary reboot at NBC. The peacock network has bought a new take on the crime drama, which will be written by Alex Cary (Homeland). The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, has received a script commitment with penalty. A re-imagening of the original series, which Cannell co-created with Frank Lupo, Wiseguy centers on a disgraced former cop who, while serving time in prison, cuts a deal to work undercover for time off his sentence. The show begins as he’s being released — now he’ll put the connections he made behind bars to good use in the field as he helps the police take down a criminal organization. Cary, who is under an overall deal at 20th TV, will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. The original series, which ran on CBS for
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Ronald Reagan, Freaks And Geeks: Packard Campus Schedule

Ronald Reagan, Knute Rockne: All American Kay Francis, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow: Packard Campus Movies Thursday, September 1 (7:30 p.m.) The Wanderers (Orion, 1979) Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers. Directed by Philip Kaufman. With Ken Wahl, John Friedrich and Karen Allen. Action drama. Rated R. Color, 117 min. Thursday, September 8 (7:30 p.m.) Mildred Pierce (Warner Bros., 1945) A housewife-turned-waitress finds success in business but loses control of her ungrateful teenaged daughter. Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott and Ann Blyth. Drama. Black & White, 111 min. Selected for the National Film Registry in 1996. Friday, September 9 (7:30 p.m.) Pre-code Drama Double Feature Jewel Robbery (Warner Bros., 1932) A wealthy, married woman becomes captivated by a debonair jewel thief. Directed by William Dieterle. With Kay Francis and William Powell. Comedy,
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Retro Review 1981: Fort Apache, The Bronx

Fort Apache, The Bronx (Original Release Date: 6 February 1981)

Insult and intrigue swap slaps to the viewer's face for much of Fort Apache, The Bronx. It has strong performances and a stronger cast, along with enough real-feeling moments to make the ones that feel less real stand out. I suppose it resonated enough with its original audience for it to be one of the few movies from 1981 you won’t have to go out of your way to find. I found my copy in a four-dollar bargain bin at Walgreens (no hyphen, the Internet tells me).

Finding copies of these movies can be difficult. Next week’s movie comes to us courtesy of a raid on a local seller’s LaserDisc section, and the movie for the week after that is a rare case of NetFlix’s “Watch Instantly” selection aligning with my interests. I’ve had a hard enough time
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La Readers: Edgar Wright returns to the New Beverly with The Wright Stuff II

Edgar Wright returns to the New Beverly grindhouse in Los Angeles with his resume of flicks along with a boatload of his favorites. This is the second time the fan favorite filmmaker has taken over the retro theater where he will be present for Q & A’s and a raucous good time.

january 14, 15 The Wright Stuff II – Triple Feature! All Tickets $10

Shaun Of The Dead Fri / Sat: 7:30 2004, UK / France / USA, 99 minutes Edgar Wright will appear In Person, schedule permitting, Friday & Saturday to discuss! directed by Edgar Wright; written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright; starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran Trailer

Hot Fuzz Fri / Sat: 9:30 2007, UK / France / USA, 121 minutes directed by Edgar Wright; written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright; starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Fri / Sat: 11:59pm (Midnight) 2009, USA / UK / Canada,
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/Film La: Edgar Wright Programs The New Beverly January 14-31

/Film La: Edgar Wright Programs The New Beverly January 14-31
The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is one of those movie theaters that film fans must visit at some point in their life. Maybe it's not the prettiest theater in the world, but the tickets are cheap, the popcorn is cheap, and it regularly has some of the best, if not the best, repertory screenings imaginable, mostly in double features. Now, for their 2011 season, they've decided to kick it off the Wright way. The Edgar Wright way. The New Bev will play host to over two weeks of films programmed by director Edgar Wright. They did it three years ago and now, the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (which will screen as one marathon) is back for The Wright Stuff II. Wright has chosen twenty films to play over 18 days beginning January 14 and most of the films are specially themed double features.
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In Memoriam: Legendary ‘The A-Team’ Creator, TV Show Writer Stephen J. Cannell

Chicago – In the 1980s, you couldn’t swing a burnt-out remote without coming upon either a Stephen J. Cannell created series or an episode that he’d personally written. The amazingly prolific and populist television icon – best known for “The Rockford Files” and “The A-Team” – passed away last week at the age of 69.

On-screen, Cannell was remembered for his famous sign-off to the TV shows he produced – ripping the paper out of his typewriter and flinging it into the air until it formed a “C” logo. In the truest honor, “The Simpsons” did a parody of that sign-off in an episode featuring Itchy and Scratchy.

Stephen J. Cannell (left) on the set of ‘The Rockford Files’ with James Garner

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Stephen J. Cannell was born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby Pasadena, California. He struggled with dyslexia throughout his life, and later became a national spokesperson for the condition.
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Remembering Stephen J. Cannell

On Friday, October 1, 2010, veteran television show creator, producer and screenwriter Stephen J. Cannell passed away from complications arising from melanoma. He was 69 years old.

Throughout the 1980s there wasn't a mainstream television viewer that didn't know his name. If you watched The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hardcastle & McCormick, Hunter, Wiseguy, The Commish, The Greatest American Hero, Silk Stalkings, Street Justice, Stingray, Tenspeed and Brownshoe, Booker, Black Sheep Squadron, and you watched the show through until its end credits, you saw his name and face appear on your screen. His production company's credit block was him working away on a typewriter and then pulling out the page, tossing it into the air and watching it resolve into the C. for Stephen J. Cannell Productions.

Cannell's TV shows were based in the action genre, but that's not to say that each of them were the same. The A-Team and Hunter could be seen as less based in reality,
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Stephen J. Cannell: Remembering the 'Rockford Files,' 'A-Team' writer-producer

Stephen J. Cannell: Remembering the 'Rockford Files,' 'A-Team' writer-producer
Stephen J. Cannell didn’t produce every show on television during the late 1970s and 1980s—it just seemed like he did. The Rockford Files. The Greatest American Hero. The A-Team. Over the course of a 40-year career, Cannell, who died Friday at age 69, produced more than 40 TV series. For anyone who grew up on his shows, the man and his creations simply defined television.

While it’s natural for any appreciation of Cannell’s career to begin by noting how prolific he was, a closer look at that considerable body of work reminds us that entertaining TV—and certainly
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