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DieHard Is Back – Bruce Willis Reprises Role of John McClane For New DieHard Battery Commercial

Bruce Willis reprised his iconic role of John McClane for a new Advance Auto Parts DieHard battery commercial.

Debuting Sunday during Fox’s America’s Game of the Week telecast of Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay, the two-minute mini-movie not only features a lot of action and classic McClane snark, but also reunites some of the cast from the 1988 blockbuster. De’voreaux White (Argyle) and Clarence Gilyard (Theo) appear in the spot, both bringing a healthy dose of nostalgia. And of course, there is some vent crawling in the commercial.

“I’ve never done any sort of commercial with the John McClane character, but Advance Auto Parts brought an idea to integrate DieHard the battery into the Die Hard story through a short film that’s authentic to McClane and both brands,” said Willis in a statement. “Advance approached this like a motion picture – the script is clever, the production intense and the spot is entertaining. This is what Die Hard fans expect. I think they will dig the DieHard –Die Hard mashup.”

Added Willis, who last played the character in 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard, “I always have a lot of fun playing John McClane and I really enjoyed how Advance Auto Parts brought in De’voreaux and Clarence from the original film.”

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Watch The Empty Man Trailer

Check out the heart-stopping trailer, for 20th Century Studios’ supernatural horror film The Empty Man.

The Empty Man is based on a popular series of Boom! Studios graphic novels. After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers a secretive group and their attempts to summon a horrific, mystical entity, and soon his life—and the lives of those close to him—are in grave danger. 

Directed by David Prior from a screen story and screenplay by David Prior based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn, “The Empty Man” stars James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney and Sasha Frolova.

The Empty Man opens on October 23, 2020.

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LEGO Ideas: Build A LEGO Star Wars Holiday Scene Contest

The holidays always come and go, but The Force is always there! How do your Holiday Star Wars scenes look? LEGO Ideas has announced a Build A LEGO Star Wars Holiday Scene Contest. All you have to do is create a holiday scene with at least one of the following elements:

– Millennium Falcon
– TIE Fighter
– X-Wing Fighter
– AAT
– AT-AT
– Jedi Interceptor
– 501st Legion Clone Troopers

Your scene must feature at least one of these listed above and be Holiday themed. The rest is up to you! A panel of judges consisting of members of the LEGO Star Wars™ team, will choose 3 winners based on:

– Overall coolness and originality: 25%
– Most inspired details: 25%
– Relevance to contest theme: 25% ​​​​
– Best use of LEGO elements: 25%

If you are the first place winner of this contest, you’ll win the following:

– 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina
– 75005 Rancor Pit
– 31200 Star Wars The Sith (LEGO Art)
– 75275 A-Wing Starfighter
– 75318 The Child
– 40431 BB-8
– 40391 First Order Storm Trooper

If you are the second place winner of this contest, you’ll win the following:

– 75292 The Razor Crest
– 75083 AT-DP
– 31200 Star Wars The Sith (LEGO Art)
– 75275 A-Wing Starfighter

If you are the third place winner of this contest, you’ll win the following:

– 75288 AT-AT
– 8128 Cad Bane’s Speeder
– 31200 Star Wars The Sith

Contest info and rules can be found HERE.

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New Trailer Debuts Today For Disney And Pixar’s Upcoming New Film “Soul” Premiering On Disney+ On December 25

Available exclusively on Disney+ beginning Dec. 25, 2020, Disney and Pixar’s feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher with a serious passion for jazz music. The story is particularly relatable to the artists behind it. For Jamie Foxx, who lends his voice to Joe, it begins with jazz. “Like Joe, I hear music in everything,” said Foxx. “When you’re a jazz artist, man, you talk a little different: ‘Hey, cat!’  I got a chance to go to a few jazz fests and meet Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa—hang out with those guys. They have a way of talking, a way of dressing—everything funnels toward their music, toward the jazz.” 

But director Pete Docter, who shares Foxx’s love of music, conceived of the character before jazz entered the picture. “I’ve been so lucky to work with some incredible people and make movies that have been seen around the world,” he said. “But I realized that as wonderful as these projects are, there’s more to living than a singular passion—as expressive and fulfilling as that may be. Sometimes the small insignificant things are what it’s really about. This film is about broadening the idea of a singular focus to thinking more widely about what life has to offer and what we have to offer life.”

Likewise, co-director Kemp Powers, who initially joined the project as a writer, didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for Joe Gardner. “We’ve been working on ‘Soul’ for years, but the film feels timelier now than we ever could have imagined back when we began,” said Powers. “In a year where everything we know has been turned upside down, we’ve all been forced to find new meaning both in the relationships we have and the small moments that truly make life worth living.”

In the film, Joe is on the brink of getting his big break playing for a jazz quartet. But he finds himself on an unexpected detour from the streets of New York City to The Great Before, tasked with helping new soul 22, voiced by Tina Fey, find her spark to earn her way to Earth. “He’s sure if he can share his life story with her—his passion for jazz—she’ll be inspired and they’ll both get to go to Earth,” said producer Dana Murray. “They do make it back to Earth, but that’s really the beginning of their adventure. It’s a funny and touching story of friendship and self-discovery, and we can’t wait to show it to the world.”

Five-time BAFTA winner Graham Norton (“The Graham Norton Show”) revealed last weekend that he lends his voice to spiritual sign twirler Moonwind. The voice cast also includes Rachel House (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “Thor: Ragnaraok”) as the count-obsessed Terry, and Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Richard Ayoade (“The Mandalorian”), Wes Studi (“Woke,” “The Last of the Mohicans”), Fortune Feimster (“Bless the Harts”) and Zenobia Shroff (“The Affair”) as the voices of the Counselors. Comedian Donnell Rawlings voices Joe’s barber Dez, and June Squibb (“Nebraska”) provides the voice of Gerel. They join Foxx, Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs. 

Rated PG, “Soul” features jazz compositions & arrangements by globally renowned musician and GRAMMY nominee Jon Batiste, and an original score by Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“The Social Network”). 

 

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Mondo To Release Godzilla vs. Gigan Linocut Poster By Attack Peter On October 15

All hail Attack Peter! The Fire Wire’s favorite linocut artist is back with a brand new handmade poster — the fifth in his Godzilla poster series — this time for 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan.

This film marks the first appearance of the excellent Gigan, a cyborg space monster who has a giant buzzsaw on his belly and hooks for hands. Gigan and King Ghidorah enter a tag team battle against our hero Godzilla and Anguirus. Oh, plus they battle in an amusement park that has a giant Godzilla tower.

Peter’s personally crafts each poster, printing from his linocuts onto handmade Lokta paper from Nepal. The amount of care and detail that goes into these unique pieces is astounding, and they’re sure to be the centerpiece of any collection. 

Attack Peter’s Godzilla vs. Gigan will be available for purchase tomorrow October 15 at 11AM (CT) via The Drop.

Godzilla vs. Gigan Linocut Poster
Art by Attack Peter
1-color Linocut Print on Lokta Paper
Printed, Signed and Numbered by the Artist
20”x30”
Edition of 120
Expected to ship in November 2020
$100

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Watch The Second Trailer For The Disney+ Original Movie Clouds

Today, Disney+ released the moving second trailer for Clouds. 

Inspired by an incredible true story, Clouds is a poignant and beautiful look at the duality of life. Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) is a fun-loving high school student with raw musical talent living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. At the start of his senior year, he is ready to take on the world, however when he receives the news that the disease has spread, he and his best friend and songwriting partner, Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter), decide to spend Zach’s limited time following their dreams. With the help of Zach’s mentor and teacher, Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery), Zach and Sammy are given the chance of a lifetime and are offered a record deal. Along with the support of the love of his life, Amy (Madison Iseman) and his parents, Rob and Laura (Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell); Zach embarks on an unforgettable journey about friendship, love and the power of music.

Clouds is directed by Justin Baldoni and the film will begin streaming on Disney+ on October 16.

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Watch The Mank Teaser Trailer

Netflix has released the first Mank teaser for acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher’s upcoming black-and-white biopic drama, providing us a preview of Oscar winner Gary Oldman’s portrayal of the titular Citizen Kane screenwriter. Also starring Amanda Seyfried, the film will make its debut in select theaters in November, and will be available for global streaming on December 4.

Mank will be led by Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz. 1930s Hollywood re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.

Oldman will be joined by Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Lily Collins as Rita Alexander, Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst, Tuppence Middleton as Sara Mankiewicz, Arliss Howard as Louis B. Meyer, Ferdinand Kingsley as Irving Thalberg, Jamie McShane as Shelly Metcalf, Joseph Cross as Charles Lederer, Sam Troughton as John Houseman, Toby Leonard Moore as David O. Selznick, Tom Burke as Orson Wells, Tom Pelphrey as Joe Mankiewicz and Monika Gossmann as Fraulein Freda.

Mank is directed by David Fincher from a script written by Jack Fincher.

Mankiewicz is most famous for co-writing Citizen Kane alongside director Orson Welles. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, it gave Mankiewicz quite the influence in the golden age of Hollywood. In keeping with the vibe, Mank is filmed entirely in black and white.

Having written or co-written nearly 100 other films, including classics like The Pride of the Yankees, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Wizard of Oz, he remains best-known for Citizen Kane. Although the film caused a rift between him and Welles, as Mankiewicz accused the director of pushing him out of the limelight, even offering to pay him off so Welles could get the sole writing credit on the film.

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The Hobbit Trilogy & The Lord of The Rings Trilogy Arriving On 4K UHD December 1, 2020

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, will be available for the first time on 4K UHD on December 1.

From New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, the two epic trilogies include the theatrical and extended versions of the six films in 4K UHD with HDR.  The Hobbit Trilogy includes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy includes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Both trilogies will also include Digital copies of both versions of each film.

4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, and more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.   

The 4K remastering process was overseen by Peter Jackson.

In addition, it was also announced that a 4K UHD “Middle-earth” Ultimate Collectors’ Edition featuring the theatrical and extended versions of all six films, along with new bonus content, previously released Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit Trilogy, and remastered Blu-ray discs of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will be released in the summer of 2021. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy featuring remastered Blu-ray discs of the theatrical and extended versions of the 3 films will also be released in the fourth quarter 2021, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will also feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will be available on 4K Ultra HD for $89.99 Expected Retail Price.

Fans can also own The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in 4K UHD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on December 1st.   

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Watch The News of The World Trailer Starring Tom Hanks

This Christmas, Universal Pictures is proud to present Tom Hanks starring in News of the World, a moving story written and directed by Paul Greengrass, reuniting for the first time with his star from their 2013 Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips. 

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a widower and veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe.

In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, System Crasher), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will. 

Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.

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Addams Family 2 Coming October 8, 2021

The sequel to MGM’s 2019 box-office smash hit, The Addams Family has rounded out its stellar voice cast with the additions of Bill Hader as all-new character “Cyrus,” and Javon “Wanna” Walton taking on the role of the youngest Addams sibling, “Pugsley.” Hader and Walton join returning Addams Family film stars Charlize Theron (Morticia), Oscar Isaac (Gomez), Chloë Grace Moretz (Wednesday), Nick Kroll (Fester), Bette Midler (Grandma) and Snoop Dogg (It). 

Director Greg Tiernan has also returned for the sequel, which will be released in theaters October 8, 2021 via MGM’s United Artists Releasing banner.

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