A Good Day to Die Hard, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Happy Thursday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: Drive influences another jackass... But is the original Drive jackass really a jackass?... Ben Stiller inherits a Russell Brand gig... blockbuster Hong Kong smut reaches another milestone... and more.
· Fox announced Wednesday that Die Hard 5 has officially been christened A Good Day to Die Hard and will open Feb. 14, 2013. Sounds less like a action-franchise release strategy than a romantic send-off for Hugh Hefner, but whatever. Don't pretend that you didn't give up on this years ago. [THR]
· More genius word-of-mouth for Drive: The clown who threw a hot dog at Tiger Woods last weekend claims he was inspired by Nicolas Winding Refn's moody thriller to "do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger." Of course, there are no hot dogs in Drive; nothing is even thrown, as far as I can remember. But, uh, there you have it. [Santa Rosa Press-Democrat via THR]
· Speaking of idiots, what if the Detroit woman suing FilmDistrict for issuing a misleading trailer has an actual point? Not a case, necessarily, but still: "[I]sn't there something to be said for calling out studios and marketing departments that pull this sort of stuff? Shouldn't we be discussing a multi-billion dollar company deliberately trying to trick movie goers out of their money? Shouldn't we ridicule and verbally chastise a studio that engages in this type of behavior? In my opinion, hell yes we should." For the record, FilmDistrict is not even close to a billion-dollar company, but the point stands. And it's a fair one, no? [Movie Reviews to Go]
· Ben Stiller is taking over for Russell Brand in RentaGhost, the supernatural family yarn about a recently deceased man who launches a specter-lending enterprise for the living. The change follows Fox's acquisition of the BBC series adaptation from Warner Bros. [Variety]
· Congrats are once again in order for the trailblazing, blockbuster Hong Kong smut 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, which was announced as the first 3-D VOD offering of the pay-cable broadcaster Celestial Movies. Huzzah! [Variety]