Holy Nakatomi Plaza! July 15 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the original Die Hard, a movie that occupies a revered place in my pantheon of smart-ass films. And with the latest sequel, A Good Day to Die Hard, hitting theaters on Feb. 14, Fox has released the Die Hard: 25th Anniversary Collection on Blu-Ray. more »
Casting news continues to trickle out for the film based on the wild life and times of CBGB, none of which is quite as eye-opening as word that the story of one of New York City's most legendary, lamented live-music venues will be filmed largely in... Savannah, Georgia.
"Alan Rickman has signed on to play the legendary owner and founder of CBGB in Randall Miller and Jody Savin’s project revolving the seminal New York rock club. [...] Rickman will play Hilly Kristal, who in the late 1970s sought to create a venue for county, bluegrass and blues music (the 'CBGB' of the name) in New York City. But after acts playing that music were tough to find, Kristal allowed local performers to play. That decision was precipitous, as the club soon became ground zero for rock & roll as well as punk, launching the careers of performers such as The Ramones, Blondie and Patti Smith." On the other hand, this was supposed to shoot last fall; let's hope the Rickman coup pays off for the new June production date. Developing... [THR]
Oh, the mysterious plight of Severus Snape, the dark and complex Hogwarts teacher and Harry Potter-hating wizard of J.K. Rowling's beloved YA series. As the epic showdown between good and evil comes to its dramatic conclusion this week in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, consider the conundrum that is Snape in WB's newly released character featurette.