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Al Pacino Claims He Turned Down 'Die Hard' And 'Star Wars' Roles

June 4th, 2013 4:32pm EDT
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Renowned thespian Al Pacino is convinced he gave Bruce Willis his big break in Hollywood by turning down the lead role in Die Hard.

The Scarface star has divulged he was one of the first actors approached to play tough cop John McClane in the 1988 blockbuster, but he passed on the script.

Pacino made the revelation about Willis at a question-and-answer session in London over the weekend, insisting, "I gave that boy a career!"

He then added, "You know who else I gave a career to? Harrison Ford in Star Wars - that role was mine for the taking but I couldn't understand the script."

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Bruce Willis Unveils Colossal 'Die Hard' Mural

February 1st, 2013 8:26am EST
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis unveiled a permanent tribute to his Die Hard character John McClane at a movie studio in California on Thursday to mark 25 years since the original film's release.

The actor was catapulted to movie star status in 1988 following the release of the popular action film, which spawned a series of sequels including 2013's fifth installment A Good Day to Die Hard.

Willis was on hand to celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary on Thursday by unveiling a giant 35-foot mural on the side of a soundstage at the 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California.

The actor pressed a ...
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The Top Pop Culture Twinkies References

November 16th, 2012 5:07pm EST
Family Guy
With Hostess closing its doors, an American icon may be lost on the store shelves - but Twinkies will always live on thanks to loving references in pop culture. Here are a few that come to mind:

Family Guy: On the eve of Y2K, Family guy aired an episode featured around a possible future where missiles launched due to computer error. Peter Griffin, trying to survive the post-apocalyptic wasteland, falls back on the infamous urban legend that Twinkies last for dozens of years. Thus, he sets up a town around a Twinkie factory. The show would later feature Twinkie the Kid in an A&E Biography s...
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Kevin Smith Reignites Bruce Willis Feud

March 15th, 2012 1:45pm EDT
Kevin Smith
Outspoken filmmaker Kevin Smith has reignited his feud with his one-time leading man Bruce Willis, branding him the toughest person he's ever worked with.

Smith directed Willis on 2009 comedy Cop Out, but claimed soon after the film's release that he had a hard time working with him on set and labeled the former Die Hard star a "f**king d**k."

Willis tried to distance himself from the feud, insisting there was no bad blood between the pair, but Smith has fuelled the argument once more with a rant on Twitter.com.

He writes, "Who am I talking about when I write this: 'He turned out to be...
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Q&A: 'Hung' Star Stephen Amell

November 13th, 2011 11:00pm EST
Hung
It's been said that a hero is only as good as their antagonist. On HBO's Hung, that juicy role falls to actor Stephen Amell, who recently sat down with me to dish about the series.

Amell plays Jason, who is the chief competition of Hung's main character, Ray Drecker. He's got a winning smile but a lot more going on behind it. Read on to find out what's in store for his character in season three and what it's like being the allegedly bad guy, as well as what type of role Amell would love to play.

Hung fans should also check out my previous Q&A with Charlie Saxton (Damon Drecker).

Hung c...
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Q&A: More 'Pretend Time' With Nick Swardson

October 4th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
 'Pretend Time' With Nick Swardson
Nick Swardson is going to push your buttons and enjoy doing it. With Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, he's got a platform to cover everything from a parody of 16 and Pregnant to alien paternity tests.

As the show returns for its second season tomorrow night on Comedy Central, Nick recently stopped by to chat with me about what makes up one of the most twisted shows on television and who he finds funny.

Now that you're working on the second season of Pretend Time, what are some of the differences between season one and season two?

The content I think is even more aggressive, which I d...
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Director Justin Lin Turns Down 'Die Hard 5'

August 12th, 2011 1:15pm EDT
Justin Lin
Director Justin Lin has turned down a fifth Die Hard movie - so he can plot Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback in the next Terminator film instead.

The filmmaker was asked to make another Die Hard sequel, which focuses on Bruce Willis' maverick cop John McClane, but he declined.

He explains, "For many of the projects, I feel very privileged, but I just know it wasn't the right situation. And the first Die Hard changed me as a kid when I watched it. But Die Hard 5 is just not something that I'm going to do, or I'm interested in."

However Lin, who is in demand in Hollywood following the b...
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7 Of The Most Memorable Cops In Movies

May 17th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Dirty Harry
In honor of National Police Week we put together a list of some of the most memorable cops in film. Here are our top 7. Be sure to check them out and let us know what you think.

7. Robocop (Robocop)
He's the robot who took on the streets of Detroit with metal body armor and gun. He's a legendary character. In each of the "Robocop" films he always managed to save the day and city.

6. Alonzo Harris (Training Day)
The LAPD veteran narcotics detective/mentor from hell gave us a crash course on making it to the top of the police ranks in the most unethical way.

5. Serpico (S...
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Q&A: Leslie Dixon And Neil Burger Talk 'Limitless,' Creative Processes, And Shooting In NYC

March 17th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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Screenwriter Leslie Dixon is known best for her comedic writing in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Overboard,” but when she read Alan Glynn’s thrilling novel The Dark Fields, she was captivated by the story of Eddie Morra, a down-and-out writer who takes a miracle drug which allows him to reach his true potential. Eddie quickly rises into the world of the rich and famous, but he captures the attention of a shadowy group that will stop at nothing to keep this secret to success under wraps.

After acquiring the rights to adapt Glynn’s book herself, Dixon sold her screenplay to Relativity M...
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Kevin Smith Blasts Bruce Willis Over 'Cop Out' Role

January 24th, 2011 8:18am EST
Kevin Smith
Director Kevin Smith has launched a scathing attack on Bruce Willis, branding the actor "soul crushing" to work with.

The Die Hard star led the cast of Smith's 2010 comedy Cop Out, but the film was panned by critics and the moviemaker subsequently compared the scathing reviews to "bullying". Smith has now revealed he was unimpressed with the actor's attitude on set and his alleged reluctance to promote the picture.

Speaking on comedian Marc Maron's podcast, Smith says, "It was difficult. I've never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It w...
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Five Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

December 13th, 2010 11:18am EST
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Every Christmas I face the same question: how many times can I watch the same old batch of Christmas movies before I get tired of them?  Answer: three.  To that end, I've compiled a list of five non-traditional Christmas movies for you to turn to when you get tired of TBS's 24-hour marathon of "A Christmas Story."

5 - Die Hard (1988)

Outside of “A Christmas Story,” “Die Hard” is my go-to Christmas movie.  “But ‘Die Hard’ is an action movie!” you might say, and you’d be correct.  But “Die Hard” is special, because it’s an action movie set during Christmas.  “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Wil...
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Bruce Willis Taught Daughters To Stand Up To Bullies

October 21st, 2010 12:50pm EDT
Bruce Willis
Hollywood hardman Bruce Willis taught his daughters to stand up to bullies from a young age - because he wanted to make sure his girls never suffered at the hands of high school thugs.

The Die Hard star is father to 22-year-old Rumer, 19-year-old Scout and Tallulah Belle, 16, with his ex-wife Demi Moore. Willis is adamant his daughters were able to enjoy their early years, because he told them to confront other students straight away if they ever encountered any problems in the playground.

He tells Britain's Daybreak TV show, "I taught them a little thing when they were younger and they...
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Bruce Willis: 'Fear Is My Favorite Part Of Making Movies'

October 12th, 2010 11:45am EDT
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There was a funny action movie many years ago where a heroic sidekick, nearing retirement age, would say, “I’m too old for this shit.” They made four of those movies and he never got too old for that shit. In his new movie Red, Bruce Willis plays a CIA agent who actually was retired, until he has to spring back into action.

“The word is certainly used and used in the title of the film: Retired Extremely Dangerous,” Willis said. “It’s commented on a couple of times, but when you see the film it’s right now. It’s hip. Karl [Urban] and I went at it in one of the toughest fights I’ve ever foug...
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Bruce Willis Wears A Meat Toupee On 'Letterman' (Video)

October 5th, 2010 8:38am EDT
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis gave late night TV viewers a laugh on Monday after taking inspiration from Lady Gaga's famous meat dress to don a toupee made from ground beef.

The balding Die Hard actor made Late Show host David Letterman chuckle as he sauntered out on set with a bright red hairpiece he claimed was made from "100 per cent" pure beef. He said, "This is all natural. It's a meat hairpiece inspired by... who's that crazy lady? ...Lady Gaga!" Willis kept up the prank as Letterman continued to question the unusual choice of toupee.

He joked, "Let me tell you, (this took) hours to get ready. It...
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Bruce Willis: 'I'm The Happiest I've Ever Been'

July 21st, 2010 11:00am EDT
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis credits his new wife with making him the "happiest" he's ever been - confessing he was "single and unhappy" for ten years before they met.

The Die Hard star, who divorced Demi Moore in 2000 after 13 years of marriage, wed Emma Heming last year. Willis had convinced himself he was content before meeting the British beauty, but he now realizes he had been lonely ever since his marriage to Moore fell apart.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "I'm the happiest I've ever been and this comes after a long period of being kind of lonely, even though I tried to convince myself that I was e...
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Bruce Willis To 'Die Hard' Once More

February 23rd, 2010 4:00pm EST
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Bruce Willis is making plans to return to the Die Hard franchise, confirming a fifth installment is in the works. The actor kick started his career as a big-screen action man playing New York cop John McClane in the 1988 blockbuster,

which spawned three follow-ups.

Now the 54 year old is under negotiations to reprise the role - and he's already campaigning for 2007's Live Free or Die Hard film-maker Len Wiseman to helm the next project.

He says, "I think we're going to do a Die Hard 5 next year. I would hire Len Wiseman right now (to direct)." Willis has even come up with ideas for ...
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Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes' Will 'Deliver And Surprise People'

July 22nd, 2009 10:40am EDT
Sherlock Holmes
Guy Ritchie has enjoyed a cult following in America for his British gangster flicks like Snatch and Rocknrolla. He's been more famous for his marriage to, and divorce from, Madonna. This Christmas, everyone will know his directing skills. His Sherlock Holmes film is likely to get noticed for its own merits.

"I hope so," said producer Susan Downey, wife of Sherlock actor Robert Downey, Jr. "He did an amazing job, on a scale that no one's seen him work on before. He delivered. I think it's going to surprise people."

Ritchie's British films were characterized by kinetic violence and flas...
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TV Shows On The Verge Of Jumping The Shark

July 15th, 2009 11:23am EDT
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The concept of 'jumping the shark' is a fatal one for many involved in television. It all began in the tragic episode of 'Happy Days' in which iconic character, The Fonz, literally jumps over a shark, thus placing a death toll on the rest of the series. Decades later, some TV writers have playfully used the term in decidedly ironic tones, both 'The X-Files' and 'Supernatural' have episodes titled 'Jump the Shark' (Note: a portion of 'Supernatural's' crew are 'X-Files' alum) that tiptoe the line of throwing a series into oblivion.

We will have a few current TV shows that we believe ar...
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Hyper-Masculine Action Films Are Violent, Ridiculous & So Much Fun

April 15th, 2009 12:52pm EDT
Fast & Furious
According to Hollywood and its demographic cinema box office soothsayers, the only people who have the ability to purchase tickets to and actively watch an action film are men and teenage boys. They believe that women, for the most part, cannot watch these films - unless their boyfriends, husbands, male friends, etc. have explicitly gave them entrance to the theater or made the magical DVD player start the film.

Either way, it is assumed that men are the ones with the keys to the magic that is "boom and vroom." Hollywood types with these lofty gendered assumptions are most definite...
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Overrated & Underrated Oscar Winners For Best Picture

February 16th, 2009 9:00am EST
Gladiator
Saying a Best Picture winner is overrated is quite simple. If you think a movie is terrible and it won Best Picture ipso facto it is overrated. But what about an underrated Best Picture winner?

By definition, it should be impossible for a Best Picture winner to be underrated. Why? Because they already won - so their greatness is recognized. It's like having an underrated Hall-of-Famer or underrated Adult Film Award Winner, it should be impossible.

That simply isn't true, however. There are several Best Picture winners that have been completely forgotten over the years, many...
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12 Days Of Christmas Films

December 14th, 2008 9:15am EST
Scrooged
Most people have heard of The 12 Days of Christmas and most no nothing more about them than the strange song with geese a-laying and five golden rings somewhere in the middle section. For some they mean a religious celebration beginning on Christmas day and ending with Epiphany on January 6th, the day the three Wise Men delivered their presents to baby Jesus. For those of us who worship movies as a religion we can present some gifts to ourselves, and our fellow movie lovers, by celebrating the 12 Films of Christmas. Whether you choose to lead up to Christmas with these classics or flip the ...
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Lord Voldemort Named Top Movie Villain

July 15th, 2008 3:09pm EDT
Villain
Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort character in the Harry Potter films has been named the best movie villain of all time - beating Heath Ledger's The Joker into sixth place.

Ledger's performance in new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, the last movie he completed before his death in January, has been lauded by critics and tipped for an Oscar nomination. However editors of Moviefone rank him behind Fiennes; James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader; Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lector in the onscreen evil stakes.

A Moviefone edito...
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Top Movie Cops List

June 19th, 2008 10:49am EDT
Dirty_Harry
I know what your thinking. When ranking the top movie cops of all time did we rank six cops or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is Starpulse, the most powerful website in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

5. Alex Murphy in "RoboCop" - 1987

Director Paul Verhoeven has quite a talent for taking material, which in anyone else's hands would be campy schtick, and creating a statement on the current state of media...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...
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Film Feature: Improbable Survivors

January 28th, 2008 11:12am EST
Live Free Or Die Hard
Movies are entertainment. We're supposed to suspend our disbelief so we can be entertained and so we don't bog ourselves down in the specifics. In some movies we can do just that - believe - and we can go with the flow. Others provide circumstances that are just too preposterous to take at face value.

Following are some of those movies and characters that I couldn't just forget about and found myself picking apart afterwards. I initially enjoyed each and every one of them, but on further viewing, they were just too much to accept.

Kill Bill Volume 2

There were a lot of scenes i...
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Shawn Pyfrom Talks About 'Housewives,' The Writers' Strike, Playing Danny Bonaduce & More

December 14th, 2007 10:01am EST
Shawn Pyfrom
Shawn Pyfrom is amazingly astute and mature for a man of his age. At only 21, he already has some fine ideas and ideals. Starpulse talked to him recently about his past work, his current role as the gay Andrew Van De Camp in "Desperate Housewives," his upcoming movie, and more.

We heard that you just turned 21 in August. Happy Birthday!

Thank you. It's very exciting to be 21.

Why?

I would be lying if I said that I hadn't had a few drinks before then, but every time you go to a place that features alcohol, like a bar, club, or restaurant, it's nice to be able to get a dri...
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Starpulse Holiday Movie Preview, Part 3

November 21st, 2007 2:39pm EST
Hitman
With every surplus of holiday cheer comes a few Scrooges. Some can't stand all the mushiness, or perhaps they just want to have something blow up to go along with their eggnog. Maybe they just like to sit on the edge of their seats instead of on Santa's lap. Fair enough.

For those people, there have been a few real holiday film gems over the years. Some are disturbing, such as Santa going on a killing spree. Others are entertaining, like Die Hard's Christmas party gone awry.

Part Three - Bah Humbug- Action/Drama/Adventure

But many don't have any holiday thematic link at all,...
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'Die Hard' Leads Online Poll Of 'Top Action Movie Of All Time'

May 4th, 2007 2:47pm EDT
Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard
What is movie fans' favorite action flick of all time? After nineteen days of action-packed voting in Rogue Pictures and AMC Theatres' online poll, the winner was ... Die Hard.

The 1988 classic, directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis, tallied the most votes out of several thousand cast on a customized page at the theatre chain's official website: amctheatres.com/hotfuzz. The poll was timed to celebrate Rogue's April 20 U.S. release of Hot Fuzz, the action-packed new hit comedy from the Shaun of the Dead team.

One of the most popular movie genres of all time now has...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 25

March 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Marcia Cross
Happy Birthday to Aly & A.J. sister Alyson Michalka (1989), Indycar race driver Danica Patrick (1982), rapper Juvenile (1976), "Saved By The Bell" actress Lark Voorhies (1974), baseball pitcher Tom Glavine (1966), "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker (1965), "The Practice" actress Lisa Gay Hamilton (1964), "Desperate Housewife" Marcia Cross (1962), prolific pianist Sir Elton John (1947), "Die Hard" actress Bonnie Bedelia (1946), "Starsky & Hutch" star Paul Michael Glaser (1943), 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin (1942), "Lawrence of Arabia" director David Lean (1908; d. 1991), and Ita...
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Bruce Willis Would Like To Erase 'Hudson Hawk' From Memory

March 9th, 2007 11:06am EST
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis is desperate to forget his embarrassing film flops. The Die Hard star would love to go back in time and erase certain movies from the Hollywood history books.

Bruce said: "There are some films I would love to go back and delete. There is maybe a handful of films that I really regret doing - but mostly I am con tent with what I have achieved in my career."

The 56-year-old revealed that the movies he is most ashamed of are Hudson Hawk and The Bonfire of the Vanities - films that the actor made in the early 90s.

Bruce's movie career has enjoyed a revival in recent y...
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