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‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas movie, and even its writer thinks so

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Bruce Willis in ‘Die Hard’, 1988.

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You can finally settle that never-ending debate around your Christmas dinner table, once and for all: Die Hard is definitely a Christmas movie. 

Or at least that’s what the classic action movie’s writer says. 

When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked screenwriter Steven E. de Souza about it on Twitter, he confirmed that he sees Die Hard as a Christmas flick, right down to the fact that “a woman about to give birth features prominently.”

De Souza even gave a nod to all of us fellow Jews out here on Christmas, joking that the studio wouldn’t accept his original “Purim draft” of the movie that made Bruce Willis into the icon he is and gave Alan Rickman his first movie role. 

For his part, de Souza seems to be very into the idea of Die Hard as a Christmas movie, even going so far as to post a photo dressed up as a walking reference to the film complete with bare feet and “ho-ho-ho” sweater. 

He even goes so far as to wear a Pacific Courier hat, the made-up company featured on the truck the thieves drove into the garage as they set about their siege of Nakatomi Plaza.

As far as we’re concerned, Die Hard has always been a Christmas movie. 

Yippee-ki-yay indeed.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/25/die-hard-is-a-christmas-movie-duh/

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The Best Films of 2018 So Far

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The very best of 2018, from Black Panther rewriting the rules for superheroes, Gary Oldman going to war as Churchill, and Maxine Peake blazing her way through 70s sexism

All the Money in the World

“Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Gettys grandson, and the billionaires subsequent refusal to pay the ransom a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.

What we said: With the help of Plummers tremendous villain-autocrat performance, Ridley Scott gives us a very entertaining parable about money and what it cant buy.

Read the full review.

Avengers: Infinity War

Third in the powerhouse Marvel series, bringing together a whole gallery of comic-book characters including Doctor Stranger, Iron Man and Black Panther for an epic showdown with supervillain Thanos.

What we said: Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous and always surreally entertaining in the now well-established Marvel movie tradition.

Read the full review.

BPM: 120 Beats per Minute

Eighties-set account of the Act-Up protest movement in France, which took on the medical and political establishment over the Aids crisis with guerrilla campaigns and direct action.

What we said: A passionately acted ensemble movie [that] compellingly combines elegy, tragedy, urgency and a defiant euphoria.

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Beast

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Subtle drama Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn in Beast. Photograph: Bac Films/Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock

Creepy, Jersey-set thriller starring Johnny Flynn as a poacher who may or may not be a serial murderer and Jessie Buckley as the unhappy young woman who falls in love with him.

What we said: Beast is a title which might appear to promise horror or melodrama and there is a little of both. But there is always something subtler going on.

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Black Panther

Director Ryan Cooglers film adaptation of Marvels comic book seamlessly combines action-adventure and superhero fantasy with questions of racial discrimination and power.

What we said: The intriguing thing about Black Panther is that it doesnt look like a superhero film more a wide-eyed fantasy romance: exciting, subversive and funny……”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jun/19/best-films-of-2018-so-far-best-movies-of-year

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19 Bizarre and Tragic Facts About Hollywoods Child Stars

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“Many of us have often wished we were famous. We fall into the trap of believing that famous people have fewer problems and live their lives surrounded by admirers.

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John Travolta keeps Brooklyn stayin’ alive at event honoring actor

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Hundreds of fans gathered outside pizzeria featured in Saturday Night Fever 41 years ago to catch glimpse of and dress like the actor

“Forty-one years after strutting down a Brooklyn street, merrily swinging a paint can to the sound of the Bee Gees Stayin Alive, an older, less lithe John Travolta returned on Tuesday, to be honored for his services to the now-trendy New York City borough.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Lennys Pizza in Bensonhurst, south Brooklyn, to glimpse Travolta, who brought the neighborhood to national and international consciousness in Saturday Night Fever.

The 1977 film saw his character Tony Manero disco dance, conduct troubling relationships with women and occasionally engage in punch-ups. In the opening scene, Travolta orders two slices of pizza at Lennys before combining them in a double decker-type situation. The pizzeria claims Saturday Night Fever fans regularly order the same.

This is a great day, New York state senator Martin Golden who represents the Bensonhurst neighborhood and has submitted a 1,070-word legislative resolution commending Travolta for putting Brooklyn both on the map and in Americas hearts told the crowd.

A great day for John Travolta, a great day for his family, and a great day for Brooklyn.

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Actor John Travolta outside Lenny Pizza. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Travolta was an hour and a half late, 90 long minutes in which the MC, Brooklyns own DJ Chazz….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jun/13/john-travolta-lennys-pizza-saturday-night-fever-brooklyn

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