Feb. 14, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.
By late 2011, Jai Courtney had given up on trying to take Hollywood by storm and simply wanted to go home. The brawny Aussie actor had absented himself from the Land Down Under for nearly half a year to hustle work in the Northern Hemisphere, spending 3½ months in Pittsburgh to portray an evil mercenary in the romper-stomper Tom Cruise action flick “Jack Reacher.” Less than 24 hours after Courtney auditioned for his most high-profile role to date — costarring in the new installment of the blockbuster “Die Hard” film franchise, “ A Good Day to Die Hard” — his mind was not on his next job. It was on boarding his flight at LAX. “I was not going to gamble on this — I had been away so long,” Courtney, 26, recalled. “I went to the airport and was […]
Feb. 14, 2013 | 4:27 p.m.
Valentine’s Day is usually reserved for roses and pillow talk, not action movies. Maybe that’s one reason why movie critics have pretty much declared “A Good Day to Die Hard” dead on arrival. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan called it an uninspired mess that sees Bruce Willis going through the motions in this fifth installment of the 25-year-old “Die Hard” franchise. The Wrap asked: “Does Bruce Willis still have it?” The Associated Press called the movie “pointless and joyless.” But don’t count John McClane out just yet. Movie industry analysts say “A Good Day to Die Hard” could bring in up to $55 million at the box office in its first five days. Bruce Nash, president of Nash Information Services, a movie industry research company, stopped short of calling the movie “critic proof.” But he told Hero Complex that most moviegoers will […]
Feb. 06, 2013 | 9:29 a.m.
Bruce Willis has a new action hero role: defender of the 2nd Amendment. Willis told the Associated Press that he opposes new gun control laws and said he fears that such tinkering will lead to an erosion of citizen rights. “I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis told the Associated Press as part of the promotional tour for his new film, “A Good Day to Die Hard.” PHOTOS: Beyonce as Wonder Woman? “If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?” he told the news service. Willis’ decision to speak openly on such a controversial topic is unusual. Celebrities don’t usually wade into politically charged commentary, especially when they’re promoting […]
Jan. 23, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.
The G.I. Joes will once again face off against terrorist organization Cobra in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” March 29, but fans can get their first glimpse of the film this weekend in a four-minute preview set to screen before certain showings of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” The first look debuts Thursday and will play before “Hansel & Gretel” showings in IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and digital 3D theaters. “Retaliation” — the second installment in the “G.I. Joe” film franchise — was originally slated to be released last summer, but five weeks before it was to arrive in theaters, the studio announced it would be delayed, reportedly to allow time for conversion into 3-D. The decision was a surprise, even to the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, but Paramount Pictures hopes the sequel will be a success, partly because it cost […]
Aug. 31, 2012 | 11:37 a.m.
It’s late afternoon on a sweltering day in Hollywood, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and writer-director Rian Johnson have just finished recording the DVD commentary track for their upcoming sci-fi mind-bender “Looper.” Legs are being stretched. The tray of guacamole and chips sitting on the console remains largely untouched. Thinking about the recorded conversation, which will surface when the movie arrives on home video a few months after its Sept. 28 theatrical release, Johnson laughs and offers: “At a certain point, you realize you’re just sitting here lifting up the veil, ruining the movie for everyone.” Given the intricate world and fantastic ideas contained in “Looper,” audiences might appreciate a small peek behind the curtain. The movie takes place in the bleak future of 2047. Time travel has not been invented — but it will be in 30 years. And then it […]
Sept. 09, 2010 | 8:19 a.m.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share the screen in “The Expendables,” and they are forever linked in the public mind by their 1980s-era rivalry as box-office action stars. But their history, according to Stallone, goes back to a glittery night in January 1977 when the two Hollywood newcomers shared a table at the 34th Golden Globes, and each walked away with a trophy. Other winners that night included Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford. Here’s how Stallone remembers that first meeting of future Hollywood titans: “We were the outsiders, believe me. People were looking at us. I think that was the very first time we met, if I remember right. We were seated at the same table, and I remember thinking, ‘Who is this guy?’ I had heard of him, but I didn’t know what he was all about. I’m there for ‘Rocky,’ and he […]
Aug. 04, 2010 | 6:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Times blogs editor Tony Pierce sat down with Bruce Willis last week at the Roosevelt Hotel to discuss “The Expendables,” the 10th anniversary of “Unbreakable” and the actor’s new vodka brand. Willis also compared the thrill of having a star on Hollywood Boulevard to being a lyric in a Beastie Boys song. “Pulp Fiction.” “The Sixth Sense.” “Die Hard.” “Twelve Monkeys.” “Sin City.” Bruce Willis has put together a fascinating and unpredictable film career since he caught America’s eye on the 1980s television hit “Moonlighting.” The latest chapter: “The Expendables,” which reunites him with old Planet Hollywood pals Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Willis says he appeared in “Expendables” for free but that’s not the case when it comes to the booze venture. The interview above was set up by the team promoting that new vodka, Sobieski, named for the 17th century Polish king Jan Sobieski III, whose military […]