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“A Good Day to Die Hard”: Action-packed new clip debuts

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This Valentine’s Day will be “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and 20th Century Fox has given us a good taste of what we have in store for John McClane’s latest adventure. In a new clip, John and his son Jack, a CIA agent, can be seen facing off against some Russians who don’t have the McClane’s best intentions at heart.

“You know what I hate about the Americans? Everything. Especially cowboys,” a villainous Russian says in the clip. That causes McClane and his son to burst into laughter, explaining, “It’s not you. I love these outfits.”

Of course, that’s John and Jack cue to plunge into some major action scenes while trying to escape. Punches are thrown and guns are fired, and when Jack and John finally do manage to find cover, McClane tries to have a heart-to-heart with his son.

“No, no no, you’re not going to try to open up to me right before we die,” Jack told his father. “That’s not your thing, John.”

“What’s that?” John asked, to which Jack answered, “Kill the bad guys, that’s your thing.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” takes Bruce Willis’ McClane from Jersey to Russia, where he teams up with his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney. Also appearing in this movie are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cole Hauser and Sebastian Koch. The film is due out on February 14, and some theaters are having a “Die Hard” marathon on February 13.

What did you think of this clip? Are you looking forward to “A Good Day to Die Hard”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

“Die Hard” marathon heading to theaters on February 13

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February 13 will be a good day to live free or die hard with a vengeance.

Fox has announced that, in anticipation of the release of “A Good Day To Die Hard,” the studio will be hosting a “Die Hard” marathon at some currently unannounced theaters. Yes, that means that, on a Wednesday, you can sit in a theater and watch “Die Hard,” “Die Hard 2,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance” and “Live Free or Die Hard” prior to getting to see the fifth “Die Hard” film on February 14. That’s a good Valentine’s Day date, right?

This is far from the first time a studio has held a movie marathon to hype the release of its upcoming film. It worked successfully for franchises like “The Twilight Saga,” the Marvel movies and “The Lord of the Rings,” and you can bet that Disney will have an epic six-film-long marathon prior to the release of “Star Wars: Episode VII” coming out.

But will it work for “Die Hard”? That series is driven more by its leading man than its plot, and John McClane has come a long way from his early New Jersey cop days. Still, fans love the “Die Hard” franchise for a reason, and we can see people flocking to theaters to watch all of these movies in one sitting.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” takes Bruce Willis’ McClane from Jersey to Russia, where he teams up with his son Jack, played by Jai Courtney. Also appearing in this movie are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cole Hauser and Sebastian Koch.

Will you check out this movie marathon? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” releases two TV spots

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There’s a lot to be looking forward to this Valentine’s Day, because no matter what your plans are, you’ll definitely have someone to spend it with. John McClane is returning to us in all his badass glory in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and there are two new TV spots for the movie to help remind you why you should be excited about that.

While the first focuses more on McClane and the second reminds us this film also stars his son Jack, they both are replete with explosions, chase scenes and a requisite sexy woman. We wish the teasers included more Jai Courtney, but his response to Willis asking him, “Need a hug?” will have to do for now.

It’s been six years since we were last treated to a “Die Hard” adventure with John McClane, and it looks like the wait has been worth it. Even though he’s traveling to Moscow here, he still is “the 007 of Plainfield, New Jersey” — and boy did we miss him.

Also appearing in this movie are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cole Hauser and Sebastian Koch. The film follows John and Jack as they head to Russia and face off with some baddies there. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is due in theaters on February 14, 2013.

What do you think of the two new “A Good Day to Die Hard” TV spots? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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