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“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.

Bill Murray in Ghostbusters II

Hopebusters, Too

Ghostbusters II Predicted the World Will End on Valentine’s Day 2016

Catch Ghostbusters II this month on IFC. Provided the world doesn't end, of course.

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Far be it from us to contradict Mr. Bill Murray, but a prediction made in a scene from one of his films is about to be put to the test. If you remember Ghostbusters II, then you know that at the beginning of the film, retired ‘buster Peter Venkman is the host of a chat show called World of the Psychic. According to a guest on the show, the world will end on February 14th, 2016 — this Valentine’s Day.

Now, before you start looting, keep in mind the source of this information is a tad unreliable. Elaine (played by Sid and Nancy star Chloe Webb) sits with Venkman and relates how she received this intel from an alien who may or may not have disguised a UFO to look like a Holiday Inn in Paramus. Let’s just hope she misheard, otherwise there will be some awkward date nights this year.

Check out the grim prognostication in the clip below. Hopefully the world will still be here when Ghostbusters II airs Monday, Feb. 15th and throughout the month on IFC.

“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.

Season 6, Episode 2: Going Grey

Kumail Wants to Believe

5 Reasons Why Kumail Nanjiani is the Ultimate X-Files Fan

Catch Kumail Nanjiani cohosting the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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There are many things to love comedian Kumail Nanjiani for. His hilarious stand-up. His role on Silicon Valley. His all-star cameos on Portlandiaincluding this week’s episode where he informs Fred about The Cloud. Heck, he’s even set to host the 2016 Spirit Awards Feb. 27th on IFC. But the thing that’s perhaps most surprising, and most endearing, is his deep love, bordering on obsession, for The X-Files. No one, and we mean no one, has done more with their appreciation of the ’90s cult hit than Mr. Nanjiani, who’s turned a love of the show into a flourishing side career. With The X-Files returning to television, and the movies airing on IFC, we know you want to believe in Kumail’s super-fandom. Well, trust us, the truth is out there. Here are just a few examples.


5. He has a podcast dedicated to the show

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IFC Originals

For a year and a half, Kumail has hosted The X-Files Files, a podcast in which he and a guest break down specific episodes of the long-running show. Now 56 episodes deep, the podcast has welcomed everyone from Paul Scheer to Jack Black to Fox Mulder himself, David Duchovny. This is a deep dive into all things X-Files from someone who knows what it’s like to be obsessed with Mulder and Scully.


4. He moderated the X-Files Comic-Con panel

Kumail joked that he tried to wait as long as possible before accepting the offer to host the X-Files panel at last year’s Comic-Con, because he didn’t want to seem desperate. He lasted 30 seconds.


3. He hosted his own X-Files marathon

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20th Century Fox Television

Kumail hosted a binge watcher’s dream for X-files fans in Los Angeles in anticipation of the new season. The marathon played six classic episodes, including the terrifying “Home” and the Bryan Cranston-fronted “Drive.” Show writers Glen Morgan and James Wong stopped by to share trivia, like how they made Mulder obsessed with Elvis Presley just to annoy Duchovny.


2. He thought The X-Files was a true story


Growing up in Pakistan, Kumail had limited access to American pop culture. As he told Conan, episodes of The X-Files had a warning before each episode, stating that they were based on true stories. This, unsurprisingly, blew his mind. It turned out to be a huge disappointment when he finally moved to the States, and realized how few aliens and monsters we really had.


1. He’s on the freaking show

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@kumailn/Twitter

Suffice it to say, all this love has not gone unnoticed. When it was announced that The X-Files was coming back to television, Nanjiani fans knew they had to get their boy on the show. A Change.org petition was set up, demanding he be cast on the new season. This tidal wave of support garnered 91 signatures. Okay, not exactly a movement, but it turns out it didn’t matter. Nanjiami secured a part on his own, and will be in next week’s episode, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” He told Comic Book Resources that he had to call his wife from the set to help him get through a scene because he couldn’t remember his lines. She urged him to calm down, and just think of it as any other show. He, of course, said, “I can’t! They look like Mulder and Scully!”

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