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Fox reveals “Die Hard” 25th anniversary mural

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For being a 25-year-old franchise, “Die Hard” looks pretty good for its age. The fifth entry in the series, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” hits theaters on Valentine’s Day, but that wasn’t enough of an anniversary gift for 20th Century Fox. No, the studio decided to go one step further: Paint a giant mural of a young Bruce Willis in Fox’s Los Angeles lot.

You can watch the timelapse video above that shows the creation of the massive mural. It depicts a famous scene from the first “Die Hard,” which came out in 1988. It’s hard to think that more than two decades have passed since that movie hit theaters, but Willis remains just as badass when he utters, “Yippee-ki-yay.”

Fox is also marking the 25th anniversary of the “Die Hard” franchise — and the release of the new movie — with a marathon of the first four films on February 13. Select theaters are participating in the screenings of “Die Hard,” “Die Hard 2,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance” and “Live Free or Die Hard.”

“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.

What do you think of the new mural? How will you celebrate “Die Hard’s” 25th anniversary? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

“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.

“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.

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