Monday Call Sheet: 'Die Hard' In the White House and Cocaine Cowboys

'DIE HARD' IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Variety:

Just days after Millennium Films acquired the spec "Olympus Has Fallen" from first-time scribes Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, "300" star Gerard Butler has signed on to topline the action pic.

Described as "Die Hard" in the White House, story follows a down-on-his-luck ex-Secret Service agent who becomes America's only hope when 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is taken over by terrorists.

Most Muslims aren't terrorists but almost all terrorists are Muslim.

I'm guessing that like the 2011 terrorist actioner "Source Code," these terrorists will be right-wing Tea Party-types.

'EXPENDABLES 2' TO BE R-RATED AFTER ALL?

What is it about wanting action films to be R-rated, as though that somehow means the overall experience will be more enjoyable? "Gunga Din," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Tarzan Escapes," aren't R-rated -- and those are three of the greatest action movies ever made.

Action can be intense and exciting without the gore and language that requires an R-rating. Ultimately, I really don’t care what the final rating is. I just don't understand why anyone else does. The article linked above makes an issue out of the last "Die Hard" being rated PG-13. Unless it meant Justin Long's character would've met a bloody end before he opened his hipster mouth, I am failing to see how an R-rating would've improved that one.  

COMEDIAN GALLAGHER AWAKE, TELLING JOKES

That's wonderful news. But it's hard to imagine Gallagher as old enough to have a heart attack.

'CHINATOWN' BLURAY ISN'T 'FILM-LIKE'

I watched my screener Friday night and thought it looked amazing. I'm not a purist in the sense of grain and de-graining and the like. Great story, great performances, and it looks all kinds of purty.

Good enough for this guy.

DANA ANDREWS' 'SWAMP WATER' ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY

Directed by Jean Renoir and starring the criminally under-appreciated Dana Andrews, this is a perfect film for Blu-ray -- a beautifully filmed black and white story told in a densely designed swamp. Of course, it's all a metaphor for the compelling story, but like those classic Universal monster movies, the real star of the picture is the mood and tone.  

'DAZED AND CONFUSED' SEQUEL?

Sigh:

The film, reportedly called 'That’s What I’m Talking About,' would feature Wooderson in Los Angeles. Linklater said it’s something they’d talked about but that there’s no real connection to Dazed and Confused.

Wooderson is a legend and the economy of his story and presence in the masterpiece that is "Dazed and Confused," is why. You can't recapture lightning in a bottle, you can only diminish it by trying to recreate it.

JERRY LEWIS CELEBRATES 86TH BIRTHDAY

Never been much of a fan, but Happy Birthday, Jerry!

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LAST NIGHT'S SCREENING

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) -- The wife and I are pretty choosy about the movie picked to close out the weekend and over the years have discovered that a musical or an Errol Flynn flick is about as perfect as it gets.

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COMING SOON TO HOME VIDEO

One for the Money: Lionsgate is proud to announce the Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD, Digital Download and On Demand release of One for the Money, available on May 15th, 2012.

Popular heroine Stephanie Plum makes her way from the pages to the screen as Lionsgate debuts One for the Money on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy), DVD, Digital Download and On Demand just in time for Mother's Day. Katherine Heigl (Killers) stars as the feisty bounty hunter in this comedic, action-packed film based on the worldwide best-selling eighteen-book mystery series by Janet Evanovich. With a supporting cast of Jason O'Mara (TV's "Terra Nova"), Daniel Sunjata (TV's "Rescue Me"), Sherri Shepherd (TV's "The View") and Debbie Reynolds (Singin' in the Rain) and a screenplay by Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray and Liz Brixius, join in Stephanie's non-stop adventures with her family, the men in her life and her unusual new job. The One for the Money Blu-ray Disc and DVD includes featurettes, a gag reel and a deleted scene.

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SCOTTDS' EPIC LINKTACULAR

FLASHBACK: ANDREW BREITBART ON 'HOLLYWOOD: INTERRUPTED‏'

HOW  “JOHN CARTER” “A PRINCESS OF MARS” SHOULD HAVE GONE

"FEAR OF A BLACK REPUBLICAN" SCREENS IN DC THURSDAY NIGHT

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN SCREENS 'DARK KNIGHT RISES' FOR WARNER BROS. BRASS

SCOTTDS TAKES A LOOK BACK AT "LICENSE TO DRIVE" STARRING THE COREYS

BACK TO THE FUTURE'S BOB GALE ON THOSE HOVERBOARD REPLICAS

CRITERION GOES ALL OUT IN JUNE 2012

TRAILER FOR FRENCH ANTI-TERRORIST FILM "THE ASSAULT"

WATCH THE SECOND TRAILER FOR 'ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER'

CAN SMART DRAMAS SURVIVE ON NETWORK TV?

WATCH 'CASINO JACK,' 'BUKOWSKI' AND OTHER TOP DOCS, FOR FREE

20 FACTS ABOUT "TOTAL RECALL"

THE JAPANESE TRAILER FOR 'MEN IN BLACK III' IS HERE TO UNDERWHELM YOU

'THE WALKING DEAD’ SEASON 2 FINALE REVIEW

PARODY: ACTOR STEPHEN LANG REMINDS US WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE

INSIDE DISNEY'S CIRCLE 7, THE SHORT-LIVED STUDIO CREATED TO SEQUELIZE PIXAR

24 WEIRD AND WONDERFUL MOVIES YOU'LL NEVER GET TO SEE

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF BARRY LEVINSON'S "DINER"

VIDEO TRIBUTE TO "RESERVOIR DOGS"

A LOOK AT HOLLYWOOD'S OBSESSION WITH MARS

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMANTIC COMEDY

 6 DUMB THINGS MOVIES DO TO MAKE THEIR SPECIAL EFFECTS LESS EFFECTIVE

THE TOP 50 POST-END CREDITS SCENES (SPOILERS)

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CLASSIC PICK FOR TODAY

TCM:

"Cocaine Cowboys" and "Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin' With the Godmother" on Netflix Streaming.

As you all know I am the true crime-iest addict in the history of true crimery and both of these feature-length documentaries are absolutely fascinating. In the late 70's and early 80's, cocaine from Columbia infested America, most especially South Florida. At first the phenomenon did what all fad drugs do: poisoned souls and created a class of uber-wealthy drug dealers. The result was the City of Miami feeling none of the effects of Carter's malaise as billions upon billions turned what was a retirement area into a major metropolis.

Then the violence started, Miami became the murder capitol of the country, and it all came crashing down.

The first doc tells this story from the point of view of two major dealers and a hitman -- the actual gangsters who hold nothing back. Chapter two digs deeper into the most fascinating character we meet in the first, Griselda Blanco, the Godmother of Cocaine, who was responsible for hundreds of murders. And what's most fascinating about her story is that it's told by a low-level crack dealer who became her go-to guy and much younger lover.

Truth is so much more interesting than fiction.

I moved to Naples, Florida, for a time in 1985. By then the era of the Cocaine Cowboy had, thankfully, come to an end, but the pop culture result of it all was still everywhere: "Miami Vice." Everyone dressed like Don Johnson and you couldn’t escape the neon.

What a time.

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