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Matt Patches
After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.
  • 'Iron Man 3' Spoilers: Marvel's After-Credits Scene Dilemma
    By: Matt Patches May 04, 2013
    "That's it?" If you're a nerd like me, you have expectations for Marvel movie post-credit scenes. This makes the cap of Iron Man 3 rather peculiar. After two hours of sardonic '90s-style action that blows us back into our seats, Marvel fans know to stick around and silently pay respects to the eight billion visual effects artists who brought the whole thing to life, and to catch a thrust of fandom that ends the geek fest on a high note. We do get that in Iron Man 3 — but not in a way that lines up with the past. Change, in this case, is unsettling. When Marvel Studios went independent and produced 2008's Iron Man, they made a bold move. After two hours of Robert Downey Jr. owning the character and a frenzy of comic book action, they set the tracks for an endless future of Marvel movies. Sam Jackson dropped the ultimate fan service bomb: "I'm here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative." Since then, every Marvel movie has boasted a post-credits cap that pushed the story forward. The Incredible Hulk tied Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark into the universe; Iron Man 2 saw the discovery of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir; Loki returned after the credits rolled on Thor; Captain America served up a direct Avengers lead in; and The Avengers itself threw in an out-of-nowhere glance at a fan favorite villain: Thanos, the big, purple, scary dude. We also saw the gang grab a quick post-Battle of New York bite at a local shawarma joint. A nice dash of Joss Whedon humor. Now we have Iron Man 3, which knowingly passes on teasing the upcoming Thor: The Dark World or Captain America: The Winter Soldier in favor of pairing Tony Stark with his Avengers sparring partner, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Turns out, all that neo-noir voiceover we were hearing throughout the film? That's Stark's couch session with Banner, who reluctantly hears him out despite not having any background in psychology. Early rumors suggested that the movie would be our first introduction to the world of Marvel's August 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy. A particular armor design had fans wondering if Stark may leave Earth at the tail end of the film, flying off into space to confront Thanos. Or as savvy comic book readers speculated, cross paths with the Guardians. But that didn't happen. Instead, we got something like the shawarma gag. The Stark/Banner therapy session is played mostly for laughs, and the "Hey, I remember him from Avengers!" factor. On a story level, it's perfect. Writer/director Shane Black has always embraced the voiceover technique in his past work, most prominently used in his previous Downey Jr. collaboration Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. In Iron Man 3, it's given a purpose. For Marvel fans, the Ruffalo cameo is enough to elicit a laugh. But in true Black fashion, it also works on a second level as a self-referential dig at the screenwriter's body of work. Sticking with a short burst of comedy might be Marvel's way of reeling in the world-building. After the success of the Sam Jackson/Nick Fury Iron Man bumper, Iron Man 2 spiraled out of control with Avengers build up. Utilizing established characters in the Iron Man 3 bumper reels in the mythology expansion and keeps anticipation tempered. The Marvel Movie Universe is becoming more and more complicated with every installment. To make it digestible to casual fans (and avoid any false promises that they can't keep to watchful comic book obsessives), they need to be smart with the post-credit scenes. Whether Marvel shot themselves in the foot by setting a precedent or separated themselves from the pack with a unique hook, every Marvel movie until the end of time will have an after-credits scene. As the beginning of "Phase Two," Iron Man 3 departs from the beaten path. Was it for better or worse? Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: Is Marvel Leaving Casual Fans in the Dust?Why Guy Pearce Chose 'Iron Man 3' Over 'Daredevil'An Iron Man Suit for Every Occasion From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield Sound Bored as Hell Explaining 'Ender's Game'
    By: Matt Patches May 03, 2013
    Very little can impact the fact that I'm pumped for Ender's Game. Having read the book in my younger days, Orson Scott Card's militaristic science fiction classic was relatable. Young Ender Wiggin stood in for myself and every kid who dreamed of exploring the universe (or at the very least, go to Space Camp). The novel delivered exhilarating action on the page, complicated relationships, and a challenging conclusion that flips everything we've devoured up to that point on its head. When previous life lessons came in the form Boxcar Children adventures, the final moments of Ender's Game were a big deal. You can see why my anticipation for the long-gestating adaptation, starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, is through the roof. So why are invisible forces trying their hardest to make me give up on the movie? The big picture moral questions of Card and his controversial world views aside, our first glimpse at Ender's Game footage comes packaged with an introduction by Butterfield and Ford that could only be more phoned in if it was a voicemail message played over black. In a half sleepy state, the two give us a rundown on their characters before unveiling a snippet of clips from the film. The footage looks dazzling, juxtaposing the steel backdrops of Ender's Battle School with bright colors and fast-paced, anti-gravity action. Then there are Butterfield and Ford, who try their best to sell the teleprompter lines. When Ford tells us he plays "Colonel Hyrum Graff," it looks like he's about to follow it with, 'What is this s**t?!' I love me some rough, gruff Harrison Ford, but c'mon man. Muster up some enthusiasm! Watch the video below for Butterfield and Ford's impressively canned presentation and a hint at the impressive footage to come. The full (intro-less) trailer premieres next week. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: 'Ender's Game' Poster Is a Window to the FutureIs Controversy Brewing for 'Ender's Game'?Ford Hits a Home Run in '42' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • 'White House Down' Looks Like Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx's '21 Jump Street'
    By: Matt Patches May 03, 2013
    When we visited the set of White House Down last summer, director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) told us that from the minute he signed on to direct the epic home invasion picture, that he wanted Channing Tatum for the lead. For Emmerich, Tatum is the full package action hero. "He's a little bit a throwback to guys like Steve McQueen," Emmerich said. "Sometimes, it's a little bit James Dean. It's kind of quite strange. He's very unique. He has something very upright about him." He also happens to be extremely funny — a fact Hollywood discovered after the rude (and riotous) awakening that was 21 Jump Street. Judging from the new trailer for White House Down, that's the side of Tatum that Emmerich is tapping into. In the middle of a terrorist crisis, Tatum's John Cale finds himself in charge of protecting the President, played by Oscar-winner and In Living Color vet Jamie Foxx. Pairing them together turns the movie into a straight up buddy action comedy. Kind of like a Lethal Weapon at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The first trailer for White House Down slathered on the patriotism and promised Tatum in Bruce Willis goon-smashing mode. The new treatment has a different, and certainly more welcome, vibe. It's over the top in a way that only Emmerich can be (within seconds of seeing the Capitol Building explode, then cut to the duo prepping a rocket launcher in the Presidential state car), while Tatum and Foxx are two spitfires with natural rapport. We're half expecting Tatum to jump into a gong at some point. White House Down races into theaters June 28. For now, check out the trailer and join us in wondering if Tatum is wearing eyeliner. Or is he naturally highlighted? More: Tatum Needs a Director Who Knows How to DressEmmerich Takes Us on a White House TourRoland Emmerich's Big Gay Stonewall Riots Movie From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Lily Collins Joins 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies': See Her Undead Look
    By: Matt Patches May 02, 2013
    After building momentum with Natalie Portman and director David O. Russell in 2009, the adaptation of writer Seth Grahame-Smith's popular mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies slowly sunk back down into the grave. Over the past few years, the project has had a rotating ensemble of potential leads, from Scarlett Johansson to Mia Wasikowska to Anne Hathaway. The project looked as good as dead — that is until today, when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Mortal Instruments star Lily Collins joined the Jane Austen-inspired horror flick. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Collins is attached to star in the long-gestating hybrid under the direction of Burr Steers (17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud). With Walking Dead topping TV ratings charts and smaller genre movies like Warm Bodies making bank at the box office, zombies are still a hot topic in Hollywood. Pairing rising star Collins with the brain-eating beasts is a no brainer. Seeing as the book cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesis even more famous than the text inside, we had to wonder: does Collins have the right look for rotting flesh? Judge for yourself: Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: We Talk to Lily Collins on the 'Mortal Instruments' SetA Lesson in Zombie Cock BlocksWould Lily Collins Have Made a Good Katniss Everdeen? From Our Partners:Miley Strips Down in Raunchy Shoot (Celebuzz)Actresses Without Teeth Tumblr Is Creepy, Amazing (vh1)
  • Why Guy Pearce Turned Down "Daredevil,' But Couldn't Resist 'Iron Man 3'
    By: Matt Patches May 02, 2013
    Little known fact: Guy Pearce was approached to play that lead role in the 2003 comic book adaptation Daredevil (the part that eventually went to Ben Affleck). According to Pearce, "playing a comic strip superhero was, some years ago for me, totally out of the question" back when he was courted to play the red-suited, blind superhero. Times have obviously changed, as this weekend he'll be seen opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man 3. "I think I've broadened my horizons a bit," Pearce tells Hollywood.com. "The difference obviously is that the Iron Man films have proven to be really interesting and really fun and really cleverly done." Pearce, who recently appeared in Prometheus, Lawless, and the Sundance premiere Breathe In, believes that "a lot of comic book movies out there that don't really work" but Marvel's Iron Man franchise has towed an "interesting line between reality and fantasy" while putting its character first. In Iron Man 3, Pearce plays Aldrich Killian, mastermind behind a regenerative body enhancement process known as "Extremis." When he arrives on the doorstep of Tony Stark (Downey, Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), he's your typical genius playboy with a shimmer of pure evil in his eye. But 13 years prior, when he first met Stark at a fateful New Year's Eve party, he was mangy, awkward, and unfit for the future Iron Man's attention. "Here is someone who wants to get out of the hole that he's in," Pearce says. "He realizes he's annoying, he realizes he's irritating, he's constantly being rejected (and obviously we see in the film that he's rejected by Tony Stark). I think when someone you admire so much turns their back on you, it's almost like a final straw." Pearce likens Killian's evolution to the modern obsession with plastic surgery. For a fragile personality, there can be an addictive nature to change. "Doing one thing to solve a problem and then thinking you need to do something else because there's another problem and do something else because there's another problem and never knowing where to stop. To me, it was an image I had in mind when looking at Killian and how far he takes it. Getting to the point where he just wants to take over the world," explains Pearce. Killian may be Shane Black's subtle riff on "comic book fan culture," but Pearce is quick to clear up that it's not symbolically all-encompassing. "Here is someone who clearly has a lot of social difficulties, he's physically disabled in a particular kind of way, [and] he's extremely enthusiastic and ambitious. It was a tricky character to play," Pearce admits. The actor says he's portraying a "geek," but not every geek. Pearce says he's run into a similar situation before where one character resonates as a larger metaphor for audiences and that that's not the case with Killian. "When we did Priscilla [,Queen of the Desert] and a lot of people stepped forward and said, 'you guys are trying to say that all gay people are like this.' 'Well, no, I'm just portraying one character. Not the entire universe of gay characters.'" Much like Prometheus and Lawless, Pearce goes under the guise of makeup and wigs to bring the pre-dapper-makeover Killian to life. The actor says that he enjoys "the possibilities of costume and makeup and the ability to change yourself on film" and is always surprised when actors look exactly the same from movie to movie. The transformation is part of the supporting character appeal — and for many years, it was the only type of role he wanted to take. He says the reason he took Iron Man 3 and not Daredevil was that he "wasn't asked to play Iron Man himself." At the time Daredevil was casting, he was worried about becoming "a leading man." "I struggled years ago with the whole prospect of being pigeonholed," he says. "People pounce on you straight away and say, 'Oh, you're a good looking guy, we're going to shove you into leading men roles.' I really fought against that." Pearce recalls getting a taste of leading man work during his time on Australian TV show Neighbours. It left him craving to go back to the stage, where he got his start. "As a kid I did a lot of theater and played a lot of varied roles and I got much more satisfaction out of doing that. So I fought against playing a leading man role. I didn't think that was me. I didn't have anything to say." "Now if it comes along, I'm more able to go and do it and I'm not afraid that I'll get stuck there," Pearce says of his decision to enlist for Iron Man 3. Pearce recently starred in the action vehicle Lockout where he both had a blast and nailed the persona of gruff, antihero Snow. Pearce says he's come to a moment in his career where he can perform and feel fulfilled tackling the leading man role. "I feel like I can do that (not that I'm doing it that often). I can do something like Killian in Iron Man and think that my versatility is still afloat." So the ball is in Marvel's court now. Daredevil reboot, anyone? Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: Daredevil Can Join the Avengers NowA Non-Geek's Guide to 'Iron Man'Loving Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Iron Man 3' From Our Partners:Miley Strips Down in Raunchy Shoot (Celebuzz)Actresses Without Teeth Tumblr Is Creepy, Amazing (vh1)
  • Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Poster Is a Sex-Filled Rorschach Test
    By: Matt Patches May 02, 2013
    Even at his subtlest, Lars von Trier can't avoid his provocative instincts. Today's evidence: the first poster for his near-pornographic double feature Nymphomaniac. What do you see in the below image? Clearly von Trier's Melancholia follow-up will be a definitive exploration of proper grammatical bracketing. Right? Okay, maybe not. Little is known about von Trier's two films in the way of plot, but from the beginning of the casting process, Nymphomaniac was making headlines for its promise of explicit (read: not simulated) sex scenes featuring well known actors. The cast includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe and Connie Nielsen and, due to the artistically raunchy material, the two feature-length films will be released in both soft and hardcore versions. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to the posters designers, Phillip Einstein Lipski and Maria Biilmann, who tried to “distill the intimacy and the obscenity of the film down to its simplest form. A form we hope will engage the audience in the universe of Nymphomaniac– one sexy piece of artwork at a time." So as far as building buzz for the films, think of this poster as foreplay. Von Trier's Nymphomanaic Part 1 is expected to debut at a festival in the Fall with a proper release to follow. He won't be at the Cannes Film Festival this May — the filmmaker was notoriously banned after making pro-Nazi jokes at a Melancholia press conference in 2011, although von Trier insists that Nymphomanaic was not ready in time for the festival dates. Nonetheless, von Trier's sexploitation picture is on its way. Expect Part 1 to climax sometime before year's end. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: A History of Real Sex in MoviesThe Hottest TV Sex Scenes15 Oscar Winning Nude Scenes From Our Partners:Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough Bikini in Miami (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Cheeky IBM Scientists Use Atoms to Make World's Smallest Movie
    By: Matt Patches May 01, 2013
    The atom, the basic unit of all matter in the universe, was discovered by scientists in the early 1800s. This month, atoms have become the stars of the world's smallest movie. Chalk it up to scientists in need of a creative outlet, or man's godlike grasp on life's fundamental building blocks, but the folks over at IBM have unveiled the first ever stop-motion short animated with atoms. Below, see the Guinness World Record-certified, A Boy and His Atom. The short film was shot using two of IBM's scanning tunneling microscope, devices that can enlarge a copper surface 100 million times. Using a needle placed only a few nanometers away from their "canvas," scientists magnetized and manipulated the placement of the atoms to create the motion of a boy running, jumping, and playing with a ball. A Boy and His Atom recalls the first short films from the turn of the 20th century, when the artistic achievement was more about the technology functioning enough to capture any sort of image. We likely won't see IBM's cinematic experiment heralding a new age of atomic filmmaking, but like any great movie, it makes an idea digestible to mass audiences; Science is cool! To see how the IBM team pieced together their microscopic masterpiece, check out their making of video: Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: Watch Disney's Sweet Shot 'Paperman'NASA Makes a Penis on MarsCould Skyscrapers Survive the Apocalypse? From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Review: 'Iron Man 3' Isn't a Superhero Movie (But Robert Downey Jr. Makes That OK)
    By: Matt Patches May 01, 2013
      Following in the footsteps of The Avengers, the most comic booky of comic book movies, writer/director Shane Black has helped redefine the Marvel hero Iron Man for his third outing by giving the cold shoulder to the source material. It's hard to call Iron Man 3 a "comic book movie," even while Robert Downey, Jr. flies around in a destructive exoskeleton, aiming to put a stop to a baddie named The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and his fire-breathing minions. The movie plays more like a sequel to Black's 2005 neo-noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (also starring Downey, Jr.). Detective-esque voiceover, razor sharp banter, and an obstacle that has Tony Stark piecing together clues and rarely appearing in his iconic armor, Iron Man 3 avoids fantasy in favor of a hefty helping of pulp fiction. The setup makes way for Downey, Jr.'s best work in the franchise. Iron Man 3 suggests that the whole flying-into-space-to-blow-up-a-worm-hole-and-almost-dying thing from The Avengers' Battle of New York took a toll on Tony. To cope with PTSD, he remains cooped up in his lab, endlessly building new Iron Man suits for whatever otherworldly adversary may hit him next. All the while, his girlfriend/replacement CEO Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) attempts to manage Tony's money machine, Stark Industries. The latest proposition for the tech conglomerate comes from nerd-turned-playboy Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), a man with clear resentment for Tony, who still pitches Pepper his latest creation (if only to woo her with genius). It's called Extremis, a genetic treatment that allows for unprecedented human regeneration. It also causes people to gain superhuman powers... with the potential of internal combustion — but hey, it's still in development. There's an abidance of plot in Iron Man 3: along with Killian's sneaky schemes, The Mandarin, a bin Laden-like terrorist, is growing in power and detonating bombs in random places across the U.S.. Hoping to put a stop to him is Tony's BFF James Rhodes (Don Cheadle). He's painted his Iron Man armor Red, White and Blue to become Iron Patriot, crusader of the War on Terror. In a surprise to no one, intelligence gathered on The Mandarin continually leads him in the wrong directions. When one Mandarin attack hits too close to home, Tony is shaken out of his comfort zone. He goes on the offense, but his cocky attitude is his downfall. After an attack on his cliffside mansion (a tremendous sequence of architectural dismemberment), Tony is left on his butt in the middle of nowhere, with no one to help him. Black's clear goal is to keep Tony out of the armor. The Marvel regime forces its movies to stylistically conform, keeping Iron Man 3 as flat and generic across the technical board. So Black innovates on the page as he did during his screenwriting days (he's the man behind Lethal Weapon and The Last Boyscout). Downey, Jr. is firing on all cylinders here, shooting off wisecracks faster than Iron Man's repulser rays and giving Tony something to grapple with. Black connects the character with one of the scariest companion tropes in all of filmmaking: "random helpful kid." It ends up working because Tony never loses his sardonic tone — when his 11-year-old helper reveals that his dad walked out a few years prior, Tony tells him to get over it (using very colorful language). They've got bad guys to fight. Completely rude, completely genuine. Downey, Jr. is one of the few performers who can drop that comedy gold then match it with a stunt-filled set piece. Downey, Jr. isn't alone. Black has a dream cast for Iron Man 3, helping keep the convoluted plot in check with personality. Pearce has a ball with his diabolical Killian while Kingsley subverts every villain trope in the book. His performance as The Mandarin pulls the rug from under the audiences' feet with cackling glee. It might be Black's way of flipping the bird to die hard comic fans, but depending on your investment, Kingsley dominates the movie. While Black injects his wry sensibilities into the superhero format, he also plays ball with the necessary evils. There's big action in Iron Man 3 and, unlike the previous two installments, it delivers. A scene in which Iron Man swoops through the sky to catch fallen airplane passengers will make your heart race. Whether it's incredible CG or practical stunts, the airborne wrangling feels all too real. Black has his classic '90s action moments too: if Iron Man 3 didn't have a swing-away-from-an-explosion moment, it wouldn't be a Shane Black movie. Aside from a few raised eyebrows provoked by the film's logic, Downey, Jr. and Black once again found magic together — and on a scale worthy of summer blockbusters. Iron Man 3 easily tops the first two movies and starts the summer off with a bang and a sly wink to camera. (And don't forget to stay after the credits — Marvel once again drops a scene that completes the film!) 4/5 What do you think? Tell Matt Patches directly on Twitter @misterpatches and read more of his reviews on Rotten Tomatoes! More: Why Making a Part 3 Ain't EasyThe 20 Must-See Movies of Summer 2013Iron Man Already a Hit From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Writer Behind 'Die Hard 6' a.k.a. 'Die Hardest' Explains How the Project Came to Be
    By: Matt Patches Apr 30, 2013
    This morning, word arrived that relative unknown screenwriter Ben Trebilcook would be taking a crack at a sixth Die Hard film. According to a report by Total Film, Trebilcook was recruited by A Good Day to Die Hard consulting producer Larry D. Webster to pen a treatment for the film, tentatively titled Die Hardest. Bruce Willis' early hints that a sixth installment of his John McClane franchise looked more and more concrete. 20th Century Fox was quick to respond to the announcement, stating that there was no connection between the studio and the Trebilcook/Webster project. But if people were talking up a potential sequel in a formal interview setting, clearly something is brewing. To find out exactly what, Hollywood.com reached out to Trebilcook, who was able to clarify where Die Hardest stands in the fuzzy world of Hollywood development. Trebilcook was unable to comment on whether his Die Hard 6 movie was technically a "spec script," written outside of the studio system in hopes of attracting a talent and the studio, but he does say he has the support of a few unnamed individuals involved with the franchise. "It's a highly detailed treatment and there isn't yet a full script," Trebilcock says. "A couple of parties connected to the series have given it their thumbs up and are flying my flag, too, which is such a boost; this includes Larry. He knows full well that it has to reach King B (Bruce Willis) and Alex Young, at present. It wasn't THE Die Hard related project that I thought was going to be talked about, funny enough, but the Net is a funny place." Webster, whose background is mainly in post-production and could not be reached for comment at the time of publication, met Trebilcook after the writer wrapped a sci-fi movie called Death Machine. The producer came on board Trebilcook's next movie, Knockout (which he says pays "brilliant homage to Bruce Lee's Game of Death and the fight he had with Abdul Kareem Jabbar"). Eventually, the duo started talking Die Hard — an obsession of Trebilcook's. Trebilcook says that in 1998, he wrote several action spec scripts for Die Hard 4 (a title that eventually became Live Free or Die Hard). Being attracted to the original on a number of levels — Trebilcook describes his own father as a "a real-life version of" John McClane — his path diverted from the franchise when he caught the eye of Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner's production company. A Die Hard movie reentered his thinking when Webster connected him with people on A Good Day to Die Hard. "Larry and an undisclosed colleague associated to the franchise and I discussed Die Hard 6 and another Die Hard project," Trebilcook says. "King B has publicly said he'd do another, so I said I'd pen a treatment and we'll see what and where we can go from there." Trebilcook says he's gone through a number of story ideas for a sixth movie that have managed to circulate around the Internet. The main one involved a bridge in Indonesia that linked his proposed sixth film to the original. "It does fit the typical, but tired 'Die Hard on a...' mold," he says of the abandoned concept. "That one, if anyone remembers, from the first movie Joe Takagi of Nakatomi Corp briefly discusses a model of a bridge to Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber. I thought that'd be a very cool link and have relatives of Takagi take on the bridge building project in Indonesia. Whack in a bit of jungle, some hostiles, all on a bridge, but it just didn't make sense." He says that idea is long gone. As described in the Total Film article, his script may send McClane to Japan. "The one I've done makes just perfect and incredible sense." And as far as the title Die Hardest? Trebilcook believes, after wrestling with a few ideas, it's the one that lives up to his concept. "I like 'Cross My Heart and Hope To Die Hard'. I think one draft I wrote was 'Die Hard 6 Feet Under'. 'Die Hardest' refers to exactly that. Doesn't mean it's the end, but should be for the time being at least," he says. Is Die Hard 6 on the way? Trebilcook did not comment on Webster's influence over the direction of the franchise or whether the detailed treatment would wind up in front of the people who can pull the trigger and make it happen. What is true is that a die hard Die Hard fan is taking a stab at making a fourth sequel to Willis' big name franchise a reality. But for now, it's a dream on paper. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: What Makes 'Die Hard' a 'Die Hard?'In Russa, 'A Good Day to Die Hard' Watch You'Die Hard' Vs. 'Reindeer Games From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Iron Man 3', 'Pacific Rim', 'Spectacular Now' & 17 More Must-See Movies in Theaters in Summer 2013
    By: Matt Patches Apr 30, 2013
    Every weekend during the summer sports a big, bad blockbuster ready to knock audiences' socks off. Whether it's superheroes, sci-fi, or even comedies, it's all about spectacle and escapism. Beat the heat, beat the real world. Along with the box office juggernauts, summer also plays host to a tiny slate of films that make up for their lack of special effects with genuine heart (no CGI required). Whether they blew up at Sundance and have been waiting patiently for their debut or are just arriving to counterprogram against the big screen's latest intergalactic crime fighter, they're worth anticipating just as much as the big boys. To prepare you for Summer 2013, we've compiled 20 of the Hottest Movies to hit theaters in May, June, July, and August. Get your calendar ready — these are the must-sees of the season. Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches More: 'Iron Man 3' Already a Hit Overseas'Pacific Rim' Looks Like the Movie to Beat'Spectacular Now' Is High School Romance Done Right From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)