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'80's action star revival calendar fills up for early 2013; plus a new villain for Die Hard

May. 9, 2012by: Paul Shirey

It looks like 2013 may be the new 1988 as three of the biggest action stars of the Reagan era are set to release three new films in early 2013, starting on January 18, 2013 with Arnold Schwarzenegger's THE LAST STAND, from director Kim Ji-Woon (I SAW THE DEVIL).

After that, we have just gotten word that Sylvester Stallone's BULLET TO THE HEAD, from director Walter Hill (THE WARRIORS) will bow on February 1, 2013.  Originally slated to be released this year, the film underwent some additional work in the editing bay and appears to have weathered the storm and is now ready to set sail. 

Without a moment to catch it's breath, BULLET TO THE HEAD will be followed by the fifth DIE HARD film, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD on February 14, 2013 (because who doesn't equate international terrorism with Valentine's Day...c'mon, now), once again following the exploits of Bruce Willis' underdog cop, John McClane, this time from director John Moore (MAX PAYNE).

In related DIE HARD news, the film has just cast a new villain with Cole Hauser (PITCH BLACK), playing a character named "Collins."  It's an interesting bit of casting, but it still doesn't make me any more hopeful that the film will be anything more than a mediocre PG-13 snoozefest, but I'm always in the running to be wrong.

What we have for the first two months of 2013 is a one-two-three punch of films from our Patriarch's of Action, not to mention the pairing of Stallone and Schwarzenegger on THE TOMB later in 2013.  Whether or not any of the films live up to their stars prior achievements is way too close to call, but I find it interesting that the Planet Hollywood crew is releasing these three films so close to one another.

Either way, it's gonna feel very late '80's at the movies come January 2013.  Let's hope that our old school heroes can still bring the heat.

Extra Tidbit: If I could only see one of these three films it would be Bullet to the Head. I give you the same choice...what would it be, Schmoes?

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2:56AM on 05/10/2012
The Last Stand- Stallone might be hit and miss, but he's had a solid presence the last few years. Willis never went away. I want to see a new Arnie movie, period. I'm frothing at the mouth for The Last Stand and the Tomb.
The Last Stand- Stallone might be hit and miss, but he's had a solid presence the last few years. Willis never went away. I want to see a new Arnie movie, period. I'm frothing at the mouth for The Last Stand and the Tomb.
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10:17PM on 05/09/2012
The Last Stand is the one I absolutely have to see, I'm so pumped for Arnold's return to the movies where he truly belongs :)
The Last Stand is the one I absolutely have to see, I'm so pumped for Arnold's return to the movies where he truly belongs :)
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4:51PM on 05/09/2012
The Last Stand is the one I'm most interested in, just because of its director. Watch his films, you'll see what I mean.
The Last Stand is the one I'm most interested in, just because of its director. Watch his films, you'll see what I mean.
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3:14PM on 05/09/2012
A tossup between THE LAST STAND & BULLET TO THE HEAD. Funny how a sequel of a once great action francise doesn't have any takers...
A tossup between THE LAST STAND & BULLET TO THE HEAD. Funny how a sequel of a once great action francise doesn't have any takers...
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2:40PM on 05/09/2012
Easily The Last Stand. Kim Ji-woon is a great talent and I am terribly curious how well he will translate, especially since it will be Arnold's first non-Expendables, post-gubernatorial role, and he has a way of making all his movies about him, just because there's nobody else who can bring what he can to a movie, for better or worse.

I was much more interested in Bullet to the Head when Wayne Kramer and Tom Jane were involved, but I'm a Walter Hill fan.

I have no desire to see the latest
Easily The Last Stand. Kim Ji-woon is a great talent and I am terribly curious how well he will translate, especially since it will be Arnold's first non-Expendables, post-gubernatorial role, and he has a way of making all his movies about him, just because there's nobody else who can bring what he can to a movie, for better or worse.

I was much more interested in Bullet to the Head when Wayne Kramer and Tom Jane were involved, but I'm a Walter Hill fan.

I have no desire to see the latest Die Hard though. I just don't trust it to be worthwhile.
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12:31PM on 05/09/2012
There is a better than even chance that none of these films are going to be worth watching. A Bullet to the Head/A Good Day to Die Hard double feature might be worth a cold February Saturday with my son though.
There is a better than even chance that none of these films are going to be worth watching. A Bullet to the Head/A Good Day to Die Hard double feature might be worth a cold February Saturday with my son though.
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12:18PM on 05/09/2012

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The Tomb. I mean, I obviously want to see all of them (and will) but I've always wanted a Stallone / Schwarzenegger team-up with just the two of them.
The Tomb. I mean, I obviously want to see all of them (and will) but I've always wanted a Stallone / Schwarzenegger team-up with just the two of them.
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12:13PM on 05/09/2012
I didn't know all three films would be released on dates that have already passed....
I didn't know all three films would be released on dates that have already passed....
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12:11PM on 05/09/2012
So... no summer release dates for any of them, eh? They're all getting scuttled in the post-Awards dumping ground? Unfortunate, especially considering the last Die Hard movie was a big summer blockbuster.
So... no summer release dates for any of them, eh? They're all getting scuttled in the post-Awards dumping ground? Unfortunate, especially considering the last Die Hard movie was a big summer blockbuster.
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11:55AM on 05/09/2012
Wow, their picture of them in Planet Hollywood outfit - priceless. Those were great time. Extra tidbit: The Last Stand as well. Arnold is my favorite action star.
Wow, their picture of them in Planet Hollywood outfit - priceless. Those were great time. Extra tidbit: The Last Stand as well. Arnold is my favorite action star.
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11:41AM on 05/09/2012
I'd see The Last Stand, mostly because Arnold has been my favorite out of them all.
I'd see The Last Stand, mostly because Arnold has been my favorite out of them all.
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11:30AM on 05/09/2012

ironic

Willis was always my favorite back in the day, pretty funny then that his flick is the only one i couldnt give a flying fuck about here. Besides that very excited and to answer the tidbit it would be Last Stand.
Willis was always my favorite back in the day, pretty funny then that his flick is the only one i couldnt give a flying fuck about here. Besides that very excited and to answer the tidbit it would be Last Stand.
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