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Friday News Round-Up (February 16)

A new title for Die Hard 4, and more...

Die Hard 4 Has A New Title!

And it’s the old title. That is, it’s Die Hard 4.0, which is infinitely preferable to the horrendous Live Free Or Die Hard. How do we know this? Well, the new trailer for Len Wiseman’s summer blockbuster went online today, and there it is at the end: Die Hard 4.0. Given that this trailer was an international teaser, there’s still a possibility that the US title will remain Live Free… but over here in Blighty, we get a title that actually makes sense, given the movie’s computer hacky plot. And how’s the trailer? Well, most Empireites seemed to greet it with cautious optimism, although one staff member ran out of the room screaming, “it’s not Die Hard! It’s not Die Hard!” following the bit where the Capitol Building is reduced to smithereens. See it here and decide for yourself, although even the URL would indicate that Live Free Or Die Hard isn't totally out of the picture...

It’s Hostel Part III! Kinda…

The success of Eli Roth’s Hostel has been a double-edged sword (or, in this case, a rusty axe), with all manner of ‘young US tourists getting hacked to bits in creepy foreign locales’ flicks ready to cash in. And DreamWorks have just hired a director for the latest Hostel-a-like. Carter B. Smith will call the screams on The Ruins, in which four young American tourists go to Cancun and get lost in the jungle, after a German tourist persuades them to help look for his missing brother. Empire will bet a relatively minor body part that a) the German bloke is up to no good, b) there is no brother, and c) torture and screaming and death will soon follow, and not necessarily in that order. But this might not be entirely without merit: the film is set up with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, and Scott Smith – who wrote the screenplay for Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan – is performing similar duties here.

Keri Russell Is Married

Yes, that’s right. Even though we last saw her face going all squiffy in M:I-3, it would seem that not only is Keri Russell alive and well, but she’s only gone and got herself hitched as well! The 30 year-old actress, next to be seen in the title role in Waitress, the last film directed by the late Adrienne Shelley, got married to long-term boyfriend Shane Deary on Valentine’s Day in New York. Ahhh, how romantic...

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