Surprise! 62 Percent of People Say Die Hard is Not a Christmas Movie

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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When Die Hard was released in the summer of 1988, it ignited what would become one of Hollywood's most lasting and controversial debates: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

Sure, it was released in July, but John McClane saves the day and bests Hans Gruber and his merry band of terrorists on Christmas Eve. It takes place at an office holiday party. Santa hats are worn. "Christmas in Hollis" is played. Gruber delivers a chilling "ho, ho, ho." Should the answer really be that complicated?

For Steven E. de Souza, the film's screenwriter, it's simple:

For Bruce Willis, however, it's a resounding no. During a Comedy Central roast of the actor, he declared, "Die Hard is not a Christmas movie! It is a g**damn Bruce Willis movie."

As a holiday gift to movie lovers everywhere, The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult took it upon themselves to come up with a definitive answer—or at least a majority one. They surveyed 2200 people and came back with some surprising results: 62 percent of those surveyed say that no, Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.

Only 25 percent of respondents said they would classify Die Hard as a Christmas movie, while 13 percent said they didn’t know or didn’t have an opinion. Men were slightly more likely to deem it a holiday movie than women (32 percent versus 20 percent), and those men were even more likely to say so if they were between the ages of 30 and 44 (37 percent of male respondents in that age group said it was a holiday movie).

While the survey is certainly thorough, it's not likely to silence the Die Hard truthers. 'Tis the season, after all.

Werner Herzog Has Been Cast in Star Wars Series The Mandalorian

Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images for DIFF
Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images for DIFF

After months of reports claiming Pedro Pascal would star in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Lucasfilm finally confirmed the news today, and took the opportunity to announce the full cast list—which included a few surprises.

Pascal will be playing the titular character, a “lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.” Alongside the Game of Thrones alum will be Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Nick Nolte, and—perhaps most surprisingly—German director Werner Herzog (yes, the auteur who made Grizzly Man and once attempted to eat his own shoe). That’s a pretty impressive lineup.

“We’re having a great time working with this incredibly talented group and excited for everyone to see what we’re up to,” the show’s creator, Jon Favreau, said along with the announcement.

The casting news follows the announcement that the series had already tapped several talented directors to step behind the camera, including Bryce Dallas Howard and Taika Waititi.

Although not many specific details have been revealed about the series, the official synopsis reads as follows:

"The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”

The Mandalorian will premiere on the upcoming streaming service Disney+ sometime in 2019.

It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Confirmed for Doctor Strange Sequel

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Just when Marvel fans began focusing all of their attention on poring over even the tiniest details in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Marvel has announced that a Doctor Strange sequel is officially happening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson will return to the director’s chair, and although he co-wrote the first film alongside Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, no writer has been announced for the second outing yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will, of course, reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Benedict Wong will be returning as Wong. Industry insiders suspect Rachel McAdams will be back as Strange’s love interest, Dr. Christine Palmer, but no formal announcement has been made.

We last saw Doctor Strange earlier this year in Avengers: Infinity War, where he sadly disintegrated into dust at the hands of Thanos’s snap. As most fan theories believe, many of our favorite superheroes will be brought back to life in Avengers: Endgame, which will be the next time we see Cumberbatch’s character. Although his appearance in Avengers: Endgame might only be through flashbacks, and Doctor Strange 2 could still take place before Infinity War, it’s not likely.

Sources say production is being eyed for a spring 2020 start, with a suspected release date around spring 2021. But a lot can happen between now and then, especially depending on what Avengers: Endgame reveals.

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