This morning’s big Oscar nominations announcement had to contend with an even more major and affecting piece of breaking news. A few days after David Bowie passed into the next dimension, cancer has taken another sixty-nine-year-old Brit from us: esteemed actor Alan Rickman. Flip to the word “arch” in the newest editions of the Oxford Goes To Hollywood dictionary, and there you’ll find a photo of Rickman, single eyebrow raised, his tone of dour bemusement audible even from the printed page. The man gained the most international recognition from a choice role in a certain franchise about a boy wizard, but he was an actor of boundless versatility who gifted audiences plenty of fond moviegoing memories.
In a move sure to get a few yells of “yippee-ki-yay!” from Bruce Willis fans, the fifth installment of the star’s popular ‘Die Hard’ franchise has a name and a release date — it’ll be called ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ and hit theaters on Valentine’s Day of 2013.