Renny Harlin

Finnish film director and film producer Renny Harlin

Renny Harlin is a Finnish-American film director and producer. He is best known for Die Hard 2 (1990), Cliffhanger (1993), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) and Deep Blue Sea (1999). His film Cutthroat Island (1995) is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all time.
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China Wants to Beat the U.S. in Movies. So It Turned to the Guy Who Made 'Die Hard 2'
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Renny Harlin, known for big-budget B-movies, has become a dedicated instructor in China’s push to become a global cultural force, helping the country build on its huge domestic box office to find that elusive overseas commercial hit.
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Is Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey" Dead in Screenwriting Today?
Huffington Post - about 2 years
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. ScreenCraft Guest Blogger Sean Hood is a Hollywood screenwriter best known for horror films (Halloween: Resurrection, Masters of Horror) and swords-and-sandals pictures (Conan The Barbarian, Hercules: The Legend Begins) but don't hold that against him. He is currently teaching at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, blogging at, and writing upcoming projects for film and television. “We have killed him -- you and I. All of us are his murderers. But how did we do this? How could we drink up the sea?” -- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science Claiming that The Hero's Journey is dead just after the openi...
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Latest ‘Books to Bookmark’ List of 21 Interesting New Book Titles from 2013 announced by Publishers Newswire
California News Wire - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Publishers Newswire (PNW), an online resource established in 2004 for small publishers, as well as lesser known and first-time book authors, today announced its latest semi-annual "Books to Bookmark" round-up. This list of 21 new books is from the second half of 2013 which may have been missed due to not originating from major New York book publishers, or so called "big name" authors. "Again this year we found a wealth of fascinating books, and almost universally each book added a Kindle edition which was still a 50/50 proposition previously. This shows the growth of the Kindle e-reader and apps," said PNW editor Christopher Simmons. Simmons has been a working journalist for over 30 years, and has written widely on the topic of publishing, marketing, and e-books. He is also the author of a self-published book on digital artwork and numerous small press editions of fiction (out of print). He added, "Further, the popularity of audio book e...
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Hollywood sets up Herculean box office clash
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Hollywood is powering up for a clash of the titans this year, with two films about legendary demigod Hercules -- one starring teen heartthrob Kellan Lutz, and a more mature version later in the year. The superhero standoff -- Tinseltown seems prone to doing movies in pairs, after two adaptations of the Snow White tale last year -- comes 16 years after the last Hercules movie, by Disney in 1997. Directed by action film veteran Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2," "Cliffhanger" and "Exorcist: The Beginning"), "The Legend of Hercules" retraces the demigod's youth when he was still unaware of his divine ascendancy, sold as a slave and fighting to reconquer his kingdom. "The story of Hercules we tell in the movie is one of the tales.
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How Stupid Is 'The Legend Of Hercules'? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As you are reading this, “The Legend of Hercules,” a very bad movie starring Kellan Lutz as the son of Zeus, is playing in many, many theaters. As a service to you, we answered 25 questions about “The Legend of Hercules.” Q: How was The Rock as Hercules? A: The Rock does not appear in “The Legend of Hercules.” He is in a different Hercules movie that comes out in July. Q: What is Hercules doing as “The Legend of Hercules” begins? A: As the film opens, Hercules is not yet born. After some boring exposition, Zeus impregnates Queen Amphitryon (Roxanne McKee) –- who then, along with her husband, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), raises Hercules. Q: What does a sexual encounter with Zeus look like? A: A lot like the scene in “Ghostbusters” where a ghost tries to seduce Dan Aykroyd. Q: Did the audience at the screening you attended find this scene unintentionally funny? A: Yes. Q: Is King Amphitryon supportive of Hercules? A: No. King Amphitryon is a jerk who openly despises Her...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 4 years
This week: Lucha libre wrestlers versus monsters, Ulrich Seidl's Paradise Trilogy, La Camioneta, and a jerk who was born a poor black child. August: Osage County See review this issue. Various Theaters. Cinescopio A new series showcasing "Latin American classic cinema from the golden era of film." This installment features the 1972 lucha libre film Santo vs. the Mummies of Guanajuato, which sounds pretty great. More at Hollywood Theatre. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo The latest episode of the endless Evangelion anime series. Hollywood Theatre. Getting to Know YouTube Local presenters fire up YouTube and explore "the boundaries of what tubes and you were meant for." Hollywood Theatre. Hecklevision: Cool As Ice Vanilla Ice's non-classic, now with your text-messaged heckles popping up onscreen. Sorry, Vanilla Ice. Hollywood Theatre. Her See review this issue. Various Theaters. In No Gr...
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'The Legend Of Hercules' -- Formerly Titled 'Hercules: The Legend Begins' -- Gets New Trailer
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In a continued effort to help distinguish it from its Herculean counterpart, Lionsgate has retitled "Hercules: The Legend Begins." The Roman-hero epic will now go by "The Legend of Hercules." We're referring to the movie starring Kellan Lutz in the title role, which was recently moved up to a Jan. 10 release. That gives it further distinction from "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," the Dwayne Johnson flick that arrives on July 25. Both movies are unsurprisingly ab-tastic, but the distinctions do continue. "The Legend of Hercules" is directed by Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2," Deep Blue Sea") and comes with a smaller budget than the $110 million "Thracian Wars," which is helmed by Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour," "X-Men: The Last Stand"). The former is a standard origin story, whereas Ratner's version -- based on the graphic novel of the same name -- strips Hercules of his supernatural abilities and leaves him with only his adeptness at battle. Now, is that all cleared up? If you're looking ...
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Friday the 13th: Kane Hodder on killer instinct, Jason’s legacy
LATimes - over 4 years
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Fools Rush In, With Camera
NYTimes - over 4 years
In Renny Harlin’s “Devil’s Pass,” American students investigate a Russian skiing disaster shrouded in mystery.
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Stories Behind Andrew Dice Clay Movie ‘Ford Fairlane’ Now Available in Kindle Edition
California News Wire - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Marking the 23rd anniversary of "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," the controversial 1990 motion picture released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Andrew Dice Clay, indie e-Book publisher Cultmachine is offering Ford Fairlane fans for the first time the original stories on which the movie was based. "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" (ISBN: 978-0-9840327-6-1), unavailable since first publication in 1980 as serialized weekly episodes in the New York Rocker and the LA Weekly, the stories were written by journalist and screenwriter Rex Weiner. In the two gritty tales, private eye Ford Fairlane, the music industry's "rock n roll detective," solves cases involving the punk rock and new wave scenes in New York City and Los Angeles in the late-1970's. The stories are offered at in a single e-Book edition for $4.99 via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane has b...
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Scott Mendelson: On the 'Morality' of Cinematic Action-Movie Massacres
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
There is a moment at around the 20-minute mark of Olympus Has Fallen (review) where a giant airplane piloted by evil North Koreans shoots down an American fighter jet which then crashes not in the water or in an empty parking lot, but smack-dab into a suburban home.  Considering the time of day the scene takes place, there's a pretty good chance whomever lived there was probably home at the time and was instantly burned to a crisp.  That moment would have jolting enough, but the attack sequence that kicks off the plot goes on for a good 20 minutes, offering countless innocent bystanders being bloodily gunned down in the streets, along with others being crushed by falling monuments and blown up by various explosions set off during the White House siege.  This isn't even counting the bazillion Secret Service agents who are slaughtered in the attack sequence, including a moment where enemy soldiers walk around the White House plugging wounded agents in the head (onscreen...
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Blu-ray Review: Die Hard Quadrilogy
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 6 years
Is there a more enjoyable action film than Die Hard ? It’s seriously hard to think of any other film which has managed to so perfectly blend together explosive action, taut suspense and genuine humour. All of which is held together by an action hero as likeably down in his luck as cop John McLane – portrayed with a sublime mix of blue-collar normality and wise cracking heroism by Bruce Willis. Pitting the New York cop against a gang of elite European terrorists, Die Hard’s simple but effective plot is propelled by the claustrophobic setting of the Nakatomi Plaza and the tight direction by John McTiernan (Predator). Willis doesn’t have Arnie’s bulging Pecs, Seagal’s martial arts skils or even Chuck Norris’ grizzled features. Instead, Die Hard gives us a hero whom we can all relate to – often realistically complaining about the dire situation at hand, showing signs of pain and emotional heartache, and yes, being a bit of a wiseass. You can’t help but root for McLane as he figh...
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Die Hard Quadrilogy – Blu-ray Review - almost 6 years
If this long-overdue Blu-ray reissue hadn’t come about, this franchise would have thoroughly deserved a HeyUGuys Video Vault special anyway. With recent news of a fifth instalment (A Good Day To Die Hard) going ahead, it is an ideal time to re-evaluate the existing entries in this genre-defining series and see what a Blu-ray brush-up has done to them. Die Hard came towards the end of a decade that was characterised, at least within the action genre, by one-man-machine films. Rambo, Commando, Predator, Cobra, DTV entries from Dolph Lundgren and the burgeoning attempts of Seagal and Van Damme, all vied for our attention. Then along came Die Hard. Its director, John McTiernan, had already visited the genre to considerable success and acclaim with Arnie’s none-more-eighties Predator, but this was something else entirely. So familiar has the skyscraper-high concept become (one man, stuck with a load of terrorists, fighting for his life etc) that one can forget that this is where it beg...
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'5 Days Of War' Podcast - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Google News - over 6 years
34 of "The Blender," we sit down with Georgian Service broadcaster Salome Asatiani to talk about director Renny Harlin's latest movie, "5 Days of War." The film, which stars Andy Garcia as Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, attempts to tell the ... - -
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Director Renny Harlin talks '5 Days of War' - I Am
Google News - over 6 years
Opening in Los Angeles on September 2nd is a new film from veteran director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) called 5 Days of War. The movie is based on the true story of the 2008 Russo-Georgian war and stars an impressive cast of actors
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5 Days of War Directed by Renny Harlin - Exclaim!
Google News - over 6 years
By Robert BellNever one for plausibility or subtlety, Renny Harlin's niche tends to be ridiculously bloated action films like Deep Blue Sea and Cliffhanger, where propulsion and kinetic shot composition mean more than integrity or a cohesive narrative
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Renny Harlin
  • 2016
    Age 56
    In June 2016, it was announced Harlin will directed Legend of the Ancient Sword at Alibaba Pictures, based on a Chinese role-playing video game.
  • 2015
    Age 55
    Harlin's movies have earned $525,185,816 in the United States and $1,026,226,045 in the worldwide aggregate box office as of September 2015, making him the 120th highest-grossing director in the global film market.
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  • 2014
    Age 54
    On May 19, 2014, Harlin was set to direct the action comedy film Skiptrace, with Jackie Chan set to star along with Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    On February 4, 2013, it was announced that Harlin would direct The Legend of Hercules, which opened in theatres on January 10, 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    In April 2012, it was announced that Harlin would direct Devil's Pass set in Russia’s Ural Mountains.
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  • 2011
    Age 51
    In 2011 it was reported that he was planning a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight.
  • 2007
    Age 47
    In 2007, it was announced that Harlin would direct an adaption of the comic-book series Brodie's Law.
    In 2007 the Mannerheim film project resumed temporarily and Harlin returned to Finland.
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    In 2006, Harlin collaborated with Markus Selin to direct a biopic of the Finnish President and Marshall of Finland Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, but budget constraints put the project on hold.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    Harlin's next project after Driven was to be a movie adaptation of the Ray Bradbury short story A Sound of Thunder, but Harlin left the project after a disagreement with Bradbury. Although the director was changed, Harlin was credited as a producer when the finished film was released in 2005.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    Harlin wanted to direct a movie based on Formula Ones, but unable to secure the rights he instead produced the film Driven in 2001, based on the American Champ Car series.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    Harlin's career suffered a blow with the pirate adventure film Cutthroat Island in 1995.
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  • 1992
    Age 32
    The film won Best Feature at the 1992 Independent Spirit Awards and earned its star and Harlin's then-partner Laura Dern a Best Actress Oscar nomination at the 1992 Academy Awards.
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  • 1988
    Age 28
    In the same year, 1988, he got a job from New Line Cinema to direct A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) after meeting producer Robert Shaye, who at the first didn't want Harlin to direct the film.
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  • 1982
    Age 22
    Later, he worked as a buyer for a Finnish film distributor and met Finnish Markus Selin in Los Angeles in 1982.
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  • 1959
    Born on March 15, 1959.
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