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One role that actor Thomas Jane probably won't escape is that of Frank Castle, aka. The Punisher. Jane played the role in Lionsgate's 2004 film adaptation of the comic along with the 2012 unofficial short film "The Punisher: Dirty Laundry".
Then in 2013, the rights to the character reverted back to Marvel Studios, leading to speculation that the character would return in a future Marvel project. In fact, he could potentially return as a character in one of the studio's upcoming Netflix series.
Out doing promotional rounds for "Vice," Jane has revealed that whichever way Marvel chooses to proceed, he's done with playing the role. He tells I Am Rogue:
"I feel like I've done it. That's why I did the short film. I wanted to create something that was truer to my own vision of what that movie could be. I feel like I put that out there. It was really well received. »
- Garth Franklin
Actor Thomas Jane has been making the publicity rounds lately to promote his new film Vice, which opened last weekend. For many fans, he will always be best known as Frank Castle in the 2004 comic book adaptation The Punisher and the 2012 short film The Punsher: Dirty Laundry. You may recall that, back in May 2013, Marvel reacquired the rights to The Punisher, although the studio has yet to announce any movie or TV plans for this iconic character yet. Though, there have been plenty of rumors that The Punisher will return in the Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil, or possible his own show. During an interview with I Am Rogue, Thomas Jane was asked if he'd consider playing Frank Castle once again. The actor reveals that he's "done" with playing this beloved character:
"I feel like I've done it. That's why I did the short film. I wanted to create something that »
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploring street-level superheroes across their four Netflix programs, many fans are speculating that the Punisher could show up to dispense his lethal brand of justice. After two box-office failures, the rights to Frank Castle returned to Marvel in 2013 [along with Blade, Ghost Rider and Daredevil]. Marvel comic book fans will know that there's a rich history between Daredevil and Punisher, with Punisher representing a darker, deadlier version of what Daredevil fears he could become one day. While we've received no previous indication that the Punisher will show up on Daredevil, it would certainly be a welcome addition. However, if Frank Castle does make an appearance, he won't be played by fan-favorite Punisher actor Thomas Jane. "I feel like I've [played a true version of the character already]. That's why I did [Dirty Laundry]. I wanted to create something that was truer to my »
In the science-fiction non-thriller “Vice,” Bruce Willis plays the CEO of a futuristic resort where perfectly human-looking androids exist to fulfill their clients’ deepest, darkest desires — none of which, it can safely be said, involve watching movies as relentlessly mediocre as this one. Reminiscent of any number of haunting, visionary sources — from Ridley Scott’s seminal “Blade Runner” to Mamoru Oshii’s sex-dolls-with-souls anime “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” — this disposable Lionsgate cheapie should pass through theaters as swiftly as it fades from the memory.
Should audiences require some lighthearted relief from “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s serious-minded portrait of the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, they could probably do worse than “Vice,” which boasts some of the most astoundingly incompetent assassins in the action-pic annals: Fleeing from her pursuers in one hail of machine-gun fire after another, Kelly (Amber Childyrs) never fails to emerge miraculously unscathed. »
- Justin Chang
After good but slightly formulaic procedurals became Syfy’s norm over the past couple of years, the network is doing its best to make a push back into serialized, science fiction storytelling with shows more similar in scope to the network’s most beloved (and critically acclaimed) series of all-time, Battlestar Galactica. One of the most highly anticipated of these new series is The Expanse, which does not yet have an official premiere date but is slated to hit Syfy this year, and the network has just released first trailer for the show. Set 200 years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system, the 10-episode thriller follows a hardened detective (Thomas Jane, Hung) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, Magic City) as their investigation into a missing young woman evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. In addition to Jane and… »
- Chris King
Syfy recently admitted that since Battlestar Galactica wrapped they've kind of dropped the ball in terms of developing serious genre TV. Now with shows like Ascension, Helix and The Expanse, they are hoping to get back to more dense storytelling.
This first trailer for The Expanse features some impressive sets and visual effects along with a great cast of character actors we've seen in some great shows recently. But, in usual Syfy fashion there are also some goofy things going on like funky looking zero gravity sex and Thomas Jane in a pulpy detective hat. Somtimes things that work on the page don't exactly translate to the screen.
Directed by Brian A. Mills
At this point of his career, Bruce Willis’ choices in parts are a crap shoot. While 50% of the films he makes are legitimately great (Looper and Moonrise Kingdom), the other half go straight to video and die. This latest project is a reminder that along with half-baked horror, the death knell of January is filled to the brim with bad actioners seeking a home.
With a decent cast in Willis and Thomas Jane, Vice might have been able to salvage something worth watching out of this mess, but there is no effort on the screen at all. The blame lays entirely at the feet of writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore and director Brian A. Miller, who worked with Willis previously on The Prince and shouldn’t have been given the chance to work again. The »
- Colin Biggs
Yes, there is life in outer space — there’s even the capacity to be prejudiced about the other life around you.
That was the lesson to be gleaned from the Television Critics Association press tour panel for Syfy’s upcoming drama “The Expanse,” an adaptation of the book series by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who write under the collective pen name James S. A. Corey.
The series takes place in a future where Earthlings have colonized out to the asteroid belt, where they’ve evolved into distinct societies with their own specific strengths — and specific biases, the cast and »
- Tim Kenneally
By featuring two scenes of repulsive violence against women in its early going, Vice digs itself into a deep hole. Theoretically, it's possible that Vice, an ostensible action vehicle driven by Thomas Jane -- with Bruce Willis sitting quietly in the back seat -- will rise up from that stinking cesspool and assert itself as a bold vision about the future of mankind, a future in which men and women are treated (and respected) as equals. Or, at least, prove to be mindful of its sexist attitudes and own up to them, commenting incisively on its broad, foolish prejudices while delivering a lot of violent, visceral eye candy. Instead, Vice remains in the muck and mire, so blind to its own limited perspective that it...
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A lot of new words and phrases being tossed about at today's TCA panel on Syfy's upcoming series The Expanse, set 200 years in the future: "Future noir" (from series star Thomas Jane), "planetism" (that's like racism but about conflicts between folks from different planets, from cast member Cas Anvar). Then we have "space opera," from pretty much everybody on the panel, which included Ep/showrunners Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus and actors Anvar, Jane, Dominique Tipper… »
- Erik Pedersen
On Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Syfy premiered a sizzle reel for The Expanse, which network president Dave Howe touted as the cabler’s “most ambitious series to date.”
Set 200 years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system, the 10-episode thriller follows a hardened detective (Thomas Jane, Hung) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, Magic City) as their investigation into a missing young woman evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
It's Syfy's most expensive series ever—and the best hope for sci-fi fans looking for the next great space opera. The Expanse is based on James S.A. Corey's bestseller Leviathan Wakes, which is aiming to be the next Star Trek/Firefly/Farscape-style adventure series. The Expanse is a thriller set 200 years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. The logline: "A hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait) come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to »
- James Hibberd
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods A Walk Among the Tombstones (action-thriller featuring "a particular set of skills;" Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens; rated R) The Identical (drama; Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd; rated PG) Jimi: All Is by My Side – (biopic about Jimi Hendrix when he left New York for London; André Benjamin, Imogen Poots; rated R) Love Is Strange (gay drama; John Lithgow, Alfred Molina; rated R) Vice (action; Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Plot: Entrepreneur Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) owns an urban resort called .Vice. where guests are work out their worst urges on the human-like android inhabitants, none of whom realize they aren't human, and have their memories wiped every time they're killed. However, one android, K.E.L.L.Y (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and teams up with a Vice-hating cop (Thomas Jane) to take the resort down once and for all. Review: It's crazy that low-budget action movies which would have »
- Chris Bumbray
A clip has been released for Bruce Willis’ upcoming sci-fi action film Vice, which also stars Thomas Jane. The movie looks like it has the potential to be really good, but I'm the kind of guy that enjoys the kinds of films Willis makes. It’s also great to see Jane in another big screen feature.
Julian Michaels (Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: Vice, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.
- Joey Paur
15 items from 2015
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