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3 items from 2007

Lemon of the Week: Punisher: War Zone

14 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Just like Universal's attempt to reboot their green muscle superhero franchise of The Incredible Hulk, Lionsgate Films is doing the same with their piece of the Marvel pie. Fans of the character are indeed hoping for a fresh start to the mangled 2004 film The Punisher - but sources close to have personally confided in me that the character is once again being passed through a let's-give-them-what-we-think-they-want meat-grinder. Fans be warned: if you are looking for something significantly better in Punisher: War Zone, don't hold your breath. Though I have zero authority on the subject matter, (in my teen years, I've read only read about 20 issues of the comic book) and have very little interest in seeing the film, I thought I'd deliver a soft blow to those who really have larger-than-life expectations for the franchise. Currently in the final hours of production in the city of Montreal »

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Marvel's dark anti-hero to return to the silver screen

4 August 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The Punisher, aka Frank Castle, has been my favorite comic book character since childhood, so naturally I was excited this week when news broke of a third silver screen adaptation of Marvel Comic’s vigilante anti-hero. It does strike me as odd though, practically remaking a film only 3 years after the last adaptation. Even odder? They are doing the same thing with another Marvel hero, The Hulk, to be played in human form by Ed Norton. It worked well for Batman, whose film franchise was in death throes before Christopher Nolan started afresh with Batman Begins. For those of you unfamiliar with the origins of The Punisher: he was a Vietnam vet whose wife and children were gunned down in the crossfire of a mob hit in Central Park. When the police and courts failed to bring the killers to justice, Frank Castle tracked down the killers and exacted his own brutal revenge, »

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Ambrose joining 'Jezebel'

6 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lauren Ambrose is set to star opposite Parker Posey in Fox's comedy pilot The Return of Jezebel James, while James Van Der Beek has joined ABC's drama pilot Football Wives.

Additionally, Charles Esten will topline ABC's comedy pilot American Family, Scott Wolf has landed the lead in ABC's untitled Sachs/Judah project, and Fred Goss, Jerry Minor and Jerry O'Connell have been tapped to star in ABC's comedy pilot Carpoolers. Ray Stevenson is set for a lead role on CBS' Babylon Fields, Molly Parker and Josh Hopkins have joined CBS' drama pilot Swingtown, and Kathryn Hahn, Flex Alexander, Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays have come aboard ABC's comedy pilot Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office.

Jezebel, from Regency TV, centers on a single book editor (Posey) who can't conceive and asks her estranged younger sister (Ambrose) to carry her baby. Ambrose, who co-starred on HBO's Six Feet Under as Claire Fisher, is repped by UTA, manager Michael Garnett and attorney Harris Hartman.

Wives, from ABC TV Studio, follows the wives of professional football players. »

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