Drive Hard

A former racing champion turned driving instructor is forced into being a getaway driver in Drive Hard, the latest film from the director of Leprechaun 4: In Space. But before you back away slowly from this post while laughing madly, know that the race-car driver is played by Thomas Jane and the bank robber is played by John Cusack.

Directed by cult filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith, Voltage Pictures will release Drive Hard later this year and a trailer has now come online. Check it out below. Read More »

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Briefly: Bruce Willis may be bored by action movies, but he keeps making them, in part because we keep watching them. While there are loads of films selling distribution rights this week at the European Film Market, one has done better than many others, because it is a sci-fi tale with Willis in the lead.

VICE will star Willis, Thomas Jane, and Ambyr Childers in a story that is “set on a futuristic resort where synthetic humans serve the rich, who live out their darkest fantasies. The humanoids are reset every night by the resort’s owner Julian (Willis), but one female employee Kelly (Childers) malfunctions and retains every terrifying memory. Realizing what the tourists are doing to the staff members, she sets out to exact revenge.” So, a little Westworld, and a lot of other sci-fi films mixed together. We know roles for Willis and Childers, and so want to bet that Jane plays one of the resorts customers, possibly the one that makes Childers lose it? 

 

Brian A. Miller (The Prince) will direct when the shoot starts next month in Alabama, from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore. [Variety]

 

 

White Bird in a Blizzard

Shailene Woodley rocked the Sundance Film Festival last year with James Ponsoldt’s lovely The Spectacular Now, and she’ll hope to do the same next year with Gregg Araki‘s White Bird in a Blizzard. Based on a 1999 novel of the same title by Laura Kasischke, the drama stars Woodley as a teenager whose life is thrown into chaos by the mysterious disappearance of her mother (Eva Green).

While most Sundance films haven’t released much more than a still image, if that, White Bird in a Blizzard has just put out its first trailer. Check it out after the jump.

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Just in time for the debut of the PlayStation4, we’ve got a trailer for the CG animated film adaptation of a game that launched six years ago in the first year of the PlayStation3. The title is Heavenly Sword, and the film began as a trial development between Sony and Blockade Entertainment. The feature started to make noise at Cannes this year, and at the American Film Market it secured distribution for 2014.

The film features the voices of Anna Torv, as heroine Nariko, Alfred Molina as King Bohan, and Thomas Jane as Loki. Watch the trailer below. Read More »

What superheroes did Dwayne Johnson and Patton Oswalt dress up as for Halloween? Has one of the Phase 2 villains already been confirmed for The Avengers 2? Which Star Wars actor will appear in Mark Millar’s The Secret Service? Who is on set for the final day of shooting on Iron Man 3? Want to see some behind the scenes footage from The Goon? Can the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still get you a discount at Pizza Hut? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits:. Read More »

We know that Marvel recently got the rights to The Punisher back in rather quiet fashion, and it looks like Thomas Jane wants to play the character again. Or he is playing the character once more, only on his own terms. Gotta wonder if there’s some hope that Marvel will look to him once more to play the gun-toting street vigilante Frank Castle.

So here’s Dirty Laundry, the short Jane unveiled at Comic Con, which also features Ron Perlman. This is classic late ’80s Punisher action, featuring unambiguously evil guys going about bad deeds in over the top fashion, before Castle comes in to stop them with extreme violence. This is hard-R stuff, which for fans of the character is probably the only thing that matters. Read More »

Among today’s TV-related odds and ends:

  • See photos of the Mockingbird Lane set under construction
  • AMC announces a Walking Dead marathon, releases new still
  • Everyone’s favorite show, The Wire, gets an oral history
  • Thomas Jane joins Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir on TNT
  • Tina Majorino boards HBO’s True Blood for Season 5
  • Will Dexter Season 7 pick up where Season 6 left off?

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Could romcom queen Kate Hudson be branching out at last? Earlier this week, she signed on for her first animated feature in DreamWorks’ Me & My Shadow, and she’s now gunning for action stardom with Everly. Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) will direct from a 2010 Black List script by Yale Hannon. Hudson will play a woman trapped in her apartment as she fends off attacks from assassins hired by her ex, a ruthless mob boss.

Hudson is best known for her romantic comedy roles, like last year’s Little Bit of Heaven and Something Borrowed, but her upcoming slate shows a little more variety. In addition to Me & My Shadow and Everly, she also has Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist due out next year.

After the jump, Piper Perabo fights a bear and Common does magic.

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