Everything old is new again
Reboot. To many self-styled movie aficionados, the word has come to represent everything they perceive to be wrong with Hollywood. They complain that the increasing number of reboots — six already this year, with many, many more on the way — is a sign that movie studios have simply run out of ideas. But, though the word describing them may be relatively new, Hollywood has been rebooting franchises for a very long time. Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Tarzan, James Bond, Batman — the longevity of these characters as cinematic icons has depended upon periodic reinventions to keep them fresh (we're still waiting for Tarzan's). Obviously, some reboots are better than others, which is why we want you to help us rate the Top 10 Best Movie Reboots.
Rate the Top 10 Best Movie Reboots >> Posted 10.02.12 by BrentJS
Thomas Jane played Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, in 2004's The Punisher but ultimately passed on the mess that was 2008's poorly-received Punisher: War Zone (Ray Stevenson replaced Jane in the title role). Now Jane is back as the Punisher in a new, bloody, ten-minute short titled Dirty Laundry.
Directed by Phil Joanou (State of Grace, Gridiron Gang), Dirty Laundry shows Frank finding trouble no matter where he goes, even if its just to the laundromat. On producer Adi Shankar's (The Grey) YouTube page (via Collider), Jane offered an explanation on why he and his production company made a fan movie for The Punisher. warning: Dirty Laundry is indeed dirty >> Posted 07.16.12 by Ryan
For a few days in January, Joe Manganiello, star of HBO's True Blood, was thought to be a "front-runner" to play Clark Kent/Superman in Zack Snyder's Superman franchise reboot, Man of Steel. Unfortunately, while Warner Bros. did want him to screen test for the role, Manganiello said the studio wanted him to "settle" his "deal" for the movie beforehand, which he could not do because of his commitment to appear in season five of True Blood. As a result, Managaniello never tested and the coveted part of the world's first and most recognizable superhero went to British actor Henry Cavill (upcoming Immortals), who is currently filming the movie in Illinois.
Manganiello recently opened up about missing out on the chance to test for Superman, saying that he was "really, severely depressed...for a few months afterwards." He has since consigned himself to the fact that playing Superman "just wasn't meant to be," but in an interview with The Huffington Post (via CBM), Manganiello revealed there is another superhero he would like to play on the big screen. which superhero would Manganiello like to play? >> Posted 09.02.11 by BrentJS
Ray Stevenson (HBO's Rome) began his association with Marvel characters by taking over the role of the Punisher for 2008's Punisher: War Zone, which was released by Lionsgate and not Marvel Studios and earned a mere $10 million in worldwide box office. Stevenson entered into the Marvel fold as portly Asgardian warrior Volstagg in director Kenneth Branagh's upcoming adaptation of Thor. Stevenson told The Playlist that he will likely show up in future Thor sequels.
what about the punisher? >> Posted 03.09.11 by Ryan
I’ve got a three picture deal. My agent said, people won’t recognize you. And I said, I don’t give a damn! Who else is gonna give me a chance to put a big fatsuit on and ham it up? And I said to Ken Branagh, I was nervous, and he said, you can’t be too loud! So I said fine, I’ll dip my toe into the river of ham. And he said, trust me, I’ve swam in that river many times. You enjoy that!
With The Avengers formally announced and Joss Whedon officially on board as director, Marvel Studios can now concentrate on the future. During the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the upcoming Thor adaptation, Marvel president of production Kevin Feige spoke to IGN about what projects Marvel is looking into. find out what projects Marvel is queuing up Posted 07.27.10 by Ryan
This week Marvel Comics' vigilante anti-hero the Punisher takes his latest stab at success on the big screen with Punisher: War Zone. Though billed as a sequel to 2004's The Punisher, it's really more of a reboot, with Ray Stevenson (HBO's Rome) replacing Thomas Jane in the titular role.
Directed by Lexi Alexander (Green Street Hooligans), Punisher: War Zone is significantly more violent than its two Punisher predecessors, boasting a level of carnage rivaling Sylvester Stallone's recent Rambo reboot. How violent is it? Check out our Punisher: War Zone Body Count to find out. Posted 12.04.08 by reelz