Thomas Jane

trailer drive hard

The short answer is no, and there isn’t a longer one. But let a man dream why don’t you? It’s been a while since John Cusack was a box-office draw, and it’s been just as long since he’s worn any color other than black. Coincidence? Probably not. His last lead role in a wide release was in 2012’s The Raven, and since then he’s starred in nine other films. Can you name more than one or two of them? Probably not. The same can be said to an albeit lesser degree for the careers of both Thomas Jane and writer/director Brian Trenchard-Smith. Jane’s leading man status of the mid ’00s has devolved into supporting roles in indies, while Trenchard-Smith has kept busy with TV and DTV titles since his early ’80s one-two-three punch of Stunt Rock, Escape 2000, and BMX Bandits. All three deserve a chance to get back into audiences’ line of sight and good graces, and their new collective effort is hoping to do the trick. Drive Hard (of course) is about a race car driver turned driving instructor (Jane) who gets coerced into robbing a bank by a friendly gunman (Cusack). As is wont to happen, all kinds of gunplay and vehicular hijinks ensue. Check out the first trailer below.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s ready for the weekend. Colin Firth is kind of a sneaky hunk. At first glance he’s pretty handsome, but not the most attractive dude in the world, and then he’s got this charm to him that just grows on you until you’ve scrawled his name on all of your Trapper Keepers. He’s such saucy dish that it looks like he can make even a big name star like Nicole Kidman develop a schoolgirl crush. THR is reporting that she liked playing his wife in the recent World War II drama The Railway Man so much that she’s now actively recruiting him to join her in her next project, Before I Go to Sleep. Apparently, Before I Go to Sleep is an adaptation of a S.J. Watson novel about an amnesiac woman whose husband must reintroduce himself to her every morning. Early attempts at titling the film The Rich Man’s 50 First Dates were reportedly rejected by the studio.

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All right, all you great big, bright, shining stars out there. It’s time to hear what Paul Thomas Anderson has to say. With recent movies like There Will Be Blood and his latest, The Master, the director is smack in the middle of a stretch in his career in which he’s defining a new genre called Discomfort. Boogie Nights looks downright cheerful by comparison, so it’s nice to go back and listen to the writer/director discuss his great, early achievement. And here we have it, all 37 things we learned listening to PT Anderson talk about Boogie Nights. You got the touch…!

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Sylvester Stallone in Cobra 2: Axing for Trouble

Sylvester Stallone hits the big screen this weekend with the sequel to his modest 2010 hit, The Expendables, but he’s not resting on those highfalutin laurels. The trailer has just dropped for his next movie, Bullet To the Head, and it looks as lazy as Stallone speaks. The film is Walter Hill‘s return to theaters after a ten year absence and follows a hit man (Stallone) and a cop (Sung Kang) who join forces to take down the barbarian (Jason Momoa) responsible for killing their respective partners. The goal appears to have been to make a far less funny 48 Hours, and they just may have succeeded. So yeah, they aimed for Another 48 Hours. Check out the trailer below, and weep at its lack of ambition.

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Thomas Jane as Punisher, by Tim Bradstreet

Hello Friends of Frank! Just recently we brought you the news that at San Diego Comic-Con Tom Jane, Tim Bradstreet, and the RAW Studios crew sent a room full of Punisher fans into a tizzy when they screened a short film about a bad ass stranger cleaning up the streets – only to have it revealed that said stranger was Frank Castle, The Punisher! Telling you about it was one thing, but how would you like to actually see it? You’re in luck, true believer, because we’ve managed to get a hold of the video and you can check it out right here, right now: likely for a limited time, so act fast!

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Thomas Jane‘s directorial debut, Dark Country was a promising introduction for Jane as a director, and now three years later, he’s got another directorial feature in the works: a western. Jane described his upcoming film – which is nicely titled A Magnificent Death From a Shattered Hand – as “a classic Western with all the stuff I like it.” Based on what he seems to like, that probably involves men acting like real men. A few months ago Jane mentioned his plans for a possible 3D Western, and when we asked for an update on the project, he said it’ll probably shoot this year, with Nick Nolte involved as well, “I wrote a Western, and I wrote it for Nick Nolte. I sent it to Nick Nolte, and he loved it. I’m hoping to shoot that sucker this year. If it doesn’t happen this year, well, it’s going to happen.” Not only does Jane have Nolte in the cast, but also Jeremy Irons, “I got Jeremy Irons to come in and do a little part. I’m out to a couple of other actors, but I can’t tell you who they are yet.” Jane has already pulled together seven and a half million for the project, but he’s hoping to raise another two and a half, so he can “put this bitch together.”

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr hunkers down and braces for award season. He also prepares for an onslaught of celebrity guest stars in New Year’s Eve, which features a poster that looks like a “Friends available to chat” sidebar on Facebook. In order to watch all the movies for the week, Kevin hires the only babysitter available… Jonah Hill. What could possibly go wrong with that? Fortunately this frees him up to see some of the smaller releases, like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, W.E. and I Melt with You. And he wraps up the week wondering why everyone needs to talk about him.

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What happens when four grown men get together for a weekend away from their families and jobs? They turn into drugged-up, sexed-up frat guys! (Naturally?) College buddies Richard (Thomas Jane), Jonathan (Rob Lowe), Ron (Jeremy Piven), and Tim (Christian McKay) come together for a weekend not just away from their lives, but apparently also away from their own minds. As soon as Doctor Jon shows up with his medical bag full of enough pills, powders, and injections to make you the most popular person at an NA meeting, the boys jump down the rabbit hole of excess and never look back. Mark Pellington‘s I Melt With You will make you thankful that most frats (or guys that age) do not have access to expensive toys like cars, boats, cliffside vacation homes, and more drugs than Michael Jackson would even know what to do with (sorry, MJ). I understand escapism and wanting to indulge every so often, but I Melt With You crosses the line from self-destruction into just plain destruction so quickly that it will leave you feeling as if you are reeling from your own all-night bender.

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Sundance trainwrecks are of particular interest to me. You would think that a film being accepted into Sundance would somehow guarantee that it would be of of a certain quality – yet, sometimes, that “certain” quality just means “bad.” Or, at least in the case of Mark Pellington‘s I Melt With You, it means divisive and different. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a few films became infamous almost immediately, thanks to mass walkouts during screenings – the two most publicized examples were The Son of No One and I Melt With You. Pellington’s film reportedly saw a large number of walkouts during its first press screening at the fest (the number bandied about said to include fifty people, and I can vouch for knowing a number of people who did walk out, though not nearly fifty). I didn’t catch the film at Sundance, but our own music guru Allison Loring did, and said of the film, “it’s like a really long, really fucked up music video, just lots of fast cuts – booze, sex, drugs, booze, craziness, drugs, LOUD MUSIC.” The film centers on four middle-aged buds (Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay, and Rob Lowe) who go on a boys’ weekend at Big Sur to blow off some major steam. But there’s a twist. Check out the new red band trailer for I Melt With You after the break. Be ready to prove your age (by way of a very sophisticated drop-down menu).

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that often sits around in its best lingerie a little too much. Like Emma Frost in the new X-Men film, it loves walking around in its skivvies. However, unlike Ms. Frost and her lovely attire, it does not receive a positive response. It’s okay, because this movie news column is not a real thing. It’s just an object. We begin tonight with a scantly glad, hollow-gazing January Jones lounging around in Matthew Vaughn’s uber-stylish X-Men: First Class. What I find interesting about Jones is that whether she’s about to turn into a woman with diamond-coated skin or she’s waiting for Don Draper to come home from a night of whoring around, it’s the same facial expression. That’s consistency.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with Louder Than a Bomb director Greg Jacobs and get an update on how Cannes is shaping up from Simon Gallagher. Plus, Eric D. Snider from Film.com and our very own Matt Patches enter the squared circle of our Movie News Pop Quiz. Then, we spend less than 15 minutes defining art. Take that, thousands of years of philosophy. We get the job done here at Reject Radio, so kick off you shoes and stay awhile. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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What is Movie News After Dark? When it was first being written tonight, it was going to be a very silly column. Then some serious (and seriously awesome) links were found and you were saved from a fate far more ridiculous than usual. We’ll save that for another time. In this moment, on this night, Movie News After Dark presents you with all kinds of interesting things, words and doo-dads. But most of all, there will be fun. Aziz Ansari and Jesse Eisenberg are just around the building, ready to do something that will undoubtedly lead to hilarity in Ruben Fleischer’s 30 Minutes or Less, the film that will combine pizza delivery with the plot concept of Speed. Doesn’t that just make you urgently hungry? This new look is part of a slew of Entertainment Weekly magazine clippings found over at The Playlist.

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When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis: A small lakeside town in Maine sees their world turn inside out when a strange fog moves into the area. As if the lack of visibility wasn’t nightmare enough, the mysterious mist also appears to be filled with… creatures straight out of hell. A small group of survivors consisting of friends, neighbors, and acquaintances alike holes up in the local supermarket where they discover not all the threats are locked outside. The best and worst of humanity face off against mankind’s greatest threat and one father’s worst nightmare.

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Thomas Jane Hung

Episode: “Beaverland” (Season 2, Episode 6) Synopsis: Ray is summoned by Jessica to help ensnare her beaver while Tanya and Lenore each bid to keep control of Ray’s johnson. Review: If you survived this episode without slitting your wrist, congratulations, your soul is partially dead. I don’t think there is much hope for Hung shrugging off the depressing shackles it wears. The show continues to pursue the sad reality of prostitution and divorce rather than embracing the humor inherent to a down trodden man making his way back to the top via his gigantic penis.

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After initially enjoying the quiet dramatic concept of I Melt With You as well as the directorial work of Mark Pellington, it was inevitable that we’d keep a close eye on any news that came out about the project. After all, four college friends reuniting because of a death/murder pact is interesting territory, and Tom Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, and who we’ve heard is playing the fourth friend are all names to keep on the radar. Now here’s another. Sort of. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sasha Grey is in close talks to co-star in the film as a “free spirit who helps one of the men realize that nirvana can only be achieved by death.” I’ll have to assume that the article meant “interracial gang bang” instead of “death.” This will be a second shot at an acting world that doesn’t involve double penetration, but Grey didn’t exactly wow the pants off of me when she starred in The Girlfriend Experience. She had some moments, but overall her acting skills leave a lot to be desired. The production has also gained television’s Zander Eckhouse as Grey’s character’s writer boyfriend, Abhi Sinha from The Social Network, and Arielle Kebbel.

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Hung

Episode: “Sing it Again, Ray or Home Plate” (Season 2, Episode 4) Synopsis: Ray is increasingly weary of Lenore, who is holding court with Jessica trying to save her marriage – or so she says. Also completing Ray’s life is an increasing number of people become alerted to his strange schedules and trouble relating to his son, Damon. Review: Back a touch towards the depressing side after last week’s relatively uplifting episode, we still get some good stuff and even a sex scene. After all, Ray is a pimp, but a pimp that has less sex than most movie critics. Okay, that’s not true, we’re all virgins.

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If you got a chance to see Henry Poole is Here, then you know how talented director Mark Pellington is and you know how dangerous he is with a low budget. He’ll get a chance to put those talents on display now that Jeremy Piven and Thomas Jane have both signed on to co-star in his latest film, I Melt With You. According to the director, the film is “about four guys and deals with mortality, aging and friendship. It is very dark and very low budget.” Clearly, it sounds like he’s rebooting Grownups. Both actors will be spending time between successful television shows where they use their mouth and member (respectively) to take care of business in order to shoot what looks disappointingly not like a Modern English biopic. Judging by past work and the first cast announcement, I’ll stop the world and go see this one. [Deadline Ft. Lauderdale]

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Hung

Episode: “Tucson is the Way to Dick or This Is Not Sexy” (Season 2, Episode 2) Synopsis: Ray is told to make amends with the pregnant Claire, but continues to offer his marital advice anyways. Lenore and Tanya continue their power struggle to control Ray’s wiener and where it goes, while the sexy neighbor Yael gifts the stud a nice new mattress for his burned out house. Meanwhile, Ray’s attempts at fixing his broken marriage spin in place. Review: Thankfully the second episode of season two was far less depressing than the first – though that’s not to say its an entirely happy time.  Ray finds his stride boning Claire as he assume he follows the previous episodes ‘pimp advice’ and pretends that it’s his ex-wife Jessica.

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Tom Jane and Ashley Greene

Here’s some news I never thought I’d have to write. Thomas Jane, your friendly neighborhood star of Hung and the man formally known as The Punisher here at Reject HQ, has joined the comedy LOL, a remake of a French comedy named after the popular internet-speak short form of “Laughing Out Loud.” He and Twilight star Ashley Greene join Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, rounding out one of the most peculiar casts I’ve seen in a while.

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Hung: Just the Tip

Hung is back and has us standing at full attention. That’s what I would be saying (it’s a boner joke), but this show was not boner inducing tonight. Rather, this episode was a bit of a downer. Now, Hung has always veered more towards the emotional than the comical, but this episode seemed overly down on itself.

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