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Things didn't exactly go too well for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For when it was released in theaters back in August. The movie was largely dumped on by critics (a big contrast compared to the reception of the first movie back in 2005) and then it completely underwhelmed at the box office (another big contrast). And as if that situation wasn't bad enough, now even more is going wrong behind the scenes. Robert Rodriguez and his affiliate companies have filed a lawsuit against the financiers of both Sin City 2 and Machete Kills, claiming that he never received a payment of $7.7 million that was promised to him. The lawsuit has been filed specifically against Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov, Maddartico, Vrelonovama, Aldamisa Entertainment and SC2 Productions, alleging both breach of contract and fraud. Variety notes that part of the claim says that the filmmaker was »
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
The suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Rodriguez and his affiliate companies against Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov, Maddartico, Vrelonovama, Aldamisa Entertainment and SC2 Productions.
It alleged breach of contract and fraud. The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.
“In order to induce Plaintiffs to enter into agreements with various of the Defendants relating to the Pictures, Defendants, including, specifically, Sergei Bespalov, falsely assured and represented to Plaintiffs that Defendants had more than sufficient financial resources and cash flow – not only from and related to the Pictures, but also from other projects – to honor all of their financial obligations to Plaintiffs.”
Plaintiffs include Fifth Brain Inc. »
- Dave McNary
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and others filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against several companies and individuals who it charges committed a breach of contract and fraud by not paying money owed for the production of the movies Sin City 2 and Machete Kills. Read the complaint here. The suit says that Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov and companies they control, including Aldamisa Entertainment, falsely assured Rodriguez and companies that were making the movies they had the resources and cash to finance the movies and pay for the services of the director, writer and others. See more Highly Paid
- Alex Ben Block
The Romero families directorial legacy continues with son following in his father’s footsteps. G. Cameron Romero (“Staunton Hill”), son of George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”) announced today that he has launched his campaign on Indiegogo, for Origins, the genesis story of the first Romero zombie in his father’s iconic masterpiece Night Of The Living Dead, with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs.
Set in the turbulent late sixties, the film tells the story of a brilliant scientist – Dr. Alan Cartwright – who strikes a deal with the military that will give him all the resources he needs to finalize his work in exchange for what he later learns is a price all mankind will have to pay.
“I feel carrying on my dad’s legacy is something that I not only want to do, but it’s something I Have to do,” says Cameron Romero. “because I, »
- Michelle McCue
The Romero families directorial legacy continues with son following in his father's footsteps. G. Cameron Romero (Staunton Hill), son of George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) announced today that he has launched his campaign on Indiegogo, for Origins, the genesis story of the first Romero zombie in his father's iconic masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs.
Set in the turbulent late sixties, the film tells the story of a brilliant scientist - Dr. Alan Cartwright - who strikes a deal with the military that will give him all the resources he needs to finalize his work in exchange for what he later learns is a price all mankind will have to pay.
"I feel carrying on my dad's legacy is something that I not only want to do, »
Huddled in front of the TV one night in the late ’60’s, a group of survivors listened to different theories as to why the dead were walking around outside with an appetite for human flesh. Such was the chilling plot of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and now, 46 years later, his son Cameron wants to show how the zombie uprising began with Origins, a crowdfunded prequel to the horror classic.
“Los Angeles, October 16, 2014 – The Romero family’s directorial legacy continues with a son following in his father’s footsteps. G. Cameron Romero (Staunton Hill), son of George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead) announced today that he has launched his campaign on Indiegogo, for Origins, the genesis story of the first Romero zombie in his father’s iconic masterpiece Night Of The Living Dead, with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs.
Fans can contribute to »
- Derek Anderson
The news of Pena's passing came from her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles, a writer for Latino Review, who posted an obituary on the site.
According to Robles, Pena passed away on Tuesday after being admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
No information regarding the actress' cause of death has yet been released.
During her decades-long career, Pena appeared in a number of huge projects including, the 1990 psychological horror drama Jacob's Ladder, the 1996 crime drama Lone Star, the 1998 action comedy Rush Hour, and Pixar's The Incredibles (voicing the sinister and seductive Mirage).
Recently, she also guest »
20 years later, we're still loving Pulp Fiction!
"The intensity level is way up, and the comedy level is way up and that’s even disturbing," Tarantino told Et. "I'm trying to also make you laugh at things you've never laughed about."
"A lot of people read the script before we cast and they’re thinking of a zillion different names and then you say John Travolta – they go… what!?" Tarantino »
From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...
Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.
Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce today the home entertainment release of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The action-packed sequel, directed by acclaimed filmmakers Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven, is headed to retail on November 18th. The 3D Blu-ray combo pack, available for a suggested retail price of $39.99, includes Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Uv. The DVD is retailed at $29.98.
Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use. Fans will be rewarded with eye-popping special features that include never-before-seen Robert Rodriguez-approved exclusives such as 'The Movie In High-Speed Green Screen-All Green Screen Version', 'Makeup Effects Of Sin City With Greg Nicotero', »
ETonline caught up with the director on the set of Matador.
It's been seven years since Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up together for the Grindhouse double feature: Planet Terror and Death Proof. Needless to say, fans are chomping at the bit for another collaboration.
ETonline recently caught up with auteur director on the set of Matador, the flagship drama on the El Rey Network which he co-founded, to find out if he'd ever recruit his longtime pal and frequent collaborator to develop a show for the network.
"I know he's about to shoot The Hateful Eight but you never know," Rodriquez says of the prospects. "If there's TV where better than El Rey is there a home for him."
Rodriguez is directing the season finale of Matador for the network, which received a 13-episode second season renewal before the series »
Marton Csokas is a 20-year veteran of Hollywood, but 2014 proved to be a banner year for him, having key roles in three films that opened atop the box office. Csokas has spent the past two years working with Antoine Fuqua on “The Equalizer,” in which he goes head-to-head with Denzel Washington; Darren Aronofsky on “Noah,” in which he plays Russell Crowe‘s father Lamech; and Marc Webb on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” where he plays Dr. Kafka. Csokas also worked with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller on “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” where he plays Eva Green's husband. »
- Jeff Sneider
Universal’s marketing team had a challenge when coming up with their campaign for “Dracula Untold,” the studio’s latest tale of Vlad the Impaler who becomes the iconic blood sucking vampire.
The film, which Legendary Entertainment helped co-finance, revolves around the origins of the character and his love for his family, and stars a younger Vlad, played by Luke Evans, who wears armor rather than a cape. The film also spends less time in a dark, dreary castle and more time on a battlefield with Turkish armies. There are still bats, however. Lots of bats.
With Halloween Horror Nights, Universal found itself with the opportunity to turn to its theme parks to bring the film to life with a maze that showcases the film’s setpieces and introduces them to moviegoers who may not have known about the new angle producers are taking on the classic monster.
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- Marc Graser
With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.
David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.
When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.
Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »
- Heather Wixson
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Barry Levinson‘s drama The Humbling, which stars Al Pacino, and Richard Lagravanese‘s musical The Last Five Years, which Jason Robert Brown adapted from his off-Broadway show — two films that had their world premieres at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival and quickly found U.S. distributors that see them as 2014 awards bait — will open the 21st annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference on Oct. 23, the fest announced on Tuesday.
Additionally, Jon Stewart‘s feature directorial debut Rosewater, a drama based on the harrowing true story of the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, will close the fest in Texas’ capital on Oct. 30, with Stewart and Bahari — who have been working the fest circuit hard this fall — on hand for the festivities.
- Anjelica Oswald
The 2014 Austin Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” on Oct. 23, along with Richard Lagravenese’s “The Last 5 Years,” an adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s “Rosewater” to close the festival on Oct. 30.
“The Humbling,” (pictured) based a Philip Roth novel of the same name, stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who begins an affair with a much younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. “The Last 5 Years,” which writer-director Lagravenese will present at the festival, explores a five-year relationship between an ascending novelist, played by Jeremy Jordan, and a struggling actress, played by Anna Kendrick.
Stewart wrote and directed “Rosewater,” based on Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me” with Aimee Molloy about the Iranian journalist’s experience of as a prisoner in his native country for 118 days »
- Kevin Noonan
For the second year in a row, former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and “Extra's” Mario Lopez will split hosting duties at the 2014 Nclr Alma Awards, the organization announced Tuesday. This will be Longoria's eighth time hosting the event, which celebrates Latinos in media and entertainment. Guillermo del Toro has been announced as an honoree at this year's ceremony. The “Pacific Rim” and “Pan's Labyrinth” director will receive the award for Industry Excellence, presented by actress Zoe Saldana. Also read: Guillermo del Toro Tells Robert Rodriguez He Learned Set Design by Watching Opera Also being honored is Netflix's streaming series “Orange Is the. »
- Ryan O'Connell
After attempting to recapture his Bond days with action thriller The November Man, Pierce Brosnan is taking aim at a character on an even dodgier moral keel. He’s set to play a drug creator in Urge.Aaron Kaufman, who has worked as a producer with Robert Rodriguez on the likes of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, is looking to make the movie as his directing debut. He wrote the script with Jason Zumwalt and Jerry Stahl and wants the cameras rolling next month kicking off in New York.The plot follows a group of friends on holiday at a swanky island destination, who throw caution to the wind and take up the offer of a new designer drug that causes them lose the ability to control their urges. So, like many already existing drugs and booze, then? Hopefully this will offer a new twist to the tale, »
A decade back when we first started Icons Of Fright, one of my personal favorite columns here was from my dear friend Jason Alvino called “The Vault Of The Forgotten & Obscure!” While tons of titles that we had vague memories of as kids were still trickling into the ever-growing DVD market at the time, there was still a wealth of stuff quietly hiding in the cracks that time forgot. That’s part of what’s great about being a horror fan. If you’re at a convention and you start talking to someone and mention some obscure title you barely remember and then someone knows what you’re talking about, you suddenly become best friends for life. What’s funny is that since the inception of Icons, just about every single title Jay (and sometimes myself and Mike C) ever wrote about for The Vault has since come out on either DVD or Blu-Ray! »
- Rob Galluzzo
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