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The Important News The Critics Choice Awards nominations were announced. Meanwhile, President Obama named Boyhood as his favorite movie of 2014. Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy or Ken Watanabe will play the Ancient One in Doctor Strange. Viola Davis joined the cast of Suicide Squad. Tim Burton still plans to direct the Beetlejuice sequel and will bring Winona Ryder back. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is reprising his role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off for a TV show. Top Five gave Chris Rock his best opening ever, screen average-wise. Tom Hanks might star in the Dave Eggars adaptation The Circle. Steven Spielberg cast a 10-year-old newcomer for his adaptation of The Bfg. Robert Rodriguez is moving...
- Christopher Campbell
Another animated fantasy adventure directed by Ralph Bakshi is getting a live-action remake, but this one probably won't look much like the recent Lord of the Rings and Hobbit redos. This time it's an original work, 1983's Fire and Ice, that's on its way in front of cameras, and this time it's Robert Rodriguez who'll be behind them. Fire and Ice was a collaboration between Bakshi and famed illustrator Frank Frazetta, who was best known for painting the covers of pulp fantasy, adventure and science fiction novels such as those in the Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and Barsoom (aka John Carter of Mars) series. For Rodriguez's version, the filmmaker aims to do something similar to his Sin City movies but mimicking Frazetta's painting style rather...
- Christopher Campbell
Ralph Bakshi, the animator who did films like Wizards and the first adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, used an early rotoscope animation technique to create the fantasy story Fire and Ice, which adopted character designs by artist Frank Frazetta. Now Robert Rodriguez is going to make his first foray into full-on fantasy epics […]
- Russ Fischer
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez first announced his intention to direct a film based on the art of Frank Frazetta over three years ago at Comic-Con. The director said he would develop a fantasy tale called Fire and Ice (based on the 1983 animated film from Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi) that would revolve around a sword-wielding warrior who must save a princess kidnapped by evil sorcerers. Shortly thereafter, Rodriguez announced his intent to helm Fire and Ice after Sin City 2, and with the latter sequel having hit theaters (barely) this past August, it appears that Rodriguez will indeed be moving on to Fire and Ice with the backing of Sony Pictures. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Sony Pictures has acquired a package for Fire and Ice with Rodriguez attached to direct the live-action fantasy adaptation. The aim is to jumpstart a new fantasy adventure franchise inspired by the work of Franzetta, »
- Adam Chitwood
Rodriguez To Direct Fire And Ice For Sony. Robert Rodriguez will direct a live-action version of the 1983 animated film Fire And Ice. Sony pictures plans to turn the Fire And Ice property into a Lord of the Rings style, fantasy film franchise. Rodriguez intends to use the style of artist (and series co-creator) [...]
- Victor Stiff
Robert Rodriguez has been tapped to direct the live-action version of Ralph Bakshi’s Fire And Ice with hopes of a franchise. This marks a reunion of sorts for Rodriguez and Sony as El Mariachi (the film that launched his career) was picked up by Columbia Pictures, a division of the entertainment company, back in 1992.
According to Variety, the original 1983 Fire And Ice used the process of rotoscoping to trace live action into animation cells. It was based on the works of animator Frank Frazetta and centered on a small village destroyed by a surging glacier, the domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The lone survivor, a young warrior by the name of Larn, vows to avenge the destruction and a tense and epic battle ensue.
- William Fanelli
It’s four years since Robert Rodriguez announced he was looking to mount a live-action remake of ‘80s animated adventure Fire And Ice. He’s been busy on other things since then, but has now signed a deal to direct the film for Sony.Fire And Ice, which will draw from Frank Frazetta’s artwork in a similar – though perhaps not as direct – way to Sin City and Frank Miller, adapts the story from the Ralph Bakshi animation. It’s all launched when evil type Nekron sends glaciers out that destroy most of the surrounding strongholds. Humanity retreats to Fire Keep, ruled by the benevolent King Jarol. But when his daughter is kidnapped, a young warrior must venture out to save her.“I’m a lifelong Frazetta fan who was inspired by his work, like so many people,” Rodriguez tells Deadline. “It was my dream to work with him, and »
Based on characters created by Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, the original Fox film used rotoscoping with scenes shot in live action and traced on to animation cells.
The story is set in a village destroyed by a surging glacier, the domain for an Ice Lord, and the only survivor vows to avenge this act of destruction.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
First announced during Comic-Con 2011, Robert Rodriguez's long-planned live-action remake of the 1983 animated fantasy adventure Fire and Ice is finally moving forward at Sony. The studio has acquired a big package deal, hoping to turn the title into a franchise. The film will serve as a homage to Robert Rodriguez's friend and late artist Frank Frazetta.
Fire and Ice is an expensive buy for Sony at a time when the studio is going through troubles. The deal reunites Sony with Robert Rodriguez, as it was their Columbia Pictures division that acquired his breakout hit El Mariachi at Sundance in the early 90s. The plan is for Fire and Ice to launch a fantasy adventure series that will be informed by the paintings that Frank Frazetta has left behind.
The original Fire and Ice revolved around a small village that is destroyed by a glacier domain ruled by the evil Ice Lord Nekron. »
Deadline has learned Sony has picked up Robert Rodriguez's planned live-action version of the Ralph Bakshi animated movie Fire And Ice. We showed you some concept art for the project back in 2011, and in 2012 Rodriguez said he wanted to start working on the film after finishing Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Sony is hoping Rodriguez's Fire And Ice will launch a fantasy adventure franchise "informed by the dreamlike worlds Frazetta poured into his »
- Jesse Giroux
The original 1983 film, based on characters created by Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, used rotoscoping with scenes shot in live action and traced on to animation cells. Fox released the film, which grossed less than $1 million.
The story originated in a village destroyed by a surging glacier, the domain for an Ice Lord. The only survivor vows to avenge this act of destruction.
The filmmaker’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” generated moderate returns this fall with worldwide grosses of $38 million.
- Dave McNary
★★☆☆☆After an almost decade-long gap since Sin City (2005), you’d think that collaborators Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez would have made time to craft a watertight narrative and ensure that expectations were not only met but exceeded in belated sequel, Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (2014). Sadly, that isn’t the case. Once again pulling from those tropes of classic Noir and imbuing them with a graphic, hyper-violent gleam the follow-up also sticks to the same circular story structure as the previous film, but it simply isn’t compelling enough this time around, nor does it feature that same colourful collection of frazzled lowlifes and crazed antagonists.
- CineVue UK
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2014.
Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach and Jamie Chung.
Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
Innovation should be rewarded. Experimentation should be commended. For those two reasons I’m awarding the second Sin City film two stars. There are reasons to celebrate the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s neo-noir series of graphic novels. They are garish mash ups of old stories and new technology. Visually interesting pieces of crime fiction that expose almost every cliche the genre ever created.
I was pretty tough on the first Sin City. I admired what it aspired »
- Anghus Houvouras
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime King, Juno Temple | Written by Frank Miller | Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
It was an invite to review a Blu-ray like any other, or so I thought. You get your disc, you take your chances. Sometimes everyone goes home with a smile on their faces, sometimes people go to the emergency room… without any face. I heard from the people that know that a sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City was in town. Looking for trouble. Out to bust some heads and blow some minds. Sin City and me, we go way back. We had history. Once we’d been lovers but time had moved us apart. So when this new bozo turns up, A Dame to Kill For, »
- Jack Kirby
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy listening to Quentin Tarantino talk. The guy is a storyteller, and he’s very animated, so it always entertains me listening to him talk about the films that he has made.
We have an hour-and-a-half conversation between Tarantino and director Robert Rodriguez that you can watch below. These two talents have been friends for two decades, which is around the same time that they broke out as directors to keep an eye on with Reservoir Dogs and El Mariachi. Over the years they’ve collaborated on certain projects like Grindhouse, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Sin City.
This is a really interesting conversation for anyone who is a fan of Tarantino and his work, so check it out below!
- Joey Paur
In case you didn't know, Robert Rodriguez has his own channel on television call The El Rey Network. We mentioned it earlier this year when featuring a brief talk between Rodriguez and his friend and fellow filmmaker Guillermo del Toro from the channel's program "The Director's Chair," which features long discussions with various filmmakers about their craft. Before del Toro sat in the chair, it was Rodriguez's friend and frequent collaborator Quentin Tarantino in the hot seat, and they had a chat that lasted about an hour and a half. Thankfully, it's not online for you to enjoy without a cable subscription. Watch below! Here's the entire hour and a half conversation between Robert Rodirugez and Quentin Tarantino: Thanks to The Film Stage for bringing our attention to this fascinating conversation, which ranges from Tarantino's early days as a filmmaker when he was only making $10,000 a year all the »
- Ethan Anderton
This is a film where Santa goes Awol on Christmas Eve, leading to a race against time to make sure the kids of the world get their presents on time. There are many like it, but this one is called Get Santa.
More than that, however, the film revolves around ex-con Steve Anderson, (Rafe Spall) a getaway driver who's been released from prison on parole, just in time for Christmas. Looking forward to spending December 24th with his son Tom, (Kit Connor) he's dismayed when a stranded Santa (Jim Broadbent) hijacks their day together by insisting that only Steve and his son can save Christmas.
Santa then gets himself in worse trouble while trying to recover his reindeer from Battersea Dogs Home (yep, really) and lands himself in the same »
The original action drama series, Matador, which launched on El Rey Network in July, will not return for a second season. The show was created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and ended its 13 episode run in October. Despite initial high hopes for the drama – the pilot of which was directed by network founder Robert Rodriguez – low international sales apparently played a significant part in the network’s decision not to renew. In a statement regarding the cancellation, El Rey Network explained its choice.
“Ultimately, it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level – creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. We want to thank everyone involved, from the extraordinarily talented cast and crew to the amazing production team. We appreciate all that they have »
- Sarah Myles
"Matador" is no more. Robert Rodriguez's cable channel El Rey Network has made its first major cancellation, after declining to pick up the spy series "Matador" for a second season. After premiering in in July, the 13-episode first season aired its final episode in October, according to Deadline. "Matador" starred Gabriel Luna as a DEA agent who goes undercover as a pro soccer player. The series was created by the former writing team of Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman (the "Transformers" films, "Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Star Trek Into Darkness"). Rodriguez directed the premiere episode. "Matador" also starred Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Alfred Molina and Tanc Sade. "Ultimately it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level-creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes," reads a press release from El Rey. »
- Dave Lewis
The network clearly had cold feet after renewing the show for season two ahead of its series premiere on July 15. The spy thriller’s first season ended its 13-episode run last month. Rodriguez directed the pilot episode.
“Ultimately it was a business decision but to be clear, we were very proud of the series on every level-creatively it hit the mark and we are gratified that it celebrated diversity in front of the cameras and behind the scenes,” El Rey said in a statement. “We want to thank everyone involved, from the extraordinarily talented cast and crew to the amazing production team. We appreciate all that they have done and look forward to the opportunity to work with them in the future.”
“Matador” was the first project under a multi-year international »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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