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Throughout his career, Danny Trejo's played a wide range of intimidating characters that steal scenes with their powerful presences, and his upcoming role as The Regulator in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series looks to be no exception.
Press Release -- "El Rey Network and Miramax released a first-look image of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" featuring Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) in his new role as"The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie." Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, »
- Derek Anderson
Danny Trejo is set to return to the world of From Dusk Till Dawn later this summer in the second season of El Rey’s TV adaptation of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s cult feature, and we’ve got the first image of the tattooed tough guy in the new role of The Regulator…
Season two of the show expands the universe across two borders from Mexico to Texas, and deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santánico (Eiza González) and Richie (Zane Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by in the South of the Border; Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb: and Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama) and Scott Fuller »
- Gary Collinson
Some bigscreen love stories leave you wondering what the central couple saw in each other in the first place, but not “Two Friends.” From the opening shot of Louis Garrel’s rowdy, passion-fueled directorial debut, audiences fall for Golshifteh Farahani, who manages to find a moment of private ecstasy in the shower of the women’s prison where she’s serving time for an unclear crime. So, when it comes to deciphering the chemistry of this improbable love triangle, the mystery centers instead on the bond between its title characters, the two friends played by Garrel and Vincent Macaigne. How did this pair of mismatched personalities ever come to be pals? And why, after a history of betrayals, would a sentimental guy still trust the player who swooped in and shagged all his past obsessions? French cinema seems uniquely suited to such paradoxes, and its adherents should appreciate what Garrel does with that dynamic, »
- Peter Debruge
Simon Pegg is thinking about retiring from geekdom. In a recent interview with RadioTimes, Pegg admitted exhaustion with the current state of cinema. Discussing the hits of yesteryear — “Taxi Driver,” “The Godfather,” and “Bonnie and Clyde” are among his favorites — Pegg questioned the rise of genre fiction. I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste. As far as it goes, this seems a valid critique. After all, these days for every “District 9” that makes you think about the horror of apartheid, for every “X-Men” helping the majority see through the eyes of the oppressed, there’s a dozen “Transformer” explosion-fests that make you think nothing at all. But Pegg didn’t stop there. Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, »
- Donna Dickens
Today has seen beloved British actor Simon Pegg both come under fire and be heaped with praise for comments from a new interview with The Radio Times (via The Guardian).
This 'prince of geeks' was discussing how geek properties that were once on the sidelines - space operas, superheroes, etc. - have become the norm and has expressed concern about the impact that is having on society:
"Before Star Wars, the films that were box-office hits were The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie and Clyde and The French Connection – gritty, amoral art movies. Then suddenly the onus switched over to spectacle and everything changed.
Now, I don't know if that is a good thing. Obviously I'm very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we've been infantilised by our own taste.Now we're essentially all »
- Garth Franklin
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
In 1963, Film Quarterly published an essay entitled “Circles and Squares.” It addressed the French auteur theory, introduced to America by The Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris. Auteurism holds that a film’s primary creator is its director; Sarris’s “Notes on the Auteur Theory” further distinguished auteurs as filmmakers with distinct, recurring styles. Challenging him was a California-based writer named Pauline Kael.
Kael attacked Sarris’s obsession with trivial links between filmmaker’s movies, whether repeated shots or thematic preoccupations. This led critics to overpraise directors’ lesser films, as when Jacques Rivette declared Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business a masterpiece. “It is an insult to an artist to praise his bad work along with his good; it indicates that you are incapable of judging either,” Kael wrote.
She criticized auteurist preoccupation with Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, claiming critics “work embarrassingly hard trying to give some semblance of intellectual respectability to mindless, »
- Christopher Saunders
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Cinco de Mayo has arrived and El Rey Network is celebrating the holiday in grand, fitting fashion with their From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 marathon that starts at dusk tonight and runs till dawn tomorrow, ramping up anticipation for the season two world premiere at the Atx Television Festival this June. The folks at El Rey Network are also adding even more festive culebra frights to the occasion, as they've provided us with five From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series prize pack, including the following:
(1) Season 1 Soundtrack (1) Season 1 Poster (1) Signed Season 1 DVD
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The »
- Derek Anderson
With Thomas Vinterberg’s retelling of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd hitting theaters today, I thought it was a good excuse to look back at an earlier adaptation that spawned some memorable poster art.Made in 1967, John Schlesinger’s corseted rural love quadrangle was a far cry from the biting contemporary urban dramas like Billy Liar and Darling that had made his name. Schlesinger defended his decision to direct a big budget Victorian costume drama by saying “I wanted to get away from a contemporary subject. People are tiring of the flip side. Contemporary is dated,” but in ’67—the year so beautifully chronicled in Mark Harris’s Pictures at a Revolution as the year Old Hollywood ceded to the New—Far from the Madding Crowd, shot in 70mm and nearly 3 hours long, was inevitably overshadowed by the nowness of the likes of The Graduate and Bonnie and Clyde. »
- Adrian Curry
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Shrouded in shadows, Doom-Head is featured in creepy fashion in the first still from Rob Zombie's 31. Also included in our latest round-up is a casting update for the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and an exclusive excerpt from Doug Lavers’ sci-fi thriller, Rekindling of Hope.
Rob Zombie's 31: Played by Richard Brake, Doom-Head dominates the first official still from Rob Zombie's 31 (see below). Since the news broke earlier this month that Malcolm McDowell had joined the cast of 31 as Father Murder, more actors have joined the film's ranks:
Pancho Moler (2005's Bad News Bears, American Horror Story: Freak Show) plays Sick-Head. Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, Halloween 2) portrays Roscoe, "the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show." Jane Carr (Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother) plays Sister Serpent, "a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose. »
- Derek Anderson
The El Rey Network has announced that Cuban filmmaker Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead, ABCs of Death 2) is set to direct the third episode of season two of Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Brugues joins a list of second season directors which includes Rodriguez, Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), Joe Menendez (Ladrón que roba a ladrón) and Dwight Little (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers).
Season two of the show expands the universe across two borders from Mexico to Texas, and deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santánico (Eiza González) and Richie (Zane Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by in the South of the Border; Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) is protecting »
- Gary Collinson
If you're a fan of Michael Plumides' Ghost Trek web series and have always wanted to see its characters and horror comedy style in feature film form, you can now help that longing become a reality, as an Indiegogo campaign for Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is now underway. We also have exciting From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series news for Juan of the Dead fans, as well as theatrical release details for the hostage thriller, The Badger Game.
My name is Michael G. Plumides, Jr. and I am a second generation filmmaker. My dad produced the first independent film in North Carolina, the Southern sexploitation cult classic entitled, Night of the Cat, released in 1973 (available on Something Weird Video). Some of you »
- Derek Anderson
Stars: Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny, Constance Wu, Isabel Lucas, Jim Sturgess, Cortney Palm, Vinessa Shaw, Christopher LambertWill McCormack, James Ransone | Written and Directed by Tristan Patterson
1983 Los Angeles is full of beautiful girls, luxurious mansions, and glamorous parties. Eddie Dodson (Jim Sturgess), a hip and charismatic dealer of antique furniture for the rich and famous, is living the high life. When Eddie meets the cool and aloof Pauline (Isabelle Lucas), the attraction is instant and the two live out each other’s fast-paced fantasies until Eddie’s high-rolling life catches up with him and loan sharks start knocking on his door. To pay off his debts, Eddie and Pauline begin a spree of bank robberies across La, charming tellers at over 60 banks to hand over the cash. Now the two are not only on the run from loan sharks but also have the police hot on their trail.
Robbing banks! »
- Richard Axtell
To date she has appeared in all four broadcast seasons, and will reprise the role once more in Season 5. In 2013, she was nominated for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series' at the '65th Primetime Emmy Awards'.
In 2012, Clarke appeared in "Spike Island". From March to April 2013, Clarke played 'Holly Golightly' in a Broadway production of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. In 2013, she also co-starred in the feature "Dom Hemingway". Clarke was cast as 'Sarah Connor' in 2015's "Terminator Genisys". She will also play the lead as 'Nurse Verena', »
- Michael Stevens
Elena who? Bonnie and Caroline are the undeniable stars of The Vampires deliciously unpredictable season 6, as this week's episode shows...
This review contains spoilers.
6.17 A Bird In A Gilded Cage
Once things with The Vampire Diaries' sixth season wrap, let the records show that it was the year of Bonnie Bennett and Caroline Forbes. Anyone tuning in for the first time would seriously not realise that Elena Gilbert was the girl around which the first five seasons of the show had revolved, and it's the better for it.
It's also completely unprecedented that it would be Stefan and Caroline, the show's two most moral characters, who would be the bad guys while Damon and Bonnie set about fixing the world's problems. It's all a bit crazy to comprehend for those of us who remember the old days, but it's also a thrill to be able to watch The Vampire Diaries »
Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” Season 2, Episode 14, titled “Love in the Time of Hydra.”
In the March 24 episode of “Agents of Shield,” while Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Coulson (Clark Gregg) were dealing with the effects of her newfound abilities — and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Mack (Henry Simmons) were enlightening Hunter (Nick Blood) about the “real” Shield that’s secretly being operated by Edward James Olmos’ Robert Gonzales — former agents Ward (Brett Dalton) and 33 (Maya Stojan/Ming-Na Wen) were doing their best Bonnie and Clyde impersonation and breaking Sunil Bakshi (Simon Kassianides) out of government custody, for reasons that have yet to be revealed.
It’s the first opportunity we’ve had to examine Ward’s motivations in-depth since he escaped Shield custody, and while the rogue operative’s agenda remains murky, he also seems to have a genuine rapport with »
- Laura Prudom
Breathless is not playing at this year’s Classic French Film Festival, but St. Louis classic French film fans get to see it on the big screen anyway! It’s part of the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum’s series A Critical Eye: Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1960s and is screening this Tuesday night (March 24th) at the Tivoli (6350 Delmar Blvd. University City, Mo). The show starts at 7pm. Admission is Free!
Breathless was remade in 1983 with Richard Gere and Valerie Kaprisky (remember her? Me neither). The remake, directed by Jim McBride, is excellent but has been hard to see in recent years. It will be available on Blu-ray on April 7th, which means this is a perfect time to take in the original to compare and contrast.
- Tom Stockman
Robert Duvall wants you to know that he hates Bonnie and Clyde and The Searchers. But hang tight, we'll get to that.He was in town for the world premiere of Wild Horses, a movie he wrote, directed, and stars in. Josh Hartnett and James Franco have co-starring roles and the answer to the question you're currently thinking is, yes, Franco is just as weird in it as you would expect. But he'll always get a pass from me -- I like his style and chutzpah.I sat down with Duvall and Hartnett to talk about the film and we eventually dove off-topic into other fun things about cinema, like our favorite films of last year. I didn't see Duvall as an indie-loving movie watcher, but he...
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