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Michael Parks Has Passed Away

  • DailyDead
With a career that spanned six decades, actor Michael Parks proved time and time again that he could bring any type of character to life in believable ways. So it is with especially great sadness, that news has surfaced of Parks' passing at the age of 77.

THR shares the sad news of Parks' passing, which was confirmed to the outlet by the actor's agent, Jane Schulman. The cause of death has not been reported at this time.

Parks began a truly remarkable career in the early ’60s and never looked back, going on to appear in well over one hundred films and TV series.

A frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino, Parks played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn and reprised the role in Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Planet Terror, and Death Proof. He also appeared in Tarantino's Django Unchained.

In recent years, Parks dominated the screen
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From Dusk Til Dawn TV Series Trailer

From Dusk Til Dawn TV Series Trailer
Quentin Tarantino is reportedly moving onto pastures new with Hateful Eight, but there's still life in his back catalogue. Qt's frequent co-conspirator Robert Rodriguez has revisited the site of one of their early joint successes, and the result is the TV series expansion of From Dusk Til Dawn, shortly to make its debut on Rodriguez's El Rey cable network.Yup, that is Don Johnson as Sheriff Earl McGraw, the role previously inhabited by Michael Parks. Replacing Tarantino and George Clooney as the Gecko Brothers are Zane Holtz and D. J. Cotrona. Jesse Garcia plays a new role: that of Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez. Robert Patrick is in the Harvey Keitel role of preacher Jack Fuller, with Madison Davenport and Brandon Soo Hoo as his kids. And Eiza Gonzalez takes over from Salma Hayek (and Ara Celi) as the awe-inspiring Santanico Pandemonium.Straight to video sequel Texas Blood Money and prequel
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The best crime-writing festivals around the world

Whether you're a fan of Scandi dramas or planning to pen your own thriller, add a twist to a city break at a crime-writing festival

The hunger for Scandi TV and fiction has sparked a new interest in crime festivals (as perhaps will Jk Rowling's foray into the genre with Cuckoo's Calling). No longer solely the domain of die-hard thriller fans, these events are increasingly offering everything from live music and food stalls to film screenings and tie-in tours. If you want the thrill of seeing your favourite crime author in the flesh on a city break, here's our round-up of the best crime-writing festivals around the world.

Harrogate: Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, 18-21 July 2013

Combine a stay in the former spa town of Harrogate with a sociable four-day crime-writing festival. Author discussion panels cost from £10 each, so you can attend as many or as few events as you like.
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Robert Rodriguez developing From Dusk Till Dawn TV series

It looks like the bloodsuckers of True Blood and The Vampire Diaries will be getting some competition on the small screen. We've already seen the first trailer for NBC's upcoming 10-part Dracula 'retelling' earlier this week, and now Deadline has revealed that Robert Rodriguez's El Ray Network is to partner up with Univision Networks for a TV series based upon From Dusk Till Dawn.

Directed by Rodriguez from a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn was released in 1996 and starred George Clooney and Tarantino as two outlaw brothers who kidnap a family (Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu) en route to Mexico, where they happen upon a bunch of bloodthirsty vampires at a remote brothel called the Titty Twister. The film also featured Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Tom Savini, Danny Trejo and Michael Parks, and went on to spawn two direct-to-video follow-ups, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
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Aff Conversations in Film: Writer Ted Tally and 'Silence of the Lambs'

  • Slackerwood
My number-one recommendation to anyone interested in screenwriting in Austin is to pay close attention to the Austin Film Festival (Aff) offerings. Not just the mentoring sessions and panels at the festival itself in October, but also throughout the year when Aff hosts "Conversations in Film" screenings and sessions. This series brings veterans of the television and film industry together with fans as well as emerging filmmakers and writers to discuss their works and the medium.

The most recent Conversations in Film session, on Sunday, March 25, at the Harry Ransom Center, featured Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ted Tally (White Palace, The Silence of the Lambs, All the Pretty Horses) and was moderated by Alvaro Rodriguez (From Dusk Til Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, Machete) -- seen above. Tally has received acclaim for his adaptations of the works of bestselling authors including Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Harris, Rosellen Brown and George Dawes Green.
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Full Details on AMC's 16-Day Fearfest Hosted by George A. Romero

  • Dread Central
We already knew the Season Two premiere of "The Walking Dead" is kicking off AMC's 2011 Fearfest celebration, and we now have a few more details to share, including the fact that one of Dread Central's favorite directors, George A. Romero, is hosting the event!

From the Press Release:

AMC announces the launch of its annual AMC Fearfest, the most highly anticipated horror movie marathon of the Halloween season, on Sunday, October 16th. The 16-day virtual film festival, which kicks off with the 90-minute premiere of “The Walking Dead” Season Two at 9pm, celebrates the best in contemporary and classic horror genre films.

Hosted by “Master of Horror” George A. Romero, AMC Fearfest 2011 will introduce the AMC 14-part original mini-documentary series “American Haunters” and feature over 300 hours of Halloween-themed programming of more than 60 films, including the world television premiere of Romero’s own Survival of the Dead. In addition to the on-air festivities,
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Horror Film Writers Share Their Secrets at Aff Event

  • Slackerwood
One of the most frequent questions in panels at Austin film festivals I've attended is, "What is available here for writers?" My advice on where to find the best content at a local film festival is the Austin Film Festival (Aff). Durng the mentoring sessions, roundtables and panels, emerging writers and filmmakers interact with veterans of the television and film industry.

You don't have to wait until Aff in October to catch great writers and filmmakers talking about their craft. Aff hosts Conversations in Film throughout the year. Their most recent event, "Words That Go Bump in the Night: Writing Horror Films," brought together screenwriters Tom Holland (Fright Night, Cloak and Dagger) and Alvaro Rodriguez (From Dusk Til Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, Machete) to talk about how they started in the film industry and the state of genre filmmaking. The conversation turned into more of an interview of Holland by Rodriguez,
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American Pie 7 Donnie Darko 2

In the world of direct-to-dvd sequels that's shortly to bring us Lost Boys 3, all an enterprising studio needs is the rights to a good title and a director who's willing to work fast

Lost Boys 3, the second sequel to Kiefer Sutherland's 80s vampire hit, is coming out later this year. What? You missed Lost Boys 2? Don't worry, so did Kiefer (although it does feature his half-brother Angus). Lost Boys 2, which went straight to DVD in 2008, is a poor retread of the original, but recouped its $5m budget in less than a month, paving the way for a third film. Welcome to the world of DVD sequels, where profits are high, stakes are low, and quality lower.

Back in the 90s, the direct-to-video sequel industry mainly produced animated or family films, with Disney in particular happy to churn out weak sequels for everything from Bambi to Pocahontas. However, the decreasing
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Horror at the Oscars 3: The Spawning

After the Academy’s attempt at honoring genre during the live show, we saw a real tribute to horror by someone who is truly one of our own. Bob Murawski thanked Sam Raimi for giving him his “first cutting job” in Army of Darkness. His Best Editing award for Hurt Locker was shared by his partner Chris Innis, whom he met on the Raimi produced TV show “American Gothic.”

I gotta say, never since Peter Jackson’s (who was nominated this year for District 9) thank you to the crew of Meet the Feebles has there been such an excellent genre shout out.

On top of working with Raimi for over a decade, Murawski also runs Grindhouse Releasing, which distributes and restores cult and horror films with a focus on extreme Italian cinema. Pieces, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and I Drink Your Blood are just a few names you’ll find in Grindhouse Releasing's catalogue.
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Horror at the Oscars Part 1: The Quickening

It’s that time of year again, kids. Dread Central’s 2010 Horror at the Oscars coverage. Horror was indeed present this year and in black-tie. While Roger Corman and Lauren Bacall were honored a few months back at the Governor’s Award Ceremony, it was an unexpected delight to see Corman, recipient of the lifetime achievement Oscar, enjoy a standing ovation on national television.

I was, however, very disappointed that neither of them were allowed to speak. Roger Corman’s contributions to modern cinema are too vast for him to just stand up and wave. James Cameron was one of many Corman acolytes present, and his nomination speaks to Corman’s tremendous legacy. On the Terminator DVD Cameron mentions, "I trained at the Roger Corman Film School.” Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, were also former students.

The terror continued with a spoof of Paranormal Activity
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Blu-ray Capsule Review: Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball

Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball Quick Thoughts: I'm a fan of the original Smokin' Aces as a piece of escapist fun. It's also a film I would recommend fans of absurd black-comedy action features pick up and add to their collection. However, Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball (referred to as Smokin' Aces: Blowback in all of the special features) just isn't up to par, and for the most part it can't really help but look like the direct-to-dvd/Blu-ray film it is. Tons of obvious green screen work, second rate effects and an aging Tom Berenger as your biggest star doesn't exactly spell out top quality. Director P.J. Pesce was obviously working with a minimal budget and he did what he could with what he had, but a stand-out film experience this is not.

Luckily, Pesce is used to this sort of cheap follow-up fare having directed the
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Review: Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball

  • Cinematical
Review: Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball
Not long after the certifiably insane Smokin' Aces came and went and then sold a Lot of dvds, we started hearing all sorts of little stories about sequels, prequels, or any sort of follow-up. Clearly someone at Universal (besides Aces director/co-writer Joe Carnahan, I mean) saw the potential in keeping this franchise afloat, even if that meant remanding the subsequent sequels to the "lesser" direct-to-video market. And even those who adored Smokin' Aces would have to see the logic there: Pretty much all the characters from the first flick were dead, and even those who survived ... aren't exactly huge stars.

So off to the video shelves we go with Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball, and this time the directorial reins are in the hands of P.J. Pesce -- and if you're looking for a guy to bang out a direct-to-video sequel, Mr. Pesce is your man. His previous
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Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassin’s Ball Trailer Starring Vinnie Jones

  • FilmJunk
I still haven't seen Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces, but the high energy hitman flick it seems to have a fair amount of fans out there. (Personally I always thought it looked like a Guy Ritchie knockoff, but maybe I'm wrong on that.) At any rate, the film was apparently popular enough to warrant a direct-to-dvd sequel... er, I mean, prequel. Joe Carnahan obviously has better things to do with his time (like directing The A-Team, for example), but he is still credited as executive producer on Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball. The actual director of this flick, unfortunately, is P.J. Pesce -- the same man behind such memorable Dtv flicks as Lost Boys: The Tribe and From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter. None of the big name original cast members are returning for this film, but Tommy Flanagan will reprise his role as Lazlo Soot, and
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