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This week, Neil Calloway argues that every film director should have to make an ultra low-budget film…
If you don’t know the story of El Mariachi‘s production, then you really should read Rodriguez’s book Rebel Without a Crew, his diary of the making of the film. To raise the money for the film he checked himself into a research hospital to participate in a study and write the script. There he met Peter Marquardt, who he would cast as the bad guy in the film and would later become a video game producer, before sadly dying last year. Rodriguez begged and borrowed favours and equipment to shoot the film (not having a dolly or track for his camera, he used a wheelchair from »
- Neil Calloway
Barely Lethal is the brand new movie from director Kyle Newman, who you may remember brought us that really rather good Fanboys a few years back – the film about the young guys that want to break into George Lucas’ home to screen The Phantom Menace? I really liked that. Following on from Fanboys, Newman worked on The Crazies TV show, and another couple of shorts projects before landing the gig to direct Barely Lethal, which can only be described as a cross between Mean Girls, Spy Kids, and well, Kingsman.
Scripted by John D’Arco, the film revolves around the character of Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld), an orphaned teenager who was brought up by Samuel L. Jackson‘s Hardman, a mysterious figure who runs an organisation called the Prescott School for Girls, »
- Paul Heath
And baby makes… an awkward foursome?
On Thursday’s Rookie Blue, Andy finds herself having a difficult time fitting into fiancé Sam’s life now that he has a child with his ex. She arrives at his place for a date night only to find Marlo sleeping in his bed. Nothing happened — she just showed up looking for some help with the baby so she could catch some shuteye — but Andy is still confused and frustrated by the situation.
RelatedRookie Blue Boss: For Andy and Sam, Marlo’s Pregnancy Is ‘A Terrible Blow’
“How am I supposed to marry »
Remember the innocent days when everybody on Mistresses was indulging in steamy sex, icy cocktails and the kind of salacious fun on which the Parents Television Council built its mailing list?
RelatedMistresses EPs Talk Calista’s Lies, Their Serial Obsession — and Season 3’s ‘Cliffhanger’ Ending
Now, here we are in the penultimate Season 3 episode, and it’s all plea deals, (possibly/insanely) false confessions, faltering livers (totes unrelated to the aforementioned tippling, thanks very much), relapse revelations and evenings spent Googling Las Vegas air-conditioning magnates.
Quick! Somebody grab Karen’s hooker wig, Joss’ living-room toilet (remember that?), a half-dozen »
"Dancing With the Stars" recently announced the pros who will be competing in season 21 of the dance competition this fall on ABC. And the list of celebrities who will join them on the dance floor continues to grow. The latest additions are actress Alexa PenaVega, of "Spy Kids" fame, and her husband Carlos PenaVega, a star of the Nickelodeon series "Big Time Rush" and a member of the band of the same name. -Break- 'Dancing with the Stars' announces season 21 pros: Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough ... Carlos made the announcement on Instagram, saying "Beyond excited that @vegaalexa and I are going to be competing this season on #season21 @dancingabc ... Spending 24 hours at @disneyland #disneyland60 to celebrate!!!" Alexa PenaVega first came to fame as a child actor in Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" films. More recently, the 27-year-old actress has appeared in "The Tomorrow People&q..."' »
The couple that dancers together stays together! For the first time in 21 seasons, Dancing With the Stars is pitting husband vs. wife in the ballroom! A source exclusively tell E! News that Alexa Vega and husband Carlos Pena are set to join the cast of the upcoming season, premiering on Sept. 14. (ABC does not comment on casting rumors.) The Spy Kids star, who turned 27 today (Happy Birthday!) and the Big Tim Rush singer tied the knot back in January 2014, in an intimate ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Vega and Pena, who both now use the last name PenaVega on social media (Too. Cute.), began dating in 2012, and we're excited to see how the longtime couple handles becoming »
Director Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids") continues to develop a live-action "Jonny Quest" feature film for Warners, based on the 1964 ABC primetime Hanna-Barbera animated series, noted as the first action adventure cartoon depicting people ('bad guys') getting killed:
"Its an 'Indiana Jones'/'James Bond' action-adventure strip with a kid in it," said Rodriguez about the source material.
"So, that’s what it’s going to be with the movie. I made Spy Kids movies, but those are more kids being spies and their family. This is more of a legitimate action-adventure film that has a kid in it."
Set in the Florida Keys, characters include 'Jonny Quest', a young boy who lost his mother at an early age. Though unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is intelligent, brave, adventurous, and generally athletic with a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and the handling of firearms. He takes on responsibility willingly, attending to his studies, »
- Michael Stevens
Robert Rodriguez is one busy guy – the director recently launched the El Rey television network and is currently working on the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, but he’s simultaneously guiding multiple projects to the big screen, including an adaptation of beloved animated series Jonny Quest.
“I thought it’d be really cool to do a legitimate action/adventure film that just happens to have a kid in it. Not a kids film; the Spy Kids were more like kids films, this would be like a real action-adventure film because that’s what the original series was like. It was a hard hitting, kickass action-adventure series. That’s what enticed me to go do it. My own series had already played out. That was »
- Isaac Feldberg
Robert Rodriguez gave some broad strokes in regards to Demi Lovato’s upcoming role on the second season of his El Rey vampire series From Dusk Till Dawn. “I’ve known her since she read for Spy Kids 3,” said Rodriguez about his longstanding relationship with Lovato. “She’s going to be a badass.” Rodriguez explained that the pop star found a hole in her schedule and will appear toward the end of Season 2 in an episode that “I made sure I was going to direct” said the… »
With the Television Critics Association tour continuing today, one panelist that has been doing interviews has been none other than filmmaker Robert Rodriguez who has been promoting the second season of his "From Dusk Till Dawn" TV series.
Collider spoke with the "Sin City" helmer and managed to ask him about the live-action film based on the classic "Jonny Quest" cartoon that he has in the works. At last report Rodriguez would be directing the film as well as working on the script alongside Terry Rossio based on a draft by Dan Mazeu. Asked about where the project stands he says:
"I'm turning in the script right now. I've just been working on the script. I love Jonny Quest. The originals are so cool. They were really ahead of their time. I grew up with them because they used to play in syndication, and my kids still love them.
They're action-packed. »
- Garth Franklin
“It’s probably the first film that didn’t condescend to American teenagers.”
“There wouldn’t be a John Hughes movie without it,” Mitchell continued.
The event concluded this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival with a one-night-only reading, chosen and directed by filmmaker Eli Roth, and performed exclusively for those present in the audience. As always, no recordings were allowed.
Roth is known for extreme horror films, so his selection of a teen comedy may have seemed surprising to some. But the 43-year old director is an avowed fan of ’80s high school movies like “Porky’s,” “The Last American Virgin” and “Zapped!” which made his choice almost inevitable.
“‘Fast Times’ is one of my all-time favorite movies,” Roth told »
- Matthew Chernov
In searching for the worst spy movies, I was tempted to cover Spy Kids 3D: Game Over this week solely because of Sylvester Stallone's amazing performance, but that movie looks like The Godfather compared to. Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World (2011) Director: Robert Rodriguez Stars: Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven A retired spy mom must protect her spy kids from a... Read More »
- Jason Adams
Yesterday, it was revealed that Sin City and Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez has signed up to co-write and direct a live-action take on Jonny Quest. Although the original cartoon series only ran for a single season in 1964, it has firmly embedded itself in popular culture with its cast of varied adventurers creating archetypes that still exist (and are still ruthlessly parodied) to this day. But who do you cast as a the titular young explorer, his scientist father, his family's bodyguard and his adopted brother? Don't worry about casting, Mr. Rodriguez -- we've got this one. Jonny Quest The Actor: Dylan O'Brien The Job: The intrepid boy adventurer. Why This Casting Is Perfect: He may be a bit older than the original version of the...
- Jacob S. Hall
According to reports, director Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids") will co-write and direct a live-action "Jonny Quest" feature film for Warners, based on the 1964 ABC primetime Hanna-Barbera animated series, noted as the first action adventure cartoon depicting people ('bad guys') regularly getting killed:
Living in the Florida Keys, the characters include 'Jonny Quest',a young boy who lost his mother at an early age. Though unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is intelligent, brave, adventurous, and generally athletic with a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and the handling of firearms. He takes on responsibility willingly, attending to his studies, and treating adults with respect.
'Dr. Benton C. Quest' is Jonny's father and a scientific genius who works for the U.S. Government. He is considered to be one of the three top scientists in the world with interests and technical know-how spanning many fields. Raising Jonny as a single father, »
- Michael Stevens
The animated TV series 'Jonny Quest' is reportedly set to be turned into a movie. The iconic sci-fi/adventure show, which debuted in the Us in 1964, is set to make its long-awaited transition to the big screen, with 'Spy Kids' filmmaker Robert Rodriguez leading the project. The 46-year-old director - whose previous credits also include 'Sin City' and 'From Dusk till Dawn' - will adapt a pre-existing screenplay penned by Dan Mazeau, although it remains unclear what the adventure will feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original animated series only aired for a single season, but the brand has remained popular owing to a number of subsequent spin-offs, including two television films and three computer games. The Hanna-Barbera cartoon series saw Jonny, his father Dr Benton Quest and a small crew of companions - including Hadji, a Kolkatan orphan and Jonny's best friend - go »
Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Sin City) has signed on to direct a live-action version of Johnny Quest, the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a young boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures.
The Adventures of Johnny Quest premiere in 1964 and ran for just 26 episodes. It was subsequently revived in both the 1980s and 1990s, while a feature film has been in development since the early 90s, having passed through the hands of directors such as Richard Donner (Superman: The Movie), Andy Fick (Race to Witch Mountain) and Peter Segal (Grudge Match).
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros is pressing ahead with a movie based on the Hanna Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest - and it's hired Robert Rodriguez to direct the movie. Rodriguez is penning the screenplay for the movie with regular Pirates Of The Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio. The pair are to rework an earlier draft penned by Dan Mazeau.
Jonny Quest is, of course, the child who goes across the globe alongside his scientist father, bodyguard Race Bannon, and Jonny's chum Hadji. Danger is rarely far away, and Jonny is at the forefront of getting them out of it.
A film version has been in the works for some time, and at one stage Zac Efron was being mooted to start.
The new movie will be live action, and Warner Bros will be hoping that Rodriguez brings the success of »
Calling all Jonny Quest fans... It looks like the classic animated series from the 1960s is the latest fan-favorite to venture into the world of live-action films. Warner Bros. is taking on the project with Robert Rodriguez (of Spy Kids, Sin City and Machete fame) signing on to direct the movie, according to Deadline. He and Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Terry Rossio will both write the screenplay. This isn't the first time a studio attempted to make a Jonny Quest live-action film. In fact, fans have been anticipating this since 1995, and it almost happened back in 2009 when Zac Efron was said to be circling the lead role, while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was rumored to be playing Race »
Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) has always found a fascinating balance in directing both B-level action/horror films and hyper-creative family vehicles. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the multi-talented director will next hop aboard a family-friendly project for Warner Bros., a live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest. Along with directing the film, Rodriguez will rewrite the Dan Mazeau-penned script (a 2008 Black List item) with family adventure staple Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean). The film will be Rodriguez's first family venture since 2011's Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. The original Jonny Quest ran from 1964 to 1965 and followed Quest, his father Dr. Quest, bodyguard/government agent Race Bannon and Dr. Quest's adopted son Hadji as they globetrotted on various adventures. A Quest film has been in development for quite some time, with a project featuring Zac Efron as Quest and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as »
- Cory Woodroof
At this point, in the world we live in, it.s no use lamenting the fact that all of your favorite things are being remade, re-envisioned, and otherwise rehashed, because that.s just reality. And today we can add another one to the metaphorical woodpile, as Sin City and Machete director Robert Rodriguez is working on a live-action Jonny Quest movie. Deadline reports that Rodriguez is teaming up with Warner Bros. in what will be yet another attempt to bring boy adventurer Jonny Quest to life on the silver screen. There.s definite potential inherent in the story, and if handled correctly, this could very well tap into the same younger audience that Rodriguez lit up with Spy Kids. Though the second, third, and fourth movies in that franchise all met with gradually diminishing returns, the first still totally holds up and stands alongside some of the all time great »
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