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'Twas the day before the night before Christmas, and all through the town ... oh, never mind. I'm lousy at those kinds of parodies. What I'm trying to say is that Austin has a rather surprising quantity of film news this week. Let's see what we've got for today:
Fantastic Fest 2010 is now accepting submissions for short and feature films. Let's get lots of local films in the running (and hopefully in the lineup)!Next year The Domain will open a gift that keeps on giving -- a new movie theater. The La Times has a story about the upscale Gold Class Cinema chain, which has only a few locations so far. Will Austinites shell out nearly $30 for a first-run movie ticket plus extra cash for fancy food, or will we stick with lower prices and food options at local Alamo Drafthouse theaters? Maybe the new theater will attract Domain regulars as opposed to film geeks. »
- Jette Kernion
Collider recently spoke with director Robert Rodriguez, as well as his regular cast member Danny Trejo, on the set of Predators, where they were asked about the different projects Rodriguez has in the pipeline. The main ones talked about were the two of most interest to fans right now - Sin City 2 and Machete. But if you’re interested, there’s also some stuff in there about another Spy Kids movie.
With the amount of vagueness (”It’s happening… maybe… at some point!”) surrounding the much-anticipated Sin City 2, it’s almost gotten to the point where no matter what Rodriguez or anyone else says, it’s hard to believe it’s ever going to happen. Despite that, earlier this year we reported that Sin City 2 was moving forward, with Rodriguez apparently having spoke with “key players” involved. We even got a “semi-confirmation” from exec producer, »
- Ross Miller
Robert Rodriguez has confirmed that he is planning to reboot the Spy Kids franchise. Speaking to Collider, the filmmaker said that the fourth movie will follow two new children who become secret agents with their parents. "I've already turned in a script for... a reboot of Spy Kids," he said. "It's different kids, not the old kids, and that [movie] is really cool. I'd probably do that in the early part of next year, March or April." He continued: "It reminds me of the first one where it's not so much just the kids - in fact it leans more towards the parents because you become a parent, you get a lot (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Robert Rodriguez, a filmmaker I have a lot of respect for but am becoming more and more disappointed in as he sinks more of his time into schlocky 3D kids movies, recently gave up a lot of details regarding plans for sequels to Machete, Sin City 2 and Spy Kids 4 while on the set of Nimrod Antal’s Predators in Texas.
Here’s a breakdown of the details, with some commentary:
“We always talked about making him a franchise character. Danny and I talked about it in ‘94…maybe Desperado that’s when I first mentioned the Machete character. So imagine that…he’s been bugging me since ‘94.
So there’s a solid “maybe.” I could personally »
- John Cooper
Despite recent reports that Frank Miller’s “Sin City 2” is fully on track to begin production next year, director Robert Rodriguez recently indicated that that filming may not start as soon as we expected.
“I can't say no, because I don't know it's no,” said Rodriguez when asked about the status of “Sin City 2” during an interview with ComingSoon.net. “I know Frank wants to do it. I know I want to do it. It's always sort of a 'time permitting' kind of thing. But it's not like I can tell you definitely we're starting . It's not my next picture, I know that. It doesn't mean that it's not the picture right after 'cause that's still a possibility.”
- Blair Marnell
Lately director Robert Rodriguez has been busy developing other movies and producing movies too, "Predators" is a film that Rodriguez is producing down in his Troublemaker Studios over in Austin TX and he recently gave some updates Sin City 2, and a reboot of Spy Kids.
Of course everyone wants to know is what’s up with Sin City 2, and while he wouldn't give to much information on it he did say that there is a script:
I don’t mean to jump back to Sin City 2 but it seems that the last few years we constantly talk to you about it and everyone’s asked about it, it’s a project that everyone’s seems to be very interested in, what would you categorize say like a percentage of this thing actually happening?
Robert Rodriguez: I can’t say no because I don’t know its no. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Talk of a Sin City sequel began almost immediately after the movie opened. Having earned nearly quadruple what it cost to make, and with plenty more Sin City stories by creator Frank Miller to draw on, a sequel almost seemed inevitable.
Actor Clive Owen dropped some encouraging news back in September when he said that a "good source" informed him that Sin City 2 could begin filming as early as next year. Now, in a recent interview, director Robert Rodriguez said that he might be directing the sequel in the near future.
I know Frank wants to do it, I know I wanna do it, and its always sort of [a] time-permitting kind of thing, but it's not like I can tell you definitely we're starting ... it's not my next picture ... I know that. Doesn't mean that it's not the picture right after [that] because that's still a possibility.
Rodriguez said that »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Last week, a small handful of websites were invited to the set of Robert Rodriguez's Predators down in Austin, TX (we sadly weren't included). While there, they talked with Robert Rodriguez about all of the projects he currently has in the works, from Spy Kids to Sin City 2 to Machete. He doesn't really say much, but does give some informative and possibly even amusing updates on Sin City 2 and Machete though, so I'm focusing on those. You can find a complete rundown of everything on Collider or RopeofSilicon if you're curious about Spy Kids or any other upcoming projects. And with that, let's see what Rodriguez had to say. Before we get to Machete, let's start with Sin City. Rodriguez was asked if he's still planning on making the sequel one day and his answer was the same as before: "Yeah we still talk about doing that »
- Alex Billington
Last week I spent a day at Robert Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios loitering around the parking lot, interviewing some actors on that lot, and raiding the catering van for cookies. You can probably guess it was a set visit for Predators, but I'm bound and gagged like The Gimp from spilling anything about that for the time being. However, I can blather all I want about tidbits from everything not involving "Predators versus No-Longer-Larry Fishburne" (yep, Fishburne is in the film as a character named Noland... I can say that. I know. What an incredibly -- not very interesting -- piece of "news").
First, both Rodriguez and Troublemaker Studios co-owner Elizabeth Avellan confirmed Spy Kids 4 is a go. However, they're jettisoning the original actors and rebooting the franchise because those kids are total geezers by now. So, expect the 12-year-old fanboys of the world to start foaming and ranting »
- David Frank
I'm a bit perplexed that we don't talk about Rodriquez more on these pages. Just a bit. He certainly has given us his fair share of entertaining films over the years.
A number of journalists in the Austin area were invited onto the set of Predators and LatinoReview sat down with the director and was able to at least solicit some answers about some other upcoming projects of his including Machete, a Spy Kids reboot and Sin City 2, "...I think it's built up so much, like are we really going to satisfy everybody with what we have, should we add to it. It's the thing we've always talked about but now two years later going on three we'd probably make some adjustments but nothing that would take a long time. Its just a matter of...Once we start...we can go into production...we can already start and in pre »
Early this week I along with some other online journalists got a chance to go to Austin TX and visit the set of "Predators," which Robert Rodriguez is producing. While I can't report right now about our set visit, what I can report is about what producer Rodriguez had to say about his upcoming slate and of course talk a bit about (Its Coming, Its Happening, Its Still On Its Way) "Sin City 2." As most of you know when It’s been 4 years since Sin City was released and the last thing that was heard about the sequel was from producer Stephen L'Heureux who said the film was scheduled to go before the cameras in the second half of 2010, with Robert Rodriguez back to direct, and Frank Miller co-directing. And every time someone asks someone from the cast it’s always the same answer, "I know it’s coming" blah blah. »
A few days ago, I got to speak with Robert Rodriguez in Austin, Texas as I was visiting the set of Predators - along with a number of online journalists. While a strict embargo prevents me from saying anything about that film, we’ve been given permission to run stories on other projects. Since Robert Rodriguez is busy developing other movies, we got him to give us updates on Sin City 2, Machete, and what’s up with the next Spy Kids movie.
Regarding Spy Kids, Rodriguez says he’s already turned in the script to the Weinstein Company and it’s a reboot that will be shot in March or April with new kids. On Machete, he says he’s “always talked about making him a franchise character”. Meaning he’s like to do sequels.
Of course the news everyone wants to know is what’s up with Sin City 2. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Robert Rodriguez updates us on the highly anticipated Sin City 2 There has been much speculation over the last few years about if and when a sequel to the groundbreaking 2005 film, Sin City, based on the popular graphic novel by comic book legend Frank Miller, who co-directed the film with Robert Rodriguez, would ever be made. Originally Miller had stated that the sequel would be based on his classic Sin City story, "A Dame To Kill For," with Angelina Jolie rumored for the part. Later, Miller was quoted as saying that he wanted to adapt "Hell and Back" for Sin City 3 and that Rodriguez was interested in casting Johnny Depp for the lead. Then in October, producer Stephen L'Heureux said that he hoped Sin City 2 would go into production sometime in the second half of 2010 and that the film would now be based on an original screenplay by Miller. »
Looking back at Robin Williams’s career either for just the last five years or the last decade leaves you feeling pretty underwhelmed. Dotted amongst a landscape of underdeveloped films or mindless and comedy-stricken disasters are small nuggets of gold that gave his fans some modicum of hope to cling to as they awaited the man’s glorious return to the land of decent roles. For awhile, it seemed Robin had sold his soul to some demon of film mediocrity in return for an unending line of awful characters which let him off without ever having to flex his acting muscles. He became a caricature and little more. Is World’s Greatest Dad just another short-lived spark of greatness amidst an ongoing dry spell? Or has Robin Williams finally realized that deeper, reflective roles like his turn in World’s Greatest Dad light the way to getting him back in »
- Lex Walker
Chicago – Robert Rodriguez is a one-man moviemaking machine. He’s always looking for the fastest and most cost-effective ways for getting his work out to the public. His success story, memorably chronicled in the book “Rebel Without a Crew,” is genuinely inspiring, yet his films often fail to resonate as anything other than exercises in design. In his latest film, he comes up with two multi-purpose objects (a man-made product, “the black box,” and a magical “wishing rock”) that can do pretty much anything his characters want them to do. They represent the central problem in Rodriguez’s work: he seems to think that since digital filmmaking can allow him to do anything, he should, without ever thinking it through.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
Thus, the public is treated to a shapeless, rambling bore like “Shorts,” which feels like it was slapped together in Rodriguez’s garage. Its story is told out »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
When he isn’t skulking around the dark and blood-splattered alleyways of the Mexican underworld, director Robert Rodriguez runs a nice, profitable sideline in garish, high-energy kid flicks. A quick Read of his resume: Spy Kids, Once upon a time in Mexico, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl, Planet Terror, Shorts, and next up Machette, can give the impression the helmer is the ultimate proponent of the “one for them, one for me” school of filmmaking. Except, of course, they’re all for him. Once again he cheerfully does the whole shebang; writer, producer, handling the score, overseeing the effects, presumably on a diet of enough sugar to single-handedly raise the Gdp of Brazil. Perhaps he just likes the change of pace.
With that in mind this is yet another high-concept, pre-teen wish-fulfillment fantasy that finds the corporate controlled suburb of Black Falls thrown into colorful CGI chaos when »
- Neil Pedley
In honor of Thanksgiving, we're recalling one of our favorite turkey day-themed posts from last year.
By: Jette Kernion
A few years ago, I wrote a Cinematical Seven on my favorite dysfunctional families in films. Everyone has a crazy messed-up movie family they love, whether it's the Hoovers in Little Miss Sunshine or the Bullocks in My Man Godfrey or the Corleones in the Godfather saga. I thought that this year, it would be fun to make a list of families that got along, worked together, and supported one another. You know, happy families ... but not dull, one-dimensional bundles of endless cheer.
It's a lot more difficult to find seven movies with happy-but-not-sappy families than it is to find the screwed-up kind, especially if you are looking for something more interesting than the Cleavers. Since I'm visiting my relatives for the Thanksgiving holidays, I asked them for suggestions. They were all very helpful, »
- Cinematical staff
Despite the familiarity of several names (Jon Cryer, James Spader, William H. Macy, and more), Shorts is a decidedly difficult movie for adults to enjoy. A product of those responsible for Spy Kids, that fact is probably a pretty good test. Similarly playing out like a live-action cartoon, those who enjoy one will likely enjoy the other. We follow a group of children and their parents as a magic rock comes into and out of their lives. The rock grants wishes, and our general play is that the idea can get a bit silly in the wrong hands. The story is told by way of Toe Thompson, a certain manner of everykid, who gets picked on quite a bit. Melding into the general plot are the lead bullies, and several other kids from school. Their parents get in on the fun as well, because our story takes place in a »
- Marc Eastman
Carla Gugino is carving out an unusual career that ranges from playing a secret-spy Mom in the family-friendly franchise Spy Kids to a pregnant porn star in Women in Trouble. Gugino is currently re-teaming up with Watchmen's director Zack Snyder in Sucker Punch, playing a character that Gugino told the Palm Beach Post will require her to perform more than just a dual role.
I'm a psychiatrist at an asylum and, in an alternate world, a dominatrix, choreographer and madam in a brothel. I sing and dance. I'm Polish and I have red hair. That's all I'm going to say. I have this amazing scene where I do this wild stunt over and over. All of a sudden I was like, "I'm covered in bruises. How did that happen?"
Gugino told Movieline that she won't be alone in her song and dance routine, either.
Oscar Isaac and myself, we sing a duet. »
- Ryan Gowland
Shorts is another children’s movie by the versatile director who made such violent classics as Planet Terror, Dusk till Dawn, Desperado and Sin City and also the creator of well regarded children’s movies Spy Kids 1-3 and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
I haven’t seen any of Rodriguez’s children films but I have always wanted to have an excuse to see one, and this was my chance to see what this brilliant director can do with this genre.
I didn’t know what to expect from Shorts, Desperado for kids? or a regular childish story with kiddie humour and lots of fart jokes? Obviously it was no Desperado but gladly it wasn’t entirely a regular kiddie film either. »
- Gary Phillips
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