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Mexican character actor Pedro Armendariz Jr. died Monday at the age of 71. There was no immediate confirmation of the cause of death.
Armendariz was best known for playing sly, sometimes cynical characters he endowed with wit and charisma. Armendariz played Gov. Riley in the 2005 movie The Legend of Zorro, and had roles in 1989′s Old Gringo and Once Upon a Time in Mexico in 2003.
President Felipe Calderon’s office issued a statement lamenting Armendariz’ death, calling him “a great actor who reflected well on Mexico at home and abroad.”
The Mexican government news agency Notimex reported he died in New York City of cancer, »
- Associated Press
Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz, Jr. has died at the age of 71.
The veteran star passed away at a hospital in New York on Monday after a battle with cancer, and his death has already been mourned by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who released a statement calling him "a great actor who reflected well on Mexico at home and abroad."
Armendariz, Jr., son of actor Pedro Armendariz, enjoyed a career in the spotlight spanning six decades and he secured roles in both his native country and in Hollywood.
He appeared in more than 100 films, including 2005's The Legend of Zoro opposite Antonio Banderas, and with Brad Pitt in 2001 movie The Mexican, as well as 1989's Old Gringo and Once Upon a Time in Mexico in 2003.
"Mexican character actor Pedro Armendáriz Jr died Monday at the age of 71," reports the AP. "President Felipe Calderon's office issued a statement lamenting Armendáriz's death, calling him 'a great actor who reflected well on Mexico at home and abroad.'… He acted in more than 100 films, including the Mexican hit The Crime of Father Amaro."
Both Armendáriz Jr and his father, Pedro Armendáriz, a star during Mexican cinema's "golden age," portrayed Pancho Villa — the father in several films and Armendáriz Jr in Luis Puenzo's Old Gringo (1989). From the Wikipedia entry: "Interestingly, Pedro Armendáriz Jr also portrayed Pancho Villa's enemy Luis Terrazas in the film And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself opposite Antonio Banderas." The entry notes that both father and son also appeared in James Bond movies: "The elder Armendáriz appeared in From Russia with Love in 1963, while Pedro Jr. appeared in 1989's Licence to Kill."
The Hollywood »
One of the most beloved Mexican actors. Pedro Armendáriz Jr., has died at the age of 71 after a bout with cancer. THR reports that Pedro Armendáriz Jr., who appeared in more than 200 TV shows and classic films like "The Legend of Zorro," "Chisum" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," is set to appear in the upcoming release of "Casa de mi Padre" with Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. THR reports that news of Pedro Armendáriz Jr's death was first reported by Televisa news anchor Joaquin Lopez Doriga who used Twitter to share that he had passed away at a New York hospital while seeking cancer treatment there. »
- April MacIntyre
Mexico City -- Pedro Armendariz Jr., one of Mexico's beloved and prolific actors, has died at the age of 71 after a bout with cancer. During a career that spanned six decades, the charismatic actor appeared in more than 200 TV shows and films, including Hollywood productions such as The Legend of Zorro, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the Brad Pitt-starrer The Mexican. He also played a role in the upcoming release of Casa de mi Padre alongside Will Ferrell and longtime Mexican friends, actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths "Pedro is one
- John Hecht
Reuniting Almodóvar with previous collaborators; Golden Globe® nominee Antonio Banderas, the beautiful Elena Anaya and Spanish legend Marisa Paredes, The Skin I Live In is released for the small screen on Blu-ray and DVD on 26 December 2011 from Pathé Productions Ltd.
We attended the very first screening in Cannes and awarded the film 5 full stars. We now have two copies of the Blu-ray to give away.
Based on the bestselling book Tarantula, The Skin I Live In tells the unsettling tale of Dr. Robert Ledgard (Banderas; Once Upon a Time in Mexico), a brilliant but slightly unhinged plastic surgeon who, after his wife is burned in a car crash, becomes obsessed with creating a new type of skin that could have saved her.
In addition to genius, Robert »
- Matt Holmes
With this week’s release of Horrible Bosses on Blu-ray and DVD, WhatCulture! were challenged with chronicling the 10 best hitmen in cinema history… Why, you might ask? Well, read on to discover all!
When your boss is a complete ass, what’s the most logical step to take? Quit, I hear you say… Well, no, actually…because quitting is not an option apparently. At least not to the characters of hit comedy Horrible Bosses. No, these guys answer to the age-old problem of a psychotic, nymphomaniac or just plain tool of a boss is to go out and find a hitman! Unfortunately for them, they stumble across Dean ‘Motherfuckah’ Jones (Jamie Foxx), a not so badass, not particularly efficient hitman (in fact, he won’t even perform the hits he’s that shit!).
What they really should have done though was check out one of the 10 characters below… Although, that »
- Stuart Cummins
Puss in Boots comes to us during a fall film season with a paucity of releases for children. It's a clever if not brilliant work from Dreamworks Animation and a spinoff/prequel to the title character's entry in the Shrek series. Fortunately, there is no mention of Shrek, and the movie works very well alone without the need for prior knowledge of that world.
Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek frequently work together, and this is their fifth collaboration (after Desperado, Frida, Spy Kids 3-D and Once Upon a Time in Mexico). They are joined by Billy Bob Thornton (Jack), Amy Sedaris (Jill), and Zach Galifianakis (Humpty Dumpty). Galifianakis is either brilliantly cast or terribly wasted. Personally, his characters always seem to grate on my nerves, but he delivers some of the best one-liners in Puss in Boots. As a family film, though, it's a very light, vanilla creme flavor of »
- Mike Saulters
Johnny Depp's rise to fame spans over 25 years in Hollywood, with over 40 films under his name.
From his role in "Edward Scissorhands" to five "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies as Captain Jack Sparrow, "Extra" remembers some of the best quotes from Mr. Depp.
Check it out!
The Mad Hatter: "There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, »
Rourke Will Be The 254th Celebrity To Have Hands &
Footprints In Chinese Cement On Monday, October 31st
(Hollywood, Calif., October 18, 2011)–The most famous place in Hollywood, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (www.chinesetheatres.com), is set to honor its 254th celebrity, Oscar(R)-nominee Mickey Rourke, with his own hand and footprints ceremony on Monday, October 31 at 11:00 Am. The masters of ceremony and guest speaker will be announced.
Up next, Rourke can be seen in the visually-stunning 3D epic adventure Immortals, starring Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, and John Hurt. Directed by Tarsem Singh, written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides and produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton and Relativity’s CEO RyanKavanaugh, Immortals tells the story of the ruthless King Hyperion (Rourke), who leads his bloodthirsty army on a murderous rampage across Greece to find a deadly weapon that will destroy humanity. »
- Michelle McCue
Just a week ago Tiff's Midnight Madness played host to the world premiere of Doug Aarniokoski's The Day, a new indie action thriller described as an "apocalyptic siege warfare film." Aarniokoski, a Robert Rodriguez protege, best know for his second unit director work on Takers, Resident Evil: Extinction and even Once Upon a Time in Mexico, is behind the camera for the flick featuring an all-star cast including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Frozen, Mother's Day, The Ruins), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Cory Hardrict (Gran Torino, Battle: Los Angeles), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, "Lost") and Shannyn Sossamon (Catacombs, One Missed Call)! "In a post-apocalyptic future, an open war against humanity rages. Five survivors wander along rural back-roads, lost, starving and on the run. With dwindling food stocks and ammunition, an attempt at seeking shelter turns into a battleground where they must fight or die." »
In 1991 two films changed the landscape of indie cinema by making the frugality of the budget a selling point. Where are the microbudget film directors now?
Hollywood has always operated on the principle that more is more: each time the most expensive film ever made arrives in cinemas, budgetary extravagance becomes a major selling point. But 20 years ago, the Us independent sector stumbled upon its own marketing equivalent: the microbudget. Suddenly it became apparent that a film's financial shortcomings could be exploited to its advantage.
In 1991, two films changed the landscape of indie cinema and the way in which it was sold. Richard Linklater's Slacker, which drops in on around 100 misfits and eccentrics during 24 hours in Austin, Texas, and Matty Rich's Straight Out of Brooklyn, a tale of young no-hopers in New York's housing projects, marked the start of a phenomenon – frugality as a marketing hook
Neither were the »
- Ryan Gilbey
With the recent news that The Departed screenwriter William Monahan has been brought in to help with the script for Sin City 2, it seems only appropriate that Sin City should top last week's poll of Robert Rodriguez films. The comic book adaptation won by a fairly large margin with From Dusk Till Dawn and Desperado being the only other films to come within reach. Planet Terror and El Mariachi rounded out the top 5. I was surprised to see Machete get so few votes, and while it's true that Rodriguez only co-directed the film, technically he only co-directed Sin City as well. What do you think... do you agree with these results? 1. Sin City -- 39.3% 2. From Dusk Till Dawn -- 24.6% 3. Desperado -- 16.4% 4. Planet Terror -- 5.5% 5. El Mariachi -- 4.4% 6. Once Upon a Time in Mexico -- 4% 7. The Faculty -- 2.3% 8. Machete -- 1.9% 9. Spy Kids -- 0.8% 9. Four Rooms -- 0.8%
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With Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens opening in UK cinemas next week, we felt it it could be an enlightening exercise to investigate the western, and to discern how it has changed over the years. The western is one of the longest surviving genres in Hollywood, but until a relatively recent return to form, it seemed to have been fading away into the annuls of time. However, the utilisation of sheer will and determination, a virtue that many of its iconic protagonists also possessed, meant that no one could keep the good ol’ genre down.
Basic signs and conventions of the western were discernible from one of the first narrative films ever to be made, The Great Train Robbery (1903). Many generic tropes and tendencies adopted by the genre and its masters have been modified over the years, yet we still know, almost immediately, when a film or television series can be labelled as a western, »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
The ‘Zorro’ star will be slashing his way to a Feliz Cumpleaños!
Antonio Banderas has been a prominent movie star for quite some time — appearing in such critically acclaimed films as Shrek, the Spy Kids series, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, and The Legend of Zorro. He will also be starring in the upcoming Shrek spinoff film, Puss In Boots. Get all the details at Astrology.com!
Happy birthday, Antonio Banderas! Since you and your wife Melanie Griffith are both Leos, you two may have to wrestle over who enjoys the spotlight most. Luckily, your Aries Moon likes a good challenge! The risky world of film may not rev your Leonine ambition as much as businesses in which you have a direct stake, such as your winery in Spain. And with Pluto approaching the CEO of the skies, Saturn, you’re no coward when it comes to steering your company toward profitability. »
It was announced yesterday that Tiff's Midnight Madness will play host to the world premiere of Doug Aarniokoski's The Day, a new indie action thriller described as an "apocalyptic siege warfare film." Aarniokoski, a Robert Rodriguez protege, best know for his second unit director work on Takers, Resident Evil: Extinction and even Once Upon a Time in Mexico, is behind the camera for the flick featuring an all-star cast including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Frozen, Mother's Day, The Ruins), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Cory Hardrict (Gran Torino, Battle: Los Angeles), Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, "Lost") and Shannyn Sossamon (Catacombs, One Missed Call)! "In a post-apocalyptic future, an open war against humanity rages. Five survivors wander along rural back-roads, lost, starving and on the run. With dwindling food stocks and ammunition, an attempt at seeking shelter turns into a battleground where they must fight or die." »
This week's episode is positively Shakespearean.
Just like in all those Shakespeare comedies, everybody winds up wandering around the woods, acting all confused and silly and lusty, before several of them couple off. Sure Shakespeare typically ends with everybody married off, while this ends with certain couples getting off, but it basically amounts to the same thing.
All that's missing is a snarky fairy to observe all the action and declare, "What fools these mortals (and vampires) be." Wait, what am I saying? There is a snarky fairy around who is totally prepared to make just those sorts of observations … me.
Wtf these storylines be …
Eric and Sookie bring their groping session into the house, tearing off each other's clothes as he lays her on the couch and proceeds to take the Downtown Express: destination Crotchland. Amnesiac Eric has clearly forgotten that the only thing the old Eric »
- Steven Frank
After having suffered through all the horrors of Hot Shot (I'm still not recovered from that, Btw), this week's episode was so much fun that I thought I must be dreaming.
Certainly some of our favorite characters were dreaming, and pretty steamy dreams too …
Eric Finds God(Ric)
Sookie is lying in bed, fast asleep, in that carefully-posed, neck-exposed, heaving-breast sort of way that only women about to be bitten by vampires in movies do.
Eric stands in the doorway watching her. Suddenly he's fang-blocked from behind, as a hand reaches over his shoulder. It's Godric! Mmmm, dreamy, emo-y, Godric.
Godric strokes Eric provocatively. But then Sookie has to go and ruin everything, as Godric decides to go stroke her leg instead. Booo!
Eric rushes over and tells him to lay off – he called dibs on the fairy. Godric responds (in subtitles) that they can drink together and walk in the sun. »
- Steven Frank
Yesterday we brought you the first word about the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse (oh, how we love writing shit like that), and today we have the final details for you along with three bits of artwork. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Carlos Gallardo, producer of the acclaimed El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico trilogy, and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the owner of Heavy Metal Publishing, are proud to announce their involvement as executive producers on Zombie Apocalypse [working title], a forthcoming movie to be directed by hot new writer/director discovery, Chee Keong Cheung.
Zombie Apocalypse is a unique combination of the action, zombie horror and war genres with the added element of mixed martial arts and will be produced by UK based Intense Productions. The first ever Zombie film to feature mixed martial arts, based on an original screenplay written by Chee Keong Cheung, »
- Uncle Creepy
Carlos Gallardo, producer of the acclaimed El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico trilogy, and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the owner of Heavy Metal Publishing, have announce their involvement as executive producers on Zombie Apocalypse (working title), a forthcoming movie to be directed by hot new writer/director discovery, Chee Keong Cheung from a script co-written by Mark Strange and Steve Horvath.
Based on an original screenplay written by Chee Keong Cheung, and lined up as the first in a new trilogy, Zombie Apocalypse is the first ever zombie film to feature mixed martial arts, and is set to be a unique combination of action, zombie horror and war genres.
In Zombie Apocalypse, when zombies start to take control of the world they turn into malevolent versions of their former selves with any previous physical combat skills enhanced to almost superhuman level, »
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