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Austin maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is set to launch his small-screen reboot of his cult-favorite film From Dusk Till Dawn, but his TV ambitions don’t stop there. With his new Latino-themed/English-speaking cable network El Rey, the Spy Kids and Desperado writer-director-producer-editor is trying to carve a whole new path for cool TV shows that sheds the usual big network note-giving development process. We interviewed Rodriguez at his Austin-based Troublemaker Studios about his new network and Dusk (which will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival this weekend). Below Rodriguez reveals how the genre-mashup Dusk got made, teases »
- James Hibberd
Fede Alvarez, who impressed fickle Evil Dead fans with his intense and graphic reboot of Sam Rami’s horror classic, is currently shooting the eighth episode of writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s TV reboot of his 1996 cult-favorite film. We can’t reveal much about the episode, except that it involves plenty of bloody mayhem inside a certain Mexican strip club with a very, very long history and that viewers will get to see some of that history firsthand. »
- James Hibberd
Feature James Clayton 21 Feb 2014 - 06:09
Editors are a vital yet oft-overlooked part of filmmaking. James takes a closer look at the work of these mystery craftspeople...
Here's a pretty disturbing proposition for you to mentally chop down into easily digestible chunks - Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac makes its way into cinemas this week. The controversial Danish director's new ensemble movie revolves around the reminiscence of a sex addict named Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who's found in the street by an academic (Stellan Skarsgård). Joe proceeds to tell him her personal story and the film plays out in flashbacks across different time periods, fleshed out by an array of well-known actors who engage themselves in graphic carnal activity.
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Machete Kills, 2013.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Starring Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Carlos Estevez, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Michelle Rodriguez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Demián Bichir, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos, William Sadler, Antonio Banderas, Tom Savini, and Walton Goggins.
Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
While the original Machete trailer was one of the highlights of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 double feature Grindhouse, containing more entertainment value in its two minutes than the entirety of Death Proof, the 2010 feature version failed to live up to the promise of the faux trailer. Personally, I thought it played things a little too straight, if you can say that about a film that has its protagonist abseiling from a »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, Tom Savini | Written by Kyle Ward | Directed by Robert Rodriguez
I’ve always been a fan of Robert Rodriguez whether it was Desperado and its sequel or From Dusk Till Dawn, maybe even the Spy Kids movies or Planet Terror. Machete was a film that was born out of a fake Grindhouse trailer and it got the joke, it set the tone correctly and felt just right, flaws and all. Machete Kills is the continuation of the idea and for the most part should work, but how long can the joke go on?
- Paul Metcalf
The El Rey Network, which is owned and operated by Robert Rodriguez, is set to debut its first original hour-long drama with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on March 11. The channel, which is available now from most cable providers, is also setting out to establish a weekly tradition with Grindhouse Fridays starting February 28. And in that tradition comes a set of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series vintage Lobby Cards, featuring a new look at the cast. Stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz resurrect the bank-robbing Gecko brothers, alongside Madison Davenport as Kate Fuller and Eiza González as Santanico Pandemonium. We also get our first look at Jesse Garcia as Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, Robert Patrick as Jacob Fuller and Brandon Soo Hoo as Scott Fuller. Don Johnson rounds out the cast as Ranger Earl McGraw, a now iconic character in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez universe.
The El Rey Network, which is owned and operated by Robert Rodriguez, is set to debut its first original hour-long drama with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on March 11. The channel, which is available now from most cable providers, is also setting out to establish a weekly tradition with Grindhouse Fridays starting February 28. And in that tradition comes a set of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series vintage Lobby Cards, featuring a new look at the cast. Stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz resurrect the bank-robbing Gecko brothers, alongside Madison Davenport as Kate Fuller and Eiza González as Santanico Pandemonium. You may notice that two Lobby Cards are missing from this set of 11. We're not sure if this is a Grindhouse type in-joke, as most Grindhouse theaters never kept a full set of Lobby Cards as they were damaged or thrown in the trash after being well used, »
I'm mighty curious about Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network, which he has described as basically a curated network driven by the sensibility of the "El Mariachi" and "Spy Kids" creator. Starting on Friday (February 14), El Rey Network will be doing the 24-hour programming thing, driven by cable rights to shows like "Starsky & Hutch," "Dark Angel" and "The X Files." Then on February 28, El Rey will begin Grindhouse Fridays. El Rey gets really serious, though, on Tuesday, March 11 with the premiere of "From Dusk Till Dawn," an expansion of the universe created for the vampire film. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Director: Robert Rodriguez,
Starring: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexa Vega, Tom Savini, William Sadler, Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas,
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Machete came to life as a fake trailer during the Tarantino/Rodriguez double bill Grindhouse, which was unfortunately split for us UK viewers. Although it may have started as a fake trailer, it soon became a reality and was such a blast that a sequel just had to be made. Machete Kills actually begins with yet another fake trailer, funnily enough for the third film in the trilogy Machete Kills Again…In Space which is currently in development. Although the original was a vicious and absurd grindhouse flick, there was nothing to suggest a science fiction twist, so part of the enjoyment is seeing how this second instalment makes its way in that direction. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Edgar Wright’s spot-on haunted house parody Don’t, the best of the half-dozen trailer spoofs showcased in the feature-length version of Grindhouse, boasts more jokes and scares across its 87-second running time than A Fantastic Fear of Everything musters over more than an hour and a half. And yet, for those familiar with this distinctly British style of horror-comedy, such an unfavorable comparison is difficult to ignore: The influence of Wright seems to loom over every aspect of the picture, from its often precarious tonal oscillations to the presence of its leading man, Simon Pegg, whose lauded turns in Wright’s Cornetto trilogy made the otherwise niche TV actor an international star. Like Wright, first-time director Crispian Mi »
Adam Wingard has quickly risen to the forefront of young horror directors with hits like V/H/S, You’re Next, and V/H/S/2. Working in close collaboration with writer Simon Barrett, the two have delivered more visceral, entertaining films with each outing. Their latest, The Guest, was granted the coveted Friday night premiere slot at the Library Theatre in Park City for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. A few days later, Wingard sat down with Fearnet to discuss how this movie came about, the films that formed his love for cinema, and his creative process with Barrett. The Guest stars Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey as a soldier who returns to the family home of a fallen comrade. He becomes close with the family, encouraging the kids to break their patterns and even helping dad with his career. To tell you more than that would spoil the fun... but »
- Brian Tallerico
From the Press Release
Whizbang Films and Storyteller Pictures are proud to announce the Hellions Horror Video Contest! You wanna make a short horror film and have it shown everywhere? Then check out the video hosted by director Bruce McDonald and info below.
The contest is open to everyone, and we’re looking for scary videos up to two minutes long. The theme: Red. Your submission can take any form – a fake trailer, a scene from a horror script you’ve been working on, a short film all of its own – as long as it somehow connects to Red. »
- Uncle Creepy
Outside of hardcore pornographic films, your chances of seeing cinematic smut comes either from the Grind House or the Art House. In fact, the art house wins hands down in the smut department and gets away with many things that could never be shown in a mainstream film or even in a horror film. This is because our moral guardians reason that educated middle class people watch art house films and because of their social status and level of intellect, they are less likely to be corrupted than a mainstream audience. Of course this is very patronising, but art house cinema has been getting away with absolute controversial filth for decades while the censors go snip happy over something as stupid as The Wedding Planner.
Sometimes smut works in an art house film and sometimes it doesn’t. I found that the trend for art house films (particularly French films »
- Clare Simpson
If someone said back in 2007 that the fake trailer in front of Grindhouse would spawn not one but two feature-length films starring craggy-faced Danny Trejo as the titular Machete, they'd be scolded for drinking too much tequila. But that's exactly what happened, and now this week the sequel to 2010's Machete, Machete Kills, comes to home video. In it, Machete's out for blood again, this time tasked with stopping a billionaire terrorist from blowing up the nation's capital. Along the border-crossing way there is (of course) a cadre of boob-armor wearing hookers, hit men and plenty of gore. Possibly most brilliant of all is the movie's casting: Mel Gibson stars as a weapons magnate and Charlie Sheen plays Mr. President--yep, the leader of the free world--who enlists...
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Chances are, you missed Machete Kills when it was in theaters this past fall. It didn't necessarily set the box office ablaze, but maybe that's because it's the type of movie you want to buy and own, so you can watch it over and over again at home. It's certainly packed with unbelievable action sequences and over the top moments that will have your finger permanently stuck on the rewind button. It's the type of B movie that gains quick cult status as it makes its way onto Blu-ray for the first time this week.
Danny Trejo continues the adventures of 2010's Machete, a movie that itself was a spin-off of the Drive-In classic Grindhouse. This time, ex-Federale agent Machete is called upon by the President of the United States to stop a maniacal warlord from starting World War III. And its notable for bringing one of the most eclectic casts of last year together, »
A while back we told you about a lawsuit concerning The Collingswood Story and Paranormal Activity 4. Today we reached out to director Mike Costanza for an update on that situation, but we got a whole lot more. Read on for details.
In terms of the lawsuit Costanza tells us, "This was a matter that was very important to me and I am pleased that the matter has been resolved amicably." That's very cool to hear, but what he dropped on us next was Extremely juicy...
"The fact remains that Collingswood was put on the map by the online horror community," says Costanza. "That's pretty damn cool considering the film had zero distribution at the time. Collingswood then screened at festivals like FrightFest in London, Fearless Tales in San Francisco, and won awards such as Best Indie Film and Best Cast. Then the late, great Mo Claridge of Anchor Bay »
- Uncle Creepy
The infamous knife-wielding Machete is returning in the Blu-ray and DVD release of ‘Machete Kills,’ the sequel to the hit 2010 action crime thriller, ‘Machete.’ New clips from the film, which was also distributed on Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand yesterday, were released in support of the home circulation. The film’s Blu-ray and DVD feature deleted and extended scenes, as well as a ‘Making of Machete Kills’ featurette. Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the following official synopsis for ‘Machete’: Danny Trejo (‘Grindhouse,’ ‘Machete’) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
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Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is available on Blu-ray and DVD now courtesy of Universal Studios.
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; "Anger Management," "Two and a Half Men") to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. »
- Uncle Creepy
Robert Rodriguez is one of those directors that everybody has heard of, but nobody really gets. Most viewers want to firmly decide whether they love or hate Rodriguez. After all, he directed El mariachi, Desperado, and From Dusk Till Dawn. He also worked alongside Frank Miller on Sin City. If you forget the Spy Kids franchise, or chalk it up as his good deed for children, that’s a pretty solid list of credits. All of those movies warrant a second watch.
He’s also become the hipster filmmaker hero, after he released his book “Rebel Without a Crew.” Just about every aspiring filmmaker has read this Rodriguez’s tale of run-n-gun shooting. Spike Lee recommends the book to his students at Nyu.
- Bags Hooper
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