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Things didn't exactly go too well for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For when it was released in theaters back in August. The movie was largely dumped on by critics (a big contrast compared to the reception of the first movie back in 2005) and then it completely underwhelmed at the box office (another big contrast). And as if that situation wasn't bad enough, now even more is going wrong behind the scenes. Robert Rodriguez and his affiliate companies have filed a lawsuit against the financiers of both Sin City 2 and Machete Kills, claiming that he never received a payment of $7.7 million that was promised to him. The lawsuit has been filed specifically against Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov, Maddartico, Vrelonovama, Aldamisa Entertainment and SC2 Productions, alleging both breach of contract and fraud. Variety notes that part of the claim says that the filmmaker was »
The suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Rodriguez and his affiliate companies against Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov, Maddartico, Vrelonovama, Aldamisa Entertainment and SC2 Productions.
It alleged breach of contract and fraud. The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.
“In order to induce Plaintiffs to enter into agreements with various of the Defendants relating to the Pictures, Defendants, including, specifically, Sergei Bespalov, falsely assured and represented to Plaintiffs that Defendants had more than sufficient financial resources and cash flow – not only from and related to the Pictures, but also from other projects – to honor all of their financial obligations to Plaintiffs.”
Plaintiffs include Fifth Brain Inc. »
- Dave McNary
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and others filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against several companies and individuals who it charges committed a breach of contract and fraud by not paying money owed for the production of the movies Sin City 2 and Machete Kills. Read the complaint here. The suit says that Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov and companies they control, including Aldamisa Entertainment, falsely assured Rodriguez and companies that were making the movies they had the resources and cash to finance the movies and pay for the services of the director, writer and others. See more Highly Paid
- Alex Ben Block
Exclusive: Danny Masterson has joined Pierce Brosnan in the thriller feature Urge as cameras get set to roll this month in New York. Producer Aaron Kaufman (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Chef) is making his directorial debut with the film, about a group of friends on holiday on an island who get caught up in a dangerous new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges. Masterson will play Neal, the cutthroat but secretly lonely hedge fund tycoon who treats his friends to the island getaway. The That ’70s Show alum, who most recently starred on TBS’s comedy series Men At Work, is also producing Urge alongside Skip Williamson (Underworld) and Mark Neveldine (Crank) who are producing through their Blackmrkt Incorporated banner. Bridgeworks Media Capital, Tci and Tresoro Ventures are backing the project, with Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, »
- Jen Yamato
The story follows a young woman named Theresa (Ashley Greene) who embarks on an island retreat with a group of friends, where they discover a new designer drug that appears to be perfect. They come to realize that the drug has one major side effect, causing users to lose control of their inhibitions and urges. Pierce Brosnan is playing the man who created the drug.
Aaron Kaufman, who has produced recent movies such as Machete Kills, Chef and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, is making his directorial debut. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about Ashley Greene joining the cast.
"Ashley Greene brings the gravitas and intensity that the role of Theresa demands. I am very excited to collaborate with her."
Pierce Brosnan is back! He never strictly went away, but it still feels like it’s been an age since we’ve seen him onscreen. On the heels of his recent thriller, The November Man, he’ll return to ethically-questionable material as he’s set to play a drug creator in Urge.
Taking place in the middle of nowhere, Urge follows a group of friends on vacation who decide that quad biking, bungee jumping and sex with strangers doesn’t constitute fun. They decide to take a new drug, created by Brosnan’s character, that alters a person’s way of thinking. Yes, most drugs do that. This one removes people’s ability to control their urges. »
- Gem Seddon
A new trailer has arrived online for Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming comic book adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service, which includes a new track from Iggy Azalea featuring Ellie Goulding; check it out after the official synopsis…
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is set for release on February 13th 2015, with a cast that includes Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Taron Egerton (The Smoke), Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises), Mark Strong (Kick-Ass), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Sofia Boutella (StreetDance 2), Lady Gaga (Machete Kills) and Mark Hamill »
- Gary Collinson
Sometime after making the highly entertaining, ass-kicking spy spoof Mandrill, martial artist and budding action star Marko Zaror wasn’t sure what to do with his time. He had begun considering going into real fighting — Mma style bouts that could help pay the bills. Then Robert Rodriguez called and asked him to make a memorable appearance in the otherwise unmemorable Machete Kills . It was back to acting and in the end, back to Austin where Kills debuted at Fantastic Fest 2013. It was in this moment, Zaror explains, that he decided that he wanted to come back with another movie. It was later that night, in Austin, over drinks with the two ladies in his life — his girlfriend and his mom — that Redeemer was born. Now here he is, back in Austin. Still kicking ass on the big screen. Cut to a shot of Zaror from behind, sitting on a bed. We »
- Neil Miller
In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
'Machete Kills' and 'Varsity Blood' actress and all round hottie Elle Lamont (below) stars in Syfy's original upcoming supernatural thriller 'Dead Still'. The network has unveiled the new trailer ahead of its scheduled premiere on the channel on 6 October. The movie from 'The Exorcist File' writer/director Philip Adrian Booth will play as part of SyFy's '31 Days of Halloween' event. 'Dead Still' stars Lamont as well as Gavin Casalegno, Ben Browder, Steffie Grote, Toby Nichols, Carrie Lazar, Han Soto, Lawrence Turner and Braden Paes. Check out the trailer below. »
Airing as part of Syfy's seventh annual "31 Days of Halloween" is The Booth Brothers' Dead Still, and following up on the first look at the production we gave you a few weeks ago, the flick's trailer has arrived!
Syfy presents, in association with Plus Entertainment, Hollywood Media Bridge, Twintalk Entertainment, and Spooked Productions, A Booth Brothers Film, Dead Still, airing on Monday, October 6th. The film was shot on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Christopher Saint Booth and Philip Adrian Booth are identical twins who make up the dynamic filmmaking duo of The Booth Brothers. Their previous films include Death Tunnel, The Exorcist File, The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, and Children of the Grave.
Dead Still stars Ben Browder ("Farscape," "Stargate SG1"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Jeepers Creepers), Gavin Casalegno (Noah, When the Game Stands Tall), and Elle Lamont ("From Dusk Till Dawn," Machete Kills).
Upon the death of his great grandfather, »
- Debi Moore
Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014 is quickly approaching, and as always that means a brand new installment of the Eyegore Awards. Uni just released the details, and we have 'em for you right here. Scare it up!
From the Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “Halloween Horror Nights” on Friday, September 19, with the annual “Eyegore Awards,” honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 “Halloween Horror Nights” fans a chance to attend the coveted “Eyegore Awards,” which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.
The 2014 “Eyegore Award” recipients include multiple Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” Galyntine, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Breaking Bad,” Pain & Gain, Django Unchained, Predators, The Chronicles of Narnia, »
- Steve Barton
Cuba Gooding Jr. has a great body, and he's not afraid to show it off! The 46-year-old Oscar winner hit the beach in Malibu this Labor Day weekend shirtless, showing off his fit, chiseled physique (hello, abs!) in red, white and blue swim shorts. Cuba also wore a hat to shield his face from the harmful Uv rays, but he actually exposed one area where the sun doesn't typically shine... Yep, we're talking about Cuba's booty! The Machete Kills star playfully pulled down his swim trunks, revealing some serious tan lines and a decent amount of butt crack. (Usually, crack is whack, but in this case, it appeared to be all in good fun.) It's hard to believe when he has a body like that, but Cuba »
Michael Bay is certainly no stranger to making movies based around shiny vehicles - that was basically the impetus behind all four Transformer titles. And while the director has said that he won't be back for the inevitable Transformers 5, that doesn't mean he's done playing around with flashy cars. Enter Cosmic Motors, a new film based on an adaptation of a concept art book that Bay is now producing and shepherding to the big screen. Cosmic Motors was written by Daniel Simon and first published back in 2007, but is only now on the fast track to become a movie, thanks to a partnership between Michael Bay and Warner Bros. Thought it's not yet clear exactly how the film will function story-wise, Kyle Ward has been brought on to pen the screenplay. His previous credits include the Robert Rodriguez-directed sequel Machete Kills, as well as the upcoming Hitman sequel Agent 47. »
The Machete Kills writer has joined Warner Bros' sci-fi project, reports Variety.
Bay is producing the adaptation of Daniel Simon's 2007 concept art book of the same name, which features designs for classic and futuristic vehicles.
The text alludes to an overarching world, but is not presented as an ongoing narrative.
Ward also wrote the upcoming Hitman movie Agent 47.
Cosmic Motors is yet to sign a director. »
Whether or not Michael Bay ends up directing Transformers 5, high-concept sci-fi vehicles are clearly still a part of his future. He's currently in the process of setting up Cosmic Motors at Warner Bros., a film based on Daniel Simon's book of lavish concept art. Kyle Ward, who wrote Machete Kills and the new Hitman movie Agent 47, has been tasked with creating the screenplay.Ward will also need to come up with a narrative on which to hang it, since Cosmic Motors in book form is more about concept than story. Simon has worked as a car designer for Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as on projects like Tron: Uprising, Captain America: The First Avenger and Oblivion. His book imagines "spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system... from concept to completion" via sketches and 3D modelling.There's already a »
Daniel Simon is one of Hollywood's most popular vehicle designers, having worked on such films as "Oblivion" and "Captain America: The First Avenger." Back in 2007, he gave fans a look at his work by putting together a concept art book featuring his futuristic vehicle designs. Now comes word that Michael Bay has teamed up with Warner Bros to turn this art book into a feature film, called "Cosmic Motors." Kyle Ward (Machete Kills) has has been hired to write the screenplay. The book doesn't have a storyline, which means that Ward will have to come up with something original. Check out some of the images from the book below. Images: (click to enlarge) »
The story is based on a 2007 concept art book by German designer Daniel Simon that features futuristic vehicle designs. The book tells a story about the design and the purpose of his various futuristic vehicles.
Simon was the lead vehicle designer on "Tron: Legacy" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" as well as a concept illustrator on "Oblivion" and "Prometheus". He's also worked on futuristic concepts for companies like Bugatti and Lamborghini.
Bay is on board to produce the project. Ward is currently penning the launch film of Universal's "Arabian Knights" franchise.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The project is based on Daniel Simon's 2007 concept art book of the same name, which features a number of futuristic vehicle designs. Daniel Simon served as the lead vehicle designer on Tron Uprising and Captain America: The First Avenger, while also serving as a concept artist on Oblivion.
The Cosmic Motors book shows readers vehicle designs from a "planet" known as Galaxion. Here's an excerpt from the author's official website regarding the book.
"Come explore the vehicle designs of a far away galaxy called Galaxion where futuristic concepts exist in everyday life. Nine different spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system are shown from concept to completion."
No story details were given for this feature adaptation, which will be produced by Michael Bay. »
Daniel Simon got his first big screen credit for his work as a vehicle designer on Tron: Legacy and ever since, he’s been adding more and more titles to his resume. And it makes sense the guy’s getting more work. Have you seen his book Cosmic Motors? It’s absolutely loaded with incredible vehicle designs that he puts in a fictional realm called Galaxion, a place where futuristic concepts aren’t relegated to artwork, but actually exist. Clearly Michael Bay enjoys doing out-of-this-world things with cars on the big screen, so it should come as no surprise that he’s the one developing the Cosmic Motors movie. Hit the jump to find out who Bay just recruited to pen the screenplay. According to Variety, Bay and Warner Bros. just hired Kyle Ward, the scribe behind Machete Kills and Agent 47, to write the Cosmic Motors screenplay. Ward also »
- Perri Nemiroff
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