April 19, 2014

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“MACHETE KILLS” – Deadly New Poster – Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga

Prepare for the epic return of Danny Trejo as the ultimate badass in Robert Rodriguez’s highly anticipated MACHETE KILLS. Recruited by the government for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man, Machete must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
Get a load of Sofia Vergara as the deadly Desdemona in the latest MACHETE KILLS poster

With an all-star cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mel Gibson, and Danny Trejo as the legendary Machete, MACHETE KILLS will be in theaters everywhere September 13th.
Get a load of Sofia Vergara as the deadly Desdemona in the latest MACHETE KILLS poster
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Charlie Sheen to play The President in movie

HollywoodNews.com: Charlie Sheen’s career has seen a little bit of a revival after his sort of meltdown, and now he will be taking on a new film role.
Sheen has reportedly been cast as The President in a sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse film ‘Machete,’ states Hollyscoop. Rodriguez revealed the news over Twitter.
“I just cast Charlie Sheen #machetekills as the President of the United States! Who better? More soon…,” the director commented.
Considering Rodriguez previously had Lindsay Lohan playing a nun, this all seems pretty fitting.
Will you check this out?
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“The Last Airbender” dominates Razzies

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: “The Last Airbender” took home five Golden Raspberry Awards at tonight’s ceremony in Los Angeles, the highest count for any single film. The “wins” were unexpected, as the clear leader for 2010 Razzie nominations was “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”.
From Worst Picture, to Worst Director (M. Night Shyamalan), to Worst Supporting Actor (Jackson Rathbone), to Worst Screenplay, “The Last Airbender” took home the gold. It even won in a new category this year: Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3-D.
Golden Raspberry Awards were given in only ten categories, making “The Last Airbender’s” five wins significant. Three of the remaining five went to “Sex and The City 2″ for Worst Actress, Worst Screen Ensemble, and Worst Sequel. Final honors went to Ashton Kutcher for Worst Actor (“Killers” and “Valentine’s Day”) and to Jessica Alba for Worst Supporting Actress (“The Killer Inside Me” and “Machete”).
None of the winners was present to claim their awards this year.
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This Week In Movies – ‘Resident Evil,’ ‘The Romantics,’ ‘Heartbreaker’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: It was a week in movies where all the action was in other countries with the Venice Film Festival wrapping up in Italy and the Toronto International Film Festival just getting under way in Canada.
So with the field all to itself in this country and not shown in advance to critics, a wise move considering its current dismal 14% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the week’s one lone wide release “Resident Evil: Afterlife” shows there is some life after all in Screen Gems’ durable but dopey franchise mixing Zombies and Jovavich (as in Milla). Earning an estimated $27.7 million for the SLOW three day back-to-school post-summer weekend, ‘Afterlife’ scored the series’ best opening numbers ever, well over the last two entries “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” and “Resident Evil: Extinction” which both opened to about $23 mill(a)ion each without the benefit of 3D’s hiked prices that this one had. For those who care the original that started this whole thing opened to about $17 million in 2002 dollars. It’s hard to recall another weekend this year that one studio had all to themselves but Sony’s Screen Gems not only had the number one film, it also took the number two slot with its third weekend of the Matt Dillon heist movie, “Takers” which, considering it is also completely forgettable tripe, has racked up a pretty decent $48 million so far. George Clooney’s “The American” was expected to experience a huge drop in this its second weekend but fell only an average 55%, not good but not disastrous considering its D minus Cinemascore last week that might have indicated treacherous word-of-mouth ahead. Actually it was the better-scored “Machete” a spinoff from the Grindhouse flop that fell the most of any flick this week, a whopping 63% which should finally convince director Robert Rodriguez to step off the Grindhouse beat once and for all.

Now despite the fact that there was only one new nationwide release this weekend there were PLENTY of other movies hitting the marketplace. You just had to live in the right town, namely LA or NY. According to Boxoffice Magazine’s Sara Schieron who diligently tracks down new releases like it was a cult religion, there were a possible record 30 films opening somewhere in the U.S. this weekend. Wow. It would appear that in this purgatory period between summer and fall tiny distributors were looking to [...]

‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ comes in an obvious first-place finish

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: I honestly can’t figure out for the life of me why there was only one new release this weekend, especially when there are four wide releases next weekend. But be it fear of opening a film on the weekend of September 11th, concerns about getting your press stolen by the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals, or sheer stupidity on the part of the studios, “Resident Evil: Afterlife” was left with a wide-open field this weekend, and it took advantage of it accordingly. The fourth “Resident Evil” picture, this time shot in 3D (not converted), took in $27.7 million for an obvious first-place finish.
The series, based on a horror video game franchise, has been one of the more consistent genre franchises over the last decade. The first film opened in March 2002 to $17 million, and it eventually grossed $40 million domestic and $102 million worldwide on a $33 million budget. “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” set the release template two years later, opening in early September 2004 to $23 million and grossing $51 million domestic and $129 million worldwide on a $45 million budget. “Resident Evil: Extinction” pulled the same trick in 2007, opening to $23 million and grossing $50 million domestic and $147 million worldwide on a $45 million budget. So now, three years almost to the day, we have the $60 million-costing “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” which comes with the added gimmick of being shot in 3D film. The marketing was pinpoint precise, with Sony sticking to theatrical trailers, the occasional poster, and targeted TV spots, since this series has a built-in fanbase that doesn’t seem to be expanding.
Heck, take away the 3D ticket-price upcharge, and this $27.7 million opening is similar to the $23 million openings of the last two sequels. Adjusted for inflation, the sequel openings would be about $28 million apiece, with the original opening to just-under $25 million. The three prior films had weekend-to-final gross multipliers of about 2.2x. So “Resident Evil Afterlife” should finish with about $60 million. Given how consistent the domestic fanbase is, Sony has to be hoping that the international audience that these films have experienced continues to expand. Otherwise, Sony just spent an additional $15 million to gross an additional $10 million in domestic box office (and a depressed DVD market won’t be as bountiful as it was for the prior three pictures). Still, any franchise that makes it [...]

This Week In Movies – ‘The American,’ ‘Machete,’ ‘Going the Distance’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Does this week in movies symbolize the industry’s fond farewell to its megabuck summer blockbuster season or the first blast of the more prestigious and thoughtful Fall movies? Seems it was a little of both with George Clooney’s euro-centric , deliberately paced “thriller”, The American taking the top spot at the Box Office and repping the kind of movie Hollywood is more likely to turn out in the Fall, and Warner Bros. dumping New Line’s rather raunchy Drew Barrymore/Justin Long chick flick, Going The Distance into the Labor Day slot trying to eek out whatever juice is left for mindless fare in the dying season. In the middle of it all was Robert Rodriguez’s lively but violent ode to his previous work on the Grindhouse flop, Machete which with its concurrent presence at the Venice Film Festival is a classic in-betweener. On the surface it’s surefire, young male-skewing summer stuff but look below and you see a genre sendup with a cool cast (any film with both Robert DeNiro AND Lindsay Lohan can’t be all bad) and hip indie credentials wanting to have its box office cake and critical acclaim too.

Interestingly the hardest of all these movies to see pre-opening for critics was the Clooney flick. The American from director Anton Corbijn whose previous film Control was a critics darling. Focus in a somewhat unusual strategy only had one screening in LA at the Harmony Gold room in Hollywood for reviewers and that was basically just a day and a half before the Wednesday Sept 1 release. The late review date created some pre-buzz among certain bloggers that this might be a problematic picture but it’s subsequent 61% Rotten Tomatoes rating and decent reviews including Roger Ebert’s four star rave that said, “it is so rare to see a film this carefully crafted”, makes the distributor’s decision curious. Or does it? Focus is in the business of making money and my guess is they weren’t consciously trying to hide a movie they thought was bad (they weren’t and it isn’t), but one they wanted to sell as a pure action thriller. Knowing the reviews were all going to contain the phrase “slow paced European style” was not in the marketing plan. Of course when you bring the wrong crowd into the tent the word of mouth can be lethal and that’s predictably [...]

Michelle Rodriguez: In ‘Machete’ there is ‘hope’

HollywoodNews.com: What did Robert Rodriguez’s rock ‘em, sock ‘em actioner “Machete” symbolize to Michelle Rodriguez? In a word: Hope.
The actress, who stars in the film as an underground Che-like figure, went so far to put the R-Rated film which deals with Mexican immigration issues on a pedestal with President Barack Obama’s election.
The Los Angeles Times and New York Post were tracking the news.
At first Michelle was concerned that “Machete” would only exhibit Mexican stereotypes.
“I was nervous about doing a movie about Latinos. I’ve usually stayed away from it,” said Michelle.
“But after I read the script, I realized this is about a symbol of hope. It was kind of the way we felt about Obama when he was first elected.”
Michelle Rodriguez is an American-born actress of Puerto Rican-Dominican descent.
“Machete” won the top spot at the box office on Friday drawing in $3.9 million. While many are acquainted with the film’s origins as a trailer in the “Grindhouse” double-feature, director Robert Rodriguez actually conceived the idea for the character while watching actor Danny Trejo on the set of “Desperado.”
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Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” is an over-the-top piece of Mexican myth-making

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It is easy to dismiss the angry political threads running through Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete.” While it’s easy to simply say that ‘it’s just a comedic throwback to the exploitation films of the 1970s’, one must remember that those films did indeed tackle the political and social issues of the day. Whether by coincidence or design, the film ends up being an uncommonly timely glance at one of the major political hot-button topics of the day. Because it is a violent action picture, it resolves its specific issues with confrontation and carnage, and it eventually becomes a form of wish-fulfillment fantasy. But in an age where we constantly complain of empty-headed mainstream entertainment, it is a disservice to both the film and to our own desire for relevant mainstream film-making to ignore the fiery conscience at the heart of this over-the-top piece of Mexican myth-making.
A token amount of plot: ‘Machete’ (Danny Trejo) was once a dedicated federale, enforcing Mexican law when no one else would. However, he was betrayed by his own people, resulting in the slaughter of his family by drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal). Three years later, Machete finds himself in Texas and is almost immediately recruited by one Mr. Booth (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate stridently anti-immigration Senator McLaughlin (Robert DeNiro). However, the job is a set-up and Machete soon finds himself on the run. As he sets forth to find out why he was set up and how the plot may tie into his past, he is assisted by Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), a taco stand operator who is secretly the head of an ‘underground railroad’-type operation for illegals crossing into America. And his exploits attract the attention of a sympathetic immigration officer (Jessica Alba), and the head of a vigilante border-watch group (Don Johnson), who has explicit ties to the senator.
As you can see, this is a pretty huge cast (I even left off a few), and most of them adapt themselves well to the straight-faced satire. Danny Trejo of course dominates as a man of few words but many creative ways to kill you. De Niro simply plays it straight, never winking at or apologizing for the hateful rhetoric and coming up with one of his better dramatic performances in quite a while. Michelle Rodriguez relishes the chance to play a more fleshed-out variation on her ‘tough chick’ persona, while Jeff Fahey merely relishes [...]

Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Machete,’ ‘American’ vs. Drew Barrymore

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This is it. The end of the summer box office season and three releases aimed at three different demos are set to split their cash evenly at $15 million apiece per media pundits.
Leading the fray is Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis’ high-octane actioner “Machete” starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan. The Fox film is tracking well among Latinos and men and is receiving a wonderful 70% approval from Tomatometer critics. “Machete,” which was featured in a faux trailer in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez horror-thriller hybrid “Grindhouse” follows an ex Mexican cop, transplanted in the U.S., who slashes away at his enemies in an effort to clear his name after being framed for the assassination of a politician. The story is set against the backdrop of the tense U.S.-Mexico border debate.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone exclaims “This unholy mess replaces the artful ambition of (George Clooney’s) ‘The American’ with torture, blood spray, kinky sex, twisted fun and a bizarro critique of U.S. policy on illegal immigration.”
Hollywood News critic Anthony D’Alessandro also loved “Machete” heralding it as “the best action film of the summer, sniping ‘Salt’ in its twists and kicking Adam McKay’s ‘The Other Guys’ in the cajones with its comedy.”

Getting a leg up on the competition, Focus Features released George Clooney’s $20 million Italian-western “The American” on Wednesday. “American” follows a hitman on the lam from Swedish killers in a Abruzzo, Italy medieval town. “American” has already cashed in $1.67 million in its first day. Pic is directed by Danish helmer Anton Corbijn. Critics are also giving “American” a thumbs up with a 60% fresh score per Rotten Tomatoes. Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News says that “American” is “a movie as coiled as a snake and as still as a sleepy villa, is the rare grownup thriller that knows the link between peace and danger and the tension that comes from both.”
Hollywood News’ D’Alessandro also adored Clooney in the film saying that the actor “captures the complexity of his feelings throughout each crevice of his face” and “executes his less is more style with sublime grace.” Older adults are the shoe-in crowd for “American.”
Last, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long will give moviegoers another shot at romantic comedy after audiences deep-sixed Jennifer Aniston’s “The Switch” two weeks ago. Priced at $32 million, “Going [...]

Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba zest ‘Machete’ action politics

By Anthony D’Alessandro
HollywoodNews.com: FILM REVIEW — If there was a classroom full of action directors, such as Michael Bay, Gore Verbinski and McG, Robert Rodriguez would be that rascal who would take them hostage, rap their knuckles with a ruler and stick their noses in a corner.
What would Rodriguez inculcate? How to make an efficient, hyper-kinetic edited, voluptuous action film, employing the most zealous dramatic ensemble.
To fault Rodriguez for his campy, snuff-inspired shoot-em ups would be like shortchanging John Woo’s talents for executing chopsocky ballet or Martin Scorsese’s overindulgence in Italian-Catholic symbolism.
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Much like those guys whose cinema is beholden to their heritage, Rodriguez’s actioners, like a rich Sopaipilla drowned in honey, are drenched in sexy melodrama, exploitative action and South of the Border mythos.
So comes his Mexican Rambo film “Machete,” which he co-directed with his rhythmic editor Ethan Maniquis from “Grindhouse.” And while “Machete” is arguably the best action film of the summer, sniping “Salt” in its twists and kicking Adam McKay’s “The Other Guys” in the cajones with its comedy, the film wears its pro-Mexican Immigration message heavily on its sleeve — a bold agenda that is apt to divide action aficionados at the box office: Red state testosterones are apt to walk out while blue state arthouse crowds will savor the ride.
While the knife-wielding ex-Mexican Federale “Machete” is more or less a cinematic cousin to Rodriguez’s “Mariachi” and “Desperado” protag assassins (in fact Rodriguez originally conceived the character during the shoot of the latter film, not the “Grindhouse” faux trailer), it’s the film’s overt political soap box which makes “Machete” a more intelligible ride than its steel barrel predecessors. Sylvester Stallone’s pro-America speech at the end of “Rambo” seems mousy next to the social message which Rodriguez and Maniquis drum about U.S.-Mexico border corruption. The duo play out the drama effectively down to the final moment when Machete (the fierce, somber Danny Trejo) is pulled over by Jessica Alba’s ICE agent Sartana: Instead of handing her his papers, Sartana gives Machete a set of his own.
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After watching his wife get beheaded by the drug lord Torrez (a hammy Steven Seagal) in an ambush sting, master of knives Machete retreats to Austin, Texas where he gets by as a day laborer. He is befriended [...]

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