April 19, 2014

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Steven Seagal sworn in as sheriff’s deputy

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: It’s not for a movie role—Steven Seagal has been sworn in as a real life Sheriff’s Deputy. Hudson County Sheriff Arvin West deputized Seagal this week after the actor contacted him with interest in patrolling the U.S./Mexico border. Seagal will reportedly be working full time to help secure the perimeter.
“It became very clear to me that Mr. Seagal is not in this for the celebrity or the publicity,” Sheriff Arvin West said. “He’s like the rest of us that live down here; he has a sincere passion for his country and he wants to do more to help.”
Other staffers also supported Seagal, saying “He got really a taste of what we go through down here. We ran about 50 miles of the border and Deputy Seagal got a chance to meet the community and where he’s going to be working.” The statement was made by department spokesman Gary Fleming.
Though the Seagal camp was not available for direct comment, it is interesting to note that this development comes on the tail end of a similar project designed for TV. Specifically, Seagal currently stars in an A&E Network reality show following his experiences as a reserve deputy in New Orleans.
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2010 Summer movies brought box office surprises

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The biggest surprise of summer 2010 is how few surprises there really were. Most of the expected smash hits were smash hits, the expected under-performers underperformed, and the bigger films without studio support tanked. The more mainstream art-house cinema made money, while more challenging studio fare struggled. It surely wasn’t the best summer in recent years (that would probably be 2002 or 2008), but it wasn’t the worst either (2001 gets my vote). It was a summer just like any other summer, so let’s dive right in. You might want to take a bathroom break first…
If you asked pundits on the street in late April what the four biggest films of summer would be, they probably would have told you some combination of Toy Story 3 ($409 million domestic/$1.031 billion worldwide), Iron Man 2 ($312m/$621m), Twilight Saga Eclipse ($299m/$671m), and Inception ($278 million/697m). And sure enough, I just rattled off the four biggest movies of the summer. If you asked any intelligent pundit what would-be blockbusters weren’t quite going to catch fire, they probably would have told you Robin Hood ($105 million domestic/$310 million worldwide), Prince of Persia ($90m/$329m), Sex and the City 2 ($95m/$290m), The A-Team ($67m/$157m), and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice ($61m/$176m). None of these films flopped, but all of them cost a way too much ($200 million, $200m, $100m, $110m, and $150m respectively), and they all required overseas dollars to prevent complete disaster.
There were exactly two real surprise smash hits this summer, The Karate Kid and Despicable Me. And you want to know what the common link between them was? They were surprisingly good movies! As far as surprise flops, I honestly expected Macgruber and Jonah Hex to make more noise than they did, but I couldn’t have predicted that their respective studios would so obviously abandoned them in the week or so leading up to their release. We can whine all we want about Tom Cruise’s fading starpower, but he remains a pretty consistent draw, so it was a surprise to see Knight and Day top off at $75 million in domestic box office, although it has racked up $222 million worldwide (I still say opening the film on a Wednesday was the fatal blow, as the film was already tagged as a flop by the time the weekend rolled around). Julia Roberts opened Eat Pray Love to $23 million (proving she is still [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

This Week In Movies – ‘The Switch,’ ‘Piranha 3D,’ ‘Vampires Suck’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: The late August clearance sale began for studios this weekend when no less than five wide releases opened, some of rather dubious critical distinction, but not one of them could dislodge last week’s barn -burner winner, “The Expendables” for the top spot at the box office. It’s an unusual situation to be sure when a Sylvester Stallone action film that also features plum parts for the past-their-prime likes of Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li can grab the brass ring not just one, but two weeks in a row. Thanks to the smart distribution strategy of Lionsgate, following a pattern set by the similarly themed “Inglourious Basterds” last August, “Expendables” became a prime example of a movie filling the right “slot” in a release schedule rather than the other way around. Now it seems like studios stake a claim to a date that has worked for a certain type of film and then tailor their product to fit it. David Spitz, Executive VP of Distribution for Lionsgate says they saw an opening for “Expendables” and agressively planted their flag there seeing only the female oriented “Eat Pray Love” (which declined only 45% this weekend to 3rd place grossing an okay $43 million so far) as major competition. Spitz says he wasn’t worried about that film.

“We saw there was an opening where ‘Expendables’ could play very well and went after it. ‘Eat Pray Love’ was just alternative programming but when ‘Scott Pilgrim’ suddenly came on to our date we were a little concerned but we stuck to our guns (literally),” Spitz told me. Turns out he didn’t have to worry about the Michael Cera comedy, ‘Pilgrim’ at all which plummeted 53% from its already anemic $10 million opening last weekend to total just $20 million after 10 days. At a cost of $15 million this film could eek out a profit, but the problem is the ACTUAL production cost was more like a whopping $85 million. Ouch. On the contrary the more cost conscious “Expendables” expanded on its $35 million dollar opening last week to gross another $16 million this weekend for a sweet $65 million total so far. Sly is back pushing big explosions and nostalgia for 70’s and 80’s action stars to a certain $100 million- plus boxoffice in the weeks ahead.

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Eli Roth confirms “Thanksgiving” script as “Machete” nears

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Robert Rodriguez did it. Will Eli Roth be next?
We’re talking about building a feature film off of the fake trailers included in Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s double-feature throwback, “Grindhouse.”
With Danny Trejo in tow, Rodriguez recently constructed the vengeance picture “Machete.” Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro appear alongside Trejo in the film, which opens everywhere on Sept. 3.
Roth also directed a bogus trailer for “Grindhouse,” promoting a horror film that doesn’t exist. It was called “Thanksgiving,” and if Roth has his way, it will be in theaters soon enough.
“Robert’s doing his thing and I’m doing mine, but I am writing ‘Thanksgiving’ with my friend, Jeff Rendell, who I wrote the trailer with,” Roth recently told me when we sat down to discuss “The Last Exorcism,” which Roth produced.
“I only want to make it if I can make it as good as the trailer. If it can’t live up to the trailer, then there’s no point.”
Well said. I haven’t seen “Machete” yet, so I don’t know if there’s enough material in the character to prop up a full feature. And if Roth made a movie that played off his “Thanksgiving” clip, it would be a throwback to such holiday-themed slasher flicks as “April Fool’s Day” and “Silent Night, Deadly Night.” Not high art, but those films tend to pack in dedicated crowds. We’ll see what comes of “Thanksgiving,” but I’ll bet the box office performance of “Machete” plays into Roth’s decision to push forward or hold back and move onto something else.
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Lindsay Lohan provocative poster licking a gun

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The promotional poster for Lindsay Lohan’s new movie showing the troubled star in a nun’s habit licking a gun has been released.
The actress stars in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming film Machete, which is set to be released in September. Lohan reportedly plays an avenging character called The Sister in the action thriller, which also stars Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez and Steven Seagal.
In the film, Lohan is said to go topless while swimming in a waterfall with the actress who plays her mother, The Huffington Post reports.
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Steven Seagal’s sexual harassment case is dismissed

HollywoodNews.com: Remember that $1 million lawsuit brought against Steven Seagal by his former assistant?
Well, it looks like it’s going away.
Seagal’s ex-secretary Kayden Nguyen claimed Seagal forced her to stay in his Louisiana home where he made her his sex toy. According to the New York Daily News, the allegations were prime in stopping production on the reality series “Steven Seagal Lawman.”
No reason was given why the Los Angeles court suspended the case, though Seagal’s attorneys have been attempting to resolve the suit through private talks.
Seagal can next be seen in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” which bows Labor Day weekend.
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Steven Seagal receives more kinky allegations

By Staff
Steven Seagal is facing new sexual allegations per Page Six after his aide Kayden Nguyen previously filed a $1 million suit against the actor for being used as a “sex toy.”
According to an unknown actress who has come forward and acted with Seagal on the 1991 film “Out for Justice,” Seagal would page young thesps to come to his hotel or trailer and undress.
‘Actress X’ told Page Six, “Seagal’s type was young, exotic-looking girls. He asked me and three other actresses to parade through his trailer, then asked me to stay.”
Wardrobe girls on the set were known to lend tacky lingerie and skimpy outfits to Seagal’s ladies of interest, advising them to dress accordingly for Seagal. At the time, Seagal’s former wife, actress Kelly LeBrock (“The Woman in Red”) — who had just given birth to their son — began showing up on the set, suspecting infidelity.
“One night, he called me at home,” says the Page Six source, “He (Seagal) said, ‘Do you want to come to my hotel room?’ I said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable with that.’ He asked if I wanted to perform a sex act on him. I said, ‘I have a boyfriend and you are married.’ Days later I was released — technically, fired.”
Seagal’s lawyer, Marty Singer is calling the claims “ridiculous” on account that the accuser is coming out 20 years after the fact. “It is interesting this person doesn’t give her name to give her claims legitimacy,” Singer told Page Six.

Another sexual harassment claim: Jenny McCarthy says Steven Seagal asked her to strip

Steven Seagal has joined the ranks of Tiger Woods and Jesse James in the headlines for his run ins with women. In a sex trafficking lawsuit that has been brought against him by former employee Kayden Nguyen, other women are now coming forward to put Seagal behind bars. While up to this point it has become unclear if the allegations are true or whether they are false and Nguyen is just looking for money and attention, it seems more credible now that others are stepping forward.
In an old 1998 interview with Jenny McCarthy for a role in “Under Siege 2,” Fox News reports that the video shows McCarthy stating, “I go inside Seagal’s office, and he’s by himself and says, ‘Sit on my couch’. Then he said, ‘Take off your dress.’ I just started crying and said, ‘Rent my Playboy video, you ass—e!’ and ran out to the car.”

Poor McCarthy….It looks like Seagal has some major explaining to do.

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