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Robert Rodriguez created TV villain character for Wilmer Valderrama

March 10th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Wilmer Valderrama
Actor Wilmer Valderrama has realised his dream of working with Robert Rodriguez after the director created the villain in the TV adaptation of cult movie From Dusk Till Dawn with the star in mind.

The 34 year old, known for playing lovable, shy Fez in hit sitcom That '70s Show, reveals he blindly signed up to the project because he was such a big fan of Rodriguez - and he was flattered after learning he would be leading the cast as crime lord Carlos, a role created specially for him.

Valderrama tells, "After an initial audition, I got a text from (Rodriguez) that said, 'Hey, I ...

Rose McGowan slams ex-fiance

January 21st, 2014 4:20am EST
Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan has mocked her former fiancé Robert Rodriguez.
The 40-year-old actress - who was in a relationship with the 'Sin City' director for two years until 2009 - claimed the filmmaker's planned remake of 1968 futuristic film 'Barbarella' ground to a halt because he turned his back on a huge budget as he "doesn't know" how to work outside of his home state of Texas.
Asked during a Facebook Q&A how close the remake - in which she would have starred in the title role made famous by Jane Fonda - came to being made, she said: "We had $80 million to shoot it in Germany, but he pulled the pl...

Don Johnson To Star In 'From Dusk Till Dawn' TV Adaptation

November 7th, 2013 8:00pm EST
Don Johnson
Don Johnson has joined the TV adaptation of Robert Rodriguez's cult film "From Dusk Till Dawn." The 1996 film was written by Quentin Tarantino, who starred alongside George Clooney as criminals who end up in a nightclub filled with vampires.

Johnson will play Sheriff Earl McGraw, while D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz will fill the roles originally played by Clooney and Tarantino.

The 10-episode series will air on the El Rey Network,an English-language cable channel set to launch next month.

Rodriguez will serve as executive producer and will also direct the first two installments. He explain...

Rose McGowan happy to be married

October 13th, 2013 3:20pm EDT
Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan says being married is "awesome".
The former 'Charmed' actress tied the knot with her artist beau Davey Detail in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (10.12.13), and shared her joy with fans after their reception.
She tweeted: "Hell to the yeah! I'm a Mrs.! What?!AWESOME! Love to you all!!!!!"
The couple were married in an outdoor ceremony in front of 60 close friends and family members at the Paramour Mansion, a former convent, in the Silver Lake district.
A source previously said the ceremony was "enchanting and magical," and Rose looked stunning in a Monique Lhuil...

Sofia Vergara's movie fears

October 5th, 2013 11:20pm EDT
Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara was "terrified" about starring in 'Machete Kills'.
The actress is best known for her role as Gloria Pritchett in sitcom 'Modern Family', but her latest role sees her star as fiery assassin Desdemona, and she was worried about tackling such a different role.
She said: "Of course I want to do different things but I liked the fact [director] Robert [Rodriguez] shoots fast and when he asked me if I am willing to do all this, I said yes, but I was terrified on the inside.
"That's a role that is not like any other comedy or action character or assassin. I always wanted to work with ...

'Machete Kills' Trailer Brings The Stars And The Action

May 30th, 2013 5:03pm EDT
Machete Kills
Machete is back – on orders from the President of the United States.

In the new trailer for grindhouse flick Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as the former Federal agent Machete. After having a stay of execution from none other than the President of the United States, he’s hired to take on an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who wants to spread chaos across the world.

Amusingly, the President is “newcomer” Carlos Estevez – the first time ever Charlie Sheen has been credited in a film with his real name. And that eccentric billionaire? He’s played by Mel Gibson!

The trailer is just a...

Lindsay Lohan's Character Written Out Of 'Machete Kills'

January 30th, 2013 11:25am EST
Lindsay Lohan's ailing career has been dealt yet another blow as her gun-toting character in Machete has been written out of the film's sequel.

Director Robert Rodriguez gave Lohan a chance to return to the big screen in his violent 2010 film, but the troubled star was cut from the trailer and the end credits after she was convicted of violating the terms of her probation stemming from a 2007 DUI arrest.

The filmmaker has now confirmed that Lohan's 'nun with a gun' character April will not feature in his upcoming follow-up, Machete Kills.

He tells, "No, she's not in it. We tho...

Bruce Willis Returning For 'Sin City' Sequel

January 22nd, 2013 12:07pm EST
Bruce Willis in Sin City
Director Robert Rodriguez has confirmed that Bruce Willis will return for the Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For, as cop Hartigan. 

"Bruce is back, you'll be seeing him," Rodriguez told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was celebrating the 20th anniversary of El Mariachi.

He has also revealed Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a part in a story entitled The Long, Bad Night. He will be a cocky gambler who doesn't have the best night, judging by the title.

Robert revealed to MTV that several portions of the film have been finished, with a dozen actors and actresses already done with ...

What Can We Expect From Lady Gaga's Movie Role?

July 30th, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Lady Gaga Machete Kills
With both Lady Gaga and director Robert Rodriguez announcing on Twitter that Gaga would be making her movie debut in the second installment of the Machete series, Machete Kills, the internet has been abuzz with all kinds of excited talk from Gaga fans. However, it remains to be seen just how big her role is going to be, and whether or not this Rodriguez movie is even going to be a Rodriguez movie.

The issue lies with the fact that filming for the movie is clashing somewhat with filming for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, another movie that Rodriguez is slated to direct. Rodriguez has said ...

Lady Gaga To Make Acting Debut In 'Machete Kills'

July 26th, 2012 11:10pm EDT
Lady Gaga Machete Kills
Director Robert Rodriguez revealed in a post on his Twitter page that Lady Gaga has been cast in his upcoming Machete sequel, Machete Kills.

Mother Monster will make her acting debut in the role of Lady Chameleon, and Rodriguez posted the official production photo along with his announcement Thursday.

"Yes its true," Gaga said via Twitter. "I will be making my debut as an actress ln the amazing MACHETE KILLS BY @RODRIGUEZ IM SO EXCITED!!! AH! Filming was insane."

If the cast is any indication, the film should be just as good -- if not better -- than the first. Danny Trejo returns in the ...

Tim Burton And Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows' Past

May 9th, 2012 8:20pm EDT
Dark Shadows
Are you familiar with the story of Dark Shadows? It was originally a late afternoon supernatural soap opera that ran on the ABC TV network from 1966 to 1971. Some 1,225 episodes were shot during Dark Shadows run and if you were a teenager during that time, you probably rushed home each day after school to catch it.

Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, the 2012 reboot of the cult classic seemed to be a dream job for both Burton and Depp. Tim Burton has publically stated that he was a big fan of the TV series and as a child Deep was obsessed with the show and main character Barna...

Mel Gibson In Talks To Join 'Machete Kills'

April 24th, 2012 8:15am EDT
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is set to star in the sequel to Robert Rodriguez's violent 2010 action film Machete, according to a report.

The Lethal Weapon actor is in advanced talks to play a supporting role in Machete Kills, reports

If Gibson does sign on, he won't be the only big movie star to make a cameo appearance in the action film, which stars Danny Trejo as the tough titular character.

Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan all featured in the first movie.

Exclusive: 'Roadracers' William Sadler Goes Career Interview For Starpulse!

April 23rd, 2012 11:47am EDT
William Sadler
If performance prowess is measured in amount of diverse work created, then actor William Sadler is without question one of the greats. His amazing characters (Bill & Ted’s Grim Reaper anyone?!), memorable movie moments (a little naked martial arts via the opening of "Die Hard 2!") and sheer quantity of notable credits ("The Shawshank Redemption" – need I say more?) has made him one of the most recognizable faces in film and TV for over two decades. Plus having worked with the likes of Renny Harlin, Walter Hill, David Nutter, Bill Condon and even Frank Darabont (three times no less!) has s...

Jessica Alba & Michelle Rodriguez Close To Signing On To 'Machete Kills'

April 18th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
Michelle Rodriguez Machete
Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez are in talks to reprise their "Machete" characters for the film's upcoming sequel.

The two actresses are close to signing on for Robert Rodriguez's action film, which will star Danny Trejo as the strong and silent titular character, according to website

Alba played an immigration agent who falls for Machete while Rodriguez portrayed rebel leader Luz.

The new movie, titled "Machete Kills," will start shooting later this spring

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Launchs His Own Cable TV Channel

February 21st, 2012 3:39pm EST
Sean Diddy Combs
Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs is launching his own cable network.

The I'll Be Missing You hit-maker has teamed up with executives at Comcast to create new music channel Revolt TV.

Announcing the news during a personalized video on Tuesday, he said, "When I was growing up I used to watch television all the time and I used to wonder why don't those people look like me, or talk like me, or walk like me, so thank you to Comcast - my hat goes off to you for being the first to step up... because Revolt TV is bringing the revolution that TV needs..."

"I had a dream that one day I w...

'Machete' Sequel Is Hacking Its Way to Theaters

February 7th, 2012 10:51am EST
That leathery face. That tough guy 'tude. That… refusal to text. Yes, it's time for more Machete, the character first introduced in a fake trailer in 2007's "Grindhouse" double feature by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

A crazy actioner with a sly political message hidden inside, "Machete" starred Danny Trejo as a former Federale agent who ends up in Texas, embroiled in a war between immigration, corrupt officials, and Shé, a mythical leader of an underground network helping illegal immigrants. Now it's time for Machete to kill again in... "Machete Kills." Succinct!

As if Machete ...

'Machete' Directors Sued

February 2nd, 2012 10:44pm EST
Directors Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis have been named in a new breach of contract lawsuit over allegations they stole the idea for their 2010 movie Machete.

Yvonne Delarosa claims she met with Maniquis in 2005 and shared her plot ideas for a movie about a man who seeks revenge by embarking on a killing spree with a machete.

According to her legal documents, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, her storyline then became the basis for the filmmakers' bloody action movie starring Danny Trejo as Machete Cortez - but she didn't receive any money for the project.

Delarosa is now...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl'

November 9th, 2011 12:40pm EST
Sharkboy and Lavagirl photo
Ready to hit another kid flick via "Spy Kids" helmer Robert Rodriguez? (Plus a little early Taylor Lautner minus the wolf thing, but plus one shark fin?!) Well, this time Rodriguez is bringing his whole family with him and the end result is the colorful movie "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl," out now on Blu-ray from Lionsgate and Miramax Home Entertainment. Check out the hot shark infested seas below!

Title: "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl"

Grade: 4

Cast: Taylor Lautner, Taylor Dooley, Kristin Davis

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Rating: PG

Runtime: 93 minutes

Interview: Alexa Vega On 'Spy Kids' Past & Present And Killing For Darren Bousman in 'Mother's Day'

August 25th, 2011 2:12pm EDT
Alexa Vega photo
From cool child star to chic adult actress, nobody has grown up with more class, sass and panache then the captivating Alexa Vega. The girl who caught audiences attention as the spy capable kid Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films has gone on to create even more memorable work with such roles as Shilo Wallace in Darren Lynn Bousman’s "Repo! The Genetic Opera" and the ying to Camilla Belle’s yang in the updated Jane Austin "From Prada to Nada." With all three original Spy Kids flicks recently hitting Blu-ray from Lionsgate (plus a fourth outing in theatres now!), we thought we’d check in wi...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Fright Night,' 'Conan The Barbarian' & More

August 15th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Fright Night
If you missed my interview last week, with Jesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson for the action comedy “30 Minutes or Less,” definitely check it out. The superbly cast film, which is helmed by “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer, is loaded with hilarious pop culture references, entertaining action sequences, and great improvisational humor. If you liked what “Zombieland” did for horror comedies, you’ll love what “30 Minutes or Less” does for the action genre. My Grade: B+

This week is all about 80s remakes with the horror comedy “Fright Night” and the action epic “Conan the Barbarian” hi...

Blu-ray Review: 'Spy Kids' Trilogy

August 4th, 2011 10:12am EDT
Spy kids photo
While there may only be two original "Spy Kids" (newbie wave from All The Time In The World not withstanding!), there are three films hitting Blu-ray this week and we’re decoding their family-viewing goodness! So check out "Spy Kids," the Steve Buscemi ridden "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams" and the Sly Stallone infused "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over" all ala filmmaking maverick Robert “El Mariachi” Rodriguez!

Title: "Spy Kids"

Grade: 4

Cast: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Rating: PG

Runtime: 91 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate


Jessica Alba Landed 'Spy Kids' Role Because Of Her Daughter

August 2nd, 2011 12:41pm EDT
Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba has daughter Honor to thank for landing her latest role - Robert Rodriguez wrote a part for her in his family film after seeing the actress multi-task while changing a diaper.

Alba re-teamed with her Sin City director Rodriguez on action movie Machete and impressed him so much while tending to her daughter that he was inspired to create a character for her in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.

She tells E! Online, "When I became a mother, I talked to him about getting back to work and how does he do it, how does he juggle spending time with his family (and his five childr...

Celebrity Sightings At Comic-Con 2011

July 23rd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Nikki Reed at the 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1' press confere
The world's largest comic book festival, Comic-Con international at San Diego, is winding down and ends today. San Diego certainly sees its share of freaks and geeks every July as well as plenty of celebrities promoting their latest film or TV shows. Here are a few celebrity sightings from the week.

Hugh Jackman promoting - 'Real Steel'

Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake at the 'In Time' press conference.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1' press conference.

Robert Rodriguez at ...

'Sin City' Sequel In The Works

July 22nd, 2011 2:34pm EDT
Sin City
Director Robert Rodriguez is heading back to the big screen with a sequel to his hit movie Sin City.

The 2005 film, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, boasted an all-star cast with appearances from Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Jessica Alba, and it won over cinema audiences and critics.

Rodriguez has long wanted to make a sequel, and he used an appearance at the Comic-Con convention in California on Thursday to announce the follow-up is nearly ready to go.

The moviemaker revealed the Sin City 2 script is almost finished, while he also announced plans for two seq...

Robert Rodriguez Will Rock Out With 'Heavy Metal'

July 22nd, 2011 10:55am EDT
If there's anyone who can probably get a new "Heavy Metal" movie made, it's Robert Rodriguez.

The "Spy Kids" director surprised everyone at the San Diego Comic-Con with news that his new media company, Quick Draw Productions, would set sail with a new animated anthology of leering adolescent fantasies, according to The Playlist.

Wait, wasn't David Fincher supposed to do "Heavy Metal?" And with a bunch of A-list directors like James Cameron lined up to direct segments featuring buxom babes with spears and spaceships and all that?

That's apparently dead, as the rights have now gone from P...

Robert Rodriguez Kept Smelly Secret From 'Spy Kids' Stars

June 27th, 2011 2:33pm EDT
Robert Rodriguez
Moviemaker Robert Rodriguez kept his Spy Kids 4 cast members guessing about why they were smelling so much in the film - because he wasn't ready to tell them the film sequel would be released with Aromascope.

The director told stars like Antonio Banderas and Jessica Alba of the 4D development just before he announced the news to the media last week.

Throughout the film, his stars were asked to pretend they could smell things - pleasant and unpleasant - and now moviegoers will be able to sniff along thanks to a swipe card they'll be given when they head into cinemas upon the film's relea...

10 Sexy Photos Of Salma Hayek In Honor Of Cinco De Mayo

May 5th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Salma Hayek
Widely considered to be the first Mexican actress to become a Hollywood movie star since Dolores Del Rio, Salma Hayek is known for bringing a fiery presence and striking, dark-eyed beauty to the screen.

A soap star in her native Mexico, Hayek risked her entire career to come to L.A., where she struggled to be taken seriously.

Her discovery by director Robert Rodriguez, who cast her in his 1995 film "Desperado," gave Hayek her breakthrough, and she subsequently gained a reputation as one of Hollywood's sexiest and busiest actresses.

Jessica Alba Was Beautiful In Blue At BAFTAs

February 14th, 2011 11:00am EST
Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba dazzled in a blue strapless gown at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in London. What do you think of her braided hair and flowing gown?

Jess stars in the upcoming film "Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World." She and Joel McHale play the parents of the new spy kids, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), as they battle the dreaded Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven).

Robert Rodriguez once again helms from his own script, with "Spy Kids" veterans Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Antonio Banderas also joining in on the outrageous hijinks.

Click for more great Je...

Amber Heard Replaces Rose McGowan In 'Red Sonja' Remake

February 11th, 2011 8:50am EST
Amber Heard
Model/actress Amber Heard has signed up to replace Rose McGowan in a remake of Brigitte Nielsen's 1985 action film "Red Sonja."

The film has been in development for the past five years with directors like Robert Rodriguez and Brett Ratner attached to the project.

Shortly after Rodriguez was linked to the film, a poster of his girlfriend McGowan as "Red Sonja" hit the Internet, but she has since quit the project, as has the "Planet Terror" moviemaker.

Now, "Con Air" and "The Mechanic" director Simon West is in charge of the film and Heard will lead the cast, according to

Kanye West To Star With Bruce Willis In 'The Black Mamba'

February 2nd, 2011 8:42am EST
Kanye West
Rapper Kanye West is set to show off his acting talents alongside Bruce Willis in a new film about basketball superstar Kobe Bryant.

The hitmaker will make his film debut in "The Black Mamba," a project directed by "Sin City's" Robert Rodriguez and produced by bosses at sports giant Nike.

Los Angeles Lakers icon Bryant will also star, in addition to "Machete" actor Danny Trejo.

Plot details have yet to be released, although West will reportedly play the antagonist in the movie.

But "The Black Mamba" won't be heading to the big screen - it's part of a promotional campaign for Bryant's ne...

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