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For First Time, Sheen Using His Real Name in Movie

Meet Carlos Estevez

(Newser) - This could be a bit of a headache for IMDb : When Charlie Sheen appears in the upcoming movie Machete Kills, he won't be Charlie Sheen. Instead he will be billed as Carlos Estevez—marking the first time in his acting career that Sheen will use his birth name, reports... More »

Lady Gaga Breaks Into Film

Will star in Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills'

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is joining the realm of the multi-hyphenates. She’ll make her big-screen acting debut in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010’s Machete , the Los Angeles Times reports. Rodriguez tweeted a picture of her character poster yesterday, adding that he was “blown away” and... More »

5 Classic Films Funded in Nutty Ways

The Quaker Oats Co. funded 'Willy Wonka'

(Newser) - Producers have long writhed in agony seeking ways to fund feature films. Cracked lists five of their weirdest schemes:
  • El Mariachi. Robert Rodriguez, the future director of Machete and Sin City, paid for this low-budge action flick by submitting himself to medical experiments that included removing chunks of flesh from
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Machete Gross, Gory, Comical

Danny Trejo is 'ferocious,' Lindsay Lohan is ... naked

(Newser) - Though Machete was written to poke at our anti-immigrant hysteria, it's more about gross, lavish, comical violence than politics. Critics aren't taking too many swings at Robert Rodriguez's latest, which features a "ferocious" Danny Trejo as ex-federale "Machete"—and a mostly naked Lindsay Lohan:
  • The "fountain-like
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Finally, a Decent Predator Sequel

Worthy follow-up to Schwarzenegger classic only took 23 years

(Newser) - Predators is getting mostly decent reviews as a sequel to the alien-hunting-humans original, 1987's Predator. Adrien Brody stars.
  • Lou Lumenick, New York Post : "After 23 years and three attempts, Predators finally delivers a solid sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger B-movie classic."
  • Kurt Loder, MTV : It's "a B
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Why Texans Don't Want This Film to Get Taxpayer Money

Message about illegal immigration doesn't sit well with some

(Newser) - When Texas decided to deliver taxpayer subsidies to films shot in the state, it probably didn’t expect to be subsidizing a film with a controversial message about illegal immigration. Now, hundreds of Texans are asking the governor’s office not to give any money to Robert Rodriguez’s Machete,... More »

Fangs for the Memories: Best Bloodsucker Stars

Baddest vampires deliver the tingles

(Newser) - As Twilight fans storm the box office, Entertainment Weekly offers up its picks of a dozen of the best toothsome vampires:
  • David (The Lost Boys, 1987): Before he drew blood as Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland drank blood with the two Coreys.
  • Santanico Pandemonium (From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996): Salma
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Tarantino Recuts Flop for Euro Release

'Grindhouse' is now violent, chatty chick flick 'Death Proof'

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino has taken the first flop of his career, the violent schlock-fest Grindhouse, and shaved it down to a lean slasher-film with a lot of girl talk and car chases tossed in. Death Proof,  the story of a Texas DJ  and her posse, has done well in France,... More »

Tarantino : "I'm Proud Of my Flop"

Undaunted director will unveil new version in Cannes

(Newser) - "Grindhouse" may have flopped at box offices, but Quentin Tarantino is still cooler than you. And he's not the least bit chastened. A Telegraph profile tells us that the T-man plans to split the double-bill ode to deliciously bad fifties flicks in half, and give it another shot.   More »

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