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Weapons, Explosions And Excessive Nudity! 5 Exploitation Movies That Paved The Way For 'Machete Kills'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 7, 2013 4:01 PM
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Movies That Paved The Way For 'Machete Kills'
Some movies make references to other films, and some movies are nothing but references to other films. "Machete Kills" is one of these movies. Robert Rodriguez's endlessly winking sequel to his 2010 action epic "Machete" (itself an elongated version of a fake trailer he made for his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, "Grindhouse"), "Machete Kills" piles on the references, allusions, and shout-outs until you can't hardly untangle what is a somewhat original Rodriguez contribution and what is from something the director caught one night on pay cable while trying to get to his recorded episode of "Duck Dynasty." Not that it matters much. "Machete Kills" works best when it becomes a kind of kicky blur.

SXSW '11 Trailer: 'Blacktino' With Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey, More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 21, 2011 6:44 AM
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SXSW gets underway in just a few weeks with an especially stacked film lineup this year, from more high profile premieres (“Source Code,” “The Beaver,” “Paul”) to festival favorites from Sundance and TIFF (“Win Win,” “Beginners,” “Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey”). For more homegrown fare, the fest has its “Lone Star States” category for films made in or about Texas which is kicking off the festival with “blacktino” by first-time filmmaker Aaron Burns. The indie coming-of-age film may sound slightly familiar to some due to a viral stunt late last year for “Citizen Jane,” supposedly an action packed remake of Orson Welles classic “Citizen Kane.” A humorous trailer and poster featuring a bazooka-toting Michelle Rodriguez appeared just in time for Fantastic Fest and was quickly uncovered to be a movie-within-a-movie for “blacktino.”

Watch: 'The Black Mamba' Short Film For Nike With Kobe Bryant, Directed By Robert Rodriguez

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2011 5:10 AM
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Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo & Kanye West Stop By For CameosThe full length short film, "The Black Mamba," a collaboration between Nike, Kobe Bryant and director Robert Rodriguez has landed and it's....okay.

Watch: 'Machete' Plot Summarized In Clever Stop-Motion Animated Lipton Brisk Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 2:56 AM
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While we don't have the market research to prove that fans of "Machete" are avid iced tea fans, Lipton is ready to bank on it as they've enlisted Danny Trejo to shill for the beverage in a spot that's pretty smart and funny.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste Joins Teenage Assassin Pic 'Violet & Daisy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 6:09 AM
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Geoffrey Fletcher's (screenwriter of "Precious") directorial debut "Violet & Daisy" has just received a boost of British class, as Marianne Jean-Baptiste has joined the cast of the film. Who? She's probably best known for her outstanding and Academy Award nominated performance in Mike Leigh's "Secrets & Lies," but unfortunately hasn't found anything since to match the profile that film gave her. But hopefully, her appearance here will help turn that around (though she is a longstanding fixture on the TV series "Without A Trace.")

Jeremy Piven Rounds Out Cast For 'Spy Kids 4,' Official Synopsis Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 4:57 AM
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Rowan Blanchard & Mason Cook Are The New AgentsWith principal photography now underway on Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids 4," the last pieces of casting have fallen into place. Jeremy Piven joins the previously announced Jessica Alba and Joel McHale with Rowan Blanchard (TV’s “Dancelot Robot“) and Mason Cook (“Treasure Buddies“) stepping in as the newest titular spies. Rounding things out, and reprising their roles from the previous films are Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega (“From Prada To Nada”) and Daryl Sabara (“Machete”).

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