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Check Out Robert Rodriguez vs. Quentin Tarantino in the Director's Chair (VIDEO)

Old pals Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, who collaborated on the original "From Dusk Till Dawn" movie (which spawned an El Rey Network TV series) not to mention "Grindhouse," sit down for an hour-long talk on the August 13th installment of “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair” (9 PM ET/PT).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2014 5:00 PM
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Spies and Soccer Blend in Roberto Orci's 'Matador' (TRAILER)

Some editor definitely earned his (or her!) paycheck for the first full trailer for Roberto Orci's upcoming undercover spy drama"Matador."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:31 PM
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Robert Rodriguez Launches Content Creation Contest with $250K Grand Prize Plus Mentorship

Robert Rodriguez has launched Green Label Studios: Open Call, a project which provides aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to win a $250,000 production grant to create content for Green Label’s website. Plus, the winner gets a mentorship with Rodriguez, and executive producer-writer Roberto Orci (“Star Trek Into Darkness”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 2:56 PM
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Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills' to Open Fantastic Fest (TRAILER)

Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas has selected Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" as its opening night film, where it will make its world premiere on September 19 before hitting theaters October 4.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 10, 2013 1:31 PM
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Why Studios Continue Banking on Franchises Like 'G.I. Joe'; Which Sequels Can You Do Without?

"G.I. Joe Retaliation," a sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra," took in more than $130 million at the worldwide box office this weekend--although its three-day $40 million domestic number was half its foreign take. (The studio cleverly beefed up the weekend number with a Thursday preview.) Part of what's wrong with movies today is that the studios are willing to throw foreign-driven movies into the domestic market, where they often get bad reviews and turn people off, because they'll make their money overseas theatrically and via TV output deals, plus licensing and merchandising, action figures, DVDs, and the like. So it's no surprise that today sees news of Paramount already exploring sequel options for "G.I. Joe."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2013 4:20 PM
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Casting Watch: Eva Green Will Star in Rodriguez' 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' with JGL & Brolin UPDATED

Eva Green will play the lead role of Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's long-gestating "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," a character described in the graphic novels as "every man's most glorious dreams come true, she's also every man's darkest nightmares."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Sundance Festival Slots Four Late Entries

As usually happens every year, the Sundance Film Festival has added four late entries to its 2013 lineup.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2012 4:28 PM
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Robert Rodriguez Talks 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete 2' At Cannes 2012

Robert Rodriguez was on the roof of the Cannes JW Marriott the other day talking about the two sequels next on his plate: 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For' and 'Machete Kills,' which he’ll shoot first, starting in the next few weeks.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 23, 2012 2:03 PM
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