It’s hard to work out the most newsworthy bit of casting to be found in action sequel Machete Kills, given this is a film which features Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen (appearing under his birth name of Carlos Estevez), and a machine gun bra-sporting Sofia Vergara. But the winner may actually be director Robert Rodriguez‘s recruitment of Lady Gaga for the role of a hit woman called La Chameleón in the Danny Trejo-starring action sequel, which is released October 11. So how did the filmmaker snag the pop superstar for his film?
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World War Z, Brad Pitt’s hit zombie apocalypse epic, will debut on Blu-ray and other home-viewing formats on Sept. 17. The action-thriller was envisioned as a trilogy, and after grossing $474 million around the world, Pitt can expect another date with the dead. The Blu-ray Combo will include an unrated cut of the film and several featurettes. “I’m really excited for fans to see the new unrated version of World War Z on Blu-ray,” said Pitt, in a statement. “We were thrilled with the audience response to the film in theaters and wanted to give viewers even more of the action and intensity that they loved when they watch the film at home.”
Z was subjected to some on-the-fly rewriting and the original ending was completely abandoned. It will be interesting to see if portions of those scenes are restored in the unrated cut, or if Pitt & Co. discuss those decisions in the extras.
For fans who can’t wait until Sept. 17, World War Z will become available as a digital-download a week earlier, Sept. 10. Click below for a description of the Blu-ray extras.
By the beard of Odin! Behold the latest poster for Thor: The Dark World.
Christopher Eccleston’s Malekith the Accursed looms large, the sky falls, Tom Hiddleston’s eternal troublemaker Loki cackles, and Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster squeezes in close to Chris Hemsworth’s hero, sporting her own fetching Asgardian armor.
Fans would argue Loki is really the one who needs a hug.
The poster for the Nov. 8 movie also shows Malekith’s army of dark elves marching forward in silhouette across the bottom. In the lower right, we see a shimmering palace of Asgard, and above it hovers the Fist of Malekith, the name of his invading Black Ark ship.
Meanwhile, the entire cosmic cast of characters is reunited — Idris Elba’s stoic gatekeeper Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as the one-eyed paterfamilias Odin, and of course the Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg) being very careful to keep their axe, sword, and mace away from grabby elf hands.
'Broken': Tim Roth talks about the modern tale inspired by 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
What if Atticus and Scout Finch were transported to present-day North London? Based on Daniel Clay’s novel, the film adaptation of Broken takes the inspiration of Harper Lee’s American classic to create a compelling portrait of what Scout, Boo Radley, Atticus, and others might look like in modern times. But it’s a less of a reproduction and more of an homage. First-time feature director Rufus Norris weaves a multi-character narrative set around Skunk, portrayed by novice actress Eloise Laurence, a tomboyish 11-year-old diabetic who lives with her father, brother, and nanny on a street full of secrets and sadness. After witnessing her mentally challenged neighbor get beaten to a pulp by another neighbor due to a false accusation, everything spirals out of control for Skunk and the families living in close quarters.
Veteran stage and screen actor Tim Roth plays the empathetic single father in the film, which is at turns moody, introspective, and earnestly sweet. Broken, which also stars Christopher Nolan favorite Cillian Murphy as Skunk’s troubled teacher and Rory Kinnear as a hot-tempered single father, premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and is currently playing in limited release in New York and Los Angeles, and is available on Amazon streaming.
Check out an exclusive clip from the film below, featuring Roth and Laurence, and EW’s interview with Roth, below.
To me, Bumblebee will always be a Volkswagen Beetle.
That’s how it was for countless children who grew up watching and playing with Transformers in the early 1980s. Yeah, the Beetle isn’t as badass as most cars. It’s small, goofy, and cute — not very powerful. But the same was true of the kids who loved him, 6-to-10 year-olds who longed to prove, like that little battling ‘bot, that they could be brave and strong like the big ones around them.
When Michael Bay’s big-screen smash-and-grab blockbuster Transformers came out in 2007, the characters I loved as a boy were all back, and more popular than ever. Only this time Bumblebee took the far more formidable form of a Camaro muscle car.
The little boy inside me, who still keeps one of those old shapeshifting VW toys dangling from his rearview mirror, has never recovered. Since the Transformers movies are machines that make a billion dollars every time they are turned on, most fans now would be outraged if the character ever switched back.
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“It takes a bitch to make a bitch,” Michelle Rodriguez snarls (among a few other, taco-related one-liners) in this exclusive sizzle reel from the upcoming Machete Kills.
Rodriguez’s Shé is the perfect female counterpart to Danny Trejo’s Machete, and the leather-clad duo are back to kick some more ass — in seriously over-the-top, campy fashion — in the sequel to 2010′s Machete (which was, in itself, an adaptation of Robert Rodriguez’s fake trailer from 2007′s Grindhouse … got all that?). Michelle, complete with badass eye patch, keeps her underlings in check (“Keep fighting, goddammit!”) and, just like every other character the actress has played, she isn’t afraid of a girl fight.
And this video is just the latest example of why Michelle Rodriguez will be part of Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, alongside Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany and The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira, kicking off at 2:55 p.m. in Hall H.
Check out Michelle’s 30 seconds of mayhem below:
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There is a saying in Britain: “It does exactly what it says on the tin.” This colloquialism derives from ’90s-era TV ads for a brand of quick-drying woodstain — which did indeed prominently feature the phrase “quick-drying woodstain” on the tins — but could equally apply to the new U.K. horror film, Cockneys vs Zombies. Starring Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman), Alan Ford (Snatch), Tony Gardner (The Thick of It) and the late, great British TV icon Richard Briers, the movie finds a group of London-living folks facing off against a bunch of ghouls who aren’t technically “living” at all.
It’s Texas sometime in the 1970s and Ruth Guthrie and Bob Muldoon are in love. But in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, the passionate, earnest couple cannot stay together. There’s a confrontation with the police, and Bob (Casey Affleck) ends up in prison, while Ruth (Rooney Mara) raises their daughter alone. But Ruth’s quiet life is upended when she gets word that Bob has escaped from prison.
With Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters on Aug. 16 (and VOD on Aug. 23), director David Lowery crafts a tightly constructed, lyrical portrait of people tied together by love, tragic circumstance, and obligation. And even though there are guns, wounds, threats, and betrayals, Lowery has somehow managed to make nearly every character empathetic. EW spoke with Lowery about the film, his love of Robert Altman, his use of violence in the film, and the state of independent movies. Take a look after the break. WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS.
September 6 sees the release of Riddick, a sequel-slash-kinda-sorta-reboot of the franchise that began in the R-rated space-horror gem Pitch Black and continued in the PG-13 actioner The Chronicles of Riddick. The new film marks a return to the series’ roots. Once again, Vin Diesel’s anti-hero finds himself marooned on a planet and bedeviled by various threats: Bounty hunters, vengeful old enemies, the occasional creatures.
In the exclusive image above, you can spot four of the film’s stars: Katee Sackhoff, Matthew Noble, Vin Diesel, and Vin Diesel’s muscles. Expect to learn more about Riddick next week, when Diesel and writer-director David Twohy headline the Riddick panel at Comic-Con.
Do you hear the one percent raging about getting a job? (The horror!)
You will in the following clip, which gives a sneak peek at Woody Allen’s latest project. Cate Blanchett plays the film’s title character, a Manhattan socialite forced to flee her privileged life after splitting with her wealthy Wall Street shark of a husband (Alec Baldwin). Jasmine finds refuge in San Francisco, where she shacks up with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) — though as the video shows, rebuilding her life entirely will be more difficult than she could have imagined.
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