Fantastic Fest kicked off in Austin, TS last night with hometown hero Robert Rodriguez world premiering his new Mexploitation movie Machete Kills (in theaters October 11). Danny Trejo—the man, the myth—returns as Machete, the unstoppable one-man army against all things evil and corrupt. The sequel, about Machete’s quest to defuse a bomb built into baddie Damian Bichir’s chest before it detonates on Washington, D.C., is stuffed with cameos. There’s the Chameleon, a ruthless, face-changing killer played by everyone from Cuba Gooding, Jr. to Antonia Banderas to Lady Gaga. Mel Gibson is a Star Wars-loving genius bent on world destruction. Sofia Vergara a brothel madam with a killer bra. Charlie Sheen turns up as America’s President Rathcock, in a crude portrayal that thoroughly besmirches the office once held by Josiah Bartlett. READ FULL STORY
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How crazy would you be prepared to get for $50? What about $500? What about a quarter of a million dollars? Such questions form the dramatic spine of the booze- and drugs-fueled black comedy Cheap Thrills, which is screening at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Anchorman star David Koechner and Sara Paxton play a rich couple who challenge a pair of much poorer new acquaintances — portrayed by Pat Healy and Can’t Hardly Wait actor Ethan Embry — to complete a series of ever more out-there challenges for increasing amounts of cheddar.
Cheap Thrills is the directorial debut of screenwriter Evan “E.L.” Katz, who penned the slasher movie Home Sick, the first film from You’re Next director Adam Wingard, and also co-wrote Wingard’s follow-up, the freakish, psychotropic Pop Skull. Cheap Thrills itself was written by David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga, but Katz says he found it easy to empathize with the cash-poor plight of Healy and Embry’s characters. “I’ve done a lot of dumb s— for money,” he admits.
Below, Katz talks more about Cheap Thrills, how Fantastic Fest helped make him the man he is today, and why he might soon become a big cheese in Brazil.
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There’s going to be a Saturday night beat-down in Austin, Texas. At 11:55pm, Keanu Reeves will get into the ring with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League for Fantastic Fest’s now legendary annual debate event. Reeves will be in town to celebrating the U.S. premiere of his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi and he’ll verbally defend himself against League’s pre-fight stance: “Resolved: Tai Chi is a martial art relegated to elderly Chinese women and is inferior in every way to Tae Kwon Do.” READ FULL STORY
The organizers of the Austin, Texas-based Fantastic Fest have announced this year’s opening night film is director Robert Rodriguez’s action sequel Machete Kills, which will receive its world premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location on September 19. Rodriguez will be attending the screening with stars Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega.
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Fantastic Fest wrapped up last night in Austin, Texas, with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League dressed up as North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il to introduce the world premiere of Red Dawn (in theaters, Nov. 21). The general vibe in the room was one of pleasant surprise, as expectations may have been low for the long-delayed, post-production Photoshopped remake of the 1984 American invasion classic. Quick plot refresher: Wolverines good! Russians bad! In the remake, which stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth (who gives good Swayze) and Josh Hutcherson, North Koreans are the new bad guys.
Co-stars Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights homegirl) and Josh Peck (Drake & Josh) were on hand for a Q&A after the film. When asked about his training regimen, Peck, who plays Hemsworth’s kid brother, described his grueling process: “It started in Hebrew school…” He then went on to explain how he and Hemsworth bonded in the gym. “Not only was he getting ready for Red Dawn and wanted to be in peak shape but then he had Thor coming soon after, so he was on such a regimen” said the 25-year-old actor. “And I was very new to the idea of a pushup and any sort of calisthenics so I think we bonded over body issues.” On working out with Navy Seals: “I was probably the only person ever to well up during a back squat.”
Peck also acknowledged that he and Hemsworth couldn’t look less like brothers. I love this guy.
After the movie League invited everyone to join him at the American Legion for a prison camp-themed closing night party where a free tattoo artist would be on hand. “Applying actual ink with needles,” he promised. “Prison tattoos are free at Fantastic Fest.” You don’t get that kind of action in Toronto, man.
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At Fantastic Fest Wednesday night in Austin, Tx., bleary-eyed fans were treated to a work-in-progress midnight screening of Paranormal Activity 4 (in theaters October 19th). The latest installment in the mega-popular found-footage horror franchise picks up five years after the double murder of demon-possessed Katie’s sister and brother-in-law and the kidnapping of her baby nephew Hunter. Now there’s a new kid in town. He’s got a bad haircut and ill-fitting grey sweatpants so we know he’s trouble. When his supposed mother (played by Katie Featherston, creepy as ever!) is taken away one night in an ambulance, he has to live with the oblivious family across the street. It’s hardly a spoiler to say this doesn’t end well. Featherston sat down wtih EW the next morning to talk creepy kids, her love of comedy, and how many more Paranormal Activities she has left in her.
Entertainment Weekly: Was the horror genre always right in your wheelhouse?
Katie Featherston: I moved to Los Angeles right after college. I went to SMU in Dallas and did theater there. Paranormal Activity was one of my first auditions. I was waiting tables at Buca di Beppo on CityWalk. There was no ‘This is not my genre.’ When you’re new to town there’s this thing called L.A. Casting and when you don’t have any reps that’s how you get auditions. So I went on there and saw this post and it said : “Found footage-style scary movie. Please be willing to work long hours. It pays $500.” And I got so excited. And now I am fortunate enough to only do work that I want to do which is a really huge blessing. That means that when I get offered other lesser scary movies that don’t live up to what we’ve created I don’t have to jump in and do. READ FULL STORY
On Thursday night in Austin, Tex., Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League welcomed a most enthusiastic audience — “one big pile of nerds,” as the always-exuberant tuxedoed host put it — to the eighth annual Fantastic Fest. The largest genre festival in the United States is geek heaven for horror, sci-fi, and to-the-guts weird film lovers. “The nerds have conquered the universe,” declared League. “This is our world now!”
Fantastic Fest’s opening-night film was the world premiere of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, the wistful story of Victor, a grieving boy who figures out a way to bring his beloved dog back to life. The stop-motion animation 3-D film was simulcast in the Alamo Drafthouse Lamar’s five theaters, with one of them dedicated exclusively to dressed-to-the-nines locals and their similarly attired dogs. Alamo Drafthouse is famous for its delightfully rigid stance against talking, texting, and cellphone use during movies. Last night the theater premiered its first ever “Don’t Bark” PSA. Nerdy and adorable! READ FULL STORY
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