‘Machete Kills’ Trailer: Muy Bien Indeed

Machete Kills

The marketing team at Apple would have you believe that there’s an app for everything, but when you’re a killer agent, sometimes you need your tools to be a little more hands-on. Count on Robert Rodriguez to fix that problem by hiding a blade inside the device.

That’s just one of the many ridiculous sights on display in Machete Kills, which once again stars Danny Trejo as ex-Federale Machete. When a billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) plans to ignite a war by launching a missile into space, the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen, billed as “Carlos Estevez”) calls upon Machete to stop him. Watch the new full-length trailer after the jump. Read More »


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Machete Kills

Subtlety and restraint have their place in cinema, but Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete Kills isn’t it. The sequel to Rodriguez’s 2010 action thriller features deadly broads, weaponized boobs, a cackling madman, President Charlie Sheen (or President Carlos Estevez, rather), and a Machete (Danny Trejo) who’s just been pulled back from the brink of death. Watch the explosive first teaser trailer after the jump.

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[UPDATE #1: Ben Stiller has now denied the Gaga rumors via Twitter:

[UPDATE #2: THR confirms Colbert’s appearance in either The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or The Hobbit: There and Back Again.]

Starring in movies isn’t just for movie stars anymore. The latest casting rumors surrounding Zoolander 2 and The Hobbit aren’t about the usual silver screen fixtures, but about pop personalities Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert, respectively. Neither is a total stranger to films, but Gaga’s a musician first and foremost, and former Strangers With Candy actor Colbert is better known these days for his eponymous late night show. More after the jump.

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Director Robert Rodriguez seems be compiling one of the most eclectic, crazy casts of all time with Machete Kills. In addition to all the returning stars (Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba) he’s recently revealed that Charlie Sheen will be appearing along with Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana and many more. The latest addition is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Lady Gaga, who is playing a character named La Chameleon. Check out her character poster and more after the jump. Read More »

There’s always a ton of news on the TV front but, instead of featuring it all, we occasionally pick out the good bits. After the jump read about:

  • J.J. Abrams‘ new show, Revolution (above), directed by Jon Favreau has been picked up.
  • James Cromwell will butt heads with Jessica Lange on American Horror Story Season 2.
  • Showtime is developing a show called The Angry Buddhist.
  • Star-making director Debra Granik will direct the HBO pilot American High Life.
  • See what Lady Gaga will, partially, look like on The Simpsons.
  • Chevy Chase still doesn’t think Community is funny.

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LOL: “Born This Way” X-Men Parody

I’ve been listening to Henry Jackman‘s X-Men: First Class soundtrack on repeat ever since I saw the movie last week, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan. Before that, I loved John Ottman‘s score from X2, and before that, I was humming along to the theme song from the ’90s cartoon. Yet as wonderful as all of this X-Men-related music has been, there’s always been something missing — and that something is words. You can hum along to these melodies, but you can’t quite belt them out in the shower.

Thankfully, Ryan at TheWarpZone has taken it upon himself to rectify that. Inspired by the “epic win” of First Class, he’s penned a new, much more shower-friendly song that pays tribute to the mutant superheroes. Even better, I don’t have to learn a whole new tune, as the hilarious lyrics are set to Lady Gaga‘s inescapable “Born This Way.” Watch him perform the whole thing on an acoustic guitar — while wearing a Magneto costume — after the jump. Oh, and don’t worry if you haven’t gotten around to seeing First Class just yet — the song contains no spoilers whatsoever.

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There’s quite a lot of small casting news for The Muppets tonight. Jason Segel and Amy Adams have the key roles, and obviously the other biggest parts will mostly be played by the Muppets. Now Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Danny Trejo and possibly more are on board. Read More »


“Telephone,” the newly released and incredibly hyped music video from avant-garish pop star Lady Gaga, sees her teaming Thelma and Louise-style with Beyonce in the hot yellow Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill. Why? We guess it’s relative to Gaga’s appreciation for renegade female empowerment, something Quentin Tarantino‘s bloody classic expresses like few films before or since.

According to Wikipedia, it’s the same Pussy used in the film, which, if memory serves, remains proudly owned by QT. Over the vid’s nine minutes, the truck gets more than a cameo, including a close-up of the name plate key chain in the ignition. The vid is also infused with a somewhat dated hyper-Japanese street culture sensibility that begs the question: why didn’t QT direct the video and knock it out of the park? Surely he would have been into the idea. Insert: priceless shots of bedazzled Gaga toes. Also, QT would have made sure the video—which doesn’t hit the 2010 epic wow mark—had tighter editing.

Another movie the vid pays homage to in its first mins is Caged Heat, the catty 1974 women-in-prison grindhouse flick directed by Jonathan Demme and produced by Roger Corman (recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Oscar). It’s also interesting to see the stylistic influence of Eric Wareheim, of [adult swim]’s Tim and Eric, shine through in scenes with bad-cable-signal effects and schizo flourishes lifted from his cooler music videos for Major Lazer and other artists. The entire video and more screenshots after the jump. We welcome your thoughts.

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VOTD: Gaga in Wonderland

When Wonderland is threatened by a pop-music hating Queen Of Hearts, pop music sensation Lady Gaga returns to her homeland to kick some evil ass… but mainly dance, sing, and weird it up. Watch Black20’s epic mashup of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and the music videos of Lady Gaga, embedded after the jump.

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