First Look: Steven Seagal in Kill Switch

Cinematical has a lovely gallery of images for the new Steven Seagal starrer Kill Switch, including the spoilerish one above. Alas, fans hoping for a theatrical comeback from the widow’s peaked wonder (and latest addition to the Geek Squad) will have to make due with an October DVD release and this angina-inducing logline…

Detective Jacob Stillwell (Steven Seagal) is one of the most celebrated homicide detectives in the country. His brutal delivery of street justice is legendary among the men and women of law enforcement. But on this latest case, he may have finally met his match Lazerus, a cunning and perversely violent killer who is on the loose and terrorizing the inner city.

America’s resident Seagalogist, Vern, has already seen the film and reports that Seagal’s dedication to violence is almost worrisome here (he curbs a guy’s teeth on a bar). Kill Switch marks one of the last acting performances by the late Isaac Hayes, and is directed by Jeff King. Next up for Seagal is Ruslan, a straight-to-DVD release, also from King, in which he plays a Russian crime novelist sucked back into the Russian underworld to hand out more street justice and entertain repeat viewers of Kill Switch.

Discuss: …the last Seagal movie you remember watching.

Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

Isaac Hayes, the unmistakable musician and actor who won an Oscar in 1971 for his “Theme From Shaftand starred as Chef on South Park, has died at age 65. He was found unresponsive by a family member, having apparently collapsed during a workout. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hame of Fame in 2002.

Hayes will appear in the November film, Soul Men, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac, who died yesterday from a battle with pneumonia. Hayes was a forefather to the rap movement, and played a good hand in disco and funk. WIth his penchant for sunglasses and an earlier preference for gold jewelry and dashiki-like robes, Hayes cut a formidable figure in pop culture—check out the documentary Wattstax—but his deep voice introduced him to a new generation.

Before many suburban kids knew what “blaxploitation” meant pre-Tarantino, Hayes’s choice utterance of “You’re damn right” on the Shaft theme gave ’em a bright idea. Later on, his sultry words served as the voice of reason, sexual maturity, black cool and knowledge to quiet down Cartman’s whiny anarchy on South Park. Hayes would later leave the show due to a public falling out with the show’s creators over Scientology. The man personified a slice of American history and entertained many. R.I.P.

Discuss: How will you remember Isaac Hayes? Feel free to post links to clips (Escape From New York et al) in the comments.