The sequel to Machete, Machete Kills just released its second trailer in anticipation of an October 11 release date. The B-movie of all B-movies seems to offer even more of what we've come to expect and love from Robert Rodriguez. This new trailer unveils a little more of the plot and reveals a few gems from the movie to get excited about.
A ringing phone gets passed from one woman lying in a bed, to another… to another, to… the President of The United States (played by Charlie Sheen, or as Rodriguez has appropriately re-renamed him, Carlos Estevez). We can only assume that this tequila-drinking womanizer of a Commander-in-Chief got some bad news on that call; a madman (played by Mel Gibson) is firing a missile at the Whitehouse. As the most powerful man in the world, he knows there's only one machete-wielding badass for the job: Machete (played by Danny Trejo).
Sounds like we’re in for a good'un. Here are the top three treats from the trailer:
IPhone SwitchbladeCan’t wait to see how he uses that one
Sofia Vergara's machine gun braHaven't seen firearms of this caliber since Austin Powers
"Machete don't tweet"#machetedonttweet is trending
So what can you do to prep for Machete Kills? Get your Pacificos, Coronas, and Tecates ready, because with the sequel to Machete also comes the sequel to the Machete Drinking Game. Steven Segal isn't in this one, and there probably won't be as many references to Grindhouse trailers, so you'll have to get creative… Luckily not too creative; stick with what you know. We're just shooting in the dark here, but if you take a sip of your cervesa every time someone dies, there's nudity, or Machete shares his disdain for technology, then you should be in for a good time. Please drink responsibly.
Don’t be too quick to think you know what will happen in this sequel though. Madman Luthar Voz (Gibson) claims to know Machete's every move, but Machete, always armed with a strong counterargument, rebuts, "Nobody knows Machete." We'll take him at his word and enjoy a slew of new and inventive ways of killing bad guys on October 11.
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A new West End production of black comedy The Ladykillers starring Ralf Little and Simon Day has raised a laugh among U.K. theatre critics after opening in the British capital this week (beg08Jul13). The Royle Family star Little, Gregory's Girl actor John Gordon Sinclair and Shakespeare in Love's Day are among the ensemble cast in the new show which also includes theatre veterans Con O'Neill, Chris McCalphy and Angela Thorne.
The play, about a group of criminals who pose as amateur musicians to take a room in the house of an eccentric old lady, opened at London's Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday (09Jul13) and it convinced even the toughest critics to crack a smile.
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph insists the new production, adapted for the stage by Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, is "even funnier" than the original 1955 movie on which it is based.
He writes, "The great thing about the film is that it is at times genuinely chilling as well as hilarious... (This) hugely enjoyable stage production... never quite matches the creepiness of the original. I would venture to suggest, however, that it is even funnier than the movie."
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises the show's move into "slapstick" comedy, while Mark Shenton of industry publication The Stage describes the production as a "giddy summer delight that provides plenty of good reasons for theatregoers to go indoors again" and he also praises the "stellar cast" and "infinite skills" of the actors.
The opening night audience was packed full of famous faces including actress Sheridan Smith and Spooks star Rupert Penry-Jones, who turned out to support his mother Angela Thorne, as well as comedienne Victoria Wood and Simon Day's The Fast Show co-star Paul Whitehouse.
The Kevin & Perry Go Large star's computer was taken when his wife Lucy's car was broken into outside their home in north London last week (beg12Oct09).
The laptop contained gags for his upcoming BBC comedy series The Harry & Paul show, with fellow funnyman Paul Whitehouse.
Enfield subsequently received a phone call demanding $1,125 (£750) for the device's return, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
The 48 year old is said to have refused the demands and is working with the police to get the laptop back.
A police spokesperson says, "We can confirm we are investigating an allegation of theft from a motor vehicle. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue."
Inspired by a Russian folktale Corpse Bride begins with the promise of a wedding. The snobby Everglots (voiced by Joanna Lumley and Albert Finney) are pushing their daughter Victoria (voiced by Emily Watson) into marrying Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) the bachelor son of the social-climbing Van Dorts (voiced by Tracey Ullman and Paul Whitehouse). Neither Victor nor Victoria wants this arrangement--that is until they meet each other on the eve of their wedding and sparks fly. But when Victor screws up his vows during the rehearsal he is humiliated and rushes off. Once in the fresh cool air he is suddenly able to recite his vows perfectly down to even putting the ring on what looks like a gnarled tree root. Ah but that's not what it is at all. It's the very dead hand of the Corpse Bride (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter) a lovely but rotting young lady who rises out of the ground to claim her groom and drag him down into the Land of the Dead which is actually a pretty festive place. Even though Victor doesn't want to break the heart of the Corpse Bride who has her own sad tale to tell he just can't see how the marriage is going to work--being that's he's alive and in love with someone else. What's a decaying bride looking for her lost love to do?
Corpse Bride has amassed a nice eclectic group of British voices except for Depp of course (although at this point he should be considered an honorary Brit since he's played so many). It's easy to see Depp as Victor--gangly floppy hair sunken cheeks. And Watson as Victoria--big eyes round face petite femininity. But that's because they are the most normal of the Bride's bunch. The rest of cast don't look anything like their vocal counterparts either as highly exaggerated human caricatures (check out Lady Everglot's hair) or as one of the dearly departed. Bonham Carter probably has the most fun as the moldering newlywed who is just in the wrong place and the wrong time. Same goes for her friend Maggot voiced by Enn Reitel and sounding very much like Peter Lorre who has one of the better lines when he tells the Bride "I'm sure if I weren't just sitting in it I'd think you'd lost your mind."
All I can say is Tim Burton must have been a very different child who nonetheless watched a lot of the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. But then again Burton's version of stop motion animation is a far cry from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. After producing The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach he has finally taken the reins and perfected what looks like a very cumbersome but amazing way of doing animation. "What I love about stop motion animation is that it's so tactile " Burton explains. "There's something wonderful about being able to physically touch and move the characters and to see their world actually exist." He isn't kidding. Corpse Bride is real eye candy from start to finish with an interesting twist on themes: the living world is washed out dull with little color--and little life actually--while the Land of the Dead is effervescent and jazzy where the denizens drink and party all night. I'm sure Burton truly believes this is what the hereafter is really like. So must Burton's longtime composer Danny Elfman the former lead singer of the '80s band Oingo Bongo whose hit "Dead Man's Party" aptly validates this feeling. However Elfman's songs in Corpse Bride--yes it's a musical too--are pretty tame and frankly pointless. If the film could have shaved off the musical numbers it would have zinged.
While filming the movie From Hell in England last year, Johnny Depp became such a fan of the BBC comedy series Brilliant! that
he asked to appear on the show. He does so on the season premiere,
carried on BBC America at 8:00 Saturday night.
In a sketch featuring
regular cast members Paul Whitehouse and Mark Williams, Depp portrays an
American movie star visiting the Suit You shop, where he is measured by
suit salesmen Ken and Kenneth while being pestered with questions about
his sex life.
In a BBC press release, Depp is quoted as saying, "I got off a plane, sweating like some kind of hideous swine, and grabbed all
my luggage and [raced] over to the BBC and went straight to the stage,
not knowing the lines really well. With these guys, there's no way to be
funny around them, so you just shut up and nod your head."