Wilmer Valderrama is feeding his face in a bid to bulk up for the new season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dust Till Dawn TV spin-off after learning his evil character has to pack on pounds of muscle.
The actor reveals he is working out twice a day and eating "crazy amounts of protein" to look the part of Carlos.
He says, "Next season I'm coming back with a crazy cliffhanger... I have about 10 more pounds to go. I'm very lucky though because I have one of the best, most amazing trainers and gurus in town, Ronny Camacho. "He was a game changer because I was trying to do it myself."
"Maybe we can do an Avengers-type show featuring characters from Machete, Desperado and Spy Kids. Maybe a Christmas special." Moviemaker Robert Rodriguez on plans to revive some of his films' most beloved characters for a new TV series on his El Rey network.
Moviemaker Robert Rodriguez has offered pal Jessica Alba a job for life, insisting he wants her to appear in every franchise film he makes. After initially turning her down for a role when she was 17, the director has cast Alba in a string of big films, including Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, as well as his Machete and Sin City movies.
Now he admits he wants her in every single one of his films, telling WENN, "I met her when she auditioned for me at 17. She was too young for this role for this movie I was doing but I kept my eye on her because she was of the few Latin actresses I saw trying to break through. I encouraged her and said, 'Keep going, keep going'.
"We saw each other over the years and we said we'd have to work together. When it came time for Sin City I met with her and there she was. It was hard to find the Nancy (character) in the book because it was a very difficult character to figure out. But I knew I liked Jessica and I wanted to work with her so I went, 'You know you're just gonna have to create a Nancy'. She created something that even inspired (Sin City creator) Frank (Miller) to write this next story for her... She created almost something new with him.
"I'm always trying to work with Jessica; she's awesome. She's in my Machete movies, she's in my Spy Kids movies. I'm trying to put her into every franchise I have!"
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For really values its volume. The movie tosses out three or four stories, twenty-odd characters, a handful of car chases, several dozen throat-slittings and skull-bludgeonings… in their return to the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel series, Miller and director Robert Rodriguez seemed bent on packing in as much as they conceivably could. The unfortunate result: not quite the intricate, inviting narrative web that the men set out to create, but a straight through-line of nonstop stuff.
In the most egregious sense, too. While we remember Sin City as a relatively patient illustration of Miller’s virtue-deficient neo-noir kingdom, what we find in this year’s follow-up is a feverish race to expose the audience to every idea the directing duo has up its sleeve.
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So, what we get instead of a fluid story is a whirlpool of events. Each chapter of the clumsily manufactured movie will set you up with a character — an out-of-place Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cocky gambler Johnny, Josh Brolin as a thickheaded do-gooder, and the ragtag team of a destitute Jessica Alba and her devoted muscle Mickey Rourke — only to watch the hero in question stumble upon plot contrivance after plot contrivance, never getting to do much all the while.
And while the style outdoes the substance in the scope A Dame to Kill For’s strong suits, Miller and Rodriguez are not exactly displaying the utmost aesthetic panache in this latest outing. Sure, certain chase scenes are kinetic — and the film might offer the most invigorating visual design of an onscreen hot tub in the history of cinema — but sloppy choreography and a world constructed without depth or sense of place leaves us feeling completely out of touch with the film’s most important character: Sin City.
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Actor Josh Brolin was left disappointed when he missed out on an opportunity to work with Mickey Rourke on their new movie Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The Men in Black 3 star was eager to take on a role alongside The Wrestler actor and was excited to hear he would be sharing scenes with Rourke.
He says, "I've always been a fan of Mickey's. I'm working with Benecio (Del Toro) right now and we talked about how, when we were growing up, Mickey was someone you always looked up to and I've known him forever... Then finally when (director) Robert (Rodriguez) said, 'Do you want to do this?'... I was like, 'Of course I'll do it and do I have any scenes with Mickey?' (and he said), 'Absolutely'."
However, Brolin learned when he got to the set Rourke had already finished filming his parts and their scenes together would be completed using green screen movie technology.
He continues, "I got to to the set... and I was like, 'Where's Mick?' and (Rodriguez is) like, 'No, he finished his stuff like a month ago...' If you see the movie, I worked with Mickey the entire film, but I never saw Mickey."
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez was so "blown away" by Lady Gaga's acting skills that he convinced her to make a cameo appearance in Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Rodriguez worked with the Born This Way hitmaker on last year's (13) Machete Kills, and her stellar performance prompted him to recruit her for the Sin City sequel.
The director even suggests Gaga should pursue a career in Hollywood, telling E! News, "I told her she had to be in it (Sin City 2)... The camera loves her. She's a great performer. She's performed twice for me now and I was blown away by her discipline. She studied acting before she became a singer and you could really tell."
Gaga, who briefly attended New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career, was in the middle of her U.S. tour while Rodriguez was filming in Texas, so he found a small cameo role for the pop star.
He explains, "She happened to be on tour in Houston, just a couple of cities away from us in Austin. She was ready. She brought her own wigs! I said, 'We're not going to have time to make a wig for you.' She showed up, we did the scene, she knocked it out of the park and then she was back on tour."
Sin City creator Frank Miller also added his own praise for the singer, saying, "She totally transforms into the part she's playing to the point that it doesn't even feel like acting."
Gaga plays a waitress in Sin City 2, and shares the scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film hits cinemas on Friday (22Aug14).
Hollywood action man Bruce Willis and director Robert Rodriguez teamed up for a special musical performance at an afterparty following the premiere of their new movie Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The pair has reunited for the Sin City sequel, which they unveiled in Los Angeles on Tuesday (19Aug14), and they entertained the crowd during a bash at the city's Roosevelt Hotel after the red carpet screening.
Willis played harmonica and sang the blues as Rodriguez played guitar, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The crowd included Willis' castmates Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin.
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Actor Mickey Rourke was so disappointed by the final edit of his scenes in Iron Man 2 he is refusing to appear in any more Marvel films.
The Wrestler star spent months researching and preparing for the role of villain Ivan Vanko, opposite Robert Downey, Jr., in the 2010 sequel because he wanted to make the baddie a more rounded character, but he reveals a lot of the extra dramatic work he put in never made the finished film and he is annoyed the scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
He says, "I'm not a Marvel fan... I did, once, a movie for Marvel... and they cut the whole f**king thing out..." Rourke insists had a much better experience working with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller on the 2005 movie adaptation of graphic novel Sin City and the new sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
He explains, "When you work with Robert, he knows what he wants so you're not doing a whole bunch of (unnecessary work). I do a whole bunch of research, work on the character a lot, so when you bring it to the table, it's disappointing when they cut stuff out... "And then Frank's on the set and he puts his two cents in, so it's great because you've got two guys who are very enthusiastic and know exactly what they want."
Country music legend Willie Nelson has urged lawmakers and customs officials in his native Texas to "take care" of the kids who have illegally crossed the state's border with Mexico. Reports suggest some 60,000 youngsters fleeing violence in Central America have crossed the Texas border in the past year. They are being held in makeshift holding cells while the authorities decide what to do with them.
Many have arrived without parents or guardians and Nelson has called on those responsible for the kids to remember they're just scared children.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've been watching and the only thing we can do is take care of those kids, whatever it takes. Take them in, give them some medical attention. I'm sure there are homes all over the country that would be glad to take care of one or two kids.
"They're scared. They're being mistreated, and it's not a good way to start off your life. But it's a good opportunity for us to show a little bit of humanitarianism and take care of those kids. I know a lot of people want to send them back. I guess the closer you are to the situation, the more extreme emotions you have about it, but it seems to me the old golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you... Treat those kids like they were your kids."
And Nelson has criticised President Barack Obama for not visiting the border during his recent visit to Austin, Texas, where the U.S. leader partied with stars at moviemaker Robert Rodriguez's home.
The singer adds, "To be that close (to the border) and not go is kind of crazy, I think. But I'm sure he had all kinds of advisers, and he quit listening to me a long time ago."
French actress Eva Green loves her nude scenes in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For because they're just as stylised as director Robert Rodriguez promised her they'd be. The former Bond girl portrays temptress Ava Lord in the new film and admits she put her faith and trust in her director when he asked her to bare all for revealing scenes.
She explains, "He came to my trailer and swore to me that I would look amazing with the right lighting and the right shadows. You always feel quite vulnerable when you're naked on a set and you feel quite silly. With the green screen around you in your tiny thong, it's not that sexy. You trust their vision and it looks stunning. It's not vulgar and it's not indecent. It's not realistic. It's beautiful, I think."
But Rodriguez stopped short of asking his leading lady Jessica Alba to bare all for the cameras, even though her stripper character Nancy Callahan is often topless in Frank Miller's graphic novels.
He says, "When I had seen the book originally it was drawn a certain way. Frank drew these never to be movies. You couldn't find an actress of any calibre for the first movie because she was walking around topless all the time; even when she wasn't dancing.
"It was very stylised, so I knew Jessica wouldn't do topless. It was that hard thing where I could either get someone who's just like the book but can't act like Jessica, or I can get Jessica and we can just cover her up.
"People to this day think she was naked because she does it so sexy and some things were exposed. There wasn't any nudity in the first one; it was all in the mind so we could suggest a lot with costume and attitude."
And modest Alba, who famously has a no nudity clause in her contract, admits she had a ball playing a clothed Callahan in the sequel.
She adds, "In the first film I was 21 and was so young and not really comfortable in my own skin, being on a stage and dancing. It was all kind of terrifying to me. I was terrified. I didn't want to make a misstep and disappoint anyone. In this one I felt more confident and comfortable in my own skin. If I'm gonna be able to do movies I might as well go 150 per cent and really push it and be fearless. That's kind of the attitude I took this time."
And the mum-of-two didn't have to work too hard maintaining her toned physique: "The role kept me energised. I ate a lot of vegetables. You really don't want to eat tacos and burritos all day when you're in a dance costume!"