Fox has released the first clip from Robert Rodriguez‘s sci-fi thriller Alita: Battle Angel, a feature film based on the Japanese manga series “Gunnm” by Yukito Kishiro that’s now releasing Valentine’s Day weekend after being bumped out of Christmas.
The footage is an extended sequence of a scene shown in the trailer where the title character is ambushed in an alley and kicks the crap out of her assaulters. The first, interestingly enough, is played by Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th remake and Swamp Thing in the forthcoming series).
Set in the 26th century…
“Alita tells of a female cyborg that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. The action-adventure story is meant to serve as a backdrop to themes of self-discovery and the search for love.”
The cast includes Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.
There’s a huge crossover between fans of video games and fans of dystopian horror sci-fi movies. It’s no wonder, then, that produces of Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel decided The Game Awards was the perfect venue to unleash some previously unseen footage from the film, arriving in US theaters on February 14th.
Synopsis: Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.
Variety previously reported the budget for the film is a whopping $200M; it was shot using CG animation and was shot in 3D using the stereo imaging system developed by James Cameron. The film stars Eiza González, Jennifer Connelly, and Rosa Salazar.
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Films like Maniac and Hardcore Henry have been shot entirely in first-person perspective to really grab their audience, dragging them in with this memorable effect. STXsurreal is taking this innovation a step further with The Limit, a 20-minute short film that uses VR to engage the audience on a more personal – and inescapable – level. Written and […]
Outlaw, lover, lone wolf, motorcycle warrior: The no-nonsense antihero Machete was born in the form of a faux trailer that ran before Robert Rodriguez’s portion of Grindhouse, Planet Terror, in 2007. Since then, Danny Trejo has expanded the role two feature films, Machete in 2010 and Machete Kills in 2013. The latter ended with a faux trailer of its own, one that promised Machete Kills Again… In Space would eventually turn the franchise into a trilogy.
No seriously, both Danny Trejo and Robert Rodriguez assured fans they could look forward to the ultimate jumping-of-the-shark with Machete wielding his namesake blade in the vacuum of outer space. Well, that was over five years ago and—nada. So what gives?
Trejo recently told the folks at Popcorn Talk and promises Machete will kill again (in space) but cautioned fans to remain patient:
“I would say that… Robert has his own timetable for doing stuff. I know he’s working on a big movie right now. Robert’s working on it, it’s gonna be… unbelievably crazy.”
He also told Popcorn Talk that Michelle Rodriguez is committed to making Machete 3 a reality, setting us up for some seriously high expectations! As for Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and/or Leonardo DiCaprio: Don’t get your hopes up!
Are you a fan of the Machete franchise? Are you anxious for Machete Kills Again… In Space to come to fruition? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!
Billed as an immersive cinema experience, STXsurreal has just unleashed Robert Rodriguez‘s new film The Limit, a lean-back experience captured in a new cinematic VR format, wider than 180 degrees, that bridges the gap between large-format movies and 360-degree video.
Michelle Rodriguez and Norman Reedus star in the 20-minute experience, wherein Rodriguez plays a genetically enhanced weapon of mass destruction, on a mission to destroy the covert agency that created her. As a rogue agent with a mysterious past, you enlist the help of the enhanced super-assassin to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization.
You can buy The Limit on Oculus, Steam, Daydream, VivePort, Windows Mixed Reality and PlayStation VR for $9.99 ($4.99 for a limited time) or on Google Play and iOS for $7.99 ($3.99 for a limited time). Your purchase includes all of the following goodies:
Full-length 3D and 2D versions of the film
2 featurettes on the making of this groundbreaking production
Director’s commentary featuring Robert Rodriguez and co-writer Racer Max
Chapter selection to easily share favorite moments with friends
Virtual “Surreal Theater” environment
A rocking spatial audio mix featuring an original music score
Subtitles in English, Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese
Tom Savini is a living legend of the horror genre, a pioneer and master of practical special effects who’s worked his magic on just about every significant genre franchise since he first emerged on the scene in the 1970s. Now, as part of their monthly series at the Metrograph in Los Angeles, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting “An Evening with Tom Savini” on Saturday, October 13th.
It promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for horror fans lucky enough to attend. The presentation begins with a conversation with Tom Savini moderated by Sam Zimmerman of Shudder and will be followed by a screening of From Dusk Till Dawn, the Robert Rodriguez film in which Savini plays the iconic role Sex Machine!
Here’s the full scoop from today’s press release:
WHAT | Academy at Metrograph. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Presents “An Evening With Tom Savini.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will continue its monthly residency at Metrograph on Friday, September 21st, with “An Evening With Tom Savini.” The night begins with a conversation with Tom Savini moderated by Sam Zimmerman of Shudder and will be followed by a screening of “From Dusk Till Dawn”, the Robert Rodriguez film in which Savini plays the iconic role of “Sex Machine”.
ABOUT CONVERSATION WITH TOM SAVINI| It’s the merry month of Halloween, so it only makes sense that our ongoing screening series with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences should get into the spirit of the season. And in doing so, what better guest could we ask for than the Sultan of Splat, the God of Gore, Mr. Tom Savini, the actor, director, stuntman, and special effects whiz who made possible some of the most shocking moments in the Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchises, and who made such invaluable contributions to the filmography of George A. Romero? Join Tom for a very squishy walk down memory lane, as he moderates a highlight reel of his most awful, impressive, and impressively awful effects, discussing the astonishing body count he’s racked up during a lifetime in the horror business.
ABOUT DUSK TILL DAWN | This Quentin Tarantino-scripted, Rodriguez-directed cult mashup prettily pulls off a brilliant, bizarre brokeback premise, beginning as a sweaty, sleazy 70s-style escaped-cons-on-the-lam action picture, then turning a 180 into vampire movie territory, while never along the way taking its foot off the pedal. George Clooney stars alongside a Murderer’s Row of movie tough guys, including Fred Williamson, John Saxon, Harvey Keitel, and Danny Trejo, though none are any match for the wiles of Salma Hayek and her hypnotic snake dance. Savini, who appears in the role of biker Sex Machine alongside fellow FX Hall of Famer Greg Nicotero, will be on hand to introduce, and let the gory times roll.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY AT METROGRAPH | The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) began a yearlong residency at Metrograph in July 2017, bringing exciting and entertaining programs to the big screen. Programs in ACADEMY AT METROGRAPH have and continue to feature onstage conversations with filmmakers and scholars of motion pictures, tributes, newsreels, rarely seen clips from past Oscar® ceremonies, and home movies from Hollywood legends. This monthly series highlights unique archival elements, including recent restorations and film prints from the Academy Film Archive by celebrating classic moments from the Academy’s 90-year history.
Are you a fan of the work of Tom Savini and From Dusk Till Dawn? Does the Metrograph event on October 13th sound like an event you’d like to attend? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!