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First Trailer Released For Robert Rodriguez’s Visually Stunning ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Film

First Trailer Released For Robert Rodriguez’s Visually Stunning ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Film

20th Century Fox has debuted the official, action-packed trailer for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL from visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson! Check out the kickass first look at the film below!

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will be in theaters everywhere on July 20, 2018 in 3D & IMAX!

Synopsis: Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), 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. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

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“From Dusk Till Dawn” To Return To Theaters For It’s 20th Anniversary!

“From Dusk Till Dawn” To Return To Theaters For It’s 20th Anniversary!

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From Dusk Till Dawn, the genre-busting cult classic that launched an epic filmmaking partnership spanning two decades, will return to movie theaters to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Fans won’t want to miss this once-in-a-cinematic-lifetime event commencing with a brand-new, exclusive Q&A with director Robert Rodriguez and writer Quentin Tarantino.

This 20th anniversary celebration of From Dusk Till Dawn takes place in cinemas for two days only on Sunday, November 6, at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. (all local times)

Presented by Fathom Events and Miramax, the 20th anniversary celebration of From Dusk Till Dawn is the only place fans can see a brand-new, exclusive Q&A with Rodriguez and Tarantino discussing the blockbuster hit. The conversation is moderated by renowned film critic and host of The Treatment, Elvis Mitchell.

Tickets for “From Dusk Till Dawn 20th Anniversary” are available online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants subject to change).

From Dusk Till Dawn thrilled moviegoers on its initial release in 1996, stunned audiences with Salma Hayek’s now iconic snake dance scene, and launched the film career of George Clooney. It’s since gained a rabid cult following and spawned two film sequels as well as “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” now in its third season on El Rey Network (www.elreynetwork.com), a 24-hour English language network founded by Robert Rodriguez.

From Dusk Till Dawn is unpredictable, creative and breathtakingly original, a movie that almost defies description,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said. “Fathom is excited to help bring this collaboration of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, two of the unique voices in modern American cinema, back to the big screen for four special showings to commemorate its 20th anniversary.”

It’s nonstop thrills when George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino star as the Gecko brothers – two dangerous outlaws on a wild crime spree. After kidnapping a father (Harvey Keitel) and his two kids (including Juliette Lewis), the Geckos head south to a seedy Mexican bar to hide out in safety. But when they face the bar’s truly notorious clientele, they’re forced to team up with their hostages in order to make it out alive. From Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, the creators of Grindhouse, From Dusk Till Dawn is explosive action entertainment.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

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‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ Season 3 To Premiere Two Weeks Prior To Broadcast Debut

‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ Season 3 To Premiere Two Weeks Prior To Broadcast Debut

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Entertainment One (eOne), MIRAMAX® and El Rey Network has announced that the complete premiere episode of season three of From Dusk Till DawnThe Series will be available for free Digital HD preview two weeks prior to its September 6 broadcast debut on El Rey Network.  For fans eagerly anticipating the action-packed, horror-filled new season and newbies interested in sampling the series based on the cult film directed by Robert Rodriguez, the episode “Head Games”  will be available at no charge from August 23 to September 6 on iTunes, GooglePlay, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Fandango Now and Vudu.

Season three of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series continues the Gecko brothers’ saga as they fight their way through the chilling world of culebras, the vampire-snake hybrids that control hidden empires in Texas and Mexico.  The 10 new episodes — two of which premiere back to back on September 6 at 9pm and 10pm ET — follow Seth and Richie into the vortex of a culebraunderworld on the verge of a violent explosion.  In the season three premiere, the Geckos have been demoted to “collectors”, while their organization has been infiltrated by a mysterious new enemy hell-bent on destroying them, the Lords, and all culebras.  On, September 7, the day following its two episode broadcast premiere, both episodes will be available to purchase via all leading Digital HD outlets.

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Season three features a returning ensemble cast including D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Emily Rios and Jake Busey. New cast joining the third season are: Ana de la Reguera (“Jane the Virgin”, “Narcos”) who will have a recurring role as Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the seven remaining culebra Lords; Marko Zaror (“Machete Kills”) as Zolo, an Aztec warrior trained in Hell; Tom Savini (“Friday the 13th”, “From Dusk Till Dawn”) as Burt, a retired demon hunter who smokes more medical marijuana than he sells; Maurice Compte (“Breaking Bad”, “Narcos”) as Brasa, a mysterious Rasputin-like figure who takes on the Gecko brothers; and Nicky Whelan (“House of Lies”, “The Wedding Ringer”) whose character will be revealed during the season.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is produced by MIRAMAX in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures and Sugarcane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, showrunner Carlos Coto, writer Diego Gutierrez, FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, and MIRAMAX’s Zanne Devine and Daniel Pipski.

MIRAMAX distributes From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series internationally in all territories.

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Season 2 of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ Debuts August 25th On El Rey Network

Season 2 of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ Debuts August 25th On El Rey Network

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Last year, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES premiered as El Rey Network/Miramax’s first scripted drama and drew critical acclaim for the reimagining of Rodriguez’s cult classic film From Dusk Till Dawn. On August 25th at (9:00PM EST), the sophomore season of this fan-favorite, supernatural crime saga returns with 10 new episodes that expand the universe of the story from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Rodriguez, who also directs the first episode. And on August 26, Entertainment One will begin to release each episode for purchase on all leading digital platforms.

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‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’

Season One of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona, Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and his violent, unpredictable brother Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), who were on the run to Mexico when they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, who were taken hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensued when the group detoured to the Titty Twister, a strip club populated by culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood. They were forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.

In Season Two, the show travels between Mexico and the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and dynamics. Our characters are all living in very separate worlds – Santánico Pandemonium (Eiza González, “True Love) and Richie are outside Houston, doing their best Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport, “Shameless,” Noah) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia, Quinceanera,”Sons of Anarchy”) is protecting his wife and young daughter in  the suburbs. Carolos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama, “That ’70s Show,” To Whom it May Concern) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo, Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

This season, the cast is joined by Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills), who appeared in the original movie as Razor Charlie and Esai Morales (“Criminal Minds,” “NYPD Blue”), currently a series regular on “The Brink.” Trejo plays The Regulator, a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand and Morales will appear in the role of Lord Amancio Malvado, a figure of terrifying cruelty and power who has a complicated and obsessive relationship with Santánico. They will also be joined by Briana Evigan(Step Up 2), who does a turn as Sonja, an American expatriate working as a tattoo artist in a Mexican mercado. Jake Busey also resumes his guest starring role as Professor Aiden “Sex Machine” Tanner and Demi Lovato makes a guest starring appearance

Aside from Rodriguez, directors who will be behind the camera this season include Edurado Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project), Alejandro Bruges (Juan of the Dead), Joe Menendez (Ladrón que roba a ladrón) and Dwight Little (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers).


FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES is a Miramax production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment.  Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, showrunner Carlos Coto,  Diego Gutierrez and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa and Miramax’s Zanne Devine and Daniel Pipski.

About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.  Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites “the new mainstream” through badass content that awakens the renegade in everyone.  El Rey’s action-packed slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” which returns for a second season in summer 2015, the one-on-one interview program, “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair” and “Lucha Underground,” a freestyle wrestling series from Mark Burnett. El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and TV series including grindhouse genre, cult classic action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC <http://www.elreynetwork.com/> is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

To find El Rey Network in your area please check out the channel finder at http://bit.ly/ElReyChannelfinder

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Demi Lovato To Guest Star On El Rey’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”

Demi Lovato To Guest Star On El Rey’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”

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‘From Dusk Til Dawn’ Season 2

Multi-platinum selling recording artist and actress, Demi Lovato has joined the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” in a guest-starring role as announced today by El Rey Network and Miramax. The critically acclaimed supernatural crime saga is set to premiere on El Rey Network on Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm ET. 

Lovato broke the news through her social media channels earlier today by posting pictures on set in Austin, TX with both the series’ creator, director and El Rey Network chairman, Robert Rodriguez and fellow cast member Wilmer Valderrama. (https://instagram.com/p/3tTC_KuKrF/)(https://instagram.com/p/3tWzHwOKgZ/).
Lovato is represented by CAA’s Charlie Jennings and managed by Phil Mcintyre.

A Texas native, Demi Lovato is currently working on her fifth studio album. Her list of professional accomplishments includes a career defining year in 2013 with her album “Demi”, which included the hits “Heart Attack,” “Really Don’t Care” and “Neon Lights.” Following the album’s release, she appeared in the award-winning FOX series, “Glee.” In 2014, Lovato set off on two record-breaking arena tours including her Neon Lights tour which grossed 8.6 million over 21 dates and the Demi World Tour, which made stops in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Her book, STAYING STRONG: 365 DAYS A YEAR, became a New York Times best-seller and she continued to support charities close to her heart.

Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato

Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato

Lovato will join returning cast members D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Wind Walkers, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, “Sons of Anarchy”); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (“That ‘70s Show,” To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (“Noah,” “Shameless”); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) and guest star Jake Busey (Motorcycle Gang, Contract). They are joined in the show’s sophomore season by Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) as “The Regulator;” Esai Morales (“Criminal Minds,” “NYPD Blue”) as “Lord Amancio Malvado;” Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” “Justified,” “Texas Rising”) as “Uncle Eddie Cruickshank” and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2) as “Sonja Lam.”

Called “radically different” and “a fascinating ride” by The Associated Press, season one of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who were on the run to Mexico when they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller and his family, and took them hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensued when the group detoured to the Titty Twister, a strip club populated by culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood. They were forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.

In Season Two, the show travels between Mexico and the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Our characters are all living in very separate worlds – Santánico (Gonzalez) and Richie are outside Houston, doing their best Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Davenport) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal (Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Soo Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat”.

“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a Miramax production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, showrunner Carlos Coto, writer Diego Gutierrez, FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa, and Miramax’s Zanne Devine and Daniel Pipski.

Miramax is distributing “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” internationally in all territories.

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ACID POP CULT PODCAST: EPISODE 102 – One For The Ladies

ACID POP CULT PODCAST: EPISODE 102 – One For The Ladies

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This week on Acid Pop Cult, a little something to make everyone moist. Jeremy tries to explain why he doesn’t dig Robert Rodriguez flicks. Jason tells us what he’s got going on over at Icon Vs. Icon and tells us about his trip to Monster Mania. Lee brings the funny, tells us about some vinyl he picked up and shines a light on a sweet flick that we should check out called ‘Space is the Place’ over on the YouTubes and ‘Roadie’ starring MEATLOAF! They also poke fun at Chris and his movie selections at times.

Join us won’t you? The latest episode of Acid Pop Cult is pipin’ hot and ready for you to enjoy! – Click to download!

Acid Pop Cult – @acidpopcult
Jeremy – @almostgothim
Lee – @leearnoldMWF
Chris – @chrisjmichalek
Jason – @iconvsicon

 

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MACHETE KILLS: Teaser Trailer Makes It’s Explosive Debut!

MACHETE KILLS: Teaser Trailer Makes It’s Explosive Debut!

Machete is back for more and now you can see him kick some serious ass in the explosive first trailer for MACHETE KILLS.  If you don’t check it out on Yahoo! Movies now, Machete will find you:  Click here to check out the trailer! 
In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy. Make sure to keep your eyes locked on AMC Theaters tomorrow for another fiery look at the film!  Do it, or you’ll have to answer to Machete.
From director Robert Rodriguez the film stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard and Danny Trejo as the legendary Machete.MACHETE KILLS will be in theaters everywhere September 13th.  

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MACHETE KILLS: Sofia Vergara’s Chest Is Killer In New Promo Poster!

MACHETE KILLS: Sofia Vergara’s Chest Is Killer In New Promo Poster!

Get a load of Sofia Vergara as the deadly Desdemona in the latest MACHETE KILLS poster featured on EW.com now, and be sure to check it out in the magazine on stands today and tomorrow: http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/03/07/sofia-vergara-machete-kills/

Prepare for the epic return of Danny Trejo as the ultimate badass in Robert Rodriguez’s highly anticipated MACHETE KILLS.  Recruited by the government for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man, Machete must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

With an all-star cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mel Gibson, and Danny Trejo as the legendary Machete, MACHETE KILLS will be in theaters everywhere September 13th.< Be sure to "Like" the official Facebook page for the latest updates about the film: http://www.facebook.com/MacheteKills.

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Lady Gaga To Play “La Chameleon” In Robert Rodriguez Flick “Machete Kills”

Lady Gaga To Play “La Chameleon” In Robert Rodriguez Flick “Machete Kills”

In the tradition of his already interesting casting choices, director Robert Rodriguez continues to amass names for his already eclectic cast for ‘Machete Kills’. In addition to all the returning stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba, the director recently announced that Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana are along for the ride.

The latest addition is one of the biggest stars in pop culture — Lady Gaga! mother Monster will be playing a character named La Chameleon. Check out her character poster below and weigh in with your thoughts!

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Jason Eisener Discusses His Breakthrough Film ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ And More!

Jason Eisener Discusses His Breakthrough Film ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ And More!

Director Jason Eisener first captured the attention of film fans worldwide with his award-winning faux-trailer “Hobo with a Shotgun” at the 2007 SXSW Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino ‘Grindhouse’ Trailer Competition. A lifelong movie fan, it turned out that his win there was just the first stop on what would prove to be a whirlwind ride for this up-and-coming director! Fast forward to 2011 — Eisener has just unleashed the gritty, action-packed, no-holds-barred feature length version of ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ on the world. The film features the iconic Rutger Hauer in the lead role and has developed a cult following that is growing larger with each passing day! Not to shabby for a laid back guy from Canada! Icon Vs. Icon‘s Jason Price recently caught up with Jason Eisener to discuss his past and cinematic influences, the influences that helped to shape the world of ‘Hobo With A Shotgun,’ the possibility of a sequel or spin-off, and his advice for aspiring filmmakers!

We always hear that the entertainment industry isn’t for the faint of heart.  What helped you pursue a career as a filmmaker instead of going in a different direction?

Well, when I was a kid I wanted to be a marine biologist and I asked my Grade 5 schoolteacher, like, if I could make a living doing it, and he said that I would have a really hard time. So, I started thinking about other things and then someone didn’t tell me you don’t make that much money being a filmmaker either! [laughs]

But, basically what my passion just kind of came from, mostly, like at the end of junior high I was into skateboarding and that’s how I first picked up a video camera and just started filming skits with my friends in our down time, and then started really digging into films and discovering my love for cinema.

I think it was like Grade 9, we took over my parents’ backyard shed, and we just turned it in to, like, this screening clubhouse where we just had a VCR and a couple bunks. But we spent our whole summer in there swimming and watching movies, and we just cleaned out, like, our local video store — like horror, action, sci?fi section — within a span of a summer, and we then when it came time when we got to high school we just used every opportunity we could to film any project that a teacher would give us to try to make it into an opportunity to make a movie.

And they made a film and video class just because they saw, like, the interest for it, and so, there in high school, I had this amazing film teacher by the name of Brian O’Grady who just let our imaginations run wild. He basically didn’t put, like, a cap or a limit on anything, and that’s, I think, where I probably got to discover myself as an artist and the kinds of movies I wanted to make the most and then I saw ‘Evil Dead II,’ and I think it was playing 11 or something and that’s when I saw that movie that I just knew that I wanted to be a filmmaker for the rest of my life. When I saw how Sam Raimi moved with his camera I just I couldn’t believe it! I thought, “Wow if one can make a living doing that, that’s pretty awesome!”

And so I went into NFCC program like a community college and it’s a two-year program where they just — where they teach you how to use the gear and the lighting set ups and set etiquette and how every position works. So, we just took it as an opportunity to learn everything, and when we got out of school we could just do the lighting edit, shoot it, direct it, produce it, record the sound, mix it, compose music, and it just really gave us the tools to do neat films. So, that’s kind of sort of a really long answer to your question.

No, that’s great. You mentioned Sam Raimi. Is he or is there one person you would sight as your biggest professional influence?

That’s a really good question. I don’t know if I could just put it on one person. Shit, yeah, I don’t know, because there’s been so many films and filmmakers that have influenced me so much in my life. Like, he’s definitely one of them, and John Carpenter and when I saw Walter Hill’s ‘The Warriors’ when I was in college I was kind of going through a hard time, and I didn’t know if I was going to continue pursuing filmmaking and I saw ‘The Warriors’ and that just totally revitalized me and inspired me. And I knew, like, when I saw that movie I was just like man it just reminded me of when I saw ‘Evil Dead II.’ It was like if filmmaking can be this cool if it’s possible for a movie to be as cool as ‘The Warriors’ then that’s what I want to do. I got to do that. I got to figure out a way to make that happen.

That’s awesome. I’m a big fan of ‘The Warriors’ myself, and now that you say that, I can kind of see a little bit of ‘The Warriors’ in ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ actually.

Yeah, absolutely. It’s my favorite film of all time. Like, I can say that honestly that is my favorite movie. Just I love that film and also how it inspired me in my life. It’s kind of leaking into my work, that’s for sure.

For people who may not be familiar with it, what initially sparked the idea for the ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ trailer?

Well, there’s this place that me and John go to every once in a while to come up with ideas for movies and it’s called Ronny’s Pizza and it’s this pizza joint that’s, like, it’s kind of down the street from where we lived and grew up. And we were there one day just kind of pitching ideas back and forth and one of our best friends named Mojo was hanging with us. And he had really long hair and he had a shirt with a bunch of stains on it and he had just bought this air soft shotgun that shoots plastic pellets and John and I were just shooting ideas back and forth, just random pitches, and Mojo speaks up and says, “Well, why don’t you guys make a movie about me?” And John just kind of looks him up and down and says, “What a hobo with a shotgun?” And it just kind of clicked. Like, we knew right then and there when those words came out of his mouth we were like, “Whoa, that has a really cool meaning and a really cool idea.”

But we were kind of like, what can this movie be about? And we went outside on that street, it’s called Main Street, and there is, like, strip clubs. There’s pawnshops, there’s sex toy stores, it’s dirty and it’s kind of a greasy street, and we just started envisioning, outside the windows of that pizza shop, we started envisioning this hobo walking down the street and hanging outside the convenience store and there was a robbery and it took place and the guy who owned the convenience store was really good to this homeless guy, and he was giving him change or food when he could. So, this hobo was, like, standing in this line to buy a lawn mower, but he saw in that pawnshop window and he goes over and he trades in his nickel and dimes for a shotgun and just walks back over and takes care of the cops and saves this convenience store and that was the idea and then we left like that pawnshop ?? that pizza shop with, and when the contest came about we kind of pulled that idea out and started just elaborating on it.

Was it a difficult process like flushing out the trailer into a script for a feature length film?

It was and it wasn’t. We were just writing like we write in the future film scripts before but this was definitely our first real tackle at it in a sense. When we came up with the idea for the trailer, and the day we went to go shoot it, we just ?? the night before, we shot it the night we heard about the contest, and we basically just put that day and that afternoon running a treatment as what we thought the whole film was about. And so we came up with all the scenes, well, most of the scenes and then kind of picked out which moments we thought would be best for the feature and then we went over and we shot those moments. And then we went back to write the feature, it wasn’t long before we were able to bang out that first draft, but we wrote like 27 other drafts over the years. We would get bored with ideas or come up with new characters or just I don’t know. It seemed like almost every draft was almost kind of completely different in a way.

One of the things that really makes the film jump from the screen is Rutger Hauer’s performance. How did you get him to come aboard for the film?

Well, me and John, when we were spending the time in my parents’ back shed, the first actor I remember we popped in a copy of ‘The Hitcher’ and we were just blown away by Rutger’s screen presence. At first we were just tracking down our favorite directors and then Rutger was the first actor we sought after every one of his films, and then I remember seeing ‘The Blood of Hero,’ which I think is probably still my favorite Rutger Hauer movie. It just, like, that was always a huge inspiration in the back of my mind like when we were writing the hobo character and so when it came time ?? the distributor asked us to write or list a top of our top five favorite actors that we would love to play the role. And it was just obvious that Rutger would be at the top of that list, but I never thought that he would do it. Like, I didn’t even figure we would be able to reach him.

I didn’t think it would ever happen, but I thought it would give people a kind of class and style idea that I want to bring to the character, and so I wrote down and within a couple days they got a hold of his agent and his agent read the script and thought it was right for Rutger, but thought Rutger wouldn’t like it, and he basically sent him the script and he said, “It’s a bunch of kids and they’re making this movie. They don’t have much money, I don’t think you’re going to like the script,” and for Rutger, whenever someone tells him he doesn’t like something or that he won’t like something, it kind of piques his interest. He wants to know why people would think he doesn’t like something.

And so he read the script and he thought it was crazy, and he didn’t know what to say. He said he actually just wanted to get on Skype with me, and so a couple days after that I got on Skype with him and he was my first Skype call. And we spoke for about an hour, and we just hit it off, and we’ve been talking to him for 10 or 15 minutes, I told him what I wanted to do with the character and he really connected with it. We just actually spent a lot of time talking about his love for ocean conservation, and I grew up wanting to be a marine biologist. I share a lot of the same thoughts that he does and we really hit it off over that stuff, and it was so close to pre-production. He was in the house actually a week after that!

As a director, did having an experienced actor like him take away some of the burden of being a first time director?
 

Take away a burden, no. I felt more stress! [laughs] Especially during the prep just ’cause ?? I’m first and foremost a film fan, like, before I’m anything else. So, he was my favorite actor growing up and still is my favorite actor, and, so, I was really nervous in prep I can remember before that conversation I had with him I couldn’t even eat my lunch. I was really nervous for him having that week of knowing he was coming and I’m going to have to give direction to one of my favorite actors, and he’s worked with some of my favorite directors … I just thought, like, now I’m gonna look like a chump! [laughs]

But he was so awesome. We just hit it off. We went out for coffee and we just spent three days, like, hanging out at the office just jamming on movies and music and we’d crack open the script every once in a while and just talk about ideas. But, we mostly just spent our prep together just hanging out and talking about the character, talking about each others lives and inspirations and just really connected. It honestly felt, like, someone I had known my whole life. He felt like an old college buddy or an old best friend, like, I haven’t seen in a long time. And he just made that so comfortable onset. He was just super cool to everyone. He was so cool to all of my friends and crew.

He was more than just an actor; he came on as one of the filmmakers. Like one of the team, because as soon as he got there, you know I’m pretty close with my team, like my friends and my crew and my producers and my writer, and we were always jamming on stuff together, like, here just growing up together working together and stuff, and he just came and he jumped in on that team as soon as he got here. It was so cool to see. So, he was, like, even, like, things we would have problems with he would speak up and say, “Hey, boys I’ve seen this like done a hundred times. Here, like, let me show you.” And he would stand and help us figure it out.

What would you say was the biggest challenge for you on the shoot?

The biggest challenge, well the biggest challenge I guess was probably just the shooting schedule and the amount of stuff we got to do in just a short period of time. And doing a lot of the action and stunts and gags and me being a first time filmmaker, there’s definitely inexperience there. And so it was just we had, like, we were averaging over 45 setups per day and just going, going and going. And in order to make our day it was just, like, it was crazy.

But we just kept the energy alive and just kept everything moving. But, other than that, that was more of just, like, that was, like, the work but I guess some of the mental struggles were just being a first time filmmaker and having to direct a crew and be a team leader, it becomes a little nerve racking beforehand, but once I got into production I just felt I was meant to do it.

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But, I remember in prep I wanted to be a good leader and it was all these emotions building up to shooting and, yeah, I just wanted to be super confident and everything in every decision I made and that’s, like, one of the most important things a filmmaker can be is confident. You have to show your team that you are confident about everything. Like, once you appear to have lost confidence in what you’re doing then your team is gonna lose confidence in what they’re doing, and when you’re working on a film you’re working with a bunch of amazing artists. It’s not like just a couple of artists on set. It’s like everyone working on the film is, like, a really good artist and your job as the director is to keep them inspired, and you’ve got to go around and make sure that all these artists are inspired and make art, and I feel that that’s one of the most important things a director can do on set, because if all the artists on the movie are inspired to make it work then hopefully that’s going to translate into the film.I really wanted to be a really good team leader for my crew and so that was probably the hardest part was just making sure and building up that confidence and being confident in myself.

You mentioned the time frame and the tensions being high for your first feature. What was your favorite memory from your time on the set with all that looking back on the whole process?

I think my favorite moment on set, the one I’ll probably take with me forever, is it was one of the last days of shooting we only had, like, eight people for the crew and it was a very small crew. We were shooting the opening train sequence for the opening credits, and it was a beautiful day and we had the whole day with this train basically, and we just had fun. Like, there was no stress. We only had to get a couple shots, and we had to shoot that opening sequence, like, for the one day. It was just great. So, I had a lot of time to do it, and it was just wicked. Like, we were just having a good time. Like, Rutger got to drive the train, and it was a beautiful sunset and I can remember just sitting in the boxcar and Rutger and it was the first time in, like, a year-and-a-half probably where things were so calm. We were done shooting the movie pretty much, and there was not a lot of crazy stress or anything and I got to just kind of sit back for once and actually just realize what had happened, like, over the past year-and-a-half. And I’m looking and I look above the monitor and just see all my crew and my friends hanging out in this boxcar and Rutger on the other side of the land and I just thought, “Holy shit, like, what happened? Like, we’re making a Rutger Hauer movie. This is crazy.” And it was just there was definitely tears. I just, like, had a moment to actually sit back and realize what had happened.

Fans are really started buzzing about the film pretty early. Were you expecting the film to generate the buzz that it has and has it been a bit of a double edged sword in a way with illegal downloading. Can you tell us a little bit about that and how it’s affected you as a filmmaker?

Yeah, sure. The first part of your question ?? I didn’t ?? I thought when we made the film, I would poll out of the audience a little bit more. I thought there’d be a lot more people ready to watch what we had done but it’s been like ?? it’s totally been, like, surpassed our expectations. I thought it would divide our audience like maybe 50/50 like 50 percent of the audience would hate it and 50 percent of the audience would dig it, but I’ve been surprised, like, at how well it’s been received and how the critics have taken to it, and how it’s been building up an audience. It’s awesome. I always hoped it would. It’s, like, the hope of filmmaker to have an audience or a movie ?? and I worked hard to make a film for an audience. Like, it’s not completely just, like, a personal ?? it wasn’t just for us.  It’s for a huge audience out there for it, hopefully. It’s great to see they’re supporting the film.

Illegal pirating — I’m new to this, and so I’m learning a lot. Like, I know we’ve got to make back our budget on the movie. It’s sold to a couple territories and you know there’s like ?? we still have to pay everyone that invested their money into it. And so I hope it does. I’m glad, like, people are, like, there’s a demand for the movie and people really want to see it and they’re downloading it. I think that’s awesome, and I’m getting a lot of support from people that said they’ve downloaded and said they’re definitely gonna pick it up when it comes around in DVD and Blu-Ray.

So, I don’t know. I’m just learning from this right now, and I’m not too sure of what the outcome will be, but hopefully it’ll be positive and hopefully, I don’t know. Like, it’s definitely a different age with film distribution right now, and there’s no way stopping a movie from getting online. It’s just impossible. So, there’s nothing I can really do to fight it. I’m seeing that now, and hoping that the people that do dig the movie support it, because if the movie makes its budget back and does okay there’s a good chance we’ll get to work again and we’ll get to bring another movie back to Nova Scotia and everyone that has worked so hard on this movie will give them an opportunity to work again.

I did read that there’s a possibility for a possible spinoff. What could you tell us about that?

Well, I don’t know, we’ll see. There are two characters in the movie that people really seem to groove on, and they call it ”The Plague.“ There are these two bounty hunters that have to ?? they get called by The Drake to take down the hobo and we kind of made those like ?? we’ve had those characters kind of floating around in the back of our minds for quite some time.

And they’ve kind of leaked into some of our other short film work that we’ve done before, and we wrote a treatment for a future film about them called “The Plague” that I love and I’m super excited about the idea.

So, I don’t know. Maybe if there’s enough interest, maybe i’ll have an opportunity to make that film some day, but I’m also open to ?? I’d also love to make another hobo movie as well too. We have lots of other hobo stories. Like, I was saying before we had 27 drafts of the spread that were all pretty much different, and so we just have so many ideas of so many stories that I would love to tell more tales of the hobo. But right now we’re writing a marital arts film, that’s our concentration, but we’re always thinking about ideas in that same hobo world.

Can you tell us a little bit about the marital arts picture?

Yeah, I can’t say too much because we’re developing it now, and so I can say what it’s about now and then it could totally change in a week or two. It takes place in a high school. It’s very much in the world of hobo with a shotgun. It’s very influenced by ‘The Wanderers’ and ‘The Class of 1984’ and ‘Rock -n- Roll High School’ and ‘Riki-Oh’ and we’re gonna try and make a kick ass Canadian marital arts movie ’cause there haven’t really been any! Other than ‘Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Harry Knuckles.’

What would be your best advice to someone who wants to pursue a career in filmmaking?

I think you’ve got to spend a lot of time working for free, and I know it’s tough. It’s tough to pay the rent and, you know, work a hard job and then have to go to work in the film world which is really tough as well and work for free. But, you’ve got to spend a lot of time working for free and just making connections and usually when you’re helping out other people will return the favor when it comes time to make your own film, so you’ve got to spend a lot of time working really fast on other people’s short films and just giving them your time and your energy for free and then hang onto all of that when it comes time to manage your own film and bring out all those people that you helped out. And there’s a lot of that. You spend a lot of time working for free for a while just building connections and building relationships with people, so that when it comes time to make your own film you’ll have people who will give you their free time as well.

And, another thing too is I think is really important for filmmakers is to grab a hold of their inspirations and know how they perceive the world as artists and to track it down, track down things that really inspired you as a kid or really caught your attention or … let me give you an example of tracking down something that you know influences you and how you perceive the world. For me is growing up I spent a lot of time watching, like, ‘80’s television. Like, ‘80’s cartoons and ‘80’s wrestling. For me, whenever I see a certain color combination go together like yellow, a certain yellow, or red my mind instantly clicks to Hulk Hogan, like, from WWF back in the day. And, I think it’s important to recognize those things and track those things down, and then start applying those things to your own work. And so, like, with Hobo I don’t know if anyone will ever see it, but when I was designing characters for the movie I was going back to how ‘80’s wrestling was attracting my eye as a kid and what they did to attract my attention. And so I tried to design my characters in a kind of way that they did using crazy color pallets and maybe one day some kid, when they see a certain white or black together, they might think of either Ivan or Slick in the drake or maybe blue and the yellow and they’ll think of the hobo.

I think it’s important for artists to really know how they perceive the world and know if they can track down what they like about art and start applying it to their own work and being true to that. Then their work is gonna be cool, and I think people will connect to it and you’ll develop your own style.

And so, I just think its one thing I’ve preached to filmmakers. They kind of spend a lot of time doing that and stay inspired as well too. Like, being inspired is the most important thing. If you’re not inspired you have to stop everything and figure out what it is that’s either blocking you or that’s not inspiring you or finding something that is inspiring you. Whether it is you’ve got to go climb a mountain or whatever it is you’re gonna have to do it so you can be inspired and keep preying on it. It’s really important.

We really appreciate your time and I think it’s been a great interview. It’s really eye opening to see how you put it all together and everything. So, it’s really been great talking to you.

All right, wicked, man thank you so much!

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