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March 30, 2001 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Director Robert Rodriguez fondly recalls he and his nine siblings crowding around their mysterious Uncle Gregorio, peppering him with questions about his adventures. Gregorio was an undercover agent with the FBI--perhaps the most fascinating job an 8-year-old boy could imagine.
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March 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
El Rey, writer-director Robert Rodriguez's recently launched Latino cable channel, has its first renewal. On Wednesday, the channel announced it had greenlighted a second season of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. " The series, based on Rodriguez's 1995 film of the same name, follows the same overall story line of two American criminals who go south of the Mexican border to evade authorities and wind up in a strip club populated with vampires. D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz play the brothers, replacing the feature film's George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino.
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August 23, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
It was not your typical Hollywood creative meeting. Instead of sparkling water and Ahi salad, the Four Seasons conference room was provided with Sprite, French fries and a tray of chocolate lollipops. Magic markers and paper were piled up on the table for doodling and with good reason -- most of the people in the room weren't old enough to drive. Clearly, the Rodriguez boys were back in town. "We have our way of doing things and, so far, Hollywood seems pretty happy with it," said Texas-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who was sitting with two of his sons, Rebel and Racer, both of whom contributed to their father's newest feature, "Shorts," which arrives in theaters this weekend.
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March 11, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In what might be an industry first, movie director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado," "Machete," "Sin City") has his own TV channel. Born out of a commitment by Comcast, as it acquired an interest in NBCUniversal, to carry minority-owned networks, El Rey (also available via Time Warner and DirecTV) has as its sometime-stated target young English-speaking Latinos. Or rather, young English-speaking Latinos - and anyone else with a television - who likes the sort of movies Rodriguez makes.
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October 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Robert Rodriguez's new "Machete Kills" is the strongest example yet of the corner the filmmaker seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies. Even the self-sufficiency of Rodriguez having his own production facilities in Austin, Texas, seems to be yielding diminishing returns, as so much of what he has done recently feels like wandering into the backyard to idle away a day. The story of "Machete Kills" follows a blade-wielding secret agent (Danny Trejo)
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November 27, 1994 | Joe Leydon, Joe Leydon is the film critic for the Houston Post. and
Get a load of this: Antonio Banderas, all decked out in bandit black, scampering across the bar in a dingy cantina, a blazing pistol in either hand, mowing down bad guys as he twirls his arms this way, that way, any way, like a flamboyant bullfighter facing death in the afternoon. Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez can't help grinning at his own handiwork as the action explodes across the twin video monitors. " Awwww riiiight !" he exclaims, turning up the volume on the Lightworks editing unit.
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March 11, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In what might be an industry first, movie director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado," "Machete," "Sin City") has his own TV channel. Born out of a commitment by Comcast, as it acquired an interest in NBCUniversal, to carry minority-owned networks, El Rey (also available via Time Warner and DirecTV) has as its sometime-stated target young English-speaking Latinos. Or rather, young English-speaking Latinos - and anyone else with a television - who likes the sort of movies Rodriguez makes.
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May 23, 2007
Movie deal: Robert Rodriguez has been signed to direct a new version of "Barbarella," based on the sci-fi comic book series that inspired the 1968 film starring Jane Fonda.
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February 26, 1993 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 24-year-old director Robert Rodriguez has an instinctive feeling for pace and movement. His first feature, "El Mariachi," reportedly made for $7,000, doesn't tell you much about what he might be able to do with actors and a strong, complex script--it's basically a cinematic exercise that provides a shoot-out or a chase scene every few minutes. But from moment to moment it keeps you watching.
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June 10, 2005 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
In return for a little patience with the 3-D glasses and some protracted retinal strain, Robert Rodriguez's "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D" offers a retooled "Wizard of Oz" story elaborately re-imagined as a green screen dream. "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D" was based on characters created by Rodriguez's 7-year-old son, Racer, which might explain why the symbolism tends to meander a little. (Do 7-year-olds read reviews? Because that felt weird.
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March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Robert Rodriguez helped ignite an independent film movement in the 1990s with his film "El Mariachi," shot for a mere $7,000, before moving on to blockbuster fare such as "Sin City" and the "Spy Kids" franchise. Now the restless filmmaker, 45, is trying to revolutionize the small screen with the recently launched cable network El Rey, targeted at a young, English-speaking Latino audience. It's available on Time Warner and DirecTV, among other outlets. You've had a lot of success in films.
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January 30, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Gecko Brothers are back. So promises the first full-length trailer for the upcoming TV series "From Dusk Till Dawn," based on the 1996 cult horror flick directed by Robert Rodriguez, penned by Quentin Tarantino and starring Tarantino and George Clooney. The 10-episode series, which will air on Rodriguez's new English-language El Rey Network aimed at Latino audiences, revisits the saga of bank robber Seth Gecko (played by Clooney in the film and D.J. Cotrona in the series) and his unpredictable brother, Richie ( Zane Holtz, taking over for Tarantino)
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January 17, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
When people talk of "main street" in their coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, it's not a metaphor, as the small ski-resort town really does have a main thoroughfare that is central to much of the action. It's also the most obvious example of the tension between the growing glitz and the small-town quaintness that is part of the fabric of the event. As the film festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, these photos are a reminder of how truly intimate the event once was - and also how exciting the meetings it creates can be, bringing together critic Roger Ebert with provocateur Michael Moore, or maverick filmmakers such as John Sayles and Robert Altman.
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October 10, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
With "Gravity" still floating atop the box office, "Captain Phillips" may find itself adrift this weekend. The 3-D space drama starring Sandra Bullock got off to a great start last weekend and has even attracted moviegoers to the multiplex mid-week, grossing $5.3 million on Wednesday alone. This weekend the movie could collect as much as $40 million, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. With $73 million already under its belt, the film will certainly pass the $100-million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday.
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October 10, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Robert Rodriguez's new "Machete Kills" is the strongest example yet of the corner the filmmaker seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies. Even the self-sufficiency of Rodriguez having his own production facilities in Austin, Texas, seems to be yielding diminishing returns, as so much of what he has done recently feels like wandering into the backyard to idle away a day. The story of "Machete Kills" follows a blade-wielding secret agent (Danny Trejo)
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May 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Charlie Sheen is changing his name to Carlos Estevez in the upcoming film "Machete Kills," according to reports. The actor is going back to his birth name and Latino roots, using the moniker Carlos Estevez in the trailer for action film "Machete Kills," which was shown in theaters this weekend. A screen grab of the thiller's intro shows a crimson and black portrait of Sheen posing with a gun and says, "And introducing Carlos Estevez. " It is said to be the first time in his professional career that Sheen will be billed by his birth name.
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August 22, 2009
In her review of "Shorts" ["Coming Up Short," Aug. 21], Betsy Sharkey says she wishes the director, Robert Rodriguez, would "set aside the kid stuff and get back to the promise of his earlier work." She must have forgotten that in 1995, Rodriguez directed one of the segments that made up "Four Rooms." The segment, "The Misbehavers," featured two wickedly warped children who tormented bellhop Tim Roth and deceived their father, played by Antonio Banderas. It was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
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September 3, 1995 | ERIKA TAYLOR
REBEL WITHOUT A CREW by Robert Rodriguez (Dutton: $22.95; 285 pp.) Only someone very young or ignorant would attempt to make a feature film with $7,000 dollars and no crew. This is because most people know such an endeavor is impossible. Not only did Robert Rodriguez create "El Mariachi" under those conditions but at 23 he became a Hollywood success overnight.
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May 14, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Meg James
NEW YORK -- Univision intends to remain the king. The nation's largest Spanish-language media company, Univision Communications, on Tuesday said it has made a financial investment in the planned El Rey cable channel owned by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. El Rey, which means "the king" in Spanish, is expected to launch in December and target male Latinos under 35 with English-language programming. El Rey becomes the second planned English-language network to capture Univision investment.
IMAGE
March 11, 2012 | By Booth Moore and Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Many big-name L.A.-based designers - Rodarte, Gregory Parkinson, Rachel Zoe, Barbara Tfank, Skaist-Taylor and Juan Carlos Obando among them - have already shown their fall 2012 collections at New York Fashion Week. Now in the middle of Los Angeles Fashion Week, it seems like a good time to meet other designers and labels that are shaping the L.A. fashion scene and giving it global reach. Of Two Minds The look: L.A.'s answer to Isabel Marant. The goods: Designer Sunjoo Moon marries Parisian chic and West Coast cool for a world-traveler vibe seen in fur vests, maxi-length dresses done in relaxed 1970s silhouettes, cozy knits and trousers festooned with subtle tribal patterns.
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