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September 3, 2010 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
I'm talkin' 'bout Machete! He's the federale who's a sex machine to all the chicks, and no friend of the racist whitefolk out to mess with all the murderous, blade-flashing attitude for which he stands. The character, played by the authentic tough guy and character actor Danny Trejo, was introduced in a fake trailer, part of the 2007 Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double bill known as "Grindhouse. " Now Rodriguez and Trejo have delivered the movie to go with the trailer. It's outlandishly gory and bluntly political, the latter being more interesting than the former.
August 18, 2011 | By Julie Makinen and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Moviegoers, at least in the United States, are showing a waning interest in 3-D. So Hollywood is looking to solve the problem as only it can: by adding a new dimension. This time, it's not your sight but your smell that's being brought into the equation: "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D" director Robert Rodriguez is promising to throw audiences "nose first into the fourth dimension" this weekend when the latest installment in his family-friendly series debuts with "Aroma-Scope," a scratch-and-sniff experience.
What would you wish for if you found a rainbow-colored rock that told you to make a wish, then granted every one? Would you go for world peace, a million bucks? Or like the kids in "Shorts," would you wish for a castle and a moat protected by snakes and alligators, not realizing the complications that might crop up? Me, I'd wish that writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the finely wrought darkness of "Sin City," would set aside the kid stuff and get back to the promise of his earlier work . . . right after world peace and a million bucks.
July 25, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
With "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over," writer-director Robert Rodriguez has managed to keep the third adventure of his pint-sized sleuths lively and engaging for audiences of all ages with the added novelty of 3-D. All manner of projectiles zoom over the audience, which will be fun for youngsters, but with the film's sturdy story line the gimmick really wasn't necessary, even though it is used imaginatively.
September 2, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Times Staff Writer
For a man who's so stone-faced on the screen, Danny Trejo sure has a lot to say. Standing up at a banquette inside the classic Hollywood restaurant Musso & Frank on a recent afternoon, Trejo tells an elderly man hovering uncertainly in the doorway to "come on in," imitates director Robert Rodriguez's text-happy fingers, gestures to the waiter for a refill of his cranberry and 7-Up ("Manny, another one!") and turns to a reporter to decry the flaws in the California prison system before offering some culinary advice ("You've never had the eggs Benedict here?
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.
September 5, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Writer-director Kevin Smith describes Michael Parks as "porn for actors. If you like actors and you discover Michael Parks in a scene and you have never seen him before, your brain explodes. He will take a page of dialogue and deliver it in a different way than anybody else. " Parks, 71, is starring in Smith's latest film, "Red State," available on video-on-demand, as Abin Cooper, a Fred Phelps-like preacher. In this thriller, Cooper and his cult have been kidnapping and killing teenage boys they believe to be gay. What makes Parks' performance terrifying is how he deftly blends a soft-spoken demeanor with a charismatic intensity and venom.
September 8, 1996 | Josef Woodard, Josef Woodard is an occasional contributor to Calendar
What becomes a 10th anniversary most? Tonight, the Orange County Performing Arts Center will be celebrating its first decade of cultural service with an event of gala proportions. The musical fare will include such artists as mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, baritone Gino Quilico and pianist Emanuel Ax, in performance with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl St.Clair, all framed by a champagne reception to open the festivities and a dinner dance to follow.
July 7, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
As the giant spaceship crashes into the mysterious planet, the seats inside the movie theater heave back and forth and rumble like an earthquake. "Back ticklers" in the seats thump as an astronaut dodges fireballs and rolls on the ground. A strobe light flashes and huge fans expel gusts of air reeking of smoke and gunpowder. In the latest bid to attract moviegoers back to multiplexes, where 3-D -- featured in hits such as "The Avengers" and"Men in Black 3"--  is already the norm, technology and entertainment companies are pushing a new system known as 4-D. At the leading edge of the technology is South Korean conglomerate CJ Group, which operates Asia's largest theater chain and has set up a laboratory near Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to demonstrate and market its 4DX system.
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