Rodriguez to Direct STX Entertainment’s Animated Film “Ugly Dolls”

Things are about to get a little Ugly for Robert Rodriguez

The 48-year-old Mexican American filmmaker will direct STX Entertainment’s animated Ugly Dolls, based on the children’s toys, which the company has long planned as the film to launch its family and animation division.

Robert Rodriguez

The movie will be released on May 10, 2019.

The dolls were created by David Horvath via his company Pretty Ugly LLC and have taken off in popularity in Asia.

Rodriguez, now better known for darker films like Sin CityEl MariachiDesperadoMachete and From Dusk Till Dawn, was the creative force behind the big-screen family-friendly Spy Kids franchise 

He’s known for pushing the envelope and trying new techniques whether its the graphic novel-like animation/live-action of Sin City or the digital eye candy of Spy Kids. He also did The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3D back in 2005.

Rodriguez actually started out as a cartoonist and had a comic strip called Los Hooligans for his high school newspaper, the Daily Texan at St. Anthony’s in Austin. He also drew political cartoons and then started making short films.

Rodriguez, as previously reported, will direct 20th Century Fox’s Escape From New York, the remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 film.

Rodriguez to Sit Down with Barbra Streisand at the Tribeca Film Festival

Robert Rodriguez is ready to babble on with Babs

The 48-year-old Mexican American filmmaker will partner with Barbra Streisand for a special talk at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Robert Rodriguez

Streisand, an icon in multiple entertainment fields, will converse on her unparalleled career and force field of creativity with filmmaker Rodriguez, the mastermind behind such films as El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, as part of the festival’s Tribeca Talks: Storytellers series.

Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, concert performer, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony Award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor.

Rodriguez, a horror/cult movie maestro, will pose questions to Streisand on her storied career.

But he isn’t the only Latino taking part in this year’s Tribeca Talks…

Alejandro González Iñárritu will talk part in the Tribeca Talks: Director Series, a series of will “intimate talks and discussions.”

The Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker, who directed Birdman and The Revenant, will discuss his own body of work.

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 19-30. Visit the festival’s website for more details.

Here’s more on the two Tribeca Talks:

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series
Today’s most groundbreaking filmmakers discuss their careers and highlights.

Alejandro González Iñárritu
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, one of only three directors to ever win consecutive Oscars and the first to do so in 65 years, will talk about his beautifully varied work on films such as Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Biutiful, Babel, and most recently, The Revenant. Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to have been nominated for Best Director and Best Producer in the history of the Academy Awards.
DATE: Saturday, April 22
TIME: 2:30PM

Tribeca Talks: Storytellers
Some of today’s most innovative creators broke from traditional roles and pioneered their own forms of storytelling, often mastering multiple mediums. This series will celebrate the illustrious careers of those individuals who have broken from the mold.

Barbra Streisand with Robert Rodriguez
Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Barbra Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, concert performer, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. She will converse on her unparalleled career and force field of creativity with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
DATE: Saturday, April 29
TIME: 6:00PM
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Hayek Wins Decade of Hotness Award at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards

Salma Hayek’s a perfect 10 (years of sexy)…

The 48-year-old Mexican actress picked up the Decade of Hotness award at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards 2015.

Salma Hayek

Hayek, who rocked a sexy low-cut dress to pick up the gong made of golden antlers from actor Liam Neeson, recalled her first time being called a “bombshell” after Desperado was released.

“My English was worse than now and I read the reviews that, ‘Salma Hayek was a bombshell,’ and to me this means that I was terrible, that I had bombed!” said Hayek. “Everyone told me, ‘No, no, it means that you’re great, that you’re sexy!’ And [I was like], ‘That’s it? They didn’t talk about my acting?”

Hayek says a nod to an actress’ “hotness” becomes more and more precious to her as she gets older.

“When you start you’re like, ‘No, I want them to see me for my talent, and know me as an actress,’ ” she told reporters on Saturday.

“Now?! They want to give me a decade of hotness – I’m like, ‘Bring it on!’ ” says the mother of Valentina Paloma Pinault. “You really like to be ‘hot’ after you’re 40.”

Hayek says she owes her hotness to husband François-Henri Pinault.

“You know makes you ‘hot’? When you have the hots for someone,” she said. “I have the hots for my husband, and that keeps you, I think that keeps that in you. When you like somebody it comes out of you, almost naturally, and you’re motivated. Love motivates you.”

Hayek has been married to Pinault, a French businessman, since 2009.

Trejo Takes on “Bad Ass” Role…

He’s played a baddie in films like Spy Kids, Desperado and Machete… But now Danny Trejo’s ready to star as a badass crime fighter.

The 67-year-old Mexican-American actor is starring in Bad Ass, a film that centers on a bearded man who isn’t afraid to deliver some serious street justice even though he’s old.

Danny Trejo Stars in Bad Ass

Trejo stars as Frank Vega, a Vietnam War vet who returns home only to be shunned by society. It’s not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus, where he protects an old black man from a pair of skinheads, makes him a local hero. When video of him punching the men hits the internet, he becomes a celebrated viral star and crime fighter.

The film is based on Epic Beard Man, an Oakland bus rider who encountered a similar situation, including delivering a whooping and becoming a viral video star.

Bad Ass is slated to hit theaters in 2012.