Thursday, 27 November 2014

Robert Rodriguez's 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Casting


Filming on the sequel to Sin City: 'A Dame To Kill For' began on October 29th and Robert Rodriguez has casted more roles. Jaimie King will be will returning to play Wendy, the sister of Goldie, and Jamie Chung will play Miho (previously played by Devon Aoki). Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Rosario Dawson will all be reprising their roles from the previous film. 'A Dame To Kil For' will take place before the events of the first 'Sin City' film.

The film is set for an October 4th, 2013 release.

Last week, the first Official image from Robert Rodriguez's upcoming film 'Machete Kills' was released. 'Machete Kills' follows Danny Trejo as a former Mexican federale out to stop a madman and a billionaire arms dealer from unleashing war across the globe.


'Machete Kills' stars:

Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.



Top 3 Unnecessary American Horror Remakes

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Chase Merkley


Some couple of articles ago, I gave you my list for some of the best American remakes that have been made for the horror genre. I figured since I let you in on what I thought was some of the best out there, I should fill you in on what I believe is some of the worst remakes I have ever seen.

I still get upset when I hear or see a trailer of another horror remake coming out. When I complain, I am told, “Everything has been done. Are you seriously surprised?” The answer to that question is yes, because I honestly believe that originality has not died; creativity has. When it comes to a big studio, they literally look at a project for money. If they don’t see a big profit coming out of an original idea, they’ll scratch it and find an idea that already has a huge fan base and ‘reimagine’ that idea to attract that fan base, and by the end of all the madness, they (studio) have their profit. I know I’m not the only one who constantly complains about these unnecessary remakes, but there’s nothing we can do. All we can do is complain, and on that note I would like to give you my top three unnecessary American horror remakes.


3) Halloween (2007): When I found out that Rob Zomie was remaking one of the best slasher films of all time, I was nervous and yet very intrigued in seeing this. I wasn’t as upset as I should have been since I was a huge fan of Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects.” Walking into the theater, I was anticipating a very gritty, violent film featuring one of the most iconic killers, Michael Myers. Unfortunately, this film pissed me off a lot more than it did entertain me. In fact, there was one particular moment during the film where I actually almost fell asleep. Zombie thought it would be a great idea to go ahead and tell the backstory of Michael Myer’s during his childhood before he ended up stabbing his older sister to death. This was the single worst mistake you could ever make when making a Halloween film. Why is that? The original Halloween film was creepy due to the main focus of Michael Myer’s being very mysterious without giving much information about what he did, and why he did it. Zombie has potential as a horror filmmaker, but he failed with this movie making the 2007 Halloween film an unnecessary American horror remake.



2) Black Christmas (2006): I’m not so sure on where to start with this film. Not only is this an awful remake to the original, but this remake wasn’t even a good film as a whole. At least Zombie’s Halloween had a couple of scenes which made me smile; this film literally did not have one scene which made me think or say, “flipping awesome.” This was an insult to one of my favorite horror films. The original was creepy, thrilling, and truly haunting with a great cast and direction. The remake, instead of taking the horror scenes slow with the creaking sounds within the attic and inside the walls, decided to take another route and turn the film literally into a B-Movie horror flick. Uh, what?! I don’t like people who say, “This film ruined the original” because that’s just not true. You still have the original film that you can always go back to, and when I saw this remake I immediately had to see the original so I could get the crap from the remake out of my head. This is by far one of the worst and without a doubt an unnecessary American horror remake.



1) Psycho (1998): Are any of you real horror fans even surprised that I made this remake number one on this list? I certainly hope not, because this remake is truly atrocious. Alfred Hitchcock is probably one of the best directors of all time, and I’m not sure why someone thought it would be a great idea to make a remake of this film. Not only did they think it would be a great idea to ‘reimagine’ a classic, but this is a shot-by-shot remake. Why? Why was this film made? I’m being seriously when I ask these questions. What was the point of this film being made when it was shot the exact same way Alfred Hitchcock filmed it back in the 60’s? Not only is that an awful idea, but the casting is insulting to the original. Vince Vaughn is terribly miscast as the legendary Norman Bates. To be honest, if the studio wanted to make some money off of this franchise, I don’t understand why they didn’t just re-release the original film like they are now with all these Disney films. No one should watch this film. This film is the main reason why most remakes are unnecessary. They serve no purpose for entertainment and are only made for a profit. Don’t say that these remakes ruin the original, because the original films are still with us untouched, but nonetheless these are truly awful films and also my top three unnecessary American horror remakes.   



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'Evil Dead' Remake Redband Trailer

Jane Levi


The Redband trailer for Fede Alvarez's remake of 'Evil Dead' has been released and it is causing quite a stir with its graphic violence and gore. The remake stars Jane Levi, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore, and Jessica Lucas.

In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

The release date is April 12, 2013.

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A Decade of Dead P.A.

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Photo by Stygion. 


DJs have long been held as the primary foot soldiers in Electronic dance music (EDM) culture but there are those that perform the same pulsing club rhythms with synthesizers, samplers, live drums/drum machines, and live vocals. Since 2003, DEAD P.A. has set the pace for frenetic dancefloor music simultaneously delivering high energy stage performances across the country. This January marks the ten year anniversary of the band's kickoff. Sinical Magazine had the chance to sit with Jason of DEAD P.A. for a chat.

Sinical Magazine: After nearly a decade, what fuels the engine for DEAD P.A.?  
Jason: For me, the thrill has always been in performing live.  Feeling in the moment and interacting with the music and audience is  pretty intoxicating but that motivation goes back long before DEAD P.A. even started.

Sinical Magazine:  If that feeling persists after all this time, what, if anything has changed over the years? Is DEAD P.A. still the same act  it was in 2003?

Jason: Lots of superficial things have changed or gone through cycles but I've always felt that the coolest thing about DEAD P.A. is  that it can be what ever we want it to be.  That core premise has never really changed and it's allowed us to mix genres and have fun in different roles live and in studio. I couldn't see myself stuck in just one role when I could otherwise play lead kazoo over any genre of music if I damn well wanted.  On small timescales things can have a similar feel.  Since we play our own music we may have a catalogue of 30 songs at any given show to pick from while a DJ will have limitless choices. It can make series of shows feel similar but I find that it isn't always necessarily a string of songs that makes a show stand out in my memory but the wacky unexpected things that happen - good or bad. Those unexpected moments may feel like a product of dream logic but they define and stick with you.


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caption: DEAD P.A. @ Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles in 2008 with sit in guest.


Sinical Magazine: They stick with you as inspiration?
Jason: Sure, they inspire and are both profound and humbling.

Sinical Magazine: Any crowning moments come to mind?
Jason: I guess it's the absurd that springs to mind first. After a set we played in Alabama, I was dancing onstage during the set of a  DMC Champion turntablist and like an idiot I rattled the stage trying to do the Kid N'Play dance - which made the record skip in front  of nearly a thousand people.  I believe it was during that same show that we had a woman come up to us and tell us that "Burn the Fucker Down" was her 5 year old son's favorite song.  On one ocassion while touring we somehow ended up as extras in the Dandy Warhols' video for the song Talk Radio. We spent half the day watching this older guy spank a younger scantily clad actress portraying his daughter in the video. The rest of the day was shot walking on the streets holding boom boxes.  I ended up in about two seconds of the video in the final cut


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Photo by Stygion. 


Sinical Magazine: What about the profound moments?
Jason: In 2007 I was diagnosed with brain cancer and we had to cancel a number of shows.  I was going to undergo brain surgery and  there really wasn't any certainty as to how it was going to come out. There were two events that we didn't cancel purely out of wishful thinking.  The first show was in Miami during the Winter Music conference and to date is the only DEAD P.A. show that I didn't  perform in.  The second was a rave in the Mojave desert that ended up coinciding with my first month of chemotherapy pills.  It was a two and a half hour drive from LAX then I played my ass off for an hour and then puked my guts out.  It was probably a dumb thing to  do given the circumstances but I have no regrets.

Sinical Magazine: How do you feel about the recent surge of EDM into the mainstream and dubstep in particular?
Jason: I don't get wound up about ownership of EDM culture too much if that's what you're getting at.  If you wait ten minutes it will  change anyway. I suppose a lot of people like saying they heard a song first to the exclusion of other groups but if you follow that  that thread of logic back to the person who actually heard it first, the producer, they're probably not complaining about lots of people liking it.  The upside of any form of music going mainstream is that it usually ends up mutating or fostering new generations to fuse it with something else.  Dubstep's popularity kind of surprised me in that I never thought it would be as accessible to mass audiences as it turned out to be, but what do I know? DEAD P.A. has it's share of dubstep tunes but we pledge loyalty to no single genre. Am I outraged Skrillex got a Grammy? No.


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Photo by Stygion.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think about the new wave of multi-genre live electronica acts similar to yours that have entered the limelight in the past several years?
Jason:  I'm all for it.  It was really just a matter of time before EDM really began accepting live oriented performances of this  nature given the flexibility of technology today but we all have pretty distinctive personalities just the same.  Dead P.A. wasn't the first live p.a. to incorporate live percussion, vocals, guitar, and costumes into a show.   Rabbit in the Moon had a full drum kit for some shows as did Uberzone.

Sinical Magazine: The upcoming shows DEAD P.A. will showcase a new member in the lineup?
Jason: Yes!  Jordan Kolar is now on the frontlines. The guy is an amazing producer and has some dance moves to boot.  He's done a lot of production and remixes under the name Soundami for a dance crew called IAmMe out of Los Angeles. He actually appeared in an IAmMe performance as an "astronaut DJ" on the TV show America's Best Dance Crew. I'm psyched for our upcoming shows.



11.10.12 Austin, TX

New Orleans - Dec 1st @ Dragon's Den

12.14.12 San Antonio, TX

more tour dates to be announced...


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