July 31, 2007 -- "Death Proof" is hitting DVD separate from "Planet Terror" in the U.S. and is being released theatrically in Europe. Here's the German trailer. Meanwhile, we've also added the international trailer for "Planet Terror" as well.
June 12, 2007 -- Quentin Tarantino's half of "Grindhouse" is now heading to DVD by itself on Sept. 18. No word on when "Planet Terror" will be hitting disc. "Grindhouse" flopped at the box office and Dimension Films has been struggling to find an effective way of making its money back. It seems breaking off the Tarantino segment and releasing it solo to disc is one idea.
April 29, 2007 -- After a disappointing run at the U.S. box office, "Grindhouse" is now officially being split into two movies for its UK release reportedly this September. As reported by the Times Online:
For months Grindhouse, a $100 million (£50 million) double bill of nostalgic horror films made with his friend Robert Rodriguez, had been scheduled to arrive in British cinemas on June 1. After disastrous box-office takings in the United States, it has been withdrawn while Harvey and Bob Weinstein, the producers, try to formulate a rescue strategy.
A spokesman for Momentum Pictures, the film’s British distributor, said yesterday: “We are reviewing the release date and the release plans in the UK. It will definitely be released here but we don’t know in what form.”
Barry Norman, the veteran film critic, said that the decision to change the release date at such short notice was “almost inevitably” a sign that the finished product had disappointed its backers.
For Tarantino, who dazzled audiences with Reservoir Dogs, his debut in 1992, and who won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with his next film, Pulp Fiction, it is a humiliating development. “This doesn’t often happen to a big-name director,” Norman added. “The omens aren’t good.”
Grindhouse was envisaged as a homage to the sleazy, low budget films that both Tarantino and Rodriguez grew up with and the seedy cinemas where they used to watch them in late-night double-bills.
Rodriguez, the director of El Mariachi, Spy Kids and Sin City, made Planet Terror, a gory zombie-flick with a ludicrous body count and a go-go dancing heroine who has a machinegun in place of a leg. Tarantino’s film Death Proof, which most critics have preferred, features a spectacular car chase and stars Kurt Russell as a serial killer.
Both films are artfully scratched and include “missing reels”, to evoke viewing conditions in the grindhouse cinemas of the 1970s.
Before the American cinema release this month, Bob Weinstein emphasised the ambitious scope of the package, which covers more than three hours. “The whole theatrical business is looking for something new, a little showmanship,” he said.
Grindhouse has proved too long and too obscure for main-stream audiences. It has taken only $23 million in three weeks in American cinemas, with half of that over the Easter weekend, and the Weinstein brothers are considering whether to slice it into two separate films.
April 3, 2007 -- DavisDVD reports that "Grindhouse" may be split into two films for DVD. Kurt Russell apparently made a remark about the double feature being split into two discs during a radio interview.
March 29, 2007 -- With 8 days go to before the release of "Grindhouse," we have a last bit of history about what promises to be an historic, double feature horror film. Director Robert Rodriguez discusses how the idea for the film came about. Robert Rodriguez, the director who helms one of the two movies in Grindhouse, told SCI FI Wire that he got the idea for the project after watching 1970s exploitation movies at Quentin Tarantino's house. "Quentin is the one who grew up going to these movies the most," Rodriguez (Sin City) said in an interview in Beverly Hills, Calif., over the weekend. "He's a film collector, [and] for the past 12 years he's had his own theater in his house, [and] he's been showing me these double [and] triple features. Either stuff he's grown up with or stuff that he's discovered, and he wanted to turn me on to. ...
"I got really excited about doing a double feature, and when I took the idea to Quentin after Sin City, I said ... you should do one, and I should do the other. He said, 'Oh, we've got to call it Grindhouse. We've got to have fake trailers.' And we realized it would hearken back to that time period."
Eleven 'Grindhouse' Clips -- Movie Clocks in at 3 Hours 5 Minutes
March 25, 2007 -- While mixed reviews have been published about the film from Aint-It-Cool-News, IESB has posted 11 clips from "Grindhouse," and the movie's official time has been revealed: 3 hours 5 minutes. Click here for the clips. Here's the latest press release on the movie, which hits screens April 5: "Grindhouse – noun – A downtown movie theater - in disrepair since its glory days as a movie palace of the '30s and '40s - known for 'grinding out' non-stop double-bill programs of B-movies. From groundbreaking directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez comes the ultimate film experience: a double-bill of thrillers that will recall both filmmakers’ favorite exploitation films. “Grindhouse” will be presented as one full-length feature comprised of two individual films helmed separately by each director. Tarantino’s film, 'Death Proof,' is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while Rodriguez’s film explores an alien world eerily familiar to ours in 'Planet Terror.' Welcome to the Grindhouse - it’ll tear you in two."
March 18, 2007 -- With only weeks to go before it's release, "Grindhouse" is heading for an NC-17 rating. It would be the first-ever NC-17 release from Dimension Films, which was forbidden from releasing films in the rating when it used to be owned by Disney. Here's the New York Post story:
THE people who dole out ratings at the Motion Picture Assn. of America just might flip out when they see "Grindhouse," Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's tribute to the ultraviolent, nudity-drenched pictures that once screened 'round the clock in the grungy movie palaces of 42nd Street.
The Weinstein Company, which is releasing the picture April 6 through its Dimension Films arm, needs an R rating for the flick to get into mainstream theaters. But, "some of it is so graphic and outrageous for a major Hollywood studio, there's no question it's headed for an NC-17 without big cuts," says a Page Six operative, who got a sneak peek at the most over-the-top footage.
"Grindhouse" is actually two short movies - one directed by Tarantino, the other by Rodriguez - with an intermission between them. During the break, a series of fake trailers will be shown for such fictitious titles as "Werewolf Women of the SS," directed by Rob Zombie.
"In one scene, a cute, topless girl is roughly tied down on a table by evil female Nazi experimenters who begin draining her blood and, as she screams in agony, they brand her like livestock with a coal-hot steel swastika," our source said. "And every girl in the Nazi concentration camp is topless."
Another trailer, directed by Eli Roth, of "Hostel" fame, is called "Thanksgiving," in which a town's celebration of Turkey Day is interrupted by a mad slasher.
"There's a part where Jordan Ladd [daughter of Cheryl Ladd of 'Charlie's Angels'] is in a car with her boyfriend and giving him [oral sex] when she lovingly reaches to stroke his hair and discovers his neck is just a bloody stump - some maniac had just cut off his head while she was in the act."
Later, a frisky cheerleader climbs onto a trampoline and begins stripping naked as she jumps up and down until she does a split and her skirt blows up without panties underneath. "You get the full 'Britney Spears-getting-out-of-the-limo view,' " our source says. Another jolting scene shows a grossly obese man chewing on a baby.
How much of these moviegoers will end up seeing is anybody's guess. "Some cuts definitely will have to be made. There's no question," conceded one studio insider. A Dimension rep declined comment.
Tarantino Presents Huge 'Grindhouse' Movie Fest in LA
March 4, 2007 -- In anticipation of the eagerly-awaited theatrical release of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s double feature Grindhouse on April 6th, the New Beverly Cinema will host Quentin Tarantino Presents the Los Angeles Grindhouse Festival 2007 from March 4th – April 30th, 2007. Titles will include such rare horror films as "The Blood Spattered Bride" (pictured), "Autopsy" and many, many others. The event will be a showcase for the risqué films exploiting sex, violence and extreme subject matter from the 1970s that inspired Grindhouse, with prints directly on loan from Tarantino’s private collection, many of which are unavailable on DVD and have not screened for the public in theatres in decades.
With double and triple features of roughly seven different films in rotation per week, the ground-breaking fest will screen over 50 historic films throughout the eight-week run, all personally selected for audience re-discovery by the director.
“Grindhouse is a tribute to the movies I have loved for decades that have mostly been under-appreciated and forgotten,” states Tarantino. “I’m thrilled to have this chance to show the original works for a new generation to discover, and to give Los Angeles the rare opportunity to see these gems on the big screen.”
During the course of the festival, Tarantino has scheduled various theme nights including the "Euro Sex Comedies Triple Feature,” which will feature screenings of Sex with A Smile, Sex on the Run and The Oldest Profession; “Back-To-Back Kung Fu Superstar Angela Mao Double Feature,” presenting two of the actress’ greatest classics Return of the Tiger and Stoner; “Regional Double Feature,” with screenings of Hot Summer in Barefoot County and Redneck Miller; and the "All Blood Triple Feature," showcasing Blood Spattered Bride, Asylum of Blood and Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary.
Favorite filmmakers of Tarantino’s highlighted during the festival include famed cult director John Hayes with the double feature Grave of the Vampire, written by David (“The Sopranos”) Chase and Jailbait Babysitter; sexploitation filmmaker Roger Vadim, who will be represented by his Pretty Maids All in a Row; Al Adamson, whose Female Bunch will screen; Fernando Di Leo’s Wipeout and Cirio H. Santiago, director of the classic The Muthers.
This whirlwind festival features many uncensored and uncut, not to be missed cinematic experiences such as the sexploitation films The Girl From Starship Venus and The Legend of the Wolf Woman; the blaxploitation films Brotherhood of Death and The Mack; the teen summer comedies The Van, Pick-up Summer and Summer Camp; and the martial arts classics Fearless Fighters, Super Man Chu, Chinese Hercules and Black Dragon; as well as the ultra rare 35mm prints of Slithis, Shame Of The Jungle and Chinese Hercules, just to name a few.
In addition to showcasing the “Grindhouse” films from his own vault, the New Beverly Cinema will exhibit a number of original posters and lobby cards of the films from Tarantino’s personal collection as well throughout the run of the festival.
For show times, check local listings or visit the New Beverly Cinema website at www.newbevcinema.com or call for program information (323) 938-4038.
Dimension Films’ Grindhouse consists of Tarantino and Rodriguez’s two feature length films screened back-to-back: Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Tarantino’s Death Proof. For more information on the film Grindhouse, please visit http://www.grindhousemovie.net/
Films scheduled at the Los Angeles Grindhouse Festival 2007 include:
3/4-3/6 - The Mack, directed by Michael Campus; The Chinese Mack, directed by Lai Chien.
3/7-3/8 – “Italian ‘70s Crime Films.” Machine Gun McCain, directed by Giuliano Montaldo; Wipeout!, directed by Fernando Di Leo.
3/9-3/10 – Triple Feature of The Van, directed by Sam Grossman; Pick-up Summer, directed by George Mihalka; Summer Camp, directed by Chuck Vincent.
3/11-3/13 –Rolling Thunder, directed by John Flynn; The Town That Dreaded Sundown, directed by Charles B. Pierce.
3/14-3/15 –Chinese Hercules, directed by Choy Tak; Black Dragon, directed by Chin-Ku Lu.
3/16-3/17 – "Euro Sex Comedies Triple Feature.” Sex With A Smile, directed by Sergio Martino; Sex on the Run, directed by Franz Antel; The Oldest Profession, directed by Claude Autant-Lara and Mauro Bolognini.
3/18-3/20 –Brotherhood of Death, directed by Bill Berry; Johnny Tough, directed by Horace Jackson.
3/21-3/22 –Autopsy, directed by Jose Maria Forque; Eyeball, directed by Umberto Lenzi.
3/23-3/24 – Triple Feature of Coonskin, directed by Ralph Bakshi; Shame of the Jungle, directed by Picha Boris Szulzinger; Tunnel Vision, directed by Neal Israel and Bradley R. Swirnoff.
3/25-3/27 –Pretty Maids All in a Row, directed by Roger Vadim; Revenge of the Cheerleaders, directed by Richard Lerner.
3/28-3/29 – “Kung Fu Double Bill.” Fearless Fighters, directed by Man-Hung Mo; Super Man Chu, directed by Yang Hsiang.
3/30-3/31 – "All Blood Triple Feature." The Blood Spattered Bride, directed by Vicente Aranda; Asylum of Blood, directed by Fernando Di Leo; Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary, directed by Juan Lopez Moctezuma.
4/1-4/3 –The Lady in Red, directed by Lewis Teague; Bare Knuckles, directed by Don Edmonds.
4/4-4/5 –The Female Bunch, directed by Al Adamson; Wonder Women, directed by Robert Vincent O’Neill.
4/6-4/7 –White Line Fever, directed by Jonathan Kaplan; Return to Macon County, directed by Richard Compton.
4/8-4/10 – “Sexploitation Night.” The Girl From Starship Venus, directed by Derek Ford; The Legend of the Wolf Woman, directed by Rino Di Silvestro.
4/11-4/12 – “70's Low Budget Horror Combo.” Slithis, directed by Stephen Traxler; Screams of a Winter Night, directed by James L. Wilson.
4/13-4/14 – “Regional Double Feature.” Hot Summer in Barefoot County, directed by Will Zens; Redneck Miller, directed by John Clayton.
4/15-4/17 –The Muthers, directed by Cirio H. Santiago; Fight For Your Life, directed by Robert A. Endelson.
4/18-4/19 – Dragon’s Vengeance, directed by Ng Loo; Kung Fu: The Punch of Death, directed by Chai Yang-Min.
4/20-4/21 – Triple Feature of The Swinging Barmaids, directed by Gus Trikonis; The Swingin’ Pussycats, directed by Alexis Neve; The Swinging Cheerleaders, directed by Jack Hill.
4/22-4/24 – “John Hayes Double Bill.” Grave of the Vampire and Jailbait Babysitter, both directed by John Hayes.
4/25-4/26 – "Back-To-Back Angela Mao." Return of The Tiger, directed by Jimmy Shaw; Stoner, directed by Feng Huang.
4/27-4/28 – “Barbara Bouchet Double Feature.” Death Rage, directed by Antonio Margheriti; Cry of the Prostitute, directed by Adelchi Bianchi.
4/29-4/30 – The Real Bruce Lee, directed by Larry Dolgin and Jim Markovic; Lee Lives Within, directed by Tam Kai.
Tarantino's 'Grindhouse' Segment Gets Soundtrack Album
March 4, 2007 -- Soundtrack roundup for Tarantino's 'Death Proof' segment of 'Grindhouse' Maverick Records will release the soundtrack to Death Proof — Quentin Tarantino’s half of the new exploitation movie double feature Grindhouse — on April 3rd, three days before the two films hit theaters on April 6th. The second film, Planet Terror, was directed by Robert Rodriguez. In between the two features, trailers advertising fake films, directed by Eli Roth and Rob Zombie, among others, will be shown.
Death Proof follows Austin's hottest DJ, Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) as she sets out into the night to unwind with her two friends Shanna (Jordan Ladd) and Arlene (Vanessa Ferlito). Covertly tracking their moves is Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a scarred rebel leering from behind the wheel of his muscle car, revving just feet away.
The soundtrack includes classic songs from the ’60s and ’70s, such as “Jeepster” from British glam rock band T Rex, “Staggolee” from San Francisco blues band Pacific Gas & Electric, “Down In Mexico” from doo-wop legends The Coasters, and “Good Love, Bad Love” by Stax R&B legend Eddie Floyd. It also features a haunting composition, entitled “Paranoia Prima,” from legendary Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone. The songs are interspersed with dialogue voiced by the actors including Russell, Rose McGowan, Eli Roth, and Michael Bacall.
The music perfectly captures the feel of the exploitation films that became popular in American cinema in the late ’60s and ’70s. With their explicit sex and excessive violence and gore, the films were mainly shown in inner-city theaters, called “grindhouses,” usually as back-to-back double features. “I grew up watching those type of movies and I loved them,” Tarantino says in Grindhouse: The Sleaze-Filled Saga of An Exploitation Double Feature. “The whole grindhouse experience, where you would see two horror films in these low ghetto theaters. Robert and I had the idea to actually do this film that is closer to a grindhouse ride and recreates the experience in one movie and in the best possible version ever presented.”
To watch teaser trailers and get more information about Grindhouse, please visit www.grindhousemovie.net.
The track-listing for the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof is as follows:
“The Last Race” — Jack Nitzsche
“Baby, It's You” — Smith
“Paranoia Prima” — Ennio Morricone
“Planning & Scheming” — Eli Roth & Michael Bacall
“Jeepster” — T Rex
“Stuntman Mike” — Rose McGowan & Kurt Russell
“Staggolee” — Pacific Gas & Electric
“The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)” — Joe Tex
“Good Love, Bad Love” — Eddie Floyd
“Down In Mexico” — The Coasters
“Hold Tight - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
“Sally and Jack (From the Motion Picture Blow Out)” — Pino Donaggio
“It's So Easy” — Willy DeVille
“Whatever-However” — Tracie Thoms & Zoe Bell
“Riot In Thunder Alley” — Eddie Beram
“Chick Habit” — April March
February 22, 2007 -- In Europe, "Grindhouse" may be released as TWO 90-minute movies, instead of the marathon double feature offered in the U.S. An online petition has been set up to help European fans fight back. Click here to sign the petition. Meanwhile, a new pic has been posted with Sybil Danning and Bill Moseley from Rob Zombie's "Werewolf Women" fake trailer.
February 15, 2007 -- An 'unprecedented' online debut of 'Grind House' is slated to happen Friday (tomorrow). But you can check out the trailer right now! Check out the trailer at Yahoo! right here. Meanwhile, here's the press release of the big debut of the same trailer happening tomorrow:
Dimension Films will simultaneously debut the trailer of the highly anticipated double feature “Grindhouse” across four different platforms including online, via mobile phones, on television and in theaters nationwide. The trailer will debut exclusively online on Yahoo! Movies, for mobile users on Verizon Wireless V CAST, on television during CW's WWE Friday Night Smackdown! and the Sci-FI Channel's Special Unit 2, and in theatres prior to “Ghost Rider.” This marketing strategy that will reach millions of viewers has never been done before. It was announced today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films.
Sanjeev Lamba, executive vice president of marketing and new media for Dimension Films stated, “’Grindhouse’ is a once-in-a lifetime movie event, a double feature created by two of the most exciting directors in movies today, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. We are delighted to be able to celebrate the unique spirit of the movie with an unprecedented simultaneous launch of the trailer across different media - giving our audience the opportunity to get a taste of ‘Grindhouse,’ through their medium of choice.”
This trailer launch is one of many initiatives being implemented for the marketing campaign, highlights of which include special television promotions with leading television networks including TNT, F/X, USA, the Sci Fi Channel, Spike TV, ESPN, MTV and VH1, a range of collectibles from NECA, in store support from Blockbuster and a soundtrack from Maverick Records.
Dimension Films’ “Grindhouse” opens in theaters nationwide on April 6, 2007.
Rodriguez to Present 'Grind House' Double Feature: 'Zombie' and 'Torso'
February 13, 2007 -- In anticipation of the release of his and Quentin Tarantino's landmark double feature horror film "Grind House," Robert Rodriguez is presenting a double feature of two of his favorite grind house 1970s horror films in Texas! Robert Rodriguez is personally presenting a double feature of hardcore exploitation movies on the second night of South by Southwest, 8 p.m. March 10, outside in Republic Square Park. Rodriguez has handpicked a pair of Italian horror classics, Sergio Martino’s "Torso," and Lucio Fulci’s "Zombie," which of course features a legendary zombie-versus-shark scene. The show is sponsored by SXSW and the Alamo Downtown. Free with SXSW badge, $10 general. Tickets on sale at noon Feb. 23 at www.originalalamo.com. Beer and food service available at the event.
December 22, 2006 -- Here's an awesome, gigantic JPG of Rose McGowan and her machine-gun leg from the "Grindhouse" entry "Planet Terror." Check it out here!
'Grindhouse' Site, Trailer Unleashed
December 21, 2006 -- It's a 'Grindhouse' Christmas. The Tarantino terror film unveiled its official trailer and tons of new images here, with an official site launched here!
Action Figures for 'Grind House'
December 19, 2006 -- It's a marketing extravaganza. Check out the action figures for 'Grind House.' The toys will be released in April 2007. All these figures are from the "Planet Terror" portion of the film.
December 14, 2006 -- Entertainment Weekly posted a slew of photos from "Grind House," the most highly anticipated horror film of 2007! It's been a long time since news broke on this production but worth the wait.
October 5, 2006 -- Posted online are shots of a billboard from Tarantino's portion of the film for "Jungle Julia," a radio show apparently featured in the story. It has an obvious "Kill Bill" look. Click here to see the posting of it that appeared on a Tarantino fan message board.
Meanwhile, Moviehole is reporting that "Wolf Creek" star John Jarratt has been dumped from a role in Tarantino's segment, which is entitled "Death Proof."
October 2, 2006 -- Aint It Cool News brought out some interesting images from the Tarantino shoot for "Grind House." His entry, entitled "Death Proof," is about a psychotic stuntman, played by Kurt Russell. Their page of images can be found here.
Sept. 8, 2006 -- Here's the latest press release on Quentin Tarantino's 'Grind House,' and the new additions to the cast. Michael Bacall, Eli Roth and Omar Doom Cast in Quentin Tarantino's Half of GRINDHOUSE, the Highly Anticipated Double Feature Co-directed with Robert Rodriguez
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (September 8, 2006) - Quentin Tarantino has cast Michael Bacall (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and newcomer Omar Doom in his half of GRINDHOUSE, the highly anticipated double feature he is making with Robert Rodriguez, which will include two films joined by faux ads and trailers. Rodriguez's movie is called PLANET TERROR, while Tarantino’s movie is DEATH PROOF, a slasher flick. Bacall, Roth and Doom are cast in DEATH PROOF alongside Kurt Russell and Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Marley Shelton, Tracie Thoms and Mary Elizabeth Winstead who were previously announced in July at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con International. The announcement was made today by Quentin Tarantino and Dimension Films.
The ensemble cast for Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR includes Freddy Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, Naveen Andrews, Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn, Stacy Ferguson (also known as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas), Jeff Fahey, and Michael Parks.
GRINDHOUSE is being shot in the tradition of the ‘70s exploitation films that have significantly influenced both Rodriguez and Tarantino.
Tarantino began shooting DEATH PROOF in Austin, Texas on August 21st. Erica Steinberg and Elizabeth Avellan are serving as producers. Rodriguez recently completed principal photography on PLANET TERROR in Austin, with Elizabeth Avellan serving as producer.
GRINDHOUSE will be released in theatres nationwide on Easter weekend - April 6, 2007.
Shannon McIntosh, executive vice president of production and post production, Sandra Condito, vice president of production and development and Richard Saperstein, president of production, are overseeing the project on behalf of Dimension Films, reporting to Bob Weinstein.
September 4, 2006 -- With Quentin Tarantino filming "Death Proof" with Kurt Russell in Austin, TX, plenty of behind-the-scenes photos are cropping up online, including this one of the legendary automobile that Russell's psycho stuntman character will be driving. Click here for the complete story from Aint It Cool News.
Footage of Tarantino Shooting 'Grind House' Online, Plus Behind the Scenes Photos
September 3, 2006 -- KXAN has posted a story on films shooting in Texas, and it includes footage of Quentin Tarantino filming "Death Proof", his segment of "Grind House." Click here to view it. Meanwhile, some photos from Austin, TX of Tarantino filming (at a place called Guerro's) can be found at flickr here.
'Grind House'ComiCon Footage
August 15, 2006 -- Footage of the ComiCon panel on "Grind House" has been posted at iFilm, and can be witnessed right here. Sadly, this does not include footage from the film itself. ...
Official 'Grind House' Preview Posters
August 4, 2006 -- TroubleMakerStudio.com made available clear images of the teaser posters for "Grind House," the 3-hour-plus double feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez due for a 2007 release. Tarantino is directing "Death Proof," while Rodriguez is helming "Planet Terror." The second poster, below, is of Rose McGowan who will have a role in both Tarantino's "Death Proof" and Rodriguez's "Planet Terror." Here are the posters:
Official 'Grind House' Press Release From Dimension
July 25, 2006 -- Here's the official release on GRIND HOUSE!
Kurt Russell and Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Marley Shelton, Tracie Thoms and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Cast in Quentin Tarantino's Segment of the Highly Anticipated Film GRINDHOUSE co-directed with Robert Rodriguez.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (July 22, 2006) - Quentin Tarantino has cast Kurt Russell ("The Thing," "Escape from New York"), Zoe Bell ("Kill Bill"), Rosario Dawson ("Sin City," "Rent," "Clerks II"), Vanessa Ferlito ("24," "CSI: NY," "Shadowboxer"), Jordan Ladd ("Waiting," Eli Roth's "Cabin Fever"), Rose McGowan ("Charmed," "Scream," and Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars," "Joan of Arcadia"), Marley Shelton ("Sin City," "Planet Terror"), Tracie Thoms ("Rent") and Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Final Destination 3," upcoming "Bobby" and "Black Christmas"), in his segment of GRINDHOUSE, the highly anticipated double feature he is making with Robert Rodriguez, which will include two films joined by faux ads and trailers. Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR, will be a zombie film, while Tarantino's section, DEATH PROOF, will be a slasher flick. The announcement was made today by Quentin Tarantino and Dimension Films in front of over 6000 film fans at the 2006 San Diego Comic Con International, an annual convention for comic book and genre pop culture fans with over 100,000 attendees.
The ensemble cast for Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR includes Freddy Rodriguez ("Poseidon," "Six Feet Under," "Dead Presidents"), Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin ("Into The Blue," "Hollow Man"), Naveen Andrews (ABC's "Lost"), Marley Shelton, Michael Biehn ("Alien," "The Abyss"), Stacy Ferguson (also known as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, "Poseidon"), Jeff Fahey ("Dark Hunters," "Wyatt Earp"), and Michael Parks ("Kill Bill," "From Dusk Till Dawn").
GRINDHOUSE will be shot in the tradition of the '70s exploitation films that have significantly influenced both Rodriguez and Tarantino.
Rodriguez is currently in production on PLANET TERROR in Austin, Texas, with Elizabeth Avellan serving as producer. Tarantino is scheduled to begin shooting DEATH PROOF in Austin in August. Erica Steinberg and Elizabeth Avellan are serving as producers.
GRINDHOUSE will be released in theatres nationwide on Easter weekend - April 6, 2007.
Sandra Condito, vice president of production and development, Shannon McIntosh, executive vice president of production and post production, and Richard Saperstein, president of production, are overseeing the project on behalf of Dimension Films, reporting to Bob Weinstein.
Other films on the horizon from Weinstein include the remake of "Black Christmas" on December 25, "Pulse" on August 11 and "Feast" on Sept. 22. Click here to check out a giant image file of the brand new poster from "Pulse."
'Grind House' to Clock in at 3 Hours-Plus ... 'Evil Dead' Musical to Premiere in New York
July 22, 2006 -- The big horror news to spring from this weekend's Comicon in San Diego involves the Quentin Tarino/ Robert Rodriguez film "Grindhouse." Originally, the belief was that both directors would film 60 minute horror films -- Tarantino's being a slasher flick, Rodriguez's being a zombie film entitled "Planet Terror" -- a la "Masters of Horror." It turns out the films are actually going to be a full 90 minutes apiece, with fake trailers in between. So expect a 3-hour-plus experience in theaters. "We're going to make two, sleazy grindhouse movies that will deliver on the posters… and beyond!" Tarantino told attendees. "This isn't some Twilight Zone the Movie f*cking thing. This is not a faux double feature. This is two f*cking movies for the price of one! You're $10 will be well spent at the Grindhouse, baby!"
John Carpenter is in negotiations to do the music to the Rodriguez segment.
Kurt Russell is now cast as Mad Man Mike, the baddie in Tarantino's film "Death Proof." Footage from the new movie was shown as well with a description from ComingSoon.net:
"The footage shown – with an intentional grainy, camp-like effect – kicked off with a sheriff's deputy busting into his cop shot ranted about just having his finger bitten off by a suspect he arrest. The other deputies and sheriff in the office all grab guns and proceed out to the cruiser. The cops stalk the cruiser but the detainee has escaped through a shattered rear window. The deputy asks if they see his finger. They don't... but they do find his ring.
"From here the clip cuts to trailer-type piece for an anti-hero named Machete! – a tough looking biker type that wears a trench coat lined with very long knives and swords.
"Then bam! – another segway, but this one goes into full on zombie action. It is unclear where the zombies are coming from, but a hospital seemed to play a central role. Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan are there. Rose's character, Cherry, had an unfortunate scrape and has lost her right leg above the knee. When Rodriguez tries to get her to flee the now undead infested hospital, she exclaims "I don't have a leg!" This moves Rodriguez to walk over to a nearby table, break off one of its legs and jam it on the end of McGowan's bandaged stump. "You do now!" he says.
"More zombie action follows as the two escape the hospital. In a later scene, Rodriguez offers McGowan a gift – a heavy-duty machine gun that clips onto her stump. Now with a machine gun as a leg, McGowan mows down several zombies with one, effective round-kick spray!" ...