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Michael Parks R.I.P

Michael_ParksMichael Parks, a character actor who enjoyed a career renaissance in recent decades thanks to high profile roles in films by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith, died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Parks made his acting debut in a small role in 1961 on the sitcom The Real McCoys, and, racked up dozens of roles on both television and feature films, most notably as the casino owner and drug runner Jean Renault on the second season of Twin Peaks.

After years playing bit roles in made-for-TV movies, Westerns and slasher films, Parks was cast as Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in Rodriguez’ 1996 vampire flick From Dusk ’til Dawn. Quentin Tarantino, an associate of Rodriguez’, then cast Parks in a dual role for Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Volume 2; in the former, he reprised the McGraw role, while the latter found the actor playing Mexican pimp Esteban Vihaio.

Parks would portray McGraw once more for Tarantino and Rodriguez in the directors’ Grindhouse films. Tarantino also recruited Parks for a small role in Django Unchained.

Parks’ career revival also resulted in roles in Ben Affleck’s Argo, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford and a pair of Kevin Smith horror flicks, Red State and Tusk.

“Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known. I wrote both [Red State] and [Tusk] FOR Parks, I loved his acting so much,” Smith posted on Wednesday. “He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set.”

At the time of his death, Parks was cast in the upcoming Christian Bale film Hostiles.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – Trailer 2

The latest Sin City: A Dame To Kill For trailer…. character introductions.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – Trailer 2

Dimension has unveiled a new trailer for Robert Rodriguez‘s and Frank Miller‘s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, adapted from Miller’s neo-noir graphic novels. The ultra-violent action crime thriller weaves two Sin City stories together into one hard-boiled narrative pitting the city’s thugs, lowlifes, and femme fatales against each other, with a cast that includes Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, and more. Sin City 2 hits theaters August 22nd.

Sin City – MPAA Banned Poster

Apparently this poster shows too much for the MPAA who have banned it… I think it’s bloody great.


Sin City – By Florey

Sin-City_Triptych_FloreyFlorey is an Artist, Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Melbourne, Australia.  He has just released a fantastic, timed-edition triptych that centers around “Sin City”  With bold colour schemes and memorable phrases, he brilliantly captures the essence of “Sin City.” Click HERE to order.

Frank Frazetta – Death Dealer / Swamp Demon


Frank Frazetta Museum

Frank-Frazetta_poster_bannerThis is long overdue… The fantasy work of Frank Frazetta has finally been compiled for an exhibition by director Robert Rodriguez a huge fan of Frazetta’s work. Rodriguez will be hosting a pop up museum down in Austin, Texas from March 8th thru March 16th at the SXSW festival that features the work of Frazetta and some other legendary artists. Here is the official announcement:

For a limited time only during SXSW, Robert Rodriguez is proud to launch a museum featuring his own specially curated collection of art which includes the work of celebrated American artist Frank Frazetta. Considered to be the most influential fantasy artist in history, Frazetta contributed iconic artwork to classic works of fiction for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan & John Carter of Mars among others. The gallery will be open to the public daily from Saturday, March 8th – 16th from Noon – 8 pm. The museum is located at 920 Congress Ave. in Austin, TX. The gallery will have a $20 entrance fee benefiting the Frazetta Estate’s preservation of the art for a new Frank Frazetta museum.