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Ed Skrein Leaves ‘Hellboy: Rise of Blood Queen’ over “Whitewashing” Concerns

Just as quickly as it was announced that Deadpool’s Ed Skrein would portray Major Ben Daimio in the Neil Marshall reboot of the Hellboy franchise, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the actor has left the project today over concerns of “whitewashing”.

Skrein published the following statement on his twitter page:

As Skrein states, the character he signed up to play is of Asian descent (and also a were-jaguar).  It appears that the actor was entirely unaware of the ethnicity of Daimio, but after some mild complaints on his twitter page, he decided to exit the project.  In the comics that the film will be based on, Major Ben Daimio is also considerably older than the actor selected to portray him (but there have been no recorded complaints from AARP members at this time). read more

Eli Roth and Jack Black to Adapt Children’s Book ‘The House With a Clock In Its Walls’ Into Movie

It’s common knowledge that showing your kids an Eli Roth movie would likely result in an immediate visit from Child Protective Services. That all changes with today’s announcement that the controversial director of such films as Hostel and The Green Inferno will be adapting a popular children’s book into a feature film! THR reports that Roth will be teaming up with Jack Black to bring John Belliers’ The House With a Clock In Its Walls to the silver screen. The script was written by Eric Kripke (the Supernatural television series), who will also be serving as a co-producer. read more

Actor Michael Parks Dead at 77

Michael Parks, who experienced a career renaissance in recent years, died Tuesday at the age of 77.

Parks, a well known character actor with over 100 television and movie credits to his name, caught the attention of some of the best directors of the 1990’s in the form of Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and Robert Rodriguez.  Each director continued to use Parks in their films, in particular Kevin Smith.  Smith gave Parks two starring roles in 2011’s Red State and 2014’s Tusk.

Smith praised Parks (through an Instagram post) stating that, “Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known” and that “He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform.” read more

Robert Rodriguez to Direct STX Entertainment’s Ugly Dolls

It’s been a busy month for Robert Rodriguez! We reported last week that after a period of inactivity, he was in talks to direct a remake of the John Carpenter classic, Escape from New York. Now, Deadline reports that Rodriguez will direct an animated film for STX Entertainment featuring the children’s toys, Ugly Dolls. The dolls were created by David Horvath’s Pretty Ugly LLC., and they are huge in Asia (one of the last consistent markets for movie ticket sales).

While horror fans know Rodriguez for films like Planet TerrorFrom Dusk till Dawn, and Sin City, he has been very successful with children’s entertainment at the box office. 2001’s Spy Kids earned $148 million worldwide on a production budget of $35 million and spawned three successful sequels. He has mastered the art of balancing financially successful mainstream hits with niche genre favorites, and the new projects on his plate reflect this practice. read more

Robert Rodriguez In Talks to Direct Escape From New York Remake

When Snake Plissken next hits our theater screens, he’ll be taking orders from somebody very familiar to horror fans.  The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete) in in talks to helm the remake of the cult classic Escape From New York.  While plans for the remake of the 1981 movie (which takes a bleak look into a dystopian future where New York City is now a city-wide prison) have been floating around the 20th Century Fox studios for around a decade, the hiring of the 48-year-old Rodriguez is a strong sign that the project is really ramping up and is one step closer to becoming a reality. read more

Ana de la Reguera, Tom Savini & Marko Zaror Join ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’

 

El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has added Ana de la Reguera (Jane the Virgin, Narcos), Tom Savini (From Dusk Till Dawn movie) and Marko Zaror (Machete Kills) to it’s Season 3 cast.

Emily Rios (The Bridge, Breaking Bad) is also returning to her season 2 role as Ximena.  De la Reguera is cast as Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the remaining culebra lords, in a recurring role.   Zaror is cast as Aztec warrior trained in Hell, Zolo. Savini, who was Sex Machine in the original film, is now playing retired demon hunter and pot head, Burt. read more