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Robert Rodriguez's Machete gets a release date

Apr. 16, 2010by: Dave Davis

While it seemed like MACHETE was destined to go directly to DVD when we first heard it would be expanded from faux trailer to feature length, nothing could be further from the truth.

Now that Robert Rodriguez and Fox are tight thanks to PREDATORS, the studio is giving his vengeful Mexican a prime position, releasing it wide theatrically on September 3rd and giving it an extra day to chop wallets thanks to the Labor Day weekend.

Officially: MACHETE stars Jessica Alba (SIN CITY), Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez (FAST & FURIOUS), Lindsay Lohan (MEAN GIRLS), Cheech Marin (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO), Jeff Fahey ("Lost"), Don Johnson and Steven Seagal (UNDER SIEGE) alongside Danny Trejo in the highly anticipated spin-off action flick. The film is based on the "fake" trailer in Rodriguez’s 2007 GRINDHOUSE, featuring Trejo and Fahey reprising their original roles. MACHETE is being produced by Rodriguez who is the co-director with Ethan Maniquis, his long time editor. 

MACHETE was originally a hard-edged trailer featured in GRINDHOUSE that became fanboy fodder since its first showing at the 2006 Comic-Con. The feature version finds Machete (Trejo) a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez (Seagal). Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz (Fahey) to assassinate McLaughlin (De Niro) a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz (Rodriguez), a saucy taco slinger, Padre (Marin) his “holy” brother, and April (Lohan) a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana (Alba), a sexy ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger.

Extra Tidbit: As usual, it's a family affair: RR also found parts for his EL MARIACHI star and several family members (including the "Crazy Babysitter Twins").
Source: Variety

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12:10PM on 04/19/2010

Awesome!

How did Cheech Marin not end up in this movie? He was awesome in the Grindhouse trailer!
How did Cheech Marin not end up in this movie? He was awesome in the Grindhouse trailer!
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2:47PM on 04/19/2010
He IS reprising his role, I guess the statement forgot to mention him when it first brought up Trejo/Fahey.

"Officially: MACHETE stars Jessica Alba (SIN CITY), Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez (FAST & FURIOUS), Lindsay Lohan (MEAN GIRLS), Cheech Marin (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO)..."
He IS reprising his role, I guess the statement forgot to mention him when it first brought up Trejo/Fahey.

"Officially: MACHETE stars Jessica Alba (SIN CITY), Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez (FAST & FURIOUS), Lindsay Lohan (MEAN GIRLS), Cheech Marin (ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO)..."
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4:32AM on 04/19/2010

I just really gotta say this

I absolutely cannot fucking wait for this movie. It's just gonna be so awesome I don't even know how to summarize it's potential awesomeness.
I absolutely cannot fucking wait for this movie. It's just gonna be so awesome I don't even know how to summarize it's potential awesomeness.
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4:25AM on 04/19/2010

Very Stoked

The Machete trailer is brilliance, been excited for this for a long time. Nothing like ending the summer movie season with a schlocky R-rated action-fest, Grindhouse style no-less.
The Machete trailer is brilliance, been excited for this for a long time. Nothing like ending the summer movie season with a schlocky R-rated action-fest, Grindhouse style no-less.
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11:19PM on 04/18/2010
I want that top poster SO BAD. Can't wait for the trailer to drop.
I want that top poster SO BAD. Can't wait for the trailer to drop.
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8:06PM on 04/18/2010

I forgot this movie existed

I really hope this doesn't turn out like Grindhouse, meaning, it flops.
I really hope this doesn't turn out like Grindhouse, meaning, it flops.
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10:23PM on 04/18/2010
GRINDHOUSE was a cult movie for cult movie fans and wasn't intended for the mainstream (much like kick@$$). Mostly it was the idiots that decided to open a 3hr R rated cult film on EASTER WEEKEND that are responsible for the low box office #'s . That kind of movie should open in mid OCTOBER.
GRINDHOUSE was a cult movie for cult movie fans and wasn't intended for the mainstream (much like kick@$$). Mostly it was the idiots that decided to open a 3hr R rated cult film on EASTER WEEKEND that are responsible for the low box office #'s . That kind of movie should open in mid OCTOBER.
5:13PM on 04/19/2010
Planet Terror kicks ass dude. Deathproof, however, blowed
Planet Terror kicks ass dude. Deathproof, however, blowed
8:24AM on 04/18/2010

BEST. CAST. EVER.

Yes, even Lohan. LL in a film where she's palling around & shooting guns with Danny Trejo? Best movie-WTF moment of the year!

BTW, agree 100% about Alba looking too skinny. Bitch needs to eat some taco's ASAP.
Yes, even Lohan. LL in a film where she's palling around & shooting guns with Danny Trejo? Best movie-WTF moment of the year!

BTW, agree 100% about Alba looking too skinny. Bitch needs to eat some taco's ASAP.
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12:45PM on 04/17/2010
someone please donate some money to alba, she looks like she hasnt had anything to eat since sin city.. lol
someone please donate some money to alba, she looks like she hasnt had anything to eat since sin city.. lol
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11:06AM on 04/17/2010
Funny how it's "Jeff Fahey ("Lost")" and not "Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror)".

Nice to see Seagal getting work on a project like this.
Funny how it's "Jeff Fahey ("Lost")" and not "Jeff Fahey (Planet Terror)".

Nice to see Seagal getting work on a project like this.
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11:29AM on 04/17/2010
He's probably just glad it's no longer "Jeff Fahey (Lawnmower Man)".
He's probably just glad it's no longer "Jeff Fahey (Lawnmower Man)".
10:14AM on 04/17/2010
Spaghetti western influences, Steven Seagal and Danny Trejo, that must be one of the best picture ever!!!!
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Spaghetti western influences, Steven Seagal and Danny Trejo, that must be one of the best picture ever!!!!
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10:01AM on 04/17/2010
Great news! I'm waiting for this one!
Great news! I'm waiting for this one!
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9:23AM on 04/17/2010
September 3rd is my birthday! what better way to celebrate it than with an angry mexican hacking off limbs, can't wait
September 3rd is my birthday! what better way to celebrate it than with an angry mexican hacking off limbs, can't wait
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6:46AM on 04/17/2010
i was wondering when this movie was finally coming out, its been compkete for quite some time now.
i was wondering when this movie was finally coming out, its been compkete for quite some time now.
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5:05AM on 04/17/2010
Good stuff, Planet Terror was pure entertainment, while Death Proof was pure boredom. RR got it right, so I'm really looking forward to this.
Good stuff, Planet Terror was pure entertainment, while Death Proof was pure boredom. RR got it right, so I'm really looking forward to this.
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4:47AM on 04/17/2010

HALLELUJAH ...

... praised be the Lord. Hopefully this will kick some major butt in September.
... praised be the Lord. Hopefully this will kick some major butt in September.
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3:31AM on 04/17/2010

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

Loved PLANET TERROR and can't wait to finally see this. Rodriquez is one of the best directors working today and can really handle crazy action scenes. Never thought I'd see Di niro and Steven Seagal in the same movie? (WEIRD)
Loved PLANET TERROR and can't wait to finally see this. Rodriquez is one of the best directors working today and can really handle crazy action scenes. Never thought I'd see Di niro and Steven Seagal in the same movie? (WEIRD)
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1:47AM on 04/17/2010
Getting more excited about Summer day by day!!!!
Getting more excited about Summer day by day!!!!
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1:30AM on 04/17/2010

Damn, between Expendables &

Kick-Ass, could this summer develop much more testosterone?

Oh yeah, and Jessica Alba looks fine in that poster.
Kick-Ass, could this summer develop much more testosterone?

Oh yeah, and Jessica Alba looks fine in that poster.
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2:02AM on 04/17/2010
You forgot the Losers, Predators, Iron Man 2, and A Team.
You forgot the Losers, Predators, Iron Man 2, and A Team.
6:56PM on 04/17/2010
Oh, I hadn't forgotten them (although A Team smells like suck). I saw Kick-Ass again last night, and it had an Expendables trailer in front of it. There was so much testosterone I had to shave twice before Kick-Ass' opening credits rolled.
Oh, I hadn't forgotten them (although A Team smells like suck). I saw Kick-Ass again last night, and it had an Expendables trailer in front of it. There was so much testosterone I had to shave twice before Kick-Ass' opening credits rolled.
7:45AM on 04/19/2010
LMAO! Good one!
LMAO! Good one!
1:27AM on 04/17/2010
Finally!! Now I can start the countdown!
Finally!! Now I can start the countdown!
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1:13AM on 04/17/2010
Can't fucking wait.
Can't fucking wait.
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1:12AM on 04/17/2010

Summer...

just got a whole week longer.
just got a whole week longer.
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11:41PM on 04/16/2010
This just sounds incredible.
This just sounds incredible.
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11:24PM on 04/16/2010

Yes

Yes this years SIN CITY! hell yeah
Yes this years SIN CITY! hell yeah
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11:09PM on 04/16/2010

Dig it

But citing LOST as it for Jeff Fahey... come'on, he's the lawnmower man, MAN!
But citing LOST as it for Jeff Fahey... come'on, he's the lawnmower man, MAN!
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