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Action superstar Danny Trejo stars in Pikchure Zero Entertainment’s new sci-fi action series Paragon. : The Shadow Wars.

In a world where Reapers take souls and demons bargain with humans for their place in the food chain, a new descendent named Jael has emerged. After centuries of civil unrest in the real world, a new war is waging amongst those who are seeking to create a new after-life and Jael finds herself in the middle of it. She must venture into the dark world of Soul Reaping and embrace her new role as the Paragon.

Trejo, Amin Joseph, Franziska Schissler, Dilan Gwyn, Khu, and Justin Price star in a series,  currently out to networks, that will encompass a 7-episode first season, with each 43-minute episode fixing on the human race dealing with the obliteration of Heaven.

Paragon is a sci-fi action series that follows the different factions of society as they deal with Heaven’s destruction. With only a small piece of the after-life to live for, everyone from Death himself is fighting to claim the Elysian for themselves.

“We have always loved the Sci-fi fantasy genre, and we wanted to create a series that explored one of the most intriguing questions of humanity. Where do we go when we die? And what would happen if Heaven no longer existed?”, says Justin Price, who is also a producer on the series alongside  Khu and  Franziska Schissler.

Price adds, “Paragon is an edgier and grittier cable style series in the vein of Firefly and Altered Carbon. I believe we have an electric hybrid that explores the human spectrum of dealing with loss and love in a stylistic way. Danny Trejo is outstanding as Kincaid, the half-dead leader of disbanded reapers.”

Paragon : The Shadow Wars is now out to networks.

 

This June, from the biggest animated franchise in history and global cultural phenomenon, comes the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

 In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions.

When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

 Teeming with Illumination’s signature subversive humour, pop-culture sophistication, full-hearted emotion, bold music sensibility, and over-the-top action, Minions: The Rise of Gru features a thrilling new cast of stars, including, as members of the Vicious 6, Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident leader Belle Bottom, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed, Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance and Danny Trejo as Stronghold. The film also features Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, an aspiring mad scientist, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, an acupuncturist with mad Kung Fu skills, and Oscar winner Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom.

 Steered by the franchise’s original creators, Minions: The Rise of Gru is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborators Janet Healy and Chris Renaud. The film is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda (Despicable Me 3, Minions), co-directed by Brad Ableson (The Simpsons) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets films), and features the iconic voice of Pierre Coffin as the Minions and a killer ʼ70s soundtrack courtesy of legendary Grammy-winning music producer Jack Antonoff.

FeatureDanny Trejo

World-renowned actor Danny Trejo has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker Brett Harvey (Ice Guardians, The Culture High) to tell a story 71-years in the making.

“Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo”, currently in production in California, explores the life and career of Hollywood’s most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo.

Trejo, whose myriad of TV and motion picture work includes Desperado, Machete, Sin City, Predators and Sons of Anarchy, executive produces alongside proficient producing team Adam Scorgie, Rocky Mudaliar, Iliana Nikolic and Craig Balkam.

From an early life of drugs, armed robbery and hard prison time, to the red carpets of Hollywood blockbusters all the way to helping troubled addicts; Trejo gives a firsthand account of one of the greatest transformations of human character ever put to film.

“Today, Danny Trejo is temperate, benevolent and likely one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. But he wasn’t always this way”, explains producer Adam Scorgie, whose credits include recent success Ice Guardians and upcoming Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story . “Growing up in the mean streets of Pacoima, California, he was raised and mentored by his uncle, a drug addict and armed robber. By the age of 12, he had tried heroin. By age 15, he was introduced to his first jail cell. At 23, he was sentenced to San Quentin for selling a $30,000 bag of heroin to an undercover agent. From bad to worse, he boxed his way through the prison jungle, winning fight after fight and learning self-discipline along the way. Surviving some of the most hostile conditions in the country, Danny would eventually find himself involved in a prison riot that would lead to the turning point in his approach to life.”

Upon his release from prison in 1969, Danny’s life took a turn for the better. He started counseling teen drug addicts and working as a boxing coach. One chance meeting led to another and eventually, he found himself on the set of Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train (1985), where he was hired to train the film’s star, Eric Roberts how to box.

During the course of his illustrious acting career, Trejo has worked with such heavyweights as Quentin Tarantino, Antoine Fuqua, Michael Mann, Ivan Reitman and Robert Rodriguez.

Trejo recently completed filming Death Race : Anarchy and western Dead Again in Tombstone, both for Universal Pictures. Shortly, he’s expected to reprise his trademark role of Machete in a second sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic.

Inmate #1 : The Rise of Danny Trejo is currently lensing for a release fall 2018.

Machete Kills

To celebrate the arrival of our new show Subculture we have some copies of Machete Kills to giveaway. If you would like to win a copy of this great film thanks to Icon Films just take a listen to Subculture Ep 001 and tell us which film Danny Trejo told Dave G he was given by Lady Gaga on the set of Machete Kills. You can enter your answer on our Facebook Page.

Machete Kills is now available on DVD thanks to Icon Films.

Zombie Hunter

To celebrate the arrival of our new show Subculture we have some copies of Zombie Hunter to giveaway. If you would like to win a copy of this great film thanks to Transmission films just take a listen to Subculture Ep 001 and tell us which film Danny Trejo told Dave G he would loved to have acted in. You can enter your answer on our Facebook Page.

Zombie Hunter is now available on DVD thanks to Transmission Films.

Subculture DVD + Blu Ray

Welcome to Subculture, the brand new podcast hosted by Dave Griffiths which each week takes a look at all the new DVD and Blu-Ray releases for that week.

On Subculture Ep 001 Dave takes a look at new films Zombie Hunter and Machete Kills. He also has a chat to the man himself Danny Trejo. Also make sure you take a listen for your chance to win a copy of Zombie Hunter (thanks to Transmission Films) and Machete Kills (thanks to Icon Films).

You can hear Subculture Ep 001 right here.

Zombie Hunter

Summary: Zombie Hunter is set in a post-apocalyptic Zombie wasteland caused by the mysterious street drug “Natas”. We follow one man who has nothing left other than a beat up Camaro and a trunk full of guns and booze. He runs down Flesh Eaters, hunting for sport and redemption, while also running from his past. After crashing into a small group of survivors, who are running low on resources, he decides to lend a hand. But a surprise attack by the Flesh Eaters forces them on the run and puts the Hunter’s skills to the test..

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th March, 2014

Country: USA

Director: K.King

Screenwriter: K. King, Kurt Knight

Cast: Martin Copping (Hunter), Terry Guthrie (Jerry), Michael Monasterio (Casanova), Clare Niederpreum (Alison), Jarrod Phillips (Bill), Jade Reiger (Debbie), Marianne Smith (Daisy), Jake Suazo (Lyle), Danny Trejo (Jesus), Jason K. Wixom (Ricky)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:R18+

OUR ZOMBIE HUNTER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

Sometimes there is nothing better than just sitting back and watching a B-Grade (or should that be C-Grade) film. Zombie Hunter is one of those films where you can simply check  your brain at the door and settle back and watch a film that seems to have all the B-Grade horror trademarks – some dodgy CGI, voluptuous women and some pretty bad-ass monsters.

The world has become a zombie wasteland, nothing new there – except this time the zombies have been created because of the abuse of a street drug called Natas. One man, named Hunter (Martin Copping) believes he is the only human left and he drives across the wasteland haunted by memories of his wife and child as he lays waste to any flesh-eater that gets in his way.

But then that all changes when Hunter runs into the bullet of Lyle (Jake Suazo), something that literally crashes him out of his world of depression. Soon Hunter discovers that a group of humans have survived, a group that includes the legendary flesh-eater killing priest Jesus (Danny Trejo), the innocent teenager Ricky (Jason K. Wixom), the sweet Alison (Clare Niederpreum) and the very slutty Fast Debbie (Jade Regier).

As Debbie and Alison decide to fight it out for the attention of Hunter he decides to try and find a way to get this group to safety while also learning that the Flesh-Eaters are evolving into a more blood-thirsty character.

Zombie Hunter is one of those B-Grade movies that entertains you from start to finish. Together director K. King and screenwriter, Kurt Knight have tried there hardest to try and create a zombie movie that isn’t simply a rip-off of an episode of The Walking Dead. Knight tries to bring a Clint Eastwood style persona (which really comes through in the voice-over) to the character of Hunter, something that is only enhanced by the wasteland setting that King captures so well.

The good thing is that Knight’s script is entertaining. Hunter is just likable enough to hold the audience’s interest while the film really reaches a peak when a seemingly Captain Spalding inspired zombie pulls out a chainsaw and decides to put Debbie and co at risk. The risk may throw up the occasional clichéd bad line but it also does more than to make this a fairly decent B-Grade film.

Of course Zombie Hunter wouldn’t be a good B-Grade movie if it didn’t contain some dodgy areas as well. The film is up and down when it comes to its CGI. At times the zombies look great and it is easy to see that the make-up team have really known what they are doing but then at other times, especially with the evolved zombies, the CGI looks really amateurish… take a look at how bad it looks when Alison brakes knocking one of the roof of the truck at the airport at the end.

Martin Copping makes for a fairly decent B-Grade lead actor and the young Australian actor has certainly come a long way since Blue Heelers and Rush. It is fairly obvious that he is using a film like this to try and become a household in Hollywood and he certainly doesn’t do his chances any harm here. Jade Reiger plays slutty very well while Clare Niederpreum is another cast member who seems to be using this film to try and leap frog her career. Then there is of course Danny Trejo who as usual seems to shine in all his B-Grade glory.

Fans of B-Grade horror are going to find themselves totally loving Zombie Hunter one of the better B-Grade films to have surfaced over the last few years.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Zombie Hunter (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zombie Hunter′: Nil.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Nick, Adam, Dave and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia’, ‘Need For Speed’, ‘Hannah Ardent’, ‘The Monuments Men’ and ‘All Is Lost’. This episode also features interviews with Aaron Paul, Danny Trejo, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Matt Damon and Simon J. Dutton.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here

Machete Kills

Summary: Recruited by the President of the United States, Machete is given a mission that would be impossible for any mortal man. He must take down an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he is hunted at every turn by an all-star cast of deadly assassins.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd October, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th March, 2013

Country: Russia, USA

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Screenwriter: Kyle Ward, Robert Rodriguez (story), Marcel Rodriguez (story)

Cast: Jessica Alba (Sartana), Edgar Arreola (Esteban), Electra Avellan (Nurse Mona), Elise Avellan (Nurse Lisa), Antonio Banderas (La Camalean 4), Demian Bichir (Mendez), Billy Blair (Billy Blair), Pablo Bracho (Bartender Carlos), Jason Christopher (Lieutenant Brass), Samuel Davis (Clebourne), Pablo Esparza (Grasa), Heaven Elizabeth Fearn (Miss Amarillo), Mel Gibson (Voz), Walton Goggins (La Camalean 1), Cuba Gooding Jnr (La Camalean 2), Amber Heard (Miss San Antonio), David C. Heard (Doctor Villachez),  Sophia Hoang (Miss Houston), Vanessa Hudgens (Cereza), Lady Gaga (La Camalean), Elle LaMont (Dollface), Marci Madison (Nurse Fine), Elon Musk (himself), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Chepo), Alexa PenaVega (Killjoy), Eduardo Renteria (Doctor Goodbar), Emmy Robbin (Pris), Michelle Rodriguez (Luz), Felix Sabates (Doc Felix), Tom Savini (Osiris Amanapur), Charlie Sheen (Mr. President), Bobby Tamayo (Stuttering Tito), Danny Trejo (Machete), Sofia Vergara (Desdemona), Mark Zaror (Zaror)

Runtime: 107 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR MACHETE KILLS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

It’s funny how some people expect that every single film they see be of a high artistic quality. Whatever happened to the notion of just watching a film for fun? Or simply watching a film just for its entertainment value? Take Machete Kills for example, it’s not exactly high art but it is the kind of film that is fun to watch and reminds you that there still are directors out there, in this case the great Robert Rodriguez, who are not afraid to simply make a film for entertainment value.

Machete Kills follows on from the events of 2010’s Machete and begins with the hardened hero Machete (Danny Trejo) facing his worst nightmare when he watches as his latest love-of-his-life, Sartana (Jessica Alba) is murdered during what they believe is a routine border raid.

In the wake of her death Machete is called upon by President Rathcock (Charlie Sheen) to hunt down a known criminal, Mendez (Demian Bichir), who has threatened the security of the U.S.A. with a bomb. The case soon steps up to a whole new level however when Machete learns that the orders given to him by the very sexy Miss San Antonio (Amber Heard) don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the a case that soon also involves the evil Voz (Mel Gibson). Then there are of course the ever-growing list of people who want Machete dead, which includes Desdemona (Sofia Vergara) and La Camaleon (Lady Gaga).

Machete Kills is not a film that should be written off too quickly. Even the most uneducated film fan must be able to see that with the Machete franchise Robert Rodriguez is trying to bring fun back into the cinema. This time around there isn’t even the hint of seriousness in the film. What with celebrity train-wreck Charlie Sheen playing the president and Sofia Vergara playing a character with a machine-gun Madonna-inspired bra the fact that this is supposed to be a fun film.

To Rodriguez’s credit though his mission to recapture the old B-Grade action film and bring in a little fun doesn’t seem to do anything to harm the suspense of the film. Machete is a likable character so it isn’t hard for the script to make the audience not want anything to happen to him. The fact that he loses Sartana early on the film seems to make him even more vulnerable.

As the film goes on it becomes obvious that Rodriguez is really trying to see just how far he can stretch the imagination of the audience, which will be important seeing it seems likely that Machete 3 will be set in space, although you can’t help but think under all the ludricious fight scenes and far-stretched scenarios is still a strong message about the way the world treats its refugees.

As was the case with the first Machete film Machete Kills works well because of it’s amazing cast. Once again Danny Trejo leads the way playing the tough Machete brilliantly well, while he is well supported by a plevvy of beauties including Amber Heard, Lady Gaga and Sofia Vergara all of which who seem to be having a ball in their roles.

By far though the two standouts amongst the cast of Machete Kills are Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson. Rightfully no director should touch these two, they should be considered box office poison. But here the two seem to relish their roles. Sheen seems to turn the clock back to Hot Shots with his smooth portrayal of a U.S. President while Mel Gibson seems to really enjoy becoming evil incarnate as he portrays an evil dictator.

If you’re looking for a fun action film that doesn’t demand too much of its audience than Machete Kills is a film that you must check out. Suspense and laughs go hand-in-hand with a film that will certainly guarantee that this franchise becomes a cult favourite in the years to come.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Machete Kills (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Machete Kills′: Please check Subculture Ep 001 for our full Machete Kills review.

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Danny Trejo

With Machete Kills about to head onto DVD shelves right across Australia this week Dave G sits down and has an exclusive chat with the film’s star, Danny Trejo. Listen as their chat ranges from everything including guns to Lady Gaga.

You can hear the Danny Trejo interview right here.

Also make sure you listen to our new show Subculture this week as we deliver a Danny Trejo special.