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Austinites! Zombify for the GRINDHOUSE premiere and get Free Stuff from AICN!

Hey folks, Harry here... I believe all the tickets for next Wednesday's Austin Premiere of Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino's GRINDHOUSE are either all gone - or very nearly all gone. However, why can't we have a little extra fun with this event? Some company sent me around 50 or so GRINDHOUSE items (Action Figures, T-Shirts & Mini-Posters) and asked me to do some sort of giveaway with the items. So - this was the coolest thing I could think of that would be fun for both you and me. Beginning around 6pm next Wednesday at the PARAMOUNT THEATRE in Austin - the Red Carpet fun will be well on its way. As always - there will be tons of people gathered around that area to have a look at the various celebs that will be coming. Trying to get autographs - a picture with a celeb or two... Some of you may already have plans to be there. However - if you go to the Premiere as a ZOMBIE - you're going to get your pick of 1 of the GRINDHOUSE items I have - until I run out. THEN - stay to zombie out in front of the Grindhouse premiere --- OR - if you've been lucky enough to get tickets to the GRINDHOUSE premiere - enter the Paramount as a Zombie and enjoy the 3 hour and 5 minutes of Grindhouse glory. I just got off the phone with Rodriguez - who is celebrating getting his R-rating for the double feature without having to sacrifice much of anything. He only lost part of a brain-eating scene and Quentin only lost part of one of the crash scenes. So the big story in THE NY POST about the film facing massive problems - was bullshit. So there ya go... Come down to the Paramount Theater as a ZOMBIE on Wednesday, the 28th of March, around 6pm -- the movie is to start at 7pm -- and you'll get an Action Figure, a T-shirt or a Mini-Poster... But I do have more action figures and t-shirts than I do mini-posters.... but then - you could get the Mini-posters signed possibly! I'll see you.... AT THE GRINDHOUSE!!!!

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  • March 22, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow night....

    by Kevin

    Seeing this tomorrow night in Hollywood. We'll see how much got butchered by the "glorious" MPAA. Any AICN people going?

  • March 22, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    utz_world...Let's continue about this rating issue.

    by Quake II

    My beef isn't about the R rating so much as the fact that the filmmakers caved in to the MPAA and released it with a rating at all. Yes, some Grindhouse films were rated R, but MANY true Grindhouse movies were rated M or not rated at all. Grindhouse is about "bucking" the system. Making films that appealed to weirdos, freaks and night crawlers. Don't confuse midnight movies with Grindhouse. They are not the same thing. Tarantino would love nothing more than to release the sickest vision possible in an NC-17 or NR format, but the MPAA/distribution system won't allow it to be shown in enough theaters to be noticed. So I am pissed with the whole system that FORCES a rating for a film to be seen in theaters. How much more excited would you be to sit down in the theater on opening night to an NC-17 or NR rated Grindhouse? You know exactly what to expect with an R rating. No surprises. Nothing too controversial. So on April 6, let's enjoy the severely edited version of a film and wait 6 months for the real vision. Just another Hollywood movie.....

  • March 22, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    And if you Rob Zombify for the premiere you get

    by Gwai Lo

    a "gotta take a shit mask" until Harry runs out

  • March 22, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST

    What did Rob, Eli and Edgar lose?

    by Brendon

    Anything cut from the trailers? Or did you not discuss this with him? I'm dying to know!

  • March 22, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Why is this film only getting limited press screenings?

    by LaudnerGomez

    The last two Weinstein films to have that treatment were HANNIBAL RISING and FACTORY GIRL. ----- Uh-oh. The first Tarantino film to not be screened with pride? A shame...

  • March 22, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    and all he said was, "BRaaaaaaayyyyyyynnnnss"

  • March 22, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    The last time Tarantino and Rodriguez was on

    by wackmeupb4ugogo

    the same project, you had Four Rooms. Ah, good times... Bring on the self-indulgent filmmaking. Tarantino's 15 mins. are up. Buy that man more coke. Weinsteins are distancing themselves from this already.

  • March 22, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Gomez, there are press screenings, one tomorrow night in Hollywood. And Wack, the last collaboration between Tarantino/Rodriguez was From Dusk Til Dawn, 1996, not Four Rooms, 1995.

  • March 22, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Dead, those are junket screenings on the coasts...

    by LaudnerGomez

    NOT THE SAME THING. ---- I'm talking about the critics across America. Only a small percentage of them are able to see the film early. ---- The Weinsteins are oddly holding the film from the online critics that could be the film's biggest support team.

  • March 22, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Critics See It Next Week

    by mrbeaks

    Weinstein Co. isn't hiding this one. Everyone will have plenty of time to write their reviews.

  • March 22, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Not really, Beaks...

    by LaudnerGomez

    "Everyone" is not able to see it. Ask around to your online friends, you'll hear more about this troubling situation.

  • March 22, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    except you Mr Beaks - you're on the black list!


    I have spoken

  • March 22, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    The last collaboration

    by Gwai Lo

    between Tarantino and Rodriguez was Sin City, 05.

  • March 22, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    We'll see after tomorrow night what online critics happen to be at the screening I going to. I guarantee you there will be a few there. Why would the Weinsteins hide this flick after the marketing blitz? Two of their most well known directors coming together again and they burn the online critics? No, I don't think so. Harry or Mori, if you are tracking this debate speak up and let us know if either one of you have been "burned" by the Weinsteins and their "efforts" to hold this film from online critics. Either way I'll send in my review tomorrow night or Saturday morning.

  • March 22, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Sin City doesn't really count, does it? He directed a gaggle of scenes.

  • March 22, 2007, 10:03 p.m. CST

    GRINDHOUSE Screens on the 28th

    by mrbeaks

    For everyone. Except me, I guess, since Generalleutnant Harold has banned me from all Weinstein Co. screenings forthwith. And *that*, my friends, is a troubling situation. Please write your congressman.

  • March 22, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST

    For fuck's sake...

    by Zarles

    It's a goddamned zombie/serial killer movie. You think the Weinsteins or Tarantino and Rodriguez really give a flying fuck about what the mainstream press is going to say? That's like saying J-Cam gave a shit what the indie houses said about 'Titanic'. The people that have been tracking this movie's progress for years now are going to have their asses in seats no matter what those tough-guy assholes at JoBlo have to say, so really - who gives a shit? You guys really will bitch about anything, won't you?

  • March 22, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by LaudnerGomez

    You have a rep for an unbridled ego, so I'll be simple here: the press screenings are not for everyone. Do your homework.

  • March 22, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Reminder - Tarantino on Leno, Tomorrow Friday 23rd

    by Orionsangels

    Should be fun. We get to hear Tarantino say "Alright Alright" a lot.

  • March 22, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Just saw a commercial...

    by DanielKurland

    And I'm glad to see Tarantino is sticking with his "trunk shot" staple.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Ratings Revisited

    by utz_world

    Having dropped on the scene during the early 70's (where I cut my cinematic teeth at drive-ins that showed damn near every grindhouse flick referenced in this film, allow me to clear up a few things: 1. I have a book charting the history of the biggest theatre chain in St. Louis. In the book is a picture of a drive-in marquee with a triple feature of "Beyond The Door", "Abby" and "Deranged". All prime Grindhouse material during the heyday. All rated R. 2. Google the website of the New Beverly Cinema (in my stomping grounds of LA) and check out the titles in QT's Grindhouse Film Festival. 99.9% of those were rated R too. Come to think of it, I didn't even spot any X rated flicks in the whole list. 3. In the beginning of the ratings system, there were 4 ratings: G, M, R & X. M was the equivalent of PG in those days. Steve McQueen's classic "Bullitt" was rated M. That damn sure ain't grindhouse, dude. In addition, the MPAA back in their younger, leaner days weren't as anal-retentive regarding their precious ratings system as they are today. I've seen 1970's era PG rated flicks with F-bombs, T&A AND dudes getting their chests blown away at the hands of 12-gauge shotguns. The MPAA let a lot of stuff slide in those days. It's just as well that they let "Grindhouse" slide, too.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST


    by Mirajeff

    And it was fucking awesome. Totally hardcore. Unlike anything you've ever seen. Harvey and Bob have balls the size of planets for giving us 2 great movies for the price of one. You'll see. My review is coming shortly. Talking to Quentin and Robert tomorrow and don't know if I'll be able to sleep tonight. Get ready to have your brains blown.

  • March 23, 2007, 12:41 a.m. CST


    by Quake II

    Cannibal Ferox, Ilsa She Wolf Of The SS, Maniac, Cannibal Holocaust, The Gore Gore Girls, Zombie Lake, The Executioner, Basket Case are a few examples of films that were either chopped to get R ratings or released unrated on the seedy theater circuit. We already know that Grindhouse is sooo offensive it needed to be edited. That's my beef. I heard that the fucking Eli Roth fake trailer is so bad that it's been edited! I am anti-censorship. Plain and simple. Even the first few sentences of the TRAILER for Grindhouse describes Grindhouse movies as "films that had too much hardcore sexuality and violence to be shown in most theaters"!

  • March 23, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST

    new spidey 3 trailer...

    by zombieslayer

    on comcast right now

  • March 23, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST

    I may not be Tom Savini

    by Wizejoker

    but I'll be dressed up as a zombie and I'll do my own make-up. This'll be a fun show.

  • March 23, 2007, 5 a.m. CST

    Wack, I dunno that I'd call

    by Beastmanseventy

    Wack, I dunno that I'd call it fifteen minutes, seeing as it's been about sixteen years since Reservoir Dogs. But I suppose if you wanna hold opinions in blind opposition to undeniable truths, that's your business. And actually, the last RR/QT team up was the cult hit Dusk Til Dawn and people actually tend to like the RR and QT segments of Four Rooms, but, you know... whatever.

  • March 23, 2007, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Damn you MCMWanker

    by bongo123

    nuff said, still think this movie looks all over the place, only part im interested in seeing is the zombie bit, quent's bit looks a bit piss to me

  • March 23, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by ProfGriffin

    Well, it's almost here isn't it? Of the two films, I'm actually looking forward to seeing Quentin's more..(less CGI and Green Screen action and more ACTUAL Grindhouse style cinema) Robert's stuff's is gooey, gorey fun to be sure, but WAAAAY over the top. But I guess that's the point? I even got a chance to play a pus-dripping, swollen creature in Planet Terror (no, they are NOT technically the living dead, so no...not zombies)... thanks to my friend Greg Nicotero, and got to chase Rose McGowan around a truck. Fun stuff, but still. Kurt Russel will RULE this movie.

  • March 23, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Sin City 2?

    by Blueberry

    Harry, next time you're on the phone with El Señor Rodriguez, could you ask him the shooting and release dates for Sin City 2? And who's gonna be Ava Lord? In the meanwhile, I'm still waiting to know the Italian release dates for the 2 separated Grindhouse movies...

  • March 23, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by dobbsy

    A little too posh to be real grindhouse, too selfconscious and too well financed. Dudes needed to take a cue from Dogma and do the movie with the same resources and restrictions of the grindhouse they were supposedly emulating, insteading of exploiting it as a gimmick and really making a 2007 luxury home. QT's is closer to that aesthetic, but less fun than the RR. To quote the ORIGINAL Zombies: "She's Not There."

  • March 23, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Oh, wait, that's just his regular face.

  • March 23, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Death Proof is awful

    by rainbowtrout1265

    Death Proof is simply awful...incredibly slow moving until about the last 15 minutes.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Do I gotta move to Austin to get some respect....

    by SydBarretsMyDad this muthafucka?

  • March 23, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    How come Mr. Beaks doesn't write for the site anymore?

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Seriously, it's been forever

  • March 23, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST

    rainbowtrout1265.....Post a quick review...

    by Quake II

    Details man....Details. How are the trailers?

  • March 23, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The NY Post prints a bullshit story.

    by Bronx Cheer

    <p>Wow, that's a real fucking surprise. Why the hell would anyone repeat a story in the Post unless it was for laughs?</p> <p>And Zarles, what is up with the "J-Cam?" It's really okay to just use the guy's name. A-Rod, K-Fed, yeah, yeah yeah, very cool names, right. (My ass.) But J-CAM? Please.

  • March 23, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Grindhouse films suck, by the way.

    by Bronx Cheer

    Shit shit shit shit shit. Grindhouse films are the equivalent of licking the bottom of your shoe after walking through the bathroom at Grand Central Terminal. Yeah, it's edgy and oh so bad ass, but it's still fucking awful. This whole trend toward liking shit BECAUSE it's shit is pathetic.

  • March 23, 2007, 10:23 p.m. CST

    a gun leg is a really stupid idea

    by GrubStreeter

    Normally I'm a fan of these two, but wow is that a goofy concept.

  • March 24, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Embrace the goofy concept...

    by ShaunTheEdifice

    ...and you will realize both of these movies are so awesome your head will explode.

  • March 24, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by georges garvaren

    without 'goofy' concepts, the grindhouse genre ceases to exists. Judging a grindhouse pictures on the grounds of it being too ‘goofy’ (be it in regards to sex, violence, dialogue, or logic) is like saying a particular nonsense poem is too nonsensical. Grindhouses’ purpose is to be over the top with or without direction, and possibly (if not usually) for no good reason at all. Exploitation films are a simple pleasure; one may put great thought into them, or none what-so-ever. For me, that’s kind of the beauty of them; it’s just silly, crazed buffoonery with blood and tits to spare. I think if you saw the film, you would dig it. But to play it safe, go see it at the cheapseat theater so you don’t have give a burp and a fart about the cash.