Rihanna just wants to make it crystal clear how hard core she’s become. Sometimes a parade of microscopic bikinis and a gun tattoo are not enough to convey the level of hard core a lady is hoping to achieve. Might we suggest white-ink knuckle tats and Machete star Danny Trejo? The man’s name almost always appears next to a type of gigantic knife, by far the most hard-core weapon there is. Top five, at least.
Last night RiRi tweeted her cred while boozing it up at famed tattoo artist Mark Mahoney’s Hollywood parlor. “All these bitches screaming that 2pac back ♫ #THUGLIFE,” she posted along with her homage, later adding “I #LOVE my new tattoo!!! Can’t wait for yall to see it!!! I got it in ‘Tibetan’ this time!!! #approved.” So Rihanna got even more tattoos that we haven’t seen yet? And they’re in “Tibetan,” the most hard-core language there is? OK, we’re calling it: gigantic face tat before 2013 and best friends with….let’s say…Mickey Rourke? Yeah, Mickey Rourke.
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Machete & The Last Exorcism
The year begins with two smart twists on film genre. Machete grew out of a trailer in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez‘s tribute to ’70s exploitation Grindhouse. As a full-length feature, it’s a sugar-addicted ADD kid on the rampage, giddily lurching from one guilty pleasure to the next, whether it’s a man playing Tarzan with someone’s entrails or Jessica Alba in the shower. Danny Trejo, his pock-marked face familiar from a hundred straight-to-DVD slam-bangers, is the Mexican superhero who takes up blades against a trio of villains that includes Don Johnson‘s sh*tkicker and an anti-immigration senator mugged furiously by Robert De Niro. To say that Stephen Seagal gives the performance of a lifetime may sound like damning with faint praise, but like everything else in this five-alarm flick, it’s something to see.
The Last Exorcism would seem like a Blair Witch wannabe if it wasn’t so smart about character. A professional exorcist hopes to expose the theatre at the heart of his profession by ridding a bayou farm girl of her “demons.” What at first seems like a confrontation between two fakers haunted by worldlier spirits turns out to be much more. The mockumentary format serves the scares well, especially when the troubled girl drags the camera into the Satanic action, and Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell would deserve award notice if the world wasn’t so easily blinded by stuttering kings.
Extras: Machete has deleted scenes and an “audience reaction” track. Viewers will have to bring their own Tecate six-pack. The Last Exorcism includes a pair of commentary tracks, a making of featurette and an extended segment on real-life exorcisms.
– By C. Bottomley
In 2010, movie-goers clamored for three things at the box office: family-friendly fare (Toy Story 3, Harry Potter 7), a movie about dreams within dreams within dreams, and seriously ass-kicking action films. From trashy, big-budget blockbusters to Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominees, every genre was chock full of bad-asses this year. While it was hard to narrow down, but we somehow managed to decide on our Biggest Bad-Asses of 2010: ten characters that are not to be messed with. Yes, Toy Story 3 made the list— even Pixar is capable of turning cuddly nursery toys into evil villains with no conscience.
Check out our complete Bad-Ass gallery below and let us know if we left any of your favorites off the list.
Lindsay Lohan may be fresh out of rehab, but that doesn’t mean she’s allowed to socialize just yet. Poor Lilo had to stay home last night while the rest of the cast from her latest flick, Machete, got to party at the film’s premiere. But some of her co-stars had kind things to say about her, despite her recent troubles. Awww!
Jessica Alba told People, “Lindsay is so good in the movie, and I can’t wait for her to see it.Ã‚Â It’s awesome. She’s great. I’m very proud.” And Danny Trejo, who plays the film’s title character, was even more supportive, saying “Lindsay’s gonna be cool. She knows it. I know it. You know, she got in a little trouble, and now she’s had a little time to put her head together. She’ll be alright. We’ll pick her up again.”
Check out all the film’s stars andÃ‚Â their sweet rides in our gallery.
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