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Michelle Rodriguez to Reprise Fast and the Furious, Machete Roles

Michelle RodriguezMichelle Rodriguez looks set to reprise her role in the sixth Fast and the Furious movie.

The 33-year-old actress is in line to take on the part of Letty Ortiz for the third time in the film franchise since she first played the character - the love interest of Dominic Toretto, who is portrayed by Vin Diesel - in 2001, Variety reports.

Vin, Paul Walker and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have all been confirmed to star in the follow up to 2011 movie Fast Five, and Rihanna has also been linked with the forthcoming production, which Justin Lin is set to return to direct.

Michelle also looks set to reprise her role as Luz/She in Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010 action motion picture Machete, which starred Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan. Danny Trejo is due to return to take up the titular role of Machete Cortez, a blade-wielding Mexican Federale, and Mel Gibson is expected to play arms dealer Luther Voz, who aims to wreak havoc around the world by launching a missile. Production for the movie - which is directed by Robert Rodriguez and is also thought to see Jessica return - will start later this month in Texas.


This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 4, 2011

MacheteHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Backdraft (Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Blade Runner (The Final Cut): Blu-ray
  • Camille: DVD
  • Case 39: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Catfish: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dinner for Schmucks: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Doctor Zhivago (Deluxe Edition): DVD
  • El Mariachi/Desperado: Blu-ray
  • Ever After: Blu-ray
  • Gone with the Wind: Blu-ray

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Jessica Alba’s Fake Nude Scene

Before picture of Jessica Alba in MacheteAfter picture of Jessica Alba in Machete

If you're a Jessica Alba admirer, you probably already know -- and have been disappointed by the fact -- that she doesn't like to do nudity. That's why a scene in the recent film Machete caused many jaws to drop. Well, prepare to have them dropped further.

Although the actress really didn't (fake) expose more than what we see in magazines these days, that extra amount of skin was actually the result of computer magic. As you can see from the before still on the left, the married mother of one wore a strapless bra and underwear for the moment.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Town Takes the Crown

The Town

, Ben Affleck’s second directorial feature, surprised analysts this weekend with a win at the box office. The film, which far surpassed Gone Baby Gone’s $5.5 million debut in 2007, earned $23.8 million—a September-best for Warner Bros. The drama, co-starring Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner, also gave actor Affleck his first #1 film—outside of He’s Just Not that Into You—since Daredevil.

Although many had topping the charts, the film came in a very respectable second place. The Emma Stone-starrer – which only cost $8 million to produce – generated good reviews and a $17.7 million take.

The weekend’s other two new wide releases also landed in the Top 5. The PG-13 horror film raised $12.3 million while Alpha and Omega, a more family-friendly entry, rang up $9.1 million in ticket sales.

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Box Office Breakdown: Evil Takes Up Residence at Number One

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Who says the third time’s the charm?

—the fourth movie in that sci-fi series—topped the box office this weekend with franchise-breaking numbers. The movie, which was offered in 3D, had the best Evil debut to date. (Yes - higher ticket prices did play into this.) Afterlife‘s $26.7 million take surpassed the bar set by Resident Evil: Extinction in 2007. (That outing opened to $23.7 million.)

Since Resident was the only new wide release, the other notable events occurred outside the Top Ten. , starring Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel, opened in limited release with a $45,527 debut. More importantly, the movie averaged $22,764 per theater—the best number for all films over the weekend. In comparison, I’m Still Here—featuring a disheveled Joaquin Phoenix—only had a $5,087 per screen average.

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Box Office Breakdown: The American Defeats Machete

The American

Although it lacked Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Robert De Niro, did have two things Machete didn’t: George Clooney and a box office win.

Despite only grossing $13.2 million over the weekend ($16.3 million since Wednesday), the Focus Features entry hit its target. The movie - which was produced for approximately $20 million - managed to top the Robert Rodriguez-actioner by less than $2 million. The American also became Clooney’s best opener - outside of any Brad Pitt-related project - since The Perfect Storm in 2000.

, based on a trailer included in the film Grindhouse, came very close to matching the earlier movie. The Danny Trejo starrer debuted to a modest $11.4 million—about $200,000 short of Grindhouse‘s premiere in 2007.

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In Theaters This Weekend: September 3, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The American (R): starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli (directed by Anton Corbijn)  **open now**
  • Going the Distance (R): starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate (directed by Nanette Burstein)
  • Machete (R): starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba (directed by Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez)

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Quote of the Day: Robert Rodriguez on Alba’s Spy Kids Role

Jessica Alba in Machete

“I was so inspired, seeing her on [the Machete] set trying to be beautiful for the camera and yet having to [run off] to change her baby’s diaper. I thought, ‘You know what, that would be great as a spy mom, I’ve got to write that in.’”

-Machete director Robert Rodriguez on why he’ll be working with actress once again, this time on Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.

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Engagement Over for Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez

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has broken off her engagement - again.

The former Charmed star has split from director Robert Rodriguez for the second time since they got engaged in October 2007. Rose and Robert have yet to release a statement explaining the reason for the break-up.

The pair met in 2007 when the 36-year-old actress starred in Rodriguez’s film . After a whirlwind romance, Rodriguez divorced his wife of 16 years and proposed to Rose. The pair split less than one year later, only to reconcile after a few months apart. They were reportedly planning to wed this year.

If the split is permanent, the two are likely to have a difficult few months ahead. Rose is appearing in Rodriguez’s upcoming film Machete, and Red Sonja, which he is producing.

The director is not the first man Rose has had second thoughts about. She also backed out of her two-year engagement to in 2001 due to “lifestyle differences.”