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This year's Sundance Film Festival marks the 20th anniversary of the Park City debut of Robert Rodriguez's breakout indie "El Mariachi." To mark the occasion, the director hosted a screening of the film that led to two sequels, "Desperado" and "Once Upon a Time In Mexico," and he also stopped by MTV News to share the story of his first Sundance and talk about a potential future for the series.

Rodriguez and the second man to play the Mariachi, Antonio Banderas, recently reteamed for the first time since 2011. The actor filmed a brief cameo in Rodriguez's "Grindhouse" spin-off sequel "Machete Kills." The two had so much fun, talk once again turned to returning to the character that made them.

"We forgot about how much fun we've had together," Rodriguez said. "We decided we have to do something. We want to do another 'El Mariachi' movie at some point. We always said we would, but [we'd shoot it] much later when he's older and rounder."


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We didn't think it was possible, but "Machete Kills" might actually end up having an even more insane cast than "Machete" did. In addition to Danny Trejo reprising his role as the titular character, we've already learned that Mel Gibson has a part in the movie. And that's not the only person likely-director Robert Rodriguez has turned to.

When MTV News caught up with Antonio Banderas at CinemaCon earlier this week, we couldn't resist asking him if Rodriguez had talked to him about taking a role in the movie. The two have a long film history together, with Rodriguez directing Banderas in everything from "Desperado" to "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over." And it turns out that, yes, Rodriguez has pitched the idea of "a little cameo" to Banderas, and the "Puss in Boots" star is totally game for it.


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Between movies like "The 13th Warrior," "Assassins" and, sure, even the "Shrek" series, there's no doubt that Antonio Banderas has played his fair share of badasses. But even Puss shakes in his boots at the sound of El Mariachi, the guitar-wielding gunslinger played by Banderas in "Desperado" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."

As part of what Robert Rodriguez has dubbed the Mexican Trilogy, it's certainly possible that El Mariachi strummed his last strings and killed his last opponents in "Once Upon a Time," but a movie fan can hope for one last act, right?

So when we spoke with Banderas and his "Desperado" co-star Salma Hayek at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival this week, we had to ask: is there a chance we'll see more El Mariachi movies?


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Lindsay Lohan-- Lindsay Lohan is turning up the heat in director Matthew Wilder's "Inferno" as famed pornography actress Linda Lovelace. Bill Pullman has also joined the cast as Playboy Magazine founder and hero of the Hollywood sign, Hugh Hefner. [Variety]

-- Did last night's "Lost" really happen? Yes, unfortunately, it did. Executive producers and showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse discuss the shocking twists from "The Candidate" and the episode's implications for the remainder of the series. Needless to say, there are spoilers ahead! [Pop Watch]

-- The official plot synopsis for "Inception" has been revealed, offering plenty of details about the thus far detail-free crime thriller from director Christopher Nolan and star Leonardo DiCaprio. If you're looking to maintain secrecy on "Inception," I would avoid the synopsis at all costs. [First Showing] Read More...

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"Ocean's Eleven" (and beyond) director Steven Soderbergh is busy these days with "Knockout," an action/thriller starring mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano... along with a whole mess of other people. Seriously, with a cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Angarano, Channing Tatum and Michael Douglas, "Knockout" is starting to look a lot like one of those "Ocean's" movies. Especially now that two more have entered the fray.

Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton are now on board, Variety reports. The Playlist further reveals that Paxton arrives to replace Dennis Quaid and that "Gothika" director Mathieu Kassovitz has joined "in an undisclosed role." Read More...

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DESCThe impressive ensemble cast for "Knockout," Steven Soderbergh's upcoming action spy thriller starring mixed martial arts expert Gina Carano, has just added two more names to the mix.

According to The Playlist, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" star Channing Tatum has joined the cast of "Knockout," while Antonio Banderas is currently in talks to participate in the film.

Tatum has a role that is "relatively small in the scope of things," playing a member of the special ops squadron that Mallory Kane — the lead character played by Carano — belongs to. Tatum's character Aaron is tasked with tracking Kane down after she's double-crossed and set up for a murder.

Banderas, meanwhile, is in discussions to play the head of a European black-ops unit. Read More...

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Antonio BanderasSalvador Dali is enjoying a renaissance of interest, at least in Hollywood. There's three Dali biopics floating currently floating around in various stages of completion. The one getting the most buzz right now is "Little Ashes," which stars "Twilight" hottie Robert Pattinson as the young artist. Al Pacino is attached to play the painter in "Dali & I: The Surreal Story."

And now Dali may finally get an actor who hails from his home country of Spain, because according to Variety, Antonio Banderas wants a turn, and is in talks to play the painter in "Dali." That's less of a shocker than the director, who is none other than Simon West, more famous for action movies like "Con Air" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" than indie biopics. Read More...

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