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D.J. is celebrating his birthday today, and we’d like to him a very happy birthday! Hope you have a really great day.

Don’t forget, El Rey Network is airing a season 1 marathon of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series tomorrow, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

El Rey Network and Miramax are kicking off a marathon of their breakout original series “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” at dusk on Tuesday, May 5th (6 PM ET), concluding at dawn on May 6th (4 AM ET). And that’s not all they have in store for the show’s fans.

To add to the fiesta, El Rey Network Founder and Chairman and creator of the original film franchise From Dusk Till Dawn, Robert Rodriguez, will release the rock-infused Season One soundtrack from his band, CHINGON Music (Kill Bill Volume 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico), including a bonus Spanish version of “After Dark,” the Tito & Tarantula track made infamous by the iconic snake dance scene in the 1995 film.

In addition to the special Spanish version of “After Dark,” the soundtrack features selections of the original score from the show’s first season by Carl Thiel (Last Man Standing, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Spy Kids 4) and songs by Rodriguez’s CHINGON (Machete) as they appeared in the series, including the never-before-released CHINGON version of “Hey Baby Que Pasó” and other reimagined classics like Jose Alfredo Sandoval’s “El Rey” as well as the original “Cuka Rocka,” composed by Rodriguez, Rick del Castillo, and Mark del Castillo. The album will be released on iTunes on May 5, 2015, and is now available for pre-order on both Amazon and iTunes. “After Dark,” “Hey Baby Que Pasó,” and “El Rey” are available for purchase now only on iTunes.

Source: Dread Central

Along with fellow From Dusk Till Dawn co-stars, D.J. attended the 15th Annual Texas Film Awards yesterday. Here are 3 photos from the event!

Update (March 16): Added 1 HQ photo.

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Production for Season 2 has officially begun, and no other than creator Robert Rodriguez will direct the premiere episode. How exciting!

El Rey Network and Miramax announced today the start of production on the sophomore season of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” in Austin, TX (home to Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios). Returning to the supernatural series are all leading cast members including Wilmer Valderrama, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, and Jesse Garcia. El Rey Network Founder and Chairman, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, will direct the first episode of the second season set to return late summer, 2015.

“It’s great to be back for Season Two with the amazing cast and crew. We continue to push our story and characters into unexpected directions at a time when El Rey Network has greatly increased its distribution with six of the top eight distributors,” said Rodriguez. “We are also thrilled to expand our partnership with Miramax, which, based on the successful launch of the first season, has taken on a larger role in production this season and will be the lead studio on any future seasons.”

“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” premiered last year as El Rey Network’s first scripted drama and drew critical acclaim for the reimagining of Rodriguez’s cult classic film of the same name, released theatrically in 1996 by Miramax. The Associated Press touted the series as “radically different” and “a fascinating ride” while The New York Daily News proclaimed, “Like the movie that came before, the TV series does its thing very well.” The series was picked #1 on Entertainment Weekly ‘s Must List and as one of the Hottest New Fiction Shows by The Hollywood Reporter. The first season, available now on Netflix both domestically and in many international markets, was also a global phenomenon seen in a total of 160 territories around the world.

Season one of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who were on the run to Mexico when they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, who were taken hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensued when the group detoured to the Titty Twister, a strip club populated by culebras, snake-like ancient creatures who survive by drinking human blood. They were forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.

Season Two explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that expands the universe of our story across two Borders from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santánico (González) and Richie (Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by south of the Border; Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb: and Carlos Madrigal (Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister as changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

The returning cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (Noah, Shameless); and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew).

Additional directors who will be directing episodes this season include Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project), Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead), Joe Menendez (Ladrón que roba a ladrón), and Dwight Little (Halloween 4: the Return of Michael Myers).

“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a Miramax production in association with Rodriguez International Pictures, FactoryMade Ventures, and Sugarcane Entertainment. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (also showrunner), Diego Gutierrez (also writer), and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.

Miramax is distributing “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” internationally in all territories.

It’s been a long wait, but we finally got some Season 2 details! Executive producer, Carlos Coto, tweeted a script tease revealing the Season 2 premiere title.

If you have been following the cast on Twitter, they start filming soon. Exciting!

Check out this interview of SKYWATCH with D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz.

We’re so excited to have you here in New Zealand. Have either of you been here before?
DJ: I have. In 2008 I was working in Australia on a film called Justice League. Peter Jackson’s company was doing all the physical production, so I was between Sydney and Wellington a lot of the time and got to tour around a bit. I’m very happy to be back.
Zane: I’ve wanted to come here for a long time, so when the opportunity came up to promote the show down here, I said yes right away.

You two obviously get on well. Had you met before being cast in the series?
DJ: No. The first time we met was when Robert, Zane and myself got together in a hotel room for a meeting and played with some of the material to see if Robert would think the chemistry between us would work.
Zane: And it did.

You guys are now leading pretty hectic lives. Prior to coming here you were in Paris and Berlin. Do you ever wake up in places like this and pinch yourself?
DJ: Yes, absolutely. If you get to work in this business in any capacity, you’re already lucky. To get to do it on a job you actually enjoy immensely and you’re very proud of, and you get to work with people you really respect, is like winning the lottery twice, even more so if you get to travel and share it with other people. It’s like a dream come true.

DJ, Robert Rodriguez has said previously that he wanted you for the role of Seth Gecko and no one else. That must be hugely flattering?
DJ: I don’t know if Robert’s just been kind or if he means it, but it’s very flattering. I’m a huge fan of Robert and Quentin’s work, and always have been, so when I got the call to go and meet with him, I was excited to go and talk to him about any job opportunity. I feel very blessed that it worked out – I love going to work with him and the entire cast every day. It was a very quick process though. One day I got a phone call at noon wanting me to meet Robert in two hours. We talked about his vision and a few days after that, Zane and I were sitting in a room with Robert and a week after that we were in Texas putting suits on.

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