300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Blu-ray Review

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As the supplements suggest, 300: Rise of an Empire is not a straight sequel to Frank Miller and Zack Snyder’s 300, as it can also be described as a prequel, sidequel, and probably some other words that have been invented to describe modern spin-off films that don’t pick up after the last film ended.  Rise of an Empire is meant to be like a glove to the first film, as it surrounds the original narrative with new material.  The results are a film that doesn’t totally work on its own terms, but does offer a delicious scene-stealing performance from Eva Green.  My 300: Rise of an Empire Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

New Full-Length SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Trailer Features the Return of Mickey Rourke’s Marv

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Dimension Films has released a new full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For for directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  This trailer focuses heavily on the returning members of the cast, specifically Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Bruce Willis.  There’s plenty of action and stylized visuals on display, but even after a number of trailers, images, posters, etc. I’m still having troubling drumming up anything but indifference towards the follow-up.  It looks fine, but 2006 was a very long time ago.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For trailer.  The film also stars Powers Booth, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Dennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR – See the New-and-Improved Eva Green Poster Approved by the MPAA

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Remember those puzzles where two images are laid side by side and you have to spot the differences?  Well, that’s kind of what the new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For posters featuring Eva Green are like, just with more boobs.  If you’re just getting caught up on this little controversy, it all started when the MPAA rejected a risque poster for The Weinstein Company film.  Green herself then responded to the non-news story in full support of the film and the poster.  The latest (and likely last) news on this issue is that the MPAA has approved a slightly photoshopped poster that’s more to their liking.

Also starring Jessica AlbaMickey RourkeRosario DawsonJoseph Gordon-LevittJosh Brolin, Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.  Hit the jump for both posters and to see if you can tell them apart.

Eva Green Comments on Her Controversial SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Poster, Saying It’s “A Lot of Noise for Nothing”

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Remember when we shared this poster for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For featuring Eva Green in an outfit too scandalous for the MPAA?  Well now Green has responded to the manufactured controversy surrounding The Weinstein Company’s picture and poster.  In short?  “A lot of noise for nothing.”  Ms. Green certainly isn’t shy about showing off her body, and believes there’s plenty more about the movie business that’s in poorer taste.

Also starring Jessica AlbaMickey RourkeRosario DawsonJoseph Gordon-LevittJosh Brolin, Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.  Hit the jump for Green’s comments.

PENNY DREADFUL Renewed for Bigger Season 2

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Showtime has ordered Penny Dreadful season 2, renewing creator John Logan’s (Skyfall) psychosexual horror series for another go-around, and even expanding the series to a bigger episode count.  The drama is currently in the midst of its eight-episode first season, but for season two Showtime has upped that number to 10 episodes in total.  The series has garnered high praise from critics and solid ratings, counting our own TV expert Allison Keene as one of its fans.  For those unfamiliar, the series stars Eva Green and Timothy Dalton and reimagines some of literature’s iconic figures such as Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, and a number of characters from Dracula, bringing them all together in Victorian London.  I haven’t had a chance to catch the show just yet, but it’s high on my to-do list.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the first season thus far.  Penny Dreadful airs on Sundays on Showtime.

New SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Poster Featuring “Too Much Boob” from Eva Green

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If you’re more interested in Eva Green’s boobs than the manufactured controversy surrounding their appearance on a new poster for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, then go ahead and hit the jump now.  Other recently released posters for the sequel didn’t get disapproved for “too much crotch” or “too much scowling”, so what’s the problem here?  Well, the MPAA didn’t like this version due to “nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown.”  Pique your interest?  That’s The Weinstein Company’s plan, since they’re the winners of this silly game; though the real winners are you, the viewers, who get to glance at Green’s magnificence in poster form.

Starring Jessica AlbaMickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.  Hit the jump for boobs to check out the new poster.

7 New SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Images Featuring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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A batch of new images from directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For have landed online.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  These images offer new looks at Brolin’s character, as well as the characters played by Jessica Alba and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and even a set photo featuring Rodriguez and Miller with Mickey Rourke.  The gang’s back together.

Hit the jump to check out the new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film also stars Bruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime King, Dennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

6 New Animated Images from SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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Well here’s a new one.  In lieu of clips or traditional images, The Weinstein Company has released a batch of “animated images” (ie. gifs) from directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  I’m curious to see if the audience for a Sin City sequel is still out there nearly a decade after the first film was released, especially since technology has evolved so drastically since the groundbreaking graphic novel adaptation.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City 2 gifs.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

Trailer for the Western Drama THE SALVATION Starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green

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I like Mads Mikkelsen, and I think slowly and surely he’s getting the widespread recognition he deserves while still staying true to an eclectic collection of work.  He turns in excellent performances week after week on Hannibal but also starred in the Oscar-nominated drama The Hunt as a falsely-accused child molester.  Yesterday, a trailer for the western drama The Salvation went online, and stars Mikkelsen as a Danish immigrant trying to build a life in the 1870s America.  The story centers on a man whose family is brutally murdered, and he goes out for violent retribution.  However, his quest for revenge triggers retaliation from the friends and families of his enemies.  It looks like captivating stuff, and having Eva Green on board to co-star only makes the movie look better.

Hit the jump to check out The Salvation trailer.  The film will premiere as part of the Midnight Screenings program at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Watch the First Episode of Showtime’s New Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL Online Now

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One of the more intriguing summer television offerings heading our way is Showtime’s psychosexual horror series Penny Dreadful, and in advance of its official premiere, the pay cable network has put the full episode online in its entirety to watch for free.  Created by Skyfall scribe John Logan in collaboration with executive producer Sam Mendes, the show takes place in Victorian London and finds some of literature’s most terrifying characters crossing paths.  All of the trailers thus far have been highly fascinating, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out this full episode soon.

Hit the jump to watch the full premiere episode of Penny Dreadful.  The show stars Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadway, and Danny SapaniPenny Dreadful premieres on Showtime Sunday, May 11th.

New Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Featuring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jessica Alba

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Dimension Films has released a new trailer for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  This trailer doesn’t really get into the plot all that much, as it’s more of a flashy, aesthetic teaser than anything.  Frankly, the visuals for Sin City 2 look quite cheap compared to the first film, even though technology has advanced almost a decade since Rodriguez made Sin City.  The cast is promisingly eclectic, though, but right now that’s the only thing holding my interest here.

Hit the jump to watch the new Sin City 2 trailer and sound off with your thoughts in the comments.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

8 New Images from SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Eva Green, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba

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Eight new images from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For have been released online.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  All of these images could be glimpsed briefly in the trailer, but these are some nice, higher-resolution stills, which is important when so much of the film’s impact will probably be in the visuals.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Powers Boothe, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

Eva Green Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, Filming the Sex Scene, Shooting in Bulgaria, PENNY DREADFUL, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.  I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Eva Green. She talked about her reaction to the finished film, shooting in Bulgaria, filming the sex scene, why she got involved with the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Review

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When Zack Snyder’s 300 was released in 2007, it was a vibrant explosion of exhilarating bloodshed and goofy earnestness.  Although its impact has been somewhat diminished by imitators and a more widespread reliance on predominantly CGI environments, it’s still a memorable picture, and providing a sequel isn’t completely unwarranted.  However, 300: Rise of an Empire has trouble expanding beyond “300 with boats”, and while it’s still packed with fun kills and a similar tone, some of the key elements are missing, and all it really has to add to the mix is a delightful performance from Eva Green.

First Trailer for SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Starring Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green

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Dimension Films has released the first trailer for co-director Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The film stars Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.  While I’m not crazy about the music they chose for this first cut, the character transformations are pretty damn cool.  Returning characters have a whole new look, which makes sense since it’s been almost a decade since the original film.  Newcomers to the franchise have been beat up, cut up, or dolled up to the point that they’re hardly recognizable.  A solid start.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.

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