SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review

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In 2005, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s Sin City was an interesting novelty.  The directors were able to transfer Miller’s visually distinct comics to the screen through the heavy use of CGI.  Not adapt; transfer.  The comic was used as a storyboard, and the directors filled in the gaps by casting a bunch of recognizable actors to play the roles.  For people who argue that adaptations should never stray from the source material, 2005′s Sin City was perfect.  Although the novelty has run its course, Rodriguez and Miller are back nine years later with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but the visual panache now feels like a crutch while also diminishing any authentic noir vibe the movie occasionally tries to convey.  Although the sequel is occasionally enjoyable thanks to the actors who are in on the exaggerated tone, the film feels like it was made by a couple of teenagers who mistake whores for dames, sadists for toughs guys, and style for charm.

Dennis Haysbert Talks SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, Taking Over Michael Clarke Duncan’s Role, BACKSTROM, MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, and More

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dennis Haysbert (who plays Manute, the mysterious, loyal and lethal bodyguard who has served many of Sin City’s most powerful figures) talked about why he wanted to be a part of this universe, how he came to take over this role from Michael Clarke Duncan (who played Manute in the first film), how quickly he took to the green screen process, how much wearing the chauffeur’s outfit from hell helped to inform his performance, his character’s motivations, what most impressed him about the way that Robert Rodriguez works, and how much he admired Eva Green’s work ethic and talent.  He also talked about what led him back to TV for Fox’s Backstrom, and the experience of working on Men, Women & Children with director Jason Reitman.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller Talk SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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Nearly a decade after the first film, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have reunited to bring the visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  In a town where murderers reign and the desperate want vengeance, their paths cross at the famous Kadie’s Club Pecos, where Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) still dances while mourning the loss of her love, John Hartigan (Bruce Willis).  With Marv (Mickey Rourke) in the center of the carnage, a cocky young gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), and Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is battles with the woman of his dreams and nightmares, Ava Lord (Eva Green).

During a conference at the film’s press day, actors Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green talked about living in Sin City, with this dialogue and these extremes, going into the mind of Frank Miller, trickiest scenes, playing a Rodriguez bad-ass, the motives of the women in Sin City, working in Austin at Troublemaker Studios, working with Christopher Lloyd, feeling comfortable with Nancy’s swagger, the sex and sexuality of the story, and why Nancy is a stripper who never actually takes her clothes off.  Also there, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller discussed getting even closer to the comics this time around, what the 3D added, the process of lighting the film, what their collaboration has meant to each other, and how they’d like to go into production on a third film, right away.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Exclusive: Paul Shipper and Odd City Entertainment’s SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Poster; Available at the Austin Film Society’s Texas Premiere

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Today, we’re brining you an exclusive first look at Odd City Entertainment’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill limited edition poster by artist Paul Shipper.  The poster will available at the after party following the Austin Film Society’s Texas premiere of the movie on Wednesday, August 20th.  The poster is an 18×24 screen print; it’s limited to an edition of 200, and will cost $45.  Please note that in order to get a chance at buying the poster, you have to buy a ticket to the screening and the after party, which are on sale from $30.  All proceeds from the event, and the poster sales, benefit the Austin Film Society’s artist programs.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For limited edition poster, and for the press release, which contains more details.  The film opens August 22nd.

Quentin Tarantino’s HATEFUL EIGHT Trailer to Debut in Theaters with SIN CITY 2; May Not Be Online

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Nearly everything about Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, has been non-traditional.  The Django Unchained filmmaker first began publicly talking about the Western as his next film earlier this year, as he was finalizing the script and getting ready to send it to a few actors he had in mind for the lead roles.  But then the script leaked online and Tarantino angrily stated that he would not be making the movie to spite the unofficial leak.  The director subsequently staged a live-read of his Hateful Eight screenplay with a bevy of talented actors—including Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson—and after he cooled off, he then decided that he would be making The Hateful Eight as his next movie after all.

Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that filming would be getting underway early next year, but it appears that the first Hateful Eight trailer might actually be arriving in theaters next week attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  However, there’s a catch: it might not be released online at all.  More after the jump. [Update: Deadline has confirmed that the Hateful Eight trailer will indeed be attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.]

Watch Over 9 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Footage

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The Weinstein Company has released over nine minutes of behind-the-scenes Sin City: A Dame to Kill For footage that offers a look at how directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller brought the sequel to fruition.  If you’re curious to see just how many actual sets were used (spoiler alert: the answer is basically zero) in the making of Sin City 2, this b-roll is an interesting watch.  Regardless of the quality of the finished film, the actors are all essentially playing pretend in a giant green sandbox with very little to work with by way of atmosphere or environment.  It’s certainly a challenging working process, and while blockbuster films all use greenscreen to some degree, Rodriguez pushes the lack of live-action elements to the limit.

Hit the jump to watch the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For footage.  The film stars Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva GreenMickey RourkeRosario DawsonJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens in theaters on August 22nd.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Red-Band Trailer Goes Heavy on Stylization, Light on Everything Else

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Dimension Films has released the new full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For red-band trailer that premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.  And it doesn’t seem like directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (read our SDCC interview) have done anything new for the 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.  Also going straight to hell is my interest in this movie.  I enjoyed the first film but felt that even this trailer was too much time spent back in the arbitrarily stylized world.  Nothing had any impact.  The only thing this film could do to surprise me is fashion a tight, engaging narrative.

Hit the jump to watch the full-length Sin City: A Dame to Kill For red-band trailer.  The film also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, 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.

Frank Miller Talks SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, the future of 300, Reincarnating Robocop, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, and More at Comic-Con

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Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years.  His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels.  These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade.  And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all.  Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director.  There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.  No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter.  And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, Miller might well be more influential to the future of filmmaking than he has been to comics.  So all things considered, I think we can agree that Robocop never had any sequels and Holy Terror! exists only as an Onion article penned by David Mamet during his Andy Kaufman period.

Collider sat down with the perpetually-fedora-adorned author and artist at Comic-Con to talk about his long-awaited Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  During our exclusive one-on-one,  Miller talked about adapting his own work, original material added to the sequel, the importance of trusting actors, why he never writes a comic with the movie version in mind, the future of the 300 and Sin City franchises, the possible return of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and more.  Hit the jump for the full transcript. 

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Clip – Jessica Alba Gets a Little Crazy

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The first clip from Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is now available and it features Jessica Alba getting a little crazy.  It’s a little clunky but it’s also taken out of context (I hope) so I wouldn’t judge the movie based on this brief glimpse.  If this little bit of Alba leaves you wanting more, then be sure to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight at 11:35pm when she will appear to help promote the sequel.

Also starring Eva GreenMickey RourkeRosario DawsonJoseph 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 to watch the new clip.

New SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Images Feature Rosario Dawson and Jamie Chung

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Dimension Films has released new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  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 feature Jamie Chung as Miho (who was played by Devon Aoki in the first movie) and Rosario Dawson as Gail, whose outfit was apparently inspired by the prank played on Regina George in Mean Girls.

Hit the jump to check out the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For images.  The film also stars Jessica AlbaMickey RourkeJoseph Gordon-Levitt Bruce WillisJaime KingDennis HaysbertChristopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia GarnerSin City: A Dame to Kill For opens August 22nd.

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.

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.

5 New Character Posters from Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Featuring Jessica Alba

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“Things are about to get nasty,” if these new character posters for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For are any indication.  This is the first time we’re seeing a splash of color in the sequel’s marketing, even if it’s mostly a very fitting blood red.  In this batch of posters, we’ve got new looks at characters played by returning actors Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Rosario Dawson, as well as newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin.  It all looks very familiar, but if you’re happy with what you saw on screen in 2005, then these posters should be pleasing to the eye.

Also starring 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 to take a look at the new Sin City: A Dame to Kill For posters.

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