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Never ones to disappoint, Rock and Shock has just announced the second wave of guests who will be appearing at this year's horror/metal convention. In this round of celebs some new faces are named as well as some Rock and Shock favorites.
Among the newest guests announced are Victoria Price, daughter of the iconic Vincent Price, who will be hosting a special presentation on her father's life. WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper will be making his triumphant return to Worecester. They'll be joined by Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Tiffany Shepis, Sarah French, and Joe Knetter.
- Scott Hallam
After working with Lady Gaga on Machete Kills, director Robert Rodriguez knew she would have to be his new Sin City sequel. "I told her she had to be in it," Rodriguez told me earlier this week at the movie's Hollywood premiere. "But we needed to find a role small enough that she could do while she was on tour. And then this one popped up." He's referring to Gaga's role as a waitress in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (in theaters tomorrow). We won't give it all away, but she shares some screen time with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. "We were shooting and it was just a couple of days away," Rodriguez said. "She happened to be on tour in Houston, just a couple of cities away »
This weekend, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez throw another punch in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the hard-boiled sequel starring Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, and many more; HBO's "True Blood" wraps up its final season Sunday night after a seven-year run; the 31st MTV Video Music Awards airs live Sunday, with performances by Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, and others; and Seth Meyers hosts the 66th annual Emmy Awards Monday night on NBC.
Also in theaters this weekend: "If I Stay" stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a talented young musician whose life changes in an instant after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide how to proceed with her drastically different life. "When the Game Stands Tall" tells the story of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took De La Salle High School from obscurity to a record-shattering 151-game winning streak. »
- Jonny Black
Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller. Starring: Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jude Ciccolella, Powers Boothe, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Marton Csokas, Christopher Lloyd, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Alexa PenaVega, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Piven and Crystal McCahill.
Running Time: 102 minutes.
Synopsis: Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For, arrives on a nine year wave of expectation, ready to soak you up and hurl you around with such ferocity you’ll feel as if it’s been mere days since the original unleashed itself back in 2005.
Concocted of a series of short segments, one of which – Booze, Broads & Bullets -was torn from Miller’s very own pages, here the writer »
- Jacob Stolworthy
Back when the first "Sin City" was released in 2005, the idea of doing a 1:1 translation of a graphic novel for the big screen was so outside the box that it bordered on lunacy. But that's just what Robert Rodriguez, the filmmaker behind "Desperado" and "Spy Kids," did when adapting Frank Miller's hard-boiled graphic novel "Sin City."
Instead of appropriating the look and feel of the comic book, he just Xeroxed it. It was still black-and-white, with flashes of color, and the actors he chose (among them, Mickey Rourke as the mountainous bad-ass Marv, and Jessica Alba as damsel-in-distress Nancy) were so uncannily close to their comic book equivalents that they might as well have been inked and painted.
Rodriguez also made the generous decision to bring Miller on board as a screenwriter and co-director (something that the DGA frowned upon, leading to Rodriguez losing out on a number of high-profile studio gigs). Together, »
- Drew Taylor
The best role in Sin City: A Dame for Kill For goes not to Josh Brolin, nor Eva Green, but the corrupt city itself. Henry Barnes recommends diving into the dirt with the flawed heroes and back-stabbing broads of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's sequel. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is out in the UK tomorrow Continue reading »
- Henry Barnes
Quentin Tarantino’s next blood-soaked adventure, The Hateful Eight, has not begun filming yet but a teaser has already been produced. It will presumably be attached to showings of Tarantino’s good buddy Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which is due out in cinemas this weekend.
Earlier today the teaser leaked online in admittedly poor cam quality, but who cares? It’s a taste of a new Tarantino movie! Naturally, since no filming has started the teaser has no actual footage from the film, but it does do a great job at hyping up the titular hateful eight.
The Hateful Eight stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Amber Tamblyn, Bruce Dern, James Remar, Dana Hourrier, James Parks, Denis Menochet, and Zoe Bell, and is slated for 2015. Watch the trailer here while you can!
Robert Kojder – An aficionado of film, »
- Robert Kojder
Nine years after the first Sin City materialized at the multiplex like a breath of unexpected fresh air, what reasons do directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have for finally returning to their smoke-filled, black-and-white den of iniquity? If I wanted to pithily sum up what this follow-up brings to the table, I could do it in just two words: Eva Green. Her sexy, scheming Ava Lord is a truly hypnotic creation, and alone worth delving back into Rodriguez and Miller’s noir-drenched world. Excitingly, though, there’s more to Sin City: A Dame To Kill For than just the devious femme fatale of its title.
Like the first Sin City, this sequel is made up of a loosely connected series of stories, but there are really two main threads to keep track of. In one, the villainous Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) is twice targeted by revenge – first by cocky »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the long-awaited sequel to Sin City about to hit cinemas (our review is here), Robert Rodriguez has been discussing his other projects. Namely, the formation of El Rey (‘the king’ in English) – his eight-month-old television network aimed at Latino males.
When offered the opportunity to start his own network, Rodriguez opted to take matters into his own hands on a regular query he’s been asked throughout his career.
"People have always asked me, ‘How do we get to Latinos' wallets?"” the director lamented. "Well, you've got to get them here (touches his heart). You have to give them characters to fall in love with. It was never just about ‘putting Latinos in more shows.’"
As well as his own series From Dusk Til Dawn (based on his own film), Rodriguez hinted at other possibilities. When asked if »
The original Sin City, released in 2005 with an all-star cast featuring the likes of Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke and Benicio Del Toro, was largely positively received and a box office success. On a relatively small $40 million budget, the film managed to take in nearly $160 million when its theatrical run was all said and done. With talk of a sequel having loomed for years, it's finally coming this weekend in the form of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and looks to be just as unique, if not more ambitious than the original. The Original's Unique Formula When the original Sin City was released, director Robert Rodriguez would attempt to distance himself from characterizing...
- Chris Clow
Co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in 3D in Frank Miller’S Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Recently, Wamg sat down with Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, along with other members of the press, at the films La Press Conference. Check it out below.
In a town where justice doesn’t prevail, the desperate want vengeance and ruthless murderers find themselves with vigilantes on their heels. Their paths cross when they converge on Sin City’s famous Kadie’s Club Pecos. The film opens with fan-favorite “Just Another Saturday Night,” when Marv (Mickey Rourke) finds himself in the center of carnage as he tries to remember the events leading up to it. “The Long, Bad Night” tells the tale of Johnny, a cocky »
- Melissa Howland
There have been several failed attempts to adapt Neil Gaiman's incredible Sandman series into a live-action movie, but recently we learned that Warner Bros' are going to take another crack at it. Joseph-Gordon Levitt is on board as producer (with a possibility that he'll also star and direct), and seems very passionate about the source material and determined to do it justice on the big screen. In an interview with MovieFone, the Tdkr actor doesn't confirm if he'll actually direct or not, but he does say that he went to his Sin City: A Dame To Kill For director Robert Rodriguez for advice on how to handle green screen. Levitt also reveals that they haven't got a full script just yet, but that they're getting there, and he feels the "right ideas" are in place. "Right now we're working on a script. It's me and Goyer and the screenwriter »
When Robert Rodriguez’s original "Sin City" was released in 2005, the VFX-heavy neo-noir felt genuinely groundbreaking —a comic book adaptation so faithful to the source material and its striking visuals that the comic's creator Frank Miller received a co-directing credit. Rodriguez and Miller didn't so much translate sequences as much as they cut and pasted arresting tableaus straight from the graphic novel. The dialogue encompassed the same hard-boiled monologues and staccato delivery; only word bubbles were missing. But as stringently loyal as it was (much of that dialogue being clunky), the film was outstanding visually, like nothing seen before on screen. Nearly ten years later, Rodriguez and Miller revisit the rain-slicked, blood-soaked streets of Basin City. But instead of taking another bold leap forward, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" pretty much maintains the status quo (with one notable exception). Stylistically and tonally, the "Sin »
- Drew Taylor
Over nine years after Sin City opened to $29.8 million, a sequel finally arrives in theaters on Friday. As is the case with most long-wait sequels, A Dame to Kill For should earn substantially less than its predecessor. For the weekend, it will likely wind up in second place behind young-adult adaptation If I Stay.If Sin City: A Dame to Kill For had reached theaters in close proximity to the original, it would be in much better shape right now. With its stark black-and-white cinematography and animated backgrounds, the original Sin City was the first movie that truly looked like a graphic novel come to life. It received positive reviews (78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and strong responses from fans who clamored for years for a sequel covering some of author Frank Miller's other stories from Sin City.Instead of opening two or three years after the original, it took »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It may be in 3D this time around, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s monotone, monochrome comicbook universe feels flatter than ever in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. But that’s the dubious accomplishment of this visually arresting but grimly repetitive exercise in style, set against a sordid neo-noir landscape populated almost exclusively by tormented tough guys and femme-fatale fetish objects. Nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” grossed more than $158 million worldwide, it’s doubtful whether the directors’ overlapping fanbases can muster the same level of excitement for a picture about which the best one can really say is, “It sure beats ‘The Spirit.’ ”
- Justin Chang
A bunch of manly men compete to see who has the deepest, growliest, most booze-and-nicotine-stained voice in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a nine-years-on follow-up to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's initial foray into putting the latter's noir-drenched graphic novels on the big screen. It's more of the same, really, except for two notable additions: Eva Green's killer embodiment of the titular dame, and the presence of 20 — count 'em, 20 — executive producers on the credits, in addition to six regular producers. What do they think this is, a Broadway
- Todd McCarthy
On Tuesday night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Willis grabbed a harmonica and a mic, and Rodriguez was on the guitar at the “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” afterparty. The film’s cast including Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green and Mickey Rourke were all in attendance, not to mention the graphic novel creator and film’s co-director Frank Miller.
The two men, along with Rodriguez’s band, Chingon (which was formed to record songs for 2003’s “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”), jammed together on a stage that took up nearly a third of the Roosevelt’s ballroom. They sang the blues, culling inspiration from Stevie Ray Vaughan while Rodriguez »
- Alexandra Cheney
Teen girls are notoriously fickle, particularly when it comes to movies.
For every “Twilight” or “The Hunger Games,” there’s a film such as “Mortal Instruments,” a hot literary property that lost its sizzle in the transition from page to screen.
“If I Stay” is the latest attempt to capture this coveted demographic, and while the low-budget weepy won’t hit the lofty numbers of “The Fault in Our Stars,” it’s shaping up to sell a lot of tickets along with Kleenex.
“It looks like it could be a breakout based on the reactions on Facebook and Twitter,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst of BoxOffice.com. “It seems to be connecting with the same crowds that lined up for ‘Fault in Our Stars.’ This month has had a lot of male-skewing action pictures, so the timing is good.”
Look for “If I Stay,” which is being »
- Brent Lang
This week will see the debut of The Hateful Eight teaser. The first vid ad for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western will be revealed ahead of the theatrical release of his dear old Grindhouse buddy Robert Rodriguez's new movie, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. But you don't have to see the sequel to Sin City to get a taste of this teaser. Collider reports a run-down of the trailer. As the film won't go into production until 2015, there's no footage to speak of. Instead, The Hateful Eight opens on snow-covered dunes while a "western-style ballad" plays over title cards that tell of strangers being forced together after being stranded in a blizzard. "They soon discovered they shared a deadly connection" reads the titles before blood splatters across them. The music picks up as a new title card emerges: "The New Film by Quentin Tarantino." Then comes a »
“Beginning Tuesday, August 19th fans of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” will get a chance to experience the thrill ride all over again with the launch of the entire 10-episode first season on Netflix. Based on the cult-classic film of the same name, the series from creator/executive producer/ director Robert Rodriguez (who has created such films as Sin City, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn) premiered on the Rodriguez founded El Rey Network this past March. The first season is already available on the Netflix service in itsinternational markets including: UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, and Latin America.
The Netflix launch comes on the heels of a recent announcement from El Rey Network that »
- Jonathan James
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