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It's a knight to remember as Clive Owen heads the round table in Antoine 'Training Day' Fuqua's rousing reinvention of the legend of King Arthur. Ray Winstone, Ioan Gruffudd and Hugh Dancy assist their liege while Keira Knightley's woad-daubed Guinevere fights by his side like the love child of Lara Croft and Braveheart. Stephen Dillane conjures up a good Merlin and the stunning battle on ice is a standout set-piece. »
Warner Brothers’ Sherlock Holmes and Snatch director Guy Ritchie’s ambitious six-film King Arthur project has finally found its two leads. According to Deadline, Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam will play Arthur, while Variety reports that Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron actress Elizabeth Olsen is in negotiations to play the female lead, Guinevere.
Written by Joby Harold (Awake) and produced by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Lone Survivor), King Arthur also stars Idris Elba as Arthur’s Merlin-like mentor, and is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.
- James Garcia
Disney released “King Arthur” in 2004 starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Warners had been developing an “Arthur and Lancelot” project with David Dobkin directing and Kit Harington starring, but the project never made it into production.
Hunnam is repped by CAA and Brillstein.
The Deadline.com site first reported the news about Hunnam.
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
Deadline report that the Son of Anarchy himself, Charlie Hunnam, has been lined up to star as the good King Arthur Pendragon in Guy Ritchie's take on the legendary tale, which is now officially titled Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Apparently Hunnam is now in final negotiations, and a deal looks like a sure thing. The project also has Cbm fave and Hunnam's Pacific Rim costar Idris Elba on board, and although the Thor: The Dark World actor was originally said to be playing a character called Bedivere, Deadline reckon it'll actually be Merlin the Wizard! The site also confirm that WB are planning a six film saga. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman »
Starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh, “The Knick” is set in turn-of-the-last-century New York City and tells the story of the surgeons, nurses and staff at The Knickerbocker Hospital who push the boundaries of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates.
Cinemax has a lot riding on the project, which was renewed for as second season ahead of its first season bow. While the premiere episode did not attract many viewers for its original viewing on Aug. 8, it did gain an audience through repeat airings that weekend. Cinemax also offered a free online streaming of the first episode.
The HBO marathon of “The Knick” beings at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1. The show will return to »
- Whitney Friedlander
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2014.
Starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Jaime King, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach and Jamie Chung.
Three more stories from the vaults of Sin City as some of its twisted citizens get in too deep.
The sequel to Sin City has been a long time coming and in the wake of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, part of me wonders if it’s been too long. The stories we get on this adventure are the titular A Dame to Kill For, Nancy’s Last Dance, Just Another Saturday Night and The Long Bad Night. Each of the stories in themselves are interesting and A Dame To Kill For is clearly the »
- Helen Murdoch
We really hope the Television Academy's nominating committee's collective memory lasts longer than it seems to in the coming year, because Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" deserves plenty of Emmy love (read our review). The period based medical drama expands into a look at the upper crust, underclass and sectors in between during the turn of the century era in New York City. Soderbergh directs as if he's rediscovered his love for storytelling, Clive Owen is doing arguably the best work of his entire career, and tying it all together is Cliff Martinez's score. The composer's trademark electronic, pulsating and throbbing work here has an anachronistic quality that fits "The Knick" perfectly, helping the already fast-moving show keep its momentum. And below, you can hear two tracks from the soundtrack, "Goodnight Nurse Elkins" and "I'm In The Pink," which both give a sense of the kind of material Martinez contributes to the show. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Witness” is a ticking-clock thriller about the lone survivor of a bomb attack in Boston.
Fresnadillo is repped by UTA.
- Dave McNary
Buzzfeed Must read list of 17 black women who deserve their own biopic. God, if we could get even half of these projects greenlit there'd finally be roles for our best black actresses to fight over. I'd replace some of the dream names with better actresses though. Where's my Lorraine Toussaint and Kimberly Elise?
In Contention icymi images from Selma have been going around. Can't wait to see this movie
Playboy interviews the one and only Terry Gilliam on Zero Theorem and his past pictures
Playbill in light of all the 'was it or wasn't it cut from the movie?' discussion around Into the Woods' songbook, here's a list of famous numbers that were »
- NATHANIEL R
I was remarking to a friend a few weeks back that I was afraid that I had grown out of Sin City, that the franchise I had loved so much as a teenager/young adult was just beneath me now. I don’t think that’s it though, not entirely, popular culture itself seems to have absorbed the things it likes from Sin City and moved on. All that’s left is a movie that feels just as old and tired as the original film felt new and fresh nine years ago.
Before I go any further I have to shower praise on Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a man who seems to have been born to play noir leads. While this is no secret to anyone who saw his dynamite performance in Brick it’s a treat to watch him do this work and a crying shame that there aren’t more »
- Arthur Tebbel
Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers gets a colorful upgrade in his latest installment of "At the Movies," mimicking the moody red-white-and-black backdrop of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Travers still gets a thrill out of the visual splendor conjured by co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller in this newly released sequel to the acclaimed 2005 noir-thriller. But he's less impressed with the film's confusing storyline, which introduces a number of bizarre plot points and re-hashes old ideas.
Travers starts off praising the original film, calling it "damn-near a landmark. »
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s belated follow-up to the most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen, is black and white and red all over. There’s plenty of blood in the sequel, either represented as the color of fresh snow or its natural red. Stark monochrome with the occasional color splash of blood, fire or lipstick is the hallmark of the ultimate town without pity, which comes roaring back to life in this superb follow-up that serves as a sequel and prequel at the same time. Characters that died are back while earlier incidents serve as motivation. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For presents new characters and old ones played by different actors. But the film’s look and artistry and the barn-burning 3D mayhem is so exhilarating that one quickly forgives its lack »
- Tom Stockman
Written by Frank Miller
When Sin City exploded into theaters in 2005, we had never seen anything like it. It was a resounding declaration that digital filmmaking had finally arrived. The new Robert Rodriquez-Frank Miller collaboration, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, may lack the novelty and humanity of its predecessor, but it still manages to (re)capture the same bonkers spirit. Much like its leading ladies, Dame eventually seduces you with its gorgeousness and gore. It isn’t nearly as accomplished as Sin City, but the amazing visuals and audacious style will help this dame show you a good time.
- J.R. Kinnard
The bloom is off the rose. Nine years removed from Robert Rodriguez's first turn with Frank Miller's Sin City, it appears they think the visual aesthetic that wowed us when it was new in 2005 will continue to wow us now. It doesn't, and that was proven already once this year with 300: Rise of an Empire, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For lands with a similarly dull thud. As a 102-minute visual effects reel it does offer some pretty images (an endlessly naked Eva Green chief among them) but my ears are still ringing from all the Dolby-enhanced, wet, bloody fist pounding this film delivers whenever the tinkling of broken glass or gruff voice over isn't pummeling my senses. Like the last installment, A Dame to Kill For, features a series of separate storylines, interwoven, but not necessarily connected. In fact, the best of the bunch featuring »
- Brad Brevet
If you have forgotten a little bit about "Sin City," we can't blame you.
The original film came out way back in 2005, before the onslaught of comic book adaptations, when a time of 1:1 approximations and largely computer-generated backgrounds were something to behold. Since then, we take these things for granted. Not that there's been anything like "Sin City" in the 10 years since it's been released -- it remains something of a technical and narrative achievement, an anthology film that Xeroxed images and tableaus from the comic book almost perfectly and retained its nifty film noir style and structure.
Now, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller (who also wrote and drew the original comic books) are back, with "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," which stars Eva Green (as the titular dame), Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin.
But is it worth it »
- Drew Taylor
Written by Frank Miller
Unlikely as it may have seemed, 2014 has emerged as the year where, among other things, Eva Green proved to be the best part of a rock-dumb green screen sequel film. First there was her turn in 300: Rise of an Empire, and now comes Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. She is the eponymous “dame,” Ava Lord, a character so rigidly crafted to the femme fatale archetype as to be a cartoon. Of course, that goes for all the characters in this series, as they are portrayed both in these films and in the comic book series on which they are based. The cast also overflows with corrupt politicians, brassy whores, and down-on-their-luck antiheroes suffering apparent vocal fry, with a towering black manservant and a mute Asian assassin thrown in for good measure. »
- Dan Schindel
Sin City was a surprise back in 2005 in several ways, and the way director Robert Rodriguez stayed faithful to Frank Miller‘s comic was both ambitious and exciting. Its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, brings audiences back to that world nine years later. Whether people actually want to revisit the world of Sin City after all these years remains a question mark, but if they do show up they’ll find that Rodriguez has not only made his most entertaining movie in years but also a worthy followup to the first film. It certainly helps that co-directors Rodriguez and Miller have adapted the best book in the series. It’s a prequel to The Big Fat Kill from the first film. When Shellie (Brittany Murphy) mentions Dwight McCarthy’s (Clive Owen) “new face” in the first film she’s referring to the face replacement he had done because of the events in A Dame »
- Jack Giroux
The followup to 2005's eye-popping Sin City is neither the dazzler I hoped for nor the disaster I feared. But "meh" is hardly the reaction you expect from a movie in which Eva Green and Jessica Alba shake their ta-tas and Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin send souls screaming into hell. And this time they do it in 3-D. Fighters and femme fatales are the staples of Frank Miller's just-famed graphic novels. And Robert Rodriquez was wise to ask Miller to join him again to direct. The movie looks »
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
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