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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
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, Christopher Lloyd, Juno Temple, Lady Gaga, Stacy Keach and Jamie Chung.
Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.
It’s been nearly ten years since we last visited Basin City and some feel that the decade absence has dampened a lot of the hype and interest in its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. But the directing team of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller were not going to let that stop them as they bring perhaps the most popular book from the Sin City cannon to the big screen with some old faces, some new »
- Luke Owen
It’s been nearly ten years since we last checked in on the residents of Sin City. My, how the times – and faces – have changed.
In Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, we once again enter the black and white world of Nancy (Jessica Alba), Marv (Mickey Rourke), Gail (Rosario Dawson), Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) and Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who are joined by the vengeance-seeking Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the dame to kill for Ava (Eva Green). And he may be a familiar character but Dwight’s rocking a totally new face, courtesy of Josh Brolin who steps into the franchise as the pre-facial reconstruction surgery Dwight (taking over from Clive Owen).
Brolin isn’t the only new face lurking in the shadows of Sin City which has had an influx of new inhabitants. He’s joined by other newcomers Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, »
- Rachel West
Alba, who reprises her role as misanthropic stripper Nancy, looked stunning in a cobalt blue strapless satin gown with peplum detail as she graced the red carpet.
British actress Green, who stars as the mysterious Ava Lord, donned a gothic-style emerald green gown.
Meanwhile Rourke, who returns as the mammoth-sized ex-convict Marv, was wearing a bizarre silver hairpiece and three-piece plaid suit as he attended the screening with his model girlfriend Anastassija Makarenko.
Other stars of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's sequel included Rosario Dawson, turning heads in a skin-tight leather and lace dress, and Juno Temple, who shimmered in a sliver sequined mini-dress.
Foo Fighters are the latest stars to take part in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge.
Dave Grohl dons a tiara in the comedy clip, in which the band recreate the iconic prom scene from Carrie.
Ice Bucket Challenge: Watch the 13 best soaking videos so far
The challenge aims to raise awareness for Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a terminal illness that weakens and stiffens muscles. The challenge involves people having a bucket of freezing water poured over them, while also nominating others to follow suit.
Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez; Screenwriter: Frank Miller; Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Dennis Haysbert, Lady Gaga, Christopher Lloyd; Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 18
Nine years after Sin City amazed and enthralled us, the long-awaited sequel has finally landed. Gone is the freshness of the stunning comic book aesthetic. Absent is the narrative cohesion and zest that bound the disparate tales together in one anthology. Yet the class of the impressive cast and the immersive film noir atmosphere just about sustains our interest in a film that's most striking visual effect is the hair on Bruce Willis's head.
Many characters from the original reappear in A Dame to Kill For, including Mickey Rourke's Marv, Jessica Alba's Nancy and Willis's hirsute detective John Hartigan. A re-watch of Sin City is advisable to untangle some of the timelines, »
For her new single "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift told her fans she wanted to make a song that sounded like nothing she'd ever done before. For the song's video, though, she went in a more familiar direction, taking cues from all manner of popular culture. Take a look at the eight pieces of visual inspiration we've spotted, below. Taylor's Own Music Video for "You Belong With Me:" Taylor's love of awkward dancing (and cheerleader iconography) was evident from an early age. The "Choreography" Scene from White Christmas: Danny Kaye's skewering of modern dance was slightly more barbed than Taylor's gentle ribbing. »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
For a number of ordinary citizens, there’s nothing simple about filling up a bucket (or a trashcan) with ice cold water and dumping it on themselves/someone else/from a balcony. In other words, America’s Funniest Home Videos needs to donate some money to Als as a nice thank you for the number of quality bloopers this fundraising effort has provided.
- Samantha Highfill
Apparently, the Als Ice Bucket challenge is the hottest fad in Hollywood. Countless celebs, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck, Shakira, Selena Gomez, David Beckham and many more, have all posted videos of themselves being doused in freezing cold water in order to promote awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als)—with Emma Stone being the latest to on the viral bandwagon. Of course, The Help star adorably nominates her beau Andrew Garfrield and even manages to keep her composure while having icy water dumbed on her head. "I accept the nomination for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge and I hereby nominate Bill Murray, Andrew Gar-Field of Dreams, and Dame Maggie Smith," the »
Every week, members of the Vulture staff will highlight their favorite new songs. They might be loud, quiet, long, short, dance-y, rawkin', hip, square, rap, punk, jazz, some sort of jazz-punk-rap fusion — whatever works for the given person in that given week. Read our picks below and please tell us yours in the comments. Enjoy!Benjamin Booker, "Always Waiting" The problem with most garage rock is it so often sounds like ... garage rock, only with a little more or less punk. Benjamin Booker, on his self-titled debut, proves himself to be something different. Influences aren't instantly recognizable, as Booker thoroughly filters them through himself. He's the genuine article. —Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox) Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" A lot has been written about the creative and commercial shortcomings of Lady Gaga's last record, but I, for one, am glad about its failure »
- Vulture Editors
Jade Starling, who provided the vocals for Pretty Poison’s “Catch Me I’m Falling,” one of 1987′s biggest hits, is going solo after all these years with a debut album Captive (Subpoena/Universal), and it’s a terrific. Captive features collaborations with Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Rihanna); new comer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona. ...Read More »
This morning we have new news about the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga album, "Cheek to Cheek." In addition to the track listing for both the standard and deluxe versions of the album (you can see a portion of the artwork from the deluxe cover above), which is now available for digital pre-order, the two have also released a new song, "I Can't Give you Anything but Love." There is also the promise of a new studio video release for "I Can't Give you Anything but Love" later in the week, which is the second track to be released. First up was Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" at the end of July. That song debuted at #1 on the Billboard Digital Jazz chart. While most of the album features the two singers performing together, there are a couple of solo tracks included as well (one from each on the standard version »
- Josh Lasser
With over 5 million subscribers and half a billion views, classically-trained violinist Lindsey Stirling has just partnered with Maker Studios to handle her YouTube channels, advertiser relations, and more. Maker, the world’s largest provider of online video content for the millennial audience, plans to help Stirling optimize her content and provide her valuable production resources in their Culver City studios. Additionally, they’ll represent her social media platforms to advertisers and monetize her music on YouTube. Stirling couldn’t be more excited about these opportunities, and rightfully so. “Maker is extremely proactive and creative with their talent,” she said in a press release. “They seem to have mastered the difficult task of giving attention to their smaller, growing channels while still being able to add value to their larger established channels—plus, with this partnership, I am one step closer to becoming a Disney princess!” Because of her widespread popularity on YouTube, »
- Bree Brouwer
Celebrities just can't stop pouring buckets of ice on themselves.
Celebrities just can't stop pouring buckets of ice on themselves for a good cause.
Though it seemed like every A-list celebrity had participated in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend, there were still a few stars left that decided to jump on this charity bandwagon on Monday.
From James Franco ice-bucketing without wearing pants, to Britney Spears giving the best reaction to a bucket of ice being poured on a person, here's a few more of our favorite stars that are participating in this wildly popular charity challenge.
Watch: 12 More Must-See Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenges
6. Garth Brooks
7. James Franco
8. Jimmy Kimmel
9. Ben Affleck
Post by Ben Affleck.
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In the photo, Lady Gaga shows off her dark hair and wears Winehouse’s trademark thick, winged eyeliner, paired with thick, defined brows.
While Gaga is known for constantly changing her look, Winehouse was famous for keeping her look consistent. Winehouse was immediately recognizable for her beehive hair do and thick, black eyeliner.
Fans were quick to spot the resemblance, commenting on the original post and then creating side-by-side comparisons.
— JazzyARTRAVER (@MommyMonsterof2) August 16, 2014
Gaga has been open about her love for Winehouse, who died in 2011 of excessive alcohol consumption. After Winehouse’s death, »
Does Britney Spears actually know why ice water is being poured on her? I'm not convinced. But what does it matter? The so-called "ice bucket challenge" is for a good cause - over $15 million has been donated to the Als Association since the fundraising campaign began - and a bunch more celebrities have since joined the fray, from Ben Affleck to Britney Spears to LeBron James to Lady Gaga, who wins the "Most Artistic" superlative once again with her stoic Instagram clip. (Amy Schumer's is still the best though.) Check out the latest round of videos below, and go here to donate. Lady Gaga (nominated Adele): Tom Hiddleston (nominated Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans): Britney Spears (nominated Adam Sandler): Justin Timberlake (nominated Jimmy Fallon and The Roots): Ben Affleck (nominated Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Damon and wife Jennifer Garner): (function(d, s, »
- Chris Eggertsen
It’s not just your Facebook friends who are dousing themselves in freezing water to raise awareness and funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease—celebrities from Chris Pratt to Lady Gaga are taking the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, too.
Over $15 million has been donated to the Als Association since the Ice Bucket Challenge began. But not all celebrity editions of the viral fundraising effort are the same: some are solemn, like J.J. Abrams’ show of solidarity, while others are full of energy, like Macklemore’s onstage ice shower. Here are the most notable:
Amy Schumer didn’t get »
- Ariana Bacle
There are people who hate hate hate hate hate Taylor Swift, and they will hate her more for this video and this song precisely because of the phrase "haters gonna hate." It is class-a trolling, trolling the trollers. It's colorful, featuring people of color, using styles and tropes we've grown to hyperbolically love or hate, on a white background of shake-shake-shake. It's its own meme. It also borders on dangerously upbeat and ill-timed. This month we're glued to our media, watching the ongoing hostilities in Ferguson, Mo., and bombarded with a much-needed conversation about race relations. There are costs to ignoring the scourge of racism, some of which play out in 140-characters, relatives' poorly worded Facebook posts, half-formed editorials and half-informed talking heads... "Shake It Off" isn't about Ferguson, it just fell on the calendar where the context renders it seemingly tone-deaf. Now, hang tight. Swift is featured as the »
Being annoying is okay if it makes a difference.
Let's talk about ice bucket backlash.
As of today, the Als Association announced it has received $15.6 million in donations, a dramatic increase over the $1.8 million raised at this time last year, owed almost entirely to the Als Ice Bucket Challenge -- better known as those videos on your Facebook and Twitter feeds that Just. Won't. Stop.
Watch: Et's Nancy O'Dell Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
By this point, we all can admit, it's getting a little old. Some more cynical critics of the challenge ask -- is this charity or narcissism? What happens when the next good cause needs a viral stunt, and it fails to take off? Are we all just making ourselves feel better by pretending to do something »
So a monumental event took place today: Taylor Swift released a new song, details of her new album 1989 and for a contest which we don't really care about enough to explain here. We're pretty sure you can Google it. She dropped a new video for the song, and the reason we're paying attention is that it was directed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo," "Never Let Me Go"). The spot for "Shake It Off" finds Swift playfully poking fun at her contemporaries like Lady Gaga and Lily Allen, and there also seems to be some "Black Swan" nods in here too. At any rate, watch below, and we'll admit, it's a helluva earworm. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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