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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For really values its volume. The movie tosses out three or four stories, twenty-odd characters, a handful of car chases, several dozen throat-slittings and skull-bludgeonings… in their return to the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel series, Miller and director Robert Rodriguez seemed bent on packing in as much as they conceivably could. The unfortunate result: not quite the intricate, inviting narrative web that the men set out to create, but a straight through-line of nonstop stuff.
In the most egregious sense, too. While we remember Sin City as a relatively patient illustration of Miller’s virtue-deficient neo-noir kingdom, what we find in this year’s follow-up is a feverish race to expose the audience to every idea the directing duo has up its sleeve.
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So, what we get instead of a fluid story is a whirlpool of events. Each chapter of the clumsily manufactured movie will set you up with a character — an out-of-place Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cocky gambler Johnny, Josh Brolin as a thickheaded do-gooder, and the ragtag team of a destitute Jessica Alba and her devoted muscle Mickey Rourke — only to watch the hero in question stumble upon plot contrivance after plot contrivance, never getting to do much all the while.
And while the style outdoes the substance in the scope A Dame to Kill For’s strong suits, Miller and Rodriguez are not exactly displaying the utmost aesthetic panache in this latest outing. Sure, certain chase scenes are kinetic — and the film might offer the most invigorating visual design of an onscreen hot tub in the history of cinema — but sloppy choreography and a world constructed without depth or sense of place leaves us feeling completely out of touch with the film’s most important character: Sin City.
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Actor Mickey Rourke was so disappointed by the final edit of his scenes in Iron Man 2 he is refusing to appear in any more Marvel films.
The Wrestler star spent months researching and preparing for the role of villain Ivan Vanko, opposite Robert Downey, Jr., in the 2010 sequel because he wanted to make the baddie a more rounded character, but he reveals a lot of the extra dramatic work he put in never made the finished film and he is annoyed the scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
He says, "I'm not a Marvel fan... I did, once, a movie for Marvel... and they cut the whole f**king thing out..." Rourke insists had a much better experience working with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller on the 2005 movie adaptation of graphic novel Sin City and the new sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
He explains, "When you work with Robert, he knows what he wants so you're not doing a whole bunch of (unnecessary work). I do a whole bunch of research, work on the character a lot, so when you bring it to the table, it's disappointing when they cut stuff out... "And then Frank's on the set and he puts his two cents in, so it's great because you've got two guys who are very enthusiastic and know exactly what they want."
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Robert Pattinson uncontrollably sweats when filming sex scenes because he is so nervous.
The Twilight hunk reveals he has issues with excessive perspiration while getting intimate on camera and the problem worsened when he shot upcoming drama Maps to the Stars and had to film a sex scene with co-star Julianne Moore inside the back of a limousine.
He tells Esquire magazine, "It was the first time I met Julianne. And that was the first scene I shot. It was that part of the scene, too, the sex part... I noticed I was sweating. Like really heavy sweat... I remember trying to catch the drops as they fell onto her back. It was weird. Huge splashing drops. At one point she turned around and said, 'Are you alright?'"
Maps to the Stars will hit cinemas in the autumn (14).
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Robert Downey, Jr. has been named Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second year running.
The Iron Man and The Avengers star has topped a new Forbes magazine rich list with estimated earnings of $75 million (£44.1 million).
Action man Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson comes in second thanks to his salaries from G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the Fast and Furious franchise, while Bradley Cooper is third with an estimated $46 million (£27 million).
Leonardo DiCaprio and Thor star Chris Hemsworth round out the top five.
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The Beatles' influence has touched every inch of modern pop music, leaving an indelible mark on film and television... which is pretty good for four working-class mop tops from Liverpool. Director Ron Howard will be the next to immortalize the band onscreen, in a new documentary that will explore the group's early years, when they still toured their music across the globe. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison will contribute to the feature, which will trace the band's humble beginnings at the Caven Club in Liverpool, their tours through Germany, all the way through the group's final public performance in San Francisco's Candlestick park. But before we get around to seeing Howard's tribute to the Beatles, we're inclined to look back upon some of the best musical contributions they made to movies and TV.
Bowling for ColumbineThe last half of the John Lennon-penned "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," which may or may not be about heroin, serves as the perfect soundtrack for Michael Moore's anti-gun manifesto Bowling for Columbine. It's used in a terrifying sequence that shows just how gun crazy some Americans are, and as the song ramps up, the sequence escalates to a violent and unnerving conclusion that still has us wincing all these years later.
"Baby, You're a Rich Man" in The Social NetworkWhat better way to end a biopic about one of the richest men in the universe than this cut from Magical Mystery Tour. It's so fitting, it's almost like it was made expressly to cap off David Fincher's tale of billion dollar grudges.
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" in HelpWe couldn't, in good faith, compile a list of the best Beatles moments in film and television without including a sequence from the Fab Four's own filmography. We chose "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" the film Help for sheer oddness of the sequence. Plus, it's just a great song in general.
"In My Life" in Little ManhattanThe best thing about the Beatles is how timeless their music is. "In My Life," a song about losing and gaining friendships through the slippage of time, is the perfect piece of music to accompany the story about a preteen losing his first love in modern day New York.
"A Little Help From My Friends" on The Wonder YearsJohn Cocker's throaty rendition of "A Little Help from My Friends" graces the title sequence of The Wonder Years, and it may be the best cover song ever recorded. It's even better than the original Beatles tune, and it just makes The Wonder Years a better show. Nowadays, we can't even look at Fred Savage without hearing Cocker's raspy croon blasting through our heads at full volume.
"Come Together" in A Bronx TaleIn a scene from Robert De Niro's directoral debut, a pair of Italian mafiosos rough up a couple of unruly bikers that stop into their bar while "Come Together" spills out of a jukebox. Thanks to the '60s aesthetic, the song is a perfect addition to the scene.
"Hey Jude" in The Royal TenenbaumsFilmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese are often celebrated for their use of pop music in film, but Wes Anderson's musical touches in his work are just as poignant. His use of a beautifully orchestrated version of "Hey Jude" in 2001's The Royal Tenanbaums is a perfect example of this.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day OffWe're still not sure if Ferris Bueller is really a wizard, or if it was just the power of music, but the teen somehow brings the entirety of downtown Chicago to a grinding halt for the musical number to end all musical numbers.
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Actor Robert Redford is set to portray veteran U.S. newsman Dan Rather in new movie Truth.
The Captain America: The Winter Soldier star will appear alongside Cate Blanchett, who will play Rather's producer Mary Mapes in a film based on her 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power.
Truth will centre on the controversy surrounding Rather's 2004 report which claimed former U.S. President George W. Bush was allowed to serve in the Texas Air National Guard in order to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War.
The story faced harsh criticism after it was broadcast and Mapes lost her job at CBS News.
The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt will adapt the screenplay and make his directorial debut on the project, which is expected to begin production this autumn (14).
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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the pulse-pounding action film Sabotage, from the director of End of Watch and the writer of Training Day. When DEA task force leader Breacher Wharton (Schwarzenegger) storms a heavily armed cartel safe house, rogue members of his team use it as a cover to steal $10 million in cash. But just when they think their secret is safe, agents are killed off one-by-one, and everyone is a suspect, including the squad itself. Co-starring Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos, Sabotage is an explosive tale of betrayal and trust that critics call “a tense, action-packed thrill ride!”
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Actor Dwayne Johnson is in talks to bring author Robert Ludlum's novel The Janson Directive to life on the big screen.
If the Fast Five star signs on, he will take on the role of an ex-Navy Seal and covert operations specialist who finds himself at the centre of a termination plot after a rescue mission-gone-wrong, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bosses at Universal Pictures, the studio behind the project, have yet to attach a screenwriter or director as the film is currently in the early stages of development.
However, they are reportedly keen to turn the movie adaptation into a franchise, just like Ludlum's Bourne series. The Janson Directive was published in 2002, a year after Ludlum's death.
Actor Robert Hastings has lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 89.
The McHale's Navy star passed away on Monday (30Jun14) in Burbank, California. Hastings began his career in radio at the age of 11 on shows like The Daily Mirror Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland and he became the voice of popular comic book character Archie Andrews in the 1950s.
In 1949, Hastings moved into TV acting and appeared in several shows, including Sergeant Bilko, The Dukes of Hazzard, All in the Family, General Hospital and Ironside, but his most famous role was that of Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy.
Hastings served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Paying tribute to the beloved actor, his younger brother Don, who stars in U.S. soap As The World Turns, says, "I miss him. He was a great guy. He was a good father and a good husband."
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Robert Redford is set to produce a film about a World War II American ski troop.
The Captain America: The Winter Soldier star is looking to team up with 300 screenwriter Kurt Johnstad to adapt Peter Shelton's Climb to Conquer for the big screen, according to Variety.com.
The movie will centre on the 10th Mountain Division, a group of Army soldiers made up of professional athletes and college scholars trained to rock climb and ski.
Among the members of the division, which scaled the walls of Riva Ridge and helped conquer a German stronghold in the 1930s, were Sierra Club's David Brower, Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and Aspen Skiing Corps founder Friedl Pfeifer.