Director Robert Rodriguez hosted a star-studded fundraising party for U.S. President Barack Obama at his home in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night (09Jul14). The Sin City filmmaker was joined by the stars of his upcoming sequel A Dame To Kill For, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson, plus his frequent collaborator Danny Trejo and pop singer Demi Lovato.
The guests paid $32,000 (£18,823) for a ticket to the event, with proceeds going to Obama's political party, the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Obama gave a speech while the guests dined in a poolside marquee.
Lovato showed her excitement on Twitter.com, writing, "Dinner w/ (with) @BarackObama tonight at @Rodriguez's castle (sic) tonight... No big deal..."
The creator of political TV drama Scandal, Shonda Rimes, and the show's star Kerry Washington will host a similar event for Obama in Los Angeles on 23 July (14).
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It's easy to compare 3 Days to Kill to Luc Besson's flagship franchise Taken. The film itself practically encourages those comparisons, what with the older man who reluctantly returns to a life of killing for the good of his daughter. The hero's quest of hunting down international criminals in a stunning foreign locale is punctuated by all of the explosions and gore your heart could desire. Neither 3 Days screenwriter Besson nor director McG are attempting to blaze a trail or reinvent a wheel. They're simply attempting to create a film that will keep you entertained for two hours, and on that front, at least, they succeed.
Stepping into the Liam Neeson role this time around is Kevin Costner as Ethan Renner, who is either an assasssin or a spy that works for either the CIA or the Secret Service (it's not really all that important in the end), forced to walk away from the job after he is diagnosed with cancer (or maybe a brain tumor). In an attempt to spend his remaining months bonding with his estranged daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld), he moves to Paris to settle down. Of course, that's when Vivi (Amber Heard), a CIA agent/spy/assassin arrives, along with an experimental new drug that could extend Ethan's life, which she will happily pass along... if he takes out their two most wanted criminals within three days.
From there, the film veers wildly between graphic fight sequences, with enough chaos and destruction to equal both Taken movies, and the story of Ethan and Zoey’s growing relationship. Much of the plot is confusing and barely explained – Ethan and Vivi vaguely work for the CIA, although they're unconcerned by the devastating destruction they leave in their wake. The drug is “experimental,” but how it helps or why it’s only available through a giant purple syringe is waived away by the presence of a stack of “research.” Ethan only has three days to complete his mission, but seems to hang around Paris for a lot longer. The villains are wanted by the government for being tangentially involved with a “dirty bomb.” There's a shoehorned-in subplot about family of African immigrants squatting in Ethan's apartment. But despite the fact that so many of these elements never find a way to coalesce into a coherent whole, once the body count starts to rise and the buildings start to fall, it's easy to simply ignore all of that in favor of massive explosions.
When the film works, Ethan's job and his relationship with Zoey blend together in a way that gives 3 Days to Kill some much needed heart and humor — like when he's interrupted in torturing a target by her constant phone calls — but when it doesn’t, the transitions between Ethan taking out the criminals he's hunting and his slightly cloying bonding experience with Zoey can be jarring. As Ethan, Costner is a serviceable action hero; he growls threateningly and stares fondly at Steinfeld when the script calls for it, but for the most part, he appears to be phoning it in. Of course, for this kind of film, that’s all he really needs to do, but it means that by the time the credits roll, much of his performance is already forgotten. As Zoey, Steinfeld does her best with the material, and makes some of the more emotional scenes between herself and Costner affecting. However, even she can’t save the father-daughter plot of the film from becoming trite and stale at times, and so her scenes mostly feel like a quick breather in between the rounds of graphic violence.
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Heard feels out-of-place as Vivi, who is introduced as the buttoned-down second-in-command to the head of the CIA, but then proceeds to spend the rest of the film speeding around Paris in sports cars, and prancing about in a wardrobe of leather, corsets, and high heels. Costner is clearly in an older-man action film, but Heard is in another film entirely, one in which she’s a sexy super spy single-handedly taking down international criminals. Despite the fact that she’s mostly there to provide exposition and to look pretty, there are moments where you almost wish that she was the focus of 3 Days to Kill instead — or, at the very least, that one of the many subplots had been dropped in favor of expanding her character.
And yet, despite all of the unanswered questions and the weird disparities in tone, 3 Days to Kill is a surprisingly entertaining film. The fact that one of the best fight sequences in the film takes place in a supermarket, while Ethan and an unnamed hitman grapple behind a deli counter, means that it's ridiculous enough to keep you engaged, but it's still able to amp up the tension when it needs to. And when you need a break from watching people come perilously close to being decapitated, there's a well-timed visual gag already lined up. It hits all of the notes required of a cheesy action film, and even though it gets far too bogged down in sentiment at times, it's still got enough heart to add a little substance to the flimsy plot.
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3 Days to Kill does exactly what it needs to, and little more. It doesn't want to make you think — in fact, it actively encourages you not to — and it doesn't try to accomplish anything that will stay with you after the credits have rolled. All 3 Days to Kill wants is to keep you amused for a few hours, with a few explosions and some mindless fun. In the end, that's sometimes that's all you really need out of a movie.
Sin City star Rosario Dawson and legendary guitarist Carlos Santana were among the stars feted at the annual American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards in California on Friday (27Sep13). The actress and the rocker were presented with the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award for their philanthropy at the ceremony, which celebrates Latin entertainers.
Taking to the stage, Dawson told the audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, "I accept this award knowing that despite continuous challenges, new and old ones, challenges which could easily dampen the most optimistic of hearts, we have strived, we have pleaded and we have given it our all to push through those obstacles because the grand and attainable visions we have for ourselves and our communities far outweigh any challenge that come (sic) before us."
Other ALMA Award recipients included the Latino cast members of U.S. TV drama Dexter, and Dawson's Sin City director Robert Rodriguez, who took home the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence.
The prizegiving, hosted by Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez, also featured a special tribute to Jenni Rivera, who died last December (12) after her plane went down in Mexico.
Lady Gaga is set to showcase her acting skills with a cameo appearance in the sequel to cult hit Sin City. The Poker Face hitmaker was hired to star in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For by director Robert Rodriguez, who has already worked with the singer in his upcoming film Machete Kills.
One of the film's stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, reveals the superstar performer was a natural in front of the camera.
He says, "Lady Gaga is in a scene in it, and I gotta say she did a really good job, like she's a great actress. And I didn't know that!
"You know she came in and I was like 'OK sure, they're having a huge pop star do a scene in the movie, I understand.' But then she came in and like, nailed it! She had her character down, and she was like a total pro, and did a great job, I was really impressed."
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Mickey Rourke will all return to their roles in the sequel, which is due out next year (14).
It looks like you'll have to wait another year to see Jessica Alba hit the big screen again as Nancy Callahan. According to Box Office Mojo, the release date for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been pushed back from October 3, 2013 to August 22, 2014. Gee, we've already been waiting eight years for this movie. What's one more?
Seeing as production for the film only began earlier this year, it makes sense that they had to delay the release. After all, Sin City was a highly stylized, special effects-filled monster of a blockbuster — and that was back in 2005. Sin City 2 promises to be even more visually stunning, with a stellar cast to match. In addition to Jessica Alba, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For also stars returning cast members Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Powers Boothe, and Mickey Rourke, along with newcomers Eva Green (as the titular dame), Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Piven, Juno Temple, and many others.
So the Sin City sequel has been postponed for 10 months. We can only hope this means that the movie will be out of this world. The pressure is on, Robert Rodriguez. The pressure is on.
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Fans of Robert Rodriguez's crime thriller Sin City will have to wait more than a year to see sequel A Dame To Kill For as its release has been pushed back. The follow-up to the 2005 cult classic stars Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson, and it was due to hit cinemas in October (13).
However, fans will now have to wait until August, 2014 to see the long-awaited movie, according to Boxofficemojo.com.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is now due to hit cinemas on 22 August, 2014.
The Casino Royale femme fatale will portray the new film's deadly muse, Ava Lord - who screenwriter and co-director Frank Miller describes as "every man's most glorious dreams come true," adding, "she's also every man's darkest nightmares".
Rodriguez says, "Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City. From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green. We are ecstatic that Eva is joining us."
She joins a cast that includes returning stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King, and fellow newcomers Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert and Christopher Meloni.
Production is underway at Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas.
This Sunday, the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton is going to be packed with some serious starpower when the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards are handed out. And the wattage is only cranking up as more and more celebrities are joining the roster of presenters. Hollywood.com has confirmed that the following will be presenting Globes to the lucky winners on Sunday night:
Megan Fox and Jessica Alba: The two of them got up early to announce the Golden Globe nominations on the morning of Dec. 13. Though late additions to the confirmed lineup of presenters, expect the two of them to be paired again when they take the stage Sunday night.
George Clooney: Last year’s winner for Best Actor in a Drama for his topsider-wearing role in The Descendants will likely follow tradition and present this year’s award for Best Actress in a Drama. Possible winners Jessica Chastain or Naomi Watts will receive a bonus prize in addition to their globular trophy: a kiss from Clooney.
Meryl Streep: Since she won Best Actress in a Drama last year for The Iron Lady, she’s probably a lock to present Best Actor in a Drama. Ever wanted to see Streep work opposite Daniel Day-Lewis? This Sunday will probably be your only chance!
Robert Pattinson: Last year’s Best Actor and Actress winners in the Musical and Comedy Categories, Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) are not presenting this year, so he could be announcing one of those categories. As could…
Jennifer Garner: It seems the four-time Globe nominee and one-time winner (for Alias in 2002) will present a movie category.
Debra Messing: You didn’t think NBC was going to host the globes without including a little Smash synergy, did you?
Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham: This unlikely duo will undoubtedly be paired up since they both star in Taylor Hackford’s upcoming crime thriller, Parker.
Jeremy Renner and Will Ferrell: This even more unlikely duo actually makes a lot of sense. Ferrell’s producing Jeremy Renner’s upcoming action-comedy Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, so expect some stylishly stilted banter between them.
Kerry Washington: Despite her work in Django Unchained, the Scandal star is almost assured to be presenting a TV category.
Nathan Fillion: Same goes for Fillion, who we can only dream will be partnered with…
Kristen Wiig: Guaranteed to be handing out one or more of the TV Comedy prizes.
Also taking the stage as presenters will be Amanda Seyfried, Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu, and Rosario Dawson. And, though she’s not expected to take the stage, Adele is planning on making her first awards show appearance see giving birth in October. She’ll be competing against fellow confirmed-attendee Taylor Swift in the Best Original Song Category for the title song from Skyfall and “Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games, respectively.
Excited for Sunday night?
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Well it seems as though the sequel to Sin City — the jazz-handily titled Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is really stacking its deck with A-List actors. First was today's announcement that Mr. Do-It-All himself, Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be joining the film. And now we can add James Brolin to the cavalcade of stars ready to step foot into the noir, comic book world of sin.
Brolin will star as Dwight in the follow up to the Frank Miller tale, with co-direction by Miller and Robert Rodriguez. The character Dwight is considered a fan favorite from the Sin City series. In the film adaptation of A Dame To Kill For, Dwight is "hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell." Chronologically, this story takes place prior to the first film, and explains the how and why as to Dwight's dramatically different face. In the first film, Dwight was played by Clive Owen.
"Dwight is a constant character throughout the Sin City world and A Dame To Kill For is a defining episode in his life," explained Miller and Rodriguez. Brolin joins Gordon-Levitt and several other stars, including Mickey Rourke as Marv, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Rosario Dawson as Gail, Jaime King as Goldie/Wendy, Dennis Haysbert as Manute, and Jamie Chung as Miho.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is slated to hit theaters on October 4, 2013.
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The Dark Knight Rises star will play Johnny, an arrogant gambler, in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
In a statement obtained by WENN, co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller declare, "Johnny is a new character in the Sin City world and we are excited for what Joseph will bring to the role."
Original cast members Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King are part of the 3D follow-up to the 2005 crime thriller, while other new castings include Jamie Chung and Dennis Haysbert, who will take over the role originated by late actor Michael Clarke Duncan following his death last year (12).
The film is set for release in October (13).