Sin City 2

Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino‘s righteous fury at those who leaked The Hateful Eight‘s screenplay has abated. The film is no longer spite-cancelled, and it may start shooting as early as early next year (according to /Film, who heard the news on Fox 59, who in turn heard it from Kurt Russell). Tarantino’s heart has swelled so profusely that not only is he going to give us The Hateful Eight, he’s going to give us a trailer next week. /Film, once again, has the scoop, having found mention of a Hateful Eight trailer on the Alberta Film Ratings board, and then also hearing from people working in local multiplexes, who’ve been notified that a minute and 40 seconds of Hateful Eight will run before Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Then, Deadline wrapped everything up with their own confirmation. However, there is a caveat- in order to see that fateful Hateful Eight tease, you’ve got to pay to see Sin City in theaters. No online release, people. Or, for the realists out there, no online release, except for a shaky phone recording where some guy’s head is blocking half the shot, people.

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Frank Grillo

What is Casting Couch? Today it’s the way to get news regarding all of those upcoming super hero sequels. Tomorrow it might be something else. Though we’ve still yet to have the pleasure of taking in the first two installments of Marvel’s super hero movie Phase II, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is already coming up in 2014, so it’s probably about time we started hearing some casting news. And, wouldn’t you know it, Variety brings us just that. Not only has the trade revealed that End of Watch, The Grey, and Warrior star Frank Grillo will be joining the cast as the Red Skull’s brutal henchman Crossbones, but they also have news that some familiar SHIELD faces from The Avengers will be showing back up in Cap’s second solo adventure. More specifically, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill, and Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff will all be coming back. You remember them, right?

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It’s about time to bathe ourselves in the neo-noir negative spaces and violent slaughter dew-spattering whims of a madman. Robert Rodriguez swears up and down that sequels to Sin City and Machete are on the production docket this spring and summer. Now, like a baseball bat pointed to the bleachers, he’s putting his posters where his mouth is. Over at The Playlist, they’ve somehow got their hands on promo posters for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Machete Kills. That’s a lot of killing. Both posters are nothing to spit at, but they bring a touch of style to the proceedings. Surprisingly, there are zero boobs on them, but Frank Miller’s name does appear as a director for Sin City 2. Check them out for yourself:

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s still called Movie News After Dark, despite what the network says. We begin tonight with an example of one of the many great title cards from Cougar Town, a show that has not been about actual cougars, figurative cougars or metaphorical cougars for a very long time. But “Pay attention,” informed this week’s title card. “Cougar Town almost makes sense this week.” As someone who loves this show, the opportunity to introduce you to this gallery of Cougar Town title cards brings me great joy. It all goes back to the ongoing discussions over whether the heavily underrated show should change its name. But oddly, nothing else seems right. Who cares if it’s not about cougars? It’s really funny.

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If there were ever a director who resembled Lucy from “Peanuts” (in both spirit and looks), it’s Robert Rodriguez. His explanation for all the talk and no action? “You work on a number of projects, and then everything eventually bottlenecks.” What’s bottlenecking currently is his sequel to Machete and about 10 other projects he’s announced over the years, but none of them comes close to the anticipation that grew, waned, resurfaced, died out, and then blossomed again for Sin City 2. The first was a perfect neo-noir that made brilliant use of Frank Miller‘s raw language and story. Now, according to Lucy himself (via Empire), he’ll finally be shooting it this summer while editing Machete 2. Apparently he’ll be beating the heat by staying indoors with his green screens. Miller has stated before that Jessica Alba‘s character Nancy has a continued story, and since it’s partially based off the graphic novel entry “A Dame To Kill For,” Mickey Rourke‘s Marv should also be in the mix. However, no casting has been announced, so if this thing really does go this time, it’s going to be just how Rodriguez seems to like it: on the fly. The only question is whether we, as fans, should keep our eye on the football this time.

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What is Movie News After Dark? The more appropriate question would be: what isn’t Movie News After Dark? We open tonight with a look at The Avengers, or at least the version that will appear in the comic book prequel Marvel will release leading up to the release of the film. It’s a bit of art that we missed last week, so what better way to begin this week than with some good old hero money shots. In other Avengers news, production in Cleveland is done. Sadly, this means that my lovely home town will no longer be interesting, even to the people that live there. Hi mom!

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There is nothing like the hope that springs eternal for cool movie projects. The first Sin City was noir perfection with different kinds of eye candy (technical and biological) and a tapestry of a script that flew right off the pages of Frank Miller’s saturated graphic novels. Talk of Sin City 2 has gone on for far too long. It’s gone on so long that new information about it came with an Arrested-Development-Movie-sized-grain-of-salt, but the storm clouds seem to be lifting to reveal new light shining down on the sequel. Robert Rodriguez made a big noise about it at Comic-Con, claimed that funding had been found, and now The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that The Departed screenwriter William Monahan has signed on to do some work on Miller’s latest draft. That’s quite the pedigree for a polish. On the one hand, it’ll be great to have a pair of eyes like Monahan’s on the work, but it’s unclear as to whether this is uncredited doctoring or whether he’ll have the go-ahead to make significant changes if needed. Even if it’s a smaller role in shaping the story, there are still plenty of reasons to be excited for a sequel. Chief among them is Rodriguez claiming that the characters that survived the first film will make it to the sequel, and on that front, his track record of getting the talent he wants speaks for itself. Hopefully all of this comes together with relative speed, and we get a sequel worthy […]

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In a presentation he gave a couple weeks back at Comic Con, Robert Rodriguez had some encouraging news about potential sequels to some of his most beloved works. He said that the long-awaited Sin City sequel was a distinct possibility, as long as he could squeeze it in sometime by the end of the year, that a sequel to the B-movie schlock-fest Machete was definitely in the works, with rumblings of a third one already going down, and that it was all going to be possible because of his new company Quick Draw Productions, which will allow him to quickly put together, fund, and film movies without having to deal with all the typical red tape of the studio system. Just a few weeks later, Rodriguez already has an update on how all of his best laid plans surrounding Quick Draw productions are going, and it looks like they’re very quickly paying off in just the ways he hoped they would. We Got This Covered had a chat with Rodriguez, mostly about Spy Kids 4 and smell-o-vision and all of that nonsense, but they managed to also briefly question him on the development of projects that I’m actually interested in, namely Sin City 2 and Machete 2. Rodriguez said, “Sin City 2 is going good, we’re just finishing the script for that, we already got the money. We have everything we need so we can just start shooting as soon as we get the pages. And it’s the same thing […]

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Robert Rodriguez is talking again.. And through several hundred lines of interview, we still can’t figure out what movies this guy is actually going to make.

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And on top of Danny Trejo it’s Michelle Rodriguez, Jonah Hill and Robert De Niro!

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So it looks like the rights to Sin City 2 are on the market after all. Unless they’re not.

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Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller

In a Nostradamus-like move, Frank Miller is using the press tour for The Spirit to talk a little bit about that Sin City follow-up, telling the gents at IGN UK that it is ready to roll.

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Angelina Jolie

So far all we’ve gotten have been false starts and the teaser trailers for The Spirit to keep Sin City fans company. Now, we might have Angelina Jolie to add to that company.

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