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2013 Movie Preview: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: October 4
Director: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez
Rating: Not Yet Rated

The murky, monochromatic, multiple-narrative world of Sin City is visited yet again. Among others, is the tale of a seedy man trying to turn a new leaf who is seduced into a sinister plot by a sexy, but wicked woman.

What We Know:

The intermixed seedy stories of Sin City get more gaps filled as chapters focusing on characters from 2005's original Sin City film dig deeper into the dank mythos inspired by Frank Miller's seminal comic book series.

The primary focus will be on the ordeal of Dwight McCarthy (a duel role played by Josh Brolin and Clive Owen.) An aspiring photographer, Dwight is forced to take jobs as hired muscle for a rotund sleaze merchant moonlighting as a P.I. While he is no stranger to beating down the scummiest elements the city has to offer, nothing would prepare him for the malicious machinations that would await him.

Dwight's old flame, Ava Lord (yet to be cast) has intruded her way back into his life after breaking his heart years earlier. Now desperately asking for his help, she claims to be stuck in a horrific and abusive marriage to a rich and powerful mogul named Damien Lord (casting yet to be revealed). Initially reluctant to help, Dwight finds himself seduced by the voluptuous victim and in the process of "helping," ends up a pushover patsy, ensnared into her web of sex and murder. He'll need the help of his part-time lover, Gail (Rosario Dawson) and the dangerous Girls of Old Town (aka, the back-alley hooker army) to take control of the situation and gain revenge.

Shifting focus to another story of the film, a chapter entitled "The Long Bad Night" focuses on an original story of a character named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a cocky gambler who utilizes his skills with chance to hoodwink the biggest villain in all of Sin City. Presumably, this is the mysterious Mob Boss, Wallenquist, whose criminal tentacles are firmly-affixed in all the various chapters of the Sin City mythos. For Johnny, however, it seems that his overconfidence was rooted either in delusion or ignorance, as he dares to beat this monolithic mastermind at his own rigged game. In doing so, extremely bad things are in the works for him.

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Captain America Villain Confirms Sequel Return

It seems that next year's solo Avengers outing, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will see the return of a villain.

Actor, Toby Jones, who played the sinister scientist, Arnim Zola in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, has confirmed that he will be returning for the 2014 sequel. In an interview with Hey U Guys at London's Critics Circle Awards yesterday, Jones discussed his current projects before being asked about a possible return to Captain America, to which he candidly responded, "It looks like I will be."

The film will focus on Captain America's readjustment to the modern world before a harsh reunion with his old buddy, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who, also unfrozen from the 1940's, has become a brainwashed death-bringer known as The Winter Soldier. However, for Jones' Arnim Zola character, who we last saw in captivity of the Allies, the long years of survival may be explained by a metaphysical transfer of his consciousness into his powerful robot body; a process that he famously utilizes in the comic books. In fact, schematics for the robot body are quickly shown in First Avenger in a "blink and you miss it" Easter Egg moment.

For Jones, his impending return to Marvel's Avengers movie universe marks yet another coup as he also prepares for a return as Claudius Templesmith in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this fall.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier tosses a vibranium shield at theaters on April 4, 2014.

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RED 2 Trailer Makes Explosive Debut

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Posted January 18, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

RED 2 Trailer Makes Explosive Debut

The debut trailer for this summer's aging action romp, RED 2 has arrived.

It certainly appears that circumstances have caused the wizards of wetwork we met in RED to once again un-retire themselves. This time, the mellow life that Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) made with his significant other, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) will go up in a glorious nitroglycerin blaze. The former CIA black-ops badass has somehow found himself a high level target by MI6, sending former friend, Victoria (Helen Mirren) on his tail to do her duty and make his retirement REALLY permanent.

With the help of his insane killer colleague, Marvin (John Malkovich), Frank and Sarah are on the run from not only Victoria, but another mysteriously-deadly assassin. (Byung-hun Lee, better known as Storm Shadow from the G.I. Joe films.) However, while looking to find out who wrecked their lives, it seems that their home might also stand to be wrecked when Frank's ex-flame, Miranda (Catherine Zeta-Jones) steps into the picture.

David Thewlis (Remus from the Harry Potter films), Neal McDonough, and the great Anthony Hopkins fill the cast.

Check out the trailer below to see "how are things."

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2013 Movie Preview: 300: Rise Of An Empire

Release Date: August 2
Director: Noam Murro
Rating: Not Yet Rated

The bloody, over-the-top story of 300 is expanded upon as a new hero steps forward against the invading forces of a gold-glimmering Persian overlord waging a grand naval battle against the armies of Athens.

What We Know:

The legendary 300 Spartans, who now "dine in hell," may have fulfilled their role in rallying the sentiments of Greece to take arms against the Persian invasion waged by Au-obsessed Persian King, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro, reprising his role). However, if this was a story of how a great fire was started, that was merely the initial spark. The self-anointed living God has now burdened himself with a grand war between kingdoms taking place on multiple theaters. Perhaps acknowledging that even he cannot oversee such a campaign alone, the ersatz deity calls upon the wisdom of a wise general; A beautiful one, at that.

Artemisia (Eva Green) takes command of Persia's naval forces in a well-planned large-scale invasion of Greek lands that would serve to definitively expand Xerxes' brutal empire across what we now know as the Mediterranean Sea. However, just as we saw with King Leonidas of Sparta on land at Thermopylae, another hero would step forward to inspire the Allied forces in their campaign against the invaders at sea in Athenian general, Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton).

With the word of Leonidas' sacrificial deeds still resonating throughout the lands, the former politician-turned military leader, Themistocles will need to find his own calling to muster the forces of Greece together to repel the invaders. Yet, Artemisia is both calculating and smart as she is gorgeous. Under her lead, the Persian machine of military might is more than a match for the Greek forces' penchant for passionate yelling and line-ups of symmetrically-oiled pecs. At the mercy of the winds, it will be a monstrous maritime battle of wits that will spill over to a grandiose ground battle.

Filling the cast are Jack O'Connell and Callan Mulvey. Plus, Andrew Tiernan, Andrew Pleavin, and Lena Headey are back to reprise their respective roles from the original 300 as Ephialtes the hunchback, Daxos of Arcadia, and Queen Gorgo.

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2013 Movie Preview: The Wolverine

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Posted January 16, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: The Wolverine

Release Date: July 26
Director: James Mangold
Rating: Not Yet Rated

On his own and disillusioned with life, Wolverine finds himself in Japan where the love of a woman entangles the claw-commanding mutant into a battle with a powerful crime syndicate.

What We Know:

Set sometime after the disastrous events of X-Men: The Last Stand, in which he was forced to kill Jean Grey, the woman he loved, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is flying solo, left in a serious existential funk regarding not only his mysterious past, but his mutant-healing-factor-endowed immortality. While it's a state that many people would covet, for this Wolverine, he realizes that anyone he tries to befriend or love will grow old and die in front of him.

At his lowest point, an old flame summons Logan to Japan for mysterious purposes. However, the Land of the Rising Sun has plenty more in store for our ambivalent ass-kicker than he could possibly imagine. It seems that Logan's former love, Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) has been whisked back to her home country and was forced by her crime boss father, Shingen Yashida (Hiroyuki Sanada) into a sinister marriage of convenience with one of his criminal associates, Noburo Mori (Brian Tee). Despite her own feelings of obligation to her father, Mariko reaches out to Logan in a move that would undoubtedly lead to a whirlwind of adamantium-aligned destruction when he arrives in full Wolverine mode.

With Mariko unsure where her loyalties lie, Logan becomes the primary target for her vengeful father's ire, thrusting him into battles with his honor-obsessed sword-swinging subordinates, crimson-clad ninja clan, The Hand, and Mariko's powerful mutant half-brother, The Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). However, things get even more interesting when a mysterious and beautiful assassin named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) injects herself into the colossal cluster of crises when she lends her help to Logan. While her overall motives may be questionable, one thing is clear: She's got the hots for our hero, compounding this dire dilemma with a possible love triangle.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Set After The Avengers

New light has been shed upon Marvel's upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. live action TV series. In what might be the most critical bit of info revealed about the show thus far, it seems that, contrary to popular belief, it will take place AFTER the events of mega-film, The Avengers.

ABC president, Paul Lee recently spoke to IGN about the show's connection to Marvel's hugely-popular, canon-coordinated comic book films, to which he would respond:

“There is no question that it is part of the Marvel Universe. In fact, the story takes place after the battle for New York." Adding: "This is S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re following their own particular stories. There are characters in it, Coulson, who clearly come from Avengers. So it’s part of the world, but we’re going to be very, very careful that we don’t tread on the toes of the features and build a whole new world. And that’s what Joss Whedon does better than anybody else. He’s built a world for us."

So, if it's not a prequel series, then how is it that Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson, who (and I think we're well past the window where this would be considered a "spoiler,") was killed in The Avengers last year become resurrected to be the show's headlining star?

Well, in the true fashion of fanboy lake-fishing with proverbial dynamite, we're only left with more vexing questions like that.

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2013 Movie Preview: Kick-Ass 2

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Posted January 11, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Kick-Ass 2

Release Date: June 28  August 16 (revised)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Rating: Not Yet Rated

The awkward journeyman justice-bringer is back! Now a High-School grad, he's weighing his options for higher education...by starting a new team of costumed heroes. Meanwhile, an old enemy of his plots a sadistic revenge.

What We Know:

When we last left our heroes, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz,) they had settled into an early retirement from crime-fighting as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. -- Well, not so much, as it turns out.

A wave of wannabe heroes now roam the streets fighting crime and young Mindy just couldn't resist her instilled life-long vigilante ways and gets back to making her rounds as Hit-Girl. Unfortunately, she gets busted, caught with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar (and by that, we mean "viciously and violently spilling the blood of the wicked") and this time, her retirement is no longer voluntary. -- But she won't sit back without a fight.

Dave is also called back to the baddie-bashing beat as Kick-Ass when he joins a band of costumed crusaders led by a gritty former mobster in camouflage going by the name, "Colonel Stars and Stripes." (Jim Carrey) Calling themselves "Justice Forever," this group may not have the style, skills, resources, technology, or irradiated giant green brutes like "that other superhero team," but these enthusiastic amateurs nevertheless have the will to make a difference.

It turns out that Dave will need all the help he can get when his old frenemy, Chris D'Amico, still upset with him over that whole "killing his criminal father" incident, plots revenge by pulling together a team of super-villains to counter the rising Justice Forever. No longer calling himself, Red Mist, Chris, now known as "The Mother F**ker," is out to slowly cash out his vengeance on those closest to Dave, starting with his girlfriend, Katie. (Lyndsy Fonesca)

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2013 Movie Preview: Man Of Steel

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Posted January 10, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Man Of Steel

Release Date: June 14
Director: Zack Snyder
Rating: PG-13

Wandering and ambivalent about his place in the world, Clark Kent is forced to step-up and tackle a cruel super-powered warlord from his home planet.

What We Know:

While the story of Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) is a familiar one told to us many-a-time by Hollywood, we seem to be getting a deeper, pathos-heavy version. The classic tale is still mostly in place: The last survivor of a majestic alien race, a super-infant is rocketed to Earth only to be discovered and raised by Smallville couple, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) and wife, Martha (Diane Lane.) However, this film explores the doubts that linger in Clark's soul regarding his super-status.

Now a twenty-something, he's arrived at a critical crossroads in his life and must decide if the virtue of keeping his powers a secret outweigh an ethical duty to use them for the good of the people. (Or, as the critical lesson learned by another iconic costumed hero goes: With great power, comes great responsibility.)

His odyssey of self-discovery leads him to the big city of Metropolis working for The Daily Planet. However, despite finding a slick new job and working side-by-side with a gorgeous investigative journalist named Lois Lane (Amy Adams,) the good times won't last as his past comes back to haunt him in the form of Kryptonian visitors.

The evil General Zod (Michael Shannon) has arrived on Earth looking for a new place to instill his might. (Which may or may not involve the constant command to "kneel.") At this point, it appears a decision about those pesky powers has been made for him and it's time to kick Zod and his lady cohort, Faora (Antje Traue) back to the cold depths of space.

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2013 Movie Preview: Star Trek Into Darkness

Release Date: May 17
Director: J.J. Abrams
Rating: Not Yet Rated

Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise tangle with a seriously off-the-reservation Starfleet officer who is waging a solo tour of galactic damage, starting with Earth.

What We Know:

Having settled into the captain's chair comfortably, James Kirk (Chris Pine) may have let success get to his head. (You try being humble when you're in charge of the Federation's flagship and have bedded exotic women of all shapes, colors, and anatomical makeups across the galaxy.) However, Captain Ego is about to meet Captain Pissed-Off, when a former Starfleet officer, known to us only as "John Harrison" (Benedict Cumberbatch) has somehow become a one-man weapon of mass destruction and does some serious damage back home on Earth.

Apparently lacking the proper resources and personnel to deal with this crisis back at the Federation's home territory, Kirk and the Enterprise head back the Terran System's blue pearl for a showdown with the man who could be generously described as the most disgruntled employee...EVER. The battle will turn psychological and personal real quick as close relationships are put through a trying crucible devised by the hot-tempered Harrison that won't be solved by Corbomite Maneuvers and time-traveling humpback whales.

Crew members, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, and Simon Pegg are all back.

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2013 Movie Preview: Iron Man 3

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Posted January 9, 2013 - By Joseph Baxter

2013 Movie Preview: Iron Man 3

Release Date: May 3
Director: Shane Black
Rating: Not Yet Rated

In the aftermath of The Avengers, Tony Stark tangles with a 10-ring-touting mastermind who has targeted him for torment.

What We Know:

Beaten-down, sleep-deprived, and constantly worried about the ramifications his technology will bring upon the world and the woman he loves, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) isn't quite feeling the like the same randy, eccentric billionaire tech genius who, with extreme hubris, who once declared his identity of Iron Man to the world.

He knows he's in the center of several cross-hairs. However, he's about to discover that he's caught the ire of a powerful ringleader who will become his definitive nemesis: The Mandarin. (Ben Kingsley)

The plot thickens as a powerful nanovirus called Extremis developed by scientists, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall,) falls into the hands of the sinister bling-boasting-baddie, setting into motion events that turn Stark's life upside down. (Literally, in the case of his house.) Eventually, Extremis infects Tony's armor, giving it a mind of its own. -- Which, among other things, it uses to creep over him and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) while they sleep.

Rounding out the cast, Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes, sporting a new patriotic version of his War Machine armor. James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton are bad guy muscle-power, respectively as Coldblood and Firepower.

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Sin City Sequel Now Stars Josh Brolin

The upcoming sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has officially announced the acquisition of its main star. Playing the role of embattled protagonist, Dwight, is Josh Brolin.

Some who have been following this film's progress may be left scratching their heads, since Clive Owen was all but a lock, seeing as he played the role in the first Sin City film in 2005. (And played it well.) However, in true Sin City fashion of chronological chaos, this sequel, is, in part, a prequel.

Taking place well before his days of having discussions with dead bodies while night driving, Dwight, finds himself in an ordeal, torn between his feelings for a wicked woman named Ava, who always seems to bring trouble his way. -- Not to give away too much, but the lasciviously-manipulative Ava ropes Dwight into an tangled web of murder, making him a target for dangerous people, culminating in the need for a bit of facial plastic surgery.

...Which means, it could be the case that Josh Brolin plays Dwight for the majority of the film, before he goes under the knife and awakens as Clive Owen.

The news comes just after we've learned of the addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Christopher Meloni to the already-stacked cast. As of now, they are still looking for the film's titular "dame" in the sexy, sinister, Ava.

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Sin City Sequel: Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Christopher Meloni Cast

Upcoming belated sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has acquired two major cast members: The highly-demanded Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Christopher Meloni.

According to Deadline, in an announcement that has also apparently eliminated his contention for the lead role in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Gordon-Levitt has joined the cast of this sequel for the role of a character named "Johnny;" a role large enough in scope to have been previously offered to Johnny Depp.

Meloni on the other hand, will be in somewhat familiar territory for a role that, at this time, is only described as "a cop." (Although, likely "a cop" with a maniacal Frank Miller-esque twist.) The actor, after playing a cop for 12 years on Law & Order: SVU, has been diversifying his resume with roles such as his memorable run last year on True Blood and in Superman revival, Man of Steel this summer.

With original film returnees, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and more booked, it appears this sequel to 2005's super-stylized original Sin City, once again co-directed by Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller, could give us one of the most surrealistically-stacked casts ever.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill gets homicidal for love at theaters on October 4.

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2013 Movie Preview: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Release Date: March 29
Director: Jon Chu
Rating: Not Yet Rated

In this sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra the team find themselves hunted and on the run. While, the evil Cobra have seemingly defeated the Joes, you can bet that a new battle has just begun. -- That battle will involve ninjas, hot women, and explosions of global proportions.

What We Know:

This time around, the Joe team have a new alpha dog, or should we say "Brahma Bull," in Roadblock (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.") Unfortunately, he'll have a slimmer choice of people to boss around when an attack from the government practically eliminates the entire Joe team, leaving only a few survivors.

Of course, this attack was not the result of a crackdown on catchphrases and kung-fu grip, but rather, due to the machinations of the conniving terrorist group, Cobra. The Master of Disguise, Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) has impersonated and replaced the U.S. President (Jonathan Pryce) leaving the country's personnel and resources at the despotic disposal of the sinister Cobra Commander (Iron Man's Faran Tahir.)

Now, the streamlined Joe team of Roadblock, Snake Eyes (Ray Park,) Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki,) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) seek out the help of the team's eponymous founder, retired General Joe Colton (Bruce Willis.) Can they stop this sinister plot? Will knowing still be half the battle? Will The People's Elbow be dropped on some jabroni?

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Casting Rumors Galore

Marvel's 2014 live-action space epic, The Guardians of the Galaxy is gaining some serious steam in the department of casting rumors. A plethora of names are popping up for the role of leader, Peter Quill, aka, Star-Lord.

Additionally, the first crop of names for another crucial role in the team's emerald-skinned enforcer, Drax The Destroyer has just surfaced with some rather surprising names.

Back at the end of November a short-list of candidates for the film's leading character of Star-Lord was released. However, barring one exception, the previous group have allegedly panned out, taking us to the point where yet another crop of names have been thrown into the mix.

This is certainly looking to be a comic book film that's far different than anything we've ever seen. Check below as we delve deep into the long list of candidates for these two critical characters!

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The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman Reveals Timeline

While Hugh Jackman is riding high from the solid holiday numbers for Les Misérables, it turns out the actor has recently revealed an important detail about the return of his signature character. (And no, I'm not talking about Van Helsing.)

In an interview with Parade magazine, Jackman let loose some details about The Wolverine, his return next summer as Marvel's adamantium-aligned ass-beater. Apparently, everything we thought we knew about where the film fits in the timeline of the X-Men franchise was wrong. According to the star, The Wolverine will actually take place AFTER the events of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. (You know, the one where a lot of important characters met lame, anticlimactic deaths? Yeah...)

As a result, The Wolverine is apparently not a prequel-sequel to the 2009 prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but is, in actuality, a spinoff sequel to the 2000-2006 X-Men trilogy. -- Does that make sense?

Check out what Jackman had to say about the matter below, as well as his hint of a cameo from another X-Men member.

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