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Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sin again in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Legendary graphic novelist Frank Miller’s super-stylized gang of strippers and scoundrels is back on the big screen for four tales of pulpy intrigue in the 3-D neo-noir sequel Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (out Aug. 22).

Jessica Alba’s Nancy Callahan is still dancing at Kadie’s, but she’s changed since John Hartigan’s (Bruce Willis) death in the original 2005 cult classic. “She’s out for revenge,” says Miller, who co-directed the film. “She is sick of being treated — as she puts it — ‘as a piece of ass.'” Robert Rodriguez, who also returns to co-helm the project, adds: “You see a little girl in that first film. By the end of this, she’s the avenging angel.” Alba’s acting work has taken a backseat to other endeavors in the past few years, but Miller assures us that she is “eight times the actor [that she was] when I did the first film.”

Click past the jump for a first look at a familiar face (Mickey Rourke’s Marv) and a new one: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Johnny. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Leslie Mann may star in 'The Other Woman'; Plus, Robert Duvall to play Robert Downey, Jr.'s dad, Amy Ryan, more

• Leslie Mann (This Is 40) and Jamie Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) are in talks to join Cameron Diaz in the upcoming Nick Cassavetes film The Other Woman (not to be confused with Natalie Portman’s little seen 2009 flick with the same name). This story is about a woman who doesn’t know she’s the “other woman.” When she finds out, she decides to seek revenge with the help of the guy’s wife. The comedy could start shooting as early as late spring. Mann can be seen next in The Bling Ring as Emma Watson’s character’s mom. [THR]

• Robert Duvall is set to play Robert Downey Jr.’s dad in David Dobkin’s (Wedding CrashersThe Judge. In the film, Downey Jr. will play an attorney who finds out that his estranged father (the town Judge) is a suspect in his mother’s death. It’s being described as a dramedy. Jack Nicholson had been considering the role as well, but decided to pass on the project. [THR] Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth Banks are also being considered for the ex-girlfriend role. [Variety]

• The adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular YA novel Divergent has added Maggie Q (Nikita), Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Ansel Elgort (Carrie), to the cast. The Neil Burger-directed (Limitless) film is currently in pre-production and expects to start shooting in Chicago this spring. [THR]


Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence may go to 'Ends of the Earth.' Plus: Mickey Rourke, Kevin Costner, and a 'Catching Fire' baddie

• Speaking of Lawrence, Patrick St. Esprit (Sons of Anarchy) will join her in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, playing the small supporting role of Romulus Thread, the ruthless new head Peacekeeper for District 12. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is directing. [Variety]

• Mickey Rourke is negotiating to star opposite Gerard Butler in Motor City, a drama about a man seeking retribution against the person whose double cross landed him in jail. (Albert Hughes is directing.) If that isn’t hard-scrabble noir enough for you, Rourke is also aiming to reprise his role of Marv in Sin City 2, even though the character was electrocuted in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s first film. [Deadline]

• Next up on the ’80s star double-feature circuit, Kevin Costner has been offered the role of the mentor to Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) in the upcoming prequel/reboot of the Tom Clancy/CIA analyst franchise. (Kenneth Branagh is directing and starring as the main villain.) Costner has also been offered the lead in Three Days to Kill, about an assassin with a fatal illness going off on one last job in France, to be produced by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp, the same company behind the Taken films. Neither deal is close to done, however. [Deadline]

• Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) is in talks to join the growing cast of Breacher, about 10 crooked DEA agents who begin dying one by one after they use an official operation to mask a robbery. Arnold SchwarzeneggerSam WorthingtonTerrence Howard, and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) will costar. David Ayer (Harsh Times) is directing. [THR]

• Catherine Keener and Toni Collette have signed up for the new, untitled comedy from writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Please GiveFriends with Money). Keener will star as a new friend to a divorcée Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, who ends up falling for Keener’s ex-husband (James Gandolfini). Collette will play Keener’s therapist, who is also Louis-Dreyfuss’ friend. Got all that? [Variety]

• Lindsay Lohan is in talks for an unspecified role in Scary Movie 5, to be directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Soul Men). Yeah, that seems about right. [E! Online]

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Sylvester Stallone talks about who's on board for 'Expendables 2' -- EXCLUSIVE

When The Expendables hit theaters last summer, it seemed like virtually every action star of a certain age dropped by to flex their biceps and kick some keister. But apparently writer-director-star Sylvester Stallone still thinks there’s room for more macho men in the upcoming sequel. In a recent interview with EW, Stallone said that not only would Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have meatier parts the second go-round, but that he’s also added Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme to the mix and, fingers crossed, we may even see Nicolas Cage and John Travolta getting in on the mayhem, too.  READ FULL STORY

'Immortals' trailer: The working title was apparently 'Clash of the 300 Gods of War in Troy, and also Mickey Rourke'

I was a total nerd for Greek mythology when I was a kid. Minotaurs and winged horses, super-powered heroes on epic quests, anxious gods who live on a glowy mountaintop — there was a lot to love. (I liked Norse mythology, too, but that’s another story.) So I’m pretty excited about Immortals, the Greek epic starring future-Superman Henry Cavill as a noble hero and Mickey Rourke as a vicious conqueror. The first trailer looks equal parts 300, Troy, and Clash of the Titans, with just a dash of the great God of War videogame series, but I’m hopeful that arty auteur Tarsem Singh will make Immortals something extra special. Check out the full trailer after the jump… READ FULL STORY

'Passion Play' trailer: Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray do ... something

The trailer for Passion Play, the noir-ish indie featuring Megan Fox as a winged circus curiosity, Mickey Rourke as the washed-up trumpet player who falls for her, and Bill Murray as a gangster named Happy, has hit the Web. The question is: Is it the kind of strange that makes you want to see it when it hits theaters in New York and L.A. on May 6 (before heading to DVD on May 31), or is it the kind of strange that makes you hope one of your friends will sit through it and fill you in instead? This is a movie that got panned at 2010’s Toronto Film Festival, but also one that inspired Rourke to call Fox “probably the best young actress I’ve ever worked with.” Watch the trailer below — which erroneously declares Rourke to be an “Academy Award winner” (er, Sean Penn may have something to say about that) — and begin to decide. READ FULL STORY

Megan Fox's 'Passion Play' will get theatrical release: See the poster here! -- EXCLUSIVE

Contrary to a previous report by EW, the Megan Fox drama Passion Play will not be heading straight to DVD without a theatrical run. A rep for the film confirms to EW that the off-beat thriller — starring Mickey Rourke as a musician who gets tangled up with a gangster (Bill Murray) and a circus freak (Fox) — will have a limited release in New York City and Los Angeles starting May 6 before heading to home video on May 31. We’ve also got your exclusive first look at the theatrical poster, which hints at Fox’s feathery character without giving much information about the plot. (The tagline “Love is stronger than death” doesn’t help a whole lot either.) The film was widely panned at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, but a theatrical release will let audiences decide for themselves how, well, passionate they feel about it.

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'Passion Play' with Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke, and Bill Murray heading straight to video


Passion Play, the noir-ish indie featuring Megan Fox as a winged circus curiosity, Mickey Rourke as the washed-up trumpet player who falls for her, and Bill Murray as a gangster named Happy, is going straight to video on May 31. Rourke was impressed with Fox, telling EW last year during filming that she was “the best young actress I’ve ever worked with,” but the film fell flat when it premiered at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival.

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Mickey Rourke: Now that he's back, what kind of movie star can he be?

mickey-rourkeImage Credit: AFP/Stringer/Getty ImagesEven for those of us who cheered, and cherished, the comeback of Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (2008), there’s no denying that that once-in-a-lifetime resurrection steered his career smack into a giant question mark. The question was: What could he possibly do next? As marvelous as he was in The Wrestler, everything about the role seemed so… singular. The poignant, ingeniously conceived parallel between Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s broken-down career and lost-in-the-1980s glory days and Mickey Rourke’s own faded greatness. The way that Rourke’s ruined beauty — the face like melted rubber, a Silly Putty tragedy mask — became the living embodiment of a character who had battered himself, body and soul, into a hulking wreck of flesh. And, of course, the whole comeback scenario itself, which resonated uniquely beyond the edges of the movie screen, so that Rourke seemed to be acting out a metaphorical version of his own teary-eyed resilience. The Wrestler was as canny and artful a platform as a matinee-idol–turned–macho-freak– turned–Hollywood-has-been–turned–great-actor-all-over-again could possibly have hoped for. But given that, what could Mickey Rourke do for an encore?

Just about the first thing he did was extremely shrewd. With the red carpet now rolled out for him (though for how long, no one could guess), he struck while the awards glow was hot and signed on to play the villain in Iron Man 2, thereby proving his viability as a mainstream star. It was a resolutely ace move, because in Hollywood today, you’re either bankable or you’re nobody, and Rourke, it’s clear, had had enough of being nobody. As the Russian superbaddie Ivan Vanko, whipping around those high-voltage lightning lanyards, brooding in his lab, Rourke is just fine: a Slavic brute with a heart of stone. But when you hear the actor talk about how he worked for months on his Russian accent, you can’t help but wish that there was a little more to the character — that Vanko’s hatred of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark weren’t so one-dimensional, that it led to somewhere where Rourke could really, you know, act. READ FULL STORY

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