‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ stars an ensemble cast including returning cast members Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jude Ciccolella, Powers Boothe, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis. Newcomers to the series include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Marton Csokas, Christopher Lloyd, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Alexa PenaVega, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Piven and Crystal McCahill. Co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, the script is written by Miller, and is primarily based on the second book in the ‘Sin City’ series by Miller. The film arrives on August 22nd in the US and August 25th in the UK (August 22nd in London).
Eva, your character Ava Lord is sort of the classic femme fatale. And I can imagine she was a lot of fun to play, especially considering how many facets there are to her and the various fronts she puts on for different people?
Eva Green: Definitely. It’s such a multi-dimensional role. Ava is like an enchantress, a siren, she casts spells over men. She can read men’s minds and she can become whatever they want her to be. With Josh Brolin’s Dwight, it’s very interesting because there’s a true connection – he’s different from other men. He’s probably the only man she ever loved. But the thing with Ava, she’s sort of caught up with her own demons. And like you said, Ava has so many facets… she can be a damsel in distress for Dwight, with Manute she’s a goddess and with Mort, she’s the sexy kitten. As an actor, it’s great because you can show so many colors.
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning ‘Sin City’ graphic novels back to the screen in ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.’ Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller’s 2005 groundbreaking film, ‘Sin City.’
The main cast for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s long awaited sequel includes the original ‘Sin City’ cast members: Mickey Rourke as Marv, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Bruce Willis as Hartigan, Rosario Dawson as Gail and Jaime King as Goldie/Wendy. New cast members for the neo-noir crime action thriller include: Eva Green as Ava Lord, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Johnny, Dennis Haysbert as Manute, Christopher Meloni as Mort, Jeremy Piven as Bob, Stacy Keach as Wallenquist, Jamie Chung as Miho, Ray Liotta as Joey, Juno Temple as Sally, Julia Garner as Marcy, and Josh Brolin as Dwight. The film arrives on August 22nd in the US and August 25th in the UK (August 22nd in London).
One of the new stories in this film, “The Long, Bad Night,” features your character Johnny, a young, cocky gambler. And unlike any story in the first movie, Frank Miller wrote “A Long, Bad Night” and Johnny distinctly for this film, without any preexisting graphic novel. What was is it like to collaborate with Miller and Robert Rodriguez on the development of his character.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: I absolutely love that. The character of Johnny, who’s not any of the books, has sort of been a collaborative creation. I mean, it was written in the script but there weren’t any drawings and so it didn’t have as much specificity as really all the other characters in this world. So Frank was re-writing as we were going, and it’s sort of an actor’s dream to be working with filmmakers who are so collaborative and so open and eager to incorporate my creative contributions into the movie. And Johnny’s an interesting character. Johnny loves a game fo chance. He’s good with the cards and the coins. His “sin” is gambling, although there’s a lot of other “sin” that comes into play on this long, bad night (laughs).
‘The Giver’ tells the coming-of-age story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man raised in a seemingly Utopian world where everyone appears to be happy. This sense of harmony is created by a strictly engineered existence where the community is deprived of the so-called burden of memories. They have no notion of suffering, hunger, or violence. On the other hand, there’s no freedom, no choice and no individuality. Being treated with a regimented daily injection, the humans are genetically designed not to feel emotion or see color, and the scientifically-controlled environment prevents any visual distinctiveness that may stimulate sensation and alter the order of their seemingly utopian world. They live in sameness: identical homes, identical clothes, and an identical family structure. Family units in this unusual society each consist of a husband, a wife, and two children: one male and one female who are born to designated “birthmothers.”
Apart from a bright intelligence, and integrity, there is something slightly ‘different’ and exceptional about Jonas. At the Ceremony where youth is assigned their vocations, the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) selects Jonas to inherit the position of the community’s Receiver of Memories. In this, most-honored position in the community, he will become the keeper of ancient memories before the time of ‘Sameness’. Jonas enters into training with the current Receiver of Memories, known as the Giver (Jeff Bridges). The old man is kind, but weary as he carries the burden of memory. Co-starring the likes of Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift, ‘The Giver’ lands in US cinemas on August 15th (expect news on a UK release shortly). Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film is based on Lois Lowry’s classic novel of the same name.
This film represents the fulfillment of an 18 year-long dream for you. Can you talk a little about your history with the film and what has kept you attached to it after all this time ?
Jeff bridges: Sure. My daughters read the book, but before I had known that they had read the book I was looking for some material to direct my father in, Lloyd Bridges. And I wanted to do something that my kids could watch at the time, and I was looking through a catalog of children books and I came across this wonderful cover of a book, with this old, kind of grizzled kind of guy on the cover and thought, “Oh yeah, my dad can play that guy!” And so I got that book and read it and just fell in love with the story…. I was expecting it to be children’s book, but I really got it on an adult level that worked so well. I thought, “This will be a terrific thing for my father to be involved in.” It has a magical quality to it and I thought it would be an easy book to get made, but I was proven wrong (laughs). Even though it was taught in schools and over 10 million copies had been sold, it was also on the banned books list – which excited me, I like that sort of stuff (laughs). So it was quite controversial and it took all these years to get it made.
In ‘The Expendables 3,’ Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Opening in cinemas on August 14th, ‘The Expendables 3′ stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kelsey Grammar. Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) directs.
I can imagine coordinating the schedules of a cast that included Terry Crews, Jet Li and Jason Statham as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes was a massive undertaking? How difficult was that, and what is like balancing the personalities and characters in the story when you have an ensemble cast like this?
Sylvester Stallone: To have a cast like this is unprecedented. The effort to bring everyone together was herculean and it has paid off in a huge way. To get them all together for one movie is nothing less than miraculous (laughs). And this one I think we got the tone just right, especially with the humor. Plus, there’s not so much “wink wink, we’re being retro”. It’s happening right now and we bring in the young people to keep it fresh. Also, the story is more identifiable in that I think we’ve all been betrayed by somebody. We also have better actors, we’ve got Harrison Ford in it, Wesley Snipes is absolutely fantastic, Antonio Banderas bring so much humor and flair, Kelsey Grammar… these incredible actors.
When I was working with Harrison Ford for example, he’s minimalist. So, I thought initially that I’d just eaten him up on-screen. But then I saw the dailies and I thought, “You were just swallowed, Sly.” (Laughs) He’s good, he’s very, very, very good. I appreciate them coming on board and I think we have eons to go. There are so many other actors who could come into this. We have so many opportunities now because it’s not just athletic actors, there’s an opportunity now for real actors to add different things. We can advance this more and more.
In ‘What If,’ Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) meet at a party while creating refrigerator magnet poetry and feel an immediate spark – but it’s not to be because Chantry lives with her long-term boyfriend. Acting with the best of intentions and a touch of denial, Wallace and Chantry take on the challenge of being just friends. They form a fast friendship where they talk about everything from movies to sandwiches to disappointing Christmas presents, exposing all of their hopes, idiosyncrasies and insecurities to each other.
With a raucously funny script and standout performances, ‘What If’ is a charming original comedy about the tried and tested question of whether men and women can ever really be just friends. Set for an August 8th release in the US and an August 20th bow in the UK, the film also stars Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis and Oona Chaplin. Check out what Daniel Radcliffe had to say about the film after the jump.
Your character Wallace is warm-hearted, overtly cynical but quietly romantic,and his mind is a sort of bottomless reservoir of anecdotes, observations, and semi-absurd theories. Was there something in particular that spoke to you about him?
Daniel Radcliffe: One of the reasons I was so keen to make this film is in a part of the script: Wallace corrects Chantry on her pronunciation of a word. At that point I knew I liked this guy, and it was the way he does it. He’s definitely a pedant – a bit like me (laughs), slightly reclusive and not really that social – but he very much wants to be included. I think he’s a very sweet guy, but a bit misguided in the way he views relationships as being very black and white, but that’s kind of an interesting thing about him. But that’s been born out of his parents cheating on each other, he’s been hurt himself, and it’s implied that his sister is raising a child alone – so maybe that didn’t work out as she would of expected.
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits: Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon; Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana); and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. From writer-director James Gunn, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opens in the UK and Ireland on July 31st before opening in the US on August 1st. The likes of Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Josh Brolin, Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry, Marama Corlett, Emmett J. Scanlan and Enzo Cilenti also star.
When we meet Peter Quill, he has a lot of insecurities to overcome as a result of his upbringing. He’s had a rough deal and over the course of the film he realizes he’s worth more than he’s been led to believe…
Chris Pratt: Yeah. When we first meet him he’s a 9 year-old kid, watching his mother die of cancer. He’s a kid who’s kind of been told his whole life that he needs to toughen up, because he’s got a big heart. He never knew his father, and his mother asks him to take her hand as she’s dying – and he doesn’t do it, and immediately after he’s sucked away into space and raised by Yondu, who also tells him that he has to toughen up. He’s been living his whole life pretending to be tougher than he is when in fact he’s sort of stunted in that moment of his mother asking him to take her hand. He’s a kid at heart, you know? And he gets to have a free reign and he gets to do what he wants – he gets his own ship, he gets to eat what he wants, there’s no rules and he enjoys that (laughs).