Cameras have been rolling on Robert Rodriguez‘s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For for some time now, but either he’s only just gotten around to casting one of its major characters, or publicists have waited to announce the casting until late in the game. Eva Green has just been announced as part of the project in the role of Ava Lord, the femme fatale who features prominently in the titular plotline. Meanwhile, he’s also added rising star Julia Garner, who’ll play a stripper in another story, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s Johnny. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:

  • Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
  • Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
  • See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
  • Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still

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It’s not every actor that can steal a scene right out from under Philip Seymour Hoffman’s nose, but in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix did just that. No wonder, then, that director Paul Thomas Anderson is eager to reunite with him on his next movie. Phoenix is now in talks to join Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, replacing long-attached star Robert Downey Jr. Read more about the casting updates after the jump.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is well into the production process by this point, but details on casting and plot are continuing to emerge. During a recent interview at Sundance, director Robert Rodriguez confirmed that Bruce Willis would be returning to reprise the role of Hartigan, as has been rumored for some time now. In addition, he spilled a few more details on Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character and the kind of trouble he gets up to in the new film. Hit the jump for more.

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It seems no one in Hollywood can make a big-budget movie these days without sitting down with Joseph Gordon-Levitt at some point or other. In the past few months, he’s been rumored for Warner Bros.’ Justice League and tested for Guardians of the Galaxy. Just hours ago, we learned he’d actually been offered (and turned down) Gareth Edward’s Godzilla. Now Dimension Films has announced that he’s signed on for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s long-awaited comic book sequel. More details after the jump.

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After whipping out three features in four years in the late ’90s, Paul Thomas Anderson mellowed his pace during the ’00s. It took three years to get from Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love, five to get from the latter to There Will Be Blood, and then another five after that to complete The Master. But he’s wasting no time moving on his next project, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.

Anderson first signed on to adapt the noir tale in 2010, but then wound up shooting The Master first. Now that that’s behind him, though, Anderson is planning to move into production on Inherent Vice next year. More after the jump.

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As soon as Robert Rodriguez finished filming Machete Kills, he jumped right into his next movie. That movie is Sin City 2, aka Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which began filming on Monday with two actresses familiar with the genre. Jaime King is returning for the sequel, playing the sister of her character from the first movie, and Jamie Chung is playing the role Devon Aoki had in the 2005 original.

Rodriguez is co-directing once again with Frank Miller, who wrote the original comics and, once again, the movie will consist of multiple stories. However, unlike the original movie, one of the stories in the sequel is brand new and written specifically for the film. A Dame to Kill For is scheduled for release October 4, 2013. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Trust Joss Whedon to go from the $220 million extravaganza that is The Avengers to a micro-budget indie adaptation of William Shakespeare. The filmmaker announced last fall that he’d secretly shot Much Ado About Nothing in just two weeks while taking a brief break from his work on his superhero flick, and it’s now due to debut at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

Starring old Whedon favorites like Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Riki Lindholme, and Clark Gregg, Much Ado puts a modern-day spin on the classic romance while keeping the Bard’s original dialogue. The first photos revealed from the project were in color, but this newer batch of stills should do a better job representing the film’s black and white look. Check them out after the jump.

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