Although Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been shooting for some time now, the nature of the production means that not all of the actors have to be on set at the same time. Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have been taking advantage of that by roping in their stars when they can, so even now we’re getting some major casting announcements. The new addition this week is Stacy Keach, who’ll play a major villain called Wallenquist. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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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There’s a lot of sequel casting and development to report today, and so after the break you’ll find:

  • Michelle Rodriguez will return for Machete Kills and Fast and Furious 6
  • Vin Diesel is teasing further Riddick sequel news
  • Steve Coogan is cast in Despicable Me 2
  • Eddie Izzard suggests there could be more Treasure Island in his future
  • Eva Green talks about her role in the 300 prequel
  • Wrong Turn 5 begins shooting

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Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.

The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.

The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.

After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »

Here at last is the trailer for Dark Shadows, the most recent of many pairings between director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. The actor has wanted to revive the ’60s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows for years, and he and Burton, after much planning, finally shot the movie last year. One of many questions about the project has been concerned with whether something that has come across like a bit of an obsession for Depp can translate into a movie that people want to see now.

The trailer premiered on Warner Bros.-owned The Ellen Degeneres Show today — appropriate, I suppose, for a film that adapts a soap opera — and we’ve got it below.

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Is Warner Bros. mounting the most abstract trailer release ever? We’ve seen so many new photos from Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows in the past week, it’s like the studio is just releasing the trailer one frame at a time. And it is a little bit weird that we’ve already got a trailer for the stop-motion version of Burton’s Frankenweenie, which opens in October, while we haven’ t yet seen a shred of footage for Dark Shadows, which is a mere two months away, with an opening set for May 11. (Not like the film is wanting an attention-getting cast, with the likes of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer.)

So break out your zoetrope, print out these stills and assemble your own Dark Shadows trailer. Read More »

Tim Burton has two films scheduled for release in 2012 and, earlier today, we got the trailer for the second one: Frankenweenie. That still leaves us without a good look at the Burton that comes out first, May 11th’s vampire adaptation Dark Shadows. The new issue of Vanity Fair helps curb that with some striking and evocative character portraits of stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

Here’s a new image from the other Tim Burton movie that will be out in the first half of 2012. While we just saw a trailer for his producing effort Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, this is for the movie he directed after many years of talking about the project: Dark Shadows.

This look at star Johnny Depp will already be familiar to those who have been following along with the development of the film. He plays the centuries-old vampire Barnabas Collins, originally introduced in the ’60s TV soap Dark Shadows. We haven’t seen much of Eva Green, however, other than in the first pre-shoot promo shot that introduced the cast. She plays the witch Angelique Bouchard, a character that has a very specific history with Barnabas Collins.

We can’t give you a much larger look at the pic, but after the break the screenwriter of Dark Shadows offers some clues as to just what sort of film we’re in for.

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