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Robert Rodriguez States That SIN CITY 2 Will Shoot This Summer

Posted on 15 March 2012 by Rich Drees

Robert Rodriguez is a guy who always has a lot of projects in development at any one time. While it is probably a good thing in that it always keeps him busy, it also proves frustrating that certain projects like Sin City 2 seem to get postponed in favor of other films. But Rodriguez has now stated that the much discussed sequel to his and co-director Frank Miller’s adaption of Miller’s brutal crime-noir graphic novel series will finally get in front of cameras this summer.

Rodriguez told Empire that after he concludes filming on the exploitation sequel Machete Kills, he’ll move right on to production of Sin City 2 even while simultaneously overseeing the editing for Machete Kills.

For some time Miller and Rodriguez have stated that their script for Sin City 2 (which William Monahan (The Departed) did a quick polish on last summer) would be made up partly of the graphic novel A Dame To Kill For and two new stories that Miller created specifically for the film. With A Dame in the mix we can look forward to the return of Mickey Rourke’s Marv character while Miller has stated that Jessica Alba’s Nancy will figure in one of the two new storylines.

My own nature makes me inclined to be at least a bit skeptical of Rodriguez’s claim that he’ll have the film in production, but since I really liked what he and Miller did with the first film, I want to believe that I’ll be seeing what they have in store for the sequel soon.

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IRON MAN 2 Trailer Goes Live

Posted on 16 December 2009 by William Gatevackes

IronMan2PosterIt might be safe to say that Iron Mansurprised hardcore comic fans not only with its success, but also with how good it was. The inevitable sequel  became one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2010. But the question does exist: will the sequel be as good as the original?

If the trailer is any indication, then the answer is yes. It features a flippant Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, a flirtatious Gwyneth Paltrow as  Pepper Potts and Mickey Rourke doing a spot on Russian accent. It is light on the Scarlet Johansson, but does feature a geek-out moment at the end.  Hopefully, the final product holds up to the advance hype.

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More New IRON MAN 2 Pics

Posted on 02 December 2009 by Rich Drees

Hot on the tails of the release of the first teaser poster for next summer’s super hero sequel Iron Man 2 comes four new pictures from the film. The first two show star Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark/ Iron Man doing what looks like science-y things and some home repair. Next up is Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, one of the villains of the film, examining his own handiwork. Note that some of the magazine covers hanging over his workbench were first seen in the first film. We end the quartet of photos with a new look at Scarlett Johannson in her full costume as the spy known as Black Widow. Click on each photo for a much larger look.

Iron Man 2 hits screens next May.


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New IRON MAN 2 Photos

Posted on 22 July 2009 by Rich Drees

IronMan2StarkA few more new photos for Iron Man 2 have shown up, this time courtesy of USA Today. (Click on any picture for a bigger version.)

The first picture is of star Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire industrialist-turned-superhero Tony Stark. As we saw by the cars in his garage in the last film, Stark has an affinity for sports and racing cars. Here we see him in a racing suit with some flaming wreckage around him.But take a good look at the stands behind him and compare them to the bleacher seating behind Mickey Rourke in the first picture we saw of him as the villain Whiplash. I think it is fair to assume that both these photos are from the same location, probably the same scene. And that would go a long way in explaining Stark’s none-too-pleased expression.IronMan2Natasha

Next up is a second look at Scarlett Johansson as Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, aka The Black Widow. Having been hired as Tony Stark’s new personal assistant, she is undoubtedly up to no good. First appearing in the comics during the height of the Cold War, the Black Widow was first an adversary of Iron Man but eventually defected from the Soviet Union to the United States. She would later join the superhero team, The Avengers. Not so coincidentally, Johansson was signed to appear in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers feature when she was hired for Iron Man 2.

IronMan2PepperBut what of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Tony Stark’s very capable assistant in the first film? It seems that she has earned a small promotion to CEO of Stark Enterprises. And while there was some hints of a possible romantic involvement between Pepper and her boss in Iron Man, Paltrow is not sure how that will play out in the new film-

I still don’t know if I’m going to get a romance…One day they have me getting together with Tony, one day they don’t. It’s kind of cloaked in secrecy, even from me.

Iron Man 2 is scheduled to open next summer, but since Favreau is scheduled to make an appearance at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, expect more news about the film in a few days.

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First Look: Rourke As Whiplash In IRON MAN 2

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Rich Drees

rourkewhiplashThe last time an Academy Award-nominated actor followed up their nomination for an Oscar with the role of a comic book villain, we got Halle Berry in Catwoman. Thankfully, I don’t think we have that problem with Mickey Rourke as he takes on the role of Whiplash for next summer’s Iron Man 2.

Director Jon Favreau tells USA Today, who also premiered the first picture of Rourke in costume at right, that Whiplash, aka Ivan Vanko, has built his own power suit similar to Iron Man’s, though his comes with a pair of powered whips. Favreau states, “The technologies are definitely related, and that’s part of the core theme of the film.” As to whether Vanko works for Tony Stark’s business rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), Favreau remained tightlipped.

whiplashThere are few additional story details except for that the fact that the picture is from a scene where Whiplash shows up at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. With Iron Man’s suit of armor being true to the comics, will we see Rourke don the leather domination gear of the four-color version of the character? Probably not, but I don’t think that fans will complain over that. Favreau has won himself a lot of cred with fans with the first film and I doubt he’ll blow it with the follow up.

Iron Man 2 hits theaters next summer.

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Rourke, And Johannson, In For IRON MAN 2… Honest!

Posted on 11 March 2009 by Rich Drees

mickeyrourke1Is he in or is he out?

That seems to have been the question as to Mickey Rourke’s participation in next summer’s Iron Man 2. Well, now it seems that he is back in, according to Nikki Finke. On her blog, the Hollywood business writer reportes that “after at first being low-balled by the studio to the tune of $250K, Rourke has signed on for the role of the Russian villain in the sequel after his agent David Unger got the quote up to a “significant” level.” Finke also reports that Marvel won’t officially announce anything until all the contracts are signed, so consider this all at the level of “reasonably reliable rumor.”

Finke also reports that Scarlett Johannson is being set to take role of Russian spy/costumed hero the Black Widow. As is her usual MO, Finke spends most of her post obsessing over whether Johannson’s agent got her a good deal or not. However, she does mention that that deal will include Johannson’s participation in The Avengers superhero team-up film set for Summer 2011.

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Oscar Nominations Post-Mortem: How Did We Do?

Posted on 22 January 2009 by William Gatevackes

oscarsEarlier this week, we here at FilmBuffOnline handicapped the Oscar race as we saw it. As we all know, the nominations have just been released. How did we do?  Well, let’s find out. And the nominees are…

Performance by an actor in a leading role-

  • Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
  • Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn in Milk
  • Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  4 out of 5

The One We Didn’t:Do we get any credit for saying the academy might snub Leonardo DiCaprio? No, because Richard Jenkins should have been a no brainer. His performance was one of the most critically acclaimed of the year. This is what Jenkins had to say about the nomination:

“This nomination is such an unexpected honor and I am grateful to the Academy for the recognition. I’ve been awed by the work of my fellow nominees this year and am truly humbled to be in their company. Having been an actor for many years now, I am moved by the fact that something like this can happen at this point in my career, particularly for a film that has meant so much to me.”


Richard Jenkins, THE VISITOR

Performance by an actor in a supporting role-

  • Josh Brolin in Milk
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
  • Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
  • Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road

Number of Nominations We “Called”: 4 out of 5.

The One We Didn’t: Nobody from Frost/Nixon got the call. Strangely, this was the only acting nod Revolutionary Road received. Shannon got good notices for his role, but was he the most deserving of the cast?

Performance by an actress in a leading role- 

  • Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie in Changeling
  • Melissa Leo in Frozen River
  • Meryl Streep in Doubt
  • Kate Winslet in The Reader

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  3.5 out of 5

The One Point Five  We Didn’t: We are taking partial credit for Kate Winslet. We predicted she would be nominated and that her role in The Reader should be lead. I think that should be good enough for a .5. Leo, like Jenkins, was an early year, yet still worthy performance that we goofed on not including. Althought ignoring Sally Hawkins was a major snub.

This is what Kate Winslet said on her nomination for The Reader:

“I’m extremely happy to have been nominated. And very fortunate. Playing Hanna Schmitz will always remain one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever been blessed with. I’m genuinely thrilled not just for myself but for the wonderful Stephen Daldry and David Hare. These nominations are a testament to their unwavering commitment to this film. And I’m also very happy for all the people in Germany whose hard work on THE READER, has been rewarded by these nominations. Surely Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack are smiling down on us today!”

- Kate Winslet, Oscar nominee for Best Lead Actress in THE READER

 Performance by an actress in a supporting role-

  • Amy Adams in Doubt
  • Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis in Doubt
  • Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler 

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  4 out of 5

The One We Didn’t: We were going to list Henson, but the Oscar’s not following the Golden Globes’ lead on putting Winslet in this category through us off. Yeah, yeah, that’s what happened.

Achievement in directing-

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher
  • Frost/Nixon, Ron Howard
  • Milk, Gus Van Sant
  • The Reader, Stephen Daldry
  • Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle
Number of Nominations We “Called”:  5 out of 5
Woo Hoo!!!:  Yes, we did think that Mike Leigh was “Almost Certain” to get a nod for Happy-Go-Lucky. But I guess the Academy didn’t like that film as much as the rest of the world did. But we said that all the nomininated directors had a shot. So, we are calling that a victory. 

Best motion picture of the year-

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  4 out of 5

The One We Didn’t: In what is becoming a rare occurance, the Best Picture nominations match up with the Best Director nominations. This means that The Reader gets the nod over Revolutionary Road. And, yes, The Dark Knight and Wall-E too. But the Best Animated Film was created so the “real film” don’t have to mingle with the animated riff raff. And, really. A comic book movie? For Best Picture?

Stay tuned to FilmBuffOnline, because, as we get closer to the ceremony, the staff will bring you our Oscar picks.

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Oscar Nominations: Who Will Make The Cut?

Posted on 20 January 2009 by William Gatevackes

oscarIt’s that time of year again. This Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

Every year there are snubs and surprises, thrills and controversies. There is no way of knowing who will be nominated, but we here at FilmBuffOnLine, who believe the day nominations are announced should be a National holiday, are going to try and handicap the process for you.

We will try to tell you who we think are Almost Certain to get a nomination, who Definite May Be nominated, and whose nomination is a Outside Shot in the major categories (the four acting categories, Best Director, and Best Picture). We are trying to cover all bases, but don’t come to us if you lose money on your Oscar Nomination pool.

Best Actor:

Almost Certain:

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler; Sean Penn, Milk

Definite Maybe:

Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon; Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road; Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Outside Shot:

Colin Farrell, In Bruges; Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

It seems that this year, if Mickey Rourke didn’t win a Best Actor award, Sean Penn won it. Both men seem to be all but a lock for a nomination. Benjamin Button seems to be role that screams “nominate me,” so Pitt has a good chance. Langella won a Tony for originating the role of Nixon on Broadway, so it seem logical that he’d at least get a nod. The Academy might have something against DiCaprio, since he has been snubbed more than once in the past. That could work against him here. Farrell won the Golden Globe for this role, which gives him a chance. And the Academy might want to reward Eastwood for what could be his last acting role with a nomination.

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Is Emily Blunt About To Join Rourke, Rockwell In IRON MAN 2 Cast?

Posted on 15 January 2009 by William Gatevackes

emily-blunt6_314Iron Man 2 is shaping up to be a Marvel Comics fan’s dream. First, they get to see a live action War Machine. Then Crimson Dynamo. Then possibly Whiplash. Now, the sexy secret agent known as Black Widow is rumored to appear in the 2010 sequel, personified by The Devil Wears Prada‘s Emily Blunt.

Varietyis reporting the Blunt is a front runner to play Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, who spends her free time as the black bodysuit clad femme fatale known as the Black Widow.  She joins the previously rumored Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell, who are said to be in negotiations to play the aforementioned Iron Man villains Crimson Dynamo and Whiplash.

It is not known whether the film Black Widow will be an ally or an enemy of Tony Stark. In the comics, she started off as a villain, but eventually became a hero. What is known that it appears that the film will have a very Russian feel. Considering the first film was at least partially set in Afghanistan, this opens a lot of possibilities for directions for the story  to go in.

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Rourke And Rockwell Slated For IRON MAN II Villains

Posted on 07 January 2009 by Rich Drees

mickeyrourkeWell how’s this for irony?

No sooner do I get home from being impressed by Mickey Rourke’s performance at a screening of The Wrestler than I find the news that he has beenin talks to star in Iron Man 2 opposite Robert Downey Jr. as one of the film’s villains. Exactly which villain is not exactly clear, though. Variety is reporting that Rourke will be playing Whiplash, while the Hollywood Reporter is stating that he will be the Crimson Dynamo. Both outlets are reporting that the character will be a Russian arms merchant similar to Downey’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, who dons his own superpowered suit of armor. Either way, he’ll be helped in his villainy by Sam Rockwell, who is in talks for a role in the film as Justin Hammer, an industrialist rival of Stark’s.

After watching Rourke this evening and having been a long time fan of Rockwell’s, my anticipation for this film has just shot even higher. I don’t think either of them at this point in their career would take a part simply for the paycheck, so their participation strikes me as a very good omen. My only caveat is that I would hate for the second film to be a rehash of the first film’s “two guys in armored suits beat the crap out of each other” storyline.

Currently, director Jon Favreau is working with Tropic Thunder writer Justin Theroux to get the sequel’s script into shape for a spring production start. Iron Man 2 is scheduled to hit screens on May 7, 2010.

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