Jessica Alba

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ and the Woes of the Long-Delayed Sequel

When the first Sin City movie was released, George W. Bush had just begun his second term. Pope John Paul II died during its opening weekend; Hunter S. Thompson had taken his own life about six weeks earlier. People were talking about Terri Schiavo. Doctor Who had just returned to television after a 16-year absence, and Dan Rather and Peter Jennings had just anchored their final evening newscasts. The #1 single in the country was 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop.” Hitch, Million Dollar Baby, and Miss Congeniality 2 were still in theaters. Sin City opened against the Queen Latifah vehicle Beauty Shop, but neither film’s trailer was unveiled on YouTube, which would not launch until three weeks after their release date. In other words, the first Sin City came out a long, long time ago, and while the duration between that film and its sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For doesn’t fully explain the new film’s flaws, it’s quite instructive when examining the reactions to them. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

October is upon us, and the race whose name we dare not speak is getting competitive: this month sees the release of such awards bait as 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost, and, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. (What? It could happen — they love it when actors age up.) Meanwhile, it’s a quieter month for indie releases, but there are still several smaller pictures worth seeking out; our recommendations for the month are after the jump. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got great stuff from Richard Gere, Forest Whitaker, David Cross, Susan Sarandon, Casey Affleck, Tim Roth, Julia Stiles, Brit Marling, Dave Grohl, Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Exclusive Supercut: Big Hollywood Stars in Their Early Horror Roles

Many a young actor has come to Hollywood seeking fame and fortune, only to discover that the road to success is a long and difficult one, with plenty of detours and diversions along the way. And many have found that, in their early, hungry days of trying to make it as a working actor, the horror genre always has a (meager, but cashable) paycheck for a rising young talent with stars in their eyes. And as a salute to those young, starving artists, we give you this week’s special, Halloween-tinged supercut, in which we’ve tracked down and collected some of the more entertaining and surprising of those early roles. Check it out after the jump. … Read More

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Celebrities Dressed Up Like Cartoon Characters

Earlier today we came across this photo of Mindy Kaling as Marge Simpson from the October issue of Glamour Magazine. It was so adorable that we were inspired to do a little digging to see what other images of celebrities as famous cartoon characters we could find lurking in the dark corners of the Internet. Click through to peep the results; we think you’ll be especially surprised by who we caught dressed up like Dora the Explorer. … Read More

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Flavorpill’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got the likes of Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Mila Kunis, Jason Bateman, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Alba, and Jesse Eisenberg; check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Video Essay: “Threequel: Even More Famous Faces in Their Film Debuts”

Well, I’m sorry, but we just couldn’t resist. After our first two “Famous Faces in their Film Debut” video essays took the Internet by storm, we found that with a bit more digging, we could unearth enough new goodies to warrant a third (but final, probably) entry in the series. So check out a squeaky-voiced Tom Cruise, a little tiny Angelina Jolie, an even tinier Robert Downey Jr., and a young (but somehow still old-looking) Tommy Lee Jones, among many other oddities, after the jump. … Read More

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Trailer Park: Bringing Out the Big Guns

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week, we’ve got eight new trailers, from filmmakers as distinguished as Brad Bird and Steven Spielberg to, um, the guy who did the Resident Evil movies. Check ‘em out after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Gawker asks what many of us were wondering last night as we watched the Oscars: Was James Franco totally stoned? As Max Read’s post points out, various critics described him as “heavy-lidded and smirky” (The Washington Post); “a tad bewildered” (Moviefone); “mellow” (Entertainment Weekly); “distant [and] uninterested” (The… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Machete

Director Robert Rodriguez‘s new feature Machete originated as a fake trailer packaged with Grindhouse. Now he has released an “illegal” trailer for the real movie “with a special Cinco de Mayo message for Arizona” courtesy of its star, Machete (Danny Trejo). From the looks of it, this is going to be a campy blast for B-movie fans; that said, its political message feels rather timely for something that was shot last year. The ensemble cast includes Robert De Niro, Cheech Marin, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, and Don Johnson — which adds to the kitsch factor, but should help bring in mainstream audiences, too. … Read More

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