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"SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR" in 3D from Dimension Films/Miramax Films opens Friday, August 22, 2014.

STARRING: Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Powers Booth, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Jamie Chung and Lady Gaga.

DIRECTORS: Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado", "Spy Kids 1-4", "Sin City", "Machete", "Machete Kills")

SYNOPSIS: Dwight (Brolin) is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to "The Big Fat Kill" (seen in the first Sin City) and explains how Dwight came to have a drastically different face.

Nearly nine years in the making, this Rodriguez/Miller collaboration is finally almost ready for its release. Although primarily based on Miller's second book, it also incorporates two new stories written for this film. The film is divided into four parts: "Just Another Saturday Night", "The Long Bad Night," "A Dame to Kill For" and "Nancy's Last Dance." This incredibly diverse cast is blended throughout the film as the stories interlock.

It worked very well in the first Sin City. Rodriguez and Miller were able to successfully tell an intriguing story filled with all the elements we like: action, sex, violence, betrayal, greed and vengeance. The graphics, like the stories, were dark and menacing, forming a sinister transition between animation and live action. Sin City was a fascinating and hypnotic star-studded production and this one promises more of the same.

This isn't new for he returning characters but it had to present a challenge for the newcomers, particularly Josh Brolin, Christopher Lloyd, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach and Ms. Gaga. This filming is far more technical than just hitting your marks and successfully holding a freeze-frame. It is not the reason for the multiple delays, however. If there is to be a third installment, it could take a while--an exercise in patience.