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Rosario Dawson confirms “Sin City 2″ return

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Five months after Robert Rodriguez teased that some of the original cast would be returning for “Sin City 2,” Rosario Dawson has now confirmed that she’ll be back for the upcoming sequel.

“It’s in! It’s happening! Can’t tell you nothing,” she told E! Online when asked about her participation.

It’s not much of a surprise, but it is nice to know for sure that Dawson is back for another go. Jessica Alba is also planning a return and has been prepping to play Nancy again by dying her hair blonde and heading to the shooting range. Mickey Rourke and Michael Madsen are also expected to be back for a second go at the “Sin City” universe, and we still don’t know if Clive Owen will take part in a sequel.

This isn’t the first time Dawson has opened up about her character. Asked by Coming Soon back in 2009 about what she’d like Gail to be up to in “Sin City 2,” she said she expects her character to remain the same.

“I think Gail is pretty much Gail. What you see is what you get,” Dawson said. “I don’t think she’s going to be poppin’ out any babies and singing any songs or anything like that. What’s actually really fun about it is that we get to investigate it a little bit more into the storyline that was actually in ‘Sin City 2′ — that middle chapter which is where Gail mostly was. Investigate a little more as to who is this man and what are they talking about when he’s got a different face.”

We’ll be interested to find out what new cast members will join “Sin City 2.” There are a fair share of new characters introduced, but as of April Rodriguez hadn’t started looking for new actors yet.

“We haven’t done any casting yet, except for the people who we know are already in it and returning. ‘A Dame to Kill For,’ all those people come back. I just had lunch with Mickey this weekend. He’s all excited to come back, but he’s probably the first one,” he told MTV News. “I saw Rosario too. I ran into her for something else, and she’s pumped. They’ve always been excited about doing another one, so that will be fun.”

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15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Jessica Alba goes blonde for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

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Jessica Alba is ready to reprise her role as Nancy Callahan in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” So ready, in fact, that she’s already dyed her hair blonde in anticipation of the role.

Director Robert Rodriguez should likely start filming the “Sin City” sequel since he wrapped “Machete Kills” at the end of July. We haven’t heard about a production start date yet, but we assume that Rodriguez has been in some sort of contact with Alba to let her know it’s time to start preparing for her return to Frank Miller’s universe. That’s likely why she recently headed to shooting range to work on her skills with a handgun.

“What a way to start the day -training for a movie is sorta fun,” Alba tweeted, along with the above picture.

She also detailed her transition from brunette to blonde on her Twitter account.

“Bye bye brown hair,” Alba tweeted, following it by posting a picture mid-process and another of the final product. “She got roots that Nancy #sincity2″

Alba isn’t the only cast member to return for “Sin City 2.” Last we heard, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke and Michael Madsen were also in talks to return for the upcoming feature film. We’re still waiting to find out if Devon Aoki, Jaime King and Michael Clarke Duncan are interested in returning. From what we’ve heard, it’s pretty unlikely for Clive Owen to take a part in the sequel, though he might return for a brief appearance.

Are you looking forward to “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Mickey Rourke negotiating a return for “Sin City 2″

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After expressing interest in returning to the “Sin City” franchise, Mickey Rourke is finally negotiating his role in “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.”

Deadline broke the news, and it took long enough. It was back in April that we first heard that Rourke would be interested in round two.

He will reprise his role as Marv in the film, which takes place prior to the events of “Sin City.” That explains how Rourke is back for a second go, since his character died in the first film.

Rourke has shown interest in the past of returning to the film series that helped revitalize his career.

“It depends. It depends on how bad they want me. You feel me?” he told ComingSoon.net last year. “I did [like the character], but I’m claustrophobic, so the the hours of makeup — You have to keep it on for about 13 or 14 hours a day. It’s latex and glue and that stuff that gets my eyes all red.”

When MTV News caught up with director Robert Rodriguez in April, he said that Rourke as well as Clive Owen and Rosario Dawson are interested in reprising their roles in the upcoming follow-up film.

“We haven’t done any casting yet, except for the people who we know are already in it and returning. ‘A Dame to Kill For,’ all those people come back. I just had lunch with Mickey this weekend. He’s all excited to come back, but he’s probably the first one,” Rodriguez said. “I saw Rosario too. I ran into her for something else, and she’s pumped. They’ve always been excited about doing another one, so that will be fun.”

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