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Chris Meloni

Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't the only big name to join "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." It turns out that "True Blood" and "Oz" star Christopher Meloni has also taken a role in the project.

Deadline reports that Meloni is taking "a lead role in the film" and will be "playing a cop." As the site notes, this likely means he will be playing a "disreputable" character if the police in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" are as corrupt as the ones in the first film.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's next movie is called "The Last Stand," but don't let the title trick you into thinking this is the action legend's final big-screen appearance. He has numerous projects in varying stages of development, such as "The Legend of Conan," Schwarzenegger's third attempt at bringing the Robert E. Howard creation to life.

"I'm excited too, because I've been hyping that idea to Universal Studios for quite some time," Schwarzenegger told MTV News during the "Last Stand" junket when we told him about our hopes for the next "Conan" movie. And in his eyes, it's not good enough to just lop off some heads and limbs and call it a day — the next "Conan" needs much more substance than that.

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JGL

Forget Batman. Forget Star-Lord. For Joseph Gordon-Levitt, right now, the only comic book movie character on the brain goes by the name Johnny.

In a surprising turn of events, the "Dark Knight Rises" actor has opted for a lead role in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," director Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's follow-up to the 2005 fan-favorite thriller. He'll play a new character created specifically for the film named Johnny, described in a press release as "a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game."

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Umbrella Academy

Three years have passed since the release of "The Umbrella Academy: Dallas," the second and most recent entry in Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's Dark Horse comic book series about a group of disbanded superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. It hasn't been quite that long since we last heard an update on the film adaptation of "Umbrella Academy" — it was reported in 2011 that Rawson Thurber was taking a crack at the script. But what's the latest on the project?

"I'd say it's hanging out a little bit," Way said of the "Umbrella Academy" movie in an interview with Comics Alliance. "Every once in a while there's a burst of movement and it's kind of how I've noticed Hollywood works. There's a burst of movement and then a burst of nothing. We actually recently got a script and it's really great, so I think it's just a matter of waiting for [Universal Studios] wanting to take the risk on it."

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300

Gerard Butler turned down the "300" sequel, but that doesn't mean some of the old guard aren't returning.

One such actor is Rodrigo Santoro, who reprises the monstrous dictator Xerxes in next summer's "300: Rise of an Empire." Santoro spoke with Coming Soon about what it was like to get back into Xerxes' skin, how the movie differs from what fans saw in the first "300," and more.

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Dennis Haysbert

The tragic death of Michael Clarke Duncan earlier this year meant we wouldn't be seeing his interpretation of brutal bodyguard Manute in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." But as fans of the graphic novel Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are adapting already know, Manute is an integral part of the upcoming sequel, leaving the co-directors with a tricky problem: do you recast Manute, or come up with a new character to replace him?

It seems that Rodriguez and Miller have opted for the former option, as Heat Vision reveals that "24" actor Dennis Haysbert is joining the "Dame to Kill For" cast as Manute, replacing the late Duncan.

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Conan

Conan the Barbarian is returning to us, but this time he won't be harder, better, faster or stronger. Instead, "The Legend of Conan" will pick up years after the Cimmerian warrior was in his prime, and will star an aging Arnold Schwarzenegger as well. But instead of being a bad idea like some believe, producer Chris Morgan said that this is the best approach for the story.

"I want the warrior whose joints have started to fuse together, who has to crack the cartilage so he can pick up a sword again,” Morgan told The Los Angeles Times. “I want the guy who’s not necessarily lost a step, but there’s some rust he has to shake off. I want to embrace that. It makes it a greater hero story."

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Billy the Vampire Slayer

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

“They’re special. They’re called. They’re strong. They punch really hard and run really fast and they’re always, always girls.”

This is 16-year-old Billy Lane’s accurate description of Vampire Slayers – accurate, that is, except for the last part about Slayers always being girls. Because there’s a new Slayer in town, and it’s Billy himself.

The current issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy Season 9 is the second half of a two-part introduction of Billy the Vampire Slayer. This initially reluctant boy, the victim of homophobic bullying in his small town, takes on the responsibility of facing the new zompire threat. He’s got a Watcher, Devon, who also happens to be his love interest. And, according to Devon, he’s got moxie.

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300: Rise of an Empire

It's time to work on our clever number puns, because the forthcoming "300" sequel is soon going to be coming to us in 3D.

The film, called "300: Rise of an Empire," is due in theaters on August 2, 2013. The news of the 3D release came when IMAX recently unveiled its 20-picture movie deal with Warner Bros. "All You Need Is Kill" is another Warner Bros. IMAX release that's going to get the 3D treatment.

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The Goon

Just a friendly public service announcement for all you "Goon" fans out there...

The Dark Horse movie adaptation has been in limbo for years now, and Blur Studios has been pulling out all the stops to get the movie made thanks to a massive Kickstarter effort. That effort draws to a close this coming weekend, with only $3,000 standing in the way of the project's pledge goal as of this writing. So if you're a fan of "The Goon" and have yet to donate, or if you already have but know somebody willing to join the cause, direct them to the "Goon" Kickstarter page — time is running out, and quick!

UPDATE: The goal has been reached! You did it!

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