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June 20, 2013

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June 20--Next 'Sin City' film pushed to 2014

Fans excited for the return of the Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez collaboration that produced the 2005 film "Sin City" will have to wait a little longer for the duo's next installation.

The opening date for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has moved from Oct. 4 to Aug. 22, 2014. The movie, to be released by Dimension Films, is based on Miller's series of graphic novels and is set to star Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson from "Sin City," along with newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven and many more.

The second "Sin City" movie is the second Frank Miller-inspired film to be bumped from the 2013 release calendar. Warner Bros. has pushed the release of "300: Rise of an Empire" to 2014. Rodriguez fans won't have to wait until next year for the filmmaker's next movie, however. "Machete Kills" hits theaters Sept. 13.

Indie Austin

Independent film resource Indiewire has put out its first list of industry power players, something of an oxymoron for a site dedicated to independent film. On their site they describe their Indiewire Influences list as "40 of the people and companies who have captured our attention as we watch them try to figure out what the independent film industry is today and, more importantly, what it will become."

Not surprisingly, there are a number of Austin connections. Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League, who makes the list of "Curators," is described as a "curious combination of true believer and hard-nosed businessman." South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference producer Janet Pierson joins League on the "Curators" list. The "Influencers" section includes Tugg co-founder and CEO Nicolas Gonda, who is using crowdsourcing to program movies through his Austin-based company.

Robert Rodriguez makes the roster of "Shapeshifters" for his role as filmmaker ("El Mariachi," "Spy Kids"), studio head (Troublemaker) and TV network honcho (El Rey). Other Austin connections include University of Texas graduates and multi-hyphenate indie stars Jay and Mark Duplass ("Jeff, Who Lives at Home") and "sales agent extraordinaire" John Sloss, whose film history includes representing Austinite Richard Linklater. For the full Indiewire list, visit Indiewire.com/Influencers.

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