A new poster of Eva Green striking a pose as the titular femme fatale in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has been deemed too risque by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, according to a report by the New York Post.
The poster, which shows Green holding a revolver and wearing a slinky robe that's backlit -- in classic noir fashion -- by light filtering through window blinds, has been banned by the MPAA. The reason? "[F]or nudity -- curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown," the Post said.
(A detail of the poster is above; the Post has the full image.)
Dimension Films, the Weinstein Co. label distributing the sequel, declined to comment, but executives are said to be reworking the poster ahead of the movie's scheduled Aug. 22 release.
For those familiar with the "Sin City" franchise, which is based on the hard-boiled comics series by Frank Miller, Postergate probably seems a bit overblown. After all, the comics and the original 2005 film adaptation directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez (both of whom are returning for "Dame") are characterized by gruesome violence and explicit sexuality. Perhaps the poster's caption, "I've been especially bad," pushed it over the edge?
Of course, it's worth keeping in mind that Weinstein Co. honcho Harvey Weinstein is a master of publicity machinations, particularly when it comes to the MPAA, an organization he has a habit of fighting publicly to great promotional effect.