This past weekend, Paramount brought footage from the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation to Harry Knowles’ annual 24-hour movie marathon in Austin, TX. I wasn’t in attendance, but the consensus on the Joe footage, which featured that mountainside ninja battle, was easy to read: everyone I talked to said the sequence had some of the best post-converted 3D they’d seen. Many films and quite a few clips of upcoming releases were screened at BNAT14, but the Retaliation footage created more positive talk than some other new stuff did. Doesn’t mean the movie is a winner, necessarily, but it sounds like the 3D conversion was a success.
You won’t get to see that 3D online, but this new trailer for the March release does show some new footage. It also includes slightly more of Channing Tatum than any previous trailer for the film has — whether that is due to the reported beefing-up of his role in the movie still isn’t something we know at this point. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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In the runup to the opening of RZA‘s The Man With the Iron Fists, some wondered whether Russell Crowe‘s part in the film amounted to a glorified cameo. In fact, it’s RZA who’s barely in his own movie. That might be for the best. Sleepy-eyed and retiring, RZA isn’t much of an actor. His star turn, as it were — he does play the film’s title character — may be the shyest action hero ever to hit the screen.
Even so, The Man With the Iron Fists is RZA’s movie through and through, a ragged amalgamation of all the stuff the Wu Tang Clan leader has cheered in his work since the Wu broke out in 1992. Shaw Brothers kung fu movies, westerns and Ennio Morricone scores, and the films of Quentin Tarantino leave deep bite marks in RZA’s story of a Chinese village populated by animal-themed clans, and the inevitable conflict they create.
The result is a big, colorful mess; it’s like watching a kid make some dream machine out of a thousand Legos. The Man With the Iron Fists isn’t good, by any conventional standard, but it is one hundred percent honest, and is sometimes more fun than any Hong Kong knockoff Hollywood has churned out in recent memory. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
Old people begin and end today’s Sequel Bits, which include updates on Red 2 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. After the jump:
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is getting sequelized (as The Second-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?)
- Eli Roth is interested in The Man With the Iron Fists 2
- Producer Gregg Wilson chats about the status of Bond 24
- Ian McKellen details his decision to return for The Hobbit
- Look at two more photos from The Fast and the Furious 6
- See new pics from the London-as-Moscow set of Red 2
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RZA‘s film The Man With the Iron Fists opens in just a few days (on this Friday, November 2) and there’s almost nothing out there from people who have seen it. That, combined with the fact that RZA is lining up a number of potential next films — two more were announced this morning — leads me to assume that the film is terrible and/or likely to bomb. Which would be a shame; I’d really love for the film to be good, or at least fun.
So before the thing opens RZA is trying to lock down another project or two. One is an adaptation of the Grant Morisson-penned comic Happy!, and now he’s got an additional pair: the action thriller No Man’s Land, and a John Milius-scripted biopic of Genghis Khan. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
We call it Sequel Bits, but technically speaking, two of these items are about prequels, not sequels. After the jump:
- Watch a short animated prequel to The Man with the Iron Fists
- Star Trek Into Darkness will get a prequel comic book miniseries
- Is Michael Bay planning to shoot Transformers 4 in London?
- Latest Skyfall clip has 007 and Q meeting for the first time
- Which Skyfall stars are already signed on for future Bond films?
- Zach Galifiankis goes for an eventful drive in The Hangover Part III set video
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I’m really curious about The Man With the Iron Fists, which is the martial-arts laden directorial effort from RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. RZA is doing a promo tour for the soundtrack now, but Universal isn’t showing the film yet. I don’t know anyone who’s seen it, which is pretty unusual for a film that opens in weeks. (November 2 is the release date.) One friend recently interviewed RZA and was told she couldn’t see the film first because it isn’t finished; RZA, however, told her it has been done since August.
So is Universal trying to reverse its plan employed for, say, Scott Pilgrim? Where instead of showing the movie to everyone possible, they’re showing it to no one? Is it terrible? Or does the studio just not have much invested in the release? (Probably the last one.) There is certainly no shortage of soundtrack cuts available on the internet, but it’s easy to drop a song here and there.
So until screenings start to take place, here’s new trailer that shows off Jungle Villaige, the burg that RZA’s character defends against encroaching trouble, and introduces one of the film’s warriors, Bronze Lion, played by UFC middleweight and UFC Macao headliner Cung Le. Read More »
The big-time directorial debut of Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, The Man With the Iron Fists, isn’t out yet, but RZA is setting up a new feature. And while his kung-fu film seems like a weird piece if work, it might not even hold a candle to this one. RZA’s second film could end up being Happy!, based on the new comic series by Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson.
The comic features “a young girl’s imaginary, magical, feathery blue horse and the disgraced hitman who’s working with it on trying to save the girl from a pedophiliac Santa Claus,” with Jersey criminal characters named after My Chemical Romance band members and a tone that Morrison calls “kind of malignantly sweary.”
So that sounds like it might be awesome, and will certainly be a spectacle. Read More »
Universal and RZA are back with another red-band trailer for RZA’s “at long last” kung fu fighting’ extravaganza The Man With the Iron Fists. The film is a weird all-star effort, with RZA co-writing with Eli Roth, and Russell Crowe showing up as Jack Knife, one of the key bad guys. By the time this year is over, I might want to have a face-off between Crowe’s character and Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained to determine the most gloriously over-the-top baddie.
Also showing up are Cung Le, Lucy Liu,Jamie Chung, Rick Yune, David Bautista, along with Grace Huang, Pam Grier, and Gordon Liu. (Who recently suffered a stroke and is currently in a nursing home, I was sad to learn this morning.)
This is a fairly soft red-band trailer, as the violence and hints of sex are cartoonish as hell. That’s probably a pretty good indicator of the nature of the movie, just in case the first red-band trailer from earlier this summer left you in doubt about what RZA is trying to achieve. Read More »
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