Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Shortly before his death in November, Paul Walker wrapped shooting on Camille Delamarre‘s Brick Mansions. The film is now headed for an April release, and the first trailer has just landed.
A remake of the French thriller Banlieue 13 (known in the U.S. as District B13), Brick Mansions features Walker as an undercover cop who must team with an ex-con (David Belle) to take on a drug kingpin (RZA) in the most dangerous tenement in a dystopian Detroit. It looks a little like what might happen if Brian O’Connor was dropped into Dredd or The Raid. Watch the video after the jump.
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Brick Mansions, one of the final films to feature the late Paul Walker, was once tentatively scheduled to open this month. But Relativity Media has now pushed the movie to April 25. The movie is a remake of Banlieue 13, released in the US as District 13. This also sheds additional light on the recent move of Earth to Echo into July, as Brick Mansions now has the date originally occupied by Earth to Echo. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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