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 LeLucy Liu,Jamie ChungRick YuneDavid 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 »

‘The Man With the Iron Fists’ Red-Band Trailer

RZA‘s feature film The Man With the Iron Fists has been a long time coming (we wrote about it in ’08 and ’09) but the movie, co-written by RZA and Eli Roth, directed by and starring RZA, and presented by Quentin Tarantino, is close on the horizon.

We saw the first official image from the film, complete with a flying eyeball, earlier this week, and now we’ve got the first trailer. Check out the red-band clip, which is full of swirling splatters of blood, below. Read More »

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Briefly: RZA has released the first official still from his directorial effort, The Man With the Iron Fists, and it is a killer. The film was co-written by RZA and Eli Roth (who also produced) and stars RZA, Russell Crowe, David Batista, Byron Mann, Rick Yune, Pam Grier, and Lucy Liu.

The first trailer for the film will be out later this week, but in the meantime hit the jump for the image. Get an eyepatch ready. Read More »

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ International Trailer

Cinemacon delivered a new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation earlier this week, and now a new international trailer features a great deal of new footage. It’s pretty much entirely big, cheesy stuff in which the betrayed Joes battle the devious forces of Cobra with high tech and charming brawn, the latter courtesy of The Rock and Bruce Willis.

But like most of the other footage from Jon M. Chu‘s sequel, it looks like it might be just as entertaining as it is fluffy. Is it possible that Chu has his the sweet spot for summer movies with this cartoonish action film? Let’s hope. Check out the new stuff below. Read More »

If nothing else, Paramount is doing a great job selling G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which sees the return of Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Lee Byung-hun, Arnold Vosloo and Jonathan Pryce to the fold, and adds Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, RZA, D.J. Cotrona and small-timers The Rock and Bruce Willis.

The spots we’ve seen so far look great, and now here’s a new international trailer, which adds a few new Cobra-related shots and quick looks at Zartan in disguise and Ray Stevenson as Firefly. For those who’ve wondered just how this sequel will tie into the story of the first movie, this trailer might clear a few things up. (Or at least give some clues.) Check it out below. Read More »

Paramount is trying again with G.I. Joe this summer. Though the original film wasn’t all that well received, footage from the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been turning heads beginning with the teaser trailer premiere in Austin late last year.

A new ad for Jon M. Chu‘s film will run during the Superbowl, and the spot is already online. You can check it out below, and in doing so get a first look at the film’s pretty classic-looking take on Cobra Commander. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino continues to fill his upcoming film, Django Unchained, with a sprinkling of his regulars and a great many excellent actors you’d never expect to play in his universe.

For example he’s just cast the RZA, who scored both Kill Bill films for Tarantino, in a small role as a mean slave named Thaddeus. That makes sense. Making less sense, but equally awesome, are the additions of Misty Upham (who held her own against eventual Oscar-winner Melissa Leo in Frozen River) as a bar owner named Minnie and Without a Trace‘s Anthony LaPaglia as an evil Australian who buys slaves to fight. Both of those actors haven’t worked with Tarantino before so they, along with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gerald McRaney and M.C. Gainey, go to show how boisterous, and meticulous, the director is casting every single role in his anti-slavery “Southern.” There’s more after the jump. Read More »