In a new interview with The Onion in which he discusses everything from Dawn of the Dead to sperm cells, the RZA let it be known that a biopic on Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the late id of the Wu-Tang Clan, is in early discussion stages. The highlight of Funny People also updated on his hands-on role on The Last Dragon remake and his directorial debut, the kung-fu flick The Man With the Iron Fist, under the tutelage of his pal Eli Roth. Supremely good stuff…

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Funny People Red Band Movie Trailer


It’s trailer madness Wednesday here on /Film. Earlier today we posted the awesome full trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 and now Universal Pictures has premiered a new red band movie trailer for Judd Apatow‘s Funny People. The new uncensored trailer features some of Adam Sandler‘s NSFW stand-up routine, more of an emphasis on Eric Bana‘s character, Ira’s hilarious video game rant, a better look at Aubrey Plaza‘s role in the story, and even a quick look at some of the film’s many cameos. But overall the trailer feels more PG-13 than R-rated. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and as always, leave your thought sin the comments below.
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Funny People

Yesterday we ran the first television spot from Judd Apatow‘s new movie Funny People. As it turns out, television spots usually come in threes (much like everything else in the world). So we’ve returned with two more. The great thing about these advertisements is that they aren’t just “same thing, different edit” but instead feature a bunch of new footage not shown in the trailer.

Also, both of the spots are 1 minute in length and feature footage from Adam Sandler‘s character George Simmons’ crappy movie within the movie Redux, which has been described as a “cross between Little Man and 17 Again, except Sandler becomes a six month old baby.” The first spot also features Seth Rogen‘s character Ira Wright telling video game jokes to RZA. Watch the new tv spots after the jump.

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Judd Apatow’s Funny People Movie Trailer

Funny People
Universal has released the first trailer for Judd Apatow‘s upcoming dramedy Funny People on Moviefone. The movie stars Adam Sandler as a famous comedian who has a near-death experience and hires/befriends and an unknown comedian/joke-writer played by Seth Rogen. You can read our previous review of the script here. The trailer gives away a lot more of the story than I thought it would, and looks very glossy for a Apatow flick. Watch the trailer (and check out new photos) after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Last week Hunter found a small mention of martial arts film called The Man with the Iron Fist, which RZA is supposedly developing with Eli Roth. CHUD emailed the Hostel director and was able to get the full scoop:

“He has been studying directing with Tarantino for years, and he’s really ready to get behind the camera,” Roth said adding that RZA is “ready to add his own unique style and vision to the world of film.”

Roth calls RZA’s script amazing, saying that RZA’s dream project will “have everything martial arts fans could want”, promising R-rated action: “yes, there will be blood… This ain’t no PG-13.” And now that he brings it up, what would be the point of a PG-13 martial arts movie anyway?

Buried in this Billboard chat with The RZA is the first announcement of a new project he’s working on with horror poster boy and David Copperfield doppleganger Eli Roth

“RZA has developed a martial arts film with Hollywood pal Eli Roth called The Man with the Iron Fist, which he says has “the blessing” of his ‘teacher,’ Quentin Tarantino…”

These three guys! Let’s hope video from Tarantino‘s “blessing” surfaces on the DVD. Common sense would dictate that The Man With the Iron Fist is categorically unrelated to Marvel’s kung-fu fighting character of the same name. Roth is a longtime fan of chopsockey; maybe he’ll cast friend Matthew Helms, a 19-year-old martial artist and actor who played the lovely “Pan Cake Dennis” in his Cabin Fever? Here’s the ridic clip.

We reported previously that RZA has completed a collaboration with Hans Zimmer on the score to Babylon A.D. And for the Wu-literate, RZA says that he may finally, finally get around to editing and releasing his Bobby Digital blaxploitation movie, which focuses on the “science lab origins” of his neoghetto alter-ego, a violent playboy who wears a $1 party mask, drives ‘rraris and makes no sense.

Discuss: Do RZA + QT + Roth equal the new Night at the Roxbury? What will Eli Roth-fu look like? I guess the obvious answer is…something like Pan Cake Dennis?

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American Gangster

The international trailer for Ridley Scott’s American Gangster in now online. This trailer is a lot more action packed than the trailer from a few months ago. I’m extremely impressed. This is one of must watch films of the fall. I don’t think there is any way this movie could be bad. If anything, it might disappoint because of such high expectations. It almost seems like Scott has made a Scorsese film. Mozart’s Requiem serves a perfect background soundtrack.

The film is based on an article from Mark Jacobson, about a drug lord who smuggles heroin into Harlem during the 1970s by hiding the stash inside the coffins of American soldiers returning from Vietnam. The film stars Denzel Washington, Russell Crow, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Josh Brolin, Armand Assante, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes and Ted Levine. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »