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 »

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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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 »

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 »

The casting for David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis has been an up and down affair, with original talents Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard dropping out. Robert Pattinson is now the male lead — he plays a young billionaire who deals with quite a few problems as he spends a day crossing Manhattan in his limo. Also in the cast are Juliette Binoche and Paul Giamatti.

And now Robert Pattinson tells MTV that Samantha Morton is in the film, and that a new young actress has been chosen to play his character’s wife, but that he can’t yet reveal her name. I’m very interested to hear who that will be, but in the meantime having Samantha Morton in the cast is a great thing. She is reliably excellent, and even without knowing her specific role the fact that she is cast says good things about the movie overall.

After the break. The Coen Brothers-scripted Gambit gets Alan Rickman, and Rick Yune is in RZA’s kung-fu movie. Read More »


“It’s a world where everybody fights!”

Wu-Tang Clan producer, occasional film composer and once-in-a-while actor RZA has spent years working on his kung-fu movie debut, Wu-Tang Vs. The Golden Phoenix. The Shaw Brothers and other kung-fu influences that have flavored his music since the debut of the Wu-Tang Clan have been poured into this film, which looks like an orgy of crazy fights, off-kilter film stock and intentionally overcooked dubbing. Watch two trailers for the film after the break. Read More »