THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS: THE ENCOUNTER – Animated Prequel Features RZA as the Blacksmith Fighting His Way to China

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If you can’t wait the two weeks to see writer/director/star RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists, perhaps this animated prequel will suffice for now.  Narrated by RZA, the short follows the Blacksmith (RZA) traveling on his path to China and shows that not all of the fighting is confined to Jungle Village.  While it’s more of a compilation of concept art than actual animated film, it’s got a great feel to it (similar to Afro Samurai) and even establishes a history between the Blacksmith and one of the other characters from the feature film.

Also starring Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe, Jamie Chung, Cung Le and David BautistaThe Man with the Iron Fists opens November 2nd.  Hit the jump to check out the prequel. 

New Character Trailer for THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS Focuses on Lucy Liu’s Madame Blossom; Plus First Featurette Released

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Just yesterday we saw a new trailer for director RZA’s crazy-lookin’ kung fu film The Man with the Iron Fists by way of a character trailer for Cung Le’s Bronze Lion, and today it’s Lucy Liu’s turn.  The story follows a group of warriors, assassins, heroes, and villains who unite to take down a clan traitor in order to prevent their own destruction.  This trailer centers on Liu’s Madame Blossom character, showing off some impressive fight sequences and a fun tease of the relationship she has with Russell Crowe’s character. The first featurette for the film has also been released, in which RZA talks about his lifelong love of martial arts movies and the impact of producer Quentin Tarantino.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and featurette.  The film also stars RZA, Byron MannRick YuneDavid BautistaPam Grier and Jamie Chung.  The Man with the Iron Fists opens on November 2nd.

New Character Trailer for THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS Shows Off Cung Le As the Bronze Lion

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A new trailer from writer/director/star RZA’s kung-fu action flick The Man with the Iron Fists has dropped and it features UFC fighter Cung Le in character as the Bronze Lion.  The story follows a group of warriors, assassins, heroes and villains who unite to take down a clan traitor in order to prevent their own destruction. RZA’s directorial debut made my most anticipated list and I’m encouraged by the crazier and crazier footage being released.  If you missed the previous red-band trailers, you can get caught up here and here.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Russell CroweLucy LiuByron MannRick YuneDavid BautistaPam Grier and Jamie Chung.  The Man with the Iron Fists opens on November 2nd.

Over 15 New Images from THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

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A batch of new images from director RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists has landed online.  Produced by Quentin Tarantino and written by RZA and Eli Roth, the film takes place in feudal China and centers on a small village’s weapon-maker who must defend its peoples.  We’ve already seen two trailers that promise some crazy violence, and these images don’t disappoint.  I’m eager to see this fairy tale-like genre mash-up not only because of the caliber of talent behind the scenes, but also because of the eclectic cast RZA has gathered onscreen: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Pam Grier, David Bautista, and Rick Yune.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Daniel Wu, and Byron MannThe Man with the Iron Fists opens on November 2nd.

First Look at THE HANGOVER PART III Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis

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Production has begun on The Hangover Part III, and the first set photos have leaked online.  There’s nothing to revelatory here other than Alan (Zach Galifianakis) has decided not to keep his bald-monk look from Part II.  In addition to lead actors Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, the photos also show off the wolf pack’s wives, Stephanie (Gillian Vigman), Lauren (Jamie Chung), and Tracy (Sasha Barrese).  Presumably, they have many disapproving stares to give.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, and John GoodmanThe Hangover Part III opens May 24, 2013.

Production Begins on THE HANGOVER PART III

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The Hangover‘s success has lead to plenty of imitators and spin-offs, but it became such a juggernaut in its own right that it has expanded into a trilogy (but will we also get a Hobbit-esque origin story eventually? Stay tuned …). Principle photography is underway for the finale of the Hangover trilogy, which will reunite its steadfast cast (Bradley CooperEd HelmsZach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha) as well as their on-screen wives (Gillian VigmanSasha Barrese and Jamie Chung) and other familiar faces (Ken JeongHeather GrahamJeffrey Tambor) as well as a new one (John Goodman).

Todd Phillips is also returning to direct the Warner Bros. picture as well as co-write it along with his collaborator from the second movie, Craig Mazin. Hit the jump for more on the production, as well as a hint to what the new film will be about.

PREMIUM RUSH Review

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I’m not sure if it’s possible for a director to misunderstand his own script.  If it is possible, then David Koepp has accomplished this feat with his new film, Premium Rush.  Koepp sees his story as one of mischievous imps who ride through the streets of New York.  But the characters aren’t impish.  They’re rebels, they’re outsiders, and they’re the kind of people who will take a chain to your driver’s side mirror if you fuck with them.  Koepp has taken his rough-and-tumble world and pushed it through a slick filter of fun visual effects, quick maneuvers, time jumps, and other flourishes that give his movie a pulse, but not much of a heart.  For all of Koepp’s obsession with bringing the world of bike messengers to life, he forgets that what really pushes a movie forward is a strong character in a compelling story.

New Red-Band Trailer for RZA’s THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

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A new red-band trailer for RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists has landed online.  Though it’s not wildly different from the film’s first red-band trailer, this one does show a bit more of the supporting cast of characters and some other scenes of stylishly impressive violence.  Most importantly, though, The Man with the Iron Fists still looks absolutely batshit crazy.  The film was directed by RZA based on a script he wrote with Eli Roth, with Quentin Tarantino onboard as the film’s producer.  The story takes place in feudal China and centers on a small village’s weapon-maker who must defend its peoples.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Cung Le, Byron Mann, Rick Yune, David Bautista, Pam Grier and Jamie ChungThe Man with the Iron Fists opens on November 2nd.

Universal to Release RZA’s THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS on November 2, 2012

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Hey, everyone: remember that trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists? The one with all the gory Kung Fu hijinks, murderous sex workers and other EYE-popping spectacle? Of course you do. Most of us pledged to lay EYEs on the film as soon as Russell Crowe inexplicably (but quite awesomely) appeared as a cowboy. Well, get out your date-circling Sharpie, because we’ve gotten word that Universal is EYEing a November 2, 2012 release date for its grindhousey martial arts epic. The directorial debut of The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, Fists sees a clan dispute in feudal China erupting into an all-out melee between some truly badass warriors. Co-written by Eli Roth (Hostel) and produced by Quentin Tarantino, it’s graced with an eclectic international cast led by RZA himself in the title role, as well as Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Pam Grier, Rick Yune, Cung Le, Daniel Wu, Byron Mann and former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista.

While the promising flick is currently slated for early November, do keep an EYE on local listings in case it’s violently dislodged and sent careening across the schedule.  Hit the jump to watch the film’s trailer.

Crazy First Red-Band Trailer for RZA’s THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS; Plus Poster and New Images

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The first red-band trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists has landed online, and it looks exactly like you’d expect a kung fu movie produced by Quentin Tarantino, written by RZA and Eli Roth, and starring Russell Crowe to look.  The movie takes place in feudal China and centers on a small village’s weapon-maker who must defend its peoples. RZA stars in the film alongside Crowe and Lucy Liu, and this trailer is understandably a bit crazy.  There’s lots of violence, blood that flows like fountains, colorful graphic flourishes, and gouging eyeballs.  What more could you possibly ask for?

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the film’s poster.  The film is expected to be released sometime later this year.

New Trailer for PREMIUM RUSH Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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A new trailer for the thriller Premium Rush has gone online.  The film was initially slated to open in January of this year before being pushed back to August, so we saw the first theatrical trailer way back in September.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a New York bicycle messenger who has a routine delivery turn into a life or death situation.  I’m a big fan of both Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon, who plays the film’s antagonist, but I’m unable to muster any real enthusiasm for this pic.  The trailer plays up the film’s high-octane thriller aspect while singling out a lot of bike stunts, but I can’t help but feel like Premium Rush would have been more relevant/enticing during the X-Games boom in the 90s. That said, with Gordon-Levitt and Shannon in the cast I’m willing to give the film a shot.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Co-written and directed by David Koepp (Secret Window), the film also stars Jamie Chung and Dania RamirezPremium Rush opens on August 24th.

Teaser Trailer for Supernatural Airplane Thriller 7500 Starring Leslie Bibb and Ryan Kwanten

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Air travel is already annoying enough without supernatural terror going down.  There’s not enough leg room, they now charge you for every little thing (in our lifetime, major airlines will charge you to use the bathroom), and it does everything in its power to diminish the magic of air travel.  I suppose we’ll have to settle for dark magic or whatever freaky thing is attacking the passengers of 7500, the new film from Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge).  I really hope that it’s attacking because some guy didn’t turn off his electronic device during take-off. Please let that be the reason.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Ryan Kwanten, Leslie Bibb, Nicky Whelan, Jerry Ferrera, Christian Serratos, Jamie Chung, and Amy Smart7500 opens August 31st.

Jamie Chung Talks Quentin Tarantino-produced Kung Fu Movie THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS Directed by RZA

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While on the set of Takashi Shimizu’s upcoming aviation thriller 7500 I got to sit down with a few other journalists and Jamie Chung to discuss her role. We’ll have the full interview and a set visit write up closer to the film’s release. Today we have a short update from Chung on Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and his Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino produced Kung-Fu film, The Man with the Iron Fists. The movie takes place in feudal China and centers on a small village’s weapon-maker who must defend its peoples. RZA wrote the pic alongside Roth, and the cast also includes Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and Pam Grier. Chung discussed the film’s original four-hour cut, the idea of splitting it in half, RZA’s famous obsession with obscure Asian action films and reveals that they’re eyeing an August 2012 release. Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Jamie Chung, Christian Serratos, and Scout Taylor-Compton Join Thriller 7500

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A trio of actresses have joined the cast of The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu’s thriller 7500. Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Christian Serratos (The Twilight Saga), and Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween) have joined the cast of the pic, which centers on a group of passengers who begin to experience supernatural phenomena after a passenger mysteriously dies during the international flight. Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Amy Smart, and Leslie Bibb (Zookeeper) were recently set to star.

Heat Vision reports that Chung will play a newly-engaged flight attendant on her first flight, Taylor-Compton plays a passenger who has a “unique perspective on death”, and Serratos will play a woman who shares a secret with her boyfriend. Lost writer Craig Rosenberg penned the screenplay, and production is set to begin soon.

First Trailer for PREMIUM RUSH Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon

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The first trailer for co-writer/director David Koepp’s (Ghost Town) action/thriller Premium Rush is now available online. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez and The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi, the film centers on Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), a New York bicycle messenger who has a routine delivery turn into a life or death situation. Based on the trailer, Premium Rush looks to be a stylish thriller and while some of the dialogue may seem a little heavy-handed, I’m willing to take a chance on anything that features both Gordon-Levitt and Shannon.

Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump. Premium Rush hits theaters on January 13, 2012.

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