New GANG RELATED Trailer Starring Ramon Rodriguez, Terry O’Quinn, and RZA

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Fox has released a stylish new Gang Related trailer.  Ramon Rodriguez stars as a conflicted officer with gang ties who joins a task force to take down the gangs of Los Angeles.  Terry O’Quinn, RZA, Cliff Curtis, Rey Gallegos, Jay Hernandez, Sung Kang, Inbar Levi, and Shantel VanSanten co-star.  Chris Morgan, the writer behind entries 3 through 7 of the Fast & Furious series, created the drama.  Scott Rosenbaum (The Shield) is the showrunner and executive produces with Brian Grazer (24).  Allen Hughes (Broken City) directed the pilot.

From the trailer, Gang Related looks like a serial that will spend equal time with the cops and the gangsters, which should give it an edge over your typical police procedural.  I hope Rodriguez is up for the challenge of a surely demanding role—at the very least, it’s nice to see a complex Latino character at the center of a broadcast show like this.  Gang Related premieres Thursday, May 22 at 9/8c on Fox.  Check out the new Gang Related trailer after the jump.

RZA Talks BRICK MANSIONS, Meeting Luc Besson, How He Likes to Work as an Actor, Playing Blind Master in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, and More

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Opening this weekend is the action film Brick Mansions.  The movie is a remake of District B13 and stars Paul Walker as an undercover detective tracking down a drug dealer (RZA) who has stolen a weapon of mass destruction. The chase leads into the ghetto known as “Brick Mansions”, where he enlists help from Lino (David Belle), who knows the streets better than anyone and isn’t afraid of the drug dealers.  The film was written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Taken).  For more on Brick Mansions watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with RZA.  He talked about how he got involved in the movie, meeting Besson, how he likes to work as an actor, if he was sad not to have more scenes with Belle, what it meant to play Blind Master in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Trailer for Action Flick BRICK MANSIONS Starring Paul Walker, David Belle, and RZA

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Relativity Media has released a new trailer for the action film Brick Mansions.  The movie is a remake of District B13 and stars Paul Walker as an undercover detective tracking down a drug dealer (RZA) who has stolen a weapon of mass destruction. The chase leads into the ghetto known as “Brick Mansions”, where he enlists help from Lino (David Belle), who knows the streets better than anyone and isn’t afraid of the drug dealers.  The trailer is set to a cover of “Stand By Me” because I guess that adds gravitas or something.  All in all, this looks like if you were a fan of District B13, you’ll be a fan of this.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Brick Mansions opens April 25th.

First Trailer for THE PROTECTOR 2 Starring Tony Jaa

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You saw our exclusive poster premiere for Prachya Pinkaew’s The Protector 2, right?  Well now you can watch Tony Jaa and RZA in motion in the newly released trailer for the action-packed sequel.  Don’t worry your pretty little head about the plot of this one; just know that it takes the fights, stunts and action sequences to a whole new level.  Fans of the genre won’t be disappointed, and those who are unfamiliar with Jaa’s previous work should get ready to be amazed.

Also starring Mum Jokmok, Marrese Crump, Jija Yanin Wismitanan, Ratha Pho-ngam, Kazu Patric Tang, Kalp Hongratanaporn, and David Ismalone, The Protector 2 is available on iTunes March 27th and opens in theaters May 2nd.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Exclusive Poster Premiere for THE PROTECTOR 2 Starring Tony Jaa and RZA

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We’re happy to bring you our exclusive premiere of the fiery-fisted poster for The Protector 2, starring Tony Jaa.  Directed by Prachya Pinkaew, this action-packed sequel sees Kham (Jaa) framed for murder, forcing him to run from both the police and those seeking revenge.  Along the way, Kham also gets tangled up with an Interpol agent and a crime lord who runs an underground fighting ring, all while trying to prove his innocence and rescue his beloved elephant.

Also starring RZA, Mum Jokmok, Marrese Crump, Jija Yanin Wismitanan, Ratha Pho-ngam, Kazu Patric Tang, Kalp Hongratanaporn and David Ismalone, The Protector 2 will be available on iTunes and OnDemand starting March 27th, and in U.S. theaters May 2nd.  Hit the jump to check out the poster.

Trailer and Poster for BRICK MANSIONS Starring Paul Walker, David Belle, and RZA

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Relativity Media has released the trailer and poster for the action film Brick Mansion.  The movie is a remake of District B13 and stars Paul Walker as an undercover detective tracking down a drug dealer who has stolen a weapon of mass destruction. The chase leads into the ghetto known as “Brick Mansions”, where he enlists help from Lino (David Belle), who knows the streets better than anyone and isn’t afraid of the drug dealers.  It’s an odd pairing where the convict knows parkour and the cop…doesn’t.  Judging by the trailer, it could be a ridiculously goofy action film like B13.  At the very least, people still like parkour, right?

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars RZABrick Mansions opens April 25th.

Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal May Go INTO THE WOODS, Christoph Waltz Enters THE CANDY STORE, RZA and Catalina Denis Join BRICK MANSIONS

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) are in discussions to join Into the Woods, the Rob Marshall-adaptation of the Broadway musical that stars Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) has joined Stephen Gaghan’s The Candy Store, which stars Robert De Niro, Jason Clake and Omar Sy.
  • RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Catalina Denis (Sleepless Night) will join Paul Walker in Brick Mansions, the Camille Delamarre-directed remake of Luc Besson’s District B13.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

New International Trailer and TV Spot for G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

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A new international trailer and TV spot for director Jon M. Chu’s delayed sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation have made their way online.  The spots feature bits of new footage, and they’re both pretty focused on showcasing the film’s wall-to-wall action and stunts—now in 3D!  Hit the jump to check out the new spots, and click here to read Steve’s set visit preview.  The film stars Dwayne JohnsonBruce WillisAdrianne Palicki, Walton GogginsRay ParkByung-hun LeeElodie YungRZARay Stevenson, and D.J. CotronaG.I. Joe: Retaliation  opens in 3D on March 27th.

New Trailer for G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum

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A new trailer for director Jon Chu’s sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been released.  As you’ll see, not much has changed other than the addition of more of Channing Tatum, which was one of the reasons for the film’s reshoots.  The other reason was for a 3D post-conversion, but we won’t know how that worked out until the trailer plays in theaters.  Ultimately, I can’t help but wonder if audiences will be scratching their heads as they ask, “Wasn’t this supposed to come out in last summer?”  Paramount is tasked with selling the movie all over again, and I do not envy them.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson, and D.J. CotronaG.I. Joe: Retaliation opens in 3D on March 27, 2013. [Note: the trailer auto-plays so adjust your speakers accordingly]

Weekend Box Office: WRECK-IT RALPH Earns High Score with $49.1 Million; FLIGHT Soars in Second

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Though much of the East Coast is still a ruin, Hurricane Sandy did not dampen enthusiasm at the weekend box office. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph was the easy winner with $49.1 million from 3,752 locations. In half as many venues, Paramount’s Flight beat all pre-release projections with its $25 million launch. And while Argo continued to exhibit amazing staying power in third, Universal’s The Man with the Iron Fists was less impressive. The martial arts debut earned an estimated $8.2 million from 1,868 runs for fourth place.

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Weekend Total
1.  Wreck-It Ralph $49,100,000 $49.1
2.  Flight $25,010,000 $25
3.  Argo $10,245,000 $75.9
4.  The Man with the Iron Fists $8,200,000 $8.2
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 Taken 2 $6,000,000 $125.6
6.  Cloud Atlas $5,250,000 $18.2
7.  Hotel Transylvania $4,500,000 $137.5
8.  Paranormal Activity 4 $4,300,000 $49.5
9.  Here Comes the Boom $3,600,000 $35.5
10.  Silent Hill: Revelation 3D $3,300,000 $13.8

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS: Iconic Weapons in Martial Arts Movies, Including Bruce Lee’s Nunchaku, KILL BILL’s Katana, the Flying Guillotine and More!

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With RZA’s kung-fu homage, The Man with the Iron Fists, set to debut on November 2nd, we thought we’d take a look at some iconic weaponry used in martial arts films over the years.  After all, RZA’s character, the Blacksmith, makes a bunch of weapons for the warriors in the movie, but nothing stands out quite like his own iron fists.  So we’ve put together some clips of iconic weapons used in martial arts movies: some you know, some you may have heard of and some you’ve never seen before.

The Man with the Iron Fists, also starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Cung Le, Jamie Chung and Dave Bautista, opens November 2nd.  Hit the jump to check out the weaponry!

Exclusive Clip from the TARANTINO XX: 8-FILM COLLECTION on Blu-ray Featuring RZA Talking About Quentin Tarantino As His Mentor

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We’re happy to bring you an exclusive clip from the upcoming Blu-ray set, Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection (Pulp Fiction/Inglourious Basterds/Reservoir Dogs/Kill Bill Vol. 1/Kill Bill Vol. 2/Jackie Brown/Death Proof/True Romance).  It features RZA talking candidly about asking Quentin Tarantino to be his teacher and mentor.  That conversation led to RZA’s visit to the set of Kill Bill to learn from Tarantino and, eventually, his own directorial debut in this weekend’s The Man with the Iron Fists, presented by Tarantino himself. 

The 10-disc Blu-ray set includes all of Tarantino’s directorial films of the past twenty years— Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds—as well as True Romance, which he wrote.  Check out the trailer here, and hit the jump to see the exclusive clip from the collection.

New Trailer for G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Features More Plot, More Destruction and More Channing Tatum

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A new international trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation has gone online.  You may recognize some of the footage from earlier trailers.  That’s mostly due in part to the film being pushed back from a June 29th, 2012 opening to a March 29th, 2013 release.  Call it time to work on the 3D post-conversion, or time to do reshoots to include more Channing Tatum, but at the end of the day the film still looks like a lot of fun.  Plus, you can’t really go wrong with Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis leading the way.

Jon Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation also stars Adrianne Palicki, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson, and D.J. CotronaG.I. Joe: Retaliation opens on March 29, 2013.

RZA and Eli Roth Talk THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS and What Happened to the Extended Cut of the Film

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After years and years of work, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA’s writing and directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists is finally hitting screens on November 2nd. The film, co-written by Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino is a cross-cultural mashup of 70s Kung Fu, 90s gangsta rap and 00s comic book logic. While it might seem odd for a famed rapper to spend almost a decade working on a movie set entirely in feudal China, just one listen to any Wu record will clearly show that Rza has been building to this moment for almost two decades.  For more on the film, here are three clips.

Last weekend I sat down with RZA and Eli Roth back stage at the House of Blues in Hollywood to discuss the film. During the interview we talked about autobiographical influence, the director’s cut, how the story would work without the Kung Fu, a mysterious flying character and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

RZA Signs on to Two More Projects; Will Direct Genghis Khan Biopic and Action Flick NO MAN’S LAND

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RZA‘s feature film The Man with the Iron Fists doesn’t open until Friday, but he’s already piling up a slate of future projects.  Earlier this month, we reported that RZA had signed on to direct an adaptation of Grant Morrison‘s new comic book series, Happy!.  Today, THR reports that he has two more projects on the horizons.  First, he’s boarded the John Milius‘ long-in-development script Genghis Khan, which tells the story of the famous 13th century Mongol emperor who held the largest contiguous empire in history.  He did this less-than-peacefully.  The story will reportedly be told from the point of view of Khan’s son and grandson.  Take your kid to work day was a memorable experience.  Since RZA has already shown he has no problem with violence, at least to the point of punching out a guy’s eyeball, this seems like a good fit for the rapper-turned-director.

Hit the jump for details on RZA’s other project, No Man’s Land.

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