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Ahead of its San Diego Comic-Con International panel next Saturday, July 11th, AMC has debuted a Sdcc poster for Into the Badlands, its upcoming genre-bending martial arts series starring Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists)…
Created by Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville), Emily Beecham (The Village), Sarah Bolger (In America) and Oliver Stark (My Hero). Loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey to the West, it tells the story of a warrior (Wu) who is joined by a young boy on a journey across a dangerous land in search of enlightenment.
Into the Badlands is set to premiere later this year.
- Gary Collinson
A new Spectre featurette has just been released from the production of the 24th James Bond adventure. The 2-minute promo features a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which is still shooting under the direction of Sam Mendes.
The Mexico set action sequence will have the country’s Day Of The Dead festival as a back drop, and will feature as the elaborate opening scene of the new movie, which opens in the UK and the Us in early November this year.
Sam Mendes said: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. »
- Paul Heath
It’s 13 years since Eli Roth made his debut with the grisly, inventive virus thriller Cabin Fever. And despite only directing four other full features since then — the latest of which, Knock Knock, is about to be released on June 26th — he’s made an indelible mark, a gory, bloody mark, on American horror cinema.
He’s one of that rare breed of directors, like a Scorsese or a Tarantino or a Hitchcock, that you know what they look and sound like. That aren’t just names behind a camera, but faces in other people’s movies, chat show guests, and have celebrity other halves. It doesn’t always mean that they are a great filmmaker, but it usually means that they are far more than just a person with technical skill. »
Eli Roth's The Green Inferno has found new life at Blumhouse. Originally scheduled to come out last year from Open Road, Roth's cannibal horror film will instead hit the big screen this September courtesy of Blumhouse.
Announced via video by Roth on his Facebook page, The Green Inferno will hit theaters on September 25th.
“How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.”
- Derek Anderson
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Nicole Asher-written Coco - previously called it Doesn't Have to Rhyme - casts Banks as an aspiring rapper who discovers her talent for slam poetry while taking a college course.
Production on Coco is expected to begin in New York this week. »
Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA and rapper Azealia Banks are teaming for the upcoming musical drama Coco. RZA will direct the Lionsgate/Codeblack Films feature, which stars Banks as a "twentysomething female rapper named Coco." The Brooklyn-set film – which co-stars Common, Jill Scott and Lorraine Toussaint – has already begun shooting in New York.
In the film, Banks' protagonist dreams of pursuing a hip-hop career, but is persuaded by her parents to finish college. In a poetry class, she is transfixed by "the power of the spoken word," developing a verbal strength »
RZA's directorial follow-up to The Man With the Iron Fists will be much different: The Hollywood Reporter writes that the rapper turned helmer is making an inspirational musical drama with Azealia Banks, Common, and nobody with iron fists. It'll be called It Doesn't Have to Rhyme and will feature Banks as a female rapper who signs up for a college poetry course and develops a passion for slam poetry. Common is supposed to play Banks's mentor; they'll be joined by Jill Scott, a professor who reportedly believes rap and slam poetry can't exist together, and Lorraine Toussaint, the rapping student's mom. THR notes that the movie will be similar in tone to 8 Mile and will begin production this week in New York. Does that mean this will be a depressing, semi-autobiographical, rags-to-slightly-better-rags-and-then-riches kind of story? Does that also mean there could be a rap battle between Banks and Iggy »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Rapper Azealia Banks will make her feature acting debut in the Lionsgate drama “Coco,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA (“The Man With the Iron Fists”) is set to direct the film, which follows Banks as as a twentysomething rapper in Brooklyn who wants to pursue a music career despite her parents’ desire for her to finish college. Following her parents’ advice, she enrolls in college and experiences the power of the spoken word. Also Read: 'Gang Related' Star RZA Praises Show's Scripted Drug Slang: 'These Motherf-ckers Are Going Deep' Other cast members include Jill Scott, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Three years on from The Man With The Iron Fists, RZA is set to make his second film as director. He'll man the cameras for Azealia Banks' acting debut in the drama Coco. Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, Lorraine Toussaint and Hana Mae Lee will support her in the cast.Banks broke through on the hip-hop scene last year with her album Broke With Expensive Taste. Three years in the making, it followed a mixtape and a single that she unveiled at Glastonbury in 2013. She recently announced her second and third albums for release this year and next, but is perhaps most famous at the moment for a series of beefs with rival musicians on social media. She has an acting background inasmuch as she studied for a while at the Laguardia High School of Performing Arts, although she dropped out to focus on her music.In Coco she'll »
We’re just over a year away from the release of Duncan Jones’ adaptation of popular Mmorpg series World of Warcraft and we’ve been given our first look at Orgim (via Wired), who will be played by Robert Kazinksy (Pacific Rim).
Check out the image below:
“We were looking for someone who would be able to perform the gruffness, the humor, and the toughness of this character,” Duncan Jones told Wired. “We’ve gone beyond the point where these are just creatures in movies. We now have the technology and the ability to make new characters entirely.”
- Luke Owen
Steven Seagal as back once again in his latest action movie The Mercenary: Absolution, which sees him as an ex-oprative being brought back into the field of action (presumably to punch people). And we’ve got two Exclusive clips for you which you can check out below:
Operative John Alexander (Steven Seagal) is recruited by his old boss to assassinate an Afghan drug dealer named Kamaal. After meeting a victim of human trafficking, John is convinced that Kamaal and the trafficking is somehow linked. In the process of saving her life, he has a realisation that he has been fighting for the wrong side and vows to help get her out of the city.
- Luke Owen
Stars: RZA, Dustin Nguyen, Eugenia Yuan, Carl Ng, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Schnitrnunt Busarakamwong, Grace Huang, Pim Bubear, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Andrew Lin, Kowit Wattanakul, Charlie Ruedpokanon, Nophand Boonyai, Simon Yin | Written by John Jarrell, RZA | Directed by Roel Reine
I was a huge fan of the first film in what now looks to be a burgeoning new martial arts film franchise. The Man With the Iron Fists was everything I love about martial arts movie and was obviously a labour of love for its star and Wu_Tang Clan member RZA. Sadly, despite the out-pouring of love from wuxia fans and internet geeks like myself, the film did not perform as well as I’m sure the studio would’ve liked. But that doesn’t stop the franchise from continuing as a direct-to-market series – and so we have The Man With the Iron Fists 2.
This time round Thaddeus (RZA) washes ashore »
- Phil Wheat
Chinese-American actress Celina Jade will star in “April Flowers,” a U.S. indie drama that shoots from next month in New York. The film is directed by Christopher Tedrick and co-stars Jon Fletcher (CW’s “The Messenger”).
Jade plays and idealist whose dreams are fading away until she discovers an anonymous journal while on her daily commute. The personal accounts renew her faith in humanity. She sets out on a mission to return but fears that she may compromise the real relationships in her life. Tedrick directs from his own 2012 AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist script.
- Patrick Frater
Since its heyday, kung fu seems to be giving way to other action genres, but could it be making a comeback?
There was a time when everyone was indeed kung fu fighting. Films belonging to the genre, made popular in the 1970s by the late Bruce Lee, helped to boost Hong Kong cinema, not to mention the careers of various Chinese actors such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Jet Li. However, in recent years, it seems that the kung fu film is losing the raw bad-assery that fans have grown up watching. As martial arts films are now evolving to feature more computer animation and culture rather than pure, unadulterated violence, has kung fu lost its touch?
The first kung fu film dates back to the late 1930s, when folk heroes and famed martial artists Fong Sai-Yuk and Wong Fei-Hung were immortalised for the first time (they would »
Byron Mann (The Man With The Iron Fists, Rise Of The Legend) has joined the cast of AMC's Hell On Wheels as a series regular. Mann will play Chang, a powerful businessman and main Chinese labor contractor vying for power in the building of the Central Pacific Railroad. Chang controls the flow of Chinese workers along with their specialized food and sundries, which has allowed him to build a small empire in Truckee's Chinatown. Hell On Wheels began production on its… »
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for “The Big Short,” with Christian Bale (“American Hustle,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Brad Pitt (“Fury,” “World War Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “Anchorman” films, “The Other Guys”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”) and Marisa Tomei (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Wrestler”). The film’s screenplay is written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (“Love And Other Drugs”), based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. “The Big Short” is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, »
- Philip Sticco
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for The Big Short, with Christian Bale (“American Hustle,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Brad Pitt (“Fury,” “World War Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “Anchorman” films, “The Other Guys”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”) and Marisa Tomei (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Wrestler”).
The Big Short is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
- Michelle McCue
Scenes of a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord are captivatingly interlaced with praise for filmmaker Roel Reiné in Shockya’s new exclusive clip for the newly released action film, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists 2.’ The director’s noteworthy chronicling of the uprising is being led by a mysterious stranger in the sequel to the 2012 martial arts movie, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists.’ Available now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists 2′ sees the return of hip-hop artist RZA, who reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus. The performer, who also co-wrote the [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
A mysterious stranger leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord in The Man With The Iron Fists 2, available now Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and Wamg is giving away copies of the film!
Global hip-hop superstar, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus in this explosive sequel to the 2012 action-adventure The Man with the Iron Fists. Inspired by classic kung-fu films, The Man with the Iron Fists 2 Blu-ray™ and DVD are packed with exciting bonus material including a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and commentary by director Roel Reiné and executive producer and star RZA. Wanna win? Enter below!
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- Melissa Howland
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