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Watch: Stirring Full Trailer For Musical 'Les Miserables' With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe & Anne Hathaway

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2012 11:04 AM
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For one of the big box-office and awards hopes of the Christmas season, "Les Miserables" has been keeping its cards close to its chest, with only a single teaser trailer, and some scattered TV spots and featurettes, showing a glimpse of "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's cinematic take on the long running musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. It's not entirely surprising, given that the film only wrapped in July, and the filmmakers are chasing a punishing post-production schedule.

How Russell Crowe Found Inspiration In Ol' Dirty Bastard For 'The Man With The Iron Fists' & More From RZA & Lucy Liu

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 2, 2012 10:02 AM
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As writer, director and star of “The Man with the Iron Fists,“ rapper RZA finally brings his vision, and his career inspirations, to the big screen. The multi-hyphenate, who plays the Blacksmith in this twisty martial arts tale, was thrilled to be at the helm of a $20 million Universal film, but he knew that this project would immediately need to be distinguished from other similar movies.

Review: 'The Man With The Iron Fists' A Noble, But Overstuffed First Effort From RZA

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 1, 2012 10:03 AM
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“I’m the baddest man alive,” goes the chorus for one of the many hip hop songs in “The Man With The Iron Fists,” the directorial debut of RZA. The director is actually the subject of the song, as he plays the title character, a blacksmith seeking revenge for being wronged by a group of villains who sweep into China’s rowdy Jungle Village. But at a certain point, you have to wonder: why is he so bad? RZA, who has logged hours within the supporting casts of “American Gangster,” “Ghost Dog: Way Of The Samurai” and “Due Date,” plays the taciturn weapons maker with the same dour expression that suggests a dullard, which RZA certainly doesn’t seem to be. As a musician and lyricist, he is without peer, but as a leading man, his face hangs like Snoopy, his voice monotone and highlighting none of the musicality of his rhymes. That being said, the movie isn’t called “The Man With The Iron Charisma.”

Will Critics & Audiences Sing For 'Les Misérables'?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 16, 2012 12:05 PM
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As the fall movie season has heated up, we've examined a number of the high profile titles of the next few months, taking a look so far at "Lincoln," 'Skyfall," "Flight," "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Django Unchained," with verdicts on the first three having already come in (you can now read our reviews of the Spielberg, the Bond and the Zemeckis). With November's movies present and accounted for, we're now looking a little further into the future, with one of the Christmas Day releases -- "Les Misérables."

Russell Crowe & Lucy Liu Get Close In New Pics From 'The Man With The Iron Fists'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 3:22 PM
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What is there left to say about "The Man with the Iron Fists"? It's directed by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA, he directed it and co-wrote the script with Eli Roth and it's a goddamn kung-fu movie. Russell Crowe plays the villain and the movie has a pretty awesome soundtrack. If you don't have even a little bit of excitement in your heart for this we don't know what to tell you.

Oscars: Can Anyone Beat Philip Seymour Hoffman To Best Supporting Actor?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2012 11:00 AM
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Last week in our category spotlight, we took a look at the relatively thin Supporting Actress field, so it feels only natural to head over to the Supporting Actor boys this time around. And of all the acting categories, it might be the most interesting: it's not as locked-up as the leading men (which has six or seven heavy hitters battling it out for five slots), and not as sparse as the actress categories, with multiple contenders any of whom could win, or fall out altogether.

See The Big Picture: Trailer For 'Broken City' Starring Mark Wahlberg & Russell Crowe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 12:46 PM
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So, is this another generic, urban thriller with Mark Wahlberg doing his burned out leading man thing, or something more? The January release date says one thing, the enticing lead turn by Russell Crowe says another, but see for yourself in the first trailer for "Broken City."

Will This Do? Half-Assed Poster For 'Broken City' With Mark Wahlberg & Russell Crowe

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 3, 2012 1:21 PM
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Considering the movie comes out in about three months, Universal decided they should probably start letting people know it's happening. And thus, the marketing department has slapped together a poster that looks like it was an outtake from the photo sessions for the "Contraband" one sheet. Welcome to "Broken City."

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'L.A. Confidential'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2012 12:07 PM
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It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey.

New Images Of RZA, Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe & More 'The Man With The Iron Fists'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 9:18 AM
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While everyone else dishes out movies based on true events, literary classics and aim for that awards season boullion, RZA will instead be serving up blood and blades in equal doses with this directorial debut "The Man With The Iron Fists." There will be few movies this fall offering up such unabashed, popcorn-ready entertainment, but a kung fu flick starring the rapper, Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe? Yeah, we're in.

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