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Weekend Box Office: 'Wreck-It Ralph' Levels Up To First Place With Biggest Disney Animation Opening Ever

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 4, 2012 11:57 AM
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A week after theaters on the East Coast faced Hurricane Sandy, business was back to normal in Hollywood, with Disney debuting “Wreck-It Ralph” to a nearly $50 million gross. This is the biggest stateside Disney Animation Studios opening ever, which, coming off the acquisition of Lucasfilms, suggests the studio has had a very good week. U mad, Hollywood?

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Flight' & 'Wreck-It Ralph' Touch Down In Theaters

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • November 2, 2012 3:01 PM
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This weekend belongs to the acting community, as many of the new films feature a big name star (or six). Alright, thespians – you headline those films! And there’s no shortage of variety in tone or style: Denzel is serious, Alicia makes you giggle, Philip scowls, and Russell dextrously throws knives. Let us know in the comments who you decide to spend your time with at the Cineplex!

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.”

Exclusive: Visualize The Story In New 'Man With The Iron Fists' Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 10:54 AM
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The Scientist, Prince Rakeem, The Abbott, Bobby Digital...these are just a few of the names RZA has had over the years as a hip hop artist, music producer and leader of the Wu Tang Clan. But this Friday, he'll get set to add a new name to his repertoire -- Director -- as he unveils "The Man With The Iron Fists." An ambitious, colorful kung fu flick, the likes of which Hollywood hasn't produced in years, it's quite the undertaking, but as this new featurette reveals, RZA had the advice and insight of some pretty notable people to guide him.

Watch: New Clip & Red Band Featurette For 'The Man With The Iron Fists'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 26, 2012 2:03 PM
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With only a week away, the kung-fu epic -- and RZA’s directorial debut -- “The Man with the Iron Fists” is pulling out all the stops to get people excited about the film. The studio has dropped a new clip and a red band featurette that showcase the film’s crazy action scenes.

Contest: 'The Man With Iron Fists' Prize Pack Including Poster, Shirt, Cufflinks & More, Plus Runner Up Prizes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2012 11:03 AM
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Get ready to throw your Ws up. The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA has directed his first film, and of course, it's a kung fu flick, delivered in a way that only he could. Directing, starring, co-writing and even assembling the rock solid soundtrack, RZA has been busy making sure nearly every element of "The Man With The Iron Fists" matches what he has set out to do. And for fans who are already excited to see what he's cooked up in his picture, we've got a few treats you're sure to enjoy.

RZA Would Have Played His Character From 'The Man With The Iron Fists' In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2012 12:23 PM
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Quentin Tarantino has been careful in building a sort of shared universe between his films across the last couple of decades. There's not a huge degree of crossover, but certain things -- like Red Apple cigarettes -- recur across his movies, while a character from one film can be related to another, like Mr. Blonde and Vincent from "Pulp Fiction" being brother, or Donny Donowitz from "Inglourious Basterds" being the father of Lee Donowitz from "True Romance."

Watch: Brass Body Trailer For 'Man With The Iron Fists' Plus Featurette & Music Video For "Built For This" Featuring Method Man

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 18, 2012 12:51 PM
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If you’re a fan of kung-fu, hip-hop, or movies that enjoy blurring the lines between genres, there’s a pretty good chance that, like us, you’re desperately waiting for Wu-Tang Clan member RZA's directorial debut “Man with the Iron Fists.” Well the marketing wheels are certainly spinning as we edge closer to the film’s release, and three more pieces of tease have hit the Internet.

Watch: Madame Blossom Trailer For 'Man With The Iron Fists' Plus 7 TV Spots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 2:10 PM
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While Lucy Liu hasn't really disappeared -- she's been working steadily -- her star power hasn't quite been at the heights it was circa "Charlie's Angels," but it certainly seems like she's blazing a comeback path. She's currently starring on CBS' Sherlock Holmes series "Elementary" and next month, she gets back into "Kill Bill" mode with RZA's "The Man With The Iron Fists." And a new teaser gives us a bit more of a peek of what she'll be bringing.

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