Quentin Tarantino Presents RZA’s Upcoming Film “The Man With The Iron Fists”
Here’s a cool video you need to check out. We are big fans of The Wu-Tang Clan here at The Film Nest. That makes us big fans of The RZA. You know, the man behind the beats of the infamous group? The man who has acted in films like Zack and Miri Make a Porno? The guy who has scored (musically) movies like Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai? Well, he’s been learning the craft of filmmaking for some time and has a few big fans in his corner. So, he has a new film set to drop, The Man With The Iron Fists.
The Man With The Iron Fists comes with some high power stamp of approvals, per se. First, RZA’s buddy Quentin Tarantino has lent his name to the project as a producer. Second, the film stars another RZA friend, Oscar-winner Russell Crowe. Yes, Mr. Gladiator himself is here, along with another Tarantino disciple, Lucy Liu (Kill Bill). Sounds good, right? Eli Roth (Hostel) serves as co-writer of the project too. The movie, based on the trailer below, looks similar in tone to Tarantino’s underground hit. It has the requisite action, Kung-Fu blood-spilling and Asian iconography that is expected in this sort of movie. If any of these things intrigue you, you should probably give the film a look.
RZA is one to hone his craft carefully, so making a splash in his debut would not surprise any of us. With top level actors, a familiar storyline that echoes his interests (and those of his infamous hip-hop group) and the support of luminaries like QT and RZA’s other buddy Jim Jarmusch, this has the makings of a success. If the imagery doesn’t get you, at the very least, perhaps the soundtrack – featuring RZA and Wiz Khalifa, among others – will. Enjoy!
This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures, but the thoughts above are all mine.
A Closer Look at Oliver Stone’s Upcoming Film “Savages”
There is no doubt that director Oliver Stone’s upcoming film Savages has us all fired up here at The Film Nest. Simply put, when you factor in some of the director’s most infamous films (Platoon, Wall Street, U-Turn, W.) and the drug trade storyline, you’re going to generate some serious interest. The film reminds me a lot of another great film of the last decade, Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. In part, I suppose, this reference exists because of the subject matter; in part, due to the desert locations and story; in part, due to having Benicio DelToro in the cast; and finally, in part, because Traffic was an outstanding film from a top-notch filmmaker. Savages, at least on the surface, has quite a bit going for it.
Let’s take a closer look at what we know about the film itself. The young stars are Blake Lively (The Town), Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass). Some of the vets include DelToro, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta…no intros necessary. The plot revolves around some local, So.Cal beach heads who develop some killer weed and have a nice little business going. A good life, with two good friends and one hot gal. The business is going strong and a Mexican drug cartel takes notice and wants in to help it expand.
Alas, the dope growers are not too keen on this idea and they try to pass on this offer. However, it was an offer that was not to be refused, so the hot gal and girlfriend (Lively) gets kidnapped by the cartel. A high stakes war is thus begun, with local growers attempting to fight back against the cartel and win back their girl and their old lives. We don’t know all the rest, but we fully expect it to be exciting. Take a look at the video below to get a closer look at Olver Stone’s Savages.
Here is an unusual little video starring Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Ted (and TV’s “The Family Guy”), talking about his failed attempts to pitch a film to studios. This is a spoof video with occasional moments of humor. The video features Seth – playing off of his idea for the film Ted, which stars Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear voiced by MacFarlane – talking about several other ideas he had for films that were similar in concept, but all were rejected (shock!). Take a peek at the video and comment if you think it is funny or not. At the same time, feel free to chime in if you are looking forward to the film Ted or not.
I remember growing up, I was into LEGOs. Like, really into them. I remember one Christmas, sneaking into my stuffed stocking in the middle of the night and seeing a LEGO box ready for me in the morning. What a great gift and what a sleepless night for a child! Great memories. But alas, there is something I fear may be missing that has to do with the way we learn these days.
I wonder if tactile learning is going to be a staple of the way children, nowadays and in the future, will learn and grow. With the manner in which technology influences our lives, I believe that children still need to learn by touching, placing, building and creating…something that LEGOs provide in spades. That’s why I am excited to talk to you about the LEGO Hero Factory.
The Hero Factory gives you an opportunity to create your own LEGO heroes. Young or old, there is something for everyone to generate. The Hero Factory allows you to build comics, create games and yes, they even mix in modern technology…”there’s an app for that!” See pics, watch videos, create and share your designs and learn more about the Hero Factory story. This is big. There is even a movie in development at Universal about these heroes!
There are also a multitude of cool videos that users have generated to support this project. I’ve included one below that I am sure you will recognize the humor in and enjoy! Cool.
LEGOs will always be a fun way to learn. I am glad to see that several years down the road from my youth that these building blocks can still play an important role in the growth and development of a creative mind. LEGO remains an important and innovative brand in the creative process of kids (and adults)!
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by LEGO, but all thoughts are my own.
The Debut of ‘Django Unchained’ Trailer Brings Guns, Humor and The Wild, Wild West
“Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What’s not to like?” -Django, “Bounty Hunter”
Here is the debut of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained movie trailer. The film easily ranks among our most anticipated movies here at the Nest. The trailer features all of the stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx (as the slave turned Bounty Hunter Django). “Django is off the chain” is the tagline.The trailer blends a vintage western look with modern (enough) funk jams. There is also plenty of sly humor. We’ve already seen the first movie pics…and now this. The movie is set to debut this Christmas. We’ll be among the first in line. What do you think?
Brand New Movie Pictures for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Surface
It’s no secret here that Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors. While many directors can pull off one or two films but then lose steam throughout their ouevre (re: M.Night Shyamalan), guys like QT continually trot out quality, top notch material. While Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs are certified classics, other works like Jackie Brown and Inglourious Basterds stand the test of time just the same. What is the point of all this? To advise you that Django Unchained is perhaps the most anticipated movie at this website for this year.
We’ve previously given you the first few movie pictures from the film, which debuted a while back. Then, at Cannes 2012 recently, some footage was aired. Now, several new photos are revealed which only serve to further our anticipation for the flick. With Jamie Foxx as the titular Django and Leo set to play a plantation owner, not to mention Christoph Waltz, the film is sure to be a slam dunk badass adventure. But, while we wait for Christmas of this year, we give you the new pics from the film. Cherish them.
Twilight author Stephanie Meyer will see her infamous adaptation wrap up on the big screen this year, but she keeps pen to pad and her latest film coming to the big screen (aside from Breaking Dawn Part 2 later this year) is going to be directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time).
The film is called The Host, from the book of the same name, and stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), the name you know, the face you’ve seen, but a star still stuck “in the making” for the most part. MTV was kind enough to visit the set of Niccol’s new film and we have the video included below. The details of the film, officially, are as follows:
Melanie Stryder [is] one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person’s consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the “hosts” she has attached to on numerous planets. Wanderer’s goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie’s memories and feelings, the alien is driven to reconnect with Melanie’s old life.
Check out the video and let us know if this is one you are interested in.