Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Directed an Episode of Marvel’s IRON FIST

Earlier this week the titles of the episodes of Marvel's Iron Fist was released, and each one was accompanied by the name of a director. The only episode that didn't have a director's name attached to it was one called "Immortal Emerges From Cave," Now, thanks to actor Finn Jones, we know that the episode was directed by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA. During an Extra live Q&A, Jones revealed: 

"So before I started the role, I actually made a playlist on my iPod of songs that Danny Rand would listen to. It’s a lot of kind of '90s hip-hop like De La Soul, Jurassic 5, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang Clan. Like that kind of music is really what Danny’s jamming to. And we actually feature that in the series. And actually, one of our episodes was directed by the RZA himself. Episode 6. So, yeah, there’s very close ties to hip-hop music and the Iron Fist series."

When asked what it was like working with RZA, the actor said:

"Oh, he's a dude. He's a complete dude. Actually really sweet but chill. He has a really good vision of what he wants. He understands that martial arts genre."

In case you didn't get that, RZA is quite the dude. RZA made his directorial debut in 2012 with The Man with the Iron Fists, which wasn't a great movie, but it was fun and entertaining. I'm sure he'll do some fun things with his Iron Fist episode. I think this is going to be a great series, and I'm excited to see how the story unfolds.

Danny Rand returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting his world around him with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

The cast also features Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones) as Colleen Wing, David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup (The Following) as Joy Meachum, Tom Pelphrey (Banshee) as Ward Meachum, and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Jeri Hogarth.

Via: MCU Exchange

Video Breakdown of Movie Special Effects That Didn’t Use CGI

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CG special effects are just the way things are done in movies these days. Sometimes there are scenes that are just too big and elaborate to do without the help of CG effects. Sometimes, though, a filmmaker will figure out how to do it without the help of CG, and those scenes turn out even more badass, in most cases. 

I've got a great video here from Looper that breaks down several scenes from movies that didn't rely on the CG effects to make them happen. It's called "Movie Special Effects You'd Never Guess Aren't CGI," and this is the description that came along with the video:

Computer-generated effects are ubiquitous in Hollywood, so when something amazing happens on screen, audiences usually assume they're seeing a digital fantasy. But despite the surge in CGI, some directors are still committed to doing special effects the old-fashioned way, before today's digital wizardry existed. From puppets to prosthetics to old-school camera tricks, we've rounded up some of the most insane scenes you'll never believe were created without computers...

I'm sure you were already familiar with many of the effects listed in the video, but they do offer a great breakdown and some commentary on them, which makes it worth watching.

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Sundance Review: The All Female Director Horror Anthology XX Was a Big Disappointment

I love horror movie anthologies, so I was looking forward to seeing the film XX. What made this whole horror anthology unique was the fact that the four short films that make up the movie were all written and directed by female filmmakers.

I liked what I saw in the trailer that was released, which I included for you below to watch, but unfortunately, the movie was a huge disappointment. I wasn't impressed with the series of films that made up the anthology.

One of the four shorts was "The Birthday Party," directed by Annie Clark, and it was the only one I kinda liked because it had some humor. It still didn't make any sense, though. A dad dies right before his kids birthday party and his wife tries to hide the body from them for some reason.

Another short was called "The Box," directed by Sofia Carrillo. I hated this short because it had no ending or conclusion. It centered on a young boy who asked to look in a box that an old man was holding on a train. The man showed him what was in the box and then afterward completely stopped eating because he was never hungry. We never find out why.

The there's the film "Don't Fall," which was directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, and it was a horror movie cliche that we've seen a hundred times before. A group of friends go camping to hang out and then one of them is possessed by a Native American demon and goes on a killing spree. The one thing I liked about this one was the creature design, but the story lacked substance. 

The last film in the anthology is called "Her Only Living Son," helmed by Roxanne Benjamin. This was another kind of horror movie we've seen a hundred times before as it involves a mom who has been unknowingly raising the spawn of Satan. There was nothing about this short that was interesting. 

None of the stories they told were very good. There was really nothing unique or original about them, and each of the shorts was like a mediocre student film. I hoped that they would've given us some better stories that hadn't been done to death in the horror genre. or at least these should have been well made. 

I know there are some extremely talented female directors out there, and some of these directors have done decent work in the past, but they didn't bring the horror movie awesomeness to this anthology. 

Director M. Night Shyamalan Kept the Sequel Rights to All His Films Just in Case

There's been a lot of news regarding M. Night Shyamalan recently because of his hit film Split, which awesomely set up a sequel to his grounded superhero film Unbreakable. During an interview with Cinemablend, the director revealed that he maintains control of the rights to all of his movies. That's right, all of his movies could technically have sequels, and if it happens, Shyamalan is the only one that has the power to pull the trigger. He explained:

Luckily I took care of all the right stuff. I had it all arranged, and everyone was fantastic about it, and everything like that. So it worked out great on that front. I kind of own the sequel rights to all my movies; not own, but nobody can make a sequel to my movies without permission. I gave up whatever I needed to give up to make sure I had those over time, because I figured 20 something years from now, I’m going to be pretty upset if [someone made a sequel without my involvement].

That was definitely a smart move on his part. I don't really care for the majority of Shyamalan's films, but the thought of a sequel to The Sixth Sense is interesting. I seriously doubt it will ever happen, though. That film is perfect as a standalone movie. 

The only movie with true franchise potential is Unbreakable, and I'm excited to see where he takes it now that he's set up the villain who has multiple personalities and can transform himself into a beast. It's going to be really cool to see Bruce Willis' David Dunn take on that dude. Samuel L. Jackson's Mr. Glass will be a part of that story as well! 

It's funny, when I saw Split in the theater, when Willis showed up at the end over half the people in the theater didn't get understand why he was there because they had never seen Unbreakable... sad. It seems like I was the only one who was like, "HELL YEAH!!!"

Badass Spider-Gwen and Venom Cosplay Mashup – Gwenom

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I've got some cool photos featuring two cosplayers doing their own take on Gwenom, which is a Spider-Gwen and Venom mashup. The cosplay is based on piece of fan art created by Jamie Tyndall

Each of the cosplays below were done by Heather Rage, whose costume has red lenses, and Elise Laurenne, whose costume has white lenses. They have done their own version of this cosplay. It's pretty cool to see the different takes on this one costume pattern. 

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Netflix Drops Teaser Trailer and Release Date for Their Thriller 13 REASONS WHY

At first glance, I clicked on this trailer because I thought Netflix had a project with Kristen Stewart on the way and quickly realized that is Katherine Langford who just has that pout look down! I ended up staying because the premise of Netflix's new series 13 Reasons Why sounds pretty good! Here's the description...

Based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why follows Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them?

The whole thing looks to be a teen drama fest, and I watch a lot of CW so obviously I'm down. Will you be watching March 31st?

Serial Killer Inspired Clothing Line Looks Like It’s Made Out of Human Skin

This is hands down the most sadistic and terrifying clothing line ever made. This is a clothing line for serial killers as the clothes and accessories are made to look like they are made out of human skin, faces, and other body parts sewn together in a gnarly manner. I have no idea who would actually wear anything like this, but if you're into the sick and twisted stuff then here ya go. If you want to buy any of this stuff, head on over to creator KaylaArenafx's Etsy shop, but they're pretty expensive. This is the kind of stuff you would have found in Ed Gein's closet. 

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