Rapper Christ Bearer, real name Andre Johnson, has come forward to explain why he chopped off his penis and jumped out of a balcony window.
Remember when sort-of-Wu Tang-member-but-kind-of-not rapper Andre Johnson AKA Christ Bearer cut off his johnson, whoops, sorry, penis, before roaming the streets naked and covered in blood? It was a pretty extreme time for all involved, particularly when RZA cut him off (no pun intended) from Wu Tang, explaining that they no longer make music with him.
RZA distanced Christ Bearer from Wu Tang after the incident
Well, Christ Bearer has come forward to explain why he did what he did. There's a pretty logical explanation, depending on your tolerance for drug induced mania. Andre Johnson, also known as Andre Roxx (we’re guessing he’s going to prefer Roxx to Johnson from now on) says that missing his two daughters, smoking a smidgen of marijuana (or a few ounces, give or take) and a book he’d read about monks and vasectomies were among the lethal mix of catalysts inspiring his decision.
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Wu-Tang Clan de facto leader RZA has spoken out about rapper Christ Bearer's attempted suicide.
Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA is just as in the dark about rapper Christ Bearer’s attempted suicide as the rest of the world. “It’s sad that it’s Wu-Tang affiliated,” RZA told XXLMag.com, “It’s like dirty press in a way. I want to know what the f*** moved him to do those things.”
RZA was able to offer no insight into Christ Bearer's attempted suicide
Christ Bearer, real name Andre Johnson, was discovered on a sidewalk in North Hollywood. He had allegedly cut off his own penis before jumping off a balcony in what is assumed to be an attempted suicide. Doctors were unable to reattach the rapper’s penis, but according to TMZ he is in a stable condition. Two of his rap co-collaborators, who live in the same building and were there during the incident, said that they hadn't been taking any drugs that could have influenced such an action.
Brick Mansions is a Detroit district overrun with violent crime, inhabited by gangs and fuelled by drugs; an area so brutal, authorities were forced to build a wall around it. One particularly agile resident named Lino has managed to anger some of the more virile crime bosses by possessing a strong moral compass regarding the treatment of his neighbours. As he is quickly hunted down, it seems he is no match for his enemies - though he could be a match for the city's law enforcement. Damien is a cop enlisted to go undercover after one gang leader named Tremaine holds the Mayor and half the city hostage. He must team up (and keep up) with Lino if they want to stop Tremaine from destroying the city with a seriously destructive neutron bomb. Initially hostile towards each other, can Damien and Lino cast aside their differences to save their people?
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Wu-Tang Clan will play shows in Manchester and London this summer.
Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most critically acclaimed and successful hip-hop groups of all time, are returning to the UK for live dates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal record Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The group, originally from Staten-Island, consisted of nine rappers, many of whom forged successful solo careers including RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon. The two UK dates will see all living members of the group reunite on-stage together to perform tracks from their back catalogue as well as new album A Better Tomorrow. “This may sound unbelievable,” said RZA upon announcing the shows, “but I told the crew in the first basement meeting that from my calculations, and from what I'm feeling, this will last 20 years.”
All Living Members Of The Original Wu-Tang Clan Will Reunite For The UK Dates
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Rapper-turned-actor-turned-filmmaker RZA is clearly influenced by cohorts Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth as he indulges in this crazed pastiche of 1970s kung fu action romps. It's energetic and often quite funny, but far too silly to come together properly, mainly because he never adds any sense of post-modern wit. If the action scenes were more coherent, it at least could have been a guilty pleasure.
In a 19th century Chinese village, an American ex-slave (RZA) is known only as Blacksmith, forging weapons for gang members to raise the money to buy his girlfriend Lady Silk (Chung) from the local brothel's Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu). But their fate is caught up in a battle for power after the patriarch of the Lion clan is murdered and the swaggering Silver Lion (Mann) challenges rightful heir Zen Li (Yune). After a vicious attack by Silver Lion's muscled henchman Brass Body (Bautista), Zen Li is rescued by Blacksmith. And they get help from Englishman Jack Knife (Crowe) to fight Silver Lion and his thugs.
The title refers to something that happens about halfway in, when Blacksmith forges new arms for himself after being attacked by Silver Lion for helping Zen Li. This sets the stage for an orgy of metal-on-metal battling (there are also bronze and copper characters), leading to a clattering showdown between Blacksmith and Brass Body, who for some inexplicable reason can morph his body into, yes, brass. As such a wild fantasy, it's not surprising that the plot makes so little sense, although a bit more genuine character depth would have helped hold our interest.
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With a busy filming schedule still ahead of him RZA may be the new poster boy of alternative Hollywood, but he still hasn't forgotten about his past and according to Ghostface Killah the hip-hop legend is already in the studio working on new material for a potential new Wu-Tang album. Next year marks the 20th anniversary since the hip-hop collective released their seminal breakthrough album, Enter the Wu: 36 Chambers, and if Ghostdeini's word is anything to go by then he has already recorded his RZA-produced parts for an anniversary album.
"While I was doing my Supreme Clientele sh*t, the second one, The Wally Era, I was doing joints for the next Wu album," he revealed whilst speaking to MTV's Rap Fix.
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RZA has made his directorial debut with The Man With The Iron Fists, an epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone hero in nineteenth century China. You didn't expect the Wu-Tang Clan man was going to make this movie now did you?
The movie stars Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu and hits theaters this weekend on the back of quiet praise. It's difficult to predict how the film will fare at the box-office, though most critics were fairly complimentary of RZA's foray into the movie business. Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times seemed pretty dumfounded by the whole thing, though suggested that TMWTIF "may just be one of the best bad movies ever." Manohla Dargis of the New York Times attempted to elaborate, writing, "As erratically enjoyable as it is consistently ridiculous, the martial arts pastiche The Man With the Iron Fists is the latest evidence that the vogue for neo-exploitation cinema shows no sign of flagging." Scott Bowles of USA Today wasn't taken in by the whole rapper-turned-director thing, writing, quite damningly, "Goes a long way in demonstrating that a bad movie with big names is still a bad movie. Just prettier." Kyle Smith of the New York Post provided this week's obligatory facetious review, offering, "At 96 minutes it is exactly 93 1/2 minutes too long.
So, probably enough there to tempt cinemagoers into seeing The Man With The Iron Fists this weekend. Let us know what you thought of the movie.
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All eyes are on Flight and Wreck It Ralph this weekend as the main contenders for box office glory. Denzel Washington’s performance in Flight has already sparked whispers of an Oscar nomination from insiders, something that’s always guaranteed to get people fleeing to the movie theaters. However, with much of the East coast of the USA blighted by Hurricane Sandy earlier in the week, the attentions of much of the US public will be elsewhere as people try to recover from the devastation caused there.
Denzel Washington last won an Oscar in 2002, for the crime thriller Training Day. Flight is Washington’s latest stab at the prize. Described on Rotten Tomatoes as an “action packed mystery thriller,” Denzel plays the lead role of the pilot Whip Whitaker, who manages to land a passenger plane after a mid-air catastrophe and saves everyone on board. After being hailed as a hero, it soon becomes clear that something may be amiss with Whitaker and all is not as it seems.
The critical response to Flight has been largely positive, with Roger Ebert hinting at the power of Denzel’s performance by saying “Not often does a movie character make such a harrowing personal journey that keeps us in deep sympathy all of the way.” High praise indeed from Ebert. In fact, the bulk of the praise for Flight is centered on Washington; Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers surmises “Flight reminds us of what Washington can do when a role hits him with a challenge that would floor a lesser actor. He's a ball of fire, and his detailed, depth-charged, bruisingly true performance will be talked about for years.” Sounds like one not to be missed! Wreck It Ralph might not have ‘Oscar Winner’ stamped all over it but it’s still shaping up to be a strong contender in the popularity stakes this weekend, with only one dissenter failing to give it the thumbs up on Rotten Tomatoes’ round-up of the top critics’ remarks.
Ridley Scott has a good thing going here, tossing these two Hollywood bigshots into the ring and letting them play cops and robbers while he slathers on the period detail with a trowel. There's some serious Superfly outfits (including a godawful $50,000 chinchilla coat that plays a surprisingly key part in a plot twist), a generous helping of soul music, enough fantastic character actors to choke a horse (Idris Elba, Jon Polito, Kevin Corrigan, an incredibly sleazy Josh Brolin, and so on), the specter of Vietnam playing on every television in sight, and the odd enjoyment one gets from watching cops in the pre-militarized, pre-SWAT days take down an apartment with just revolvers, the occasional shotgun, and a sledgehammer to whack down the door. Scott's smart enough to let the story cohere organically and without rush, keeping his main contenders apart for as long as could possibly be borne, making them fully developed characters in their own right and not just developed in opposition to the other. But there's something in this broad and expansive tale that can't quite come together, and it seems to start in Denzel's eyes.
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