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First Look: GREEN HORNET Pics And Footage

Posted on 21 June 2010 by Rich Drees

Over the weekend, I found myself reading an online article tracing the various looks that old time radio hero-turned comic book hero the Green Hornet had sported in his various four color incarnations over the decades. And as I was reading, I started to wonder when we would finally see some official pictures of Seth Rogen in the upcoming big screen adaption of the masked crimefighter’s adventures. (We saw a few unofficial looks when the film was in production last fall.) Well, today those first official pictures were released, along with about a minute of footage appearing on Entertainment Tonight.

Both photos feature stars Rogen as newspaper publisher Britt Reid/the Green Hornet and Jay Chou as his sidekick Kato. The second picture especially hints that the film could be fairly exciting and action-filled.

The Entertainment Tonight clip, on the other hand, leaves me a little worried as it gives the impression that Rogen may be playing yet another variation of his lovable doofus character. Of course, this could be impression created by some careful editing in order to sell the film to the large portion of his fan base who probably have never heard of the Green Hornet before. We’ll get more of a look at the film when the first trailer is unveiled tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The Green Hornet hits theaters in 3D next January.

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Here’s Seth Rogen’s GREEN HORNET Costume

Posted on 30 September 2009 by Rich Drees

GreenHornetCostumeOK, so it is not Seth Rogen actually in costume as the titular Green Hornet, but it is a look at his stunt man in the outfit. The screengrab comes from  Splash News Online‘s video footage of the filming of some stunt sequences for the upcoming film. The stunt sequences involve blowing up stuff and dropping a bulldozer on to a car.

And I have to say, the looks good to me. The green vest, mask and fedora are all solid, old school Hornet, much like the pictures we saw of the Hornet’s assistant Kato and his car the Black Beuaty back at the beginning of September. At least the look of the film will be true to the 1960s television series based on the radio show from the 1930s and `40s.

Though a fan of the Green Hornet radio series, I was not too enthused when it was announced that Seth Rogen was going to star in this film adaptation. But with every bit of news that leaks out about the film, my wariness of the project is lessened. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen pictures of the main costumes for the heroes that look good, had Christoph Waltz announced as the film’s villain and we know that Edward James Olmos is playing a newspaper reporter (the radio show’s Mike Axford) out to unmask the Green Hornet, not knowing that he is his boss, publisher Britt Reid.

The Green Hornet is scheduled for release in December 2010.

Via Cinematical.

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Cage Out, Waltz In As HORNET Villain

Posted on 15 September 2009 by Rich Drees

ChristophWaltzHot on the heels of wowing audiences as Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (and winning the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for it), Austrian actor Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of the already-in-production Green Hornet as the film’s lead villain. Nicholas Cage had previously been in talks for the role, but walked away from negotiations last week when a deal couldn’t be finalized.

Variety describes Waltz’s character as “a Los Angeles crime boss who tries to unite the city’s various gangs in order to form a supermafia.” His character will be facing opposition from newspaper publisher-turned-vigilante the Green Hornet, to be played by Seth Rogen.

As one of those blown away by his complex performance in Basterds, I am excited to see that Waltz is already getting more English language work. And while Cage does have his moments, I think that Waltz is a more interesting choice for the role. Then again, I’m thinking that Waltz is the default more interesting choice for any role.

We’ll be seeing Green Hornet in December 2010.

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First Look At THE GREEN HORNET

Posted on 07 September 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoThe Green Hornet started shooting last week and thanks to the fact that they have been out shooting on location, we already have a look at several members of the cast- Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet’s public identity of crusading newspaper publisher Britt Reid, Cameron Diaz as Casey Lenore, Jay Chou as Britt’s chauffeur and sidekick Kato and the Green Hornet’s tricked out car, the Black Beauty. Additionally, we starting to see pictures of Chou’s stunt-double in Kato’s crimefighting costume and a few things that might be considered more on the spoiler-side, so be forwarned if you follow the various links to Superhero Hype, Crazy Critics and Just Jared (Set 1 and set 2)  . If not, we’ve popped a few non-spoilerish samples below. (Click on any one for a bigger view.) The scene being shot appears to be an outdoor press conference where… something happens.

Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten our first look at Rogen in the Green Hornet’s outfit. Since the looks for Kato and the Black Beauty are sticking with the more traditional design, I’m hoping that the same will hold true for the Hornet’s outfit as well.

As a fan of the original radio series, I have to admit that I am still a bit leery of this project, mainly due to Rogen’s involvement. There has been no clear cut statement as to what the film’s tone will be, and I am dreading that he and director Michel Gondry are going to go for something a little more lighthearted and comical than appropriate. Hopefully, we’ll have a better idea long before the film’s premier in December 2010.

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THE GREEN HORNET Has Found His Kato

Posted on 07 August 2009 by Rich Drees

JayChou1Asian pop star-turned-actor Jay Chou has been cast to play Kato, loyal sidekick to the crime-busting Green Hornet, in Michel Gondry’s upcoming adaptation of the classic old time radio series hero.

Seth Rogen is set to star in the film as Britt reid, a crusading newspaper publisher who moonlights as a masked vigilante whom the cops believe is a criminal. Hong Kong star Stephen Chow had originally been tapped to star as Kato and to direct the film. However, he left the project after disagreeing with the producer’s as to the tone of the film.

In a press release, Gondry stated-

Jay is incredibly unique and charming and fights like a wild dog! When I filmed him next to Seth, they had such great chemistry, and I knew the movie will be great.

Chou is probably unfamiliar to most American audiences who aren’t connoisseurs of Asian cinema. A hit debut pop album in 2000 helped Chou seque into an acting career. He has starred in the 2006 comedy-action film Initial D with Edison Chen. He also starred in 2005′s Curse Of The Golden Flower opposite Gong Li and Chow Yun-Fat.

Chou isn’t the first relatively unknown actor to take on the role of Kato. Besides the long-running 1930s and 40s radio series, the Green Hornet appeared on television in the 1960s. Kato was played by a young, unknown martial artist from Hong Kong named Bruce Lee. Although the series only lasted a year, it helped launch Lee’s extraordinary career.

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New Releases: April 10

Posted on 10 April 2009 by William Gatevackes

hannah-montana-movie-poster1. Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney, 3,118 Theaters, 102 Minutes, Rated G): The last time the words “Hannah” and “Montana” were on a movie released in theaters, the film in question Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour, rocketed to number one and raked in a bunch of dough.

So, that means this movie, which is more movie musical than concert film, will do just as well, right?

Maybe, maybe not. The demographic this film is shooting for left the recent Jonas Brothers film out to dry. And Miley Cyrus has had a flare up of controversy or two in the mean time. It does have the lead in theaters, but faces stiff competition.

What’s the film about? Something about Miley having to face a decision about whether or not she can continue being Hannah Montana. Yeah, I know.

observe-and-report-movie-poster-12. Observe and Report (Warner Brothers, 2,727 Theaters, 86 Minutes, Rated R); Paul Blart, Mall Cop was a surprise box office smash earlier this year, and Hollywood being what it is, they rushed out a quickie sequel. I guess Kevin James was busy, so they got Seth Rogen to replace him as Blart. And Anna Faris is replacing Jayma Mays as the romantic lead.

The plot invol…um, what? What is that? You’re saying that this is NOT a sequel to Paul Blart, Mall Cop? That this was another loser security guard who lives with his mother and is awkward with women who must rise above his station to solve a crime at the mall he is sworn to protect? All the while finding love with a cute mall employee? Seriously?

Yes, this very similar film was in production the same time as Paul Blart, Mall Cop, but that film beat it into theaters. Who would of thought that one mall security guard comedies could be green lit, let alone two? The former was a success, will this one follow suit?

dragonball-evolution-poster_350x5213. Dragonball Evolution (Fox, 2181 Theaters, 84 Minutes, Rated PG): With all the cartoons, video games, toys and card games around the Dragonball Empire, it was only a matter of time before we came up with a live action movie. The wonder is that it took so long.

If you happen to be one who don’t know Dragonball from Dodgeball, the series revolves around a young man who must fight against enormous odds to gather seven “balls” of immense power before an evil warlord does it first. And, of course, the fate of the world is at stake.

I haven’t seen much advertising for this film, so I wonder if it will have much drawing power outside of the anime/gamer set.

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Not Much Funny In Trailer For Apatow’s FUNNY PEOPLE

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Rich Drees

Funnt PeopleUp until now, not a whole lot has been known about Judd Apatow’s upcoming film Funny People. We did know that Adam Sandler and Jason Schwartzman were joining Apatow regulars Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill as a group of standup comedians. From the trailer below, it looks as if there might be a little more drama in Funny People than in his previous films. If Apatow is looking to expand the scope of what type of movie he makes, more power to him. Hopefully, he can keep some of the plotlines shown in the trailer from coming off as too mawkish or sugary sentimental.

But the big question is will fans welcome the shift in tone or be disappointed?

Funny People hits screens July 31.

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Michel Gondry To Direct GREEN HORNET

Posted on 24 February 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoEternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry has been tapped to direct the upcoming Green Hornet film according to Production Weekly.

Recently, Hong Kong action director Stephen Chow walked away from the project which is set to star Seth Rogen as Britt Reid, dashing millionaire newspaper publisher who fights crime as the masked Green Hornet. Reid is assisted by his valet Kato. The hero started off life as a popular radio series in the 1930s but has found continued life in a movie serial, comics and a short-lived television series in the 1960s that is best remembered for introducing Bruce Lee to American audiences. Created by the same producer who created the Lone Ranger, Britt Reid was eventually revealed to be the grand-nephew of that famous masked lawman. How much of this lore remains in Rogen’s script is unknown.

Although no start date for filming has been announced, it should be fairly soon if the picture hopes to make its announced release date of July 25, 2010.

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GREEN HORNET Getting New Lease On Life?

Posted on 27 January 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoIt seems that this past weekend’s report of the demise of The Green Hornet film may have been a bit premature.

HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, who broke the story that the adaptation of the popular 1930s and ’40s radio hero was in serious trouble at studio Sony Pictures, has followed up in his reportage with an email from the film’s co-writer and star Seth Rogen, who states that pre-production was still active for the film.

The Green Hornet has many people working for it, including production designers, costume designers and many conceptual artists, office staff, etc. . . .[The studio heads] have every intention on making it, and assuming we’re able to hire a new director in the upcoming weeks, which seems like a distinct possibility, it should still hit the release date.

Well, yes, it is obviously in Rogen’s best interest to talk the project up as being right on track, so take the news with an appropriate sized grain of salt.

I have to say, as a fan of the original radio series, I’m not that intrigued yet by the prospect of the Green Hornet coming to the big screen in this configuration. Seth Rogen is likable enough and even though he has been working out and is noticeably trimmer in recent interviews,  he still doesn’t quite fit my image of the character. There has also been some back and forth as to whether the film will have comedic elements in it or not. Making the film a comedy would not be doing the characters any justice. If this does go forward, I hope that there will be some news that engages my enthusiasm.

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GREEN HORNET On “Life Support”?

Posted on 25 January 2009 by Rich Drees

Green Hornet LogoFans of the old time radio series The Green Hornet may have to wait a while longer before seeing their hero on the silver screen.

HitFix is reporting that the Green Hornet film currently in development at Sony is not dead, but “has gone on life support” and that it is “highly unlikely the film will shoot in 2009.” This state of affairs is the result of Hong Kong actor/director Stephen Chow backing out of directing the film last month due to “creative differences.”

Getting the Green Hornet on to the big screen has been a tough proposition for the many who have tried. In the mid-1990s, George Clooney and Jason Scott Lee were reportedly up for the roles of the Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato in a film version that never materialized. Towards the end of the decade Robocop scripter Edward Neumeier and John Fusco both took cracks at writing screenplays for a Green Hornet feature. In 2004, writer/director Kevin Smith was hired by the Weinstein Company when the studio picked up the rights to the character, but Smith backed out a year later citing a desire to continue working on smaller budgeted features.

This most recently planned version was announced last June amid some concern from fans that the announced star and co-writer Seth Rogen would turn the film into a comedy rather than a straightforward action film. But whatever type of film Rogen and co-writer Evan Goldberg have put together, it is looking doubtful that we will see it on Sony’s announced premier date of June 25, 2010. Or anytime soon after that.

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