Lots of casting news has been flying about for the past few days, and in the wake of Comic Con we’re still catching up on a few things. In this particular casting break you’ll find:

  • Nick Nolte will lend his wonderfully grizzled talent to Robert Redford’s new film.
  • A Stargate SG-1 actor gets a role in The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Jay Chou stars in a new Chinese action film, complete with a teaser. Read More »
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A new trailer has just been released for True Legend, an upcoming film by influential director and fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping. Yuen made his name as a director back in the ’70s with movies like Drunken Master, but has recently focused more on action choreography, for films including The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill and Kung Fu Hustle. True Legend is his first directorial effort since 1996. As you might guess, it is a martial arts actioner.

Vincent Zhao (Once Upon a Time in China), Zhou Xun, Jay Chou (Kato from The Green Hornet), Michelle Yeoh and David Carradine all star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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IMDB Thinks All Asians Look The Same

Despite my reservations about his eventual performance, I was pretty thrilled when I heard that actor and Taiwanese mega-sensation pop music star Jay Chou had been cast as Kato in Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet. Turns out, I was wrong all along; according to IMDB, it was actually Harold & Kumar star John Cho that starred in the film. Huh? Screenshot after the jump.
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‘The Green Hornet’ – What Did You Think?

Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet, which is out today in theaters, has had a long, arduous path to the big screen. Gondry was initially supposed to direct Hornet way back in 1997, but significant creative differences led to the film being shelved. Then, Kevin Smith climbed aboard the project to write and direct, before Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg finally seized control in 2007. Initially, martial arts favorite Stephen Chow was slated to direct, but further creative differences led to him leaving the project and Gondry assuming control once again (for more info on the film’s history, check out this NYTimes piece).

The final product cost over $100 million to produce and has a wise-cracking Rogen playing Britt Reid, the titular character who teams up with martial arts expert and genius engineer Kato (played by Jay Chou) to defeat the vicious Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). So was all the hullabaloo worth it? Does Rogen show he can still draw laughs? Does Gondry manage to imbue a superhero story with his whimsical visual style? Does Jay Chou’s heavy accent threaten to torpedo the whole thing? Hit the jump to leave your thoughts. Spoilers are allowed in the comments and after the break.

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‘The Green Hornet’ Carl’s Jr. Commercials

If you live anywhere near a Carl’s Jr. fast food location, chances are you’ve been bombarded with their latest ad campaign featuring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou from The Green Hornet. It’s on almost every second and it’s convincing enough that, for a moment, you think you’re watching a scene from the Michel Gondry movie. Right up until The Green Hornet asks Kato to split some chicken tenders, of course.

So, for any one who might have missed these commercials (which is probably a lot of you since there aren’t any Carl’s Jr. locations East of Texas), you really should check them out. The early word on The Green Hornet is that it’s a fun action comedy and, judging from these spots, it seems like the stars are enjoying themselves. Check out the 30 second spot and extended 60 second spot after the jump and also see why Carl’s Jr. has the best ads ever. Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: ‘The Green Hornet’

Kato Vision is on full display in the brand new, full theatrical trailer for The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz and Michael Pena. It shows way more action and comedy than the first trailer, which I already thought looked pretty decent, but gets dangerously close to revealing too much. What trailer doesn’t these days, though? My fingers are crossed that this one lives up to its potential. Check out the brand new trailer for the film, which is scheduled for release January 14, after the break. Read More »

International Movie Trailer: ‘The Green Hornet’

It’s been a rough road for The Green Hornet — change-ups behind the scenes elevated and then deflated some early interest as Stephen Chow came and went. But hiring Michel Gondry to apply his particular brand of quirky, unpredictable storytelling to a pulp superhero movie seemed like a good move. And while there are some who have trouble accepting Seth Rogen as the title character, casting Jay Chou as his sidekick/enabler Kato seems to have been a good move.

Now there’s a new international trailer for the film that really highlights Kato, and you can see it below. Read More »

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After a decidedly mixed response to The Green Hornet‘s trailer—casual viewers seemed to be excited for it, while many Michel Gondry fans were disappointed with how by-the-numbers it looked—Comic-Con was Gondry and Seth Rogen‘s big opportunity to win back support from concerned moviegoers. Was the trailer a fair representation of the movie, or was it an example of studio trickery, playing off the film as a typical superhero romp when in reality it’s anything but?

Check after the break to find out. Read More »

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