‘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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UPDATE: Sorry, apparently, even the Los Angeles Times can be wrong. 20th Century Fox has just said that they don’t know when the trailer for X-Men: First Class will premiere but it won’t be on The Green Hornet. Sorry if we got your hopes up. It did seem a little weird for a Fox trailer to premiere on a Sony movie.

We haven’t even seen an official frame from Matthew Vaughn‘s June 3 release, X-Men: First Class but now, almost out of nowhere, the trailer is mere days away. According to the Los Angeles Times, the trailer for X-Men: First Class, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, and Kevin Bacon will premiere this Friday on prints of Michel Gondry‘s The Green Hornet. We ran a detailed trailer description last week, so if you can’t wait, you can read that again after the jump. Read More »

Michel Gondry To Direct ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Academy Award winning director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep) will direct the January 13th episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in an attempt to promote his upcoming film The Green Hornet. Star of the film, Seth Rogen, will appear as Kimmel’s big guest during the episode, alongside young actress Elle Fanning (Somewhere) and a musical performance by The Damned Things. I’d love to see what kind of unquie angle Gondry will take with a late night talk show, because if you ask me, that tv genre is in need of reinvention. Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams have directed previous episodes of the late night talk show. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Some of the best movie lore has to do with why projects didn’t happen, rather than the stories behind ones that did. This is halfway to one of those stories. The Green Hornet opens this week as directed by Michel Gondry, but the film might have been very different. Stephen Chow was set to direct, and Nicolas Cage was originally going to play the villain role that was taken instead by Christoph Waltz. Now, there is a bit more detail about the departure of Cage. It might not shock you that one of the key factors was a funny accent. Read More »

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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.

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Never Let Me Go

After the Telluride Film Festival premiere of his latest film, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview director Mark Romanek for a long-form interview. It was a collaboration between Alex from FirstShowing and myself, which explains how we were able to get so much time with the filmmaker.

Mark Romanek is one of the best music video directors to come out of the 1990’s. His videos have included Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”, “Scream” – Michael Jackson’s grammy award winning collaboration with sister Janet Jackson (at $7 million, one of the most expensive music video ever made), Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘Til It’s Gone”, Johnny Cash’s gut-wrenching cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”, En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind”, Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut”, Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”. His 2002 feature film One Hour Photo is probably best known for Robin Williams’ dramatic turn. While the film is beloved by cinephiles, it pretty much went under the radar of mainstream audiences. It did however gain Romanek a lot of the respect in the movie industry. His follow-up, a big screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s novel Never Let Me Go, premiered at the 37th Telluride Film Festival. The book was named one of TIME’s 100 Best Novels (from 1923 to the Present), featured on many top ten books of 2005 lists, and a finalist in the National Book Critic Circle Award.

After the jump is part one of the chat, where we talk about the director’s influences, how he became a music video director, his long journey back to feature filmmaking, and what it took to create his latest movie, Never Let Me Go.

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