The Green Hornet started principal photography last week, and thanks to various sources we’ve got photos of stars Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou and director Michel Gondry on set, as well as a first look at Jay Chou’s stunt double in character as the Hornet’s sidekick Kato. Read More »
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Columbia Pictures has sent out a press release announcing the start of production on Michel Gondry‘s The Green Hornet. Hidden in the press release are details of a couple previously unannounced cast members, including Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In The Bedroom) and David Harbour (Revolutionary Road, Quantum of Solace), as well as confirming the previous unconfirmed casting report of Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica). The press release notes that Nicolas Cage is still in negotiations to appear as the film’s villain.
Wilkinson worked with Gondry previously on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. No information has been revealed as to what role any of the three mentioned actors will play in the film. Read the full press release after the jump.
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The Green Hornet, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by Michel Gondry, was set to open in July of next year, but now won’t wear the mask until December 17, 2010. It’s an interesting move, since in a summer slot the film might get lost admist hefty competition like the third Twilight film, Predators, Inception and Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, all of which are slotted for early to mid-July. Read what Seth Rogen says about the move after the break. Read More »
James McAvoy has signed on to star in I’m With Cancer, an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1’s Best Week Ever.
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Columbia Pictures has confirmed that Taiwanese star Jay Chou (Curse of the Golden Flower ) has been cast as Kato in The Green Hornet. Stephen Chow had been previously attached to the role, but departed from the project shortly after stepping down from the director’s chair. Official press release after the jump.
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Well, I’m not sure I like where this is going at all. According to Variety, Nicolas Cage and His Amazing Hair are in talks to join the Michel Gondry-directed The Green Hornet. This is just a week after Stephen Chow dropped out of the role of sidekick Kato. (Months after he left the director’s chair.) Once upon a time I could have seen Cage really killing this sort of role, but I haven’t seen him do anything inspired in a long time. He would be a “gangster villain”, but still I just come up with a looped image of his Fu Manchu from the Grindhouse trailer Werewolf Women of the SS. Read More »
It would appear from a freshly surfaced casting call that the role of Kato in Michel Gondry‘s Green Hornet movie is currently vacant. After it was announced that Seth Rogen was to write, produce and star in a Hornet flick a heady cocktail of skepticism and intrigue flooded the web. Then, it was announced that Stephen Chow was going to both direct and co-star in the picture and the general level of enthusiasm went through the roof. After that, a nosedive as Chow left the director’s seat and while it seemed likely he’d also pass up on the acting position, nothing was made official and Rogen even intimated that Chow was just as likely to be his Kato as ever. This remained the case even after Gondry was announced as director.
That all changes now, however.
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We’ve told you what the movie Paul is about. That’s the road trip movie written by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, currently being directed by Adventureland‘s Greg Mottola and starring a whole bunch of awesome people. But it’s much more fun to let Pegg and Frost tell you what it’s about, especially with the slightly smarmy haircut and goatee Pegg is now sporting. Their latest video blog from the production diary What is Paul? goes into all the dirty details, or at least some of them. Watch it after the break. Read More »
This past April saw the release of writer/director Jody Hill‘s first official Hollywood feature entitled Observe & Report. The film is an uncompromised portrait of a young mall-cop riding the peaks and valleys of bi-polar disorder like a vigilante daydream set to Queen‘s Flash Gordon theme. In the lead, Seth Rogen gave his most memorable and invested performance since a scathing-eyes debut on Freaks and Geeks.
On top of that, Observe‘s production design was deliberately unglamorous; its depictions of a troubled, goofy main character and firearms bordered, at times, on misanthropic endorsement. Hill’s script and direction managed to flesh out an endlessly talented supporting cast (Anna Faris, Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, Ben Best, Danny McBride, Ray Liotta, Michael Peña, Collette Wolfe) in a decidedly untypical comedy. Many critics and viewers didn’t know what to make of it. Far too many critics said, “I liked it, but it’s not for everyone.” Movies as Joe Viewer trough? Moreover, gallons of digital ink were wasted on a bullshit, hit-fueled “rape controversy,” in yet another growing-pain display of male movie writers as over-sensitive guardians of today’s PC-gates.
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