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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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Jay Chou Cast as Kato in The Green Hornet

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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 »

Kato Casting Call Kicks Chow To The Curb?


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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Some small superhero news today. First up is a weird bit of casting. According to EW, Cameron Diaz has been offered the female lead role in WB’s Green Hornet, where she’d be opposite Seth Rogen, working for director Michel Gondry. That’s a weird offer…maybe a couple years after The Mask it would have made sense, or even around the Charlie’s Angels era. But Diaz has fallen into the romcom zone, and it’s more difficult to see it working now. Nothing against Diaz; it just seems like a weird fit. But then, we know very very little about this film. Maybe Rogen, co-writer Evan Goldberg and Gondry have come up with something no one expects, where she makes more sense.

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Just when I thought the cast of the sci-fi buddy comedy Paul couldn’t get any better, word comes along from SDNN (via The Playlist) that the first lady of sci-fi has joined the cast of Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s next film. That’s right…. Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in the Alien films, Dana Barrett in the Ghostbusters series, Gwen DeMarco in the underrated Galaxy Quest and the ship’s computer in WALL-E. Weaver will join Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, and Kristen Wiig.

Scripted by Pegg and Frost (the duo from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), the story follows two British nerds, fresh off a trip to Comic Con, who decide to go on a road trip to Area 51. They meet an alien named Paul, voiced by Rogen, who asks them to help him escape from the U.S. Government. On the run from a government agent named Lorenzo Zoil (Jason Bateman), the trio accidentally kidnap a young Christian girl (Kristen Wiig) and pay a visit to an old “crackpot” woman (possibly Weaver?) who not only claims to have witnessed Paul’s crash landing, but even pulled him out of the ship.

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Superbad/Adventureland director Greg Mottola‘s next film is shaping up to be the funniest geek comedy ever filmed. But before I get into the new casting, let me tell you a little about the movie.

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