Disgusting as the Human Centipede franchise is, I’ve gotta hand it to director Tom Six. Most sequels try to go bigger and better, but few try to go 50 times bigger. After the jump:

  • Tom Six says Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) will feature a 500-person chain
  • Rodrigo Santoro talks 300 2, or whatever they end up calling it
  • Joss Whedon continues to spill his thoughts on a potential Avengers 2
  • In case you were still wondering, no, there are no plans for a Green Hornet 2
  • Skyfall set pics reveal a familiar-looking car and a handsome-looking Bond

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By now you’ve probably seen dozens of critics’ best-of-2011 lists (including ours!), and noticed some amount of overlap on films like Hugo, Drive, and Tree of Life. But there’s more than one way to gauge a movie’s success, and when it comes to what general audiences are actually watching, a whole different set of titles come out on top.

According to a report just released by Redbox, the Adam Sandler vehicle Just Go With It was the most rented title at its bright red kiosks in 2011, ahead of several other comedies including No Strings Attached, Rango, and The Dilemma. Meanwhile, Fast Five leads the list of the most pirated movies of the year, followed by The Hangover Part II, Thor, and Source Code. Read both lists after the jump.

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VOTD: ‘[the films of] Michel Gondry’

We’ve been following Kees van Dijkhuisen‘s “[the films of]” since the very beginning, and with the latest video, we’ve now reached the halfway point of his yearlong, twelve-part project. Like the other installments before it, “[the films of] Michel Gondry” focuses on a director’s body of work, showcasing his unique style through a montage of carefully selected clips from his oeuvre. Relive the whimsy and poignancy of a Gondry film in just two and a half minutes, after the jump.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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THE GREEN HORNET
(Blu-ray available as single-disc and Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
The Green Hornet is a complete mess. Michel Gondry may be credited as its director, but it plays far more like a Seth Rogen comedy, with only occasional opportunities afforded to Gondry to inject his off-the-wall visual flourishes. Had Gondry and Rogen shared a more consistent overarching vision, the film might’ve been something special, but as it stands the story is too clumsy and shapeless to satisfyingly coalesce as a whole. And yet, I greatly enjoyed watching it. For all its faults, Rogen’s self-aware spin on the superhero genre overcomes its lack of narrative momentum by never running out of amusing conceits to play around with from scene to scene. Once again bringing a loose, parodic slant to heftily-budgeted material, Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg supplant a familiar formula with an array of clever, distinctive touches, ranging from the character dynamic (the superhero remains useless throughout, while the sidekick is forced to do all the work) to the subversive humor (a lengthy altercation between Britt Reid and Kato puts the brawl from They Live to shame) to the action scenes (the crime-fighting duo take a wild ride in the Black Beauty during the film’s appreciably ridiculous climax). The film may be a failure, but at least it’s a fairly unique and entertaining one.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A filmmakers’ commentary, a gag reel, and 2 featurettes (“Writing The Green Hornet”, “The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool”). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as additional featurettes (“The Stunt Family Armstrong”, “Finding Kato”, “The Art of Destruction”, “Double Barrel”), a Jay Chou Audition, The Green Hornet Cutting, and more.

BEST DVD PRICE
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BEST BLU-RAY PRICE*
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$19.99 $19.99 $19.99
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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $24.99 at Best Buy and Amazon.

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss whether or not Blu-Ray is an inferior format to DVD, and try to get excited about a Tron: Legacy sequel. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from CinemaBlend. Also, a big thanks to Colin for the awesome spoiler sound effect!

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I didn’t get too excited when I heard that Michel Gondry would be directing an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! After all, how much of a personal stamp could Gondry, who’s known for the visual whimsy of films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, add to a late night talk show?

Actually, a lot.
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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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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 35 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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