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 »

A few new movie posters have hit the multiplex today, and are online for all the enjoy. Hit the jump to check out the first one-sheets for The Smurfs, Battle: Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, and a better poster for The Fighter.

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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 »


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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 »

Poster: ‘The Green Hornet’


There’s a pretty great new poster for Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. The slice above shows only part of the design, and the whole thing is much more representative of the overall feel I expected from having Mr. Gondry as a director. Check it out in full after the break.
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There are a couple of small pieces of trivia that cropped up this week, none really worth a headline of their own, but entertaining enough that I’ve crammed a couple together here. One comes from the deep history of Sylvester Stallone, who talks about an audition he once had in front of George Lucas. The other tells of a set of films that could have borne Edgar Wright’s name, had things been a little bit different. Read More »


UPDATE: We have now confirmed that James Newton Howard is in fact taking over for Elfman. Original article follows.

Add another item to the ever-growing list of setbacks plaguing The Green Hornet. The film has been having problems since day one, and between the tacked-on 3D post-conversion and the delayed January (aka “dump month”) release date, it appears that not even the addition of director Michel Gondry (following Stephen Chow‘s departure) may have been enough to salvage the project from its production woes.

The bright side here is that this particular setback may inadvertently work to the film’s advantage. Danny Elfman was originally set to work the score for The Green Hornet, but now he’s out, and James Newton Howard is in talks to take over as composer. Learn more after the break. Read More »


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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When Michel Gondry was hired to direct Seth Rogen and Jay Chou in The Green Hornet (based on Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s script) it seemed like a weird move. No matter that Gondry had once been part of a previous Green Hornet development team that fell apart. He just doesn’t seem like the superhero/action movie sort of guy. Even if the take is not quite standard.

Or, to be pointed: how will Gondry handle the action? The film’s full trailer shows off some of his approach, especially in the stylized shots of Jay Chou fighting as Kato. Gondry has recently described his ideas for shooting action, and they sound as if he’s trying to play with the action in slightly different ways than usual. Read More »