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The Thorn in the Heart – Trailer for Michel Gondry’s documentary

Posted by LiveFor on March 25, 2010

Michel Gondry is a filmmaker known for breaking new ground — be it in the world of commercial advertising, directing music videos for the likes of Bjork and The White Stripes, or helming imaginative features like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dave Chapelles Block Party, or the upcoming The Green Hornet. Gondrys newest film, THE THORN IN THE HEART (L’Epine dans le Coeur), further propels his filmography into the realm of the unvisted with a personal look at the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean—Yves. Michel examines Suzettes years as a schoolteacher and her life in rural France. During the course of filming the documentary, new family stories are unearthed and Michel uses his camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way. THE THORN IN THE HEART had its world premiere screening in the official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Call me Ishmael

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Enter the Dragon – Remake could star Stephen Chow, Frank Black and Anne Hathaway

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

Stephen Chow is the great actor / director behind films such as Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. Chow had been due to appear as Kato in The Green Hornet film, but that all fell apart. News on the grapevine is that he is about to make his English speaking debut in a film called Tai Chi. Twitch had the news that this is to be a remake of the classic Bruce Lee film, Enter the Dragon.

If this new story is more than a rumour then the remake will co-star Jack Black and Anne Hathaway.

Channel News Asia says that Tai Chi will have a $60 million budget and will be produced by the China Film Group Corporation and “an unnamed American film company.”

The film tells the story of a Chinese migrant in the US (played by Chow) who works as a dishwasher in Chinatown and hides his skills as a Tai Chi master. He is forced to stand up to gangsters who oppress his fellow migrants and later gets invited to start martial arts schools to share his knowledge.

Chow, a big fan of the late kung fu legend Bruce Lee, reportedly went to great lengths to make sure the script was perfect. He continously refined the script for almost two years and pushed back the production date.

The only other recent news about an Enter the Dragon remake was for one starring Rain (Ninja Assassin). That one is by writer/director Kurt Sutter and titled Awaken the Dragon but things have been quiet for that one.

I still see no need to remake Enter the Dragon, but if anyone is going to do it then Chow could just be the one to do it. I do hope that he doesn’t try and make it a comedy though as that just wouldn’t seem right. As for Black and Hathaway’s involvement I could see it working, but having Black involved would again raise the prospect of this remake have some comedy elements to it. Mind you part of me would want to see him as the Jim Kelly character with the big afro, but that is a very small part of me and even that knows it is wrong. If Black was going to play one of the main characters then I suppose he has more of a resemblance to John Saxon.

If this does happen would you be happen to see a Stephen Chow version of Enter the Dragon? What would have to be in it to work and who could play the villainous Han?

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The Random – Conchords go Muppets, 3D Porn, Sam Raimi to do the Shadow, Dune in 3D, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Scream 4, Take This Waltz, Scott Pilgrim, Green Hornet, Deadpool

Posted by LiveFor on January 30, 2010

“Flight of the Conchords” co-creator James Bobin has decided to sign on to direct Disney’s new Muppet movie.

Tinto Brass (Caligula) is planning what he calls the world’s first-ever 3D pornographic production says The Hollywood Reporter.

Sam Raimi may direct a new feature based on the pulp tales of The Shadow.

Pierre Morel has said he would like to do the Dune remake in 3D.

John C Reilly and Tilda Swinton are to star in the adaption of Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. The novel follows a mother’s shock and horror when her son initiates a high school killing spree.

Kevin Williamson talks about Scream 4

Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams are set to star in the romantic drama Take This Waltz says Dark Horizons. The story follows a young woman (Williams) who struggles with her infidelities and the budding realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships. Sarah Polley (“Away From Her”) directs.

Edgar Wright’s adaption of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will be released on 13th August 2010 so will go head to head with Stallone’s The Expendables.

Danny Elfman is scoring The Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogen and directed by Michel Gondry.

Ryan Reynolds talks to the Deadpool screenwriters (“Zombieland” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) everyday.

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The Treasure Hunter starring The Green Hornet’s Jay Chou

Posted by LiveFor on November 16, 2009

chouIn the northwest desert where countless prosperous dynasties have flourish and fall, there is rumor of a treasure of unbelievable riches buried among it. A group of mysterious guardians have been guarding the map to the location of the treasure until a fierce rivalry erupted. A notorious international crime group, The Company, hunted down the map keeper and before they managed to secure the map, the keeper passed the map to a young chivalrous man Ciao Fei (Jay Chou). Ciao Fei was forced to give up the map to save the life of his mentor’s daughter Lan Ting (Lin Chi Ling). Teaming up with Hua Ding Bang (a famous archaeologist) and Lan Ting they embark on a dangerous journey to recover the map and fight to protect the ancient treasure.


Source: Twitch

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The Green Hornet: Year One – New Comic book series by Matt Wagner heading our way

Posted by LiveFor on October 12, 2009

hornet1There has been lots of news on the Michel Gondry directed Green Hornet film. Seth Rogen stars as the crime fighter aided by Jay Chou as Kato.

Now Dynamite Entertainment kicked off the 2009 Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend with the announcement of Green Hornet: Year One from writer/cover artist Matt Wagner and interior artist Aaron Campbell.

Publisher Nick Barrucci spoke with CBR about Matt Wagner’s involvement on the project. “He loves the Green Hornet, loves the original Britt Reid, and once we got into the conversation, he was really hyped about doing the origin story. It’s just a perfect marriage. You’ve got one of the most respected creators in comics writing one of the most classic characters in comics. It’s fantastic, and it’s a ‘Year One’ story like you’ve never seen before. Matt has been really incredible at nailing the essence of the character while still making it accessible to a modern audience. He’s fantastic.”

Campbell was last seen penciling Dynamite’s “The Trial of Sherlock Holmes,” and Barrucci noted, “Matt really enjoyed his artwork on that series, and they compliment each other so well. It’s definitely going to be a great, gritty style. Not over the top gritty, but it’s going to have enough of the elements of the original Green Hornet while, again, still making it cool for a modern audience.”

One thing that won’t be modern per se is the setting as “Year One” will remain a period piece set in the 1930s when the character was invented by radio writer Fran Striker, and will feature original crime-busting pair Britt Reid and Kato. “Without getting too far into it, you’re going to find out how they found each other, and you’re going to have some nice Easter Eggs in there.”

Maybe they will build on the links the Green Hornet has with the Lone Ranger. We will have to wait and see.

The alternate cover is by Alex Ross (as if you needed telling).

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The Green Hornet – First proper photo of Seth Rogen in costume

Posted by LiveFor on October 2, 2009

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A photo surfaced a couple of days ago that looked like Seth Rogen in costume as the crime fighter, The Green Hornet, but it turned out that it was a stunt man on the set of Michel Gondry’s film.

However, this photo has popped up and it shows Rogen and Jay Chou in costume as the Hornet and Kato.

Rogen plays Britt Reid, the newspaper entrepreneur by day and masked superhero by night. Jay Chou takes over the role of chauffeur/martial-arts expert Kato, Cameron Diaz is Lenore Case, and Inglourious Basterds’ Christoph Waltz plays the villain, Chudnofsky.

Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) also stars and recently spoke to the LA Times about the film “I’ll put it to you this way — it’s quite a fun journey,” Olmos said. “It’s my first time doing this kind of a movie. ‘Blade Runner’ is the only thing that comes close to this. I’m having a lot of fun. People are really going to like what we’ve done. …”

Olmos’ character works alongside James Reid, publisher of the Sentinel and father of Britt.

“We’re the backbone of the paper,” he said. “Things go awry, and I end up having to try to sustain what’s going on in our lives. And of course the Green Hornet doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t want to give anything away.“

“It took a while, but things are finally coming together,” said Olmos, who revealed he has one major stunt in which he gets zapped. “I think it’s going to be very exciting. People will find that it’s different than what they expect. Seth is doing a wonderful job. There’s a lot of everything. It’s going to be action-filled, and there’s a lot of humor in the situations. It’s really a well-crafted piece of work. Hopefully people will enjoy it and we’ll have a few of these films.”

Green Hornet opens 17th December, 2010

Source: Splash News

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The Green Hornet to go up against Colonel Hans Landa

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

christophe-waltzAh the comings and goings of Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet. People are cast, people leave and it’s all a bit up in the air even though they have started filming (check out the photos).

Last we heard Nicolas Cage had to bow out from being the gangster villain of the piece due to other commitments. That left a gap in the cast of Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Edward James Olmos and Tom Wilkinson.

Step forward Christoph Waltz. He is the excellent actor who was absolutely brilliant in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as Col. Hans Landa. He was calm, collected, witty, manic and intelligently insane. A superb performance in my mind and I hope he gets a Supporting Actor nod at the Oscars.

I think Waltz will give this production an absolute lift and if he is working his milk drinking strudel chomping mojo then we should be in for something simply splendid.

How do you feel about Waltz going up against the Hornet?

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Nicolas Cage has left The Green Hornet but The Hungry Rabbit Jumps

Posted by LiveFor on September 9, 2009

cageAccording to Heat Vision, Nicolas Cage has bowed out of playing the villain in Columbia Pictures The Green Hornet.

The film is being helmed by Michel Gondry.

It seems the actor and the studio couldn’t come to terms on the actor’s deal. Columbia is currently looking for a replacement.

The Green Hornet seems to be plagued with changes in cast in crew. First Stephen Chow was going to be Kato, then direct it, then not direct it, then he left it completely. Now this with Cage. A bit of a shame really as it would be good to see Cage as a bad guy again. His manic tics, shouting, pointing and furrowed brow could have worked quite well for this film.

The film just started shooting in Los Angeles and no scenes have been shot that contained Cage’s character.

Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou star in this film.

However, as well as Kick-Ass, Drive Angry and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Cage has also signed onto The Hungry Rabbit Jumps.

Heat Vision blog reports on the film. Cage is “a man whose wife is the victim of a brutal crime. He subsequently becomes entangled with an underground vigilante organization.”

This one will be directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The Bounty, The Bank Job).

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The Green Hornet – First look at Seth Rogen, Kato, Cameron Diaz and Black Beauty in action

Posted by LiveFor on September 7, 2009

green_hornet_set_photo_jay_chou_kato_01Here are some of the first few shots of the Michael Gondry directed The Green Hornet. Just Jared got the pics.green_hornet_set_photo_seth_rogen_01The photos where taken in Los Angeles on 5th September.
Seth Rogen plays debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid by day and by night, he fights crime as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet. At his side is martial arts expert Kato (Chou) and his secretary Lenore Case (Diaz).
33835PCN_HornetBelow is The Green Hornet’s car, Black Beauty. This was previously unvieled (with lots of big guns showing) at the recent San Diego Comic Con.90905NB3Now that some pictures are starting to show up how do you feel about this adaption? I am still not sure what style of film they are going for. All action, comedy, spoof, who knows?

It is due out on 17th December 2010.

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