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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.

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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

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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The Green Hornet starts filming and Adama joins the cast

Posted by LiveFor on September 3, 2009

hornetColumbia Pictures have announced the start of production on Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet.

As previously reported it stars Seth Rogen as the Hornet with Jay Chou as his sidekick Kato. The studio also mentioned the fact that Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Blade Runner) has joined the cast along with actors David Harbour (Revolutionary Road) and Tom Wilkinson (Valkyrie, Duplicity, Batman Begins). Nic Cage is also starring as a gangster and Cameron Diaz is the love interest.

With Gondry directing and this cast we should be expecting something super cool.

The Green Hornet is out on 17th December 2010.

Source: First Showing

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Curse of the Golden Flower, 2006 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on August 19, 2008

Directed: Yimou Zhang

Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu
Running Time: 114 minutes
Score: 2/10

The Wife and I watched this the other night and had to switch it off. We really liked Crouching Tiger and Flying Daggers but this was pretty bad. This review by debblyst.

Curse of the Golden Flower” can be best described as an apotheosis of overwrought kitsch, hyper-saturated colors and military choreography. Everything in it is big, lavish, excessive, but staged in a clockwork style; every shot spells *money*, *opulence*, “extravaganza”, but under stiff control. If you — like me — once marveled at Zhang Yimou’s visual artistry, refined craftsmanship and story-telling ability in memorable films like “Ju Dou” and “Raise the Red Lantern”, you’ll be baffled by “Curse”: it’s simply inconceivable they were all directed by the same man. After “Hero” and “Flying Daggers”, Zhang completes with “Curse” his exhibitionist, rococo trilogy, where the “message” (i.e. power and corruption go hand in hand) gets crushed under formalist grandeur, military fascination and commercial targets.

The colors in “Curse” belong to a sort of Phosphorescent Lollipopland, with blazing goldens, sanguine scarlets, shocking purples and pinks; it feels like a color-blind exam:)) The lighting is so overdone it’s flat, sometimes even making beautiful Gong Li look unfavorably photographed. The sets are so overwrought and overcrowded that Hollywood Bible epics of the 1950s look minimalistic by comparison. The costumes, though masterfully executed, are so flamboyantly flashy they often seem to deserve more attention from Zhang than his actors. Oh, and as many reviewers pointed out, there are those anachronistic popping boobs…very distracting:))

The CGI work is painstakingly noticeable and underachieved; the music is maddeningly monotonous and incongruously Westernized. The action scenes are lukewarm and discombobulated — Zhang is a flat, unexciting fight director: he doesn’t know how to shoot or how to edit an action sequence. The plot is even more convoluted than the sets, while the dialog alternates between risible clichés and hermetic symbolisms. The characters are all objectionable: we have no one to root for! The cast is told to over-act: Chow Yun Fat sulks, groans, struggles with his Mandarin lines, squints with his BLUE contact lenses (!!), and combs his goatee with his cool gadget-ring. Gong Li suffers, trembles, cries, suffers, trembles, cries, drinks endless cups of poisoned tea and feels sick all the time (is it the stifling wonder-bra or the smell of the script?). Song pop-star Jay Chou has an interesting presence, but is betrayed by the director, who lingers on his clueless “reaction” shots and thus cruelly reveals Chou’s lack of proper training. The closing credits song (which Chou produced, wrote and sang) just proves that bad pop songs exist everywhere. At the end of the day, what IS remarkable about “Curse” is the flabbergasting amount of money spent to tell what is, after all, a huis clos story: all that matters in the plot takes place indoors — the CGI, the battles, the armies, the ninjas, the fights are pretty much there to satisfy action junkies, justify the stratospheric budget and crush the audience with a paraphernalia of excesses.

Also remarkable, of course, is Zhang’s taste for unimaginative, clockwork crowd choreography: thousands of real and virtual extras flow by in rigid geometric patterns with a maniac precision that can only be described as military-inspired. No wonder Zhang has been appointed to stage the opening ceremony at the next Beijing’s Olympics (prepare for geometrical boredom): “Curse” serves as his zillion-yuan test for the job.

All of this made me think of how Zhang’s substantial, ground-breaking past work has turned into vacuous formalism and establishment-friendly status (“Hero”, “Flying Daggers” and “Curse” are hymns to the “purification” of China against corruption and the glorification of the millenarian Chinese military/militia traditions, are they not?). And I recalled his notorious megalomania and authoritarianism (check the documentary “The Turandot Project” by Alan Miller) and his quote saying “My films are an excellent channel for promoting China’s culture”. And I thought of China’s current rise into superpowerdom, and the historical use of the Olympic Games as political propaganda. And I recalled all the talented filmmakers who were used by totalitarian regimes (a regime that practices arbitrary censorship in the arts and the media is totalitarian by any definition) for propaganda purposes, and I thought about artistic and political compromise and alienation…”Curse” is a gigantic soufflé, an exhibitionist, exhausting and escapist mammoth extravaganza made by a self-obsessed, control-freak artist who — though he states in interviews his “aversion to politics” — seems to feed on, cherish and serve the very status quo he thinks he transcends.

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