by Matt Goldberg Posted: November 17th, 2010
A new international trailer for Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet has gone online. There’s just enough new footage to make it worth your time. While the trailer itself doesn’t sway me one way or another, reports are starting to leak out that the film is getting a highly positive reaction.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The Green Hornet stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, and Christoph Waltz. It’s set to open in 3D on January 14, 2011.
Trailer via The Playlist.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Green Hornet:
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves – protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.
Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato’s clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all. The Green Hornet stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 17th, 2010
Less than 24 hours after news hit regarding Steven Soderbergh’s interest in directing an adaptation of the 1960’s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the project might have already nabbed a lead…an A-list lead, at that. The Playlist is reporting that frequent Soderbergh collaborator George Clooney is in talks to star in the film.
Taking into account their Oceans trilogy, Clooney and Soderbergh have collaborated on six films together, including 1998’s Out of Sight, 2002’s Solaris, and 2006’s The Good German. As reported yesterday, the film is looking to be scripted by Scott Z. Burns, the writer behind Soderbergh’s The Informant and the upcoming Contagion. Hit the jump for more info, as well as some of my thoughts.
If there’s a potential snaffu in regards to the project, it’d likely be in the scheduling. Soderbergh is currently set to shoot his Liberace biopic in the summer or early fall of 2011, around the same time he’s hoping to get U.N.C.L.E. off the ground. While Soderbergh is no stranger to multiple shoots within a year, it’s conceivable that Clooney may very well be putting the final touches on his directorial effort The Ides of March around the same time (not to mention potentially running the festival circuit for his turn in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants). Worse comes to worse, the project will likely end up with a 2012 shoot and release.
Consider me psyched. Say what you will for some of Soderbergh’s recent choices (see The Girlfriend Experience, Che), but you can’t say the guy lacks ambition. And come on–who wouldn’t want to see him return to his Limey-esque 60’s ways? Throw Clooney in there (preferably in crew cut The American mode), and you just struck cinematic gold.
by Max Lichtig Posted: November 17th, 2010
We’ve already reported that Mark Ruffalo will be the next incarnation of the Incredible Hulk in Marvel’s upcoming superhero party The Avengers. Following in the footsteps of Eric Bana and Edward Norton, people are understandably worried about a third actor to take on the same role, especially after comic book fans and audiences alike were more than pleased with Norton’s interpretation. Now, thanks to an interview with IGN, Ruffalo gives us some closure and tells his thoughts on playing Bruce Banner, what he’s doing to prepare for the role, how he’s going to make it different, whether we’ll see a Hulk that can actually talk, and how playing the Hulk is like a sex scene.
Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Speaking to IGN, Ruffalo spoke on multiple Hulk-related topics. On playing one of the biggest roles in superhero history:
It’s like doing a sex scene. It’s like doing a sex scene with 20 total strangers standing around and someone telling you how you can do it better. All eyes are on you, right?When he starts shooting:
In April.How he’s preparing:
You dust off. You go back. I think you go right back to the beginning and dust off your first issue of Avengers and I’ve been doing that. I’ve been watching the 100 hours of Bill Bixby’s Hulk. And I’ve been really thinking about the inception, the original motivation of that character and why they came up with that character. He’s a cross between Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. I’m finding a lot of stuff there. And I’m actually going to be physically playing the Hulk. No other actor’s ever done that. So I’ve been getting into Tai Chi and Pilates and doing a lot of movement stuff. I don’t know what I want to do with it exactly, but I’ve been working physically to bring the leviathan alive.
On how he’s too much of a nice guy:
I’ve heard some of the fans and I totally respect them and I hear their concern about Mark Ruffalo being a nice guy, but I assure you just like everybody else I have my very dark side. Maybe more because I’m an actor.
Will his Hulk be unique:
What I’m worried about is bringing some spark of originality and spontaneity to that character. He’s the only one who doesn’t want to be there [in The Avengers] really. Everyone else is sort of digging on their super powers and he’s the only one who doesn’t want to be there, which could be an incredibly uninteresting person to spend two hours with.Whether the Hulk will be able to speak:
We ended the last Hulk with him smiling and you feel like he’s getting control of it. And I don’t know how deep we’re gonna get into that, but my general feeling is for Bruce Banner/the Hulk and what I hope we talk about is that Bruce Banner is slowly but surely — it’s like riding a wild mustang. At some point you do start to get it a little but under control. And like I said, I don’t know what the final script’s gonna be, but we’ve talked a lot about him at some point being able to penetrate his consciousness with the consciousness of the goliath.
His thoughts on Guillermo Del Toro’s live action version of the Hulk:
Dude, it’s like my generation’s Hamlet. It looks like we’re all gonna get a shot at it. I guess the more the merrier, you know?There’s no denying that Mark Ruffalo has proved his acting chops in countless movies. I loved him in The Kids are All Right and Shutter Island and think he’s a very natural actor to watch. I am though, along with others, slightly concerned on his ability to bring out his inner Hulk. When I heard of Norton playing the angry green giant, flashbacks of American History X had me immediately on board. However, remembering Ruffalo in 13 Going on 30 or Just Like Heaven doesn’t do the same. Let us not forget that this Hulk will be all motion capture which is something thus far unseen. That means that Ruffalo cannot rely on post-production CGI to fill in the angry blanks. Nonetheless, I’ll stick by his side just because I respect him so much as an actor. We’ll see when The Avengers hits theatres May 4th, 2012.