January 14, 2011 |
"The Green Hornet" may not be the most tedious superhero movie ever ? the competition is admittedly tough ? but it is certainly in the running. An anemic, 97-pound weakling of the action comedy persuasion, "Hornet" is a boring bromedy that features mumblecore heroics instead of the real thing. Though the Hornet's been around since the 1930s in various incarnations, including a TV series that featured the one-of-a-kind Bruce Lee as his sidekick Kato, the Hornet's technically not a superhero at all. Rather, like his animal kingdom cohort Batman, the Hornet fights crime from behind a mask with just his ordinary human powers, plus nifty inventions like a tricked-out Chrysler Imperial.
January 14, 2011 |
Martin Luther King Day weekend has increasingly become a lucrative one for Hollywood, but that's much more likely to hold true for the debut of "The Green Hornet" than "The Dilemma" this year. The 3-D action- comedy "Green Hornet," starring Seth Rogen, is well positioned to be No. 1 this holiday weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release polling, while "The Dilemma," which pairs comedy stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, has much softer prospects. "The Green Hornet" should sell $40 million to $50 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Monday, while ticket sales for "The Dilemma" probably will be much lower, at $15 million to $20 million.
January 21, 2011 |
With the male-skewing "The Green Hornet" currently dominating the box office, Paramount Pictures is hoping to take the top spot with a movie aimed at young women. Paramount's Ashton Kutcher-Natalie Portman romantic comedy "No Strings Attached" is the only new film opening nationwide this weekend and is generating solid interest among females under 25, according to prerelease surveys. People who have seen the results of such surveys said "No Strings" should open to about $20 million, a good start given that it cost about $25 million to make.
July 23, 2010 |
It's not easy being a hard-luck hero. Just ask Seth Rogen, who for the better part of four years has been trying to get "The Green Hornet" feature film off the ground despite changes to the script, the tone, the director and, well, pretty much everything except the hero's cool customized car. The comedy- action movie, finally, has a solid release date set for January and Rogen, who stars in the title role and co-wrote the script, will bring the...
December 24, 2008 |
Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow said he will no longer direct the Hollywood adaptation of "The Green Hornet" and may not star as sidekick Kato. Chow, whose credits include "Shaolin Soccer" and "Kung Fu Hustle," said he wants to free up time to work with Jack Black on a comedy about a superhero. "If I direct 'The Green Hornet,' the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years," Chow said. "The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea."
January 18, 2011 |
With the first major releases of the year, 2011 started off with neither a bang nor a whimper. Over the four-day holiday weekend, big-budget comedic superhero movie "The Green Hornet" opened to a solid though not spectacular $40 million, according to studio estimates, while adult comedy "The Dilemma" started off with a soft but far from disastrous $21.1 million. Total receipts were off a whopping 26% from the same weekend last year, when "Avatar" continued to dominate the box office.