Sept. 19, 2011 | 6:39 a.m.
Samuel L. Jackson, Zach Galifianakis part of Stand Up to Cancer video
Aug. 11, 2011 | 10:41 a.m.
If E.T. hung around earth a little longer, started wearing flip-flops and smoking pot, he might have ended up something like the title alien in “Paul,” the sci-fi comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost that comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD this week. “The idea we had was that Paul had come to earth in 1947, and everything we know about sci-fi cinema had come from Paul,” Frost said, when Hero Complex interviewed him and Pegg about their long simmering bromance at the film’s South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival premiere in March. “It’s actually a smart way of ripping off every film ever by claiming that your character had inspired them.” In “Paul,” which is directed by Greg Mottola, best friends Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost) embark on the ultimate nerd road […]
May 28, 2011 | 6:31 a.m.
The impressive voice cast of “Kung Fu Panda 2″ — one which includes Jack Black as Po, Angelina Jolie as Tigress, Dustin Hoffman as Shifu, Jackie Chan as Monkey, Seth Rogen as Mantis, Lucy Liu as Viper and David Cross as Crane — is equalled by the film’s visual accomplishments, according to Times’ film critic Betsy Sharkey: There is much less of the comic book sketching-voice-over combo that was used liberally in the first “Panda” to fill in the blanks. And that is a good thing. For “Panda 2″ is not just wall-to-wall animation, it is artistry of the highest order. I don’t know whether it’s the technology that’s changed, or that the artists, most of whom worked on the first, have grown, but there is a striking new level of emotion in the characters themselves, particularly their eyes, that […]
March 18, 2011 | 12:49 p.m.
Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey saw “Paul” and thinks it’s worth phoning home about… Don’t let “Paul’s” R-rating fool you. In the latest comedy from those funny Brits of “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead,” the wise guys have gone more off-center than off-color with this whimsical and surprisingly gentle road trip adventure about two friends, an obsession and an alien named Paul. After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style, guy-based funny films today, “Paul” comes as such sweet relief. If not for a lot of F-bombs and other naughty words, this would be a family film, a sort of fractured “E.T.,” with Seth Rogen never more likeable than as the bald-headed extraterrestrial who just wants to phone home (he should consider this kind of disappearing act, a la Mike Myers and Shrek, more […]
Jan. 16, 2011 | 8:50 a.m.
Judging from the belly laughs at theaters, it’s one of the funniest scenes in the action-comedy “The Green Hornet”: Newly empowered as masked crusaders, party-boy media scion Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) and his trusty manservant Kato (Taiwanese pop star and action-movie heartthrob Jay Chou) head out into Los Angeles to battle the bad guys. As their Chrysler Imperial lurches into traffic, Kato drops the needle on a turntable in the backseat. And Reid begins to rap along to Coolio’s R&B tinged 1995 criminal anthem “Gangsta’s Paradise.” With its maudlin take on urban nihilism and mellifluous hook (courtesy of the singer L.V.), the song assumes buffoonish overtones with its new context — a pump-up theme for superheroes on their work commute. “Hornet’s” distributor Columbia Pictures saw the song’s marketing potential, making it a cornerstone of one of its TV spots for the film. But to […]
Jan. 14, 2011 | 9:45 a.m.
Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan on “boring bromedy” with masked men … “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. Invention, however, is what’s lacking in this latest version. Neither director Michel Gondry nor star […]
Dec. 31, 2010 | 12:49 p.m.
David Strick took his camera on the set of “The Green Hornet” and came back with a revealing photo collection that shows the toil and tedium that go into the creation of a modern box-office hero. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Rogen is a Marvel man: “I’ve kinda given up on DC” Rogen’s pipe dream: “Greener Hornet,” the pot sequel ZEITCHIK: Are movie fans ready for a heroic Rogen? “Green Hornet,” in search of Hollywood buzz Green movement: “Lantern” vs. “Hornet” 26 Black Beauty cars destroyed for “Green Hornet” Rogen’s survival tips for Comic-Con Gondry’s fav movies? “Robocop” and “Back to the Future”
Nov. 22, 2010 | 3:51 p.m.
Tiffany Hsu, over at Money & Company, has an update on the L.A. Auto Show with a casualty-for-art statistic that will make car-lovers cringe. The topic is “Green Hornet,” due in theaters in January, and here’s an excerpt… Most people would say that the upcoming “Green Hornet” movie is about the masked crime-fighting duo Britt Reid and Kato, played by Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. But the real superhero of the film, according to producer Neal Moritz, is the car. And what a car it is. Hood guns, bumper rockets, armed suicide doors, grill-mounted flamethrowers and attached missile systems are just the start. The vintage vehicle, based on a 1965 Chrysler Imperial, is longer than many SUVs and weighs about as much, according to picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy. Millions of dollars of the film’s budget went to the so-called Black […]
Aug. 14, 2010 | 5:05 p.m.
Seth Rogen grew up loving Marvel Comics – especially the high body-count exploits of Punisher and Deadpool – and the years haven’t softened his disdain for that other company. “I like Marvel,” the actor and writer says. “I’ve kind of given up on DC at this point.” Rogen wears a mask in his next film, “The Green Hornet,” due in theaters in January, and on a recent afternoon he said that, unlike many actors in today’s busy superhero sector, he is no disinterested tourist. He’s an avid fan of comics although he was quick to point out that he’s not a bags-and-boards kind of collector. “I hang out at a lot of comic book stores so that smell to me is genuine. The musk of the nerd reading the page. I loved comic books. But I don’t like, keep them. If I did, I’d have so many…. I tend […]
July 29, 2010 | 12:07 p.m.
“The Green Hornet” is not a drug comedy, but star and co-writer Seth Rogen knows he will have to remind people of that again and again between now and the film’s January release. “It might be the only movie we have without any explicit pot references,” Rogen said, referring to himself and writing partner Evan Goldberg, a tandem that has given the world the bong-hit cinema of “Superbad“ and “The Pineapple Express.” This film’s emerald title led to a lot of hemp wisecracks from the cast and crew. “Yes, there were a lot of jokes flying around the set about the name of the movie — jokes that the studio begs me not to make. But I will.” Rogen, with a wink, added that his masked man and Kato might go the Cheech and Chong route for “Green Hornet 2.” “If they let […]