Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz
| PG-13 |
He's hot, smart and utterly lethal-what's not to love about...Kato? Yes, the real hero in the Hornet's nest is Kato (the badass Taiwanese star Chou). He's the crime-fighting partner of the Green Hornet, a.k.a. feckless newspaper scion Britt Reid (Rogen), a guy you tend to want to smack in the back of the head. After his dad dies, Britt decides to clean up Los Angeles, using Kato for his skills and secretary Lenore (Diaz) as the unwitting brains of the operation. Trolling the streets in their tricked-out ride the Black Beauty, the duo run afoul of baddie Chudnofsky (Inglourious Basterds' glorious Christoph Waltz) as the often funny Hornet fumbles the question of whether to play it straight or campy. One thing's certain: Chou doesn't need to be anyone's sidekick anymore.
THE GREEN LANTERN
Unlike Seth Rogen's jolly green crime fighter, Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern (out June 11) has actual superpowers, thanks to his fancy ring. That, and Reynolds, well...let's just say he fills out a supersuit like nobody's business.
How was it teaming with Tim McGraw
in Country Strong?
I grew up listening to him. I stayed at his cabin outside of Nashville while filming [Strong]. Not bad.
How about working with Jeff Bridges in Tron?
We sit in his trailer and he goes, "You got your ax, man?" And we just play. For me, Jeff is the be-all end-all.
How's fame treating you?
I have reclusive tendencies. I can hide like the best of them.
WHAT I LOVE THIS WEEK
BARBRA DOES GYPSY
Theater nerd alert: That the divine Streisand may play Mama Rose in a film version of the musical has me hyperventilating with glee.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK ON DVD
Every creation story may need a devil, as the film suggests, but Jesse Eisenberg is so achingly human as Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Facebook owes him flowers.
ROSAMUND PIKE IN BARNEY'S VERSION
The onetime Bond girl shined in An Education and beautifully (and convincingly) ages 40 years in the new comedy-drama.
Michael Landon's son, 35, makes his directorial debut with Burning Palms
THE FAMILY BUSINESS
"I used to go to my dad's [Highway to Heaven] set all the time, and he was the happiest when at work," says Landon, who penned 2007's Disturbia and will next adapt the thriller Wake for Miley Cyrus
. "That rubbed off on me."
Writing the satiric Los Angeles-set anthology Burning Palms (out Jan. 14), Landon drew from his own youth. "The story about the kids running amok in that mansion-that was my childhood on steroids."
Since revealing that he is gay in 1999, "not much has changed, apart from being more comfortable in my shoes," he says. "My mom struggled, but she's fully accepting now. My dad [who died in 1991] would have been the first person I would have told, because he was so open-minded."
MY DAD THE JOKER
"I get my dark sense of humor from him. On Halloween, if somebody didn't give us [candy], he would take a lightbulb. It was trick or treat!"
MAKING THE LEAP
Before Natalie Portman
proved a pointe in Black Swan, these novices put their best feet forward to play hoofers onscreen.
Portman trained for a year to play a brittle ballerina.
Debbie Reynolds danced her toes raw in Singin' in the Rain.
Newbie Jennifer Grey held her own with the classically trained Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing long before she danced with the Stars.
All smolder and skill, Penelope Cruz was a 10 in Nine.