"Green Hornet" Finds Kato 


Jay Chou, a Taiwanese singer and actor, will be joining the cast of "The Green Hornet." He'll play Seth Rogen's masked avenger sidekick, Kato.

Chou replaces Stephen Chow, who left the production last month.

The role was made popular by Bruce Lee in the original 1960s TV series.

So who exactly is Jay Chou? According to Wikipedia, Chou is a:

Taiwanese musician, singer, producer, actor and director who has won the World Music Award four times. He is well-known for composing all his own songs and songs for other singers. In 1998 he was discovered in a talent contest where he displayed his piano and song-writing skills. Over the next two years, he was hired to compose for popular Chinese singers. Although he was trained in classical music, Chou combines Chinese and Western music styles to produce songs that fuse R&B, rock and pop genres, covering issues such as domestic violence, war, and urbanization.


Wow, a singing Kato!

Director Michel Gondry is still set to helm from a script co-written by Rogen. Production for "The Green Hornet" is set to start in the fall, with a summer 2010 release.

Gondry tells Variety that "Jay is incredibly unique and charming and fights like a wild dog!"

Right now, Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz are still negotiating to play roles in the film. Cage for the gangster villain, while Diaz as the reporter love interest.

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Bonjour! Watch My Fun "Julie and Julia" Movie Review! Let's Cook! 


For my written review, and recipes from "Julie and Julia," click here.

And here's my review of the film, have fun :happy




Theatrical Release: Friday, August 7, 2009 (Wide, 2354 theaters)
Starring:

* Meryl Streep
* Amy Adams
* Stanley Tucci
* Mary Lynn Rajskub
* Chris Messina

Directed by:

* Nora Ephron

Genres: Comedy Adaptation
Keywords: apartment book
Distributor: Sony Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality.

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John Hughes Dead at 59 


John Hughes, the guy who gave us those fantastic 80s nuggets such as "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles," "Pretty in Pink," and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," has passed away. He was 59.

TMZ is reporting that Hughes suffered the heart attack while taking a morning walk during a trip to NYC to visit family. John Hughes has died of a heart attack.

Another one of our 80s icons is no longer with us. This is sad :sad

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My Fun "Bandslam" Interviews with Vanessa Hudgens, Lisa Kudrow, and Much, Much More! Rock On! 


First of, I love "Bandslam." I didn't know what to expect walking in, and I was clapping like a true fan walking out!

From the production company that gave us "Twilight," Summit Entertainment continues to delight this summer ("The Hurt Locker" is also from Summit, and one of the best films this year).

Gaelan Connell stars as Will Burton, a high school student with extensive knowledge in music. When Will and his mom Karen (Lisa Kudrow) move to New Jersey, his musical dreams come true.

Will, together with the school's most popular girl, Charlotte (Alyson Michalka of Aly & AJ), assemble a fledgling rock band. Now, they much compete against the best of the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands. Bandslam!

But first, Will must profess his true love for Sa5m (the 5 is silent), a quirky young girl played sweetly by "High School Musical's" Vanessa Hudgens. Oh, and like a die-hard rock fan, Will tells his whole story to David Bowie via email.

I credit the film's awesomeness (:happy) to director Todd Graff ("Camp"). Graff understands music and kids and knows how to blend them well. Graff co-wrote the script with Josh A. Cagan who came up with the story.

"Bandslam" opens August 14th, so make sure you watch it! And "Twilight" fans, you'll get to see the new trailer for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" with "Bandslam."

So here are my fun one-on-one interviews:

VANESSA HUDGENS AND ALY MICHALKA


Both Vanessa and Aly are super-sweet! We talked about:

*** How they got involved with BANDSLAM
*** How they prepared for their roles? Guitar Heroes anyone?
*** Vanessa Hudgens' Filipino Culture -- she spoke in Tagalog to me! Yay! :happy



LISA KUDROW AND GAELAN CONNELL


The mom and son team have great chemistry in person! We talked about:

*** Their involvement with the film
*** Working with Director Todd Graff
*** Gaelan's kissing scenes with both Vanessa Hudgens and Aly Michalka
*** And why you have to see BANDSLAM right now



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"The Lovely Bones" Trailer! I Can't Wait for This Peter Jackson Film! 


The new trailer for "The Lovely Bones" gives me the goosebumps!

Director Peter Jackson co-wrote the screenplay with his perennial writing partners, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, "The Lovely Bones" tells the story of a young girl named Susie Salmon who's been murdered and watches over her family, and her killer, from heaven.

I think this is a perfect film for Jackson. Prior to making gazillions of dollars and making fanboys weep with "The Lord of the Rings" epic, Jackson made a small film (with the equally-great Kate Winslet) in "Heavenly Creatures." The tone of that film is similar to "The Lovely Bones."

"Atonement's" Saoirse Ronan stars as Susie. I love this young actress, she was so good in "Atonement" and set up the tone for the older Briony actresses to follow (Vanessa Redgrave did a fantastic job bookending Saoirse's performance).

And in "The Lovely Bones," based on the trailer, Saoirse seems to be the heart of the film. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci complete the cast.

"The Lovely Bones" from DreamWorks opens December 11 of this year. Save the date!

Visit the film's official website here, and see the trailer with an introduction from the svelte Peter Jackson right here.

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