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Live in Chicago? Capone has details on an exclusive AICN screening of THE GREEN HORNET in 3D!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

I'm in the midst of putting together my Best & Worst of 2010 list, and while 2010 isn't quite finished, I'm already looking ahead to advanced screening events I can offer up to the Chicago readership of AICN. One things I'm really going to try and provide this year are more exclusive AICN events. I know in the last year, I've done a lot more giveaways where I only have 20, 50, 100 seats to a much bigger screening, and depending on the film, those can be really great, especially when there's a guest. But in 2011, I'm going to fight a little harder for AICN-only events. I've already booked two events for the first half of 2011, and they are both great films that I've already seen. Here's the first, and I'll have details on the second by the end of the week.

Harry was kind enough to give us a preview of THE GREEN HORNET at BNAT 12 earlier this month, and I think the consensus was that the thing was pretty damn fun. I know people have been concerned about various aspects to THE GREEN HORNET going in. Is it a comedy or did writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg take things seriously? Was bizarre touches was director Michel Gondry going to bring to the mix? Even though the print we saw in Austin was not in 3D, I can tell you that THE GREEN HORNET is actually a really nice blend of action-comedy, with enough of Gondry wizardry to keep things visually exciting. The film's real secret weapon is Jay Chou's Kato, who has a great dry wit to counter Rogen more in-you-face humor. And of course, we already know that Christoph Waltz makes a great villain, but even he gets off a few very funny lines.

As they did with PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, Rogen and Goldberg deftly combine two genres in a way I don't think it's really been done before. Rogen has a real gift for placing himself in a movie and sensing the mood of the piece before deciding on how dialed back or dialed up he should go, and I think with THE GREEN HORNET he nails it. Plus the action is stupendous, and I cannot wait to see Gondry's "Kato-vision" in 3D.

Which is exactly what we're going to do next week. I have about 200 seats to fill for an advanced screening of THE GREEN HORNET in 3D on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:00pm at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to the winners). Here's how to win:

Send me an email at (please note the new email address) with the subject line "FEEL THE STING". In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): "What superhero, who has yet to have a movie made about him/her, would you most like to see made into a film?" Keep your responses BRIEF--limit your answers to 75 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). People with the most interesting answers win, and will hear from me over the weekend.

Please keep in mind that although this is an exclusive AICN event, it is overbooked slightly to make sure there is a full house. So, if you cannot arrive at this screening early, please do not enter. If there's even the slightest chance you or your guest will have to back out of attending if you do win, don't enter. If you have a job that might make you late or unable to attend, or an ill/pregnant relative, or a temperamental significant other, or a scratchy throat, do not enter. Anyone not showing up without informing me ahead of time runs the risk of being ineligible for future screening contests.

Good luck, everyone! And thanks to Columbia Pictures for making this happen.

-- Capone
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  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Who cares / movie looks like ass

    by Papa CaveDweller

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    You couldn't pay me to see this train wreck!

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    Seth Rogen....that's like casting the smell of mosquito repellent in the lead role.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Has a chance...

    by lantern48

    to be entertaining.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Always warms my heart…

    by Capone

    …to see such open mindedness among the Talkbacks. And apparently clairvoyants, too.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by ThisBethesdaSea

    Have you even seen the trailer? Predictable comedic superhero dreck. I bet I can tell you how it ends. If they played it straight I might be interested.....instead, as movie studios do these days, they play up the comedy for the sake of the comedian star. Secondly......Seth rogen is no action hero, and no leading man. He's a sidekick, period.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Miscast + misguided = MISTAKE!

    by CeejayNightwing

    Not remotely interested in an action comedy of a show that was never a comedy in the first place. Britt Reid is supposed to be a suave looking dude like Bruce Wayne, not some oafish bafoon! Seth Rogan is as ridiculous a choice to play the lead as Nicholas Cage was for Superman! At the top of my head I can think of several previous on-screen Partnerships that would be better in the role of Green Hornet/Brith Reid & Kato than those two losers they already cast! Matthew Fox and Rain from Speed Racer, Keanu Reeves and Colin Chou from Matrix Reloded/Revolution or even Jason Statham and Jet Li from The Expendables/War/The One. Any of these partnersips would be more convincing that the fat bafoon Grogan and the zero-entity they picked for Kato. Perfect casting would have been a Younger George Clooney with a Younger Jet Li, but that boat has long sailed and this boat has already sunk as far as I'm concerned!

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    @ braindrain

    by lantern48

    Yeah, no shit. I love people that automatically chime in as if they know for certain how every movie is gonna turn out. What's even the fucking point of these attention starved clowns watching anything anymore? I mean, they go out of their way to post in a thread where people who actually want to see the movie are trying to win tickets for it. And all they can do is scream at the top of their lungs how they're CERTAIN it will be awful. I guess these guys really can't find anything better to do with themselves. *shrugs*

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Seriously? this movie looks terrible!

    by Papa CaveDweller

    I'm a Huge movie fan, braindrain. The movie just looks like pure shit.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    Gondry is reason enough to give this film a chance

    by Timmy Chicago

    I couldn't agree with Capone more. And the other person who questioned why some people even bother with movie websites when they clearly have closed their minds to what movies are all about: magic, discovery, and fun.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    For the love of films....

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    I love films, absolutely....and these are called talkbacks...its just that simple. We are free to chime and voice our opinions to the negative as you and anyone else are free to voice yours to the positive. I'll be the first to say when a film looks good. Tron looked good, and it wasn't. This film doesn't look good. Could it be? Maybe. Is it....everything is pointing to it no being so. Based on casting, and a trailer that gives away every beat of the film.... I can tell you will release and then epic fail to live up to he studios requirements. If this film had confidence behind it, it would have a better release date, and a better promotional machine behind it. For the sake of the 3 people that want to see this, I hope it works and proves me wrong. Alas...usually trailers are what tantalize the potential audience to want to see the film, and it seems like this trailer and subsequent marketing is failing to impress. That is what I'm basing my cynicism on. Prove. Me. Wrong.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Cynicism is the problem

    by Timmy Chicago

    Try being a little more hopeful and open-minded. It doesn't cost you anything, and there's also no reward for being right when a film tanks.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    From the Chicago 'Burbs

    by JimmyPasta

    Capone, Always tempted to enter,but too f'ing lazy to drive downtown. I am looking forward to this movie. I just hope it is not ALL comedy. Van Williams was excellent in the TV version. I know Rogen has no chance to live up to that, but hoping he does at least try to be serious a little bit!

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I'm just not sure about this one...

    by MattmanReturns

    The previews haven't really done much for me. If the talkbackers I trust like it, and it doesn't get trashed on Rotten Tomatoes, I might see it. I don't usually let others make up my mind for me on film choices, but this one just seems limp. I could be wrong.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Why in the bleedin' hell

    by Teddy Artery

    ... do I need to "+expand all" just to see the comments here? This is the most pointless, imbecilic feature of the updated AIC(N).com... Horrible.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Back to the trailer

    by Teddy Artery

    I'm not inspired by what I've seen thus far, and tonight's latest trailer (just saw it on the TV) really made me groan. "Bullet time" Kato? Seriously? He can move faster than the laws of physics allow in the real world? Dumb.

  • Dec. 27, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Christoph Waltz

    by fix_it_in_post

    This is the only reason I'll give this movie a chance. It's a damn shame this is his follow up to Basterds.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST

    What it boils down to...

    by Toruk_Makto

    is that this flick seems rather...silly. Now if silly is your cup of java...well the hidey-ho. But it's highly unlikely I'll be shoveling out cash to see the riotous adventures of these frolicking frat boys. "bring--all your friends--as long--as they are chicks.." Funny, but...nah, pass.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Seth Rogen

    by RobertCrane

    Bless the man and his agent for allowing him to make some money. But I am just not a fan of his work and since in this country you have a choice, mine will be not to see this movie or anything he is in. Sorry. The TV show in the 60's I truly enjoyed, the trailer with Seth Rogen turned me off. But good luck to him however.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    as I've said before

    by mrsheldrake

    I don't want a funny Green Hornet, no one who actually likes the Green Hornet wants a funny Green Hornet. But since that's all Rogen can do, as the Apatow generation's Josh Mostel, I guess that's what we're going to get, like it or not. I think he should look at playing Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    My point exactly

    by RobertCrane

    Could not agree more. The trailer alone made my decision not to spend money on the movie. When is in the conference room or board room deciding on the name. That alone killed it for me. Up to that point I was willing to giving Seth a chance He, Jonah Hill, and several other actors play the same characters in every movie they are in. Bless them for grabbing the cash but I just choose not to pay and watch the garbage they produce.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    If you want to see this movie in 3D...

    by Jaster

    Save the trip to the theater and just have someone throw a plate full of warm shit at your face.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Rogen almost had me in "Observe and Report"...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...I thought he was excellent in that flick, and the character was a breakaway from his usual stuff. So when I first heard about 'Hornet' I thought, "Cool, maybe he'll nail it, and fuck the naysayers." Then I saw the trailer. Hoooo boy! Now it's possible that they show all the jokey crap to lure the 'Rogen Fanbase' and the young'uns that haven't a clue who the Green Hornet is, but I seriously doubt it. More than likely is that rise_of_fett has hit the nail on the proverbial head. I sincerely hope not, but really - I'm not feelin' it.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    and does the paragraph thingy not work anymore?

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    yeah, I liked O&R too, mostly.It worked at the level of reality it operated at. And Rogen was right for the part. But whatever else he is, he ain't Britt Reid or any of his relatives. This is a case of undermining a character comedically in order to fit an actor's resume. And there's also the Jewish thing. Some actors (shatner, etc) can easily play "not Jewish." Seth Rogen, it ain't in the cards you've been dealt. You and Jonah are kinda in the same boat. You're Jewish character actors with funny appearances, not generic leading men. Losing the flab (lets see how long that lasts) isn't enough. Besides, Hornet ain't no joke dude. Hornet will Fuck. You. Up. He's a guy pretending to be the scum of the earth to catch the scum of the earth, so the interesting question for his character is the same as in Deep Cover (really great movie): when does the cop pretending to be a bad guy really become a bad guy. Betcha we don't see that in this comedian's movie.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    mrsheldrake..I hear ya

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    I remember how the Hornet TV show was pitched: as a 'Batman' for grown ups. While I am OLD, I don't really remember watching the show, but I bought a VHS with several episodes years later at a Trek con or some such event. I do remember thinking, "Wow, this is some cool shit!" as I watched it. So when I heard about the movie I was kind of psyched, because we're in this grim and gritty "Batman Begins" place with superhero flicks. Enter Rogen. Okay, maybe he can pull it off. Saw the trailer: looking like Epic Fail. I like your elevator pitch better. Too bad we'll never get to se that happen. (AMC? Are you listening?)

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    I agree, dark wasn't where the material needed to go. Serious, cool and sophisticated was where it needed to go. Hornet's not a psychotic, like Batman, he's a member of the Fourth Estate who has a plan for how to deal with crime in his city--by going undercover. So he creates an identity which is not QUITE a superhero, nor quite a masked villain, but something more in common with the Lone Ranger. The Hornet has Star Trek toys, not the ability to swing between buildings. Different thing. I am longing for my Captain Action figure with its Green Hornet costume right now, I want to whisper in its ear, "it's not true, clorky Seth Rogen isn't playing you, shh, it's ok..."

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    clumsy and dorky.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    and there's just one more thing

    by mrsheldrake

    Batman is about terrorizing and brutalizing criminals who are nightmares, backed up by super-detective work and acrobatics. It's about force meeting force. Hornet is about maintaining several levels of deception--and they could have gone a long, long way with that idea--backed up by access to a public voice, a great car, a kung-fu sidekick and star trek toys. Several layers of deception -- now that's a Hornet I'd go see, a Hornet no one really know, who always tells a story to hide another story, a Rashomon hero about whom everyone has a different idea.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Even if you flew me to Chicago and paid me

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    I still wouldn't see this shit fest. Worst casting ever and the trailer was awful.

  • Dec. 28, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Wasn't lobbying for the "Nolanization" of GH...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...I was just expecting more of a grown up hero flick, not "Pineapple Express" with an asian sidekick. I agree, not everything needs to be "Nolanized". Brett was cool, suave - more Bond than Bats. mrsheldrake said it all, and much better than I - not much more to add, other than the trailer was a huge disappointment and totally turned me off to seeing this (the 'Bullet-time Kato' made me throw up in my mouth a little). Can't always judge a movie by the trailer, but I think I've seen enough to know it's not what I thought it was gonna be. I honestly hope they prove me wrong, but I doubt it. Smells like fail.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    I learned my lesson

    by RobertCrane

    Not looking for perfection, sure that would be great to see another hero tv show on the big screen that is great to add to the collection. But come on, to get me to pay 11.00 for a ticket, concessions, parking, 2.5 hours to watch, it has to be something I like. XMen 3 started this rollercoaster where the movie studios throw crap on a wall and demand you pay to watch it despite what leaks out. I could name several. I am still angry over the cancellation of Sarah Conner and the total abandonment of Wolverine and the Xmen cartoon series, and do not get me started on the Black Panther cartoon. The source material is there, why goof around with it? Seth Rogen maybe a smart guy but action hero? Sorry, not for my money. And I still did not like Avatar.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I am sorry but...

    by Lord Elric

    One of my friends walked out of a screening two weeks ago. NONE of us EVER walk out of movies. My other friend made it through but hated it. And he sees everything, and has a VERY open mind. They called it frat boy heroics with no sense of any heroism of any sort, not even the anti kind that THE GREEN HORNET is known for. These are serious movie and Sci Fi Fans/geeks who see everything we can, so no snobbery or anything like that. Look man, I love Seth Green. I think he's funny, and is actually better then the roles he's best known for. It just SEEMS like someone took the VERY wrong approach for this. GREEN HORNET isn't meant to be very campy or comedic, but every trailer any preview has indicated that's exactly what was done here. I'll see it, and MAYBE in 3d if the 3d was done with consideration for the paying audience who want 3D and not something...less then that. But...I'm going in with a "This thing will likely suck" cloud hanging over me.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I'm avoiding this Movie for the same reasons..

    by Stalkeye

    ..lord elric had mentioned. ("GREEN HORNET isn't meant to be very campy or comedic, but every trailer any preview has indicated that's exactly what was done here.") Anyone who have watched the 1960's TV Series starring the legendary Bruce Lee, would know that Seth's film is a abomination to the character/concept. It's as bad as if someone was making Fantastic Four a comedy or turning Spider-Man into a musical....Oh, wait...

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Kind of like casting Jack Black as Hal Jordan

    by Arturo_Bandini

    Fuck this movie. I'll be laughing my ass off when it's out of theaters in 3 weeks.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    It's not leaking Marge, it's oh-ver-floow-ing.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    I'm spidey spidey and I fighty fighty for the righty righty.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    This movies gonna do so much sucking, it'll change the bloodline forever. Green mask and green hat, will become ... hmm can't think of anything to finish the joke. and it had such promise. See how it's gonna work for this movie?

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    hmm What IF

    by mrsheldrake

    I was thinking of that joke, then thinking of some honey yellow variant... ...then thinking Bumble Bee Man! Yeah! I can see Seth Rogen as Bumble Bee Man! Guess I have Simpson's on the mind. Or maybe John Belushi, who Rogen kinda reminds me of--another actor with no dramatic chops whatsoever. But really, he'd be perfect.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    open minded

    by mrsheldrake

    I ADORE that idea. In fact, I'm all for it! Field trip to go see Yogi Bear, anyone? I mean, as long as we're being all open-minded and shit.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I'm hoping

    by Hipshot

    Few remember the original radio serial. The 60's television show was notable for one reason: Bruce Lee. They cast a non-martial artist in the lead, which makes me think they didn't want to overshadow Rogen. But Capone says the guy playing Kato is funny. I really, really hope so. I expect him to have no back story, no outside interests, no love life: basically to be the "Chinese guy" who helps Rogen grow up and/or get laid. I'm willing to be surprised, but frankly, not optimistic. Now, if he has a sly wit and is a good comic actor, I'll be delighted. I'd love to enjoy this movie.

  • Dec. 29, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Ash Ali

    When will the winners be announced? I'm dying with anticipation, I hope I win.

  • Dec. 30, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by mrsheldrake

    Brother, you pay me and fly me to see this movie in a DREAM, you better wake up and apologize.