June 23rd, 2010
12:21 PM ET

Hate to love or love to hate 'Green Hornet' trailer?

After the trailer for “The Green Hornet” was released yesterday, movie fans tried to figure out what they didn’t like most: Seth Rogen being cast as the masked action hero, the fact that this story has been told a million times before, or that it'll be in 3-D.

Perhaps it’s just bad timing and moviegoers are suffering from superhero fatigue, but the plot of "extra-wealthy guy decides to put on a mask, get into his tricked-out car and go off and do good" hasn't impressed many, especially because the movie's first promotion doesn't reflect new takes on the story.

It clocks in at only two and a half minutes, but what is seen in the trailer has been called “generic” and alternately viewed as a knockoff “Kick-Ass," the wannabe “Iron Man," or an attempt at some cross between the two.

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June 23rd, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Twihard tent city erected in L.A.

A true Twihard knows that seeing “Eclipse” at midnight on the day it’s released after having a marathon session of the first two films in the saga just isn’t enough.

No, one has to travel to Los Angeles and camp out for days in Nokia Plaza for Thursday's premiere to really show “Twilight” devotion.

And so camp out they have. As CNN iReporter Julie Ellerton noted, people came from across the U.S. to pitch tents as early as Monday at 6 a.m. so they could get a prime R.Patz/K.Stew/T.Lautner viewing spot when the cast walks down the red carpet on June 24. So many have descended upon downtown L.A. that another iReporter, Justin Dickerson, mistook the hordes of campers for Lakers fans.

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Filed under: movies • Twilight
June 23rd, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Jay-Z and Eminem take it to the skyline

Jay-Z and Eminem took to the New York City skyline Monday night to perform a three-song concert for David Letterman and a select group of fans.

The show was originally planned for the marquee at Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater but was moved to the roof at the request of New York City authorities, placing the live set far away from the crowds it would have attracted at street level.

But, thankfully, fans who missed out can still see the pair perform on Friday's "Late Night with David Letterman," or when the duo heads out on their two-city tour in September.

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June 23rd, 2010
11:32 AM ET

Conan starts Twitter feud with Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong proved he was a good sport when Conan O’Brien kicked off a hilarious Twitter feud yesterday by calling him boring.

Referring to the summer solstice, O’Brien wrote to his millions of followers, “Yesterday was the longest day of the year, unless you count the time I interviewed Lance Armstrong.”

But Armstrong, who promoted his book “Comeback 2.0: Up Close and Personal” on O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” last December, one-upped the late-night comic by tweeting back, “All you wanted to talk about was riding bikes and shaving your legs. It was, uh, slightly freaky.”

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June 23rd, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Trailer Park: “The Smurfs,” “Middle Men,” and “Ramona and Beezus”

Every now and then an upcoming movie will release a trailer so far in advance of the film’s release, it becomes extremely clear that there really wasn’t much of a finished product to pull from.

That's the case for the much hyped live action version of the hit cartoon series, “The Smurfs.”  The film is not due out in theaters until the middle of 2011, so really, can you expect much more than a little tease?  I have to admit, though, I was a huge fan of the animated TV show, and seeing even a glimpse of the little blue crew caused all sorts of nostalgic feelings to rush back.  Does this teaser trailer do anything for you?

A movie with a much closer release date is “Middle Men,”which is set to hit the big screen on August 6.

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June 23rd, 2010
09:50 AM ET

M. Night Shyamalan shops A-list script?

M. Night Shyamalan is at this point better known for underwhelming audiences than for providing solid fare (see: “The Happening”;”Lady in the Water”), but perhaps his smash “The Sixth Sense” is enough to lure in top actors.

The filmmaker, whose “Last Airbender” fantasy will hit theaters July 1 and just may repair his reputation, is said to be shopping around an untitled project that has Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bruce Willis “loosely attached” to the project.

Say what you will about post-"A-Team"  Bradley Cooper, but he - along with Paltrow  and Willis - has a veritable amount of star power.

The notoriously secretive Shyamalan definitely hasn't dropped any plot point hints, and it looks like this script is under lock and key:  THR reports that one of his assistant's was present whenever a studio exec flipped through the material before making an exit with the script in hand.


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