GREEN HORNET DIRECTOR QUITS
Revered Hong Kong funnyman/filmmaker Stephen Chow has quit as the director of comic book movie adaptation The Green Hornet.
Chow's role as the Hornet's sidekick Kato is now in doubt.
The Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle star reveals he wants to concentrate his efforts on making a new comedy about a superhero, starring Jack Black.
Chow says, "If I direct The Green Hornet, the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years..
Seth Rogen has written the screenplay for The Green Hornet and will star in the film.
NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY SELECTS 25 NEW FILMS
"The Asphalt Jungle," "Sergeant York," "In Cold Blood," "The Pawnbroker," "Deliverance" and "The Terminator" are among the 25 films selected this year by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its National Film Registry.
The Registry is designed to ensure that pics that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant will be preserved for all time.
As always, this year's selections range from classics to obscure gems. "Disneyland Dream" is a Connecticut family's 1956 home movie of their trip to Disneyland and other L.A.-area spots after winning a contest sponsored by Scotch Brand Cellophane Tape. (It's become a cult fave on the Web among Disney buffs.) "No Lies" is a 16-minute 1973 film by then-NYU film student Mitchell Block about the treatment of a rape victim by investigators.
The annual registry selections are chosen by Librarian of Congress James Billington from nominations made by the public via the website of the library's National Film Preservation Board and by board members, who include Martin Scorsese, Caleb Deschanel, Gregory Nava and Leonard Maltin.
Other famed pics on this year's list include "A Face in the Crowd" (1957); "Flower Drum Song" (1961); "Foolish Wives" (1922); "The Invisible Man" (1933); "Johnny Guitar" (1954); "The Killers" (1946); "The Perils of Pauline" (1914); and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958).
Also making the cut is a collection of rare color WWII European battle footage shot by helmer George Stevens; MGM's 1929 musical "Hallelujah," directed by King Vidor with an all-black cast; and "Free Radicals," a 1979 four-minute experimental short in which New Zealand filmmaker Len Lye made scratches directly on the film stock and then set the stick-like images dancing to field recordings of the music of an African tribe.
Buster Keaton's first two-reeler, 1920's "One Week," is on the list, as is W.C. Fields' 1926 pic "So's Your Old Man" and 1989's "Water and Power," filmmaker Pat O'Neill's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner that blends images of downtown L.A. with scenes of water flowing to the city from the Owens Valley.
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