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7 items from 2011


Green Hornet Williams Suffers Heart Attack

26 October 2011 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The man who played the masked Green Hornet on TV in the 1960s has opened up about his recent health emergency after suffering a heart attack in his remote Idaho home.

Actor Van Williams had to be airlifted to hospital after falling ill on 3 October - just five days before he was scheduled to attend a movie and TV convention in Hollywood.

Williams, who played Britt Reid on TV, tells the Globe, "I had a heart attack. If they hadn't gotten me there (to hospital), they don't know what would have happened."

The 77 year old adds, "I was trying to install a battery when I felt a huge pain in my chest. It was the most intensive pain I've ever had. I could barely move, but I staggered over to where I could alert my wife and she ended up calling 911."

The actor was flown to a Twin Falls medical centre, where medics treated him for a blocked artery.

Williams was released from hospital after a few days and he is now back at home recovering. »

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Rogen Wanted Original Hornet To Cameo In Movie

19 January 2011 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Seth Rogen wanted original Green Hornet Van Williams to make a cameo appearance in his new big screen blockbuster, but the 1960s TV star was scheduled for a medical procedure and unable to join the cast.

The Knocked Up funnyman appears in the new film as Britt Reid, the playboy son of a wealthy media mogul who eventually transforms into a superhero - the character Williams played over 40 years ago in the small screen series of the same name.

The actor was keen to bring Williams on board, but when producers eventually tracked the 76 year old down, they discovered he was unavailable for the job because of ongoing medical treatment.

Rogen tells the New York Daily News, "We tried to get him (Williams) involved in the movie in some capacity, to do a cameo or something, and we were never able to get him. I think we finally tracked where he was, but I think he was having a medical operation." »

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Film review: The Green Hornet

16 January 2011 5:03 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Not all superhero flicks have to be brooding and joyless. In the same year that audiences were wowed by the sinister tones of The Dark Knight, we were also treated to the much lighter touch of Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man.

Last year saw comic book adaptations Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim vs The World take a quirky and sometimes satirical route to the screen, but without much box office success.

With that in mind, it seemed pretty obvious that Seth Rogen's tendency for dorky comedy would put his new film The Green Hornet in the fun category, but is it a winner or a loser?

Rogen plays feckless playboy Britt Reid in this tale based on the character who debuted in a 1930s radio series and went on to appear in a 60s TV show (starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee) and numerous comic books.

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- David Bentley

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Actors We Miss: Bruce Lee

14 January 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical

Despite completing only four films (a fifth, 'Game of Death,' was never finished), one season of 'The Green Hornet' TV series in the mid-1960s, and a handful of minor film and TV roles, Bruce Lee left an indelible mark on moviegoers and film history. Lee died at the age of 32 from an allergic reaction to medication only days before the premiere of the Hollywood studio-financed 'Enter the Dragon.' He didn't get the chance to see 'Enter the Dragon' become a major commercial hit, based primarily on his star-making turn, or the long-lasting pop culture influence his last film would have on Western audiences, including countless imitations on film and related media (e.g., Marvel Comics' Shang Chi character), and a renewed (if not just new) curiosity in studying Asian martial arts.

Born in San Francisco, but raised in Hong Kong, »

- Mel Valentin

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Actors We Miss: Bruce Lee

14 January 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical

Despite completing only four films (a fifth, 'Game of Death,' was never finished), one season of 'The Green Hornet' TV series in the mid-1960s, and a handful of minor film and TV roles, Bruce Lee left an indelible mark on moviegoers and film history. Lee died at the age of 32 from an allergic reaction to medication only days before the premiere of the Hollywood studio-financed 'Enter the Dragon.' He didn't get the chance to see 'Enter the Dragon' become a major commercial hit, based primarily on his star-making turn, or the long-lasting pop culture influence his last film would have on Western audiences, including countless imitations on film and related media (e.g., Marvel Comics' Shang Chi character), and a renewed (if not just new) curiosity in studying Asian martial arts.

Born in San Francisco, but raised in Hong Kong, »

- Mel Valentin

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Opinion: Hope for Green Hornet Success Goes Back Four Decades

14 January 2011 8:18 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It was short-lived and got pretty silly at the end but I loved the 1966 ABC TV series The Green Hornet. I was too young to realize that Bruce Lee was practicing a fighting style that had a long and storied history or that he would later go on to become a cultural icon. But loved the Black Beauty (an Imperial Crown sedan), Green Hornet’s tricked out ride and the Hornet’s Sting and most of all the minimalist costume that eschewed gaudy tights, briefs and pointed cowls for an overcoat, suit, mask and porkpie hat. That’s a costume I could put together with just one quick raid of my Dad’s closet! I may have known, back when I was six, that I wanted to be a journalist some day so the fact that Britt Reid (played by Van Williams) inherited a newspaper publishing empire and used it »

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Movie Review: The Green Hornet

14 January 2011 7:42 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Jan 14, 2011

When most people think of The Green Hornet, most remember Van Williams as the Green Hornet and the legendary Bruce Lee as Kato. Despite the series lasting only one season (26 episodes) the two actors left an indelible impression. Van Williams portrayed Britt Reid as a suave, cool playboy and Bruce Lee was, well, Bruce Lee. More than 40 years later The Green Hornet has finally arrived on the big screen and the logical choice to play the title character is ... um ... Seth Rogen?

I know, I know, I gasped in disbelief, ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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