David Strick is the closest thing Hollywood has to an industry photographer. Everyone knows and trusts him, and they let him get close to the stars and the action. He loves to catch that odd moment that humorously reveals artists at work. He used to shoot on-set pictures for Premiere, and moved on to The Los Angeles Times. Now he's launching "David Strick's Hollywood" with set photos from The Green Hornet at the Reporter, web and print. If they're willing to spend the money, who are we to complain?
Here's my report on The Green Hornet from Comic-Con, complete with Michel Gondry on the flip-cam. I am always interested in a Gondry film (I've missed screenings so far), but a $90-million budget is tough to overcome, which is why the studio says that it is "doubling down" on the film, which opens January 14. (The trailer is below.)
[David Strick photo courtesy The Hollywood Reporter.]
Sony marketing is working hard to overcome mixed advance word (due in part to their decision to make the film retro 3-D), via reports of strong tracking and building buzz. The film played well at Austin's Butt-Numb-A-Thon, but playing to the fan boys doesn't always mean a mainstream hit.