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Best bets: 'Green Hornet' buzzes to life

Seth Rogen plays the superhero, and also co-wrote the film. Also this week: "The Social Network" hits DVD; "The Miss America Pageant" celebrates its 90th anniversary.
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Seth Rogen doesn't just star as "The Green Hornet," he co-wrote the screenplay. So while the film likely will stick to the basic story of the rich newspaper scion turned superhero, expect plenty of Rogen's usual goofy humor worked in. Jay Chou, who plays Kato, is a Taiwanese singer-actor who may be best known to fans of the "Initial D" manga series — he played lead character Tak in the two movies based on the racing series. Christoph Waltz plays the villain and Cameron Diaz is the Green Hornet's love interest. (Opens Jan. 14.)

Jeff Bridges has been hogging the spotlight for more than a year now. He won last year's best actor Oscar for "Crazy Heart," and this year he's starring in "True Grit" and "Tron Legacy." PBS is capitalizing on our love for all things Bridges by airing a new documentary, "Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides," a 90-minute documentary about the actor. Pour yourself a White Russian and settle in. (Jan. 12, 9 p.m., PBS.)

Just can't get enough "Law and Order"? Give its across-the-pond counterpart, "Law and Order UK," a shot. Creator Dick Wolf described the biggest difference between the two as the goofy white powdered wigs the Brits wear in the courtroom, telling the Manchester Evening News that "The law is not really that dissimilar and, you know, murder is murder." The second season begins airing in the U.S. this week. (Jan 14: 9 pm, BBCA.)

Therrrrrrrre she is! Miss America! The famous pageant is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2011. Host Chris Harrison is used to being around beautiful women in his job as "Bachelor" host, and judges include Joy Behar from "The View" and Tony Dovolani from "Dancing With the Stars." (Jan. 15, 9 p.m., ABC.)

Will "The Social Network" take home the best picture Oscar? The film about Facebook's founding, now on DVD, is being mentioned as one of the favorites to do just that. The New York Times called it "sensational," and dubbed it "a once-in-a-generation movie." Jesse Eisenberg stars as a pouty but somehow likable Mark Zuckerberg, and Justin Timberlake shines as Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who manages to enthrall Zuckerberg and pull him away from his best friend, Eduardo Saverin, played by rising star Andrew Garfield. It's hard not to Like this film. (Out on DVD Jan. 11.)

If Bridges was the male superstar of 2010, Betty White was his female equivalent. She was constantly being praised in print and online, often by fans too young to remember her days as man-obsessed Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Now she's starring in a new sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland."  White was expected to only guest-star in the pilot, but she nailed her role as judgmental Elka, and things took off from there. The first season hits DVD this week, and the second season starts airing on TV Land Jan. 19. (Out on DVD Jan. 11.)

"Hotel Rwanda" and "Last King of Scotland" both took grim African history that Americans know little about and turned the stories into fascinating films. "Shake Hands With the Devil" does the same, telling the true story of General Romeo Dallaire, who was assigned to lead the U.N. peacekeeping force as the Rwandan genocide rages. The Canadian film was made in 2007 but is just on DVD now. (Out on DVD Jan. 11.)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is's movies editor.