I don’t think I spoke to anyone at Fantastic Fest who saw John Wick and didn’t like it. I heard praise for Keanu Reeves‘ turn as a killer, for the action and overall direction of Chad Stahelski, who was Reeves‘ stunt double in The Matrix, and stunt choreographer for Man of Tai Chi, and, yeah, for the dog. You’ll see the dog again in this new John Wick trailer, and get a taste of everything else, too, as it promotes the story of a former assassin (Reeves) who goes back into action to target gangsters who have “taken everything from him.” Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s been a while since we’ve had a big update on Bill & Ted 3, but Alex Winter — you may know him as Bill Preston, Esq. — wants you to know the project is still very much alive. He offered a status update in a recent interview, as well as some details about the Bill and Ted 3 plot. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
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I haven’t seen John Wick yet, but everything I’ve heard says it’s Keanu Reeves once again embracing his inner badass. We’re talking The Matrix Reeves, Point Break Reeves and, of course, Speed Reeves. The 1994 action hit, directed by Jan De Bont, was one of the first post Die Hard action films to get everything right. A bus is driving on the highway and, if it goes below 50 mph, it explodes. Reeves played Jack Traven, the cop trying to stop the bus, which also happened to include eventual Oscar-winner, Sandra Bullock.
Made for only $30 million, Speed grossed $350 worldwide and famously spawned a sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control. The main difference this time, besides swapping a bus for a boat, was Reeves decided not to come back. He was replaced by Jason Patric and the magic was gone. Speed 2 sank, grossing less than half of the original, and killing the franchise.
Decades passed with Reeves constantly telling journalists he would not do another Speed movie. But, in a new interview the actor admitted – after years of saying “No” – he’d be game for Speed 3. Read more about Keanu Reeves Speed 3 below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Between this weekend’s The Drop and next month’s John Wick, handsome action stars snuggling adorable puppies could just be the next big movie trend. And just for the record, I would be totally okay with that.
Keanu Reeves leads John Wick as the title character, whose greatest joys in life are his sweet ride and his even sweeter dog. One day, some mean idiots led by
Alfie Allen decide to take away his things. That turns out to be a huge mistake, because John Wick is actually a retired hitman who knows exactly how to go about getting his revenge. The first John Wick trailer has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
Roland Emmerich is known for making action-packed popcorn flicks, the bigger the better. But one of his next projects will see him going small. He’s set to direct New Angeles, a sci-fi TV series about a bored guy who escapes into a virtual reality world.
If that sounds a bit like The Matrix, this next fact will make the resemblance feel even stronger: Keanu Reeves is also on board. Hit the jump to learn all about New Angeles.
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This year is the tenth anniversary of Fantastic Fest, and the fest will close with a movie we’ve been anticipating over the past couple months: Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a seedy news reported in Los Angeles. That film was announced today along with a host of other movies, including the new Keanu Reeves film John Wick, for which Reeves will make his second appearance at the fest. Then there’s The Creeping Garden, a documentary about slime molds and the people who study them; neo-giallo thriller The Editor, and new Studio Ghibli movie The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and Sion Sono’s new film Tokyo Tribe.
The full second wave lineup is below. I’ve added trailers for most of the films. Note that I haven’t watched all those trailers in full yet, and there’s a chance that one or two are not safe for work. Read More »
Keanu Reeves is getting a TV show. He’s producing and starring in the hour-long series Rain, based on the novel series by Barry Eisler. The show is described as a “globe-trotting action drama,” which is also being produced by his John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. Read More »
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Eli Roth made a return to directing with last year’s The Green Inferno, which will be released in the US on September 5. He’s quickly following that film with a new horror/thriller called Knock Knock, and has just set Keanu Reeves to star. This film sounds like it will be a bit different than Roth’s other directorial efforts, however, as he describes it as the result of an ambition to make “a classic psychosexual thriller.” Read More »