Bill and Ted

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have been talking about a third Bill & Ted for years, and over the past few years we’ve watched the project slowly move ahead. Winter announced that the script was completed in 2011, and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) was hired to direct in 2012. But over a year later, production still hasn’t gotten underway, and now Reeves has an explanation as to why.

In a new interview, the actor explained that “darkness” was holding up the project. It’s a much more mysterious answer than the one Winter gave when asked a similar question earlier this year. Hit the jump to read Reeves’s quote.

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Man of Tai Chi

After starring in a few martial arts-influenced films, Keanu Reeves is moving on to directing one of his own. His debut Man of Tai Chi stars Tiger Hu Chen as a talented martial artist who’s recruited by a shady figure (Reeves) to participate in an underground fighting tournament.

The first trailer focused mostly on the fighting, while the second delved a bit more into the plotline and Tiger’s moral dilemma. The latest video offers even more of the lead’s backstory, as a grave old man helpfully reminds Tiger that he is “the only successor of this martial art.”

Karen Mok (So Close), Simon Yam (Ip Man 1 & 2), and Iko Uwais (The Raid) also star. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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A second international trailer for Carl Erik Rinsch‘s long delayed 47 Ronin has been released. Where last week’s Japanese trailer focused on the famous international cast (Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi) this new one focuses on creatures, monsters and similarly disgusting bad guys. Or at least, that what it looks like; the dubbing in the trailer means story points are difficult to verify. Check it out below. Read More »

’47 Ronin’ Japanese Trailer: Flash of the Blade

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47 Ronin, a supernaturally-themed remake of a classic Japanese story, seems like a strange Christmas offering. But the film, directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and starring Keanu Reeves (with Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi) will be under the tree as a gift from Universal this holiday season. Well not a gift exactly — you’ll still have to pay to see it.

The first trailer hit a while ago and had to shoulder the weight of months of reports about the film suffering delays and unplanned reshoots. It was seen by some viewers as evidence from an accident scene. “What will this disaster look like?”

Now there’s a Japaneser trailer that boils the whole thing down to a procession of big images and quick swordplay. Without being able to read the brief Japanese text or understand the scant voiceover, it is a pretty pure sales pitch for an action/adventure movie. Take a look below.  Read More »

Blade Runner

If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:

  • Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
  • Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
  • James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
  • Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
  • Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
  • 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
  • See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster

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One of the best film events of the year is Fantastic Fest, which takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. The first wave of the 2013 fest has been announced, and it has some great stuff. There’s Keanu Reeves, who’ll appear with his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi (trailer); the Cannes weirdness of Borgman (trailer); the excellent SXSW thriller Cheap Thrills; and the restored Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.

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47 Ronin

Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin has had a long, tough journey to the big screen. The release date was pushed back multiple times, each time amid a flurry of rumors about on-set trouble. But this Christmas 2013 release date is sticking, and the samurai epic is now ready to show off its first bit of footage.

Keanu Reeves leads the fantasy epic as an outcast who joins with a band of warriors seeking to avenge their murdered master. Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, and Rinko Kikuchi also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Well, it looks like Carl Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin is finally coming to screens. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves as man who joins a legendary group of warriors seeking vengeance for the murder of their master, has had a very long and difficult road to the big screen. Rumors of massive production problems have been circulating for some time but, with the release of four impressive character posters, it seems it’s almost time to judge the movie on its own. Read More »

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