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This new trailer for Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut Man of Tai Chi is quite an improvement over the last look we had at the movie. This is a fight film, pure and simple, but this trailer suggests a lot more story and a more complicated moral path for the main character. The movie looks more polished, and the fights look like they’re hard-hitting but simply-executed setpieces.

Tiger Hu Chen (Kung Fu Hero) plays a martial artist who is targeted by Reeves to take part in a fight competition, but there seems to be more to it than just that. The film also features Karen Mok (Shaolin Soccer) and Iko Uwais (The Raid), with fight choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping.

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Here’s the first footage from Keanu Reeves‘ directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, and it isn’t quite what I expected to see. This is a fight film through and through, which we knew to expect, but one that seems to have more in common with a film like Bloodsport than the fight-heavy films Reeves is known for as an actor. Which is to say, this isn’t quite The Matrix.

Tiger Hu Chen (Kung Fu Hero) plays a martial artist who seems to be drawn into some sort of organized fighting competition by Reeves, whose aim is really to break down a trained human fighter into a killer. The film also features Karen Mok (Shaolin Soccer) and Iko Uwais (The Raid, and who you won’t see in this teaser), with fight choreography by Yuen Wo-Ping.

Some of the dialogue here is not subtitled, so there are a few story beats that might not be clear. But Reeves’ insistent tagline at the end might be all too clear. Read More »

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A space-based drama called Passengers is the script that led to Jon Spaihts scripting the Alien prequel that became Prometheus. Popular as Passengers was with those who read it, the project has languished for years in a sort of development hell.

The script is built around a great concept in which a malfunction on a ship transporting sleeping humans through space wakes one passenger. Unable to go back to deep sleep and frightened of spending his entire life alone, the man wakes a female passenger.

Now, after stalling out some time ago the film is finally moving forward once again, with Keanu Reeves starring and Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk set to make his feature debut. Read More »

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Keanu Reeves has been in a couple of big martial arts influenced movies (those Matrix films come to mind, and there’s the delayed 47 Ronin) and now he’s directing his own. The film is called Man of Tai Chi, and features Reeves as the villain, with Tiger Hu Chen (who worked in the Matrix stunt team) as the hero. The movie also features Karen Mok (So Close), Simon Yam (Ip Man 1 & 2) and Iko Uwais (The Raid), with the rather famous and very skilled Yuen Woo Ping (The MatrixCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) as the action director.

Man of Tai Chi will make its debut later this year, but in the meantime we’ve got the first images and a teaser poster.  Read More »

South by Southwest is starting this week and one of the more surprising, and exciting, films playing is the Napster documentary Downloaded, directed by Alex Winter. Yes, the same Alex Winter who starred in The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The movie is an engaging and entertaining tale of a culture milestone and we’ll have a full interview with Winter talking about the film later this week.

But when you’ve got Alex Winter on the phone, you have to ask him the question: “What’s up with Bill and Ted 3?” We know both he and co-star Keanu Reeves are interested and director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is attached. But what’s the latest?

Winter explained that while it might feel like there’s some major hold up with the sequel, that’s simply not the case. He and his co-stars just started talking about the project prematurely and it’s still going through its natural development. Read his quotes below. Read More »

A few years ago, Universal announced a release date of November 2012 for 47 Ronin, Carl Rinsch‘s samurai epic starring Keanu Reeves. Then the studio pushed the date back to February 2013, then back again to Christmas 2013. As of now, months after that first 2012 date has passed, we’ve yet to see any footage for the movie. For that matter, we’ve barely seen any marketing at all, unless you count a couple of uninspired posters and some unfinished scenes shown at Cinema Con 2012.

That’s not technically changing today, but what we do have are some gorgeous posters that seem to have been created for that original 2012 opening. If these are any indication, the campaign for 47 Ronin will be damn gorgeous when it finally gets going. Check them out after the jump.

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When the Keanu Reeves samurai epic 47 Ronin was pushed from Fall 2012 to February 2013, some feared that the movie was troubled. The studio denied problems, saying the film needed more time to finish visual effects. Ronin was surprisingly absent from Comic Con, reshoots in full swing, and the release date was pushed back again (this time to Christmas 2013) which got even more people speculating about troubles between the studio and the commercial filmmaker turned first time feature director. And now a report claims that Universal has pulled director Carl Erik Rinsch from the editing room, and is now being overseen by Universal co-chairwoman Donna Langley.

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Casting, plot details and rumored start dates are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Keanu Reeves lays out the plot of Bill & Ted 3 in a new interview.
  • Sasha Barrese will return in The Hangover Part III.
  • Yancy Butler is back for Kick-Ass 2 as mother of Red Mist.
  • Julie Delpy says a third Before movie is still happen…but not for at least a year.
  • Tributes Seeder, Chaff and Gloss have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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