lionsgate entertainment centers

Drop your dreams of riding a John Wick-themed shooting ride or flying in a Hunger Games simulator attraction: the ambitious Lionsgate entertainment center that was set to open in New York City’s Time Square has been scrapped.

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Chad Stahelski interview

The summer movie season will remain abuzz after the triumphant arrival of John Wick: Chapter Three – Parabellum. If ever a movie could be a mic drop, it’s the latest chapter of everybody’s new favorite killing machine and dog enthusiast, John Wick. The sequel has it all, starting with another performance from Keanu Reeves that leaves a big fat mark on pop culture.

Director Chad Stahelski attributes the success of the franchise to Reeves, whom he’s been working with ever since The Matrix. When Stahelski says the actor is giving every frame his all in this movie, nobody could ever question that. Reeves brings a believability to the poetic and ridiculous action, a sincerity to the drama, and a powerful presence and sense of ownership to the role. In another actor’s hands, John Wick, as we’ve come to know and love him, wouldn’t be John Wick.

During our wide-ranging interview with Stahelski following the franchise’s biggest opening at the box-office yet, he told us why audiences connect with Reeves as Wick, how he always goes for beauty in his movies, how he shoots action, and more.

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john wick kill count

Slashers ain’t got nothin’ on John Wick. In the span of three movies, Keanu Reeves‘s well-dressed assassin has bumped-off more people than horror icons Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers combined. That’s no small feat. It also means the only way to solve this rivalry is to make John Wick vs. Michael vs. Jason.

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john wick action

In an era where action has become a secondary device used to prop up character and stories, it would be easy to dismiss the John Wick movies as mindless action movie fun. But if you look beyond the gore and the high body counts, each John Wick film, including the latest release John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, deliver immaculately choreographed, indescribably intense sequences that deserve spots in the action movie hall of fame.

But the feverish, frenetic Keanu Reeves-led films directed by Chad Stahelski have done more than elevate headshots into high art. The John Wick films have managed to distill the essence of great action films from around the world — in loving homage to Hong Kong cop movies, to Korean thrillers, to Indonesian martial arts movies — and accomplish what most Hollywood movies still struggle to do: make the action part of the storytelling.

Spoilers for the John Wick movies follow.

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John Wick NES Game

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out a video game version of John Wick as if the movie was adapted for the original Nintendo. Plus, see a bunch of Easter eggs you might have missed in the Game of Thrones series finale, and go behind the scenes of Stephen Colbert‘s dimension-hopping arrival in the world of HBO’s Veep. Read More »

john wick 4 release date

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum has already surpassed what the first John Wick made in its entire domestic run at the box office, so it was only a matter of time before Keanu Reeves got the go-ahead to suit up for another bloodbath. That time is now. John Wick: Chapter 4 has been confirmed for a summer 2021 release date, and we can’t wait. See the official John Wick 4 release date below.

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john wick 3 box office

It turns out it takes out an assassin to take out the box office behemoth that is Avengers: EndgameJohn Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was the film that finally unseated Avengers: Endgame from its No. 1 spot at the weekend box office, with the Keanu Reeves-led action thriller raking in $57 million on its opening weekend. In only a few days, John Wick 3 box office haul has already surpassed what the first John Wick made in its entire domestic run.

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon plays a non-binary character in John Wick: Chapter 3 and that means more than many people may realize.)

As a non-binary person who loves cinema, I’ve resigned myself to the reality that I won’t ever see my gender represented in mainstream popular culture. There have been major advances in binary transgender representation – particularly for trans women, though there’s still a long way to go there too – but for those of us who don’t fit neatly into the categories of men and women, there isn’t a whole lot out there specifically meant for us. I find myself identifying with the masculinity of some characters, the femininity of others, and the gender-bending expressions of specifically queer art often scratches an itch for seeing gender-nonconformity represented in the works I’ve spent my life adoring and analyzing. But I never get to see a person who looks like me in the artistic medium I love, at least not without some major caveats.

But John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum offered me something new. But we’ll get there in a moment.

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John Wick 3 Prop Replicas and Bourbon Whiskey

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more high class collection of assassins than in the world of the John Wick franchise. They get the job done, follow all the rules, and they look damn good while doing it. Now you can bring some of the world of John Wick home in the form of a couple prop replicas inspired by the latest sequel, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, as well as a special brand of whiskey that will dull some of the pain from being marked excommunicado. Check out the John Wick prop replicas and bourbon whiskey below. Read More »

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You want more John Wick? You’ll probably get it – as long as everyone else wants it, too. Franchise director Chad Stahelski opened up recently about the future of the franchise, promising that he and star Keanu Reeves have lots of ideas for more John Wick sequels, and revealing that Reeves has played a part in shaping the upcoming spin-off TV series The Continental.

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