For three decades now, audiences have been falling in love over and over again with Keanu Reeves. We believe him when he’s saving the world, we believe him when he’s morally ambiguous, and in a few cases, we even believe when he’s the villain. He’s an actor who can transform himself, even when he remains so distinctly, well, Keanu Reeves.
Reeves continues to evolve with the times and only sharpens his skills. What’s not to love about an actor whose movies have blown minds repeatedly as his magnetism and depth deepen with time? Any artist at the stage of Reeves’ career and success who continues growing is doing something right. What has remained from the early days of his acting career is his sincerity and commitment. That sincerity, in particular, is infectious and a part of why audiences and filmmakers remain captivated by him.
With Bill & Ted Face the Music now in theaters and available on VOD, we interviewed directors who’ve worked with Reeves and asked them to share their favorite stories from their collaboration. Here’s what Richard Linklater, Christopher Kenneally, Matthew Ross, Chad Stahelski, Dean Parisot, Francis Lawrence, and Rebecca Miller had to say about their time with the one and only Keanu Reeves.
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CBS All Access has unveiled its fall premiere plans for its new shows, including the limited series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, which is slated to premiere on the streaming service in late 2020. Joining The Stand on the streaming platform are an untitled Richard Linklater animal rescue docuseries, as well as several 2021 titles including a new original series The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Harper House, and Guilty Party.
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Richard Linklater is heading back to 1969 for his next movie.
Linklater, the filmmaker behind films like Boyhood and the Before trilogy, is heading to Netflix to direct Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, which tells the story of the mission to the moon from the perspective of the astronauts and an excited kid who lives near NASA and is watching the whole thing from afar.
And since Linklater is no stranger to cinematic experimentation, he’s making the movie with a combination of live-action footage, hand drawn animation, and CGI. Get more details below. Read More »
It took Richard Linklater 12 years to make Boyhood, and now he wants to up his game. The filmmaker is said to be putting together a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along that will take 20 years to complete. Linklater has lined up Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein to star in the story of a Broadway composer who abandons his theatre career to make movies in Hollywood. Linklater’s 20-year production is no doubt a bold idea, but one wonders what type of dystopian hellscape we’ll all be living in 20 years from now, and whether or not we’ll be in the mood to go see a Richard Linklater musical then.
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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, see how a variety of Men in Black International VFX shots looked before visual effects were completed. Plus, run through over five dozen different Easter eggs and comic book references from the first season of The Boys, and check in with director Richard Linklater as he breaks down his career behind the camera. Read More »
Despite its premise, and the jigsaw puzzle of a novel by Maria Semple upon which it’s based, there isn’t much mystery to Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Based on the 2012 comedy novel of the same name, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? follows a picture-perfect family left reeling when the titular mother, an agoraphobic architect, suddenly goes missing. Semple’s novel is a character mystery, driven by Bernadette’s daughter Bee as she investigate’s her mother’s disappearance.
But as directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? lays it all on the table immediately, embodied by Cate Blanchett‘s zippy, mile-a-minute performance that rips through the film like a tsunami. Subtlety and enigma aren’t in the vocabulary of this film, which sees Linklater shedding his more naturalistic directing style in favor of the broad comedy that characterized his major studio films like School of Rock. But the absurd comedy stylings of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? end up clashing majorly with the film’s more understated themes about the power of artistic expression, resulting in a film that loses itself in the weeds.
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Whenever director Richard Linklater digs into the hardships of life, it’s time to pay attention, especially when it involves Cate Blanchett as a wife and mother who gets a second wind in her life and tries to reclaim her passions after shoving them aside for years in service of her family. It’s the exact kind of thing millions around the world would love to do, and now we get to watch it unfold later this year in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name. Read More »
Where’d you go, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Oh, I see – you went all the way to August. The release date of the Richard Linklater-directed film starring Cate Blanchett has been pushed five months, from March to August. The reasoning cited behind the move is that August is a better month for “female-skewing films.” So we’re all going to have to wait a little longer to find out where Bernadette went. More on the new Where’d You Go, Bernadette release date below.
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Since Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett signed up for the adaptation of Maria Semple‘s beloved comedy novel Where’d You Go Bernadette in 2015, the big question surrounding the project was…where did it go? Now, finally, the first Where’d You Go Bernadette trailer has arrived, giving us a sneak peek at the comedy-mystery about an agoraphobic architect (Blanchett) who one day vanishes from her perfect family life.
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Bill Hicks was one of the most controversial and respected people on the comedy scene before his untimely death at 32 back in 1994 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The comedian’s story has been told in the form of a documentary called American: The Bill Hicks Story, but now it will get the narrative treatment thanks to Dazed and Confused and Boyhood director Richard Linklater.
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