Critics are slightly uncertain about Keanu Reeves' latest movie 'John Wick', but audiences have voted with their feet as the movie made over $5 million on its opening night.
John Wick was released in US cinemas on Friday (24th October) and has already been hailed as a financial success, making $5.45 million on its opening night. So if you fancy seeing Keanu Reeves back where he belongs - in full action mode - here's what John Wick is all about and what the critics have to say.
The film has been well received by critics who have largely commented on its violent nature. It has been described as the archetypal action film which offers impressive fight scenes and a relatively simplistic storyline. As Vulture's critic wrote John Wick is 'a beautiful coffee-table action movie.' However, others have also criticised the violent element of the film, with one critic remarking John Wick 'is a film where every human being is a sack of meat waiting to be tenderized' (Globe and Mail).
John Wick is violent, sure - but it could be one of the best movies of the year.
Admit it. You thought John Wick was going to be a big, fat flop didn't you? You thought Keanu Reeves was done. Well, surprise. John Wick has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It's basically the best thing ever made. Sort of.
Liam Neeson wishes he could be John Wick
Reeves plays a retired hitman who comes out of retirement to track down gangsters that took everything from him. It's a fresh take on the assassin genre and is basically everything that the Taken franchise, and Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy, should have been.
'The Matrix' star is growing agitated of not landing roles in big budget productions.
Keanu Reeves is undoubtedly most well known for his lead role in the hugely successful sci-fi trilogy 'The Matrix,' but it seems his days as 'the one' are now over mainly because big movie projects constantly elude him.
Reeves desires more roles in big budget movies
The talented actor, who was last seen in the 2013 action flick '47 Ronin,' recently revealed that he does want to be offered more movie roles in big budget productions.
During the arrivals for the New York special screening of 'John Wick' at Regal Union Square Stadium the cast and directors was photographed. Among these, were Keanu Reeves who stars, and 'Game of Thrones' actor, Alfie Allen.
John Wick was one of the criminal underground's finest hitmen until the untimely death of his beloved wife. Now he's living a relatively solitary life with his pet dog, retired from that world and living peacefully. That is until his car gets recognised by some former enemies responsible for his wife's death and he is beaten half to death in his own home, his dog brutally killed in front of him. Unfortunately for the perpetrators, they have no idea who their messing with, and when they are warned by a major crime boss of his uniquely gifted fighting abilities, they are forced to recruit their deadliest men (and women) to take Wick down. But now, with nothing left to lose, Wick is more dangerous than ever before.
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Richard Linklater is well known in the film industry as one of the stand out names in indie movie making. Responsible for a wide variety of films including the decade spanning romance 'Before Sunset' (and its sequels), music fuelled comedy 'School Of Rock', social misfit drama 'Slacker', and innovative animated thriller 'A Scanner Darkly', Linklater has inspired a generation of filmmakers and scooped two Oscar nominations and numerous film festival awards along the way. After 21 years, this Texas born innovator is still thoroughly impressing, his latest project 'Boyhood' having caused a stir for its unique quality of having been filmed over thirteen years. Just what will he do next?
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Another woman has been caught mooching around Keanu Reeves' house in the Hollywood Hills.
Things we learnt today: Keanu Reeves has the worst home security system in Hollywood. You may remember we reported last week that a woman had broken into the actor's house and was found chilling out in his library room. Well, it's happened again. This time: a different woman.
Keanu Reeves has a bad home security system
On the first occasion, police officers were called to Reeves' home after getting reports of a burglary. The Matrix star told cops that he heard a disturbance from the library and picked yu the phone. A woman in her 40s was found sitting in a chair in the library and was taken to medical facility to be evaluated, but was not arrested, according to TMZ.com.
Continue reading: Second Intruder Breaks Into Keanu Reeves House, Takes A Shower
Keanu Reeves has faced an intruder in his home.
It's not often that Keanu Reeves makes the headlines; he's a private man, and with his box office appearences fairly hit and miss since the glory days of The Matrix and Bill and Ted, we've just not seen much of him. But when we do, his stories tend to be the best, and the latest is no exception.
Keanu kept cool as a cucumber when faced with an intruder in his home
According to TMZ, Reeves was awoken on Monday morning by a noise at his Los Angeles home, and when he went to check his library, he was face to face with a woman sitting in his chair. Creepy. But Keanu, cool as ever, didn't freak out. He very calmly called the police who came and took the woman away for a psych evaluation. Only the One could take something so crazy as someone breaking into their home completely in their stride.
Continue reading: Keanu Reeves Faces Home Intruder, Remains Awesome Whilst Doing So
Keanu Reeves has picked up a pretty poor reputation as being a wooden and dull actor. Will he ever be able be a big box office star again?
Back in the 90s Keanu Reeves was one of Hollywood’s top heartthrobs. Along with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp, Reeves could pull in an audience simply based on his brooding good looks and loyal female fan base.
Can Keanu Reeves become the box office star that he once was?
When Reeves burst onto the scene in the 80s starring in the Bill and Ted movies he instantly became a cult icon. It’s considered by some one of Reeve’s only performances that wasn’t totally “bogus.” When he stepped out of Ted’s shoes, however, and branched into the world of real acting - not everyone was so impressed.
Continue reading: Will Keanu Reeves Ever Be A Big Box Office Star Again?
Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama 'The Whole Truth.'
Deadline are reporting that Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth. Craig had been cast as a defence attorney fighting to acquit a teenager standing accused of murdering his rich family. The British actor had unexpectedly departed the project in April just a few days before filming was due to begin, leaving producers high and dry. Film-makers have spent the past two months searching for a replacement for Craig, eventually settling on Reeves.
Keanu Reeves has replaced Daniel Craig in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth
Reeves will join the cast, which currently includes Renee Zellweger, Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Kings of Summer actor Gabriel Basso. TheWrap has reported that The Wolf of Wall Street actor Kenneth Choi has been cast as the state prosecutor.
Continue reading: Keanu Reeves Replaces Daniel Craig In Courtroom Drama 'The Whole Truth'
Despite a relatively small output, the Wachowski Brother's have made a profound impact on Hollywood. Here are their film listed from critically impeccable hits to flaccid failures.
Press shy and intentionally low-profile, the Wachowski brothers (now brother and sister) occupy a rare position in Hollywood of being household names, responsible for some truly awe-inspiring works of cinematic innovation that have enamoured critics and audiences alike. Yet, unlike directors of a similar calibre and position in pop culture- Tarantino and JJ Abrams for instance, they allow their films to speak for themselves, eschewing the usual directorial promotional tropes and refusing interviews.
Andy and Lana Wachowski rarely appear in public and never commit to promoting their films.
They are so ardent to withhold anonymity in favour of greater artistic candour that it is reportedly highlighted in the Wachowski’s contracts that they will remain unburdened by arduous press commitments. Despite this, the pair are amongst the biggest names in Hollywood, thanks mainly to the Matrix trilogy, which revolutionized the cinematic experience. A Wachowski Bros. picture is synonymous with outstanding cinematography, multi-dimensional plots and a visual feast that is never short of the spectacular. Positing a triple threat of sorts, the Andy and Lana have proven their ability to not only direct a picture, but also to produce and pen truly original and brilliant screenplays in their own right.
Continue reading: The Movies Of The Wachowski's: From Best To Worst
A remake of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 'Point Break' is in the works. What do we know so far?
So, it looks like the Point Break remake is set for release in August 2015. Directed by Ericson Core, whose only other big directing job was 2006’s Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg, the new script has been written by Total Recall remake co-writer Kurt Wimmer. There's a whole lot of action movie experience going on there, which is a promising start. Core was also the director of photography for The Fast and the Furious way back in 2001, so we've got faith his visuals will be pretty impressive - that's for sure.
The 2015 remake is pegged to be an unofficial reboot of The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film of the same name, which starred Keanu Reeves as an ex-quarterback-turned-FBI-agent and Patrick Swayze as a system fighting surfer. After it's suspected that a gang of bank robbers, nicknamed 'The Ex-Presidents,' are potentially a group of surfers, Agent Utah is sent in to infiltrate their group.
Continue reading: 'Point Break' Remake: What We Know So Far
Ramirez takes on the role a year after Butler exited
The ‘Point Break’ remake finally has its Bohdi as Edgar Ramirez takes over the role from Gerard Butler. The film, which will retain the original story of an FBI agent infiltrating a ring of criminals but will be set in the world of extreme sports, is set for release on August 7 2015.
Edgar Ramirez kisses his ALMA award
Variety had the scoop, writing: “Alcon has been looking for someone to take over the role of Bodhi — played by Patrick Swayze in the ’1991 original — after Butler exited the project over a scheduling conflict, and looks to have found his successor in the “Carlos” star.”
Continue reading: Edgar Ramirez Replacing Gerard Butler In 'Point Break' Reboot
Most of us know that Zooey Deschanel and Jared Leto are pretty musical, but there's a bunch of other celebs who also have musical skills on the side!
Those celebs are a talented bunch, sometimes even more than they let on! Lots of them are also skilled musicians on top their acting and directing day jobs. We bet you’ll never believe that some of these famous people have the time to play an instrument on top of all the other projects they’re always involved with.
Clint Eastwood made his name as an actor in movies about the Old West, before going on to become one of the most renowned directors in the movie biz. However, we bet you didn’t know that he’s also a skilled composer and has composed the film scores to accompany a selection of the movies he has directed, including Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River.
Clint Eastwood often composes the scores to his movies
Continue reading: 10 Actors Who Are Also Talented Musicians (Hint: Not Just Jared Leto!)
Hill was paid $60,000 for his role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' but he isn't alone in taking one in the wallet for the sake of art
Jonah Hill has made headlines recently after it was revealed he was paid just $60,000 for his Oscar-nominated role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, $60,000 is a lot of money to a lot of people, but in the world of Hollywood actors and their big pay cheques, Hill was paid pitance for his work. Still, he is not the only one to take a pay cut for the sake of the project paying them.
Jonah Hill is apparently nothing like his character in Donnie Azoff
Hill decided to take a pay cut, from the usual 6-7 figure digit he tends to receive, because he was so determined to get the part of Donnie Azoff so he could work with the director of the project, Martin Scorsese. By putting his dreams first and his bank account last, Hill has received his second Oscar nomination to date and has been roundly praised by critics for his role. What's more , Hill isn't alone in taking one for the team and opting out of a big pay cheque for the sake of the project he's appearing in.
Keanu Reeves talks about his character Kai in the Japanese film '47 Ronin' and his experiences on set in a press junket interview.
'Being raised by the Tengu he learns some martial techniques', Keanu says of Kai. 'He can fight a certain way, he can see witchcraft, he has this connection to nature and in certain moments he can do this kind of. movement passing through space at an accelerated rate.' On performing some of the physical stunt work on set, Keanu admits he had much fun. 'In '47 Ronin' I had a chance to do some sword-fighting, Japanese long-sword, which was a lot of fun. I got to work with Hiroyuki Sanada who is a great swordsman and a great actor.'
In light of Fast & Furious' new release dates, we take a look at the box office landscape for 2015.
Yesterday the release date for Fast & Furious 7 was announced for April 2015. As predicted, this allows for some production delays and for the cast and crew to have a mental health break following Paul Walker’s death.
It also means that the film will be pitched against a different set of competitors, which might affect the franchise’s profits. In July 2014, the main competitor to our favorite fast-cars-no-plot franchise would have been Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Vin Diesel broke the news via Facebook yesterday.
'47 Ronin' has been panned before its Christmas Day release.
As the world's movie theaters prepare to load up the 47 Ronin reels from Christmas Day this year, there seems to be a real concern in the air over whether there'll be any audience to show it to. Keanu Reeves, of The Matrix fame, takes on another action role in director Carl Rinsch's new action drama.
Reeves plays Kai, a half-English, half-Japanese outsider who is beaten and sold into slavery. Kai joins a small group of Japanese samurai warriors. The group are exiled after the dishonourable death of their leader and Kai is enlisted into the "47 Ronin," an elite group of fighters who vow to seek revenge against the army that has killed their master.
Keanu Reeves takes on witches, trolls, giant snakes and other fiends in the '47 Ronin' new trailer.
Keanu Reeves plays an outcast in the fictional retelling of the forty-seven ronin, and while it looks a lot more promising than his other recent movies, could it be the one to save his career?
Keanu Reeves in '47 Ronin'
So, he's not exactly been rolling in the glory in recent years with 2012 seeing him star in major commercial and critical flop (an understatement) Generation Um and this year in the China based film Man of Tai Chi which was also his directorial debut and fared a lot better considering it was his first directing stint but still failed to grasp mainstream attention.
Kai is a half-English and half-Japanese outsider who was exiled from his homeland, beaten within an inch of his life and enslaved for his heritage. Now he is stronger; an accomplished fighter with an ability to triumph over even the most formidable of adversaries. He is enlisted by a group of samurai warriors to help them regain their land which has been overrun by an infinite army of demons, witches, monsters and giants who have enslaved their people following the dishonourable death of their leader. The forty-seven ronin vow to avenge their master, sacrificing their own lives to attempt to free their compatriots; though as the land becomes more and more sated with savage beasts and ruthless mystics, Kai is left wondering if this is one battle he can't win.
Continue: 47 Ronin - International Trailer
Can 47 Ronin be the film that saves Reeves' career?
Finally, the second trailer for 47 Ronin has hit, meaning we can see more of Keanu Reeves in the martial arts epic. But this isn’t your classic, intricately choreographed martial arts flick; there are monsters and dragons in it, too.
Can Reeves haul in the huge audiences required to make Ronin a hit?
The legend of 47 Ronin reads thusly: 47 samurais without a leader (that’s what Ronin means) set out to avenge their death of the man who once led them. The film takes place in a fantasy version of ancient Japan, populated by mystical beasts, a power-hungry witch.
Continue reading: See Keanu Reeves In 47 Ronin As Non-Russian Trailer Hits [Video]
Kai is an outsider, banished from his home, beaten and forced into slavery for being half-English and half-Japanese. He was among a small group of samurais exiled after the dishonourable death of their leader, and now his suffering has turned him into one of the land's most formidable warriors, able to defeat even the largest of beasts. He is enlisted to be part of an army of forty-seven ronin who vow to seek revenge against the infinite army that has taken over their home and killed their master. However, their plan looks almost impossible as the nation is rapidly becoming overrun with a myriad of colossal shape-shifting monsters with the ability to wipe out the ronin all at once.
'47 Ronin' is a fictional interpretation of the real events that happened in Japan in the 18th century, when a small group of samurais sought to avenge their leader. There have been many variations of the story and it has been described as Japan's National Legend. First time director Carl Rinsch is at the helm of this gripping fantasy war film and it has been written by Chris Morgan ('Fast & Furious', 'Cellular', 'Wanted'), Hossein Amini ('Snow White and the Huntsman', 'The Wings of the Dove', 'Drive') and Walter Hamada in his screenplay debut. It will hit the UK on December 26th 2013.
'47 Ronin' looks to pack a serious punch.
Keanu Reeves has made an explosive return to Hollywood in the action-adventure 47 Ronin, directed by The Gift's Carl Rinsch. The movie follows the story of 47 strong team of fearless samurai who seek vengeance after a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind.
The Poster for '41 Ronin'
Driven from their homes, the samurai seek the help of Kai (Reeves), a half-breed they once rejected, who helps fight across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.
The glitzy film festival is turning into a hotbed of crime
This year’s Cannes Film Festival is taking the movies a little too far; first we had the jewellery theft – that was right out of a film, then we had the crazed faux gunman, who claimed he had a grenade – that was right out of a film, albeit a comedy, and now we’ve got a Chinese film executive with stolen luggage.
Keanu Reeves in Man of Tai Chi
Granted, the Chinese dude with stolen luggage might not be the most heinous of crimes, but it’s a crime nonetheless. And besides, that film exec probably had loads of really important things in his luggage, like money and phones and photos. China Film Group vice president Zhang Qiang bailed out of his scheduled press conference appearance with Keanu Reeves for Man of Tai Chi – the Matrix star’s first film behind the camera. He did so because of the stolen luggage, having found out his bags had been pilfered from his rented accommodation at Pierre & Vacances Résidence, Cannes Beach. "Security in France is so bad, and the [people] are so arrogant," he posted on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, adding, "This film festival is not worth mentioning!"
Continue reading: Crime Spree Cannes – Yet Another Burglary At Film Festival
Keanu Reeves - Keanu Reeves leaves Spargo restaurant in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 26th April 2013
Director chosen for Point Break movie
The remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic movie Point Break has now got a director on board. According to Empire Online, Alcon Entertainment, who have been developing this one for some years now, have announced that they have Ericson Core on board to direct. Not only does Ericson Core have a superb name, for an action movie director, but he’s got pretty good form too. Rest assured, folks, he wasn’t selected on the basis of his name alone (we can’t actually verify that, we’re just assuming that he wasn’t).
It’s long been known that Kurt Wimmer has written the screenplay for the remake but now they have the man behind The Fast and the Furious, Daredevil and Payback (as cinematographer) on board. He’s also directed episodes of Family Law as well as the Mark Wahlberg-starring Invincible. According to IMDB, Core is currently attached to a project named Fair Trade, though no cast have actually been allocated to that one just yet, the site suggests. It’s likely that Point Break could well become the next project for Core, if Fair Trade isn’t going to fly.
The original Point Break, of course, starred Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent trying to infiltrate Patrick Swayze’s gang of adrenaline-hungry bank robbers. According to Empire, the remake “evolved” from an original plan to create a sequel.
Continue reading: 'Point Break' Remake Seats Ericson Core In Director's Chair
Roger Ebert has died aged 70, just days after announcing his cancer had returned.
Roger Ebert, the esteemed American journalist, movie critic and screenwriter, has died aged 70 after a long battle with cancer. Ebert worked as a critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 right up until his death, making him one of the best known film critics in America. He was the first writer of his kind to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and had his columns syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and many abroad.
Many will remember Ebert for his barbed war with rival critic Gene Siskel, often verbally sparring whilst discussing films in public. The pair created the trademark 'Two Thumbs Up' when both hosts gave the same film a positive review. As a director, if you had the two thumbs up from either Ebert of Siskel, you were invariably onto a good thing. In 1999, Ebert launched his own annual film festival called Ebertfest and six years later became the first critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His colleague Neil Steinberg said Ebert was "was without question the nation's most prominent and influential film critic." A positive review from the Chicago native could boost a movie's box-office takings, though a mauling could ruin everything. Ebert gave out plenty of those during his long and distinguished career, though a few stick out:
Continue reading: Roger Ebert Dies Aged 70: The Five Movies He Hated The Most
Keanu Reeves Wednesday 24th October 2012 The "Cloud Atlas" Los Angeles Premiere held at Grauman's Chinese Theater
Carl Rinsch, the director of 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, has been made to relinquish his editing duties following a disagreement regarding some important scenes and budget concerns, reports The Guardian.
Bizarrely, arguably the film’s biggest star – the Matrix actor Reeves – was absent in the climactic scenes of the samurai film, which has meant bad news for the first time director. Rinsch, making his directorial debut away from commercials, is now allowed nowhere near the film’s editing process, due to his decision to omit Reeves. A number of studio-ordered reshoots took place in the UK weeks ago, which now firmly place him at the centre of the action, adding a love scene, close-ups and extra dialogue. The film now finishes with a battle between Reeves' character Kai and a supernatural monster. Given that the majority of the film’s cast are Japanese, U.S audiences would have been confused by the 48-year-olds’ absence.
Budgetary issues also lead to the Hollywood studio Universal back-benching Rinsche, as the film's budget swelled to $225m (£139m) from an original $175m (£108m) although Universal has denied suggestions it will now cost that much. The finishing touches are now being applied by studio co-chair Donna Langley. Interestingly, The Wrap claims Rinsch would have been removed as director of the film prior to the reshoots were it not for a Director's Guild of America rule.
Keanu Reeves Friday 7th October 2011 grabs a take away from Poquito Mass restaurant on his classic 1973 Norton Commando 750 motorcycyle Los Angeles, California
Keanu Reeves Saturday 18th June 2011 Keanu Reeves at a book signing at Waterstone's, Piccadilly London, England
Henry (Reeves) is just drifting through life with his wife Debbie (Greer) when his old school friend Eddie (Stevens) leaves him to take the fall for a bank robbery Henry knew nothing about. His life in prison isn't much worse than outside, and his new friend Max (Caan) makes up for the fact that Debbie runs off with one of the robbers (Hoch). And when he gets out a year or so later, Henry decides that since he's done the time, he might as well do the crime.
Continue reading: Henry's Crime Review
Keanu Reeves Sunday 9th January 2011 is seen shopping at Kiehl's and avoiding the paparazzi while in Covent Garden. London, England
Keanu Reeves and a friend - Keanu Reeves and a friend Los Angeles, California - leaving Bristol Farms supermarket after purchasing groceries Friday 9th April 2010
Keanu Reeves Thursday 20th August 2009 shopping at an AT&T store for a new cellphone while sporting a bushy beard Los Angeles, California
Keanu Reeves Wednesday 6th August 2008 outside the Crown Lounge Los Angeles, California
Keanu Reeves Thursday 5th June 2008 Keanu Reeves receives a package at home and couldn't add up the maths for the correct amount of cash to pay the delivery man Los Angeles, California
Keanu Reeves Tuesday 1st April 2008 leaving Comme Ca restaurant with a mystery woman Los Angeles, California
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