October 31, 2013 |
The "Bill & Ted's"-style flop-mop that martial artist Tiger Chen sports in "Man of Tai Chi" isn't the only reminder of Keanu Reeves in this directorial debut from the "Matrix" star. There's Reeves himself, using his lower surfer-register for the forces of evil as a Hong Kong businessman who corrupts Chen's idealistic, working class tai chi disciple by turning him into an underground fight club star. But what's most cosmically appropriate about this no-nonsense yet all-nonsense action flick is how Reeves' greatest strength as a star - his fluid, imposing physicality - is also his best asset as a director.
July 24, 2013 |
“We believe you are the only one who can help us.” That ominous plea comes about halfway through the new trailer for “47 Ronin,” and while it's directed at the character played by Keanu Reeves the entreaty could also describe how much Universal Pictures needs the actor to deliver a big audience for the troubled production. Filmed in early 2011, the expensive movie - the budget was originally $175 million but has surpassed that figure - originally was set for release last Thanksgiving.
July 19, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Forget Zach Snyder's "Man of Steel" or Keanu Reeves' "Man of Tai Chi. " China's movie of the summer is a chick flick that has touched off a mini-culture war while raking in the renminbi -- and a sequel is just weeks away. "Tiny Times" tells the story of four fashionable college girls in Shanghai and is perhaps best described as "The Devil Wears Prada" meets "Sex and the City" (minus the sex) with a dash of "The Bling Ring. " The movie is based on a trio of popular young adult novels by Guo Jingming, a waifish 30-year-old celebrity author/entrepreneur who also directed the film.
May 2, 2013 |
At 48, Keanu Reeves is twice the age of his nubile costar Adelaide Clemens in "Generation Um... " and the generation gap might explain why they spend the film staring at each other blankly. Reeves plays John, a driver for an escort service who works nights shuttling Mia (Clemens), a placid baby-doll blond, and her raging cokehead partner, Violet (Bojana Novakovic, often pants-less). The women aren't John's friends, exactly - they alternate between pestering him and pleasuring him in a grotty bathroom, both of which make writer-director Mark Mann's feature debut sound more exciting than it is. After an inert first act in which John eats cupcakes and watches strangers, he finally leaps to action by stealing a video camera.
August 17, 2012 |
Carmike Cinemas, the nation's fourth-largest movie theater chain, received a bomb threat on Friday against locations across the country. Local authorities have inspected theaters in Illinois, North Carolina and Oklahoma and found no evidence of danger, said Terrell Mayton, Carmike's director of marketing. "We are ready for guests to enjoy movies this afternoon," he said. The threats, which were called in to Carmike's corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ga., were aimed at theaters premiering Lionsgate's "The Expendables 2. " Mayton said that Carmike is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case and more information would be released later Friday.
August 16, 2012
It sounds a bit kooky - Keanu Reeves acting as producer, narrator and onscreen interlocutor for a documentary on the transition of industrialized filmmaking from a photochemical process to a digital one. Keanu Reeves? Yet the doc"Side by Side,"directed by Chris Kenneally, turns out to be a sharp, useful primer on the history of digital imagemaking and the rapid transition away from film happening throughout the production workflow of making movies. Whether out of their own interest in the topic or Reeves' gravitational star-pull, those who participate are an impressive who's who that includes directors Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, James Cameron, David Lynch, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh and Andy and Lana Wachowski as well as cinematographers Michael Chapman, Vittorio Storaro, Reed Morano, Bradford Young and Anthony Dod Mantle.