JOHN WICK Trailer: Keanu Reeves Seeks Revenge in Incredibly Violent Fashion

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Summit Entertainment has released the first John Wick trailer for the upcoming revenge actioner, and it’s actually kind of great.  The film marks the directorial debut of veteran stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski and stars Keanu Reeves as a former hit man who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him.  This trailer is incredibly promising, as the film looks to have the right balance of absurdity and action.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s not overly campy either.  And Reeves looks to be having a blast as he’s surrounded by a diverse, impressive supporting cast.  Add in the fact that John Wick has been chosen to screen at Fantastic Fest next month, and this could prove to be one of the fall’s bigger pleasant surprises.

Watch the John Wick trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael NyqvistJohn Wick opens in theaters on October 24th.

Keanu Reeves and Roland Emmerich Team up for NEW ANGELES TV Series

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Keanu Reeves and director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012) are teaming up to executive produce a new sci-fi series called New Angeles that Slingshot Global Media will produce and distribute.  There’s no word yet on whether Reeves will be acting in the series, but Emmerich will direct the pilot himself so we can expect it to look and feel pretty big.  Gregg Hurwitz, who worked on the V television series, will write the pilot and executive produce as well.

There’s no word on when New Angeles will be hitting screens or if there’s a full series order waiting after the pilot is shot, but the idea sounds sort intriguing in the sense that it more directly echoes The Matrix than you might expect.  Hit the jump for more on New Angeles.

Exclusive JOHN WICK Poster: Keanu Reeves’ Fuse Is Lit and Ready to Explode

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With director Chad Stahelski and producer David Leitch’s John Wick set to premiere at Fantastic Fest this month, we’re happy to premiere the first poster for the action thriller.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as “an ex-hitman [who] comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.”  Click here to see a beat-up Keanu in the first image released last month.  While the film might not be on your radar yet, one of the reasons I’m extremely optimistic this could be something cool is the filmmakers.  While you might not know their names, you’ve definitely seen their awesome work in films like Speed Racer, The Bourne Legacy,The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and tons of others.  On some of what I just mentioned they did the stunts, and on some they directed second unit (which means they directed a lot of the action).  In addition to the films I just mentioned, they run 87eleven, which is the premiere action design team in Hollywood.  When an actor needs to be trained for an action role, they get sent to 87eleven.  I’ve heard the company’s name too many times to count over the past few years.

Anyway, John Wick is their feature debut and I’m willing to bet they’re going to pull out all the stops on the action scenes.  The real question is can they handle the script and the quiet scenes?  John Wick also stars Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan, with Ian McShane, John Leguizmo, and Willem Dafoe co-star.  Check out the John Wick poster after the break.

JOHN WICK Image Featuring Keanu Reeves as an Ex-Hitman Coming Out of Retirement

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Lionsgate had The Expendables 3 and Step Up All In in August, but the studio is actually only scheduled to release one more film prior to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st, Addicted with Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe on October 10th.  However, word recently got out that they’re going to slip one more in there, and it’s one that you might not even be aware of – the Keanu Reeves action thriller, John Wick.  Reeves leads the film as a former hitman who goes back to work in order to track down the New York City gangsters that took everything from him.

Minus a little casting news in October 2013, there’s been little to no talk about David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s first feature, however, now that Lionsgate just set it for an October 24, 2014 debut, that’s about to change big time, starting with the very first official still from the film.  Hit the jump to check out a John Wick image of Reeves looking a little beaten up.  Hopefully we’ll get to see what put him in that shape soon enough because with two seasoned stuntmen at the helm of this one, it’s bound to be brimming with quality action and combat.  The movie also stars Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizmo and Willem Dafoe.

Keanu Reeves to Star in and Executive Produce John Rain TV Series Adaptation

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Keanu Reeves is aiming to take his talents to the small screen.  Slingshot Global Media announced today that Reeves is attached to star in and executive produce Rain, a TV series adaptation of author Barry Eisler’s John Rain book series.  Described as “a globe-trotting action drama”, the story revolves around a half-Japanese, half-American assassin who specializes in making his marks look like they died from natural causes.  The first John Rain book, A Clean Kill in Tokyo, was published in 2002 and was followed by six more novels in the series, with another on the way.  This is Reeves’ first major starring role in a TV show, and the press release notes that Rain is planned as “limited-run programming”.

Rain isn’t yet set up at a network, and one imagines today’s press release was an effort to drum up interest as Slingshot Global Media sets out to shop the potential series to a number of different outlets.  There’s no guarantee the show will actually come to fruition, but it could be an interesting series with Reeves in the lead.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Keanu Reeves to Replace Daniel Craig in Courtroom Drama THE WHOLE TRUTH; Luke Evans to Star in HIGH-RISE; Ice Cube’s Son to Play Him in NWA Biopic

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Keanu Reeves is set to replace Daniel Craig as the lead in Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
  • Luke Evans has reportedly joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel that stars Tom HiddlestonJeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
  • Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., will play Cube in the NWA picture, Straight Outta Compton.

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47 RONIN Blu-ray Review

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The story of the Forty-seven Ronin is well known in Japan, and has been since the historical event occurred early in the 18th century.  It’s not nearly as common knowledge on these shores, but that’s something that Carl Rinsch’s 47 Ronin adaptation looked to change.  Keanu Reeves stars in this tale that reimagines the factual story of revenge, honor, and loyalty as one set within a world rich with the fantastical elements of Japanese folklore.  In its theatrical release, 47 Ronin was a box office dud, never coming close to making its reported $175 million budget back.  Perhaps it was simply a case of the wrong movie at the wrong time.  Since the quality of the production is surprisingly high, 47 Ronin might find new life on home video.  Hit the jump for my 47 Ronin Blu-ray review.

Director Dexter Fletcher Departs Freddie Mercury Biopic; Rachel McAdams Exits PASSENGERS

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A pair of interesting projects have suffered significant setbacks in the past couple of days.  First up, the long-in-the-works biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has lost its director.  Deadline reports that Dexter Fletcher has departed the project over “creative differences,” just as it looked like the film was finally moving forward with an eye towards a summer production start-date.  Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) remains attached to star as Mercury for GK Films and Sony, but this is just the latest in a number of problems that have plagued the film.  Sacha Baron Cohen was long attached to play Mercury before subsequently dropping out over, you guessed it, “creative differences” with the Queen band members.

Hit the jump for more, including news regarding the uncertain future of the promising sci-fi film Passengers.

Release Dates Announced for RIDE ALONG 2, BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2, WHAT IF and TRACKS; Sci-Fi PASSENGERS Pulled from Schedule

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We have a few release date announcements to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Ride Along 2 – Universal has dated the action-comedy sequel for January 15, 2016, almost exactly two years after the release of the first film.  Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star.
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 – Fox Searchlight has set a March 6, 2015 release date for this unlikely follow-up.  The entire original cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith, return.
  • What If – Previously titled The F Word, this excellent relationship comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan will arrive on August 1, 2014.
  • Tracks – The Weinstein Company has dated the Mia Wasikowska-fronted adventure drama for May 23, 2014.
  • Passengers – This promising sci-fi thriller set to star Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams was dated for April 3, 2015, but The Weinstein Company has unfortunately pulled it off the schedule.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films.

Rumor: Is a New MATRIX Trilogy in Development?

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We live in a box office climate dominated by sequels, reboots, and remakes.  A known property is a much safer bet for a studio than an original film, and even when one original idea somehow makes it through the pipeline and proves to be a massive success (eg. Inception), it’s singled out as an anomaly rather than incentive to generate more original properties.  As such, the major studios are always on the hunt for ways to reboot or extend franchises, and if a new report is to be believed, one such property destined for a kickstart just might be a new trilogy of The Matrix films.  Hit the jump to read on.

New Clip from 47 RONIN Starring Keanu Reeves

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Universal has released a new clip from the action film 47 Ronin.  The story stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master.  The clip illustrates that the heroes will be fighting beasts rather than men, but the beasts are so hard to buy because the CGI looks so crummy.  I can understand needing CGI for big set pieces, but this is a mano-a-mano fight, and it looks like Reeves is fighting a cartoon character rather than a flesh-and-blood creature.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  Click on the respective links for Steve’s set visit and interviews with Reeves, co-star Hiroyuki Sanada, costume designer Penny Rose, and director Carl Rinsch.  The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Akanishi47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.

TOP 5: THOR: THE DARK WORLD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix, 47 RONIN Set Visit, Blockbuster Video Is Dead

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Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.

Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Keanu Reeves Talks the Film’s Action Sequences and Effects, Working in 3D, and More on the Set of 47 RONIN

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I’ll admit to being a big fan of Keanu Reeves.  Like most of you, I grew up watching his movies:  Bill & Ted, Point Break, Speed, The Matrix, My Own Private Idaho, Constantine, Dracula, and so many others.  So when I was invited to London to visit the set of 47 Ronin with a few other online reporters, I was very excited.  Thankfully, what I saw looked very cool.  The level of detail on the costumes, massive practical sets, and in every other behind-the-scenes detail made me think director Carl Rinsch was bringing something to life that has never been done.  I’m genuinely excited to see the finished film on Christmas Day.

During a break in filming, Reeves sat down with me and my fellow online reporters for an interview.  He talked about why he wanted to be in the film, learning Japanese, his character, how the project changed along the way, filming in 3D, training for the action, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Keanu Reeves Talks MAN OF TAI CHI, Making a Film in China, PASSENGERS, 47 RONIN, What He Collects, and More

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Opening this weekend in limited release is Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man of Tai Chi.  Set it modern day China, the pic follows the journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unmatched Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club run by an unsavory businessman (Reeves) dead set on corrupting him.  Loaded with great fight scenes by the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping, Reeves’ directorial debut is a winner and I’m looking forward to what he does next.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer here.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Reeves.  While I thought about posting it sooner, I wanted to wait until his film was going to be in theaters.  During the interview he talked about how the project came together, what it was like to make a movie in China where the government has script control, his thoughts on directing again, deleted scenes, what he collects, 47 Ronin, Passengers, whether he’ll ever attend Point Break Live, what he’s looking to do in the future, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Trailer, Poster, and Images for 47 RONIN Starring Keanu Reeves

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer, posters, and images for the action flick, 47 Ronin.  The story stars Keanu Reeves and centers on a troupe of banished samurai who long to restore their honor and find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira (played by Tadanobu Asano) who was responsible for the death of their master.  This new trailer does a better job of laying out the story as well as showing off more of the finished special effects, but it still doesn’t do anything for me.  The protagonist’s revenge seems miniscule compared to the special effects extravaganza surrounding him.  I want to hold out hope for this movie, but this new trailer isn’t giving me much to go on.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images.   The film also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, and Jin Akanishi47 Ronin opens in 3D on December 25th.

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