Sundance 2015: First Images From KNOCK KNOCK, COP CAR, THE NIGHTMARE and THE HALLOW

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in their Park City At Midnight Category (aka their horror selections).  And now we’ve got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that realm.

  • Knock Knock – Directed by Eli Roth; written by Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez, and Guillermo Amoedo; starring Keanu ReevesLorenza Izzo, and Ana De Armas.
  • Cop Car – Directed by John Watts; written by John Watts and Christopher D. Ford; starring Kevin BaconJames Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, and Camryn Manheim.
  • The Hallow – Directed by Corin Hardy; written by Corin Hardy and Felipe Marino; starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, and Michael Smiley.
  • The Nightmare – Directed by Rodney Ascher.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Keanu Reeves in Talks to Star in Tarsem Singh’s THE PANOPTICON

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Visually ambitious filmmaker Tarsem Singh may have found a swell lead actor for his sci-fi thriller The Panopticon.  The Wrap reports that Keanu Reeves is in talks to star in the film for Good Universe, which revolves around “a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it.” He must work to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.  Singh broke out in a big way with his visually arresting 2000 film The Cell, which he followed up with another aesthetically grand feature called The Fall in 2006.  He made his first foray into the world of studio actioners to less-than-stellar results with 2011’s Immortals, and then helmed a take on the Snow White story with 2012’s Mirror Mirror.

Hit the jump for more on Reeves and Panopticon.

Friday Box Office: OUIJA Conjures Easy Win; JOHN WICK Strong in Second

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After four adult-skewing frames in a row, teen audiences will regain control of the box office with Ouija this weekend.  The PG-13 horror movie starring Hasbro’s venerable “board game,” earned $8.3 million from 2,858 locations on Friday despite receiving some of the worst reviews of the year.  Ouija is not going to break out like R-rated Annabelle did a few weeks back, but the Universal release should have no trouble summoning over $20 million on its first weekend in theatres.  John Wick took second place yesterday, earning an estimated $5.45 million from 2,589 locations.  The R-rated drama marks the return of Keanu Reeves to the action genre after a less than stellar run in 47 Ronin last year.  Originally expected to bring in under $12 million, good reviews and strong word of mouth should get John Wick closer to $15 million through Sunday.

More box office news and Friday’s top five after the jump.

JOHN WICK Review

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Because so many directors are overwhelmingly lazy with how they capture action (i.e. shake the camera around because nothing is as thrilling as nausea), we’ve gained a greater appreciation for filmmakers who can deliver excitement cleanly and clearly.  It’s an art and a science, and John Wick is an exercise at how to succeed at both.  Directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski show they are masters of efficiency as the kills are stylish and direct.  But technical proficiency doesn’t inherently lead to exhilaration, and while the technical craft of John Wick is undeniable, its half-hearted storytelling is supported not by strong characters or a deep narrative (the impetus for the protagonist would be comical in its simplicity if it wasn’t wholly depressing), but by an interesting world that’s far more intriguing than any of the people who inhabit it.

Keanu Reeves Talks JOHN WICK, the Action Sequences, if He’ll Direct Again, the JOHN RAIN TV Series, Eli Roth’s KNOCK KNOCK, and More

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As I’ve said again and again on Twitter and on the site, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  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.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I sat down with Keanu Reeves for an extended interview.  He talked about how he got involved in the film, script changes, the challenge of shooting the various action sequences, the universal appeal of John Wick and the character motivation, if he’ll direct again, if he’d be willing to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, his hopes for the John Rain limited TV series that he’s also doing with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, future projects including the courtroom drama The Whole Truth and the Eli Roth horror movie Knock Knockand more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves Frontrunners for DOCTOR STRANGE?

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We’ve already got Ryan Gosling, Jared LetoOscar IsaacMatthew McConaugheyEwan McGregorJake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke in the mix for Doctor Strange.  Why not add another name to the ever-growing list?

Not only is it being reported that Colin Farrell is in consideration for the title role, but that Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the race as well.  Hit the jump for more on who’s supposedly in and out.  Doctor Strange is due in theaters on July 8, 2016.

Keanu Reeves Talks DOCTOR STRANGE and His Stance on Comic Book Movies in General

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For the past week or so since Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations to play the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange (and even before that really if you go back a few months) the internet has been torn virtually asunder by chatter regarding whom might be right for the role.  One of the names that has been bandied about in recent days is Keanu Reeves and I can see why he’s a fan casting favorite.  Not only does he have the right look and demeanor for the role, but he’s worked with director Scott Derrickson before on The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Steve caught up with Reeves today and, while the bulk of their interview centered around the f*cking fantastic John Wick, they discussing the notion of playing Doctor Strange and doing superhero movies in general.  Hit the jump for Reeves’ thoughts on Doctor StrangeJohn Wick hits theaters on October 24th.

How JOHN WICK and 87Eleven Taught Me to Shoot People in the Face

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I f*cking loved John Wick when I finally saw it a few weeks ago.  The movie has the most simple of setups and an even more simple (but relatable) piece of motivation for all of the carnage, but that’s part of its genius.  The film also builds an impressive underworld with its own set of rules, social stratification and visual aesthetic and it relays all of this information with impressive economy. However, it goes without saying that one of the true highlights of the film is all of the mayhem, stunts and plain old “getting shot in the face” that happens here.  That wouldn’t have been possible without 87Eleven, a veteran stunt and second unit directing outfit run by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch (their credits include The Matrix Trilogy and many, many other films).

Stahelski and Leitch also make their full-on directorial debut with John Wick, handling both the first and second units and making all of the creative calls on the film.  Last week they had me down to their studio (along with a few other journalists) and taught me a thing or two about gunplay.  Hit the jump to check it out.  John Wick stars Keanu Reeves Adrianne PalickiWillem DafoeBridget MoynahanIan McShaneJason IsaacsAlfie AllenLance ReddickJohn Leguizamo, Dean Winters, and Michael Nyqvist. It hits theaters on October 24th.

Keanu Reeves Continues to Kick Ass in New JOHN WICK Trailer and Images

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Lionsgate has released a new John Wick trailer for what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest out-of-nowhere surprises of the year.  Just a month or so ago, I didn’t even know this movie existed.  Then Lionsgate acquired the revenge thriller off of positive buzz and released a fantastic debut trailer that teased a fun, slick, and highly quotable actioner complete with a swell-looking lead performance by Keanu Reeves.  The actor plays a former hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him, and this new, final trailer offers up another promising look at the film.  Yeah, I’m thinking I’m gonna see this.

Watch the new John Wick trailer after the jump, along with some new images.  Directed by veteran stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski, the film also stars Adrianne PalickiWillem DafoeBridget MoynahanIan McShaneJason IsaacsAlfie AllenLance ReddickJohn Leguizamo, Dean Winters, and Michael Nyqvist.  John Wick opens in theaters on October 24th.

Alex Winter Says BILL & TED 3 Has Financing and Producers, But Will Still Take a While

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It feels like Bill & Ted have really just been in the air recently.  My twitter feed the past few weeks has been ripe with references to both Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey.  The saturation got to the point where I even rewatched the former film earlier this week and found it surprisingly sharp. So it’s with no degree of displeasure that I report that there appears to be some forward momentum on Bill & Ted 3.

Several years ago we learned that a script for the film had indeed been completed by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon but when you’re trying to get a third installment of a twentysomething-year-old franchise off the ground that’s the least of your problems (especially considering the fact that the original two films, while profitable, weren’t box office juggernauts).  But, according to Alex Winter, there’s some real movement on the project, which will be directed by Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot (if it ever happens, I’m optimistic, but this is hardly a green light announcement).  Head below for more on Bill & Ted 3.  And yes, Keanu Reeves will be in it too. 

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.

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