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Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has won the bidding for the Keanu Reeves-Reese Witherspoon sci-fi romance movie Passengers. I’m hearing the distributor has committed to a multi-million dollar minimum guarantee and a P&A commitment in the $25 million range for a wide release in 2014. I understand FilmDistrict and Open Road were in the mix here in Cannes for the project, which was written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and will be directed by Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire helmer Brian Kirk in his major feature film debut. Wayfare Entertainment is financing and producing the pic. The plot: A spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Cannes Film Festival is entering its final star-studded days. With the veritable who’s who of Hollywood and beyond invading the south of France for the eleven day festival, critics have been treated to a number of future awards contenders including Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, The Bling Ring directed by Sofia Coppola, and Only God Forgives, the latest pairing of Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn.
A few actors are stepping behind the camera at Cannes including Keanu Reeves and James Franco. Reeves is in town to shop his directorial debut, the martial arts-based Man of Tai Chi. Compared to Reeves, Franco is a seasoned veteran when it comes to directing with a number of short films, documentaries and features under his belt. He’s in town for his latest attempt, As I Lay Dying, an adaptation of the William Faulker novel. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Who stole the show at last night’s Hangover 3 premiere? Is the Jersey Shore moving to the Hamptons? Plus, a complete guide to what the gang from Arrested Development has been up to since their last season in 2006.
Whoa. Keanu Reeves is not the toned hottie he used to be. The 48-year-old actor was seen looking bloated and disheveled at the Cannes Film Festival. Maybe he and Morpheus should do some more kung fu sparring sometime soon. [Radar Online] Sure, The Hangover series is all about bromine, but at last night’s premiere, actress Heather Graham stole the show. The starlet plays a stripper named Jade in the series and arrived in a gorgeous jade green gown. [Daily Mail] The Jersey Shore’s Pauly D got a Great Gatsby themed makeover and posted it online. Could we be looking at a Jersey Shore sequel show about modern life in West Egg? [Us Magazine] Arrested Development finally »
- Meghan O'Keefe
With heavy financial support from Beijing, trilingual Man of Tai Chi aims to pack big punch at eastern and western box offices
In 1999, Keanu Reeves made what many people regard as his most memorable film: the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix. Now, he is making his directorial debut – and his martial arts trainer from the Matrix films is to take the starring role in the trilingual Mandarin-, Cantonese- and English-language kung fu movie, which comes with heavy financial backing from the Chinese state.
Speaking at the Cannes film festival, the 48-year-old, who will also take a leading role in the film, called Man of Tai Chi, described his love of kung fu movies. Kindled by seeing Bruce Lee classics as a child, this was later developed by working on The Matrix with his trainer, Tiger Chen, he said. "Kung fu movies are beautiful," he said, "exotic, wonderful, empowering."
"It's like play, »
- Charlotte Higgins
Today Keanu Reeves attended the Cannes Film Festival to discuss his directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi. During the exclusive press conference and photocall, he unveiled the international trailer, which should be with us soon. You can watch the first trailer over here and also the poster with the first shots we saw.
Currently in post-production, this action-packed contemporary drama shot in Beijing and Hong Kong depicts the spiritual journey of a young innocent martial artist as he struggles to maintain his traditional values and beliefs against the pressures of modern society. Targeted for his fighting skill, he is lured into underground combat by menacing forces that seek to corrupt him with money, glamour and the promise of power. Eventually he is faced with the deadly reality of the dark world he has entered.
- Dan Bullock
Adding to the already A-list roster of Cannes 2013, Keanu Reeves was in town today to talk up his directorial debut – martial arts actioner Man Of Tai Chi. Influenced by his love of kung fu movies, Reeves’ film follows the story of a young man (stuntman-turned-actor Tiger Chen) becoming embroiled in Beijing’s underground fighting circuit after being recruited by a shady businessman (Reeves, appearing in front of the camera as well as behind it). “About four or five years ago I started to think about directing,” Reeves told Total Film...
- Richard Jordan
Where's Inspector Clouseau when you need him? First, $1 million worth of Chopard jewels were stolen from a Cannes Film Festival hotel room last week in a case worthy of one of the Pink Panther movies. Now word has surfaced that a Chinese film executive had his luggage lifted while attending the French Riviera confab. Per The Hollywood Reporter, China Film Group vice president Zhang Qiang scrapped his scheduled appearance at a press conference with Keanu Reeves for the actor's directorial debut Man of Tai Chi after discovering last Thursday that his bags had been pilfered from his rented pad at Pierre & Vacances Résidence Cannes Beach. Qiang made the discovery after he returned from dinner »
Whoa! Keanu Reeves, 48, was spotted at Cannes looking quite different from the slim-hipped looker he was a decade ago. The actor, whose last hit movie was in 2003, which saw the release of both The Matrix Revolutions and Something's Gotta Give, is at the French film festival to promote his directorial debut, The Man of Tai Chi, but he didn't seem quite ready for the spotlight on Sunday, May 19. Wearing baggy jeans, a gray V-neck tee, and a linen blazer, the former hunk sported stubble, [...] »
Expectations for Keanu Reeves’ martial-arts movie A Man of Tai Chi have been running high ever since the project was announced in December 2011. Once Ted, later “The One” and now a director, Reeves spent months in China shooting the project, which will feature an abundance of Chinese dialogue and stuntman Tiger Chen in the lead (Reeves plays the villain). Photos: Radiant 'X-Men' Star Fan Bingbing Honored at Glittery Cannes Fest Reeves, now 48, had years of action acting experience — from 1991’s Point Break to The Matrix franchise — to put to use when he stepped behind the
- Patrick Brzeski
Remember Keanu Reeves? He used to be a popular actor who made his name in basically every film genre. From the Bill and Ted movies to Speed to The Matrix, the man was certainly a bankable film star. Unfortunately, in the last decade or so, he has experienced something of a decline in the quality of his roles. The worst came in 2008 with the dismal The Day the Earth Stood Still remake. Mr. Reeves had made a career relying on his wooden persona but this was just the worst. Similar criticism can be said for Generation Um..., an independent cinematic mess and his latest debacle now out in a limited theatrical release and on Video on demand (VOD).
- Randall Unger
New York, May 20: Keanu Reeves looked much heavier than he did in his 'Matrix' days, at the annual Cannes Film Festival.
It seemed that Reeve, who made women swoon in his turn in action thriller 'Speed', has been allowing himself to relax and indulge as he does less acting, the New York Daily News reported.
The 48-year-old actor was photographed stepping off the yacht "Odessa" in the French Riviera and was also seen having a belly, which was exaggerated by the tight T-shirt he wore.
Reeves' puffy neck and jawline were covered by his stubble, while his long hair recalled his turn as slacker Ted in 'Bill and Ted's Excellent. »
- Shiva Prakash
The Cannes Film Festival has been hit by its second high-profile robbery.
The film executive revealed the theft on Weibo, a Chinese social media site similar to Twitter.
"Security in France is so bad, and the [people] are so arrogant," wrote Zhang, who claimed that hotel staff at the Pierre & Vacances Cannes Beach Residence had not helped and he would contact the police himself.
"This film festival is not worth mentioning!" he added.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zhang later posted an update on Saturday (May 18) saying that authorities, »
For decades its conspicuous excess dazzled the world, but film-makers are increasingly turning to television to show off their wares
When Carey Mulligan ditches the Tiffany spangles and Prada sequins of The Great Gatsby, in favour of a baggy jumper and the dingy folk music venues she favours in her role in the new Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, it could be seen as a comment on this year's Cannes film festival.
Playing the unfussy singer Jean Berkey straight after her bejewelled portrayal of Daisy Buchanan, the actress appeared to have deliberately cast off the baubles and artifice that hang around the annual 12-day cinematic bonanza on the Côte D'Azur. And this year, the festival's 66th outing on Boulevard de la Croisette, the glittery trappings have strained more than ever to deliver the glamour the waiting world expects.
Conspicuous excess is de rigueur at Cannes and visiting stars fail to dazzle at their peril. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
China Film Group vice president Zhang Qiang canceled plans to preside over a press conference on Monday with Keanu Reeves for the actor’s directorial debut Man of Tai Chi after all of his possessions were stolen from his rented apartment at Pierre & Vacances Cannes Beach Residence. The senior executive first exposed the burglary in a post on his official Weibo account (China’s version of Twitter) on May 16, saying that he got back to his apartment after dinner to find his door ajar and all of his luggage gone. Cannes Jewel Heist: Inside Job Suspected, Hotel Employees Being Questioned Zhang
- Clarence Tsui, Patrick Brzeski
Spirited, highly amusing and endearingly shambolic, James Toback’s “Seduced and Abandoned” seeks to represent an “uncategorizable” work about film, money, Cannes and death, roughly in that order. In other words, it’s basically a documentary that tracks the writer-helmer himself and co-conspirator Alec Baldwin as they schlep around the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and beyond, trying to hustle up coin for a loose remake of “Last Tango in Paris,” and meeting other filmmakers, financiers, studio execs, and stars along the way. Ultimately, the pic offers a timely, melancholy-tinged tribute to those fighting quixotically to make enduring, ambitious art rather than revenue for revenue’s sake.
Already acquired by HBO for North American broadcast, the pic could have dainty niche-theatrical legs offshore similar to those of “Side by Side.” Where Chris Kenneally’s recent docu about the digital-vs.-film debate was anchored by Keanu Reeves, “Seduced and Abandoned” has two charismatic frontmen in Toback and Baldwin, »
- Leslie Felperin
Martial arts fans, here’s something for you! 25 new stills from Keanu Reeves‘ upcoming directorial debut Man of Tai Chi have arrived and we definitely recommend you to check them out! I mean – you already saw the first trailer for the whole thing & it doesn’t look bad at all, hope you agree? So, as we previously reported, Keanu Reeves directed the movie from a script written by Michael G. Cooney, which revolves around a young martial artist who is recruited to take part in a no-rules underground fighting tournament. Set in Beijing, Man of Tai Chi tells »
- Jeanne Standal
Star Trek Into Darkness box office: Solid or disappointing domestic debut? (Photo: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, has to date grossed $13.4 million in North America, including from 336 late-night Wednesday IMAX shows and all-day showtimes at 3,668 locations on Thursday. As explained by Ray Subers at Box Office Mojo, first-day figures may have been below par because Paramount Pictures changed Star Trek Into Darkness‘ release date last week — the Star Trek sequel was to have opened on Friday. (Addendum: Barring an unexpected Saturday and Sunday surge, “disappointing” is the word for Star Trek Into Darkness’ domestic box-office debut.) For comparison’s sake: With $11.53m on Thursday proper, Star Trek Into Darkness had the 11th biggest Thursday opening ever (not adjusted for inflation). Its Thursday debut, »
- Zac Gille
Fox and NBC have announced their fall lineup, and it’s hard not to notice some similarities between their offerings. Even beyond the standard “here’s a family comedy! Here’s a parenting comedy! Here’s some new police procedurals!” the premises of these shows are remarkably similar. So similar, in fact, that it’s like Armageddon and Deep Impact happening right in your living room. For example, both networks have… 1. A Show Based on a 90s Interpretation of a 19th Century Novel Over at Fox, we have Sleepy Hollow, about how the Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane is somehow brought back to life in modern times to fight the Headless Horseman in a modern day Sleepy Hollow… probably. It’s honestly pretty difficult to make it through that whole trailer without cringing, but it does seem to be taking its cues from Tim Burton’s 1999 Sleepy Hollow flick, in that both change Crane’s career from »
- J.F. Sargent
Which American actress is richer than Oprah? According to a new list, "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is worth a whopping $3 billion, beating Oprah by $300 million and becoming the fourth richest celebrity (singers, rappers, actors, models). Louis-Dreyfus didn't earn all that money from her work on "Seinfeld." In fact, most of it comes from her family. But that's not to say that "Seinfeld" didn't make her richer. Both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David made the list, each being worth $800 million. What's interesting is that Keanu Reeves is worth $350 million, which is more than Will Smith ($200 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($200 million). But that's nothing comparing to the person who took first place, George Lucas, who's worth $7.3 billion, mostly thanks to the sale of "Star Wars" to Disney. Check out the top 50 list below: 1. George Lucas: $7.3 Billion 2. Dina Merrill: $5 Billion 3. Steven Spielberg: $3 Billion 4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $3 Billion 5. Oprah Winfrey: »
The Weinstein Company announced that they will begin production on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny in March 2014, just about 15 years after the original Ang Lee film. The big difference this time will be that Lee is not returning to direct. According to Deadline, fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping will direct. Ping has choreographed everything from The Matrix to Kill Bill as well as Keanu Reeves upcoming Man Of Tai Chi. He also has directed the original Drunken Master »
- Alex Maidy
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