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Lionsgate won an auction for “Ballerina,” with Warner Bros. and Universal also expressing interest in the script, which centers on a young woman raised as an assassin who must hunt down the assassins who killed her own family. It’s said to be similar to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita,” which starred Anne Parillaud as a teen junkie who murders a policeman and becomes a skilled assassin.
Blake Lively to Play Assassin in New Movie From ‘James Bond’ Producers
Hatten also wrote the comedy “Maximum King!” which was named to the 2016 Black List. He wrote that script and “Ballerina” while working for Robert Downey Jr.’s Team Downey. “Maximum King!” is a fictional look at Stephen King writing and directing the 1986 horror-comedy movie “Maximum Overdrive,” which »
- Dave McNary
John Wick may be getting some company. Lionsgate is eyeing a female-led action project to serve as a possible spin-off for their breakout action franchise led by Keanu Reeves. Per THR, the studio won out in a bidding war for the spec script Ballerina, which follows a young woman raised as an assassin who goes on the hunt for the trained killers that murdered her family. So, yep, that sounds like a very Wick-esque movie. The Ballerina script marks the first sale for screenwriter Shay Hatten, who cut his teeth as a writer's assistant for Robert … »
- Haleigh Foutch
Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up a female-centric spec action script titled Ballerina that will serve as a platform for a possible John Wick spinoff.
While Lionsgate is relishing the idea of a franchise expansion, the screenwriter behind Ballerina is living out a Hollywood dream.
The deal marks the first sale for Shay Hatten, a 23-year-old scribe who idolizes Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) and is currently working as a writer's assistant for Robert Downey Jr.’s production company, »
- Borys Kit
Speed is an action thriller movie that was released in 1994. It tells the story of a bus that is rigged with a bomb that will explode when the bus slows to a certain speed and an Lapd cop is trying to save the civilians on the bus. The movie starred Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Alan Ruck, Jeff Daniels and Joe Morton. It was Jan de Bont’s feature film directorial debut and was a surprise commercial and critical success. In fact, it was so successful that a sequel was made in 1997 called ‘Speed 2: Cruise Control’ (which
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- Nat Berman
Make cultural hay while the sun shines with our suggestions for reading, viewing and listening, from dreamy R&B to vintage Keanu Reeves to op art in the country
Beyond the boutique tag, Houghton festival in Norfolk (10-13 August) specialises in high-end electronic music, from minimal techno to reggae. Sensitively curated by Craig Richards, artist-cum-Fabric DJ, it boasts a cogent bill – Ricardo Villalobos headlines, Nicolas Jaar and Floating Points promise lengthy DJ sets – and an atmospheric lakeside setting with an abandoned warehouse for those old-skool rave vibes. The festival boasts proper art, too, with works by James Turrell, Richard Long and Rachel Whiteread on the bill.
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- Susannah Clapp, Laura Cumming, Kitty Empire, Simran Hans, Tara Joshi, Guy Lodge, Fiona Maddocks, Rowan Moore, Miranda Sawyer
Netflix is adding some fresh new titles to round out the summer, and we're super excited to announce one pretty rad addition in particular. E! News can confirm The Matrix will hit the streaming platform in August, giving us all the butt-kicking, action we need to dominate our couch as temperatures continue to rise. You can guarantee Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and more will be coming to your Netflix account next month. But that's not all! Netflix will announce the full list of August releases in their Now on Netflix newsletter on Monday, July 24. As you likely know, we've already announced some other big titles set »
Written and Directed by Luc Besson
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Assessing a film as all style and no substance in today’s cinematic climate isn’t out of the ordinary, but writer/director Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (also known for the infamously bizarre sci-fi classic The Fifth Element) doubles down on visual grandeur to such a scale that despite how frustratingly flawed and occasionally downright abysmal the storytelling is, the summer blockbuster is one »
- Robert Kojder
Keanu Reeves’ love affair with the printed word is by now well documented (he might even have been around during Gutenberg’s time, we don’t know). The John Wick actor has collaborated on two books with Alexandra Grant, and now The Los Angeles Times reports he’s ready to back a whole line of art books. Reeves and Grant have teamed up with Jessica Fleischman on X Artists’ Books, an independent press whose mission is to publish “unconventional, interdisciplinary and collaborative artists’ books,” like books of full memes and shadows.
The three artists described their partnership to The Times, with Reeves consulting on the scripts, Grant acting as an interpreter who puts those words to canvas, and Fleischmann then somehow embodying those books. It’s an interesting creative process to say the least, but X Artists already has two titles—High Winds and The Artists Prison—which means somewhere »
- Danette Chavez
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When Lily Collins' new film To The Bone premiered on Netflix last Friday, she was traveling to Italy to take some much-needed time off. The 28-year-old actress began her vacation at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest where she accepted the festival's breakout actor award.
Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone also stars Keanu Reeves as a doctor specializing in eating disorder treatment. Both Noxon, who penned the film based on her life, and Collins suffered from anorexia and have been outspoken about the disease's impact on their lives.
Collins tells THR in Ischia that she »
- Ariston Anderson
Netflix doesn't shy away from controversial material. Earlier this year, the original series 13 Reasons Why centered on a teenager's tragic suicide. The show's conceit—the girl who died posthumously orchestrates the action of the show by calling out 13 people who contributed to her decision—prompted concerns that it was glamorizing suicide. On Friday Netflix premiered To The Bone, a dark dramedy about a young woman named Ellen, played by Lily Collins, and her battle with anorexia while seeking treatment under the unconventional guidance of Dr. William Beckham (Keanu Reeves). The portrayal of eating disorders onscreen has been notoriously tricky for Hollywood, and despite some »
The actors gathered at Depp’s Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles on Sunday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Oliver Stone-directed film, according to a photo shared on Dillon’s Instagram.
Though the war drama, inspired by Stone’s tour of duty in Vietnam, premiered on Dec. 24, 1986, it appears it’s never too late for a get-together among former costars!
Over three decades ago, a 20-year-old Sheen starred as Stone’s onscreen alter ego Pfc Chris Taylor, whose »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Power recap here.
Remember that part in the movie Speed when Keanu Reeves’ character accidentally jabs a screwdriver into the zooming bus’ gas tank, making a dire situation (“Keep it above 50!” or a bomb explodes) that much worse for himself and everyone unfortunate enough to be in his immediate vicinity?
“What, you thought you needed another challenge or something?” Sandra Bullock’s Annie yells at him from the driver’s seat.
I had a similar reaction to this week’s Power, in which Tommy decides that the best way to handle Bailey »
Written and directed by Marti Noxon, the feature film To The Bone tells the story of Ellen (played magnificently by Lily Collins), a 20-year-old anorexic girl who has gone through a series of various recovery programs, only to continue down the path of her disease, every time. Determined to find a lasting solution, she agrees to go to a group home for youths, led by a non-traditional doctor (Keanu Reeves), where she must discover for herself how to confront her addiction in a way that leads to self-acceptance. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with … »
- Christina Radish
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has chosen October 3rd to debut Bram Stoker's Dracula from director Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Bram Stoker's Dracula is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year making it a perfect time to debut the horror film on the latest home video format following a Supreme Cinema Series Blu-ray release two years ago. The release date puts it in stores the same month as Halloween and only a few weeks after Universal debuts The Mummy (2017) on 4K.
In Sony's words, Bram Stoker's Dracula has been "fully restored in 4K resolution and presented with High Dynamic Range (Hdr) and Dolby Atmos audio."
The inclusive Blu-ray and Digital HD copy will include the following legacy bonus features:
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It should come as little surprise to long-time fans of Marti Noxon — the writer and producer behind such beloved television series as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “UnREAL” — that her feature directorial debut is snappy and smart and with plenty of loving attention paid to its female lead. Noxon has, after all, always excelled in these arenas, but that her “To the Bone” manages to fit all those nifty Noxon-isms into a dramatic, deeply personal storyline is only further proof of her talent behind the camera.
Loosely based on her own experiences with eating disorders, Noxon’s film follows young anorexic Ellen (Lily Collins) on a bumpy road to wellness that has tremendous stakes: if she doesn’t get “better” (and “better” in this space is very much a relative term), she’s going to die. When we first meet Ellen, she’s skating through yet another turn at a live-in facility, »
- Kate Erbland
Written and directed by Marti Noxon, the feature film To the Bone tells the story of Ellen (played magnificently by Lily Collins), a 20-year-old anorexic girl who has gone through a series of various recovery programs, only to continue down the path of her disease, every time. Determined to find a lasting solution, she agrees to go to a group home for youths, led by a non-traditional doctor (Keanu Reeves), where she must discover for herself how to confront her addiction in a way that leads to self-acceptance. During this 1-on-1 phone interview with … »
- Christina Radish
Keanu Reeves’ phoned-in outing as a dashing doctor is one of many low points in a film whose treatment of an important topic ranges from banal to bizarre
Here is a Us drama from Netflix about anorexia, notable only for its sheer extravagant awfulness. It’s a dismal TV movie of the week: trite, shallow, cautiously middlebrow and blandly complicit in the cult of female prettiness that it is supposedly criticising.
Lily Collins plays Ellen, a talented young artist and college dropout who has issues with body image and anorexia. She is sent to a community treatment facility under the care of the charismatic and revolutionary Dr William Beckham, played by … Keanu Reeves. But judging from his torpid line-readings, Reeves might as well be playing a non-ass-kicking version of John Wick: none of Dr Beckham’s supposed charisma is evident from this performance and there is nothing revolutionary in his clinical approach. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Netflix drama, which stars Lily Collins, leans on some outdated tropes. But only a handful of novels and films have evoked the reality of the illness, or explained why so many women turn their unhappiness on themselves
‘No talk about food. It’s boring and it’s unhelpful,” announces Keanu Reeves playing (hold on to your hat) a doctor specialising in eating disorders in To the Bone, the much-discussed upcoming film about anorexia, starring Lily Collins and distributed by Netflix. And this is excellent advice, but it can be hard to see beyond the surface issues when you are dealing with someone who is literally starving themselves to death: the shoulder blades jutting out like birds’ wings, the food hidden under place mats, the limbs so wasted you can circle them with your fingers. It is even harder if a part of you is turned on by skinny, self-destructive women, »
- Hadley Freeman
An original fight competition series called The Bruce Lee Project, produced by a joint venture between the production firms of Keanu Reeves and Lee's daughter Shannon, is set to launch in India and the Middle East.
With competitors training at The Bruce Lee Center, the series will feature training drills and challenges inspired by quotes and philosophies of the late martial arts icon, the companies said Wednesday.
- Karen Chu
The Bruce Lee Project is getting ready to strike. So You Think You Know Kung Fu LLC — a joint venture that includes Keanu Reeves, Stephen Hamel and Shannon Lee among its principals — and 8K Miles Media Group are teaming to launch a competition series that will search for “today’s men and women of action.” It’s the first international format deal for the show created by Sytykkf — made up of Reeves and Hamel’s Company Films, Shannon Lee’s Bruce Lee Entertainment, Benaroya… »
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