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Watch my video review above of Keanu Reeves’s new action film, John Wick, where he plays a one-time hit man goaded back into action by (as I mentioned in an earlier column) the heinous acts of some completely expendable (and soon-to-be expended) Russian mobsters.
Reeves, now 50, returns to the action genre years after his heyday in The Matrix trilogy, and he’s in fine form. I think fans will love his work here. That said, I’m less certain about the rest of the movie, which also stars Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen. Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan and John Leguizamo also appear.
Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know what you think if you’ve seen it.
- Pete Hammond
While fans still have a few more weeks before Hercules debuts on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, starting November 4, this action-adventure will be available on Digital HD October 21. We have an exclusive preview that takes fans behind-the-scenes with director Brett Ratner and star Aksel Hennie.
Aksel Hennie plays Tydeus, one of the deadly mercenaries in Hercules' group, who brandishes a pair of deadly axes as his primary weapons. This video is part of the "Weapons" featurette on the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray, where we see footage of Aksel Hennie's Tydeus in action, using these twin blades to take out any enemy he sees in front of him.
We also hear from an unidentified crew member, who reveals that they came up with a device allowing Aksel Hennie to hang these weapons on his belt for easy access, and that the actor was rarely seen without the metal weapons on set. »
NBC’s second foray into live musicals will be Peter Pan, after the resounding success of The Sound of Music Live a few months earlier. They surprised many by continuing the long-held tradition of Peter Pan himself often being played by a girl, and surprised even more when that girl was the stunning Allison Williams from Girls. Other than her, the main draw of the event will be Christopher Walken’s singing, hopefully dancing Captain Hook. We’ve seen shots of each to date, but now the duo are appearing together in the above first official poster for the Peter Pan musical. In it, despite the gender change, Williams is more recognizable than Walken, who between his copious fake facial hair and eyeliner, looks more like Ian McShane playing Captain Hook than anything (which would be incredible). Wendy and the other cast members are nowhere to be found. NBC is »
There are no good guys in “John Wick,” but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role yet: a stunningly lethal contract killer who goes on a rampage after a Russian thug murders his dog. Yes, his dog. If you can stomach the setup, then the rest is pure revenge-movie gold, as Reeves reminds what a compelling action star he can be, while the guy who served as his stunt double in “The Matrix” makes a remarkably satisfying directorial debut, delivering a clean, efficient and incredibly assured thriller with serious breakout potential, thanks in part to Summit’s simultaneous Imax release.
That unsung hero is Chad Stahelski, the stunt guru who stepped into Brandon Lee’s shoes on “The Crow” and spent the next two decades absorbing all the behind-the-scenes filming lessons that make “John Wick” such a technically impeccable actioner. (Stahelski »
- Peter Debruge
Pop quiz, hotshot. Masked men have entered your house. They all have guns and are trying to kill you. What do you do? What do you do??? If you’re Keanu Reeves in the new film John Wick, you take them all out like a boss. The soon to be released debut feature from stunt coordinators turned directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski stars Reeves as a retired hit man who gets back into the game to get revenge on the Russian mobsters who killed his beloved dog, who was a gift from his late wife. The clip below shows Reeves taking on those aforementioned intruders and gives us a much better sense of the pace of the action in this film than the rapid cut trailers they’ve released so far.
In Lucas Lowman’s review that we posted yesterday, he compared the frenetic action to the gun play in Equilibrium. »
- Eli Reyes
Unnerving charisma factory Javier Bardem could be giving Johnny Depp a run for his booty when Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 starts shooting in Australia. The actor is reportedly close to signing up as Jack Sparrow’s latest nemesis, following in the footsteps of Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy and Ian McShane. His character will apparently share the supernatural tendencies of Nighy’s tentacle-faced Davy Jones and Rush’s undead pain in the backside Barbossa. Anyone who’s seen Bardem in No Country For Old Men or Skyfall knows he can do spooky in spades, so Sparrow may have quite a fight on his greasy, no good hands.
Depp and Bardem previously worked together on Before Night Falls, where the former famously appeared in drag. While the casting has yet to be confirmed, I can’t see the Spanish star dragging his heels too long over the prospect of a sun-drenched escapade messing about in boats. »
- Steve Palace
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 - currently going by the nice and short title of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - is finally heading into production earlier next year. The film will shoot mainly in Australia, and Johnny Depp will be reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow again. Furthermore, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are locked in to direct, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
And as the start date for the movie edges just a little closer, a major piece of casting news has dropped. Clearly the Pirates Of The Caribbean team were quite fond of Skyfall, as they're reportedly in early discussions with Javier Bardem to take on the role of the villain in the new film.
Nobody is saying anything official about this thus far, »
It looks like Javier Bardem might still have a bone to pick with Jack Sparrow after Sparrow's last Pirates of the Caribbean adventure ended with Bardem's wife, Penélope Cruz (Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive 2014), stranded on a deserted island. His plans for revenge look to be coming to fruition sooner than later as earlier today, TheWrap reported that the Academy Award winner is in early talks to play the villain in 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will be the fifth installment in the billion-dollar Johnny Depp-led franchise. The role in question is that of Captain Brand, who is "a ghost bent on revenge against Capt. Jack Sparrow, who he holds responsible for the murder of his brother." The fifth Pirates of the Carribbean adventure will see both Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush return as Barbossa. Outside of them, it »
Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales is rushing to a theater near you as fast as any seemingly unnecessary sequel to a $3.7 billion dollar franchise can: it's coming regardless, so let's lean in and hope for the best, even if 2011's Gore Verbinski-less, Rob Marshall-driected installment, On Stranger Tides, felt a little...off somehow.
Johnny Depp is of course returning to play Captain Jack Sparrow who will be facing off against Captain Brand a ghost who blames Captain Jack for the death of his brother. Geoffrey Rush will return as Captain Barbosa and I think he's technically alive at this point. So room for only one major ghost pirate at this point and The Wrap reports that Javier Bardem - portrayer of excellent villains in Skyfall and No Country For Old Men - is in talks to be Captain Brand.
There's probably room »
Pirates of the Caribbean 5, sometimes referred to as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has found its villain! Javier Bardem is in early talks to square off with Johnny Depp's iconic Capt. Jack Sparrow in this latest Disney adventure.
Christoph Waltz had previously been rumored to play Brand, but it is now Javier Bardem who is the frontrunner for the part. The actor is no stranger to playing villains. He famously portrayed baddies in both Skyfall and No Country for Old Men. Disney currently has no comment. And no further character details have been released.
It's believed that Javier Bardem may have been sold on the idea of starring in a Pirates movie after his wife Penélope Cruz took the lead female role in 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He is also said to be intrigued by working with the two »
As "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" preps to begin production early next year, the film may have landed an Oscar-winning actor to play its main villain.
TheWrap reports that Javier Bardem is in talks to play antagonist Captain Brand in the fifth "Pirates" flick. Christoph Waltz was previously rumored to be in the running for the part, but according to TheWrap, an offer is currently out to Bardem.
Variety also confirmed that Bardem is currently in talks with Disney about the flick.
TheWrap notes that the actor may have been swayed to join "Pirates 5" by his wife, Penelope Cruz, who starred in the fourth flick in the franchise, "On Stranger Tides." In addition to that personal connection, Bardem also reportedly is eager to work with "Dead Men Tell No Tales" directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, after being impressed by their work on the feature "Kon-Tiki. »
- Katie Roberts
Austin - When the lights went down in the theater for the Fantastic Fest debut of "John Wick," I had no expectations at all for the film. It never occurred to me that it would end up being one of the most enjoyable things I saw there and a genuinely exciting announcement for a pair of pulp action filmmakers. Chad Stahelski was the stuntman who doubled for Keanu Reeves on "The Matrix," and since then, he's done "The Replacements," both "Matrix" sequels, "Thumbsucker," "Constantine," and "Man Of Tai Chi" with Reeves, and they've developed a strong collaborative relationship. David Leitch, who co-directed the film with Stahelski, has worked on dozens of movies with him in the stunt department. They've both worked as second-unit actual unit directors on films like "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Escape Plan," "Safe," "The Wolverine," Parker," "Ninja Assassin," and the upcoming "Jurassic World." The two of »
- Drew McWeeny
Ready for a night at the movies with Keanu Reeves? We’ve got your passes to the advance screening of John Wick. Adding to the excitement and anticipation for the film is the choice to release John Wick in immersive IMAX®, an epic format typically reserved for big-budget studio spectaculars.
Read Michael Haffner’s Fantastic Fest review Here.
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre”. The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad.
Check out the Fantastic Fest Red Carpet photos Here. »
- Movie Geeks
Last night in New York City, I hosted a free John Wick screening near Comic-Con and had the fortune of moderating a very fun Q&A with Keanu Reeves and Alfie Allen. While I love John Wick, you never know how something might play with a big NYC crowd, but during the screening there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces. In the film, Reeves stars as an ex-hitman that comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael Nyqvist also star. For more on the movie, watch the trailer, or check out all our previous coverage. Trust me, this is a film that absolutely needs to be seen in a theater. Since most of you weren't able to make the screening last night, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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 »
- Evan Dickson
With filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch’s action thriller John Wick set for release on October 24th, I’m hosting a free screening Thursday night at 8pm in New York City followed by a Q&A with Keanu Reeves! In the film, Reeves stars as an ex-hitman that comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael Nyqvist. I've seen John Wick and it's awesome. Loaded with insane stunts, vicious kills, and some of the best close quarter action scenes this year, John Wick came out of nowhere to knock me on my ass. I cannot recommend this film enough especially if you want to see Keanu Reeves kill everything. For details on how you can attend the screening, hit the jump. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label today announced the stylized assassin film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in domestic IMAX theatres starting Oct. 24.
Directed by Chad Stahelski and Chad Stahelski, both of whom worked with Keanu Reeves as stunt technicians on all three of The Matrix films, John Wick tells the story of a retired assassin (Keanu Reeves) who, after suffering a deadly loss, returns to the fray to hunt down the gangsters who wronged him.
John Wick, which screened last month at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, marks the first IMAX domestic roll-out for Keanu Reeves since The Day the Earth Stood Still in 2008 and the second and third The Matrix films more than five years prior.
Said Lionsgate's President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution, »
Imax is reuniting with The Matrix star Keanu Reeves to release a digitally super-sized version of his assassin film John Wick domestically. The Summit Entertainment title sees Reeves play a retired hit man pursuing gangsters who wronged him. The film co-stars Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Bridget Moynahan. Watch more Keanu Reeves Blows Up a Lot of Stuff in Trailer for 'John Wick' Chad Stahelski and David Leitch make their directorial debut with John Wick, which Imax will release simultaneously with the film's wide release on Oct. 24. Imax released Reeves' own
- Etan Vlessing
IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate's (NYSE: Lgf) Summit Entertainment label today announced the stylized assassin film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in domestic IMAX® theatres starting Oct. 24.
Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, both of whom worked with Reeves as stunt technicians on all three of The Matrix films, John Wick tells the story of a retired assassin (Reeves) who, after suffering a deadly loss, returns to the fray to hunt down the gangsters who wronged him. The film co-stars Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Bridget Moynahan.
John Wick, which screened last month at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, marks the first IMAX domestic roll-out for Reeves since The Day the Earth Stood Still in 2008 and the second and third Matrix films more than five years prior.
Lionsgate's President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution, »
- Kellvin Chavez
While I don’t think Keanu Reeves ever left the Hollywood spotlight, his new film John Wick claims that the actor is finally returning to action-hero glory in full force. After a few martial-arts-heavy films like 47 Ronin and Man Of Tai Chi, Reeves once again becomes a gun-toting badass who leaves a looming pile of bodies in his wake – but with a little more kick than usual. John Wick is a physically demanding role that requires a tremendous amount of what Keanu dubbed “Gun-Fu” choreography, blending shootouts and hand-to-hand combat with some punishing stunt-work. Welcome back Keanu, it’s nice to see you having fun again!
John Wick itself is an easily accessible thrill-ride that flies by thanks to Reeves’ intensity, as he blasts his way through Russian gang members and vengeful hitmen alike. With a cast that includes Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Ian McShane and Michael Nyqvist, these crafty »
- Matt Donato
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