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Hit Me: How Johnny Mnemonic Helped Redefine Cyberpunk Cinema in the ’90s

22 May 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On May 26th, 1995, music video director and artist Robert Longo made his directorial debut with Johnny Mnemonic, an adaptation of William Gibson’s futuristic short story of the same name (Gibson also penned the screenplay) that starred Keanu Reeves in the titular role as a “mnemonic courier” who finds himself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy with implications for all of mankind.

Johnny Mnemonic celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, and while it may not necessarily be a film many sci-fi fans celebrate, it’s always held a special place in my heart, undoubtedly being one of the coolest films I saw that year and one that also revitalized the cyberpunk film movement (yes, even before The Matrix came along and did it a bit more effectively).

For the uninitiated, Johnny Mnemonic transports us to the year 2021; in the opening text crawl, we learn that corporations have taken over »

- Heather Wixson

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Rescues & Escapes

12 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »

- Shane Ramirez

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Let's talk about all the Oscars 'Mad Max: Fury Road' needs to win

11 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ok, we have more than a half a year of movies to go, so "win" is hyperbole. But thanks for clicking all the same. What I'm saying is George Miller's latest is such a nuts-and-bolts marvel of the form that not only should it be up for consideration in a number of areas, it really ought to be the impetus that drives the Academy to finally add a certain new category that has long been championed in some industry circles. The look of this film is absolutely bonkers. And, admittedly, it's the accumulation of a few departments that really gets it there. But with that in mind, if it wasn't clear by my interview with the man, cinematographer John Seale needs a serious victory lap for jumping onto this wild ride, strapping in and delivering much of this spectacle in-camera. Many of us are surely pleased he didn't go out on "The Tourist, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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American Idol Top 4 Performance Recap: Fifty Shades of Gravy

29 April 2015 7:22 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Quick! You have one song to sum up the very soul of who you are as a human being! To quote Dennis Hopper in Speed: “What do you do? What do you do?”

If you’re a member of American Idol‘s Season 14 Top 4 (or is it 5?), you stake everything you are on… Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” (say what now?!). A Justin Bieber track (oh hell naw!). Or the “baby lock them doors” jam that defined Scotty McCreery’s Season 10 run (#IDontUnderstandTheQuestionAndIWontRespondToIt).

VideosAmerican Idol‘s Quentin Alexander on His Most Inventive Performances, Wildest Outfits and Favorite »

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Jeff Daniels Chooses ‘The Divergent Series’

28 April 2015 9:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jeff Daniels has just signed on for The Divergent Series: Alleigiant and as with all great film series of the day, The Divergent Series: Allegiant will be split in two. Daniels, star of Dumb & Dumber, Speed, and TV sensation The Newsroom, will be taking on the role of the main antagonist, David.

The film will continue the adventures of Shailene Woodley’s Tris, a girl in a world in which the inhabitants must choose which faction they belong to, while under the thumb of an oppressive government. I won’t give away anything from this year’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent, other than the ending left us wanting more, and certainly switched things up a bit.

The Divergent Series: Alleigiant Part 1 will be released 18th March 2016, with Part 2 following on 24th March 2017.

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- Luke Ryan Baldock

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25 underrated 1990s movie soundtracks

28 April 2015 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Muppet Treasure Island to Speed, we take a look at the 90s soundtracks that deserve another listen...

Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.

It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.

But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.

1. Chaplin - John Barry

Okay, let's start with a big one. Richard Attenborough. Robert Downey Jr. John Barry. »

- simonbrew

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Sandra Bullock's Response to 'World's Most Beautiful Woman' Title Shows Why She Earned It

22 April 2015 2:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

More than 20 years after driving away with our hearts in "Speed," and six years after her Best Actress Oscar for "The Blind Side," Sandra Bullock is now on the cover of People magazine as the World's Most Beautiful Woman. What would Gracie Hart think?!

Bullock, now 50 and mom to 5-year-old son Louis, said she just laughed when she heard she was given this honor, adding, "That's ridiculous. I've told no one." Now People has told everyone! "Real beauty is quiet," she told the magazine. "Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that.' No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying."

Love it. She does »

- Gina Carbone

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The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review

21 April 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 141 minutes

Synopsis: Tony Stark (Downey Jr) creates the ultimate artificial intelligence in an attempt to defend the world. Sadly the AI decides the only way to protect the world is by destroying the human race. The Avengers team must join forces once more in an attempt to stop it from achieving its goal.

Joss Whedon has always been good. Some might know that he was the (uncredited) master behind Keanu Reeves mega-hit Speed as well as adding the best bits to Alien Resurrection. Then came BuffyAngelFirefly and Serenity; passion projects that saw him enter the circle of worship to many a TV geek. None of us were prepared for what came next though, his comic book caper The »

- Kat Smith

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The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Justified'

14 April 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

2015 has seen many beloved long-running shows coming to an end. We bade farewell to “Parks & Recreation” in February, and in a few weeks “Mad Men,” one of the seminal shows of the so-called golden age of TV drama, will be wrapping up as well. But tonight sees the series finale of a show that, while not necessarily matching the column inches of some of its contemporaries, has over the past five years proven to be just as compelling, thrilling and surprising as anything else out there: FX’s “Justified.”  Created by “Speed” writer Graham Yost and based on a character created by Elmore Leonard in his novels “Pronto,” “Riding The Rap” and specifically on the novella “Fire In The Hole,” the show revolves around Raylan Givens, an old-school, gun-slinging Deputy U.S. Marshal whose uncompromising methods see him reassigned from Miami to his home of Harlan County, Kentucky, where he »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Second Opinion – John Wick (2014)

13 April 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick, 2014.

Directed by Chad Stahelski.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis:

A former hitman comes out of retirement hell bent on revenge for the men who took everything from him.

After a few dud movies and some time away from the spotlight, Keanu Reeves returns to the action genre with the blistering John Wick. A former hitman for the Russian mob, Wick has turned his life on his days of crime and settled down with his wife (Bridget Moynahan). Unfortunately she dies from cancer and he is left alone except for an adorable Beagle puppy which she picked out for him. All Wick has is his dog and his car, until a boisterous young thug called Iosef takes an interest in his car. Wick is beaten, his car stole and his dog is brutally killed. »

- Helen Murdoch

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Movie Review – John Wick (2014)

10 April 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick, 2014.

Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.

Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis:

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Since that fateful day when Keanu Reeves fired his gun in the air and yelled “aaaarrrrgggh” he’s become a regular in the action genre. He dipped his toes with Point Break. He experienced box office and pop culture success with Speed, before ending the century as Neo in The Matrix, arguably the most significant action movie of the last 20 years in terms of cult-following, pop culture reference and blue printing future action films (even if The Matrix pilfered from more sources, than films in turn have since aped The Matrix).

Whilst Reeves has often been dismissed as someone lacking in acting range, »

- Gary Collinson

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Keanu Classic: John Wick

10 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome. Our review is finally live so why not have a butcher’s at it once you’ve finished this feature.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. The man has made some brilliant movies over the years as well as the odd turkey. The interesting thing about a Keanu Reeves turkey though is that somehow you still enjoy it. For example, Johnny Menmonic and Chain Reaction are some of the silliest films – Mnemonic has a mind-reading dolphin for Pete’s sake – and yet we’re still completely charmed by Reeves and his old Ted persona. »

- Kat Smith

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Comeback Kings Of Cinema

6 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hollywood is hard. The world of film is a fickle place; one moment you’re at the top of the pile, the next you’re trapped at the bottom under a mountain of bodies, forgotten about. This happens so often that most of us don’t even realise it’s happening until someone makes it back from the brink.

Coming back is a million times harder than the first time, mainly due to the stigma that just one turkey can leave. But there are a few famous faces out there that have come back from terrible fates, stronger and ready to fight for their place amongst the elite. This Friday sees Keanu Reeves’ comeback flick John Wick released in cinemas and it’s a return to the Speed/The Matrix heydays for the action star. His most triumphant return got us thinking about other actors who have clawed their way back from obscurity, »

- Kat Smith

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John Wick Review

4 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palecki, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 101 minutes

Synopsis: John Wick (Reeves) is a retired hit man who finds himself drawn back into the dangerous world of organised crime after the local mob boss’ son Iosef (Allen) breaks into his home and murders his dog, a gift left to him from his recently deceased wife. 

In recent weeks we at Thn have been taking a walk down the memory lane of Keanu Reeves’ career in our series Keanu Classics. The series has looked at past victories Bill & Ted, My Own Private Idaho, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix. Since The Matrix though it’s all been a little quiet on the Keanu front. He popped up in Christmas 2013 release 47 Ronin briefly and then vanished again. All that is about to change this »

- Kat Smith

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Keanu Classic: The Matrix

3 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. Having spent my evening post screening ordering an alarming amount of Keanu Reeves films, both good and bad – Henry’S Crime anyone? I realised that my schoolgirl crush was far from over. Reeves is exceptionally handsome yes, but he also seems like such a nice, genuine guy. Recent interview appearances for John Wick revealed that he has a very down-to-Earth nature and that he doesn’t take himself, or life to seriously. He has also »

- Kat Smith

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6 Films That Prove Keanu Reeves Should Do More Comedy

1 April 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the name ‘Keanu Reeves’? Chances are you’ll be thinking The Matrix, Speed and Point Break – in that order. Bill And Ted might sneak in there, depending on how old you are, but the point is, this is an actor who is now famed for his action movies. It’s not surprising – more often than not, his forays into the genre have heralded a project that has reinvigorated tired themes and created films that have quickly achieved legendary status.

His recent movie release, John Wick, is a great example of that. Co-directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch from a script by Derek Kolstad, the action thriller about a former hitman dragged out of retirement and seeking revenge takes all the elements we’ve seen a million times and shakes them up, like a storytelling snowglobe. Crucial to its success is its humour, »

- Sarah Myles

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Disney Developing Live-Action Mulan

31 March 2015 1:13 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Following Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, the just-released Cinderella and the currently-filming Beauty And The Beast, Disney are heading east for their next live-action fairytale. The Mouse House are now putting together a new retelling of the Chinese legend Mulan. Newcoming team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek are at work on the screenplay.Disney, you'll recall, previously tackled Mulan with a classic animation in 1998, hence most of the internet this morning referring to the new iteration as a remake. Since the legend dates back to the sixth century, however, it seems a bit much to be calling the one with the proto-Donkey Eddie Murphy comedy dragon the "original version", as many are. The first film adaptation was a Chinese silent in 1927.Whatever, in any telling, the thrust is a peasant girl who disguises herself as a man and takes her father's place in the army to go off and fight dastardly invading forces. »

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Keanu Classic: Speed

27 March 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately.  As readers of previous instalments will remember Keanu Reeves was one of my teenage girl crushes alongside Christian Slater. Given that I was a teen during the early noughties these choices might seem a little odd to some of you. Me and my friend though had different tastes to our more mainstream friends – and my choices make a little more sense than Val Kilmer and cartoon character Gambit. Keanu celebrated 50 last year but doesn’t »

- Kat Smith

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Keanu Classic: Point Break

20 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.

John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. He might not be known as being the most heavyweight of actors but you have to admit the man knows how to make an entertaining movie, and he’s not bad to look at. Even if everything else about the film is terrible or ridiculously over the top, Keanu is always awesome – Jonnhy Mnemonic and Chain Reaction would be nothing without him.

Every Friday between now and the release of John Wick on 10th April, »

- Kat Smith

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Is The Murder On The Orient Express Reboot Still Happening?

11 March 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s been a while since we.ve heard an update on Fox.s long touted remake of Murder On The Orient Express. In fact, there.s been such little movement on the film that most people probably forgot that it was even planned. However, it has now taken a rather big step forward , because even though the project was announced more than a year ago, it.s just been revealed who'll be writing it. According to Variety, Michael Green (2011's Green Lantern) has signed up to pen the film, and now Fox will be hoping that it.s full speed ahead for the project. That should be a formality, because there is plenty of talent on-board for the film. X-Men: Days Of Future Past and The Fantastic Four writer Simon Kinberg is attached to produce, alongside both Mark Gordon (who previously filled this role on both Speed and Saving »

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