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RADiUS - TWC is on a roll at Cannes, announcing today that the company has acquired North American rights to Keanu Reeves' directorial debut "Man of Tai Chai," days after nabbing the Directors' Fortnight thriller "Blue Ruin." Their Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling-starring Palme d'Or contender "Only God Forgives" just premiered this morning at the festival. RADiUS has slated a fourth quarter 2013 release for Reeves' film. Set in modern Beijing, "Man of Tai Chai" film follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights grow tougher, he must compromise his own beliefs in order to survive. Reeves stars in the film opposite Chen – a stuntman on "The Matrix" series who also trained him - in his first leading role, as well as up-and-coming international action stars Iko Uwais ("The Raid") and Jeremy Marinas. »
- Nigel M Smith
Exclusive: In its second significant deal at Cannes, Radius-TWC acquired North American rights to Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi in a low seven-figure minimum guarantee. The film is set in modern Beijing and follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights grow tougher, he must compromise his own beliefs in order to survive. This is the second deal for Radius, which on Saturday acquired the Directors Fornight film Blue Ruin. TWC-Radius also has the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed Only God Forgives playing here at Cannes, with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas starring. Reeves, who also stars in the film, met Chen during The Matrix, where Chen was a stuntman and a trainer for Reeves. It’s Chen’s first lead role, and the film also »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Paul Turner (Lowe) is a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office. With the help of a bright young assistant (Chung) and his team, Turner spins every news cycle on behalf of his clients, which include a philandering Kentucky governor (Eric McCormack, TV’s Will & Grace) and a blackmailed California senator and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Carrie-Anne Moss, Memento, The Matrix series). When the ugly side of Turner’s work begins to haunt him, he learns that even in the bloodiest of battles, sometimes you have to fight clean.
Directed and co-written by televisiondocumentary veteran Bob Guttentag, Knife Fight also stars »
With less than four weeks to go until the release of Man of Steel, Warner Bros.' marketing machine is moving faster than a speeding bullet at the moment and today the studio has released the first character poster for the Zack Snyder-directed reboot, which features Russell Crowe (Les Miserables) as Superman's Kryptonian daddy, Jor-El...
And if that's not enough to give you your daily Superman fix, a batch of official stills have also arrived online, giving us fresh looks at many of the cast, including Henry Cavill (Immortals) as Clark Kent, Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) as Jonathan Kent, Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons) as Lara Lor-Van, Harry Lennix (Dollhouse) as General Swanwick, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Perry White, Richard Schiff (The West Wing) as Dr. Emil Hamilton, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, Antje Traue (Pandorum) as Faora and Michael Shannon (The Iceman) as General Zod. Oh, and »
- Flickering Myth
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
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
Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a biopic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...
- Peter Martin
Anita: Uma Thurman will take on the challenge of playing Anita Bryant, a beauty pageant winner turned pop singer turned spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission turned outspoken critic of gay rights. The movie, titled Anita, will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the team who recently made a bio-pic about the controversial adult film star Linda Lovelance. [The Hollywood Reporter] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny: Michelle Yeoh is set to return in the sequel to Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning martial arts picture. Based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, another book in a series by Crouching Tiger author Wang Dulu, the movie will also star Donnie Yen; the legendary Yuen Woo Ping (fight choreographer for The Matrix) will direct. Production is...
- Peter Martin
Back in May, we reported that The Weinstein Company was targeting a May start date for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny. At the time, the film was angling to recruit Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason) to direct from a script by John Fusco (Hidalgo). Fusco assumed fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping would handle the martial arts scenes as he did in the first film. However, The Wrap is reporting that Wo Ping will be in the director's chair. Wo Ping has helmed over 20 Chinese-language films, but is best known for his fight choreography on movies such as The Matrix, Kill Bill, Kung Fu Hustle, and more. The Wrap adds that Donnie Yen (Ip Man) has signed on to play Silent Wolf opposite Michelle Yeoh, who reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. There are currently no details on the plot, but "Harvey Weinstein, Yen and Wo Ping »
- Matt Goldberg
The Weinstein Company has announced today that production on "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny" will begin in March of 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct after serving as a choreographer on the original film, which was directed by Ang Lee and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning four. Yuen Wo Ping helped make Jackie Chan a star, directing films like "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" and "Drunken Master." The Wachowski siblings also tapped him for fight choreography on their 1999 cyberpunk extravaganza "The Matrix" and subsequent installments of the trilogy, as did Quentin »
- Kristopher Tapley
Yuen Wo Ping will direct "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny," the sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning film. Wo Ping is a renowned martial arts director and chroreographer, having directed more than two dozen Chinese-language films and advised or choreographed more than a dozen American actions movies including "The Matrix" trilogy, the "Kill Bill" films and the first "Crouching Tiger." Michelle Yeoh (left), who starred in the first movie, will reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien and Chinese martial artist and actor Donnie Yen will star as Silent »
- Lucas Shaw
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
I'm sitting here in front of my laptop trying to distill my opinion on Cloud Atlas into around 500 or so words, and that may well be an impossible task.
Cloud Atlas is not a film that fits neatly into a "good" or "bad" category. It doesn't fit into a particular genre, and it doesn't conform to anything that can be considered a recognizable formula. I don't know how to judge it on its artistic merits; I don't know how to judge it on the levels on which it succeeds or fails.
I find myself only able to judge it based upon the scope of its ambition and the emotions and feelings it intended me to feel, and on that level it is a movie that stands entirely alone.
Good or bad, Cloud Atlas is the most ambitious movie of the 21st century - it may not merit either praise or disdain, »
Ready for one of those "so that's how they did it" moments? Great. Strap in for the geeky ride.
As you might've figured out by now — you are smart enough to be visiting the raddest movie site on the web-o-sphere, after all — movies don't just appear out of thin air. A lot of technique, manpower and good old fashion ingenuity goes into making every single frame happen on-screen.
Some movies require more creativity and craftsmanship than others, of course, and with the most iconic movies in history, there's a lot to be explored about how these awesome flicks came to be.
Check out this great pic of the train scene in "Back to the Future," for example.
That Delorean is barely as big as the cake we saw! Great Scott!
No, but seriously, it is a little bit jarring to see the man behind the curtain, isn't it?
How about »
- Amanda Bell
Edward Woodward's former black ops agent Robert McCall is heading to DVD here in the UK on Monday May 13th with the release of The Equalizer: The Complete Collection, which includes all 88 episodes of the classic 80s series, along with a Season 1 re-release designed to match the recent releases of Seasons 2,3 and 4.
To celebrate, the lovely people at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media Enterprises have supplied us with a copy of The Complete Collection to give away to one lucky reader, while three runners up will get their hands Season 1; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
The Equalizer stars Golden Globe winner Edward Woodward O.B.E. as Robert McCall - a retired covert intelligence officer trying to atone for past sins by offering his services, free of charge, as a troubleshooter, protector and investigator. Aided by a group of mysterious »
- Flickering Myth
Let.s not fool ourselves. We know there is no virtual world lurking beneath the surface of our own. The Matrix, as an alternate lifestyle, isn.t real. But that doesn.t make the film any less enjoyable or forgettable. In fact, its influences are as alive now as they ever were, with Agent Smith creeping into ads promoting Ge.s new integration system, and Seth MacFarlane using the film to make a penis joke for his Oscar promos. And just as it will always be around, there will always be people who haven.t seen it, and people who don.t quite grasp it whenever they do. Case in point: the above video, where YouTube user PixelsPerSecond presents The Matrix to his mom, and then lets her rehash the complicated story immediately after watching it. While the editing is quite clever and engaging . and features the Keanu Reeves meme »
YouTube video maker Joe Nicolosi is back with a new clip that is sure to please fans who loved The Matrix. Okay, maybe "please" isn’t the right word – but it’s guaranteed to make you laugh. Nicolosi animates while his mother narrates the tale of Neo, and naturally Mom’s take on the source material differs ever so slightly from that of the Wachowskis. For example, did you know that Laurence Fishburne’s character’s name was Moshimo? How about the fact that Neo sometimes goes by the name Leo? It’s enough to make you wonder if Joe’s mom was watching one of those cheap foreign knockoff versions of The Matrix… Check out the video below – and kudos to Nicolosi’s mother for being such a good sport. I...
- Mike Bracken
I've always been a fan of Keanu Reeves. From his days as Ted "Theodore" Logan in Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure to Jack Travern in Speed to Neo in The Matrix and as the titular Constantine, he's always dabbled in the big studio pool without ever fully diving in, allowing himself the freedom to play in a lot of other ponds. Such is the case with his latest indie pic, Generation Um..., which finds the actor back in "whoa" mode, »
- Paul Shirey
Babylon Matrix? Andy and Lana Wachowski (the kids behind “The Matrix” trilogy, along with “Speed Racer” and recently, “Cloud Atlas”) are teaming up with “Babylon 5″ creator J. Michael Straczynski for a new sci-fi series called “Sense8″ that will premiere/air exclusively on Netflix. Opines the duo via a press release: Several years ago, we had a late night conversation about the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us, and out of that paradox ‘Sense8′ was born. So what’s it all about? We’re told that “Sense8″ will be “a tale of minds linked and souls hunted”. But someone learns kung fu, right? Hopefully. On Netflix sometime in late 2014. »
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