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Keanu Reeves has performed many unique roles over his career, from Ted Logan In Bill and Ted.s Excellent Adventure to Jack Traven in Speed to John Wick in...well, the movie of the same name that comes out this Friday. However, despite his diverse background, there.s still one movie role he.s never gotten the chance to tackle: superheroes. Sure, he used an assortment of superhuman abilities as Neo in The Matrix trilogy, but he.s never gotten the opportunity to wear a form-fitting costume and fight evildoers with an unusual code name. It.s a shame because Reeves had his eye on playing two especially popular superheroes that are audience favorites. Currently doing the press rounds for his upcoming film (which is why you've been seeing his name pop up so much recently), Reeves expressed his superhero aspirations to Moviefone, and unfortunately it looks like these dreams »
Keanu Reeves has revealed that he's always wanted to play a high-profile superhero.
The Matrix star said that he has never been offered the chance to be a specific hero on screen, but that he would have loved to get the chance to play Batman or Wolverine.
"I think I missed that one," he told Moviefone. "I always wanted to play Wolverine. But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now.
"I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience."
When it was suggested that he could direct a film featuring the characters, he replied: "Yeah, I could do that."
Speaking about his interest in comic book movies in general, he said: "I love the graphic novel form. I like how it's been translated.
"I certainly think it's impactful, »
Keanu Reeves has lamented his lack of studio offers.
The Matrix star said that he wishes there was more balance between his studio and independent projects.
"It sucks, but it's just the way it is," he told Indiewire.
"The last studio movie I did was 47 Ronin, but before that it had been a long time - probably [2008's] The Day the Earth Stood Still."
Reeves will next be seen in John Wick - the tale of a retired hitman on a mission of revenge.
The film was produced independently before being picked up by Lionsgate.
John Wick will be released on October 24 in the Us and January 2 in the UK. »
Keanu Reeves was once one of the biggest Hollywood names, mostly for his work on "The Matrix" trilogy, "Speed" and "Point Break," "Devil's Advocate" and many other films. But in recent years, Reeves has been making independent films and none of them went on to become hits. As a result, the offers from major studios stopped coming. "It sucks, but it's just the way it is," said the actor. "The last studio movie I did was '47 Ronin,' but before that it had been a long time . probably [2008's] 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.'" Unfortunately, "47 Ronin" was a huge flop, grossing only $150 million worldwide on a budget of $175 million. And "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was a major disappointment. But all that bad luck is seemingly about to change. His new "John Wick" movie will hit theaters on Friday (October 24th) and has a perfect 100% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. »
Throughout the entire decade of the 1990's, Keanu Reeves' star rose slowly but surely to prominence, with films like Point Break, Speed, and of course The Matrix. At the turn of the century, Reeves was a huge movie star with a lot of clout after his first experiment with the knowledge of kung fu. However, as the ensuing decade went by, a string of flops and modest hits outside of his obvious Matrix success didn't do any favors for his career. Which has left us with a world where Keanu Reeves is sad, because not as many studios want to work with Keanu Reeves. IndieWire ran a rather revealing interview with Keanu Reeves, who is currently promoting his new movie John Wick. While he's been excited to direct with Man Of Tai Chi, as well as kicking unholy amounts of ass in his latest outing, he's undoubtedly fallen into »
Big film projects aren't quite barreling toward Keanu Reeves like a speeding bus. The actor, who was last seen in Universal Pictures' 2013 flop Ronin 47, told Indiewire that he wishes he would receive more offers from Hollywood studios. "It sucks, but it's just the way it is," Reeves said about the dearth of offers. "The last studio movie I did was 47 Ronin, but before that it had been a long time — probably [2008's] The Day the Earth Stood Still." See more 'Speed' 20th Anniversary: Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves' Post-Bus Career Paths The Matrix star said he has always enjoyed making
- Ryan Gajewski
Last month, we attended Fantastic Fest, a film festival held in Austin, Texas, that is, to use a scientific term, totally bonkers. It's a place where new and incredibly weird genre movies play and are instantly eaten up (or harshly rejected) by geeky audiences. It's the kind of film festival that celebrates movies that contain (among other things) fountains of blood, animal cruelty, and full-frontal nudity. And it's where "John Wick" premiered.
And even though "John Wick" is a fairly mainstream affair by Fantastic Fest standards (it's American, features a movie star, and doesn't have a single weird Japanese ghost), it was one of the movies that everybody was talking about. (They had to squeeze in additional screenings to accommodate feverishly nerdy demand.) So, get ready America, "John Wick" is coming for you.
Keanu Reeves plays the titular character, a former assassin whose wife has recently succumbed to cancer and »
- Drew Taylor
One of the best action movies of the year opens this Friday, and it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that it stars Keanu Reeves. For the past 23 years, since riding a wave onto the shores of adrenaline-fueled cinema with Point Break and then soon after steering a bus through its halls with Speed, Reeves has been in some of the most memorable and thrilling actioners of both the 20th and 21st centuries. And of course with The Matrix he bridged the two together with one of the most important entries into the genre ever. Now, with John Wick, he's in another movie being noted for its action, both in terms of quantity and quality, and fittingly it's codirected by Chad Stahelski, Reeves' stunt double on Point Break and other productions (the other...
- Christopher Campbell
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
The Matrix was such an amazing groundbreaking piece of filmmaking. I remember the first time I saw that movie it completely blew my mind. I couldn't believe that kind of stuff could be done in movies. It was like seeing Star Wars for the first time. After the movie came out there was a slew of films that tried to capture that cutting-edge awesomeness. Most of them fell flat on their face though.
Before Keanu Reeves came on board to star as Neo in the movie, the part was Will Smith's for the taking. After The Wachowskis met with Reeves, though, they knew that he was "The One." During a recent Reddit Ama the actor shared the story of meeting The Wachowskis for the first time and how he landed the role.
"I was very lucky. I got a call from my agent, saying that these directors, the Wachowskis, »
- Joey Paur
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
Dreams come cheap, right? $1 for a lottery ticket and now, $1 for a producing credit? For a movie that could conceivably have more producers than there are zombies in The Walking Dead, Barrie Osborne (one of the producers on The Lord Of The Rings and The Matrix) is looking to Kickstarter to help fund his next film outing, Talk Is Cheap. And he’s giving away producing credits for the contribution of only $1 on his hopeful way to raise $1.5M.
So far there are 74 … no wait … 80 backers (wow, it raised in a matter of seconds). So does this mean he’s going to serve up 80 producer credits? “Associate producer credits,” says Osborne’s and director-writer-producer Jim Jarrett’s PR spokesman. Really? Yes. If successfully funded, the film’s on-screen credit crawl could include the individual names of at least 1.5 million Kickstarter contributors. Make that 1.5 million and three — John Labrie is producing with Osborne and Jarrett. »
- Anita Busch
Science fiction can be a polarising genre. Those who don’t absolutely love it are often hard to persuade to step within a mile of the cinema when there’s a sci-fi film on. Despite this, there have been a handful of sci-fi films which have reached such a classic status in their brilliance that even non-believers are willing to admit their glory.
Here, we take a look at some of the sci-fi films which have leaped out of their genre and into the cultural hall of fame.
Star Wars is arguably the most popular science fiction series of all time. With all six cinema appearances receiving nominations for Academy Awards, and tallying a dizzying $4.38 billion at box offices, it should come as no surprise to find it on this list.
The Star Wars galaxy may be vast and complex, but it has earned a place in popular culture. »
- Phil Wheat
When Laurence Fishburne pictured himself one day playing a cowboy onscreen, he pictured himself as the prototypical Western hero. Then he was cast as as the goofy Cowboy Curtis on Pee-wee's Playhouse. "I always wanted to play a cowboy," Fishburne says in an exclusive interview from the upcoming Pee-wee's Playhouse Blu-ray collection. "I just didn't get to do it the way I thought I would." Indeed, Cowboy Curtis isn't exactly John Wayne: He sings sappy songs, gets visibly nervous before a date, and is more interested in getting advice from cows than herding them. Fishburne played Cowboy Curtis from »
- Ariana Bacle
Keanu Reeves ("The Matrix") is out and about doing press for his new movie John Wick. That means it is time for him to field some more questions regarding the status of Bill & Ted 3. Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, the screenwriters behind Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), have been working on the Bill & Ted 3 script for years. They've been trying to create script that calls for a modest budget. "Part of the argument is that it's not that popular internationally, that's where so much of the funding for movies comes from these days," Keanu explained. "They've worked on the script and the budget, just trying to get the right script and then get the business side wrapped up, financiers and rights, all the show business stuff." As for the plot, it like 1989 original and the 1991 sequel, will revolve around "Ted" Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) and »
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
With all of the hubbub and commotion about Keanu Reeves being dream cast by the internet as Marvel's Doctor Strange, there's still a lot of love floating around out there for the older projects that made him such a star. One of those projects that is consistently showered with the love of its fandom (at least when it comes to its initial outing) is The Wachowski's 1999 classic The Matrix. With all of his catchphrases, his mannerisms, and his Kung Fu on display, it's hard to find a film as defining to Reeves' recent career as The Matrix. According to his Reddit Ama earlier today, the role of Neo, aka "The One," was literally a perfect fit as The Wachowskis saw Reeves as just the guy to play a role that almost went to Will Smith. He recounted the story of how he met The Wachowskis in the blurb below. "I »
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...
Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.
Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »
Alicia wades into the forehead-deep mire of political opposition research on this week’s installment of The Good Wife, but instead of drowning in possible scandal — photos of herself and late lover Will at a hotel reception desk, son Zach’s girlfriend’s secret abortion, mother Veronica’s spanking of Damien from The Omen in full view of a department store surveillance camera (which, frankly, had to be worth a two-point bump, no?) — she strides over the surface with newfound fire and (thank goodness) her weary sense of humor in tact. (Copious »
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