11 items from 2008
The debuts of Yes Man, Seven Pounds and The Tale of Despereaux were modest by past standards, but the holdovers were part of the box office malaise as well, due to age or to not being very big in the first place. Falling into the latter category, The Day the Earth Stood Still collapsed in its second weekend as movies of its ilk often do, including last December's blockbuster I Am Legend. Down 68 percent, the science fiction remake grossed $9.9 million for $48.4 million in ten days. Its drop was in the same range as The Matrix Revolutions and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer among similar movies (though both had much higher grosses). Crossing the $100 million mark on its 26th day, »
- Brandon Gray
Keanu Reeves is having his Day at the box office.
The actor's sci-fi flick, The Day the Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 original, opened in the top spot over the weekend with a $31 million intake, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Earth's impressive debut also marks Reeves' biggest opening since 2003's The Matrix Revolutions.
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- Joyce Eng
In honor of the release of The Day the Earth Stood Still today starring Keanu Reeves, NY Magazine's Vulture blog has put together a Complete Field Guide to the Facial Expressions of Keanu Reeves. Yes, this is as amusing as it sounds, as they provide a total of 29 different examples of various iconic Keanu Reeves facial expressions from his 20 years of acting. Not only have they dug up some hilarious photos, but the guide features a little "Kean-u-meter", which "measures Keanu's facial elasticity from zero (The Matrix Revolutions) to ten (Bram Stoker's Dracula)." Keanu Reeves fans and haters alike both need to see this! Click the photos below to head over to Vulture and walk through their slideshow of Reeves' facial expressions. My personal favorites are "concern" from My Own Private Idaho and "scheming" in Much Ado About Nothing (on the right). Hell, I didn't even know he was »
- Alex Billington
Keanu Reeves has built his career as a science fiction avatar on what the La Times recently referred to as his "cosmic blankness," a facial minimalism that certainly helped make him alien enough for his role as Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still. But the folks over at New York Magazine's Vulture Blog have assembled a rejoinder to all the jokes and jibes about his lack of range in their illustrated field guide to the facial expressions of Keanu Reeves. Their "patented Kean-u-meter" uncovers a range of elasticity from zero (The Matrix Revolutions) to ten (Bram Stoker's Dracula). As Klaatu, he racks up a one for his display of "alienation."
Link | Posted 12/12/2008 by reelz
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Chicago – Jada Pinkett Smith was photographed close up on Oct. 28, 2008 by the HollywoodChicago.com lens while on the red carpet at the North American premiere of her directorial debut “The Human Contact” at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who is married to actor Will Smith, has appeared in the films “The Women,” “Reign Over Me,” “Collateral,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “Ali,” “Scream 2,” “The Nutty Professor” and “Jason’s Lyric”. Our exclusive portrait of Smith is below.
Jada Pinkett Smith on Oct. 28, 2008 while on the red carpet at the North American premiere
of her directorial debut “The Human Contact” at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
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DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Today I have a Ton of new titles to tell you about. Most would best be left as a rental, some you will be inclined to buy (but should you?) and others will be a question of whether you believe it is worth upgrading to high-definition Blu-ray. I can only recommend what you should do, you have to decide which way you will go with it. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2-Disc Special Edition) Most of us realize this isn't a good movie. Some enjoy the Indiana Jones franchise so much they are willing to look beyond all the problems this film has and have fun with it. I can respect that, after all, your enjoyment is what's important not what others think. Admittedly, watching this flick a second time on Blu-ray I was able to enjoy »
- Brad Brevet
A film about the Merovingian and Persephone would have been ten times better!
Photo: Warner Bros. Following the ending to Matrix Reloaded I was still anticipating Revolutions. It was almost impossible not to be excited. At the time I was one of the few that really liked Reloaded and felt the holding back of the mythology and philosophy in the second film was all because it was going to culminate into one big life lesson in the third film. Unfortunately, even after I saw Revolutions five years ago, I knew then I hadn't seen a very good film. Five years later it isn't any better. Reloaded ends with Neo (Keanu Reeves) in an undefined coma after playing havoc with a group of oncoming Sentinels. Revolutions picks up as if we never left and the search to find Neo is on all while the impending threat the machines pose on Zion continues to build. »
- Brad Brevet
Since starting RopeofSilicon I have done theatrical reviews of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. I then reviewed the Matrix Revolutions DVD, the Ultimate Matrix DVD set and the Ultimate Matrix HD DVD set. As a result and upon receipt of the Blu-ray edition of the Ultimate Matrix set I felt it was finally time to put this much talked about trilogy behind me. I started by doing my first official review of the original Matrix (read here), and new reviews of Reloaded (read here) and Revolutions (read here). My decision to review and re-review all three films had to do with the fact that when I first reviewed the two sequels I was still green to the movie reviewer game and on top of that opinions change. While my opinion of the first film remains strong my opinion of the two sequels continues to dwindle. I continue to »
- Brad Brevet
Speed Racer was a disaster in theaters and it is an even bigger one on DVD/Blu-ray. Watching Warner Bros.' Blu-ray release at home almost proved to be an impossibility. Why? At least in the movie theater the sensory overload was so all-encompassing it somewhat dulled the film's numerous structural failures. In the comfort of my living room, devoid of all the bells, whistles and an obnoxious preview audience directors Larry and Andy Wachowski's labor of love was stripped of all its distractions, the emptiness of the script and the colossal unfocused nature of it all suddenly front and center for everyone to see. While this is supposed to be a movie about flashy visuals and heartfelt family values, what it all adds up to is a disaster that's as perplexing and annoying as it is sometimes difficult to take your eyes off of (at least as long »
- Sara Michelle Fetters
That is the question on everyone’s lips.
The man behind the second highest grossing film of all time (unadjusted) hasn’t signed on to direct a third installment yet, and The Dark Knight’s producer Charles Roven has said that nobody has even talked to Nolan yet because he is on vacation.
“There are a lot of us who emotionally would love to do it, but it’s really Chris’ call. Chris is the kind of filmmaker who just doesn’t think about the next movie before he has completely finished the movie he is working on. When he comes back, we will see how he feels.”
You bet a lot of people want to make a third film - especially after the amount of coin that That Dark Knight has taken in ($871 million and counting!).
So how will Chris Nolan feel, and will he want to »
- Niall Browne
The Matrix Revolutions star - who plays Michael in the hit show - was hoping his return to the desert island drama would allow his character to become more of a father to his screen son.
But Perrineau was annoyed to find out he was to be killed off in the latest season finale, which aired in America last week (ends30May08).
He admits he had no idea his character would perish and still feels bitter about returning to the show, which he first left during season two.
Perrineau tells America's TV Guide magazine, "I had no idea. It's like, 'What the hell?' I felt like, 'Is that it? I came back for that?'
"I'm disappointed, mostly because I wanted Michael and Walt (son) to have a happy ending. I was hoping Michael would get it together and actually wanna be a father to his kid.
"If I were writing it, I would write it differently."
And Perrineau fears his character's storyline was doomed from the start - because of his colour.
He adds, "If I'm being really candid, there are all these questions about how they respond to black people on the show... A little black boy and his father hooking up, that wasn't interesting. Instead, Walt just winds up being another fatherless child." »
11 items from 2008
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