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Review: 'John Wick' Is A B-Movie Pleasure, Anchored By Keanu Reeves' Raw Charisma

20 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After starring in "The Matrix" (and its two mixed-bag sequels), Keanu Reeves could have done just about anything—including becoming Hollywood's next great action star. Instead, he demurred, taking oddball roles in smaller movies, tinkering away on an ultimately illuminating documentary about the sea change happening in film ("Side by Side") and directing his own martial arts extravaganza (last year's unfairly overlooked "Man of Tai Chi"). Even an earnest attempt at mainstream studio fare, like "47 Ronin," ends up being far stranger than it has any right to be. The mold was there, he just refused to fit into it. All of this greatly informs the actor’s decision to star in "John Wick." Ostensibly it's a B-grade action movie about a hitman's quest for (bloody) revenge, but in Reeves' nimble hands, it becomes a much more joyous experience. It's a comic book fantasy of how the criminal underworld works, anchored mostly by Reeves' raw. »

- Drew Taylor

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Thierry Fremaux on Pedro Almodóvar, Film Docs, Lumière Festival Growth

14 October 2014 1:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

He who dares, wins. Now entering its sixth edition, Gran Lyon’s Lumière Festival, launched by Thierry Fremaux and Bertrand Tavernier from the Institut Lumière, is firmly established on the festival calendar as one of the two major meets in Europe for classic film specialists, with the Bologna Cineteca’s Il Cinema Ritrovato, and also, remarkably, a major hit with the people of Gran Lyon who flock to its screenings. There seems nothing like it in the rest of the world. Having added a Classic Films Market (Mfc) in 2013, its rise is now not only a reflection of, but also a driver of the heritage movie business. Variety talked to Fremaux, the Lumière Festival director – as well as head of the Cannes Festival – days before its the 6th edition.

 

After five editions, to what extent do you think that the Lumière Festival is now a global event?

The Lumière Festival »

- John Hopewell

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Film Preservationist Nicolas Winding Refn Says "Digital Is So Much Better"

30 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The great celluloid vs. digital debate continues, and if you haven't seen it, you should definitely watch the Keanu Reeves-hosted doc "Side By Side" for an in depth look at the issue. On one side, you have early digital adopters like David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh. Then you have the purists like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, who have worked to salvage Kodak film stock and with the latter going one step further and vowing to take out Dcp projectors out of his New Beverly theater. Paul Thomas Anderson is another filmmaker hell-bent on shooting on film stock as well. But then there's Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of "Drive" who straddles both camps. A cineaste who recently joined PTA as a member of the The American Genre Film Archive advisory board, Refn is quite happy to shoot digitally. Filmmakers are usually divided on the subject, but Refn has a refreshingly non-purist view, »

- Edward Davis

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Fantastic Fest Review: Hitman Thriller 'John Wick' Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe & Adrianne Palicki

19 September 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After starring in "The Matrix" (and its two mixed-bag sequels), Keanu Reeves could have done just about anything—including becoming Hollywood's next great action star. Instead, he demurred, taking oddball roles in smaller movies, tinkering away on an ultimately illuminating documentary about the sea change happening in film ("Side by Side") and directing his own martial arts extravaganza (last year's unfairly overlooked "Man of Tai Chi"). Even an earnest attempt at mainstream studio fare, like "47 Ronin," ends up being far stranger than it has any right to be. The mold was there, he just refused to fit into it. All of this greatly informs the actor’s decision to star in "John Wick." Ostensibly it's a B-grade action movie about a hitman's quest for (bloody) revenge, but in Reeves' nimble hands, it becomes a much more joyous experience. It's a comic book fantasy of how the criminal underworld works, anchored mostly by Reeves' raw. »

- Drew Taylor

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Watch: Keanu Reeves As A Hit-Man Out For Revenge In The Trailer For ‘John Wick’

12 September 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Keanu Reeves’ career is a head scratcher. He should have been a major star after “The Matrix” movies, and in many ways he is still a globally recognized name. But did you know that outside of those movies his highest-grossing domestic film to date is 1994’s “Speed” with $124 million (adjusted for inflation that’s around $215 in today’s dollars). He's had the luxury, post-“Matrix,” to star in any old indie or passion project he wants, but perhaps the most interesting movie he’s done is “Side By Side,” the 2012 digital vs. film documentary that he produced and starred in. It doesn't really bode well that the first time this writer heard of "John Wick" was this week, but nonetheless the movie is almost here. About a former hitman (Reeves) who is pursued by an old friend who was contracted by a crime boss to kill him, the trailer for »

- Edward Davis

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It's Bullet Time for Keanu Reeves in the First Trailer for 'John Wick' (Video)

12 September 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Ah, Keanu Reeves. How we love thee. Whether he's flexing his kung fu chops in the cyberpunk battlefields of "The Matrix" or narrating a documentary about the differences between the digital and film mediums in "Side by Side," he's probably one of our favorite people currently working in the movies. So anytime Keanu pops up, we're happy. Which makes us very, very pleased with the new trailer for "John Wick," a hit man thriller that looks totally out of control (via IGN).

The trailer starts out reasonably enough, with Keanu showcasing his shaggy good looks and his friendship with a new puppy (which is just as adorable as he is). But things take a turn when a bunch of bad guys jump him and steal his car (and kill his dog). So it makes his character, the titular John Wick, return to his glory days as one of the more »

- Drew Taylor

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Watch: Mourn The Passing Of An Era With Short 'Going Dark: The Final Days Of Film Projection'

8 August 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As we find ourselves in the latter half of 2014, studios are shipping out their last five-month supply of new release film reels. "Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection," a 15-minute documentary short directed by Jason Gwynn and Jay Sheldon, lets us examine exactly what it is we’re losing, through the eyes of two theater projectionists during their last days on the job. If you fall on the sentimental side of the film/digital divide, you might have a soft spot for this behind-the-scenes look at the people who have physically handled film and who appreciate that it must be treated tenderly, its display being more art than science. While the transition to digital has been explored from the filmmaker standpoint in films like Keanu Reeves’ “Side by Side,” the change in the day-to-day life of an underappreciated projectionist is largely unknown and decidedly more tragic. The theater »

- Tess Hofmann

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Short Film Corner: Interview with Bernardo Britto (Yearbook)

2 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

For this week’s Ioncinema.com’s Short Film Corner, we feature Yearbook, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it deservedly was awarded the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Recently listedl as one of Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, writer/director Bernardo Britto’s densely packed, darkly prophetic tail of an average working man tasked with cataloging all of recorded history before Earth is destroyed by a retaliatory alien attack is a startlingly deep philosophic discussion of what keeping a record actually means.

It’s also a tragic, yet moving depiction of a classic man at work/wife at home trope, as well as an earnestly hand made animated short that calls on the tonality of Chris Ware’s hyper stylized tragicomic work and reaches far beyond its formative stricture to something of simple cinematic greatness. I had the opportunity to pose the young filmmaker »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Dragonwolf – The Blu Review

18 July 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

What’s more fun than playing Pong with a blind man? Watching Dragonwolf, one the most bizarre, surreal, and silliest martial arts films I’ve seen. The latest Blu-ray release from Well-Go USA, takes place in a fictional Thailand city dubbed ‘The Devil’s Cauldron’ and focuses on two hit men who are led astray by the beauty of a mysterious, but shag-happy, young woman. The two young men possess the intellect and ferocity to flourish, carve a name for themselves as the most efficient and unstoppable hit men. Side by side, these two brothers are the deadliest killers, feared by even the most evil criminals. But when a woman of rare beauty mysteriously enters the brother’s lives she blinds them with her sweet promises and turns them against each other, resulting in an epic battle that threatens to bring the Devil’s Cauldron to the brink of destruction. »

- Tom Stockman

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The Trailer for Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray is here -Deleted Scenes & Terrible Voiceover!

25 June 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Not long now Bookhouse boys and girls – the Blu-raying of David Lynch’s seminal Twin Peaks is almost upon us, so why not take a look at the full trailer for the boxset.

If it weren’t for the haunting lament of Angelo Badalamenti’s score I’d advise turning off the sound for this trailer as it features Irritating Voiceover Man telling us with passionless certainty why we’ll love this set. Don’t get me wrong – we will love it but Ivm makes it hard.

So, the mythical Fire Walk With Me deleted scenes are glimpsed here, and for many constitute the perfect reason to buy up the set on day one, but the HD transfer of both the series and film are talked up. For a clearer indication of the enhancements

Here’s the trailer and several peeks at the other special features on offer,

Lynch interviews »

- Jon Lyus

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Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Jan de Bont look back at 'Speed' 20 years later

10 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. As movie premises go, this one is absolutely ridiculous, right? You'd have been forgiven for thinking so, at least, as few involved with Jan de Bont's "Speed," which was released by 20th Century Fox on June 10, 1994, could have anticipated its popularity. The film was a runaway hit, winning two Oscars and grossing over $350 million worldwide. Now, 20 years later, it's a celebrated relic of an era before blockbuster filmmaking was so awash in digital wizardry, an era when practical movie magic sold the highest of concepts to the masses. For actor Keanu Reeves, who starred as the film's hero, Lapd S.W.A.T. officer Jack Traven, it feels like that long ago if only because so much has changed over the last two decades. Though »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Golden Trailer Awards: Complete Winners List

30 May 2014 9:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards honored the best in motion picture marketing on Friday night at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Warner Bros. was the big winner of the night, taking home 15 awards including the best of show prize and best thriller.

Universal, along with Focus, won a total of nine statues and Lionsgate followed closely behind with eight wins.

Ignition’s work was honored in 14 categories, Buddha Jones earned seven awards and Trailer Park took home six trophies.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Action

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “World Event”

Lionsgate/Trailer Park

Best Animation/Family

Frozen “Forces First Ped”

Disney/Trailer Park

Best Comedy

Bad Words “Red Band Trailer”

Focus Features/Mark Woolen & Associates

Best Documentary

Blackfish

Magnolia/Zealot

Best Drama

Lee Daniel’S The Butler

The Weinstein Company/Av Squad

Best Fantasy Adventure

Maleficent “Dream”

The Walt Disney Studios/Open Road »

- Andrea Seikaly

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'Gravity' wins Best of Show at Golden Trailer Awards

30 May 2014 9:45 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards were held in Beverly Hills on Friday night, celebrating the best previews of the past year and secretly everyone’s favorite part about going to the movies.

Warner Brothers was the big winner of the night taking home 15 awards total including being named Best of Show for the trailer “Detached” of the Oscar-winning film Gravity. Other winners include Frozen for Best Animation/Family trailer, Dallas Buyers Club for Best Independent Trailer and Godzilla for Best Summer Blockbuster trailer. The Golden Trailer Awards were started in 1999 by Evelyn Brady-Watters and Monica Brady. “The Golden Trailer Awards »

- Jake Perlman

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Why 'Pulp Fiction' is the Management Guide Every Indie Filmmaker Needs

22 May 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of May's Indie Film Month. "Pulp Fiction" is currently available to view On Demand and is today's #throwbackthursdays pick. Remember Harvey Keitel as Winston Wolfe? Of course you do. His appearance in “Pulp Fiction” as the fixer, the cleaner who knew how to take care of Jules’ and Vincent’s boneheaded mistakes, was a model of efficiency under pressure -- a no-nonsense performer who got the job done with style.  And, as producer Justin Szlasa presents in this terrific essay, if every movie set were run by Winston Wolfe, the world would be a better place. Szlasa produced the digital filmmaking doc “Side By Side." Back in 1997, however, he founded legal marketing startup Hubbard One, which became the biggest provider of websites and web applications for large law firms.  It looks like the »

- Justin Szlasa

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Gabourey Sidibe and Amy Schumer Talk Body Confidence

5 May 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What do Gabourey Sidibe and Amy Schumer have in common? For one thing - the power to turn self-doubt into self-confidence. Both women gave moving speeches at the Ms. Foundation for Women gala, an event held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City Thursday night that doubled as a celebration of Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday. Sidibe described how the Ms. magazine founder inspired her while growing up. "In the morning on the way out to the world, I passed by a portrait of my aunt and Gloria together. Side by side they stood ... both with their fists held high in the air. »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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Gabourey Sidibe and Amy Schumer Talk Body Confidence

5 May 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What do Gabourey Sidibe and Amy Schumer have in common? For one thing - the power to turn self-doubt into self-confidence. Both women gave moving speeches at the Ms. Foundation for Women gala, an event held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City Thursday night that doubled as a celebration of Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday. Sidibe described how the Ms. magazine founder inspired her while growing up. "In the morning on the way out to the world, I passed by a portrait of my aunt and Gloria together. Side by side they stood ... both with their fists held high in the air. »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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GLAAD Media Awards celebrate 'Philomena,' 'Orange is the New Black' and J.Lo

5 May 2014 3:51 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Somewhat oddly, the GLAAD Media Awards split their awards across two ceremonies, three weeks apart, on opposite coasts. On Saturday, the second of these took place in New York, as a range of films, TV shows and media outlets were honored for commendable coverage of Lgbt issues. Included in the second ceremony were the two chief film awards. Best Picture Oscar nominee "Philomena" took the prize for best film in wide release, beating out the likes of "Blue is the Warmest Color" and three-time Oscar winner "Dallas Buyers Club." In the limited release section, I'm pleased to see that Stacie Passon's excellent but neglected lesbian drama "Concussion" was recognized. At the earlier ceremony, "Bridegroom" and "Call Me Kuchu" had tied for the documentary award, while "Behind the Candelabra," already lavishly rewarded, took the TV film/miniseries prize. On the TV front, Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" was named »

- Guy Lodge

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Gabourey Sidibe: 'Cookies will never hurt you' and more from her Gloria Awards speech

2 May 2014 11:35 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

At Thursday night’s Gloria Awards, actress Gabourey Sidibe shared a well-known fact: Cookies will never hurt you.

The American Horror Story star spoke at the annual awards, which also celebrated the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 40th year, and talked about the one question she gets asked too often: “How are you so confident?”

The answer? It has to do with being a jerk, an unsupportive environment growing up, and baking cookies. Read the highlights below:

Baking cookies for class led to some intense career aspirations: And I was so proud of those cookies, and all the effort I put into making them, »

- Ariana Bacle

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Jennifer Lopez, Tegan and Sara among GLAAD Media Award winners

13 April 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jennifer Lopez and Tegan and Sara were honoured at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (April 12).

The first of two ceremonies paying tribute to advocates for the Lgbt community was held last night at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, with Ross Mathews overseeing the festivities.

Lopez was the top honoree of the night, receiving the Vanguard Award for her support of equal marriage.

She was also commended for bringing important issues impacting the Lgbt community to light in The Fosters, the television drama programme that she produces.

The Fosters - which is about an interracial lesbian couple - was the recipient of the Outstanding Drama Series prize.

Tegan and Sara won in the Outstanding Music Artist category over Elton John, Goldfrapp, Lady Gaga and Vampire Weekend.

The Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series Award went to the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.

Another slate of awards will be given »

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Jennifer Lopez, Tegan and Sara among GLAAD Media Awards winners

13 April 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jennifer Lopez and Tegan and Sara were honoured at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (April 12).

The first of two ceremonies paying tribute to advocates for the Lgbt community was held last night at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, with Ross Mathews overseeing the festivities.

Lopez was the top honoree of the night, receiving the Vanguard Award for her support of equal marriage.

She was also commended for bringing important issues impacting the Lgbt community to light in The Fosters, the television drama programme that she produces.

The Fosters - which is about an interracial lesbian couple - was the recipient of the Outstanding Drama Series prize.

Tegan and Sara won in the Outstanding Music Artist category over Elton John, Goldfrapp, Lady Gaga and Vampire Weekend.

The Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series Award went to the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.

Another slate of awards will be given »

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