• Maya Rudolph will reunite with her Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Universal’s The Nest. She’ll play a childhood friend of Poehler and Fey’s characters, who are sisters who throw one last blowout in their parents’ up-for-sale house. Greta Lee (Girls) has also joined the cast. She’ll play a woman who gets a “pity invite” to the party. Paula Pell wrote the screenplay, and Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct. [THR; Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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'Speed' 20th anniversary: Screenwriter Graham Yost looks back on 'the bus movie' that became a classic
Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-A review: “The film takes off from formula elements — it’s yet another variation on Die Hard — but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned.”
Here, on the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, Yost looks back on early script changes (Jack’s partner, Harry, was supposed to be the bad guy), casting picks (Ellen DeGeneres?), the twist he’s most proud of (it was just cans!), classic lines (thank you, Joss Whedon), and the dark night when he thought the movie had been ruined. READ FULL STORY
• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is reportedly the front-runner to antagonize James Bond in the next film in the series. According to the report, no offer has been made yet. Daniel Craig will return to star as 007, and Sam Mendes, who directed him in Skyfall, is returning to direct. Production is supposed to begin this summer on Bond 24, scheduled for a Nov. 6, 2015, release date. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
Keanu Reeves had been searching for a way to get into directing when he realized the story he wanted to tell was one he learned six years ago.
EW has an exclusive look at a Reeves interview, in which he talks about meeting Man of Tai Chi‘s star, Tiger Hu Chen, on the set of The Matrix, and listening to the stories of his Tai Chi training. So when Tiger approached Reeves with the idea of collaborating, Reeves realized he had finally found “the story to tell.”
Watch the clip below:
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After numerous delays, Universal Pictures has unveiled the trailer for 47 Ronin, the upcoming samurai flick starring Keanu Reeves.
Directed by Carl Rinsch, and also starring Hiroyuski Sanada and Rinko Kikuchi, the film set in mythical Japan is about a half-breed slave (played by Reeves) who becomes swift with the sword, joining a band of 47 masterless samurai in a quest for vengeance.
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There’s going to be a Saturday night beat-down in Austin, Texas. At 11:55pm, Keanu Reeves will get into the ring with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League for Fantastic Fest’s now legendary annual debate event. Reeves will be in town to celebrating the U.S. premiere of his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi and he’ll verbally defend himself against League’s pre-fight stance: “Resolved: Tai Chi is a martial art relegated to elderly Chinese women and is inferior in every way to Tae Kwon Do.” READ FULL STORY
Man of Tai Chi looks like a throwback martial-arts movie that Jean-Claude Van Damme could’ve starred in in the late 1980s. A “pure-hearted” man is lured into an underground world of fighting where he must kill or be killed. “I can’t fight tai-chi for money,” says our hero (Tiger Chen). “It’s dishonorable.”
But why are we really paying attention to this movie? It’s directed by Keanu Reeves, who also plays the villain. (He’s like Ben Gazzara in Road House!) Chen was a stunt man on the last two Matrix films, as well as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, so you know he can at least deliver the chops.
Watch the trailer below, and revel on the greatest “Finish him!” exhortation since the original Karate Kid. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg pic rounds out cast; Plus, Will Ferrell and Jack Black, more
• For some directors, the more absurd the log line, the better the movie. David Cronenberg’s (Videodrome) next film, which will reunite him with his Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson, is described as a ghost story that also serves as a withering critique of the fame and celebrity-obsessed culture in Los Angeles. Called Maps to the Stars, Julianne Moore and John Cusack have just signed on to join the film as well. Moore can be seen in a number of big films in the next year including the Carrie remake, Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, and The Seventh Son. [Deadline]
• What started as a Wall Street Journal article (published just recently on January 28) may now be a movie starring comedic powerhouses Jack Black and Will Ferrell, who are both currently attached to New Line Cinema’s Tag Brothers about a bunch of adults who never called an end to their childhood game of tag. The report says that Ferrell and Black’s involvement will be dependent on the screenplay which is currently being written by Mark Steilen, who served as a second unit director on The Three Stooges and Hall Pass, and wrote and directed 1999’s The Settlement. If Tag Brothers ends up going through, maybe Ferrell will have the opportunity to avenge Baxter. [The Wrap]
In the new trailer for Generation Um… Keanu Reeves answers the question “Will two young woman let you film them in their underwear and ask them deeply personal questions if it’s in service to like, a deeper understanding of life and just getting, like, a real sense of New York City and stuff like that, bro?” (The answer is: yes, but only in indie films).
In the movie, Reeves plays John, a driver for an escort service, and Carey-Mulligan-doppleganger Adelaide Clemens and Bojana Novakovic play two escorts who are also his friends. When John steals a camcorder, things get contemplative.
Apple debuted the trailer today. Watch for the high point when everyone’s favorite Smash dramaturg (Daniel Sunjata) tells Keanu, “Bro, you got to grab that boo-yah where you can before some other dumba– grabs it away from you.”
If anyone has a better idea of how to spell “boo-yah” or a definition not yet on UrbanDictionary, let me know (but keep it PG). READ FULL STORY
Can we call a film a film if there’s never any film involved? That’s one of the questions posed by Side by Side, a documentary that doubles as a movie lover’s wet dream. The doc examines the battle between traditional photochemical cinematography and digital cameras, rounding up just about every director you could possibly want to hear from on the subject: George Lucas, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, David Fincher, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh…the list goes on and on.
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