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Casting: Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips To Reteam For 'Mack Bolan,' Keanu Reeves Gets Wet In 'Rain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Todd Phillips Bradley Cooper Mack Bolan
Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper continue to bro out in a big way. The two are producing the director's next film, "Arms & The Dudes," recently picked up the rights to Evan Ratliff's The Atavist article "A Thousand Pounds Of Dynamite," and today have announced they'll bring to life Don Pendelton's paperback action star Mack Bolan.

'Captain America' Star Frank Grillo To Star In Remake Of 'The Raid,' Isla Fisher Joins 'Grimsby' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 14, 2014 10:42 AM
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Frank Grillo, Intersection
The idea of a remake of Indonesian action sensation "The Raid" without the bonkers, surely-someone-must-have-died action genius of director Gareth Evans, or with the presumably lax approach to health and safety that's the only way some of the insanity of the film (and its even crazier sequel) could have been pulled off, seems somewhat pointless. But nevertheless, Screen Gems have been pressing on, with "Red Hill" and "The Expendables 3" helmer Patrick Hughes attached to direct, and they just made a hire that means we might have a sliver of interest in the prospect.

Keanu Reeves Joins Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock,' Benicio Del Toro Joins Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 4:53 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
Looks like Keanu Reeves might need to reboot his career a bit. His latest blockbuster, "47 Ronin," was a flop, and the string of indies he'd done since 2008's "The Day The Earth Stood Still" barely made a ripple. That's not to mention the sci-fi "Passengers," which needs to find a female lead (after Rachel McAdams dropped out) if shooting is to proceed on schedule this summer. So his move is—go make a low budget horror with Eli Roth.

Focus Features Looks To Pick Up Keanu Reeves’ Long-Delayed Sci-Fi Romance ‘Passengers’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 20, 2014 9:25 AM
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47 Ronin, Keanu Reeves
Before “Prometheus” brought the name of Jon Spaihts to many people’s attention, Keanu Reeves was busy working with the writer on “Passengers” a 2007 Black List-approved project primed as a slice of smart, intimate sci-fi also starring Reeves. The space romance has since encountered many obstacles—first the swap of Rachel McAdams for Reese Witherspoon in the co-lead, and then McAdams’ exit just as The Weinstein Company also dropped its involvement—but at last a bit of optimistic news has arrived.

Rachel McAdams Exits 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves, The Weinstein Company Drops Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 14, 2014 9:43 AM
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The long-gestating 2007 Black List-approved “Passengers” finally got some life last year when TV vet Brian Kirk and The Weinstein Company aligned themselves with the Keanu Reeves-starring and produced sci-fi film and a release date was set for April 2015. Of course, just as quickly as a deal can come together in Hollywood, it can fall apart.

"Thoroughly Bogus," "Disastrous," "Atrocious": First Reviews For '47 Ronin' Arrive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2013 12:53 PM
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47 Ronin
A ballooning budget, reshoots, editing room wrangles and more have long marked "47 Ronin" as a cinematic poison apple. And certainly, with a weak opening earlier this month in Japan, where the story is common and has been retold numerous times, it seemed the writing on the wall. But was the negative buzz fair? After all, "World War Z" went through its own turmoil and emerged victorious, with a sequel on the way, so perhaps the same could happen for Keanu Reeves' samurai blockbuster, right? Well, probably not.

Watch: 3 Clips, Animated Prequel & Featurette For '47 Ronin' Starring Keanu Reeves

  • By Ben Brock
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  • December 17, 2013 1:03 PM
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47 Ronin
“47 Ronin” is a thing that is happening, which, believe you me, is saying something given how long it's been delayed (check out last month's set visit report for more on the chaos of bringing Keanu Reeves' sometime passion project to cinema screens). But made it now is, and released it shall be, on the traditional Japanese holiday known as Christmas Day. And thus, like the reindeer before Santa, come the clips and featurettes.

Exclusive: Keanu Reeves Faces Off Against Tiger Chen In 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 11, 2013 5:08 PM
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Man Of Tai Chi
One of the best and most overlooked action movies of this past year was Keanu Reeves' directorial debut "Man of Tai Chi." The tale of a Faustian bargain between a good-hearted martial artist (played by Reeves' friend and stuntman Tiger Chen) and the evil operator of an underground fight club (Reeves, obviously), it packed in more visceral thrills and over-the-top action than movies ten-times its size. Thankfully, those who missed it will be able to catch up with the film, and we've got an exclusive clip.

Watch: Magic & Monsters In 2 Clips From '47 Ronin'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 19, 2013 10:20 AM
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47 Ronin,
With production first beginning in 2011, it’s an understatement to say that Carl Rinsch’s 3D samurai epic “47 Ronin” is a long time coming. A little over a month separates us from the Keanu Reeves-starring film, and to ease the wait, Universal Pictures has released two new clips from the film.

Keanu's Samurai Training Regime, How To Shoot 3D, Committing Seppuku & More Learned On The Set Of '47 Ronin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 6, 2013 4:02 PM
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47 Ronin,
On Monday, we took you on the set of "47 Ronin," Universal's great tentpole hope for the Christmas season. Long-delayed (it was originally set for release last November) and with a troubled production history, the film tells the famous Japanese story of the 47 Ronin, former samurai who spent a year planning their revenge on the man who wronged their master, with two major twists: one is that one of their number is Kai, a "half-breed" played by Keanu Reeves, the other is that the vision of first-time director Carl Erik Rinsch was to set the film in "a dream of Japan," with fantastical creatures and heightened action.

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