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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.

Interview: Keanu Reeves Talks 'Man Of Tai Chi' '47 Ronin'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 31, 2013 5:27 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
To put it bluntly, "Man of Tai Chi" kicks all kinds of ass. The film follows the Faustian rise and fall of Tiger Chen (the actor's name and also the character's name), who gets involved in a deadly underground fighting ring led by a wonderfully over-the-top villain named Donaka Mark. Keanu Reeves, who knows a thing or two about kung fu fighting thanks to his role in the trio of "Matrix" films, both directed and co-stars in the film as Donaka (who, unsurprisingly, gets all the best lines). We got to speak to Reeves about what about this project made him want to direct it, whether or not his experience in the film world documentary "Side By Side" inspired any of his choices, and what, exactly, is going on with his other big martial arts project of 2013, "47 Ronin."

Chloë Moretz & Keanu Reeves Recreate 'Taxi Driver' In Harper's Bazaar Photo Spread

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 8:48 AM
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What's the next best thing to being in a Martin Scorsese movie? Pretending to be in a Martin Scorsese movie.

Keanu Reeves Lining Up Financing For His Directorial Debut 'Man Of Tai Chi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 3:03 AM
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"...but what I really want to do is direct" is a phrase is commonly tossed around by actors in Hollywood but few of them ever make the leap. It's a big transition to go from being in front of the camera to being behind, commanding an entire project from start to finish; a daunting task that can overwhelm even the most powerful players in the industry. But as folks like Clint Eastwood, Jon Favreau, George Clooney and more have shown, the leap can be made and done very successfully, which is why we'll be keeping an eye on Keanu Reeves.

Uh-Oh: Keanu Reeves Passes On 'Akira'; Is The Film In Serious Trouble?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 9:47 AM
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Possible Cancellation of Project Devastates... Oh Right, Nobody Pretty much ever since its U.S. release in 1988, someone, somewhere has wanted to do an Americanized remake of "Akira." Sony was close to picking it up in the 1990s, and Warner Bros has had the rights for the best part of a decade now, without any real forward momentum. Until recently, that is: Albert Hughes, one half of the fraternal team behind "Menace II Society" and, more recently, "The Book of Eli," was hired to direct, "Harry Potter" writer Steve Kloves penned a rewrite, and the film went out to search for its lead roles.

Keanu Reeves To Get The $230 Million 'Akira' Off The Ground?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 6:09 AM
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After every young white boy in Hollywood was shortlisted for "Akira" -- Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy for Tetsuo and Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix for Kaneda -- Warner Bros. suddenly seemed to realize they needed a big-name, worldwide, bankable star to make this expensive movie work. So get ready to hit the comments section with your complaints on the next choice.

Keanu Reeves Says 'Bill & Ted's 3' Script 6 Weeks Away, Reveals Small Plot Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2011 6:53 AM
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It seems that people looking for a nostalgia-fueled sequel have found something else to focus their attention on since "Ghostbusters 3" is dead for now until Bill Murray decides to get around to giving the script a read and maybe throwing his old pals a bone by agreeing to show up and do what he's asked. So instead, we have "Bill & Ted's 3," another sequel that everybody wants to talk about but does anybody actually want to see it?

Update: Keanu Reeves Was Never In London; Reported 'Matrix' Sequels Not Happening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2011 6:54 AM
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Looks like no one will be taking the red pill again anytime soon. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that during a talk at the London International School of Performing Arts, actor Keanu Reeves revealed, among many other things, that the Wachowskis had finished a two picture treatment for more "The Matrix" sequels with an eye to do it in 3D. One little problem however. Keanu Reeves never gave that talk.

Two More 'Matrix' Films Are Coming In 3D? So Says (Apparently Anyhow) Keanu Reeves

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 24, 2011 1:31 AM
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Huh? Didn't the Wachowskis' "Matrix" trilogy end with a whimper? Ok, maybe not a commercial one ("Revolutions" grossed $427 million worldwide, which sounds great till you hear that "Reloaded" grossed a massive $742 mil worldwide), but creatively? The third film was even more confused than the second one (man, the Architect is sort of a laugh in retrospect) and was one of the most unsatisfying conclusions to one of the most promising, game-changing sci-fi films in recent memory.

Watch: Trailer For Keanu Reeves' Bank Heist Comedy 'Henry's Crime'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2011 3:20 AM
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After bearing with it at TIFF, we would prefer if we weren't reminded about it ever again, but a trailer has arrived for the bank heist/romcom "Henry's Crime" starring Keanu Reeves and don't let the jazzy tone and throwaway quips fool you.

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