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Posts Tagged ‘Keanu Reeves’

Guardian Dudette Salutes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Anniversary

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Guardian writer Hadley Freeman was a tweenager when Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure forever in 1989 altered the course of time-travel-movies history. Twenty-five years later, in a newspaper telescoped forward by its own paradigm-challenging male duo (Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden), she recalls how she was smitten from the start:

I first came across the movie in 1990, when my mother rented it for me after I announced to her that I was deeply in love with Keanu Reeves and so would probably marry him (it was the early 90s, when it was the law for every heterosexual female under 35 to be in love with Reeves.)

My mother was extremely supportive of my new relationship (my father, on the other hand, never quite mastered the pronunciation of my fiance’s first name), so when I informed her that a mere rental was an insufficient token of my new relationship, she bought the video for me for the commitment-sealing sum of £9.99. My little sister and I duly watched that tape to ribbons.

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Strombo Talks About His CNN Talk Show

For those unfamiliar with Canadian TV gabfests, it’s hard to properly convey just how much of a baffling evening void George Stroumboulopoulos filled with CBC’s The Hour. All manner of hosts and experiments were attempted before his arrival, with none able to find success the way “Strombo” finally did.

Another element distinguishing Stroumboulopoulos from his Canadian predecessors is that he has been given the opportunity to carry over his casual brand of talk to the international airwaves of CNN. In a brief Q&A with Reuters LA entertainment reporter Piya Sinha-Roy, Stroumboulopoulos outlines two golden rules for his Sunset & Cahuenga export – no set lists of questions and no publicist-driven exceptions:

“I do ask questions that they [the guests] don’t want to answer, but they have to answer them, and if they don’t want to answer then we’re not the show for them. There’s a lot of great places for people to go where they can control the conversation. We’re not that show. I want this to be a grown-up conversation.”

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On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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Keanu Reeves: Tongue-in-Cheek Poet

It all started when friend and book editor Janey Bergam paid a visit to the LA home of Keanu Reeves. After sharing some sad songs, the actor decided to poke fun at his compositions by writing down some tongue-in-cheek poetry.

Bergam passed the verses on to a friend, artist Alexandra Grant, and six months later, was handing it back to Reeves in the form of a private gift book (sample page at left). That same tome has now been run up as Ode to Happiness, a 4,000-copy limited edition produced with some far away help. Per today’s BBC News item:

Grant and Reeves went to Germany to work with Gerhard Steidl–a renowned printer of arts books–to reproduce Ode, printed on thick, quality paper with its own slipcase…

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Keanu Eloquently Answers Reader’s Winning Question

Close to 100 readers of Santa Monica headquartered MovingPicturesNetwork.com chimed in with a suggested press junket question for Keanu Reeves, a first-time producer with Henry’s Crime. The comedy, in which he co-stars with James Caan and Vera Farmiga, opened this past weekend in two theaters to a respectable gross of $8,726.00.

Reader Lizzy won the contest honors with this most thoughtful query: “As a first-time producer, what’s the most important lesson you learned and the biggest challenge you faced in making Henry’s Crime?” Reeves’ reply is now posted:

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Jury Gives Keanu A Free Ride — Way To Go, Ted

Actor Keanu Reeves convinced a jury of his, well, peers that he had nothing to do with the paparazzi photographer’s injuries for which he was being sued, AP reportskeanu.jpg.

After deliberating for less than three hours, jurors unanimously rejected the civil lawsuit Monday, ruling that Reeves is not responsible for the photographer’s alleged injuries. Alison Silva had asked the jury to award him $711,974, which includes medical bills, lost wages and punitive damages.

Not to defend the paparazzi in this state, but it does say something about the walls that go up around celebrity. AP claims tha Reeves testified on the first day and never left the courtroom after that.

LAT in 90 Seconds — The Afternoon Edition

Sorry for the late and groggy start, kids. It’s been that kind of morning…

tedbill.jpgBill and Ted’s Next-cellent Adventure? Well, Scriptland seems to think so. But don’t expect Keanu Reeves to sign on.

simpt2.jpgSpringfield Mayor: There’s really nothing a giant doughnut can’t do. We don’t care if The Simpsons Movie is any good. We’re just happy it inspires things like this.

radpot.jpgHarry Potter And The Grouchy Windbag: Op/Ed writer Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time.com. And, apparently, he doesn’t much care for the medium.

Media Events: 01.26.07 – 01.28.07

idiotarod_logo.jpgParties, panels and other notable media gatherings

FRIDAY 01.26.07

WHAT: Point Break Live
WHEN: 8:00PM
WHERE: La Tea Theatre, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The absurd live staging of the Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves cult-classic surf-cum-skydiving thriller made its Manhattan debut earlier this week after a successful run in Brooklyn. As a kid tell’s Reeves’ “Johnny Utah” early in the film, “Surfing’s a source — it’ll change your life.” Brah.
NOTE: Also Saturday.

SATURDAY 01.27.07

WHAT: Idiotarod
WHEN: 1:00PM
WHERE: McCarren Park, Southwest corner, Brooklyn
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Part race, part parade, part retarded, the fourth running of the Idiotarod &#151 a thousand New Yorkers braving the bitter Brooklyn cold in customized shopping carts in the name of idiocy — is as much spectacle as you’re gonna get a week before the Super Bowl.
NOTE: Register your team here.