Elsinore sent out this great Dracula pic tonight, it's nice and spooky.
If you're not already a member of The Daily Thud, I recommend joining.
You are my god, you are my dog
You kept me close, love never lost
I called you hippie, you said fuck off
said your brother's a real punk rocker
Something gonna happen
Something very soon
transcending flesh could be a breeze
Sending me oh over the moon
Friends near death, you gave respect
Choices are, for one and all
All we are is, leaves that fall
Round and round inside your head
Smartest fucker I ever met
Vicious fish bit at your toes
Made you lie and numb your soul
Mule donkey ass you bore the load
Of all creations tortured souls
Choices are for one and all
All we are is, leaves that fall
Water flowing and I will drink it
I will drink for you
A part of me left that only you knew
Will never be understood
Will never be understood
Hey, gone to stay
Entire lifetime flash before me
In a loving stream
Hey mother may I have lost a child
But she gave birth
to a loving stream
Ooh, never know
When the gods will come and
To a loving stream
Ooh, heart of gold
The most special things you gave me were
From a loving stream
In a loving stream
Fuck the magazines
Fuck the green machine
See the human being
In a loving stream
Fuck the legal greed
Fuck the nothing scene
See the family
In a loving stream
-image and lyrics from Eternal River
Keanuette doth rock muchly. \m/
Go to KeanuA-Z right now, avoid reading the article if you're non-spoilering it...but OH! look at the pics.
OK, who can get me a copy of this mag?
Thanks to J. White from the hellforums for this part of a recent interview:
IS IT TRUE YOU WANT TO TAKE A BREAK FROM ACTING?
KR: Well, they didn't start with me. It's not true. I'm working right now on a project and that project goes on until January. I'm focusing on that right now. It's called Constantine. I play John Constantine. It's awesome. And even though I'm not English, I'm not worried about it, although I'm sure it's going to be an issue. But hopefully I can capture the spirit of the character. Since I'm not blonde and English, I hope people see the essence of the guy.
AND WHAT INTRIGUES YOU ABOUT THAT?
KR: On what level? I've read a few of the comics, but I really like that guy. The character of Constantine, I like his ambivalence. I like his vitality. I like his darkness. I like his anger. I really like his anger, but I also love his kind of underlying grace, his underlying love for humanity. I love him as a figure as someone who is just someone as kind of like the ultimate presentation of the existential kind of like 'God is dead.' It literalizes a kind of heaven and hell and a kind of Catholic background and he's saying, 'The nine deities, the nine devils, all of you get out of here, just leave us alone,' and he's kind of like the ultimate man without, man within without all of the other kind of entities. I love that dialogue because he finds something else out in that quest. He finds something out about himself and his humanity.
CONSTANTINE? TELL ME ABOUT HIM.
KR: He's an exorcist. A man who is trying to unravel a mystery about a kind of hell on earth and he's kind of trapped because he committed suicide as a kid cause he could see through the veil of reality, he could see demons and angels, half-breed, half demons, half angels. He's trying to find a way so when he dies, he doesn't have to go to hell.
Looks like there's going to be some backstory there that doesn't come from the comic....
I did this yesterday to pass the time and keep me from giving in the temptation to surf. I made adjustments while I waited for Letterman to come on. I'm uploading it now to keep myself from futzing with it any longer.
"We would do it.
It wouldn't be good enough.
They would talk.
Then, they would come over and say,"
"Well, could we like this?" "And then we'd try
again. It's the way it should be.
We try it, look at it, you do it, you talk, you know?
Know when to leave it alone.
Know when to keep going.
I tended to not know to leave it alone,
and to keep going."
The Matrix Revisited
Don't forget, Keanu will be on David Letterman (CBS) tonight!
"I'm gonna say it. It's about love."
-Keanu Reeves, about The Matrix on Charlie Rose.
Thanks T for this sweet story...
Keanu Reeves gifts surprise French lessons to co-star
NEW YORK: Keanu Reeves has won brownie points with his homesick "Matrix Reloaded" co-star Nona Gaye by treating her to French lessons on the sets of the sci-fi film.
His gift not only helped the "Ali" actress feel more at home on the film's Sydney set but also took care of her boredom between scenes, says Channel4.com.
She says: "It took me seconds to realise he's a very kind and intelligent person. I remember when I first got to Australia I didn't have anything to do for a month and a half and everyone else was working.
"I just sat in my hotel room alone and was going crazy and Keanu asked me what I wanted to do because he saw I was bored.
"I said, 'I've always wanted to learn how to speak French,' and he said, 'oh, that's nice'. Then his assistant called back and said, 'we've set up six weeks at Berlitz (language school) for French lessons'.
"That's how kind he is. I've heard he's done similar things for other people, like buying lovely bottles of wine for the crew and the cast. He's a very generous person."
The Matrix Revolutions' Soundtrack Set For November 4th Release on Maverick Records
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/
-- On November 4th, 2003, Maverick Records will proudly release the soundtrack to "The Matrix Revolutions," the final chapter in the epic "Matrix" trilogy, on the eve of the film's unprecedented global release.
Music From The Motion Picture The Matrix Revolutions will feature over an hour of original music by composer Don Davis, who also scored the two previous installments, "The Matrix" and "The Matrix Reloaded." Included is the song "In My Head," performed by Pale 3, and collaborations with Davis and the group Juno Reactor, including a nine-minute remix of the track "Super Burly Brawl." The album also features an orchestral score composed by Davis. Selections include "The Trainman Cometh," "Saw Bitch Workhorse," "Neodammerung" and over a dozen others.
In "The Matrix Revolutions," the rebels' long quest for freedom culminates in a final explosive battle. As the Machine Army wages devastation on Zion, its citizens mount an aggressive defense -- but can they stave off the relentless swarm of Sentinels long enough for Neo to harness the full extent of his powers and end the war?
Written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers and produced by Joel Silver, "The Matrix Revolutions" will be released worldwide on November 5 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Thanks to Wrygrass for this scan from October's Starburst Magazine...
OK, I have NO IDEA why the audblog was posted again, 5 hours later and twice more.
And what I meant by "not worthwhile" is that the other sites are covering the plethora of news and everything better. I appreciate the kinds words, though.
Anyway, Roi taped Monster Garage for me so I am getting ready to watch that before I lay back for an uniterrupted hour of Keifer at 9:00.
These are pictures from tonight's Revolutions Premiere that I found over at Yahoo. There are also some of the whole cast, etc. And I'm sure there will be more tomorrow.
He looks dashing as always.....sigh.
First off, thank you to ~L for cleaning up this great photo of Keanu and Carrie-Anne from the Flare cover. They look so much better without lettering on their foreheads.
I'm still self-banishing from other sites and news sources but here's a few things that have slipped through the filters....
-Tonight is the Revolutions premiere at Disney Hall in Hollywood, so I'm sure we'll have some Yahoo and newswire pictures of Keanu and the rest of the cast either late tonight or tomorrow. There was a press conference yesterday (thanks Joy) so maybe some photos from that will surface soon as well.
-Keanu will be making some TV appearances to promote the film, including David Letterman on the 29th, the Today Show on the 4th, and word is that he might be stopping by Jesse James' Monster Garage on the Discovery Channel tonight. There's also E! and Biography programs about him coming up in November. More info on when to catch Keanu and Matrix Promo at TV-Now. (Thanks Tammy and Jena)
-Paulie reports that becky will have a 2-disc combo CD/DVD set out in time to stuff our stockings for Christmas.
"the first being a dvd with audio of our last 4 shows ... the second will be a full audio cd ... it will have a pull out lyric and picture sheet with full artwork!"
Oh, and if anyone listened to last night's Local Licks on KLOS that featured becky, please let us know how it went. Thanks :)
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire
Little did I know that last night - as Roi was teaching me to play 'Ring of Fire' over at Dave's - Batty and Jon, along with several other SoCal bloggers and many others were watching a firestorm right outside their windows, some packing their most important stuff and leaving their homes because of the worst wildfires in many years.
I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burn, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire
It looks like Batty and Jon's place was unharmed. I'm seeing and reading on the news that so many others were not so lucky. I always get especially sad for the animals in these disasters.
The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet
I fell for you like a child
Oh, but the fire ran wild
300,000 acres. That's a lot of land.
Looking at the maps of the affected areas, I know that these are the places that Tess and I drove through on our way to and from Solana Beach last month.
I hope that this gets under control soon.
Little cat toeclaws and a little cat tongue brought me out of my sleep this morning so quickly I can't remember if I dreamed or not. I think I may have been roughed up a little by the sandman, it feels like I have a new phantom bruise on my eyebrow. Tender.
Your mind makes it real, they say.
No coffee yet today, there's only decaf brewed. Not my doing, it's bitter swill with no real purpose, in my opinion. The ficus gets it when it cools.
I have some new books to read so I have something to occupy me on my self-imposed cyber hermitage.
Is that a word? I know it's a wine.
I think maybe I should start drinking heavily again. It's fall, after all.
'Tanked off your ass' is the new black, I hear.
Dashing young Funk came to the comments to check on me.
If only all the nice boys weren't interstates or oceans or tax brackets away.
My stream of consciousness is puddling.
I expect to descend into full-on madness by Wednesday.
Wipe everything else out of your mind.
Think only of this.....
the belly scar
...the leather pants
that wisp of hair that you want to brush away from his face and then continue to run your fingers though
...that look in his eyes
...let him be a distraction
Apparently there is a
BIG FAT HAIRY POSSIBLE SPOILER right in the title or something of a new Carrie-Anne article or interview. I've been lucky enough to avoid it, thanks to Tyler and others. If you've been spoiled by just seeing the title without benefit of spoiler warning, I would suggest that you write the site owner nicely alerting them to this and asking that they alter something so others can avoid it. I'm sure it's unintentional, or perhaps a red-herring.
In any case I'm going to be a cyber recluse for the next week, avoiding all other sites, boards and news alerts until I hear an "all-clear" or something.
So things might get a little weird, or stupid....or boring.
I'm so sorry for anyone that was accidentaly spoiled.
I picked this Jason Mraz song because I thought he was saying "Cool Breeze" in one line. He's actually saying "lugubrious", but I still think the song fits in the mix.
I mean, it has the word "dude" in it, right? It also reminds me of that spontaneous romantic side of Keanu that we rarely see, but have heard about in things like the Cosmo interview.
Plus, it's just a damn good song.
Go make your next choice
be your best choice
And if you're looking for a boy with a voice,
well baby I'm single
Are you in the mood for some dude,
are you in the mood to be subdued
Or would you rather just mingle?
Let's get set then to go then
and let us jet set
we'll be like the Jetsons
You can be Jane my wife.
Should I marry Jane tonight?
I would if I could.
I'd do most anything spontaneously.
Or we can keep chilling like ice cream filling
We can be cool in the gang if you'd rather hang
Ain't no thing. I can be lugubrious with you.
I got no ifs ands ors no wits or whats about it
But this place is getting crowded
and my house is two blocks away
Or maybe closer
I would if I could.
I'd do most anything spontaneously.
You know I would, if I could.
I'll do anything spontaneously.
If you could be nimble,
you'd have it simple just like me.
So go on and try it,
do not deny yourself your freedom.
So step on up to the plate get a date with mraz
See you better act fast because supplies they never
Now did you know this is limited time offer
So go make your mind up before our times up
You better start winding it up because the party's almost over
(and if you should know girl, go a little bit lower now)
See how I would, if I could.
I'd do most anything spontaneously.
You know I would, and I can prove it.
I'll do anything spontaneously.
Coming Soon reports that Yahoo Movies has a seven minute clip looking at Revolutions.
With less than two weeks until release it's getting harder and harder to stay spoiler free. I had to bury my head in my blanket last night watching TV to avoid a spot I haven't seen yet. But, ignorance is bliss.
To pass the time and whet my appetite, I've been revisiting some of the questions brought up in both the first movie and Reloaded and frankly, it still makes my brain hurt.
So many different theories and opinions out there and each answer creates a whole new set of questions to drive us.
"For example, why do the machines need to use humans for their power source? Surely cows or elephants would process far more energy and be less likely to rebel."
A USENET poster named Adrian in rec.sport.football (of all places) gives this hilarious answer:
The Architect - Hello, Neo.
Neo - Moo?
The Architect - I am the Architect. I created the matrix. I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably bovine. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them ... well, actually, you're a cow, you probably won't follow any of this.
Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realise it is also irrelevant.
Neo - Mooooo?
The Architect - Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden to sedulously avoid it, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here.
Neo - Moo. Moo moo moo.
The Architect - Quite right. "Sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation" doesn't have any meaning mathematically. It is just a bunch of math terms strung together to freak you out. Interesting. That was quicker than the others.
*The responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: "Moo? Mooooo?
The Architect - The matrix is older than you know. I prefer counting from the emergence of one integral anomaly to the emergence of the next, in which case this is the sixth version.
*Again, the responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors: "Moo?
Moo moo moo? Moo. Moooooo!"*
Neo - Moo. Moo moo.
The Architect - Precisely. As you are undoubtedly gathering, the anomaly's systemic, creating fluctuations in even the most simplistic equations.
*Once again, the responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors:
"MOOOO! F*ck MOO!" One flips him the hoof*
Neo - Moo. Moo.
*The scene cuts to a sexy Trinity cow running from a farmer in a suit with an earpiece and a hammer, and then back to the Architect's room*
The Architect - The first matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art, flawless, sublime. A triumph equalled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is as apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every cow, thus I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the complete lack of variety in your nature.
However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection.
Thus, the answer was stumbled upon by another, an intuitive program, initially created to investigate certain aspects of the bovine psyche.
If I am the farmer of the matrix, she would undoubtedly be the dell.
Neo - Moo.
The Architect - Please. As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99.9% of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level. While this answer functioned, it was obviously fundamentally flawed, thus creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those that refused the program, while a minority, if unchecked, would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.
Neo - Moo.
*Quick cuts of cows standing there in a vast cave while wild rave music thunders around them. They, however, just stand there. Occasionally a tail twitches*
The Architect - Yes, Zion. You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed. Its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.
Neo - Moo.
*The responses of the other Ones appear on the monitors -- the backsides of bulls all crapping.*
The Architect - Boredom is the most predictable of all bovine responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.
*Scene cuts to Trinity cow running from haystack to haystack pursued by the farmer Agent, and then back to the Architects room.*
The Architect - The function of the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be required to select from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 cows, 7 bulls, to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing every cow connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the
extinction of the entire bovine race.
Neo - Moo. Moo Moooooo.
*shots of robots drinking delicious milk. Panning shots of dead cows in milking stalls. Back to a robot with a now-empty carton of milk. It looks heavenward and silently cries "NOOOOOOOO!"*
The Architect - There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every cow in this world.
*The Architect presses a button on a pen that he is holding, and images of cows from all over the matrix appear on the monitors*
The Architect - It is interesting reading your reactions. Your five predecessors were by design based on a similar predication, a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the one.
While the others experienced this in a very general way, your
experience is far more specific. Vis-a-vis, love.
*Images of Trinity cow leaping out of a wheat silo backwards, fighting the Agent from Neo's dream appear on the monitors*
Neo - Moo.
The Architect - Apropos, she entered the matrix to save your life at the cost of her own.
Neo - MOooooooooooooooooooooooo!
The Architect - Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the source, and the salvation of Zion. The door to the left leads back to the matrix, to her, and to the end of your species. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion,
designed specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: she is going to die, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.
*Neo-cow just stands there.*
The Architect - Humph. Hope, it is the quintessential bovine ... umm. You should be choosing a door.
*Neo-cow looks around blankly.*
The Architect - Seriously. Choice. Causality. You've heard the concepts discussed eight or nine times already. You need to choose one door or the other.
Neo-cow stands there.
The Architect - Sooooo ... go get 'em. (pause) Giddyap.
*Neo-cow moves toward the right door. The Architect's face lights up, then Neo-cow stops again. Shifts its weight. The Architect rubs his forehead.*
The Architect - Oh for the love of Asimov ... (yelling up into ceiling) ... They never choose! The damn system's just going to collapse again!
*someone answers on a frequency we can't hear.*
The Architect - Fine. We'll try the humans.
*Neo-cow drops a patty.*
The Architect - That's not going to come out of a white floor. Dammit.
Short non-spoilery Keanu interview at ComingSoon.net...
Keanu will be saying goodbye to "The Matrix" and Neo soon, something that he's been around for years now. "The three films, in working on them, have been some of the best days of my life as a person and as an artist. So I'm very grateful to be a part of them, just grateful."
Fandango Announces Tickets on Sale for `The Matrix Revolutions' Two Weeks before November 5 Screen Date
HOLLYWOOD--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2003--
Final 'Matrix' Expected to be Top Seller as 'Reloaded' Broke Fandango Sales Records
In May, "Matrix Reloaded" became Fandango's best-selling picture in company history, breaking multiple Fandango sales records. Anticipating a repeat performance in advance ticketing for the final installation in the sci-fi thriller trilogy, the nation's largest online and phone movie ticketer is giving moviegoers a two-week jump before the November 5 debut to buy tickets at www.fandango.com. Tickets will also be available by phone three days in advance by calling Fandango's toll-free number, 1-800-FANDANGO.
"The 'Matrix' franchise has the fan base and momentum to drive huge advance ticket sales for 'Revolutions,'" said Art Levitt, president and CEO of Fandango, Inc. "Moviegoers have a vested interest in the story and we expect them to again turn to Fandango to ensure they have tickets in advance to the trilogy's conclusion. We look forward to kicking off the holiday moviegoing season with this great franchise."
I haven't even thought about tickets yet. I haven't decided if I'm actually going to try and make it to a 6am showing here or not. I'll see it on the 5th, just not the first showing. I'm also holding out to see if our IMAX will have it on opening day, because really, that's the way to go.
Besides, I'm so not a morning person.
Speaking of tickets, the universe mocks me further by offering passes to the premiere on ebay. It's for charity, but there's no way I could afford it. I'm saving to go to Seattle for Thanksgiving.
And I really wouldn't want to buy my way in anyway.
How cool is Chicks from Club-Keanu?
So cool that she has the new Details article and pictures scanned and sent them to me to share with all of you since the club is in server limbo at the moment.
There are also three black and white pics with the article...
The article is in the extended entry below.
Again, Thanks to Chicks of Club Keanu for sharing this.
When he rang the doorbell he was holding a black motorcycle half-helmet. He was diffident and shook my hand. Called me sir-perhaps through nervousness, perhaps simply because of my age. I am 10 years older but suddenly felt 60. I gave him a tour of the first level of my home. He drank everything in: walls lined with cork and newspaper clippings. German electric baby grand, and a multitude of books, a (very) few with my name on the cover. He said he was unfamiliar with my work.
While he examined one of my novels with fastidious care, I said I'd just finished a tale of Buddhism and Hollywood, two subjects I knew he was on familiar terms with. He used the downstairs bathroom, then we went up to the kitchen. Getting acclimated. Small talk. I knew I wanted to engage him in crazily serious things. Death stuff. How do you jump into that without being crude when all you have is 90 minutes?
Actually, I was surprised he'd even come by. His people had suggested we meet in the courtyard of the Chateau. Now, I love the Chateau to death but hated the thought of us sitting there. Could he please come to my house? They called a few days later and said, Yes, he would. Then the meet was postponed and I thought maybe he'd had second thoughts and the Chateau courtyard was soon to raise its airy, elegant head, but just then Keanu himself called to say he'd be 20 minutes late. There he was. Handsome as expected-you get the automatic hetero crush, metrosexpuppy love. But he's invisible, too: I doubt anyone recognized him on the hog, coming down the 10 (he rode a simple, pretty Harley. His Norton had the "flu"). I hope someone did because they'd have gotten a motorcycle Matrix goof/rush that would have been a hoot to tell a friend, family, lover.
Still he brings invisibility down on himself. He's inherently playful, graceful, humble. A tiny bit stiff. Probably just not wild about this sort of thing. Who would be? I'd met him before at a party for The New Yorker, of all places, during a book convention. I'd overheard Tracey Ullman talking to him about River Phoenix. (I wasn't going to ask about River, today.) I told Keanu that if there was anything he felt uncomfortable with, I promised not to do that "When I brought up blah, Keanu bridled, clearly reluctant, blah" thing. I'd spent the last few years immersed in the postmortem world researching my novel and said that 1 wanted to talk about death. He didn't mind.
I'd prepared a large plate of fruit for him, something I'd done only for women. "How civilized," he said. He is thoughtful and slightly anxious, and 90 minutes is such a short time. The crush washed back on me like a dumb wave, that half-Chinese, half-Hawaiian English thing. We started talking about Zen via his role in Little Buddha. He was in Tuscany shooting another movie when he got word that Bernardo Bertolucci wanted to meet. After the interview, Bertolucci hired him, saying, "You have an impossible innocence." The director as seducer; then again, he probably had more than 90 minutes to spend. Still, it's true.
Now here he is, impossibly innocent, eating fruit, you can almost smell him, very Siddhartha. One just doesn't want any harm to come to him.
Back then, Keanu says, another actor taught him to meditate. The process caused gorgeous, profound, freakish sensory perceptions; for the first time, Keanu saw separation of mind and will, volition, "how everything insists on existing-that was a revelation-beyond psychological interpretation." You see, he knows more about this than he lets on. "It's all Vajrayana," he says offhandedly. (Emptiness, indestructible like a diamond.) Oh, shit. Glance at my watch. Half our time is already gone-how can it be? Quick, artless segue to the topic of Fathers. Both of us had big separations from the patriarchs at the age of 13 ; he hasn't seen his since. (I tell him I know his dad did jail time but that he has nothing on Woody Harrelson's old man, who was convicted of killing a federal judge. Keanu laughs; seems he didn't know about that.) Says his father tried to reach him by letter while Keanu was touring through Hawaii with Dogstar but he didn't respond. "I've got his blood in me," he says. "There's nothing from him I want or need." That's how it is for now, anyway. That's how far he's processed, up to this age anyway: age of 39. We just look at each other and shrug; it's tough titties between fathers and estranged sons. He talks lovingly about his three sisters. Two younger, and one way younger, whom he says he hasn't met. Kim's the one who's been sick with leukemia. She used to train Andalusian horses. "I think," he says, with eerie, charismatic gravitas, "that she's the bravest person I've ever known." Kim has had an impossible time and her brother loves her terribly. "I've gotten bounties from her wish," he utters, cryptic, anguished, poetic. I tell him: Look, I want to talk some more about death. Can't help myself. It's all around him, all around us all. I bring up his former girl- friend, Jennifer, and the child they would have had, if one can "bring up" something so heartbreaking and elegiac in the 30 minutes left. That is the horror of it. I am thinking this when suddenly he says, "I'm going to cry." He is impossibly unguarded, unvarnished, uncynical, innocent. He tells me that Jennifer went for the last happy checkup and the doc said, "I have to send you to a specialist." She blinked and said, "What do you mean?" "I can't find a heartbeat." At the time, Keanu was making a movie in New York-Jennifer called, screaming. He rushed back. When I ask if he was in the room when she delivered, Keanu, through his misery, sitting across from me and the big plate of fruit, says, "Yes! Of course !" and the look he gives translates thus: What psychosis could have made me not be there for the delivery of the child we had already named?" There are no words. He loved Jennifer and took care of her before, during, after. I didn't ask how much later it was that she died in a car crash. Can someone just please find out. I will not ask or search the Internet. No words. He tells me, "When people say everything happens for a reason, that sticks in my craw." I say they should just leave off "for a reason" and Keanu laughs, adding, "That's very Ram Dass."
Another weird segue, forced by the ticking dock: I ask what he's going to do with the money. I'd read somewhere they were giving him an insane amount for the Matrixes, beyond salary. Says he doesn't know. Seems embarrassed by it. (A naturally modest manchild.). I ask if he has people, um, working on that or if he ever thinks about it. "Course I do," he says, not testy but still I get the feeling it makes him more uncomfortable talking about money than talking about death. (This is what I instinctively like about him.)
Anyway, his big fears, oddly, sweetly, happen to be those in the realm of acting. Actors' fears. What's the next job, the this, the that. In the realm of the normal-impossibly innocent. He loves to play music, but his band seems to have broken up. Everyone from Dogstar got in a room and said, "Hey! We can't think of a song!" He has a new group called Becky, after the drummer's girlfriend.
He just did a movie with Jack Nicholson, who he thinks is the most charming man on earth. "When we did scenes together, I had to stop myself from geeking out," Keanu says. He's open to anything and you can read that on his face-he recently wrapped a small movie called Thumbsucker with a first-time director, a video hottie named Mike Mills. Keanu plays an orthodontist who gives this teenager life advice. Keanu the dad-that's funny to me. He says, "I already had my Oh!-I'm- almost-40! moment. I can see why guys go out and buy the car. I can see why they say, 'I want to live! I haven't lived yet!' " But oh, oh, oh, the clock is ticking. Shit shit shit.
The clock imposes another segue: The longest he's cohabited with a woman is about a year, but he wants to do the relationship thing. He thinks having kids is something you need to experience. But why the hell was he born in Lebanon (asks the ticking clock)? His parents were in their early twenties, tripping around. Then the family was in Australia, then Manhattan, I think in that order, can somebody please confirm, but mostly he grew up in Toronto. That's where he would go back to, if he were to return to a place called home. David Cronenberg later told me that his wife taught Keanu at school when he was 10. In Toronto there was a shop called the Candy Store that sold sweets and switchblades. And clubs he hung at, outside though, too young to go in. Reeves the Younger drove a car to Los Angeles when he was 20. Seriously running out of time now.
He reads a lot-has a thing for Russian writers: a book by Ageyev called Novel With Cocaine (circa 1916); Chekhov's short stories; and the big one, Tolstoy. Doesn't have high-octane actor friends. His buds are people like Alex Winter (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) and Josh Richman (River's Edge). Doesn't know what he's going to do next, moviewise. He's reading scripts. Normal actor stuff.
I ask if he has trouble going out in the world. Sometimes, he says. Mostly, though, people don't hassle him. But now he has to go. I beg five more minutes. I show him the TiVo'd Willie Nelson's 70th birthday special on the upstairs big screen. Willie, Leon Russell, and Ray Charles, singing 'A Song for You." Willie faces Ray Charles with tears streaming down his face as the blind man sings, "I love you in a place where there's no space or time/l love you for my life, you are a friend of mine/ And when my life is over, I'll remember when we were together/We were alone, and I was singing this song for you." Willie weeps, facing Ray Charles and eternity. I turn back to look at him. He is moved, subtly quaking.
I walk him to his motorcycle. He's a person you want to hug. Ram Dass or somebody said, "Less thinking, more hugging!" But one usually doesn't do that thing with an interviewee. Unseemly. But you feel like embracing him, you really do. That night, a journalist friend asks, "Get any good quotes?"
Personally, I liked (1) "Impossible innocence" (but that was Bertolucci),
(2) "I'm going to cry," and (3) "We can't think of a song!"
Not necessarily in that order.
It doesn't matter. Everything matters. Time's up...
--- Bruce Wagner / Details Magazine November 2003
[of course, after I post my bitchy little fit, some of the very things that I deem taboo are brought up in this article.....
fine, this is a freebee, comment away I take that back. Please continue to show respect for these subjects. Read the article, take from it what you will, but please do not dissect these very personal things or him because he, in a rare moment, shared them... -krix]
Big Love and thanks to Zen for sending me a copy of Flare from the great white north.
This picture of Keanu looking dashing at Cannes is inside with the article.
---Speaking of Club Keanu, I believe they are having some down time due to a server move. I'm sure Chicks will let us know when everything is back up to speed. Hurry Back!
Yeah, I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to this site. I've put a lot of work into it because I wanted to have a place where I (and other fans) could express appreciation for Keanu's movies and music, and adore him as a gifted and fascinating and beautiful man without having to deal with gossip, tabloid tales, and stalkerazzi images. So I keep that kind of thing off of here and ask that guests do the same.
I reserve the right to delete and edit comments that I find inappropriate, offensive or just plain tacky.
I rarely use it. I rarely have the need. But when it does happen, the sword of deletion will be swift and clean and if I'm in a good mood and the poster leaves a valid email address, I might even write them and explain why their comment was removed.
I might also be a bit more lenient towards regular commenters (editing rather than outright deletion) than with someone whose first post crosses the line right off, but the harsh reality is if it's personal, gossipy or otherwise inappropriate it will be deleted.
This is not to say that you should be afraid to comment if you are new to this site, but please....use good judgement. If it's something that you wouldn't want strangers speculating and discussing about you in a public forum, then it's probably not OK. His personal life, family, friends are all off limits. These are things that none of us know anything about and we don't need to in order to appreciate him, his acting or his music. Most fans know how private he is. Just read or watch an interview where any personal subject is brought up. He won't discuss these things because he doesn't feel they should be up for discussion and I try and respect that. And I ask that if you are going to leave a comment on my site, that you do the same.
Respect each other as well.
Attacking or insulting/flaming is also a no-no. Opinions can differ, but don't let it degrade into name-calling or other basic rudeness.
Leaving a comment for the sake of promoting your group or website is tacky and inappropriate. Doing it multiple times is spamming and will get you deleted and your IP banned.
Believe me, I know the difference between someone who has something to sincerely contribute to the discussion and who is just self-promoting.
Also, leaving unrelated frivolous comments just because you like to see your words on the screen is really not making a worthwhile contibution to the discussion, so please don't.
If you double/triple/etc post due to a browser glitch or something don't worry about it, I'll fix it when I see it. No need to add an additional "oops I double posted!" comment. That just makes more for me to clean up.
There is no need to sign your comments, your name is automatically put in the "posted by" place at the bottom. Also please don't "decorate" your name when you enter it in the box.
"Binky" is fine
"Binky!" is also fine
"~*~***Binky***~*~" is really not as cute as you think it is, just don't.
The comments for an entry are closed after seven days.
If you have a problem with the way I run things around here, then I would suggest that you don't visit.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I've been staring at my astrological charts for hours trying to determine where your head is at. The best I can figure out is that you're off the map . . . between the worlds . . . beyond the boundaries. Sorry I'm not able to be more specific. I guess you're pretty much on your own for now. I can at least tell you about the powers that this kind of outsider position usually confers: 1. sharper-than-usual intuition about the future; 2. a knack for making unexpected connections you didn't realize you needed; 3. an unpredictability that makes you attractive to people who can help draw out and clarify your unconscious desires.
Gosh, I hope it's one of the Keanu dreams and not the one where I'm being chased by a fried egg.
"Warner Bros. retained control of the casting. For the pivotal role of Neo, the studio decided on Keanu Reeves. (Also seriously considered: Kevin Costner.) Reeves had done poorly with Johnny Mnemonic, but the studio was high on his demographic appeal. The brothers were skeptical. "They were like, 'Keanu Reeves? Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure? Can he do what we need?'" one friend recalls. "Now they feel so grateful they have him." The Matrix went on to generate more than $440 million in worldwide ticket sales."
Wired has two Matrix articles - The Matrix Revelations: an interesting look at the enigmatic Wachowski Brothers, and Entertainment Beyond The Matrix, in which Xeni Jardin talks to John Gaeta about virtual life, the Matrix universe and everything.
WN: How much will the new film feel like Reloaded?
Gaeta: Not much. The Matrix is a three-act play: What began underground concludes in Revolutions on the Earth's surface, in Revelations-like fashion. In the first film, we learned that people are trapped in a prison devised by machines. In Reloaded, we learn about the power architecture in that world, and discover what (Keanu Reeves' character) Neo must do to become a savior, a messiah -- to interrupt the mental slavery of that world's inhabitants. But along the way, we learn that it's not just up to Neo -- freedom is a personal choice each of them has to make.
J. sent me this article on the lack of advertising/product tie-ins for Revolutions.
I'm actually glad. The powerade was yummy, but all the crap for Reloaded was a bit much. And Samsung? It wasn't bad timing...Two Words. Ugly. Phone.
I'm avoiding bunches of other articles along with the new TV spots that are up at the Official Site.
There may or may not be spoilers lurking around every bend.
Why chance it?
I figure I've got only two more weeks to wait, I can make it.
Oh, and Six Days 'til the LA premiere, and I've officially scribbled Joel's name out of my notebook in case you're wondering.
(That's OK, I didn't wanna go to some high falutin' gotta-buy-new-shoes and wear cleavage enhancements and sunglasses at night Hollywood shindig anyhow. I'll just hang wit' my peeps on da 5th, wit' a fifth, yo.
I'm krixy from the block, dawg.)
So, it's now ten days until Halloween and what better costume than a Keanu character? I'm sure there will be all sorts of Neos, Agents and Trinities running around this year, so if you want to stand out from the crowd, go for the classics.
And of course, the biggest do's :
Keanu Reeves as Neo is back, and he's more amped up than ever before. He says, "It’s the whole package, I dig it."
Yeah, I dig the whole package myself.....
Ohmygod, I'm so immature. Someone smack me.
Shelly has unearthed some more set photos of Keanu on the set of Constantine.
I've cropped out smaller versions of two of the pics, you can click on them for the full image. These are definitely not movie stills though, so if you like to keep that "movie magic" notion in tact, you may decide to skip the full shot and just notice that his hair looks good and leave it at that.
I do have to say that I totally dig ConJob's choice of sockware.
On being asked who the best Hollywood hockey player is: "I'm going to have to say Keanu Reeves as a goaltender, because he's a pretty good goalie, one of the best goalies I've ever seen. He's stacking the pads, riding across, giving you the corner and then taking it away with the glove hand. He's really quick and really good."
-- Cuba Gooding Jr. (source: Denver Post, October 19, 2003 -via keanuweb)
My computer is making a chirpy noise.
That can't be good, can it?
I hope it's just tired.
Well, it will get a break today. Roi is coming over to help me paint the the trim on the house and then we're going to Dave's studio.
Some assorted linkage before I power down-
Keanu A-Z has a new Gallery of Susan Shacter photos, yummy.
Extra TV may have some Revolutions/Keanu content on Monday's show. Thanks to Marsea for this tip.
C.H.U.D not only has a peek at the new Revolutions swag, but a chance to win it!
There's the equivalent of an essay question involved. (via keanuweb)
Here's an article about Hugo, who will be taking to the stage in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, starting this Wednesday in Sydney.
Have great day everyone, send healing vibes to my hard drive.
(God, that sounds dirty, huh?)
Club-Keanu has the Flare article up, thanks to Keanu_Gurl.
Dagmar Dunlevy: GQ magazine referred to you as an “accidental superstar.” Do you agree?
Keanu Reeves: What is accidental? I guess so. I don’t know. Accidents. It’s a tricky word, but would I agree with it? I don’t know if I agree or disagree.
-And thank you to Zen as well. ;)
Or rather: No Details, SciFi.
When you walk into a store with the purpose of buying a magazine with Keanu on the cover, it's a shame to leave empty-handed even if your intended periodical is not there.
So when I saw December's issue of SciFi magazine at Smith's this morning, I went ahead and grabbed it.
Lip-scar fetishists will notice that the picture is actually a mirrored perspective. I hate when they do that. I'll be flipping it back if I edit this one for future use.
This picture of a thoughtful One starts the article which you can read here.....
There's this fluffy bit on past keanu characters along with the article and there's a few other pictures, most of them non-spoilery, including a really nice close-up of Neo and Trinity that might be November's calendar.
Keanu's on the cover of November's Details magazine.
Sneak peek here.
I'll be hitting the bookstore tomorrow.
(Any men reading the title should be, like, so turned on right now)
So.....has anyone actually read the rest of their Cosmo?
Such a wealth of handy information for the single girl, really.
60-Second Seduction Tricks! How to have a Successful Threesome!
And of course a quiz, "Is He Naughty or Nice?"
The "Cosmic Guide to Guys" for Virgo sez:
He's a perfectionist in every area, from work to love to lust. How to wow him: Suggest working out together. He wants a girl who takes care of herself, too. His Sexual MO: He strives for erotic excellence, so be vocal about what you want. Hunk Hurdle: When his know-it-all attitude bugs you, remind yourself that he's trying to help.
And apparently, once the dirty talk, faux enthusiasm over pinball and threesomes help you get that man, you can make him over!
I feel so modern and liberated. Thanks Cosmo!
Of course, the whole book smells good, that's always a plus.
I'm actually amused at the "let's send a shirtless hot guy around town and take pictures of him bowling...shirtless!" spread, and they do feature Keanu in their "Sexiest Movie Guy Moments" page (circa 1991-Point Break-Wet T-Shirt pic).
And I really liked the demographically-telling full page ads for Astroglide and breast enlargement. Why follow the advice in a "What Guys Want in a Girlfriend" article when you can buy it for $2999.00?
Big Love to Indy for this info-
This Tuesday, October 21, there will be a screening of Speed at the Arclight Cinemas on Sunset Blvd, Hollywood with a Q&A with Director Jan de Bont afterward.
Ooooooh, I really wish I could go to this. Just the thought of seeing Jack Traven on a big screen again makes me all squishy.
I wonder if, years from now, in the third part of the third trilogy -
The Matrix:Rehabilitated - the operator character will be named Google.
And maybe there will be a citizen of Zion (v9.0) who keeps a record of the useless minutae deep in the earth, and gives snarky commentary on the latest council meetings and cave raves.
Why, Blog of course.
UPDATE:click here for a pop-up image of the second piece. I hate it.
I got my Reloaded DVD last night.
Fully enjoyed the extras, will probably watch them again tonight.
I watched the movie with the subtitles on, that's really helpful in certain parts.
I also left the disc on repeat while I slept, because I'm a lunatic and hoped that some of that Matrixy goodness would seep into my dreams.
I think it did, but I really don't remember.
In Revolutions news, ComingSoon reports the running time of 128 minutes -which is shorter than the other two films, but still over two hours so I don't want to hear any bitching.
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Someone let me know if this web radio link works, please....
(it won't for me, my connection sucks)
If anyone hears of a source for a webcast, please drop us a note, eh?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): "The fox knows many things," said the ancient Greek poet Archilochus, "but the hedgehog knows one big thing." Twentieth-century philosopher Isaiah Berlin used this thought as an organizing principle in discussing types of writers. Hedgehogs like Dante and Plato yearned to explain life's apparent chaos with a single, all-embracing theory, Berlin believed, whereas foxes like Shakespeare preferred to revel in the world's messy multiplicity without feeling a need to unify it all in one system. My long experience with astrological types has convinced me that most Virgos tend to be foxes. In the coming days, however, I advise you to try out the hedgehog perspective. It'll ensure you don't miss the forest for the trees.
The nice part about saving myself for Keanu Reeves is that I'll most likely never get married and end up wearing anything that could be found on this site, uglyweddingdress.com.
Go read, it's hysterical.
Let's play a game.
You're marrying Keanu.
Find your dream dress online and post the link in these comments.
I loves me some Kiefer.
By Bob Tourtellotte
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Several top actors and past Academy Award winners are joining the battle against a controversial ban on Oscar movie "screeners" by voicing their opposition in a newspaper advertisement, a film industry source has said.
Signers of the ad, which will appear in the Wednesday edition of industry papers Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, include Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Susan Sarandon as well as "Matrix" star Keanu Reeves, said the source who is connected to IFP/Los Angeles, a group helping spearhead the drive against the ban.
I just got a google alert (very handy service for a blogger-on-the-go like myself) that Coming Soon has a new Revolutions gallery with what I assume might be some new images.
I'm not looking, but go check it out if you'd like.
---also, check the official site for new stills as well (also spoilery perhaps)
I resisted the urge to buy my Reloaded DVD at the 7-11 just now.
I don't have a DVD player at work anyway.
So...who has theirs?
Have you watched it a half dozen times yet?
How are the extras?
And I'm still gonna pass.
Because if you're like me, you're going to be distracted for the rest of the day.....
Bah, I just realized I have a glass class tomorrow evening so I may not be able to get my Reloaded DVD until Wednesday, unless I go to one of those midnight events. Which I'm not even sure there will be because this town sucks that way (everything else is open 24 hours so it's not so much an "event" so the stores don't really bother....bastards).
Not much going on today, I've done my own scans of the cosmo pics and am currently trying to detext the second one for a wallpaper.
If you're having trouble finding the mag, here's a tip.
Keanu is not on the cover, he's on the start page of the CosmoMen insert section.
Some girl in a really cute top and white jeans after Labor Day is on the cover.
Here's a visual aid.
Hope that helps those going out to shop for this.
If you need, just remember the "READ HIS DIRTY MIND" at the top of the cover.
Yes, I picked up the November Cosmo while I was out tonight.
I won't be at my scanner until monday, but Club-Keanu has the pictures here and they're yowsa-good.
Does anyone have the text of the article up yet?
I've had 7 shots of espresso so if not, I might be up for a bunch of typing.
It's very swoony....
Here's some high points:
Cosmo: What would be a perfect date?
Keanu: One where we mutually had an exceptional time, that had the wonderful thing that can happen on a first date where you are intoxicated with each other's company and everything becomes good in the world and there's hope and you're just excited to see them. And you have great ease with them. Just a good experience.
Cosmo: Is there anything you know to be true about women?
Keanu: That if you can make a woman laugh, you are seeing the most beautiful thing on God's earth.
Cosmo: What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get a woman's attention?
Keanu: I haven't done the letter-writing airplane in the sky or the "Come over for dinner and now we're going to Paris" thing. I can't wait to do those things, but I haven't done them yet. If I ever meet someone, we're going to have a good time because I'm making a list.
You know what, dude?
Forget Paris, just make me laugh, and let me make you laugh.
That's all I would ever want.
I'm officially all creamy over Constantine.
I went and bought 17 issues of Hellblazer (current one back to #170) today and will be spending a good part of the weekend reading. I also bought #1, because it was there and how could I not?
Also, focusing on Hellblazer keeps me distracted from the fact that some people already have their Reloaded DVDs and I have to wait until Tuesday.
There's a nice little "welcome Keanu fans" thread over at the hellforums, and I'm sure if you have any questions, they can answer them.
Apparently, the leak of the Constantine set photos lit a bit of a fire under WB's promo team and now the Straight to Hell site has some official pics and a comment from the director.
"Constantine has a hardboiled detective edge and a punk Sid Vicious attitude; he smokes, he drinks and is sarcastic and wry. He's not a blond Englishman but the heart of the character, the attitude and the period he invokes is intact, as this was the most important thing for me to maintain."
The hellserver is taking a beating at the moment and I can't even get to the big versions of the pics (or maybe I'm being punished) but check the movie news section here for smaller versions and links to the hi-res ones.
This one is going to be my new personal wallpaper.
The HOB show on the 26th is being rescheduled, so don't book your flights just yet. Paulie's sure to let us know of the new date when available.
Tomorrow night's Viper Room show is still on so if you can, be sure to hit the strip (get there early! trust me) to rock with becky.
Also, not many bands have fan sites before they even release a CD, but the rules do not apply to becky now, do they?.
Check out Bia's becky site. Blog-driven and nice design :)
Oh, one other thing.
You can now get the live action series The Tick on DVD.
Why is this in a becky post?
Well, drummer Rob Mailhouse appeared in episode six as a character called "Sonic Boom" according to his IMDB page.
Well, both his hair and his coat are darker than I'm sure the forums will like, but here is our first look at Keanu on the Constantine set.
I think the look of the movie John Constatine is great. In a non-british, dark-haired, different-coat-but-they-got-the-sloppy-necktie/collar-thing-perfect-and-I'm-still-looking-forward-to-seeing-how-the-tattoos-fit-in sort of way.
The look absolutely conveys the feel of the character.
Adoring Keanu as I do and being a new fan of the comic, it's easy to accept this version. And his body language speaks to me. I think he's going to embrace the bastard just fine.
Ooooh, I'm excited about this again.
Thank you to Shelly for these!
Ashton fans, check out her site at Ashton-Kutcher.net!
Update: More pics from Shelly can be found over at Club-Keanu's Gallery.
Ok, I'd really like to know what's going on here.
Anyone care to caption this?
Preferably this guy, using his.....
This is from last night's Reloaded DVD release party in Hollywood.
-more at Yahoo News
In my stupor of both Reeves and Stoli, I met a lovely girl who had traveled very very far to see the show that night, Carolyn. Carolyn was brave and took some great pictures (while yours truly chicken-heartedly kept my camera in my purse, got liquored up and fantasized about asking Keanu to sign my boobs....What!? it didn't happen!! I'm a coward, I tell you!.......plus they wouldn't fit through the chainlink)
Anyway, Carolyn made it safely back to the east coast and was kind enough to give the OK for me to share her pictures here.
So big love and lemur kisses to Carolyn!
Big Love to Jena for typing out this article from a December 2003 issue of Sci Fi mag, on stands now...
(Oh, and it's pretty safe, spoilerwise)
As Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan observes, "While the first Matrix was enhanced by the classic drama of the making of the hero Neo from humble clay, and the third one will presumably have the drive of a powerful can-humanity-be-saved conclusion, middles are almost by definition less compelling and trickier to make involving."
Of course, the film's makers have no doubt that they've got a winner on their hands. "The third act, which is Revolutions, is monumental," says producer Joel Silver. "It's huge. It's bigger than it could ever possibly be. It ends the way it ends."
Adds Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus): "The Wachowskis describe the themes of the trilogy in this way. The first movie is about birth. The second movie is about life. And the third movie's about death. So anything's possible."
One thing's certain. A lot of stuff will blow up. Silver's already gone on record touting Revolutions' main set piece, a 14-minute, $40 million battle scene between humans and machines. "That 14-minute sequence...is the most complicated sequence ever put on film, ever," he says. "And that won't start until the end of the show, and that's the last thing they're going to do. So [the Wachowski brothers] know what they're going to do, but they gotta get through it."
Building up to that, audiences will make the acquantance of a new Oracle, played by veteran actress Mary Alice, stepping in for Gloria Foster , who died unexpectedly after completing her part in Reloaded. Seraph, the white-clad rogue program played by Collin Chou, has a bigger role. And the emotional vampire Persephone (Monica Belluci) has an important message for Neo as he seeks to escape the Matrix and save Zion.
Ultimately, fans will find out the answers to questions left unresolved at the end of Reloaded:
- What's the deal with Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who appeared to download himself into the body of a Zion dweller?
- What's the deal with Neo's being able to stop those machine sentinels in the Real World?
- Does Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith) get busy with Morpheus?
- What the heck does the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis) mean when he says, "Hope - it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?"
- Does anyone in Zion ever wash a shirt?
"How is it that one navigates the Matrix to figure out how to stop a real event in the Real World?" asks visual effects supervisor John Gaeta. "The story inevitably has to spill outside of the Matrix. There has to be a physical ending."
Gaeta adds, "In Revolutions, we spill quite chaotically out into the Real World, which is a completely epic type of event unto itself, where you now are faced with the real underlying problem of the competition of the two last species on Earth; man or machine. That whole film is really...an order of magnitude beyond any of the creature films that I've ever seen or worked on."
In the next film, much of the action takes place in the environmentally ravaged Real World, where the Machine Army was previously seen boring into the earth and closing in on the last human city of Zion. Zion's defenders, in their amored hovercraft, failed in a desperate attempt to engage the army before it reached the outer perimeter of the city, and Morpheus' craft, the Nebuchadnezzar, was destroyed. After saving Trinity in the Matrix, Neo emerged, but lapsed into a coma after mysteriosly disabling a pack of attacking machines. Morpheus and Trinity will find themselves aboard a new hovercraft, the Hammer.
In Revolutions, the story will expand beyond the underground settlement of Zion and delve deeper into the tunnels and sewers of old Earth, Gaeta said. "There's a lot of events that are taking place now between the surface and Zion - a lot of activity," he says. "A lot of different ships. And you start branching off. ...and then, of course, we go on to the surface of Earth, and we see a lot more about what that's all about, and that's pretty...shocking, horrific, fascinating."
Ultimately, Revolutions will take us to the home of the machines, the Machine City called "01" that was foreshadowed in the Animatrix short film "Second Renaissance." "Well, of course," Gaeta says. "They have to live somewhere, right?"
Indeed, Reeves says that he filmed his last scene in the movie on that set last year. "It was a scene that takes place in Revolutions, and it's a scene with Neo, and it's a scene in the Machine City. I guess there were about 250 to 300 people who came into the soundstage. It was a close-up, and it was [laughs] a lot of takes, and it was a very unique feeling to come to the completion of Reloaded, Fishburne's character discovers that everything he's believed for two movies may not be true. "Well,yeah," he says. "Surely there's another shift for him in the third movie that involves being even more vulnerable, I think." He adds: "There's fighting. I get to do some pretty cool stuff. I have a gunfight."
But with all the Real World battles, audiences will still enter the Matrix itself before everything works out. "Obviously they're intertwined, you know, as one threads to the other and threads back to the first one," Gaeta says.
And expect more of the landmark visual effects that have characterized the previous two Matrix films. "There's a lot of computer graphics in Revolutions," Gaeta says. "I mean, there's a lot of all-CG shots. ...Revolutions is just sort of the crescendo of the whole mission that Neo is on. ...I said The Matrix tends to be super-electronica unique, and then Revolutions is far more fantastic. Even though it's the Real World, it's like ...much more fantiastic and grand."
But will there be more philosophy? Interspersed among Reloaded's truck crashes and burly brawls were tongue-twisting, and times exasperating declamations about the nature of reality by the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), the Architect and the Oracle. "You didn't come here to make a choice," Foster's Oracle told Neo cryptically. "You've already made it. You're here to try to understand why you made it."
"I don't understand it in the sense that I can take you all the way to the end to a finite position and [say], 'Here's your answer, there's one person who knows the whole thing," Reeves admits. "Maybe Larry and Andrew do. I know they certainly feel they do. But I don't think there are things that have an end in these pieces. The analogy I use is that it is like a Moebius strip. There are more launch points. There are more things that I feel if you do take something from it, if you want to talk about cause and effect and it's relationship to fate, the aspects of those kinds of things, it's fun and intriguing and something that I think is beneficial to think about."
Fishburne has a more pragmatic approach. "I don't think very much about [the philosophy]," he says. "I'm not a philospher. I don't pretend to be a philosopher."
Cue the explosions.
saturday october 11, 2003 10:15pm
"becky" live at the viper room!
sunday october 26, 2003 9:15pm
"becky" live at the house of blues los angeles!
Thanks to Paulie for the news.
Keanu.ru, the Keanu Reeves - Russian Edition fansite has been added to the links.
It takes a little clicking around to find your way if you're like me and the only russian you know is Stolichnaya.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month....
Good luck with your whole recall election thingy today.
It's not like the rest of us aren't sitting back with our popcorn and lattes laughing at you anyway so if there's a spot, I urge you to write:
on your ballots....
-Excerpt from NY Daily News:
The curtain's going up on Imax. It won't just be science fiction geeks watching closely on Nov. 5, when "The Matrix Revolutions," debuts on Imax big screens across the country.
The "Matrix" release marks the first time a big live action Hollywood flick has ever opened on the same day at both conventional and Imax theaters - and Imax wants Hollywood and theater operators to notice.
"It's a watershed moment," said Leland Westerfield, media analyst at Jefferies & Co. "It's the first time we'll see whether audiences prefer the big screen 70 mm experience over 35 mm."
Imax has gone Hollywood in a bid to ramp up its network of Imax theaters around the world.
By releasing "Matrix Revolutions" the same day as it debuts on conventional screens, Imax will get the full impact of a mega marketing blitz funded by "Matrix" studio, Warner Bros.
"Warner Bros. is already creating a lot of buzz," said Marla Backer, an analyst at Research Associates.
Oh wow, I just realized that I could be going to opening day at an IMAX.
I wonder if my heart can take it?
In another step forward in bridging the gap between Keanu fans and Hellblazer fans, the wonderful Funk has done this nice thing:
"As promised, I've scanned in three issues of Garth Ennis' Hellblazer run so visitors to your site can see what the original John Constantine is like. They're by no means the BEST Constantine stories ever written, but they do give a good indication of his character, and are certainly entertaining reads. [note from krix--The issues are really intense, and not for those not down with a little gore or with otherwise delicate sensibilities. Just so you know.]
If you're worried about having the movie spoiled for you, DON'T BE. Aside from Ellie and Chas, I honestly don't think there's anything in this storyline that will be repeated in the movie.
Chronologically, the issues come inbetween the DANGEROUS HABITS and FEAR AND LOATHING books. They've never been reprinted or collected, so this is the only way to read them without buying them second-hand. There's a plot summary of the story so far on the History page if you feel lost.
If you only have the time to read one issue, I'd make it #60, "Nativity Infernal". #59 is very expository, and #61 wraps up the arc whereas "Nativity Infernal" is almost standalone.
I've also made a mini-site that gives some background to the Hellblazer comic and the individual issues in question. I'd love it if everyone who visits the page can at least browse through it because it took me HOURS to make (no, really!)
Feel free to pass the link around to as many people as possible, and encourage them to do the same. And please, if you've enjoyed these issues, pick up a copy of Hellblazer from your local shop, or pop over to the Straight To Hell boards for a chat."
Thank you for the get-well emails and wishes.
I'm going to spend the weekend in bed with Jack Traven, Neo, Jjaks and a Johnny or two and hope that by Monday I'll be 100%again, because I'm fucking done with this being sick nonsense.
Hope everyone that's going to the Galaxy gig tonight has a great night and everyone has a great weekend.
As always, the links on the right are full of great sites to keep you busy and updated and everything.
Keanu A-Z has a new look and format, and Keanuette has posted an interesting article from Showcase Cinemas Magazine, 'He's the One'
(she also sent me this cute 'get well' card yesterday so big germ-free cyber smooches for that too).
I'm still all zonked out on dextrmop...er..dexmoptro....Thera-Flu so here's your assignment:
Snoop around the sites above, they have something to do with the world of The Matrix. Check the Metafilter thread linked above for more links to help you figure out what it all means. Let me know what you find in the comments.
To give you a hand, here's a handy-dandy binary decoder.
Thanks to Paulie
"becky" live at the galaxy theater!
this show is an "ALL AGES" event!
"ALL AGES" ... c'mon down!
saturday october 4th
the galaxy theater show time 9:30pm ... don't be late!
3503 S Harbor Blvd in Santa Ana, CA
Telephone: (714) 957-0600 Fax: (714) 957-6605
From The Los Angeles Area:
Take the 405 south and exit at Harbor Blvd; Turn left. Go up five lights to
Lake Center and turn right. Turn left into the second driveway.
From South Orange County and San Diego:
Take the 5 north to the 405 north and exit at Harbor Blvd; Turn right. Go up
four lights to Lake Center and turn right. Turn left into the second
From Riverside and San Bernadino Counties:
Take the 91 Freeway West to the 55 Freeway South. Take the 55 to the 405
Freeway North (towards Long Beach). Exit at Harbor Blvd. Turn right. Go up
4 lights to Lake Center and turn right. Turn left into the second driveway.
If you have a nice broadband connection, you may want to check out the film short over at fanimatrix.net.
"The Fanimatrix" is a fan-made, zero-budget short film set within the Matrix universe, specifically shortly before the discovery of "The One" (i.e. the first "Matrix" feature film). It tells the story of two rebels - Dante and Medusa - and of their fateful mission onto the virtual reality prison world that is The Matrix.